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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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95
world-class

5,424 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,424
Reviews: 1,332
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 255
Gots: 558 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No absence of hops gives Founders' robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect.

45 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2003)
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Photo of ATPete
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

12oz bottle

Pours a very deep brown almost black color with a large creeper of a brown head. Lots of sticking and a good spongy consistency. Semi sweet dark malt in the nose, the obvious notes of chocolate and coffee, creamy with toffee, molasses and pretzel bread detected. Salty and decently bitter, it is 45 IBU... Nice malt character, lots of layer to the flavor, good balance is achieved through out the bright carbonation allows the hops and bitter chocolate notes to shine through. Medium bodied, nice aftertaste, session-able.

ATPete, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of bjoyce12
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%

Nice brew. Bottle states the Founders Porter is a "sleek, sexy, and sultry" ale. So true. Nothing better than truth in advertising. Pours dark and inky, almost stout like, but taste is true Porter. Smooth, creamy, nice chocolate and roasted coffee overtones, not overdone but not subtle either. All this with only a 5.1% ABV is pretty remarkable. Better porters than this are few and far between; this one's a keeper.

bjoyce12, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of Beerasaurus
5/5  rDev +17.6%

A: Poured a beautiful inky-black color with a dark cherry colored one-finger head. Left a slight amount of lace in the glass.

S: roasted coffee and dark chocolate

T: Roasted coffee, with hints of dark chocolate, slight sweetness and a smattering of hoppiness

M: Rich, smooth, creamy goodness

D: One of my favorite porters, unfortunately not available in my area!

Beerasaurus, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of timmay41
4.25/5  rDev 0%

A: Had one of the first pours after the keg was put on, so it poured like a big stout--incredible definition in the line between dark liquid and head. That head was a two-finger thick grayish brown, thick and creamy with a few carbonation bubbles perched atop. Thick, crusty lacing.

S: Roasted coffee and sweet notes tickle the nose, along with scents of vanilla ice cream and fresh Cheerios. A little alcohol slips in at the end but is gone after a few sips.

T: Simply amazing. Ultimately sweeter than the Breakfast Stout--less "coffee with extra cream and sugar" bitterness and more a combination of dark chocolate, cinnamon, ripened cherries, and Coca-Puffs. (Note: the bready/cereal-like scent and texture to this beer is inspiring these comparisons; I didn't just eat breakfast). A meandering roasted malt aftertaste.

M: The accomplice to the big time taste: rich, smooth, and delightful. Just a little carbonation bite. Well textured. Clings to the back of the throat.

D: Thoroughly enjoyable. My only fear is that this beer doesn't expand the palette; it takes the palette hostage. Someone offers you a porter and only the Founders becomes acceptable. But then again, is that a bad thing?

timmay41, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of cadizkyguy
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%

Poured into pint glass from refrigerator temperature bottle, and the pour left a three inch malty head that dissipates to a half inch head within minutes of the initial pour. I figure it's too cold to take a first taste, since it was a chilled bottle and i figure to get the best taste as it starts to warm. But the Smell is magical. The appearance and smell are perfect 5.0s, it's that wonderful....
The first taste is simply mind blowing with burnt chocolate overtones. In fact, I taste more chocolate in this brew than I found in Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Go figure. I could drink this one all night. I probably should wait for this one to warm up before consuming but the anticipation is killing me, so I indulge. Wow ! When I visited The Liquor Stop in Highland, IN on a recent roadtrip, I had the opportunity to purchase several Founder's brews -- Breakfast Stout, Double Trouble, etc. -- but I was glad I purchased the Founder's Porter because it's a wonderful concoction. I will gladly buy again. If you have the chance to try this Founder's offering, I say go for it.

cadizkyguy, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

12oz bottle poured into a pint

I can tell this is going to be a good one as soon as I popped the cap. The bottle says, "Dark, Rich, and Sexy." Just like I like my porters....and women.

Pours a viscous ink black with a late rising cocoa brown head. A rather aggressive pour, but the head rose to a full two fingers and subsided slowly. A thick, frothy head that left some sheets of lacing.

