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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,438 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,438
Hads: 6,558
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
Wants: 362
Gots: 1,173 | 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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Photo of Clydesdale
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nearly opaque black color with a faint ruby-brown tint when held up to light. The tall, foamy head has a light brown coloration and medium density, becoming a bit rocky after a few moments. Retention is good, and some sticky rings of lacing adhere nicely to the glass.

S: Dark and roasted malts are prominent in the nose, along with some smooth caramel/brown sugar sweetness. Hop notes are surprisingly noticeable (although still in the backseat), with some fruity notes that complement the soft dark fruitiness of the beer. There is a pleasant dark chocolate aroma, with fainter notes of coffee and a very mild smoky note.

T: A big dose of dark and roasty malt up front, although it stops short of any burnt flavor. There's a firm caramel/brown sugar sweetness up front, but it doesn't stick around for long before a robust dose of hop bitterness kicks in. A bit of leafy and dark-fruity flavor is definitely present. This comes across much more chocolatey than coffeelike to me, with a very pleasing dark chocolate/unsweetened cocoa character.

M: Fairly full-bodied. Carbonation and mouthfeel are smooth and creamy with just enough perkiness and roasted astringency to keep things balanced. The dry, roasty aftertaste lingers for quite some time.

D: This is a very good American Porter. It drinks very smoothly and deliciously despite being rather highly hopped for the style. I wonder how this would drink with the IBUs dialed back into the mid-30s. No matter though - this doesn't need messed around with. A boldly-flavored, dark chocolatey gem of a porter. (1,580 characters)

Photo of tetonka4kzoo
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This porter pours a dark color with a nice tan head. Good retention along the glass.

Founders Porter has a sweet and roasted malt aroma. It also has an aromatic dark malt and molasses nose.

This porter has a noticeable dark roast coffee at first taste. I also detect roasted malt and chocolate next. There's also a slight hops bitterness to cut the sweetness.

Founders Porter is not too thick tasting and is rather silky.

This beer has decent drinkability--even better for its style. The slight bitterness from the hops make it very drinkable for multiple beers. I rank Founders right up there with Bells and Shorts. (620 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We pour a brew the color of root beer. The hues lighten up around the edges. The head stands half a finger tall, and follows suit with the coloring, but becoming darker around the edges. The bubbles are eggshell colored throughout, and show standard retention and patterned lacing around the glass. The carbonation is slow, and the liquid appears syrupy, slowing the bubbles’ rise. No sediment or haze is noted. The aroma stings with deep malts, a pungent coininess, and thick smoke. There is raw chocolate and espresso bean. This initial bitterness is cut by cooling vanilla and brown sugar sweetness. Despite the standard abv, the sting of booze is undeniable. On the far back there is a faint hop slickness, with warm diacetyls and phenols. As we sip, the taste begins with the deepest roasted malts. There is a mix of hop resin, sweet cream, and toffee. The middle sees continued roast and bitters, with light medicinal phenols and a quick bite. Sweetness also persists and pulls us through to an end that shows a further cutting with hop grassiness. The bitterness is more present here as the roastiness hollows out. The malts remain the backbone, with some final hints of milk chocolate sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of coffee and smoke, huge roast, and chalky malts. The body is light to medium and the carbonation is light to medium. The texture is soft and silky, with great sensational slurp and smack, and decent froth. The mouth is left almost dry with the darkness of malts and coffee, but not quite. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we found to be the best thing about this beer was the robust malts and darkness in taste. The flavoring is beautifully balanced throughout, with a mix of sweet and bitter. The aroma is also smooth, but robust as hell. This is an exemplary porter, with strength in all of the most important characteristic areas. (1,898 characters)

Photo of Humulus85
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz bottle into my Darkness snifter. Bottled on 3/8/12

Pours an almost black with a one finger khaki head. Decent retention with little lacing.

Robust nose. Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, burnt caramel. An earthiness from the hops, but not strong hop aromas. A hint of booze.

This is a full flavored porter. Tons of dark chocolate, caramel and coffee upfront. A surprising amount of bitterness come through in the middle to end. A don't know if this is from the malt or hops but it's tasty, and keeps the sweeter malts in check. Balanced finish lingers with a kind of bitter chocolate flavor.

Full bodied and silky smooth. Modest carbonation helps coat the mouth well. Heavy, but still highly drinkable for the amount of flavor.

