Embrouille (2831) - SWITZERLAND - SEP 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 355ml. Appearance: It pours a pitch black beer with a decent sized bubbly dark deep beige head. Good retention and average lacework. Aroma: licquorice allsorts, basil, ashes, fudge, vanilla and coffee showing up. Roasty and hoppy. Mint sneaking in. Rather inviting. Taste and palate: Full bodied with a good bitterness. Low carbonation. Faintly warming on the swallow. Impressive malt profile. Ashes are rather present. Chocolatey. Very dry finish which is reminiscent of eucalyptus, pine needles, strong coffee and basil. Overall impression: Full bodied; rather bitter for the style in my opinion and possesing strong flavors. A very powerful and quite pleasant porter.
Dfonorow (1721) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with an appropriately sized chocolate colored head. Very nice lacing and slight carbonation. The aroma is very strong: chocolate, roasted barley, and a little bit of coffee. Taste is the same as the aroma except not as strong on the coffee and heavier on the chocolate and roasted malts. I’m a huge fan of porters and stouts and this is one of the best ones I’ve ever had.
ContemplateBeer (1718) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of dark chocolate, fresh coffee and almonds. Appearance is black with tan head. Flavor matches the nose, but with some chicory flavors apparent as the beer warms. Smoked malt flavors in the finish. Palate is creamy and bubbly. Outstanding Porter.
Plovmand (6933) - Helsinge, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pitch black pour with a creamy longlasting tan head. The aroma is very roasted with notes of coffee and chocolate. Some light smoky notes. The flavour is hard roasted malt, tobacco, coffee and light chocolate. Some dark bread too. The finish is dry and roasted. Full bodied.
manny57 (162) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle purchased from Siciliano’s market in Grand Rapids, Mich. Poured into a pint glass. Drank while brewing a Founders porter clone. Fantastic aroma of chocolate, malt, cheese, coffee and molasses. Taste-wise, this is one of the best beers I’ve had. Once again, Founders fails to disappoint.
devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color is stout-like. Darkest, deepest brown. Thin, bubbly head. Quintessential porter aroma of chocolate and coffee. Roasty but smooth, it has a wonderful, comforting flavor, with bittersweet chocolate first and some roasted malt sweetness. Flavorful without heaviness. Bitterness lingers slightly. Light-bodied yet satisfying.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a wonderful beer, one of my favorite porters. Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial used to be my favorite, but this might knock it off the top. Pours a deep dark brown with a tan head that lasts. Nice aromas of chocolate and toffee. This is a very rich ale, but goes nicely with chocolate cake. Enjoy this one!
Defreni (2803) - Husum, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Flaske: En af de største åbenbaringer jeg har fået længe. Kulsort øl med et flot mokkafarvet skumhoved. Sødlig porterduft med en masse frugt i. Smagen er sød frugtet men bestemt ikke overdrevent, slutter af med en godt fast brændthed. Perfekt afbalanceret. Verdensklasseøl.
georgekillian (344) - Alabama, USA - SEP 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wonderful dark and rich porter with definite hints of chocolate malts and also slight caramel notes the smell is very appealing as well on this porter
marcus (7462) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 30, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Archer Liquor. Pours pitch black with a massive brown head and a huge chocolate aroma. It took a while to pour this one, but once the head subsided a bit, I dove in. Well, it’s really full of chocolate, with a smooth dry bitter chocolate finish and a little carbonation. It’s a pleasure to drink, and serves as a dessert as well as a beer.