Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,451
Hads: 6,613
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 20.05%
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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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Photo of sixerofelixir
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Seductive lady on the label

Paired with a strip steak. Poured very black, with a nice dark tan head that stuck around. The smell was malty paradise. The taste was very nice, just a ton of roasty malts, cocoa, and a bit of caramel and toffee. The finish was mellow and nutty. Very smooth drinker.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black, no light coming through. Provides a one finger foam head that dissipates to a light film. Some spotty lacing.

S: Needs to warm some, but as it does there is some roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla.

T: Very rich malt character. The dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee blend together and hit the palate first. The sweetness intensifies in the middle and is balance out slightly on the back end with some hop character.

M: Very sweet and creamy taste on the palate.

D: This is a very nice Porter, good for a nice cool fall day. Very sweet in flavor, but balanced with some hop bitterness, makes this very easy to drink.

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Photo of kevanb
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This porter has a nice deep brown color that borders on black, hints of caramel and burgundy come through when held to the light. A thin tan colored head sits atop the beer, but doesn’t last long, a gentle flick of the beer does generate a layer of film along the top of the beer however, not much lacing here either. A bit of a weak nose, definitely from the lack of head and lacing, but there is a nice prickly hop presence at first, but chocolate takes over quickly, while some roasted coffee and toasted malt plays with some charred wood. The flavors are nice and robust, big smooth chocolate flavors leap out, coffee is definitely there although relative to the nose, a bit smoother and mellower, much less roast. Some woody flavors highlight some earthy hop flavors as well while some fruity sweetness, like dark cherries or sweet plums, finishes out a surprisingly complex palate. The body is nice and rich yet silky and smooth, perfect carbonation level.

Verdict: Awesome porter from Founders. The nose is a bit of a weak spot, but the flavors are wonderful and it stays really drinkable despite the richness and complexity on the tongue.

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Photo of grayburn
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A great beer from Founders? Yeah right! Everything these guys touch turns to freaking imbibers heaven.
Pours a midnight with no light coming through anywhere/ The tan head laces and laces and laces, I get tired just watching it works its beauty.
The smell and taste are an explosion of roasted chocolate and coffee, huge flavor explosion here. Amazing.
The thick and chewy mouth feel finishes perfectly, just one heck of a beer. This is a mini RIS.
Drinkability isn't bad, not completely a session beer but repeatable.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at Armanetti's - nice to see this in bottles.

A - Black, with a one-fingered chocolate mocha head that dissipates to a thick attractive lace. It looks like a good porter should.

S - Coffee with cream, burnt malt, bitter chocolate, and unfortunately a tiny hint of soy sauce. Very potent smell - I can even smell this holding the glass away from my face.

T - Chocolate with a coffee aftertaste. There's some floral hop flavor in the middle of this, and some bitterness right at the front (not sure if it's the hops, as it's kind of smoky). Something about this tastes kind of rough - like all the flavors aren't coexisting peacefully.

M - Great creamy viscous texture. Goes down smooth, not overly carbonated with a good tingle that complements the smoky taste. It's not stout thick but it's on the heavier side of porters, which is a good thing in my opinion.

D - It's good, but it's not going to replace Edmund Fitzgerald as my session porter of choice, as the taste here is a little more raw and a little less refined. The carbonation might also impede more than a few bottles worth.

Another solid Founder's brew - bring on the Imperial Stout!

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Photo of Natural510
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Peach's in Yellow Springs, OH

Color is a dense, pitch-black with white head & lacing. Looks frightening enough for Halloween.
Scent is mostly coffee bean and some raw cocoa with a sweet edge.
Initial flavor is a mild coffee/cocoa combination which leads into heavier flavor of fennel & black licorice. As it warms the coffee & dark chocolate notes come further to the forefront. Sweet roasted malt with enough of a hop bite to balance it out.
Very full, thick body. Heavier than many stouts, let alone porters.
Delicious, but not something I would consume in quantity. Nice choice for a cool autumn or snappy winter day.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with garnet highlights crowned by a modest tan head.

S: A nice, but simple nose, of roasted malts with notes of sweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and caramel.

