Raincloud Robust Porter - Foolproof Brewing Company

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 219
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.65%
Wants: 13
Gots: 51 | FT: 2
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Rhode Island, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: SenorHops on 02-12-2013

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Photo of mcox90
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. can . Pours dark brown with a one finger tan head. Roasted malt, coffee and brown bread on the nose. Semi sweet taste with some bakers chocolate, black coffee and a light dose of hops. Medium bodied. and drinkable. (221 characters)

Photo of horshack7
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: On top is a dark beige to light brown head very creamy in texture. Underneath is an abyss of wonderful darkness.

Aroma: Lots of vanilla bean, cocoa nibs, milk chocolate. Faint notes of dark roasted coffee.

Taste: Milk chocolate, silky smooth mouthfeel, vanilla all through it. Chocolate malts, wisps of milk sugar way in the back. The finish is smooth with a light malty dryness.

Notes: Such a great American porter top to bottom a good find and one to pick up again. Cheers. (500 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz Foolproof branded can.

Appearance: dark brown to light black bodied beer that is opaque. The head is foamy and billowing in a light to medium khaki colored head. Good head retention and moderate lacing is present.

Smell: very roasty and notes of smoke, earth and chocolate. Smells like a proper american robust porter should.

Taste: Much the same as the nose. Pretty roasty which makes a moderately bitter bite first thing. Nice chocolate malts impart some sweetness to balance the big roasty profile. Light earthy hop and a hint of smoke. Finish is slightly bitter and is reminicent of a cup of straight black acidic coffee.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied porter with moderate carbonation. This drinks easy without any booze to it. Carbonation level is spot on.

Overall: This is a pretty underappreciated porter. I honestly had not heard of this beer until it was given to me as an extra in a trade. It is labeled as a robust porter and I reviewed it as such. I would definately have this beer again. I am impressed with Foolproof brewery; as this is my first beer from them and was pleasantly surprised with this brew. Bonus points for this beer being in a can. (1,171 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - dark brown body with dark brown head

Smell - roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee bean

Taste - dark chocolate, roasted malts, roasted coffee bean

Mouthfeel - lighter end of medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight sweetness upfront, roasted feel on the back end , ashy/smoky on the finish

Overall - enjoyable offering. Decent representation of the style, only drawback is the light mouthfeel. (413 characters)

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
3.16/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This would be a real solid porter, however, the cans I bought were completely still with no carb whatsoever. Will have to give another shot at some point. (154 characters)

Photo of StuporJew
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

In my line of work, it's rare that I come across a beer/brewery I've never heard of. In this case, for once, I did. I just happened to pop into a local liquor store, to see how the other half lives, if you can dig it, and stumbled across Foolproof brewing. While there are new breweries coming into Texas at an incredibly exciting rate, the fact that this one slipped past my radar astounds me.
Both beers I've had from Foolproof so far have been excellent. But enough Blah-blah. On with the show.


Raincloud pours a dense, pitch black, that is quickly topped with a huge pillowy cap of foam. The head lingers for almost two minutes, diminishing slowly, and leaving loads of thick lacing clinging to the glass. Color me interested.


The nose is bushels of rich, smoky malt. Cacao nibs, burnt brisket ends, day old coffee (In a good way!), and British hops tickle the sinuses. There's not a hint of the 6.5% ABV to be had here, which is awesome, since I let this puppy warm up to almost room temperature before drinking. Rad.


Raincloud tastes like it would be perfect paired with a rained-out barbecue.
Ironically enough, the can says it pairs well with "a lazy day of movie watching or book reading", which I can easily say, it works well with. This is what a "ROBUST" porter should taste like. SO many beers make that claim, and fall short in the flavor department. This is the exception. Thick, smoky, heavy, and peaty. Roast malts hit up the front end, coffee and peat take up the middle, and a subtle hint of vanilla cream rounds out the back. Sorry, Smuttynose, but you're doing this style wrong.


On the Palate, Raincloud is soft, velvety, and deceptively smooth. Again, creamy, even. At the same time, it lets you know that it is NOT a light beer. The flavor lingers long after each swallow. But, that being said, it requires another sip. And another. And another.


