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English Porter
Ranked #21
Ranked #8,206
4.08 | pDev: 5.88%
Foundation Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 48 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of smcolw
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color where only minimal light passes along the edge. Decent beige provides plentiful spotty lace.

Semisweet chocolate nose with a touch of cocoa powder. Light chalk.

More cocoa to the tongue. Good body with an elevated carbonation level. The swallow is dry but has a hint of raspberry. Dark chocolate aftertaste. Although the description sounds like a one trick pony, this is a complex and subtle beer.

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Photo of brureview
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown chocolate with a 3F head in a tulip.

Roasted malt aroma.

Excellent creamy MF.

Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate taste.

More vibrant than other porters. I was looking for more chocolate and a smoother flavor. Otherwise, an excellent porter.

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Photo of ichorNet
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Kind of awesome for a brewery called Foundation to make their porter called Bedrock, which is essentially a synonym for foundation in many ways. Clever stuff here. I may or may not have had this before at the brewery, but this is definitely my first time having it from a can! New England-brewed Porter beer is a surprisingly tough category to score highly in due to the density of excellent porters made fairly-regularly, as well as those I can get less regularly that nevertheless fall into the category of "style-defining"... looking at you, HF Everett! Anyway, let's see how Foundation does with this old-world style of dark beer.

Pours a nearly-impenetrable dark cocoa color with a retentive head of several fingers of light-medium mocha foam which leaves behind some solid lace as it fades away. The surface is a little less crowded with foam that I figured, bearing some vestiges of the original pour which have mostly receded to wisps. Oh well, I'm sure small pours of the beer remaining in my can will rebuild what has been lost here.

The nose is pretty heavy on the English toffee and caramel elements from the malts here; it's almost a bit too sweet to me, to be honest. Very little roast, though some notes of dark cacao husk and crème brûlée make an appearance here. Lighter notes of medium-roast coffee with semi-firm acidity along with very slight suggestions of plum make their presence known as well. A slight rye-like earthy spice is just about the last element I can glean from the rather straightforward nose of this porter.

The palate is mostly clean and simple with strong forward flavors of toasted malt, roasty coffee and medium-dark chocolate (60-70% cacao). Some slight earthy and mineral-like flavors hit in the mid-palate alongside herbal notes and the suggestion of ethanol before a dry, stark finish. Charcoal-like smokiness appears as a balancing element on the palate, somewhat near the end, just before a milk chocolate smoothness closes things out. The flavor and feel on this are somewhat at odds at times; it doesn't feel like a completely cohesive porter to me. I wish it focused on one thing or another instead of trying to wow me with every trick in the book. The smooth, milk-chocolate-like finish just doesn't jive with the earthy and smokier flavors in the mid-palate, and the herbal hops are juxtaposed against clean, roasty malt in a way that feels bizarre to me.

I want to like this more than I do, but it just doesn't seem convincing. It's not overly acrid or problematic, but it doesn't tick any of the boxes that make me want to revisit a porter in this day and age, and that's a big problem. The porter is an awesome style, but it is definitely also a style struggling to stay afloat in the world of weird adjunct stouts and intensely-hopped IPAs. In order to have a chance, you essentially have to be perfect, and this isn't. Not sure what else to say. Bedrock is a serviceable beer, for sure, but it's never going to be a go-to.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a nice looking dark brown close to black color with a slim finger’s worth of white to off white foamy head that dissipated evenly and leaving some light rings of messy/somewhat spider web lacing. The smell starts off with a light roasty to sharp yet somewhat smooth bitter coffee bean roaming into a light cocoa bean underneath. Gentle sweetness of semi-sweet milk chocolate, semi-sweet bitter dark chocolate. The taste mainly follows through moderately. Light sweet to bitter aftertaste and a semi-sweet to bitter finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light. Overall, I say this was a pretty good America porter that I could have again.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Oh my, what a truly nice porter this beer is!!! Foundation is one of my favorite breweries and not just Maine breweries, but many others. Lot's of great blends and truly a fine beer. Well done Foundation, AGAIN!!!!!!!!

