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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

Founders PorterFounders Porter

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world-class

4,624 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4624
Reviews: 1285
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%


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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NoLiberty

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep silky black color, like liquid coal; really nice. A soft, frothy, but light head perks up just on top of the beer for a low cap with small but sticky lacing.

The aroma is a really nice blend of warm, earthy and burnt notes. A wonderful balance of roasted malt, subtle caramel, espresso, and dark chocolate. Almost has Belgian stout qualities. A warm alcohol underneath brings all the aromatics to a nice peak. Absolutely stronger than a standard porter, but I guess isn't quite a Baltic.

Mildly sweet up front with light dried fruit notes, followed by slightly coffee-chocolate flavors that moves to bitter roasted and finishes with a slight tinging hop linger. The body is light but very viscous, moving actively around the mouth carrying and amplifying the flavors.

A really nice drinking beer with good strong flavors but so well married that I could definitely sip on a few of these in a night.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 04:05:58 | More by NoLiberty
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cameraman

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown color, with a soft caramel colored head forms on top. That laces slowly down to a eighth of an inch and staying there for some time. A roasty aroma at the front, with dark chocolate and sweet maltiness, with a touch of coffee. The roasted malt hits the palate at first taste, with amild coffee taste. That is followed by a grassy bitterness and slight tobbaco flavor. arich full bodied feel, and it smoothly rolls across the palate. The backend finishes dry, but not to overbearing. This is a really good porter, a great flavor and hearty, rich mouthfeel, along with an intising aroma, make this porter to desire year around.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 03:54:11 | More by cameraman
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msolar

Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a small head that fades into an even and minimal lacing. The aroma has strong coffee notes with a hint of chocolate. The flavor is almost the opposite - predominant chocolate notes with a hint of espresso. It's amazing - and gives their Breakfast Stout a run for the money. Minimal carbonation and a very balanced beer (sweet for a porter) make this a very drinkable beer.

I'd probably buy this over the Breakfast stout since it was (I think) $12 for 6, vs. $14 for 4 breakfast stouts. I'd very highly recommend this beer.

*It's going to be difficult to save a couple bottles for my beer-buddies!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 02:13:14 | More by msolar
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hawks10

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 04:16:20 | More by hawks10
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dukedevil0

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as a single bottle at Archer Liquors in Chicago, IL.

A: Pours dark black with a dark khaki colored head. Looks like a stout! Good lacing on the glass

S: Smells like a great blend of chocolate and coffee.

T: Flavors are similar to the smell, but not as intense. Some bready/yeasty flavor in there too.

M: A little thinner than I expected but still coats the palate, probably why it's a porter. I feel there is way too much carbonation though, but it gets better as it warms.

D: It gets better as it warms, but it's not something I would keep stocked.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 04:09:10 | More by dukedevil0
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albern

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This porter is so creamy that it borders on a milk stout. It pours an inky black color, and it is thick coming out of the bottle. There is a dark head to the beer that doesn't retain that well. It does lace around the glass. The nose is a coffee lovers delight. This is mocha, dark roasted coffee, chocolate and roasted and charred grains.

The taste is in line with the nose, although there is more complexity beyond the coffee notes. The beer is low carbonation, silky smooth, charred, roasted dark malts, some chocolate, and of course the dark roasted coffee flavors. There is a touch of leafy hop in there but to keep the beer honest, but the modus operandi of this beer is the silky smoothness and low ABV. This beer is a very delightful creamy porter that leaves an oily feel in the mouth and deep roasted chocolatey aftertaste.

