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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,452
Hads: 6,616
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 369
Gots: 1,206 | 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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Photo of joe1510
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle
$9.99 6-Pack
Westside Liquors -Morris, IL


Founder's Porter shows off an inky black body, even sporting a bit of sheen. The milk chocolate head easily rises to over a finger in height, becomes exceptionally frothy, and eventually falls to a robust cap. Lacing decorates every surface of the glass that the foam touches. A great looking beer Founder's Porter is.

We have a nose here that's jammed full of roast and chocolate goodness. The roast is healthy and robust but never acrid. Dusty cocoa powder and some soft, clean hazelnut highlight the roast. A touch of lactic sweetness brings up the rear. The smell is rich but well balanced between roast and sweet with good depth.

The flavor profile shows much of the same characteristics as the nose. Smooth roast hits up front and pushes all the way through to the finish, growing as it goes. All the components I mention above are integrated seamlessly into the roastiness. We go from soft cocoa into chewy hazelnut into a light, lactic sweetness. There is even a hint of peppery berries here and there. The finish has a touch of bitterness from both the roast and a solid IBU.

With the all around robust nature of the flavor profile the rich body fits well. The moderately heavy body wraps around your tongue from the get go in a silky smooth fashion. The carbonation adds enough oomph to add an airy feel. The finish is roasty dry with a lingering, but soft, hop bitterness. Decadent!

Founder's take on the porter is probably my favorite on the planet with competition from only a few. It's rich, robust, and decadent but nothing overtakes as a whole it's in great balance. When I'm in the mood for a porter, which is often, I seem to grab this version most often.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Porter
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a deep and dark brown, borderline black in appearance. Some areas are opaque while the very bottom of the glass showcases some nice ruby highlights.

Pleasant aroma with chocolate and coffee notes.

Wow, what a delicious porter. I love the silky smoothness and sharp complexities of dark roasted malts, espresso bitterness and Hershey's syrup goodness.

This is one hell of a porter and clearly the best porter I've had since Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter in Buffalo a couple of months ago.

Founders has gotta be one of my favorite breweries out there. Every beer I've tried from them is awesome and this is yet another example.

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Photo of Kevin-Wieken
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Founders Porter
Founders Brewing Company, MI
---from bottle to stemmed porter/stout glass---

Pours a dark mahogany brown but sits in the glass pitch black. Good tan head settles to a thin cap with good lacing.

Chocolate birthday cake. Caramel and licorice. Iced mocha. Slight grassy hop.

Sweet caramel malts, roasted coffee. Mocha. Finishes with bitter dark chocolate. Hops play an integral role in the background of this beer, though you may not notice right away.

Silky smooth. Perfect carbonation level. A little sticky from all the sweet. Dark chocolate lingers…

Very creamy/silky. This is the first Porter I have agreed with. Not overly burnt. Very well balanced. Gets better as it warms up – contemplating putting this baby in the microwave… kidding… kinda…

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely dark brown body, topped by a rich, dark tan dentable head.

Aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate, first individually, then a nice mocha blend.

Taste follows the nose. Roast coffee beans quickly give way to thick lush chocolate syrup. Finished with a crisp hop bite at the swallow.

Thick and chewy, as I prefer my porters. Highly drinkable but worth savoring.

A good porter is a delight to find. This is very good.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a rockin porter. Black as night with a two finger light tan head. Poured into a ball jar (a favorite glassware of mine) it actually clings to the sides and cascades with lacing. The aroma is filled with coffee and roasted barley, clean yeast aroma. Flavor begins with roasted barley, coffee and extreme malt. A clean english yeast profile is present. Very clean porter flavor, no acrid flavors are produced. A bit bitter on the finish, but not hop bitter, roasty bitter.
The feel of this beer is great, smooth, malty, almost creamy. All in all this is one of the best if not the best commercial porters I've had.

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4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As good as I could ever want from a porter. Malty goodness in perfect proportion to a decent hop bill and a creamy, decadent mouth feel add up to a great fall campfire beer. And the 6.5% abv is right where it should be. Enough to keep you warm, but not so much you end up on fire.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance; Nearly obsidian body, utterly impenetrable to light, surmounted by a massive, persistent and somewhat coarse tan head. Thick, patchy lacing adorns the glass walls..

Aroma: Massive roasted coffee dominates the aroma, very much like freshly ground beans. Bitter cocoa as well, and some fugitive alcohol notes. The 45 IBUs are perceptible, but seem scarcely more than an afterthought.

Taste: Opens with a surge of cold coffee and bitter cocoa. Beneath this, there is a strong roasted malt presence, and an undercurrent of sweet chocolate. Late in the taste, some charcoal flavors appear. The hops but in a late appearance, offering a weak response to the massive malt presence.

Mouth feel: Smooth, very soft and full, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Really excellent, shows what greatness a porter can aspire to.

