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RATINGS: 1792   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NDbeerdrinker (166) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2009
Pours almost black with a very thin tan head. Aroma is coffee up front followed by chocolate, and plenty of great roasted malts. Taste is coffee, milk chocolate, nuttiness, with a hop presence.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2009
On tap at the brewpub. Opaque black with small burnt tan head. Nice dirty chocolate, cold coffee, dry bakers chocolate, nice. Big cold coffee flavor with dry roast, a little milk chocolate, a little smoke, tasty. Medium to full, creamy body. Nice and dry with excelent coffee/roast characteristics.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4195) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2009
The smell is nutty, milk chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts, The look is black in color, dark, and has a good tan colored head. The taste is roasty, chocolate, nutty, coffee, and malts.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1392) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Bottle. Bottled: 03/31/09. Jet-black pour with a very thin chestnut head. Rich, chocolate cake-like aroma with tons of cocoa, roasty coffee, toasty malts, vanilla, some caramel, and brown sugar. Medium to full-bodied and fairly smooth. Lots of caramel and semi-sweet chocolate start things off taste-wise. Cocoa and toasty malts follow. Finishes with a roasty black coffee bitterness and burnt sugary malty flavors. Very solid porter.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 7, 2009
bottle. Entirely opaque black pour even when held to light. Half inch of creamy coffee colored head that clears, but leaves a nice ring and layer. Big, thick roasty aroma with some notes of coffee and acrid smoke. Sexy? Flavor is indeed dripping with hot lovin. Big, heavy, chewy roasted malts. Light floral bitterness with some similar hop character behind it. Some faint toasty sweetness in the background. Brew becomes even smoother as it warms- very nice evolution in a single pour. Notes of cocoa and bittersweet bakers chocolate, espresso, and some boozy liquor. Incredibly deep, flavorful, and inviting. Palate is full, thick, and creamy, thought with little if any slickness or oilyness. Mildly bitter finish. Overall, a damn superb porter and a damn superb all around beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12809) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2009
Near black body. Thin head. Preliminary (cold) aroma is hoppy and roasty. More coffee notes emerge as it warms. The body is creamy, with a little bit of fudgeyness. Long, dry finish. A very hoppy brew. Overall, an intense black beer that eschews the traditional concept of a porter by a wide margin. Taken for what it is, I think Iíd prefer a little sweetness to round out the harsher edges of the hops.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Bottle thanks to Daknole! Thick viscous black with small brown tight head. Rich mocha aroma is fudgy with some delicious chicory smoke in there too. Great silken mouthfeel is smooth. Fudge beer. Total dark chocolate mocha fudge in a glass. Lingering chocolate aftertaste, lovely balance of sweet and roasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
noompa (130) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2009
12 oz. bottle (2009) in a shaker. Pours a rich, opaque black w/ an incredibly beautiful pillowy mottled chocolate head that rapidly diminishes into some sparking bubbles/surf. Aroma is dominated by coffee w/ undertones of milk chocolate and light brandy; flavor ir again heavy w/ coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and the teeniest hint of vanilla; thin-medium bodied, finishing very much like black coffee (coffee/chicory bitterness) and a little dry. Probably the best porter I have had thus far- yummy.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (4745) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 6, 2009
12oz shorty bottle. Wowsers. I had high expectations, and they have certainly been met. Opaque black with thick tan head. Awesome choco-coffee aroma, oh so sweet and pleasant. Roasty and full bodied, there is also quite a formidable bitterness to this Porter. This is certainly one of the best Porters Iíve ever had. Rich and tasty. Top notch.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 5, 2009
Bottle from Dave. Eaaaaaaaaaaspointttttt. Faint nose of ashy burnt malts, big coffee, dark chocolate. Flavor plays between chocolate malts and some caramel sweetness. Flows well, deeply integrated. Nice bitter transition in the finish. This porter makes sense. Not mind blowing in any sense, but still a top notch example of the style. Highly enjoyable. Thanks dude.


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