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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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4,607 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 4607
Reviews: 1284
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%


Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

45 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2003)
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afksports

New York

3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A week after guzzling down many Deschutes Black Butte porters, I'm happy to test the yield of this fine Founders Porter bottle. Yup, it's beer!

It looks inviting, just like that classy lady on the bottle that says dark and sexy. It's nearly black, with brown edges and a tan head that laces adequately as tiny bubbles cling to the glass. The smell hits you immediately with a malt hop mix that has a bit of almost chemical overtones, maybe soap, and then bitter chocolate. Taste is malt first, with coffee and chocolate in the middle. The bitterness of the 45 IBU's listed on the bottle is there in the finish. That helps it drink clean.

With the 6.5% alcohol, and the medium body that reminds me of a brown, this baby is one I can repeat. The only problem is the bottle cost in New York separates it from other comparable options that won't hurt the wallet as much.

That said, I'm still in love with Founders, and I want to see about this lady's phone number...

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 00:16:04 | More by afksports
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Wisconsinality

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

A- Pours a deep black with minimal head. Small lacing left from the head receding.

S- This brew is loaded with roasted malts and dark chocolate. There is a slight hoppiness in there and some cocoa powder.

T- Cocoa powder and roasted malts with a slight soapiness. There is a faint hoppy taste and a small bready character.

M- Medium to full bodied with pretty good carbonation. Regardless of the carbonation, the brew seems pretty smooth.

O- Pretty good beer all around. Not one flavor dominates and all seem to go good with each other. It just seems like it could have been a little stronger all around.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 14:51:37 | More by Wisconsinality
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Klym

California

3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stone nonic.

A: Black with a brown sugar colored head and curtain lacing that dissipates quickly.

S: Chocolate, graham cracker, soggy wood, coffee, lactosse-heavy mochaish smell and a touch of leather.

T: Initial taste is sweet with a mochaish chocolate taste, but quickly turns into a leather shoelace/graham cracker taste with a finish that has a little coffee bite in the end. Sweetness is tamed by leather tastes in this one.

M: Full bodied for a porter. Good carb and some syrupy creaminess.

O: Not bad, but I wished this beer would decide to go for the hard tobacco/leather route or the sweetroute instead of riding a bizarre middle. Won't reach for this again but glad to have tried it. Good thrown in to send or receive.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 06:44:59 | More by Klym
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tgorgz

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P/A: On draft at Fuel & Fuddle in Pittsburgh, PA.
Very dark chocolate- think 80%, with a milk chocolate head.

S: Good amount of coffee. Not as much chocolate as expected.

T: It kind of seemed to run together a little. More coffee than anything else.

M: Think, chewy, excellence.

O: Well done, folks. Not my fave from Founder's, but an excellent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2011 03:44:47 | More by tgorgz
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a dark brown almost black color with a billowy dark tan head. The head is rather persistent and lasts quite awhile. Eventually when it fades, and when the glass is swirled, it leaves some nice lacing.

Smell – The nose is relatively mild, but contains some notes of chocolate and a bit of caramel and vanilla sweetness.

Taste – A nice sweet bready maltiness is the first to be tasted. Roasted barley and some chocolate work their way into the flavor toward the middle of the taste. At the very end ,it sweetens again this time with some chocolate and vanilla which round out the taste profile quite nicely.

Mouthfeel – A nice smooth yet relatively thick body. It coats the tongue but yet is still very east to drink. The carbonation is spot on enhancing the drinkability of the brew.

Overall – A nice porter with lots of deep roasty and chocolate flavors. One of the better and more affordable porters.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 02:46:59 | More by Darkmagus82
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SometimesIfart

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours completely black with a thin mocha head. Small lacing is left.

S - Vanilla, medium coffee, light roasted malt, moderate dark chocolate.

T - Lot of coffee up front as is usual of a porter. Roasted malt in the middle along with sweet dark chocolate. Almost Stout-like in it's flavors. Finish is slightly bitter with a very small amount of vanilla coming through.

M - Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation.

