Homework Series Batch No. 6 - Robust Porter | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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3.9/5
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280 Ratings
Homework Series Batch No. 6 - Robust PorterHomework Series Batch No. 6 - Robust Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: Robust Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark black with ruby red highlights, this Robust Porter is rich and complex. A blend of UK malts, chocolate rye and Belgian candi sugar provide a sweet chocolate, yet rich earthy quality. Malt forward with an aroma full of roasted malts, toffee and dark fruit, this National Homebrew Competition medal-winner is a great dessert beer or to pair with hearty foods.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 09-07-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
280
pDev:
7.69%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
70
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 280 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of sulldaddy
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampling a cellar temp 22 oz bottle poured into my snifter. The beer pours a dark chocolate brown color with a fluffy khaki colored head of 2 cm foaming up. This foam drops slowly to form a sturdy surface layer.
The aroma is some sweet chocolate and roasted malt with just a hint of coffee grounds. Nose is pretty mild overall. I dont get any real hop presence here and the abv is hidden too.
First sip reveals an average body with very fine and gentle carbonation that rolls across my palate effortlessly. Texture is smooth and the beer drinks really easy. For a robust porter, I would like a little more "umph" to the body, but this is fine.
Flavor is what I expect from the nose. I get malt notes of milk chocolate and come roasted hits, while I also pick up a little grassy hops in the background and the finish is very dry and has a little bitterness. the bitterness is more of a coffee note than hop bite.
This is a straight forward porter that is approachable and enjoyable, I wasnt wowed by this beer, but it isnt flawed either.

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Photo of KMcGrath
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnDon
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MonkeyPilates
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of avalon07
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and an opaque consistency. There was a half inch of tan-colored, foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Above average lacing.

S: A solid, but not outstanding, aroma of dark fruit, roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, and hops.

T: Tasted of a fair shot of roasted malt, a lot of dark fruit (currants, plums), a decent amount of chocolate, light hops (mostly in the finish), and a tinge of toffee. For the most part, this is a good flavor, even if some of the ingredients aren't quite pushed far enough. Pretty tasty, though.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a mostly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer is slightly uneven in spots, it is worth a shot. Drinkable.

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Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of avisong
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RBorsato
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NappyB
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of baklo
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bhawk1
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tommy5
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2 fingers of tan head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Cocoa, coffee, dark fruit

T: Carob, roasted grain & dark fruit & dryness up front. Dryness, coffee, roastyness & a little Baker's Chocolate as this warms, plus a little lactic sourness. Finishes roasty, dry, with a little woody hop, & lust a little boozey black currant

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation

A decent porter, but nothing worth revisiting

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Photo of Purp1eOne
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CTHomer
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown and opaque, but crystal clear with ruby highlights when held to the light; 2 finger light brown head that receded slowly to a wispy cap; very little lacing;

S: earthy, bittersweet chocolate, a little sour;

T: earthy, bittersweet chocolate, and spicy; the chocolate and spice last through the finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: the sourness in the aroma was a turn off; the spiciness in the flavor wasn't a positive factor for me;

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Black color, light brown carbonated head. Pleasant roasted malts and robust chocolate flavors. Light to medium body, enjoyed that it was not too heavy.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"Dark black with ruby red highlights, this Robust Porter is rich and complex. A blend of UK malts, chocolate rye and Belgian candi sugar provide a sweet chocolate, yet rich earthy quality. Malt forward with an aroma full of roasted malts, toffee and dark fruit, this National Homebrew Competition medal-winner is a great dessert beer or to pair with hearty foods. Happy brewing!" Brewed in the style of an American Porter, available in 22 oz. bottles. Homework Series Batch #6.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy froth head of a medium tan color over a dark brown body with soft garnet highlights. Retention is good and lacing is light and patchy. 4.25

(Smell) Rich, sweet malt complexity of chocolate candy, nutty toffee and caramelized sugars with a moderate sweetness, subtle clean fruit undertones. Lightness of the body is evident beyond the specialty malt notes, and potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) Chocolate, toffee and moderate roast generates a slightly more earthy body than suggested in the aroma. Toasty caramel sugars, medium roast, subtle black patent bitterness, subtle fruit undertones. Finishes rich and toasty but decidedly modest drinking with a high drinkability to it. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, clean, lightly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is high, generating a medium frothiness and a briskly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to earthy and roasty specialty malt bitterness. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) A very fairly priced porter, perhaps in regards to its homebrew roots, a solid value beer for the collection. The biggest distraction was the very zingy carbonation level which stung the tongue- otherwise this beer has a good level of specialty malt and reserved sweetness. Well done. 3.75

Ballast Point Brewing Company's
Homework Series Batch #6: Robust Porter
3.89/5.00

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Photo of pstam87
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Homework Series Batch No. 6 - Robust Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 280 ratings