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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

Founders PorterFounders Porter

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4,595 Ratings
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Ratings: 4595
Reviews: 1284
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%


Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No absence of hops gives Founders' robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect.

45 IBU

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Brunite

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours out a dark black body with a foamy tan head. The lacing is excellent.

S. Initial aroma is all coffee with some roasted grains. Very faint chocolate notes.

T. The initial taste is roasted coffee with dark chocolate. There is just the slightest hoppiness noticeable. There is also the usual acidic notes found in a porter along with some lactose-like sweetness. As things warm up...it becomes almost all bitter dark chocolate with a residual sweetness....liquid candy bar time! Pretty dang complex for a Porter.

M. The mouthfeel is so smooth and creamy. In fact....just about as much so as a quad!

O. This is really an epic porter. After a comparison with Bell's, Smutty and Edmund Fitz...this came out as my favorite with E-Fitz in second. I like this one a lot!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 04:58:36 | More by Brunite
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TheBeerologist

Rhode Island

4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet

Pours a dark brown/black with a fairly thin (1/2 finger) tan head. This looks like a beautiful porter.

Smells of roasted malts and a bit of chocolate. A hint of coffee as well.

This is a very tasty beer, strongly flavored by the roasted malts. Some of the chocolate, but a very vice bitter finish with the hops. An all around great tasting porter that is full of flavor.

Nicely carbonated - with a fairly light mouthfeel for such a full flavored porter

Overall this is one of my favorite porters I have had. When living on the west coast my go to porter was Deschutes Black Butte, living in the Midwest this was my go to porter. Noe with a move to the east coast I need to find a replacement (though I was fortunate to find this on the shelves in RI)

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 00:42:12 | More by TheBeerologist
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manahansf

Indiana

4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and opaque black with a thin and creamy tan head. There is a light aroma of roasted malt but the boldness of the beer is in the drink. Smooth coffee flavors and a gentle hint of chocolate flow with a mildly thick and viscous brew. Low carbonation slows the drink even more and fades gracefully into a sweet malty finish. It ends smoothly and crisply.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 03:42:25 | More by manahansf
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gfreed

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To say that this beer is black is like saying it's dark inside the isolation tank in Ken Russell's "Altered States." This beer isn't black; it's not even BLACK-- it's void. And to top it off (literally), it has the darkest head I've ever seen on a beer, plus the head is tenacious and huge. I haven't enjoyed watching a head fade this much since my first glass of Berkshire Drayman's Porter. The aromas of vanilla, toast, chocolate, lemon and... is that banana?... form a cloud that you can smell from across the room, yet none are very aggressive. They play very nicely together in both the smell and the taste. The vanilla takes an early lead but is quickly caught by the roastiness, then the chocolate swings in from the left and slams it home to the light hops, which very dryly remind you that you're drinking a very, very fine beer.

I didn't wash the glass until the next morning so I could get one last aroma hit before going to work.

The label says this thing is dark, rich and sexy. The first two adjectives are absolutely true; the third suggests it *might* compete with an Ayinger Hefeweizen in the correct glass. It's very close.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 19:55:59 | More by gfreed
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Jishguy

Indiana

4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a solid black body with a very minimal mocha colored head. Minimal amounts of lacing.

S- Roasted malt character up front. Notes of coffee, caramel, and bittersweet chocolate. The slightest hint of alcohol pokes through.

T- Exceptional, and similar to smell. Roasted malts and coffee flavors immediately strike the palate, followed by the dark chocolate and caramel flavors. There is a somewhat pleasant bitterness in the aftertaste. The coffee flavors become extremely more prevalent as the beer warms up.

M- Very full and rich. Relatively low carbonation, even for the style. Nothing I'll ever complain about, though.

D- Sits rather heavy. I'm not sure if I could drink more than two. Great after dinner beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 06:11:17 | More by Jishguy
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Samp01

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle pours a thick black with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted caramel malt, roasted espresso beans, cacao, with some dark fruity tones of plums. Taste is the same as aroma with some bitter cacao and hops. Palate is a full bodied, creamy, oily texture with moderate carbonation. Finish is roasted caramel malt and espresso ending with a sweet bitter cacao, and some lingering notes of dark fruit and caramel malt. Has a nice rustic burnt flavor. Overall an excellent porter. Very much enjoyed this brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 21:32:33 | More by Samp01
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jtingue

New York

4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance. Dark brown in color, impossible to see through. Pours with a finger and a half of tan head. This dissipates to a nice layer on top of the brew. Nice lacing left on the side of the glass.

