Icommonsewer (125) - TUCSON, Arizona, USA - SEP 13, 2007
we had this on tap at the brewpub and I was quite impressed with the smokey, rich flavor. the fact that it was not as sweet as many Baltic Porters tend to be was very pleasing GlenVargas (148) - Missouri, USA - SEP 11, 2007
The Papago El Robusto (on tap at Papago in Scottsdale) was the highlight of my trip to Phoenix since I had to watch the Cardinals get swept by the D-Backs at Chase Field. Boo. But, seriously, this was the first Baltic porter I’ve tried, and it was a great introduction to an awesome style (from what I can tell). The nose was sweet, roasty, and kind of salty. The taste does justice to the name with a lotta malt flavors, some sourness, bitterness and dark fruits, and even a little soy sauce taste. However, the soy sauce taste is significant in that it added to the beer’s complexity rather than detracting from its drinkability. Of course, that reminds me that, despite the plethora of flavors, El Robusto was not too heavily bodied. Again, this might be taken as a criticism, but didn’t seem problematic at the time. At any rate, El Robusto makes me want to go back to Phoenix real soon. This has been the first beer I’ve given a five on appearance. In addition to a gorgeous, nearly opaque black color and a substantial, chocolatey brown head, this has a great deal to do with the fact that it was served on tap at Papago in a tulip glass (which I still don’t own at home). cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Growler from Papago - I drank the whole thing in one evening. Wooo wee! Pours a thick dark brown color with a one finger thick light tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is roasted malt and coffee. Flavor is also roasted malt and coffee. Palate is dry and bitter. Medium to full body. A nice BP. ksigty (107) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2007
This thing is like drinking desert. Not much aroma to tease the senses but it makes up for it with the look and flavor. A dark porter with great coffee and chocolate flavors. I will definitely be drinking this one again. hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2007
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 the beer on which all others shall be rated. smells like heaven in a glass, creamy with chocolate, vanilla and coffee. flavors are of honey, coffee and soy when cold and as it warms it develops more malt and hoppy characters. drank this many a night and slept on the lawn.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
the profile of this brew has changed a lot over the course of just a year. it’s not nearly as robust as it was and the mouth feel seems to be slipping 8/5/8/3/17=4.1
this one is now hit or miss... definitely not as good as years ago...
Tap at Papago. Pours with a dark black color and a smallish head. Very creamy body and nice aromas of coffee and chocolate. The beer needs to warm up a little to display its full complexity of roasted malts and fairly bitter hops. unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2007
Draft at Papago Brewing Company w/ MNovak. dark black, with the darkest brown head I’ve ever seen! served in an imperial pint glass. sweet honey and seaweed aroma. WOW! Tangy flavor. rich, heavy body undsioux7 (876) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2007
tap at papago. It was poured wayyy to cold and it didn’t impress out of the gate, but as it warmed, the flavors came out and by the end of the glass I was left wanting more. Good stuff. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2009 Pours midnight brown w/ a medium sized, semi creamy froth. Aromas of roasted malts and cherries. Full nectar w/ ample yet soft residual effers creating an almost velvety texture. Very nice. Big roasted malts w/ your typical flavors of this genre although there was an annoying plastic saran wrap nuance that keeps it from going classic in my book. The finish has a touch of sour w/ a nice bittering component. Overall: this is more like an English style that is generously malted w/ above average Alc%. Fairly dry for a Baltic style. BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2006
On draught at Papago: Pours to an opaque dark brown, almost black colored body with a small light tan head that quickly fades. The aroma is mild, with notes of roasted coffee, roasted malts, and chocolate. This was sampled in a smoky bar so the aroma was difficult to detect. Taste was roasted dark chocolate, showing some mild hints of lactic acid, yeast, and smoke. Medium body, medium carbonation, seemed just a bit too watery at times.