popery (1741) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Creamy dark chocolate. There are roast and coffee flavors, particularly in the finish, but this is a chocolatey treat. One of my favorite porters and an all-round fantastic beer. It’s lush and thick on the plate for the abv. Smell isn’t terribly strong, but the taste comes through big. Perfect malt sweetness for the beer. This is a real treat and probably my favorite dark beer from Founders, so far.
JStax (4110) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bottle. Appearance is a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate, bitter black coffee, and slightly bitter influence of hops. Thick mouthfeel. Wonderful Porter.
drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured dark smelled weak tasted licorice chocolate great porter but not my favorite from founders friend brought from ny
gsmitty80 (2128) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I would have to agree that this is one of the nicest porters i have ever had. Very well balanced with not too much chocolate and no smoke or nonsense, just a fantastic porter.
mansquito (4455) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Whole Foods Market, DC sixer ($11): Pours a near black color with a tan head that leaves a smattering of lace. Aroma is of chocolate, milk, milk chocolate, a little bit of creamy diner coffee, roasted malts, sex, a tiny bit of liqueur, and some other things that I like. This beer feels creamy and smooth... really. The chocolate flavors in this are done to a level of perfection. Coffee is very mild mild and takes second whistle to the chocolate. Oh, and there are hops, but they are ever so well-balanced with the rest. In the right conditions, there will be a slight booze note, but will merely serve to accentuate the flavors. Dank.
birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Near black, with a dark tan, one-finger head. Not much lacing.
Smells of sweet, mellow chocolate, mellowed still by some caramel. But mostly chocolate. Beautiful.
Taste is very chocolatey as well but it’s a milk chocolate. Very mellow. Full bodied. Dried by some caramel. Bit of coffee roast to bitter it up.
Nicely blended. The taste just keeps developing after each sip. It encourages you to take time between sips to soak up all the layers. Well done.
oh6gdx (23671) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 31, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled@The 2nd ES/CS Beer Tasting. (thanks J.S.!). Quite much black colour with a small beigeish brown head. Aroma is ashes, liquorice, some mild roasted malts as well as mild notes of tobacco. Flavour is ashes, roasted mats, some chocolate and coffee along with mild liquorice and quite bitter finish.
EdKing (2230) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a chocolate brown thin head, which completely dissipates. Nose is lovely syrupy dark chocolate. Some mineral notes in there as well. Taste is silky chocolate, black coffee, some mineral notes to balance the sweetness, which is on the bitter side of sweet. Also some subtle flavours like tobacco. Brilliant stuff. Could drink this anytime, anyplace, anywhere.
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is black as you would expect with nearly no light tan head. Nose is of very milky chocolate and light coffee notes. Taste is the same, very very smooth. Great mouthfeel for the style.
Hermod (4964) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAY 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Bierkompass. Poured black color with a creamy brown head. Awesome chocolate malt and milk coffee aroma. Flavor is pretty much the same, sweet chocolate and roasted malt, just the right amount. Weak hoppy notes. Some tar/smoke in the dry finish. Flawless porter.