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RATINGS: 1915   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2011
Bottle. Oily black pour with a tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, hazlenut, roasted malt, earthy hops, toffee and coffee. Flavors of rich dark chocolate, booze soaked dark fruits, coffee, caramel, bitter/earthy undertones. Thick body, rich/roasty/bittersweet and satisfying throughout with a bitter/roast finish. Overall, there are two porters that tie for my favorite and they are both from MI: this and Darkhorse Special Black Bier. They both kind of go beyond of what I usually get from this style. This is one amazing brew, there’s lots of beers double in strength that fail to capture its focus and flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beertholomeus (1309) - California, USA - OCT 13, 2015
Pours black with a tan head. Chocolate, caramel, coffee and roasted malt aroma. Cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, earthy hop and roasted malt flavors. Medium body and carbonation. Chocolate and roasted malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CopterScott (211) - Kansas, USA - OCT 12, 2015
black with a thin tan head. aroma is roast and coffee. flavor is coffee, cocoa, roast, and caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vipinvelp (3055) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2015
Black pour, tanned big lacing, lacing foam. Strong bitter doffee aroma, smooth drinking. Bitter coffee, vanilla, chocolate, its all there. Velver mouth feeling. Great beer. (Chicago 201510)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zymurgeist2 (1361) - Redwood City, California, USA - OCT 10, 2015
Bottle to glass. Nose is heavy chocolate, caramel, molasses and sweet candy. Beautiful jet black with full brown head that lingers. Taste is layers of chocolate and complex malts, with slight caramel. Sweetness persists, and no roast. Moderate bittering. Mouthfeel is fantastic and coasts the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bamsen78 (4530) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2015
Draught @ Capital Alehouse Downtown, Richmond, VA. Pours cloudy very dark brown with small light tan head. Clear aroma of roast, with notes of malt and coffee and touches of yeast. Bitter, roasty flavour with notes of coffee and touches of malt, yeast and hops. Bitter, roasty and hopy finish with estery hints. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fatehunter (1766) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - OCT 4, 2015
Pours a finger of tan head on a black body. The aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and burnt wood. The taste is milk chocolate sweet, coffee bitter, dark chocolate, milk. The texture is smooth. It’s an outstanding beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leghorn99 (145) - Livorno, ITALY - OCT 1, 2015
Color ebano scurissimo, che non lascia praticamente filtrare nessuna luce; schiuma di buone dimensioni, trama fine e molto cremosa, di colore nocciola. Il naso è pulitissimo ed elegante: orzo tostato e caffè macinato colpiscono subito l’olfatto, mentre in sottofondo ci sono sentori più sottili di vaniglia, brownie, mirtillo, tortino di frutta al cioccolato ed una leggera nota affumicata. Corpo medio, poche bollicine, morbidissima e vellutata. Grande intensità di caffè e tostature, gusto amaro nonostante i 45 IBUs dichiarati, che viene però ammorbidito da una perfetta acidità. Il cerchio si chiude con un ritorno al punto di partenza, l’aroma: il retrogusto ripropone infatti mirtillo, cioccolato amaro, oltre ovviamene all’amaro di caffè e di torrefatto. Birra pulitissima, dall’incredibile intensità per un ABV tutto sommato modesto (6.5%) che soddisfa ed appaga il palato pur riuscendo a scorrere con enorme facilità. Perfettamente descritta in etichetta come "dark, rich and sexy".

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ty4Cy (9) - Iowa, USA - SEP 19, 2015 does not count
All aboard the taste train for this masterpiece! The jet black pour gives an indication of where this party is headed; straight to flavor town. Chocolate and roasted malts come through perfectly in this well-balanced nirvana in a glass. Easily the best year-round offering from anybody, and the best beer for the buck you will ever find. When the weather cools down, this beer is a must!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dazz3 (1695) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2015
Botted. Pours pitch black with a small light brown head. Smells and tastes coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and a bit salty with a mild bitter chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jookos (3727) - FINLAND - SEP 19, 2015
Bottle. Black. Chocolate, bit dry powdery, malty, some milkyness. Med full bodied, smooth soft nice texture. Malty chocolate. Really nice, easily drunk. Could do a bunch of these.

-- bb

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