Board Meeting | Port Brewing

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Board MeetingBoard Meeting
BA SCORE
4.16/5
Exceptional
644 Ratings
Board MeetingBoard Meeting
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States
portbrewing.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An amplified brown ale, the beer is brewed with liberal additions of coffee from local San Diego roasters, Ryan Brothers, and cocoa nibs sourced from famed San Francisco chocolate maker TCHO.

Added by MasterSki on 12-25-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,776
Reviews:
115
Ratings:
644
pDev:
8.17%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
76
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 644 |  Reviews: 115
Photo of TheSixthRing
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 01/09/18
Had on-tap at Banker's Hill in the San Diego airport, Sand Diego, CA

A - Served up in a pint, dark cola brown with a thin, broken layer layer of suds found floating atop. A few broken lines and spotting make up the lacing.

S - Strong aroma, with equal amounts of chocolate and roasty qualities. Slight earthy undertone.

T - Rich, assertive flavor. Super chocolatey with a hint of roast and earthy nuttiness; fudge brownie comes to mind. Finish is much the same.

M - Full-bodied with fair, tingly carbonation. Thick and chewy throughout. Drying finish.

O - Really tasty double brown from Port here. Tastes familiar. Maybe similar to Mammoth's double brown ale?

 692 characters

Photo of mkh012
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

"Freshest by" date is 4 months away. For a coffee beer I'd definitely prefer a "Bottled on" date, but something's better than nothing.

Near-black with a finger of off-white head.

The nose reminds me a lot of the Cigar City Café con Leche I had yesterday. Coffee, maple, chocolate. Liquid breakfast.

The taste hits on similar notes. This beer's biggest strength is probably that it's 8% ABV and drinks like it's 6%. Coffee, milk chocolate, and raisin ride atop a medium mouthfeel. There's a little bit of a copper/metallic note mid-palate that takes the taste from exceptional to good, but it seems to fade as my palate adjusts and the beer warms up a little. In fact, as I approach the halfway point of the bomber this note is basically nonexistent. Also, maybe I have yesterday's Café Con Leche in my head, but this drinks more like a milk stout than a brown ale. That being said, I'm not one to obsess over classification. This tastes good, so I'm on board with it.

Overall, this grew on me. It's very easy-drinking for the ABV and ultimately a beer I'd get again. 8+/10

 1,078 characters

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - really dark brown with Sticky lacing
Smell - incredibly toasty maltiness
Taste - toasty caramel goodness
Feel - medium light body and creamy carbs
Overall - yummy fantastic beer

 186 characters

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a clear mug.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a finger and a half's worth of eggshell white foamy head that clung fairly nice. Seemed to spider web a little bit in a nice semi-thick foamy sort of coating which was a fantastic look, in my opinion.
The aroma had a rich sweet authentic sweet to roasty coffee bean scent up front touching down on some sweet roasted nuts (somewhat pecan-like) and then a sweet dark breadiness. Some faint cocoa powder at the very end.
The flavor was moderately sweet with a substantial roastiness trying to invade for a stealthy balance. That cocoa powder enriches yet gives off a faint dryness and seemed to quell some of that pecan nuttiness. Light aftertaste of the sweet side of the coffee bean and cocoa powder.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt exactly as it should for an American Brown Ale. ABV felt as projected. Finish was crisp sweet smooth nutty to semi-dry with a touch of the cocoa powder.
Overall, what an absolutely wonderful coffee brown ale that I would love to have again.

 1,110 characters

Photo of Mxsluis
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zythophile
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle Date: none, purchased seven months ago
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Look is very dark, but still noticeably brown. Slight amount of tan head.

First smell is fresh, nearly green coffee beans. I don't get a whole lot of chocolate, it's more some sort of lactic cocoa. Dark dried fruit, plums and figs.

The taste has even more coffee, unfortunately it's acidic, burnt black coffee. It somewhat turns into bitter dark chocolate, but the diminution was already well underway. Aged tobacco is in the background, so maybe I should have complemented this with a cigar. Mahogany wood is in there, too. The sweetness is more toward burned sugar (like a very dark rum) than any dried, dark pit fruit. Individually, the flavors seem to make it sound better than it is, mostly because that burnt coffee is pervasive.

Feel is a bit thin for the type. Carbonation could be better integrated. The aftertaste is bitter charred barrel. Again, it might actually go nicely with something else, but it doesn't stand particularly well on its own.

 1,038 characters

Photo of ScottyBongo
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brianmandell
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pstam87
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eldoctorador
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of muchos
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shelby415
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zeff80
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear, brown color with a one-finger tan head of foam. It smelled of caramel and roasted malt. A hint of coffee. Sweet caramel malt with subtle chocolate flavors and light bitterness.

 196 characters

Photo of epyon396
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Timtac
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TeachChefs
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ppavlick
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Look is a lot darker than I expected almost full opaque black with an inch tan head.

Lots of sweet roast in the aroma of chocolate and coffee.

Taste is like a brown sugar coffee. Absolutely delicious. Looking forward to sipping this as it warms up.

 299 characters

Photo of waiting4lunch
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mpenske
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NateMac13
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of toronadotornado
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer Thirty - Santa Cruz, CA - draft

36 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Board Meeting from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 644 ratings