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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,438 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,438
Hads: 6,558
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
Wants: 363
Gots: 1,173 | FT: 28
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: 1,438 | Hads: 6,558
Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting beer from Founders. I've never been so up an down in categories on any beer before!

The pour is great, super lacing and a black hue with flashes of brown on the sides, the head is a khaki color. Beautiful.

Smell is not so beautiful since I barely even get any aroma off this tapped beer at all. Roasted nuts, flutters of yeast...roasted malt and some chocolate maybe, just a very disappointing aroma from a super solid brewery.

Taste is a huge improvement in the smell. A Big fudgy beer with charred malt, hop bitters, and an overall trail mix like taste that all compliment each other.

Mouth is a little over carbonated for me and medium in feel. A mostly solid beer, I'm just surprised Founders would produce a beer with such a weak aroma and not awesome feel. (783 characters)

Photo of djkman
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

a - pours dark. you can maybe make a head if you our hard. dark. even the pour looks roasted.

s - ok here you can small the roast. hints of chocolate and coffee. not to my nose. but my nose is currently stuffed up. i smell the dark roast appeal.

t - ok here we go ..... nice dark taste. not heavy. not light just right for a porter. if you want porter this is it! no problem!

m - ok here is the deal. with stouts and porters sometimes i a drinking a beer milkshake. not here. IMHO good balance.

overall - U know in the 80's a polar vortex was called a COLD FRONT! . During these cold weather days this porter does the job. I drink it slow and enjoy it.

this is my review. (677 characters)

Photo of UA8
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours oily black with a huge Guinness esque head.

S- Scents of coffee and heavily roasted toffee malts. backed with a hint of coaled wood.

T- Leads and is dominated by a super smoky taste with a light charred malt backing.

M- Could be a bit heavier but meets the expectations of a solid porter.

D- I would only go for maybe one or two of these due to their very bold taste. (380 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a dark brown almost black color with a billowy dark tan head. The head is rather persistent and lasts quite awhile. Eventually when it fades, and when the glass is swirled, it leaves some nice lacing.

Smell – The nose is relatively mild, but contains some notes of chocolate and a bit of caramel and vanilla sweetness.

Taste – A nice sweet bready maltiness is the first to be tasted. Roasted barley and some chocolate work their way into the flavor toward the middle of the taste. At the very end ,it sweetens again this time with some chocolate and vanilla which round out the taste profile quite nicely.

Mouthfeel – A nice smooth yet relatively thick body. It coats the tongue but yet is still very east to drink. The carbonation is spot on enhancing the drinkability of the brew.

Overall – A nice porter with lots of deep roasty and chocolate flavors. One of the better and more affordable porters. (958 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Black, small head. Not off to a good start.

Smell: Mild sweetness with some coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Nice roasted sweetness, full mouthfeel. Dark chocolate flavor, and then a bit of smoked meat flavor shows up.

Overall: I had never tried this flagship from Founders so picked up a single. It was not old, but didn't quite hit the mark with me. The smoked meat flavor that showed up was interesting but not enough for me to rate this better than GL Edmund Fitz or others. (497 characters)

Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark, dark brown, almost black but not quite. Beautiful, long-lasting reddish mocha head that recedes to a collar with little lacing, although some legs.

S - Nice and very roasty, with a bit of chocolate. A hint of something like licorice that I just can't figure out.

T - A damn fine porter. Roasted malts dominate, with some subtle notes of chocolate and even a dash of hops. Definitely very malt forward.

M - Very smooth and creamy, nice carbonation lightens it up perfectly.

D - Great porter, but I've been spoiled by many others. As a regular offering its wonderful, and would pick up more often if a) it were regularly available in NYC and b) I was a fan of porters. (692 characters)

Photo of Sensaray
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a frothy robust brown head. Dark brown body. A bit of lace down the glass.

Smells of hops, chocolate, coffee. The chocolate is most notable to me. It smells very good.

The chocolate and roasted coffee come out first. The finish does have some hoppy bitterness to it, but is always kept at bay the sweet malt flavors im getting. Hop spice up front.

Mouthfeel is creamy medium to heavy body with a dry finish. Spiciness is present.

Overall this smelled really good but I wasn't really feeling it. Worth a try. (520 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Bottled Date of 02/10/12. Pours a rich black color wnith virtually no head. Very minimal lacing. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malts, earth and coffee. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, earth, roasted malts and smoke. Rich. Dark chocolate and roasted malt finish. Chewy mouthfeel. Overall this is a well-crafted porter. Worth having again. (358 characters)

Photo of hawks10
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint.

Pours dark, opaque and thick, looks much more like a stout than a porter. Even held up to the light, the color is still opaque. Very little, dark brown head, that quickly dissipates and leaves some lacing.

Smells very strongly of coffee and dark chocolate.

Taste is very similar to the smell, starts off with bitter dark chocolate with a cold, almost stale coffee finish. Thinner than expected as the pour made it seem like this would be a thicker/chewier beer.

