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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: 6,551
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
Wants: 360
Gots: 1,167 | 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: 6,551
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 Act25
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Founders always seems to be on the podium.

Offers a creamy malt feel with spicy, peppery American hop finish.

A Just like a stout. Dark tan head, fades too fast but laces to the extreme.
S Feel like I am in Dublin between the peat, roasted coffee, tea-room, the salt Liffey wharves, and Guinness brewery. Complex, earthy, old wood, with grass, pine, pepper in the finish.

T Coffee dominant, followed by roast coffee, brewery, old wharf wood, cedar. then bit of cocoa and sweeter notes mixing with the peppery hay of the hops. Complex and better as she warms.

F The sweet body, dries to a powdery finish. Almost a bitter sweet, baker chocolate feel. A dry chalky finale. Again complex and a great beer to finish the evening, great in the winter half.

Must try. (771 characters)

Photo of flipper2gv
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a bit darker than expected from a porter. Almost pitch black with mocha head with decent amount of lacing. Retention is ok.

S: It does smell like a typical porter though. You get milk chocolate, some very sweet coffee notes, a tiny bit of cigar and leather. There is not much of a strong roasted smell in this. This seems like a very sweet, easy to drink porter.

T: Oh boy, you do feel the hoppiness quite well in this. 45 IBU is most definitely above average for a porter. The beer is a strong milk chocolate bomb. Quite sweet, with a good amount of leahter, pepper, cigar smoke and vanilla. Almost seems like it was bourbon aged, even though it's not. It all get together with the resinous hops that cuts the beer. Really great stuff.

M: A bit too sticky for my taste in a porter, but still very decent. I usually like a silky smooth porter, but whatever.

O: I think we have a winner here. Although it doesn't feel really great, it is still a very good beer that is worthy of the praise it gets and should be tried by all porter lovers. (1,051 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Need a re-review, but had on tap:
Dark brown towards black with minimal head or apparent carbonation.
Nose is dark roasted coffee, tobacco, and even some smokiness-this component almost smells a bit like a Slim Jim.
Taste interests me more with the smokiness than the other flavors that are more prevalent: tobacco, astringent coffee, some chocolate.
Feel is quite smooth, but carbonation missing from sight is present. Medium body.
Enjoyed this beer, but was stealing sips to do this review. Definitely need another shot at this one to mail it down more. (557 characters)

Photo of BradenMK
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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. (1,732 characters)

Photo of kim_thayil
4.75/5  rDev +12%

I realized a few years ago that porters and stouts are my thing. Been trying all kinds from the singles aisle in my local liquor store ever since. I somehow just got around to Founder's Porter and it's so good that it made me start an account here just to talk about it.

I don't know how to talk in fancy beer talk (I'm a scotch drinker too and have the same problem with scotch-talk) but this seems like everything the style should be. The mouth feel, the taste, everything.

Excellent, excellent beer. I can't say enough about it. (537 characters)

Photo of ob_carr
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

This beer is bite-your-knuckle sexy, just as the bottle claims. It has a dark, dark brown body close to a muddy black and a short-lived but beautiful head the color of a cup of coffee with 1 cream that disappears right before you've been able to fully appreciate it. It's silky smooth, but not thick, and subtly sweet with a killer, sticky and slightly bitter finish and an aftertaste that gently nibbles at your conscience. It's like eating a tiny piece of mildly dark chocolate and no more. It's like a tauntingly gentle kiss on the lips from your high school crush who's also wearing the perfect, creamy chocolate lip-gloss and (for some reason) holding an open cup of coffee beans and standing in a dewy field. Every time I have one, my eyes pop out like Eddie Valiant ogling Jessica Rabbit then settle back in as the potent but manageable 6.5% ABV washes over. (866 characters)

Photo of Carolvs
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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). (318 characters)

Photo of REGreenBTRB
4.62/5  rDev +9%

Bottles on 05/08/14. Poured into a snifter.

