Founders Rye Whisky Aged Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Sammy on 08-07-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by atsprings:
Photo of atsprings
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Raleigh Times served in a tulip glass an almost opaque black with a decent light-tan head. Aroma is Bourbon up front with dark malts, rye and vanilla. Taste is a very complex blend of chocolate, dark malts, rye, vanilla and Bourbon, an absolutely incredible beer. The beer is medium bodied with well hidden alcohol. I have to say, I always seem to enjoy the rare releases from Founders, and this one is no exception!

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Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed immensely on tap at the brewpub. Dark body with some white head, ruby wine highlights. Lace down the sides. Wonderful rye whisky aroma. Above average mouthfeel, carbonation right there. Chocolately, woody, coconut. I like rye whisky compared to bourbon as I told the owners.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler into several glasses. Thanks go to FooFaa for bringing this one to the party.

Pours a straight black in the glass, although some garnet notes do shine a bit towards the bottom of the glass, with approximately a finger of rich dark mocha colored head. Retains with a creamy and smooth layer of foam, that leaves a fantastic looking cascade of heavy lacing that absolutely coats the sides of the glass. Just a great look to this. Chocolate, roast, and coffee are all at the forefront of the aroma, with the bready spiciness of the rye creeping through the middle section of this, and then finally you have some whiskey warmth and woody tones pulling up the back. All of the flavors come out in a pretty straight forward manner but merges seemlessly with each other.

The taste is thick and sweet with chocolate up front, which works itself into a deep roastiness that just seems to encapsulate the flavor profile. Much like the aroma, the rye flavor here is a creeper, mixing in with the whiskey flavors that comes out in a flush of spice and warm dryness across the back. The barrel is very understated here for the most part, showing itself with mostly notes of vanilla and char. It's all very mellow and nicely compliments the other flavors. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a very smooth and easy nature to the carbonation, which does a great job of easing and melding all of these flavors together perfectly.

Nobody does barrel-aging quite like Founders, and this is perfect example of why. The bourbon is just so well integrated here, providing plenty of flavor itself but never intruding on those from the base Porter. Really fantastic drinkibility on for such a big beer as well. This is another home run for these guys.

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Photo of Bung
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Founders. Snifter, nearly black pour, small light tan head. Roast coffee and malt aromas, fair amount of booze/barrel. Much going on in the flavor hear. Roasted malt, cocoa, peat backbone with caramel, vanilla, oak accenting. Near full, viscous body. Pleasant roast espresso finishing. A well made barrel aged brew from Founders.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Founders Brewhouse in July 2009. Served in a snifter.

Pours a very dark brown with a nice creamy brown head and excellent lacing as it goes down. The smell had roasted malts, bourbon, wood, chocolate, coffee, and a mild residual sweetness. A little bit of rye comes in as well, really setting this one apart. The taste brought a little more of the rye forward, creating a nice complexity. The mouthfeel was quite smooth, and a little bit dry. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of Deuane
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing a growler of this fine creation.

A-Viscous, deep black/brown with subtle, deep ruby highlights. A medium dark tan head reduced to a thin veil that left fine sheeting lace.

S-Impressive rye whiskey notes meld almost seamlessly with light coffee, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt Aroma is like a decadent dessert creation from a 4-star restaurant.

T-Rye whiskey flavours dominate but don't overwhelm. A near perfect, well OK, I am giving it a 5 so it is perfect, combination of chocolate, vanilla, coffee and roasted malt. The flavour profile is simply heavenly. Very subtle, dry spicy finish.

M-Medium-full-bodied, very smooth and creamy. This ss one luscious brew. Soft and silky with no harsh alcohol bite. As stated previously this is like liquid dessert.

D-Outstanding! Founder's scores another direct hit with an impressive barrel aged brew. They simply "get it" when it comes to crafting beers like this...KBS, Hand of Doom, Backwoods Bastard....etc. Kudos to Founders!

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Photo of gordavidson
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- A thick, dark brown that is borderline black. The brown head is very creamy looking and has great retention. Looks fantastic.

S- Very mild smelling with hints of chocolate, bourbon, and a bit of fruit. Clean.

