Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Beerman6686 (5322) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle Pours a good deep brown with a decent reddish tan head. The head has average lastability and laces well. Has a good aroma of dryness, chocolate and lightly roasted coffee. Hasa good carbination. Blended well. Has a nice burly roastd flavor. A good sour sweetness which really makes for an awesome beer. Has a medium body and isn’t as thick a texture as it looks. Has a eal good finish with a nice aftertaste. This is a good one.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Gorgeous pour. Ultra dark brown with a head that was somewhere between tan and brown. The head was slow to recede and left great lacing. The aroma was lots of roasty coffee, dry chocolate and had a bit of piney, earthy hops to it. The flavor was tons of roasted, chocolaty malts and coffee with definite hops on the backside. The mouthfeel was medium in body, quite drinkable. A great big bold example of the style that doesn’t overwhelm with an ABV that’s so high it becomes a task to drink.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Pours pitch black in color with thin brwon head. Aroma dark chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. Taste of roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee with bitter finish.
41cubs (249) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2009 Oooohhhhh Yeeeaaahhh. A beer that presents molasses and sour cherry on the nose, a deep roasted malt and coffee in the flavor, and a mouthfeel that develops and evolves along with the temp range. When it’s cold you think it taste and feels like a stout, but as is warms it lightens up and the carbonation comes alive making it a hefty, robust morning roast type porter. At this point I wouldn’t say that Founders makes everything great, but anything that they make is certainly on the must try list due to the level of quality that they represent ( no kidding right ). Thank You Founders. 2009 12oz.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Pours an attractive deep black with a small, quickly fading mocha head. Incredible rich roasted coffee and mocha nose. Beautifully bold and flavorful - I’d call this a Robust Porter. Perfect balance of dark roasted malts, underliying caramel sweetness, rich dark cocoa, mocha and earthy hop character. Pleasant slightly burnt tinge but not at all astringent. Flavor lingers in the mouth like it does after eating really good dark cacao.Has a perfect medium-drinking porter body BUT with a silky non-waterly texture. I hope this beer will continue to be available in my region for a long time. It will join Bells Kalamazoo Stout in my regular rotation of stout/porters.
zizzybalubba (1608) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet. Pours black, darker than some porters, with a thin tan head. Rich aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, graham cracker and brown sugar. Full flavored porter with tastes of chocolate and coffee with a hint of hops to finish. Leaves a lingering bitter taste on the palate (reminded me of cocoa powder, but it was good). A fine porter, near the top of its class.
MrMugs (30) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from Corral liquors, Granite City IL.
Pours black with no head. Very rich, somewhat sweet chocolate aroma.
Tastes as good as it smells. A creamy,chocolate flavor with a slightly bitter finish.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just a spectacular porter, never had one more smooth and delicious and creamy than this. Will definitely have to start drinking this much more often.