Foolproof Brewing Company

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Porter - Robust
Ranked #54
Ranked #21,634
3.84 | pDev: 9.64%
Foolproof Brewing Company
Rhode Island, United States
Very Good
Notes: Raincloud is the perfect “stay at home” brew. Dark, smooth, mysterious—this rich and flavorful porter is brewed with chocolate and crystal malts and a subtle blend of European hops. Raincloud is the ideal accompaniment for a lazy day of movie watching or reading.
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice, slightly light but still complex and flavorful porter from a brewery that’s new to me. Pours a rich deep brown color with some great-looking tan fluffy head and nice rings of lingering lacing. Smells of roasted nuttiness, medium roast coffee, milk chocolate, malt, caramel and vanilla. Taste follows the nose, with some hints of brown sugar and raisin. Smooth, slightly creamy, rich mouthfeel and good carbonation. Very flavorful and good depth of flavors but not too heavy. I usually prefer stouts but this porter is nothing to sniff at! Will check out more from Foolproof.

Apr 20, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured lightly into a 16 oz. mug produced a two and a half finger head that resembles coffee ice cream.
Opaque black, a hint of brown can be seen when held up to light. Arches of lacing thoughout the drink.
Chocolate and smokey malt with a sour yeast smell. Chocolate coffee and roasted malts are added to the taste.
Semi-sweet at first, bitter coffee at the finish with some hop flavor.
Rich texture across the palate. Strong carbonation, the head lasted to the end.
Overall; pretty well balanced, lots of chocolate. It was raining when I drank this. I would have this again.

Jun 25, 2018
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap.
Smells of bittersweet dark chocolate, tastes of caramel malts and a big char roasted barley character. Finish is bitter dry roast.
It's a pretty solid robust porter. Great flavors but a bit out of balance I think.

Mar 19, 2018
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ommegangpbr from New York

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Really nice, really solid porter. Rich flavors without being too heavy. Sweet, almost cola flavors finishing off with a smoky texture. Almost crushable if you have a sweet tooth.

Mar 16, 2018
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ErichPryde from Texas

3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty black more opaque than well-used oil, lightly heads a soft tan. The nose is filled with sweet honey-bread and molasses; a good dose of dark, ripe cherries layered underneath. As exceptional as the appearance and nose are, I was let down by how this beer tasted- none of the sweetness from the nose translates to the palate, which is largely dominated by bitter chocolate and coffee grinds underscored by a thin body of malt. The finish is fleeting and bitter, but not puckeringly so, nor terribly unpleasant.

A spectacular beer to look at and nose, but a let down in palate and finish. Probably worth what I paid for it, but not something that would see normal rotation in my lineup of porters.

Aug 16, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was poured into an English pint glass. The appearance was a two finger off white to tan foamy head that rose above the glass in a rocky sort of way. It dissipated within about a minute. Light lacing was in and around the glass. The smell sounded off with a subtle roast breaking through a robust cocoa flavor. Light bitter coffee bean melds into the aroma. The taste moderately lingered between roasty coffee and cocoa beans. On the palate, this one has a nice medium bodied feel letting the robust lay it down cold on my tongue. Overall, I’d say this was a good porter that I would have again.

Jun 06, 2017
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JamFuel from Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first Rhode Island beer!

Pours a dark brown, with a low, firm head.

Smell is malty with a nice dose of coffee and licorice.

Nice, smooth taste, more chocolate than coffee, but still with a bit of salt licorice.

Body is medium, with good viscosity. Carbonation is right on.

A very nice robust porter, where robust really is the key word.

Mar 14, 2017
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Legal Sea Food
A: Dark brown with a thin head
S: Cocoa, coffee, chocolate/roasted malts
T: Matches the nose. Lots of roasted/bitter notes
M: Medium-bodied, bitter
O: Solid porter

Jun 12, 2016
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Raincloud Robust Porter has an unusually foamy, beige head, a dark brown appearance, and heavy lacing left on the sides of the glass. The aroma is of black cherries, chocolate powder, and dark-roasted malt. Taste is of char, dark malt, black bread, faint coffee, and faint chocolate powder. An acidic note is present, as well. Mouthfeel is low medium, and Raincloud finishes on the dry side of it.


Apr 24, 2016
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Shellynix from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Totally blindsided by how delicious this was. It made me a porter fan. It was dark, heavy, and had a strong aroma. Didn't have a coffee taste that I've gotten from other porters. Very strong, I would highly recommend for any porter fans.

