Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Founders PorterFounders Porter

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,412 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 6,412
Reviews: 1,480
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 342
Gots: 1,084 | FT: 27
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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Founders Porter Alström Bros
Ratings: 6,412 | Reviews: 1,480
Photo of Jeffo
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle of this at the De Molen beer shop a while back and it ended up being badly infected. Scored it a 1.45. This one came from Premiere Gourmet in Buffalo.

From a bottle into a snifter
IBU: 45
Bottled on 29 May 2012
Label says it's "Dark, Rich and Sexy..."

APPEARANCE: A dark brown pour yields a small, medium looking, light tan head with decent retention. Head fades quickly to a splotchy wisp and bubbly ring. Opaque black body with medium carbonation evident. A swirly wisp and ring remain until the end leaving touches of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Dark malts, dark chocolate, caramel, and light cream notes. Cocoa powder is there as well, combining nicely with the vanilla cream notes. Medium strength.

TASTE: Dark malts and caramel sweetness up front, with bitter floral hops at the swallow. Medium but lingering finish of dark chocolate, bitter coffee notes, piney hops and some roasted touches. Pretty flavorful and enjoyable for sure.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Pretty creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a touch mouth-coating.

OVERALL: Very good porter. A little more boldness on the nose and some more weight one the palate would help perhaps, but this is a solid offering for the style. In any case, this was way better than the infected bottle. Recommended. Cheers!

EDIT: Had a second a batch bottled 25 April 2014 and enjoyed it much more than the one reviewed above. Found it to be very stout-like in its character, and the aromas and flavors were simply more forthcoming. Really nice, and would probably score it about a 4.2. Cheers.

Photo of ash111
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been hitting porters now that the weather's turned a little chilly. Founder's was a new one for me, so I thought I would give it a try. Nice dark color with no light coming through. Not much head on the beer and disappeared quickly. Smells of malts, coffee, with a noticeable whiff of alcohol. Taste followed the smell, including the alcohol which was a little potent early in the beer.

Photo of Shumista
3.59/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Found one of these hiding in the back of my fridge from a while ago. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my pilsener glass

A- Founders Porter pours a pitch black with a small frothy brown head. Tons of lacing is left on the sides of the glass after each sip.
S- Lots of chocolate and roasted malt.
T- chocolate coffee and malts, with a light bitterness in the background. Nothing groundbreaking but very solid flavors.
M- I ranked this as a two, not because the mouthfeel is unpleasant or bad, but because for a porter it is way to heavy and thick I think. This beer looks, tastes and feels more like a stout to me.
D- I could drink a few more. The low abv is nice considering all the flavor that is here.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown/black, the little tan head that capped it faded quickly away.

The scent of coffee blends and faint chocolate notes hit the nose.

Taste was good. Dark roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Creamy, thick, silky smooth mouthfeel.

This was a very solid porter, but I'm a little surprised to see this at A- on here; especially with most people drinking it out of the bottle. I had this on tap and it wasn't all that amazing.

Photo of pmarlowe
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours black with a few cm of quickly dissipating head. Nice retention of the ring.

S: Roasted coffee, a bit of dark chocolate, a little baker's spice on the back end. Decently balanced.

T: Dense, highly roasty with some charred notes, a little overwhelming which is accentuated by the dryness. Overall this is quite aggressive for a porter, more so than I'd prefer.

M: Nice mouthfeel. Medium carbonation and carbonation.

O: The taste isn't really there for me: too dry and aggressively roasty for a porter.

Photo of mothman
3.62/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head. Fades down. Color is a deep brown, nearing black.

Aroma: A bit roasted malt profile. Coffee, chocolate, and cocoa. It also has a slight grassy bitterness.

Taste: Bitter coffee, chocolate, and cocoa. Grassy hops. Very roasted. Lots of malts.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and bitter. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasted (big surprise).

Overall, this was a solid porter, but a bit too roasty for me. Easy drinking however and a quality product.

Photo of jfmorey
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into stemware glass.

Appearance: Head disappeared quickly; almost black in color.

Smell: roasted malts nice but faint.

Taste: Not bad, but I like a porter with a little hop crispness at the end, which I did not get here. This is more like a stout.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin , low on carbonation.

Drinkability: If the goal was to create a good "session" porter then this just right.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown liquid with no highlights. Thick, tan creamy, fluffy head that stayed for a while and left some nice lace work on the glass. Smells of mocha, slight roast coffee. Taste is a rich, roasty flavor with a moderate amount of bitterness. Coffe-like in the finish, which was just a bit harsh. Mouthfeel was very creamy, medium body with low carbonation. Something about the creamy feel did not sit well with me. Overall, a decent porter, with some good characteristics.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Dark, no light is going to penetrate this brew. Somewhat boozey notes in the smell. Solid flavors of sweet chocolate, roasted malts. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery. I would drink a second one of there with pleasure.

