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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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95
world-class

5,330 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,330
Reviews: 1,327
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 246
Gots: 521 | 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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HopAlongG

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

03-11-2014 12:06:15 | More by HopAlongG
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.41/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

09-25-2012 16:16:18 | More by tectactoe
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev 0%

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.

03-04-2011 23:24:09 | More by BeerAdvocate
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oberon

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

Always good to get my hands on new stuff from my home state.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep near black dark brown with some ruby highlights thruought,a thinner but well sustained mocha colored head atop.A mix of earth,roasted nut,and dark chocolate in the nose with lingering fruit.Alot of complexity and nuance on the palate,starting out with some sweeter chocolate and dark fruit melding into big earth and some rawness in the finish with a bit of espresso roast coffee.Wow for a "standard" porter this is hella top notch,awesome.

02-18-2009 21:47:39 | More by oberon
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davemarc87

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

03-10-2014 20:41:43 | More by davemarc87
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-14-2014 21:57:21 | More by aszatk01
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DanGeo

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev 0%

04-11-2013 01:41:18 | More by DanGeo
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Fear4Beer

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Holy cannoli ravioli! This beer is a blast of complex flavors. What I get from it is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and hops.

The appearance of this beer is outstanding. Pitch black! The smell is quite good for this style, and the taste is well balanced.

This isn't my type of beer. The people that I can imagine loving this beer are coffee drinkers, smokers, lumberjacks, people with thick beards, and unicyclists. This is the sort of beer you'd drink with a cigarette in the other hand , a donut (it would probably pair well with certain desserts), or an axe (psychopaths are not welcome to have this drink with an axe. no sir.)

I certainly could not drink more than one of these. It is so strong with its taste/flavor that I can still taste the roasted coffee even minutes after my last sip. Even Juan Valdez would think this coffee is strong.

This is certainly interesting! I haven't had a lot of porters but I can't imagine there being one better than this. Again, this isn't my style and I can't say that I really enjoy this beer, but you have to respect greatness. This beer is expertly crafted! If you are into the sort of flavor profiles listed above, this might be your new favorite drink! Coffee that gets you drunk. haha.

08-09-2014 03:43:27 | More by Fear4Beer
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Max3

New York

5/5  rDev +17.6%

05-17-2014 18:27:12 | More by Max3
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OhioBobcat

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev 0%

08-05-2013 00:43:40 | More by OhioBobcat
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jono0101

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev 0%

12-11-2013 18:30:57 | More by jono0101
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

A- Looks nice, black with a frothy brown head.

S- Mild nose overall. Mild coffee, chocolate, toast. I really had to try to pick things out of this one. Nice, but mild.

T- Some richness to the palate, the flavors meld together really well. Licorice, faint chocolate and smoke.

M&D- This is where the beer shined for me. Full bodied, yet silky smooth.

10-07-2009 02:25:29 | More by brownbeer
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npala86

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

08-28-2013 15:00:55 | More by npala86
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hotglassmama

Michigan

5/5  rDev +17.6%

11-30-2011 03:48:08 | More by hotglassmama
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Tiernan

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

01-10-2014 01:07:29 | More by Tiernan
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ArrogantDeadGuy

Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +12.9%

A: Black, Black, Black, with a great mocha hued
head.

S: Coffee, chocolate toastiness with the malt
and hop in perdfect balance.

T: Deep rich malt flavors with understated cocoa
coffee, and a slight hop finish

D/M: Rich and creamy with a body that allows
for service at breakfast, lunch, or dinner

07-01-2009 02:23:01 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev 0%

04-06-2014 21:22:08 | More by tbryan5
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J2L


4/5  rDev -5.9%

10-26-2012 00:55:23 | More by J2L
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woodchipper

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

07-25-2014 22:53:40 | More by woodchipper
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ajkiser12

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

11-27-2012 20:04:28 | More by ajkiser12
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delaced21

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.9%

04-30-2014 15:29:34 | More by delaced21
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Krafty34

Florida

4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-06-2014 09:32:49 | More by Krafty34
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SkiBum22

New York

4.25/5  rDev 0%

01-15-2013 20:10:26 | More by SkiBum22
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JacobMutberg

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-09-2012 17:27:55 | More by JacobMutberg
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readicculus

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.6%

12-14-2011 18:20:28 | More by readicculus
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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,330 ratings.