Mar 05, 2016
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BeerRev22 from Rhode Island

3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black (duh, its a robust porter)
Slight roast, chocolate, slight minerality on the nose.
Drinks a bit thinner than I would like, (yeah I know it isn't a stout)
but feels like it needs like 10% moar body.
Very solid but unspectacular. A beer that id buy to drink without the think.

Feb 24, 2016
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deltatauhobbit from Maine

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with very little head and no lacing.

Smell is primarily a roasted malt aroma with some touches of coffee.

Taste starts out with a roasted malt presence and some sugary sweetness, aftertaste is balanced a bit by a coffee bitterness without being too much or too little.

Feb 11, 2016
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Comes out of the can a nice black color with a bubbly caramel colored head, some good lacing. Smell is roasted malt with some molasses sweetness, earthy. Taste is initially a hint sweet, followed by coffee and a big char note. Some metallic note sticks its head in which isn't so good. Finish is fairly light and a little dry. A solid porter that's a bit more charred than your usual porter, but still nice to drink.

Dec 21, 2015
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate amounts of dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Slightly heavier than moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts, dark malts, and light aromas of freshly roasted coffee + cacao nibs. Light aromas of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a slightly stronger than moderate flavor of roasted and dark malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of freshly roasted coffee, hints of cacao nibs, and light hints of earthy hops. Overall there is a moderate amount of lingering roasty bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth, almost creamy.

O: Very enjoyable and quite easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Glad that @smithj4 brought this one for me to enjoy. A very enjoyable roasty porter.

Dec 11, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high tan head that has good retention properties and left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of dark and roasted malts are present in the nose along with notes of cola.
T: The taste follows the smell, but is more complex with additional hints of chocolate malts and coffee. No hop flavors are detectable, but there is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is definitely a robust porter, but even though it is packed with flavors it is rather easy to drink.

Serving type: can

Dec 11, 2015
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: November 21, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Guiness pint... OCCASION: much work was done today...and after the Brew Fest at Tom’s house--50(!) six-packs were shared--I am in midseason beer form... APPEARANCE: from a can, the beer pours a storm-black body and fills the 16 oz. glass with thick brown head that settles patiently; the end leaves a nice pattern of soapy tracings, while the remaining head forms a foamy island... AROMA: light, toasted notes mingle with earthy,peaty elements and a doughy strength to support the beer’s rainy day companion theme... PALATE: heavy, full-bodied and brackish--wearing its 6.5 ABV rather loudly...again, its intentions are to warm and to stoke, and the palate forwards this, albeit with some unsavory elements...TASTE: immediate sensation of pepper, chocolate and toasted malts; some alcohol is present--especially in the aftertaste...some hops make for a livelier nuance, but the toasted malts--bitter coffee is present too--are the dominant experience OVERALL: another rerouted gift from Uncle Mark, and thanks to the Beer of the Month club, I enjoyed another beer I might not have crossed otherwise...seeking objective tasting, I find the beer challenges more than a "lazy day" might warrant, and while the pepper and peat do their diligence, the off-putting flavors downgrade the experience slightly...

Nov 23, 2015
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Back_in_the_Saddle from Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into an English pint glass. The appearance was a two finger off white to tan foamy head that rose above the glass in a rocky sort of way. It dissipated within about a minute. Light lacing was in and around the glass. The smell sounded off with a subtle roast breaking through a robust cocoa flavor. Light bitter coffee bean melds into the aroma. The taste moderately lingered between roasty coffee and cocoa beans. On the palate, this one has a nice medium bodied feel letting the robust lay it down cold on my tongue. Overall, I’d say this was a good porter that I would have again.

Nov 17, 2015
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark, almost black with a tan head. Smells of chocolate malt. Tastes pretty chocolatey with a slight dark roasted coffee hint. It feels creamy but thin. Overall a pretty good porter.

Oct 31, 2015
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hzl00b from Michigan

1.83/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

5 out of 6 cans I received in my shipment were undrinkable, foamy messes. The last one was merely OK. Not sure what the problem is, but doesn't seem like they have the bottling process down or my shipper was just sending old product.

Oct 04, 2015
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kojevergas from Louisiana

2.52/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

CAN: Acquired in a trade, but I forget with whom - all apologies! 12 fl oz. Aluminum. Blue label.

6.5% ABV.

