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RATINGS: 1370   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 “Porter”) in 19th century London, where the style originated.
It’s a good bet that when Dickens’ 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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2006
12 oz. bottle. originally had on tap at Red Bones, but should have gotten as a dessert beer, not an appetizer. Pours a near black, with a great light brown/tan head. good lacing. carbonation light. Aroma is of coffee, roasted and chocolate malts/dry chocolate. Taste is of semi sweet chocolate, roasted malt, slight butter taste, with a long, roasty bitter finish. A great Porter in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Bottle: Pours to a near-black brown, opaque when held to the light though it doesn’t appear to be very murky or hazy. A medium light brown head quickly forms and just as quickly dies, though it does hold a nice large ring around the glass. The aroma is full roasted malt, roast coffee, mild chocolate, and a bit of fruit - plums, grapes, strawberry, and hints of smoke. The taste is roasted malt and roasted coffee, but the roast flavors are not over the top. There are also some notes of chocolate, dry spices, and a bit of charred wood. Finishes with some charred wood and big roast flavors. Medium bodied, full at times, kept nice and crisp in the mouth by fine carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 10, 2006
(12 oz bottle: Chevy Chase Liquors in Washington, DC) This is a fairly old bottle, so aging has surely had an impact on this beer. Very bubbly in structure, but with a creamy top, the tan head rises to nearly two inches on the pour before slowly ebbing to a quarter inch layer. Jet black in color through every angle of the glass except at the extreme bottom edge where a bit of ruddiness sneaks out. Ample flavors of yeast, chocolate, ash, charcoal, and bitter roastiness define this self-proclaimed "robust" porter, an apt description to be sure. Slight peppery flavor accompanies a modest sourness that acts as a counterpoint to the light sweetness and it’s this spicy and sour traits that are somewhat of a distraction for me. Ashy, bitter, roasty finish doesn’t give the chocolate adequate room to breath. Robust also describes the body, which while not thick and heavy, is still medium-full bodied, not bad for a porter. The nose, however, is less aromatic than I expected, projecting a modest roastiness, so this is the one aspect where robustness is lacking. Overall head retention is about as good as it gets, as an hour has passed and yet that quarter-inch head is still proudly on display. Unfortunately, lacing is minimal with just a small slash across part of the glass. Quite a nice porter overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NotWthoutStout (32) - Wharton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Poured this beautiful brew from a bottle, black as night with a foamy head that sticks to my glass all the way down. Flavor is immediatly roasty, complex with chocolate, coffee, a bit of smoke and a nice dry hop bitterness. A very nice porter. Like the name says, robust... Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Pours to a deep dark brown body that looks black. The beer has a nice creamy beige head. Awesome lacing. The aroma is coffee, light chocolate, strawberry seeds, smoked wood and meat. The flavor is an intensely roasted coffee malt with notes of roasted and smoked charred wood and chocolate. Citrus hops are noticed in the belch. The palate is medium-full bodied with an oily feel and dry roastiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5739) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2006
12 oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown with chestnut highlights, with a thick creamy one finger light brown head above. This is as good as a Porter can look. Great aroma of chocolate malt and roast with a drying yeast character. Big full flavor balanced between the chocolate, roasted, and burnt malts. Finish is very dry and moderately bitter with a bit of charred wood. Mouthfeel is full bodied and oily in texture with a dry and slightly astringent finish. A very flavorful and well made Porter. Big and bold, just the way I like ’em.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2006
12oz. bottle. Dark brown almost black pour with a rocky tan head. Hops, smoke, and chocolate erupt from the glass. The flavour is rich and complex with notes of dark brown sugar, caramelized walnuts, and espresso. I’m not so sure this is still a porter... seems more like a stout. Well, call it what they will this beer is fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6279) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Bottle: Courtesy of Eyedrinkale via trade. Very roasty aroma with lots of grain and coffee mixed with chocolate and light pine. Pours a dark brown with some light red hilights along the bottom of the glass. Nice tan head with very good retention and okay lacing. Moderate chocolate throughout mixes with a light fruitiness in the middle. Finish is very roasty with grain, coffee, and some piney hops. Mouthfeel is a little thin but still creamy. A very nice porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 21, 2006
This porter pours a dark brown color with a light-brown head. Aroma is of moderate malts with roasted, burnt, and nutty notes. Also vanilla. Initial taste is light bitter that continues through to the finish. Creamy on the palate with no carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Thanks to Lou18 for this one. Poured dark black with a light brown head. The aroma was HUGE coffee, bread, chocolate, carmel, and malts. Unbelievable coffee smell, add in the other aromas and combine and you have a beer orgasm. Flavor is coffee, nuts, and chocolate. Lush malt body with the perfect balance. The flavor and aroma are superb. What a joy this one is.

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