All told, I'm incredibly impressed by this beer, from a brewery I'd never heard of,
from a town in Rhode Island that I thought was just a place in the show "Family Guy". (Pawtucket. Like Pawtucket Patriot ale.) I won't lie and say that half the reason I bought this beer was just that. But you know what? I'm damn glad I did.
Cheers!!!! (2,216 characters)

Photo of snilsen13
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

No head build up, correspondingly, thin mouthfeel. It smelled promising but the flavor is pretty normal; no real strong flavors. Since its light on flavor and slightly flat, this goes down easy. 12 oz doesn't feel like enough, but this isn't memorable. (255 characters)

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Single 12oz can purchased for $1.75 at Craft Beer Cellar on Islington St, Portsmouth NH. Served cold in a tulip. No code/ date on can.

Dark brown brew puts up a nice creamy 1/2" of foam that settles slowly, leaving behind a thick layer on the glass. The nose is thick and creamy, semi-sweet, with dark malt and cocoa, a hint of vanilla. Taste follows straight from the smell, a nice dose of dark cocoa mixes with dark malts, a bit of smoke, and a moderate hop bitterness. Feel is creamy but finishes clean. Carbo maybe a bit too light. This is a nice sipping beer, filling. Tasty. (589 characters)

Photo of Gperson
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

At Three Penny in Montpelier (at the same sitting as an Everett). It was solid from the first sip, and as it warmed up it grew on me more and I welcome malts in Vermont. I couldn't decide if I liked the bitterness at the finish, and the smoothness of Everett that was sitting next to it made it a negative. (308 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Appears black in the glass. Fully opaque - don't see any light coming through on this one. Forms a rather large dark beige colored head. Excellent retention and lots of lacing.

S: Aroma is dark malts, burnt malts, coffee, carbonation, and a slight hint of pine.

T: Starts off with dark, chalky, dry malts. A bit of burnt malt in the mix with that burnt malt bitterness. Dark chocolate and cocoa.

M: Body is on the heavier side of medium. Moderate carbonation. Mild bitterness. Chalky.

O: A decent porter. Nothing spectacular, but not a bad drinker either. (566 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Doherty’s Ale House Warwick 4/7/14
Solid dark brown/black small tan head. Chocolate and roast with hints of caramel and earth. Decent porter.

4/10/14
Can brought back from OSHC.
Pours a solid black color with a smallish tan head that dissipates almost instantly. Aromas of bitter dark chocolate with a hint of caramel. Light burnt and molasses notes with a heavy earthy hop presence. The flavor mimics the aroma quite well. Bitter dark chocolate with caramel and molasses as well as hints of dark fruits. Solid earthy hop bitterness and flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick bubbly mouthfeel. I quite enjoyed this beer at home, great can. (683 characters)

Photo of bubbakx500
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The taste is rich and smooth. Unlike other Porters, this one tastes a little more smoother and less carbonated, but with less filling than usual. It almost seems as if the Mash during it's cycle of Brewing was more watered down /filtered a tiny more, and it was a one shot deal, and that's why i feel/taste as if this beer deserves an outstanding. (347 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im sampling a cellar temp can poured into a snifter.
The beer pours a dark cola brown with densely packed tan head of 3 cm foaming up. The head fades gradually to a sturdy edge layer.
Aroma is sweet malt with some molasses and a bit of brown sugar and bakers chocolate. i also get roasted notes and some mild spicy hop character.
First sip reveals a smooth textured body that features gentle spacious carbonation making the beer very easy to drink. Sticky coating properties after each sip too.
FLavor is big on the malt side with roasted malt up front, dark chocolate and maybe a little tobacco actually.
There isnt any alcohol to be spoken of nor any big hop flavor that I get. This finish is bitter, but it is coffee ground and almost burnt malt flavor that gives the bitterness not any hops.
A rich robust malt forward beer, that goes down easy and leaves a lingering roasted finish after each sip.
A worthy beer from a good brewery in RI. (943 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. The box said the Canned on Date is 11/25. Pours a very dark brownish black color with a 1/4 inch of medium brown head. Almost no lacing. The aroma is slightly smokey with some dark chocolate, sweet hints of caramel, and earth. The taste is dark chocolate upfront with some nice roasted malts. Charcoal, earth, and black coffee. A bit of a metallic aftertaste, but its minimal. Fair amount of smoke flavor throughout. Light mouthfeel. Overall, its a pretty decent Porter in a can that I'd look for again. (513 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to angrybabbon for the extra. Poured into a tulip pint glass out of a 12oz can. No canning date, unfortunately.

