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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

40 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 193
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 8
Gots: 37 | 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:
Beer added by: xhcadamx on 02-27-2009

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.
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Reviews: 40 | Hads: 193
Reviews by lighthabit:
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3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

written a couple days later, neighbor gave me this and i'd forgotten what it was by the time i got around to trying it. need to grab one when down at the store, as it has merit.

chocolate and coffee, typical porter character, hint of vanilla that i really enjoyed. not sure on the head/lacing, as it was in a bottle unlabeled container, probably had lost some of its oomph.

note to self - if trying an unknown, at least jot some notes down for later.

update 9/23/13 smell and taste from bomber have a faint hint of something reminiscent of carnation powdered milk. (569 characters)

More User Reviews:
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3.89/5  rDev -4%
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 (675 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of deebo
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (995 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Maurizio
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Wezzle
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of buzzword
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (992 characters)

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3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Fatehunter
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (291 characters)

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4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.4/5  rDev +8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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Drake's Black Robusto Porter from Drake's Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.