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

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89
very good

127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.8%

09-22-2013 03:12:19 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

09-22-2012 20:44:58 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2012 17:43:40 | More by UCLABrewN84
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womencantsail

California

3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Blue Palms for Drake's/Triple Rock Tap Takeover

A: The beer pours almost black in color with a finger of creamy tan head.

S: The nose is almost all roast and ash. Some notes of dark, bitter chocolate are also present, and some coffee and coffee grounds. Maybe a hint of licorice. Not terribly complex, but quite nice.

T: The flavor is fairly bitter from all of the intense roastiness. Quite a strong ash and char flavor with some dark chocolate and coffee. Somewhat astringent and slightly acidic as well.

M: Medium in body and carbonation.

O: I liked the nose on this quite a bit, but the flavor fell short and was just too heavy on the burnt flavors and bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 18:03:42 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-07-2014 20:48:13 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-07-2014 00:51:32 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

03-07-2014 00:54:55 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

02-22-2014 19:52:27 | More by jaydoc
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

01-19-2013 22:34:08 | More by GRG1313
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emerge077

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

08-04-2013 03:28:50 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

05-08-2013 04:40:22 | More by largadeer
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mactrail

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma of dark roasted malt greets the nose. Pours very nearly black in the tall tulip with a fine beige head. Lots of lacing in the glass and quite sudsy in the mouth.

Flavor is kind of like slightly burnt rye toast. Good, though. There is just a lot of the charred flavors and a touch of burnt sugar. A little sweetness makes this more malty and less dry than a lot of these black beers. It just makes up for it with a longer, more bitter burn at the end. Warm yet edgy, a lot of grainy flavors, and that deep roasted taste makes for a mouthful of flavors.

Thoroughly refreshing and intriguing dark brew. Another example of the slightly off-center style that makes me a Drake's fan. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 06:51:55 | More by mactrail
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Halcyondays

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2009 21:58:03 | More by Halcyondays
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown in color with a 1/2" tan colored head that falls to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: roasted malt and some chocolate comes through to the nose.

Taste: roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, some earthiness, and a mild bitterness create a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a bit of dryness late.

Overall: a very drinkable porter that has a nice flavor and hits the spot when looked for a roasty and earthy beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2014 04:17:14 | More by Gavage
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GClarkage

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-08-2014 05:30:29 | More by GClarkage
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 03:10:47 | More by lacqueredmouse
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DoubleJ

California

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

The head retention is great on top this coal black beer. Great, thick lacing sticks to the glass. It's a very astringent flavor as far as flavor and aroma is concerned. Roasted ground coffee and a strong astringency dominate the nose and palate, and on the palate, a brush of hops interrupts the roasty notes on occasion. I enjoyed this one, although this may not be everyone's cup of joe (no pun intended).

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2009 04:37:48 | More by DoubleJ
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-08-2013 02:00:19 | More by Kelp
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-21-2013 02:37:16 | More by drummermattie02
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

08-28-2013 17:16:22 | More by GraduatedCashew
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illidurit

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%

08-02-2013 02:28:39 | More by illidurit
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Boone757

Maryland

4/5  rDev +0.8%

07-18-2014 21:18:03 | More by Boone757
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scottfrie

California

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 00:42:04 | More by scottfrie
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ste5venla

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

10-28-2013 01:59:50 | More by ste5venla
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Drake's Black Robusto Porter from Drake's Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.