T- Very smooth and well blended with chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of rye whiskey. Unbelievably well blended and smooth. Not a hint of alcohol. Not very complex, but it is really nice.

M- Smooth as I'll get out. Like velvet.

D- A very nice beer that took some skill to create. Smooth and drinks rather nicely for a 9% whiskey barrel aged beer.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Capone's in SEPA. I don't think there is a reason for me to go to the Founder's Pub besides just to say i've been there because they seem to send everything over here anyway. I'll go someday anyway.

A- Founder's Rye Whiskey is pretty black, not the darkest shade of this end of the spectrum, but black enough. I get some small soapy bubbles on the top that appear brown. Nice spider web lacing,

S- A nice porter base with coffee and chocolate, you know, the usual. Some roast with the coffee and a bit of peat. Rye bread sokaed with whiskey. I think this is fairly fresh as I get some hops. Vanilla and caramel expanding the sweetness.

T- A big american porter, almost Baltic, it has some sweetness, that's a understatement. Caramel malts, dark fruit, chocolate and some morning coffee. The whiskey is there but not huge, it's quite pleasant. I don't really taste any of the oak though. The rye is also not that huge but you can taste the bread it gives off. Im guessing this was a flavorful beer before the barrel aging.

M,D- The mouthfeel is silky with just a touch of bitterness, the whiskey coats the mouth and leaves some heat. Above medium. There really is alot going on at once, it kind of lost me. I did not care for more.

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Photo of BigMike
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Capone's. Poured into a tulip glass.

Dark brown in color. Borderlining black. Very little head, maybe a half a pinky finger of slightly off white head.

Smell is very strong of whiskey. Notes of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, are also present.

Taste is very much of whiskey. After the initial whiskey fades it's followed by lot's of chocolate, vanilla and coffee. A lot of woody oak flavors also.

Mouthfeel is smooth. A touch of alcohol burn but very nice. A little above medium bodied but not quite full bodied. Light carbonation is easily drinkable.

This is a very tasty beer. I could sip on this all night long. The whiskey is present but not overbearing. Overall this is a great beer.

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Photo of corby112
3.65/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap tonight at Capone's.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest bit of lighter colored edges when held to a light source and a two finger frothy chocolate beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring that coats the glass with some small thin sheets of lacing.

Sweet alcohol aroma with lots of strong whiskey character without much of a tannis presence. There is some very faint vanilla from the barrel aging but this is overpowered by the whiskey and roasted/smokey malt notes lying underneath. Hints of bittersweet dark chocolate, burnt toast, roasted coffee/espresso bean, caramel and toffee. These latter hints are evident but the nose is overdominated by the strong whiskey character.

Fuller bodied than I expected which is a nice change of pace for barrel aged beers lately with a lot of rich roasted chocolate maltiness laying underneath the very strong whiskey flavor from the barrel. As in the aroma there is hardly any oaky tannis but their is a nice bit of vanilla trying to mellow out the strong whiskey flavor. Some silky chocolate accompanies the bittersweet dark chocolate and there is some subtle roasted coffee flavor. Hints of burnt toast, licorice, sweet alcohol, caramel and toffee. There's also a very subtle hop bitterness in the finish which compliments the bittersweet dark chocolate. Pretty complex but the whiskey profile is a bit too strong for my liking. Decent but not one of my favorite examples of the styles. Nevertheless I'm glad that I got a chance to try it.

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Photo of jampics2
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My original review was deleted in one of the site's crashes, so scores are from notes but descriptions are from memory...

Awesome treat to get to try this. Mike was nice enough to bring a 1/6bbl out to Rozi's and this was the first beer we all had in the tasting. Plus, I got to bring home a growler :)

Pours a deep brown/black and looks exceptional. Nice small head, almost perfect appearance for the style.

Nice chocolatey smell - very similar to the regular porter but with a nice touch of rye whisky. Yummy!

Taste is exceptional. I loved this. Just enough rye whiskey blends perfectly with the chocolate and roast of the porter. This is just awesome.

Mouthfeel was great - nicely carbed w/o being over the top. Nice visco as well.

I could drink this all day. Every day. One of the most drinkable barrel aged beers I've ever had.

WOW - I'd love the chance to drink this again some day. Thanks, Founders and the incomparable host Mr. Bell.