T: A creamy malt upfront followed by notes of mocha, dark chocolate, bitter coffee, sweet vanilla, and finishes with smooth roasted malts and bitter hops.

M: Medium body & carbonation, creamy texture.

D: One of the better porters I've had. The first bottle I had had gone bad and was way too carbonated. The flavor and nose, however, were still good and after some time the carbonation toned down. The second bottle I had (bought at the same time and store) was fantastic. After talking to Founders I would definitely make sure you get fresh bottles. Besides that, one could drink a lot of these for sure.

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Photo of Soneast
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color, maybe with a touch of dark, burnt brown coming through, Develops a 2 finger thick, light brown colored head that slowly dissipates to a thick creamy layer, that leaves a good amount of lace on the glass.

The aroma is quite chocolatey, not unlike a malted milk ball with some bready yeastiness. There is also a mild roasted, almost coffee-like note and even a little touch of vanilla.

The flavor is pretty intense, starting out with a dark chocolate punch and then giving way to some dark caramels and a nice creaminess towards the finish, which ends with a coffee-like bitterness.

This beer has a nice creamy texture with mild carbonation. it really does feel quite good on the tongue, so smooth and flavorful. What can I say, this has got to be one of my favorite porters. Definitely a lot of flavor packed into a fairly small package.

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Photo of stonermouse
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gift from my brother, poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours chocolate brown with a frothy, thin, espresso-like head.

Smell is roasty and mild. There's a bit of unexpected fruitiness in the aroma, but it doesn't really carry over to the flavor.

Solid flavor. It is quite mild, yet rich and complex. There's a bit of sweetness and very mild chocolate, but it's mostly roasted malts.
Mouthfeel is nice, a little sticky, with nice flavors in the aftertaste.

Good, solid brew overall. I see that Founders has several Porters listed on BA... I'm not surprised, as my first thought was that this beer would be a great base for many different flavors. I might just drop a shot of JD in my next pour, as I'd love to get a touch of bourbon out of this one.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Haymarket into a 4oz tasting glass, first beer of the night, a good one for sure...Dark pour for porter, a nice black color with a really nice dark tan head that has good retention and lacing...The aroma is unique, lots of coffee but with a bite of hops, nuts and chocolate come through as well, slightly acetone note. I like this...The taste matches the aroma a coffee porter with some hops, yummy and balanced, and drinkable. This is a winner.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 355ml bottle with no visible BB date. Purchased ages ago from a webshop and stored in my garage. If it's anything like the other Founders beers I bought from the same place then it was bottled a while back - hope it hasn't suffered too much.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A very dark brown that appears as an unpenetrable blackness in the glass. Produces a vast head of creamy light-brown foam with superb retention; it endures for ages before slowly reducing to a thick surface layer. Aroma of roasted malt with hints of earthy yeast, mild coffee, chocolate, dried fruit, faint molasses and a touch of caramel. Slightly sweet, with a twinge of cardboard in the background.

Tastes of dark, roasted malt with a dry finish. Notes of chocolate, mild coffee, subtle burnt grain, dried fruit, molasses, earthy yeast, faint stewed leaves and a touch of smokiness. Slightly sweet, with a restrained bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with a thick velvety body and light carbonation. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter roasted malt, fruitiness and earthy yeast.

A rich porter with an exceptional depth of character. It looks fantastic. The aroma is decent but not as defined as it could be - the yeast is rather dominant. The flavour is excellent; plenty of roasted malt notes with a mild fruitiness to round it out. Body is also good - thick and smooth. Overall, a quality brew from Founders. I suspect this bottle is a little past it and I hope to try a fresher example sometime, however it still puts on a good show. Well worth sampling if you have the chance.

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Photo of zimm421
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Appears a dark brown to black with a decent tan head that leaves good lacing and constant bubbling around the edges of the glass. Not much lacing here.

The nose is smoky with dark chocolate, coffee and some earthiness. The combination is appealing, and draws you back in for more each time. The taste is very similar but has a nice bitterness to it. The flavors start pretty bitter but the sweet chocolate is noticeable as well. The coffee stands out pretty well but the hops come through as well. The smokiness hits in the end and sticks around through the aftertaste. There is a slight sting on the tongue after each sip.

