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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4604
Reviews: 1284
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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unclejazz

New York

4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I waited far too long to try this, but maybe it was meant to be, since I waited to have it on tap.Thank you Brooklyn bar to remain unnamed bar that provided me with a free pizza to enjoy with my beer.

A-solid brown/black body with a solid 1 finger head poured into a pint glass. Very nice retention and some lacing.

S-this is the Barry White of beers and it starts with a smell that is velvety smooth. Rich cocoa nib, dark roasted malt, and a touch of chocolate milk in the nose. I could enjoy the head of this beer all day long.

T-Aww yeah, this hits the spot. One sign of a good porter is one that is refreshing. This does the trick and then some. A repeat performance of the what the nse caught, but a great nutty kind of Costa Rican coffee punch in the middle. Some really great earthiness which leads me to believe that this might do very well aged in oak. Just take a minute and imagine that...

M-heavy in the mouth, but with a very nice undercurrent of carbonation. As it warms up it only gets better and the last few sips had the best mouthfeel, when I began taking smaller sips to make it last.

O-this is a real bulls-eye for Founders, a definite feather in their cap and a good nominee for flagship beer. I have had all the big dogs that Founders puts out, including a 2010 CBS on draft just last week.(which was mellowed out to near-perfection). This beer may be the best of them all. I am a bit giddy to see if the bottle is as good. I may start to horde them.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 01:10:32 | More by unclejazz
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amphion1065

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. pour into a pint glass at Lord Hobo. Reviewed from notes.

Pours black, though the dim lighting in the bar may well have obscured a subtle cocoa shade. A really tight, quarter-finger brown head won't quit.

Pure, unadulterated milk chocolate. There's a hint of roast, and a touch of cola, but the chocolate is king here.

The taste is very milky and quite sweet. I can't help but be reminded of Hershey's chocolate milk, though there is a slight roasted bitterness that adds a pleasant complexity. Absent from this package is the metallic flavor that I often find creeps into porters. This is a treat.

Mouthfeel is great, full and velvety. It's lush, with an appropriately low level of carbonation.

A total win for me. Founders has made a beer that is totally approachable and inoffensive, but delicious enough to warrant repeat visits. A great example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 16:33:42 | More by amphion1065
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WhiteOak

Connecticut

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

A- Opaque near-black, with a dark tan head that settles a bit but persists.

S- Smells of dark roasted malt in front of coffee.

T- A rich but uncomplicated classic porter flavor of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. A wisp of bitterness on the finish.

M, D- The stand-out here is the structure and mouthfell, which are impressive. Viscous, thick, extracted, and creamy.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2012 14:59:19 | More by WhiteOak
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vandeg

Michigan

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This by far the ideal porter that one can have or rather the benchmark all other porters should be compared to. The color and head are spot on, smell is sweet chocolate/coffee which tastes almost as it smells but better!

I go to Founder's weekly and this is one that I usually will get if nothing else catches my fancy.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2012 18:45:20 | More by vandeg
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

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

Pint glass on draft.

A- Black with a good sized Khaki brown head, decent retention.
S- A load of malts of all varieties, good amounts of coffee and some chocolate. Some bitterness.
T- This beer Tastes like it smells. A lot of coffee at first and its followed by a variety of malt. Some dark chocolate. Much more bitter then sweet buts thats what I expected from this beer. A somewhat spicy and smokey aftertaste.
M- This beer had good carbonation from the tap. It has a full feel, not as big as their breakfast stout but its a big bodied beer. Leaves a dry and sticky aftertaste, Not crazy about the dry mouth but its not that bad.
O- This is a great porter, Its on par with Edmund Fitzgerald and Black Butte in my opinion. Founders can do no wrong.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2012 02:35:50 | More by TwelveOunces
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devinoconnor

New Jersey

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

Founders is always solid, and their classic American porter is no exception. Simply wonderful.

Pours a shiny black with creamy white head. Nose is sugary and sweet, and notes of chocolate and cocoa are abundant. Plenty of hops make this wonderful in the mouth, blended perfectly together with caramel malts.

