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RATINGS: 1765   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
viverlee (18) - - FEB 4, 2013

Too often in a fit of “oh shit the baby’s going to wake up, poop everywhere and need to be changed, fed and played with” I don’t let the beer mellow, to come down a few degrees. I started this review in haste before deciding to take my own advice. Glad I did.

STYLE: American Porter

ABV: 6.5%

LOOK: Unremarkable, the midpoint between oily and soda. An appalling lack of lacing. What head?

NOSE: We’re off to a rather good start. Over a foot away, I can smell the chocolate and red fruits as it pours. Better as it warms. Smoother too. We’ve gone from metallic to mid-range coffee.

MOUTH: It settles into coffee and lightly burnt malts. Not the extraordinary failure I thought it was at first. Medium body, dirty, barn doors, green pear. It has to be sessionable, but not because the ABV is relatively low. It simply lacks something robust, be it flavor or texture.

Beeradvocate Rating: 95

ratebeer Rating: 100

Hayward Abbey Rating: 82

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
artyom (538) - Osijek, CROATIA - DEC 26, 2014
0.355l bottle. Dark brown color with brown color. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, licorice, vanilla and roasted malt. Taste is sweet with distinctive roasted malt character. Full body and soft carbonation. Overall it’s great and tasty porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
guzzler67 (1529) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Totally dark with a small, olive brown head and decent lacing. Rich aroma brings together roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, caramel and dark fruit. Woodsy flavor with hints of caramel, coffee, tobacco and black licorice. Semi-sweet chocolate shines in the aftertaste. Full bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a long lasting finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Teran (34) - Belgrade, SERBIA - DEC 21, 2014
Dark dark. No transparency at all. Full and rich aroma. Grand Rapids masters composed this porter anthem. Divine!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
zapabeer (17) - BRAZIL - DEC 20, 2014
A little stronger than I’d expected. I don’t know why I’d felt this way. I think I’ll try it again sometime

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VictorStr (1443) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2014
Flaska @ Hamnmästaren. Rostade, chocklad toner i aromen, lite chocklad i smaken. Balanserad smak. Lätt drucken.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wihlan (341) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2014
Flaska på hamnmästaren - mörk ser kraftfull ut. Malt och brända toner i doften. Silkeslen i munnen brända toner i smaken och chokladpudding. Stor kropp. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbuskirk (486) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - DEC 20, 2014
The old-timey photo designs on Founders’ bottles have always frightened me, but the stately lady in black is a perfect match for this brew. This porter pours like ink and is nearly opaque when held up to light. Head is chocolate brown. Roasted malt, cocoa, and soy sauce in the aroma. Taste is roasted and bittersweet. There are subtle notes of umami and dark chocolate. An American style hop finish cuts through the richness and adds a little spice to the otherwise exceptionally smooth body. In short, this is an extremely classy porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mtu71 (116) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 19, 2014
Tap. Minimal/no head. Deep brownish black. Black cyrup and dark malts on aroma. bitter and malty, dark chocolate. Medium bodied, dryish and oily palate. Balanced. Very good though.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RickFifty (441) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2014
Deep brown to black color, light brown head. Roasted malt nose, coffee, dark chocolate, fruity notes, hint of soy sauce. Sweet fruity taste, roasted malt, licorice, coffee, dry finish. Medium body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4296) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle. Black beer with a strong light brown coloured head. The aroma is lightly roasted, and the flavour is well roasted and bitter with a degree of maltiness. Overall a nice porter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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