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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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1,450 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,450
Hads: 6,609
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 366
Gots: 1,204 | 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: 1,450 | Hads: 6,609
Photo of Tilley4
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After hearing about this brew for a couple of years and never being able to find it, I picked up a fresh sixer at the local Binny's...

A terrific blend of hops and dark roasted malts present in the aroma... This is pungent and powerful... Hints of cocoa and chocolate... This is amazing...

A smooth delicious flavor experience present here with those dark roasted malts... the piney hops.... the vanilla beans... the tinges of booze... An amazing beer for the style... Founders nailed this one... Easily one of the best examples of the style...

Finally get to try this one and I'm not disappointed at all.. Just an amazing beer...A truly top notch porter here... World class brew... I loved every minute of this...

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Photo of Steamer
4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The pour produces a two fingered khaki colored head. This dissipates slowly taking on a pillowy appearance. The liquid is completely opaque. A strong expresso aroma. Tastes of burnt toast, sweet coffee, a little maltiness.... exceptionally well balanced. Silky smooth mouthfeel with just a little carbonation. One of the best porters I've had the pleasure of sampling. This will be a regular!

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Photo of roadhouse
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears pitch black in color aside from a ring of mahogany highlighting at the bottom of the glass. Nice creamy looking one inch head that sinks down to a centimeter thick cap. It sinks down a bit more as the session goes on but is always present. Moderate lacing is left behind.

Aroma is nice and chocolaty, more so of the milk variety than dark. There's a bit of a charred wood and roasty coffee smell as well.

Taste is very chocolaty from the start with a nice caramelly sweetness to it as well. Midway through a bit of a wet wood character comes through followed by some light roasted coffee tones in the finish. The chocolaty flavor seems to be much more prominent though.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and extremely creamy. It just floats on down your throat.

This is an excellent Porter, possibly the best I've had. It's almost like a cross between a Porter and Oatmeal Stout to me. That residual sweetness adds a nice dimension to it. I hope some of this stuff gets here soon so I can get more.

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Photo of incucrash
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark, Rich, and Sexy, yes it is!

While I am still new to the characteristics of beer, I will try my best.

Nice dark color, and comes to a good head.

Tastes amazing, creamy and sweet with hints of coffee and cocoa

Texture is a little thin but the flavor makes up for any shortfalls in this beer.

This beer is amazing, and I have yet to find another Porter that is equal!

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Photo of garuda
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Thick, black liquid pours into the glass with a thick brown head that has great retention and coats the glass in sticky lacing. Never thought a porter would look this well.

S/T - Fresh roasted coffee up front mixed with hints of dark chocolate, and finishing with a robust, earthy roast bitterness.

M - Full body, low carbonation, thick and oily across the palate and smooth going down.

O - A quintessential example of a robust porter. Everything is spot on about this beer. I will definitely get this again.

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Photo of klink40
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- black chocolate color with minimal head

S-Smokey, coffee, cocoa, somewhat nutty

T- Taste explosion of smokey chocolate balance with a smooth

M-lighter than you'd expect from a Founder's Porter (but this is what I like)

D-extremely drinkable due to the smooth character and 6.5% ?? Very smooth for this and therefore a perfect choice for any Porter lover like me.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Black, Black, Black, with a great mocha hued

S: Coffee, chocolate toastiness with the malt
and hop in perdfect balance.

T: Deep rich malt flavors with understated cocoa
coffee, and a slight hop finish

D/M: Rich and creamy with a body that allows
for service at breakfast, lunch, or dinner

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

another great beer from founders. Appearance is black like motor oil. Smells of malts, chocolate and some coffee. Taste better than its smells. Smell isn't bad but the taste supersedes it though. Mouthful is just undescribable and drinkabilty this probably the best porter ever

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Photo of Godfatherbob
4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just the right amount of heaviness, satisfying but it doesn't leave you feeling stuffed.

Sweet, but not too sweet.

Very malty, but not overwhelming, and a very smooth after taste.

Not much else to say, this is just one delicious beer. Definitely the best porter I've ever had.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured out of a bottle into a tulip. Pours jet black with a thin creamy tan head. Smells swee toasty nut, with malt and chocolate. Taste same with an excellent hop hit gives a full body and flavor. Enough hop to the resonate into nose. Mouthfeel nearly perfect with a hoppy porter. Beer happiness. One of my favorit porters!

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Photo of mpbenr
4.75/5  rDev +12%

This is truly the standard in Coffee Porters. Slight tan head resting atop a deep brown body. Pours smooth, notable coffee aroma. Rich Mocha flavor, slight carbonation - perhaps more than many such stouts and porters. Rich mouthfeel and lingering sweetness.

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Photo of SpecialK088
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a tall pint glass

Dark deep block out the sun black with a low head or flim around the edges, very dark porter

Man there is alot going on here deep rich roasted malt and coffee/esspresso notes along with some more subtle hops notes and a light chocolate undertone.

Every single thing that you smell you taste, this beer is amazing on the palate, bitter malt and coffee flavors dominate the front with a smooth rich full chocolate middle and bittersweet finish. This is quite possiblly one of the best beers I have ever had.

Nice full and rich full body very sliky smooth on the palate. Complexity is hard to put into words all of the flavors come together so good its almot hard to belive.

Drinkability you ask? Yes please!

