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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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1,475 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,475
Hads: 6,709
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 380
Gots: 1,277 | FT: 26
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: 1,475 | Hads: 6,709
Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a dark black color with two finders worth of dark tan head. The head collapsed fairly quickly, but left decent spotty lacing on the walls of my pint glass.
Smell: Dark roasted malt and black malt dominate with chocolate, sorghum, and coffee present as well.
Taste: The flavor profile is a rich combination of the things in the nose with plenty of roasted grain, a touch of grassy hops, dark chocolate, and coffee combine into a wonderful drinking experience.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation with coats the mouth nicely, with the alcohol hidden quite well.
Drinkability: I will certainly be buying this beer again. This is pretty much everything I am looking for in a porter.

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Photo of possumfollower2
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Starts off with a great aroma of roasted taffey, if there is such a thing. My girlfriend says caramel. Head is thick and brown, good retention. Silky mouth feel, sticks to the roof of the mouth like again, some kind of candy. Washes quickly over the palate and finishes clean, very clean for a porter. Simply a roasty treat. I usually catergorize beers as to what I would be doing or where I would be while drinking them: the Founders Porter definitely up there with a hockey-match on the tube while it's 15degrees outside. Kind of like right now. Cheers.
Oh, and the label on my bottle says it's 6.5percent???

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Photo of RThomas436
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black as night, however it looked to almost have a slight purple tint in the head.

Smell: Chocolate / coffee / peat earthy - it's rich and deep

Taste: Complex yet simple. Lets see..chocolate / coffee with a creaminess that intermingles the two

Mouthfeel: Creamy and heavy with a clean finish

Drinkability: Fantabulous - great flavor not overally difficult to drink great beer for a brisk spring day

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Photo of denver10
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a nice mocha head. Aroma is a touch smokey, extremely roasty giving offf some nice chocolate and coffee tones. Flavor is a touch smokey as well, wonderfully roasty with some great dark chocolate and coffee and a touch of char, and a nice intrusion of some bitterness from some hops in the finish. A creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, an absolutely fantastic porter here. Just as good, just different, from my favorite porter, Odell's Cutthroat Porter. Loved it, will absolutely be drinking lots more of this one.

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Photo of argock
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.80.

A: Dense dark brown with 1-finger chocolate brownie head with decent retention but no lacing.

S: Delicious sweet malty chocolate and espresso aromas blend with light licorice, dark bread, and floral hops notes

T: A lush flavor profile of dark and milk chocolate, espresso, molasses, and dark malts are met delicately with floral, spicy hops to form a remarkably flavorful brew.

M: One of the chewiest porters I've tasted, very much like a stout. Aftertaste is like a strong mocha with a light hops note.

D: Easily my new favorite porter. If their Breakfast Stout is above this, I can't wait. Founders Porter is an exceptional example of the style with complex, nicely blended flavors and superior mouthfeel, and a good value to boot.

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Photo of bs870621345
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with an inch of mocha head. Fades to a collar that leaves nice lacing down the glass.

Smells like coffee, roast, caramel, and citrus/herbal hops.

Taste follows smell, a lot of coffee in the begining giving way to a rush of caramel and roasted flavors. Its really a beautiful thing.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, little low on carbonation for me, but its sticky, oily, and full.

Drinkability is good. I'm not usually one to have 2 of the same beers in 1 night, but this is one I could.

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark black in my pint glass with a brownish-white head. The head is minimal and dies fast. Moderate carbonation. Some mahogany hues on the sides.

S: Nice porter aromas with some dark chocolate, charred grain, and caramel notes. There is some hints of smokiness too. The chocolate seems most prominent, but is very inviting. Light sweetness in the end.

T: A bevy of dark flavors here with beautiful dark chocolate flavors, melding with hints of roastiness and smokiness. Finishes with a rich, caramel-toffee sweetness. This is quickly followed in the aftertaste by more dark chocolate and roasted flavors. Not overly roasty like a stout. The flavors in this beer balance out to make this ever-so flavorful. The hops are there to balance it out and maybe add a hint of citrus, but they are definitely not overtaking the beautiful malt flavors.

M: Nice, medium bodied ale with an overall smooth mouthfeel. Finishes clean. Moderate carbonation really fits the style.

D: This is an exceptional Porter. One of the best Porters I have ever had. Beautiful balance of flavors overall. Unlike some other Porters, this one has a ton of flavor. At the same time, it is extremely drinkable. I'm not sure if I can call this my favorite yet, but it is damn close.