First off, what's up with this thing? The carbonation is ridiculously volatile, and it's not even can conditioned, from what I can tell. Pours about 7 fingers worth of an off-khaki head, complete with a ton of huge bubbles in the mix. Any additional pour would have this climbing up like a scoop of ice cream. Leaves behind a ton of sticky foam on the glass, which is wild as lacing is decent at best. Nearly pitch black in appearance, with some slight color showing against the light. Exceeds all expectations as far as the robust porter style goes here.

The aroma contains the classic roasted qualities that pertains to the style, although not as much as you'd expect. Notes of milk chocolate, slight coffee, roasted malts, as well as vanilla, licorice, and a little bit of earthy bitterness both from the malts and hops (the latter which produces some mellow notes of orange peel and pine). Pretty standard stuff overall, and exactly what I'd expect. The sweetness from the extra ABV is welcome, and luckily it makes itself hidden. Good stuff overall.

The flavor is especially more chocolate forward, and for that matter, slightly more roasted in character. Right at the front there's a slight roasted malty sweetness that turns into the astringent equivalent of eating an actual bar of dark chocolate. This is followed with some slight licorice, vanilla, and some orange peel. Restrains itself pretty well on the malt profile, and the cocoa nib flavor is pretty welcoming if definitely more bitter than usual. At the same time, it's rather refreshing - medium bodied, rather than thick, but certainly not watery. This is a great replacement for a "robust" stout, as it provides the same amount of roasted character but isn't as sweet and definitely not as heavy on the gut. Drinks rather easy as a result, and makes for a simultaneously refreshing and extra flavorful offering with the intensified malt profile. My only complaint is that it's a little too carbonated (as the appearance clearly indicated), which makes this more of a sipper than it ought to be. Definitely welcoming overall, however.

Quite good - doesn't break any rules but definitely knows its place as a high quality, refreshing porter. I do wish more brewers were making dark beers at this caliber. Sometimes I simply cannot bare to have a malty sugary booze bomb every night of the week, but as a lover of all things roasted and caramelized, this sort would always do the trick. I would very interested in trying more offerings from this brewery and seeing what else they do well. Recommended for fans of porters. (2,711 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can bought as part of a 6-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" dark tan head over the almost opaque dark brown/black brew. Head falls at an average pace, with leggy cascading lace. Aroma is roasty grains and dark fruit.

Taste is cocoa and coffee to start, some dark fruitiness in the middle, and closes with light hops bitterness coupled with a slight burnt coffee character. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good. Nice. (491 characters)

Photo of Brandegee
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours black. My can had a tremendous amount of pressure on it, causing lots of foam. Had to wait a couple of times for it to settle before finishing the pour.

S: Malt, roast coffee, hint of chocolate.

T: Chocolaty, lots of roasted malt and slightly burnt coffee. A healthy amount of bitterness, but not too much.

M: Lots of body, but not as thick as many stouts. The dark and roasted malts dominate, very little hop and sugar syrupy feel.

O: Solid example of a robust porter. True to style and an impressive delivery from the can. (537 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a big tan cake of a head. Some lace.

Big roasted malt, cocoa, french-roast coffee nose.

Dark roasted malt, dark bread, some barley bitter coffee notes. Transition to smooth malty bitterness. Nice clean porter.

Medium body. Very good carbonation. I like the structure of this one a lot.

Well balanced and very drinkable. Very nice version of the style. No true flaws. (393 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

@ Mills Tavern, Providence RI

Served in a Foolproof snifter. Dark brown to black in a very dark dining room for extra darkness. Big, splashy head throws lace all over the glass. Good lookin' stuff.

