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Smoked Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 342
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 2.2%
Wants: 21
Gots: 45 | FT: 7
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SerialTicker on 02-02-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A robust porter brewed with beechwood-smoked barley, oak-smoked wheat and chocolate malt.
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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If any brewery knows porter, its Founders Brewing Company. Their flagship dark ale is among the best on the market with its drier chocolate taste, toasted sweetness and hoppy finish to make it a real standout. Now, that mindset goes into their Backstage Series with a boost of strength and complexity of smoke to weave into the mix.

The unmistakable aroma of smoky chocolate wafts over the nose and early palate, carrying with it nuances of coffee, charred toast and singed toffee. Its sweeter upstart gives rise to the beer's creamy and dessert-like flavor.

Yet, the beer develops a deeply earthen taste across the middle. Its sweetness recedes and the toasty, coffee and chicory taste of porter rises- pushing up against stout roast at times. Roasted walnut, peppercorn and campfire continues to rise while the chocolate turns to cocoa.

Its finish is malty-dry and reliant on heavy roast and ash for a lightly powdery closure in taste. Peppery warmth and its grilled taste is both spicy and savory simultaneously. Its leaves the palate with the strong aftertaste of mesquite, much more so than the palate was expecting. (1,124 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/7/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains black coffee, smoked roasted malts, chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out smoky with a hearty roasted malt character up front. Then some mildly sweet flavors of coffee and chocolate come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid smoky dark beer to drink for a long time. (788 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at Shady McGrady's, served chilled in a snifter.

The color is onyx, completely opaque with thick tan band of cream with fine bead, lace clings well. The smell is sweet cocoa with a mild fruity yeast ester similar to dark plum with dark roast coffee and a subtle toasted/smoked malt aroma with subtle hop spiciness. The feel is excellent with creamy texture and mild sweetness that builds as it warms with moderate carbonation and medium body with light smoked element adding to the semi-dry quality in the finish.
The taste is very good, rich with malt and slightly caramel accented with a yeast flavor that provides a light fruitiness and there is moderate roast and mild bitterness in the flavor from the hops and/or malt with a smoky accent wrapping it up with peppery hop flavor adding complexity. Overall I really enjoyed this and would consider this a more subtle take on the smoked porter style but it is delicious and I would not hesitate to have it again. (986 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in 1/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, wood smoke, light coffee, light char, herbal, light pepper, and roast/smoke earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/smoked malt and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, dark bread, toast, wood smoke, light coffee, light char, herbal, light pepper, and roast/smoke earthiness. Light spicy hop and roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, toast, dark bread, wood smoke, light coffee, herbal, light pepper, and roast/smoke earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted/smoked malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, creamy, and fairly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent smoked porter style. All around great balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted/smoked malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,491 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a tan head. Color is a dark caramel hued brown nearing black.

Flavor profile: A lot of caramel and vanilla. Sweet. Chocolate and cocoa. A nice roasted malt profile with some coffee notes. A touch of bacon, but the roast isn't overdone here.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, smoked, and creamy. Medium to full bodied.

Overall, a solid beer. Nothing insane, but very drinkable and well done. I could easily have a few glasses of this without being overwhelmed by the smoke. (468 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Meridian Pint into a sampler.

Deep mahogany brown, really gorgeous red ruby edges highlighting the sides of the glass. Light tan collar presented, quite thin, but sticks around.

Real simple mellow smoke aromas on the nose. Faint roast char and some faint small coffee, a nice woody sweetness that plays around quite a bit too.

Palate really opens up. Good controlled sweetness that is rich with a wonderful smolder and ember smoke. Light bodied classic porter character but full and light with huge flavor profile. Light nutty tannic quality giving to almost hazelnuts, and this chewy light palate.

Just another winner from Founders really dig this one a lot too, can these guys do no wrong? (712 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a tan, quickly fading head. The aroma of meaty smoked malts and mocha coffee are the most pronounced.