Update 12-2010: There is a slight cocoa powder, chalkiness in the background. The beer is a touch more carbonated than originally reviewed, but still very creamy.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 22:10:03 | More by albern
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased on 1/29/09 at Marty's in Newton. Served in a nonic. Poured an inky black with deep red highlights around the edges. Quarter inch, loose head quickly dissipated into a soapy skim with a bubbly band around the bowl. Some webs of lacing adhered during the tasting. Nose was predominantly chocolate malt with an indication of the hops bittering to be revealed in the mouth, but somewhat subdued for the most part. Taste consistent with nose, but chocolate really comes out, and a roasty character is also revealed. Also detected a creamy/lactose-like flavor towards the finish. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, lively and a little prickly, but a creaminess comes out towards the finish. Outstanding - extremely flavorful porter with a low abv; if the mouthfeel was a little less prickly, it would really enhance the experience. A top notch porter nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 20:50:11 | More by Jwale73
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JWD

California

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle from Slater1313 (extra)

A- Wow this is black with a mocha colored head, looked fairly thick and dense for a porter, very stout like.

S- Coffee and roasted malts with some chocolate in there, once again on the border of a stout.

T- more of the same here, tons of roasted coffee and chocolate. very flavorful. I usaully go for stouts over porters but this one change that thought.

M- Good, slightly thick with medium carbination.

D- I had 2 of these back to back and wanted more. Supreme Drink considering there is no lack of flavors here..

I have had several offerings from founders lately and they are climbing up my list of favorite breweries. So far all are good, some overhyped but still good. yet to be disappointed by them.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 16:53:51 | More by JWD
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bahumutx

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black with ruby highlights around the edges. Poured with a small tan head.

Smell: Coffee, Roast, Dark Chocolate,

Taste: Starts with a nice malt sweetness. Chocolate and some dark fruit in the middle. Ends with a roasted coffee flavor. This is very well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could have a few of these in a sitting.

Another great beer from Founders. Definitely a great American Porter. Keep up the great work!!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 00:55:03 | More by bahumutx
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hellbilly

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

multiple bottles of 2009 by way of emacgee.

pours viscous and nearly black. no light gets through and there is no color change at the edges. it's capped by a soft creamy purple tinted brown head.

the nose is full of green leafy hops, ash almost like spent charcoal (the real stuff), chocolate, roast, raisins and faint smoke.

the palate is malty and thick... a touch fudgey but in no way sweet. there's lots of ash and roast present along with flavors of chocolate, scalded vanilla cream, pale molasses and a pleasant lactic sourness throughout. medium full bodied with lots of substance. it's rich, creamy and smooth with the perfect carbonation yet almost parchingly dry and hoppy. i think it's those differences in texture which keep it interesting...

it is missing some depth, complexity and development of flavors but it's really effen good! i think i like how they shied away from the lux nutty, coffee and caramel characters and allowed the harsh bitter and dry stuff to come through! 8/5/8/5/18/4.4

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 19:35:54 | More by hellbilly
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bort11

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

johnnnniee included this one for Black Booty 09. Thanks!

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Not much head on this one. Just a quick flash dark brown and then nothing. Color is a solid black, but between the head and the body, not very interesting.

Smell picks up the pace quite a bit. Dark chocolate malts with a little bit of char. Bitterness seems to come from the dark malts more than any hops. Taste is a dark chocolate covered espresso bean with a little bit of wood smoke. Nicely layered flavors.

Mouthfeel has a lot more body than the standard local porter, Boulevard Bully Porter. This creates a nice contrast between what is known and what is new.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 06:05:49 | More by bort11
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bound4er

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown to almost black with a light brown 1/2" head upon pouring. Head retention is good as is lacing.

Smell: roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee with creamer added to it - really makes me want to take a swig.

Taste: Very stout-like as others have noted. Coffee and roasted malts hit first followed by a nice closing bitterness from the hops. This beer's flavor really expand across your palate after swallowing - well done.

Mouthfeel: Medium to almost full bodied and quite creamy.

Drinkability: Here is where I am conflicted - I generally look to a porter for sessioning - Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald being my go to porter. Though very drinkable, I think two of these in a night would be plenty for me.

