Mothership Series #4: Panther Cub Barrel-Aged Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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Mothership Series #4: Panther Cub Barrel-Aged PorterMothership Series #4: Panther Cub Barrel-Aged Porter
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by MasterSki on 04-21-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#292
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
131
pDev:
6.04%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
13
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 131 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of drunkenmess
4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JoeLev
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/26/2018. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, toffee, vanilla, cream, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, roasted nuts, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of molasses, dark fruit, smoke, herbal, and yeast/roast/oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, vanilla, maple/bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, toffee, vanilla, cream, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, roasted nuts, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of molasses, dark fruit, smoke, herbal, and yeast/roast/oaky earthiness. Mild herbal/roasted bitterness; and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, toffee, vanilla, cream, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, roasted nuts, dark/brown bread, light molasses/dark fruit, smoke, herbal, and yeast/roast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, vanilla, maple/bourbon barrel flavors; with a solid roast/hop bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is amazing. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.7%, zero barrel booze. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged vanilla imperial porter! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, vanilla, maple/bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the ABV, with the mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Amazingly soft feel. Amazing balanced rich malts, vanilla beans, and maple/bourbon barrel presence/integration. A highly enjoyable offering, and top tier style example as expected. Tastes like a light version of CBS all the way. Nearly identical with a lighter body, less warmth/barrel booze.

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Photo of loganburgh
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NathanBeets
4.09/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of OompaMentor
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/29/2018

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Photo of MTKATL
3.77/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sauced4life
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nichols33
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of M_chav
3.58/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Texasfan549
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rcjennings
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fireman_RK
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Deep black and chestnut hues with a thin sandy head and moderate lacing
S: Big amber maple syrup notes followed by freshly ground coffee beans
T: Mocha, maple candies, and creamy vanilla complemented by trace hints of the barrel and dark roasted coffee and ending on lingering butterscotch
F: Slightly thinner than expected, but well carbed
O: Really nice sipper here. I get the comparisons folks have made to this being the love child of KBS and CBS. Nice coffee on the nose and complex profile on the tongue. If this had a richer body and more pronounced barrel it would really be next level.

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

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a growler that was sent to me by the great and wonderful FlintB
A: Pours a deep dark mahogany, like the hair of an Italian girl that you dream about. A small but thick tan head that recedes to a ring but hangs around for the entire time in the glass;
N: Melted butterscotch and boozy caramel sauce. the nose is screaming for vanilla ice cream.
T: Cocoa and coffee. A hint of sweetness. As it warms there is more coffee and some bitterness.
MF: Boozy but not hot. Just enough sweetness to offset the bittersweet chocolate. A very full mouthfeel. All though it is boozy it is an easy drinker.
O: I will admit that I am partial to Founders big stouts. This one is no exception. A wonderful stout. I keep seeing comparisons to KBS and CBS but this one is very different.

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Photo of BenHoppy
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer was good but mainly reminded me of Breakfast Stout, which is fine but if I want breakfast stout I'll buy breakfast stout. What I wanted in this was something like Founders Porter with some maple and bourbon. The maple was barely there, really had to look for it whereas the bourbon I couldn't taste at all. This is not a top 250 beer does not belong on the list, nothing special about it. it's still good but nothing special as it's basically breakfast stout. way over powered by coffee.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jzeilinger
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OleDixie
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cp45
4.12/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jvgoor3786
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Small porter aged in BLIS maple syrup barrels and bourbon barrels.

Pours deep brown with minimal head and lacing.

Tons of chocolate and bourbon on the nose.

The taste explodes with maple, chocolate, char, and bourbon. It's very sweet.

Medium body with low carbonation.

Excellent beer. Would love to see it bottled.

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Photo of 98green
3.84/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tracker83
4.12/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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Mothership Series #4: Panther Cub Barrel-Aged Porter from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 131 ratings