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AleSmith Robust Porter | AleSmith Brewing Company

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3.91/5
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69 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by pmarlowe on 02-07-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,909
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
69
pDev:
7.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 9
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
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 StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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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3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcmchew
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kegatron
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
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 redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
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 beergorrilla
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drpimento
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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AleSmith Robust Porter from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 69 ratings
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