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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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6,284 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,284
Reviews: 1,439
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 322
Gots: 985 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2003

No absence of hops gives Founders' robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect.

45 IBU
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Ratings: 6,284 | Reviews: 1,439
Photo of Jaheeres13
2.85/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Not bad for my first porter

Photo of Christina102
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chocolate taste Very smoothe! Good

Photo of 50marathons
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not sure I've had a better porter. This is a great reminder of why this is my favorite style of beer. This particular beer has just the right blend of malt, smoke, coffee, chocolate. So good.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am drinking this at Brasserie Zentral from a bottle while eating foie gras – the lable on the bottle goes surprisingly well with the restaurant.
A: Brilliant chestnut body topped with a 1” finely bubbled light tan collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: A chocolate caramel nose hides an assertive bitter finish.
T: Sweet caramel chocolate culminates in a balancing bitter hop accent.
F: Silky smooth, medium full body, very fine soft carbonation.
O: Amazed at how well this goes with foie gras.

Photo of rolltide239
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great porter. Very smooth and chewy.

Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2nd best porter I've ever tried behind only the immortal HF Everett...what an "underrated" beer... This may be a fridge staple in years to come

Photo of budman619
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Digging founders right now! Everyone was telling me to try breakfast stout so i got one and a porter and enjoyed the porter a little more. Both are fantastic!!

Photo of DarraghKS
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Milk chocolate foam which is extremely short lived, well carbonated with slight sweetness in the aroma. Obvious chocolate, with slight acidic taste in the fore front. Evenly bittered with a slight coffee/smokey aftertaste. Extremely enjoyable!

Photo of silverblaze540
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Thick head, over an inch that is brown with big bubbles. Head dissipates slowly. Completely opaque with a reddish tint near the edges.

S - Malt, prunes, chocolate

T - Dark sweet fruits at the front. Chocolate in the middle. A mild hoppy bitter finish. No strong alcohol taste.

M - Minimal alcohol and carbonation burn.

O - A solidly good beer, but nothing exciting. Does what it needs to as a porter. Not too bitter, with a nice taste.

Photo of Paul432_1
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is a delicious Porter. Very dark, robust and full of flavor. I will be drinking this again.

Photo of jaxray8
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

as good porter as i've ever had

Photo of chopp02
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm not a Porter fan (for the most part) but I am a big fan of this beer! It has a tremendous bold flavor and the color and smell of this beer are full of flavor as well.

Photo of Cesarz
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is definitely NOT a porter. Its a nice beer but I would classify it as an Imperial Stout. Very rich malt, sweet, roastiness, coffee.

Photo of humuloner22
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Decent Porter, but I have better and this is why:

Appearance: Dark almost black, decent amount of head lingering globs of lacing are on the side of the glass and present on the layer that lies over the top of the beer.

Aroma: Some malts, a little hop citrus like notes, but not anything like a black IPA.

Taste: Fairly straightforward nothing outstanding, there is a bit of hop bite to this one which makes it a little bit different but then again some Porters are more hop forward, I tend to like mine more roast malts and creamy.

Overall: Not the best porter I have had tonight. I liked my local breweries offering better, I am not being biased but they made a solid beer!

Photo of BeerConny
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I think it's perfect. Alcohol content is just right for me and so is the bitterness. Coffee taste is not harsh at all. I like this better than their breakfast stout, but that is still good too. If you like porters and stouts then you should definately appreciate this brew.

Photo of FreshEsh
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I just did a porter taste off of some of my favorite breweries: left hand, Great Lakes, and boulder. Founders stood out. Full flavor, full body, best taste. Biggest difference I notice outside of taste, was color. Founders is much darker than the rest. Maybe it's the closest to a stout, with the highest ABV. Might be why it's my favorite, but regardless, this is an awesome beer.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black in color and no light seeps through. A fingernail of khaki head covers the rim and a third of the top. Alluring aroma of roasted barley with hints of coffee, figs, and a hint of smoke. The flavor is intense with roasted barley, smoked malt, and piney hops give it a different bitter direction. The mouth is chewy and viscous.

Photo of mothmanscott
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear very dark brown color without highlights when held to the light, producing 2+ fingers of frothy, variously bubbled, moderately lasting, mocha head that leaves only a a few wisps & strings of lace. Aroma is roasted malt, bittersweet & Hershey's chocolate & a little creamed coffee. Taste is dark & bittersweet chocolate, roast with burnt bread undertone, roasted nuts & hints of molasses/toffee, an earthy mustiness, woody vanilla & herbal hops. Smooth, sweet start transitions to a dry, peppery feel in the finish, leaving a spicy, very dry, burnt chocolate & astringently bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, low carbonation, silky & creamy with a lively finish & tongue numbing aftertaste. A nice brew that in a blind taste-test I would call a stout. I realize there is a narrow set of differences separating the two styles but this is just too rich to be a porter.

Photo of rwf08
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Black
Head: full head that subsides quickly
Flavor: roasted coffee, chocolate, and cocoa nibs
Smell: roasted coffee, toffee, and roasted grains
Mouth-feel: creamy and velvety

Photo of brett-drinks-beer
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Very smooth, very drinkable. Toasted, coffee, oaky...cocoa even? Not your typical cocoa, but the deep, dark, rich stuff. Tasty brew. Well done.

Photo of dandandan79
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is almost like drinking soda. I don't know what that means but this beer is good. Silky, smooth, dark, no real aftertaste, it just goes down easy. I taste smoky oak wooden coffee, all in one medium to heavy mouthful. A solid beer maybe a little boring, but only because its perfectly balanced. A dream of being at a low lit beer meeting my wife for the first time and taking a sip of this beer. I can hear the others chatting. I just had my last sip and I feel like having a founders breakfast stout or another beer with complexity. Listen, this porter is good. Get it.

Photo of Movember5
3.04/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Typical porter. Very good though

Photo of ryanmextorf
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Overall one of the better porters out there but I am just not the biggest fan of the style. Certainly not a knock against Founders as the beer is still very enjoyable. The mouthfeel is just a little to thin and carbonated and overall its a little "roasty" for me. Still nice to drink on a cold snowy night!

Photo of SierraFlight
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into nonic. Finger of tan head settles to a cap on top of near black opaque liquid. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, mocha, burnt toast. Taste is all kinds of roasty/burnt malt bitterness, a little cocoa sweetness, a touch of late hoppy bitterness and maybe some veggies and dark fruit sweetness. On the low end of full bodied, slick and creamy texture, low carbonation, abrupt bitter finish.

Photo of blakenarron
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid beer. Definitely rich with apparent coffee notes

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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