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Smoked Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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271 Ratings
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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 11
Gots: 45 | FT: 10
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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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

05-17-2014 00:41:25 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2014 16:13:37 | More by BEERchitect
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.05/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2014 05:20:19 | More by LambicPentameter
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ChrisYager39

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

05-13-2014 03:09:05 | More by ChrisYager39
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barczar

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2014 00:05:55 | More by barczar
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cwxc818

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-11-2014 21:06:15 | More by cwxc818
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-10-2014 11:12:56 | More by Dactrius
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StevanTheVegan

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +6%

05-10-2014 00:04:40 | More by StevanTheVegan
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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?

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2014 00:50:54 | More by smakawhat
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tommy5

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

05-08-2014 21:32:41 | More by tommy5
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2014 17:18:20 | More by inlimbo77
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

05-08-2014 01:41:41 | More by XmnwildX12
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Evarigan

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

05-07-2014 20:34:48 | More by Evarigan
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-07-2014 18:26:48 | More by AngusOg
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alexx93

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +6%

05-06-2014 04:35:49 | More by alexx93
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SkinniePost

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-05-2014 01:02:42 | More by SkinniePost
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

05-04-2014 13:32:07 | More by ShanePB
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Jscottp

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6%

05-03-2014 20:54:58 | More by Jscottp
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amalburg

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-03-2014 16:32:52 | More by amalburg
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-01-2014 00:07:53 | More by kylehay2004
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magnusdave

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6%

04-29-2014 22:59:53 | More by magnusdave
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Lunar Brewing Co - Villa Park, IL
L - dark brown/near black body, light brown head holds good retention
S - smoked malt, dark malt, chocolate
T - smoked malt, charred wood, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit as it warms, earthy, herbal hop
F - medium body, finishes crisp and semi-dry with some smoke lingering
O - straight forward smoked porter. If you like smoked beers, this is a good one.


Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2014 19:50:36 | More by barnzy78
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astronautjones

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-28-2014 02:16:42 | More by astronautjones
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RichD

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-26-2014 23:02:42 | More by RichD
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

04-26-2014 03:22:43 | More by IPAchris
Smoked Porter from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.