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Photo of Hoppy_Time
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich brown black with two finger tan head, great retention, nice lacing.

Aromas of roasted malt, dark fruit, caramel, and a tinge of cocoa. Pretty simple and light aroma.

Taste is excellent, big roasty character bordering on smoky, chocolate and dark fruits, leaning towards dates, little coffee like from the roastiness, notes of caramel and toast. Light bitterness and sweetness, nice clean finish.

Medium bodied, very smooth, moderate tingly carbonation.

This is a tasty and bold porter, lots of deep dark roasty character and dark fruits complemented by a nice bitterness and light sweetness and a clean finish. Begs to be drank.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 16 oz. can dated Feb (?) 2017. Sampled on March 11, 2017.

Check out the pour, which is dark brown to near black with a boisterous tan head that fades and laces.

Big sweet dark roasted malt aroma with a hint of chocolate and a low hop profile.

Light to medium body. Like a Porter is.

There is a dark, roasted malt sweetness in the taste for sure and the sweetness hangs on until the finjsh which is mildly bitter. It is a decent Porter.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a pretty dark black, with a pretty significant foamy head, and lots of lacing.

Smells like black bread, roasted malt, slight coffee, and dark chocolate.

This is a really solid porter. It's got a lot of little malt complexities- crusty pumpernickel bread, nutty coffee, something slightly herbal, dark chocolate, etc. There's a small amount of hop character.

This is medium bodied, maybe a tiny bit thin, with a good level of carbonation.

This is a very solid porter from Foundation. The flavors are great, but I do wish there a bit more thickness to it, though- but it's a minor quibble.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a near pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves some good lacing

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a touch of dark fruits up front, along with some light coffee notes and some caramel

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some roasted malt and dark chocolate and goes into the coffee and caramel notes. The bitterness from the roast and coffee notes work well with the light sweetness of the crystal malt and caramel notes. Finishes with lingering dark chocolate and roast

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. On the smoother side

O: A great porter that is very well balanced and thus extremely easy to drink. Definitely worth checking out

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from 7-11
Dark brown/black color with a thin tan head that shows moderate retention. Roasty on the nose with bits of chocolate earth and caramel. the flavor adds a bit of dark pitted fruits. Lingering roasty bitter chocolate finish. Pretty tasty beer.

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Photo of mmorris15
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a murky dark brown/almost black.
S: Sweet chocolate and coffee.
T: Chocolate, coffee, and roastiness on the end.
F: Smooth. Medium bodied.
O: Excellent English style porter.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown color with a finger of tan head. The head has solid retention, leaving some random splotches of lace as it settles into a nice, creamy film.

Aroma is very chocolatey with a touch of dark roasted malts and subtle coffee.

Taste follows the nose. Lots of sweet milk chocolate, dark malts and a kiss of roasted coffee.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Velvety, smooth, and creamy with a lightly dry finish.

Overall, a very good English porter that packs a ton of flavor and has a great mouthfeel.

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Photo of jhavs
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft pour into snifter.

Look: Deep, dark, and creamy appearance. When held up to the light, a tiny bit passes through the edges showing a deep brown color. The head is small bubbled, creamy foam, tinted tan, settles to foamy cap with a wide ring around the glass.

Smell: Roasted malts, sweet chocolate, and bitter coffee are most noticeable on the nose. All perceivable, but none strong or outshining the other aromas.

Taste: Somewhat smoky, deep roast in the malts and coffee. The chocolate does not come through as bitter, but as a nice light balancing sweetness, which seems needed in this otherwise bitter brew.

Feel: Pretty full body for an English Porter, low end of moderate carbonation, feels right for the style.

Overall: Smooth, deep flavors. Overall a good brew. Nice balance of sweet and bitter, pretty to look at.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Frontier.
In a point glass the beer was a very dark brown color. There was about an inch of head.
Sweet chocolate aroma, a little coffee.
The taste followed the nose: sweet chocolate and a little coffee.
Medium-bodied, very smooth.

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Bedrock from Foundation Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 48 ratings