Founders Old World Brown Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by zoso1967 on 01-25-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 2
Photo of TCgoalie
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of FedExPope
5/5  rDev +47.1%

Photo of homebrew311
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Founders Taproom.

A:cloudy brown, white heady, splotchy lacing, no retention

S: faint notes of chocolate and coffee, some notes of caramel, biscuit, and roast

T: very mild roasted malt bill, decent dose of earthy hops which provide a bit of bitterness on the finsih

MF: very light body, high carbonation

D: not a lot going on here, drinks easy but lacks flavor

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Photo of zoso1967
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Old World Brown Porter is a tribute to the original Porters brewed in England originating in the 1720's. It uses high amounts of Amber and Brown malts which were commonly used during the time. Brewers prior to the Industrial Revolution relied heavily on these malts for darker beers because roasted malts did not yet exist. The result is a beer murky brown in color, with mild carbonation, a sweet malt and deep biscuit toasted aroma with a hint of smokiness, and a thick chewy body with a huge malt back bone and a subtle dry and bitter-roasty finish. At 5.5% ABV and 24 IBUs its a great winter session ale that you won't feel guilty about having more than one." -Founders Tap Room Facebook Page

Old world Brow Porter is served up not looking like the most appetizing beer. It is a murky medium brown with no head at all. If I had to describe the appearance of this beer, I would say it looks like muddy puddle water.

The aroma is interesting in that it smells quite strongly of coffee, but I know from reading the description on Founders Facebook page that there is no roasted malt in this beer. There are also some toasty toffee like notes and a definite sweetness, but not much else.

The flavor has a bit more going on with the coffee like flavors coming across more like deeply browned toast with a bit of char. It also has plenty of caramel and toffee as well as a bit of chocolate to it. This is a sweet beer overall and I am not able to pick up any hops or hop bitterness, though they may just be covered up by all the toastyness.

The body is on the fuller side of medium with a very nice smoothness and a bit of a coating texture. It finishes fairly neutral with some toasted bread and coffee notes on the finish. I definitely think that the mouthfeel is the best aspect of this beer.

It was not until after I had reviewed this Porter that I read about what founders was getting at when they created it. I think it is a pretty neat idea, but I still have a real problem with the appearance and find the flavors a bit lacking. I bumped up my scores a bit since this was a throwback brew, but I think that (especially given the other amazing beers that founders always has at the taproom) this style of porter might do well to remain in the old world.

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Founders Old World Brown Porter from Founders Brewing Company
3.4 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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