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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter

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1,476 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,476
Hads: 6,713
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: 1,476 | Hads: 6,713
Photo of IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark chestnut, almost black; small tan head dissipates quickly with little lacing

Aroma: Bitter roasted grains; earthy hops; coffee

Taste: Bitter roasted grains up front; creamy mouthfeel in the mid with good malt character and dried figs; ends with a smooth, bitter finish and dry aftertaste

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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

I'm not sure if this bottle was overly carbonated or what but the cap popped of with force. Upon pouring couldn't keep the head tamed. A good tan 4 inch head exploded out of the bottle. Liquid is nearly black no light is penetrating any corner of crevice.

As always it seems, this dark founders brew has a near perfect nose. Big freshly ground coffee aromas, lovely roasted choclate malt, caramel, hints of vanilla, cassis, and a good hopped aroma to even it all out.

Tastes of cassis, mochiato, big roasted choclate and caramel malts, hint of vanilla bean, nice smooth chewy hops. Mouthfeel has a tad too much carbonation but it doesn't cause any harm. This bad boy is big and rich would be hard to drink more than a few.

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Photo of humuloner22
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Decent Porter, but I have better and this is why:

Appearance: Dark almost black, decent amount of head lingering globs of lacing are on the side of the glass and present on the layer that lies over the top of the beer.

Aroma: Some malts, a little hop citrus like notes, but not anything like a black IPA.

Taste: Fairly straightforward nothing outstanding, there is a bit of hop bite to this one which makes it a little bit different but then again some Porters are more hop forward, I tend to like mine more roast malts and creamy.

Overall: Not the best porter I have had tonight. I liked my local breweries offering better, I am not being biased but they made a solid beer!

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

Pours very dark brown. Opaque. (some porters will show you what muddy means. Not this one though) A creamy head of mocha colored foam that dwindled slowly. Nose is big roasty malt. Sweetness that offers a touch of vanilla. Light cream and some good cocoa. Toasted bread underneath. An herbal coolness on the nose form hops. Taste is bold and earthy malt. Uncompromising. Just enough complexity to show you the cocoa, caramel and a firm hops presence. Those hops are firm but they do not take over the flavor. They do usher in a creamy finish after a moderate and supporting bitter. Malt shows you a touch of it's own bitterness and coffee.

This is decadent without being overly sweet or heavy in the mouthfeel. Expansive malt with plenty of flavor but not chewy so medium mouthfeel. Smooth and everything you want in a robust porter. Hale and hearty with a peppery little finish and bitter chocolate to linger.

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

It's often a lesson in subtlety that differentiates between a porter and a stout. Founders porter is one that I believe crosses that line into stout territory. It pours nice and dark with slight tan lacing and only minimal carbonation. It smells of burnt umber and dark fruits, and tastes of roasted malts, coffee, sugary plum and raisin and charcoal. The taste is exactly what you expect on the smell with maybe a hint of chocolate tossed in to boot. It drinks easily with some oat additions and is chewy, rich and smooth. Overall, it's a solid effort but in a blind tasting with all of it's depth and flavor, i'd grade this one as a stout.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Pours a deep dark brown with a 2 inch tan colored head that takes its time dissipating leaving good lacing down a 16oz pub glass.

Smell is good with roasted malts taking center stage. I get some chocolate, coffee and maybe a medicinal smell of cough syrup.

Taste is good with the sweet malts hitting first giving those chocolate and coffee flavors. That gives way to a nice bite of hop bitterness, maybe a little piney. The aftertaste is of the chocolate and coffee malts.

Mouthfeel is pretty full with really nice, velvety carbonation.

Overall, a really nice beer. I like these dark beers this time of year and this one has delivered. This is my first beer from Founders and I was pretty impressed. Looking forward to more from them.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark body. Two-finger tan head leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S: Roastiness and smokiness.

T: More roasted malt. Slightly smoky. A hint of bitter chocolate. Even some citrus hop flavors.

M: Silky smooth with just enough carbonation.

D: I've generally found that porters don't do a whole lot to hold my interest. But this is one of the better ones. Recommended for fans of dark beers.

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

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poured a finger of medium mocha head, color of the ale is a nearly opaque deep brown mahogany, nearly black.

Smell - rich black coffee, roasted malts, whiff of dark chocolate and floral hops.

Taste - Roasted malt, black coffee, dark bakers chocolate (unsweetened), slight minerals, and a touch of black licorice and bitter hops long into the finish.

