Kudzu Porter | Back Forty Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Back Forty Beer Co.
Alabama, United States
backfortybeer.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Reaper16 on 06-08-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
129
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
13.09%
 
 
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, day 2 of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent Calendar. 'Kudzu', an apt name for a beer from the American southeast, with one of the better taglines about the product therein that I've seen on a label of late: "Careful, it will grow on you!"

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick brown hue, with one finger of bubbly, loosely foamy tan head, which leaves a bit of spooky skewed webbed lace in places around the glass as things duly recede.

It smells of bittersweet cocoa powder, bready caramel malt, lactic sourness, a mild oily nuttiness, burnt coffee, and a vegetal, green sort of reserved hoppiness. The taste is more gritty dark chocolate, roasted caramel malt, fairly innocuous milk solids, pithy stale nuts, faint bitter coffee grounds, a hint of citrus rind, and rather subtle earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is a bit peppy, but mostly just supportive in its plebeian duties, the body a decent medium weight, generally smooth, and maybe a wee bit creamy, in the whipped air sense. It finishes off-dry, the sweetness of the bready malt tempered yet by the lingering dry coffee, char, and musty earthy hops.

Not too shabby a porter, overall, the basic elements are all there, except those that would differentiate this as an American version of the style. Yes, I'm nattering on about hops, and I fear that while this offering may once have had a complement befitting its fecund moniker, it has been squandered away by all the time it has been squired away in that big box 'o random beer, gussied up for this year's Yuletide.

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Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kudzu Porter pours a very dark reddish mahogany topped by a durable tan head that leaves excellent lacing.

Aroma: more hops than expected lend an unusual citrus nose, but there is too little in the way of roasted malts.

Taste: a bit hoppy, but on par with some other American Porters. Thankfully, there's plenty of dark roasted malt too. The dark malt brings a light smoke and a bit too much burnt quality.

M: medium+ body; Nicely carbonated,

Overall: an unusual but nice American porter worth trying.

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3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body, clear, with garnet tints at the edges. The head is a couple fingers of light beige foam. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Black malts, always unmistakable, edged with a little fresh citrus. Ashen tar-like note from the black malts with some more agreeable chocolate, sweetened coffee bringing up the rear.

Taste: Upfront pop of smokey, creosote-esque black malt ahead of the slightly softer touches of dark chocolate and coffee. Relatively light sweetness. Citrusy, faintly floral hops with a fair degree of bitterness aided a bit by the astringency from the black malts. Drying, lightly lemony, lightly astringent finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied (just barely). Medium carbonation.

Overall: After the mildness of the brown, I wasn't expecting a stronger American citrus hop presence. Also, as is always the case, I'm never too keen on the inclusion of black malts, a very overbearing addition, in my humble opinion.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Tone
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%

Pours a clear, dark brown. 3/2 inch had of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, roasted malt, hint of sweet malt, alcohol, hint of chocolate, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American porter. Mouth feel is sharp and clean with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of coffee, hint of caramel malt, alcohol, pine, and hops. Overall, decent porter, good complexity, but the hop levels almost make it taste like an American black ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Derek
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 7/18/13.

A: Deep mahogany/chest-nut brown, pours with a light tan head, thing ring of retention shows some leg.

S: Grainy aroma: roasted nut, brown sugar & chocoate.

T: Lots of roasted nut, some light coffee, hints of cocoa and orange zest. Slight grainy astringency. Modest bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body, nicely carb'd, hint of acidity.

O: I suspect this would be better when it's fresh.

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Photo of fredmugs
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Erik-P
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of cjgator3
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of TX-Badger
2.67/5  rDev -25.6%
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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Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of crobinso
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Zach136
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass.

A: Coca cola brown. Ruby clear in direct light. Not much head.

S: Sweet chocolate. Hint of cream.

T/M/O: This is tasty! Smooth, robust, and creamy. Hints of chocolate and milk. Round and smooth, with a slightly nutty finish. Recommended! Would have again. Great example of a porter.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of macrosmatic
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Fat Head's pint glass.

A: Pours a fairly dark brown, not quite opaque, with low visible carbonation. A thin tan half-hearted head tries to form with very poor retention.

S: Not a lot of aroma here – roasty notes, some sweetness from the malts, and a touch of chocolate.

T: Roasted malts with moderate bitter character, hints of chocolate and less coffee, and some resinous hop bitterness near the end.

M: Has a thin body for porter (more like an average brown ale), and is nearly undercarbonated. Medium alcohol presence.

O: Very, very unimpressive – not an undrinkable beer, since the roasted malt character keeps things interesting. I won't give up on the brewery after this beer. But ultimately this is a poor porter.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of ordybill
4.34/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
This beer is a dark brown colored brew with a medium sized off-white colored head. The aroma is a distinct blend of malt, hops and cocoa. the taste is really good and is a fine example of an American Porter. The palate is a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
Overall- A really good porter that is another example of a fine beer from Back Forty

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Photo of JohnnieNepal
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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