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Founders Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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1,547 Reviews
BEER STATS
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Avg:
4.24
pDev:
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Founders PorterFounders Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No absence of hops gives Founders' robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect.

45 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2003

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Reviews: 1,547 | Ratings: 7,043
Photo of morris786
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This porter is black with a nice one inch head. Very full flavored and complex. Nice coffee, roasted malts and light carmel forward with a residue of earthy hops in the back end. Much more hops with this than many porters which leaves nothing lacking. Solid brew, great sipping beer.

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Photo of orangesol
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Shady McGrady's during a recent Happy Hour trip.

A - Pours dark brown, bordering on black, with a nice one and a half finger tall tan head leaving spotty patches of lace down most of the glass.

S - Smells of robust dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, coffee grounds, dark fruits and some black licorice. Nothing too over the top here, very nice balance.

T - Starts off with plenty of dark roast - both from the malt and the coffee - slowly giving way to some sweetness from the chocolate and dark fruits. The balance of sweet to roast is fairly well done, the roast does become a bit overbearing as it warms but not too bad. Finish is roasty, lingering on the pallet long after consumption.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The dark flavors are strong in this one, lingering on the pallet long after the finish.

O - Definitely one of the better American Porters out there. This one packs plenty of flavor and was very easy to drink. Glad I got this one.

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Photo of Shakesbeere
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty dark pour with a tan head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate malt. Flavor is of roasted malts and chocolate cafe coffee. The very balanced flavor leads to a potent palate -- initially creamy, which morphs into a lively, more interactive experience. It is very dark -- there is a minute hint of dark fruit against the dark chocolate coffee --, and its merit in being so is its exact balance. Smoky with some subtle hops. Very rich, very "sexy".

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Photo of Yagman3000
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz. bottle into a fluted pint glass.

Appears a really rich deep brown with a tiny touch of rosy glow. There's a cool thin creamy head resting on top.

Smells of dark chocolate with dark roasted coffee.

Tastes of coffee with some boozy notes. A little darker and more stout like than what I had imagined.

Mouthfeel is ok. The head doesn't bring out too much creaminess and there's a little bit of a booze burn.

Overall a pretty good beer but not at the great level. I imagine this might lose some of it's warmth if given some time to rest.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear very dark brown color without highlights when held to the light, producing 2+ fingers of frothy, variously bubbled, moderately lasting, mocha head that leaves only a a few wisps & strings of lace. Aroma is roasted malt, bittersweet & Hershey's chocolate & a little creamed coffee. Taste is dark & bittersweet chocolate, roast with burnt bread undertone, roasted nuts & hints of molasses/toffee, an earthy mustiness, woody vanilla & herbal hops. Smooth, sweet start transitions to a dry, peppery feel in the finish, leaving a spicy, very dry, burnt chocolate & astringently bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, low carbonation, silky & creamy with a lively finish & tongue numbing aftertaste. A nice brew that in a blind taste-test I would call a stout. I realize there is a narrow set of differences separating the two styles but this is just too rich to be a porter.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle.

Dark brownish black with light foamy lace on top.
A sweet raisin-like smell..

Thick and creamy chocolate and coffee flavors abound.

Not overly strong... very pleasant and drinkable.

This is not the "extreme" type of beer I have become used to, but a well balanced and drinkable dark porter. In any case I enjoyed it.

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Photo of olympicgatorade
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black and chocolate brown, gorgeous lacing.

S: Coffee, burnt toast, faint chocolate. Very enticing.

T: Bready start into a magnificent bitter coffee finish. Coffee and hops hang around for a satisfying aftertaste. Really well built; flavors come through very nicely.

M: Drinkable, though carbonation seems a bit high.

O: Care was taken here to showcase a variety of flavors and it pays off. A very good domestic porter and should be exemplary of the style - done right. The coffee flavor here dominates in a good way; I'll be having my next with breakfast.

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Photo of mjryan
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stars should be afraid of this beer, as Im sure if they get to close they will be sucked into its black void. Inky black, with a nice dark tan head that retains beutifully. Aroma is of dark chocolate and woody hops hops. Bitter, chalky bakers chocolate up front with a smooth sweetness in the middle. Finishes with a smooth roast and firm bitterness. Slight earthy hop flavour as well. Medium bodied and very smooth. Big on the chocolate flavour and very smooth. Another stellar Founders beer that I wish I didnt have to drive an hour round trip to get.

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Photo of proc
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Porters need more respect and I think its time to spread the word.

This offering from Founder's is a fine example of the style. Pours out to a dark as night black as a porter should be. Aroma is that of coffee and malt with the taste featuring roated malts that border not on burnt or highly roasted, but a slight sweetness.

You could drink this porter all night. And I just may do that...

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Photo of mjl21
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade...thanks Josh! 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled date on the neck of the bottle is 1/20/09. Comes in at 6.5% and 45 IBUs.

A-Pours a dark brown with a minor red hue when it is angled in the light. Has a minimal sandy head that fades quickly. There is visible sediment suspended in the glass.

S-Smells of dark malts. Lots of roasted malt, chocolate, and a little bit of coffee as it warms. There is also some vanilla as it warms.

T-It has a really nice chocolate taste upfront. It gets roasty in the middle. The finish tastes a lot like coffee that has gone cold from sitting on an unliut burner. There is some residual sweetness after it has gone down. The hops are noticeable, but it is a very clean level of bitterness that integrates well with the malt.

