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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

Founders PorterFounders Porter

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world-class

4,627 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4627
Reviews: 1287
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2003)
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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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BeerJesus

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours nice and black with an half inch layer of tan head at the top which dissipates quickly leaving a thin film residue.

S: Coffee, cocoa, dark roasted malty aroma.

T: Lots of dark malts. Also has a nice dark chocolate coffee flavor to it, almost tastes like a Coffee Stout but not as heavy. I let it sit in my mouth for a minute to get the full experience of this beers aromatic flavor.

M: Not as heavy as one might imagine. Thin and very smooth in the mouth.

O: it's hard to give any Founders beer a bad overall review. If you're in the mood for a nice aromatic Porter with rich flavor on a cold winters night, I think its a great choice. Overall rating is a 4. But it is definitely something I will continue to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2012 00:00:20 | More by BeerJesus
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BrownNut

Florida

3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 4.5 - Black with a very nice, thick, textured, enduring tan head.

S - 3.75 - Light coffee + a little roasty malt.

T - 3.75 - It has a less robust taste and mouthfeel than the aroma suggests. Moderately roasty malt. Somewhat bitter coffee. Just barely metallic. The moderately bitter coffee note lingers afterwards, almost on the edge of chocolate.

M - 3.5 - Lighter bodied than expected. South of medium. This makes it pretty drinkable but also

O - 4.0 - It's a nice beer and well made. Porters have never quite popped for me, and it's hard to see how this one gets such acclaim. Quality and craftsmanship, I definitely see. Outstandingness, not so much. Maybe it's a limitation of the style from my perspective. It just comes across as something that wishes it were a stout.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2012 04:39:43 | More by BrownNut
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #200, figured I'd make it an old favorite.

Beer pours a dark brown/almost black with a fluffy brown head. Smell is chocolate, roasted malts and also a bit of caramel malt in there as well. Flavor follows the nose, but takes it up a notch. This beer has an incredible balance of flavors - the roast malts don't take over the beer like they do in a lot of porters, instead it's got a little bit of sweetness to it and an incredible dark chocolate cookie-ish flavor (it reminds me of the chocolate crunchies on a Carvel ice cream cake). The mouthfeel of this beer, at least on tap, is what really makes this beer. It's very full-bodied and robust, unlike most porters which I find too thin. It's also got high carbonation which keeps it from being too heavy despite the larger feel. Overall, this is one of the best porters out there, and maybe THE best porter not made by Hill Farmstead (Everett and Twilight of the Idolts reign supreme). It's a hell of a lot easier to get than the HF beers, so it's my go-to porter. An excellent beer.

I will say that this beer is still great, but maybe not quite as amazing out of the bottle as it is on tap or on cask. The mouthfeel especially tends to lose a little something.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2012 06:09:50 | More by starrdogg
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very deep, dark brown, appearing nearly pitch black if you're in a room that isn't well lit - a very tiny amount of light is allowed to pass through this one. The head is nice and tan, made of tiny bubbles with a fine definition and moderate retention.

The aroma is full of milky chocolates and roasted malts; it gives off a very nutty and woodsy smell as well, reminding me of roasting marshmallows over a campfire. Very robust, powerful, and commanding. Slight hints of char and smoked goodness wrap this one up. Between some of the sweet malts and smoky characters, this makes for one of the more complex and unique porter aromas out there.

The flavor follows the nose profile right along, super nutty and toasty from the get-go. A slight hint of coffee beans sits in the immediate background, along with a nice dose of creamy chocolates and cocoa powder. This one has a very low to moderate floral essence to it, imparting a tiny bit of extra bitterness midway through to balance out the sweetness - it works very well.

Other bitterness is mainly contributed from some of the darker malts, in the form of ashy, burnt wood and bittersweet cocoa. The beer ends with an obviously malt-heavy finish, leaning more towards the sweet chocolate and dry nuttiness side. Medium-heavy body - the mouth feel on this porter is one of the best ever. Silky, smooth, creamy, fluffy - carbonation is just right, letting the flavors pop without being astringent.

This porter is pretty amazing. The best one I've had to date. Even better than Eddy Fitz in my opinion (although that is some righteous shit, too). Great smell, amazing flavor profile, orgasmic mouth feel - and still only around 9-10$ for a sixer. You can't beat that.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2012 16:16:18 | More by tectactoe
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57md

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at Liberty Street in Allentown where the menu description reads simply "dark, rich and sexy." That's pretty accurate, but I will attempt to provide a few more details.

