HonkeyBra (3318) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at the brewpub, rating from notes. Pours a rich dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, other holiday spiced, and chocolate. Some mild roast, mild chocolate notes. Flavor is spice, nutmeg and cinnamon with a chocolate base. That’s about it. That’s the problem with these heavily spiced beers. The spice dominates. Medium bodied, chalky texture, finishes with lots of nutmeg.
mwbrady12 (469) - Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Complex aroma and thin brown pour with a crazy mix of flavors and warm lingering mouthfeel.
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badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
spiced porter. big nutmeg and spice element..seems like added vanilla as well. it seems like founders can pretty much do anything to a porter, and make it interesting and tasty. this is a bit too spice-driven for myself, but am thankful that it still comes across as a mostly roasted, chocolate and nut driven porter too. interesting, and much better than previous yrs spiced porters..
Earlier Rating: 12/25/2004 Total Score: 3.3
on the nitro at founders....great dark appearance as typical with these beers...a nice and creamy palate; aroma is abundant of spices, cinnamon, chocolate; flavor is similar ( i agree with silphium that is was much too heavy on the anise)
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ginger nose, sweet roasty ginger bread flavor, spicey and sweet but I think I prefer their standard porter to this christmas cookie version, interesting though
aarossell (151) - Grandville, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2007 New brew from Founder’s on tap. Like their Porter, which is delicious, only this is made with some mysterious and tasty spices. Perhaps cinnamon, clove...and others that I don’t know about. A little too bitter at the finish, but nicely refreshing. Very good beer!
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Founders Black Party Black with a tan head. Atomas of xmas spices and fruit present. Nice creamy porter with a hint of spices to finish it off very drinkable ...
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Nitro tap at Founders. Black with tan/light brown head with spices in the head. Flavor of chocolate and spice is quite nice. Cinamon and nutmeg. Tons of flavor. A good twist on the fine porter.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 11, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
light black with a small bubbly beige head. heavy spice, ginger and tons of anis. to Jagermiesterish for me
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JAN 4, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
black with little to no head, tastes like jagermeister with a splash of ginger
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Founders. Deep brown pour, medium/thick creamy nitrogen (no!) head leaving nice lacing. Cinnamon toast crunch aroma. Heavy anise (another no!) flavor with notes of cinnamon. Much of the underlying chocolatey malt character is dominated by the over-the-top anise. More or less the brewery’s version of Anchor Our Special Ale.