Mouthfeel - nearly medium, there is almost a smoothness and a creaminess that is whisked away by the medium carb halfway through the sip - the carb adds a sharp tingle with some edges that usher in the hop characteristics, and some bitter black licorice.

Overall - This is a very good porter, but with my high expectations for Founders products I almost felt this was just a tad lacking - this opens up just a bit as it warms, and improves. I wanted this to be just a touch thicker, creamier, and a bit more mouthcoating. Definitely a very good porter, and one that you should try and judge for yourself.

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

Pours a dark as night body with a thin tan head
aroma is of chocolate and roasted malt.
taste is chocolate up front followed by some roasty notes.
mouthfeel is good and overall a damm good beer.

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

appearance:light lacing and pitch black

smell: heavy coffee and sublte chocolate

taste: not bad, solid porter, a little flat tasting, nice chocolate flavor

mouthfeel: full bodied porter

drinkability: solid porter, I like them more on the hoppy side

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown, blackish body that had a one-finger tan head and left a lace ring. Classic smell of roasted and sweet malts, more on the sweet side w/ some caramel and chocolate with very minor hops. Textbook porter that hits the spot; medium-body, smooth, creamy, passes over the tongue with a great sweetness of chocolate and caramel and then having a bready, coffeeish finish that is drying and thick. Little bit sticky as well. Could drink this porter any time as it is one of the best.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Founders Porter is nearly black in the glass with only the slightest dark brown hues around the edge when held to the light. The head is thick and heavy - slow to subside, mocha in color and leaves nice gobs of sticky lacing on the glass as the beer is consumed. The nose is all roasty malt; coffee, chocolate, caramel and black patent are all present - slightly burnt and acrid smelling. The flavor is much the same with the little bit of caramel(y) sweetness coming through slightly and quickly on the onset, quickly followed by the darker roasted flavors of coffee and chocolate and then finally finishes with the acrid, burnt bitterness that leaves the mouth dry. Mouthfeel is medium to full in body with a adequate yet thin head; finish is very dry as previously noted. Overall a good beer but not on my list of beers I'd buy from Founders.

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Photo of Malt_Man
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Poured at room temperature from bottle into saison glass.

A) Very dark brown /black, opaque with thin bubbly film.

S) Subtle, but rich fruity malt and hints of liquorice.

T) ooooooo. Mellow fruity malt with a beautiful roast nutty flavour that just goes on and on. The bitterness is there but is wonderfully understated.

M) Actually quite refreshing, with the roast nut aftertaste balancing it out.

O) There doesn't seem to be a dividing line between porters and stouts in the US - this is stronger and has a deeper roasted flavour than SN Stout. I suppose the name doesn't matter when it tastes this good.

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

12oz bottle, received in a trade. Pours very dark brown with a tan head. Smells of chocolate, malt, caramel and a bit of vanilla. smooth flavor and quite tasty drinking. Has a nice thickness yet still an ease of drinkability. Very tasty beer that I'd would like to have available out there in the pacific northwest to enjoy on a regular occasion.

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

Dark brown almost black color. Very thin carbonation on the pour with trace amounts of lacing down the line. Smells predominantly of chocolate with some prune-ish fruit and brown sugar in the background. Tastes very rich with chocolate and espresso really coming forward. The initially warm and toasty flavor grows even deeper as the the beer warms towards the end of the glass. Very creamy mouthfeel, almost lacking in carbonation for my taste. The richness is not spoiled by heaviness or syrup like some beers this heavy. An excellent porter. One of my favorite styles, and this is a winner.

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

A: Classic stout/porter appearance, not quite the head retention of a good porter, thus the 4.

S: Roasted malt, light smoke.

T: Very balanced on the roasted malt, slight coffee with a mellow finishing note.

M: Perfect carbonation, light on the ABV, so not gradely highly on the M.

D: Worth a taste, got as an extra...thx Spdkilz, represents Porters very well...a worthy pursuit as a throw in. Would drink again.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black. That's all there is. Mild carbonation, and no light gets through, there's no lacing, and there's also just a very small head that quickly dissipates. Of course, if you do an aggressive pour, you'll get a really nice tan head. I recommend doing so.

Smell: Espresso. Roast. Maltiness. Mmm. It's rather light though.

Taste: It smells a bit better than it tastes... the initial taste is mostly just roastiness, but after it sits on your tongue for a bit, I get some dark coffee bitterness, with a hint of dark chocolate in there as well. There's the warming of alcohol at the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: It's definitely rich, but not nearly as creamy as I was expecting it to be. Sort of surprising, but not a huge deal.