It's certainly dark - like semi-sweet chocolate with a half finger of head that does not stick around very long.

It's rich (in taste, at least). Surprisingly, the nose on this one is rather bland. The body, however, is thick and delicious. Those who erroneously refer to Draught Guinness as a "meal" in itself would probably think that this is a five-course dinner!

There are also solid roasty notes particularly on the finish. The roasted bitterness lasts long after each sip goes down.

It's sexy... well, it's certainly at least a touch smokey. I caught a faint note of smoke as I neared the bottom of the glass.

Let's just say that it is one of the best porters out there.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2012 05:09:09 | More by 57md
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Casedogg43

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big fan of this one. At beer geeks in Highland Indiana.
Lined up in a flight of stouts/porters.

A: A dark brown. Decent tan head.

S: Mocha. More milk chocolate than coffee.

T: Lots of dark chocolate and roasted malts and dark roast coffee. Smooth as silk.

M,: Very solid feel. I like them thick and creamy. This is mid level and smooth.

Overall: terrific beer. Ordered a pint after the flight. Beat out the others!

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 06-05-2012 01:52:29
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Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2012 04:27:45 | More by Casedogg43
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a good porter, if a tad over-hyped. pours a rich coffee color into a pint glass with a dark brown head ony half an inch tall. smells like coffee and chocolate, but not overly intense. more sort of blended in with all the roasted malts. flavor is very well balanced with only a touch of sweetness at the end. i also pick up some vanilla in this beer and some tea-like flavors, a little hard to place actually. mouthfeel is nice, plenty of body, more like a stout. i really liked the heavier feel of this one. the bold flavors demand it. carbonation is about average, works just fine. overall this is a delicious porter worthy of high praise, but i dont think its in my top five. i will have to revisit this one soon.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2012 15:16:42 | More by StonedTrippin
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Shady McGrady's during a recent Happy Hour trip.

A - Pours dark brown, bordering on black, with a nice one and a half finger tall tan head leaving spotty patches of lace down most of the glass.

S - Smells of robust dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, coffee grounds, dark fruits and some black licorice. Nothing too over the top here, very nice balance.

T - Starts off with plenty of dark roast - both from the malt and the coffee - slowly giving way to some sweetness from the chocolate and dark fruits. The balance of sweet to roast is fairly well done, the roast does become a bit overbearing as it warms but not too bad. Finish is roasty, lingering on the pallet long after consumption.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The dark flavors are strong in this one, lingering on the pallet long after the finish.

O - Definitely one of the better American Porters out there. This one packs plenty of flavor and was very easy to drink. Glad I got this one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2012 19:20:25 | More by orangesol
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diverite

Connecticut

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The smell of this beer is of chocolate and roasted coffee along with a bit of smoke. It pours with a nice 3 finger head that is dark brown. The head dissipates to 1 finger or less after a few minutes. Lacing is present to the end.

The taste is of chocolate and roasted malt, with a bit of smoke. The taste is superb, probably the best porter I have ever had. Mouthfeel is slick and silky smooth, adding a degree of extra enjoyment to drinking this beer.

This is a must try for any dark beer fan!

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2012 01:36:39 | More by diverite
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a tan head. In the aroma, a small roast and a nice sweetness. In the taste, roasty and rich, with a nice hop presence. A small bite and a medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry roasted malt in the aftertaste. What can I say, Founder's already said it...Dark - Rich - Sexy!!

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2012 17:42:49 | More by OWSLEY069
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Jamesthebrit

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Super dark brown my note says, although I remember it being not pitch black or anything. Almost a little red. Chocoalte brown head.
S: Great smell. A good amount of maltyness and reminded me of a good stout. Some coffee flavors in there. Also chocoalte.
T: A nearly (if not so) perfect beer here. Oh man that's good is my first note. Malty, roasty, a good caramel flavor that stood out just enough. Super smooth.
M: Sits perfect. The flavors come out with no harshness at all.

Overall a absolutely wonderful beer and certainly one of the best I've had. It was a great showing for the category and I will be hunting down more for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2012 15:58:39 | More by Jamesthebrit
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unclejazz

New York

4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I waited far too long to try this, but maybe it was meant to be, since I waited to have it on tap.Thank you Brooklyn bar to remain unnamed bar that provided me with a free pizza to enjoy with my beer.

A-solid brown/black body with a solid 1 finger head poured into a pint glass. Very nice retention and some lacing.

S-this is the Barry White of beers and it starts with a smell that is velvety smooth. Rich cocoa nib, dark roasted malt, and a touch of chocolate milk in the nose. I could enjoy the head of this beer all day long.

