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RATINGS: 1895   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2011
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, there’s lots of beers double in strength that fail to capture its focus and flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1420) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 12, 2011
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. It’s 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 wouldn’t have minded some aftertaste here).

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth and soft. It doesn’t 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 I’ve ever had, Founders Porter is one of the most quaffable. Between the flavorful, but tame palate, gentle mouthfeel and smooth finish it’s difficult to not throw this beer down as if it were a shot. It’s 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 I’d get overwhelmed quickly.

Overall, the best porter I’ve ever had and an excellent beer in its own right.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (6926) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2011
(Bottle, Bishop’s 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5548) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2011
So, I saw this on the menuand thought, "Man, I’m not really in the mood for a porter, but I’ve wanted to try this for a while. What to do?" Try it, obviously. Smooth and rich, with a good mix of tradtional porter flavors, plus maybe a hint of spruce? maybe? Well made. Very tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adnielsen (10089) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2012 Bottle @ home. Very dark brown appearance with a creamy, dark brown head. Roasted, espresso, dark chocolate, thick malty nose. Thick, creamy, a bit syrupy mouth feel. Roasted, dark chocolate, light vanilla, light to medium espresso dark malty flavor. A little bitter aftertaste along with espresso and chocolate. Excellent Porter!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rasmus40 (13904) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 3, 2011
Black with a medium brown head. Aroma is sweet, hard roasted malt, coffee, a little vanilla and moderate dusty hoppiness. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and bitter finish. Soft and smooth. Fantastic porter that suited my casserole dinner perfectly. 030411

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 3, 2011
From Voldby, DK. Bottled, 010411. Black with beige head. Aroma of roasted malt and sweetness. Flavor with chocolate and coffee balanced to caramel and spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (5703) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 2, 2011
12oz bottle. Poured a dark color with a off-white/near tan head. Aroma was roasted notes, vanilla, chocolates, anise notes, coffee definitely. Woah! Flavor was rich and roasted malts, chocolate. Great beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AWISLguy (1762) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2011
Bottle from Breeze Thru. Pours an opaque black with brown chocolate milk head. Aroma is roasted malts, perhaps a bit burnt?? plus caramel, coffee and chocolate with a slightly salty addition (nuts? soy sauce?). Taste is bittersweet chocolate, caramel, some coffee, some tartness. Finishes super smoothly bittersweet and somewhat thick with a touch of alcohol in the end. This offering won our porter taste test back a year or so ago and it is easy to see why.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrallen34 (3497) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
On tap at Haymarket into a 4oz tasting glass, first beer of the night, a good one for sure...Dark pour for porter, a nice black color with a really nice dark tan head that has good retention and lacing...The aroma is unique, lots of coffee but with a bite of hops, nuts and chocolate come through as well, slightly acetone note. I like this...The taste matches the aroma a coffee porter with some hops, yummy and balanced, and drinkable. This is a winner.

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