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RATINGS: 322   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Port Brewing beers are typically boldly-flavored American and hop-forward West Coast style ales or lagers, and Board Meeting Brown Ale is no exception. 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. Alcohol by volume is 8.5%.

“Board Meeting offers the malty richness and assertive hop presence that you expect in an American brown ale, but enhanced with pronounced roasted coffee and bitter chocolate aromas and flavors,” Arthur said. “I think people will enjoy this beer by itself and at the table paired with meat dishes like pork, roasts and barbeque. I imagine it’d be pretty good washing down a sausage omelet at breakfast too.”


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeuroPliny (222) - Calgary, Alberta, - MAR 24, 2013
On tap at Lost Abbey. Pours dark brown; medium off-white head that leaves plenty of lace. The nose is immediately hit with a blast of coffee, hazelnut, and dark chocolate. The flavor lives up to the aroma with an explosion of dark chocolate covered coffee beans fading to crisp hops. Well balanced. Not quite as sweet and a bit hoppier than the nose suggests which is a nice surprise. Overall an amazing amplified brown ale.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mateuszk (851) - Poznań, POLAND - JUL 22, 2015
Bottle 2013. Deep brown with ruby reflexes, beige head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, toasted malts, slightly acidic from coffee, all mixed preety nice. In taste great biscuits, chocolate and coffee flavours, some oxidation notes started to show too, dark fruits mainly. The beer is medium sweet, smooth, medium bitter and slightly acidic in the finish (coffee). Really nice and balanced beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1223) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2015
October 4th, 2013 - Port Brewing’s Board Meeting label perfectly captures the academic life in San Diego - button up shirts, with a trip to the beach after a long day of shuffling documents and writing. But does the beer live up to the dream? The brew is dark, darker than brown, and closer to the hue of coffee, and the nose and flavor work in concert. Both are bold, assertive and strong, and maybe even a little too bitter, exhibiting touches of both coffee and cacao nibs. The coffee blend is spot on - not warped or twisted, but blending harmoniously with the brown ale elements. But it does taste a great deal like black coffee. That’s great for caffeine consumers like me who take our coffee from the barista and whisk it past the sugar packets. But if you fear that au naturale taste, there might be echoes of that here.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SinH4 (1087) - Garching, Bavaria, GERMANY - JUL 4, 2015
On tap at the brewery. Black color with small tan head. Aroma is espresso, bready. Tadte is sweet coffee, chocolate, soothing. Very oily silky mouthfeel. Tempting.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SeniorZozo (269) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 1, 2015
Love port brewing, great coffee notes from this smooth brown ale. Thick chocolaty head that stays for the full glass

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
krumbum (704) - truckee, California, USA - JUN 23, 2015
Smooth creamy cup of coffee aromas. Dark brown with perfect creamy tan head. It tastes like an amazing cup of coffee. A nuttiness and appropriate thickness for the flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Capa (2307) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Brown with a beige head. Lightly chocolate chip muffin note with caramel, toasted malts, a bit if dark fruit, coffee, too. Full of delicious flavor. A bit boozy in the back. Great.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (7961) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Bomber. Dark brown pour with a dense beige head. Rich cocoa and coffee. Smooth silky texture. Hint of bitter. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (3253) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2015
Draft at the brewery. Pours dark brown with a fizzy beige head. Tastes like dark coffee, toast, burnt malt, and some dark chocolate. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like dark coffee, chocolate, burnt malt, toast.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PartyFowle (633) - - APR 14, 2015
Draft. Pitch-black liquid; cocoa powder head. It’s two fingers tall and so dense I could probably walk on it. Smooth aroma. Medium-roast coffee is almost acidic, but not quite. Buttery toast, vanilla, peanuts. Tastes like a coffee sandwich -- medium roast beans atop toast, nuts, oat, a hint of cola, and a bite of bitter chocolate, with beans rolling in again after the swallow. Oily medium body, moderate prickly carbonation. Not a hint of alcohol. Incredibly smooth, great coffee flavor.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (4033) - Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2015
Pours translucent cola brown with a very thick and rather persistent tan head. Strong aroma has toasty malt, cloves, earthy, cocoa and hay notes. Flavor bursts with toasted malt, cocoa and cloves plus caramel and earthy hints. Firm texture has decent fizz and leaves an earthy finish supported by cocoa and cloves tones. Chair-beer of the board!


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