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

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88
very good

157 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 5
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #72 (Jan 2013):

This is what we crave in a darker ale, bold enough to push out palates around yet still pretty quaffable. Extremely well balanced, this is a shining star in the vastness of usually hopped up ales of the west coast. Porter fans should put this on their list.

STYLE: Robust Porter
ABV: 5.4%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Nearly pitch black, healthy tan head

SMELL: Mild coffee, milk chocolate, black currants, slightly burnt toast, minty, caramel

TASTE: Deep smoothness, roasty, slightly chewy, medium bodied, treacle, dark roast coffee, carob, charcoal, earthy hops, mild spice, yeast, dark bread, semi-dry roasty finish

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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Drake's Black Robusto Porter from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.