Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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6,405 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,405
Reviews: 1,479
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 342
Gots: 1,074 | 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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Photo of climax
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours about as black as a beer gets. The head is a pretty dark shade of tan and has excellent retention. Lacing is no slouch either; the thick curtain sticks to the pint glass like glue.

Lots of chocolate and a dash of roasty bitterness come from the first whiffs. As I dwell further, I notice there is a generous abundance of hops as well, a welcome scent. Ripe fruit esters, caramel, cream, and coffee accent the aforementioned flavors, rounding out a nicely complex aroma.

Balance is excellent in the flavor, and it's extremely well-rounded. The torch get's passed from sweet up front, to slightly tart and astringent midriff, and finally to dry and bitter in the aftertaste. The chocolate and coffee are assertive, but there's a lot more going on in here, excellent. The finish is where the earthy hop profile seems to take hold, the leafy and grapefruit character is definitely evident.

The feel is very silky and smooth (like conditioner - goes on first to clean zhe hair). There is a good amount of viscosity, yet it's lightened up by sharp, but brief, carbonation. The dry finish begs for another sip.

Founder's certainly nailed this one. It's a model of complexity, and covers all the bases well. In addition, it's a year round offering that's easy on the wallet.

Photo of phiberoptik
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice black brown with a thin mocha head. This looks like what some lesser breweries would call their stout. Pours with a nice body and some viscosity.

Smells of toffee, roasted coffee beans, bits of charred wood, dry cocoa powde, some vanilla and oak characteristics as well.

Bitter dark chocolate, smoky tobacco, definite roasted malt characteristics. Unknown sweetness in the middle, with a mild bitter finish.

Medium bodied with the carbonation of an aged beer. Smooth, rich, almost creamy, and just a bit thinner than a stout.

This is on another level of most other porter's I have had. A perfect example of what a porter was many decades ago and needs to become again. Another top notch style representation from Founders.

Photo of Morey
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with Bottled 4/28/11 stamped on the neck of the bottle.

Pours pitch black in color. Even when held to the light, you can see virtually nothing other than black. Without a doubt the darkest/thickest Porter that I've ever had. One finger of beige colored head has settled to a thin lace after a few minutes or so, but the head retention is impressive.

Full on aroma of dark chocolate, anise, and roasted barley. Very nice.

Wow! This is one fantastic Porter. Big and robust with flavors of intense dark chocolate, hop bitterness, espresso bean, a hint of smokiness, and maybe a touch woody.

Full bodied mouthfeel with low lying carbonation.

This is the best Porter that I've yet to sample. Enough said.

Morey's Bottom Line: This is thicker and more flavorful than many breweries Stouts. I'm not usually a huge fan of the style, because if I'm going to drink a dark beer, I want to go all out. Well...fortunately for me, Founders went all out on this one. Cheers!

Photo of MightyMonk
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can Founders make a bad beer?
This is a top of the line porter.
Beautiful color and rich head that entices a drink.
The firs taste is a tease that asks for another.
Very rich and full of aroma with sweet after taste.
Similar but lighter than Founders Imperial Stout which is world class.

Photo of trygelski1
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

One of the best porters that I have ever had!

Photo of Boozermurfin
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bitter in the front, smooth and slightly chewy in the back.

I love the surprisingly bold addition of hops that bucket balances the smooth chocolate base.

Good when its cold but better as it warms up

Chocolatey and smooth as heck.

Can't go wrong with a 6 pack of this in your fridge.

Photo of dsnyder61
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

not a fan of porters but this is good

Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black, with a nice rich tan two finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves generous lacing

Smell: Cocoa, roasted malts

Taste: Sweet chocolatey malts up front, roastyness up next, then a quick smack of earthy hops

Mouthfeel: Medium to full, good carbonation

Overall: Excellent. Good example of the style. Very enjoyable brew.

Photo of jhartley
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 6 oz. snifter. Bottled on 02/10/2012, reviewed on 09/01/2012.

A-Dark black with a light tan head that dissipated quickly.

S-Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, leather.

