Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
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6,417 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,417
Reviews: 1,482
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 343
Gots: 1,085 | FT: 27
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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 MONKandTUCK
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here's a beer that really inspires. Courageous enough to push limits and satisfy boundaries.

Appearance: poured into one of those ugly American beer glasses. Last fall I enjoyed this beer in a pint glass... no beer should be disgraced by serving it in a wide-brimmed American pint glass. British pint glasses facilitate better head on top and lacing!

Dark, but not fully opaque. Clearly thinner than your standard stout.

Nose: sharp roasted quality. Something just came off the oven burnt... but its not foul. Sweet malt follows after.

Taste: sweet malt, finishing with an astringent burnt taste. Yes, sir! We have a Porter! Wish it were a bit dryer.

Mouthfeel: its a porter, not a stout, but I wish it were fuller bodied. Is feel like those flavors were more compacted and o could chew on them longer. It finishes kinda sweet... can't decide if I like that or not.... any dryer and it might finish tasting too much like a cigarette butt.
It's wet, but also a punch of big flavor... weird.

Not the greatest beer I've ever had, bit one that I wish were a local staple. It packs a punch, but drinks like something quite a bit smaller. If you like roasty flavors, you'll love this dark little girl!

Photo of Casedogg43
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big fan of this one. At beer geeks in Highland Indiana.
Lined up in a flight of stouts/porters.

A: A dark brown. Decent tan head.

S: Mocha. More milk chocolate than coffee.

T: Lots of dark chocolate and roasted malts and dark roast coffee. Smooth as silk.

M,: Very solid feel. I like them thick and creamy. This is mid level and smooth.

Overall: terrific beer. Ordered a pint after the flight. Beat out the others!

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 06-05-2012 01:52:29
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Photo of drpimento
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Yummmm! Killer beer! Poured with a thick, foamy, frothy, tan head that didn't last too long and some lace. Color is an opaque brown. Aroma is rich, malty, roasty, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Flavor's 'bout the same but more intense. Excellent body and carbonation. Finish is surprisingly clean & short for what's here with just a little bitterness, ripe fruit, and leather. Sounds weird, but it works. Bit rich for a session.

Photo of jacket_fan
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

I did a taste comparison late last summer with different porters and this one came out on top. So I am biased towards this beer. Imagine doing a comparison in the summer by the pool with Porters. Crazy.

A
Nice head with small tight carbonation bubbles. Dark almost amber. Medium to heavy lacing that stands up well.

S
Heavy coffee to a non coffee drinker. Has the sTrong "Porter" smell. A little chocolate hint to me.

T
A nice complex mix with coffee and little sweet chocolate aftertaste.

M
A smooth mouthfeel, the best of the comparison I did. Very satisfying and smooth.

O
A recommended Porter. I did not realize this was so highly rated, but I would recommend this to anyone looking for a Porter. I buy this one when in the local store and look forward to getting it on draught or a growler. Cudos Founders.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Raven's eye black with the slightest glimmer of sepia along the edges. Thanks to a barely audible escape of CO2 on crown cracking, the beer received a high-altitude pour. The end result was two fingers of dark caramel colored foam that is some kind of creamy. Nice lace too.

The label includes the tagline 'Dark, Rich & Sexy', which pretty much describes the aroma. It smells like there's a generous amount of black and/or roasted malt in here... and quite a few hops as well. 45 IBUs is pretty impressive for an American porter (if you're a hophead).

Founders never ever skimps on flavor. Porter is full to bursting with porterishness, which makes all the difference when compared with most other craft versions of the style. We aren't talking Edmund Fitzgerald good, but this is damn tasty beer that has the malt-hop yin-yang thing working like a dream.

What a tasty treat! These guys should seriously think about kicking up ingredients and the ABV. Then again, they have such an outstanding array of big-ass stouts that this offering is perfectly situated in the lineup. Never mind.

The flavor profile includes dark chocolate, dark caramel, a splash of black coffee and a big shot of grapefruit juice, courtesy of what must be a generous amount of Centennial hops (or something similar). Warming doesn't broaden, but it does deepen.

The mouthfeel falls *just* short of the next highest score. A fraction more silky creaminess would have gotten it there with no trouble at all. It's improving over time, but the beer is disappearing so fast that time is running out. Quickly.

Choosing between Bell's and Founders as the best brewery in Michigan is an impossible task for me. Having said that, Founders Porter puts quite a bit of ballast on the Grand Rapids end of route 131. Next time I'll go for the sixer, not just the single.

