Smoked Porter - Founders Brewing Company
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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
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
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
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
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