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Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States

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

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/4/2013. Pours nearly pitch black dark brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of chocolate, roasted coffee, cocoa, caramel, biscuit, toast, toffee, nuttiness, light floral, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt, cocoa, and coffee notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, roasted coffee, cocoa, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, light floral, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, coffee, caramel, cocoa, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt, cocoa, and coffee flavors; with nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial brown ale. All around nice balance and complexity of dark malt, cocoa, and coffee flavors; and very smooth to drink for the gravity. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jdhowe
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, date 2/? ... best guess is 2/13 bottling date, but I'm not sure.

A: Pours a drak brown, with a thin clarity to it showing lots of light while pouring. A bit of light passes through the edges of the glass showing a light brown color, mostly clear. 1/2 finger of tan head dissipates to a spotty film.

S: Cocoa and coffee dominate this, unsurprisingly. Roastiness, smokiness, and malt are also evident, alongside something that is a little sour or tart, almost like a sharp tart fruit. Overally pleasant.

T: Right up front with lots of coffee. Following is the roastiness, malt, sweetness, and the tartness is there too. The finish is very bitter, maybe overly so. One thing this beer does very well is hide its alcohol content.

M: Actually very nice. Light, very well carbonated, and very drinkable. Nothing detracting here.

O: A pretty fine beer. The coffee isn't great, and whatever is up with the slight sourness worries me a bit. I will probably not be drinking this again, but couldn't fault someone for choosing to do so.

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Photo of tzieser
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Jtrigonis
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of ChugginOil
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Sergeh
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ChanChan
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: This is pretty dark for a brown ale, the head starts off big but then dissipates into a small ring in the glass, minimal lacing!

Aroma: Initially I get a good amount of cheap coffee, as the beer warms up it becomes smoky and you can detect the cocoa nibs.

Taste: Same as aroma, at first its all coffee but then the camp-fire smokiness and a bit of cocoa come through to make up for the initial cheap coffee taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: This beer, like the Palo Santo Marron by Dogfish Head, both have an identity problem. Palo Santo is closer to an Imperial IRS and whereas this one could have been easily labeled a Rauchbier. It is a pretty solid beer nonetheless. I would buy it again at $5.00 but it's too expensive for $8.00 !!

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Photo of pisano
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of flexabull
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown color with a pretty big off white head.

Aromas are of coffee, cream, brown sugars, and coffee beans.

Taste is pretty coffee forward, creamy, with some brown sugars, and cocoa. Finish is fairly bitter, with some pine notes.

Mouthfeel is smooth, soft, with nice body.

Overall, an interesting brown. I think it's a bit to heavy handed with the coffee, but it's still quite enjoyable.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of the best brown ales I've ever had.

The look is amazing, it has a great thick head of tan, good lacing, great color. A good start! The smell is pretty nice and has a distinct hazelnut coffee aroma to it that is nice, strong malt presence and the extra roast is great.

The taste has a lot going on, especially for the style wow. A depth of different flavors that work together great: coffee, sweet nut flavors like hazelnut and almond, slightly chocolatey, touch of sweet and savory and even a slightly bitt hop presence to round out the malty flavors. I'm impressed, have never had a brown ale with so many nice flavors. The feel is creamy and carbonated very well.

Impressive. Good on ya port, maybe my second favorite beer after older vis.

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4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Deep, dark brown (almost black) with 1 finger of tan head with good retention.

Nutty, hazelnut, caramel, chocolate, milk and coffee.

Full of nuttiness with distinct hazelnut flavors. Caramel and milky sweet chocolate. Medium roast coffee blends in with hints of espresso and prune. Catches the dry earthiness of the cocoa nibs on the finish.

Light-medium bodied, somewhat silky, somewhat dry and very clean.

Even with the cocoa nibs and coffee, it remains a Brown Ale without transforming into a Stout. A great value at around $7 / 22oz bottle. Super-solid (Imperial) Brown Ale.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of RonPizzle83
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this beer on-tap and was pleasantly surprised.
Smooth coffee flavor with a light carbonation that reminded me of a light porter.
The only downside i find, (and it's totally my opinion) is that i consider it a "base beer."
What i mean by this is that it is missing an accent flavor in there somewhere. Something subtle but notable. Coffee is the only strong presence and some might be put off by it and call it a one-trick-pony. I enjoyed its darkness though. Deep coffee flavors and light carbonation.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Board Meeting from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 642 ratings
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