nickd717 (3460) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by largadeer on BA. Pours black with a nice foamy tan head that lasts. Lots of chocolate as well as coffee and roast on the aroma. Flavor is rich milk chocolate along with roasted malt, coffee, and a little vanilla. Balanced, very flavorful, and awesome. Smooth, creamy palate with medium body. Drinkability pretty high. This beer rocks and Founders has really impressed me overall.
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle: Deep black pour with a tan head. As most porters do for me it looks sexy. The aroma is complex and I seem to get a little more with each whiff. Coffee starts things off, with brownies and sweet chocolate cutting through the deep roast of the brew. Taste is a mix of the same, but with an extra touch of nuts and vanilla and less of the brownies. Very creamy and full on the tongue. A very nice Porter if you are look for that style.
soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Love Founders, Love porters, ought to love this. Pours a nearly opaque black with a half finger high brown head that goes down slowly. Smells of delicious chocolate, hints of roasted coffee, some malt, and maybe a dash of hops. Truly a powerful and great smell. The taste is of malt, light smooth chocolate, the coffee kinda disappears, and the hops taste a little funky. I wish the hops weren’t there and the coffee smell came back. Goes down pretty well, but only medium-bodied. Still a very very good porter, but I would strongly recommend Ølfabrikken Porter instead.
madvike (2659) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Pours black with tan head that goes away quickly. Smells of light coffee, milk, and cinammon. Tastes of light roast with a sour and milky finish. Aftertaste is coffee grounds in a good way. Feels like it looks -- creamy, medium/full-bodied, and smooth. Nice porter, but expected a little more.
puggy211 (711) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - SEP 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A simply marvelous roasted aroma,displaying all thats wonderful about roasted barley,all that distinct hot chocolate and coffee bean texture,a delight to just smell and enjoy. Bold aggressive chocolate brownie with a slurp of coffee in your mouth flavor,satisfying bitterness in the finish. Seems like it wants to go slightly sweet ,but doesn’t get thereOne of the best porters I’ve ever tasted. I don’t see much room for improvement. A near masterpiece
drpimento (2153) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yummmm! Killer beer! Poured with a thick, foamy, frothy, tan head that didn’t last too long and some lace. Color is an opaque brown. Aroma is rich, malty, roasty, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Flavor’s ’bout the same but more intense. Excellent body and carbonation. Finish is surprisingly clean & short for what’s here with just a little bitterness, ripe fruit, and leather. Sounds weird, but it works. Bit rich for a session.
JMerritt (1767) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at 2009 Bruegala. Black with an average light-brown head. Good lacing. Average chocolate and roasted coffee nose, little of the burnt malt that was so prevalent in the previous Dark Horse Black. Nice, smooth roasty flavor with mild grain notes (rye and wheat). Medium bodied and really darn sticky. Solid.
Tejas (866) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark like an imp stout. Really a superb porter. Great palate that some stouts could learn from. Good interesting variety of flavors. From little fruity to roasty to coffee to chocolate. Not overdone w/ bitter hops. Shit, I wish I could get this regualrily.
Narnad (1448) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clean black with an average tan head and that leaves some lacing on the glass. Aroma has a light burnt note but a heavy chocolate, coffee and toasted malt nose. Flavor has lots of roasted malt notes, chocolate, coffee and a light acidic, dryness to it. Modest body, with a thin sticky feeling and very low carbonation. All of this combines to make a very tasty porter and one that I will make sure is hanging around my house a bit. Very good and well balanced and really epitomizes the style.
bblack99 (526) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours a pure opaque black with a perfect chocolate-milk dense head that dissipates quickly but laces beautifully.
Smells of dark chocolate, tiny twist of coffee, and toffee. Great flavor of roasted almonds, toffee chips with some hoppy bite up front, bitter coffee near the end. Chocolaty malts throughout and a bit of an astringent alcohol twinge at the very back.
Very good, deserving of a spot next to Olfab, but I’d need to re-rate side-by-side to see if it can truly hang.