Photo of StoutishDan
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up for just around $1.79 at Total Wine in Marietta, Ga. Definitely cheaper than I had anticipated, after hearing so much good stuff about this beer.

A - Super dar, stout like pour. I put a flashlight up to and saw a little bit of mahogany color. Very pretty, actually.

S - Picking up some roasted (almost burnt) malt notes. Slightly metallic and also rubbery. Maybe this one's getting old or something, the date...well crap, the date on the bottle is from about 2 months ago. Not sure if that makes a difference. Smells kind of like a bon fire.

T - Bitter hops up front tag-teaming with the molasses-like malt flavors. I'm eating a fire, here and someone dropped some bacon in there. Not as sweet as I'd hoped, actually has a slight salty taste.

O - It's definitely not one of those lagers or brown ales where you could down 3 or 4 of them. Unlike Chad from "Chad'z Beer Reviews" I could not drink too many of these. Maybe I'm just a sissy, calling myself "Stoutish Dan" and all. Psh! Pozer!

Photo of Sean9689
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with very little head, tan in color, into my nonic. Coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted nuts on the nose. Tastes of coffee, bitter chocolate, with a very faint kick of hops. Mouthfeel is medium, very nice rich/think, a nice and enjoyable feel. A good porter that I would drink again and could probably have a couple more after the first.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.67/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a very dark brown, almost black.

Smelled sweet and strong, with roasted malts, molasses, and raisin being most dominant.

Tastes less syrupy as the smell lead on. Quite sweet and rich. Roasted malts and chocolate are more dominant than the coffee. Can taste the alcohol and has a bit of smokey-ness at the end.

Would I buy it again? Maybe.

Photo of jsolack
3.67/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance:
Very dark brown... almost like chocolate syrup. Pours thick and head is a heavy dark tan.

Smell:
Smooth and creamy scent. Has a nice sweet smell.

Taste:
A rich and flavorful beer. A bit bitter in the finish. A hint of spice and a dark coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel:
Not as thick in mouth as I would expect but still a good feel.

Drinkability:
A full bodied beer. Strong flavor and bitter coffee like aftertaste is a little much for me.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours 2 fingers worth of a mocha head. Mostly black body, some mahagney around the edges. Good retention and lacing.

Sweet bready maltiness, toffee, light coffee and roast

Chocolate milk, coffee, light roast, toffee. A firm astringency come through, a dryness and twinge of mouth puckering tea bag like flavor.

Medium bodies, medium carbing. Fairly creamy that transitions into a dry astringency. I may not be describing this very good but this is my impression.

Overall this is good. Good look, smell and the base flavors are there and pleasant. It's this dry tea bag like astringency that detracts from the overall picture. I'd try this again, maybe it's a process issue.
$1.80 a single

Photo of Greggy
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pitch black color with 1 finger tan head that recedes into a small cap with minimal lacing after a minute or two.

S- Chocolate, coffee, green apple (odd?) and some cream

T- Starts out with an almost boozy character, with bits of caramel, chocolate, hints of dark fruits. The finish is mostly some deep caramel notes although dry.

M- Low carbonation. nice feel for a beer of this ABV

D- Overall, kind of a dissapointing offering. I expected quite a bit more from founders.

Photo of IsaacmanTX
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This a fairley pretty black (not quite a dark black), with good lacing for a 4oz taster. I very much enjoyed the chocolate foresmell/foretaste with a light vanilla/coffee bean taste. The hops are a little overpowering though. I would have expected a more balanced flavor, even with the prominent hop smells. Not a beer I would order after tasting, but decent none the less.

Photo of DrewOSU
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a coffee brown, with a brownish, grayish ½ inch head. Watery, carbonated, lacing on the side of the glass on initial pour.

S: Roasted malt and coffee nose. Nose is not overwhelming, but fair.

M/T: Medium, syrupy body that slides down the tongue. Roasted malt hit, followed by a carbonated sting and coffee flavors. Finishes earthy and malty, that takes over the whole tongue. Fairly balanced.

D: With a very high APV and a thick malty aftertaste, this beer is not session able, however the alcohol base is barely noticeable. Solid drinker.

Photo of mchegash
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4/5
Pours lushious chocolate-brown head, about 1 finger. Dissipates down to almost no head within a minute or so. Color is extremely dark, possibly black. When I hold up to bright light, can see some large particles floating around in the beer.