The mouthfeel is pretty smooth, but not creamy. The body is medium, just about where it should be. The carbonation is fairly low. Overall, this is a great beer. Very interesting, fairly complex and definitely enjoyable. Not the best porter I've ever had, but it is very good.

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Photo of markmiller
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this far too cold into a snifter, and it seemed incredibly flat. Leaves nice lacing as it drinks, and a swirl of the glass produces great fizz.

Scents of sweet creamy mocha and roasted maltiness. Very nice and inviting.

Taste is great for a porter. Like a subdued Imperial Stout. Roasty, coffee, tons of cream, chocolate and deliciousness. Hardly any bitterness.

A bit thin for me, would have liked a little more coating.

A absolute stellar porter. Enjoyable to the last drip from the glass. Again, I wish Founders was available to me more often.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed the last bottle of this at Capone's the other day. Into my snifter

A: Pours a VERY impressive jet black with a dark brown head that recedes to a wispy disk rather quickly.

S: Oh, the smell of uninfected beer is awesome! Solid, roasted malt aromas with a hint of chocolate and some cream. The balance is leaning towards the burnt/heavily roasted malt, the way I like it. Excellent

T: Solid. Biggish in body with plenty of heavily roasted/burnt malt present (almost a touch too much?) with an excellent dark chocolate bitterness. The big body does push things a bit into stout territory but the burnt malt character is definitely porter-like. Finishes sweet with a bit too much roastiness for my liking

M: Uncharacteristically big (enjoyable, though) with soft carbonation and a burnt-bitter finish

D: The biggish body and the bitterness on the finish don't make this a session porter but neither does the 6.5% I will definitely drink this again, though

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours very dark, with just a hint of dark mahogany around the edges. The head was rich, brown froth, but it dissipated quickly and left nary a trace of lace on the glass.

S: Toasted bread. Dried fruit. molasses.

T: Sweet and burnt malt at first, coffee, diacetyl, and a brief hint of something fruity before transitioning to a very bitter, lingering finish.

M: Moist with good carbonation up front, but a little astringent in the finish.

O: The strong, bitter finish detracted from what would otherwise have been a fine porter. I'm not saying it wasn't good, just not exceptional.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours quite dark verging on black without a very large head, even with a vigorous pour.
Smells richly of roasted and toasted malts with a bit of coffee and espresso.
Tastes smokey with roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Some hops are present to give some bittering.
Thick full bodied beer. Smooth but with a little bit of grittiness.Tastes a bit watery too.
A good beer.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black with a finger of mocha head, little retention and some spotty lacing.

S - Rich cocoa, sweet nutty malts, milk chocolate, and a hint of espresso.

T - Surprisingly sweet, more chocolate than espresso, but nicely balanced. Rich cocoa and milk chocolate linger on the palette alongside the roasted nutty espresso notes.

M - Solid body carbonation, goes down silky smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty porter leaning more on the sweet side than it does the bitter, but nicely balanced nonetheless. Worth a try, offering up a solid dose of chocolate and espresso to satisfy your dark ale cravings.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep black color with one finger of dark tan head. There is just a touch of lacing left on the glass. The smell is full of burnt malt, coffee, caramel, and molasses. A nice strong smell. The taste starts with espresso and roasted malt, some sweetness like caramel and toffee. Only a hint of hops on a slightly dry finish. The mouthfeel is just a little light for the style. The drinkability is good though. A nice solid porter.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Semi-thick, oily character. Color is deep brown, with tints of violet when you hold it to an incandescent bulb. Head is half-a-finger high, deep tan, subsides to nothingness.

Smell: Dark chocolate and sweet esters appear first. A stronger whiff includes some coffee, molasses, and maybe just a touch of some kind of vine fruit (grapes, plums, etc).

Taste/Mouthfeel: Bitter chocolate, noticeable hops in the mix as well. A little too oily in the mouthfeel for my taste; almost buttery. Not a lot from the nose in the actual taste, maybe just a touch of fruit in the foretaste.

Drinkablilty: Good enough to drink again, but powerful enough to savor.