T-Aww yeah, this hits the spot. One sign of a good porter is one that is refreshing. This does the trick and then some. A repeat performance of the what the nse caught, but a great nutty kind of Costa Rican coffee punch in the middle. Some really great earthiness which leads me to believe that this might do very well aged in oak. Just take a minute and imagine that...

M-heavy in the mouth, but with a very nice undercurrent of carbonation. As it warms up it only gets better and the last few sips had the best mouthfeel, when I began taking smaller sips to make it last.

O-this is a real bulls-eye for Founders, a definite feather in their cap and a good nominee for flagship beer. I have had all the big dogs that Founders puts out, including a 2010 CBS on draft just last week.(which was mellowed out to near-perfection). This beer may be the best of them all. I am a bit giddy to see if the bottle is as good. I may start to horde them.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 01:10:32 | More by unclejazz
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amphion1065

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. pour into a pint glass at Lord Hobo. Reviewed from notes.

Pours black, though the dim lighting in the bar may well have obscured a subtle cocoa shade. A really tight, quarter-finger brown head won't quit.

Pure, unadulterated milk chocolate. There's a hint of roast, and a touch of cola, but the chocolate is king here.

The taste is very milky and quite sweet. I can't help but be reminded of Hershey's chocolate milk, though there is a slight roasted bitterness that adds a pleasant complexity. Absent from this package is the metallic flavor that I often find creeps into porters. This is a treat.

Mouthfeel is great, full and velvety. It's lush, with an appropriately low level of carbonation.

A total win for me. Founders has made a beer that is totally approachable and inoffensive, but delicious enough to warrant repeat visits. A great example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 16:33:42 | More by amphion1065
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WhiteOak

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Opaque near-black, with a dark tan head that settles a bit but persists.

S- Smells of dark roasted malt in front of coffee.

T- A rich but uncomplicated classic porter flavor of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. A wisp of bitterness on the finish.

M, D- The stand-out here is the structure and mouthfell, which are impressive. Viscous, thick, extracted, and creamy.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2012 14:59:19 | More by WhiteOak
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vandeg

Michigan

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This by far the ideal porter that one can have or rather the benchmark all other porters should be compared to. The color and head are spot on, smell is sweet chocolate/coffee which tastes almost as it smells but better!

I go to Founder's weekly and this is one that I usually will get if nothing else catches my fancy.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2012 18:45:20 | More by vandeg
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint glass on draft.

A- Black with a good sized Khaki brown head, decent retention.
S- A load of malts of all varieties, good amounts of coffee and some chocolate. Some bitterness.
T- This beer Tastes like it smells. A lot of coffee at first and its followed by a variety of malt. Some dark chocolate. Much more bitter then sweet buts thats what I expected from this beer. A somewhat spicy and smokey aftertaste.
M- This beer had good carbonation from the tap. It has a full feel, not as big as their breakfast stout but its a big bodied beer. Leaves a dry and sticky aftertaste, Not crazy about the dry mouth but its not that bad.
O- This is a great porter, Its on par with Edmund Fitzgerald and Black Butte in my opinion. Founders can do no wrong.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2012 02:35:50 | More by TwelveOunces
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devinoconnor

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders is always solid, and their classic American porter is no exception. Simply wonderful.

Pours a shiny black with creamy white head. Nose is sugary and sweet, and notes of chocolate and cocoa are abundant. Plenty of hops make this wonderful in the mouth, blended perfectly together with caramel malts.

Sweet, hoppy and well-balanced. Great for the colder months.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2012 21:25:29 | More by devinoconnor
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Reaper16

Alabama

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap @ Flying Saucer, Kansas City, MO, into a pint glass

I reviewed this beer in the bottle a couple of years ago. I hated it, and I looove the Porter style. I always suspected, though, that I got an old six-pack. Tonight, I finally decided to try it again.

Pours a color that is pretty much black. It is effectively black. Which is nice. There's nearly 1.75 fingers of khaki head. It laces like you'd think a head of that size would: like a dream.

The aroma is a very, very solid melange of baker's chocolate, heavy roasted malts, and bitter hops. There isn't really anything beyond those three elements. It's a lot of bitter smells, but that's what I want in a porter.

Oh, man. This tastes aweeesome. It's so, so roasty. Roast roast roast. There's lots of dark, bitter chocolate flavor here too. But the roast takes over. But, and this is key, there's a whole lot of hop flavor here too. It's so bitter with green hop flavor that it starts to duel with the roast about which element of bitterness is going to win over the palate. That sounds bad, doesn't it? It sounds like a beer that is confused. Let me assure you that it totally works. These contrasting bitternesses represent what the porter style can do better than any other style. This is so good.

