Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,407 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,407
Reviews: 1,479
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 341
Gots: 1,075 | FT: 26
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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 chasebrownyeah1
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Founders Porter ABV: 6.5

A: Pours a black coffee fluid with a tan head. The head of the beer takes up most of the glass and you have to wait a little bit for it to fall. Looks very appealing and after about 5-10 minutes it falls to a half inch head.

S: The smell is very malty with almost a coffee hint. Also, has kind of a sweet smell that lingers in the nose along with the other smells.

T: Taste like coffee beans, chocolate, and malts. leaves a bitter taste on the tongue along with the chocolate flavor.

M-D: the fluid in the mouth turns to foam almost instantly. However, it does go down the palate rather smoothly. Very thick consistency. Will have again, but I would have to have it with Wesbrownyeah.

Photo of smallbatchbrewer
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Founders is changing my life one batch at a time. They are becoming the new all around favorite in the sessions I have here.
A- Deep coffee color with chocolate milk colored head that has nice body but dissipates quickly

S- Nutty coffee breakfast in a bottle

T- Matches the smell to a tee. Also has a malty oak finish. Not too sweet, not too dry. I might have to get a 6er for just yours truly

M- Above average but not stellar. A little puckering from its bitterness.

D- Again, above average, a little dark for my usual session taste buds but like I said earlier, founders is proving to expand my pallet exponentially so I could give it a go

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

A- Pours a deep black with minimal head. Small lacing left from the head receding.

S- This brew is loaded with roasted malts and dark chocolate. There is a slight hoppiness in there and some cocoa powder.

T- Cocoa powder and roasted malts with a slight soapiness. There is a faint hoppy taste and a small bready character.

M- Medium to full bodied with pretty good carbonation. Regardless of the carbonation, the brew seems pretty smooth.

O- Pretty good beer all around. Not one flavor dominates and all seem to go good with each other. It just seems like it could have been a little stronger all around.

Photo of bskrtz
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 Ounce bottle served very cold in pint beer glass

A) Black paint. No color passes through. Short puffy beige helmet dissolves quickly to leave a lacy cover

S) Black licorice, mild hop spice, burnt bread, coriander

T) Burnt coffee, pure dark chocolate, raisons and cooked dark fruit.

M) Consistency of root beer. Ample carbonation, sticky, full bodied

O) A very good example of the classic English porter

Photo of ajm5108
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Surprisingly hoppy compared to a lot of porters out there. You get some roasted malt & bitter cocoa up front but then a punch of hops bitterness. A bit of a clash for my personal taste, but still a solid beer. Founders always makes well balanced brews so even if one or two notes are a bit unexpected they never overpower the rest of the beer.

Photo of fscottkey
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Black in color with no light penetration. Gorgeous 1 1/2 finger head that is made of uniform bubbles. The head lasts a long time - and is dense enough to reshape as you move the glass.

S: There is a smoked or charred smell. Like a charred hardwood. It almost smells like hickory smoked meat.

T: Smoke up front then again at the back. Slight mocha taste as it warms.

M: Dry feeling but goes down easily

O: The appearance on this one is amazing! If you handed this to me and said it was a smoked porter I would believe it. There is a lot of smoke essence in there. This one is good - but I wanted to love it and I am not there.

Photo of Optifron
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed 11/24/2012 from the bottle

Appearance: Dark, dark brown. Creamy brown head.
Aroma: Dark chocolate, smooth roastiness

Taste: Lots of dark chocolate, roasted bitterness. Very creamy.

Mouthfeel: Very silky, creamy feel. Really nice. Not overly thick (as in, not imperial stout kind of thick).

Overall: Mouthfeel is great. Nice head retention and lacing too, but too much roasted bitterness for me. Would like it a touch more balanced.

Photo of Damian
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. (355 ml) bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Bottled 03/03/12
Served in a pint glass

Deep brown/black appearance. A tight and bubbly, two-finger crop of mocha colored froth topped the liquid. The head was slow to fade. Thick, drippy blocks of lacing coated the glass.

The nose was rich and smooth. French roast coffee came through strong. Lots of deep, dark malts. Touch of powdered cocoa. Somewhat sweet with a creamy, milkiness.

Roasted malts dominated the flavor profile. Strong espresso notes. Bakers chocolate was noticeable as well. Smoke and charred wood came through in the center. The finish was super dry and and quite ashy. It was also crisp and bitter with a fair dose of piney hops. As the beer warmed, the bitter, burnt wood notes turned somewhat acrid.

The mouthfeel was fairly average. Medium bodied with a moderate effervescence. For a 6.5% ABV porter, it was a touch thinner than I was anticipating. As the beer warmed, the carbonation settled down and the beer became a bit slicker and creamier on the palate.

