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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter

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1,477 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,477
Hads: 6,715
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 379
Gots: 1,275 | FT: 26
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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Reviews: 1,477 | Hads: 6,715
Photo of Sconnie25
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This poured a very dark appearance with just a bit of head. The aroma gave me hints of roasted malt and chocolate. Taste wise I detect hints of chocolate and the roasted malts and the overall feeling is very smooth. This is probably the best Porter I have had so far.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bottle into tulip

appearance: solid black, tan 1 finger head, some lacing

smell: roasted malt, intense smokiness, some espresso/coffee aroma, dark chocolate, caramel, subtle vanilla

taste: dark chocolate, espresso, earthy hop bitterness on the tail end. For a Porter, this is pretty hoppy. This is very well balanced, smokiness and coffee flavors come out when it warms. Very, very smooth.

mouthfeel: full bodied and thick, lots of carbonation

overall: A very smoky, hoppy porter, this is another amazing brew from Founders. Did a blind test with Bells Porter and Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, this one wasn't as smooth as the Edmund, but hands down better than Bells. If you like dark, hoppy beer, you will enjoy this, very drinkable and lots of flavor complexities.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12oz Pint Glass

Appearance - Dark brown/black with a very brown 1 finger head that leaves behind some good lacing. Can see some carbonation bubbles sticking to the side before disappearing.

Smell - Very strong caramel and burnt malts, mixed in with a rich dark chocolate and coffee/mocha aroma. For some reason, I find this to be a very fun beer to smell.

Taste - Very strong roasted malts followed by coffee and dark chocolate. For some odd reason, the strong caramel flavor that I was expecting is mysteriously absent. I find the burnt malt flavor throw off the flavor a little bit, but it's still an excellent tasting porter in general

Mouthfeel - It's a pretty heavy bodied porter, but that helps add to the smoothness. Carbonation is also fairly light, which helps give it a creamy sort of feel in terms of drinkability.

Overall - This is a good, if not imperfect, porter. The burnt malt flavor tends throw the flavor off balancea little more than I'd like; However, still manages to taste great and it's also a smooth and creamy porter that's very easy to drink!

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Photo of far333
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany brown and opaque with a half inch of frothy light brown foam. Aroma of cocoa and toasty malt, hints of smoke and leather.

Rich and complex flavors of richly roasted malt, not bitter, hints of smoke and leather, espresso and charred bark. Full and creamy mouthfeel. Really nice beer.

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

I really like Founders, all of the beers I have had from them are good.
This beer is a thick black color . Very malty and sweet to the nose.
sweet to the taste . Some chocolate notes. Nice and think. One of the better porters I've had. As I don't generally consider myself a porter man, if I keep having porters like this, I may have to change that.

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Photo of RickS95
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours coal black, syrupy; with a thin brown head.

Subtle flavors in the nose. Coffee, chocolate and hops are noticeable.

Malt and chocolate on the tongue.

It's creamy and buttery in the mouth, with only a hint of bitter in the finish. Despite a reasonably high IBU rating, it's only slightly bitter and not for very long; balanced by the malty flavors.

This would make a great dessert beer, and trust me, you'd want seconds.

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Photo of ncredible1
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had to purchase online at www.france44.com. Not available in AZ

Quite simply this beer is doppel bock meets american porter.

a - Pours a blsck coffee color with an inch of tan head with light carbonation.

s - Smells of strong roasted malts, smokey, chocolate, and vanilla. The aroma is breath takingly good.

t - When i started drinking this the taste mimicks a doppel bock. Tastes of light chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, coffee.

m - Medium to full body and light to medium carbonation. Great balance in the mouth.

d - This is definitely a autumn to winter beer for me. Highly recommend!

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours into a Duvel tulip super dark with a caramel/crema looking head. The head dissipates quickly but leaves a film over the top. A short swirl brings out more head and emphasizes the thick and sticky lacing. A really good looking porter.

The predominant aromas are dark roasted malt, smoke and coffee. The taste is bittersweet chocolate, espresso with some smoke if you really concentrate. Not too sweet at all due to a bitter finish. As the ale warms the sweetness recedes and the espresso bitterness comes forward making this a really enjoyable experience.