Presentation: Packaged in a stubby twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of ragwing82
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So this is what a porter should taste like. Now I get it. Always preferred the stouts, but this version is amazingly drinkable. Best I've had of this style.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mocha head, half finger is gone in 30 seconds. Inky black. Under a bright light there is active carbonation with a fair bit of suspended particle. No head, little retention. Lots of sediment left behind.

The smell alone lives up to the description on the label of, "Dark, Rich & Sexy", with impressive waves of dark chocolate, sweet dark chocolate eclair, malted milk, tiramisu aromas ... lovely!

The taste is wonderfully rich with layers of coffee bean, vanilla, cocoa, dark and some bitter chocolate presented within a smooth velvety mouthfeel. Full body, nice texture, low astringency & nicely hopped feel. Aftertaste lingers ... delicious!

In a nation of fine Porters, this indeed has a rightful place. Founders is one of my favourite breweries, keep up the good work.

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Photo of itsscience
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in a snifter

Pours black with a half finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving nothing but a rim of tiny bubbles after a few moments. The main thing I get from the nose is rich sweet caramel malt, with coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and a faint herbal hop presence. A delicious-smelling porter. The taste also has big sweet caramel malt notes but the coffee comes out a lot more and combines with it. It's moderately to highly carbonated to make every flavor note pop, and it finishes dry with a lingering but subtle bitterness from the hops. An exquisite beer!

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Photo of Loco_Joe
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a beer mug.

Black brew with as little head as I got in junior high. Aroma and taste are chock full of roasty coffee and chocolate with espresso coffee bitterness on the finish. Drinkability and mouthfeel are excellent. Not as "dark / rich & sexy" as Diana Ross in her prime but that old time lady on the label does a fine job for me.

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Photo of dougfur
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, black color, with brownish-tan head, not as creamy as I'd like it, but a fine looking beer. Smell is nice toasted malt, some chocolate and a tad of booziness that I could do without, but I'm being pretty picky here. The taste is fantastic; lots of malt, lots of chocolate, a bit of hops... I'd say the most notable aspect is the perfect amount of chocolate. Mouthfeel is great, glad it's not more carbonated and has some body to it.
Overall, it's just what you want in a porter. Minor details could be improved on, but it's one of the best!

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Photo of secondtooth
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a death black, with a thick head of tan foam. Thick lace, too.

Aroma is roasted dark chocolate. Mmmm. Already a winner before it hits the tongue.

Flavor is strong -- bold chocolate. Finish gets the roasted burnt malts. This one's a sturdy, heavy-bodied treat, and undeniably a picture perfect porter.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a glass.

Pours a nice deep black with several fingers of chocolate brown foam. This settles down into a thin creamy retention that skims the surface, leaving a nice looking thick coating of spotty lacing and brown oils behind. This was definitely one of the darkest Porter pours that I've ever seen. Just a great look here. The aroma is quite dark and toasty smelling, with a dominate roasted malt presence and coffee notes adding a definite bite to the nose. Thick chocolate and caramel sweetness form a beefy smelling undercurrent that raises this bouquet up.

The taste is very similar to the aroma, with an even balance between the roast and sweetness in this. Dark roasted chocolate malt character imparts both a toasty bitterness AND thick sweetness to the profile, while accents of acrid coffee and sweetened caramel adding an extra layer to the taste while still evening each other out. Finishes with a trailing mix of malt and bitterness that hangs lovingly on the palate. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied with a lower feeling but still smooth carbonation that gives off a nice thick feel in the mouth. Wow, the lingering roastiness of this is just great!

Wow, what a fantastic Porter! Hugely full flavored and tasty, with a great drinkibility for a 6.5% beer. This is probably one of the best in the style that I've had and it's awesome that Founders has put this out in bottles now. I need to keep more of this around!

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Photo of Kinsman
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours and absolute pitch black with a dark mocha colored head. Poor retention keeps me from giving this a 5.

Aroma is robust and full of roasted malt character alongside notes of unsweetened chocolate.

Bittery and slightly burnt tasting roasted malt profile alongside the mocha flavors make for quite a robust porter. The sweetness however steps aside and the hops add to a semi-bitter finish and a coffee-like aftertaste. Mouthfeel is rather thick and full bodied but finishes with a crisp carbonated texture.

Overall a top notch Porter from one of Americas best breweries.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dark opaque brownish black w/tan head, nice retention, and slight lacing.

S-Coffee, dark chocolate mocha w/roasty malt notes and rich earth, and faint hops.

T-Slightly sweet coffee and dark chocolate, roasty midpalate w/rustic earth tones and light hops in the finish that linger into a bitter and slightly burnt, smoky aftertaste.

M-Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, excellent balance.

D-This is an excellent porter that I'd by a six-pack of any day.

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Photo of yeagmeister1
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

aquired a case I should say a variety case I enjoyed the porter,this brewery I believe is one to watch!I've enjoyed beers and ales from all over the world!founders to me seems promising!I have tried the porter,red's rye ale,centennial ipa,and the dirty bastard.I'm looking forward to tasting the others.Living in the woods of the anthracite coal region of Pa.most people are stuck in their bud or coors light syndrome,in the collection at the old greenhouse in the woods are 524 bottles of excellent beers from around the world,some better than others!the most recent addition was the founders,i recomend others to try a glass!

