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Raincloud Robust Porter - Foolproof Brewing Company

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Raincloud Robust PorterRaincloud Robust Porter

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85
very good

194 Ratings
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very good

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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 13
Gots: 39 | 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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Ratings: 194 | Reviews: 35
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Photo of brentk56
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
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

Photo of tigg924
2.86/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

Photo of StuporJew
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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!!!!

Photo of angrybabboon
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 3/10/13

Appearance: Dark, dark brown - surprisingly dark, honestly, coming from a bright blue can - pours with a small, light tan head - fades to a small trace of a cap, leaves a few spots of lacing

Smell: Dark and roasty - decidedly robust, almost smells like a stout - roasty coffee and dark chocolate - semisweet chocolate chips and chocolate cake - some toffee and some hints of dark fruits - light touch of what smells like lactose, and I'm pretty sure I'm not imagining it

Taste: Roasty with a lot of chocolate - roasty, lightly burnt coffee - chocolate malts, with some caramel malts and toffee - dark chocolate and milk chocolate - chocolate cake - light lactose flavor that kind of makes this taste like a mocha latte (might be a stretch, but close enough) - light bitterness, moderate but pleasant sweetness overall

Mouthfeel: Medium-ish body, creamy, smooth, light carbonation, lightly oily aftertaste

Overall: Taste the rainbow... or rather, Raincloud

I can't say I was particularly impressed by Foolproof's IPA (Backyahd), but this robust porter is remarkably solid. I would actively encourage people to try this. It's very roasty and chocolatey, and I think it has some milk stout-like qualities. Tasty.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of gcamparone
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got to "sample" a lot of this beer while hosting a beer tasting event at the liquor store I work at. I chose this brew because I was initially impressed with it, as were most of the customers who sampled it.

For the official review I poured the 12 oz can into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A- After an aggressive pour I get a beautiful jet-black, opaque body with amber highlights. The head is thick, bubbly , and mocha colored which rises slowly and reduces even slower, leaving some thick, uniform lacing and a thick layer of patchy foam on the surface of the beer.

S- Primarily fresh coffee beans, toasted malt, dark chocolate, and maybe even a subtle vanilla-toffee aroma. The aroma is upfront and inviting.

T- Upfront I get milk chocolate, espresso, and vanilla notes, this develops into a bittersweet chocolate, roasty, nearly charred malt flavor that leaves a perfect bitterness on the tongue that is characteristic of an excellent robust porter.

M- Thick and creamy with low carbonation.

Out of the three flagship beers that foolproof has released, I have to say that this is by far the best one. They really hit this out of the park. It hits all the high points of an excellent porter/stout - it looks nice, smells nice, tastes delicious, and carries a thick, robust body. It's definitely a sipper, not a beer that you would drink the whole six pack in one sitting. Hopefully foolproof will expand it's distribution so more people can experience this one. Try it if you can!

Photo of Hibernator
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Raincloud Robust Porter
12 oz can
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

I picked up a 6 pack of Foolproof Porter on a whim last month while visiting Providence, RI. I noticed it was a locally produced beer and decided to give it a try.

Pours a jet ink black, opaque in appearance with a nice khaki colored head on top. Awesome trails of sticky lacings form on the side of the glassware.

Whiffs of a smokey fire, chocolate and percolating coffee.

The mouthfeel is rich, chewy and slick with a monster malt profile that provides flavors of liquid smoke, dark chocolate and caramel sweetness. I also a detect roasted malts with every sip, reminiscent of a quality espresso. There is an element of sweetness here too, perhaps a hint of lactose or sugar. The finish has a biting hop snap.

A really smooth and flavorful porter, which is probably my favorite style of beer.

Photo of Kinsman
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Fills the glass with a nice dark black looking body but requires a rather aggressive pour to yield much head. Pretty standard as far as porters go.

Rich chocolate and roasty espresso notes come through nicely on top of an underlying toasted bread character and just a hint of earthy hops.

As expected, the roasty dark malts do most of the talking here. Bittersweet to a point with a nice fresh coffee flavor and some delicate chocolate notes. Subtly balanced by the hops. Not quite as robust as some but pleasant nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side for a robust porter, but it makes for an easy drinker. Overall, not quite as in-your-face as some porters can be (i.e. Smuttynose, Founders) but still an enjoyable drink on a cloudy/rainy day.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.98/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 2/6/2013 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains roasted malts, some coffee and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a creamy roasted malt character followed by mild flavors of coffee and chocolate. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer porter to drink for a while.

