Board Meeting Port Brewing

Board Meeting Port Brewing
Tasting: June 28, 2013
Style: Imperial Brown Ale
Beer #: 477

Board Meeting Port Brewing Brown Ale

(c)2013 popsonhops

Board Meeting Port Brewing – double entendre from Port Brewing. Is it people in business suits in a conference room? or surfers with boards chatting between waves? How about both? At least the label portrays it that way.

Speaking of labels, Board Meeting is a new one on me so, I went to the Port Brewing website for a little background. It turns out that this is the first new brand offering by Port Brewing on a year-round basis since the launch of Mongo (92 points) in early 2010. I’ve probably have had this Board Meeting bottle on my beer fridge door since its inception in early March. It’s day has finally arrived.

Also from Board Meeting’s label – 8.5% ABV and notes that it is brewed with coffee and cocoa nips. Turns out that the local coffee is from Ryan Brothers, who happens to also supply coffee for the highly-acclaimed Speedway Stout from AleSmith. The cocoa nibs are from famed San Francisco chocolatier TCHO. Maybe you’ve heard of them – I haven’t.

Pour is a rich cola brown and it has a very creamy head buoyed on top like ice cream in a root beer float. Strong coffee aromas. A bit fizzy on the tongue at first but that mellows few sips in. The roasted coffee flavors pop. Not as lush as I would have expected. You have to concentrate to get the chocolate, but it’s there under that strong coffee. I’ve rattled off a couple of negatives for this beer so, on the positive side, I’ll say that the coffee flavor is mellow and well done. I find it hard to give it a score. I’ll have to refer to my rating guide. I definitely think it falls in the category of “Good, not memorable. I’d drink it if someone gave it to me”, which is 80 – 84 points. I’ll settle at 84.

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