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Raincloud Robust Porter - Foolproof Brewing Company

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Raincloud Robust PorterRaincloud Robust Porter

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43 Reviews
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Reviews: 43
Hads: 259
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 24.48%
Wants: 15
Gots: 61 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Foolproof Brewing Company visit their website
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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Reviews: 43 | Hads: 259
Photo of dacrza1
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: November 21, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Guiness pint... OCCASION: much work was done today...and after the Brew Fest at Tom’s house--50(!) six-packs were shared--I am in midseason beer form... APPEARANCE: from a can, the beer pours a storm-black body and fills the 16 oz. glass with thick brown head that settles patiently; the end leaves a nice pattern of soapy tracings, while the remaining head forms a foamy island... AROMA: light, toasted notes mingle with earthy,peaty elements and a doughy strength to support the beer’s rainy day companion theme... PALATE: heavy, full-bodied and brackish--wearing its 6.5 ABV rather loudly...again, its intentions are to warm and to stoke, and the palate forwards this, albeit with some unsavory elements...TASTE: immediate sensation of pepper, chocolate and toasted malts; some alcohol is present--especially in the aftertaste...some hops make for a livelier nuance, but the toasted malts--bitter coffee is present too--are the dominant experience OVERALL: another rerouted gift from Uncle Mark, and thanks to the Beer of the Month club, I enjoyed another beer I might not have crossed otherwise...seeking objective tasting, I find the beer challenges more than a "lazy day" might warrant, and while the pepper and peat do their diligence, the off-putting flavors downgrade the experience slightly...

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into an English pint glass. The appearance was a two finger off white to tan foamy head that rose above the glass in a rocky sort of way. It dissipated within about a minute. Light lacing was in and around the glass. The smell sounded off with a subtle roast breaking through a robust cocoa flavor. Light bitter coffee bean melds into the aroma. The taste moderately lingered between roasty coffee and cocoa beans. On the palate, this one has a nice medium bodied feel letting the robust lay it down cold on my tongue. Overall, I’d say this was a good porter that I would have again.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark, almost black with a tan head. Smells of chocolate malt. Tastes pretty chocolatey with a slight dark roasted coffee hint. It feels creamy but thin. Overall a pretty decent porter.

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Photo of hzl00b
1.83/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

5 out of 6 cans I received in my shipment were undrinkable, foamy messes. The last one was merely OK. Not sure what the problem is, but doesn't seem like they have the bottling process down or my shipper was just sending old product.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.52/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

CAN: Acquired in a trade, but I forget with whom - all apologies! 12 fl oz. Aluminum. Blue label.

6.5% ABV.

Reviewed live as a robust porter per the label. Served cold into a nonic and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Expectations are above average.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: About 10cm wide. Gorgeous tan colour with a rich sparkling complexion. Consistency is near perfect for a porter - creamy as hell, supple, frothy, soft. Leaves a nice ring of even lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Opaque solid black. No yeast or sediment is visible within.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a good looking porter, and nails the classic elements of the style - though it's not unique or special per se. A still darker head would be an improvement, and I suppose if we're nitpicking it could be fuller and still softer.

AROMA: Schwarz malts, faint roasted barley, chocolate malts, dark bread. It's somewhat depleted, lacking the full robust malt presence I'd expect in a porter (especially one billed as "robust"). Suggests a thin weak brew with a generic porter build. The chocolate doesn't seem rich, the roast is reticent, the malty sweetness seems inadequate.

Aromatic intensity is below average. I detect no off-notes, booze, or yeast.

Hop presence is oddly strong here and recognizably old world/European, with ineffectual herbal hop notes coming through and little else.

TASTE & TEXTURE: A bit of an ashen grain character is bothersome throughout, and plays with the stale roastiness at the heart of the build to ill effect. The malt profile is inadequate, with no robust sweetness or backbone. Weak thin chocolate malts and weak faint dark malts do little to fill out the lackluster - almost watery - body. This is in dire need of more heft and weight in terms of mouthfeel. Not creamy, soft, or full-bodied at all.

Odd supplementary notes like raisin and dark bread do announce themselves as it warms, bringing this more and more into schwarzbier teritory. I find it imbalanced, poorly built, and subpar for its stye.

Carbonation is about right. And at least there's no yeast presence, off-character, or booze. But the European hop profile is odd in a porter, bringing unwanted herbal notes into the fold.

OVERALL: Not a gestalt build, nor even a cohesive one. This is a porter with schwarzbier envy, and the weakness of the mouthfeel is catastrophic. The flavour profile comes off tasting like the shell of a real porter, or even like the "near beer" you might get if you brew a porter and then brew a small beer with the second runnings of the grains. That said, the ABV is well-concealed, and it drinks easily enough for what it is. There're enough interesting elements here that I'd like to try it on-draught just to give the brewery the benefit of the doubt, but based on this can, the beer is well below average. I can't see regular consumers of Deschutes' Black Butte or Great Lakes' Edmund Fitzgerald switching over by any means, and would definitely recommend those to anyone who finds this a good example of the stye.

Not so foolproof after all...

Low C- (2.52)

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Photo of Lagerhouserules
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow Was I surprised by this one. A relative from RI brought this to me in upstate NY. Pours black with a medium creamy brown head that quickly disappears. Drinks almost like a black IPA but it still falls into porter/stout territory. Some dark chocolate notes. Really pretty delicious. Would seek this out and would love to try on tap.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown opaque color with tan colored head. Roasted malt, chocolate, and a hint of sugar on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium to full bodied. Finishes with a nice roasted malt and cocoa combination.

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep chocolate brown with reddish edges. Big light khaki colored head sticks around a good long while and than abruptly vanishes all at once. Heavy amount of lacing left behind.

Dark roasted malt aroma. A bit of espresso. Cocoa powder and bitter chocolate. Earth and loam at the end.

Taste is bitter chocolate and very dark roasted malt. Bitter espresso, earth, licorice, and peat.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Extreme bitterness lingers with high degree of acridness. Really ruins what would otherwise be a quite good beer.

This beer has good look, aroma and flavor but has a terrible mouth feel and after taste. Very disappointing.

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Photo of mcox90
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of horshack7
4.11/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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Photo of StuporJew
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of snilsen13
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Gperson
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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.

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Photo of bubbakx500
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Brandegee
4.07/5  rDev +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.

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Raincloud Robust Porter from Foolproof Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.