Quite easy to drink overall but the taste didn't seem as balanced as I would like, and the stale coffee aftertaste is something I could do without. (647 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours black as a starless night...completely opaque with 1/2 thick dark tan head that recedes fairly quickly. Very nice.
S: Sweet roasted malt and dark chocolate. Straight-forward, but good.
T: Follows aroma well, but lacks the intensity that it was promising. Still above average for style.
M: Smooth with a hint of dry bitterness.
D: Quite drinkable. Not as complex as many brews, but good for style. (454 characters)

Photo of illpass78
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown that's very close to black. Short tan head. Some lacing.

Aroma: Surprisingly earthy and floral and hoppy for a porter. Also lots of chocolate and black coffee.

Taste: Nice hoppy, bitter taste with dark chocolate and burnt notes. Lots of black coffee bitterness. Pretty complex.

Mouthfeel: This is a sturdy, robust beer - it's a sipper despite moderate alcohol. Not heavy, but it's a very full-tasting beer. I paired it with chocolate. Wise move.

Overall: A really nice porter. For fans of the style and fans of good beer. (604 characters)

Photo of chasebrownyeah1
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Founders Porter ABV: 6.5

A: Pours a black coffee fluid with a tan head. The head of the beer takes up most of the glass and you have to wait a little bit for it to fall. Looks very appealing and after about 5-10 minutes it falls to a half inch head.

S: The smell is very malty with almost a coffee hint. Also, has kind of a sweet smell that lingers in the nose along with the other smells.

T: Taste like coffee beans, chocolate, and malts. leaves a bitter taste on the tongue along with the chocolate flavor.

M-D: the fluid in the mouth turns to foam almost instantly. However, it does go down the palate rather smoothly. Very thick consistency. Will have again, but I would have to have it with Wesbrownyeah. (713 characters)

Photo of smallbatchbrewer
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Founders is changing my life one batch at a time. They are becoming the new all around favorite in the sessions I have here.
A- Deep coffee color with chocolate milk colored head that has nice body but dissipates quickly

S- Nutty coffee breakfast in a bottle

T- Matches the smell to a tee. Also has a malty oak finish. Not too sweet, not too dry. I might have to get a 6er for just yours truly

M- Above average but not stellar. A little puckering from its bitterness.

D- Again, above average, a little dark for my usual session taste buds but like I said earlier, founders is proving to expand my pallet exponentially so I could give it a go (645 characters)

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

A- Pours a deep black with minimal head. Small lacing left from the head receding.

S- This brew is loaded with roasted malts and dark chocolate. There is a slight hoppiness in there and some cocoa powder.

T- Cocoa powder and roasted malts with a slight soapiness. There is a faint hoppy taste and a small bready character.

M- Medium to full bodied with pretty good carbonation. Regardless of the carbonation, the brew seems pretty smooth.

O- Pretty good beer all around. Not one flavor dominates and all seem to go good with each other. It just seems like it could have been a little stronger all around. (641 characters)

Photo of bskrtz
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 Ounce bottle served very cold in pint beer glass

A) Black paint. No color passes through. Short puffy beige helmet dissolves quickly to leave a lacy cover

S) Black licorice, mild hop spice, burnt bread, coriander

T) Burnt coffee, pure dark chocolate, raisons and cooked dark fruit.

M) Consistency of root beer. Ample carbonation, sticky, full bodied

O) A very good example of the classic English porter (411 characters)

Photo of ajm5108
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Surprisingly hoppy compared to a lot of porters out there. You get some roasted malt & bitter cocoa up front but then a punch of hops bitterness. A bit of a clash for my personal taste, but still a solid beer. Founders always makes well balanced brews so even if one or two notes are a bit unexpected they never overpower the rest of the beer. (346 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Black in color with no light penetration. Gorgeous 1 1/2 finger head that is made of uniform bubbles. The head lasts a long time - and is dense enough to reshape as you move the glass.

S: There is a smoked or charred smell. Like a charred hardwood. It almost smells like hickory smoked meat.

T: Smoke up front then again at the back. Slight mocha taste as it warms.

M: Dry feeling but goes down easily

O: The appearance on this one is amazing! If you handed this to me and said it was a smoked porter I would believe it. There is a lot of smoke essence in there. This one is good - but I wanted to love it and I am not there. (634 characters)

Photo of Optifron
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed 11/24/2012 from the bottle

Appearance: Dark, dark brown. Creamy brown head.
Aroma: Dark chocolate, smooth roastiness

Taste: Lots of dark chocolate, roasted bitterness. Very creamy.

Mouthfeel: Very silky, creamy feel. Really nice. Not overly thick (as in, not imperial stout kind of thick).

Overall: Mouthfeel is great. Nice head retention and lacing too, but too much roasted bitterness for me. Would like it a touch more balanced. (443 characters)

Photo of Damian
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. (355 ml) bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Bottled 03/03/12
Served in a pint glass

Deep brown/black appearance. A tight and bubbly, two-finger crop of mocha colored froth topped the liquid. The head was slow to fade. Thick, drippy blocks of lacing coated the glass.

The nose was rich and smooth. French roast coffee came through strong. Lots of deep, dark malts. Touch of powdered cocoa. Somewhat sweet with a creamy, milkiness.