A:4.75 - Beautiful beer! Pours VERY dark, you can't see any light through it. A dark tan, creamy head sits nicely on top, maybe about one finger. It leaves a little lacing.

S: 4.5 - A delicious smelling beer, it has a dark roasted malt scent backed up by some dark chocolate and hints of coffee.

T: 4.5 - The smell prepares you quite nicely for the taste. It's all there; the roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel. It's awesome.

M: 4.75 - Not too thin like some porters I have had. This seems like the perfect medium between a porter and a stout. There's a creaminess to it that you don't get with other porters, but not as "thick" as some of the stouts. Very smooth, very drinkable, very nice.

O: 4.62 - This is the best porter I've had to date. Thank god Founders distributes to Arkansas - they make some awesome stuff. Just as the label states, this is dark, rich and sexy. Very sexy. The Kate Upton of porters. (975 characters)

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Nothing flashy about this one--just simply amazing. Roasty, pitch black, a little smoke and/or leather. Incredible mouthfeel. This is really a stout, IMO, but who cares? (170 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

From notes on 10/3/2013

Mmmm. Pours from a bottle with minimal head. Smells like roast coffee, chocolate, and toffee. Great, chocolate, vanilla, roast taste. This is really good. (179 characters)

Photo of mpbenr
4.75/5  rDev +12%

This is truly the standard in Coffee Porters. Slight tan head resting atop a deep brown body. Pours smooth, notable coffee aroma. Rich Mocha flavor, slight carbonation - perhaps more than many such stouts and porters. Rich mouthfeel and lingering sweetness. (258 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Holy freaking crap, I get to try this courtesy of the former BeerKangaroo and currently HighDesertDrinker (I so want to meet this highdesertdrinker guy)

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was mainly a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within a minute and leaving a slight spider web slim lacing here and there.
The smell was mainly roasty with a fine black coffee sort of eloquently aromatic fine toothed sort of way.
The taste was roasty and just a tad of sweet with a fine toothed coffee toned aftertaste and finish.
The mouthfeel was mainly smooth, somewhat roasty and refined in the chocolate/maybe more or less sort of cocoa sort of way.
Overall, I really like this porter, so glad I finally got to try a Founders brew courtesy of a few peeps, but hey I'm not arguing as I have no idea if I'll ever get to try this again. So good and so would love to have again. (945 characters)

Photo of sheeley
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

Appearance: Dark, heavy, and thick when poured. Looks beautiful with a dark, creamy head.
Smell: Smells of malt, some coffee, and oats.
Taste: Very strong coffee flavors. Notes of malt and oatmeal. Quite dark and creamy.
Overall, very pleasant. As a stout fan, this beer is a very solid choice. Compare to Sierra Nevada Stout. Very much enjoy this beer, but it was not a standout compared to some of my favorites. (416 characters)

Photo of Roxie_B
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Appearance: No head whatsoever. Pitch black.
Smell: Coffee, roasted malts, wood, dark fruit and a hint of floral.
Taste: Roasted malts up front, coffee, and walnuts/pecans, chocolate on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Lively but thick despite the lack of carbonation.
Overall: Not bad. (278 characters)

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holy cannoli ravioli! This beer is a blast of complex flavors. What I get from it is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and hops.

The appearance of this beer is outstanding. Pitch black! The smell is quite good for this style, and the taste is well balanced.

This isn't my type of beer. The people that I can imagine loving this beer are coffee drinkers, smokers, lumberjacks, people with thick beards, and unicyclists. This is the sort of beer you'd drink with a cigarette in the other hand , a donut (it would probably pair well with certain desserts), or an axe (psychopaths are not welcome to have this drink with an axe. no sir.)

I certainly could not drink more than one of these. It is so strong with its taste/flavor that I can still taste the roasted coffee even minutes after my last sip. Even Juan Valdez would think this coffee is strong.