T/M-BIttersweet chocolate, roasted malts, coffee. Not overly sweet. Coats the mouth with the unsweetened chocolate and a mild carbonation.

O-A great porter from Founders! Not too heavy with a balanced sweetness to a little bitter bite.

Photo of Gfhislop
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first ever Founders beer, had a little over a year ago. I hated it initially for being so dark, now its actually lighter than most of what I buy

A- Pours essentially black with a tan head. Not as thick and oil-like as the Imperial Stout, but it does not disappoint.

S- This flirts more with the idea of a stout than a porter. Big roasty aroma, mild chocolate, solid hop presence that is indicative of Founders.

T- Initially, was too intense for me now. A year later, its taste is comparable to run of the mill imperial stouts, which is an accomplishment for a porter. Plenty of chocolate and roasty character, and the signature hop presence that reminds you this is Founders you're dealing with.

M- A little thin, but I have been spoiled by the thickest, heartiest offerings from this company and others. Not disappointing in the least.

O- This is the one that started me down the path of craft beer. Out of their year round offerings, this is a solid contender with Dirty Bastard over which is best in the dark category. With more focus on flavor and aroma, this one is a must try.

Photo of kemoarps
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful opaque black, espresso foam head.

Even with my weak sense of smell I pick up deeep dark chocolate with a little espresso bitterness. somewhere between roasty and burnt? Like a good tea. is that weird to say?

slightly more bitter than I would expect, but built in, taking second fiddle to the malts I picked up on the nose. Sweet smoothe chocolate, with a wave of caramel and coffee. The finish is a dry bakers chocolate, sugar and some grassy hops.

This is one of my favourite beers. I am very glad I picked up the pack on my travels, and look forward to getting it again.

Photo of homebrew311
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours an opaque black with a very dark brown head that looks like hot cocoa, decent head retention and lots of lacing

S: huge roasted malt profile with an intense dark chocolate presence, extremely robust

T: like the nose, this porter is all about the roasted specialty grains, tons of chocolate malts and coffee, a touch of earthy hops on the finish, very nicely balanced and incredibly flavorful.

MF: medium to thick body, low carbonation, silky mouthfeel

D: well it's weird to judge this as an American Porter because it is far more like what I thought a stout was supposed to be. Then again, there is definitely some overlap between these categories, but the bottom line is that this is the best American Porter I have had. Founders has never disappointed me.

Photo of Carolvs
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

A Top 10% Porter for sure, although not as silky smooth as its Anchor Brewery counterpart. Anunmistakable malty-chocolate bite soaks through the membranes in your mouth leaving a strong yet pleasant aftertaste. Pitch-black in appearance although not much of a head and lacing (at least not from the bottle I poured).

Photo of dedrinker
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black beer, deep tan, light brown head. This is all dark chocolate and black coffee with that almost vanilla-like toasty note - aroma and flavor. Full bodied. Roasty finish. I love it because it is all the flavor you really need from a porter/ stout without being an imperial. Lets' be honest - it's a robust porter - a "stout" porter, and it will eat your hamburger and drink your milkshake.

Photo of Slatetank
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this bottle up at Al's of Hampden -poured cool into a willybecker.

A deep brown bordering on black with a tobacco color at the base and rocky med brown cap w/ tight bead. Lace clings decently in a web-like pattern, clarity is opaque and the head has some uneven very large bubbles and compresses to a small bead. The smell is heavy in the cocoa realm with some toast + vanilla in the nose w/ coffee accents. The sweet and roasted malt odor w/ caramel presence are balanced in the nose. The feel is a great smooth body with malt texture and yet moderately full body w/ slightly mild carbonation and mid-range bitterness w/ a hint of dark grain astringency and only mild alcohol in the semi-dry finish.

The flavor of Founders porter is wonderful with slight burnt malt under a sweet toasted and caramel flavor w/ light coffee tinges and mild hop bitterness. The malt astringency is very light and gives the toasted taste and light pine hop notes a chance to mingle in the subtle biscuit and dark roasted flavors w/ some malted milkball sweetness. The taste has a decent amount of dark cocoa and the finish is semi-sweet. Overall a high quality porter in the American Tradition. I think Founders has executed very well with this fine example -so easy to quaff, yet packed with flavor.

