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

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Drake's Black Robusto PorterDrake's Black Robusto Porter

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42 Reviews
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Reviews: 42
Hads: 198
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 19.7%
Wants: 8
Gots: 38 | 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: 42 | Hads: 198
Photo of rleyden
4.81/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bought a bottle at the Costco in Fresno.
Tried it out of the bottle.

Very impressed. I bought it because it was one of the cheaper "craft brews" on display and I needed some more 22 oz bottles for my home brewing.

Nice chocolate flavor. I will try to clone it in my home brew.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled Jan 5th 2015.

Thick and rich fistfull four finger controlled head. Creamy top and big capped with some minor pebbled bubbles for the head. Gorgeous dark mocha and cascades wonderfully on creation. Body color opaque, dark nearly black with red tones and hues on the edges with light inspection. Big and controlled, aggressive and real good looking.

Excellent porter aroma. Large hits of creamy coffee, vanilla, mild milk sensing chocolate, powdered cocoa. Extremely rich and thick smelling, with mild roast and big husky grain quality. Just about as good as a porter gets, but the roast is just a little buried by a hair if I want to nit pick.

It may not be mind boggling, but it sure is real impressive. Excellent mouth feel, just the right amount of thickness that coats like a milk chocolate shake. A hint of twinge on the back and a little bit of hop lime just barely it seems, but the rest is all rich and full like the nose suggests. Thick cocoa milk in the mid palate, with a thick chocolate and coffee rush and milkshake whipped up body. Tastes and feels like eating mocha whip cream in a way, with an interesting finish.

Great tasting memorable brew, haven't had such a great porter since Everett, loving this a lot.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a dark black with some light foam. There’s a great roasty aroma undercut by a lightly handed smokey note. The flavor is well rounded with a roasty dark coffee characteristic and just a touch of the smoke. Another solid selection from Drakes.

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Photo of xhcadamx
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - The perfect color for a porter. Black with ruby brown highlights. Huge creamy puffy tan head. Lacing to die for.

S - Roasted malts, Roasty goodness (from my wife and her friend)

T - Lots of roasted malt with a perfect amount of bitterness from the hops. I think I detect a hint of C hops in the end - not sure.

M - this is where this beer is the true winner. Creamy smooth with the perfect medium body

D - I picked this keg up today from Drake's. My wife had been wanting a Porter for awhile and I had been wanting to get a Keg from Drake's - I am seriously impressed.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip

A- Pours very black with brown hues. A one finger of a nice tan head. Good retention.

S- A super robust roasty beer. A lot of roasted malt and burnt caramel. A slight chocolate and espresso. Smells thick and bold.

T- A huge massive roasted quality to this beer. A slight burnt nuttyness to it. A big dark chocolate flavor. Burnt caramel and coffee. A very well balanced porter and extremely drinkable. A slight spicyness and a slight hop bitterness from the hops.

M- Thick, dark, very well balanced and drinkable. A lot of feel and nice carbonaiton.

O- Very impressed with this porter. It has the intense qualities I look for in a porter and fantastic balance and drink ability.

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Photo of Osseous
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Norwegian pint. Two fingers width of aged parchment colored head. Pitch black appearance, no light pierces when held up to a lamp. Smell was chocolate and amaretto - almost like a chocolate-dipped biscotti. Smokey on the finish with a little booze hint. Taste was espresso (creamy-bitter) and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel was smooth and rich - perhaps a little high on the carbonation. Overall, a solid porter, with a stouty integrity and great ABV.

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Photo of Dsimenson
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a 16 oz glass. Poured aggressively, creates a thick three finger head that you will be tempted to drive a truck over. Heavy lacing, and a beautiful dark chocolate color. Aroma is magnificent once you let this ale warm up a bit, which I recommend for porters and stouts--deep and inviting. Flavor is substantial, dark roasted malt, coffee, a bit of molasses, some sweetness from the malt, smokey darkness, and moderate bitterness of hops. Mouth feel is thick, a bit creamy and chewy. Overall this is an outstanding porter, which I am adding to my favorites.--updated, DS

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep black color with big deep brown almost purplish head. You get scents of roasted coffee on the nose. Very inviting. Delicious coffee flavor. Loads of roast and satisfies coffee and dark chocolate tastes. Really well made porter. Strong and just the right mouthfeel. Not thick, but not too thin.