O - Overall, I think a lot of porter taste the same, however this one had a bit more flavorwise than most and it didn't have heavy stinging carbonation. So in terms of a porter, this one is a winner.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 02:59:07 | More by SometimesIfart
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fscottkey

New York

3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Black in color with no light penetration. Gorgeous 1 1/2 finger head that is made of uniform bubbles. The head lasts a long time - and is dense enough to reshape as you move the glass.

S: There is a smoked or charred smell. Like a charred hardwood. It almost smells like hickory smoked meat.

T: Smoke up front then again at the back. Slight mocha taste as it warms.

M: Dry feeling but goes down easily

O: The appearance on this one is amazing! If you handed this to me and said it was a smoked porter I would believe it. There is a lot of smoke essence in there. This one is good - but I wanted to love it and I am not there.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 00:56:58 | More by fscottkey
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MiScusi

California

3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- very dark, black, oily body but not much of a head builds up easily.

S- roasted barley all the way here. Smells like there may be a hint of fruit adding some complexity from an English ale strain. I wonder if they used an American or English strain here.

T- Definitely a big roasty presence. Pretty big sweet body behind it, bitter roasted finish.

M- Nice smooth body. The carbonation is a bit below medium, works well here. Fine texture to the bubbles.

D- Not a poorly crafted beer at all. But I do prefer a little more chocolate to my porters and less of a roasted bite.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 02:37:37 | More by MiScusi
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Rbehrens

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- The appearance of this is a wonderful dark brown color with a bit of red. It poured into my glass with a one finger head.

S- A pleasing coffee aroma was present with a bit of cocoa.

T - It starts with a very pleasing taste of what an american porter should be, malts with both coffee and chocolate. It disappoints with no lesser notes and a weak finish.

M - Good, but not very smooth.

D - This is drinkable beer.

A pleasant porter overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 02:10:24 | More by Rbehrens
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NYCWheatFanSC

New York

3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark, dark brown, almost black but not quite. Beautiful, long-lasting reddish mocha head that recedes to a collar with little lacing, although some legs.

S - Nice and very roasty, with a bit of chocolate. A hint of something like licorice that I just can't figure out.

T - A damn fine porter. Roasted malts dominate, with some subtle notes of chocolate and even a dash of hops. Definitely very malt forward.

M - Very smooth and creamy, nice carbonation lightens it up perfectly.

D - Great porter, but I've been spoiled by many others. As a regular offering its wonderful, and would pick up more often if a) it were regularly available in NYC and b) I was a fan of porters.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 02:27:38 | More by NYCWheatFanSC
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ncfranklin

Alabama

3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to a tulip.

A: A fairly aggressive pour results in a finger tall tan head atop a solid black brew. Some lacing.

S: Plenty of chocolate, toasty to burnt malt and notes of coffee bean. Very rich in smell.

T: Big sugary sweetness up front that caves to coffee and bitter burnt notes in the middle, but remains very sweet. Chocolate is not prominent as it was in the smell, as simple sugar reigns. Finish returns to a roasty layer.

M: Very smooth and rich, only the lightest bits of dryness on the roof of the mouth in the swallow.

D: The bottle calls this one "Dark, Rich, and Sexy". I agree wholeheartedly with the first two, but this beer doesn't arouse me as much as I had hoped.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 02:35:20 | More by ncfranklin
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scottfrie

California

3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into AVBC snifter.

A: Pours almost black with about a half-finger of dark brown head that quickly turned into a thick film that left a spotty sheet of lacing down the glass.
S: Light notes of coffee with a touch of baking chocolate. The smell isn’t overpowering, but what’s there is nice.
T: Follows the nose with soft notes of coffee and bitter dark chocolate. There are definite undertones of grassy hops, and they add a delicious layer to complexity of the flavor. The aftertaste is lightly bitter and has a touch of smoke.
M: Medium body with a bit of chewiness to the mouth. Carbonation is pretty bubbly but not really sharp.
O: Definitely an above average porter and an above average beer. This goes down easy and smooth. Thanks to the generous BA who sent this to me!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 02:40:07 | More by scottfrie
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

undated 12 oz. bottle.

