Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,412 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,412
Reviews: 1,480
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 342
Gots: 1,084 | FT: 27
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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Ratings: 6,412 | Reviews: 1,480
Photo of LordofthePings
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit thinner than I expected but nice flavor, very drinkable.

Photo of ncketchum
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temperature in a Chimay goblet. Bottled 4/28/11

A = pours dark brown, 1/2 finger of quickly-dissipating head, little carbonation

S = chocolate, coffee, malt all with an overarching roasted theme

T = again, coffee and chocolate lead the way, hint of bitter hops in the end

M = very smooth, light on the carbonation

D = very drinkable, obviously not as big as their stouts but a nice beer overall, I will keep this in my rotation.

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice smooth and well bodied US porter. Great click of smell and palate.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Old fashion design around the portrait of a lady dressed in black and holding flowers, mixed with the Founders branding. Three word description as "dark, rich, and sexy". Shows date of bottling (06/11/09), IBUs (45), and Alc. (6.5%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Dark color with minimal brown translucency around the edges. Generous foamy dark head the dissipates smoothly to leave a persistent ring and minimal lacing..

S - Coffee, chocolate aromas with a characteristic smoked touch.

T - Great smoothness of those coffee and malt flavors in a rich roasted taste.

M - Medium to full bodied and quick in the lingering aftertaste.

D - Goes down well and does not overwhelm, easy to go after another one.

Notes: True, it may lack a final couple of notches to make it an outstanding beer. But it is still a great brew to keep handy, enjoy, and showcase the style.

Photo of ummswimmin
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The local bar hosted a special Founders night with multiple offerings of their beer.

I had the Porter in a snifter glass. This was a nice touch to hold in the maximum amount of bouquet in the glass.

On the pour I had about one finger of tan head. The color was very dark.

The nose had mild coffee and some vanilla.

The flavor included the coffee as well. The coffee starts as mild and gets strong near the end. It really isn't as bitter as you would think through the whole glass.

I enjoyed this beer. It did a really good job to pair with tonight's ribs.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Halcyondays is the one responsible for giving me my first taste of Founders Porter! Thanks! On to the beer:

The beer is nearly ink black and has a sturdy enough head with solid doses of lace. it smells like toasted coconut and dark cocoa, two things which are pleasant together. In its taste, the beer has a dimension of nuttiness not found in the aroma. Semi-sweet throughout with coconut and nutty notes kicking around. That's enough to make Founder Porter a pleasure to drink,

Photo of gr0g
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid black in color, capped with a one-finger khaki head. Good retention and lace formation. Cocoa is the primary component of the aroma along with some toasted grain. Some citric American hop aroma on the back end.

Predominantly dry with a mocha-like flavor. Mild bitterness that picks up a bit toward the finish. Mouthfeel is very good, bordering on silky, and it complements the flavor profile exceedingly well. Robust and tasty with no alcohol presence on the palate.

Founders has a very nice porter here, though that's not surprising given the overall quality of their lineup. Count this among the benchmarks for the style.

Photo of NaziBeerHunter
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. Very nice rich mouthfeel with pretty tasty coffee notes. The hop flavor still really comes through in this beer, and it's got great flavor

Photo of brandoncox
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pure black pour with a thick frothy head of tan and orange.

Aroma notes are of rich dark chocolate and coffee beans.

The character of this beer changes as it warms in the glass. First few sips are of chocolate but as the temperature rises my palate picks up vanilla and an attack of good hoppy bitterness.

Very chewy porter with a thick mouth-feel that will almost make you believe you are consuming a chocolate candy bar.

I don't think my stomach could hold more than a couple of these at a time but it is a very satisfying beer. Although not a seasonal this is a great porter for a fall evening or perhaps even a halloween party. I'm becoming very impressed with Founders as every beer I have tried has been exceptional.

