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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.

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Photo of brureview
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark chocolate-molasses color with a 3 finger head in a stein.

The initial temp was 45F. As the beer warms up, more chocolate is tasted and the finish mellows.

Aroma: light chocolate, coffee, some cocoa.

Mouth feel: very smooth, little carbonation. This enhances the style, which tends to be smoother, and helps to bring out the flavor. A heavy mouth feel on this beer would detract from the flavor.

The taste is a prominent coffee-chocolate.

The finish is malty- a nice addition is hoppy, with mild bitterness: it is more complex than the finish on most brown ales which have a mild taste without a trace of hops and/or bitterness.

Overall - a solid Brown Ale worth trying.

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very dark brown in color and close to being opaque. It poured with a half finger high light tan colored head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of nutty malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of nutty malts with additional notes of roasted coffee beans and hints of cocoa nibs.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very flavorful among brown ales. I liked how you could still smell and taste the nutty malts that are typical of the style and how the coffee and cocoa nibs made the taste a lot more interesting.

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Photo of sholland119
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a deep dark brown with plenty of frothy creamy mocha head and lots of lacing.

S-Some roasty undertones with sweet chocolaty notes. Very appealing. Seems like a chocolate stout maybe.

T-Tasty indeed. Nice malty sweetness, medium roast, chocolate and some slight soda sweetness underneath. I like this quite a bit.

M-Light side of medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Very pleasant going down.

O-Really a nice beer overall. Great combination of malt and chocolate and some coffee.


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Photo of Brushkanna
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - great dark stout look with minimal lacing
S - morning coffee & toast smell
T - coffee stout with some dark brown toast and unsweetened caramel
M - lasting dark roasted coffee feel I can feel it on the inside of my cheeks
O - well rounded dark brown porter lstyle beer with coffee overtones

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- dark brown color, nice thick head, nice lacing, pretty dark for a brown ale

Smell- very malty

Taste- chocolatey, malty

Mouthfeel- medium to full bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I would have it again but I usually don't drink brown ales. Very good for a brown ale though

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Photo of weeare138
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appears a deep, dark brown with a fluffy tan head that slowly settles down in the glass. Scattered tidbits of lacing cling to the glass.
Smell is of toasted nuts, candied almonds, vanilla, cocoa, espresso, and perhaps a touch of toasted coconut topped macaroons with brown sugar.
Flavor is of the aromas with a flavorful punch of nutty, gourmet espresso going on. To me, there is something exotic about this beer. Complex, and soothing.
Mouthfeel is spritzy on the palate, with the mocha flavors coming through and battling with the co-bitters/acid of the hops, which sort of thrashes the tastebuds a little bit.
Overall, I enjoyed this beer a lot. I think I would prefer the carbonation slightly dialed down because I believe this should be a digestif but that is my only complaint.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap at race street cafe - served in tulip

Opaque, deep brown, near blacked out pour with a creamy froth of tanned head resting on top. Filmy retention sits, leaving a few patches of lacing on the glass.

Intensely roasty and warm in the nose with plenty of espresso beans, cocoa powder and semi-sweet chocolate. Hints of caramel and nuttiness with a soft warm glow.

Warm and mildly sweet up front, powered by baker's chocolate, cocoa powder and roasted nuttiness. Espresso beans, mild coffee flavor and layers of malt. Touches of caramel and dark chocolate towards the back end, finishing a sweet and warm.

Medium body, slightly milder carbonation, smooth and chewy on the tongue. An interesting beer that tip toes down the lines of brown ale, imperial brown ale and stout.

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Photo of pkalix
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

huge, rich, creamy, honey-tan billow on pour with dark brown body below.
coffee, chocolate smell.
coffee, chocolate taste. bitter. baking chocolate remnant left behind on the side of the tongue.
overall, decent. it looks beautiful upon pour. the smell is nice and the taste definitely follows. has a good abv. not my preferred style, but very good regardless...

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Photo of Chico1985
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour to a tulip glass is pretty much black with a good-sized tan head. It stays at at least a half-finger. Good lacing.

Smell is promising and quite delicious, certainly coffee+cocoa forward, with some nuts and roastiness to it.

Taste follows suit, lovin' the big roasted coffee and cocoa nibs, but a little overpowering. A good amount of nutty malts and caramel, slight roast and some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel has is good, with nice, high-ish carbonation. Was expecting something a little bigger/maltier feeling given the style+ABV but this was fine. Some alcohol with warmth but quite hidden.

Definitely tasty, if you like a good coffee/cocoa combo it's hard not to enjoy this - though the flavors are a little tolling/one-note it is pretty solid overall. I'll probably purchase this again sometime.

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Photo of Jree261
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance-Dark brown, almost black with a toffee foam.

Smell-Coffee, chocolate, mocha, vanilla.

Taste-Same as the smell with blue and black fruit and tobacco subtly on the end.

Mouthfeel-Lighter than what I would expect from a black beer like this but still fairly heavy. Finish is good but I would like it to be longer.

Overall-Excellent beer. One of the ones I bought when I was at the brewery in San Marcos last month. Definitely a standout in the Port lineup.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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 jdhowe
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
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 ChanChan
3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
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 flexabull
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
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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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Photo of justintcoons
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Photo of RonPizzle83
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark dark brown, plenty of ruby highlights, under seven fingers of medium tan foam.

A highly inviting aroma of chocolate and coffee.

