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RATINGS: 2061   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 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
buzzadvert (4) - Midwest, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2011 does not count
Man, stingy bitch*s rating this beer. It simply doesn’t get any better than this. One could mount a niggling criticism that it is mislabeled as a porter, as many have noted, and certainly there is truth in this charge. However, once you get passed that, you can drink it for what it is: the best porter in the world (and if you take it as a stout, among the best of that genre as well). Contrary to the previous evaluator, I rate the carbonation as a major strength, but I personally dislike weak carbonation of stouts of the Guinness variety. But this stuff by the truckload!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
greenclansman (906) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - DEC 5, 2011
Almost perfect...if it wasn’t for the over-carbonation it would be a perfect 100 for me. Black dark color....chocolate and coffee aromas. Taste: Dark Chocolate, coffee, some caramel hints....amazing after taste. Best Porter I ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
reverendj (185) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle from the Taliban. I think they mislabled this bottle. Surely this is approaching a stout instead of a porter. Inky black pour with a dense head that fades quickly. The nose is great with floral hops and roasted malts. No wonder this style counts as food! The body is very creamy and full. Sweet and smokey up front with a hoppy finish full of coffee and chocolate. Possibly the best porter I’ve tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zdk (1860) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2012 bottle - gorgeous porter. Pitch black pour with dissipating beige head. Dark, rich malts, with plenty of roasted character, dark chocolate. Sweet caramel and brown sugar. Hint of pine and orange peel. Some mineral character on the nose that detracts somewhat. Body is smooth and milky. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
RamyG4 (323) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2011
Bottle. Black with a medium brown head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, and a little metal. Taste is of coffee, caramel, with a nice drty roasted finish. Very full bodied, creamy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bockimstein (167) - New Madrid, Missouri, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Easily the best porter I have ever had. 12 oz bottle to pint glass. Pours black with small tan head. I get lots of chocolate and coffee. Taste is sweet, but dry, with very good short bitter finish--complex does not really describe it. Velvet in the mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GTAEgeek (1894) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Pours black with a thin tan head, and no lacing. The aroma is dark chocolate and coffee. The flavor is very sweet, with just a little roasted bitterness in the finish. The palate is medium to heavy, creamy and sticky. Overall, this is a clean and tasty beer. Quite a good porter.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
garrison (811) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Purchased from "Jungle Jim’s" - Alright, my dark twelve ounce bottle poured forth a black brew with a finely bubbled tan head of foam and a rich mocha aroma. Tastewise, this is a rich, complex porter with no errors in taste, body, and appearance!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2011
I was very excited to try the best rated porter, but apparently it has been knocked out of the top spot. This is really more like a chocolate stout and is defined as porter only for its being well hopped. It is black enough to block a flashlight beam, and leaves oily tan lacing on the pint glass. Aroma is straight chocolate, while the flavor contains some nut and oat accents as well. Very smooth throughout, nice full body. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (21170) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Bottle. Pours very dark brown, brown head. Aroma of chocolate nibs dipped in coffee. Taste is chocolate squared. Too chocolatey to be a porter, imho.

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