Overall I really like this beer and I am glad Founders has reintroduced it as a year round offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 01:59:09 | More by bound4er
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep, dark, ebony hue... pitch-black stuff... Beautiful, mysterious appearance...
Smell: As far as the aroma is concerned, this is the real-deal stuff with respect to a Porter... Heavy on the chocolate malts, mocha, and espresso essences...
Taste: True-to-the-style... One of the better American Porters out there for sure, rich, creamy, chocolate flavors abound...
Recommended...

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 01:24:42 | More by dsa7783
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dancinwillie

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

B.A. lists this bottle at 5.10%, yet the bottle lists it at 6.5%. Curiouser, and curiouser.

Thanks to tburkhart for this one. Much appreciated.

Pours dark black, with a frothy mocha head. Looks damn inviting, and I can smell it from arms length.

Smells of chocolate, and some toasted aroma. Strong chocolate scent, seems like it's going to be rich tasting brew. Let's see...

Chocolate is strong, with a toasted/roasted undercurrent that lengthens the flavor immensely. I'm looking at the label as I review, and it reads: "dark, rich, & sexy." I couldn't agree more. A full bodied, full flavored porter, bordering on a cream/american style stout. Some mild hop bitterness, but Founders porter is all about the dark side. Malt prevails here, in abundance.

As stated above, this is a full bodied beauty. Chewy, with a long dry, and somewhat astringent (in a good way) long finish.

Overall, one of the finest porters I've tasted. Seek this one out. Open bottle, pour, drink, repeat.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 05:05:58 | More by dancinwillie
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a really dark brown almost black color with a creamy mocha head that sticks around for a while. Smells of chocolate, roast, a touch of alcohol. Smells almost like a stout. Taste is creamy roasty chocolate. Has a touch of hops and alcohol burn in the finish but leaves you salivating for more of its roasty goodness. Very Creamy mouthfeel, crisp carbonation, thick body. Great brew! Could be a stout could be a porter, frankly I don't care I've just got to get me some more. One of the best porters ever.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 22:27:12 | More by johnnnniee
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BierFan

Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a short 12 ounce brown bottle into a pint glass. The bottle says it contains 6.5% abv and 45 ibu's.

Appearance: Thick black body with a two finger chocolatey light brown head.

Smell: Lots of roasted, chocolate, and burnt malts. It really smells like a Russian imperial stout.

Taste: The taste is alot like the smell. The flavors stick around in your mouth long after you swallow the beer.

This is one great porter. It's right up there with Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 03:54:42 | More by BierFan
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lamarr04

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a mug

A: pours a very dark brown with an inch dark tan head

S: Aroma is roasted malt with dark chocolate and prune in the background. also a bit of vanilla/sweetness to the nose

T:First thing i notice is a nice bitterness followed by dark chocolate and prune at the back of the tongue. A nice malty sweetness balances the bitter chocolate

M: more carbonation than i was expecting although i kind of like that. medium smooth body. the finish is a bit slick and the beer coats the tongue

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 03:51:48 | More by lamarr04
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GRPunk

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- A regular pour left about a finger's worth of a murky brown head that dropped to a full lace that left a bunch of rings on the glass. The body was nearly black with hints of carbonation making their way to the surface.

S- I was met with a distinct aroma of dark chocolate and roasty malts.

T- The chocolate and roasted notes from the aroma were definitely present. They were matched with some raisin-like flavor, smoked accents, and some citrus hops.

M- The mouthfeel was pretty solidl. The carbonation wasn't overpowering, but there seemed to be plenty of it. Its finish was pretty dry.

D- It's an easy drinker. I could have a few in a single sitting and it's good enough that I'd pick it over many other American porters when given the choice.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 21:53:56 | More by GRPunk
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown almost black color with a two finger tan colored head. Some lacing develops.

Smell: roasted malts, chocolates, and milder coffee tones rise from the glass.

Taste: big roasted malt profile with dark chocolate, hints of coffee, some prune sweetness, and decent bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp to start, smooth to finish. Medium-heavy in body which is a bit heavier than the standard porter. Aftertaste is short.