Overall, it's an incredibly big, robust beer. The thing about it is, I feel sort of goofy drinking this in August. This to me screams winter, in front of a warm fire place, or maybe even as a substitute on a cool morning for warm coffee. This isn't my type of beer to casually drink -- I tend to prefer lighter beers for every day drinking -- but there's no denying its quality. It smells phenomenal, and its taste is one that I feel can surely grow on me as I get older. I don't feel it's as fantastic as the rating suggests, but it's undoubtedly a well made beer. I'm very interested to see just how my taste buds change when I get another sixer in a couple years.

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

A good porter, though a little too unctuous for my tastes.

Pours a deep, inky black with a thin, tan head. The aroma is strong and coffee-like, with a burnt edge, like coffee grounds. The flavor is rich and coffeelike, roasted, with a little smoked or burnt quality. The mouthfeel is quite milky and slick.

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

Somewhat cloudy jet-black brew forms a frothy, whipped dark tan head atop medium-small bubbles with adequate sheets of lace. Mild to moderate carbonation. Aroma is of cocoa powder, dark semisweet chocolate, medium roast coffee, roasted grains, and a subtle chalkiness. Smells good, but not really anything unique going on here. Mouthfeel is soft with a medium body and roasty, dry finish. Taste starts with some spicy, green flavor hops, melts into rich roasted barley/black patent malt and coffee, followed by a pleasant lingering sweetness in the back of the throat which comes from out of nowhere and balances well with a lightly astringent grainy finish. No noted alcohol presence or off flavors. The acidity brightens as it warms. Quite nice.

Update: $20 for a case direct from the brewery. Whoohoo. Yummy stuff.

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

Has all the standard properties of a porter/stout, except that it is a bit sweeter than most. A very smooth brew, easy to drink, with very little hop bite. What I find missing in this and many of the high quality porters/stouts is uniqueness. They all seem to taste about the same to me. Nice balance, blah, blah, blah. I'm continually searching for one that dares to be different. Unfortunately, very few of them.

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

Poured from a bottle.
Apperance is dark black with a fingers worth of tan head.
Smell is of sweet chocolate and malt and a bit of coffee
Taste is nice. Its mostly roasted malts and coffee followed by a hint of chocolate.
mouthfeel is pretty thick and heavy with a nice amount of carbonation to it.
Overall this is a solid porter and its well worth it to pick up a 6 pack if avaliale.

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

Pour an opaque darkness with visible sediment at the end of the bottle and a two finger loose foamy dark brown head that's gone in a flash, leaving little Belgian lacing behind. The smell is a nice chalky NECCO chocolate and coffee aroma. Lightly carbonated, the mouth feel is full bodied with a tangy bitterness. Full flavored, the coffee bean character is moderately roasted. The texture is creamy smooth with a touch of lingering roasty bitterness. A really nice drinker, you'll want to sip and savor it. Many thanks Stigs!!

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

12 ounce pour..

A: Dark chocolate black. Thin head ample lacing

S: Delicious chocolate and coffee , par for the course. Roasty and malty.

T: Taste follows the smell. Creamy rich coffee and chocolate. A bit watery tasting.

M: Medium creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth easy drinking.

O: Overall, this tastes like a light version of their Imperial Stout. I suppose it is a bit disappointing and slightly watery tasting in comparison, even though its not a thin beer, and is a robust 6.5 APV. All in all, a nice easy drinking porter, but in comparison to their Imperial Stout, not quite as exciting.

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

A - Poured into a standard pint. Pours and impenetrable deep brown with a faint ruby tinge when held up to a window. The head is a 1 finger puff of tan foam that sticks around for a while. Lacing. Ew. Are those floaties? Gross.

S - A nice roasty vibe. Coffee affects without being in your face. Bits of chocolate. Basically a standard, robust porter. Nothing off.

T - Starts off with a very nice, slightly sweet roasted malt, and finishes dry, with a hoppy, chocolatey bitterness. Well-made and a nice addition to Founders already good lineup.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, even carbonation.

D - Not particularly sessionable, but nice to have in the fridge.

Notes: This won't necessarily replace Edmund Fitzgerald for me but at least it gives me another good choice.

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

reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger off white head

smell: roast, coffee, chocolate, malts,

taste: roasted malts, some coffee / chocolate flavors

mouthfeel: medium to full body, mild carbonation,

overall: decent porter, I prefer some others in the style over this one but still a very good beer.

the CPJ

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,476 ratings.