Roasted malts dominated the flavor profile. Strong espresso notes. Bakers chocolate was noticeable as well. Smoke and charred wood came through in the center. The finish was super dry and and quite ashy. It was also crisp and bitter with a fair dose of piney hops. As the beer warmed, the bitter, burnt wood notes turned somewhat acrid.

The mouthfeel was fairly average. Medium bodied with a moderate effervescence. For a 6.5% ABV porter, it was a touch thinner than I was anticipating. As the beer warmed, the carbonation settled down and the beer became a bit slicker and creamier on the palate.

Founders Porter could be a fantastic beer if not for the acrid notes on the finish. Beers like this one are not really meant to be cellared, but perhaps a bit of age could do it some good. (1,260 characters)

Photo of beachbum1975
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DrewOSU, newtonty and I decided to make an impulse beer run to Dayton, Ohio last Friday night. Among the gems we picked up, I snagged a couple singles of these. I never saw this beer from Founders, so needless to say - I must try it!

The 12 ounce brown bottle has a gorgeous, dark renaissance-style portrait of a woman wearing a feathered cap. No freshness date on the bottle, but I know it was a recent delivery at Belmont Party Supply.

Pours a cloudy dark brown with a ½ inch dark, mocha head with great, stringy lacing on the side of my imperial pint glass. The head has nice, creamy and textured craters.

Light nose with a mix of heavily roasted malts, caramel and hints of dry and unsweetened baker's chocolate. A slight, earthy hops presence exists, as well.

Medium bodied and medium flavor with high carbonation throughout. Predominant flavor is chocolate and heavily roasted malts. The same, dry/unsweetened baker's chocolate follows through. Finishes semi-dry with a floral hop, almost bitter finish.

This is a nice example of an American porter. Nothing fantastic or awe inspiring, but solid and enjoyable, none the less. (1,137 characters)

Photo of ryanmextorf
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Overall one of the better porters out there but I am just not the biggest fan of the style. Certainly not a knock against Founders as the beer is still very enjoyable. The mouthfeel is just a little to thin and carbonated and overall its a little "roasty" for me. Still nice to drink on a cold snowy night! (306 characters)

Photo of BrownNut
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 4.5 - Black with a very nice, thick, textured, enduring tan head.

S - 3.75 - Light coffee + a little roasty malt.

T - 3.75 - It has a less robust taste and mouthfeel than the aroma suggests. Moderately roasty malt. Somewhat bitter coffee. Just barely metallic. The moderately bitter coffee note lingers afterwards, almost on the edge of chocolate.

M - 3.5 - Lighter bodied than expected. South of medium. This makes it pretty drinkable but also

O - 4.0 - It's a nice beer and well made. Porters have never quite popped for me, and it's hard to see how this one gets such acclaim. Quality and craftsmanship, I definitely see. Outstandingness, not so much. Maybe it's a limitation of the style from my perspective. It just comes across as something that wishes it were a stout. (786 characters)

Photo of Klym
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stone nonic.

A: Black with a brown sugar colored head and curtain lacing that dissipates quickly.

S: Chocolate, graham cracker, soggy wood, coffee, lactosse-heavy mochaish smell and a touch of leather.

T: Initial taste is sweet with a mochaish chocolate taste, but quickly turns into a leather shoelace/graham cracker taste with a finish that has a little coffee bite in the end. Sweetness is tamed by leather tastes in this one.

M: Full bodied for a porter. Good carb and some syrupy creaminess.

O: Not bad, but I wished this beer would decide to go for the hard tobacco/leather route or the sweetroute instead of riding a bizarre middle. Won't reach for this again but glad to have tried it. Good thrown in to send or receive. (748 characters)

Photo of stephens101
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The thin dark tan head dissipates quickly with no residual lace to speak of. Pure black core with dark brown edges when held to the light.

Some malt sweetness is noticed initially to the nose, followed by some almond nuttiness and mocha. Taste is more involved than the smell with a big malt sweetness, cocoa and a nice smokey graininess up front. Licorice and faint hops bring up the rear.

Almost heavy mouth-feel with a super-creamy core but a little dry at the edges which helps with the drinkability. A very faint alcohol heat exists in the aftertaste.

Perfect Porter for this winter's eve. (599 characters)

Photo of numinorian
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer is opaque black, and very thick like oil. The head is a bit thin and comes with a nice dark color. Small sticky bubbles of lace coat the glass. This is just as the stile should be.

S A nose medium in strength. Notes of oats and slight over ripe bananna.

T Thick, smokey flavor. Stings the back with a slight hopp. Notes of coffee, unsweetened coco and slight overripe fruit.

MF Thick and full, not to overpowering, but a smooth sipper

Drinkability is a bit easier than most porters. An easy going sipper.

Overall this is a beautiful brew to be enjoyed arter a good hearty meal. It hitts the style well, and Founders has yet to let me down. This does not quite live up to the world famous kentucky breakfast, but that does not subtract from this enjoyable porter. (774 characters)

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,438 ratings.