Dried dark cherries lay subtly against a deep roasted (almost burnt) coffee aroma. Huge bitterseet belgian chocolate in the nose too.

Sure this is a porter? Wow. Roasted coffee beans, bittersweet dark chocolate, nuts, and dried cherries that finish with a dry, bitter kick. Fruity esters do a good job at hiding the booze. No off-flavors here, just a straightforward robust porter that can hang with some of the best.

Creamy and full bodied. This is a big porter, it really fills the mouth and leaves an oil slick in its wake. At first, I thought it was a little watery, but as it warmed, it became extremely enjoyable.

A manageable abv, a smooth, creamy mouthfeel, with big, bold flavors make this guy a sipper. Easy to enjoy.

ColForbinBC, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%

This is one of the better porters i've had. It's very well balanced and quite tasty. Thanks to wvbeergeek for this brew via trade.

According to the bottle (i like their designs) this beer is brewed with love. I can taste it!

Had this 3rd in the flight, so it warmed up nicely before we cracked it.
Black with little transparency, even through the edges.

Getting some nice cocoa, coffee, roasty malt, the usual porter aromas. Nothing is off, missing, or overpowering.

Taste is of the above, with a bit of emphasis on the roast. It's creamy smooth and the abv is just right for a session drinker. It's a meal in itself!

SurlyDuff, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of Klgkenny
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%

A dark dark brown or black body supports a thin mocha/khaki head which slowly dissipates to a scum of tasty bubbles which guards the surface of this tasty beverage.

A nutty, creamy aroma of bitter chocolate and weak coffee. Not unpleasant, but I would love for it to be bigger.

A faint sweetness gives way to the aforementioned cacao and coffee. Very pleasant. I would love to see an imperial version of this. It seems like a younger version of terrapin's wake and bake. Very nice breakfast porter... Wait??? This IS a porter???...

I know that there have been complaints about this being thin and watery, but for a porter, this is creamy, thick, and beautiful. If this were a stout, it would be thin, but for a PORTER? Freakin' awesome! And where is the booze?

I could drink this all winter long. Not too much alcohol, great taste, not too filling. Again, freakin' awesome!

Klgkenny, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coffee, chocolate and smoky roasted malts, with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very malty with strong & smoky flavors of black coffee, milk chocolate and dark fruits. There's just the right amount of sweetness and a mild but complimentary hops presence. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is very nice porter to drink for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%

Bottle label says 6.5% ABV - Pours a beautiful pitch black with just a twinge of red highlights and a thick frothy caramel colored one inch head. Thick heavy lacing paints the glass. Smells of coocolate, coffee and rich dark roasted malts rule the nose. First sip is mostly coffee and chocolate combined with a prevalent nuttiness. The coffee bitterness is from start to finish. A creamy mouthfeel is welcomed but it does seem a little to the thin side.

ATLbeerDog, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of Viggo
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%

12 oz bottle picked up at Founders a couple months ago.

Pours a deep and opaque dark brown, no light gets through, very dark brown head forms, chocolate milk coloured, settles to a very thick layer, great retention, drops some lines of lacing on the glass. Smell is nice, quite sweet, brown sugar and caramel, light chocolate milk, espresso roast, raisins, toast and biscuit, a bit chaulky, some light fruity sweetness, not as roasty as I like my porters but still smells dope. Taste is great, all sorts of flavours at once, chocolate milk and molasses, big roastiness, coffee, raisins, berry sweetness, brown sugar and caramel, buttered toast in the finish, light lacto sweetness in the finish, quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly oily, with medium carbonation, pretty smooth stuff, great flavour.

Viggo, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of RustyDiamond
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

6.5% ABV listed on neck. Purchased last weekend somewhere in NC. Pours very rich, dark brown/black with a finger of tan froth. One of the darker porters I've seen. Aromas of Nestle Quik powder.
Big, rich flavor of cocoa powder and hops. Very silky at first, then comes a soft bite of bitterness. Nice hop flavor yet very balanced. Dry, somewhat bitter lingering finish. Again, big flavor for the style...I like it.

