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RATINGS: 1720   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   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 Foundersí robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect. Cozy like velvet. Itís a lover, not a fighter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElDuderino (183) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Bottle. Pours a pure black body with small tan head. Dark, Rich and Sexy... I cant get over it. Too much. The nose was full of coffee and dark chocolate. The body felt smooth and full, but not too heavy. The alcohol is so subtle that this beer truly feels rich on the pallate. The flavor featured noted of chcolate, coffee, roasted malts and potentially some dark fruit, dates maybe. The finish has just enough hops to seal it up and give you that bitter dry sensation making you crave more of this, one more time, Dark, Rich and Sexy adult beverage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lowe1983 (1351) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Pours a black color with a brown head. Aroma is of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and molasses. Flavor is dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and molasses. Pretty decent bitter finish on the end. Amazing porter, probably one of my favorites.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Almost missed this on the shelf at Sams. Dang, this is tasty. Deep black color with light brown head. Chocolately roasty goodness. Some coffee and toasted nuts. A light hope presence, but not too much. A bit of lactose and a touch of smoke. Dried dark fruits. With food, some licorice notes come out. Light, velvety smooth mouthfeel. Gotta love the 6.5% ABV as well. I hope they still have more of this at the store...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2010 Love the label sans the UPC code. Pours a sloppy near black with a thin tan froth. Fantastic aroma, similar to some of Bellís finer work, great balance of dusty chocolate and deep roasted malts/coffee, and I can get a bit of the salty nuttiness people are describing. O wow is that good, so well balanced and flavorful, not as hoppy as Edmund Fitz but way tastier than Bellís Porter. First taste is strong dark and bitter, creamy bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee. Quick finish but with a long piney hoppy aftertaste with lasting notes of creamy milk chocolate. A very complete brew, delicious, decadent and rich. Medium bodied, not sticky, with lots of larger soda carbonation that makes it light and easy to drink. . . . . . . . . . [bottle from September? October? November 09? not really sure... might actually be from Jan 09. rated 5.27.10 ] Okay, this is freaking awesome! might have picked up some slight infection from somewhere? opened up with strong hissing sound and some fizzing, poured as a gusher.... who knows? Aroma of roast and plenty of berries! flavor follows, sweet berries and dark chocolate roast, oh so delicious, true roast barley aftertaste, so delicious, Iím so happy this ages with the best of them, granted this is probably a once in a lifetime infected bottle, but... wow is this good! Black Albert-like! ....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2009 Bottle. Aroma of lightly roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, gorgeous earth and nuts, perfection. Flavor really emphasizes the nice earth and nuts character while the coffee remains and the chocolate becomes more subtle but contributes nicely in the finish. Great aroma and flavor profile. Very drinkable on the palate, just left me a TOUCH wanting in terms of body by the end of the glass. In any case, great brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LilBeerDoctor (3504) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Bottle (I didn’t realize this was re-released by Founders and thought I had stumbled upon a rare bottle...exciting nonetheless!) Pours black with a very small dark tan head that fades rapidly. Aroma of luscious coffee, roasted malt, and roasted nuts. Flavor is pretty much the same with lots of coffee, some bitter chocolate, and rich malt. Amazing mouthfeel. Full, yet completely drinkable. Definitely the best porter I’ve had to date. This is a luscious beer. Wow. I knew that it would be good but I didn’t think it would be this good. 9/4/9/5/18 (4.5/5)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2009
This poured black in color with a moderate brown head of larger bubbles. The nose showed off cocoa, coffee, roasted malt and fresh herbs (rosemary). In the mouth it was medium-bodied but concentrated with nice richness balanced by fresh carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4500) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Pours a nice deep black with a medium creamy dark tan head that left tons of lacing. Aroma of mlik chocolate, caramel, toffee, nuts, dark fruits, cinnamon, light campfire smoke, vanilla and roasted malt. Wonderful porter aroma...one of the best! Flavor of roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate, coffee, caramel, nuts a touch of vanilla and light smokey notes. Moderate hop bitterness. Really great beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Finally a beer that lives up to its hype, and possibly the best porter i’ve had. Dark brown pour with chestnut colored head and spotty lace. Roasty aroma. Medium bodied with a creamy mouth-feel. Complex robust flavor; heavy roast (almost smokey), and coffee upfront. Finish is: hops, and chocolate milk (late)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Wow this is a great beer probably my second favorite porter next to the Olfabrikken. Its all here the smoothness ,chocolate,malt balance. This is a great beer and I highly recommend picking it up if you get the chance. I had this on draft at the pud in Grand Rapids and was not too impressed but picked up a 6 pack over New Years and was a totally different experience. Creamy and chocolate about reminds me of a good stout but not as over the top.I must admit this is right up at the top and just about half a notch below an Olfabrikken. HIGHLY RECOMMEND..

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