Drake's Black Robusto Porter - Drake's Brewing Co.
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3.81/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
04-01-2013 02:22:31 | More by TheSixthRing
4.55/5 rDev +14.9%
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.
03-12-2013 06:47:56 | More by elNopalero
3.69/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
03-01-2013 04:36:17 | More by SHODriver
4.44/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
02-26-2013 00:33:01 | More by TwelveOunces
4.29/5 rDev +8.3%
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!
02-20-2013 00:39:45 | More by hayesjw
3.84/5 rDev -3%
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.
01-13-2013 18:27:41 | More by magictacosinus
3.85/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
12-11-2012 05:54:28 | More by ESPNman
Drake's Black Robusto Porter from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.