Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company
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2.93/5 rDev -31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
I've been a sort of beer geek for two decades now but I've never really explored the full range of dark ales made today. I've had many a beer from every continent but I want now to explore American dark ales. I've decided to start with this one. Porter was an early love of mine before I was seduced by belgian tripels and german doppelbocks. Everything comes around but it's never the same twice I guess.
G - Scaldis (Bush) Noel tulip glass.
A - Pours medium bodied black with a nice fluffy tan head. Very promising. Significant amount of carbonation adhering to bottom of glass.
S - A hint of coffee, chocolate, and an off-smelling pair of phenol and medicinal odors at first whiff that disappears. A turnoff. As the beer opens a little alcohol owns much of the nose.
T - Sharp and surprisingly hot for 6.5% ABV. Prickly hops overwhelm the start of a decent set of malt flavors. Nice smooth rich malty finish. It has a long finish that lingers that isn't average but rather has two components that together average out that way.
M - Soapy on the end of the tongue, dry in the back of the palate. Not very integrated or smooth. Too carbonated.
O - The bitter and the sweet seem not to go together in this beer. Like west coast American wines this beer is very west coast American in its pursuit of sensory overload even if it's not west coast. There are delicate flavors in there but a lower and different hop recipe would serve it well. Just not for me.
Serving type: bottle
11-06-2011 03:47:17 | More by 1993Heel
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,189 ratings.