Founders Brewing Co. – Grand Rapids, MI
Founder’s Porter – 6.5% ABV – 45 IBU
This beer pours dark. It’s so black, that there is just a thin mahogany glow around the edge of the glass and down near the stem. Other than that… black! There is a dark brown, thick 1-finger head.
Though, none of the following ingredients are in this beer, the major aroma notes are coffee and dark chocolate. The aromas are so prominent, they could have easily been in the recipe. There are also deep, roasted grain aromas, as well as some brown sugar and molasses. A thoroughly complex aroma.
As far as tasting it, I took it out of the refrigerator, poured it into my tulip glass, and waited 15 to 20 minutes for it to get to the best temperature possible for a porter: around 55 degrees.
The flavor is absolutely awesome! Lots of roasted malt and molasses-like flavors. Coffee and chocolate are present, but farther in the background than they seemed in the aroma. Such a complex flavor with tons of subtleties. Hints of vanilla are there- almost fleeting… but there. There are also some roasted coffee beans and dark cocoa nibs. It has a very balanced flavor. There is barely any bitterness. It’s also not too sweet. I would say it’s “just right”.
The mouth feel is medium to full-bodied, and very smooth. Drinkability is high. I could have this as a session beer. I could easily buy it a case at a time in the cold months.
Founder’s Porter is my favorite porter, and one of my all-time favorite beers. If you like Guiness… try this beer. If you like coffee… try this beer. If you like dark chocolate… try this beer. If you like beer… give this one a shot. You may be well rewarded.