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RATINGS: 1700   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2010
Deep brown in color, brown head with large bubbles which dissipates but gathers around the edges and leaves good lacing. Clear roasted and chocolate malt in the nose, espresso and shoe polish. The body is full and rich, but there is a lightness that makes it slide right over the tongue. Flavors of chocolate and roasted malt (sweetness emerges at it warms); finishes with a lasting and puckering dry roasted bitterness. The description on the bottle gets it just right: dark, rich and sexy. It would be easy to confuse it with an imperial stout in a blind taste test. Fantastic.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6018) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 12, 2010
A great porter. How did it take so long? Anyway, bottle thanks to FlandersNed. Pours a pure black color with a very large thick beige/brown head. The aroma is sweet chocolates, roasted malts, sweet coffee, earthy. The flavor is charred chocolates, roasted malts, sweet milky flavors, light metallic hops linger in the background. A smooth milky flavor with ashy sides dominates. Just delicious, Reminds me a bit of Sam Smith’s Oatmeal Stout- and I love that beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10969) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2011 Tap sample at New Beer Dist. Certainly deserves the praise. Pours pitch black with a strong, tan head. Big nose of coffee and chocolate. Flavor is rich and layered, sweet and bitter. Nice burnt malt character with adequate sweetness. Plenty of mocha. Tail holds some bitterness. Very roasty finish. Quite smooth and well-bodied. Delicious. Update: Had a full pint at Mugs Ale House tonight. Yeah, just multiply everything above by three. This is the best porter I have ever had.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Changed (360) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 11, 2010
12 oz bottle @ Brickskellers in DC. Pours black, nice brown head and nice lacing to boot. Aroma and flavor like any other porter- but better. Little hop at the end is a nice touch. Nice and creamy. Sadly I had to compare this to Bell’s Kalamazoo, which I drank just before this one... I guess I’ve been in tougher predicaments before... Great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjmcend (209) - USA - APR 9, 2010
Warm smoke and chocolate on the nose. Subtle though. Almost campfire like. Dark with a medium flat and lasting head. Taste is of chocolate with bitterness biting. Some smoke. A good porter.

4
   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

4.1
   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.

4
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maverick34 (2248) - 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.

4.1
   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.


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