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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,451
Hads: 6,610
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 366
Gots: 1,204 | FT: 26
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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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Reviews: 1,451 | Hads: 6,610
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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.


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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)

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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.

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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.

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

Roasted caramel scent with little head (no lace). Beautiful deep molasses color that clearly bolsters the "porter" signature. Carbonation that doesn't over-whelm the flavor of the beer (which I've found to be a problem with some porter beers). Over all an amazing beer. Highly recommended to the porter fanatics of the world.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. A generous extra from boatshoes. Thanks!

A: Pours a pitch black body with a nice finger of mocha head. That long-lastin', lace-leavin' sumbitch takes his sweet time before moseyin' off into the-... oh, sorry. Anyway, this beer is a reminder that dark beers can have a nice head. I think I'm grading too leniently on some stouts and porters that lose their foam immediately.

T: Roasted malt and chocolate up front; this doesn't have that over-roasted, slightly burnt flavor I find off-putting in similar beers. Coffee grounds, a touch of anise and smoke. Slightly bitter cocoa. While this isn't a hoppy beer, it's evident that some earthy hops went into it. A very balanced, flavorful taste. I can't help but be thoroughly impressed.

M: Founders typically does a good job with the mouthfeel. I'm surprised at how thick this beer feels for a relatively light ABV, but I suppose that attests to a nice presence of residual sugar. It certainly feels sweet and heavy, though not cloying. In fact, it finishes with a drying presence.

D: An excellent example of a style that seems to be forgotten in favor of EXTREME!!! imperial porters with adjuncts. It's nice to revisit the basics. I think there are one or two I'd rank ahead of this one, but it's up there.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just an absolute perfect pour. Rich, thick head, sits at the top of the beer for a good long while. Very dark and opaque body. Scents on the nose, of chocolate and top shelf coffee. Very robust classic flavor. No fault with this one. Streams off nutty coffee and chocolate streak through the palate. Nice hoppy flush on the back end. Hey, very comparable to Great Lakes Edmond Fitzgerald. These two may be the best porters out there! A great beer!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at a free Founders tasting. Special thanks to Big Z’s in Huntington.

A – Dark cola that fades into mud-brown highlights. Khaki head sits low but leaves a nice lace.

S – Roast coffee and dark malt wrap around the sweetness of burnt caramel and molasses.

T – Soft, medium roast coffee and medium roast malt up front, with very little burnt bitterness. Pine note peaks out from the chewy dark bread in the middle and backend of the profile. I didn't get as much chocolate as I did in the bottle, but it could be related to serving temperature - my sample was gone before it had a chance to warm :)

M – Silky, medium/full body. Lingering malty sweetness and roast bitter note in the finish.

O – One of my favorite porters.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brewster DeCicco's, en route to CBS.

A: Glinting dark brown body with a solid finger of dense light-brown head. Terrific retention, solid lace. Gorgeous Porter.

S: Sweet chocolate, bitter roast. Coffee + licorice on the back side. Simple, intense, and terrific.

T: Creamy chocolate, bitter coffee, slight char, and some caramel + licorice on the tail end. Bitter finish, but without much hop flavor, leaving the emphasis entirely (and wonderfully) on the complex specialty malts.

M: Creamy medium body; slightly stick and well-carbonated. Solid.

O: Terrific Porter, hands down. I can't wait to do a showdown between this, Black Butte, and Edmund Fitzgerald.


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Photo of dmfrench
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A huge, balanced, stoutlike American Porter.


A: Opaque black with burgundy edges when held to a light.

S: Quite a nosefull... lots of deeply charred malt, coffee, prune, cocoa... much like a stout.

T: Matches the nose well with perfectly balanced sweet burnt malt and fruity hops.

M: Pretty much perfect... creamy, heavy, like a stout.

D: As drinkable as can be... glides down easy and sits like a meal.

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Photo of rwf08
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Black
Head: full head that subsides quickly
Flavor: roasted coffee, chocolate, and cocoa nibs
Smell: roasted coffee, toffee, and roasted grains
Mouth-feel: creamy and velvety

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Photo of chancy14
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is quite possibly my favorite beer that I can actually afford to buy on a regular basis. Just now getting around to reviewing it.

A: Looks like your standard porter--nearly black and nearly opaque, but when held up to the light proves to be a dark reddish-brown. The head is tan and has a sort of rolling foaminess to it.

S: You can smell this from several feet away. It smells like coffee and dark chocolate and roasted barley. It smells like a porter, but more so than most porters.

T: What you smell is what you taste. There's nothing too surprising here once you've smelled it. It's richly sweet, balanced by a strong coffee-like bitterness and a bit of earthy hops. Again, it's just what you expect from a porter, just better than you'll get from other porters.