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Photo of hayesjw
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

last "had" review on 02/20/2013. gave it 4.25
current review would be 4.45 as of 12/03/2013.

A - Jet black with scant lacing on outer edges of a Duvel tulip. Gold label nearly matches the foam. When focused there is a constant Champagne sized ephervesence keeping the lace present to the end... blissful!

S - espresso roast

T - dark chocolate with almond rocca, subtle vanilla. ill have to try that candy to confirm.

M - This is where the ale's inner glow occurs, as well as my own. An alcohol rich warmth is present even when this porter is served chilled. The satin texture blankets the mouth as a fur coats the body to shelter the winter freeze.

O - so how is this done at 6.2%? Remember I also enjoyed three 2013 Celebrations today!

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Photo of scottfrie
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a thick near-black cola color with a huge, dense, dark brown head that took forever to fade into a greasy film that left patches of soapy lace down the glass.
S: Rich and roasted overall with scents of barbequed meat, dark chocolate, mild coffee, oats, molasses and toasted grains.
T: Follows the nose with dominating flavors of roasted grains, BBQ, chocolate, and brown sugar. The finish is full of roasted nuts and the aftertaste has a hint of molasses and toasted coconut.
M: On the thinner side but a very smooth mouthfeel and easy to drink. Medium full body but just a tad watery.
O: A roast-forward porter. Slightly thin but amazing flavor. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours black with a firm light tan head, good lacing all around.

S: Notes of roast, burnt sugar, coffee, fruit, moderate intensity.

T: Strong roasted malt notes, dark chocolate, cherry. Real good flavours in this porter.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, lightly chalky, very drinkable.

D: A real good porter here from Drake's. A classic session pint, simple good flavours.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured into BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours a very dark redish brown. No light can pass through the glass, you can barely see the color looking up through the top quarter inch. The head is light to medium brown and fades.

S: Sweet roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee, and a little dark dried fruit note.

T: As expected nice hit of bittersweet chocolate and coffee, with a little herbal spice and an almost tart bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty darn good porter, especially for the price in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Apperacnce- Dark, black as described, nice lacing.

Smell- Smelled like ice coffee, or just coffee with some cream, and sugar.

Taste: Dark Chocolate, mild coffee, slight hop bitterness.

Overall- Good porter, impactful flavors. Enjoyed this beer as it warmed.

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Photo of deebo
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of HPinSoCal
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very nice dark brown tasty looking beer. Beautiful foamy dark tan 1" plus thick head with exceptional staying power and a very long lasting good looking lace.

S: Aroma feels a bit light. Roasted coffee dominates the nose, which is a good match for the flavor.

T: Very tasty. Coffee seems to come out on top. However, not a bad balance balance between coffee and chocolate flavors.

F: Medium body. Carbonation level feels just right. Alcohol hides nicely in the flavor.

O: One of my favorite porters so far. Goes down very easy. Very smooth. Highly recommended.

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Photo of drpimento
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured with a large, frothy, long lasting, brown head that settles very slowly, some lace, and an opaque black brown color. Aroma is fairly basic - roast, cocoa, coffee, dark malt. Flavor's like nose, but malt comes out more with carbonic tang in the front with a very smooth palate to make this such an easy drinking beer. Just a few off notes in the finish. But what the hell. Good schtuff Maynard.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with frothy tan head, geat lacing. Smells of burnt chex cereal, hint of chocolate and coffee. Tastes of peaty malt, chex cereal, and slightly burnt coffee. Medium bodied and smooth. Tasty brew, if you like smoky even burnt tasting porters or stouts, you'll likely enjoy this one.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of angrybabboon
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to magictacosinus for sending this my way

Split with Goblinmunkey7

Review from notes, 4/11/14

Appearance: Dark, dark, deep brown - lighter brown around the edges with some garnet highlights - medium, light brown head - small, but nice cap, leaves some nice streaks

Smell: Very roasty with some great chocolate aromas - roasty coffee, dark chocolate, semisweet chocolate, and some milk chocolate - some malty sweetness

Taste: Delivers on the aroma with some serious chocolate - dark, semisweet, and milk chocolate - Tootsie rolls - nice roasty malts, with some touches of coffee - some roasty bitterness - not particularly complex, but nicely interesting

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, smooth, very drinkable

Overall: Drake's can make great dark beers, too?

