Nickls (1920) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Darker tan head with curtains of lacing, dark mahogany color. Lots of roasted malt in the aroma along with dark chocolate. Roasty qualities really dominate the flavor, bit of smoke, dark chocolate, and some dark fruits to round it out with a tiny bit of hop coming in. Drier finish, on a medium to heavier body. Nice.
Abio (1683) - Waasland, BELGIUM - APR 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pitch black. A hughe light brown head that keeps growing and growing,... Roasted taste, lightly some sweetness. A bit hard to smell a thing. Roasted coffee, slight chocolate. Good porter for sure. Could use a small boost, specially at the smell.
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - APR 24, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
WOW. Got a 6 pack of this because I have had some good founders expereinces and I love porters. Super deep brown color to being black with a capachino tan head that lasts well with good lacing. Aroma is a great cocoa nibs with roasted malt, great for malt lover like me. The taste is a little bitter up front and roast coffee, ending with maybe some bitter berries. Even smooth texture with a full head on top and lighter body underneath with medium carbination. A top tier porter
andyhwcinc (1596) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Purchased at Archer Liquors in Chicago, IL; enjoyed on a cool spring Sunday after a 5K run while watching the White Sox. Appearance is beautiful, very rich dark brown with a prominent tan head. Aroma has a strong chocolate presence with hints of cocoa, roasted malts, pretty sweet in nose, and with all those notes I would expect some sort of creaminess/lactose in the nose but itís not there, which to me is somewhat interesting as I was expecting it. But then again, this is a porter and not a stout, and Iím glad that the lactose isnít present. Taste is extremely good, not too heavy and not really that thin, finds a nice balance with good carbonation. Hints of obvious chocolate but not dominant, along with a bit of roasted malts and (to me) a small hint of coffee in the mix. It rounds those things very well where each ingredient can be detected but not dominant. Has an outstanding drink ability to it as well, I feel like I can easily drink multiple in a row, next time Iíve got to get a 6 pack instead of a single bottle. For a traditional ítrueí porter that isnít enhanced by additional ingredients (i.e. coconut, smoked malts, etc) I canít think of a better one. Very very good stuff.
kjc51478 (440) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz Bottle. Pours a solid black color with medium, beige head. Aroma is sweet and roasted malts with coffee and some toffee. Taste is amazingly delicate and complex with dark chocolate and coffee dominant but notes of roasted grains. The real strength of this beer is its hop profile - perfectly balanced with the malty sweetness. Pleasant hop grassy and spicy hop notes thatís not overly bitter. Great on the palate with a nice medium body and creamy texture. Amazing beer.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This has to be my favorite porter and one of my favorite Founders beers and I was drawn to their IPAs. In fact Iím not a huge fan of porters but think thats wrong! Roasted malts with some chocolate tones and a sweetness which is well balanced by a bitter backdrop. In that backdrop is that slightly smoky rich ashy flavor which I dig in porters but usually they donít seem to pack enough flavor in. This one delivers!
Palme (3605) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.355l bottle @ Baran, Bergen. Pours a pitch-black body with a dense creamy tanned head leaving nice big lacings. Aroma is roasted sweetness, woody, cigar, deep milk chocolate a tan smoky and also reminds me a bit of basement. Body is medium to full and the carbonation is average. Strong and really tasty with big flavors. Notes of cocoa, dark berries, grill-burned toast and vanilla with a really suitable hopy and bitter finish. Ends of with a longlasting fizzing chocolate aftertaste. A truly solid porter.
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle. Oily black pour with a tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, hazlenut, roasted malt, earthy hops, toffee and coffee. Flavors of rich dark chocolate, booze soaked dark fruits, coffee, caramel, bitter/earthy undertones. Thick body, rich/roasty/bittersweet and satisfying throughout with a bitter/roast finish. Overall, there are two porters that tie for my favorite and they are both from MI: this and Darkhorse Special Black Bier. They both kind of go beyond of what I usually get from this style. This is one amazing brew, thereís lots of beers double in strength that fail to capture its focus and flavor.
Chad9976 (1335) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 12, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Opaque black body with no red whatsoever. Forms a thick, brown, creamy/frothy head which retains very well and leaves pretty lacing on the glass throughout.
Smell: Roasted barley, dairy, a hint of alcohol. Smell seems to indicate it will be a bitter, dry beer.
Taste: I wish all porters were as flavorful as Founders! This is that rare beer that is hearty and robust and still manages to retain the qualities of a porter. The palate is, for lack of a better decription, "typical" porter with the toasted malt, a milky/dairy sweetness across the middle, and slight milk chocolate on the finish. Itís not a particularly bitter or dry beer as is common with stouts, so there is next to no coffee flavor or bitterness here. The finish is surprisingly clean, with a hint of confectionary sweetness (frankly, I wouldnít have minded some aftertaste here).
Mouthfeel: Silky smooth and soft. It doesnít coat the entire mouth the way an imperial stout would, but definitely covers the tongue from start to finish.
Drinkability: While not the tastiest beer Iíve ever had, Founders Porter is one of the most quaffable. Between the flavorful, but tame palate, gentle mouthfeel and smooth finish itís difficult to not throw this beer down as if it were a shot. Itís a fun beer to savor. The 6.5% ABV feels right, but might be a tad higher than would be preferred from a porter as I would love to session this but think Iíd get overwhelmed quickly.
Overall, the best porter Iíve ever had and an excellent beer in its own right.
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Svesse (6735) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle, Bishopís Arms North, Stockholm) Black colour with frothy, pale brown head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of creamy chocolate, cocoa and coffee with milk. Malty, roasted taste with creamy chocolate, coffee, dark bread and a smooth cocoa bitterness in the finish. Slightly more than medium body, with a touch of dark fruit sweetness. Tasty and well balanced porter. Very nice.