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Dark, Rich, and Sexy. Chocolate malts and four varieties of hops make this a very full flavored ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 10, 2009
Bottle 12fl.oz. @ home.
[ Trade by toncatcher ]. Clear dark brown color with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, and dusty finish. Body is medium, texture is oily - creamy and smooth, carbonation is soft. [20090607]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Original review date 1/7/2009... 12 oz. into a Coronado Brewing Company pint glass... Pours with a dark maple, root beer float-colored head - about 2 fingers thick but slims to 1 quickly with decent lacing. Body color is espresso dark with sparse carbonation at bottom. Enticing. Slight bicarb and metallic tinge at first but it goes quickly and reveals a deep dark-roasted nuttiness - hazelnuts and peanuts mostly. Mild hoppiness of grass with a nuttier edge. Roasted malt really shines through. Wow - nice slate-ish BBQ char up along with some mild licorice - bitter French roasted coffee brings about some nice cinnamon/brown sugar sweetness. Finish is very slatish with big chicory bitterness and hop grass. Thereís a fair amount of cleanliness to this even though itís so damn robust. Smooth dark-roasted malt works well with the bitter coffee notes and quiet hop grass as well as the good slate an char. Slight alcohol sweetness - nice finish. Some Porter examples feel too thin and metallic compared to a session stout. Not this one - this one can pee in the tall weeds with the big dogs - it stands well on its own with great flavor and depth, and it sessions up nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (2908) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 7, 2009
Really tasty stuff. Pours a deep black with a small but thick tan head. The aroma is smoky with coffee chocolate and vanilla with some fresh hops playing in the background. Flavor is strong with the chocolate and vanilla with some deep roasted coffee. Deliciously sweet, but not cloying!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2009
120z bottle. didnít even know they had a bottled porter! new to the metro east and very welcome indeed. a black/ brown color with a short tan head. nose is brownies and freshly ground coffee with chocolate syrup on top. the fell is rich and chewy but not too thick. sweet with lots of chocolate and a hint of blackberry just before the assertive roasty finish rushes in. delightful and well crafted american porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Bottle. Black colored body with a light brown colored head. The aroma was nutty with some dark chocolate and black bread. Lots of that bread dough was a pleasure. The taste was strongly roasted with some sweet hazelnuts. There was also some raspberry hinted dark chocolate. Almost tart. Well made, but not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biznizness (1070) - Mooresville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Wow. Never is a long time, but thatís the last time I had a bad Founders beer. And this has got to be one of the best, if not THE best. Tons of roasty chocolately flavor, full body, great aroma... just perfect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EHopper (619) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Wow. Deep Black. Sharp coffee grounds and a hint of clean soap aroma. Oh the flavor is good. Dark roasted coffee, smoke, sweet malt, bright, bitter and sour all at the same time. Kind of a paradox in a bottle. Well balanced, easy drinking and complex all at the same time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2559) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 3, 2009
A black appearance with a tan head. The aroma contains a lot of coffee, chocolate and some licorice. The flavor contains some mocha, chocolate, coffee. The finish is quite bitter on this one. Overall a well done porter for those who like it bitter!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4547) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured thick, black and oily with a small very dark brown head. The aroma was moderately sweet chocolate and bitter coffee. The flavor was very bitter and roasty with full malts and a strong, somewhat rough fruity hop presence. The finish was very long, bitter and roasty. The body was thick and full. A bit too dry and roasty for my taste. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 26, 2009
THOUGHTS: A really nice porter. It was similar to Anchor Porter, but not quite the same. Also slightly like Weyerbacher Raspberry Imperial Stout without all the raspberry. Just great really. I canít really explain it. Everything just comes together well. Itís like dessert and coffee after the meal. I need to get more. I only bought a single bottle, but this is worthy of a case purchase. I gave it a bonus point for being greater than the sum of itís parts. I highly recommend this to porter, stout and beer fans in general. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was an opaque black in the glass with an average, light brown (the darkest Iíve ever seen on a porter) head that mostly diminished, but left good lacing. Th aroma was moderate to heavy strong coffee, dark chocolate, roasted and burnt malts, and slight cream. The initial flavor was sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was more sweeter and more bitter with an average to long duration. There was Hersheyís Special Dark chocolate, a little fruit, coffee, roasted malt, a little burnt malt and a little hops. There was as much coffee bitterness as there was hop bitterness and it was hard to tell where one started and the other ended. The medium body was silky with very tingly carbonation and a light astringent and lightly metallic finish.

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