Heavy char aroma. A little dark fruit like fig or cassis pops up here and there.

Complex and extremely flavorful. Cassis up front with a heavy char in back. There's some hop bitterness which really shoves the char on your tongue. I like that. Maybe some dark baker's chocolate. Maybe?

I was going to give up on Foolproof after their ho hum IPA. This is much, much better. Between Mayflower Porter, HF Everett, Smuttynose Robust porter, OC Stovepipe and Raincloud I think porter is one of the styles New England does best. (724 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yay cans! Glad to see another Foolproof up this way. Plus you don't see many porters in a can.

Pours a perfect 2 finger creamy thick mocha colored head that hits the top of my Tree House tulip and fades semi slowly with tons of lacing, pitch black beer.

Nose is pretty much a robust porter, nice dark malts, a little roasty but not much, good dark chocolate and powdered cocoa like, a nice dark bitter slight tannic like roast, a little caramel and dark crystal malts, hint of a creamy malt base too, and a bit of a clean mineral like aroma.

Taste starts again like a nice robust porter, dark malts mostly, plenty of chocolate flavors, powdered cocoa and dark but creamy chocolate. A nice creamy nougat like dark malt character, some light roast and a bit of a bitter dark almost charred malt character but not really. More dark caramel malts and a hint of earthy hop bitterness round off the flavors. Finish is still a bit creamy and sticky but drier, plenty of lingering powdered cocoa, little caramel and syrupy sweetness, hint of dark roasty like malt too.

Mouth is med to heavier bod, nice creamy feel, decent carb although it could have a bit more carbonation.

Overall pretty nice, drinkable tasty porter that fits the bill nicely, and comes in a can, doesn't go overboard crazy or do anything really special but still pretty tasty. (1,343 characters)

Photo of tigg924
2.86/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, dark brown in color, clear, medium carbonation

Smell: cocoa and bosco

Taste: cocoa powder, char, and dark chocolate

Mouthfeel: sweet start, bitter middle and a less bitter end, medium carbonation, medium bodied, chewy

Overall: I think this is a slightly below average porter that has a decent amount of char and bitterness. This is not bad, but nothing really stands out either. Not every brewery matches everyone's taste, and I am beginning to thing Foolproof and myself are not a match. (519 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color capped by a robust tan head; nice stickage and lacing

Smell: Roasty and chocolatey

Taste: Very roasty, up front, with dark chocolate settling in underneath; by mid-palate, the hops come on rather strong, bringing a grassy tone; bitter, roasty and chocolatey, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really tasty porter with an unusual twist in the hop bill; I would prefer a little fuller mouthfeel but that is a quibble (496 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, chestnut highlighted brown coloring with a thin layer of bubbly, filmy, light brown head. Aromas of rich milk chocolate, bittersweet baker's chocolate, hints of coffee, and a slight cream highlight. Flavors of cream and chocolate forward, with a bitter and roast coffee character immediately following. Hints of smoke and roast build as you drink, with a ton of bitter notes both in coffee and chocolate. Thin, slick body with a very bitter and roasted aftertaste. The finish is clean and smooth. Drinkable, but the bitter and roast characteristics build as you drink, getting heavy at times. (650 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the can Mike!

Pours black, opaque, with a medium brown colored head of about a finger, leaves some sporadic lacing. Aroma is nutty, chocolaty, quite roasty, with maybe a bit of roasted coffee. Taste has a big chocolate kick, some roasted coffee, brown sugar, hints of grass, chocolate cake. Nice full body, creamy, rich, good medium carbonation, smooth. Drinks easy, plenty of chocolate and body, overall a nice robust porter. (438 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Two-finger beige head. Good ring lace after each sip. Dark brown color where no light passes through the glass.

Deep chocolate smell that hovers between milk and semisweet. Light alcohol in the background.

Dark steps up first--mostly chocolate but I believe there's a bit of black patent as well. Solid body with an equally decent carbonation. Great semisweet chocolate aftertaste. A bit of tart cherry in the swallow. (422 characters)

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Raincloud Robust Porter from Foolproof Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.