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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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94
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1,438 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,438
Hads: 6,562
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
Wants: 363
Gots: 1,172 | FT: 28
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: 1,438 | Hads: 6,562
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. (356 characters)

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! (555 characters)

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. (308 characters)

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! (1,450 characters)

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. (579 characters)

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. (468 characters)

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! (627 characters)

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. (932 characters)

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. (423 characters)

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? (1,243 characters)

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 (289 characters)

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. (1,267 characters)

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! (250 characters)

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. (326 characters)

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 (378 characters)

Photo of bcostner1
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very, very dark. Almost black. Just barely shy of looking like a stout. Thick, rich 2 finger tan head.

S: Dark roasted malts. Chocolate. Coffee. Roasted nuts. Decadent. Love the aroma.

T: Much like the nose. Dark roasted malts, chocolate, hint of coffee. Great balance between sweet and bitter. In my opinion, while FBS still reigns supreme over the Porter, this one is a great substitute as far as flavor profile goes. Also, it's a little more sessionable with the lower ABV.

M: Very drinkable. Smooth. Perfect carbonation. As I said before, I could have a number of these in one sitting without problem.

Overall, this is really an awesome beer and one that I will seek out again and again (every time I go to Atlanta since I can't get it in TN). Definitely recommended. (778 characters)

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

A: pours black as the night - holding up to the light shows a bit of brown on the edges. At first there was no head, but there was lacing. As it warmed, some fine foam came to rest on the top for good. Very sticky looking and viscous.

S: coffee, heavily roasted malts, chocolate - this is like a good stout.

T: tastes the same, but it doesn't have the heavy feel of a stout. I also sense the bitterness in the taste, and the finish is malty and coffee like.

M: The carbonation came as it warmed. This is smooth at first, then crisp. Impressive for a porter. However, I'd like to have more gravity to it. It's not perfect.

O: so far this is one of my favorite porters of the style if not the best that I've had. Comparable to Bells porter, but better I'd say. It's standard $10 or so for a 6 pack, so pick one up if you get the chance. I think I got this one at Meijer for $8 or $9. A steal. (898 characters)

Photo of fitrock2112
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured Founders Porter into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours black as midnight with a finger of mocha head with a aggressive pour.

S - Roasted malts, with smooth coffee. Light chocolate notes in there as well.

T - Bitter coffee and roasted malts. Some baker's chocolate mid palate with bitter coffee on the after taste.

M - Smooth for a porter, medium carbonation, with medium on the mouthfeel. This is smoother than most stouts.

O - A outstanding porter, it could be most brewery's stout, its just that good. Highly recommended. Cheers! (537 characters)

Photo of doughanson78
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Huge thanks to thabigmp for this want.

A: Pitch black. Nice tan one finger head, with good retention and great lacing.

S: Roasted coffee is the major aroma with good traces of milk chocolate. Exactly how a good porter should smell.

T: Roasted chocolate coffee from start to finish. Never wavers. Solid taste.

M: Medium bodied on the light side. Very light creaminess. Medium high carbonation.

O: Don't know if side by side I could tell this from a Black Butte. An amazing porter indeed. Should be very happy to be drinking either of these. (579 characters)

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

Pours the same color, except with a caramel head. Smells more bitter and even more roasty. Holy lord the taste is robust. Very roasted and sensuous. Much more of a focus on the bitter and dark side than Great Lakes. Alot of bitter black coffee and even more malts that feel hop-like in their bitterness. In spite of that, it has milk stout creaminess and smoothness. The aftertaste is very much full of powdered espresso roast coffee and roasted oats. A chewiness lingers from the malt. (486 characters)

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

a - black with creamy dark tan head, excellent lacing

s - rich nutty smell with chocolate and coffee, also quite hoppy

t - sweet and very interesting taste that is a mix of chocolate, nuts, burnt malt, and hops. Most of the time these flavors separate well but for me this has a solid mix throughout. Has just the right amount of hops and roasty burnt flavor profile for a porter. amazing how the complexity of flavors manage to blend together so well.

m - full and smooth mouthfeel

d - a fantastic porter. definitely towards the very top of the list for me. (563 characters)

Photo of sjones5045
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

So this is the red headed step child of the beer world. I don't understand why porters aren't more popular and this beer is exactly why I say it. It pours like a stout, dark, tan head with decent but not great lace. There really isn't much of a smell but I really don't expect much from a porter other than a little of a roasted burnt smell. The taste is outstanding. It's a sipper, its a gulper, whatever you want from it. The porters are the most misunderstood category and this porter is the king of the porter world. (520 characters)

Photo of Puddintane
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oily black pour with a tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, hazlenut, roasted malt, earthy hops, toffee and coffee. Flavors of rich dark chocolate, booze soaked dark fruits, coffee, caramel, bitter/earthy undertones. Thick body, rich/roasty/bittersweet and satisfying throughout with a bitter/roast finish. Overall, there are two porters that tie for my favorite. This and Edmund Fitzgerald. They both kind of go beyond of what I usually get from this style. This is one amazing brew, there’s lots of beers double in strength that fail to capture its focus and flavor. (568 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, foamy, caramel colored head. It left soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, tons and tons of chocolate. Some roasted malt and floral aromas, too.

T - This beer has a great chocolate taste with a slight coffee taste. Nice roasted malt flavor, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a subtle creaminess. A medium-bodied beer.

D - I love this porter. Great chocolaty flavor. (442 characters)

Photo of AlejandroDodds
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving Type: Purchased a 12oz. bottle from the Beer Trappe in Lexington poured into a Maudite tulip glass.

Appearance: This porter is a pitch black color that when held up to the light still doesn't let it through. Lacing is only apparent when tipping the beer back in the form of tiny bubbles.

Smell: I have always had a tough time describing porters in terms of taste and smell but here goes. In the nose is a great mix bag of dark chocolate and smokey unsweetened espresso.

Taste: Upfront is bitterness that is followed by an intensified version of the nose combining dark chocolate and smokey unsweetened espresso that all closes sharply.

Mouthfeel: The mouth begins with a light carbonation that closes the taste but leaves a light oily coating.

Overall: One of the best porters I have had. Very complex yet drinkable. I highly recommend this one. (863 characters)

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,438 ratings.