The mouth feel is slightly thicker than medium, but not by much. Thank goodness there's no wateriness (my kiss of death for a porter) like Bell's Porter or even to some extent Sierra Nevada Porter.

Not as drinkable as some other porters, but the qualities that make it less drinkable make it a better porter, if that makes sense. It's thicker and more filling. Also, more than one can seem decedent and glutinous.

I'll be honest, this was not a porter that I've always liked that much. I knew it was a good one, but I struggled to really appreciate some of its qualities. I didn't give up (I love most Founder's beers), and now I'm now far more likely to order it out and pick up a sixer. I struggled to rate the taste 4.0 or 4.5, but eventually went with the higher rating.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaker.

A: Deep dark brown with a tan head.

S: Rich coffee and sweet caramel. A bit of roast and alcohol as well.

T: Taste closely follows smell. Big coffee theme with a nice little cocoa bite. Some alcohol twinge and cream.

D: A great easy-drinking American porter. Its a bit big for the style, but the flaours and alcohol are well blended.

Overall: Another great brew from an ever reliable brewery. This is a silky smooth and robust, but not too big or brash. Solid drink stuff and tasty as hell.

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

Poured to a pint glass.

A- dark reddish brown, dark as midnight in the absence of light with a 2 finger mocha head that froths and slimes around the glass.

S- dark chocolate immediately, folowed by espresso beans, roasted coffee, bittering hops, with a funky stout like finish.

T- silky chocolate, bitter hop/coffee bean mixed with black licorice.

M- full bodied, rich, fulfilling. Smooth and silky going down low carbonation.

O- good easy drinking porter, the stout qualities really shine through on this one as well as a big hop presence.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Deep dark brown, we might as well just call it black. Opaque. Massive 3-4 finger head rises, a creamy, rich, mocha brown color. Retention is great before falling to a moderate cap. Moderate to high lacing.

S - Distinct but restrained coffee in the nose; more like coffee being brewed nearby rather than the common stick-your-nose-in-a-bag-of-beans aroma. Dark chocolate is well represented as well. Small element of roastiness. Not as complex as I would've guessed, but solid and aromatic.

T - Things start off with an amazing balance between mild coffee and dark chocolate. It's very difficult to tell where one begins and the other ends. Some mild to moderate sweetness kicks in with a creaminess that moves the dark chocolate into slight milk chocolate territory. Mid to late palate roastiness begins growing steadily and overriding much of the sweetness. Roastiness peaks late palate and the brew finishes with an acrid, burnt coffee taste with moderate bitterness. The aftertaste literaly reminds me of getting to the bottom of a pot of coffee and ingesting the grounds. Founders Porter would've scored half a point higher if not for the harsh finish/aftertaste.

M - On the light side of full bodied with a rich creaminess. Moderate to low carbonation. Very nice.

D - A great beer all around. I'm not a huge fan of the coffee taste and don't expect to find it in a porter, but despite this it's balanced well. I'm not wild about the aftertaste but overall this is a fine brew.

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

Founders is one of my fav breweries, just gotta get around to review more of their beers. Can't wait to try this one.

A: A thick almost black 1/2 finger head rises and sticks around for a while over a pitch black luscious looking beer.

N: Lots of malts on the nose. Some chocolate, lots of roast, some luscious dark chocolate malts, slight sweet malts, and just overall darkness. A very slight hop aroma as well.

T: Lots of luscious malts. Mostly roasted and chocolate malts, and lots of coffee. A nice bitterness with some spicy hops. A chewy malt composition adds lots of dark malts, chocolate, and slightly bitter acidic earthy charred malts. A slight salty soy sauce flavor comes through as well. It is smooth and slightly velvety with a slight chocolate milk feel.

M: Semi thick, luscious, velvety, spicy acidic, lower but OK carbonation.

F: Semi bitter with lots of roast and charred malts, and some nice hop flavors to help. Lingering salty soy sauce though. Some Hoppy bitterness blends with more roasted charred coffee earthy bitterness that linger a bit. Some more coffee lingering. A nice finish for a humbling porter, out of all the Founders beers, not one of the best, but still a great beer as Founders has some amazing beers.

