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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,507 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,507
Hads: 6,854
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 399
Gots: 1,361 | FT: 26
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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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 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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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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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,507 ratings.