Kudzu Porter | Back Forty Beer Co.

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Kudzu PorterKudzu Porter

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Back Forty Beer Co.
Alabama, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Reaper16 on 06-08-2011

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2.62/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle was awesome. Appearance true to style, and it was dark rich mahogany, the smell was light, but too hoppy to style. taste was thin. no malt character, comparative to the hop notes. mouthfeel was thin and nonexistent. it was not as good as we expected.

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2.67/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a brown color with light tan colored head. Roasted malt mostly on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a little bit of burnt char malt. Very thin on the mouthfeel.

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2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Far too hoppy for a porter. Although it does have some drinkability, I feel this is unbalanced and a poor representation of its style. I am not a fan of featuring a hops above malt profiles that excell in their own right. It does have a pleasing depth of flavor... presenting a honey, coffee mineral flavor, almost like a syrup. I Want to like this beer for what it is, but they called it a porter...

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2.94/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served on-tap @ Egan's, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass

Kudzu Porter is Back Forty's third beer, and also their best. Until today they have only brought it to beer festivals in the state of Alabama, but they debuted it at Egan's today with all proceeds going to Tuscaloosa tornado relief efforts.

Pours a lighter-than-expected shade of muddy, dark red. I mean, man is this light for a porter. It's very red throughout. Half a finger of light khaki head actually looks attractive sitting on top of the red body, but it doesn't stick around for long.

Interesting nose, actually. You have to wait for it to warm up, but there's a vegetal note here that must be coming from the kudzu that the beer was brewed with. It's not a hop note, but a truly vegetal one. Apart from that interesting note, it's all slightly-roasted sweetness. Little depth to the malt profile, unfortunately.

The taste follows the nose. It's very sweet, almost cola sweet. There's thankfully some roast to offset the sweetness, but not enough. The kudzu/vegetal character is very pronounced with warmth. It makes for a sort of harsh finish, even if you enjoy the astringent, turnip like flavor that this beer has.

Medium-sized body. It's perhaps a touch undercarbonated, but I might be nitpicking. Overall, this is an average porter even considering how uniquely vegetal it is. I enjoy the kudzu component, but the malt bill could use some work. Additional roast flavor would do this beer a world of good. Still, this is by far the best beer that Back Forty has released. I'd much rather see this on-tap at local bars than Truck Stop Honey Brown or Naked Pig Pale Ale.

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3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Thank you Shan8454 for this in trade.

Appearance: Darker brown, with a thin beige head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Malts, nutty, and some fruity notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of malts, bitter, and some nutty flavor in the background.

Overall: Personally not a fan of porters, but I will give this one credit it is good. A die-hard porter fan I would imagine would enjoys this one a lot.

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Kudzu Porter from Back Forty Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 129 ratings
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