Port Brewing Board Meeting Brown Ale

Board Meeting Brown Ale

Brewed by: Port Brewing Company

Beer Classification and Specs

  • Style: Brown Ale
  • Variation: American
  • Seasonal: No
  • ABV: 8.5%
  • IBU: N/A

Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients

Brewed for the early risers, who sacrifice sleep and warmth for the first meeting of the day abroad a wave to shore. Board Meeting is steeped with San Diego’s own Ryan Brother’s Coffee and cocoa nibs from San Francisco chocolatiers’ TCHO, creating a dark brown ale with deep layers of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and spicy nuttiness.

Additional: Ryan Brothers coffee, THCO cocoa nibs

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First Impressions

Artwork: Follows the Port brand label template, with businessmen finishing up their morning “board meeting” surf session at the beach.

Color: Opaque dark chocolate.

Aroma: Mild dark chocolate smell, like a chocolate confectionary dessert with a hint of dark roast beans.

The Tasting

Arrived in: 22 oz. Bottle

Served in: Pint glass

Before we keep going, here’s a spoiler – bitter, dark chocolate and intense roasted coffee are a recurring theme to this beer. Board Meeting is positively delicious.

Once poured, foamy latte colored head appears on top of an almost black, dark ale, like stout or porter. The head foams up pretty good, then dissipates fairly quickly — one of those beers that eventually ends up with a tiny ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

Board Meeting has a hearty body with a thick and creamy mouthfeel. This beer exudes the malt. In this case, I define “malt” on 2 levels – lots of malt in the actual beer recipe, and a malty consistency. Like a chocolate milkshake, or one of those Carnation ice creams you find at a sporting event with the little wood paddle spoon.

Not only is the mouthfeel off the charts, so is the flavor. Board Meeting tastes like dark chocolate or cacao at first, with boldly roasted coffee beans in the finish. Or maybe I have it backwards, but I don’t think it even matters at this point. Who doesn’t like deep roasted coffee or bittersweet dark chocolate? The taste is reminiscent of an espresso hard candy.

Board Meeting boasts a heavy weight for brown ale, but in a good way. If this beer was a boxer, it would fight 2-3 weight classes up, with the porters and stouts. This is one of the darkest brown ales, consistency wise, I’ve ever had.

I don’t like to get in habit of comparing beers, but it’s more acceptable amongst the same brand. That being said, Board Meeting reminds me of less intense version of Santa’s Little Helper, their holiday imperial stout. Both feature that weighty chocolate roast, but the good news is this one’s available year round.

The best way to enjoy this beer is served after dinner as a dessert. That way you get your coffee and chocolate in the same glass.

Final Score: 5/5


Board Meeting is atypical to the brown style, exceeding the levels of “darkness” found in stouts and porters. A chocolaty brown ale is not that uncommon, or even one with roasted coffee. But Board Meeting uses both flavors, and uses them very effectively.

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