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Founders Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
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1,545 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,545
Ratings:
7,035
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
19.81%
 
 
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Founders PorterFounders Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No absence of hops gives Founders' robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect.

45 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2003

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Reviews: 1,545 | Ratings: 7,035
Photo of devilben02
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My review of Founder's Porter using only three-word sentences:

Color is stout-like. Darkest, deepest brown. Thin, bubbly head. Quintessential porter aroma. Chocolate and coffee. Roasty but smooth. Wonderful, comforting flavor. Bittersweet chocolate first. Roasted malt sweetness. Flavorful without heaviness. Bitterness lingers slightly. Light-bodied yet satisfying. Finished too fast. New favorite porter.

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Photo of Arborescence
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pitch black. Pours a light to medium head that recedes fairly quickly, but looks nice and creamy, almost like on espresso.

Aroma: Sweet, roasted malts, chocolate. Lots of malt, but also some aromas that I'd associate with an oatmeal stout. Very nice.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate and a touch of caramel, the malt and the hops are well balanced, although there is more bitterness than I expected from the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Round and creamy at first, but the hops kick in at the back of the throat. Medium bodied.

Overall: One to be sipped slowly and enjoyed. It's not an easy beer by any means. I thought it would be a dessert type beer from the aroma, but it's rather bitter actually. Perhaps you could compare it to very dark, 98% cocoa chocolate, or even raw chocolate nibs.

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Photo of thydarkprevails
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle to a nonic pint glass. Pours very dark brown with light ruby coloring. One finger tan head that quickly shrinks. Nice lacing. Aroma is smoked malt, coffee, and roasted barley. Flavor is rich coffee and chocolate, smoke, roasted barley, and a slight hop balance. Medium mouthfeel and flavor clings to your tongue. This beer is in my top 3 porters easily.

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- This beer pored out dark as motor oil and is dark as night except on the edges while held up to the light, which revealed a small amount of red. It poured out a small half finger head that looks creamy and has tinny little bubbles that dissipated rather quickly. Nice looking beer but wish the head was bigger and retained longer.

S- I can smell this beer from a few feet away. This one is really roasty and rich smelling. When the beer is swirled it releases a more creamy toffee smell that is soft on the nose. I get a slight black coffee smell followed by a real faint chocolate. Very nice smelling beer.

T- First thing I noticed is the nice dark malt flavor of the beer. Followed by a roastyness and a nice bitterness. I get a good amount of leftover flavor on my tongue that reminds me of a really dark coffee. There is a nice toffee note in the background to the roasted quality of this beer. Well done.

M- Nice medium bodied beer that is really smooth. Carbonation is right on for this one. It dries my mouth out on the finish. Makes me want to take another sip right away. The body of this beer is what reminds me of a porter. Tends to be thinner then a typical stout.

O- This is an excellent porter. I love the roasted quality along with how rich and smooth it is. I typically do not grab porters but this one will definitely be a regular in my fridge. Excellent beer!

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Photo of Pellinore1
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very nearly black into a pint glass, producing a finger of light brown head. This quickly fades to some lacing.

Deep malts and roasted barley define the aroma, and a hint of bitter chocolate or coffee lurks in the back. Not too complicated, but this is just what I like to smell in a porter.

Fantastic malt roastiness, some of the coffee hinted at by the aroma, and a bit of toasted bread. Like the smell, the flavors are fairly simple, straightforward, and very close to my ideal for a porter.

This beer is smooth, almost creamy, and very pleasant. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, oily brown color with a small tan head. A lively, somewhat smoky aroma is present, with notes of coffee, toasted malt, chocolate, and a hint of fresh hops. There is a strong roasted flavor and a touch of sweetness that really coats the mouth. This medium bodied porter has a crisp, fresh taste and is one of the best I've had!

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Photo of dar482
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a very dark black with tinges of mahoghany coming in on the edges.

The aroma has robust porter qualities, roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate, hot chocolate, tinges of vanilla, hints of dark fruit.

The flavor hits in the front of a light hopppy bitterness. Medium plus roasted malt throughout the beer with bitter dark coffee, some vanilla, cocoa powder, a creamy milk chocolate.

