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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: 6,717
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 380
Gots: 1,276 | 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: 6,717
Photo of thlayli87
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A - Dark brown with a half-inch of dark tan head that quickly dissipates.

S - Chocolate malt, roasty notes, and a prominent underlying sweet aroma.

T - Roasted malt, coffee, pleasantly bitter finish. The sweetness present in the nose is not evident in the taste.

M - Full bodied, somewhat syrupy mouthfeel.

O - Very tasty porter, and a good example of the style. I'd gladly enjoy this beer again.

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Photo of ken3c
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is very dark brown. It struggles to form a head and recedes to a thin ring with wisps. No lacing. I was disappointed in the appearence and losing hope that this would be a good beer.

I shouldn't have worried. The aroma was great. A good blend of Coffee and carmel with a hint of vanilla. I just couldn't stop smelling this beer.

Very slightly sweet, a little tart, with a crescendo of bitterness. It starts with coffee and then the hops kick in. Dry finish.

Full bodied and lightly carbonated. It could use a little more carbonation.

I like this beer. It's got it where it counts.

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Photo of JT534
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours black with a thick tan head that dissipated slowly. The only thing visible through this dark brew are tiny bubbles raising around the edges of the glass.

Aroma: I smell toasted chocolate and and burnt coffee malts in a big way.

Taste: The first thing I noticed was a wave of hops making their presence known. In the back of my mouth I am tasting caramel and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: There is refreshing carbonation hitting you right in the mouth with each sip. I was surprised with the amount of carbonation coming through with this one.

Overall: Overall, this is a solid porter. Great way to introduce yourself to porters and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Deep brown/black under a medium brown head. Good lace and retention.

S: Roasted malt with chocolate and coffee. A bit nutty. Not a whole lot going on, but enough to let you know you're about to sip a tasty, balanced porter.

T: More of the same. Roasted malt, sweet, finish is of bitter chocolate and coffee. Little bit of espresso. Nothing in you face, just good solid porter.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation is every so prickly, bit slick. Drinkability is excellent. I could drink this porter all night long. Never overwhelming, just a solid, balanced porter.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. bottled on 5/29/12.

pours out pretty much opaque black with one fingers worth of tan/ biege colored head that after a minute or so faded to a thin ring. poor retention, and no lace, but a nice blackness that you dont often find in most porters.

roasted malt dominates which lends some nice bitter cocoa and coffee aromas. just the slightest hint of sweet toasted grain as well.

rich roasted, almost burnt malt again is the main player giving way to bitter cocoa and coffee. a nice dose of earthy hops mingles with the bitter roast in the finish and makes for a nice bitter dark chocolate that lingers.

rich, creamy, and very easy drinking.

a top notch porter, prolly number 3 on my list of best "straight- up" porters. i would definatly come back to this.

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Photo of azorie
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok I had 3 of these yesterday at the Founder's in Florida deal.
I spaced them out well at least the 1 and 2nd one were spaced out by 4 other beers.

A: sadly i had my god ole thermometer with me, and the tap temp was near 34F. So no head and all that jazz. I will review if the bottles/can are sold here next week or so. No head, dark as night.

S: rich dark chocolate and roasted coffee hit me. This took a long time because it was served so cold. Still it was very nice. Lots of malt notes, no hop detected.

T: nice rich slightly bourbon like coffee and chocolate taste. Rich notes of roasted malt. No hops in your face, which means of course it totally balanced beer as it should be. Oh you get that they are there, anyway. Slightly smokey as it really warms into the 50-55f range.

M: creamy, rich, nice aftertaste. full body

O: really good porter. I had to have more and did.

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Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pretty much opaque jet black, with little light coming through, which surprised me somehow. Good foaming and dense head that leaves good lacing but settles a bit too quickly from how it initially presented itself.

Smell: Dark, roasted malts, mild coffee and bitter sourness, some dark berries, and some citrus sourness in as it warms it seems.

Taste: A little more sour than I'd hoped, but there's still a good balance of very mild chocolate, the subtle notes of black coffee acrid and full sourness, citrus sourness and mild bitterness at the end, and a little too hidden roasted malt flavor, which would be better if it were up front.

Mouthfeel: Not light by any stretch of the imagination, but though it still remains fairly creamy, I thought this would be a lot heavier, lending itself toward a more sessionable porter than maybe many heavier, more flavorful versions out there.

Drinkability: A solid porter, and one that I've heard people raving about. I could have a few of these, as it's not so full that it's only a one-beer-at-a-time brew, but there are others out there that I'd probably pick over this, even though it's good overall.

