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Drake's Black Robusto Porter - Drake's Brewing Co.

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88
very good

138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Drake’s Black Robusto Porter – 7% ABV, 25 IBUs
A robust Porter, Drake’s Black Robusto has a roasty character and is stronger in alcohol than a regular porter (thus “robust’). Dark black in color with chocolate maltiness from seven different types of barley and spicy herbal hop character from Northdown and Williamette hops.

(Beer added by: xhcadamx on 02-27-2009)
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Reviews by Philousa:
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Philousa

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Imbibed on tap at Bair Island in San Carlos.

Poured an opaque, murky black, bright amber around the edges against the light. Big creamy tan head settles to thinly cover the top. Smells like a porter should: lots of dark malt, some coffee, baker's chocolate, and slight vanilla, which to me hints towards creaminess. The taste comes across thin, dry and chalky. Typical flavors such as dark chocolate and roasty malts are duking it out with fruity flavors like raspberry and green apple. Very odd to me. Dry finish with some green hop bitterness.

I'm not the biggest fan, but I suspect this line may have switched the lines with a cider and failed to clean the lines properly. Not sure if I should have reviewed it with this suspicion, but I feel I got enough of the true flavor to pass judgment.

EDIT: I just tried this out of the bottle and I think something was wrong with the tap lines. Most of the big flaws were absent in this bottle. In addition to what was described above: I get some creaminess in the aroma, almost lactic. Taste is not dry, but finish is. Baker's chocolate remains, but it's not chalky. Some fruitiness is observable but it's fleeting. Really digging this after months of pooh poohing it.

04-26-2013 04:17:18 | More by Philousa
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deebo

Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +5.1%

Picked up several beers from Drake's on a February trip to Bay Area. Finally getting around to trying the first. A bomber of their black robusto.

A-Poured into a pint glass this beer sparks off into a couple fingers of a dark tan bubbly, lively head with little staying power and little glass lacing. Dark brown in color with lots of tan floaters.

S-Definitely porter-ish...roasted dark malts with a definite bittersweet cocoa edge. I like that it doesn't smell burnt but slightly sweet instead.

T-Starts off with a rich deeply roasted malt that starts chocolately and ends in a flavor remniscent of medium roast coffee. Dry finish with just a bit of sweetness. Fairly low bitterness.

M-The first thing that jumps out at me about this beer is it's soft mouthfeel, low in astringency and harshness-a very nice quality in a porter. Moderate carbonation. A quick finish for a porter. The alcohol is completely hidden.

O-An easy drinking porter with nice dark roasted character. Worth drinking.

05-10-2013 02:29:51 | More by deebo
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ste5venla

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

10-28-2013 01:59:50 | More by ste5venla
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samtrillo

California

4/5  rDev +1%

06-18-2014 05:23:35 | More by samtrillo
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Maurizio

California

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: Dark brown, approaching black. Moderate head with good lacing.

Smell: Delicious combination of roast and chocolate.

Taste: Doesn't quite deliver the promise of the nose, but still very tasty and smooth.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium, just how I like my porters.

Overall: Very solid and affordable porter. Will definitely seek it out again.

01-28-2014 04:21:53 | More by Maurizio
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InfernoBoss

California

4/5  rDev +1%

03-09-2013 08:18:35 | More by InfernoBoss
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Wezzle

California

4/5  rDev +1%

07-01-2014 19:10:50 | More by Wezzle
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buzzword

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

08-08-2013 06:56:31 | More by buzzword
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TheSixthRing

California

3.81/5  rDev -3.8%

Appearance - Pours near black with a tan, finger width head. Sub-par retention, leaving behind a thin layer of microbubbles on the surface and around the edge of the glass. Lacing is minimal and spotty, with fair stick.

Smell - Milk chocolate; touches on baker's chocolate and mild coffee roast, with hints of earth.

Taste - Follows the nose. Moderate chocolate sweetness, met with undertones of baker's chocolate and coffee bitterness that rides out to the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth from start to finish.

Overall - Very approachable porter. It might not quite satisfy the geekiest of dark ale aficionados, but there's enough here to respect it. By that same token, I think anyone getting into porters would find this rich, but not overwhelming. When all's said and done, however, I myself would rather pony up for a Black Butte sixer at nearly half the price per ounce, which to me is not only the better beer, but obviously a far better value.

04-01-2013 02:22:31 | More by TheSixthRing
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%

09-22-2013 03:12:19 | More by Sammy
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dougieboy

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

03-10-2014 15:28:22 | More by dougieboy
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours two fingers of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is rich roasted malt, chocolate, a little burnt wood and milk. Excellent.
The taste burnt, roasted malt with some chocolate to smooth it out. It stays on the roasty/bitter side.
The texture is softer with low carbonation.
Nicely done.

06-17-2014 22:54:29 | More by Fatehunter
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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

07-30-2013 12:38:10 | More by Travcofarms
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mc4z

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

07-14-2013 04:11:20 | More by mc4z
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

01-19-2013 22:34:08 | More by GRG1313
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rowbow

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

06-06-2014 17:22:35 | More by rowbow
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Gkelley12


4/5  rDev +1%

07-17-2014 15:18:12 | More by Gkelley12
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NRo

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

05-29-2014 17:50:56 | More by NRo
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emerge077

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -2%

On tap at Drake's Barrel House, review from written notes.

Black body, dark chestnut brown transparency in the light. Delicate spindly webs of tan lace, spotty in places. Long lasting foam, floating island of skim in the center.

Aroma of dark roast coffee and roasted barley.

Medium bitterness, earthy roast with a mild astringency from the roast malt (acceptable) and a dry bitter finish. Medium bodied, smooth feel. Pretty pleasant and drinkable, a coffee version wouldn't be too farfetched...

10-15-2011 03:23:12 | More by emerge077
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Beermasterjarrett

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

03-17-2014 00:21:54 | More by Beermasterjarrett
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leprakhan

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

12-08-2013 08:42:30 | More by leprakhan
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spark3148857

California

4/5  rDev +1%

10-23-2013 01:41:35 | More by spark3148857
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

02-22-2014 19:52:27 | More by jaydoc
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +26.3%

11-27-2012 21:36:12 | More by CEDAMA
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largadeer

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

05-08-2013 04:40:22 | More by largadeer
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Drake's Black Robusto Porter from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.