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RATINGS: 1902   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6373) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2009
12 oz bottle courtesy of the Binnys Singles Rack (Orland Park, IL). Pours a dark blackish brown, mostly opaque, with decent dark brown head that bubbles and dissipates to a smaller layer and laces. Aromas are chocolate and caramel right off the bat, with lighter coffee and roast notes with some darker fruits nestled in. Faint bitterness. Initial is medium bodied, not packing on a face slap in the taste department. Smooth chocolate and caramel, light creaminess, decent roast that isn’t overpowering with faint peanut (for some reason), light dark fruit, and decent bitterness and floral on the end and finish. Overall, this drinks smooth and well without any harsh notes. It lacks defining characters, but what it does offer is a well rounded Porter that would be welcome anywhere. I prefer the Fullers Londer personally, but they are both significantly different. Cheers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2009
Black, thin tan creamy head. Charred chocolate and caramel cream aromas warm to a deep roasty coffee berry-like tone. Dark chocolate and black currant notes balance on a light bitter coffee swirl. A touch of hops late rounds this out to near perfection. Medium bodied and smooth, soft carbonation, bittersweet, roasty finish. A fantastic session porter (bordering stout) that will certainly become part of the dark beer rotation. So good to have you in DC now…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (2208) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 5, 2009
Pours very dark brown with a 3 finger tan head that has great retention. Aroma is chocolate, roast, lots more chocolate, dark caramel, toffee, toasted nuts, vanilla bean, toasted wheat bread and a little espresso. Flavor is lots and lots of roast, chocolate, french roast coffee, hints of bitter hops, wheat toast, sweet grains and hints of toasted wood. Finish is coffee, chocolate, bitter hops and burnt sugar. Body is creamy and slick with an oily/slightly sticky finish. Damn good porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2009
12oz - Aroma strong dark roasted malts and lots of dark chocolate. Pours black with a medium brown head and good lacing. Flavor matches. Palate is creamy and sticky. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Block (1756) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2009
Black pour with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel and roasted malts. Medium-heavy body. Sweet, nice chocolate flavor with some roastedness. Slight alcohol at the finish. A stronger porter and very easy to drink.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2009
Pros: Above average malt structure with some complexity. Nice looking beer especially for being a dead beer.

Cons: Nose isn’t offensive, but is really dull and void of character. Seems really dead. Lacks purity and richness. Thin mouth feel. Finish is short. Not alive.

I was expecting a better ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2473) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Pours a four finger brown head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Totally black color. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Burnt chocolate nose. Flavor is almost sweet chocolate with a baker’s chocolate finish. $3.60 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Bottle. pour was dark with a nice creamy head. Aroma was strong with chocolate, toasted malt, and a light sweet character. Flavor was chocolate, nutty, and had a light coffee character. Real well balanced brew that would be fun to try again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2009
12 oz bottle. No wonder why Founders makes so many porters. The original is so damn solid. Pours a nice deek dark black with a mocha head and nice lace. Aroma is roasty with light coffee, tons of various chocolates, dark and toasted malts without getting too burnt out, and a nice floral hoppiness. Flavor is chocolate malts, dark chocolate, tootsie roll, big nuttiness, some roast, toffee, caramel and moderate hop usage. Really smooth finish without being too dry or too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (5381) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2009
This poured a very very dark brown color with a light tan head. Aroma was lots of deeplyy rasted malts mainly. Flavor was very roasted like the aroma some coffee bitterness, but no sweetnesas at all. This one is great but a bit one dimensional compared to edmund fitzgerald which is more balanced by hops and some sweetness.

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