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RATINGS: 1380   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
Our most award-winning beer, Robust Porter honors the dark, full-bodied ales that were a favorite of dockworkers and warehousemen (hence the name ďPorterĒ) in 19th century London, where the style originated.
Itís a good bet that when Dickensí Mr. Pickwick sat down for a pint, his beer would have been very similar to our Robust Porter. This smooth, deceptively drinkable beer features an assertive hop profile which accentuates signature flavors of coffee and dark chocolate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zeswaft (1641) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2006
WOW, this is a sweet beer. This is huge smoky chocolate malts. Big bitterness. I donít think there is a difference between stouts and porters but this is hugely flavorful, and I think thatís what the difference is. Porters are more bold. This is an imperial stout without the alcohol. Other than Alpha King, I canít think of another higher rated beer of normal alcohol %. I think this beer is super fresh too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2006
[bottle] Pours a deep reddish black color, with a thick coffee colored head. Dark, roasted malts with some bitter coffee/chocolate flavors. Nice woody flavors emerge towards the end. A very complex, drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcwattsrugger (12141) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2006
on tap-pours a tan head. Color is black with red tint. Aroma is dark malt-chocolate/licorice. Taste is coffee, dark malt-chocolate/licorice, secondary hops bitterness. OK carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
molarade (2) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2006 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 Pours a beautifully opaque near-black with a two-finger tan to light brown head. There is an immediate chocolate and, surprisingly, raspberry nose which relaxes after about half a minute to a nutty, coffee aroma. Definite hop presence. As it warms, burnt toffee prevails. Taste is upfront molasses and coffee with a nice hoppy bitterness. Sweet malt is always present but never shouts. A solid mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The long finish favors bitter over sweet. The head dimishes to a fine layer but never leaves. Smuttynose has nailed a porter with a lot of character that could easily be a session beer. Very well-balanced and thoroughly enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2006
dark black pour w/ a thick cream of wheat looking brown head. Well roasted notes, tons of semi sweet chocolate chips lots of malts some light bitter coccoa powders. Palate is well coated, lightly oily and chewy. Flavor is lots of bitter chocolates a good roasty malt flavor and a dry finish. A very nice porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Everything you expect in a porter: roasted chocolate and coffee, big on the malt, a little bit of bitterness. Except here itís all balanced beautifully. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2006
Beautiful fall night, just got back from a walk with Wally. Pours a thick black with medium head, very nice lacing. You picked a pretty one OG. Or maybe I just poured it right. Strong roasted malt aroma, chocolate as well. Heavy maltiness, some bitterness. Nice thick palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radagast83 (7141) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2006
Very brownish and dark color, nearly black. Roasted aroma, with a malty, coffee and chocolate flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 22, 2006
Wow, this looks like a robust porter. Half an inch of light brown head, with a black completely opaque body. Smells roasty and malty with a hint of hop. Tastes roasty and malty, coffee-like with a hint of hop. This is an excellent porter. Medium to full in body and extremely tasty. One of the best porters Iíve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thornecb (5448) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2006
Pours deep black into a snifter. Mocha micro head leaves lacing as it recedes. Deep espresso and chocolate aromas. Upfront crispness with a cream chocolate middle and a lasting coffee hop finish. Very nice.

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