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

Mothership Series #4: Panther Cub Barrel-Aged PorterMothership Series #4: Panther Cub Barrel-Aged Porter
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From:
Founders Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
Imperial Porter
ABV:
8.7%
Score:
98
Avg:
4.45 | pDev: 6.07%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
136
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Mar 17, 2022
Added:
Apr 21, 2013
Wants:
  40
Gots:
  12
SCORE
98
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Mothership Series #4: Panther Cub Barrel-Aged PorterMothership Series #4: Panther Cub Barrel-Aged Porter
Notes: Developed after reflecting on youthful dalliances of yore, Panther Cub is a small porter aged in a combo of BLIS maple syrup bourbon barrels and regular bourbon barrels. This fierce cat has been aging in barrels for over two years with whole vanilla beans (just for fun). Tasty maple and vanilla notes plus surprisingly deep character make this rare special release one to look upon fondly.
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Rated: 4.05 by SayBoom from Ukraine

Mar 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.05 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 21, 2022
 
Rated: 5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

May 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.12 by curlybird from Pennsylvania

Mar 02, 2021
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Pours black with some mahogany on the edges and a tan head that provides beautiful lacing. Gorgeous beer. The nose maple up front, and I get a cocoa note and pretty substantial booze from the barrel, but it don’t get the vanilla - maybe it’s lurking in the barrel.

The maple is forward on the taste, but is joined quickly by the booze from the barrel - and the vanilla, which mixes well with the maple and the cocoa. Wow.

The mouthfeel is perfect for an imperial porter. I approached this with some trepidation because I read reviews that stated it was too sweet, but for my palate, there was an excellent balance between the flavors, and it wasn’t overly sweet. I purchased a couple of singles, but I’m gonna go back for more because this is exceptionally well done in that “hard-to-hit well” imperial porter category.
Feb 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.69 by MacStinson from Michigan

Feb 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by mcrawford from Michigan

Feb 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.21 by Branlott42 from Missouri

Feb 13, 2021
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Reviewed by micada from New York

4.17/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Very nice. I generally don’t like porters, but this is complex. The only negative hit is a tiny bit of artificial sweetness to the vanilla flavor, but otherwise it’s a good sipper.
Feb 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.27 by Junior from Michigan

Oct 25, 2020
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Rated by Eyedoc27 from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Coffee is the dominant flavor I’m getting followed by bourbon. Just a small hint of bitterness
Jul 17, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by Cotton_27 from Michigan

Jun 30, 2020
 
Rated: 4.29 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Sep 07, 2019
 
Rated: 3.95 by acurtis from New Jersey

Apr 19, 2019
 
Rated: 4.27 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois

Mar 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.04 by Mikexw from New York

Mar 11, 2019
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Reviewed by dfillius from Iowa

4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Yum! Lovely vanilla notes in the aroma of this one. Barrel aging did not make this one a booze bomb thankfully, it’s very subdued and rich in flavor. Silky, chewy mouthfeel. Only gripe I have is that there wasn’t any head to speak of. Thanks warnerry!
Mar 10, 2019
 
Rated: 4.52 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Feb 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4.16 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

Feb 12, 2019
 
Rated: 4.41 by pagesofphotographs from Colorado

Feb 03, 2019
 
Rated: 4.2 by Lazhal from Michigan

Jan 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4.13 by drunkenmess from Michigan

Jan 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4.33 by kjkinsey from Texas

Jan 20, 2019
 
Rated: 4.34 by JoeLev from Ohio

Jan 12, 2019
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
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.
Jan 11, 2019
 
Rated: 4.23 by loganburgh from Michigan

Jan 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4.09 by NathanBeets from South Dakota

Jan 06, 2019
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Rated by OompaMentor from Georgia

4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12/29/2018
Jan 04, 2019
 
Rated: 3.77 by MTKATL from Georgia

Dec 31, 2018
 
Rated: 4.46 by Sauced4life from Michigan

Dec 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Dec 26, 2018
 
Rated: 3.58 by M_chav from New Mexico

Dec 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.31 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Dec 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.44 by rcjennings from Ohio

Dec 22, 2018
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Reviewed by Fireman_RK from North Carolina

4.54/5  rDev +2%
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.
Dec 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by Narthax from Texas

Dec 18, 2018
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Reviewed by SammyJaxxxx from New Jersey

4.67/5  rDev +4.9%
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.
Dec 17, 2018
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Reviewed by BenHoppy from Michigan

4/5  rDev -10.1%
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.
Dec 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4.19 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Dec 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4.15 by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

Dec 16, 2018
Mothership Series #4: Panther Cub Barrel-Aged Porter from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 152 ratings