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Photo of AnPiobaire
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured the Founders Porter from a 12 oz bottle into a glass goblet at about 49 degrees. It poured a dark brown with minimal head and a little lacing.

The nose was raosted coffee and some smoke.

The taste had coffee like acidity with some subtle underlying notes of bakers chocolate. The porter finishes crisply with a bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is thin with moderate carbonation and a clean finish.

Overall this is a nice porter which is not overpowering and is easy to drink. Enjoy!!!

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I felt like I poured this properly but got three inches of thick, bubbly head that sounded like a bowl of Rice Krispies. The popping of bubbles lasted for nearly five minutes as the head dissappated slowly. The color is BLACK. No ruby hue like I would expect. It smelled of rich cocoa and hints of chocolate but had a bit of a chalky scent. The taste was warm and slightly alcohol tinged. Nice roasted nut or malt flavor but a bit harsher than a lot of Porters. Nothing makes me think this is a Porter and everything tells me it's a stout put in the wrong bottle.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz stubby bottle from a trade with mcallister.

A: The porter is heavily carbonated, erupting with a 3 plus finger head on initial pour and requiring 4 pours to empty the bottle into a standard pint glass. The porter's body is dark and murky, with no lighter colors emerging.

S: The nose has elements of chocolate, molasses, caramel and coffee, all mixing together to create a dry warming aroma.

T: Drinking the ale is like eating chocolate cake, rich and luxurious. The chocolate mixes with coffee flavors to create a sweet bitter body, full of dark notes. Molasses notes add a scorched-earth bitterness that leads to a nice finish.

M: The body, despite the plethora of bigger flavors, is smooth and creamy. It is surprisingly light on the palate.

D: The low abv and well-meshed flavors make this a surprisingly good drink, one that won't overwhelm the tastebuds but will leave you satisfied.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a nice thick foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate is quite powerful and interesting. Taste is a nice mix between some black chocolate notes with medium roasted malt notes though the overall mix is balanced by just enough sweetness. Body is full and has a super nice creamy texture with good carbonation. Very well brewed and something I wouldn’t mind having on a regular basis.

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Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought back from Indy during Xmas. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. It had a notch on the bottom of the front label but no way of telling what that means. However, this one just got re-released so fresh. It was black in color with carb bubble fountain in center and slight lacing. It had a small to average dark brown head that quickly settled into a collar with a carb spot in center.

The aroma was coffee, roasted and chocolate malts. Really good. Was worried that the coffee would dominate but it blended into rather quickly after the initial hit of it upon pouring. The taste was really good as well. It was a bit on the bitter side for me so that keeps it down in my taste score a little. Here the coffee is too present for my taste. Mouthfeel had good carbonation but was a little dry.

Overall, a really good beer that I recommend. Not top tier porter for me but close. Would try again next time in an area that carries it.

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Photo of gregshead
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on 4/16/11. Reviewed from notes:

A: Pours a thin black w/ a half finger head.

S: Chocolate and maybe espresso on the nose

T: Lots of roasted tones w/ a little bit of a dry espresso finish. Very subtle flavors for a a porter

M: Good carbonation with a light/thin feel

O: A very solid porter overall. One of the better porters I could drink on a regular basis if it were in my area.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: "Silky Black" according to the Founders site, but through light it seems a very deep red. Pretty brew in any case. Slight tan head, little lacing.
smell: That burnt porter edge but balanced with caramel sweetness.
taste: As the nose portends. burnt but balanced well.
overall: This may go in regular rotation.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Bottled on 02/21/2012, so this beer has been chillin in the bottle for about ten months now. Poured into a Boulevard tulip.

A - Pours black as the night with a thin wispy mocha colored foam which disappears within seconds.

S - Chocolate / coffee notes, but I am getting more whiskey booze smell coming out of this than anything else. Faint hint of smoke.

T - A nice robust smoked chocolate coffee taste. Almost reminds me of a very tame beef jerky flavor of some kind, which sounds bizarre, but it's definitely some kind of spice flavor. Very light body, and I'm glad to report that it goes down nice and smooth and doesn't sit heavy in the stomach. There is some kind of hop bitterness buried in there, but this beer is on the old side and it was probably faint to begin with.

M - Doesn't really linger around for too long. Nice palatable hydrated tastes don't dry you out, nor do they leave you drooling. Rather, they leave you wanting another sip of beer before it's all gone.

