Carbonation is right on. A very nice robust porter, where robust really is the key word. The aroma is of black cherries, chocolate powder, and dark-roasted malt. Taste is of char, dark malt, black bread, faint coffee, and faint chocolate powder. An acidic note is present, as well.
Mouthfeel is low medium, and Raincloud finishes on the dry side of it. It made me a porter fan. It was dark, heavy, and had a strong aroma. Didn't have a coffee taste that I've gotten from other porters. Very strong, I would highly recommend for any porter fans. Very solid but unspectacular. A beer that id buy to drink without the think. Smell is primarily a roasted malt aroma with some touches of coffee. Taste starts out with a roasted malt presence and some sugary sweetness, aftertaste is balanced a bit by a coffee bitterness without being too much or too little. Smell is roasted malt with some molasses sweetness, earthy.
Taste is initially a hint sweet, followed by coffee and a big char note. Some metallic note sticks its head in which isn't so good. Finish is fairly light and a little dry. A solid porter that's a bit more charred than your usual porter, but still nice to drink. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass.
Slightly heavier than moderate amounts of lacing are observed. Light aromas of earthy hops. T: Upfront there is a slightly stronger than moderate flavor of roasted and dark malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of freshly roasted coffee, hints of cacao nibs, and light hints of earthy hops. Overall there is a moderate amount of lingering roasty bitterness.
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M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth, almost creamy. O: Very enjoyable and quite easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Glad that smithj4 brought this one for me to enjoy. A very enjoyable roasty porter. It poured with a half finger high tan head that has good retention properties and left a short head covering the surface. S: Moderate aromas of dark and roasted malts are present in the nose along with notes of cola.
T: The taste follows the smell, but is more complex with additional hints of chocolate malts and coffee. No hop flavors are detectable, but there is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. O: This is definitely a robust porter, but even though it is packed with flavors it is rather easy to drink. TASTE: immediate sensation of pepper, chocolate and toasted malts; some alcohol is present--especially in the aftertaste Smells of chocolate malt. Tastes pretty chocolatey with a slight dark roasted coffee hint. It feels creamy but thin. Overall a pretty good porter.
The last one was merely OK. Not sure what the problem is, but doesn't seem like they have the bottling process down or my shipper was just sending old product.
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Blue label. Reviewed live as a robust porter per the label. Served cold into a nonic and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Expectations are above average. No bubble show forms as it's poured. HEAD: About 10cm wide. Gorgeous tan colour with a rich sparkling complexion. Consistency is near perfect for a porter - creamy as hell, supple, frothy, soft. Leaves a nice ring of even lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes. BODY: Opaque solid black. No yeast or sediment is visible within. Appears well-carbonated. It's a good looking porter, and nails the classic elements of the style - though it's not unique or special per se.
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A still darker head would be an improvement, and I suppose if we're nitpicking it could be fuller and still softer. It's somewhat depleted, lacking the full robust malt presence I'd expect in a porter especially one billed as "robust". Suggests a thin weak brew with a generic porter build. The chocolate doesn't seem rich, the roast is reticent, the malty sweetness seems inadequate.
Aromatic intensity is below average. I detect no off-notes, booze, or yeast. The malt profile is inadequate, with no robust sweetness or backbone. Weak thin chocolate malts and weak faint dark malts do little to fill out the lackluster - almost watery - body. This is in dire need of more heft and weight in terms of mouthfeel. Not creamy, soft, or full-bodied at all. Odd supplementary notes like raisin and dark bread do announce themselves as it warms, bringing this more and more into schwarzbier teritory. I find it imbalanced, poorly built, and subpar for its stye.
Carbonation is about right. And at least there's no yeast presence, off-character, or booze. But the European hop profile is odd in a porter, bringing unwanted herbal notes into the fold. This is a porter with schwarzbier envy, and the weakness of the mouthfeel is catastrophic. The flavour profile comes off tasting like the shell of a real porter, or even like the "near beer" you might get if you brew a porter and then brew a small beer with the second runnings of the grains.
That said, the ABV is well-concealed, and it drinks easily enough for what it is. There're enough interesting elements here that I'd like to try it on-draught just to give the brewery the benefit of the doubt, but based on this can, the beer is well below average. I can't see regular consumers of Deschutes' Black Butte or Great Lakes' Edmund Fitzgerald switching over by any means, and would definitely recommend those to anyone who finds this a good example of the stye. Not so foolproof after all Low C- 2.
A relative from RI brought this to me in upstate NY. Pours black with a medium creamy brown head that quickly disappears. Some dark chocolate notes. Really pretty delicious. It is also suggested by an image in ' Foaly Matripony ' that Raincloud could be the biological parent, or at least previous caretaker, of Francis Sparkle before he came to live with Twilight 's family.
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