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RATINGS: 1881   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 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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - FEB 23, 2009
12oz bottle from drewbeerme, thanks Andrew. Super dark pour with a chocolatey head. Aroma is chocolate as well, slightly bitter, very nice. Slight coffee, more chocolate and a little bitter, not bad, but not my thing either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Courtesy juiceisloose. A deep, dark, chocolate mahogany body is crowned by a lasting, foamy, mocha colored head. Big spots of lace mark the glass. The nose is big, rich, and roasty, with notes of bittersweet dark chocolate, espresso, lactic cream and bitter earthy hops all working wonderfully together. As great as the aroma is, this stuff tastes even better. Dark cacao nibs and rich chocolate fudge blend superbly with silky smooth oatmeal nd heavy cream. There are some mocha-chocolate milkshake tendencies here that are just decadent. Medium-full, rich, smooth and creamy, I can’t think of another 6.5% beer that feels this good on the palate. Awesome stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1212) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2009
(bottle) Been wanting to try this one for awhile. Pours jet black with a thin dark tan head that leaves plenty of web-like lacing on the snifter. Aroma is strong with roasted malt, tons of chocolate, and berry skin. Once in awhile, upon an initial sniff, I catch a whiff of burnt popcorn that detracts a bit from the other pleasant smells. There is also a subtle touch of smoke here with roasted peanuts and salt. The taste is nicely roasted malt with a very long-lasting finish of chocolate coupled with espresso. That burnt popcorn again shows itself in the flavor, which is a shame. Other than that, the taste is simple, but it’s really well executed. A really smooth, silky mouthfeel. This is a great porter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (4630) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Draft at Moan and Dove. Once again Founders knocks it out of the park. Dark roasty and chocolatey. Thick full creamy body and a nice lingering aftertaste. Simply awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (972) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Bottle sent as a trade extra via pantanap. Thanks Kan! Pitch black color that yields a temporary mocha brown head that dissipates to a still surface. Low carbonation. Looks more like an Imperial Stout; I like that! Big roasted malt and dark chocolate nose with some medium-strength coffee. Flavor is quite roasty, with more smooth chocolate and coffee flavors. Some sweet dark fruit mixed in there too. Finishes with a touch of sourness with a dry palate. Very tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nearbeer (4121) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 18, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2009 12 oz. Pitch black with a small head that quickly disappears. Aromas of espresso and dark chocolate, maybe some cream. Flavor is a nice blend of milk chocolate, espresso, charred wood and ash. Medium body is drinkably watery and roasty dry, but a little too fizzy with carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hombrepalo (1929) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2009
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. This porter pours a beautiful black with a nice 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. Founders is kicking ass!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - FEB 17, 2009
Very dark pour with a half inch rosie brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma consists of several elements both sweet and bitter. Some chocolate nuttiness along with some hops and burnt malt. Very silky body. The hops come out in the finish but don’t leave any bitterness after they’re first noticed. Rich chocolate notes through out but they’re not overwhelming. Nice aroma and great body but the flavor does not seem to be all that it could be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aracauna (3236) - Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2009
This is a very dark porter. There’s a definite American hop note but it’s kind of buried in the licorice coffee, chocolate and toast of the malt. A bit on the thick side. I’m really surprised that they called this a porter. This is very stout like and robust at that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2009
Bottle 35,5 cl. Courtesy of TheCheeseMan. Pours black and opaque with a nice, light brown head. Distinct coffee aroma. Medium body with hard roasted malts and vanilla and again these very strong coffee notes. Dry and lightly malt bitter finish. 010209

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