RustyDiamond, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of webmanspidey
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

Bottle.

Dark brownish black with light foamy lace on top.
A sweet raisin-like smell..

Thick and creamy chocolate and coffee flavors abound.

Not overly strong... very pleasant and drinkable.

This is not the "extreme" type of beer I have become used to, but a well balanced and drinkable dark porter. In any case I enjoyed it.

webmanspidey, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of DIM
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

a: This was a very dark brown, no highlights. It poured with a thick, dark mocha colored head.

s: Almost charred malts that smelled of coffee and a little cocoa. Smells good, but not very porter-like.

t: Tasty, but very strange for a porter. Dark, roasty malts that remind me of espresso. There is also a hint of chocolate and something almost cream flavored here.

m: Big bodied and creamy. Again, this is a porter?

d: I like this a lot, but I wonder how many people would identify this as a porter in a blind tasting?

DIM, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of CrellMoset
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

Founders Porter from City Beverage in Winston Salem, NC. Poured into a 12 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a thick, black, oily-looking body, darker even than most porters, with a half-to-three-fourth-finger tan head of average to perhaps even above-average retention for a porter. Darker than tan, perhaps - more of a cocoa, maybe, solid and creamy-looking. A solid start.

Aroma: Sweet, thick malts, heavily toasted, with faint flourishes of toast, definite coffee, slightly fainter cocoa, a few char-like notes. It's smooth on the whole, pleasant and well-blended.

Taste: Very flavorful. About equal parts coffee and rich, bitter chocolate lend a very decadent latte-esque overtone to this brew, with definite milky notes cutting through a lot of the heavily toasted astringencies. There's also just an absolute metric tonnage of spare toasted malt notes, dark but not black, faintly smoky but not charred, and a light, crisp balancing bitterness and faintly herbal hop flourishes, fading a little bit in the end, though very strong up front. Perfectly stylistically accurate, and very high on the flavor quotient.

Mouthfeel: Wonderfully milky smooth, with a moderate, understated carbonation in a thick body that gives that definite "milkshake" vibe. Unevens a little as it warms and thins out, but this is still a very pleasant feeling beer, not too thick in a cloying way, but plenty thick in a nice, rich, opulent way.

Drinkability: Founders has yet to disappoint me with anything (though they came close with the dry-hopped pale ale), and this one keeps the trend alive. An incredibly rich, sweet porter, though with plenty of balancing bitter astringencies and a slight, pleasant hop presence, this one has practically no alcohol, and as such ranks very high on the drinkability scale. One of my favorite porters to date. Definitely recommended.

CrellMoset, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of eyncognito
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours black with a dark-brown tint when held up to the light, a beautiful light-brown, 1/4" head forms in my Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip glass. Aroma is expected-roasted and chocolate malt dominate the nose, hints of cocoa and earthy aromas.

Taste is roasty, coffee, burnt caramel, hints of dried fruit (apricot maybe?) and a clean bitter finish. Note for note, everything a porter should be. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not too heavy which would push it into the stout porter territory, slightly dry with light carbonation.

Highly drinkable and recommended. A near perfect porter-it seems that some people are under the impression that porters should be extreme-I can understand a hopped up porter (I'm looking at you Alpha Klaus you tasty devil), but I can't understand the grain bill being upped-doesn't that make it more of a Stout Porter. Regardless, this is a near perfect porter. As Kurt Vonnegut said time and again, "if this isn't good, I don't know what is."

eyncognito, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of Shumista
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

Shumista, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev -4%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick texture. There was a half inch of tan-colored head and some good lacing.

S: Smelled of coffee, chocolate and malt.

T: A nicely done flavor of coffee and chocolate up front and malt and hops going down. Balanced and tasty.

M: A well carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Like most Founders beers, this is a drinkable, well-constructed beer with a lot of character.

avalon07, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of tittymcj
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%

Poured out a dark, thick black. Creamy, tan head that dissipates quickly and some very light, minimal lacing.

Smells like very bland bitter baking chocolate, and some sweet dark malt.