I guess I shouldn't be surprised at how much I enjoyed this, based on how much I've enjoyed other offerings from Drake's. It's a great example of a robust porter. It's bold, robust, roasty, without being burnt.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives almost pitch black capped by a couple of inches of tan foam; a few shards of lacing are produced

Smell: Roasty, with chocolate and a hint of coffee

Taste: Roast and chocolate, up front, with a subtle hint of coffee in the middle; the finish matches the front end

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice robust porter, just as its name says

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1/2 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A thick curtain of lace clings to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and some subtle coffee and cocoa notes. Taste is of dark roasted malt, burnt coffee, and cocoa beans. There is a somewhat assertive roasty bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is good porter but it’s roasty as hell.

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Photo of avwrite
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark coffee like appearance. No cloudyness, a bit of foam on the top, and thick.

S - Bitter smell with strong coffee scent brewed in.

T - hoppy and bitter. Thick like guiness.

M - thick. Syrupy going down.

O - a heavy beer, keeps you warm. Ideal for winter.

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Photo of veinless
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Lanesplitter in Berkeley.

Pours a dark brown with hints of red; a dollop of foamy tan head crowns it. Lace is spotty at best.

Nose is strongly roasted and charred, with coffee and chocolate able to make it out of the fray somehow. Fruit not as evident, but present. Charred character is really the focus and it's solid.

Taste has the roasted element of the nose but a great deal of grainy character as well. Sweetened coffee and a hint of chocolate round out this well balanced brew. Hops are evident in the semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel is slick and crisp while being medium bodied. Carbonation is at a good level. Drinkability is good, if not spectacular due to the char getting a bit old. Solid porter.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased from Whole Foods, Los Altos, CA. Shared with Sam and Rich in Sydney on my return.

Pours a deep, indeed robust, black-brown, with a faint hint of ruby-brown at the edges. Head forms fairly solidly at first, settling to a mess of chunky pancake bubbles across the top of the glass, fairly deep brown in hue. Body is solid, and it holds fine carbonation very well. Looks good.

Nose is very pleasant: toasty and dry with noticeable overtones of coffee, a little pepper and a suggestion of acidity. Slight salty characters are tempered by a lingering, almost ephemeral sweetness that gives a deep rye bread type of note when they combine. It's good stuff.

Taste is quite similar. Again, there's not a huge sweetness or body to it, and here the coffee characters are much more pronounced—but there's a filling quality to these two things together. Mild roasty grain on the back is very smooth, and the lingering coffee notes caress the back palate while providing a slight punctuation of pepper. Finish is long, but lacking bitterness, so it's never harsh. Very nice.

Feel is slightly light, but it's not too bad, and it probably aids the drinkability somewhat.

Overall, this is a pretty cracking drop of beer, plenty of character that stays pleasantly balanced and coherent. The flavours are good, but it's how they're placed together that makes it as approachable and drinkable as it is. Good stuff.

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Photo of peacebone116
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SF Beer Week Drake's Tap Takeover at The Poor House Bistro in DT SJ. Poured into a plastic cup.

A: Deep black body with a tight, tan head. Head left lacing marks along the side of the glass after it slowly dispersed.

N: Roasted notes of coffee and a bit of chocolate. Not overpowering, but definitely hard to miss.

T/M: Follows the nose with roasted malt that gives off notes of dark chocolate, a bit of coffee and subtle hints of dark fruit like plum and cherry. There is a nice, light spiciness that backs this beer, making it very drinkable. The body is light though, almost a bit too light, feeling very thin and nearly watery. There is a slight chalkiness or astringency to the mouthfeel as well, but this quality is very short lived.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It is incredibly drinkable for a moderately strong dark beer. It was a nice way to warm up while listening to some live blues outside at the Poor House. Honestly, I was a little disappointed with the thinness, but I suppose this is because it is a Porter not a Stout. I hope to try this one again soon.

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Drake's Black Robusto Porter from Drake's Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.