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RATINGS: 2081   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   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 Foundersí robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect. Cozy like velvet. Itís a lover, not a fighter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Bottle: Dark brown with a tan head and sticky lacing toward the top. Sweet malty aroma of cocoa powder and Whoppers candy. The taste is a perfect balance of sweetness and biter charcoal. The best thing about this is thick rich and creamy like a chocolate milkshake. Extremely good all around porter. Quite tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinsenn (1994) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
12 ounce bottle from Founders brewery. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is great; a little chocolate and a lot of roast. Taste is really chocolatey and smooth, with a lingering roasty bitterness. A surprising little taste of hops in the finish, too. A wonderful porter!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Tak_en_Lou (7) - - FEB 25, 2012 does not count
Pours an opaque darkest brown almost black. Quickly gone half finger tan head, but think the pour wasnít exactly spot on. Very little lacing, spotty. Getting dark coffee in the nose and something reminding me of Belgian ales I have not liked in the past. The aroma pretty much ends there...maybe some earthiness but that may be something on my fingers. Iím getting like a sort of nutty earth and rubbery cheap candybar in the taste, super thin in the mouth, little oily, sticks around too long with that peanut butter aftertaste thing going on. And on third/fourth sip Iím getting like a heavy sharp dose of medicinal alcohol and is that a dark fruit creeping in? Not bad, not great, a porter, but not what Iím looking for in a porter. Founders has yet to impress me, the Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale was much on the same level. Meh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
60minuteman (1337) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Pours dark brown with small dark tan like head. Smells and tastes of chocolate malts...very smooth finish. Delightful

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2013 Updated 11/15/2013:
Rich, roasty, chocolatey malts lean against the dry yeast profile. Bitterness from coffee and the bittersweet chocolate on the back end. Fresh and delicious. One of the best widely-available porters on the shelves today.

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Bottled 3/20/2011, so itís almost a year old. Deep, dark brown pour with dark tan head and sticky lace. Dry roasted malts, strong notes of tobacco, and hops in the nose. Everything from the aroma plus chocolate malts hit my tastebuds. Dry finish. A clean, crisp porter that nails the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (4255) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Deep black-brown body, one inch khaki head, great retention and good lacing coverage. S: Bold roasted malts, rich bitter-sweet chocolate, mild coffee, and light citric bitterness. T: Bitter-sweet chocolate, roasted coffee, hint of smoke, citric hops in the back end. M: Medium-full bodied. Even, pleasant carbonation, mild bitterness in the finish. O: A top tier porter that pushes the boundaries of flavor in a respectable 6.5% ABV package.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gyllenbock (7771) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2012
Bottle at Marie Laveau, Stockholm, February 2012. Black with a medium tan head. Aroma and taste of roasted malt, coffee and a lot of dark chocolate. Finish was dry with some notes of hops. A very good and drinkable Porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rxeight (2580) - Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2012
12oz bottle into snifter. Pours dark brown black. Think head. Big malt taste, a good bit of chocolate and a tiny bit of coffee and smoke to it. Borderline Imperial Stout, pretty much a lighter version of their Imperial Stout. Overall it is a very good beer but for the price and availability I dont think you can beat this. Might be the best $10 six pack out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Usually the descriptions that they give you on the carrier are total BS, but Founders has actually described their beer exquisitely. I sometimes find porters to be too thin to stand up to ISs but this one is super rich and full. Itís wonderful to find a great porter that isnít some limited/special edition type beer. Easy to get and enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
libertine (407) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2012
got on tap at gus oíconners in rochester.pours black with a nice brown head.very nice lacing on the glass.aroma is very roasty,coffee and malt with some smoke.flavor is right on line with aroma.full bodied with an long bitter finish of roasted coffee and smoke.superb

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