Friday, September 5, 2014

Feature Beer Friday! - Founders Porter

Founders Brewing is another relatively new arrival to the Louisiana craft beer portfolio, and this will be their first appearance on Feature Beer Friday! They are known for being one of the better craft breweries in the country, and their star is the Kentucky Breakfast Stout, a bourbon-barrel aged version of their regular Breakfast Stout.  We saw a little of this when they first came to Louisiana and likely will again, but in the meantime we have plenty to choose from out of their regular lineup. 

First up is their regular porter, nothing special about this one, no crazy flavors added, no barrel aging, just a straight up porter. In their words, "Pours silky black with a creamy tan head. The nose is sweet with strong chocolate and caramel malt presence. No absence of hops gives Founders’ robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect. Cozy like velvet. It’s a lover, not a fighter." It's a respectable 45 IBU and 6.5% abv, so it's probably not a session porter, but that doesn't mean you can't have more than one!

Let's review...

Reviewers: Eric Ducote (BR Beer Scene), Brenton Day (The Ale Runner), Chuck Pierce (Me And My Big Mouth), and Buddy Ethridge.

Serving: 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Dark, nice head, you can't see through it, so it has some thickness to it.

Roasted coffee notes dominate, but Brenton could pick out some hops in there as well.

Taste: Rich, with more coffee and roasted malt notes. We all used those same terms so it was a unanimous approval on the taste of this one.

This one lingers with a little bitterness from the hops and roasted barley. The alcohol doesn't show up at all, so it's very well balanced.

Overall: An excellent porter, and just what we would expect from Founders.

Overall Rating: 80.75
My Rating: 83

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