A medium plus mouthfeel on this beer.

A very balanced beer with lots of robust quality. Highly recommend as it is one of the best in the style.

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Photo of do_ob
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Pours a very dark brown and settles as black as coal in the glass. A semi-aggressive pour yielded a thin lacing, tan in color. Decent carbonation. Fairly strong aroma (for a single porter) of roasted malt, chocolate, and oak. Notes of cinammon, molasses, caramel, and vanilla present as well. Medium weight, and fairly creamy on the mouthfeel while reamaining carbonated. A spike of sweet, roasted malt up front on the taste with a chocolate backdrop introduces this beer to the palate. A slight hoppiness in the background as well as it warms. Moderate chocolate on the back end with a smooth, creamy finish. Leaves a dry, coffee-forward aftertaste in its wake.

Overall, very good. I've never been a fan of non-imperial porters, or stouts, for that matter. But this beer is quite the exception. Just about everything you could ask for in an American Porter without crossing that line into the big boys.

Keeping in mind what this beer really is, it's a monster of a porter. Absoloutely delicious.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank a bottle of this, dated from December, decanted into my KBS glass (holla!). Pours an opaque brownish-black. The slightest hint of head. Head is off-white. Aromas of coffee and chocolate. Tastes of espresso, dark chocolate. Strong malty center with a bitter finish (again the dark chocolate). Medium thickness to it. This is an excellent drinkable porter. Dynamic aromas and flavors, without that hard, watery bitterness that comes with a lot of porters.

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Photo of turnerk3
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark walnut brown hew with a feeble tan, chocolatey color head. Appears almost true black once fully settled. Excellent retention that keeps true to the style.

S: Outstanding chocolatey, toffee, caramel, coffee, roasty aromas enthrall the nose. The essence is like walking between a Starbucks and a Hershey's factory.

T: A complexion of sweet chocolate and bitter coffee notes coat the palate exceptionally well. The hops are utilized admirably by bring out the coffee bitterness.

M: A pleasant amount of carbonation that does well at delivering the flavors throughout the mouth. A minor dry feel that leaves one wanting more. However, there's a unique sticky, chewy type of feel that seems to be more imagined than real due to the chocolate and coffee flavors.

O: An exemplary brew that serves well to represent the style. Founder's is a superb brewery and this is just another one of their impressive products. Even though I am a hop-head, this was a delicious beer.

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Small dark brown head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing. the beer is a dark brown almost black color.

S- Burnt toast, roasted nuts and light smoke aromas are noticeable right away. Then I get some chocolate and and light sweetness.

T- Lots of roasted malt, dark chocolate and some smokiness. Light hop presence, and some herbal spice and black liquorice.

M- Light and silky smooth with a little bite in the middle then finishes smooth and silky. Good carbonation and great balance.

Overall this is one of the most drinkable porters I have ever had, and it is definitely not lacking in flavor or complexity. Great beer!

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black body with a mocha head.

Dark, roasty, smoky chocolate and very dark coffee.

Damn that's an amazing Porter. Reminds me of a chocolate chocolate chip cookie. Dark chocolate, dark coffee, roasty, toasty, smoky, even a little vanilla. Despite all that dark, roasted malt character and even a little hop flavor, Founders Porter isn't overwelmed with bitterness. Plenty of it for balance, but not too much. Makes for a really excellent, drinkable beer.

Medium body, but low carbonation produce a smooth, creamy beer.

Up there with Americas best porters. One hell of a beer.

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Photo of goalie33
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz pint glass. No best by date.
A) Aggressive pour yields a thin layer of straight up brown head which fades quickly. Pitch black body doesn't let any light through. Virtually no lacing left on the sides of the glass.
S) Very rich, chocolaty aroma with lots of roasted notes and some coffee. Smells more like an Imperial Stout then a Porter.
T) Roasted malts and chocolate in the beginning, dark fruits across the middle of the tongue, and a nice coffee finish. This is a really nice porter.
M) Medium body that is very soft and smooth.