In the taste, more bacon or campfire like elements from the roasted malt. On the back swig is some hearty chocolate malt. Nice piney hop flavor and moderate bitterness to go with the smoke. Smooth malty flavor, finishes smokey like a good scotch.

Medium to full bodied ale with a very smooth feel. Overall, this is a great smoked porter, the beechwood smoked malts and distinct and flavorful. (520 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with some tan head and minor lace that dies quick. Aroma is mostly smoked and roasted malts, not quite meaty type smokiness but strong and there are some subtle notes of coffee, dark fruit and bitter chocolate. Beer is heavy but smooth and retains its dry, smoky edge throughout. Balance and additional flavors are brought in from some coffee, chocolate and boozy taste sensations. This sweetness seems to hit on backend as the beer finishes dry and sweet at same time. (489 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Lunar Brewing Co - Villa Park, IL
L - dark brown/near black body, light brown head holds good retention
S - smoked malt, dark malt, chocolate
T - smoked malt, charred wood, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit as it warms, earthy, herbal hop
F - medium body, finishes crisp and semi-dry with some smoke lingering
O - straight forward smoked porter. If you like smoked beers, this is a good one. (399 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque onyx with modest tan head that dissipates into a ring of foam.

Aroma is slightly smoky, with chocolate dominating. Roasty malt is almost tertiary.

Flavor reveals more roast malt dominance, which is accented nicely by smoke. Here, chocolate takes the backseat. Deeply toasted malt adds complexity.

Body is fairly full and smooth, with low carbonation. Alcohol warmth is somewhat subtle, considering the abv.

Nice balance, great base beer, accented nicely by smoke. (484 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from trade. Pours pitch black with a tall brown and creamy head on top. Lots of char and smoke as expected, lots of wood, roast, more smoke. Flavor is mostly smoke and wood, tastes like a campfire, a bit of roasted grains, and more charred wood. Just a bit of sweet dark fruits behind it. No question what they were going for here. Mouthfeel is thinner than the look, and seems right about on for a porter. Good beer, hit what they were going for, but not quite up to the experimental mode they've done with this series. Very solid beer either way. (555 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (3,866 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

SMELL: Some smoked malts, dark chocolate, light roasted flavors, leather notes and touches of toffee. Balanced smoked malts are rather nice here.

TASTE: Roasted notes, dark chocolate, with some well measured smoked malts up front. More roasted flavors through the middle into a big and lingering finish of roasted malts, smoked malts, bitter dark chocolate, sweet toffee and some slightly burnt notes as well. Chocolate and roasted flavors go well with some well balanced smoked malts. Nice bitterness as well. Good stuff. Really enjoyed this.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, enough weight, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Fuller side of medium. Good feel.

OVERALL: This is rather roasted for a porter, but I'm not complaining. Maybe roasted barley is in there, though perhaps some black malts are doing the trick. Either way, this is really well balanced, with the smoked malts adding instead of dominating, and the roasted flavors providing a solid base. Very nice look and feel for the style as well. Well worth checking out if you get the chance. Cheers hotpipes! Always a pleasure. (1,602 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle
Served in a snifter

It pours black in color. No light is getting through this beer. It is topped with three inches of mocha head the laces the glass.

I immediately pick up on the smoked grain and the chocolate aroma.

It starts out with the sweetness of the chocolate malt. Then I get some bitterness and almost acrid smoke flavors with some lingering bitterness in the finish.

Creamy, full mouthfeel. It feels like a stout.

Once I paired the second half of the bottle with my barbecue, it was a magical thing. It goes well with slow cooked meat. (565 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul, MN. Served in a 10 oz. chalice.

Appearance: Color is a dark brownish black. Moderate amount of bubbles and about two fingers of tan head which settle into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A rich and roasty dark malt forward aroma with big hints of smoke, oak, and dark chocolate. Dark roasted barley malts with a big presence of smoke, oak, dark chocolate, and wood. Also some good hints of dark roast coffee beans, toasted bread, biscuit, grains, wheat, burnt caramel, toffee, nuts, and yeast. Subtle sweet hints of molasses as well as some light earthy hops. A very good roasty aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma previews, a roasty and rich dark malt driven taste with big notes of smoke, oak, and sweet dark chocolate. Upfront dark roasted barley malts with a big taste of smoke, oak, wood, and nicely sweet dark chocolate. Also some dark malt notes of roasted coffee beans, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, nuts, wheat, and yeast. Subtle taste of molasses like sweetness. Some light earthy hop notes in the background. A very good balance of smokey notes and sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the heavier side of medium. Carbonation is moderate. Very creamy with a nicely drying finish. Alcohol is masked well.