Tastes very much like cocoa powder and the bitter baking chocolate. There is a slight musty-ness to it as well.

Medium-light body. Goes down very smoothly with little carbonation, and some sweet/bitter chocolate taste lingering behind.

Decent drinkability. Not too heavy or overpowering. Very smooth and tasty.

tittymcj, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of Jayli
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%

This beer poured an opaque black with a nice dark tan foamy head that left thick lacing as it subsided. An aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee are present. The initial flavors are of coffee and malts with slight chocolate. The chocolate flavor is more present on the finish, as well as a bit of a bitter finish from hops. The body was light to medium bodied with slight creaminess on the tongue. The Founder's Porter is beyond reminiscent of their Breakfast Stout, which is by and far one of my favorite beers. I'm hard pressed to find much of a difference - but both will be welcomed in my house.

Jayli, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
4.25/5  rDev 0%

My god, this pours like an imperial stout. From the thickness to the color and texture of the head. Even how the head slowly forms from the bottom reminds me of an Imperial stout. Gorgeous looking beer. 2 finger thick and creamy tan head with nice retention . Black thick looking beer. The head does eventually settle to a firm tan cap and there is plenty of sticky lacing.

Aroma is a touch musty with some cocoa powder. Light spice nature as well.

Flavor is fantastic. I immediately thought nice dark chocolate. Then some notes of coffee. A touch of mineral flavor at the end. A bitterness lingers, but it appears to be more from the malts vs. hops.. A real dark roasted flavor.

Creamy and silky mouth feel. Very nice.

Really enjoyable and drinkable... I like this one....

Reagan1984, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of Yesac
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%

Thanks to jwinship83 for the trade.

A - Solid black in color. Small fading brown head with nice even lacing on the glass.

S - Earthy oaked tones with a dry malt aroma.

T - Along with the smell, earth oaked characteristics with a slightly smokey/java dry finish.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, not sticky on the palate.

D - Easy drinker, low ABV. Little to much on the oaky/java side of things for me.

Yesac, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of Mauerhan
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%

got one of these from the black booty bif, and boy am i happy i did. label says dark rich AND sexy. lets see how honest you are.

pours pitch black with a smidgeon of dark mocha head. not really super impressed by the head but damn this beer is dark. some lacing puts up a good fight

smell is rich. very robust. coffee tones. but thats all i really get. coffee. hrmm roasty goodness. semi sweet with a nice bitterness at the tail end. good taste.

medium bodied with a noticeable amount of carbonation. leaves the mouth a bit dry.

a nice porter. im happy that i have another one waiting for me in the fridge.

taste is good. some coffee, a nice malty backbone.

Mauerhan, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of beermanbrian
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

beermanbrian, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours black with a thin brown head that decends to wisps, leaving spots of lacing. Very dark, but a bit lacking in retention/lacing.

The smell is of coffee, chocolate, smoky/roasty a but nutty and toffeeish with earthy, even citric, bitterness. A dark malt aroma with a hop backing and roast/ash.

The taste is rich - roasty/ashy with coffee and sweet chocolate. There is a bittering and roasty balance. There's a touch of astringency and some alcohol in the taste. My bottle says 6.5 abv and while not overwhelming, it shows. It finishes warm and dry. Not crazy about the aftertaste.

Reaches full-bodied, but not overly thick. A bit solvent. Sharp though with some creaminess. I had two bottles - the first of which I let warm longer before drinking. It had a bit of a fuller body, though neither one convinced me to push the score of the mouthfeel higher.

It is rich and dark with a nice balancing bitterness to the sweetness. It has a great aroma. Drinkable - but alcohol shows and something of a cardboard-ish coffee aftertaste lingers.

Bottom line - A rich American porter with a great aroma. I liked it much, though not too crazy about the aftertaste. Drinkable, though only borderline "sessionable", esp. with richness, alcohol of 6.5 showing a bit, and not the greatest of aftertastes. Still, a nice example of a rich American porter!

jwc215, Feb 05, 2009
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,424 ratings.