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Smoked Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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89
very good

284 Ratings
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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10%
Wants: 12
Gots: 47 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
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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Boosully

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

07-10-2014 15:58:44 | More by Boosully
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JamesMcNasty


4/5  rDev 0%

07-08-2014 12:13:59 | More by JamesMcNasty
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BlissJunkie

Michigan

4/5  rDev 0%

07-07-2014 16:26:14 | More by BlissJunkie
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msumike89

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

07-06-2014 19:15:57 | More by msumike89
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

4.01/5  rDev +0.2%

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...

07-05-2014 20:04:25 | More by RoamingGnome
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josephwa

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

07-01-2014 14:32:38 | More by josephwa
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Norseman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

06-30-2014 23:29:12 | More by Norseman
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

06-30-2014 19:44:30 | More by jera1350
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Jason83

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -25%

06-29-2014 21:35:44 | More by Jason83
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Anvilfarm

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

06-27-2014 01:38:59 | More by Anvilfarm
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charneym

Michigan

4/5  rDev 0%

06-23-2014 20:37:39 | More by charneym
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4/5  rDev 0%

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.

06-23-2014 20:21:31 | More by Jeffo
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I_BYE_MI_BEER

Michigan

4/5  rDev 0%

06-19-2014 13:06:42 | More by I_BYE_MI_BEER
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superdoopersauce

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

06-13-2014 19:12:55 | More by superdoopersauce
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Iamjeff6

Virginia

4/5  rDev 0%

06-10-2014 18:30:58 | More by Iamjeff6
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Jdotswizz

Texas

4/5  rDev 0%

06-08-2014 02:30:21 | More by Jdotswizz
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Falcone

North Carolina

4/5  rDev 0%

06-07-2014 23:50:27 | More by Falcone
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DrFunkenstein

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

06-07-2014 17:16:35 | More by DrFunkenstein
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lupercmda

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

06-07-2014 02:06:47 | More by lupercmda
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BuckTuckian

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

06-04-2014 15:01:23 | More by BuckTuckian
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PaulyB83

Michigan

4.09/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured from 750ml bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A- Dark black only some light come through on the tip when you tilt the glass. Light brown head.
S- Medium smoke notes, dark bitter roasts, coffee, chocolate, some char.

T- Not as smokey as the aroma, could use more smoke. The smoke doesn't last long and you're left with what is essential Founders regular porter flavors. Some char, coffee and dark chocolate.

M- Full mouthfeel similar to regular porter.

O- I've only had a few smoked beers and like with a pepper beer it is always how heavy or light the smoke is that really determines how good the beer is. For my tastes this beer just doesn't have enough smoke to it but it is still Founders porter which is a great beer. The only other smoked porter I've had was Yazoo Sue which had about the right level of smoke to it but Founders porter is a better beer than the porter used in Sue so I give this a slightly higher mark.

06-02-2014 08:42:55 | More by PaulyB83
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nrbw23

Ohio

4/5  rDev 0%

06-01-2014 16:05:03 | More by nrbw23
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cp45

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

05-31-2014 01:36:07 | More by cp45
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strohme2

Michigan

4/5  rDev 0%

05-30-2014 18:07:27 | More by strohme2
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

05-28-2014 23:33:59 | More by Stinkypuss
Smoked Porter from Founders Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.