DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained 15-Jul-05 in trade with Pailhead, thanks Kevin!) The label says "Dark, Rich & Sexy". Well, itís definitely dark, pouring pitch black in color, even along the edges. Itís also very rich in flavor and body, boasting equally massive doses of dark, bitter roasted malts and lightly sweet chocolate for a full-bodied and very satisfying mouthfeel. But sexy? Well, it offers good, long-lasting head out of the bottle, does that count as sexy? Tall, creamy, light brown in color, it leaves spotty and patchy lacing around the glass. The nose presents fairly intense aromas of dark roast and sweet chocolate, but though quite nice, it doesnít blow me away. Itís the flavor that does that. The chocolate is like eating a quality bar of dark chocolate, lightly sweet, long-lasting flavor. Dark roasted but not burned, bitter, lightly hoppy even, this is an exceptionally well-made and well-balanced porter that really pushes into Imperial Stout territory, but without the higher alcohol. Definitely a beer worth trading to get more just for special events and tastings.
DrnkMcDermott (2780) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2006 Draft growler from the pub. Now I know Iím a rating whore. I passed up a chance to load up on more Breakfast Stout to get a growler of something I havenít had yet. That and those bottle deposits. Well:
Deep brown to black color under a thick tan head. Big chocolate roasty smell. By the time I get to tasting this, itís gone a little thin, more like a nitro stout. Light Brit mouthfeel canít compensate for deep roasty black malts. Goes for quite a bit of bitterness, which makes me wonder why they didnít just make this a stout? Still very very enjoyable.
IndianaRed (2330) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 29, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle Pours a dense opaque dark born/black with a very large creamy light brown head. Thick sticky lacing almost like merangue. The aroma is fantastic ! Lightly smokey but full of milk chocolate, a little cinamon, vannilla and a touch of nutty esspresso. Dellicious.
Flavors are not the let down that some of these great smelling porters are for me. Less of the sweetness here and more of the expected dark roast, slightly bitter smokiness. Fairly thin porter like feel but smooth. Fairly dry finish
Thanks to Pailhead for this, my new favorite Porter.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Pailhead. a rich chocolatey & coffee aroma rise up to greet the nostrils. a superb looking porter with the customary dark black pour and quickly fading tan head that shrinks to a coating of lace. Unfortunately, for me, this one starts to fall a little short from here. the mouthfeel while almost silky, just never quite gets to medium-bodied and the lingering bitter coffee flavor is tough to overcome. out of the 6 Founders brews Iíve rated to date, this is the only one Iím not crazy about.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a black body with a large light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt and vanilla. Flavor of roasted malt, silky smooth chocolate, and coffee.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - AUG 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with beige head. Dark roasted grain aroma, with hints of coffee and cocoa. Flavor has a little too much coffee for my liking, but enough grainand malt to balance it out somewhat. Finishes very dry.
Odeed (1775) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to pailhead for the bonus brew. This porter pours a beautiful black with a huge 2 inch brown head. as the head sat it left nice webbing on the glass. I gathered subtle aromas of nuts, chocolate, malts, and acidity. The flavor was much of the same with the acid a bit more prevelant. This is very tasty stuff.i have not had a founders brew I have not liked yet.
Pailhead (4623) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Lots of dark chocolate in the aroma with some roasted coffee and slight vanilla. Pours a dark brown that barely has some lighter brown hilights. Flavor is roasted coffee with a cream and chocolate balance. Roasted coffee is strongest in the finish with just a touch of dark chocolate.
hopscotch (8867) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Pitch black ale with a sizeable, tan head. Chocolate, pistachio & vanilla nose. Chocolate, prune and molasses flavor while shying away from the typically associated sweetness. Full-bodied and silky with mild carbonation. Lengthy, coffee/chocolate finish. Another world class brew from Founders!
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours Dark with no head. Dark with roasted malts. Overall a good beer!