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

An overall very good porter. Nice aroma of roasted coffee with a hint of chocolate. The bitterness is there but not noticeably detectable yet has hop flavor you can find if you searched for it. Alcohol is pretty much hidden. Certainly has a light roasted flavor to it with the consistent coffee/chocolate back. Recommended to those who prefer porters of a traditional fashion, no over the top hops, chocolatiness, coffee coffee flavors but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of toppoop
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours out dark brown. Head disappears quick. No lacing down the glass.
S - Roasty malts, charred wood.
T - Taste is everything with this one IMO. Great malts, with a touch of sweet. A bit of burnt coffee and chocolate.
M - Not as thick as I like (especially with a stout), but is quite pleasing to the palate.
O - Great porter from a great brewery.

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Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick texture. There was a half inch of tan-colored head and some good lacing.

S: Smelled of coffee, chocolate and malt.

T: A nicely done flavor of coffee and chocolate up front and malt and hops going down. Balanced and tasty.

M: A well carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Like most Founders beers, this is a drinkable, well-constructed beer with a lot of character.

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

Imaculately balanced and with the creamy malt textures expected from a great porter, but with the classic citrus hop bitterness that makes it uniquely American.

The pour delivers a handsome, firm appearance of dark, dark brown hue that can easily be confused with a stout. Great head formation crawls to the top of the class and laces beautifully as the beer fades. No real knock on the appearance at all.

Simple and pure aromas of dominant coffee and barley malt backbones. Quite light on the fruits with only a slight hint of cherries and licorice. Bittersweet cocoa also play a minor role. Hop aromas give a light grassy, piney freshness to the beer. Not overly complicated, just simple and near error free.

Again, coffee flavor dominates the mouth. Not quite espresso, but a good French Roast character. Cocoa powder and hops again show lesser roles and take a deep backseat to the coffee. Fruity esters fade far into the distance and are hardly worth mentioning to the taste. Hop flavors bring out a fresh piney, grassy flavor that affirm the hoppy aromas. Interesteingly enough, there is very little sweetness to the beer- no real caramel, residual sweetness, or confection quality.

Initially malty-rich textures lighten just a touch to make the beer easier to drink. Otherwise dry, powdery, and hoppy bitter. At times the roasted grains play a little harshly on the throat but disquise themselves nicely in the hop bitterness.

The beer is very well attenuated and malty. No real flaw to the beer but it seems to lack that 'it' quality that ranks it among the best. A bit more chocolatey, caramelly sweetess would help to offset the bitterness from the sharp coffee, cocoa, and hops.

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

12 oz bottle picked up at Founders a couple months ago.

Pours a deep and opaque dark brown, no light gets through, very dark brown head forms, chocolate milk coloured, settles to a very thick layer, great retention, drops some lines of lacing on the glass. Smell is nice, quite sweet, brown sugar and caramel, light chocolate milk, espresso roast, raisins, toast and biscuit, a bit chaulky, some light fruity sweetness, not as roasty as I like my porters but still smells dope. Taste is great, all sorts of flavours at once, chocolate milk and molasses, big roastiness, coffee, raisins, berry sweetness, brown sugar and caramel, buttered toast in the finish, light lacto sweetness in the finish, quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly oily, with medium carbonation, pretty smooth stuff, great flavour.

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

12oz bottle into a Rastal Luttich glass. Body of the beer is black, very black. Even held up to light I see nothing in it, head stands 1/2 inch tall and is a light brown coe. Smells strongly of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. Upon first taste I don't understand the reputation this beer carries, So I'm going to let it warm a bit and sample again. The taste was really clean at first, but as it warms, it gains complexity. I notice that the coffee scents don't make a comeback appearance, as the taste hilights the smooth dark chocolate flavor more efectively than the smell. I also get a subtle flavor of floral hops, there is a definite bitterness in the beginning of this beer. Mouthfeel is med-thick, carbonation is light. I'm glad I was able to try this beer as it is a well made porter. Unfortunately it's not in my distro area. I generally don't enjoy porters and stouts much, but this slowly grows on me.

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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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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,477 ratings.