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

I'm so glad Founders decided to bottle this brew again, another kick ass porter out of the Great Lakes region. Definitely pours pitch black no traces of ruby highlights around the edges, I'm guessing alot of black patent malt. Large creamy textured dark mocha tan head rises well above the rim of my imperial pint glass. Impressive layered lacing sticks to the glass with each sip.

Aromatics are blended nicely, big acidic coffee notes burst through with a mild cocoa presence, and evident hops backing up the party. Dark burn roasted malt notes have creamy edges as well, what a big succulent porter. Hop nose comes off like an herbal mint experience, very refreshing.

Tastes like strong coffee with heavy cream sweetness, dark acidic nearly burnt flavors collide coming off almost metallic. Dispersed hop burps bring back the herbal mint fresh finish, low alcohol burn noticed on the palate. Black licorice notes really nice expressive porter.

Mouthfeel is big and chewy but doesn't weigh me down, carbonations is slow bubbled with a great bitter dry finish on the palate. Very comparable to a lighter version of the breakfast stout, I'm pleased.

Drinkability is great no trouble throwing a few of these down in one session, it's up there with the best porters I've come across go out and seek it. I paid 10.99 for a six of this way worth it.

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

Finally found this at Whole Foods in DC. Pours black as night with a one finger head. Decent lacing and balanced carbonation. Smell is coffee, chocolate, hops, and a bit of smokiness. Fantastic taste! Mouthfeel is thick and silky smooth with a nice hop bite to it. Same profile as the nose. Porter is one of my favorite styles. This is one of the best porters I've tasted.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Inky black, all but opaque. Moderate tan head with creamy, fine bead, moderately good retention, and some lacing.

Aroma-Smells like roasted malt, with notes of coffee, chocolate, and dark bread crusts. Very slight hint of smoke. Some earthy hop aromas are present in the background.

Flavor-Perfect for the style-quite roasty, but doesn't cross over into burnt malt flavors. Up front, the roast is very coffee like, though on the back end, a pleasant chocolate note shows through. Lightly sweet, though finishes moderately dry. Some earthy hop flavors appear alongside the roast in the finish, and a medium low hop bitterness emerges.No astringency.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body, moderate to moderately low carbonation. Smooth, creamy body. Awesome.

The flavor and aroma are quite good on this one, but it's the mouthfeel that makes this so damn drinkable. Silky smooth on the palate-it's the kind of beer that leaves you excited for the next sip.

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

Appearance: Poured dark chocolate brownish black with a half inch beautiful creamy tan head that eventually thins out, but continues to lace throughout consumption.

Smell: Dark roast/burnt coffee with sweet milk chocolate notes

Taste: sweet and bittersweet. coffee and chocolate.

Mouth feel: Creamy, velvety....perfect.

Overall: I am a porter fan. The look, taste, and mouth feel of this particular porter is an answer to what I like most about them.

Photo of CraigP83
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Subtle chocolate and Carmel with hop scent. Rich taste not quit coffee or Carmel, possibly toffee. Not sticky or cloying, refreshing for the style. Magnificent beer

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

A - About as brown as a beer can be without being black. Looks gorgeous. Tried to be aggressive with a head but didn't get much. Half a finger espresso head, goes away fast.

S - Toasted malts and a fine chocolate.

T - More chocolate and a roasted character. The taste has a great balance of flavors, can really pull all kind of elements from this beer but the roasted notes shine.

M - The high point of the beer for me. My local bottle shop labels this as 'Sexy, Silky, and Smooth'. I couldn't think of a better description, esp silky. Feels so great in your mouth with just the right carbonation.

O - Just picked up several six packs of this. When I'm looking for a balanced porter this is my go to.

Photo of a0lbudman
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown to black with a brown head
S-coffee and chocolate, with a hops smell that is not th main smell
T- roast malt, and chocolate then the hop aftertaste
M-was light on the carbonation yet creamy
O- was a great beer that got better with every sip, I enjoyed this beer

Photo of joe1510
4.43/5  rDev +4%
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

Bottled:1/9/14

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.

Photo of Hibernator
4.43/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of Kevin-Wieken
4.43/5  rDev +4%
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---

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

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

Taste
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.

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

Overall
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…

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.43/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.43/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of Pegasus
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of ragwing82
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of itsscience
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

Photo of Loco_Joe
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of dougfur
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

Photo of secondtooth
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 6,417 ratings.