It's Founders Week on Chad'z Beer Reviews! For the next six days I'll be reviewing all five of Founders' year-round beers plus their seasonal double IPA "Double Trouble." I decided to start with their porter, which is the only generically-named beer they have.
4AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Opaque black body with no red whatsoever. Forms a thick, brown, creamy/frothy head which retains very well and leaves pretty lacing on the glass throughout.
Smell: Roasted barley, dairy, a hint of alcohol. Smell seems to indicate it will be a bitter, dry beer.
Taste: I wish all porters were as flavorful as Founders! This is that rare beer that is hearty and robust and still manages to retain the qualities of a porter. The palate is, for lack of a better decription, "typical" porter with the toasted malt, a milky/dairy sweetness across the middle, and slight milk chocolate on the finish. It’s not a particularly bitter or dry beer as is common with stouts, so there is next to no coffee flavor or bitterness here. The finish is surprisingly clean, with a hint of confectionary sweetness (frankly, I wouldn’t have minded some aftertaste here).
Mouthfeel: Silky smooth and soft. It doesn’t coat the entire mouth the way an imperial stout would, but definitely covers the tongue from start to finish.
Drinkability: While not the tastiest beer I’ve ever had, Founders Porter is one of the most quaffable. Between the flavorful, but tame palate, gentle mouthfeel and smooth finish it’s difficult to not throw this beer down as if it were a shot. It’s a fun beer to savor. The 6.5% ABV feels right, but might be a tad higher than would be preferred from a porter as I would love to session this but think I’d get overwhelmed quickly.
Overall, the best porter I’ve ever had and an excellent beer in its own right.