AleSmith Robust Porter | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by pmarlowe on 02-07-2013

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 68
Photo of argock
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at The Hopping Pig in a Shaker pint.

A: Dark-brown with ruby edges and minimal head if any.

S: Very sweet caramel with cola-sweetness and some raisin aromas.

T: Very cola like but finishes with more roast but overall sweet.

M; Light for the style and pretty easy to drink with low carbonation and light-medium body.

O: Okay but a little weird with the sweeter cola flavor.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NT.

This one pours a dark glossy looking black, with a big creamy head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like rich creamy chocolate, a hint of smoke, earthy roasted malt, and just a hint of hops.

This is absolutely godly, and a wonderful surprise. It's got a really perfect balance to it, with just a hint of hop bitterness, awesome expansive roastiness, a whisp of light smoke, and a deep chocolate flavor that carries over into the aftertaste. I could easily drink a ton of this- it's superbly good.

This is medium bodied, just the right body to be able to drink a lot of it, but also the right body so it's still pretty rich. It's very creamy, with a good level of carbonation.

Absolutely stellar. For just regular-ass porters, with no additions or barrel-aging, this might be only second to Everett. It's that good.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Robust Porter served on Nitro at the brewery – San Diego, CA
Notes from 02/20/2015 - Full pint

A: Dark chocolatey brown that lightens to a more russet color as you near the glass edge. One finger width of khaki tan cream layers nicely over top. Some lazy hang time to this one and a few remnants of sticky lace left clinging to the glass.

S: The nose is slightly smoky and surely robust with lots of dark roast grain character coming through. I get some very clean and forward coffee roast blended in with a few smoother nutty malts and some mellow chocolate aromas. Smells the part and seems to be quite inviting to me.

T: Freshly roasted coffee abounds with an underpinning of dark chocolate cream and cacao. There is an all-encompassing light brown sugar sweetness to this and just a whisper of smoke but overall everything is so smooth and well blended. Touch of earthy hops towards the finish to help cut back on the roast and sweetness. For the style this is very solid. Rich with roast flavor but somewhat dry and lighter in overall feel.

M: Light moderate body and somewhat thinner in feel but with a very smooth and frothy texture enhanced by the Nitrogen gas. Minor amount of hop bitterness and a light drying effect in the finish. Smooth and creamy throughout.

D: I really found this to be another example of great craftsmanship by AleSmith. It is incredibly smooth and rich with dark roasted malt flavors. Everything you look for in a Porter and comparable to Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald with a slightly more roasted edge to it I would say. A real treat to have on nitro!

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Photo of QuakeAttack
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at AleSmith Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.

Looks like a porter, smells like a porter, taste like a porter. To me, a basic porter is about the roaster malts. Not too much, but should be the primary flavor. Alesmith hit the mark with their version. For those looking for chocolate or other tastes, you will probably be disappointed.

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Photo of drpimento
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really excellent beer. The only thing is the name; it's misleading as I don't see how this beer is robust. Very smooth, easy drinking, slightly light body, well balanced, moderate strength..... I want more!

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

fun one from alesmith, nice to see a little more of their beer making to colorado in draft format lately too. this is a really dark bitter roasty intense porter, but still pretty drinkable for how big it is on flavor. the color is almost black, the last shade of brown on the spectrum, with only a half inch or so of head, but its thick at oatmeal and colored like coffee with cream. the aroma is malt so dark its just about burned, ashy and bitter for sure, but with a caramel malty hint as well, and some bittering hops to finish. in the taste, the intensity of the roast is almost too much, meaty and pushing harsh, with bitterness so robust its astringent. i like the distinction of calling a porter robust as a style indicator, i think it speaks to the depth of the roast, and this is certainly that. fuller bodied and well enough carbonated, i really dig that aspect of it. not the most compelling beer overall from alesmith, but one worth checking out, especially as the rain and cold continues to hover over denver into the very late spring here. i liked this beer, think its maybe a little over hopped with all the bitterness from the grain, almost black ipa type, but its still very tasty stuff. coffee notes linger forever.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at AleSmith Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight char. Taste is much the same with a cocoa flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a dark brown to black with a medium white head, some spotty lace.

S: Sweet milk chocolate and carob, some light roasted malt.

T: Chocolate and mocha flavour, not overally done, a balanced effort, quite tasty.

M: Smooth, creamy, medium-bodied, soft carbonation.

O: A solid porter here, looks like a new one from Alesmith. Well made, an enjoyable pint.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the tasting room.

A: Very dark brown, nearing black, but still clear around the edges. A half finger of fine, tan head with very good retention and some dots and streaks of lacing.

S: Moderate, nice roasted malt melts well with subtle chocolate notes.

T: Again, moderate roastiness, which imparts a sharp aciditiy, cream, light roast coffee. Well balanced. Not getting any chocolate here, though.

M: Medium body, ultra smooth, with medium light carbonation providing some bite.

O: Nice addition to the AleSmith lineup. A very quaffable porter, mellow and has the roasted notes in good balance with the other sweet flavors.

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AleSmith Robust Porter from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 68 ratings.
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