Arthur's Robust Porter - Otto's Pub and Brewery

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Arthur's Robust Porter
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Ratings: 12
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Otto's Pub and Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ski271 on 04-26-2005

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Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 5
Photo of akorsak
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hand pull at Zeno's.

A: Dark, black even. Not much more needed to say there. The head is off-white but not very exciting to look at. It lacks the creamy denseness of a nitro, just a thin band.

S: The nose is roasted, bitter with little in the way of balancing flavors. As compared to the Poe Paddy, this one stresses the roasted acrid side of the dark malts.

T: Darker malts, chocolate and stout flavors, reasonably acrid. The hand pump, I'm afraid, doesn't add much depth. The roasted flavors, mild bitterness, run throughout.

M: Not a big fan of this. The handpump doesn't add much to the darkly roasted porter flavors.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on cask at the brewpub in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer was served a deep brown color with a small tan head. The head faded rather fast giving very little lacing.

Smell – The nose is quite light. There are hints of raosty malt with a very light coffee and chocolate aroma.

Taste – The taste was of roasted malt up front. A dark bread mixed with a very light amount of roasted coffee and chocolate. There is a light sweetness of brown sugar and a very small amount of vanilla in the beginning and the middle of the taste. The flavors bitter more toward the end at the expense of the sweet, and leave a somewhat roasty and somewhat bitter flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – A nice creamy body with a lighter level of carbonation. Very classic for a cask with some accentuation of the body. The creaminess complements the roasty flavors quite nicely.

Overall – It was worth a try, but one I would likely not go back to any time soon. It had a very nice mouthfeel, but was pretty average in every other category.

Photo of ski271
4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very dark brown with a medium-sized, tan, creamy mostly diminishing head. Attractive rings of lacing.

Smell: Very nice dark roasted aroma. light coffee, moderate chocolate, molasses, a little herbal.

Taste: Smooth, smoky, malty, a little bit sweet without going overboard, light berry

Mouthfeel: The smooth texture from the hand pump compliments this beer very well. It feels almost velvety, Full-bodied but not overly filling.

Drinkability: This is remarkably easy going down. A slight bitterness on the finish encourages every next sip. One of my favorite beers that they offer (but I am a sucker for a good porter.

Photo of ZeroSignal
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hand pumped from a cask for Firkin' Friday at Otto's

A - Dark brown with virtually no head, which was to be expected for a non-carbonated hand pump.

S - Initial smell was tobacco and roasted chocolate malt. Tobacco character faded as the beer was allowed to warm, and notes of chocolate and coffee came through

T&M - Full bodied, creamy and smooth. Tobacco notes come through in the taste, along with the dark roasted malt character, chocolate and espresso. There is a slight ashy flavor, and again the light wood character is detectable.

D - Very enjoyable; this could easily be my go to beer at Otto's were it not only available on Fridays!

Notes: Served too cold IMHO. I knew enough to allow it to warm a bit, but most of the flavors were not as present at the temp served.

Photo of EMV
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap at Otto's Brewery in State College, PA - served in a pint glass.

L: Pours off cask a deep brown, almost black with a moderate tannish head. Minimal lacing.

S: Roasted malts dominate, some chocolate and toffee on the nose.

T/F: Very smooth off of the hand pump, minimal carbonation. Taste is roasted like a porter... a little watery perhaps? Roasted malts dominate. Semi-sweet, and mild on the alcohol.

O: Glad I tried it, but it will never be a go-to beer for me. Solid but unspectacular.... and missing that extra something that would have made it exceptional.

Arthur's Robust Porter from Otto's Pub and Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.