Mouthfeel is also good. It's got a pretty innocuous body; you don't really notice it ever. The carbonation level is soft but not without power behind its bubbles.

When I first got into beer, Boulevard's Bully! Porter was my favorite beer. It was an incredible porter with contrasting bitternesses -- the roast bitterness complimented and contrasted with the hop bitterness. Bully! Porter has in recent years received a recipe change. It's far less hoppy for some reason. Well, Founders Porter picks up the slack on the hoppy + roasty porter style. I take back everything I've ever said about this beer. It is excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2012 07:19:28 | More by Reaper16
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lovindahops

New York

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second founders brew of the evening. I'm very excited for this brew.

A- porter is a fair opaque body with slashes of lacing all along the glass. This looks like an impressive porter on the precipice

S- a complete coffee forward porter with some dark chocolate laying out on top. Toasted malt flavors surround the ending of the brew

T- very dry coffee flavor with malted goodness if you will. Slightly sweet and well positioned with flavors. Robust and some good caramelized flavor

M- as coating as it gets. Very good

O- hands down I love coffee and founders catapulted itself in my opinion as a forward coffee porter. Man I need to trade for this

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2011 22:52:04 | More by lovindahops
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The porter was a really dark brown color, bordering on pitch black, with a nice one finger off-white/mocha colored head that dissipated fairly quickly.
Aroma was a mild blend of chocolate, cocoa and some roasted coffee malts.
Taste on the other hand was much more complex than the aroma. A very strong, yet subtle smoky backbone with hints of sweet chocolate malt notes upfront with hints of fruity esters (vanilla-like notes) in the middle with a nice bitterness in the finish. The bitterness does not linger in the finish.
The lacing left behind all along the insides of the glass is visually very appealing and attractive.
Good mouthfeel, almost full-bodied and very easy to drink.
This is one of the best American Porter's out there.
Do not miss it, if you ever come across this porter.
It is an absolute 'must-try' beer, and comes highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2011 01:29:57 | More by CaptDavyJones
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tgorgz

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P/A: On draft at Fuel & Fuddle in Pittsburgh, PA.
Very dark chocolate- think 80%, with a milk chocolate head.

S: Good amount of coffee. Not as much chocolate as expected.

T: It kind of seemed to run together a little. More coffee than anything else.

M: Think, chewy, excellence.

O: Well done, folks. Not my fave from Founder's, but an excellent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2011 03:44:47 | More by tgorgz
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scout

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Publican in Chicago.

A very stout-like porter. Pours almost black, opaque with just a hint of brown. Nice thick head and the sticky lacing you expect from a fresh draft. Smell is toasted malts and faint hops.

Taste is toasted (almost burnt) malts, coffee and nuts up front then mellow hops. Very silky mouth-feel, almost creamy -- a lot like the Breakfast Stout actually, but just a bit lighter.

Overall, a great, balanced beer. Very similar to their Breakfast Stout, with a less sweet more hoppy taste (which interesting because it has fewer IBUs than the stout). Very drinkable, but just doesn't have the wow factor that the stout does.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 00:39:04 | More by scout
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The local bar hosted a special Founders night with multiple offerings of their beer.

I had the Porter in a snifter glass. This was a nice touch to hold in the maximum amount of bouquet in the glass.

On the pour I had about one finger of tan head. The color was very dark.

The nose had mild coffee and some vanilla.

The flavor included the coffee as well. The coffee starts as mild and gets strong near the end. It really isn't as bitter as you would think through the whole glass.

I enjoyed this beer. It did a really good job to pair with tonight's ribs.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2011 00:13:55 | More by ummswimmin
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pBRale

Iowa

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes on 9-6-11
Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance: Pitch black, with a two-finger creamy toasted mallow head that settles very slowly and has heavy retention--thin an sticky all the way down the glass.

Smell: Chocolate, roasty malts, woody undertones.

Taste: Coffee, dark chocolate, big roasty character-almost smoky taste. The coffee taste comes on stronger near the finish, along with a roasted nut (peanut) aftertaste. The balance is exceptional, and the beer has a nice big malty complex flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Thick, heavy beer with mild to moderate carbonation, thick and smooth. There is great balance and feel to this beer.

Overall: A truly exceptional and robust porter, one that is a must-try and to which I will soon return!

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 02:31:42 | More by pBRale
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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