bgburdman9 (856) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Oak Cafe, courtesy of MikeMac. I am usually not that big of a fan of porters but this one was pretty good. I also got one of the last 2 pints off of this keg. Poured very black with avg tan head. Aroma of maltiness and smooth chocolate. Not one flavor was too prominent.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2008 Draft at Founders. Black body with medium sized, creamy, dark tan head. Lasting cover, some lace. Heavily roasted nose with chocolate, molasses, toffee and ash. The flavor is chocolate and caramel, balanced with roast malt and piney hops. Medium body with a soft and smooth texture. Awesome robust porter.
CMUBEERMAN (421) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewery. This was a good f-ing porter. Poured black with little head. Aroma was bittersweet chocolate and burnt coffee. Flavor was similar with some hazelnut and a very well appreciated bitter end. Mouthfeel was a bit starchy and drying.
Zeswaft (1316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was my second favorite beer I had at the brewery. Lots of coffee and chocolate roasted malts in the aroma and flavor. Full bodied and rich in flavor. I wish i could find this in bottle form.
sersdf (1013) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
i remember 2 things about this beer: 1) it had a ton of peanut butter in the aroma and flavor. 2) probably one of the better porters iíve ever had. but iím not really a huge porter fan.
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap 2 The black party. This was one of favorites of the night. nice big black with a beautiful tan brown head nice aromas of chocolate roast malt. A tad bit on the thin side but still very enjoyable.
DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained 15-Jul-05 in trade with Pailhead, thanks Kevin!) The label says "Dark, Rich & Sexy". Well, itís definitely dark, pouring pitch black in color, even along the edges. Itís also very rich in flavor and body, boasting equally massive doses of dark, bitter roasted malts and lightly sweet chocolate for a full-bodied and very satisfying mouthfeel. But sexy? Well, it offers good, long-lasting head out of the bottle, does that count as sexy? Tall, creamy, light brown in color, it leaves spotty and patchy lacing around the glass. The nose presents fairly intense aromas of dark roast and sweet chocolate, but though quite nice, it doesnít blow me away. Itís the flavor that does that. The chocolate is like eating a quality bar of dark chocolate, lightly sweet, long-lasting flavor. Dark roasted but not burned, bitter, lightly hoppy even, this is an exceptionally well-made and well-balanced porter that really pushes into Imperial Stout territory, but without the higher alcohol. Definitely a beer worth trading to get more just for special events and tastings.
DrnkMcDermott (2716) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2006 Draft growler from the pub. Now I know Iím a rating whore. I passed up a chance to load up on more Breakfast Stout to get a growler of something I havenít had yet. That and those bottle deposits. Well:
Deep brown to black color under a thick tan head. Big chocolate roasty smell. By the time I get to tasting this, itís gone a little thin, more like a nitro stout. Light Brit mouthfeel canít compensate for deep roasty black malts. Goes for quite a bit of bitterness, which makes me wonder why they didnít just make this a stout? Still very very enjoyable.
IndianaRed (2041) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 29, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle Pours a dense opaque dark born/black with a very large creamy light brown head. Thick sticky lacing almost like merangue. The aroma is fantastic ! Lightly smokey but full of milk chocolate, a little cinamon, vannilla and a touch of nutty esspresso. Dellicious.
Flavors are not the let down that some of these great smelling porters are for me. Less of the sweetness here and more of the expected dark roast, slightly bitter smokiness. Fairly thin porter like feel but smooth. Fairly dry finish
Thanks to Pailhead for this, my new favorite Porter.
barleyPops (1138) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Pailhead. a rich chocolatey & coffee aroma rise up to greet the nostrils. a superb looking porter with the customary dark black pour and quickly fading tan head that shrinks to a coating of lace. Unfortunately, for me, this one starts to fall a little short from here. the mouthfeel while almost silky, just never quite gets to medium-bodied and the lingering bitter coffee flavor is tough to overcome. out of the 6 Founders brews Iíve rated to date, this is the only one Iím not crazy about.