Photo of Brabander
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an overall great beer! Got it in a trade with Rohkey. Thanks Chris! Poured this beer in my small Struise chalice. Pitchdark fluid with a very nive head. Good starter. The head disappears after a while leaving some nice lacing in the glass.

Smell is inviting but i can not detect much. Taste is with coffee. The alcohollevel is good on this one. Very good mouthfeel, not any carbonation but that is not important in a beer like this!

Photo of brew3crew
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes

Appearance: Holy crap! Look at that color! Its like mid-night on the Alaskan tundra! You know I love it when they are this dark!

Smell: Deeply roasted coffee and caramel aroma. I don't like coffee, but I really like it in beer for some reason...Really Malty smell as well

Taste: The coffee hits you first and then it smooths into maltiness and caramel. The more I drink, the smoother it goes down.

M-Medium body and smooth

O-Great porter.

Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick and oily black, waffer thin cocoa brown foam that sits thickly but quite thin even after a strong pour. Lacing sticks in strings.

Aroma is nice and darkly roasted with black malts, coffeeish notes, tangy molasses, dark caramel, and bittersweet chocolate.

Great taster, rich, dark, deep, and inviting flavors of heavily roasted barley and malts, nice chocolate tones meld within keeping an ever present bitterness of roasty/burnt qualities. Touches of coffee/espresso roast intermingle with all the other roasty things in the finish where the bittering ensues and drys out with a nice play of everything chocolate and roasty. Some burnt tinges and charred wood notes make their way in as well. Wow! Fantastic porter character in its flavors. Oh my is it yummy!

Feel is well rounded and creamy full with a fantastic finish of drying roasty/burntish chocolate bittering. I'm reminded of burnt chocolate cake or cookies at every sip. Fantastically good stuff.

This could be one to top Descutes Black Butte and Summit Great Northern in my book, something I never thought could be possible, but this stuff is wonderful! Yum times two.
A wowzaa yippee goes to trbeer for throwing this one in the mix!

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours stout black with only the tiniest hint of burnt ruby highlights. Modest tan head sits and recedes leaving some nice lacing around the glass as it slowly exits the glass.

S-Bittersweet chocolate notes are quite easy to detect. This is one of the more aromatic porters I have come across (my experience is limited). Coffee notes and some lactic milkiness as well. No alcohol to speak of in the scent. Deep sugars and a bit of smoke.

T-Rich chocolate notes sweep over the tongue. Coffee flavors and some milky lactose here. Leaves a lasting burnt coffee flavor. Tastes like rich cocoa. A twinge of hop bitterness is here too. A perfect example of a great tasting porter. Has all the elements one would want in a beer representative of the style.

M-Creamy, smooth, luscious. Exceptional mouthfeel for a beer that isn't too high on the ABV scale. Awesome mouthfeel.

D-Like many of Founders' dark beers this one drinks like a dream. Not an extremely high ABV combines with great taste and feel. Absolutely drinkable.

Have heard that this Founders Porter is arguably one of the best out there. I concur.

Photo of hoplover82
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours pitch black with a pinky sized, creamy tan head that has ok retention and great, sticky lacing.

S-Aromas of milk chocolate and cream come first, we'll see what's next as it warms. Some light coffee aroma comes as well. Some sweet caramel becomes a contented for the front row as it warms! A very nice suprize! Very complex aroma indeed.

The flavor is much like the aroma with semi-sweet chocolate up front and a very soft bitter, freshly roasted coffee in the finish. As the beer warms, a pungent sweet caramel flavor comes. Very nice.

M-The mouthfeel is creamy and full. And has a light bittersweet mocha-like lingering finish.

O-I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. So glad I had the chance to try it. I brought this one back from Ohio.

Photo of beermanbrian
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a case of this on a whim. Hope it's worth it.