The cocoa and chocolate shine through in the taste. Mild malt underneath. Some earthy hops bring balance and a bite of bitter.

Smooth, slick mouthfeel.

A big brown ale that rolls right to the line for porters and stouts. Delicious. Nice reminder that Port can do more than just terrific IPAs (not that I am not eager for their Anniversary Ale any day now). I almost overlooked this. Don't make that mistake.

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Photo of jlindros
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to peterdactyl (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a darker colored 1.5 finger fluffy head fades semi slowly with nice spotted lacing, over a super dark brown, pretty much no light coming through.

Nose is very aromatic but almost fake like aroma, a nice beefy brown ale underneath, dark brown malts, caramel, dark caramel, some fresh coffee grinds, a bit of cold extracted coffee and a kahlua like syrup as well, faint cocoa and very dark chocolate, the coffee is very much like a fresh rosted beans cold extracted and not much like actual coffee.

Taste starts with bitter roast, again fresh roasted coffee grinds almost as if they are actually in my mouth now, with a bit of cold extracted coffee, and despite the bitterness not really tannic or harsh and not acrid. Light cocoa, and some super dark chocolate with that. It does get a slight briny salt like quality from some roasted malts in there and the coffee as well finally. Malts bring dark brown malts, a little roast, some dark caramel and slightly syrupy. It gets some warming booze too and slightly boozy, toasted nuts even. Finish is fairly bitter with some earthy hops in there, lots more caramel and dark malts, cocoa, tons of lingering coffee roast.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, some warming borderline tingly booze.

Overall not bad, but get a little too harsh as it goes, coffee starts nice but everntually gets overpowering, harsh, slightly bitter and acrid even. Hard to drink much of it either.

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Photo of hockeyfighter19
3.34/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Solid brew.
Dark brown color. Smell is nothing extraordinary, as an the taste was a very strong coffee. Mouthfeel was very smooth, and not overly carbonated . Only complaint (just my opinion), is the coffee flavor was a bit more than I would like. Otherwise a good choice.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, bottled 2/4/13

A- pours dark brown-nearly black with a huge rocky and pillowy tan head that retains long after the pour, leaving subtle matches of lace behind

S- nice roasty malt character with some notes of espresso. Earthy cacao nibs, tiramisu cream, with a nutty roasted character and dark roast coffee near the back end. Quite complex for a brown ale

T- bittersweet chocolate transitions into a nice dark coffee bitterness, caramel with some lactose-like sweetness transitions into a nice roasted nutty character. The finish provides an herbal-earthy hop bitterness that gives good balance to a dry and nutty finish

M- medium body with medium carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel leads to a foamy and silky finish. The alcohol drinks more like a 5-6%, as it is barely noticeable

O- very complex layers of flavor while still staying within the realm of a brown ale. This style usually isn't my thing, but this one stands a level above all of the others I've had of the style. Highly reccomended

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Photo of tastyville
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I’m drinking less and less cream and sugar with my coffee and replacing it with beer these days. Board Meeting is a new (released February of this year) and delicious brown ale from Port Brewing. This beer is brewed with coffee from local San Diego coffee roasters Ryan Brothers and cocoa nibs from San Francisco chocolate makers TCHO.What makes this beer great is the perfect balance of these high profile flavors. It pours dark- it could be confused with a stout. The aroma is a perfect prelude to the taste as the taste is very predictable and inviting. It’s as if the excellent craftsmanship of the beer corrals the strong coffee and chocolate notes and soothes them to subtlety. The slight dry bitterness at the end finishes even more smoothly. ABV is 8.5% and is sold only in 22oz (so far). One bottle is just not enough so grab two!

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Photo of Slatetank
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I am appreciative to my bro tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me and BA carlos, enjoyed chilled in a pint.

The color is dark brown bordering on black with thick medium brown head which settles to a couple fingers. The lace sticks well and retention is good. The aroma is very earthy almost vegetal and light roasted and caramel malt aroma and mild cocoa scent. The feell is very smooth with some light tannin and roasted texture with mild oily coffee quality and mostly dry finish with medium low bitterness.

The taste is very good with plenty of dark malt toastiness and some light vegetal tinges from the cacao with mild roasted bean taste and gentle tannin in the middle with relatively clean yeast and light bitterness earthy qualities of hops and the coffee/cocoa come through with a nice toasted grain backbone in the malt. I thought this was very drinkable for an imperial brown and the added flavors complimented the base very well -I recommend this to fans of the style.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: dark dark brown. almost porter-like

s: bittersweet chocolate, coffee beans, lactose, roasted malt

t: yep, definitely reminds me more of a porter than a brown. bitter coffee beans, dark chocolate, dark fig, sweet creaminess, hint of brown sugar. the coffee/chocolate bitterness is very smooth

o: pretty good, though if I closed my eyes I wouldn't know it was a brown. this is a real nice drinker. reminds me of something like a palo santo maron

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 220z bomber picked up at Greens Buford Hwy

A - Dark brown/almost black. Zero clarity. Creamy looking. Tan head. 1 finger of head and some sticky lace left on the glass

S - Coffee beans and chocolate dominate. Espresso? Smells great

T - Coffee, toffee, and chocolate, all in a brown porter. Nice mix! Very good

M - Rich and creamy. Well balanced and smooth

O - An excellent brew. Digging this one

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Board Meeting from Port Brewing
4.14 out of 5 based on 631 ratings.
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