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Founders Backstage Series # 9: Smoked Porter



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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Porter brewed with beechwood-smoked malt and oak-smoked wheat malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (6943) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 17, 2016
Bottle. Pours opaque black, medium creamy tan head, dissipates slowly, pretty solid lacing. Aroma is smoky, hardwood char, roast, ashy, molasses. Flavor is light sweet and medium bitter, surprisingly low in acidity. Light smokiness present but not dominant. Underlying porter comes through roasty, molasses and ashy notes. Full body, lingering bitter finish. Smokiness fades as you drink more. Perhaps could use a bit more smoke, but otherwise quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2015
(Back log) Bottle sampled with Palindrome at studio 1. Whew, this had a little something , something. Full body and nice notes roasted malts, nuts, Earth, wood and smoke. I think this is one of my favorite porters.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 3, 2015
750 mL bottle, not sure if there was a 2014 and 2015 batch. I don’t think so, rather this is just a 2014 bottle with some age on it. Shared by tectactoe on 7/24/15 (finished it the next day, as well).
Strong tan head emerges atop a dark, ebony body that shows good clarity and deep magenta highlights on the edges. Good retention.
Smoky in the nose, yes, but not Bamberg smoky. Lots more roastiness, char and even some moderate chocolate-like sweetness. Vanilla-tipped cigars, moderate fruity notes (dark cherries, concord grapes) and no alcohol or flaws noted. Not an overly intense aroma, but what’s there is very well-balanced and nicely complex. Not every smoked beer can or need be a Bamberg/Schlenkerla-style beer.
The flavor divulges even more than the aroma. Medium-sweet pale malts combine with the roasted malt notes and smoked malts to give a pretty classic oily/vinous, aged cigar-like character up front. But the malts keep it balanced, adding light sweetness and soft, supple body. Carbonation is medium-low but tight and engaging enough. Vanilla and cocoa notes continue through the middle, actually tipping the balance of the beer away from the smokiness. The finish ends on a more dry, ashen-like flavor. Nowhere the rich, bacon and salt one might expect from the commercial description, but rather a dry, charred, cigar-like character that’s every bit as intriguing/enjoyable. Really nice stuff and well-balanced, which can be tough to achieve with this style. That it held up perfectly to be finished the next day also speaks to its quality. Thanks, Tony!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AdamChandler (4540) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 26, 2015
black, no head. Good chocolate roast aroma. Aroma is chocolate, fudge and beer. Smokey with chocolate and a little fudge and old coffee. Good malt presence. Good color, good taste. Smoke isn’t too intense.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (6281) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 25, 2015
750 ml bottle. Pitch black thin head. Aroma is dark roasted grain, chocolate with a light underlying smoke. Flavor is nice, smoke is here without question but doesnt overpower the Porter. Deep roasted grain, smoke that lingers after the sip. Body is nice for a Porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (3173) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2015
When I first started to drink this beer it was way too smoky but then when I waited the smokiness mellowed out and tastes pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (6377) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2015
Founders smoked Porter taste 8 aroma 8 look 4 mouth 4 overall 15. Poured a dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of.Smokey meat, light coder and roasted malts. Flavor was certainly smoke forward, but not astringent or.burnt, and nice underlying beer as well. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Art (3150) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle thanks to charule. Pours a medium to dark brown. Light brown head. Aromas of smoke, cocoa powder, grain. Taste is sweet with a slightly dry finish. Body is medium thin and medium high carbonation. Pretty balanced smoked Porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanfolty (2407) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2015
February 23, 2015 - bottle via trade with Corey, who hooked me up very generously. Dark brown pour with nice amount of head that lasted a little bit. Aroma was smoke, wood and malt. Taste was consistent with the aroma and nicely balanced. The finish was a tad dry, but not so much that I negatively impacted the palate score because of it, and a touch of alcohol. Surprisingly full bodied for a porter and fairly smooth drinking. Not super exciting, but very well done.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
moviecigarbeer (1) - - FEB 11, 2015 does not count
This was a great one. Full review here... http://moviescigarsandabrew.com/?p=317

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