This is a wonderful example of a Porter. Easily one of the best 2 or 3 I've had. Great aroma and flavors, nice body and mouthfeel. I have nothing negative to say about this beer.

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Photo of agomega
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a thick caramel colored head.

Smell: Tons of roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate aromas.

Taste: Follows the aroma with a lovely chocolate flavor and a bitter roasted malt/coffee finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with low to medium carbonation. An easy drinker.

Overall: I had never had this beer before and I picked up a single just to give it a try. Holy crap! Now I know what I have been missing. Next time I am at the liquor store I will be picking up a six pack.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at refrigerator temperature.

L – Deep brown color with a 1-finger tan bubbly head. Dissipates quickly into a tan, bubbly slick on top of the surface of the beer. Not much lacing. I’ll blame the lack of head characteristics on temperature.

S – Lots of roasted malt with chocolate, coffee, and vanilla notes. Some dark fruits like plums show up a little bit, but this is mostly roasted goodness. Smells awesome.

T – Starts with big roasted flavors of coffee and dark chocolate, builds to a pleasant sweetness with milk chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruity notes, and finishes with a mildly bitter roasted barley and coffee finish. Delicious.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with moderate carbonation, a creamy and velvety mouthfeel, and a moderately bitter and dry finish. Roasted coffee bitterness lingers for a nice amount of time.

O – This is a very drinkable and delicious porter. All of the dark and roasted flavors and aromas are there, as well as a subtle and pleasant sweetness. It is everything a porter should be. Founders can do no wrong in my book.

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Photo of brydeen
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: Dark Brown, almost black with a tiny tan head that gives way instantly

S: Big roast aroma, similar to an iced coffee. Hints of chocolate as well, but the roastiness domintaes.

T: Big dark chocolate characteristics in the taste. Slight bitterness from the chocolate, with a perfectly balanced roasted malty backbone

M: Very smooth, and thinner than the appearance. No hint of alcohol to be found.

O: Excellent interpretation of style. Extremely well balanced flavor, with just the right amount of roast and bitterness from the chocloate.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second founders brew of the evening. I'm very excited for this brew.

A- porter is a fair opaque body with slashes of lacing all along the glass. This looks like an impressive porter on the precipice

S- a complete coffee forward porter with some dark chocolate laying out on top. Toasted malt flavors surround the ending of the brew

T- very dry coffee flavor with malted goodness if you will. Slightly sweet and well positioned with flavors. Robust and some good caramelized flavor

M- as coating as it gets. Very good

O- hands down I love coffee and founders catapulted itself in my opinion as a forward coffee porter. Man I need to trade for this

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass...

A: Very dark brown, almost black, with a thin tan head that sits gracefully on top. Very fine carbonation.

S: Roated malt is dominant, with hints of coffee and chocolate. The nose also expresses an earthy quality I haven't experienced in many porters.

T: Nice roasty malt flavors, with hints of toast, chocolate, and earth. A pleasant hop bitterness finishes it off.

M: Full bodied and viscous, with a silky texture.

D: Very smooth. Another excellent example of this style.

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Photo of ujsplace
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pitch black colored brew with a two inch thick creamy brown head that leaves nice lacing around the glass.

Smells of chocolate, caramel and coffee.

Tastes of roasted caramel malt, dark chocolates, coffee and some mild hop bitters in the finish. This is a flat-out delicious brew.

Luscious and silky smooth mouthfeel.

Another great brew from Founders. A truly exceptional porter. Go get some.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew in a trade with drgonzo3705, Thanks Paul!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black brew with a creamy tan head that fell after awhile leaving spots of lacing.

S - roasted espresso coffee and dark chocolate aroma.

T - rich roasted flavors of coffee and chocolate with a dry, bitter finish.

F - medium bodied, slightly chewy, creamy feel.

D - very easy drinking, good example of the style.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

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Photo of Casedogg43
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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 +4.2%
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.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best porters I have had. The look was dark black with a finger foam head. it was silky smooth and had notes of coffee and chocolate. It had a thin mouthfeel and a soft finish. Will buy this one again.

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Photo of jacket_fan
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,545 ratings.