Pours a very dark mahogany, looking nearly black in the glass. The thick tan head has a red tinge and good durability.

Aroma: roast malt with hints of dark chocolate and spicy hops.

Plenty of rich roast malt flavor. Predominantly dark toasted malt but without a burnt quality. A tingling note of spicy hops in the flavor and in the lasting aftertaste. Ample coffee and a bit of smoke in the finish. Good bitter/sweet balance.

Smooth; full body; good carbonation.

O - a rich porter; a tad too smokey/expresso for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 02:40:31 | More by chinchill
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. (355 ml) bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Bottled 03/03/12
Served in a pint glass

Deep brown/black appearance. A tight and bubbly, two-finger crop of mocha colored froth topped the liquid. The head was slow to fade. Thick, drippy blocks of lacing coated the glass.

The nose was rich and smooth. French roast coffee came through strong. Lots of deep, dark malts. Touch of powdered cocoa. Somewhat sweet with a creamy, milkiness.

Roasted malts dominated the flavor profile. Strong espresso notes. Bakers chocolate was noticeable as well. Smoke and charred wood came through in the center. The finish was super dry and and quite ashy. It was also crisp and bitter with a fair dose of piney hops. As the beer warmed, the bitter, burnt wood notes turned somewhat acrid.

The mouthfeel was fairly average. Medium bodied with a moderate effervescence. For a 6.5% ABV porter, it was a touch thinner than I was anticipating. As the beer warmed, the carbonation settled down and the beer became a bit slicker and creamier on the palate.

Founders Porter could be a fantastic beer if not for the acrid notes on the finish. Beers like this one are not really meant to be cellared, but perhaps a bit of age could do it some good.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 02:15:31 | More by Damian
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Optifron

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed 11/24/2012 from the bottle

Appearance: Dark, dark brown. Creamy brown head.
Aroma: Dark chocolate, smooth roastiness

Taste: Lots of dark chocolate, roasted bitterness. Very creamy.

Mouthfeel: Very silky, creamy feel. Really nice. Not overly thick (as in, not imperial stout kind of thick).

Overall: Mouthfeel is great. Nice head retention and lacing too, but too much roasted bitterness for me. Would like it a touch more balanced.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 21:24:46 | More by Optifron
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bskrtz

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 Ounce bottle served very cold in pint beer glass

A) Black paint. No color passes through. Short puffy beige helmet dissolves quickly to leave a lacy cover

S) Black licorice, mild hop spice, burnt bread, coriander

T) Burnt coffee, pure dark chocolate, raisons and cooked dark fruit.

M) Consistency of root beer. Ample carbonation, sticky, full bodied

O) A very good example of the classic English porter

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 19:58:18 | More by bskrtz
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hawks10

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint.

Pours dark, opaque and thick, looks much more like a stout than a porter. Even held up to the light, the color is still opaque. Very little, dark brown head, that quickly dissipates and leaves some lacing.

Smells very strongly of coffee and dark chocolate.

Taste is very similar to the smell, starts off with bitter dark chocolate with a cold, almost stale coffee finish. Thinner than expected as the pour made it seem like this would be a thicker/chewier beer.

Quite easy to drink overall but the taste didn't seem as balanced as I would like, and the stale coffee aftertaste is something I could do without.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 04:16:20 | More by hawks10
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mwilbur

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours black as a starless night...completely opaque with 1/2 thick dark tan head that recedes fairly quickly. Very nice.
S: Sweet roasted malt and dark chocolate. Straight-forward, but good.
T: Follows aroma well, but lacks the intensity that it was promising. Still above average for style.
M: Smooth with a hint of dry bitterness.
D: Quite drinkable. Not as complex as many brews, but good for style.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 04:31:53 | More by mwilbur
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Bottled Date of 02/10/12. Pours a rich black color wnith virtually no head. Very minimal lacing. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malts, earth and coffee. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, earth, roasted malts and smoke. Rich. Dark chocolate and roasted malt finish. Chewy mouthfeel. Overall this is a well-crafted porter. Worth having again.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 05:22:29 | More by PicoPapa
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snaotheus

Washington

3.74/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Fridge temp, about 41 F. 1421339130127B is the bottle code. Purchased by a friend in Texas and shipped to Washington.