M: The mouthfeel is full without having that almost syrupy consistency that a big stout would have. It's recognizably a porter, but on the thick end of that spectrum. Similarly, it's less carbonated than most porters, but it's still a little more carbonated than, say, Breakfast Stout, which keeps it pretty drinkable. The coffee-like finish lingers, giving you the sense that you're still drinking it for a while after you no longer are.

Overall: For my money, this is the best non-imperial porter out there.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another from excellent trader Brian44556. Cheers mate!

6.5% ABV and no idea how expensive...

The new Darkest Era album is spinning - YES!!!!

Pours silky black with only the faintest hint of deep ruby red at the edges. A short, creamy tan head disappears quickly. Lacing is sparse.

If the Founders guys have mastered one thing, it appears to be the aromas they can coax from their ingredients. The KBS is legendary...This porter is fantastic as well. Lots of roasted malt fills the room, not just your nostrils. It's everywhere...It smells like a cup of espresson, some dark chcolate and some fresh baked french bread all mixed together at once. I also get some cinnamon, a hint of molasses and a tiny faint hint of barrel-aging. Fabulous.

Um, holy cow wow! The flavor is...it's unreal...It's certainly a porter, but it's smoother. The initial hint is a blazing whip of malt tang - chocolate and espresso backing it up. But it quickly rounds out into something else. It's like a morning cup of coffee and a chocolate doughnut, but without too much, if any, sugar. The mouthfeel is rich and full, but not billowing or thin. It helps to enhance the flavors. Alcohol is masked completely, by the way. Finish is a wonderful mix of hops and chocolate covered espresso (not beans, just the espresso)...Long and bitter and excellent. An elite ale...I can hardly find fault in it. Like the Darkest Era album, it's fantastic and worth tracking down at all costs.

What I like most: Pretty much everything.

What I like least: Almost nothing, I can find fault only in that I'd like a slightly bigger, fuller head.

Verdict: World class version: unique, smooth, rich and wonderful. Get it.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am drinking this at Brasserie Zentral from a bottle while eating foie gras – the lable on the bottle goes surprisingly well with the restaurant.
A: Brilliant chestnut body topped with a 1” finely bubbled light tan collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: A chocolate caramel nose hides an assertive bitter finish.
T: Sweet caramel chocolate culminates in a balancing bitter hop accent.
F: Silky smooth, medium full body, very fine soft carbonation.
O: Amazed at how well this goes with foie gras.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown, almost completely black. Lots of rising bubbles and a solid three finger tan head with good retention and a good amount of sticky lacing.

Smell: A big aroma with a good mix of sweet dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, strong notes of coffee beans, and a bit of mocha and milk. Also has a light aroma of earthy, grassy hops. A very appealing, sweet, and toasty aroma.

Taste: Sweet dark roasted malts with hints of caramel are followed by a rush of mocha and dark chocolate and a fairly sharp coffee bitterness that lingers through the finish and aftertaste. Also some hints of earthy hops in the finish that add to the bitterness. Very full and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy like you would expect from a porter. Fairly bitter but very smooth.

Overall: A very good take on a porter. Probably the best American version I've had yet. Lots of malty chocolate sweetness is very well balanced by a bitter chocolate and hop presence.

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Photo of glid02
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours black with a 1.5-finger brown head. One of the darkest porters I've seen in a while. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts and well-integrated bitter dark chocolate flavors. There's not a whole lot going on here but every bit of it is rich.

Tastes very good. Robust roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by dark chocolate. Midway through the sip very light hints of citrus hop flavors enter into things before fading into a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was very impressed with this - one of the better-done, widely-available porters out there. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Nothing flashy about this one--just simply amazing. Roasty, pitch black, a little smoke and/or leather. Incredible mouthfeel. This is really a stout, IMO, but who cares?

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Photo of dbossman
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gorgeous dark reddish brown hue with a big head that dissipates to a 1/2 inch head; lacing is fantastic

S: Rich roasted malts and coffee and chocolate shining through especially; man, this smells roasty and malty and awesome with just a touch of hops underneath

T: Rich malts and roasty malts: coffee and chocolate but also some dark fruits flavors; this is so tasty and even a bit hoppy

F: So creamy...so creamy; and velvety and awesome

O: Man, this is a good porter...my new favorite; it is so malty and smooth and yet bitter and creamy and just plain delicious; glad to finally see Founders across the river in Iowa...mmm

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Photo of larryarms847
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a silky and oily dark brown and sits jet black in the glass with a fingers worth of light brown foam.

Freshly roasted coffee, semi-sweet cocoa, roasted nuts, and some slight oak/woody smokiness.

Semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, roasted/burnt oats/malts, and balanced with a fair amount of earthy hop bitterness.

Heavy-bodied, medium carbonation, roasty bitterness, chocolate sweetness, robust, silky smooth.

Overall, this is one of my favorite examples of the Porter style, definitely a much more robust mouthfeel than most porters and an extremely well balanced amount of sweetness and roasted bitterness.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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