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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | 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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Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

largadeer, May 08, 2013
Photo of Bubba83
4/5  rDev +1%

Bubba83, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of Philousa
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Imbibed on tap at Bair Island in San Carlos.

Poured an opaque, murky black, bright amber around the edges against the light. Big creamy tan head settles to thinly cover the top. Smells like a porter should: lots of dark malt, some coffee, baker's chocolate, and slight vanilla, which to me hints towards creaminess. The taste comes across thin, dry and chalky. Typical flavors such as dark chocolate and roasty malts are duking it out with fruity flavors like raspberry and green apple. Very odd to me. Dry finish with some green hop bitterness.

I'm not the biggest fan, but I suspect this line may have switched the lines with a cider and failed to clean the lines properly. Not sure if I should have reviewed it with this suspicion, but I feel I got enough of the true flavor to pass judgment.

EDIT: I just tried this out of the bottle and I think something was wrong with the tap lines. Most of the big flaws were absent in this bottle. In addition to what was described above: I get some creaminess in the aroma, almost lactic. Taste is not dry, but finish is. Baker's chocolate remains, but it's not chalky. Some fruitiness is observable but it's fleeting. Really digging this after months of pooh poohing it.

Philousa, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of caligreen333
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The only reason I am reviewing this beer is because I am now currently drinking a Bear Republic BLACK STOUT and it does hold its own against this Porter! Mind you I am not the best candidate to review a beer at this moment considering I have already had about 4 IPA's, BUT for comparison purposes I had about 4 IPA's last night before I had the Drake Robusto. All I want to say in this review is if you have had a good amount to drink and are still looking for a "closer" beer for the end of the night then this is it. It has a strong flavor, over powers the Bear Republic "BLACK STOUT" which is rated at a higher level. I know your thinking a Stout is not supposed to be a porter, well this isn't about that. The basic's behind this review is to show that if you want a strong flavored smokey malty beer, the Robusto is the way to go. End of rant. The avg ratings mean I dont know so really I give it a 4.0 at least. Thanks Drakes for making an affordable Porter that packs a punch!

caligreen333, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of GennyCreamAle
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

GennyCreamAle, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of ChumleyX
4/5  rDev +1%

ChumleyX, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

TheSixthRing, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of tbone1384
4/5  rDev +1%

tbone1384, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of elNopalero
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

elNopalero, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Gregfalone
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Gregfalone, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

InfernoBoss, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of beertholomeus
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

beertholomeus, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of SHODriver
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a deep black with a finger and a half of dense light tan head with good retention into a nonic pint glass
S: smells intensely chocolatey and roasty with just a hint of espresso
T: chocolate up front followed by some nice roastyness, a bit of herbal and spicy hop as well with a hint of coffee. swallow brings more roastyness and chocolate with a bit of spicy hop
M: fuller side of medium in the mouth with a nice and soft carbonation
O: not a bad beer at all. good flavors and easy drinking.

SHODriver, Mar 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

justinbrown, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of TwelveOunces
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

TwelveOunces, Feb 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

beerme411, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of hayesjw
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

hayesjw, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of johnnyboy76
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

johnnyboy76, Feb 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

12owls, Jan 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

GRG1313, Jan 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

brotherloco, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of magictacosinus
3.84/5  rDev -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.

magictacosinus, Jan 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

craigreno, Jan 12, 2013
Drake's Black Robusto Porter from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.