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Photo of CHickman
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black with a 1/2 inch creamy chocolate shake like head with incredible lacing; the head floated on top like a malted the entire beer.

Smells of coffee, toasted malt, chocolate, and faint burnt wood chips. Very nice aroma, with the robust coffee odor of a stout.

Tastes of roasted malt, toasted coffee or espresso, sweet malt, light caramel, chocolate, toffee, grains, yeast, lemon, a slight hop bitterness and smoky finish - a nice complex taste combo. Tastes delicious like the coffee beans or cocoa could be floating in the beer.

Very tasty and smooth, this beer has a heavy body yet feels light and crisp. Mouthfeel is crisp and on the silky smooth side, with a smoky overall feel that's got very little to no carbonation.

A very enjoyable porter that has an earthy hoppy feel and goes down with ease. Highly drinkable and very tasty, I recommend this beer. It was so good that I ordered a second...with lunch.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark black color with brown tinges, a creamy tan head with great retention and creamy walls of lace. The smell is of char, dark chocolate, and coffee. Full, robust aromas of roasted malts. The taste follows with roasted malts, burnt sugar, coffee, dark chocolate, and caramel with earthy notes of hops peeking through. Thick for a porter. Bold body, creamy mouthfeel, and smooth drinking. Very enjoyable, roasty goodness.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DT tulip.

A: Pours a dense, anthracite coal black. No lighter shades of brown or ruby at the edges. This is pure black. Capping this is a creamy, one-finger, mocha colored layer of foam that sports excellent retention and leaves some gorgeous looking layers of lace in the glass.

S: Immediately as the cap left the bottle I had to take a sniff. Layer upon layer of dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roast coffee, milk chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, chocolate covered cherry, heavily blackened malt, and a hint of citrus hops.

T: My tongue was assaulted with a heavenly combination of bakers chocolate, flourless chocolate cake, dark chocolate drenched cherry, french press dark roast coffee, blackened malt, cocoa, black pepper, tangy dark fruit, milk chocolate, fudge brownies, citrus-y hops, and vanilla.

M: Prickly and peppery from beginning to end with a slick oiliness that plastered itself to my palate. Elements of sweet, bittersweet, tangy, roasty, dry/chalky, and hoppy.

D: I'd forgotten how great this beer was! This was a regular in the Killers' beer closet, way back when, and was sorely missed when it became brewpub only. Welcome back Founder's Porter, maybe Black Rye can come out to play again?

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Photo of atr2605
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours black with a foamy tan head with excellent retention
S-roasted malt and cocoa powder
T-unsweetened chocolate with a roasted/hint of smoke flavor in that carries through
M-medium bodied
O-Excellent beer that is full flavored and very well balanced. Great representation of the style

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Photo of Bonis
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Quite possibly the darkest porter I've had, this one is borderline black. A nice two fingers of pillowy tan head settle after several minutes. This one could definitely pass as an imperial stout, by the looks of things. Lacing is superb with this porter, but not like Breakfast Stout.

S - Roasted malts, burnt sugar, nutty, earthy, and a hint of smoke. A touch of bitter chocolate is also notable, and alcohol has stayed behind.

T - Taste follows along the lines of the smell. Very rich and robust with a dark malt profile which comes to be perfectly balanced by a small dose of citrus hop qualities. An earthy sweet chocolate explodes in the mouth. Roasted coffee and a faint smokiness finish things off. As with the smell, I don't get much alcohol. I obviously can tell I am drinking a beer, but the complexities of this one really mask the alcohol. Quite nice.

M - Surprisingly full bodied for the abv, yet creamy and easy to go down at the same time. Carbonation low.

D - This seems a little rich for the abv, but an awesome beer all around. Reminds me more of a porter/stout hybrid, and definitely could pass as a stout in blind tastings. This is a beer I have only had one time before now, and I have to say I am pumped to have a few more in the fridge.

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Photo of classixIII
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thick dark pour, minimal head, nothing on the glass. Hearty with minimal, perfect carbonation. Chocolate, mocha etc. etc. A hop bite at the end that stays for a while along with a wee bit more alcohol than you would imagine for a 6.5 ABV. Very Nice!

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Photo of Nuke77
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great balance, crisp mouthfeel. Near black color in the glass with a tan head. The aromas consists of rich coffee. Lighter in body than it's color or aroma suggest this is a very smooth drinker. This compares favorable in enjoyability with the more limited available Breakfast Stout. Excellent pour. This one is a true keeper.

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Photo of Steaks
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

i picked a sixer of this guy up at jungle jim's recently along with some imperial stout. this pours black as hell and smells awesome. the mouthfeel is awesome. it is thick as hell and you can feel it expand as soon as you taste it, but it goes down silky smooth. i think this is my new favorite porter. i just need to get some more...

it goes great with Slayer and cold weather

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,452 ratings.