Founders Porter could be a fantastic beer if not for the acrid notes on the finish. Beers like this one are not really meant to be cellared, but perhaps a bit of age could do it some good.

Photo of beachbum1975
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DrewOSU, newtonty and I decided to make an impulse beer run to Dayton, Ohio last Friday night. Among the gems we picked up, I snagged a couple singles of these. I never saw this beer from Founders, so needless to say - I must try it!

The 12 ounce brown bottle has a gorgeous, dark renaissance-style portrait of a woman wearing a feathered cap. No freshness date on the bottle, but I know it was a recent delivery at Belmont Party Supply.

Pours a cloudy dark brown with a ½ inch dark, mocha head with great, stringy lacing on the side of my imperial pint glass. The head has nice, creamy and textured craters.

Light nose with a mix of heavily roasted malts, caramel and hints of dry and unsweetened baker's chocolate. A slight, earthy hops presence exists, as well.

Medium bodied and medium flavor with high carbonation throughout. Predominant flavor is chocolate and heavily roasted malts. The same, dry/unsweetened baker's chocolate follows through. Finishes semi-dry with a floral hop, almost bitter finish.

This is a nice example of an American porter. Nothing fantastic or awe inspiring, but solid and enjoyable, none the less.

Photo of ryanmextorf
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Overall one of the better porters out there but I am just not the biggest fan of the style. Certainly not a knock against Founders as the beer is still very enjoyable. The mouthfeel is just a little to thin and carbonated and overall its a little "roasty" for me. Still nice to drink on a cold snowy night!

Photo of BrownNut
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 4.5 - Black with a very nice, thick, textured, enduring tan head.

S - 3.75 - Light coffee + a little roasty malt.

T - 3.75 - It has a less robust taste and mouthfeel than the aroma suggests. Moderately roasty malt. Somewhat bitter coffee. Just barely metallic. The moderately bitter coffee note lingers afterwards, almost on the edge of chocolate.

M - 3.5 - Lighter bodied than expected. South of medium. This makes it pretty drinkable but also

O - 4.0 - It's a nice beer and well made. Porters have never quite popped for me, and it's hard to see how this one gets such acclaim. Quality and craftsmanship, I definitely see. Outstandingness, not so much. Maybe it's a limitation of the style from my perspective. It just comes across as something that wishes it were a stout.

Photo of Klym
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stone nonic.

A: Black with a brown sugar colored head and curtain lacing that dissipates quickly.

S: Chocolate, graham cracker, soggy wood, coffee, lactosse-heavy mochaish smell and a touch of leather.

T: Initial taste is sweet with a mochaish chocolate taste, but quickly turns into a leather shoelace/graham cracker taste with a finish that has a little coffee bite in the end. Sweetness is tamed by leather tastes in this one.

M: Full bodied for a porter. Good carb and some syrupy creaminess.

O: Not bad, but I wished this beer would decide to go for the hard tobacco/leather route or the sweetroute instead of riding a bizarre middle. Won't reach for this again but glad to have tried it. Good thrown in to send or receive.

Photo of stephens101
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The thin dark tan head dissipates quickly with no residual lace to speak of. Pure black core with dark brown edges when held to the light.

Some malt sweetness is noticed initially to the nose, followed by some almond nuttiness and mocha. Taste is more involved than the smell with a big malt sweetness, cocoa and a nice smokey graininess up front. Licorice and faint hops bring up the rear.

Almost heavy mouth-feel with a super-creamy core but a little dry at the edges which helps with the drinkability. A very faint alcohol heat exists in the aftertaste.

Perfect Porter for this winter's eve.

Photo of numinorian
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer is opaque black, and very thick like oil. The head is a bit thin and comes with a nice dark color. Small sticky bubbles of lace coat the glass. This is just as the stile should be.

S A nose medium in strength. Notes of oats and slight over ripe bananna.

T Thick, smokey flavor. Stings the back with a slight hopp. Notes of coffee, unsweetened coco and slight overripe fruit.

MF Thick and full, not to overpowering, but a smooth sipper

Drinkability is a bit easier than most porters. An easy going sipper.

Overall this is a beautiful brew to be enjoyed arter a good hearty meal. It hitts the style well, and Founders has yet to let me down. This does not quite live up to the world famous kentucky breakfast, but that does not subtract from this enjoyable porter.

Photo of ncfranklin
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of Boggdogg
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
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!

Photo of Bubba83
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of tittymcj
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of rodney45
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of keithmurray
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
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

Photo of tgorgz
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of afksports
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
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...

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 6,407 ratings.