Smoked Porter - Founders Brewing Company
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4.11/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle into tulip
Appearance - Black, slightly over 1 finger mocha head. Nice thick lacing.
Smell - Smoke, wood char, hint of coffee grounds, smoked meat.
Taste - Smokey from the start. The for just a bit you get a malt roastiness, subtle coffee and spent coffee grounds, then the rest of the smokiness really develops. A few different characteristics, wood, char, smoked pork, all blanketing a very subtle grain flavor.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium carbonation and smooth.
Overall - Good beer. Intense robust smokiness that almost makes you feel like your eating a meal. Bought 2, I will save one for a friend.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2014 17:09:33 | More by Flopjack
4.45/5 rDev +11%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
02-26-2014 06:58:26 | More by MattyG85
4.21/5 rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2014 19:13:43 | More by Alextricity
Smoked Porter from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.