Overall this is a fabulous Porter. While slightly strong and bitter for the style it is still very drinkable. I like the extra IBUs, but I also like my beers on the bitter side too. I would definitely try this if you have access to it. Cheers! (990 characters)

Photo of Rainintheface
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark brown, nearly black with a 0ne finger mocha head

S: dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and a hint of vanilla. awesome

T: espresso, some bitter chocolate and dark. roasted notes

M: rich. velvety smooth

D: great porter. Time to buy more. (250 characters)

Photo of DrDogbeer
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the botle into a pint glass. Pours a rich, dark black with a thin tan head. Smells of coffee, and good amount of chocolate along with a hint of burnt sugar. Taste is sublime. Lots of chocolate at first, the a bit syrupy. Slight bitter coffee finish. Huge full mouthfeel on this one. I love a rich porter and this may be the richest yet. Tons of flavor, not thin at all, yet very drinkable. One of the best porters, if not the best I have ever had. (459 characters)

Photo of Beerzebub
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go to Yetiman420 for this nice extra in a trade.

Poured in a big wine glass at 54 F/ 12 C.

Looks almost black, with a small dense tan head. Plenty of fine, intricately patterned lace.

Aroma of chocolate and charcoal, very nice. The sooty charcoal is assertive but gentle, and meshes with the rich chocolate very well.

The flavor matches the aroma. Happy marriage between rich, smooth chocolate, and burnt sootiness. Fairly dry, just enough sweetness for great balance. Molasses cookies. A bit of herbal, leafy hop flavor in the background. Good long dry cocoa finish.

Excellent soft cushy texture. Very drinkable, probably due to great balance and a dry finish.

Great beer, I enjoyed this. (702 characters)

Photo of BBP
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours jet black with a mocha brown head. It receeded slowly and held at a thin head. The black is so thick it's really unfair to judge the carbonation at this point. I'd guess it to be about average. Good lacing.

S- A mix of roasted malts and burnt malts from the beginning. A bit smoky and smells pretty bitter. Notes of molasses and cocoa.

T- Roasted malts, burnt malts, dark malts; very complex. Also had a lot of hop bitterness underneath it. Has a rich cocoa taste to it. A bit more bitter chocolate than average. Subtle coffee flavor as well which doesn't take the spotlight but stays backstage. All in all more of a bitter stout than most, but the bitterness doesn't drown all the malt character. It begins sweet and has a bitter finish. There's subtle molasses notes in this as well as the slightest bubblegum flavor. Fresh it tastes intense, and with a little bit of age on it it gets smooth fast. You can't lose either way.

M- Extremely creamy. Medium full body. Carbonation that works well by not being harsh in the mouthfeel, but still keeping the feel full and smooth. It has a dryer finish to it which makes you want another sip right after.

D- A great drink, and a solid porter. I came into it knowing Founders makes superb stouts, so I expected their porter to be great as well, and I wasn't disappointed. It offers a lot of similarities to FBS, but is a fair bit more drinkable with it's lesser ABV. The Alcohol is there and you can find it, but with all the flavor it's far from your mind. For 6.5% it packs an incredible punch flavor-wise, and is yet another great offering from Founders. (1,617 characters)

Photo of oelergud
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stubby 12oz brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap. The label shows a fine lady from last century.
Black opaque body with a nice brown head. Good retention and lace.
Cocoa bean and vanilla scent, very inviting.
Great cocoa flavor with vanilla bean. Hops are strong and gives the aftertaste long life.
Full body and lots of residual sugars.
Excellent drinkability.

-Oelergud (373 characters)

Photo of RyanLigeia
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance- Looks perfect. Solid pitch black with a beautiful creamy head on top.

smell- Smells potent. Coffee, chocolate, a little vanilla, a little alchohol.

taste- Same as the smell, delicious. Its sweet but its got some bite as well. Very full flavored.

mouthfeel- Full bodied as well. Its got some carbination but that doesnt take away from the smoothness.

overall- Overall this is a fantastic beer, Id reccommend trying it if you haven't yet. Founders never seems to dissapoint. (489 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Porter has a black, opaque body with about a finger of brown head. The retention is ok, and a little bit of spotty lacing is left behind on my glass.

The aroma is a mix of cocoa powder, chocolate, roasted malt and a touch of molasses. Some grapefruit from the hops also peeks through. Overall this is a very good aroma for an American Porter.

The first thing I notice in Founders Porter are flavors of chocolate: cocoa powder, bakers chocolate. Next a touch of bitter, roasted malt along with just a hint of sourness come through in the front. In the middle there is just a hint of dark fruit -- black cherries. After that a moderately strong hoppy, grapefruit-flavored bitterness comes through.

The body is a touch thicker than the middle of the road, and it is a bit silky, both of which I like.

Overall this porter really impressed me, it is probably one of the best American Porters that I have come across. (924 characters)

Photo of dgugliuzza
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter

A- Pours black with tan head. The head spreads to the sides of the glass and forms an array of bubbles. Nice golden brown hue that radiates from the body.

