Drake's Black Robusto Porter - Drake's Brewing Co.
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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
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
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
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.
06-17-2014 22:54:29 | More by Fatehunter
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
Drake's Black Robusto Porter from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.