Draken Robust Porter | Kelsen Brewing Company

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4.21/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kelsen Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
kelsenbrewing.com

Style: Robust Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Big, malty and dark, Draken Robust porter exudes a roasty aroma from its tan head. You’ll taste a complex and rich chocolate and caramel malt character followed by a touch of warmth and light malt sweetness. Draken has subtle flavors of raisins and dark fruits and a touch of hop bitterness to balance the flavor on the palate. Despite its dark appearance, the beer is medium-bodied with a wonderful mouthfeel that allows the rich flavors to linger on your tongue just long enough to last until the next sip.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,763
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
96
pDev:
7.84%
 
 
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7
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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 11/06/2018

L-The beer pours a glossy black with a 2 finger mocha head. The head recedes to a thin ring with central island leaving minimal lacing
S-First to my nose is the bitter black malt. Following behind this is a bit of dark chocolate and light roast.
T- The taste is nice blend of the malt with some dark chocolate which shows itself a little more here than on the nose. Light roast is present and pleasant even for this non coffee drinker. The flavors mix around with each other and I'm able to find each of them with little effort all throughout the sip.
F-Mouthfeel overall is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is light. Finish isn't quite what I would describe as dry, but I find myself returning for further sips as I'm trying to type this review.
O- This is one of the best porters I've had. Up there with my other favorite Black Butte. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Pippuri
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KMcGrath
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dainsleif
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft right the keg had been tapped. Great aroma, great taste. Had worked up a thirst after yardwork, and it really hit the spot. Creamy taste to it, an all around excellent porter. Filled a growler to enjoy that evening.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp 16 oz can poured into a snifter. The beer pours a rich chocolate brown color that is fairly clear and produces a creamy tan head of 3 .5 cm that slowly fades to a sturdy surface layer. This sticks around for the entire sampling and makes for a fine looking beer. The aroma is roasted malt and some dark chocolate with just a bit of sweet brown sugar. All malt with no hop presence or scent to be found here. I also dont detect any booze on the nose.
The first sip reveals an average body with fine and slightly spacious carbonation. The texture is fairly crisp up front and lingers with some stickiness on the swallow. Very easy drinking physical traits on this brew.
Flavor is rich chocolate malt sweetness up front and then some roasted notes that linger a bit on the finish. The finish also dries out my palate making me thirsty for the next sip. I also get no hops nor booze at any point on the flavor profile here.
This is a malt forward very drinkable brew. Im glad to have tried it and Im starting to think that Kelsen is one hell of a solid brewery. Next time in New Hampshire, Im gonna have to get a visit to them on the agenda.

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Photo of Michaelhornwilson
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CharlesK
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of meatyard
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have to admit that I had not heard of either this brewery, or by extension, their beers, but we recently got distribution of their CANs & so I was quick to snap one up for The CANQuest (tm).

From the CAN: "Brewed and Packaged in Londonderry, NH".

I Crack!ed open yet another massive 16-fl. oz. craft CAN & CANmenced a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. Once it was sufficiently deCANted, an in-glass swirl raised two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-brown head with moderate retention, slowly falling to wisps with light lacing left behind. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing cola highlights only at the edges. Nose was very roasty with lots of dark chocolate, light charcoal, moderate treacle and burnt caramel in the mix. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste remained very roasty and quite chocolaty, but not necessarily as intense as dark or bittersweet chocolate, more towards baker's chocolate, like chocolate chips. Along with the roasty smokiness, there was also the taste of raisins & prunes as well as treacle. When they identified it as "Robust", they weren't kidding. Finish was dry, but very easy-drinking. I put away easily half of the CANtents while I typed this review. A very nice American Porter that edged up on being a Dry Stout while remaining in the style.

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Photo of madelf66
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Wizzle32
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wheels2532
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Devonking
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bogdawg
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tcsox
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PJCarnell
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tekstr1der
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with a thin cap of mocha that fades to a ring. Aroma is roasted, with faint lactose sweet versus a slight grainy sour. Not sure... Flavor is rich with cocoa, tobacco, leather, raisin, and slightly bitter but with that lactose-style sweet coming through in the finish.. I was hoping for a bit more sweetness to balance mid-sip. This is a good robust porter. Perhaps just not my ideal.

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Photo of redsoxjim
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of suejoeb
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phineasco
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of NHSTEVE
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RedSox3424
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Very dark appearance with copper color around the edges of the beer. Minimal lacing on a pour from the tap. Standard malty taste found in porters with a welcoming hop finish. Not a ton of mouth feel on the brew but it is pleasantly smooth. Overall a solid beer.

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Photo of DBosco
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jviveney
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Draken Robust Porter from Kelsen Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 96 ratings