Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,431
Hads: 6,507
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
Wants: 353
Gots: 1,133 | FT: 28
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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 Hophead717
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle

A: Deep black, with a thin head that quickly dissipates. The tiniest amount of lacing remains atop the beer. Very nice color.

S: Chocolate roasted malts with hints of coffee. It's really a wonderful smell. Tiny hints of dark, sweet fruits also.

T: Roasted malts upfront, with nice, light hints of coffee and chocolate. I'm picking up hints of dark fruits as well. Overall, the flavor is good, though a touch light. Light bitterness from the hops complements the roasted malt quite well.

M: Fairly thin, but this isn't one of the RIS that I've been drinking recently. Moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Definitely a winner. I love Founders dearly and theirs may be my favorite porter, though I tend to lean toward higher ABV stouts. (752 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a syrupy dark dark brown, looks quite thick for a porter. Just a smidge of light-coffee-colored head (really, where's the head?).

Smell is a great concoction of dark roasted malts, with espresso, dark rum, and some strong dark fruits (cherries probably the best fit). A bit of smokiness there, too.

Taste... quite good. Tastes mostly like it smells, except that the smoky flavor is more pronounced, and there's a tangy bitterness in the finish, like a bunch of citrus hops trying to fight their way through. Decently complex, though the finish throws the balance off a bit.

Mouthfeel is, as expected, heavy and syrupy. This stuff IS thick for a porter. The carbonation is much more present than I expected based on the lack of head, which lightens it up.

I definitely enjoyed this beer. It's a very solid porter, though I wouldn't say it's one of the best. It's quite tasty, but lacking the balance and subtle flavors that the better ones have. (955 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

a: Pitch black. Half finger high brown head dissipated quickly to thin surface foam.

s: Mild dark malt.

t: Mild dark malt, coffee, chocolate and smoky finish.

m: Light to moderate. Smooth with a lingering chocolate/coffee smokiness and hop bite.

o: Exceptionally drinkable porter without being watery or feeling cheap. Had as a dessert but should go well with beef and other red meat. (448 characters)

Photo of IPAdams
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours completely black with a one inch off white head that leaves moderate lacing.

Smell- Strong but not overpowering smell of dark chocolate and Columbian coffee. Some sweetness in the nose.

Taste-Very similar to the nose, dark chocolate and bitter coffee with a bit of dark fruits as it warms. Good amount of bitterness without leaving an excessive dry feeling. Very little hop presence.

Mouthfeel- Very creamy with good carbonation for the style. Not excessively dry.

Overall- Pretty good porter. Not a lot of complex flavors but a good example of the style. (578 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into nonic. Finger of tan head settles to a cap on top of near black opaque liquid. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, mocha, burnt toast. Taste is all kinds of roasty/burnt malt bitterness, a little cocoa sweetness, a touch of late hoppy bitterness and maybe some veggies and dark fruit sweetness. On the low end of full bodied, slick and creamy texture, low carbonation, abrupt bitter finish. (404 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A= pours a dark jet black somewhat thick looking with a thin tan head that falls so fast you can barely get a glimpse with no lacing.
S= tons of coffee in it with a lot of toasted malts and thin traces of dark chocolate.
T= nice coffee flavor with a lot of toasted malt and some smokyness. Really has a slightly burn toast kind of taste.
M= kinda prickly. Not too impressed.
D= pretty good. Reminds me of the breakfast stout but not as amazing. Still a very good beer. (468 characters)

Photo of jwchestnut
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

to be honest i am pretty disappointed by most porters and wasn't expecting much from this one and boy was i wrong. pours pitch black with brownish-cola edges and a dark khaki head. the nose is rich and deep - dark chocolates, dark almost burnt toast, coffee, milk chocolate raisins and the slight burnt/smoky notes that are common to many porters but are much more intense here. the taste follows - lots of sweet and bittersweet chocolate, campfire smoke, dark toasted almonds - a little booze heat at the end. the mouthfeel is great - rich and smooth, chewy but not cloying, and for such a sweet beer finishes dry. all in all i really enjoyed this and might even get it again, which is rare for me and porters. i would recommend. (730 characters)

Photo of endincolorado
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Thick black pour with opaque body and tan head. Good sticky dark lace.

Smell- Rich roasty aromas of coffee and chocolate- little hop character- slight aroma of overripe fruit.

Taste- Rich malt, sweet with chocolate and roasted coffee, more ripe fruit, fig, hop-bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- Thick and syrupy, almost chewy.

Drinkability- Reminds me of a subdued breakfast stout, which helps make for a highly drinkable porter. (437 characters)

Photo of bkrueger
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Zeller1 for sending this my way. My second Founders experience tonight after trying their breakfast stout.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Russian River "tion" glass.

The appearance is dark black with a hazy creamy brown one finger head that starts to dissipate almost immediately. Before my first sip can be taken the only remnant of the head is left around the edges of the glass.

The smell is of coffee with hints of sweet cream and milk chocolate. After smelling the breakfast stout I feel like the smells on this are more muted and one sided with the coffee coming through most of all.

