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RATINGS: 1384   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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4.2
Svesse (8743) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2006
(Bottle, Oliver Twist, Stockholm) Black colour with a brief, beige head. Roasted nose with black coffee, wild berries (blueberries, crowberries) and notes of citrussy hops. Roasted taste with coffee, dark chocolate, the same wild berries, soy sauce, liquorice and hints of citrussy hops in the dry, fresh finish. In superb balance. Great taste despite the fairly low abv. A benchmark for porter brewers. In short, a masterpiece.

4
tommy8768 (120) - Litlle Compton, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 27, 2006
Very dark brown pour, almost black. Head starts off promising but evaporates quickly. Excellent aroma of coffee and smoke. Tastes of coffee, some chocolate and smoky. Some hops come through in the finish. Excellent porter.

3.8
reedcd2 (47) - USA - NOV 27, 2006
Great picture on the bottle. another near black pour with a very thin head. smoked semi-sweet chocolates, some sharpness on the tongue and jaw and more smoke in the aftertaste. was not quite thick enough to match the smell - not quite enough flavor, but still very good. I just expected it to be a little more robust, no pun intended

3.4
jrob21 (3774) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2006
Slight roasted malt aroma. Coffee and bitter sweet taste. No chocolate, no cream. Felt watery and underwhelming after the anderson valley deep enders I just had. Slightly bitter aftertaste was unexpected especially for this style.

4.1
luiss (89) - Elmsford, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Bottle~Looks a bit watery, not in this case. Pours a dark black coffe look I guess robust is the word for it. Head is not present in this case. Taste very roasty, bitter and malty. I never had coffee but this is what I’m sure this compares to it. Great dessert beer I would make a beer float with this one. As this beer gets warmer the taste of caramel, and walnuts comes out.

4
HighlanderOne (1366) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Poured from bottle (yep, thats a porter). Has that nutty, unsweetened syrup smell to it. Runs the flavor gamut - nutty, smoky, oaky, coffee, hint of cocoa too. Hops kick in big in the aftertaste. Has superior feel to it - as drinkable a porter as I’ve ever tried. Finished as nicely as it started. Wonderful porter.

3.5
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2006
12 oz bottle shared with StompBrockmore - very dark brown, near black, smallish mocha head. Aroma mainly dark chocolate, lots and lots o’ those roasted malt thingys, and.....COFFEE! WHYYYYYYY??!?!?!! I just don’t like coffee, and I realize that that is a huge draw to these types of beers, and I can objectively appreciate the complexity of what’s going on, but since drinking beer is primarily a subjective thing, meaning you like it or you don’t, wellllll.....this one’s no fo me. Anyhow, taste much the same as the aroma, and yes, it IS robust - chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, blahblahblah, does anyone even read these?

4.2
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2006 12oz bottle, shared with VeloVampire - pours very dark brown, almost black. Aroma is strong roasted malt and coffee., with some dark chocolate. The aroma gave away what the taste would be, but I was still surprised by how ’stout-like’ this porter was. Very strong, full bodied flavour - really nice actually. Lots of coffee, roasted, nutty malt, more chocolate, with a lighty bitter finish. This is a very fine porter, and "robust" indeed. Like I said before, it’s almost like a stout. Either way though, I could drink a lot of this brew. Flavourful and rich! Fantastic!

3.9
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Bottle shared with after4ever. Is this beer a porter or a stout? Maybe a stout porter? :) Either way, it’s a tasty beer. Pours a blackish brown with a lacy tan head. Medium body. Coffee in the nose and taste with roasty nutty malt behind it, and a touch of citrus hops in there somewhere. Bitter finish. Not the refreshing, almost sessionable porter style I expected, but not bad at all!

3.7
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2007 12-oz. Thanks, 46er3498! Jet black. A little tan moussy head for a while. Highly vinous nose--kind of a surprise there. Huge roast and coffee attack that carries through to the mid-palate. High-medium body, almost oily, but not quite. Light c-hop finish. Stout-like; easily the roastiest and most bitter porter I’ve tried. Great stuff.


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