Photo of ppoitras
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of lou50rp
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good brew. Good color and taste is very good. Worthy addition to the porter ranks.

Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.61/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was a gift at the brewery to The CANQuest (TM) back in February when I visited on my way to the Inaugural RI Brew Fest at the Pawtucket Armory. I had to await approval of my picture as I only had the one CAN and I dislike pictures of spent beers.

From the CAN: "It's pouring outside, so pour yourself something inside ..."; "Raincloud is the perfect 'stay at home' brew. Dark, smooth, mysterious - this rich and flavorful porter is brewed with chocolate and crystal malts and a subtle blend of European hops. Raincloud is the ideal accompaniment for a lazy day of movie watching or reading."; "Your Life. Your Beer."; "Experience Responsibly".

The Crack revealed that this CAN was not as full as its brother, but I went with an inverted Glug all the same. Once the cascade began to settle, I had a dense finger of foamy, deep-brown head with excellent retention. The beer looked like a glass of ink! Dark? ZERO light penetration! None anywhere, not even on the sides or at the edges. It must have been a deep, dark-brown but all I could see was blackness. The smell was smoky, liquified dark chocolate and my mouth began to water. Mouthfeel was full and the richness of the chocolate made it feel as though I were drinking a milkshake. A really smoky chocolate milkshake! The lacing that had begun to manifest itself was going to require a jackhammer to remove. Finish was dry, very smoky, very much dark chocolate, but the wee yeasties had done their job and there was no sweetness remaining from the malt. It is not raining today, but I do have a book that I am reading (Irvine Welsh's latest - "Skagboys") so I think that I will take the brewery's advice and return to it.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Mikecap
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured nearly black into a belgian chalice, with a two finger tan head that sticks around for a bit. Leaves lacing sticking to the sides of the glass as I sip.

Smell: Roasted barley, a little bit of smokiness, and also beautiful hints of bittersweet chocolate and a bit of mocha/coffee. Very appealing aroma and typical of the style.

Taste: Chocolate, a bit of the smoke that I caught in the aroma and some mocha as well. Can taste the sweetness from the malt and roasted barley.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with decent carbonation in a beer that goes down smooth. Nothing overpowering with a very smooth taste and creamy finish.

Overall: This is a very, very solid robust porter from Foolproof and my favorite of their core offerings. I can drink this year-round and it is definitely worth a try if you can get your hands on it.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of greybeardloon
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

No date, but it's only been available in cans for a week or two now.

A: Thick tan head with some retention and sheets of lacing.

S: Very prominent milk chocolate, or rather chocolate milk.

T: Chocolate milk, but not very sweet, with some dusty char lingering on the finish. Vanilla roundness to the flavor. Some woodsy hops poke through now and again, as does some roasted barley.

M: Low carbonation with a very pleasing soft and creamy mouthfeel that feels almost like a cask beer. (This might contribute to the chocolate milk association.) That said, it's thinner than I like in a porter.

O: Dangerously drinkable at 6.5%. This porter could easily join Smuttynose, Mayflower and Founders as a "house" porter for me.

Photo of JV-NH
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great mouthfeel. Smooth n creamy w an ipa-esque after bite. Very drinkable. Yum.

Photo of SenorHops
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Brown in color. Takes an aggressive pour to get a fluffy tan head that dissipates quickly with moderate lacing. Smokey, burnt coffee and dark chocolate in the nose. A little thin on the tongue, yet creamy and silky smooth. Very pleasant. Sweet espresso, bittersweet couverture, roasted malt & burnt toast. Slightly herbal and piney. A hint of dark fruit. Finishes with a slightly more than appropriate bitterness to balance it's sweetness when super fresh and I like this a lot. A solid, satisfying Robust Porter that is a must try. Easily the best beer in Foolproof's current lineup.

Photo of yarnbomb
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Better in some glasses than others. Decent, but a bit watery and sour. One can was nice and smoky though- I'd like them all if they were like that.

Photo of InkedinRi
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Nice well rounded Porter. Served in a 12oz can

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Raincloud Robust Porter from Foolproof Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.