Kurtos (102) - Sydney, - FEB 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a Black Tarry Colour.
Aroma. Smells of roasted malts, bitter chocolate and coffee.
Taste. Extremely rich and decadent, taste is similar to aroma, with a bitter espresso flavour especially pronounced throughout, with slight notes of toffee and some vanilla in the background.
Overall. A very decent beer certainly not for the faint hearted, very smooth and powerful throughout.
Kita (1168) - Koper, SLOVENIA - NOV 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 0.355l. Cloudy almost black color with medium creamy brown head and fair lacing. Aroma of chocolate, strong roasted malt, coffee and dark fruits. Taste starts with smooth caramel with decent fruity touch, follows by sweet and rich chocolate and coffee, mouthfeel is warming, while finish is medium bitter. Full body, creamy texture and soft carbonation in palate. Very nice porter, but still expected a bit more...
mikkos (212) - FINLAND - NOV 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Seems like a pitch black beer with a small to none head. Aroma is dark malts, coffee, fresh hops, sweet malts, ripe fruits. Taste is fresh hops, dark malts, fruits, caramel. Finishes medium bitter. Nice porter, balanced and good.
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UrbanCaveman (63) - Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2014
1.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at room temperature.
A: Pours out of the bottle an inky brown, that becomes black in the glass - so much so that it absorbs all nearby light. Forms a thin brown head, which quickly fades to a ring. No lacing to speak of.
S: Roasted malt meets light coffee and semi-sweet chocolate, all wreathed together in a nice balance.
T: And it all falls apart. I did not expect to get such a piney hop bite from the nose, yet that is virtually all I can taste in this beer. Itís difficult to notice any other aspect of the flavor profile - so much so that I cannot. This is effectively a black IPA for those who enjoy pine.
M: Watery, thin, and with a sharpness that may just be the excessive hopping.
O: Edmund Fitzgerald this is emphatically not. I shall not repeat.
GarrettB (1080) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
April 20th, 2013 - This is a momentous occasion. It marks the first Founders beer Iíve ever tasted, after a long wait and enduring lots of talk about its extraordinary chemistry. And itís the porter, no less. Iíve been introduced to breweries with their IPA line extended out forward, and while it tells me that theyíre excellent pale ale brewers, itís not the style or the shade of beer that I hope to see at the vanguard of a breweryís offerings. So, here I meet Founders at the right level, with a darker, moodier beer in hand. The pour, gently executed, kicks up a heavy lumber colored foam, which neatly splits the glass into the heady top and an inky black bottom. From the smell I detect deep chocolate and dark roasted coffee, spiced with soy sauce and heavy, heavy cream, giving it a high-end richness and luxurious edge. The carbonation is nice, introducing beer to tongue with a smooth transition from bubbly to oily, and delivering a charcoal and hickory smokiness, and ending with a clear roasted malt note that rings deep and true. The alcohol is perfectly measured to match, leaving a subtle charred barrel aftertaste alongside the malt roast. The balance here is impeccable, and while itís not one of the "bucking broncos" of the style - violent, kicking, frenzied and fried - itís quiet subtlety demands my respect.
ABS (533) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Vinmonopoletís BU. Dark brown with a tiny, light brown head. Coffee, wood, alcohol, chestnut, some hop and some bread flavour. Surprisingly bitter, with some sweet presence. A bit warming. Thin to medium body. Quite low carbonation. Smooth body. A good porter.
Marduk (2886) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Pitch black color. Small size, brown head, stays. Deep roast, sweet, woody, slightly ashy in aroma. Roast, woody, sweetish dark chocolate in taste. Creamy smoothness in mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. Mild bitterness. Very well balanced and easy to drink.
kaups (29) - ESTONIA - NOV 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @De Tolly joogipood, Tartu, Estonia.
Pours with small dark brown head. Aroma of cherry, chocolate, dark fruit, roasty. Taste of coffee, milk chocolate, slight alcohol, slight bitterness, slight sweetness.
Overall very interesting taste palate, very good porter.
tds101 (4) - Queens Village, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A very straight forward porter. Roasted malt smell, sweet. Slight taste of toasted malt, coffee, bit of bitter chocolate. Very good beer. When Iím in the mood for a nice tasting American style porter this is it.
Poobah (287) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - NOV 16, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown-black with a medium, creme brulee colored head with a milk chocolate, cola nose. Easy with a moderately-carbonated mouthfeel followed by a coffee and chicory, dark chocolate, roasty dry finish.
AndyReynolds (906) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Canít believe I havenít rated this. Superspak says, " 12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 5/8/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, roasted malt, coffee, toast, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt notes with light hop presence; and good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, toast, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Moderate coffee/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, caramel, light pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of roasted malt flavors with a light-moderate hop presence; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent porter! Great balance and robustness of flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering as expected." So thereís that.