Photo of thain709
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a nearly pitch black body...the only other color, burgundy, appears around the edges when held to the light...a bubbly, yet creamy, tan head forms and stands two fingers tall...nice retention leads to great lacing

S - Huge roasted malt presence...it takes it to the edge of being burnt/charred...dark chocolate, fresh brewed coffee...vanilla and caramel to sweeten things up

T - Everything that was displayed in the nose comes together for big flavors...the roasted aspect is present throughout the entire beer...it does take a turn towards the end of the glass as it wears down your palate and becomes burnt...the chocolate and coffee are dark and pair well with each other...the vanilla and caramel come in to provide some sweetness as the roasted and dark flavors start to overpower everything...there is a punch of hops towards the finish...paired with the roastiness, they both provide a long lasting bitterness

M - Medium bodied...not quite full, roasty, bitter...wears down the palate

O - This was a well done robust porter...it kind of reminded me as a Breakfast Stout Light...bold flavors, but my only complaint was the degree of roasted malts

Photo of tewaris
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Darker than most within its style and ABV range with a medium head etc. Smells faintly of chocolate and roast. Tastes chocolaty and roasty with a long charred and somewhat nutty finish. There is some acidity as well. Mouthfeel is medium with carbonation a little higher than my preferred level.

Overall a great beer that's tough to beat at its price point. Founders has a really good regular lineup with this one, Dirty Bastard, Centennial and Red's Rye. This reminds me why it is one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of abrand
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into the standard pint glass. Bottle states "Dark, rich, & sexy". Sounds appealing.

The founders porter pours a deep brown almost black color with a 1/2 finger ebony head and no lacing. Nose is coffee, roasted malts, and dark chocolate. Nothing special. Taste is consistent with nose but the chocolate is much sweeter on the quaff than the nose. No coffee is noted in the taste but there is a bitter finish to the taste. Overall taste is complex but delicious. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and overall a great porter.

Photo of ehammond1
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks sendsilk!

Dark brown with a thin light brown head. Not a huge amount of stick to the glass.

Simple yet classic aroma of roasted malt and mild coffee. Welcoming and pleasant, though not extraordinary.

Moderate bitterness, lots of roast, and mild coffee character make for a classic, incredibly drinkable porter.

Medium to thick mouthfeel.

A delicious, classic porter, though I slightly prefer Bell's Porter to this one.

Photo of Riverwarrior
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S = Coffee and chocolate.

T = Dark chocolate is upfront with caramel quickly following. Coffee flavor comes in near the end making for a very balanced beer. The finish was excellent with just enough chocolate and coffee bitterness to almost replicate a cafe mocha.

MF = Body was medium with carbonation being just below moderate. Rich, creamy, and smooth.

Overall, this was an incredibly easy to drink solid porter and one of the best that I've tasted.

Photo of uawildcat
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice and thick with a dark cream colored head.

Smells like coffee and molasses sweetness bundled into one nice package

Taste is pretty strong for a porter. For an american porter it is pretty heavy and thick. It is a nice taste though, much like the smell. Perhaps with a touch of chocolate bitterness and earthy hops not present in the smell.

Overall, a strange porter. It is very thick and very flavorful. Not something I could have more than one of, which is disappointing for the style. This is more like an american stout in my opinion.

Photo of dismal
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle to a pint glass. Pours black with a very small tan head that quickly disappears. Leaves little to no lacing. The smell is mainly of roasted malts, hints of chocolate and coffee as well. Taste is roasted malts and coffee, pretty much what I was expecting from the style. Pretty low ABV at 6.5% making this one very drinkable. Like most porters I could do these almost all night. Drinkable and pretty good tasting. I don't know where this one ranks amongst the porters I've had but I'd say it's up there. Probably not the best but definitetly not bad at all. I'd pick it up again no problem.

Photo of Lordhelmit
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Just about jet black. Poured looking like oil or syrup. Thin, non-persistent dark tan head and quickly fading lace

S - Sweet and roasted nut. Maybe some spice somewhere in there. Some coffee notes as well.

T - Pretty good. Taste like a good dark chocolate mixed with roasted...something. I don't want to say roasted nut again but pretty much. Starts off as a burst of dark chocolate and finishes nice and bitter. Burnt dark chocolate is the best way I can describe it.

M - Not much to say. Medium bodied, average carbonation. Pretty drinkable.

O - Overall this is a good porter. A tad bit too bitter for my liking, but still real good. Reminds me very much of Guinness Extra Stout.

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I served this one in a shaker pint.

Appearance- This porter has a menacing black body with no highlights. Almost one-finger of khaki cap that has lots of bubbles. It dies quickly to the always unimpressive ring of fizzy stuff.

Smell- This porter has a very sweet nose. It suggests milk chocolate and lots of roasted malt, but I do not detect coffee roast. There is also a little brown sugar hanging around that just adds to the appealing nature.