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Photo of jonziefle
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured completely solid black color. No carbonation is visible. One finger thick dark-khaki head, with decent retention. Moderate lacing.

Smell Smells of smoky and chocolaty malts, with a molasses sweetness. Almost a burnt flavor, but in a good way. Hint of very dark fruit flavors.

Taste: Very smoky with dark chocolate. Medium dark sugar sweetness and dark grape flavors. The smokiness linger for a while. Just a hint of alcohol. Dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, with a nice bite up front and smooth on the way down. Tingles the back of your throat. Very lively.

Drinkability A very good porter. Excellent smokiness that lasts and lasts, with a moderate amount of sweetness as a good contrast. A must try.

Buy Again? Yes.

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Photo of fx20736
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, served near room temp.

Black as night with a chocolate malted head, nice lacing.

aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, some smoke and an herbal hoppiness.

mouthfeel is soft and mousselike.

taste; riched roasted malt, chocolate syrup with a strong smokiness that lingers on the palate with a pleasing bitterness.

notes; kaboom!!! C'est arrive! THIS IS a porter!

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Photo of Betmore
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured the darkest shade of brown possible and formed a beautiful mocha head that slowly faded into a resilient foam cap. Lacing was heavy.

The initial bouquet is heavy with rich, almost burnt, roasted malts. Secondary aromas include coffee, liquorice, vanilla, and sweet candied fruits. Theres a lot going on here so I'm pretty excited about tasting this badboy.

Oh, man, this stuff is good. Dark malts, coffee, slightly burnt toast, and chocolate are the predominant flavors here and they're balanced quite nicely as well.

Mouthfeel is fine. No suprises here. Its of medium to thin body with soft carbonation. Its a pleasure to have in my mouth. (Thats what she said!)

I'm pleasantly suprised at how drinkable this brew is. It would go with just about any meal and is amazingly refreshing. While it has a boatload of flavors, they're not overbearing. I don't feel like my face is being ripped off by huge malts or massive hops. This beer just "works". I'll definitley buy this again.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A sad day, indeed...moving out of my first college apartment. I have definitely made a ton of memories here. To celebrate this bittersweet moment, I'm cracking open a classic: Founders Porter. I bought a sixer of this once (right as I was getting into craft beer), and, to be honest, I wasn't too sure about it. However, when I saw a thread in the forum about how "sexy" this beer is, I figured I'd give it another go. Why not? I've found that, when you're drinking Founders, there's no such thing as buyer's remorse. Plus, due to some sort of shortage of bottlecaps, my local liquor store just happened to have a few aged bottles. This particular one has been on the shelf for at least a month in-store. And, if you want to know the true mettle of a craft brewer, there's no better way than that.

A: A dark, dark reddish brown. I'd say 95% of the light that goes through it is captured by the alluring darkness of the body. The head, although quite minimal, is a thick, dark tan. Superb lacing. So far, so sexy...

S: The nose is a great boozy/chocolate concoction. No hops, but tons of earthy yeast with smoky afterthoughts.

T: Tons of complexity - the "wow" factor is big on this one. It opens with a stunning bitterness that swarms the tastebuds. Hops are incredibly earthy and serene, like the smell of a fresh-cut lawn. Pleasant, to say the least. The smoky hues are big and bold, and the yeast is a bready work of art. What a great drinking experience.

M: Once again, a good micro-carb from Founders. I was expecting a little less, being that it's a porter, but this brewer had other ideas. It's nice, but there are times where the carb is too much and whole thing comes off as too light for its palate. Still, a great overall drink.

O: Founder's Porter: is it really a beer that can be described as sexy? After trying it, there's only one way I can think to answer: hell yeah! Founders certainly knows what great craft beer is, and they show it without a doubt in this brew. For the money, there's no better porter out there.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 12 oz bottle. Pours a ruddy blackish brown with a light brown head that provides ample lacing.

In the nose is chocolate, moderate espresso.

The flavor follows the nose, a nice roasted malt character hints of smoke and coffee. Chocolate sweetness is just under the radar, and the earthy hop is there providing residual bitterness. Imagine waking up and eating oreos with your coffee and cigar, in liquid form.

Mouthfeel is superb. High carbonation with a smooth drying finish. Crisp on the palate, and is actually not as heavy as I would expect.

Drinkability is very good as well. A very tasty porter here that may be the benchmark for the style. I would reccommend buying a case of this lovely beer.

