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RATINGS: 1845   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark viscous black with a thick creamy tan head. Aroma is an excellent blend of roasted malts and chocolate with a light smokiness and some burnt toast and rich and sharp dark malt crispness. Flavor has a robust chocolate and creamy burnt sugar character and coffee bitterness. Nice bitter finish but not astringent or harsh, just pleasant and much like the bitterness in dark chocolate. Medium full body and a soft carbonation. Excellent porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 4, 2009
12 oz bottle.Pours dark oily black with a mountain of tan head that is built to last. Nose is all roasted malts and brown sugar. Flavor is dark, rich, and smooth - chocolate and smoke, with just a touch of cinnamon lightening at the end. Really interesting spriteliness to this porter, balancing the bitterness until the finish. Nice job Founders

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (3164) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2009
12oz bottle from Charleston Beer Exchange. black pour with a finger sturdy looking tan head that disappears quicker than I would’ve expected. soft but strong aroma of coffee, roasted malts, chocolate and some earthy spiced hops. taste is fairly sharp candy sweetness backed up by a chalky bitterness. the caramel, coffee, roastiness comes through in the finish. nothing over the top here - just an all around great porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NayTron (133) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Pours dark and oily. Big smells of roasted malts, bitter chocolate and sugar. Taste is smokey, smooth, thick and so good. Not a real porter guy but this changed my mind. Nice job.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2009
This is about as good as it gets. Rich, Dark, malty with a chewiness that really is in the mix with some of the best robust porters on the market. The chocolatiness slightly overpowers the grainy burntess, and the aggressive bitterness is on the back end. Just a top notch beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4759) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 30, 2009
This was a very nice porter. Roasted malt, smoke, milk chocolate, roasted coffee, and licorice. Nice silky mouthfeel. Tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
meisterbrauMHB (69) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2009
Pours a rich, dark brown with a generous head. Rich, smokey taste gives way to more complex malt flavors. Has a hint of cherry and coffee notes. Finishes well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2009
Also another beer I was shocked I hadn’t yet rated. Pour black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, touch of coffee. Great flavor of chocolate and roasted malt. Solid Porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2009
Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Pure black (the blackest Porter I have ever seen), with very thin tan head and just a touch of lacing. The aroma is chocolate galore, with some licorice, roasted malt and coffee. Very chocolaty and rich. Noticeable licorice and maybe some fruitiness. Somewhat bitter finish, seems to be more from roasted malts than hops. Exceedingly smooth full body, slightly chewy, low carbonation (almost flat). Love the smoothness, but not the flatness. Despite the richness of the beer, it is quite easy to sip. Delectable. The body definitely seems more like a Stout, but I guess the lower levels of roasted barley keeps things in Porter territory. Kind of a hybrid, as if there wasn’t enough confusion between Porters and Stouts already.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
udflyerfan07 (173) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2009
12oz bottle. Poured deep brown, almost black with dark tan head. Malt aroma with hints of coffee. Good taste, not overly strong. Pleasant to drink. Good porter.

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