As the beer warms, it begins to emerge as a more smokey chocolately porter, with maybe even some dark cherry in there somewhere. Overall, I will definitely try this again, as it isn't overly harsh or heavy-hitting. This has been the ideal porter for me so far, so if you aren't big on porters or stouts to begin with, give this beer a shot.

Founders Porter ---4/5.

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Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to younger35, may you get a job soon.

This beer pours dark, rich, and sexy baby. Dark brown with mocha head, like I bet Candi gives in 48 hours.

Smells roasty, espresso coffee grounds sparged over hot chocolate milk.

Very complex porter, more creamy than others, not harsh, nice roasted, cocoa, and burnt dark sugars. Darkness Charlie Murphy.

What did the five fingers say to the face? Slap! This beer is damn good.

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Photo of youngblood
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark brown with small tan head.
S- Strong espresso and dark chocolate coming off of this. Bit of a burnt toast nose to it also.
T- Espresso, Chocolate, bit of creamy sweetness also. Follow the smell, there is a bit of a burnt aftertaste.
M- Creamy and quite smooth, leaves mouth satisfied
D- Easily put back. Goes down rather easy.

This is a really great example of what a Porter should be.

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Photo of JamesMN
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Completely opaque black body with a brown head. Great foam on this one.

Aroma: Deep roasty malts and just a hint of sweetness. Possibly some oatmeal.

Taste: Great roasted grain in there. It really fills your whole palate and stays with you long after you've swallowed. Just a hint of sweetness at the beginning and then dominated by coffee bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Big rush of carbonation up front (slightly over-carbonated), then becomes perfectly smooth. A thick beer but still very drinkable because it goes down so easily.

Final Thoughts: This is a very solid porter (among the best I've had). If you're into this style then this beer is a must-have.

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Photo of hopmashian
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Samuel Adams glass renders a 2 " chocolate malt head that lasts a couple of minutes. Smell is like black coffee, then chocolate. Mouth feel is balanced with a slight alcohol presence, not overpowering. Taste follows smell, a little bitterness that dissipates. Over all an excellent porter that I will enjoy again.

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Photo of tim9887
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a dimpled Guinness mug. Pours deep dark brown, nearly black. Nice tan head. Sweet malty aroma. Coffee/chocolate/caramel in the nose and palate. Nice roasty, bitter finish. Very thick, rich, velvety mouthfeel. Tiny bit of alcohol warmth. Very nice stuff all around, I'll have another!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a chalice, the beer is a dark brown to black coloring with a tall, frothy, dense, tan head that isn't going anywhere. Aromas of dry roast coffee, chocolate, and a touch of smoke. Slightly earthy, too. Flavors are dry and roasty, with a chocolate-mocha blending, and a creamy chocolate blend at the end of the palate. Dry and slightly creamy in mouth, with a dry, clean finish. Very solid porter.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is black with a tan head and nice lacing.

Nose is an almost-dusty sweet malt.

Taste is nutty; almost with a dry, chicory quality. The malt is sweet.

Mouthfeel is dry, but not overly so. There is plenty to find refreshing here. Carbonation is mild and it has a clean finish.

Overall, this is a unique, dry porter.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Porter on tap at Brews Cafe in Granville, Ohio.

Appearance: Solid black like the midnight dark out here in Central Ohio. Barely any head. Nice lacing! Looks like an Imperial Stout.

Smell: Coffee, faint chicory. Some hops.

Taste: White liquor, like gin or vodka. Some sweetness. Bitterness all around, hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, satisfying. Close-to-perfect carbonation.

Drinkability: Low for a porter, but great if it were an Imperial Porter or Imperial Stout! Sip it, but don't miss it!

Incredibly delicious, my review does not appropriately convey how good this beer is.

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Photo of raszputini
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Founder's just doesn't mess around. Definitely one of my favorite breweries. Primed up for a 12 tap takeover in around a week at the Thirsty Monk. Pours a thick dark brown with a tan creamy head. Nose is burnt malts and cocoa. Taste is surprisingly clean with roasted malts, cocoa, a little coffee and a blast of caramel that surprises. A very nice porter.

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Photo of foogerd
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black body with a small tan head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Tons of fresh roasty chocolate malts and coffee, more on the bittersweet chocolate side of things. Some smoke.

T- Dark black bitter chocolate with some acidic roasty coffee some light hops give support to the coffee bitterness. Hints of milk chocolate sweetness close to the finish.

M- As heavy as this is on taste there is a light airy feel to this. Moderate to high carbonation.

O- Top notch porter, worth going a little out of your way for this. Very solid all around hits all the spots a porter should.

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