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RATINGS: 1939   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
andyhwcinc (1709) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2011
Purchased at Archer Liquors in Chicago, IL; enjoyed on a cool spring Sunday after a 5K run while watching the White Sox. Appearance is beautiful, very rich dark brown with a prominent tan head. Aroma has a strong chocolate presence with hints of cocoa, roasted malts, pretty sweet in nose, and with all those notes I would expect some sort of creaminess/lactose in the nose but itís not there, which to me is somewhat interesting as I was expecting it. But then again, this is a porter and not a stout, and Iím glad that the lactose isnít present. Taste is extremely good, not too heavy and not really that thin, finds a nice balance with good carbonation. Hints of obvious chocolate but not dominant, along with a bit of roasted malts and (to me) a small hint of coffee in the mix. It rounds those things very well where each ingredient can be detected but not dominant. Has an outstanding drink ability to it as well, I feel like I can easily drink multiple in a row, next time Iíve got to get a 6 pack instead of a single bottle. For a traditional ítrueí porter that isnít enhanced by additional ingredients (i.e. coconut, smoked malts, etc) I canít think of a better one. Very very good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kjc51478 (441) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2011
12 oz Bottle. Pours a solid black color with medium, beige head. Aroma is sweet and roasted malts with coffee and some toffee. Taste is amazingly delicate and complex with dark chocolate and coffee dominant but notes of roasted grains. The real strength of this beer is its hop profile - perfectly balanced with the malty sweetness. Pleasant hop grassy and spicy hop notes thatís not overly bitter. Great on the palate with a nice medium body and creamy texture. Amazing beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2011
This has to be my favorite porter and one of my favorite Founders beers and I was drawn to their IPAs. In fact Iím not a huge fan of porters but think thats wrong! Roasted malts with some chocolate tones and a sweetness which is well balanced by a bitter backdrop. In that backdrop is that slightly smoky rich ashy flavor which I dig in porters but usually they donít seem to pack enough flavor in. This one delivers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palme (3603) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 14, 2011
0.355l bottle @ Baran, Bergen. Pours a pitch-black body with a dense creamy tanned head leaving nice big lacings. Aroma is roasted sweetness, woody, cigar, deep milk chocolate a tan smoky and also reminds me a bit of basement. Body is medium to full and the carbonation is average. Strong and really tasty with big flavors. Notes of cocoa, dark berries, grill-burned toast and vanilla with a really suitable hopy and bitter finish. Ends of with a longlasting fizzing chocolate aftertaste. A truly solid porter.

   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, thereís 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 (1501) - 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. Itís 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 wouldnít have minded some aftertaste here).

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth and soft. It doesnít 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 Iíve ever had, Founders Porter is one of the most quaffable. Between the flavorful, but tame palate, gentle mouthfeel and smooth finish itís difficult to not throw this beer down as if it were a shot. Itís 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 Iíd get overwhelmed quickly.

Overall, the best porter Iíve 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 (7262) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2011
(Bottle, Bishopís 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 (5684) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2011
So, I saw this on the menuand thought, "Man, Iím not really in the mood for a porter, but Iíve 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 (10199) - 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 (14809) - 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

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