482. Reuben’s Brews – Robust Porter

Rueben's Brews - Robust Porter After an already great day in the Seattle and Redmond , Washington area, finishing up the conference I was attending at the Microsoft campus, picking up beer to bring home at The Cork and Vine, checking out Black Raven Brewing, visiting Pike market and the Pike Brewery, I met up with my cousin to hit a few more breweries before I head out of town in the morning. Our first stop was Fremont brewing where we visited their urban beer garden. However, I didn’t get a chance to review the beer I was having there. So, our next stop was a small microbrewery my cousin was very excited about called Reuben’s brews. ¬†They had a very nice set up for a small microbrewery-tap room. ¬†There was an awful lot of hoppy-citrusy stuff on the menu, but I wanted something a little more malty, so I went with their porter.

Location: On tap and served in a regular tumbler glass at Reuben’s Brews in Seattle, WA.

Numbers: 6% ABV, 30 IBUs, 1.059 OG, ~ 185 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s brown in color and had some brown highlights when I held it up to the light. ¬†It had a thin, off-white, head, which fell after a few minutes to just a ring around the glass. ¬†However, it left some nice lacing on the glass. ¬†The aroma was a light mix of roastiness, coffee, and cocoa.

Taste & Feel: The body was somewhat light and the mouthfeel was slightly crisp.  The flavors up front were cocoa-like with a good amount of roastiness.  In the middle, more of the coffee and black malt flavors came in.  The finish was bitter with a mix of an almost earthy bitterness and coffee-like bitterness.  The cocoa and coffee flavors lasted for a little bit in the aftertaste.

Food Pairing: This beer had lots of roasty characters with cocoa and coffee flavors. ¬†However, the body is fairly light. ¬†So, if you’re looking for a beer to pair with a very rich, chocolate or fudge dessert, this beer will match nicely. ¬†The cocoa flavors in the beer will help keep the flavor there, but the light body will help you wash some of the richness down easily.

Overall Impression: I enjoyed the roasty cocoa flavors up front, as well as the mix of cocoa and coffee flavors in the middle.  I thought this was a very drinkable beer, and only wish the carbonation crispness in the mouthfeel and the coffee-like bitterness in the finish were toned down a bit.  However, I thought this was a pretty good beer.

My Rating: ★★★½☆

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Author: kkozlen

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