Smell. Chocolate malt and roasted coffee intoxicate the nostrils. The smell is so strong and thick that it starts to burn the inside of your nose. A slight hint of berries mixes with the chocolate and roasted scents, making for a quite enjoyable experience.

Taste. Malty bitterness is the first flavor to hit the palate. Sweet, latte or cappuccino like coffee comes next. Another round of malty bitterness separates the coffee form great bittersweet chocolate flavors which come along with that hint of berry that was picked up in the smell. Yet another round of bitterness occurs just before a more sweet chocolatey finish.

Mouthfeel. Surprisingly thick body for a porter, but not yet to the level of a stout. This is helped quite a bit by a moderate to high level of carbonation. Overall it is really light, yet creamy.

This brew is in a heated competition for my favorite porter with the great Edmund Fitzgerald... Awesome

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 04:43:35 | More by jtingue
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mdcrouser

Missouri

4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Zero hints of lightness, even when backlit by the laptop. There's a powdery tan head - not much of it, but it sticks around throughout.

Like cold coffee and big malts, feeding the nose until it's full. Much bigger than most other stouts and porters of this caliber. Just massive.

Shares the intensity of a small piece of extra dark chocolate or espresso. At first darkly bitter, but then the carbonation kicks in to numb the tongue just a bit, only then bringing on more roasted bitterness, with an accompanying subduing maltiness.

It doesn't seem to be as thick or broad as a stout in that with all of its big flavor, it doesn't fill each crevice of the mouth. What it does touch though, it pounds.

Love this beer - big flavor, without being overly sweet or out of balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 04:02:44 | More by mdcrouser
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours black with a small, tan, frothy head. Great retention and lacing.

S- Really, really rich, dark coffee. Underlying sweeter scent, maybe chocolate. Also hints of caramel on the nose. Smelling this makes you not willing to wait to taste it.

T- This is the flagship beer for porters in my opinion. Great coffee and burnt malt notes off the bat. Not quite as strong as on the nose, but very well balanced. After the burnt malt profile, sweet hints of chocolate and caramel intermingle on the palate providing a lighter side. Only improvement to be made is the slight metallic ending.

M- Perfect wait to drink all night long. Somewhat heavy flavor profile is made sessionable but the relatively light weight on the palate.

Overall, this is going to be a staple of my fridge for years to come. THe flavor isn't quite as heavy and full as the other Founders I've had (FIS, FBS), but this is a year-round brew that is easily drinkable no matter the season.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 23:23:32 | More by boilermakerbrew
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4thelvofbeer

Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottom line up front: This is an outstanding porter! Probably the best porter I have ever enjoyed. Really nice.

Honestly, who cares about appearance. It is all about how it tastes! This porter is right on.

Of course, it is deep, deep brown with a nice brown frothy two-finger head.

Smells of oak, chocolate and toasted notes.

Taste is really smooth. Mocha, chocolates, grains....A nice rounded porter with plenty of depth! So, so smooth!!

Overall, the best porter I have enjoyed. Period.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 00:41:14 | More by 4thelvofbeer
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ngeunit1

California

4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a thin finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate and dark caramel malts with some dark fruit, coffee, smoke, and earthy hop.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate malts with a bit of dark fruit sweetness, molasses, and vanilla. Through the middle, some earthy hops come through with some smoke and coffee. The finish is a mix of dark chocolate, roasted dark caramel malts, smoke, bitter coffee, and some dark fruits.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a touch chewy with a dry, roasted, and lightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nicely balanced porter. The malt profile is very good and the body and mouthfeel are just right.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 02:17:08 | More by ngeunit1
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delta490

Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep brown, almost black with almost no head. Aromas is coffee, caramel and notes of citrus. Taste is very strong coffee but is just perfect as it is. Maybe a little hint of chocolate. Very smooth with almost no carbonation. A great porter with great depth.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2013 16:15:04 | More by delta490
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Doerrijustmether

Michigan

4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

bottle to pint glass.

aggressive pour to 2 fingers of light khaki head.

great drink, outstanding stout/porter.

great flavor profiles. all clean, nothing bad to say, no wow factor to put it in world class. will drink again.

compared to other beers in this category, this may be my favorite.non - bourbon aged/vanilla/chocolate/java/ stout/porter

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 03:22:59 | More by Doerrijustmether
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Rbroccoli

Alabama

4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a nonic. This beer pours very smooth, and it was honestly difficult to pour head. The little that I got was very dark. The beer was also quite dark, like a strong coffee color. Lacing formed all the way up the glass whenever tilted.

