BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
tmohr (37) - Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2010 12 oz bottle pours blackish-brown with a small but persistent beige head. Aroma is bitter chocolate. Taste is bitter chocolate, coffee, a bit of hoppiness, but really well-balanced and tasty. Excellent.
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours deep black with nice beige head, heavy lacing. Aroma is mostly bitter chocolate, almost creamy. Chocolate, coffee, and a slight almond flavor, some hoppy bitterness hiding underneath. Very thick and sticky, this one is heavy but smooth. Outstanding.
Cavie (3842) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of drowland. Pure black pour. Light brown head that sticks around for a bit. Aroma is soft chocolate. The same scent that would waft in from grandmaís kitchen on the weekends. Coffee notes are very apparent as well. Dry roast flavor is tasted first with a dark chocolate bitter on the finish. Has almost a nutty quality to it as well. Nice porter, not overthetop flavors that are in the extreme styles, but it is a pretty nice mix.
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I havenít yet had a founders brew that I havenít liked, and their maltier lineup is the stuff of legends. First time trying this one, looks good with a thin but lasting brown head over a very dark brown liquid. Scent is roasted coffee, chocolate, very similar to the Imperial stout, not quite as coffee centric as the breakfast stout, and molasses. Quite phenomenal nose. Flavor unfortunately isnít the slam dunk that the nose is, as we have a good solid porter, but it misses the perfect nuanced taste of itís bigger brothers. There is certainly more hop presence than in the stouts, but not nearly as much as a Yeti or Rasputin. I like that the body is slightly thicker than when I usually think of porter but this is much thinner than the stouts.
TheoBrixton (2) - Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2009 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a beautiful black, with a small but lasting brown head. Aroma is an enticing blend of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is very balanced. Smooth. Tastes strongly of coffee and cocoa, with a nice dry bitter finish. A fantastic Porter.
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle acquired via trade with belgiumtripel...THANKS MIKE!!! Nice cocoa and molasses aroma with a bit of ash and brown sugar. Flavor includes roasted chocolate-covered kona coffee beans, some nuttiness, and even dark fruits. More body than is typical of the style. Solid.
HugoStiglitz (2) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2009 does not count
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours dark black, slight caramel colored head. Aroma is chocolate and malt. Flavor is the same and very smooth. Overall a great porter and what you would expect from Founders.
mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Gomerís in Leeís Summit, MO. Smells nice, very dark standard porter aromas but i still wasnít prepared for what i tasted- WOW. Dark roasted malts, creamy chocolate, and a hint of smoke, everything i love in a porter and tons of stuff going on with hops, coffee, and more peeking through the background. Incredible palate, perfect creamy thickness. Canít believe this is only $9 for a sixer. Anchor Porter and Fullerís London Porter are great for the price but this is my new go-to affordable porter. With price as no object, only Olfabrikken is better even taking imperial porters into account. Why did it take me so long to try this? Thanks to Founderís for distributing in MO now.