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RATINGS: 2030   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - SEP 12, 2011
Short 12oz bottle. (Bottled on 04/28/11, 10:19.) Aroma of chocolate oozing from the glass. Black color, nice legs, medium brown colored head. Sweet nose of toasted malts, burnt sugars, and a touch of lactobacilus. Loads of chocolate, some coffee, molasses sugar, and mild wooded hops. Thick flavor of burnt grain, sooo much roasted flavors it gives an espresso character. Light fruit. The combination of burnt coffee and the hops have a bitterness that mellows out any sugar flavor that may still be there. This beer is excellence, a masterpiece of a Porter. So good it could possibly pass as a Milk Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (9807) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 9, 2011
355 ml bottle. From bierkompass.de.
Black colour with tiny tan had. Caramel, toffee malt with chocolate. mild coffee and lots of sweetness in aroma. Flavour is smokey dry hops, sweetish malt, dry malt and lots of dryness in aroma. Some tobacco in dry flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2011
(bottle 7/18/10). Black color. Huge tan head. Moderate chocolate and roasted malt/coffee aroma. Flavor of the same. Long duration. Light bitter finish. Slick texture. Soft to moderate carbonation. Spare lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goodgrief (1965) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - SEP 3, 2011
I read a forum thread today about a whatís better, GL Edmund Fitzgerald our Founders Porter. This one is dark, nice head and some lacing. Just like GLEF. Smith and creamy, just like GLEF. This one is less bitter and less porteresque, with the characteristics of a milk stout more than a porter. Good beer, but I give the nod to Eddie Fitz.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
574deadzone (1342) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Ok, so I had a bottle of this months ago. I was going to wait to get another one to rate it, but the hell with it. This is the best porter Iíve had. It was pitch black with a slight mocha head. So much coffee and chocolate in there itís crazy. Foundersí stouts are world-renowned of course, which I think contributes to why their porter kicks so much ass. The 6.5% ABV seals the deal. I drank this as a digestif, and couldnít have been happier with my choice. I like the Edmund Fitzgerald and Bellís porter just fine, but Foundersí version to me is top of the class. Just plain awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sgallant (49) - USA - AUG 23, 2011
Initial smell and taste are of the 45 ibis. It smooths out into a roasted woody taste with a nice long aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2011
355ml bottle from jsprime. pours dark brown with a tan head. very roasty nose. complex flavour profile. not too drinkable for a porter. good, but not my fav porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2011
Pours inky with just a touch of brown head. Nose is pleasant coffee, dark chocolate, and a generic but delightful light sugar. Flavor is rich and expands on the coffee and chocolate notes, with mild but supportive hops, brown sugar, and a light fruitiness. Finish is slightly sticky. Excellent porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (15271) - San Leandro, California, USA - AUG 22, 2011
A: The beer pours an almost black color with a finger of mocha colored head. S: Roasted malts dominate the aroma. There is an intense coffee aroma to the beer that is quite pleasant. Lots of bitter, cocoa powder notes with a light sweetness of toffee. A slight earthy character underneath it all. T: Lots of roast and coffee flavors all the way through. Perhaps just as much bitter dark chocolate and cocoa powder with a light hop bitterness. Earthy tones, a bit of espresso, and some light caramel on the finish. M: Medium bodied with a smooth, medium carbonation. O: An outstanding porter, one of the best Iíve had, come to think of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hamrech (134) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2011
I donít find porters to be particularly interesting in the first place, and even within the subset there is not really much interesting about this brew. That said, thereís nothing to complain about either, in fact itís quite good. Looks nice, smells very nice, tastes pretty bitter as dark brews go but itís good shit. Has a bit of the metallic aftertaste often found in brews of lower quality than I would expect from Founders, but itís not a huge detriment. Surprisingly easy to drink, definitely not a meal in a bottle.

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