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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Drakes Black Robusto Porter is a deep, dark Robust Porter, a beer style known for being darker, fuller-bodied, and higher in alcohol by volume than a standard Brown Porter. Our Black Robusto goes down smoothly with flavors of bittersweet chocolate an slight roast from Crystal and Chocolate malt. A touch of spicy, herbal hop character from Willamette hops balance out the finish. Enjoy a pint with dark, lingering satisfaction.

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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cladinshadows (49) - USA - DEC 6, 2012
22 oz. bottle. Aroma is mainly dark chocolate with a hint of hops and some toasty malt. Appearance is jet black with minimal head but excellent lacing and clear with dark ruby highlights. The defining flavor of this beer is bittersweet chocolate, and some slight dark fruit and toasty flavors mingle in the background. It strikes an excellent balance for the black patent malt fans out there. The palate is satisfyingly rich but the roasted malt, carbonation, and hops clean it right out so that it never seems over-the-top. The finish is long and satisfying and might be longer if I wasnt compelled to take another sip so soon. Overall this may be my favorite commercial porter and fits in perfectly with other classic examples such as Heretics Shallow Grave, Deschutes Black Butte, and Anchor Porter.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MelvinKalksma (1233) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 9, 2017

Aroma:
Medium/heavy aroma of malts, caramel, chocolate, mocha, roasted malts and coffee.

Appearance:
Opaque black beer with a slight/medium brown/dark brown head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel, chocolate and mocha; ends slightly bitter and dry with bread, roasted malts and coffee.

Overall:
This beer is intense, complex and balanced. What a great beer and even more so for its abv. Starts rather sweet and ends with mellow, but still distinct, coffee. Simply love these flavours.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (12609) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Tap at GABF. Pours a dark brown with medium beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong roast coffee, chocolate, earth hop. Medium body, similar flavors to nose, nice bitter roast finish, good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
batneil (676) - - OCT 29, 2016
A little flat tasting. Not in terms of fizz, but in terms of flavour. Hint of coffee taste, but not huge amount. Not too bad.(K)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DwarfeD (3060) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - OCT 17, 2016
650ml bottle shared at home. Hazy dark brown with a medium beige head. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good bitterness with subtle sweet tones. Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, brown sugar and spices. Nice porter.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PugUglyBrewer (327) - - AUG 26, 2016
The only reason that holds me back from classifying this as the best porter I have had is because Founders makes the best porter. Period. Black Robusto measures up very closely. 22oz bottle poured into a large wine glass. The head is dense and creamy with a light brown/dark tan color. The look is solid black. The aroma is sweet caramel malt, chocolate and some floral notes. The flavor is semi sweet cocoa and velvety caramel malt.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7729) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 26, 2016
22. Pours an opaque matte black with a dense and creamy tan head that lasts. Nice roasty approachable nose; some coffee showing, some black bread crusts in the background. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Roasty, bread crusty, coffeeish mid palate with a mild roasty finish. Nice porter, worth repeats.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gkeh (452) - Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2016
Very dark brown pour, dark tan head. Just lovely looking. Aroma is bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, coffee tones. Creamy mouth feel with a nice blend of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Very, very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
popway (179) - California, USA - APR 23, 2016
A fine offering from Drakes Bought at the brewery Bottled 3/23. It is about a month old ...poured in a snifter Tan head over black body greets me Aroma is coffee, mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy akin to a Three Musketeers bar. Balanced roasted malts meet coffee linger on the palate. A good experience. Nothing lacking or compromised.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ffbot (376) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 4, 2016
Pour is a deep still black, tiny little head with tiny little lacing. Smell is nutty, chocolate, black coffee. Taste follows. Bitter coffee and sweet dark chocolate battle it out with chocolate eventually winning and leaving a sweetened palate

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bosskie (824) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2016
Pitch black, beautiful brownish head, bubbly. Smell is tiramisu - sweet coffee with cinnamon, caramel, biscuit, subtle and warm bitterness. Liquorice and chocolate. Taste is watery bitter, with subtle ash and nice fizz. Chocolate sticky oiliness with a bitter chewy finish. Leaves a fresh herby feel on the tongue. Beautiful balance - delicious!


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