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Raincloud Robust Porter | Foolproof Brewing Company

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Raincloud Robust PorterRaincloud Robust Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Foolproof Brewing Company
Rhode Island, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by SenorHops on 02-12-2013

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Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high tan head that has good retention properties and left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of dark and roasted malts are present in the nose along with notes of cola.
T: The taste follows the smell, but is more complex with additional hints of chocolate malts and coffee. No hop flavors are detectable, but there is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is definitely a robust porter, but even though it is packed with flavors it is rather easy to drink.

Serving type: can

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Photo of brentk56
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
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 kojevergas
2.52/5  rDev -34.2%
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 jlindros
4.02/5  rDev +5%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate amounts of dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Slightly heavier than moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts, dark malts, and light aromas of freshly roasted coffee + cacao nibs. Light aromas of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a slightly stronger than moderate flavor of roasted and dark malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of freshly roasted coffee, hints of cacao nibs, and light hints of earthy hops. Overall there is a moderate amount of lingering roasty bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth, almost creamy.

O: Very enjoyable and quite easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Glad that @smithj4 brought this one for me to enjoy. A very enjoyable roasty porter.

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Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.61/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
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 TX-Badger
3.6/5  rDev -6%
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 tigg924
2.86/5  rDev -25.3%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
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 EgadBananas
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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 RonaldTheriot
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Raincloud Robust Porter has an unusually foamy, beige head, a dark brown appearance, and heavy lacing left on the sides of the glass. The aroma is of black cherries, chocolate powder, and dark-roasted malt. Taste is of char, dark malt, black bread, faint coffee, and faint chocolate powder. An acidic note is present, as well. Mouthfeel is low medium, and Raincloud finishes on the dry side of it.

RJT

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Photo of Florida9
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
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 sulldaddy
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
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 OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 PicoPapa
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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 deltatauhobbit
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with very little head and no lacing.

Smell is primarily a roasted malt aroma with some touches of coffee.

Taste starts out with a roasted malt presence and some sugary sweetness, aftertaste is balanced a bit by a coffee bitterness without being too much or too little.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.06/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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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Raincloud Robust Porter from Foolproof Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.