Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,429
Hads: 6,487
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
Wants: 351
Gots: 1,123 | FT: 28
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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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Photo of ncfranklin
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small chocolate head that fades quickly.

Some chocolate and roasted malts. Not much hop presence in the aroma.

Some chocolate and coffee in the flavor. A little bit of bitter roasted malt comes through in the finish along with some earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is just a touch thin for a porter and carb level is good.

Solid beer, but far from the best of the normal Founders offerings. (403 characters)

Photo of Boggdogg
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a jet black color and a very thick frothy wonderfully brown colored head that lasts and lasts. The lacing is soooo thick! This is exactly what a world class porter should look like.

S - malt and coffee nice and simple.

T - fairly straight forward classic porter taste bitter coffee bean but it's a good bitter like high quality ingrediqnce where used.

M - outstanding full bodied yet smooth and creamy. A little dry.

O - well brewed, looks amazing, tastes great. I would like some vanilla or something like that added. highly recommended great quality porter! (577 characters)

Photo of Bubba83
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shout out to Kegatron for trading me this bottle. Thanks pal.

Looks pretty nice, completely black with a thin dark tan mocha-esque type creamy head. Muddy/cloudy looking light tan yeasty bits rest at the bottom of the glass. Head dissipated pretty quick with a tiny ring and a little bit of lacing coating some parts of the glass.

Smell has a lot of roast to it, with some suggestions of coffee and I smell some faint hop character as well as some tobacco leaf character. Nice, but could be more complex.

Tastes a little more complex than it smells, mostly because the hops come through a lot more in the flavor. Sort of a prickly citrus quality to them. Other than that, lots of roast, maybe even a little too much on the roasty end to the point of getting acrid. The level of roast would be okay if there was some chocolate to round it out or some other kind of sweetness here. Still, quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is a little bit on the thin side from what I expected. Little bubbles were tickling my tongue. The creamy head wasn't present for long to coat my lips softly as I drank.

Drinks pretty well, a little sweetness might go a long way, and I don't say that often since I dislike overly sweet beers. Finishes dry which makes me want to drink more. Alcohol heat doesn't play into the flavor at all that I can tell. A solid porter, I think my expectations may have been a little too high coming in due to past Founders experiences. (1,437 characters)

Photo of tittymcj
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark, thick black. Creamy, tan head that dissipates quickly and some very light, minimal lacing.

Smells like very bland bitter baking chocolate, and some sweet dark malt.

Tastes very much like cocoa powder and the bitter baking chocolate. There is a slight musty-ness to it as well.

Medium-light body. Goes down very smoothly with little carbonation, and some sweet/bitter chocolate taste lingering behind.

Decent drinkability. Not too heavy or overpowering. Very smooth and tasty. (498 characters)

Photo of rodney45
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Completely opaque, with garnet outlines on the sides. Espresso foam colored head.

S: Slightly savory, almost meaty, no joke. Big malt and smokey aroma as well.

T: The first tastes are wood smoke, burnt oak, walnut and deep espresso. Charred or burnt meat is also present. Slightly bitter for a Porter with a nice hop profile. Light dry finish with a taste of semi sweet chocolate cookies.

M: lightly carbonated, but bitter for a porter.

O: Unique example of a porter. I can imagine drinking this in any industrial revolutionary wine sink in london. I like the burnt smoky flavor, but it might be a little bit over-done. (629 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - mahogany body with mocha colored head

Smell - roasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate, roasted coffee

Taste - dark chocolate, molasses, roasted malts, coffee bean

Mouthfeel - lighter end of medium bodied, high carbonation, roasty upfront, hop bitterness in the back, not as balanced as other porters

Overall - decent porter, I think I would have liked this more had this not been so highly hopped as this isn't a style that calls for such treatment. At the price point, hard to justify going back to this one as there are better, less expensive representations of the style

Price Point - $10.99/6pk 12 oz bottles (630 characters)

Photo of tgorgz
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (359 characters)

Photo of afksports
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
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... (965 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours jet black with a dense, one finger brown head. Head gradually turns rocky and pitted, eventually settling into a nice creamy cap after a long time. Solid brown walls of lacing - this is how a porter is supposed to look.

Nose is light espresso mixed with some delicious hot chocolate action going on.