The tastes start off silky and smooth with cream and a well integrated balance of dark chocolate and roasted espresso. Roasted malts with burnt cocoa hit the mouth leading to an overall taste that is slightly bitter but smoother after each sip.

In the mouth it is a smooth experience with a slightly bitter aftertaste that lingers and produces a dry bitterness in the back of the mouth. This is a beer that I am sipping without going too fast and is definitely not something to rush.

Overall this is a very solid beer. Very porteresque in taste with the traditional burnt coffee/espresso and chocolate profile with a very mild but noticeable bitterness and a hint of hops. This works out nicely for those cold autumn nights where you hopefully have a fireplace and warm socks. (1,384 characters)

Photo of shroompod
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a mocha head , some lacing.

Slight aroma of sweet caramel. Faint roasted malts.

Roasted dark chocolate and coffee predominate with a nice sharp bitterness.

Mouthfeel is dry , light. Good carbonation.

Overall a very sessionable porter. (255 characters)

Photo of Roke87
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at a little cooler than cellar temperature.

Appearance - Pours almost a dark black, no light penetrating even when held up to a light, poured with about one finger of brown head that quickly dissipates to a very thin lacing

Smell - The smells are a little muted on this one right of the bat, but a little bit of coffee and chocolate shine through eventually. Personally didn't get much hop smell out of this one, but you can definitely smell some roasted malts in there.

Taste - The taste also seemed rather muted (but mind you this came after drinking an imp stout and there's not much comparison between the two, a whole different animal with the imp stout). You do definitely get the usual porter/stout taste of roasted malts, chocolate, and a bit of coffee taste, again I didn't really get the hops.

Mouthfeel - Is rather light but smooth none the less, a little thin for my liking but not over the top, definatly fits right in on the porter scale.

Overall - An amazing porter, and a great representation of the genre. Nothing bad to say about this one but when drinking it directly after an Imp Stout there's just no comparison. (1,160 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com

Poured a deep dark burgundy red / almost completely black colour... Dirty tan head poured very fairly thick and foamy with a meringue like top.. this faded slowly to good one finger covering... some decent lacing clings to the glass throughout...

Aroma - Lots of good strong toasted bread malts mixed with strong biscuit notes... butterscotch, good roasted nuttiness, dark brown sugar / molasses sweetness, light fruits (blackcurrents, apples, prunes), earthy, some sooty traces...

Taste - Pretty much as above only slightly toned down... hops more noticeable - some grassy and peppery notes... good bitterness coming through from the roasted malts...

Feel - Sharp and dry with a little creaminess underneath... medium bodied... at 6.5% this is a very drinkable brew...

Overall - A supremely well balanced porter... definitely recommended... (896 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours black with long lasting, beige head. Aroma is of bready, toasted malt, chocolate and hints of dark fruit. Body is medium and creamy. Taste is toasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee and citrusy hops. Finish is long and bitter. Great porter. (266 characters)

Photo of yobeerman
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders hits the mark again!

In appearnece this Porter is like a very dark coffee to black in appearence, with a thin mocha head.

The smell is strong with coffee and hints of dark roasted malts and some chocolate.

The taste is first of coffee but quickly introduces chocolate and malasses. Much more appealing as it warms.

This beer has a medium to heavy body and is very smooth.

A great brew for the fall and winter. Very satisfying! (441 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “BOTTLED” date is “05/29/12.”

Appearance: Poured into a tulip glass. The color is opaque black; no light passed through when I held it to a light. A lousy pour produced a finger of tan head, which dissipated quickly to leave a very thin lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Lots o’ chocolate. Black licorice, chocolate-covered cherries, plum. The roasted malt and espresso emerges slowly as the beer warms. It also has an oak-like smokiness and brandy-like booziness.

Taste: The chocolate from the smell takes a backseat to roasted malts, reminiscent of straight black coffee. The dark chocolate is still there providing balance. There is a hint of black licorice and maybe plum, too. I still get a little smokiness and brandy.

Drinkability: It is a pretty solid brew; tasty and thick. It does not set itself apart but it is good drinking. (891 characters)

Photo of UDbeernut
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle pored into a pint glass

a: deep brown color, slight ruby edges. Off white 1/2" head with nice retention

s: roasted malt, slight semi-sweet chocolate

t: rich complex flavor of roasted malt, caramelized malt, and chocolate malt. slight bitterness to keep it all balanced. excellent

m&d: slightly creamy mouth, does finish slightly dry. Excellent drinkability.

Cheers!!! (379 characters)

Photo of Thingus
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live tasting 12 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip...

Appearance; pours a deep dark brown out of the bottle, that becomes black in the glass with cola edges... Single finger head falls exceptionally quickly, leaving nothing but a very thin ring of bubbles around the edges..

Smell; lots of roasty malt, coffee, caramel and chocolate...

Taste; quite similar to the smell, jumps right in with coffee and roasted malts, the caramel and chocolate are more subdued and quite nicely accent the roastiness... Medium finish with a nice lingering roasted malt/coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel; on the light side of full bodied, with a bit more carbonation than I would expect, but it definitely compliments the flavor and body of the beer... Slightly sticky, it hangs around a bit on the sides of the glass but nowhere near the extent of a beer like Ten Fidy...