Smell - 3.9/5
Chocolate, hops, maybe some hints of coffee and/or other roasty flavors. Some sweet malts as well.

Taste - 3.5/5
Smoky, hoppy. Fairly sweet. I don't really feel like I can detect any of the chocolate or coffee in the taste. It seems dominated by the smokiness. Maybe a little bit of roastiness. Overall, the taste is more hoppy than I like my porters/stouts.

Mouthfeel - 3.7/5
High amount of medium intensity carbonation, which lasts throughout the sip, which is nice. Medium bodied. Crisp.

Overall - 3.6/5
Not a bad porter I just felt it was dominated by the smokiness and the hoppiness, and there wasn't much else that my palate detected. I would have like to see the cholocolate/roasty flavors come out more, and balance down the smokiness and the hoppiness.

Photo of Shrews
3.69/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served - Bottle poured into a Stein

Appearance
Dark pour with a slight 1/8 inch head that tapered off 15 seconds after pouring. Just a small amount of head remains on side of glass as you drink.

Smell
Rich, molasses, malty, almondy scent.

Taste
Can taste the molasses, coffee, chocolate, and malt flavor very well, however the taste of carbonation makes it seem a little flat.

Mouthfeel
Rich presence in your mouth. A nice warm feeling as you swallow. Slight carbonation.

Overall
A little bit underwhelming taste after a great smell. Not as rich as I had figured it would be. The chocolate after taste is excellent, however mine did seem a little flat.

Photo of turamarth
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served into my Tremens glass!

Appearance: The body of this porter is black as night. And, it devours any light that would even think about passing through the void. However, this beer has NO head. Even with a vigorous pour, only small, copper colored bubbles decided to join the party. Disappointing.

Nose: Malty, malty, and yep....malty! Typical chocolate malt notes mixed with some of the classic roasty notes are here in my nose! Though there is a nice twing of some hop brightness.

Taste: If it looks like a porter, and smells like a porter, and tastes like a porter...yes...by god its a porter! Again, the typical chocolate maltiness mixed with some good toasty and coffee notes. There is a nice amount of hopping, nobles or hallertau? Pretty tasty.

Mouth: First thing is a pretty bright carbonation. Coats the mouth nicely, but isn't terribly thick and uncomfortable.

Drink: Not a session due to the slightly higher abv, but still pretty drinkable.

Overall: A pretty typical porter in my opinion, I've had better, I've had worse. Cheers!

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

So Raul brought himself back a cornucopia of East Coast/Mid West goodies/shelf beers and Founders Porter it is gonna be on this one.

Blacker than my baby mama soul, and even a little tastier at that. I mean, Raul ain't tripping like that one time that he finally got to the center of the tootsie pop, but it's good enough. Raulsky done drank this damn thang at room texture to make sure that he got all of the textures, aromas and flavors - and it was par for the course.

A little lighter than Raul would have liked, but it's definitely a sinkable putt.

Photo of techfed87
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice mocha-colored head. Color is stark black as you would expect from a porter of this statute. Smell is a bit hoppier than I would expect a porter. Still a very dark malt scent on it, which is encouraging.

First sip is very well-rounded, turning out to be one of the bigger porters that I've had. Taste is dark and has many of the coffee/chocolate bitter qualities that make porter such a robust beer style that it is.

Mouthfeel is powerful without being over-powering. Aftertaste settles the beer nicely and confirms the overall smoothness.

Another great from Founders, try it sometime!

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Black pour. Big tightly, beaded head with a lovely creamy foam atop. Clingy lace. Great aroma of a mixture of roast and hops with underlying cocoa and vanilla. Light, oily texture. Very creamy. Upfront a good mixture of chocolate malt and hops. Tasteful roastiness,and more slick malts follow. Finish is sweet,with roasty notes, then lingering hop, chocolate, and mocha notes. Little under mid glass this has lost a little body. Overall though, a great mixture of hop, chocolate, and mocha flavors. Loses some points as the sweet taste was not there to complement the sweet aroma I picked up. Nice spotty lace all over the empty glass. Tasty stuff.

Photo of Cesarz
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is definitely NOT a porter. Its a nice beer but I would classify it as an Imperial Stout. Very rich malt, sweet, roastiness, coffee.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A decent porter from a good brewery. This little porter has a deep brown to black body and a nice tan head that creates lace down most of the glass.

The nose is malty with a good portion of coffee to add interest. In the flavor we also get a few choclate notes that liven the overall experience. The feel is exceptional for a porter with more than a little body. The drinkability is good since the flavor and body are nicely matched.

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 6,412 ratings.