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RATINGS: 1895   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 24, 2010
We are lucky craft brewers still put so much effort into a "normal" beer style. Pours a dark espresso black with a thin head that fades to a thin ring. Aroma of toast malt and dark chocolate. Phenomenal body with a smooth dark chocolate, even a whiff of burnt chocolate. Thank you for a great porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2010
aroma is mostly wet roast, perhaps a hint of pumpernickel. body is dead opaque with wispy film head and touches of lacing. flavor is giant juicy chocolate. tiny hint of sweetness comes late but overall sweet and none my dismay. java is completely absent but chocolate is more then worthwhile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
humulushound (242) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 20, 2010
Rich black color with a mocha head. Rich chocolate aromas, earthy hops, roasty, dark malt. Flavor is coffee and coco, subdued bitterness, piquant and metallic. Silky and soft on the tongue, enveloping and extremely drinkable. This is a sultry, dark brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
italarican (1526) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 17, 2010
Growler fill from New Beer. Pours essentially black, slightly thin, with moderate cappuccino head. Aroma of coffee, vanilla bean, and currants. The vanilla is sharp and layers on top of the dark coffee aroma. Flavor is of wet coffee grounds, roasted malt, and a touch of smoke. The wet coffee grounds just keep coming. Earthy undertones that lead to a bitter coffee and nutty finish. Moderate to thin body with a slightly oily mouthfeel. This gets me more excited than ever to try the breakfast stouts from Founders.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Frank (3343) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2010 Considered one of the best porters in this world and available to me week in and week out and I havenít tried this yet? Shame on me. Nice deep brown color with a tan head. Wonderful nose is thick and rich w/ coffee and chocolate--potent, smooth and inviting. Flavor is perhaps not quite at the same richness but is very much in the same territory. Medium bodied, slightly oily slick w/ perhaps a hair too much carbonation. But, so as not to end on a down note, I should mention this detracts very little from the overall presentation of this fine dark ale. I can see why this is so highly rated; itís good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2010
Deep brown in color, brown head with large bubbles which dissipates but gathers around the edges and leaves good lacing. Clear roasted and chocolate malt in the nose, espresso and shoe polish. The body is full and rich, but there is a lightness that makes it slide right over the tongue. Flavors of chocolate and roasted malt (sweetness emerges at it warms); finishes with a lasting and puckering dry roasted bitterness. The description on the bottle gets it just right: dark, rich and sexy. It would be easy to confuse it with an imperial stout in a blind taste test. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7251) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 12, 2010
A great porter. How did it take so long? Anyway, bottle thanks to FlandersNed. Pours a pure black color with a very large thick beige/brown head. The aroma is sweet chocolates, roasted malts, sweet coffee, earthy. The flavor is charred chocolates, roasted malts, sweet milky flavors, light metallic hops linger in the background. A smooth milky flavor with ashy sides dominates. Just delicious, Reminds me a bit of Sam Smithís Oatmeal Stout- and I love that beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (14006) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2011 Tap sample at New Beer Dist. Certainly deserves the praise. Pours pitch black with a strong, tan head. Big nose of coffee and chocolate. Flavor is rich and layered, sweet and bitter. Nice burnt malt character with adequate sweetness. Plenty of mocha. Tail holds some bitterness. Very roasty finish. Quite smooth and well-bodied. Delicious. Update: Had a full pint at Mugs Ale House tonight. Yeah, just multiply everything above by three. This is the best porter I have ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Changed (382) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 11, 2010
12 oz bottle @ Brickskellers in DC. Pours black, nice brown head and nice lacing to boot. Aroma and flavor like any other porter- but better. Little hop at the end is a nice touch. Nice and creamy. Sadly I had to compare this to Bellís Kalamazoo, which I drank just before this one... I guess Iíve been in tougher predicaments before... Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjmcend (209) - USA - APR 9, 2010
Warm smoke and chocolate on the nose. Subtle though. Almost campfire like. Dark with a medium flat and lasting head. Taste is of chocolate with bitterness biting. Some smoke. A good porter.

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