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Raincloud Robust Porter | Foolproof Brewing Company

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3.81/5
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299 Ratings
Raincloud Robust PorterRaincloud Robust Porter
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
Ranking:
#15,152
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
299
pDev:
9.97%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
75
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 299 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
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

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Photo of kojevergas
2.52/5  rDev -33.9%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color capped by a robust tan head; nice stickage and lacing

Smell: Roasty and chocolatey

Taste: Very roasty, up front, with dark chocolate settling in underneath; by mid-palate, the hops come on rather strong, bringing a grassy tone; bitter, roasty and chocolatey, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really tasty porter with an unusual twist in the hop bill; I would prefer a little fuller mouthfeel but that is a quibble

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yay cans! Glad to see another Foolproof up this way. Plus you don't see many porters in a can.

Pours a perfect 2 finger creamy thick mocha colored head that hits the top of my Tree House tulip and fades semi slowly with tons of lacing, pitch black beer.

Nose is pretty much a robust porter, nice dark malts, a little roasty but not much, good dark chocolate and powdered cocoa like, a nice dark bitter slight tannic like roast, a little caramel and dark crystal malts, hint of a creamy malt base too, and a bit of a clean mineral like aroma.

Taste starts again like a nice robust porter, dark malts mostly, plenty of chocolate flavors, powdered cocoa and dark but creamy chocolate. A nice creamy nougat like dark malt character, some light roast and a bit of a bitter dark almost charred malt character but not really. More dark caramel malts and a hint of earthy hop bitterness round off the flavors. Finish is still a bit creamy and sticky but drier, plenty of lingering powdered cocoa, little caramel and syrupy sweetness, hint of dark roasty like malt too.

Mouth is med to heavier bod, nice creamy feel, decent carb although it could have a bit more carbonation.

Overall pretty nice, drinkable tasty porter that fits the bill nicely, and comes in a can, doesn't go overboard crazy or do anything really special but still pretty tasty.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 2/6/2013 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains roasted malts, some coffee and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a creamy roasted malt character followed by mild flavors of coffee and chocolate. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer porter to drink for a while.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smithj4
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Two-finger beige head. Good ring lace after each sip. Dark brown color where no light passes through the glass.

Deep chocolate smell that hovers between milk and semisweet. Light alcohol in the background.

Dark steps up first--mostly chocolate but I believe there's a bit of black patent as well. Solid body with an equally decent carbonation. Great semisweet chocolate aftertaste. A bit of tart cherry in the swallow.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
4.61/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was a gift at the brewery to The CANQuest (TM) back in February when I visited on my way to the Inaugural RI Brew Fest at the Pawtucket Armory. I had to await approval of my picture as I only had the one CAN and I dislike pictures of spent beers.

From the CAN: "It's pouring outside, so pour yourself something inside ..."; "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."; "Your Life. Your Beer."; "Experience Responsibly".

The Crack revealed that this CAN was not as full as its brother, but I went with an inverted Glug all the same. Once the cascade began to settle, I had a dense finger of foamy, deep-brown head with excellent retention. The beer looked like a glass of ink! Dark? ZERO light penetration! None anywhere, not even on the sides or at the edges. It must have been a deep, dark-brown but all I could see was blackness. The smell was smoky, liquified dark chocolate and my mouth began to water. Mouthfeel was full and the richness of the chocolate made it feel as though I were drinking a milkshake. A really smoky chocolate milkshake! The lacing that had begun to manifest itself was going to require a jackhammer to remove. Finish was dry, very smoky, very much dark chocolate, but the wee yeasties had done their job and there was no sweetness remaining from the malt. It is not raining today, but I do have a book that I am reading (Irvine Welsh's latest - "Skagboys") so I think that I will take the brewery's advice and return to it.

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Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Doherty’s Ale House Warwick 4/7/14
Solid dark brown/black small tan head. Chocolate and roast with hints of caramel and earth. Decent porter.

4/10/14
Can brought back from OSHC.
Pours a solid black color with a smallish tan head that dissipates almost instantly. Aromas of bitter dark chocolate with a hint of caramel. Light burnt and molasses notes with a heavy earthy hop presence. The flavor mimics the aroma quite well. Bitter dark chocolate with caramel and molasses as well as hints of dark fruits. Solid earthy hop bitterness and flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick bubbly mouthfeel. I quite enjoyed this beer at home, great can.

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Photo of chippo33
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +5%

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