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RATINGS: 2166   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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. Its a lover, not a fighter.

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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (2882) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2012
bottle pored into a pint glass a: deep brown color, slight ruby edges. Off white 1/2" head with nice retention s: roasted malt, slight semi-sweet chocolate t: rich complex flavor of roasted malt, caramelized malt, and chocolate malt. slight bitterness to keep it all balanced. excellent m&d: slightly creamy mouth, does finish slightly dry.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rondphoto (4373) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - FEB 27, 2012
Pours an opaque very dark brown with a modest dark tan head and decent spiderweb lacing. Im not able to figure out the great accolades for this porter. The taste starts big with black coffee and bittersweet roasted malt. It never moves from that base. No turning over with bittering or with dried fruits, or with spices, or with.... The finish is disappointing - it leaves a lingering coating on the tongue and the roof of the mouth. Also very heavy for a 6.5%abv. It isnt bad,...there are just other porters that are much better (lets start with Olfabrikken from Denmark, or Koff from Finland, or even Samuel Smiths Taddy Porter from England).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Bottled 01.13.12. Pours dark red and brown, opaque in the glass, with a small brown head. Aromas of cocoa, milk chocolate, and caramel, with some coffee and cream, as well as mild berry. The flavor is espresso, mildly bitter at first, with bittersweet cocoa and mocha. The finish is coffee and cream, with lingering bitter espresso. Medium carbonation and body; rich, with a dry finish. Very nice. [988]

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foxbush (1979) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2013 When you take your first sip you realize you have hit the "jackpot". What a wonderful experience. The porter poured a deep black with a modest head that dissapated. The coffee and burnt malts assault your tastebuds. There is a hint of chocolate. The higher alcohol and IBUs make for a special experience. This is my fifth beer from Founders. I will look for more. The medium body and soft carbonation end very smoothly. Porters are Gods gift to beer drinkers.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmm635 (1004) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Poured black with a one-finger brown head. Roasty with nice bitter dark chocolate notes. Full body and easy drinking.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkzambia (1931) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Bottle: Dark brown with a tan head and sticky lacing toward the top. Sweet malty aroma of cocoa powder and Whoppers candy. The taste is a perfect balance of sweetness and biter charcoal. The best thing about this is thick rich and creamy like a chocolate milkshake. Extremely good all around porter. Quite tasty!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinsenn (2174) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
12 ounce bottle from Founders brewery. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is great; a little chocolate and a lot of roast. Taste is really chocolatey and smooth, with a lingering roasty bitterness. A surprising little taste of hops in the finish, too. A wonderful porter!

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Tak_en_Lou (7) - - FEB 25, 2012 does not count
Pours an opaque darkest brown almost black. Quickly gone half finger tan head, but think the pour wasnt exactly spot on. Very little lacing, spotty. Getting dark coffee in the nose and something reminding me of Belgian ales I have not liked in the past. The aroma pretty much ends there...maybe some earthiness but that may be something on my fingers. Im getting like a sort of nutty earth and rubbery cheap candybar in the taste, super thin in the mouth, little oily, sticks around too long with that peanut butter aftertaste thing going on. And on third/fourth sip Im getting like a heavy sharp dose of medicinal alcohol and is that a dark fruit creeping in? Not bad, not great, a porter, but not what Im looking for in a porter. Founders has yet to impress me, the Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale was much on the same level. Meh.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
60minuteman (1651) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Pours dark brown with small dark tan like head. Smells and tastes of chocolate malts...very smooth finish. Delightful

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2013 Updated 11/15/2013:
Rich, roasty, chocolatey malts lean against the dry yeast profile. Bitterness from coffee and the bittersweet chocolate on the back end. Fresh and delicious. One of the best widely-available porters on the shelves today.

Original rating:
Bottled 3/20/2011, so its almost a year old. Deep, dark brown pour with dark tan head and sticky lace. Dry roasted malts, strong notes of tobacco, and hops in the nose. Everything from the aroma plus chocolate malts hit my tastebuds. Dry finish. A clean, crisp porter that nails the style.


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