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Smoked Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 11
Gots: 45 | FT: 10
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
A robust porter brewed with beechwood-smoked barley, oak-smoked wheat and chocolate malt.

(Beer added by: Alextricity on 02-02-2014)
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StoutHunter

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Founders Smoked Porter a couple weeks ago for $10.99 at The Lager Mill. I'm a big fan of Founders Porter and I also like smoked beers, I'm interested to see how this beer stacks up, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks good it, it's got a rustic look to it and that goes well with the name and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice black/ very dark brown color that didn't let any light come through and it had two fingers worth of mocha colored head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy rings of lacing behind. This is a very nice looking Porter, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by the smoke being the first to show up and imparts that nice beachwood smoked malt aroma that always reminds me a little of smoked meats and it's not too smokey. Up next comes the malts which impart a nice roasted malt, slightly charred, light coffee and chocolate like aromas with neither one seeming to stick out the most. This beer had a very nice aroma, it's just what I want out of a smoked Porter with just the right amount of smoke.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma, but it's just a little more balanced and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the smoke still being the first to show up and it imparts that same beachwood smoked malt aspect that imparts a medium smokey flavor that has that nice smoked meat aspect to it. Up next comes the malts which impart all the roasted malt aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time they show up just a little more and provide good balance to the smoke. On the finish there's a lower amount of bitterness with a roasted malt and smokey aftertaste. This is a very nice tasting beer, the balance between the roasted and smoked malts is very nice.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, slightly rich, a little silky, medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good, but I wish the carbonation was toned down just a little.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and thought it was a very nice example of a smoked porter and as far as smoked dark beers go this one might just be up there as one of the better ones I have had simply because the balance was so good and I thought the smoke complemented the roasted malts nicely. This beer had a pretty good drinkability, it was smooth, a little crisp, slightly rich, a little silky, not too filling, and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I don't think I would have any problem drinking the bottle by myself and I think a couple glasses of this is the perfect amount for me and I think this would make for a great fall time beer. What I like the most about this beer was the balance, it was just where I want it to be for a smoked beer and that really helped the drinkability. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it wasn't bad at all, but I thought it would help if the carbonation was toned down just a little. I would buy this beer again, I'm pretty sure it's gone in my area, but if I saw another bottle I would buy it and I would recommend it to anyone who likes smoked beers. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer and i was a little impressed, I already expected good things, since it's a Founders Backstage beer and the base of this beer is a really nice porter, but it was still a little impressive and I'm glad this one wasn't too hard to find. I don't know why Founders decide to make this a Michigan only release, but I'm not going to complain. This isn't my favorite Founders beer, but it is one of the better smoked beers I've had. Great Job Founders, I was happy to finally try a smoked beer from you guys, keep up the great work.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 03:42:05 | More by StoutHunter
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Draft only offering in this market. On tap at the Moan and Dove. Served in a mug.

A: Very dimly lit in here, but it appears to be a solid opaque black. Creamy brown head retains well at one inch.

S: Bitter dark chocolate, lots of roasted barley, chocolate truffles, campfire is a bit more subtle than expected, slightly metallic, plum ester.

T: Milk chocolate and chocolate truffles. Roasted barley. Hints of espresso and woody, nutty malts. Campfire and smoke strike a perfect balance and complement the roasted malts harmoniously. Slightly metallic and steely. Plum and currant esters. Decadent chocolates, woody smoke, and roasted barley on the finish.

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A) Dark brown to black... Nice thick tan head. Nice retention... Looks rich and filling.

S) Campfire, applewood, coffee, hint of chocolate, mild sweetness. A bit earthy... Mainly a meaty smokiness... I don't go for many smoked beers. I enjoyed the aroma here.

T) Follows the nose... Again haven't had many smoked beers, and the ones I've had didn't do much for me. I think the difference here is likely that Founders really knows how to brew stouts and porters. They just make some tasty darker beers. The smoke really works for me here.

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Thanks to hotpipes for this one.

From a 750 into a snifter
Beechwood smoked malt and oak-smoked wheat malt

APPEARANCE: Clear brown pour yields a 2+ finger, creamy, medium looking, light tan head with good retention. Clear bistre brown body with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a nice foam cap and clings to the sides of the glass. Thick ring remains with falling dots of lacing down the glass. Good looking porter.

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Smoked Porter from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.