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RATINGS: 1756   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (6895) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 23, 2009
courtesy of frampin Pours deep black, thick golden/mocha head Aroma lost of roasted malts, chocolate with light bitterness. Gained a lot in chocolate aroma as it warmed up Taste, roasted malts, thick mouthfeel, chocolate, medium carbonation, with light coffee / mocha presence Light smoke in the middle. This is one solid porter, leaning on the stout

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2009
Excellent porter. Mocha chocolate aromas and flavors with a little hint of vanilla. Nice mouthfeel. Overall Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dutch23mp (284) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2009
12oz bottle pours a deep brown with a wonderful fragrance. Smooth well balanced with hints of coffee and chocolate finishes even better then the start. After writing this I had to raise the overall impression another point.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3252) - New York, New York, USA - APR 21, 2009
Bottle from JoeMcPhee. Glad to finally see this for sale again! This must have been one of the most wanted beers on the site before it was rebottled in late 2008. Dry, chalky, bitterish aroma. Dry, flavorful, yammy and vegetal flavor, some celery and zucchini. Some sweetness in the flavor. Balanced and drinkable. Quite nice, a very solid example and very sessionable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2009
12oz bottle courtesy of FtownThrowDown poured into a tulip. This one poured dark, dark brown out of the bottle and settles in black with hints of mahogany around the edges. An aggressive pour produces a smallish tan head that recedes to a ring quickly and leaves little lacing. The aroma is stunning on this one with everything you could ever want in a porter. Itís got dark sweet malts, with lots of chocolate and hints of roasted coffee. Itís also got plenty of sweet dark fruits and hints of caramel, vanilla, and even a hint of hops. One of the best aromas Iíve had on a porter. The taste is only a small step behind the aroma in my book. Itís definitely sweet with lots of dark chocolate malts and molasses sweetness. Tastes like a dessert with a splash of coffee infusion. The mouthfeel is full-bodied with low, soft carbonation and just completely coats the mouth with the dark sweet malts. Decadent mouthfeel overall, especially for the style. Quite simply, one of the best porters Iíve ever tasted. The nose is world-class and the taste and mouthfeel are pretty damn close. Iím not sure if Iíve ever had a beer with more flavor at this ABV level. Wonderful stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernbourbon (1326) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 20, 2009
Pour is black with brown head. Aroma is really nice: roasted malt, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. Flavor is very nice: roasted malt, cinnamon, and chocolate up front with coffee and a hint of hops and clove in the finish. One of my favorite porters. Nice thick coating mouthfeel with a perfect amount of carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2009
Bottle, Friar Tuck, Savoy. Iíve enjoyed this barrel aged and with maple. Itís nice to see the standard version in the bottle. This is really an exceptional porter, much better than the standard go-to porter of Fullers, and much more drinkable than the Alpha Klaus, which I also appreciate. The nose is dominated by semi-sweet chocolate with a touch of anise and a surprising note of chamomile that doesnít show up on the palate. Palate is viscous with bittersweet chocolate dominating, added to notes of cardamom and robust molasses. Another great beer at a great price from the good people at Founders.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2194) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2010 bottle poured into a pint glass... Founders Porter is one of the best Porters in the world. It pours a deep black with a huge 2 finger rocky tan head which lasts throughout as a good creamy quarter inch. The nose is filled with sweet whiffs of chocolate and dark coffee aromas. Founders Porter has a big and almost chewy body... really thick for a porter.... this one flirts with being a stout. There are big roasted malts, lots of chocolate and a good level of bitterness throughout the mouth. Some dark fruit notes come forward as well including raisins and dark currants. The coffee and chocolate notes really come through over the palate and create a smooth almost velvety character, while a splash of bitterness hits the front of the mouth.... this profile carries through the finish as well.... very very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (1810) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 17, 2009
Brown black with thin white head. Aroma is roasty chocolate, but not over the top. taste is the same, very chocolate, with a hint of smoke. $3/12oz

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5061) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2009
Pour is thick and black, even more so than is typical. A nice one finger tan head doesnít have a lot of retention. Powdery lacing. The aroma is not big and offers roasted notes, must, and some hops. Flavor is quite aggressive for the style with a big coffee and chocolate bang. Hop bitterness washes over the mouth in waves and also provides some zing in the mouth. This porter is world class.

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