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Rubus Black Blackberry Imperial Porter - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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Rubus Black Blackberry Imperial PorterRubus Black Blackberry Imperial Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

34 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 19.54%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jera1350 on 06-26-2010)
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

11-17-2011 17:17:05 | More by bwiechmann
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had the good fortune to try this while at the brewery. Very berry nose while staying true to its porter style roots. taste was like drinking a rich chocolate cake covered with raspberry sauce. mouthfeel was smooth with an alcohol burn finish
would make an excellent dessert/after dinner beer

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2012 15:29:17 | More by bfife
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tvv375ia

Iowa

2.83/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured from 750ml bottle into pint glass

A-dark brown with about a 2 finger head that faded without much lacing

S-blackberries/raspberries along with some chocolate

T-starts with some berries and bitter dark chocolate finish, not real balanced just a blend of not real complimentary flavors to me

M-medium body but has a lot of carbonation

O-I opened this yesterday and the carbonation was just too much so I let this sit for a day and that helped the carbonation problem but didn't fix the flavor problem this one has an artifical berry chocolate taste that just doesn't work for me

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 02:31:00 | More by tvv375ia
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

This pours pretty foamy but once everything gets into the glass, which settles down into a flat black color with a couple fingers of fizzy mocha head. This mostly retains with some rich edges and leaves back a soapy cascade of minimal spotty lacing. The aroma is green earthy hops and roast up front, which in turn give way to the raspberry flavor. This luckily isn’t coming across as too artificial smelling and seems to works decently with the cocoa notes from the malt across the back.

The taste is raspberries and chocolate working in tandem again, which are set against a somewhat assertive mix of bitter hops and roast. The finish mostly has an earthy feel to it that mingles with some leftover dry roast. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, and just like the pour, is a bit too carbonated. Things do settles down after a while though and get a little creamier feeling towards the back. Alcohol is pretty well hidden for close to 9%.

This wasn’t bad. I thought that the raspberry character was actually pretty well done and seemed to jive well with the rest of those English Porter flavors but the overcarbonation gave this bit too much overall aggressiveness that combined with the fuller feel here to limit the drinkability some. I’m glad that I was able to split this bottle, as the whole thing would have been a little too much.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 19:37:00 | More by Kegatron
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Reddish brown color that lights on the sides. Obnoxiously large head (TWSS) of a khaki color.

S - There are some berries in there, not sure they are blackberries, but at least there is a noticable berry presence. Some chocolate, touch of roast, alcohol.

T - Chocolate, some fruity yeast. Some berry, although not as much as note nose. Nothing particularly well-refined or distinctive about this.

M - Active carbonation, medium bodied, kind of a bad finish.

O - Not a beer I cared for. Flavors weren't good, somewhat generic and off tasting, and the mouthfeel was disappointing as well. Wouldn't say it's a horrible beer, but not something I'd really drink again.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 23:30:00 | More by AgentZero
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Minnesota

5/5  rDev +28.5%

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ColdPoncho

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Jason for bringing this one
From notes

First of all, this thing blew its top like crazy, big gusher...very exciting stuff

A - dark body with a big brown head made of large bubbles.

S - fruity, a hint of wood? roasty and chocolatey, pretty good.

T - tons of blackberry, some chocolate, some roast. pretty good.

M - too much carbonation at first, goes straight to foam in the mouth, but when the carbonation dies down, it's actually quite nice, smooth, drying, medium-bodied.

O - a pretty good beer, wonder what it would be like if it was appropriately carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 18:04:42 | More by ColdPoncho
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Urbancaver

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle exploded on the first twist of the cage. Literally cork ended up in the next room and half the bottle geysered all over the table. Smells heavy and strong. Like blackberry syrup and malt. Tastes sweet and malty with lots and lots of blackberry. Tons and tons of berry. Overall pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 15:05:27 | More by Urbancaver
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brew3crew

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Watch out! Its a gusher! Lost half the bottle as not expecting it to blow

A brown body with s nice tan head that quickly disapates

S-wierd fruit blend of blackberry and something else

T-follows the nose with the fruit. Porter comes through at the end in the aftertaste

M-medium body and smooth

O-nice fruity porter. Don't know if it is really my style

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 23:35:09 | More by brew3crew
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DaCheesehead

Iowa

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a typical porter brown color with a pale brown head. it smells like a blackberry truffle and peanut butter sandwich.... toss in some light ashy roast and cream too. the flavor is not on par with the aroma... sour like it is starting to turn (or they threw a shit load of tart blackberries in it) and a metallic ashiness. medium bodied, easily quaffable but something is off keeping it from being really good.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 21:07:55 | More by DaCheesehead
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe from the Blind BIF box. Thanks. This was a sleeper hit.

Beer is black but over carbonated, huge head that sticks around, high carbonation, pushed the cork out with no problem. Some lacing on the glass, head is big and tan.

The aroma is somewhat of a shock to all of us, it is a little solventy and offputting before we realize that it is berries, like raspberries. Still not the greatest aroma for a berry stout.

