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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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95
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5,797 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,797
Reviews: 1,356
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 277
Gots: 695 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No absence of hops gives Founders' robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect.

45 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2003)
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Photo of tectactoe
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very deep, dark brown, appearing nearly pitch black if you're in a room that isn't well lit - a very tiny amount of light is allowed to pass through this one. The head is nice and tan, made of tiny bubbles with a fine definition and moderate retention.

The aroma is full of milky chocolates and roasted malts; it gives off a very nutty and woodsy smell as well, reminding me of roasting marshmallows over a campfire. Very robust, powerful, and commanding. Slight hints of char and smoked goodness wrap this one up. Between some of the sweet malts and smoky characters, this makes for one of the more complex and unique porter aromas out there.

The flavor follows the nose profile right along, super nutty and toasty from the get-go. A slight hint of coffee beans sits in the immediate background, along with a nice dose of creamy chocolates and cocoa powder. This one has a very low to moderate floral essence to it, imparting a tiny bit of extra bitterness midway through to balance out the sweetness - it works very well.

Other bitterness is mainly contributed from some of the darker malts, in the form of ashy, burnt wood and bittersweet cocoa. The beer ends with an obviously malt-heavy finish, leaning more towards the sweet chocolate and dry nuttiness side. Medium-heavy body - the mouth feel on this porter is one of the best ever. Silky, smooth, creamy, fluffy - carbonation is just right, letting the flavors pop without being astringent.

This porter is pretty amazing. The best one I've had to date. Even better than Eddy Fitz in my opinion (although that is some righteous shit, too). Great smell, amazing flavor profile, orgasmic mouth feel - and still only around 9-10$ for a sixer. You can't beat that.

tectactoe, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of REGreenBTRB
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%

Bottles on 05/08/14. Poured into a snifter.

A:4.75 - Beautiful beer! Pours VERY dark, you can't see any light through it. A dark tan, creamy head sits nicely on top, maybe about one finger. It leaves a little lacing.

S: 4.5 - A delicious smelling beer, it has a dark roasted malt scent backed up by some dark chocolate and hints of coffee.

T: 4.5 - The smell prepares you quite nicely for the taste. It's all there; the roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel. It's awesome.

M: 4.75 - Not too thin like some porters I have had. This seems like the perfect medium between a porter and a stout. There's a creaminess to it that you don't get with other porters, but not as "thick" as some of the stouts. Very smooth, very drinkable, very nice.

O: 4.62 - This is the best porter I've had to date. Thank god Founders distributes to Arkansas - they make some awesome stuff. Just as the label states, this is dark, rich and sexy. Very sexy. The Kate Upton of porters.

REGreenBTRB, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #47 (Dec 2010):

Thick beading of tiny bubbles produces an amazing-looking head and sticky lacing; pitch-black color is saying it's a serious beer as well. Slightly burnt biscuit aroma is quickly followed by a sweeter mocha tone. A welcome hefty body here with just enough bubbles to get by. Slightly burnt choco maltiness has a firm grip on the taste buds. Hops give a quick sting of bitterness and an earthy flavor in the middle. Roastiness is well flexed and shows its range, from faint, smoky, charred wood to bitter dark chocolate to over-toasted bread. Some yeast and fruit in the end as well, as a sweetness lifts from the ashes. This Porter means business--one of the best robust Porters around.

BeerAdvocate, Mar 04, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

jiggidy, Today at 02:08 AM
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

thickgirth, Today at 02:07 AM
Photo of Florida9
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Florida9, Today at 01:12 AM
Photo of Dwkasper
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Black, no transparency and almost no head and no lacing

S: Sweet, smoky maltiness. After warming up, I get more chocolate

T: Surprisingly has a hop bitterness I taste right away. Malty, chocolate in he middle with a hint of smokiness and finishes with a coffee taste and decent hop profile.

M: mild carbonation with a dry finish

O: Great porter, love the hops throughout. Letting it warm up released more chocolate and coffee notes.

Dwkasper, Yesterday at 10:29 PM
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

pfsron, Yesterday at 07:49 PM
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4.44/5  rDev +4.5%

KellyWilken, Yesterday at 04:04 AM
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3/5  rDev -29.4%

MCano, Tuesday at 06:01 PM
Photo of UrbanCaveman
1.86/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at room temperature.

A: Pours out of the bottle an inky brown, that becomes black in the glass - so much so that it absorbs all nearby light. Forms a thin brown head, which quickly fades to a ring. No lacing to speak of.

S: Roasted malt meets light coffee and semi-sweet chocolate, all wreathed together in a nice balance.

T: And it all falls apart. I did not expect to get such a piney hop bite from the nose, yet that is virtually all I can taste in this beer. It's difficult to notice any other aspect of the flavor profile - so much so that I cannot. This is effectively a black IPA for those who enjoy pine.

M: Watery, thin, and with a sharpness that may just be the excessive hopping.

O: Edmund Fitzgerald this is emphatically not. I shall not repeat.

UrbanCaveman, Tuesday at 02:28 PM
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Very good

AQUALCON, Monday at 07:53 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.88/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.7/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,797 ratings.