Taste- The drink loses some of the chocolate and picks up with the roast, and coffee is now coming through. Chocolate is here, but not until mid-drink, and is a little buried.

There is also an earthy taste that must be coming from either the hops or the yeast. This porter is not nearly as sweet as the nose suggested. Even a little grassy hop flavor is here, and it is still a good drink.

Mouth feel- This has a pretty good body, medium bordering on light. Carbonation is handled well as it refuses to be anything but creamy as it glides over the tongue. Not as dry as you expect a porter to be.

Overall- This is a solid porter. Only minor gripes are that it could be as sweet as the nose suggested with a little bump in the milk chocolate flavor department. And the body could be bigger.

Photo of Wasatch
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to mcallister for this brew.

Pours a dark brown color, way too much carbonation, nice two-finger head when it settles down after about 10 mins or so (I do not like this), does leave some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some toffee/coffee notes. The taste is also malty, with toffee/coffee notes, there is a nice velvety texture to this brew. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, but because of the huge head and settling there of, I brought the score down.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black. A thick light brown head develops and settles to a thin topping that laces the glass.

A rich chocolatey nose with some light roastiness.

Medium body and hop bitterness to balance the sweetness. The inviting malts in the aroma come through in the taste delivering the chocolate and coffee roastiness.

Photo of atsprings
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Poured a nice almost opaque black with a thin diminishing head. Aroma was dark malts and slight cocoa. The taste was a blend of burnt dark malts and rich bitter chocolate. The beer was light bodied with smooth carbonation. This is a very enjoyable porter.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a good porter, if a tad over-hyped. pours a rich coffee color into a pint glass with a dark brown head ony half an inch tall. smells like coffee and chocolate, but not overly intense. more sort of blended in with all the roasted malts. flavor is very well balanced with only a touch of sweetness at the end. i also pick up some vanilla in this beer and some tea-like flavors, a little hard to place actually. mouthfeel is nice, plenty of body, more like a stout. i really liked the heavier feel of this one. the bold flavors demand it. carbonation is about average, works just fine. overall this is a delicious porter worthy of high praise, but i dont think its in my top five. i will have to revisit this one soon.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Sam Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark (not quite pitch black) reddish black color. There's a one finger tan colored head, and it doesn't have much retention, or lacing. Still looks nice, though.

S: This has a lot of chocolate on the nose. There's some roasty coffee as well, but it almost smells like a melted chocolate bar to me.

T: There's more coffee in the taste than there is on the nose; likewise, it isn't as chocolaty as the nose would suggest. Lots of coffee (not too much), hints of smoke and chocolate, roastiness, and a hint of a hoppy finish. It does a good job of not being overtly vegetal in its texture (usually my least favorite part of a porter), and has some nice complexity to it, as well.

M: Medium bodied, dry finish, low carbonation, smooth, hint of astringent coffee on the back end - basically, everything a good porter should feel like.

O: All things told, it's quite good. Not my absolute favorite dark beer of all time, but it's an excellent choice in the future when I feel like a dark beer that isn't a stout.

Photo of washburnkid
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black and brown edges, with a small head that struggled to form and struggled even more to retain. Aromas are dominantly chocolate, as are the flavors. On the palate, I also get really strong espresso and a nice bitterness that hangs about. The mouthfeel reminds me of an imperial stout, thick and viscous. This beer would be a nice one for a dessert pairing!

Photo of Fastmedic
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma: Smooth Aroma very subdued. I smell malt, toffee, caramel and roasted and chocolate aromas. roasty, toast, nuts, caramel, Appearance: Dark and liquid, not thick. Some light does shine through but it is very dark. Head was about a fingers length but did not last long. No lacing here. Taste: Very malty and sweet and smooth, slight bitterness on the back end. Not much carbonation to speak of. I taste caramel and toffee notes. Aftertaste is lasting and makes you want another sip right away. Palate: Creamy and flat. Medium body.

Photo of Sammy
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewer 3 months ago. Pours jet black with lots of brown foam in head, that leaves a spider lace trail. Aroma of roasted malts, and a hint of mollasses. As we drink through the pint, chocolate malts are noticed in aroma as well as taste. Drying in middle, a bit like an Irish dry stout. Carbonation is right there, and refreshing. Anise and chocolate in residual, along with roasted barley "coffee grounds".Great porter.Average mouthfeel, smooth drinking.

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