Another good brew from a "local" brewery. (Home-state)

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Photo of Gtreid
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Deep, dark, brown. When backlit a slight reddish hue comes through. The pour produces about one finger of wet sand colored head that receeds quickly, and leaves minimal, spotty, lace.

A: Dark chocolate malts, some small coffee, dried fruit, and vanilla. I get a very nice earthiness from the grassy hops.

T: Again I get dark chocolate, sour dried fruit, earthy hops, biscuit and dark malts. The beer finishes dry with absolutley no hint of alcohol.

M: Light to Medium body and a good amount of carbonation. Almost too thin for a Porter IMO.

D and overall impression: This gets some pretty high marks on drinkability, due to the low ABV and the thinness of the mouthfeel. Overall a very solid Porter from Founders, these guys continue to impress. Skal.

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Photo of mjurney
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black color. Brown head, very creamy.

Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, a little dark fruit.

Deep roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, woody, burnt caramel, with some black licorice. Finish is very bitter, dry and smoky. Body is thick, a little syrupy, smooth, dry.

It's a very good porter.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. The color is black with a small medium tan head.

There is a nice robust malty aroma with notes of coffee.

The taste is dry and malty, with a nice bitter finish, with just a touch of zesty hops.

The mouthfeel is light to medium with nice crisp carbonation.

This is a really good; straight-forward porter.

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Photo of DrewV
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (bottled on 3/17/11) at approx. 50 degrees F into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a chocolate/black liquid with a 1-finger tan head. Spotty lacing and nice "legs" on the glass, due to the relatively high ABV.

S: Sweet bakers chocolate, mild coffee, typical roasty aromas. A bit sweeter than most other porters. No hops detected in the aroma.

T: Roasty malts up front, a perfect blend of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Definite hop presence balances out the sweetness, fading to a full dry coffee finish. By comparison, I find Edmund Fitzgerald to decay to more of a chocolate finish. This is a nice change of pace for me. Very robust, smoky, heavy roast flavor.

M: Relatively high carbonation for this style, a bit bigger than most other porters I've had. Not as creamy as Edmund Fitzgerald, for example. Overall a good mouthfeel, but more akin to a "stout light" than a porter. Lowest marks here. (NOTE: I'm very surprised that most of the reviews indicate low carbonation. My particular bottle is well carbonated, if not overly so.)

O: Good ABV for a porter, if not a bit high for the style, but it's completely hidden. This would be a welcome treat if I were in the mood for more of a stout-ish beer, but as a porter, it's a bit too "big" in my book. Extremely robust, smoky and roasty. This is ahuge porter. Nonetheless, a quality brew and worthy of a solid A-.

I have to say, there are a good number of quality American stouts and porters being produced these days. Founders is right up there with the best of them and you can't go wrong with many of their beers. If you find this one on tap somewhere, don't hesitate, just order a pint (or two).

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Photo of CurtFromHershey
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - pours pitch black with a root beer float head which quickly dwindles to some thin lacing around the edges.
S - bitter chocolate with just a hint of coffee
T - similar to the nose but also with some caramel toffee notes.
M - thick, creamy, a bit wet. Would rather it a bit drier.
O - one of my favorite American porters. Hard to beat it for the price. If the finish was a bit drier, I'd have a hard time drinking anything else.

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Photo of mechamifune
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into an imperisl pint glass a not quite pitch black, but very dark for a porter.

Starts with a .5 in light brown head that quickly gives to about .25 that never really goes away. Very nice and obvious lacing. A good looking beer.

Smell is mostly chocolate and dark malts. I find it somewhat muted though, but by that note I don't really think of porters as being vrey aromatic. Anyway, its a good smell, but not really a standout aspect of this beer.

Taste is very rich up front. The chocolate notes come through in the beginning and give way to a slight bitter kick by the end. A very "stout" like porter IMO, but still to style. Taste feels complex though I admit I am having a hard time describing it in any additional meaningful detail.

Mouthfeel is a standout, as it is with so many of Founders beers. Very rich, smooth, and velvety. More so than some imperial stouts i've had. Remarkably smooth and easy to drink.

Overall this is an underappreciated gem of a beer, and i feel slightly guilty for going so long between purchasing it. In terms of founders "regular" lineup, this might be the best beer they make.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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