Raincloud Robust Porter | Foolproof Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Foolproof Brewing Company
Rhode Island, United States
foolproofbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by SenorHops on 02-12-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
296
Reviews:
53
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
9.9%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
73
For Trade:
1
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Photo of hzl00b
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.

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Photo of thegirlgotsoul
2/5  rDev -47.9%

Photo of BeeGinner
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of Horbar
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of kojevergas
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)

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Photo of DrMindbender
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tigg924
2.86/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, dark brown in color, clear, medium carbonation

Smell: cocoa and bosco

Taste: cocoa powder, char, and dark chocolate

Mouthfeel: sweet start, bitter middle and a less bitter end, medium carbonation, medium bodied, chewy

Overall: I think this is a slightly below average porter that has a decent amount of char and bitterness. This is not bad, but nothing really stands out either. Not every brewery matches everyone's taste, and I am beginning to thing Foolproof and myself are not a match.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Kegatron
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of hockeyfighter19
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Iski100
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of snilsen13
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

No head build up, correspondingly, thin mouthfeel. It smelled promising but the flavor is pretty normal; no real strong flavors. Since its light on flavor and slightly flat, this goes down easy. 12 oz doesn't feel like enough, but this isn't memorable.

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Photo of Dactrius
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This would be a real solid porter, however, the cans I bought were completely still with no carb whatsoever. Will have to give another shot at some point.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
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.

RJT

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Photo of rkf1976
3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dheldman
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kevincredible
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Stengelfoot
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Petegrieco
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of stoppertb18
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of rspauldi
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Satchboogie
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of rderedin
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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Raincloud Robust Porter from Foolproof Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 296 ratings.
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