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Photo of chaz410
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lucky to get this beer on tap at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte NC.
Pours an extremely darkly tented ruby red, virtually black with a finger lenght khaki head.
Smells amazingly rich of chocolate, vanilla oak notes, and hints of sweet rye and rich caramel. Its taste is just as rich as the smell. Sweet chocolate and malty caramel laced over smooth oaky wood character with accents in vanilla. There is a rye breadiness with a crisp finish brought on by hops but without denoting much hop flavor, more so like the sharp kiss of cold semi sweet chocolate. The chocolate character comes out more when it warms but in honesty I like the cooler off tap flavor because of the rich and crisp mouthfeel.
One of the best porters I've ever had! Hard to drink a lot though, but that's not a bad thing at all, one is a treat!

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Photo of ffejherb
4.89/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to FooFaa for procuring a growler of this and sharing on 1/23/10.

A - Emerged from the growler as an oily, black body with a creamy burnt tan head that reduced to a slim film, leaving thin strands of lace around the glass.

S - The aroma of this porter is simply sublime. Whiskey notes are apparent but not overbearing at all, and are quelled by sweet vanilla notes, crispy candybar-esque malt and rich chocolate. The alcohol presence is mild at best.

T - Initial flavor is reminiscent of whiskey-soaked rye bread, although I can honestly say that I never soaked rye bread in whiskey. One can only imagine. Lush vanilla notes provide a sweet counterpart to the oaky, woody presence and whiskey notes. However, there isn't much of a rye presence save for a very faint dry, spicy edge to the malt character. Finishes with a chocolate candybar character and virtually no hop bitterness at all.

M - Medium to full-bodied with an exceptionally smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Very minimal alcohol heat is present, resulting in a silky, softly carbonated porter that glides down the throat effortlessly.

D - Simply delicious! The whiskey/alcohol character is so subtle that it doesn't hinder the drinkability one bit. Instead, it really adds a depth and complexity to an already fantastic porter. This was indeed a pleasure to imbibe!

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rye Whiskey Founders Porter, on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA. Served in a tulip.

Appearance: An ornate, cocoa brown body with pearlets of light creeping around the hedges, capped by what I imagine was at some time a thin, half finger of moderately tanned goodness (though, again, Capone's fills are massively amazing). Legs are stringy, thin or nonexistent in most places though bulkily clingy in a few, and the visible carbonation is sparse and moderately paced.

Aroma: A good balance - I presumed that because of the difference between the abv% of the regular porter and this varietal, this one should be soaked with whiskey, but it's surprisingly not in the nose. Sure, the whiskey is here and fairly prominent, contributing a spicy, earthy sweetness, some faint heat, and a nice kick. But its strength seems to both acknowledge that Founders Porter is most an incredibly strongly flavored porter but also ... still a porter. The sweet chocolate, toast, caramel, and faint spicy hop twang seem to be in agreement with the spirit contribution.

Taste: Whiskey is way more prominent here, lending a great deal of earthy spice up front and through til the finish. The earthyness blends fairly well with the earthy components of this malt foundation - the toast, the slight astringencies - though does mask somewhat what I enjoy about pure Founders Porter, namely the intensely pungent cocoa and pleasantly roasted coffee. A slight hop twang and faint coconut also set it apart from the original, though in a more positive light. Pretty solid, but does get a knock for the aforementioned.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, with the right amount of carbonation for a porter being introduced in to a somewhat barrel-thinned body. Still works beautifully for the style and the flavor profile, but loses half a point for the manner in which is presents the whiskey spice and heat.

Drinkability: So it turns out the whiskey was pretty hot after all. I can't say I loved this one too terribly much (though that may have been the whole "working on 2 hours of sleep in the past 48 and lost somewhere in suburban Philly while the snow started and I still had to get home to Charlottesville" thing), but it was moderately enjoyable. There are worse barrel aged beers out there, to be sure, and ones that are less drinkable by virtue of having higher or more highly-pronounced (in an unpleasant way, unlike this one) alcohol flavors. Worth trying, even though I wouldn't go out of my way to nab it again.

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Founders Rye Whisky Aged Porter from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 14 ratings
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