Reviewed live as a robust porter per the label. Served cold into a nonic and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Expectations are above average.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: About 10cm wide. Gorgeous tan colour with a rich sparkling complexion. Consistency is near perfect for a porter - creamy as hell, supple, frothy, soft. Leaves a nice ring of even lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Opaque solid black. No yeast or sediment is visible within.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a good looking porter, and nails the classic elements of the style - though it's not unique or special per se. A still darker head would be an improvement, and I suppose if we're nitpicking it could be fuller and still softer.

AROMA: Schwarz malts, faint roasted barley, chocolate malts, dark bread. It's somewhat depleted, lacking the full robust malt presence I'd expect in a porter (especially one billed as "robust"). Suggests a thin weak brew with a generic porter build. The chocolate doesn't seem rich, the roast is reticent, the malty sweetness seems inadequate.

Aromatic intensity is below average. I detect no off-notes, booze, or yeast.

Hop presence is oddly strong here and recognizably old world/European, with ineffectual herbal hop notes coming through and little else.

TASTE & TEXTURE: A bit of an ashen grain character is bothersome throughout, and plays with the stale roastiness at the heart of the build to ill effect. The malt profile is inadequate, with no robust sweetness or backbone. Weak thin chocolate malts and weak faint dark malts do little to fill out the lackluster - almost watery - body. This is in dire need of more heft and weight in terms of mouthfeel. Not creamy, soft, or full-bodied at all.

Odd supplementary notes like raisin and dark bread do announce themselves as it warms, bringing this more and more into schwarzbier teritory. I find it imbalanced, poorly built, and subpar for its stye.

Carbonation is about right. And at least there's no yeast presence, off-character, or booze. But the European hop profile is odd in a porter, bringing unwanted herbal notes into the fold.

OVERALL: Not a gestalt build, nor even a cohesive one. This is a porter with schwarzbier envy, and the weakness of the mouthfeel is catastrophic. The flavour profile comes off tasting like the shell of a real porter, or even like the "near beer" you might get if you brew a porter and then brew a small beer with the second runnings of the grains. That said, the ABV is well-concealed, and it drinks easily enough for what it is. There're enough interesting elements here that I'd like to try it on-draught just to give the brewery the benefit of the doubt, but based on this can, the beer is well below average. I can't see regular consumers of Deschutes' Black Butte or Great Lakes' Edmund Fitzgerald switching over by any means, and would definitely recommend those to anyone who finds this a good example of the stye.

Not so foolproof after all...

Low C- (2.52)

Sep 23, 2015
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Lagerhouserules from New York

4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow Was I surprised by this one. A relative from RI brought this to me in upstate NY. Pours black with a medium creamy brown head that quickly disappears. Drinks almost like a black IPA but it still falls into porter/stout territory. Some dark chocolate notes. Really pretty delicious. Would seek this out and would love to try on tap.

Aug 31, 2015
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TX-Badger from Texas

3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown opaque color with tan colored head. Roasted malt, chocolate, and a hint of sugar on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium to full bodied. Finishes with a nice roasted malt and cocoa combination.

Aug 30, 2015
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leroybrown10 from Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep chocolate brown with reddish edges. Big light khaki colored head sticks around a good long while and than abruptly vanishes all at once. Heavy amount of lacing left behind.

Dark roasted malt aroma. A bit of espresso. Cocoa powder and bitter chocolate. Earth and loam at the end.

Taste is bitter chocolate and very dark roasted malt. Bitter espresso, earth, licorice, and peat.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Extreme bitterness lingers with high degree of acridness. Really ruins what would otherwise be a quite good beer.

This beer has good look, aroma and flavor but has a terrible mouth feel and after taste. Very disappointing.

Aug 09, 2015
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mcox90 from New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. can . Pours dark brown with a one finger tan head. Roasted malt, coffee and brown bread on the nose. Semi sweet taste with some bakers chocolate, black coffee and a light dose of hops. Medium bodied. and drinkable.

Jul 27, 2015
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horshack7 from England

4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: On top is a dark beige to light brown head very creamy in texture. Underneath is an abyss of wonderful darkness.

Aroma: Lots of vanilla bean, cocoa nibs, milk chocolate. Faint notes of dark roasted coffee.

Taste: Milk chocolate, silky smooth mouthfeel, vanilla all through it. Chocolate malts, wisps of milk sugar way in the back. The finish is smooth with a light malty dryness.

Notes: Such a great American porter top to bottom a good find and one to pick up again. Cheers.

Jul 26, 2015
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