Sweet, hoppy and well-balanced. Great for the colder months.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2012 21:25:29 | More by devinoconnor
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Reaper16

Alabama

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap @ Flying Saucer, Kansas City, MO, into a pint glass

I reviewed this beer in the bottle a couple of years ago. I hated it, and I looove the Porter style. I always suspected, though, that I got an old six-pack. Tonight, I finally decided to try it again.

Pours a color that is pretty much black. It is effectively black. Which is nice. There's nearly 1.75 fingers of khaki head. It laces like you'd think a head of that size would: like a dream.

The aroma is a very, very solid melange of baker's chocolate, heavy roasted malts, and bitter hops. There isn't really anything beyond those three elements. It's a lot of bitter smells, but that's what I want in a porter.

Oh, man. This tastes aweeesome. It's so, so roasty. Roast roast roast. There's lots of dark, bitter chocolate flavor here too. But the roast takes over. But, and this is key, there's a whole lot of hop flavor here too. It's so bitter with green hop flavor that it starts to duel with the roast about which element of bitterness is going to win over the palate. That sounds bad, doesn't it? It sounds like a beer that is confused. Let me assure you that it totally works. These contrasting bitternesses represent what the porter style can do better than any other style. This is so good.

Mouthfeel is also good. It's got a pretty innocuous body; you don't really notice it ever. The carbonation level is soft but not without power behind its bubbles.

When I first got into beer, Boulevard's Bully! Porter was my favorite beer. It was an incredible porter with contrasting bitternesses -- the roast bitterness complimented and contrasted with the hop bitterness. Bully! Porter has in recent years received a recipe change. It's far less hoppy for some reason. Well, Founders Porter picks up the slack on the hoppy + roasty porter style. I take back everything I've ever said about this beer. It is excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2012 07:19:28 | More by Reaper16
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lovindahops

New York

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second founders brew of the evening. I'm very excited for this brew.

A- porter is a fair opaque body with slashes of lacing all along the glass. This looks like an impressive porter on the precipice

S- a complete coffee forward porter with some dark chocolate laying out on top. Toasted malt flavors surround the ending of the brew

T- very dry coffee flavor with malted goodness if you will. Slightly sweet and well positioned with flavors. Robust and some good caramelized flavor

M- as coating as it gets. Very good

O- hands down I love coffee and founders catapulted itself in my opinion as a forward coffee porter. Man I need to trade for this

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2011 22:52:04 | More by lovindahops
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CaptDavyJones

New York

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

The porter was a really dark brown color, bordering on pitch black, with a nice one finger off-white/mocha colored head that dissipated fairly quickly.
Aroma was a mild blend of chocolate, cocoa and some roasted coffee malts.
Taste on the other hand was much more complex than the aroma. A very strong, yet subtle smoky backbone with hints of sweet chocolate malt notes upfront with hints of fruity esters (vanilla-like notes) in the middle with a nice bitterness in the finish. The bitterness does not linger in the finish.
The lacing left behind all along the insides of the glass is visually very appealing and attractive.
Good mouthfeel, almost full-bodied and very easy to drink.
This is one of the best American Porter's out there.
Do not miss it, if you ever come across this porter.
It is an absolute 'must-try' beer, and comes highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2011 01:29:57 | More by CaptDavyJones
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tgorgz

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P/A: On draft at Fuel & Fuddle in Pittsburgh, PA.
Very dark chocolate- think 80%, with a milk chocolate head.

S: Good amount of coffee. Not as much chocolate as expected.

T: It kind of seemed to run together a little. More coffee than anything else.

M: Think, chewy, excellence.

O: Well done, folks. Not my fave from Founder's, but an excellent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2011 03:44:47 | More by tgorgz
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scout

District of Columbia

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

On draft at Publican in Chicago.

A very stout-like porter. Pours almost black, opaque with just a hint of brown. Nice thick head and the sticky lacing you expect from a fresh draft. Smell is toasted malts and faint hops.

Taste is toasted (almost burnt) malts, coffee and nuts up front then mellow hops. Very silky mouth-feel, almost creamy -- a lot like the Breakfast Stout actually, but just a bit lighter.