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Photo of kim_thayil
4.75/5  rDev +12%

I realized a few years ago that porters and stouts are my thing. Been trying all kinds from the singles aisle in my local liquor store ever since. I somehow just got around to Founder's Porter and it's so good that it made me start an account here just to talk about it.

I don't know how to talk in fancy beer talk (I'm a scotch drinker too and have the same problem with scotch-talk) but this seems like everything the style should be. The mouth feel, the taste, everything.

Excellent, excellent beer. I can't say enough about it.

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Photo of jahilgen
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful porter, poured into an imperial pint glass from the bottle. Beer is dark like coffee and produces a nice two finger chocolate head that leave a rich lacing with each drink.

The porter immediately hits you with its coffee, chocolate tones and at first seems like any ordinary porter, but after the first couple mouthfuls more complex flavor become present. There is a hint of licorice or mint, but a nice floral tone that finishes off each sip (or gulp). I can't quite place the floral tone but I feel like there is a lavender-like or maybe sweet-grass tone to the palate but it is a wonderful after-tone to the heaviness of a porter.

I highly recommend this beer to anyone who is looking for a porter that goes beyond the typical "dark" flavors of a porter and wants a more complex experience

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Photo of buhanan
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The appearance is dark, thick and attractive. The smell is a little chocolate or coffee. The taste is the same and I'm not sure it could be improved. Somehow the alcohol is hidden. Listed as a porter, you should absolutely have this one if you like stouts.

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Photo of beermemarge
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served from bottle into glass. Good amount of foam, head was cream in color, beer was opaque brown black. Smell had fruity, coffee, and caramel notes. Tasted had deep coffee flavor, slightly smoky, sweet chocolate, strong hops, and good bitterness level. Mouth feel had a good body. Overall a great porter, had it before and will have it again.

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Photo of JoePat
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a tulip shaped glass.
This beer pours a very dark brown if not black with a dark tan 1.5-2 finger head.
The smell is of roasted malts and dark chocolate.
You get a lot of bitter chocolate roasted malt in the flavor as well.
The beer is so smooth creamy mouth feel and is extremely drinkable. This is by far my favorite porter.

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Photo of leokbelo
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep black into a pint glass with an inch mocha head that lingers.
Deep chocolate, vanilla and coffee on the nose, some raisins too.
Smooth in the palate, with the chocolate/coffee notes coming in after the subtle hop kick.
Very balanced, very drinkable beer.
Excellent porter, highly recommended. Great session brew.

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Photo of stealth
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle to a tulip - real fresh bottle. One of the top porters out there, for sure. Chocolates, roasts, coffees dominate in aroma and taste. Very well balanced without any unwanted bitterness. Presents nicely, being nearly pitch black with a creamy off-white head. Can drink this one forever and not get sick of it.

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Photo of stercomm
4.75/5  rDev +12%

A - Pours an extremely dark brown, almost tar colored, nice small tan head, sticks to the glass very nicely.

S - Getting lots of roasted, toasty malts, some coffee, slight hint of baker's chocolate, some smokiness.

T - Out of this world good, creamy chocolate and coffee with the coffee more pronounced on the finish, smoky and toasty malts.

O - One of my favorite porters, a very sessionable beer as well

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours black cola color.

Overall: This a world-class American Porter. It has the perfect combination of roasted coffee, grain, and chocolate. This is a wonderful beer and a perfect porter. Highly recommended.

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Photo of irongator
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is really an imperial stout in disguise. It is very cream and rich. Balance is perfect. Other than having a low ABV, there really I'd no bad sideto this brew. I have to keep going as I dont have enough words yet. I hope that does it! Nope a few more


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Photo of mlazzaro
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From a six pack of 12 oz. bottles purchased at Menotomy Beer & Wine. Their employees were helpful, friendly and generous.

A- 4 For the style, its hard to screw up the appearance. Deep, dark, completely opaque black color. Brown head, seems to have some head retention issues, but it is quite easy enough to stir up again.

S- 5 Smells of chocolate, dark sweetness/caramel. Very pungent beer. Delicious aroma.

T- 5 WOW. Very flavorful brew. Powerful dark maltiness, but in no way off-putting. Super chocolaty, thick and delicious.

M- 5 Very thick, but not syrupy. Creamy head mixes nicely. Virtually flawless beer. I am officially impressed.

D- 4 I really couldn't drink this beer forever. But totally worth while to any beer advocate. Very well balanced, and great tasting porter.

dark ,rich and sexy is right! good beer

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Photo of NWer
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark pour into a nonic. Tight head more like foam than bubbles. Very nice.
Taste is wonderfully smooth. Chocolate, coffee, malt smoothness. Very enjoyable. No bitterness or cloy at all that I usually get from a Porter.
Not a big fan of Porters but this is an exception.

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Photo of ibbjamin
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $1.99 for a 12oz bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Poured into a pint glass to review.

An aggressive pour leaves a very small tan head that dissipates quickly leaving little behind. Appears opaque black in color and leave no lacing.

Quite a pleasant and strong aroma, especially for a porter. This one actually reminds me of a bigger Baltic Porter or even an Imperial Stout. Simple yet quite robust and very effective; a perfect blend of sweet malts, dark chocolate and hints of coffee.

Taste brings the flavor as well. Similar in characteristic to the nose. Clean, robust, tasty and simple.

Medium full body and highly drinkable. Lightly carbonated with a long chocolaty sweet malt finish.

This is an excellent porter.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,450 ratings.