Overall; a damn good beer! My second Founders experience, I've got a few more in the fridge and I can't wait to get into them!! (972 characters)

Photo of guitarsnbeer
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this fresh porter into my snifter and it yeilded about 2" of nice tan froath over a dark looking brew. lots of lace

smell hits me with roasted coffee notes and chocolate malts.

Taste follows with the roasted coffee/choc and hits with a nice hop bite in the middle somewhere, finishing up with more burnt and roasted charactoristics.

Quite a light bodied beer for all the flavor and ABV it is packin', at least in my opinion.

Overall I'm glad a grabed this random 6'er to pair with the porkchops going on the grill shortly. I knew it has a good reputation and Im backing that up. (589 characters)

Photo of jkrich
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a stamped bottled on date on bottle.

Opaque black with a creamy, sustained tan head.

Spicy, wine-like with semi-sweet aromas; almost a pungent smell in a positive way.

Roasted, slightly bitter chocolate flavor followed by tangy sweetness.

Medium bodied and mildly carbonated with a silky, smooth mouthfeel. The bitter sweet chocolate lingers on the palatte.

A very flavorful and robust porter, yet very drinkable. Another quality product from Founders Brewing Co. More complex and slightly less quaffable than my favorite porter from Sierra Nevada. (575 characters)

Photo of King_KongDCO93
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice dark motor oil, small off white head quickly dissipates.

Smell: lots of coffee, dark cocoa and dark toasted malt aroma. I'm getting some vanilla as well.

Taste: taste has coffee, dark chocolate caramel, and bitterness of the malts used. taste a lot like a the breakfast stout with less coffee.

Mouthfeel: mouth feels a bit heavier, more full-bodied than other porters. Its creamy and has a little bit of tanginess to it. Not getting the bozziness as it a 6.5 abv but its well hidden.

Overall: Good porter. (528 characters)

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass this beer is very dark brown/black. A thick, tan head sits atop very still with almost no movement in the bubbles. Nice lacing too.

Smells like chocolate covered raisins, roasted coffee, big dose of charred notes, almost smoky, deep malty aroma, earthy.

Taste follows the nose with malty mocha flavors chased by a charred bitterness.

Mouthfeel has just enough body to hold up to the flavors.

Great beer from Founders (446 characters)

Photo of chilidog
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A true porter indeed.
It pours dark black, nice tan head that cascades nice as you pour. The head maintains to lace somewhat from a moderate carbonated, full bodied brew. Though its not overly thick.

Aroma of dark roasted malts carry into the taste with dark chocolates, cocoa, charred wood, coffee and a toffee sweetness.

Easy on the mouth with a hop oil coat yet a slight burnt toast dryness.

A robust porter, well made. (425 characters)

Photo of bjoyce12
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice brew. Bottle states the Founders Porter is a "sleek, sexy, and sultry" ale. So true. Nothing better than truth in advertising. Pours dark and inky, almost stout like, but taste is true Porter. Smooth, creamy, nice chocolate and roasted coffee overtones, not overdone but not subtle either. All this with only a 5.1% ABV is pretty remarkable. Better porters than this are few and far between; this one's a keeper. (417 characters)

Photo of colts9016
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a 49 degrees.

Appearance: A monster 3 finger head that is foamy and creamy with good retention. The body of the beer is opaque and the clarity is nil. The head left some lacing on the glass.

Nose: There is a very rich malty dark aroma. The aromas of chocolate, espresso, biscuits, molasses, phenonls, and some solvents. There is a descent hop aroma with some grapefruits, pine, and floral.

Taste: A very deep rich porter with dark roasted malts. There are flavors of bittersweet chocolate, espresso, molasses, a toasty notes and some yeasty flavors. There in the background there is some slovents, phenols, grapefruit, pine and and floral esters.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is velvety, creamy and smooth. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. This is another wonderful example of how a really good porter should taste. I really enjoyed drinking it. (914 characters)

Photo of fountainofyouth
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Light brown head about a finger-thick. Darkest brown and opaque. Considering the modest size of the head, good lacing.

Smell: Mostly malt, with sweet caramel and blackened barley in good quantity. Smells a little charred. Some soft chocolate. Only traces of hops. It's very good, but something's a little off -- can't put my finger on it.

Taste: Immediately, the first taste is black patent malt. Charred and smoky, even ashy. I like the char, but it could certainly use some sweet or semi-sweet elements to balance it. Some black coffee, but nothing really in the way of chocolate or toffee until after drinking it for a while. Probably the darkest flavor range of any porter I've tried, more characteristic of a big coffee stout. Even with the 45 IBUs listed on the bottle, no apparent hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, fairly creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation is a little strong for my tastes, not very gentle. Finishes dry on the back of the tongue.

Overall: A good beer, but definitely not for the faint of heart. It avoids the banal soy sauce flavors of a lot of porters, but it could use a little balance. (1,166 characters)

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,431 ratings.