The aromas were roasted malt and coffee with a subtle presence of cocoa.

The taste fits the description of the smell. Very smooth, malty, a little chocolatey (not sweet), and somewhat fruity.

The mouthfeel was lacking in nothing. Very full, not watery at all. Very little carbonation, but that would ruin it

Overall this is excellent. One of my overall favorites.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 20:17:54 | More by Rbroccoli
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hail_seitan

Massachusetts

4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured bottle into pint glass.

A - Pours thick, black, and viscous. When pint glass was held up to a light, it was completely opaque. About a half inch of toffee-colored head formed on top.

S - Roasty and sweet - kind of like a chocolate cake cut with the slightest hop aroma.

T - First, a bit of astringency from the roasted malt and carbonation. Then, the palate opens up with the sweetness from the rest of the malts. The aftertaste is of roasted coffee. Slight northwest-style hop biterness lingers on the tip of the tongue, too. Yeast esters open up as the beer get warmer.

M - Thick and glutinous. Delightful.

O - One of the best takes on the American style porter, up there with Black Butte and Smuttynose Robust Porter. Comes of as not too boozy or bitter for dinner, mid-afternoon, or, hell, even a breakfast beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 21:44:58 | More by hail_seitan
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DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap served into a pint glass.

Hands down, this might be the best porter I have ever had. So rich and complex, but yet, easy to drink.

A- Dark black color, tan head about a quarter of an inch. Insane spider web lacing throughout- sticking to the glass without a problem.

S- Smell was like chocolate ice cream with a touch of vanilla followed by some caramel.

T- Lots going on here. Coffee, chocolate, cake batter like flavors, decent hop punch, all rolled into one and rounded out so perfectly. This one made my taste buds go crazy as there were so many flavors involved.

M- Mouthfeel was rich and creamy, sticky aftertaste.

D- This is a great porter, top notch. Easy to drink, not too heavy, although the flavors would usually indicate that this beer could make you tired.

Amazing stuff from Founders, once again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2008 12:00:25 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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cthulu81

Virginia

4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Goodness me. Rich, Dark and Sexy indeed. Thanks for making further review reading obsolete you crazy-talented dudes at Founders. By that I don't mean others who post should not be read, I just mean that tthe rest of my review can simply be boiled down to...Rich, Dark and Sexy. Here is what I can add. Is it possible to liquify charcoal briquettes? If so, it looks like this porter pours. Not only is is truly black, even when held to the light, it seems to intimidate the rest of the illumination in the room. I think my screen just dimmed a bit. A rich mocha head crowns the glass. Aroma is redolent of roast, dry cocoa, hints of hazelnut, kahlua, earthy hops and a faint, faint hint of alcohol. Yeah, this is going to get good. Flavors mirror what the nostrils anticipated with coating dark malts, whisps of smoke, deep bittersweet chocolate, black coffee and simple deliciousness. This puppy finishes dry and roasty with a lightly lingering, taunting residual temptation to continue drinking it all night long. Forget Double Trouble, Devil Dancer and Breakfast Stout (all freakin' amazing too), why isn't Founder's better know for this year-round powerhouse?

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 22:44:52 | More by cthulu81
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Freethyhops

Alabama

4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint

A- pours almost pure black with a cm of light brown head which reduced to a collar and film quite quickly. fairly heavy lacing for the style. the head didn't stay around for long but it was exceptionally dark for a porter.

S- coffee and bitter chocolate. an evident sweetness from a heavy malt profile. dark and robust.

T- very much like the Breakfast stout I had earlier in the day. tons of chocolate and plenty of coffee. the bitterness does well to combat any sweetness that shows its face. still has that almost sour bitter bready finish that I always expect from a porter. I wish I could give it a 4.75 but I'm really liking this one so I'll bump it up to a 5.

M/D- a full body, pleasantly low carbonation, and creamy feel make this a very nice drinking porter. it does have some heavy flavors that could weigh on you after having a few, but its delicious enough to keep you going

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 05:59:06 | More by Freethyhops
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smibroncos

New York

4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. Poured a bard tawney brown with an amber tan two finger head. Good lacing on the glass.