Espresso up front, a bit of roasty acidity along with a light hop bitterness, with some nice cocoa emerging around mid palate, surrounded by an expanding, roasty, coffee presence. Licorice makes its presence known as well. Interesting and complex - the light roasty acidity seems to accompany every aspect of the taste, wrapping itself around and moving between the other flavors. Maybe a bit too much. Still, nicely done.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, very softly carbonated, gets a bit watery as it warms, which is a disappointment. Lighter body than expected (and preferred) as a result. Wateriness means the drinkability score suffers a bit too. (993 characters)

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark brown, nearly black and opaque. Dense, brown-tan head, nice lace streaking. A fine film sticks with the beer on top, a mocha swirl color.

S: Coffee grounds and roasted barley. Cocoa powder.

T: Like the nose, but intensified. Incredibly malt forward; a roasty, borderline burnt barley flavor is showcased; black coffee and cocoa powder at the end, along with a minor touch of bittering hops.

M: Medium to light body, but well carbonated. Thin at times, but the flavors work with the feel.

O/D: Some pretty "in your face" flavors come out, and a beefy ABV make this beer a winner. A very robust tasting porter. (627 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pitch black pour with a small dark brown head. Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Lots of chocolate comes through in the flavor. Thick texture with a medium to full body. Very robust. Not a bad porter by any means, but a notch below some of my favorites like Anchor, Smuttynose and Great Lakes. (323 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Briefly....

Looks the part tho the head fades quickly. Aromas are muted, but the taste is better. This sample highlighted roasts more than choc or coffee, and the roasts are bitter , almost burnt. Mouthfeel a little watery for ABV.

Well made beer obviously tho I am not sure if, given the fact that it is highly hopped, whether storage may be an issue. Little hop bitterness to this palate. (392 characters)

Photo of TommyW
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Black body with a rusty/tan head.

S- Toasted and burnt bread crusts.

T- Sweat and creamy upfront, moves into toasted bread/crusts with some burnt notes toward the finish.

M- Medium to thin through most of the tongue, but a nice creamy feel upfront, good carbonation.

D- A good porter to have on hand. (307 characters)

Photo of apbarwood
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black, nearly opaque. Generally good color but almost no head or lace. Bittersweet aroma, like dark chocolate and coffee. Tastes the same, pretty intense roasty bitterness for a porter. Also, heavier than usual, almost motor-oil thick. In some ways it seemed closer to a stout. Overall it was very good, not great, but definitely worth a try. (348 characters)

Photo of plastik
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Very dark, red-brown highlights. Thin tan head, quickly dissipates.

S-Roasted Malt, coffee, caramel

T-Initially, slightly sour and fruity with a heavy does of roasted malt. Gives way to a long, rich, bitter finish - earthy and maybe even slightly smoky. I like it, but the initial sourness throws me off a little, though it lessens as it warms a bit. Also as it warms a little it becomes a bit more balanced and grows somewhat smoother.

M-Very nice. A bit thick, with a nice smooth fullness from the carbonation.

D-Very good. I could drink a few of these. (562 characters)

Photo of granger10
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Everything about this beer screamed that it was a good, solid porter but probably nothing more. It had a lighter dark purple/red color to it. The aroma gave me little and the taste didn't knock me back either. It seemed well balanced with a chocolate flavor at the beginning, a creamy texture in the middle, and a little hoppiness in the finish. Good but nothing spectacular. The porter also went down easily but very rich when warmed up a bit. This beer is rich, dark, and sexy. (479 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Pitch black with a 1 finger head that hangs around for just a bit. Head is creamy and dark mocha in color. Delightful lacing.

S- Dry coffee bean, unsweetend chocolate, powdered cocoa, mocha, earthy hops and caramel.

T- Love the flavor of this porter. Totally follows nose. Pine hops come out from underneath the dry, roasted goodness. Woodsy, slight charcoal, rich.

M- A little let down by the feel. not horrible, but somewhat thin for the style imo. Mid body. Dry and fairly drinkable.

O- I love a great porter, and that's exactly what this one is. Not real sweet, but delightfully earthy. One of the best in the country. Would most certainly have another! (664 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a plain pint glass

A- Just like the label suggests founders porter is dark and sexy looking. Very dark brown to black color with a strong tannish head with staying power. A nice amount of lace clings to the glass.

S- Smelling FP i get a lot of roasted/burnt maltiness with some hop presence leading to a undertone of caramel and cream. As with most dark beers from founders there is also chocolate and some coffee present.

T- This porter is very rich tasting with a focus on the chocolate and burnt malts but neither outweigh the other. Some coffee creeps in along with some molasses and carmel, while the hops keep everything in prespective.