Beer tastes much much better than the aroma. The beer is thinned out too much by the carbonation but overall it is a decent tasting beer. The fruit comes through in the midpalate (later revealed to be blackberries) and finish is a little dry. Overall a good beer, one of the better ones from the box.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 22:31:43 | More by drabmuh
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dougofthefuture for sending this in Blind BIF 5. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Cork and cage presentation. Big boom with the cork--really pushed that thing out, no gushing though. Pour is near black with a thick light mocha head. Long-lasting head that sticks around as a cap throughout. The nose brings a pretty strong aroma of raspberries with some chocolate coming in behind. With this combination, right away I'm thinking that American Imperial Stout is the leading contender. Some mild roast in the background. Flavor has a good amount of raspberry with some slight chocolate and roast in the background. Amyliz4 says it tastes like a Tootsie Roll. Finish is really quite dry. Medium body. Some booze. Pretty good. Blackberry makes sense after the reveal. Can of course taste it now. Would woulda figured?

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 12:58:13 | More by Thorpe429
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Snow81

Minnesota

4.9/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark Brown Body

Head: Nice tan frosty head but dissipates quickly

Smell: Sweet roosted malts with a hint of coco and sweet berry

Taste: Fruit up front with dark berry roosted malts

Weight: Medium to light body with low to medium carbonation

Finish: Blackberry fills the palate with a small amount of heat that rolls in

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 01:44:51 | More by Snow81
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HosP

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't remember how I got this beer... I think my wife picked it out. Of course she'd pick out a fruit beer! Still better than what she could have picked out.

A- Pours black in color. Talk about some carbonation. Huge tan head, didn't expect that much carbonation to it.

S- Nice blackberry aroma up front. Some roastiness notes come through at the end. Blackberry dominates the nose though.

T- Actually good taste here. Nice porter type flavor with subtle blackberry flavors. Nothing overpowers any other flavors. Fruits come out, but give good balance without taking over. Very smooth drink here.

M- Medium body with lots of carbonation to it.

D- Pretty drinkable. Not much of a fan of fruit flavored big beers, but this one isn't bad. Enjoy smelling more of the fruit than tasting it. Nice balance all around, not sure if I'll buy another, but wouldn't turn it down.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 05:50:52 | More by HosP
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Fitzgerald

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured two glasses first one lost a little over the top huge tan foamy head, think I poured a little to fast. Very dark with a little bit of ruby highlights, after head dissipated no lacing but a very delicious looking porter.

S- A lot of chocolate,roasted barley, molasses right up front very nice rich nose.

T- I can taste the chocolate, coffee and sweetness right away and after it has warmed I can taste the fruity blackberry come through.

MF- Little bit of bite from the hops and alcohol but a nice smooth and warming finish.

D- Very nice porter with a touch of blackberry makes it great drink on a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 01:56:22 | More by Fitzgerald
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks spycow! Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Giant tan foam that slowly dissipates, but leaves negligible lace. Body is a dark red-brown color with transparency at the fringes. It's attractive, but is clearly suffering from over-carbonation.

S - Chocolate, roasted malts, nebulous berry flavors, and unfortunately some poorly hidden alcohol.

T - Taste is much more chocolate-forward, with significantly less in the way of blackberry. The yeast imparts some nebulous dark fruit character, and the alcohol is somewhat better hidden.

M - It's a little overcarbonated, but not as bad as I was expecting from the pour. Body is medium, and very watery in a soda type of way. Sticky finish, with some alcohol warmth.

D - I liked this better than most of my friends, but it was still fairly underwhelming. Fixing the carbonation and hiding the alcohol a little better would go a long way to making this a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 18:49:07 | More by MasterSki
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jrallen34

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Raspberry porter drank after a Framboise to enhance the flavors...Bottle provided by Chris, poured into a perfect pint glass...Dark brown pour with a HUGE light tan head. Excellent retention, but no lacing at all???...The aroma is shockingly great, tons of raspberries with chocolate, reminds me a little of KRE. Combination works perfectly, but a little on the sweeter side...The taste is so bad, didn't see this coming. Only light raspberries with tons of stale coffee and alcohol. Bad over carbonation as well here.

The taste kills this, not worth trying as it doesn't live up or stay true to a great aroma.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 04:32:59 | More by jrallen34
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Charred chestnut with amber and orange highlights. Cork removal produced the loudest gunshot that I've ever experienced when opening a bottle of beer. The khaki hued cap filled the vast majority of the pint glass on the pour and doesn't look willing to give any quarter to the liquid beneath. Even though lace could be more extensive, this is still a good looking ale.

The aroma is chocolate-roasted malty with an ideal amount of dark berry fruitiness. Since nose and beer are still several inches apart, overall olfactory power doesn't seem to be lacking.

Rubus Black Blackberry Imperial Porter tastes like a blackberry-infused Imperial porter, so points for truth in advertising. It's also tasty beer that most likely hit the target that the brewers were aiming at. Good balancing act with respect to sweet, bitter and tart.

The flavor profile is the beer equivalent of dark chocolate brownies studded with roasted coffee beans and drizzled with blackberry liqueur. Fuggles and Goldings hops, along with British yeast, add authenticity. A better mouthfeel might have allowed the next highest taste score to be chosen. It's that close.

Speaking of which, this offering is thinner than it should be and the carbonation follows the usual pattern when there are too many bubbles right out of gate. In other words... too boisterous early, sweet-spot blown through in 1-2 mouthfuls, borderline limp for the remainder of the bottle.

Rubus is the genus for the blackberry. If the brewers used North American berries, they used either Rubus villosus or Rubus Canadensis. Botany lesson over. A properly bubbled brew is probably the king of BBB's lineup. As is, it's at least the equal of Ring Neck Braun and Sheephead Ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 22:27:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Rubus Black Blackberry Imperial Porter from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
87 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.