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RATINGS: 1721   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2004
Dark, rich, coffee bean color, near opacity,, with a creamy tan head nestled above, a nice 1/4" that assuredly slims, but not too swiftly. Aroma: bittersweet espresso from sniff #1...roasty, toasty, deep, and inviting. Lush mouthfeel, big chocolatey malt character hits first in the flavor, nice and thick, then it rounds out and quits the mouth on a happy note. And urges further sips and swallows. Fills the mouth happily with the cocoa/coffee quality all good porters must have, but never too bitter, very, very smooth, and not at the sacrifice of flavor and body. I really like this one. Actually, I really, really like this one, this is truly my kind of porter, and I know them when I find them. Ful bodied, long, flavorful finish, lush texture...this is one porter Iíd be happy to call me own, and would have caseloads on hand at at time, were I the Michigan type...cheers to you who are, for having this fine brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2004
Very dark, opaque with a brown head on the edge. Roasty chocolate coffee nose, bitter chocolate flavor, very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 21, 2004
Very dark beer with a small creamy light brown lasting head. Nice chocolatey caramel aroma. Taste is a dry coffee/chocolate concoction. Sort of an earthy / burnt grass thing. Some sweet smokiness in the finish. A little oily. Me likey.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Thick and oily black, waffer thin cocoa brown foam that sits thickly but quite thin even after a strong pour. Lacing sticks in strings. Aroma is nice and darkly roasted with black malts, coffeeish notes, tangy molasses, dark caramel, and bittersweet chocolate. Great taster, rich, dark, deep, and inviting flavors of heavily roasted barley and malts, nice chocolate tones meld within keeping an ever present bitterness of roasty/burnt qualities. Touches of coffee/espresso roast intermingle with all the other roasty things in the finish where the bittering ensues and drys out with a nice play of everything chocolate and roasty. Some burnt tinges and charred wood notes make their way in as well. Wow! Fantastic porter character in its flavors. Oh my is it yummy! Feel is well rounded and creamy full with a fantastic finish of drying roasty/burntish chocolate bittering. Iím reminded of burnt chocolate cake or cookies at every sip. Fantastically good stuff. This could be one to top Descutes Black Butte and Summit Great Northern in my book, something I never thought could be possible, but this stuff is wonderful! Yum times two.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3253) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUL 12, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2011 rerate-tap at brewpub-black with a small tinge around the rim of the glass. big choclate and resinous hops on the nose. quite hoppy for a porter. char and baking chocolate qualities on the flavors. finish is a little metallic from all the hops, but thats to be expected. Know i know why this is highly rated. Nice long roast on the finish as well. 12 oz bottle-pours pitch black, probably the darkest porter i have ever seen. nice tan had that didnít last long. Coffee, burnt, roasted aroma, but i get some notes of cardboard-this maybe an old bottle. The flavors show the cardboard effect even more meaning this bottle was infected or just old. I would love to get a fresh bottle of this stuff. It had great potential when fresh. Rerate I,have had,this,beer on tap many times and this is by,far probably one of,the,top 3 porters I have had to date lovely all aroumd

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1517) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2004 Black with a big brown head. Aroma of malt, chocolate and coffee. Flavor of coffee and some smoke. Finish of strong bitter coffee. Really thick and malty just the way I like this style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2004
On Tap: Served to cold, but easily remedied with time. Dark black color, with ruby hues. Thin creamy carmel colored head. Sweet coffee notes. A little bit of carbonation. Pretty good porter, sweeter, like I like them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Bottle pours pitch black, small tannish head, fairly sticky lacing. † Aroma is of unsweetened chocolate and burnt malts. † Forwardly chocolatey (unsweetened and dry), with a good malt profile. † Slight coffee flavor on the finish. † Quite enjoyable. † Thanks goes out to MarkR for the trade!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2004
Nice dark brown color,small brown head that faded slowly leaving a nice lace behind.The aroma was malty and chocolatey with a decent hop presence.The flavor was chocolate and mild coffee with a good amount of hops and nice roasty flavor.Very nice brew and it makes me wish i had more for later.Thanks to Jsquire for sending this brew my way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8239) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2004
Thanks to alcfron for the trade. Pours beautifully, flat opaque black with a thick chocolate milk-colored head that dissipated but not too quickly. Nice thick lacing too. The aroma is strong coffee and roasted malt. Medium-bodied, and unfortunately the flavor is not as robust as the look and smell. Bitter coffee and burnt malt flavors dominate, but the balance is a little too much on the bitter side. The finish is fairly bitter with coffee and some chocolate. Overall a pretty good Porter, it just needs better balance.

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