Drinkability: easy to quaff but somewhat filling. Nice flavorful beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 21:29:06 | More by Gavage
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm so glad Founders decided to bottle this brew again, another kick ass porter out of the Great Lakes region. Definitely pours pitch black no traces of ruby highlights around the edges, I'm guessing alot of black patent malt. Large creamy textured dark mocha tan head rises well above the rim of my imperial pint glass. Impressive layered lacing sticks to the glass with each sip.

Aromatics are blended nicely, big acidic coffee notes burst through with a mild cocoa presence, and evident hops backing up the party. Dark burn roasted malt notes have creamy edges as well, what a big succulent porter. Hop nose comes off like an herbal mint experience, very refreshing.

Tastes like strong coffee with heavy cream sweetness, dark acidic nearly burnt flavors collide coming off almost metallic. Dispersed hop burps bring back the herbal mint fresh finish, low alcohol burn noticed on the palate. Black licorice notes really nice expressive porter.

Mouthfeel is big and chewy but doesn't weigh me down, carbonations is slow bubbled with a great bitter dry finish on the palate. Very comparable to a lighter version of the breakfast stout, I'm pleased.

Drinkability is great no trouble throwing a few of these down in one session, it's up there with the best porters I've come across go out and seek it. I paid 10.99 for a six of this way worth it.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 15:43:32 | More by WVbeergeek
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paco1029384756

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown color with one finger of short lived tan head.

Scent of chocolate, cream, roasted malts, vanilla, and a hint of cinnamon. Full and rich, but not overpowering, this is one nice smelling Porter.

Taste of roasted malts, chocolate, hints of dark fruits, and some cream. Without being too strong, this beer has a nice robust flavor, but is light on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and creamy smooth with some carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 05:10:44 | More by paco1029384756
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antzman

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a deep brown with a thin medium brown head. The aroma is full of coffee, chocolate and malts. A very roasted malt flavor comes through with a hint of chocolate, coffee, and even some nuttiness. The hops are very muted, but come through at the very end of the sip. This drank almost like a stout, but had a tremendous flavor and body. A huge porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 19:54:24 | More by antzman
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farrago

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours completely jet black with a dark brown head of mixed bubble size and above average lacing, pretty much looks like a stout. Big time roast to the nose, caramelized dark chocolate, cocoa bean slather the grape, raisin, date fruit scents, mixes in grilled nuts and oatmeal, very difficult to tease out any scent evocative of hops. Medium-bodied, quite firm and would be more so were it not for the in-your-face carbonation which continually churns things up. The toasty, roasty chocolate, cocoa, mocha still in effect, here there's a fried fresh butter element as well. The nuttiness more penetrating while the grape, cherry, fig flavors pull back a notch. Drying texture may be the reason for difference, tactile trumps the olfactory. The finish needs more of an exclamation point, not clean per se but has lifted off the palate by then.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 00:26:12 | More by farrago
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Poured a nice almost opaque black with a thin diminishing head. Aroma was dark malts and slight cocoa. The taste was a blend of burnt dark malts and rich bitter chocolate. The beer was light bodied with smooth carbonation. This is a very enjoyable porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 16:36:15 | More by atsprings
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed the last bottle of this at Capone's the other day. Into my snifter

A: Pours a VERY impressive jet black with a dark brown head that recedes to a wispy disk rather quickly.

S: Oh, the smell of uninfected beer is awesome! Solid, roasted malt aromas with a hint of chocolate and some cream. The balance is leaning towards the burnt/heavily roasted malt, the way I like it. Excellent

T: Solid. Biggish in body with plenty of heavily roasted/burnt malt present (almost a touch too much?) with an excellent dark chocolate bitterness. The big body does push things a bit into stout territory but the burnt malt character is definitely porter-like. Finishes sweet with a bit too much roastiness for my liking

M: Uncharacteristically big (enjoyable, though) with soft carbonation and a burnt-bitter finish

D: The biggish body and the bitterness on the finish don't make this a session porter but neither does the 6.5% I will definitely drink this again, though

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 05:05:59 | More by DefenCorps
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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