S- Smells of heavy roasted malts and milk chocolate. Some coffee in the nose as well. Very full and robust. Minimal hop presence in the nose.

T- Very much the same as the smell. Heavy chocolate malt and quite roasty. Bittersweet flavor that reminds me of baker's semi-sweet chocolate. Hints of coffee and vanilla round out the flavor which makes this a world class porter. Hops are much more present in the taste and create a wonderful balance.

M- On the thicker side and very creamy. Not too heavy on the palate. or going down. Medium carbonation. Exactly right for the style.

D- Fantastic porter. Would have no problem knocking back a few. Rich, creamy and incredibly smooth. Definitely one of the best American porters on the market. Yet again, Founders blows me away. (974 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown color with one finger of short lived tan head.

Scent of chocolate, cream, roasted malts, vanilla, and a hint of cinnamon. Full and rich, but not overpowering, this is one nice smelling Porter.

Taste of roasted malts, chocolate, hints of dark fruits, and some cream. Without being too strong, this beer has a nice robust flavor, but is light on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and creamy smooth with some carbonation. (449 characters)

Photo of scinerd3000
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium pour into a traditional pint glass...Laid a low off-white head which dissipated quickly. No Lacing on the glass. Beer is almost black with slight amber highlights when held up to the light. It is clear in the areas I can discern when held up to light.

Aroma: Molasses, Chocolate and sweet coffee. No hops.

Taste: Chocolate and coffee right up front although the coffee flavor dominated my pallet. As beer starts to warm in the glass there is a touch of alcohol present. Strangely a taste of lemons...Seems well balanced and very sessionable. Bitterness is discernible however no specific hop flavors and no DMS. Very clean

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated (although leaves a poor head), clean flavor. Slightly thin The carbonation level is perfect for this style.

Overall: A very good beer and one which is very easy to consume. Would drink again. (864 characters)

Photo of baos
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass with 3 finger head over a dark dark body...
With quite a few porter's I find myself tasting Elmer's hooves. A super malt glue flavor sticking to the roof of my mouth. But with Founder's Porter I am not foundered by excessive maltiness. They balance this one nicely with an almost creamy mouth-feel and nice dry hop finish to even out the monster malt profile. A great beer. Founder's is on of my favorite breweries. A great brew. Get a pot of beans with some cornbread and sit your ass down by a Autumn fire and drink the shit outta this one. (553 characters)

Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottled poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 8/01. Consumed on 11/13.

A - Brown approaching black. No light passes through. Light cinnamon colored head. Leaves very little lacing on sides of glass. Low to moderate carbonation.

S - Smells nice, but not overly fragrant. Anise, roasted coffee, and dark chocolate.

T - Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, some coffee acidity, cream and vanilla, with a touch of bitterness. Completely hides ABV.

M - Delightful. Carbonation perfect for slightly thicker texture. Leaves a very nice tingle throughout mouth, complements acidity very well. Much of the flavor of an Imperial Stout, yet light and very drinkable. Some stickiness.

O - Very pleasant. Solid throughout. Mouthfeel is phenomenal. Highly recommended. (760 characters)

Photo of nandemo1
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark chocolate brown with a finger of dark tan head that leaves minimal lacing.

Smells a lot of coffee, with dark fruits and chocolate in the background. Taste is similarly coffeeish with some chocalate. Mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, definitely coats the tongue and lasts a while in the mouth.

I really enjoyed this beer, will be great to have this on a cool fall/winter day while watching a game. (425 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, dark black. Medium brown, fluffy head that builds and fades quickly leaving behind no lace or retention.

S: Big nose. Dark chocolate, booze, dark fruit, molasses, smoke, roasted malt.

T: Big, roasty malt with chocolate and espresso notes. Great body, meaning it isn't watered down like some Porters. Has the flavors of a Stout with the body of a Porter. Chocolate dominates. Surprisingly, some hops in the finish.

M: Super smooth, rich, and roasty. Great flavors. A bit cloying at the end but nothing bad.

O: One of the more flavorful and enjoyable Porters I've had in a long time. Delicious stuff. But what else would you expect from Founders? (657 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Relic Brewing Co. imperial pint glass.

A: Poured pitch black with a two-finger head of creamy, espresso-tan foam which held up nicely and leaves nice sheets of clingy lace on the glass.

S: Loads of roasted, bitter aromas fill the nose with smoked malts, dark chocolate, licorice, plums and tobacco resin.

T: Velvety smooth and roasted black malts hit up front, throwing coffee and dark cocoa nibs together with some ashen tobacco leaf and licorice root. A powder keg of rich, robust bitterness explodes on the tongue throwing off bittersweet and hoppy flavors ranging from dates and raisins to Dutch cocoa and bitter, piney hop resins. The bittersweet finish is rich and smooth with a hint of alcohol and bitterness.

