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RATINGS: 267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.”

Theis' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13225) - Frederiksberg, - MAY 15, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2013 Bottle at Mikkeller & Friends - Thanks Søren. Clear dark brown - offwhite head. Roasted. Citrus notes. Coffee. Chocolate. Cocoa. Ok bitterness. Nice fresh hoppy. Light metallic. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gachupines (846) - USA - JUN 29, 2014
Deep, rich brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is cocoa and roasted malt. Flavor is big chocolate, dark and rich but without the sweetness of a chocolate stout. Light bitterness and sharp hops keep it from getting heavy. Really well balanced and tasty. Wife: 4.1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
r464 (1882) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Deep and dark with a large tan head, Full and rolling. Yes, cocoa and coffee, malt and earthiness. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (7898) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2014
Keg at Port/Lost Abbey tasting room, 18/04/14. Light black with a moderate tan covering that dissipates to pencil thin edgeing. Nose is cocoa powde, coffee grinds, sweet notes, light roast, dark fruit. Taste comprises dark malts, coffee more prominent, cocoa nibs, light roast, sweet licks, hint of spice. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Decent enough strong, nicely pitched coffee interaction.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RussianDragon (280) - - MAY 10, 2014
Bottle shared by Mr McGinness. Pours a near-black brown with wispy lasting head, plum hues when backlit. Aroma is roasted malts, brown sugar and mild coffee notes. Flavor is massive - malt, chocolate, coffee beans, and an espresso finish. Creamy viscous mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (1671) - USA - MAY 8, 2014
Deep brown in color, almost black... Aroma of fresh roasted coffee, cocoa... Flavor is huge roasted coffee, chocolate, nutty brown malts... Sweet finish, one of the better browns I've had ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewje41 (304) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Draft pour. Pours black with a faint, nutty aroma. Nutty flavor as well with a long, rich milk chocolate finish. Hints of coffee on the palate as well. Very tasty beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
kirk36 (112) - Peabody, Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2014
Pours thick and brown-dog. Great lacing slow to recede. Light body must have been to cross-fit. Flavor could be bigger in fact I find it difficult to describe. So I would drink this during a board meeting for sure because it's weak! Watery. Brown in name only! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Strong coffee dominates toasted bread notes in this lean and linear strong brew.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the dark brown.
-Body could be fuller for this type of dessert brew and alcohol level. The bubbly carbonation didn’t feel welcome.
-The finish is more of the same, with some roast added.
-Didn’t get the same quality malt flavors from this one as I get from most Port brews.
-Although this had plenty of dessert flavors to share, it didn’t satisfy the dessert craver in me that night.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (1829) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2014
March 24, 2014 - on tap at the tasting room. Dark brown pour with some head and lacing. Roasted malt, chocolate and coffee in aroma and taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4763) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Sampled on draft at Hou Thou this beer poured a matte black color with a small foamy tan head that faded and left good lacing. The aroma was toasty, woody, very nutty and had a hint of coffee. The flavor was toasty, nutty and a bit woody with hints of bread, dark fruits, toffee and coffee. Long toasty nut, toffee and coffee finish. Nice depth of flavor. Medium body. Quite nice.

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