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Raincloud Robust Porter - Foolproof Brewing Company

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Raincloud Robust PorterRaincloud Robust Porter

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 242
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 23.83%
Wants: 13
Gots: 60 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of kojevergas
2.52/5  rDev -34.7%
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 tigg924
2.86/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

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Photo of snilsen13
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
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 Faxmesomehalibut
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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 TX-Badger
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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 Kinsman
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
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 keithmurray
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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 GarthDanielson
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.82/5  rDev -1%
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 PicoPapa
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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 sulldaddy
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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 EgadBananas
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
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 SenorHops
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
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

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of bubbakx500
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 magictacosinus
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
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 jlindros
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of greybeardloon
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Dools9
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can, no date poured into a shaker pint.

A: Dark porter black with some ruby color around the bottom of the glass, thick frothy khaki head, huge chunks of lace left after each sip.

S: Roasted barley, some coffee and cream, has the standard mocha/cocoa thing goin on as well, smells nice and inviting.

T: Roasted malt, mocha/cocoa, some black coffee/espresso, touch of vanilla and black chocolate. Tasty stuff.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth brew, creamy feel. Carbonation is low and about right for the style.

O: Perhaps not as good as some of my personal top New England Porter favorites in Smuttynose Robust and Mayflower Porter, but definitely a very solid execution of the style by Foolproof. Similar to Baxter Phantom Punch albiet not a porter but the two are similar. But I prefer this one. Nicely done.

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Raincloud Robust Porter from Foolproof Brewing Company
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