S. Cocoa, Coffee, Cereal, Toasted malts.

T. Rich chocolate coffee goodness. This is a great porter. Earthy, Dark roasted grains good sweetnes, with a nice bitter balance. Yummy.

M. Rich and robust, good carbonation.The flavor lasts on the tongue.

D. A great after dinner drink. Rich and roasted coffee flavors, sweet and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 02:01:44 | More by smibroncos
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sweethome

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Midnight pour...so dark and mysterious for a porter. Big tan head lingers for some time. Great lacing right off the bat. As beer consumed - it just got better.

Nose is dominated by rich chocolate. Can almost taste a lush melted chocolate off the nose. A hit of roast malt and just a bit of floral hop aroma in the back. The roast came out more as the beer opened up.

Smooth entry - builds out with the chocolate malt, the roast is more pronounced in the taste. Perfect balance between the two...then the bittering hops add their own balance. No discernable bittering hops, just enought to help clean out the palate for the next sip. Tasting bittersweet chocolate on this long finish. A hint of musty yeast on the finish - but in a good way like the best british porters on cask.

A lovely complexity of flavor...when porter is done to this level, it is one of my favorite styles. Fantastic flavor development and perfect use of hops for the style. They don't take over the beer, rather compliment the underlying flavor and provides a cleansing to the palate.

My goodness, the roastiness develops more and more with each sip.

I put this up with a few of my favorite Porters - Smuttynose and Great Lakes Ed Fitz (on tap circa early 1990's). Those ad few tasty ones I had on cask in english pubs too long ago to remember the brewery...

This may be my favorite Founders beer to date, which is really saying something.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 04:25:36 | More by sweethome
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Guinness Half & Half pint and the brew is a dark clear brown with a nice frothy 1 finger mocha colored head that receeds to cover the brew nicely. Nice heavy lacing on the glass.

The smell is of dark malted barley and a hint of dark chocolate.

The flavor follows the aroma with the chocolate being bitter sweet and the malts giving a roasted flavor. The bitterness is enough to keep the sweetness in check, giving way to a nice balance.

The mouth feel is smidge above medium with the alcohol well hidden. This is a very good straight up porter to me, no oatmeal, no coffee, and just some minor bitter sweet chocolate. I'd give it an A fer sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 13:57:51 | More by RedneckBeerz
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Weli

Wisconsin

4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Dark brown to black color with thin tan head with nice lacing

S-Very clean and malty smelling almost like a lager, hints of dark roasted malts

T-Cacao, dark chocolate malt flavors up front balanced by a modest hop bitterness

M-Full bodied, medium carbontation, very satiating

O-Would be definitely one of my top picks for a beer to sustain oneself with over a long cold winter, rich and malty without being cloying.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2013 14:28:46 | More by Weli
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jngrizzaffi

Texas

4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark brown with very little head, which quickly dissipated. Lacing on the side of the glass was minimal to non-existent. Smelled of dark roasted coffee. I can discern dark chocolate as well. The taste pretty much goes along with the smell. Roasted coffee predominates initially with a sweeter dark chocolate taste at the end. It was thick and velvety going down. Very slight bitterness at the end. Very good beer. I am just getting into Porters, so I don't have a lot to compare it to, but it is definitely one I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 14:55:08 | More by jngrizzaffi
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solargoat

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours nearly jet black, small quickly dissipating head.

Smells robust and delicious.

Roasted coffee, chocolate malts, nice balanced bittering.

Very smooth, Creamy, rich mouthfeel. Warm in my belly.

In my opinion this is the finest porter I have consumed. Love you

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 22:57:16 | More by solargoat
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movingtrain

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Nice and dark, coffee-like. A very, very light tan head, if any head at all. I was surprised not to see much accumulate at the top of this one. Could it be the bottle sat on the shelf too long? Maybe.

S: Roasted dark malts, chocolate, coffee, molasses, some faint hop character. Maybe some light raison notes. There is some serious chocolate malt here...dark and smelling quite delightful.

T: Mmm...bittersweet, hints of chocolate, coffee are all over the place. Up front, this is bitter...but sweetens out in the aftertaste. Again, not much carbonation, but just enough to keep that flavor lingering. I pulled this from the fridge, and as it warms up the pronounced chocolate and coffee flavors remain prominent. There is some cocoa powder in there, too...

Overall, one the best porters I've ever tasted. Nothing but the best from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 00:46:59 | More by movingtrain
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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