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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: 3
Gots: 12 | 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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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-21-2013 02:37:16 | More by drummermattie02
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beerme411

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-20-2013 21:55:52 | More by beerme411
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hayesjw

California

4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2013 00:39:45 | More by hayesjw
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johnnyboy76

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

02-18-2013 04:21:37 | More by johnnyboy76
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WestCoastBrew2

Vermont

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-06-2013 20:31:32 | More by WestCoastBrew2
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12owls

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%

01-31-2013 22:44:27 | More by 12owls
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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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brotherloco

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

01-14-2013 02:13:32 | More by brotherloco
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magictacosinus

California

3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured in a 10oz pint glass on tap at Comal, located in Berkeley.

The appearance is pitch-black alongside shades of brown as the glass is placed near any lighting. Slight streaks of bubbles rise towards the top of the beer's decent yet small bubbly head. The head eventually fades to pretty much nothing, but what remains are slight traces of foam floating at the top, as well as semi-strong alcohol legs sticking to the glass's rim.

The aroma is far maltier than I thought it would be, especially considering that all other beers I've had by Drake's are fairly hoppier and drier in smell - and flavor, for that matter. This holds a slightly strong smoky backdrop, combined with woody oak and coffee notes. Definitely not too much fruitiness overall, although the coffee flavor melds really well with the wood and dark malts. There's a little bit of alcohol that sweetens things up, but I can tell that this going to be a primary focus on the smoked coffee malts overall.

The flavor takes whatever was the aroma tenfold, but what does arrive in midst of the coffee are surprisingly decent chocolate syrup notes, as well as a deep, heartened bready flavor. In fact, the dark bread, often resembling pumpernickel or German rye, is pretty well flavored and melds fairly well with the coffee and chocolate, despite the fact that the earlier wood notes have pretty much vanished in the flavor. There's no real strong hop backbone to speak of here, but it is still aggressively bitter, and definitely more so on the malty side. Cannot complain about the feel of the beer overall - it's definitely thickened and never dies down no matter how it warms up, which really melds well with its bread flaked characteristics.

A pretty interesting take on a porter from another East Bay representation! Definitely fresh on tap, but curious to see how it will be when bottled. Porters aren't my top beer style, but I do enjoy the coffee and bread characteristics very much here, in ways that I haven't had a West Coast porter before.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2013 18:27:41 | More by magictacosinus
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craigreno

Oregon

4/5  rDev +0.8%

01-12-2013 05:42:14 | More by craigreno
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ambruns1979

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

01-04-2013 19:33:35 | More by ambruns1979
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beerpadawan

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

12-23-2012 09:59:14 | More by beerpadawan
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rbrefbeerman

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

12-15-2012 14:41:02 | More by rbrefbeerman
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ESPNman

California

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served into a tulip glass

A - It pours like a viscous used motor oil. It has almost coffee-like legs, and a dark brown almost-black color. It leaves a very thin but surprisingly well-retained mocha head. Solid lacing despite the lack of head.

S - Super roasty, malty, and bitter. Lots of burnt cocoa and deeply roasted coffee on the nose. A bit of sweet malts, and just a hint of astringent hop.

T - Much like the nose, but much more subtle. A lot of the burnt smell of coffee and malt comes through as much more roasted, with an almost toasted marshmallow sweetness on the back end. It finishes with a stinging bitterness and lingering cocoa.

M - Well-carbonated, almost champagne-like at first. The mouthfeel gets better as the brew warms up and flattens out a bit. It's thick, without being overly coating and chewy. It definitely needs some time to warm up before it's actually good, though.

O - A solid deeply roasted porter. It does a good job of walking the fine line between roasty and burnt. Unfortunately the nose makes a few promises that the taste can't quite deliver on.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 05:54:28 | More by ESPNman
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +25.9%

11-27-2012 21:36:12 | More by CEDAMA
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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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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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

California

2.5/5  rDev -37%

07-21-2012 21:04:35 | More by avaldivia
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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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peacebone116

California

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 18:43:38 | More by peacebone116
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RocAFella1

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%

01-09-2012 03:12:50 | More by RocAFella1
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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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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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madvermin

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2011 22:51:22 | More by madvermin
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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
Drake's Black Robusto Porter from Drake's Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.