Smoked Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A robust porter brewed with beechwood-smoked barley, oak-smoked wheat and chocolate malt.

Added by SerialTicker on 02-02-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
348
Reviews:
35
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
9.83%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
42
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 348 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of Sammy
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good balance of smoke above average mouthfeel

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in 1/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, wood smoke, light coffee, light char, herbal, light pepper, and roast/smoke earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/smoked malt and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, dark bread, toast, wood smoke, light coffee, light char, herbal, light pepper, and roast/smoke earthiness. Light spicy hop and roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, toast, dark bread, wood smoke, light coffee, herbal, light pepper, and roast/smoke earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted/smoked malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, creamy, and fairly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent smoked porter style. All around great balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted/smoked malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a tan head. Color is a dark caramel hued brown nearing black.

Flavor profile: A lot of caramel and vanilla. Sweet. Chocolate and cocoa. A nice roasted malt profile with some coffee notes. A touch of bacon, but the roast isn't overdone here.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, smoked, and creamy. Medium to full bodied.

Overall, a solid beer. Nothing insane, but very drinkable and well done. I could easily have a few glasses of this without being overwhelmed by the smoke.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/7/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains black coffee, smoked roasted malts, chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out smoky with a hearty roasted malt character up front. Then some mildly sweet flavors of coffee and chocolate come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid smoky dark beer to drink for a long time.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at Shady McGrady's, served chilled in a snifter.

The color is onyx, completely opaque with thick tan band of cream with fine bead, lace clings well. The smell is sweet cocoa with a mild fruity yeast ester similar to dark plum with dark roast coffee and a subtle toasted/smoked malt aroma with subtle hop spiciness. The feel is excellent with creamy texture and mild sweetness that builds as it warms with moderate carbonation and medium body with light smoked element adding to the semi-dry quality in the finish.
The taste is very good, rich with malt and slightly caramel accented with a yeast flavor that provides a light fruitiness and there is moderate roast and mild bitterness in the flavor from the hops and/or malt with a smoky accent wrapping it up with peppery hop flavor adding complexity. Overall I really enjoyed this and would consider this a more subtle take on the smoked porter style but it is delicious and I would not hesitate to have it again.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Smoked Porter from Founders Brewing Company
4.07 out of 5 based on 348 ratings.
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