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Pours silky black with a creamy tan head. The nose is sweet with strong chocolate and caramel malt presence. No absence of hops gives Founders’ robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect. Cozy like velvet. It’s a lover, not a fighter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigrond (1475) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2010
This was an excellent beer. NIce robust flavor with and smooth finish. Glad I tried ths one

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - APR 6, 2010
Yup, this is a beauty. Pours next to black with a creamy pancake floating on top. Nice lacing. Smells of crushed rock and roasted coffee beans. Full and chewy on the palate with creamy carbonation. This is a meal unto itself. This drinks more like a Foreign Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours very dark brown - almost black - with a moderate but short-lived tan head that leaves huge swaths of lace all over the glass. The aroma is a wonderfully deep chocolate with notes of fresh toasted bread (like freshly ground light roast coffee beans) and an subtle and sublime earthiness. The flavor starts full of chocolate with bittersweet notes that include vinous barley malt tang as well as heavily sweetened dark roasted coffee - vaguely reminiscent of espresso sweetened with Frangelico (though not really so hazelnutty). The finish is full towards the back of the palate and then turns to dryness as it finally rolls into the gullet. Lots of chocolate character, but no burnt or acrid character at all - very smooth and fairly sweet as well, with some subtle bitter flavors of ethanol creeping in. The aftertaste is malty with lots of chocolate. The mouthfeel is quite creamy and full-bodied - luxurious but for notes of thinness around the edges of the mouth. The carbonation is fairly soft and provides just enough levity to make it feel fluffy and creamy. Overall, a very well-done porter - quite drinkable. Were it a little drier and a little less sweet, it would be even better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maverick34 (2210) - New York, USA - APR 4, 2010
Draught. Poured dark with small tan head. More of a sweet stout almost. Chocolate and malts etc. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 2, 2010
Pint at Rattle n Hum. This is one big boy of a porter. Many stouts are thinner and less robust than this sucker. Pour is outstanding black with frothy beige head. Mouth feel is full, but thinly carbonated. Loaded with espresso, dark chocolate and a nice hop sting in the finish. This is probably the best porter I’ve had, if not.. 2nd for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (2769) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2010 Re-rate. The aroma is a chocolate, roasty, earthy. The appearance is true to the style, deep brown, white head. The flavor is chocolate, roasty, coffee. Medium/thick in body, creamy mouthfeel. Roasty finish. Decent porter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mallons72 (162) - livonia, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Amazing beer. By far my favorite porter of all. Had it on tap at the founder’s brewery in Grand Rapids. Nice place as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
halfonit (1164) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Very dark brown, almost black color with a nice and thick light brown head. Aroma is full of chocolate malts, dark chocolate, some roastiness, nuts, and coffee. Flavor is full of dark chocolate and coffee. Not too carbonated, just the right about of palate. Leaves a nice dark chocolate finish. Bravo Founders. Bravo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
borborygmi (8) - USA - MAR 18, 2010 does not count
Very balanced. Nice coffee and chocolate flavor. Chocolate is bittersweet with nice coffee mild bitterness. Well flavored without being over the top. Full mouth without being sticky. I wanted another when it was finished. Really well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2010
Pitcher at Winking Lizard in Mentor Ohio. I had 1 and my friend had 1. Two beautiful black Pitchers of Goodness . Nose is milky cocoa, smokey, nice malted milk character, some dark fruits & really dark caramel. Flavor is sweet roasty malt, rich dark fruits. A touch of burnt in the slightly smokey & malty finish, along with a bit of hop that balances things perfectly. 1 of my favorite Porters "Ever" along with a Founders Breakfast Stout.....mmm Good.

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