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Roebling Imperial Robust Porter - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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Roebling Imperial Robust PorterRoebling Imperial Robust Porter

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BA SCORE
82
good

191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 1
Gots: 29 | 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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Photo of macrosmatic
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Dark brown, but fairly translucent. Forms a thin light tan head with a low amount of visible carbonation.

S: Brown toasted malts and some nutty sweetness. That's about it.

T: Roasted malts up front, then has a vanilla and hazelnut sweetness in the middle to end. Some restrained coffee flavor near the end. Light roasted bitterness with vanilla in the hang with just a touch of medicinal astringency.

M: This has a thin body for a porter (especially for one self-described as "Imperial"), but not quite watery. Carbonation sensation on the low side, moderate alcohol flavor.

O: It's not awful. But there are an awful lot of better porters out there to be drank. Can't recommend this one, but if I was at a party and it was what was available, I wouldn't refuse.

macrosmatic, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of hopkrid
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

hopkrid, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of davemathews68
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

My deviation was quite heigh so I feel as if I must clarify the reason.

A - black with brown highlights. Vary little light passes through.

S - sweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla, slight roasted malt.

T - taste is the same of the smell. Vanilla, chocolate, slight coffee. There is a sweetness but not over bearing and does not become cloying even as it warms.

M - slightly on the thin side becaue it is labled as a "robust" or "imperial" porter.

O - I really enjoy this as a desert drink. It's a beer brewed with vanilla beans, expresso and cane sugar and that is what it taste like. Certainly not the most complex beer but it taste good. No, it might not fit the style category perfectly but it is enjoyable.

davemathews68, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of misterkew
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

misterkew, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of SweetLittleSumpin
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

SweetLittleSumpin, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of wvsabbath
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Brown/dark tan with a very minimal head and slight lacing.

Smell - Sweet malts, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, honey and brown sugar. Bitter plum and raisin.

Taste - First sip is roasty malts, chocolate, honey and brown sugar. Coffee comes in near the finish and provides a bitter, bold flavor. Vanilla is tasted throughout the whole drink. Pretty much a 1-2 punch in flavor.

Mouthfeel - Tongue gets malts, chocolate and sugars, where palate gets mostly coffee with some raisin. Aftertaste is coffee bitter.

Overall - Pretty simple, straight forward beer. Nothing special, nothing done well, just solid and simple.

wvsabbath, Dec 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

JimmyFlatRock, Dec 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

djtomain, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Saw this and passed on it while in Cincy this past summer. Pours deep dark nearly black with cola brown highlights, light khaki tan head dwindles quick as the pour. Aroma has hints of Hershey's chocolate syrup, mild coffee roasts, and hints of creamy vanilla character. The chocolate syrup, baker's chocolate combo comes off up front, very sweet for an imperial porter, it's packing a bit of residual sugar. Okay I just read the six pack holder, imported sweet vanilla beans, cold pressed espresso, and raw cane sugars. It's kind of confused, limited malt profile, big alcohol expression, and one sided sweetness from the raw cane sugars. The coffee additions to give it that acrid bitterness that add some balance with the dark roasted malts. It's totally missing something in the backend of the finish, hits hard with the burnt roasts, sweet sugars, and vanilla upfront and it all disappears. Mouthfeel becomes a bit cloying rich residual sugars overwhelm my palate, throw some of this in some whiskey barrels see how it adds to the beer. Overall, first beer from Rivertown I appreciate at all, so that's a complement.

WVbeergeek, Dec 07, 2013
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1.84/5  rDev -49.2%

leprechaunandfatman, Nov 29, 2013
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

TheBishopco, Nov 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

ali1987, Nov 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

kylehay2004, Nov 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

DannyLeahy, Nov 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

damngoode, Nov 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

OldeSchool, Oct 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

acurtis, Oct 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

WoodBrew, Oct 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

camartin27, Oct 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

beernads, Oct 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

shand, Oct 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

outsider, Oct 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Segelstrom, Oct 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Erice78, Oct 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

beerme626, Oct 02, 2013
Roebling Imperial Robust Porter from Rivertown Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.