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Robust Porter - Bridge Road Brewers

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21 Ratings
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Ratings: 21
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Australia

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-20-2005)
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Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Hoptron_3000:
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Hoptron_3000

Australia

3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Tiny hiss on opening suggesting low carbonation. Pours cola colour with no head. Swirl brings a tan head that doesn't stick around. Bottle conditioned.
S: Coffee with hints of dates. Earthy dark roast malt. No hop aroma.
T: Super rich roasted coffee. A little dark chocolate and caramel. Dry roast malt finish.
M: Medium body. Very low carbonation.
O: Nice beer. I haven't had any other Robust Porter so difficult to compair.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 03:26:14 | More by Hoptron_3000
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Kroehny_Loves_Hops

Australia

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

05-01-2014 12:47:56 | More by Kroehny_Loves_Hops
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Vanz

Australia

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

01-27-2014 22:48:22 | More by Vanz
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admiral

Australia

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

12-23-2013 06:56:12 | More by admiral
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soju6

Missouri

3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with a nice full head that fades slowly to good lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt with a bit of roasted nuts, coffee and chocolate mixed in.

T: Taste of roasted malt, bit of caramel sweetness with some chocolate, coffee and bit of roasted nuts. Nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fairly full body, smooth and creamy with a nice balance.

O: Very enjoyable beer that has a bit of character. Nice offering from the brewer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 01:37:27 | More by soju6
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pin

Australia

2/5  rDev -42%

08-03-2012 04:18:20 | More by pin
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heygeebee

Australia

3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No visible BB date - from Warners.

Pours black n atn. One finger head dies faster than usual for a Porter. Leaves film. Little lace.

Muted aromas of chocolate, roast malts (burnt even) and some nuttiness. Coffee later.

Taste is as aromas but watered down. Some roast burnt bitterness, but overall watery and thin.

Light carbonation. Ok. Medium to light bodied.

Not sure if I have been spolit bu high ABV porters recently, but his doe not hold my attention - too watery is main complaint.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 08:32:51 | More by heygeebee
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Kornoms

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

05-23-2012 15:02:14 | More by Kornoms
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joecast

Australia

3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nearly pitch black with a dark tan foamy head. As dark as any porter I've had before. Certainly looks robust.

Smell dominated by those dark malts. Roasty, charred and a touch of caramel sweetness.

An earthy hoppiness combines with the drying dark malt. This certainly straddles the blurred line between porter and stout if it does not cross it. The bottle recommends pairing with chocolate and this works well. The sweetness of the chocolate gets cleaned up nicely by the dry charred character of the beer.

Had in my mind this was much higher in abv. Quite an enjoyable porter as it is. And it wont knock you to the floor after a couple.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 09:16:50 | More by joecast
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Stew41

Australia

3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Soft caramel and roast; very friendly and approachable. As good as any Oz porter getting around at the minute. Very dark brown tending to black. The very thin, dark, creamy head gives a distinct mochiato look....very appealing. Nose is sweet, milk shake like with the malt aromas. Reasonably thick palate with more chocolate powder notes, and I certainty didn’t find the roast notes as overt as some previous tasting notes. Finishes clean with late bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 11:43:19 | More by Stew41
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mulder1010

Australia

3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a dark brown cola color. Settled black. Half finger of light brown head, on swirling got maybe one finger. Wanted to stick around the half finger and film area.

S-- Sweet, smoky, a little bit of peat, and get some of the hops. Slowly chocolate and coffee make appearances in the smell but the wood sets it off. Really a nice nose for this beer.

T-- A little acidic lemon start and then coffee and chocolate kick in. Get the hops at first but they drop off quickly.

M-- Coffee taste is very clean and not big at all. Chocolate is smooth. Just little hints of sweetness in the mouth. Pretty clean beer and finishes smooth. Just a little coffee linger along with some lemon but more a smooth, roasted coffee flavor. No gaps of thinness or watery at all. Pretty well rounded. Medium carbonation and feel.

D-- After two I think I might get bored with this. Good, solid beer but nothing after the smell that makes me jump up and down wanting a lot more. Still could have 3 easily due to the low ABV at 5.2%.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 14:10:32 | More by mulder1010
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Finite

Australia

3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown body with a lightly tanned head. Burnt malts and caramel coffee dominate the aroma some hops are smelt however.

Surprisingly flavorsome for the ABV. Strong burnt wood and coffee notes. Hints of caramel. A light bitterness from the hops and some sour bitterness from the burnt malts.

Creamy mouth feel and good robust carbonation

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 07:03:33 | More by Finite
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours solid black with a towering light-brown head.
Nose shows lots of dark and milk chocolate with some caramel chucked in there as well.
Flavours are not as complex or interesting, but still show loads of roasted malt with faint hints of chocolate. Unfortunately there's an off-putting tangy taste in there, like green apples.
Too highly carbonated for a porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 23:44:49 | More by CrazyDavros
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LittleCreature

Australia

3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.5
Poured two fingers of mocha coloured head that gradually reduced to a thin layer over an opaque black body with golden brown where the light catches it.