This is certainly interesting! I haven't had a lot of porters but I can't imagine there being one better than this. Again, this isn't my style and I can't say that I really enjoy this beer, but you have to respect greatness. This beer is expertly crafted! If you are into the sort of flavor profiles listed above, this might be your new favorite drink! Coffee that gets you drunk. haha. (1,240 characters)

Photo of gunnerlincoln
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This has clearly become my favorite porter over the past few years. The first time I had this porter was from a bottle and I fell in love instantly.

When I learned that my local distributor carried 1/4 barrels all year long I switched to the porter on tap. What a wonderful difference...on tap it is very creamy, smooth, and tasty with a thick, foamy head that leaves you with a beer mustache. Wonderful blend of coffee and chocolate hits you right away with a noticeable hop kick on the back end.

Founder's hits another home run with this delicious brew. You will not be disappointed! (587 characters)

Photo of Johnwf110
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one great beer! I will purchase this brew often. The color and taste are something that I remember from drinking this style of beer in the past. you can find it in some but not all beer stores in NJ. I look forward to drinking the other founders beer. (259 characters)

Photo of slym
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This tastes exactly like coffee to me. That isn't a bad thing, I am just not picking up anything else. Add cream & sugar & I'd be having this with my breakfast tomorrow morning. Maybe leave out the cream and make an ice out of that.

Overall, a good porter & a really good beer - but there are better for the money IMHO. (320 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never actually had the Founder's Porter before today. Here goes:

A: OK, nothing special, though. The beer is dark and completely opaque; no light gets through. The lacing is adequate. The only problem I had with this beer was that the head was practically nonexistent.

S: I love it! Obvious presence of lactose sugar and milk. There's also a significant presence of burnt malt, and this imparts a mild coffee smell. No hops are apparent.

T: Very good. Great roasted coffee taste. The heavily-kilned malt imparts a coffee flavor, but it isn't as overbearing as in other stouts. The presence of lactose sugar also softens the burnt malt somewhat. In conclusion, while there's a significant presence of burnt malt, the harshness is mitigated by the presence of lactose sugar.

M: Nice. Thick and creamy. It glides down the throat with little resistance.

O: A very pleasant, well-balanced porter. The coffee taste isn't overbearingly bitter owing to the milkiness imparted by the lactose. Will try again. (1,004 characters)

Photo of Lordhelmit
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Just about jet black. Poured looking like oil or syrup. Thin, non-persistent dark tan head and quickly fading lace

S - Sweet and roasted nut. Maybe some spice somewhere in there. Some coffee notes as well.

T - Pretty good. Taste like a good dark chocolate mixed with roasted...something. I don't want to say roasted nut again but pretty much. Starts off as a burst of dark chocolate and finishes nice and bitter. Burnt dark chocolate is the best way I can describe it.

M - Not much to say. Medium bodied, average carbonation. Pretty drinkable.

O - Overall this is a good porter. A tad bit too bitter for my liking, but still real good. Reminds me very much of Guinness Extra Stout. (690 characters)

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. (536 characters)

Photo of cervezango
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

black as night with a reddish brown head. smells like scotch, but also some black licorice and mild sweetness. the carbonation is really nice, more refreshing than most porters, not too sticky or too sweet. this is great. some woody flavors subtle grape and root beer as well. (276 characters)

Photo of StLeasy
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours thick, but an aggressive pour yields a lot of tan head. Deep black.

S- Roast, a little fruity notes. Roast comes out more as it warms.

T- Roast, some tangy hops, more roast. Delicious and what I expect in a porter.

M- Not to thick, not too light. My standard for the style.

O- My favorite porter. Very affordable, very available, very easy-drinking, very rich and flavorful. Cheers (394 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5/16/2014 at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of roasted malt
Head average (4 cm), light brown, creamy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm ring
Lacing good – broken wide rings with small bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor begins with roasted malt bitterness, slowly changing to a light chocolaty sweetness; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, lively carbonation

A very good porter, a little up the spectrum toward stouts. (456 characters)

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