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Roebling Imperial Robust Porter - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 17.58%
Wants: 2
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with imported sweet vanilla beans, cold pressed espresso/coffee & raw cane sugars.

(Beer added by: Beejay on 10-22-2011)
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

TheRuss9585, Jun 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

spmiller86, Jun 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

nineworldseries, Jun 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

chippo33, May 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

aasher, May 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Gonzoillini, May 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

cmoses, Apr 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Lanstrum, Apr 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

craftbrew502, Apr 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

osupuck19, Apr 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

ohiobeer29, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into tulip. Nice brown with tan head - slightly reddish hue. Awesome vanilla and slight chocolate roasty aroma.
Mild brown caramel and vanilla flavor...quite nice. Its a bit thin and lacking in body but drinks really easy. Its almost a very dark brown ale more than a porter, but is in general a pretty good brew. Not sure why such low reviews...maybe because its a little thin, but the flavor is there. For almost 8% abv, this drinks insanely smooth...feels like its 4%. I definitely reccomend this one...

DrinkSlurm, Apr 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Buckeye982, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of BB1313
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with some brown hues, kakhi head that fades and leaves a little lacing. The aromas are subtle and full of chocolate malts, vanilla bean, and expresso. The flavors are full of black coffee and cream. This one has a solid sweetness to it, although remains somewhat bitter. The flavors are solid, but a little watered down. Mouthfeel is very solid. It's light, but fluffy and creamy. There's a refreshing smoothness going on. The active carbonation makes this an extremely easy drinking beer. The alcohol goes completely unnoticed. There's no way I would've guessed this beer was almost 8% abv.

This is a solid beer, but nothing too special.

BB1313, Mar 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Eastside151, Mar 14, 2013
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3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Ruby/brown in color, with a moderate head of thin foam.
Aroma-Roast coffee
Taste-Sweet vanilla bean, chocolate, coffee, underlying roastiness carries to the finish but not enough to counterbalance the almost cloying sweet vanilla. Dare I say vanilla bomb? Maybe not that bad, but man, vanilla seems to take over this brew"s flavor. More balance needed.

hosehead83, Mar 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Nick_Foltz, Mar 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

zimm421, Feb 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

HeyYoMar, Feb 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

TasteTester, Feb 23, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Not a bad pour a 1/2 of mocha head that fizzes out rather quickly to just a mild lace ring. Color is a fairly dark amber brown with a red hue yet not pitch black like an imperial porter should be.
S - Smell is amazing with vanilla, oak, chocolate, sweet mocha like coffee.
T - Kind of muddled so I guess the smells were artificial. Fizzy chocolate cream meets some oak and citrus hops. Where is the dry yeast finish is this even a porter? Not offensive just not what I expected from the smell.
M - Kind of creamy with a chewy medium body. Pretty on par.
Overall I guess it's an alright porter reading the label it seemed like a weak porter with a shit ton of vanilla, coffee, and cane sugars added. Expect this going into it.

DrDemento456, Feb 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Lukass, Feb 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

RedneckBeerz, Feb 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

crytion, Jan 29, 2013
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3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Incredible vanilla cream taste exudes from Rivertown's Roebling Imperial Porter; so much so that the spice adds just as much to the balance of the beer as do any dark malts. But with the influence from that savory spice, a few inconsistencies occur...

Pouring a very dark brown, the beer shares lighter tawny brown highlights along the edges. It's arid, loosely-knit froth rises and then falls quite quickly, succumbing to the alcohol and oils of the beer that's more evident in taste. Void of lace, the beer instead shows light brandy-like legging. It's a rather still beer that takes on slight cask ale appearances.

Aromas a coffee, chocolate, and toffee are wrapped in a cocoon of vanilla that brings a highly succulent scent to the forefront. Both delicate and robust, the darker elements of the beer portray slight caution, but the allure of vanilla is so very inviting.

Chocolate and vanilla command the flavors while nuances of nutty Colombian coffee, walnut oils, bittersweet chocolate, and cola support the dessert-like taste and add moments of much needed complexity. Light woodish bitterness rides just beneath the flavors of dark and sweet and offers timid balance.

Medium-full in body, the beer's fast fleeting carbonation leaves the beer weighted and dense on the tongue. The medium residual sweetness is long and somewhat lumbering indefinite. Yet, the silky smooth vanilla cream textures offer soft velvety textures that makes the lack of dryness and creaminess much more forgivable.

With the beer's overall dull textures, it needs even more power, strength, and depth to pull off the sill appearance and flat mouthfeel. It could also benefit from backing off of the vanilla just a touch to allow carbonation to remain in suspension a tad longer.

BEERchitect, Jan 29, 2013
Roebling Imperial Robust Porter from Rivertown Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.