Black color with fine foamy tan head. Sticky rings of lace. Smell of expresso that slides into cocoa and then that burnt malt that you expect in a porter. So far this is looking like a winner. Taste starts with slightly bitter cocoa up front with some coffee notes and it all slips into a nice burnt malt finish. Nice full body affirms that this one is going to give you plenty to chew on. Nice mix of flavors makes this an excellent brew. Compares favorable to edmund fitz from great lakes which i always considered the benchmark. Another well done brew by Founders.

Photo of tds101
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

A very straight forward porter. Roasted malt smell, sweet. Slight taste of toasted malt, coffee, bit of bitter chocolate. Very good beer. When I'm in the mood for a nice tasting American style porter this is it.

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz founders style brown bottle with a lovely founders label. Poured into a nonic style pint glass.

A - dark. Black and basically opaque. A slight touch of dark brown at the edge in the light. Thick mocha head has a superb look. Lacing is thick and sticky as it hangs to the sides of my glass. This may be the best looking porter I've ever seen.

S - aroma is of dark chocolate with a caramel sweetness that creeps in to make it interesting. A light wood like aroma with a leafy hop appeal. A real deal toasty maybe even burnt but still sweet aroma.

T - cocoa sweetness erupts the tastebuds up front that provide a lingering sweetness. Leafy like hops provide a nice kick of bitterness that sets up the woody dark chocolate character. Dark chocolate is detected from the front to more in the finish.

M - medium bodied and thick. I mean this is amazingly creamy thick leaving you wanting more. Coffee in the somewhat dry finish. Everything about this is thick even 10 minutes after the last sip.

O - damn good! It's probably the thickest porter I've experienced and has the dark looks to kill. This is a world class American porter from a world class american brewer. It easily takes the #2 spot behind the GLBC Edmund Fitzgerald in my porter ranks. It's thickness is out of this universe and provides an excellent experience for those who like a hearty brew. I am glad I bought the 6 pack instead of the single. A must try for anyone and everyone who like well crafted porters.

Photo of Dan3279
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a single bottle and after taking a few sips I quickly realized that I should have bought a full four pack when I had the chance to.

Poured a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass to find a deep dark black body and the half inch tan head disappeared quickly.

The aroma had hints of malts & expresso. The smell and the taste went hand and hand. This porter was a real joy to drink, clean, crisp and very well balanced. The coffee, malts & chocolate were very well balanced and the clean aftertaste had me ready and waiting for the next sip.

Photo of BradenMK
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Appearance - This has the pitch-black color and foamy brown head of what most people would consider a stout. Which I think is awesome.

Aroma - Roasty. Dark, burnt toast, some coffee, a heavy dose of unsweetened cocoa powder. Extremely dank, but earthy hops. This stuff smells like darkness (and that's not all good, lol).

Taste - Bitter and very roasty upfront, there is only a little sweetness to tame the flavors of the dark malts, and yet there is great complexity in the form of something smoky. I would assume they use neither peated malt or smoked malt in this, but I could be wrong. The malt profile is that of ashy, smoky unsweetened cocoa. Doesn't that sound awesome. The hops bite rather hard too, with those earthy, herbal, bitter qualities.

Mouthfeel - Here's where this beer truly shines, agreeing with Tectactoe. This beer just feels luxurious in the mouth. I have had many beers, and the feeling doesn't get better than this (not for the style anyway). Like silk. Like if you can imagine silk turned into liquid and poured down your throat, that's how this beer feels. It's just tremendously smooth.

Overall - This is actually NOT my favorite porter (that honor goes to Smuttynose's Robust Porter, because the flavor they are able to capture is just amazing), but this has got to be one of the most well-crafted porters on the planet. It was the first time I drank a porter and was really wowed. This is heads and shoulders better than GL Edmund Fitz, in my opinion, it's just got so much more depth to it. If you like porters, this is one of the deepest, most nuanced options available, in my opinion. If you like non-Imperial stouts, this should be right up your alley as well, because this one blurs the lines.

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 6,405 ratings.