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Founders Porter

I’ve started to notice that I tend to over-focus my beer purchasing, consuming and writing on the newest beer releases. I know I’m not the only one! A great new beer almost always has way more buzz amongst craft beer connoisseurs than the re-release of something that has been brewed before. I really started to think about this last month when I realized that I had gone months (or longer) without drinking some of my favorite local beers. A twitter chat I had a few months ago gave me a good idea. Every so often I am going to do a classic beer week – a week where I drink nothing that is brand new. As part of this focus on old favorites I am going to do reviews of some of these classic beers. Keep in mind that a beer doesn’t have to be decades old to be a classic, just something that I’ve enjoyed in the past but haven’t tried in a while. This week the Hoppy Boston blog will focus on classics, and I will bring this back every so often when I get the itch. The first beer on the list is Founders Porter, one of my favorite takes of the porter style. Special thanks to my friend Rory who came over for a Bruins game a few weeks ago and brought some Founders Porter. It’s always nice when a friend stops by and brings great beer.

Founders PorterFounders Porter pours nearly pitch black with a mild tan head. The scent is big on roasted malts, aromas of cocoa and espresso. The taste is also very malt forward, touches of dark chocolate, stongly brewed coffee, toffee and toast. There is also a solid hit of earthy and bitter hops, just enough to balance out the beer and dry out the finish while still letting the dark malts shine. The beer is full bodied but goes down smooth at 6.5% ABV. The finish leaves a hint of rich malt and just a little crisp hoppiness. This is a great beer, one of my favorite takes on the porter style and worth adding to any regular rotation. Hoppy Boston score: 4.75/5.

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Founders Imperial Stout

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Founders Imperial Stout

It takes some cojones to quit a steady job and chase your dream of opening a brewery, but that’s just what Founders Brewing Company co-owners Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers did in 1997. Initially they brewed balanced, but unremarkable beers and they nearly went bankrupt. When they switched it up and made the complex and assertive beers they loved, Founders became one of the most successful and well respected craft breweries in the US. Based in Grand Rapids, MI Founders Brewing Company now ships their beers to 25 states. Founders is best known for their hop forward IPAs and their complex malty stouts. While the most well known Founders stout is probably their Breakfast Stout (and the bourbon-barrel aged Kentucky Breakfast Stout), Founders also makes a highly sought after Imperial Stout as a winter seasonal. Founders Imperial Stout is brewed with ten different varieties of malt, with the goal of producing a complex but drinkable brew.

Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout pours almost pitch black, as viscous as motor oil with a mild dark brown head. The smell is all dark malts, chocolate, coffee and a little dark fruit. The taste is also very malt forward, with dark chocolate, espresso, molasses and toffee as the predominant flavors. Despite all of the malt flavor the beer isn’t overly sweet, the bittering hops add a nice balance. There is a touch of warming alcohol in the flavor, but it is not assertive at all, impressive for a beer with 10.5% ABV. The mouthfeel is very full, but this beer is best enjoyed as a slow sipper. Founders Imperial Stout finishes very clean, with a touch of coffee and bitterness left on the tongue. I’ve enjoyed quite a few stouts and porters this winter, and this is easily one of the best. Hoppy Boston score: 4.75/5.