Overall: A very good smoked up version of Founders already great Porter. Strong smoke presence that isn't overwhelming. Nice presence of sweet chocolate. (1,452 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: pours black with half a finger of tan head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: roasted and smoked malts dominate with sweet cocoa and smokey, bacon-like aromas.

T: roasted and smoked malts here as well with burnt char and bitter cocoa. The finish is lightly bitter.

M: medium body and carbonation, this beer is nice feeling at first but finishes a little watery.

O: a pretty solid beer overall. Could use a little better body and some more depth of flavor. (478 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Novare

A: Pours a pitch black color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to almost nothing. Leaves some pretty decent lacing, regardless

S: Roasted malts with a bit of light smoke, chocolate, and a hint of coffee. A lot like the regular porter with a nice bit of smoke

T: Again, roasted malts with a bit of salty smokiness up front, followed by a nice bit of lightly sweet chocolate and some coffee. Finishes with a bit of the smoke and some bitterness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice twist on the regular porter. The smoke doesn't overwhelm the base, and adds a nice bit of complexity. Quite drinkable for being 8%, and doesn't get overly cloying like some smoke or rauchbiers. Glad I got to try it (748 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml, winter 2014
The Bruery tulip

A: Really deep brown. Light tan head that is basically just a collar. Some lacing bits.

S: Very smokey. Bacon. Campfire. Get some vanilla.

T: Thinner than I was expecting. Not as aggressive on the smoke as the nose would make you think.

M: Big medium. Thinner than I expected (320 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

M: Medium bodied. Decadent and rich. Very velvety and creamy. Ridiculously smooth. No too weighty, but it certainly has substance. Low carbonation lets the rich malt textures settle in.

O: Oh God was this good. So decadent in both flavor and feel. Like high end chocolates that melt in your mouth. The smoked malts strike an absolute perfect balance. They complement without overstepping their bounds. An absolute pleasure to drink. (1,096 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks for picking this up for me!). Bottled 02/2014. Served in a Founders snifter.

Pours a deep cola brown, lighter at the edges with three fluffy fingers of tan head. Cap lingers and leaves large sheets of clumpy lace.

Smells meaty and roasty with plenty of smoked malt followed by cocoa and caramel.

Flavor is pretty straight forward with no surprises. Chocolate, char, smoke, burnt marshmallow, meaty, caramel, sugary wheat sweetness and some vague dark fruit. It's a nice blend with almost none of the 8% abv showing.

Creamy, medium body with carbonation that feels moderately sharp without seeming like too much. Smoked malt, milk chocolate and mildly bitter char finish.

One of the best smoked beers I've had. That great creamy texture and the chocolatey malts play nicely with the smokey, meaty beachwood. Well done Founders. (880 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station as part of a mini Founders tap takeover to kickoff American Craft Beer Week. Poured into a small Belgian style tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a deep brown, bordering on black with not much light penetrating to show any lighter hues on the edges of the glass. Atop the body sits a one finger ecru head with a sudsy consistency. Retention is not for long, with the head fading to an uneven ringlet with a clustering of soapy bubbles on one side of the glass. No lacing really to speak of, and no film hinting at the departed foam.

Smell - Smoke is definitely the predominant characteristic, evoking the notes of hickory and applewood, but it's far from overpowering. Pleasant and gentle, like a room long after you finished frying up some bacon. And I think the chocolate malts lend just a touch of sweetness to balance out the overall aroma profile. The smoke is present enough that it has me nervous about whether it will just smother my tastebuds once I take a sip.