Pours black with a tiny head. Small amount of very fine, very slow carbonation. Smell is rich, chocolatey, slightly yeasty, some coffee. Mild, though. Maybe it'll open as it warms.

Taste is coffee, yeast, date-ish sweetness, smokey roast. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly grainy. Overall, quite tasty. Not sad I have most of a six pack left.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 03:41:00 | More by snaotheus
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UA8

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours oily black with a huge Guinness esque head.

S- Scents of coffee and heavily roasted toffee malts. backed with a hint of coaled wood.

T- Leads and is dominated by a super smoky taste with a light charred malt backing.

M- Could be a bit heavier but meets the expectations of a solid porter.

D- I would only go for maybe one or two of these due to their very bold taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 01:43:17 | More by UA8
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DrewOSU

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a coffee brown, with a brownish, grayish ½ inch head. Watery, carbonated, lacing on the side of the glass on initial pour.

S: Roasted malt and coffee nose. Nose is not overwhelming, but fair.

M/T: Medium, syrupy body that slides down the tongue. Roasted malt hit, followed by a carbonated sting and coffee flavors. Finishes earthy and malty, that takes over the whole tongue. Fairly balanced.

D: With a very high APV and a thick malty aftertaste, this beer is not session able, however the alcohol base is barely noticeable. Solid drinker.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 21:04:58 | More by DrewOSU
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turamarth

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served into my Tremens glass!

Appearance: The body of this porter is black as night. And, it devours any light that would even think about passing through the void. However, this beer has NO head. Even with a vigorous pour, only small, copper colored bubbles decided to join the party. Disappointing.

Nose: Malty, malty, and yep....malty! Typical chocolate malt notes mixed with some of the classic roasty notes are here in my nose! Though there is a nice twing of some hop brightness.

Taste: If it looks like a porter, and smells like a porter, and tastes like a porter...yes...by god its a porter! Again, the typical chocolate maltiness mixed with some good toasty and coffee notes. There is a nice amount of hopping, nobles or hallertau? Pretty tasty.

Mouth: First thing is a pretty bright carbonation. Coats the mouth nicely, but isn't terribly thick and uncomfortable.

Drink: Not a session due to the slightly higher abv, but still pretty drinkable.

Overall: A pretty typical porter in my opinion, I've had better, I've had worse. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 03:31:30 | More by turamarth
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camp0474

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Nonic Pint Glass

A: Pours very dark brown caramel/coffee color. Dark tan head with fine carbonation.

S: Strong malt coffee smell. Hints of roasted malt, slight smokiness.

T: Strong roasted malt flavor, somewhat smokey. Very close to a dark roast coffee. A slight sweet taste of vanilla to balance to the malt.

M: Medium Body. Good carbonation and smooth overall. Dryc finish from the roasted malt flavor.

D: Overall pretty good, a bit dry on the finish for my taste. Well balanced with the bitter malt and sweet undertones. But a solid porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 01:56:19 | More by camp0474
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NODAK

Tennessee

3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma on here...wow. Very rich, even for a porter. Full of espresso, bitter chocolate and all things malt. Just like sniffing a cold mocha.

Mouthfeel here is very creamy. Body is a thick mix of coffee and dark chocolates (but mostly coffee) in harmony with one another. This doesn't turn exceptionally bitter until the finish. There, the finish features a moderate hop bite and some bitter coffee to give a somewhat astringent ending to the swallow. The coffee certainly hangs around a while afterwards.

This is a very aggressive porter. I respect it for that. Drinkability will be harmed for that reason, at least for me. Those who want a thick, punch you in the face porter should turn to this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 03:52:18 | More by NODAK
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