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RATINGS: 1701   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   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 Founders’ robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect. Cozy like velvet. It’s a lover, not a fighter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2356) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2008
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 !!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dalekliz (874) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2008
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!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2008
Poured like molasses from the tap with a trim head of tan foam. Mildly bitter with hops, coffee, and cocoa. Very direct and successful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2008
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?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JUL 2, 2008
On tap at Founders and served in an English pint glass. This beer poured a deep, dark black with a thin head of tan foam that quickly settled into a lasting cap. Decent lacing. The aroma of the beer was made up of heavily roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and also some pine and citrus. The flavor included bittersweet chocolate, lightly bitter coffee, and a nice citrus hop finish. Tasty! The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with minimal carbonation and highly drinkable. A really nice porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Thanks to Ryan for this one. Dark black body, creamy brown head. Aromas of licorice, chocolate, lightly roasted coffee. Flavor is bitter bakers chocolate, dry and roasted. Body is light but not thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (2975) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2008

This was the second best beer of the night - the first being the post dessert Kentucky Breakfast Stout. Apparently the plan is to re-release this at some point in the next twelve months. I can’t wait. If it is anything like the glass that I got to try it should be a very rich and complex porter. I can see why it is one of the best on the site. I was told however by Founders that it was 6.8% ABV.

Aroma / Appearance - An ashen head lingered above a fluid oily black body. Sticky lacing trickled down the sides smoothly. Smoke, black coffee, vanilla cream and a general sweetness mingled in a way that was somehow still light and airy. Everything I expected in a porter was present.

Flavor / Palate - Hazelnut and blueberries tickled the tongue. Afterwards I picked up chocolate, coffee with a trace of milk and caramel. A smoky finish wrapped up an excellent time. Easy drinking at 5% I could see having two or three over the course of a night.

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