M- Founders porter has a great mouthfeel to it. Medium to full bodied. The carbonation is present, prehaps a bit too much. The creamy nature of this porter is a delight to drink, making it easy to finish 12oz before you know it. Good thing i have extras.

D- I'm glad that this is only 6.5% because I can't stop drinking this porter. I could easily finish three of these, possibly four over a night without growing tired of it. Would love to pair this with some grilled meats on a cold winter day.

Another founders offering that i'm glad made it out of retirement and i hope to see it in the future. At a great price for such a tasty porter, you cant go wrong. GET SOME! (1,343 characters)

Photo of Huffs
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, developed a modest head, dark tan in color, which dissipated quickly and had minimal lacing. Appearance was dark brown to black. Aroma was a nice malt / chocolate. Taste was malty with notes of caramel, chocolate and a slight spicy hop on the back. Mouthfeel was full and lightly carbonated. Aftertaste was malty on the front and dry, slightly hoppy, on the back. (394 characters)

Photo of bbeane
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a 16oz nucleated tumbler... a finger thick somewhat creamy brown head starts it off... disappearing a bit, but leaving a good 1/4 inch remaining on top of a black beer that leaves no light escape when held up

S- Not as much there as I expected... definately some chocolate and coffee smell there, nice but not overwelming

T- Has a nice toasted taste almost from start to finish with a hint of chocolate coffee flavor coming through in the swallow

M- Not chewy, but still a medium to heavy bodied beer... medium carbonation as well

D- Not one of my favorites. Drinkable, but many better options out there

CHEERS!! (632 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Dark, rich & sexy" sez the label. Righto, then...

The pop of the cap released an extraordinarily vigorous and audible wave of gas (no fart jokes, please) and without pouring aggressively I got an enormous cap that stuck around forever, like sea foam meets ice cream float. The liquid is not only "dark" but pretty much black hole BLACK. Lace webs cling to the glass all around, as the head very, very slowly dissolves.

Nose is an unsubtle blast of char, somewhere between broiled meat, burnt coffee grounds and stony mineral stiffness. That sounds unpleasant, but it's really just a way to describe how utterly fried, burnt, charred and grilled this smells.

I'm glad the flavor is more attractive and balanced than the aroma. While it definitely leans heavily toward the charred grain side of things (explains the color, anyway), there's some balancing elements here--steamed milk, dark fruits (fig, raisin, date), bittersweet dark baking chocolate. There's a greenness to the hops that adds a bit of an earthy bit to the whole thing. Healthy smoke, coffee and chocolate mixture in the finish.

Could be smoother and less carbonated, but then I usually always want a little less carbonation in any given beer. It's smooth enough though, the bubbles caress the tongue more than they bite it, and it's just fine for the aggressive, bold flavor.

I don't usually think about food pairings when reviewing, but I can't help but think this would go super well with a slice of mincemeat pie. Or smoked cheese. Or replace your morning coffee with this, if you're that rugged... (1,575 characters)

Photo of JLeege
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a deep brown with a 2 finger mocha colored head. Great head retention and excellent lacing.

Smell- Roasted malts, caramel, coffee, subtle chocolate.

Taste- The flavor comes together very nicely in this one. Coffee and sweet chocolate notes right up front. Caramel and a nuttyness in the middle. The finish is dry and lingering with some bitter coffee. This beer is hard to put down!.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, I wish this was just a tad thicker.

Overall- Solid porter, I don't think Founders can make a bad beer! -DARK RICH SEXY- (567 characters)

Photo of sethcroisant
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A- very dark brown, looks more like a stout. literally no head at all and barely any lacing. very strange, could have been an off batch.

S- loads of chocolate and coffee. roasted malts and hops are secondary, but still linger. some sugary sweetness and alcohol are also present. complex and multi-layered.

T- roasted malts and hops are up front. some chocolate and coffee flavors balance the flavor a little. black patent malt is dominant in the after taste.

O- a weird beer. i say that, because the appearance and consistency were strange, but it's still a joy to drink. a nice, assertive porter. (602 characters)

Photo of thomcatr3t
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

A: Dark, dark, dark brown with a light brown head that faded rather quickly.

S: Dark chocolate notes with coffee in the background. I also get some dark fruits on the nose, mainly raisins.

T: Rich dark chocolate up front. The malts in this beer shine through very nicely. A slightly dry bready finish that does not disappoint.

M: A little thin for what I would like out of a porter but very drinkable nonetheless. The light carbonation washes the palate perfectly leaving you ready for every drink.

O: Another very solid offering from one of my favorite breweries. Worth picking up for sure. (647 characters)

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,429 ratings.