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RATINGS: 1758   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 Foundersí robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect. Cozy like velvet. Itís a lover, not a fighter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Pours pitch black with a small, creamy, brown head. Big roasted notes in the nose with aromas of earth, oak, chocolate, and a bit of vinousness too. Medium-low carbonation with a rich, slightly dry mouthfeel. This stuff is thick for a porter. Coffee and cocoa on the tongue. A little smoke, oak, and a nice bitter background. High IBUs for a porter, but still in balance with the malt. Medium-long finish with some chocolate and roasted notes lingering. Overall a great beer that stretches the limits of the porter style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (2887) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2009
Wow! Itís amazing how after drinking a ton of porters how one can stand so far out in front as this! This is a delicious beer! Aroma was deep dark malt and chocolate with a hint of nuts. Pour was a rich dark brown/near black with a one finger tan head. Taste was near perfect. Strong roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee in the front with an espresso bean bitter aftertaste. This is more like a stout due to the heavy flavors than a porter which is OK by me. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JUL 11, 2009
Bottle pours dark and thick. Looks like a big stout. Small khaki head drops into sheets of lace. Bold aroma of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and roasted nuts. Thick and rich, with a velvety carbonation. Taste is rich, roasty, and bitter. Kenyan coffee, cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted almonds, dark fruits,(figs)...Citrusy and earthy hops add even more depth. Finishes with a lingering dark roasty bitterness. Very impressive porter!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (35959) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 10, 2009
Bottle 12fl.oz. @ home.
[ Trade by toncatcher ]. Clear dark brown color with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, and dusty finish. Body is medium, texture is oily - creamy and smooth, carbonation is soft. [20090607]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Original review date 1/7/2009... 12 oz. into a Coronado Brewing Company pint glass... Pours with a dark maple, root beer float-colored head - about 2 fingers thick but slims to 1 quickly with decent lacing. Body color is espresso dark with sparse carbonation at bottom. Enticing. Slight bicarb and metallic tinge at first but it goes quickly and reveals a deep dark-roasted nuttiness - hazelnuts and peanuts mostly. Mild hoppiness of grass with a nuttier edge. Roasted malt really shines through. Wow - nice slate-ish BBQ char up along with some mild licorice - bitter French roasted coffee brings about some nice cinnamon/brown sugar sweetness. Finish is very slatish with big chicory bitterness and hop grass. Thereís a fair amount of cleanliness to this even though itís so damn robust. Smooth dark-roasted malt works well with the bitter coffee notes and quiet hop grass as well as the good slate an char. Slight alcohol sweetness - nice finish. Some Porter examples feel too thin and metallic compared to a session stout. Not this one - this one can pee in the tall weeds with the big dogs - it stands well on its own with great flavor and depth, and it sessions up nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (3351) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 7, 2009
Really tasty stuff. Pours a deep black with a small but thick tan head. The aroma is smoky with coffee chocolate and vanilla with some fresh hops playing in the background. Flavor is strong with the chocolate and vanilla with some deep roasted coffee. Deliciously sweet, but not cloying!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2009
120z bottle. didnít even know they had a bottled porter! new to the metro east and very welcome indeed. a black/ brown color with a short tan head. nose is brownies and freshly ground coffee with chocolate syrup on top. the fell is rich and chewy but not too thick. sweet with lots of chocolate and a hint of blackberry just before the assertive roasty finish rushes in. delightful and well crafted american porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5108) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Bottle. Black colored body with a light brown colored head. The aroma was nutty with some dark chocolate and black bread. Lots of that bread dough was a pleasure. The taste was strongly roasted with some sweet hazelnuts. There was also some raspberry hinted dark chocolate. Almost tart. Well made, but not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biznizness (1104) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Wow. Never is a long time, but thatís the last time I had a bad Founders beer. And this has got to be one of the best, if not THE best. Tons of roasty chocolately flavor, full body, great aroma... just perfect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Wow. Deep Black. Sharp coffee grounds and a hint of clean soap aroma. Oh the flavor is good. Dark roasted coffee, smoke, sweet malt, bright, bitter and sour all at the same time. Kind of a paradox in a bottle. Well balanced, easy drinking and complex all at the same time.

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