bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours a pure opaque black with a perfect chocolate-milk dense head that dissipates quickly but laces beautifully.
Smells of dark chocolate, tiny twist of coffee, and toffee. Great flavor of roasted almonds, toffee chips with some hoppy bite up front, bitter coffee near the end. Chocolaty malts throughout and a bit of an astringent alcohol twinge at the very back.
Very good, deserving of a spot next to Olfab, but Iíd need to re-rate side-by-side to see if it can truly hang.
ewestern (257) - Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, nearly black beer with a dark brown heads. Leaves nice lacing. Coffee aroma and flavor. Biting coffee finish. Some alcohol in the flavor. Medium bodied, very nice beer, not very complex, but very enjoyable.
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 7, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle split by nbutler11. A great favor. Nose is full toffee with a mild whiff of Danish dirt. Flavor is more of that with creamy chocolate butter and roast. Among the greats of Porter.
tekhna (118) - California, USA - SEP 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The platonic ideal of beer.
(Filling in characters so it lets me most this rating. Seriously, perfect. Even if my girlfriend doesnít like it.)
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Pinhook. Pours a black hue with quickly dissipating head and no lacing. Nose is roasty sweet malt goodness with big dark chocolate presence. Flavor hits the palate with a choco-hammer followed by a touch of roast and lightly bitter hops for balance, followed by a milky sweet malt finish. Full-bodied with velvety texture, a great specimen of rich Porter flavor and balance, another megahit from Founders!
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2009 Room Temp: Black pour. Big tightly,beaded head with a lovely creamy foam atop. Clingy lace. Great aroma of a mixture of roast and hops with underlying cocoa and vanilla. Light,oily texture. Very creamy. Upfront a good mixture of chocolate malt and hops. Tasteful roastiness,and more slick malts follow. Finsih is sweet,with roasty notes,then lingering hop,chocolate,mocha,notes. Little under mid glass this has lost a little body. Overall though,a great mixture of hop,chocolate,and mocha flavors. Spotty lace all over the empty glass. Tasty stuff.
tmohr (39) - Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2010 12 oz bottle pours blackish-brown with a small but persistent beige head. Aroma is bitter chocolate. Taste is bitter chocolate, coffee, a bit of hoppiness, but really well-balanced and tasty. Excellent.
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours deep black with nice beige head, heavy lacing. Aroma is mostly bitter chocolate, almost creamy. Chocolate, coffee, and a slight almond flavor, some hoppy bitterness hiding underneath. Very thick and sticky, this one is heavy but smooth. Outstanding.
Cavie (4310) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of drowland. Pure black pour. Light brown head that sticks around for a bit. Aroma is soft chocolate. The same scent that would waft in from grandmaís kitchen on the weekends. Coffee notes are very apparent as well. Dry roast flavor is tasted first with a dark chocolate bitter on the finish. Has almost a nutty quality to it as well. Nice porter, not overthetop flavors that are in the extreme styles, but it is a pretty nice mix.
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I havenít yet had a founders brew that I havenít liked, and their maltier lineup is the stuff of legends. First time trying this one, looks good with a thin but lasting brown head over a very dark brown liquid. Scent is roasted coffee, chocolate, very similar to the Imperial stout, not quite as coffee centric as the breakfast stout, and molasses. Quite phenomenal nose. Flavor unfortunately isnít the slam dunk that the nose is, as we have a good solid porter, but it misses the perfect nuanced taste of itís bigger brothers. There is certainly more hop presence than in the stouts, but not nearly as much as a Yeti or Rasputin. I like that the body is slightly thicker than when I usually think of porter but this is much thinner than the stouts.