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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | 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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KevMo84

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

05-28-2014 06:34:11 | More by KevMo84
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Joe_Mahma

California

4/5  rDev +1%

05-21-2014 07:25:45 | More by Joe_Mahma
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Oakhtar

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

05-09-2014 05:52:35 | More by Oakhtar
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2014 05:45:49 | More by angrybabboon
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1%

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

California

4/5  rDev +1%

04-30-2014 21:36:23 | More by sansho
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BSuter

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

04-21-2014 16:19:15 | More by BSuter
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mac8113

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

04-19-2014 19:09:13 | More by mac8113
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DarkUnity

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

04-17-2014 03:34:32 | More by DarkUnity
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MrGone

California

4/5  rDev +1%

04-06-2014 05:05:19 | More by MrGone
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loboloco21

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

03-26-2014 03:34:37 | More by loboloco21
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Copernicus

California

4/5  rDev +1%

03-24-2014 15:20:26 | More by Copernicus
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Amerikon

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

03-24-2014 04:49:32 | More by Amerikon
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Souperpat

California

4/5  rDev +1%

03-21-2014 04:03:05 | More by Souperpat
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Beermasterjarrett

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

03-17-2014 00:21:54 | More by Beermasterjarrett
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dougieboy

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

03-10-2014 15:28:22 | More by dougieboy
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2GOOFY

California

4/5  rDev +1%

03-07-2014 03:49:04 | More by 2GOOFY
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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

Texas

4/5  rDev +1%

03-07-2014 00:51:32 | More by kjkinsey
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Celtics17

California

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 08:26:09 | More by Celtics17
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

02-22-2014 19:52:27 | More by jaydoc
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BucannonXC5

California

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. glass
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: Whole Foods in Hillcrest (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.99
Purchased: Feb. 12, 2014
Consumed: Feb. 16, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a practically pitch black color with two fingers of frothy tan head. Above average of light semi-layered lacing along the sides of the glass. Good retention all the way down.

Smelled cocoa, dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, black coffee, fudge, cocoa nibs and light smoky fire notes.

Tasted similar to the nose, although not quite as good. Got dark chocolate, dark chocolate cocoa mix, chocolate syrup, smoky notes, caramel, toffee and black coffee.

Full-to-medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming, bitter finish.

This was a pretty good porter, although something was slightly off. The smell was by far the best part.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 05:42:17 | More by BucannonXC5
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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California

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California

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Drake's Black Robusto Porter from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.