M: Very robust, rich and smooth malt mouthfeel, the hops and bitter roasted malts really grip and sooth the palate at the same time.

O: Wonderfully sweet and bitter, this creamy, complex and satisfying robust porter offers a rich and tasty experience in a 6.5% ABV package. The 45 IBUs are put to great use by quelling the rich, bitter maltiness of the brew. It's hoppy resins play off of the fruity esters and create a cushion for the doses of sweet, roasty malts. (1,224 characters)

Photo of jman892
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark as night, black, with a mocha colored head which doesn't hang around too long

S - Very nice aroma of bakers chocolate, dark malts

T - Follows the nose as there is chocolate, also some mild lactose character, and some noticeable coffee bitterness. Very well balanced

M - Very smooth and creamy, with a gentle carbonation. Full bodied and delicious

O - The best porter that I have had, hands down. Complex taste, great mouthfeel, just overall fantastic (469 characters)

Photo of fastsrt
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle to snifter
A: black with a thin head that lasted about 2 minutes, went just lace.

S:dark chocolate, espresso,vanilla

T: bitter dark chocolate, coffee, creamy, rich roasted malts

M: rich, full body,thick chewy and creamy, yet the prickly carbonation lifts the rich body through all stages leaving a intense roasted bitterness which i love. the balance is spot on, 6.5 abv is undetectable

D: This is a tasty porter, drinkable and savorable, I could be satisfied off one or enjoy a few. rich smooth. Founders is quickly becoming one of my top american breweries. This one is a must try for anyone who likes porters or stouts. simply amazing. (659 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This just became available at the sterling Neil St. Piccadcilly in Champaign, so I plucked a sixer out of the box before they could even stack it on the shelf. As I did so, I realized that it had been some time since I had tried a new porter and, given Founders' outstanding reputation, I figured this would be very good. It was all of that, and maybe more.

An aggressive pour into the Yankees pint glass yielded but a thin mocha-colored layer of foam atop a rich black body with ruby trim. Excellent color, and a nice-looking beer overall. The aroma is a step up, packed with chocolate, coffee, and more than a hint of sweet berry. I'm impressed with the aromatic complexity, which very much permeates the taste. Dark chocolate, smoky flavor, dry finish but with a good deal of sweet flavor, somewhat reminiscent of a chocolate toffee bar chased with a Tia Maria. Outstanding flavor, honestly.

Nicely effervescent throughout, bold but smooth, Founders Porter is one of the very best I've had, leaping near the top of my favorites for this style. To a good degree, I'm not too surprised since Founders just tackles what they do with aplomb. Nonetheless, I'm impressed. As I said to JD, the Piccadilly manager last week, there are some tremendous brewers in the US and what makes them so special is their ability to offer excellent brews across styles. My top three are..." and before I could finish, JD rattled off "Avery, Bell's, and Founders." In no particular order, I'm in total agreement, and Founders Porter is further justification why Founders is in my personal top three. They nail in exemplary fashion whatever they deign to tackle. Their Porter is no different.

Tremendous. (1,687 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (I didn't realize this was re-released by Founders and thought I had stumbled upon a rare bottle...exciting nonetheless!) Pours black with a very small dark tan head that fades rapidly. Aroma of luscious coffee, roasted malt, and roasted nuts. Flavor is pretty much the same with lots of coffee, some bitter chocolate, and rich malt. Amazing mouthfeel. Full, yet completely drinkable. Definitely the best porter I've had to date. This is a luscious beer. Wow. I knew that it would be good but I didn't think it would be this good.
9/4/9/5/18 (4.5/5) (556 characters)

Photo of atremains
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a voluptuous looking black with a light chocolate colored head, about 1 finger, recedes to a ring and cap. Splotchy lacing throughout. Smell is coffee, malts, and chocolate all the way, blended nicely. Taste is chocolate and malt up front with a big lingering chocolaty finish. Goes very nicely with the silky smooth mouthfeel, very delicious. Great porter, one of the best I've had. (389 characters)

Photo of jaycle
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into snifter. 1/2 finger tan head which dissipated leaving behind lacing all around the glass. Deep black. No lights getting through this stuff

S: Sweet roasted grains and some fruitiness makes it through.

T: Tastes of chocolate and toasted malt. The 45 IBU's provide a great bittering finish to compliment the sweet malt.

M: medium to heavy bodied. A really fine micro-sized carbonation and a moderate amount for style.

O: I really really enjoyed this beer. My favorite porter currently. Well balanced with plenty of bittering and sweetness. I wish I had the words to describe the awesome, unfortunately my tasting vocabulary is limited. (655 characters)

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