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Smoked Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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very good

292 Ratings
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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.25%
Wants: 13
Gots: 45 | FT: 7
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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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

lupercmda, Jun 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

BuckTuckian, Jun 04, 2014
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4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

PaulyB83, Jun 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

nrbw23, Jun 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

cp45, May 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

strohme2, May 30, 2014
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4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Stinkypuss, May 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

mrfrancis, May 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

Nolen12, May 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

dfhhead25, May 23, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

CasanovaCummins, May 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

MajorBuckeye, May 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

ryand14, May 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Zdrummer15, May 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

VaTechPhilly, May 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

Supergenious, May 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Roberto11232, May 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

Bhoward0698, May 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

MNBeerGeek, May 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

jmich24, May 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

TheBeerAlmanac, May 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%
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.

BEERchitect, May 16, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

LambicPentameter, May 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

ChrisYager39, May 13, 2014
Smoked Porter from Founders Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.