Overall, a great, balanced beer. Very similar to their Breakfast Stout, with a less sweet more hoppy taste (which interesting because it has fewer IBUs than the stout). Very drinkable, but just doesn't have the wow factor that the stout does.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 00:39:04 | More by scout
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The local bar hosted a special Founders night with multiple offerings of their beer.

I had the Porter in a snifter glass. This was a nice touch to hold in the maximum amount of bouquet in the glass.

On the pour I had about one finger of tan head. The color was very dark.

The nose had mild coffee and some vanilla.

The flavor included the coffee as well. The coffee starts as mild and gets strong near the end. It really isn't as bitter as you would think through the whole glass.

I enjoyed this beer. It did a really good job to pair with tonight's ribs.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2011 00:13:55 | More by ummswimmin
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pBRale

Iowa

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes on 9-6-11
Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance: Pitch black, with a two-finger creamy toasted mallow head that settles very slowly and has heavy retention--thin an sticky all the way down the glass.

Smell: Chocolate, roasty malts, woody undertones.

Taste: Coffee, dark chocolate, big roasty character-almost smoky taste. The coffee taste comes on stronger near the finish, along with a roasted nut (peanut) aftertaste. The balance is exceptional, and the beer has a nice big malty complex flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Thick, heavy beer with mild to moderate carbonation, thick and smooth. There is great balance and feel to this beer.

Overall: A truly exceptional and robust porter, one that is a must-try and to which I will soon return!

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 02:31:42 | More by pBRale
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

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

Appearance was nice, good mocha head and very nice lacing, mostly black in color.

Smelled and tasted of very nice roasty malts, coffee, toffee, cocoa, maybe a touch of dark fruits, and a slight earthiness as well.

Body was medium and the smooth carbonation was great.

Overall it was a very nice brew and one of my more favored beers from Founder's.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2011 12:40:27 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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bamojr

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like Founders, all of the beers I have had from them are good.
This beer is a thick black color . Very malty and sweet to the nose.
sweet to the taste . Some chocolate notes. Nice and think. One of the better porters I've had. As I don't generally consider myself a porter man, if I keep having porters like this, I may have to change that.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2011 22:53:48 | More by bamojr
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lurpy1

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been a while since I had this one, recollection was that it was quite good. It always seems to be available, maybe I just take it for granted.

Drunk on tap at Pizza House in East Lansing over a game of euchre. Pours an opaque black, streaks of brown throughout. Not a lot of head.

Incredible smelling beer, perfect blend of coffee, roasted malt, little bit of cocoa. One of the best smelling beers I've come across.

Like the smell, the taste is spot on. Coffee and chocolate roll in and out, in a brilliantly understated way. The coffee taste is quite pronounced, more so than in beers that declare themselves to be coffee porters.

Mouthfeel is also superb, thick and velvety, perfect carbonation, wettish finish.

Great porter, not to mention, Founders seems to get the difference between a porter and a stout. As stated, it's a better coffee porter than many beers that proclaim themselves to be coffee porters. I love that about Founders, not a lot of bravado, they just get er done and crank out awesome beer. I have yet to have had a bad drink from them.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 14:02:04 | More by lurpy1
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woosterbill

Connecticut

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

On-tap at the Brewster DeCicco's, en route to CBS.

A: Glinting dark brown body with a solid finger of dense light-brown head. Terrific retention, solid lace. Gorgeous Porter.

S: Sweet chocolate, bitter roast. Coffee + licorice on the back side. Simple, intense, and terrific.

T: Creamy chocolate, bitter coffee, slight char, and some caramel + licorice on the tail end. Bitter finish, but without much hop flavor, leaving the emphasis entirely (and wonderfully) on the complex specialty malts.

M: Creamy medium body; slightly stick and well-carbonated. Solid.

O: Terrific Porter, hands down. I can't wait to do a showdown between this, Black Butte, and Edmund Fitzgerald.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2011 02:51:43 | More by woosterbill
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garuda

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Thick, black liquid pours into the glass with a thick brown head that has great retention and coats the glass in sticky lacing. Never thought a porter would look this well.

S/T - Fresh roasted coffee up front mixed with hints of dark chocolate, and finishing with a robust, earthy roast bitterness.

M - