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RATINGS: 1701   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2224) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMerritt (1796) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tejas (872) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2014 Pours dark like an imp stout. Really a superb porter. Great palate that some stouts could learn from. Good interesting variety of flavors from a little fruity to roasty to coffee to chocolate. Not overdone w/ bitter hops. Shit, I wish I could get this regularly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Narnad (1462) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bblack99 (526) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 9, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ewestern (256) - Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Dark brown, nearly black beer with a dark brown heads. Leaves nice lacing. Coffee aroma and flavor. Biting coffee finish. Some alcohol in the flavor. Medium bodied, very nice beer, not very complex, but very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Bottle split by nbutler11. A great favor. Nose is full toffee with a mild whiff of Danish dirt. Flavor is more of that with creamy chocolate butter and roast. Among the greats of Porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tekhna (118) - California, USA - SEP 6, 2009
The platonic ideal of beer. (Filling in characters so it lets me most this rating. Seriously, perfect. Even if my girlfriend doesn’t like it.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Bottle at Pinhook. Pours a black hue with quickly dissipating head and no lacing. Nose is roasty sweet malt goodness with big dark chocolate presence. Flavor hits the palate with a choco-hammer followed by a touch of roast and lightly bitter hops for balance, followed by a milky sweet malt finish. Full-bodied with velvety texture, a great specimen of rich Porter flavor and balance, another megahit from Founders!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2009 Room Temp: Black pour. Big tightly,beaded head with a lovely creamy foam atop. Clingy lace. Great aroma of a mixture of roast and hops with underlying cocoa and vanilla. Light,oily texture. Very creamy. Upfront a good mixture of chocolate malt and hops. Tasteful roastiness,and more slick malts follow. Finsih is sweet,with roasty notes,then lingering hop,chocolate,mocha,notes. Little under mid glass this has lost a little body. Overall though,a great mixture of hop,chocolate,and mocha flavors. Spotty lace all over the empty glass. Tasty stuff.

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