Smell - 3.5
A slightly sweet aroma of dry roasted malt and a little chocolate and coffee.

Taste - 4.0
My first thought is of Coopers Extra Stout. Impressively, as a porter of 1.1% less alcohol, the strength and complexity of flavour are very similar. Tastes of roasted malt, dark chocolate and a little coffee. Well balanced and moderately bitter with a little leafy hop character.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Fine, persistent carbonation gives this full-bodied beer a creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability - 4.0
I would definitely drink this again, a very good cold weather drink.

OVERALL - 3.8
One of the best Australian craft brewed beers I've tried in a while. I'd be happy to drink this any time, a very nice porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 12:33:27 | More by LittleCreature
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish black colour, not very opaque, but very dark. Head is an amazing rocky adventure of tan bubbles. Lacing is excellent. What an excellent looking beer.

Quite amazingly robust and powerful black roasted almost smoky nose. Very dark. Often I find some sweetness on the nose, and ashiness on the palate - but this has no sweetness here. If this is any indication, this will be one black dark and crazy beer.

Lots of roasted grainy flavours, not quite as dark as I'd have thought. The deep roasted notes are rich like deep brown toast. Very pleasant and pleasantly surprising. Mouthfeel is a little thin. A slight on an otherwise very pleasant beer.

Yeah. Nice. Roasty, but not too extreme. Plenty of character, and pretty easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 05:52:51 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Macca

Australia

2.63/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This poured a pitch black colour and a generous finger of head.

Some chocolate on the nose.

The chocolate continued through to the palate but didn't really amount to much. There was a nice drying bitter finish though.

I found this to be a bit thin for a porter.

Disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 12:22:22 | More by Macca
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark, almost pitch-black colour with a very large frothy head, mocha in hue, that dissipates quite comprehensively, leaving a thin crown. Lacing is OK, fairly lacklustre. Overall a decent looker.

Dark, heavy-roasted coffee character on the nose, some bitter cocoa-heavy chocolate, but a very grainy, oatmeal character as well. Slight dark tart cherry as well. Fairly predictable, nothing cruel or unusual, but nice.

Taste is again dark, very drying, bitter roastedness on the back, front is a bit disappointing, with nothing much except a tart hit of cherry and red grape skin. Very toasted back, great hit of espresso and a lot of burnt toast. It's quite a robust, bitter finish, slightly sour, quite manly but also a bit simple for its strength, not too much nuance to it.

Mouthfeel has a bit of a tingle to it but is quite thin. The slight grittiness on the back is a bit of a turnoff, but otherwise this is a reasonable drinker. And they have my blessing to call it a 'robust' porter, I don't think it's just marketing.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 01:49:52 | More by laituegonflable
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dgilks

Australia

4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pitch black with a marshmallow like light tan head. Good head retention and nice lacing on the glass.

S - Coffee, roasted malts and a light fruitiness are evident. Some chocolate is also evident.

T - Lots of chocolate and coffee here. Big, bold flavours. Some fruitiness is also there and along with the roast it offers a slight astringency. Well rounded and very nice.

M - A slightly thicker than average mouthfeel and a nice slightly below average carbonation. Well suited to the style.

D - Very drinkable. There is plenty of taste, a reasonable ABV and a nice smooth mouthfeel. This is great.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 11:49:38 | More by dgilks
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koolk

Australia

3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

AKA Robust Porter

Deep brown going on black in colour, it has a huge off white head that persists.

Ultra roast aromas dominate the nose, with some burnt toffee and some raw grain notes. Nice.

Dark fruits and chocolate on the palate lead into a moderately bitter finish. Plenty of cocoa, roasted barley and perhaps even some coffee grinds.

Well balanced, some nice milky sweetness is offset well but the bitterness and roasty flavours. Overly carbonated for the style, which is the biggest downfall.

Not a bad drop. Check it!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 10:05:40 | More by koolk
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brendan13

Australia

3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has been re-named Robust Porter like it should have been called from the start.

A - Poured black with a big, fluffy beige head. Big patchy lacing.
S - Roasted barley, mild chocolate malt. Some slight fruity esters.
T - Choclate malt goodness. Some faint grassy hop notes come through as well.
M - Quite a full mouthfeel, chocolate flavour lingers.
D - My favourite Australian porter right now. A couple of these to end the night in winter is great.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 13:05:30 | More by brendan13
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norwichboy

Australia

3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle has a cartoony image of Ned Kelly on the front, describes the style as a "robust porter", says a little of the origins of the style and jokes that "rumour has it that Ned himself was a porter man". I'm entertained already.

As to the beer itself, it pours black, completely opaque, with a moderate light brown head that produces good lacing. Roasted aromas of milk chocolate and coffee are fairly restrained, a few dried fruit notes. The dried fruit is more prominant on tasting, with a bitter finish in which the roasted flavours emerge. Slight carbonation, maybe could do with a bit more.

Overall this pretty subdued. It makes a good easy drinking beer, but I'm left wanting somewhat more. I think I'll get more than just the one bottle next time...

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2006 06:59:34 | More by norwichboy
Robust Porter from Bridge Road Brewers
80 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.