michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, slight coffee, and a hint of vanilla. Poured pitch black in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, brown head that lasted throughout. Opaque. Excellent lacing. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter flavor. Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, hops, slight oreo cookie, light vanilla, slight coffee, and a hint of sugar. Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Chocolate and roasted malt finish. A really nice Porter.
flatmatt (1125) - Northville, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, marked at 6.5% ABV. Pours nearly opaque brown with a tan head. Aroma is very rich dark chocolate and coffee, cream, a hint of anise. Flavor is rich roasted coffee with some dark chocolate, cream, and smoke. A very robustly flavored porter, great to drink.
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 24, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz Bottle. Aroma dusts my nose with the ash of Canadian hearth, brisk with black
spruce bark and granite. Pours in dark charred, heart of wood - a deep
black-brown, feathered with a tuft of chicory-tinted mousse. Flavor
develops a dynamic sensation of historic renditions. A really rich,
dense smoky char, nearly burnt, but holding a toasted caramel edge to a
blade of roast. Light sea mist spritzes salts into my sinuses and the
long dash of oak rustles up a memory of campfires and horse rides. The
body is delicate, dry and nimble, carrying flavors as though a fast
Nordic wind blowing down my back. Bright, flavorful and characteristic.
This is a fantastic porter, graced with dapples of hop sugars and gums
in the finish across a glow of November morning dawning on the Great
Lakes. Robust, bristling with flavor and delicious. Thanks Sean!
adrian910ss (2361) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a pitch black cola with a medium light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee beans, and chocolate. Taste of fine roasted malts, chocolate, coffee beans with a touch of smokiness to it. Excellent !!
dalekliz (875) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler, thanks to WeeHeavySD for sharing it! Pours a deep black with a thin light brown head that fades to a ring. Rich sharp burnt, toasted malt aroma, with a lot of chocolate and coffee, dark fruits, and bread. Huge taste, of burnt toasted malt, chocolate, cocoa powder, and bread. Lingering sharp chocolate toast. Huge and delicious.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
99th rating of this highly desired porter. I’ve been wanting to try this since I first came upon the high quality beer that Founders consistently makes. Growler via trade with Organized chaos on the beer spot. thank you good sir. Poured into my livery pint glass, black with a puffy brown head. Nose is damn good, tons and tons of rich roasty malts, a touch of chocolate and smoke and maybe a bit of coffee. Taste is sweet with chocolate and big roasty malts. This is a fantastic porter, as good as I expected it to be. Smooth mouthfeel, very drinkable. Great!!!
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
5.24.08 tap at Andy’s. A very suprising find. Delicious porter. I was quite impressed having never heard of (at least I don’t think) of this brewery or beer. Very nice.
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured like molasses from the tap with a trim head of tan foam. Mildly bitter with hops, coffee, and cocoa. Very direct and successful.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at Founders brewpub. pours black with off white head. nose is roasty, chocolately. flavor is roasty, milk chocolate, dry finish with a nice piney hop character. nice grassy and pine hop finish. really tasty porter, why don’t they still bottle this?
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: Typical but above average Porter. Good beer.
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Black body with a little beige ring of foam
In long: Lots of dark malts, light-medium roastiness level, A few figs dipped in a black chocolate. Those dudes at Founders really know how to pack a whole lot of malts in a beer. Nicely hopped too. Nothing new but this was a damn fine porter. Sometimes you don’t need to re-invent the wheel to get impressive results, you just need to put big shinny 15” mags on them.