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Photo of Winter
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours near black in color with a dark brown head. The head remained throughout most of consumption. The aroma consists of dark chocolate, coffee and hints of alcohol. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and pretty smooth. This is a rich robust porter. Drinking this makes it hard to distinguish between what's a stout and what classifies as a porter sometimes these days. The flavor is loaded with ample amounts of dark roasted malt. At times an espresso-like quality emerges in the taste also. Goes down amazingly well for a 6.5% ale. Perfect for the dark winter nights that are coming.

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Photo of kbrinson
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured to a duvel glass.

appearance is jet black with one finger head. very nice lacing. very smooth with subtle hoppiness with dark chocolate notes. the aftertaste of this beer is excellent.

I've had several Porters, however this one is definitely the best I've had. I've been looking for this one for some time. Edmund Fitzgerald was my benchmark until I tried this.

If you don't have access to this, trade for it. If you have access to it, relish it.

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Photo of astrasday
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle has a gothic style portrait of a pale white woman wearing all black with the words, "Dark, Rich & Sexy". Pretty hilarious if you ask me. 6.5% ABV and 45 IBUs clearly marked. No freshness date. Poured this one into a tulip glass. Utter darkness. A foamy, tan head quickly dissipates with a nice sticky lacing.

Smell of raisins and heavy, fresh baked bread come through first. Roasted malts, coffee and dark, over-ripe fruit fall are all present as well. The scent is balanced and almost wholesome.

Taste. Roasted malts, coffee, raisins, chocolate and just a touch of hop bitterness to round out it out. Finish is very similar to a sip of nice dark coffee. Lovely.

The mouthfeel. Rich, full and deep. Exactly what I want from a porter. I find myself utterly content with this portion of the beer. I am left wanting nothing.

Drinkability. Does this beer define this word? It might. It's just a pleasure sipping on this brew. Relaxing, enjoying the lovely taste and it goes down so agreeably. More, please.

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Photo of challenja
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Pint glass

A:Dark burnt sienna in appearance, an amazing Dark Mocha Head that holds its own 3 minutes in. Nice white foam lace, holding the top part of the beer head. Amazing! Defiantly the best looking Porter Head I have ever seen!

S:- Sweet fig, Chicory barrel, burnt French roast, dark cocoa, dark overly dry raisins.

T:- Burnt chocolate bitters, sweeter chicory barrel, nice dark fruit, sweet figs. Sweeter than most porters that I have tried.

M : Medium body, sweet and slightly creamy mouthfeel, it was served cold, and downed quickly while watching IN the Mouth Of Madness. A porter with a nice lingering finish, Top 3 material.

O: Top 3 Porters that I must have on Cask. Founders astounds again, my go to Porter which is easily attainable in my area. Get a 4 pack now!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is jet black, with a thick, beige head. A thick sheet of lacing coats the pint glass. No room for improvement here.

The aroma...ahh. Roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. What a welcoming scent.

The beer tastes fantastic as well. Teeming with flavor, this is one of the finest porters I have ever had. Chocolate and roast in beautiful harmony.

The feel is medium to full bodied, and silky smooth.

I highly recommend this beer. When it comes to stouts and porters, Founders Brewing Co. is simply world class.

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Photo of Mavigo
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Porter season lets gooo
Served in a pint

A: Pours a fine opaque pitch black, with a short caramel head with a good amount of lacing

S: Smells chocolatey, woody, toffee, coffee, very aromatic

T: Very sweet and rich, very mellow, picking up on vanilla, very chocolatey, hops at the finish

M: extremely refreshing and mellow, light carbonation, the way I like it, very smooth, not much after taste, finishes warm leaving you wanting more.

O: Heard good things about Founders, they dominate the top beer lists on this site, and rightfully so, this is a great porter. Its tasteful, sweet, perfect balance of carbonation and flavor, its refreshing, fulfilling and rich, great beer.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark brown, almost black with sediment. It had a very small tan/cinnamon colored head that quickly disappeared. The smell was malts with dark chocolate and coffee upfront and a bit of something roasted. The taste was unsweetened chocolate and roasted coffee. It was deliciously creamy. A hint of the smoke/roast profile shined through. The finish had some dark fruits. It lingered nicely and the creamy texture was the highlight of this beer.

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Photo of bigfoot13
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First, I only review beers that I find exceptional.

This is my favorite Porter that can be found on tap year round at my Winkin Lizards bar close to my bowling alley. (Sadly, this is the only place I can find it)
I drink 1 or 2 of these while consuming a Italian Sub sandwich every week before bowling.
They help put me in the right "Frame" of mind.

