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Robust Porter

Often features more bitter and roasted malt flavor than a brown porter, but not quite as much as a stout. Robust porters have a roast malt flavor, often reminiscent of cocoa, but no roast barley flavor. Their caramel and malty sweetness is in harmony with the sharp bitterness of black malt. Hop bitterness is evident.

Category: Porters

Food Pairings

  • Roasted or Grilled Meats
  • Gruyere
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Glassware
& Serving Temperature

Nonic Pint
50-55 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Very Dark to Black

Clarity

Opaque

Carbonation (Visual)

Slow to Fast Rising Bubbles

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Mild

Hop

Hop aroma and flavor are very low to medium. Hop bitterness is medium to high.

Malt

Grainy, Bready, Toffee, Caramel, Chocolate, Coffee. Caramel and other malty sweetness is in harmony with the sharp bitterness of black malt, without a highly burnt/charcoal flavor.

Esters

Fruity esters should be evident, balanced with all other characters.

Phenols

Not common to style.

Fermentation By-Products

Diacetyl is acceptable at very low levels.

Sensations

Body

Mouth-Coating

Carbonation

Low to High

Finish Length

Medium

Attenuation

Medium

Ingredients

Hops

Kent Goldings, Fuggles

Malt

Munich, Crystal, Chocolate, Black Patent

Water

Varies

Yeast

Ale

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