Taste - Enjoyably, the smoke is not suffocating at all. It's rich and smoky, with notes of wood-fired oven and smoldering campfire, and perhaps a subtle hint of candied bacon. The chocolate malt also comes through with some notes of bitter char and rich but subtle sweetness to prevent the smoke from getting carried away.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full bodied with moderate carbonation and a subtly smoky-sweet finish.

Overall, I'm a bit hit-or-miss on smoked beers and rauchbiers. It's really easy to let the smoke overpower the rest of the beer, even thought porters seem to lend themselves better than many styles. However, I'm really impressed by the subtle balance of smoke, dark chocolate and roasted malts. When Founders announced a smoked porter as their most recent Backstage beer, it was a bit ho-hum after seeing wild styles like barrel-aged IIPA, mango-habanero ale and maple barrel-aged wheatwine. That said, their execution on this beer is spot on. A really great representative of the style. (2,007 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Founders Smoked

A $10 bottle picked up by my sister from the brewery. People say this is a bomber (22oz), but it's 760ml (25oz).

Appearance: Pours a deep black color with a very small brown head on top. I generally notice porters to be ruby black, but oh well. Minimal lacing. Looks fair. (3.5/5)

Smell: Definitely smoked, without question. Almost a smoked meat sort of aroma coming off. Woody notes. Some chocolate, and a bit more coffee. As said, obviously smokey, but not overwhelmingly so. Quite nice. (4/5)

Taste/feel: Smokey, ashy, woody, roasty -- very nice taste. That smoked meat quality is also in the flavor, but it's more on the nose. There's also a slight sort of tanginess almost that suggests a meatiness further. The feel is on-point for a porter, in my opinion. This brew has a medium/high sort of carbonation, with about a medium body. Easy drinking, and not heavy. 8% is unnoticeable. Not a mindblowingly unique beer with a huge depth of flavor, but it's still a joy to drink if you like some smokey beers. (4.25/5, 4.75/5)

$10 for this 750ml bottle isn't a bad price at all, but I'd not pay much more for it. It's a fabulous example of a smoked porter though, and one worth trying if you can get it at a reasonable price.

4.25/5 (1,255 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark brown/black color. huge foamy head, about 2 or so fingers of a tan head that fades at a decent rate to nothing. opaque even when held up to the light

Smell: smoked meat and char. dry chocolate and roasted malts come through underneath. good balance between smokey and a dry robust porter

Taste: opens up with chocolatey sweetness that quickly fades due to the smokey wheat and smokey meat characteristics. great balance between dry smoke and sweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel: a bit of sweetness quickly fades to a lingering dryness. fairly light and wheaty. some bitterness from the smoke.

Overall: I know this one isn't quite as exciting as the other backstage series but it is a well made a good beer. great balance and not over powering smoke. (762 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Smoked Porter

Enjoyed on tap at the Sugar Maple. Served in a snifter...

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.

M) Rich and creamy... Full bodied, with moderate carbonation. Went down nicely with a smokey ashy finish.

O) Enjoyed this Backstage release... Glad I had the opportunity to give it a try. Seems like a good smoked beer to give folks that haven't explored the style much. Solid brew... Glad to recommend... (931 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours with a dark brown head of about three fingers. Head quickly settled to being present just on the edges of the glass. Pours with a medium body of thickness. No active carbonation.

Smell: tons of that creamy sweet malt presence on the nose. Roasted tones pop up on the body with thick, meaty smoke aromas. Toffee and bitter chocolate picked up on the back end as well.

Taste: meaty smokiness on the front. Toffee and chocolate pudding pull the palate in. The body is some roasted malt and creamy oats with accents of bitter chocolate snowballing into the finish. Dry finish of coffee grounds and lingering dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: creamy sweet front slowly transforms into a darker and heavier chocolate bitterness which lingers on the palate for a long time.

Overall: another outstanding offering from the backstage series. I love seeing different and underappreciated styles being showcased. This is a wonderfully balanced and complex smoked porter. Toast to you founders! (998 characters)

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Smoked Porter from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.