I'm a home brewer and wish I could duplicate this kick butt beer.

Pours black with a one inch chocolaty head made of microscopic bubbles. YUM
The smell reminds me of eating chocolate while drinking black coffee.
Taste is a repeat of the smell.
For some reason I get a really good buzz off this beer.

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Photo of Stigs
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, served in a DFH signature glass

A - pours with a fingers height of tight and frothy, dark khaki colored foam. leaves behind spotty bubbles of lace through the drink. the beer is just about pitch black, with only the slightest dark ruby hue when held up to a bright light.

S - pretty aromatic...starts off with bold roasted malts, dark french roasted and lightly creamed and sweetened coffee, bitter dark bakers chocolate. a slight lactose-like sweetness, more cocoa powder comes out as it opens, along with a slightly bittering hop aroma. outstanding.

T - starts off with some dark roasted malt immediately joined by a bit of dark fruits, sharp black coffee. the hops come alive here, adding a strong big of grassy and earthy bitterness joined by some chocolate, vanilla, and mineral. the aftertaste is dominated by milk chocolate and roasted coffee. let this one sit a bit to mellow and really open up!

M - medium bodied, creamy and with a good medium amount of carbonation. quite chewy, leaves the mouth a bit scratchy and "fuzzy".

D - a well-rounded porter with all the classic characteristics, taken to a slightly bolder level as expected from Founders, borders the Stout line. dangerously drinkable and delicious.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nothing cute nor fancy about the name ('Porter'), but a classy-looking label nonetheless. I honestly don't recall who handed this one over, but suffice to say it was one of a short list of OH/MI-residing BAs I've met since spring; this 12 oz. twist-capped bottle has stayed in the fridge since the day it arrived; poured to pint glass tonight.

A: A deep ebony, but without over-scrutinizing we'll call it 'black'. Topped with a finger of creamy tan, short-lived retention before reducing to a dimpled film. Good lace, clinging in broken sheets.

S: Oh, baby! Excellent aroma, a deep fudgy-chocolate. Vanilla-laced coffee, ample nutty roast.

T: If you know the wonders of coffee from a french press, then you understand the essence of this beer: silky chocolate, burnished java beans, sugars and light spices co-mingling. Just when a borderline 'too-sweet' sweetness builds, a balancing backlash of bittering roast ropes it back in. With each sip, this interplays beautifully. Toyed with a '5' here, one of the best-flavored porters I've ever encountered.

M: Velvety-smooth creaminess, a bit low on carbonation (may be a result of extra months of age - date unknown). The silky texture means more bitter chocolate coating is held on the cheeks and tongue...the aftertaste lasts an eternity.

D: Founders knocks another robust ale outta the park! After multiple tries of their venerated Breakfast Stout(s) and Imperial Stout, this Porter is in the same league. Big flavor, terrific aroma, decent drinkability ABV-wise (6.5%) and impossible to get on the West Coast without benefit of the trading community - all equate to a highly drinkable beer that's undeniably worth seeking. To call it 'exceptional' seems right...

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Photo of brewer007
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Classic Porter appearance with great viscosity balance

Smell: Rich malty tones

Taste: Rich balance of chocolate, carmel, and coffee, with a slight bitterness but not overwhelming for a porter. Smooth.

Mouthfeel: Smooth rich porter

Overall: A great balance of flavors with a nice balance on the viscosity as well for a great porter. Makes for a great fall or winter brew.

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Photo of peensteen
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark brown, near pitch black in colour, whisp of tan coloured head, some lace. Smell is full of chocolate and coffee, quite a bit of roasted malt, bready, bit of earthy hops and molasses. Taste is very roasty, chocolate mostly bittersweet with a bit of milk, coffee grinds, nice mid palate bitterness, some hoppy flavours as well. Medium carbonation, medium-full body, creamy-full feel. Outstanding, one of the best american porters I have ever come across.

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Photo of rdilauro
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've been waiting to taste this one.
The pour was beautiful, a dark, almost pitch black nightfall into the glass. The head was creamy, slightly brownish but held up pretty long in the glass.

The nose was coffee all the way, not as pronounced as some others, but for a Porter it was pretty full.

The mouthful was smooth like silk, I can find NOTHING wrong with the taste. In fact, this tasted more like a stout than a porter There was coffee, but also hints of bitter sweet chocolate, with a touch of a pepper, leaving just a dab of spiciness.

The finish was smooth and lingering, leaving me knowing that I will go back to this one again

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,475 ratings.