M-It falls on the higher end of the medium spectrum. Very smooth with good carbonation.

D-Went down very easily. Could knock back a few.

A great porter from Founders. Nothing too crazy going on, just nice use of dark malts.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Dry cocoa and semi-sweet chocolate notes up front. Roasted barley notes as the beer opens up. Mild earthy hop aromas. Clean yeast character.

Appearance: Chocolate brown with ruby edging. Thin and wispy tan head.

Flavor: Dark chocolate and cocoa again. Big roasty profile with dark, toasty supporting flavors. Balance is firmly bitter and roasty. A slight mineral quality to it. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. A slight dark grain astringency.

Overall impression: A dark, roasty porter. Very dry and has some stout-like features. The roastiness borders on one-dimensional but maybe some age would tone it down a bit. Nicely done.

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Photo of nerdboy19
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appear : Black, brown foamy head.
Aroma : Roasted, little bit of burnt, chocolate, coffee, some earthy hops.
Mouthfeel : Medium body, Medium-high carbonation.
Taste : Soft chocolate, coffee taste first, and then roasted, burnt, hop bitter finish.
Overall : Great stout, soft but strong. This beer is like a "American Stout 101", the malt characteristic is so well-presented.

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Photo of 911CROFT
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355ml bottle into a snifter glass. Paid £2.70 for a single bottle.

Pours an opaque, dark, black body, that when held to the light displays lovely ruby tinges and a small amount of slow rising carbonation bubbles. A two-finger in height, dense, mocha coloured head reduces quickly to a thin film and foamy collar, leaving behind small amounts of spotty, soapy lacing on the glass.

On the nose it is sweet overall, with mild aromas of toasted malts, milk chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, dark fruits, and a subtle smokiness hidden away in the background. The taste mimics the nose but as a bolder more intense and complex version. Upfront, rich, roasted dark malts, burnt toast, and roasted coffee are followed by lighter, sweeter malts, along with a touch of milk chocolate and tangy dark fruits. The body has a satisfyingly generous amount of weight and heft for a porter, which combined with fittingly low but not flat carbonation give it a deliciously smooth, creamy and silky mouth feel. A combination of charred, roasted dark malts and crisp bitter hops give a smooth, complex, dry, earthy, smoky finish that lingers on the palate.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Incredibly well balanced, easily drinkable, and reasonable value for money, I would certainly recommend it to a friend and will looking to try it again in the near future.

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Photo of hardy008
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a dark black color which allows a little ruby to shine through. Has a tan foamy 2 finger head, leaves a nice lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell - Coffee, malt, and chocolate.

Taste - Coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate. Has a mildly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, creamy, and full bodied.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. One of the better American porters on the market.

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Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours with two fingers of tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles slowly and leaves moderate lace.

S - a strongly roasty aroma with coffee and a bit of chocolate.

T - smoky coffee and some dark chocolate up front. A little bit of spice comes out in the middle with notes of chicory and licorice. Finishes with lots of coffee and moderate malt bitterness.

M - a fairly thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - nicely done, this is a bit on the thick side for a porter, but very well balanced and flavorful.

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Photo of jduffy21
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from a 12oz bottle to a Sam Adams glass.
This beer was pitch black with not a shimmer of light breaking through. A nice dark tan head that sticks around all the way to the bottom.
I could smell the combination of coffee and chocolate as soon as I started to pour.
The strong flavor of coffee and chocolate come through in this robust porter, with a some coffee bitterness towards the end. Founders has one of the most flavorful Porters around.

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Photo of brystmar
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/20/2011, so it’s almost a year old. Deep, dark brown pour with dark tan head and sticky lace. Dry roasted malts, strong notes of tobacco, and hops in the nose. Everything from the aroma plus chocolate malts hit my tastebuds. Dry finish.

A clean, crisp porter that nails the style. Can't wait to try a fresh bottle!

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Photo of haazer
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The last beer in my Founders binge for now. Poured into a Samuel Smiths pint glass.

A- Tiny 1/2 finger of beige, wet sand head that dissapates immediately. Against the light the beer is a glowing dark brown. Reminds me of a very rich dark chocolate.

S- The rich chocolate look pops into the nose too. Dark roast coffee, with equally roasted malts tell me this is my kind of porter. Even though only 45 IBU's I can feel the hops presence.

T- This porter is delicious. Initial taste is the roasted malt profile. That flavor starts small and gets progressively stronger on the taste buds, once peaking it transitions into dark coffee. The hops I mentioned in the nose make this a bitter cup of jo, and a good one. The flavor ends on a rich chocolate and a lingering caramel flavor that leaves me smacking the back of my mouth with my tongue.

M- Very milky and soft in the mouth. A medium level body in the mouth. After drinking this down my mouth feels like I've drank something a lot thicker though. Carbonation is ok, would like a little more. Perhaps I mishandled this bottle by mistake.

O- I thought this was an absolutely delicious porter. For me, the taste is up there with the Edmund Fitz porter, maybe even better. I think my bottle turned out a little flat though. I would love to find this on tap somewhere to remedy that. Even though I beleive Founders sell their beers in 4 packs, I could drink a sixer of this with no problem.

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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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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,547 ratings.