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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Photo of Mojo
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my favorite of the beers brewed by Back Forty. Up until now I've found them to be not bad, but certainly not anything special. This one is the best of their offereings. It pours up a deep, deep brown, almost black with a 1 1/2 inch to 2 finger caramel colored head. Retention is good and there is a huge amount of elaborate lacing left. Smell is coffee, honey, floral, and some saltiness. Mouthfeel might be the weakest component. Not quite enough carbonation. Taste is very good. I love the roasted malt perfectly balanced on the finish with coffee, dark chocolate, and some roasted nut accents. Try this one if you find it. It's common in Alabama, but I don't know how widely it is distributed.

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Photo of Reaper16
2.94/5  rDev -18.1%
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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Kudzu Porter from Back Forty Beer Co.
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