Smoked Porter - Founders Brewing Company
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4.16/5 rDev +4%
The nose gives you a smoky smell reminiscent of an Islay Scotch. More of a Bowmore than a Lagavulin. And definitely more campfire than seaside fire. Not salty, nor overly burnt. And the porter is a thick mass of solid chocolate backbone.
The mouth feel is thicker than most Porters, a good choice for the smokiness to rest on. You get the full smoke on the back of the tongue and on the back of the throat. Let this warm or the smoke is too strong. Once the temperature hits almost room temp, then this really shines. There is definitely a temp zone where this works, and if too chilled, this doesn't quite come together.
I'd say if you like Scotches, give this go. The porter is a solid canvas for the smoke to play on. And a sipper, not a chugger. This takes time to tease out all the flavor components.
05-23-2014 17:17:54 | More by CasanovaCummins
4/5 rDev 0%
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.
05-16-2014 16:13:37 | More by BEERchitect
4.05/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
05-14-2014 05:20:19 | More by LambicPentameter
4.05/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
05-13-2014 00:05:55 | More by barczar
4.38/5 rDev +9.5%
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?
05-09-2014 00:50:54 | More by smakawhat
3.75/5 rDev -6.3%
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
05-08-2014 17:18:20 | More by inlimbo77
Smoked Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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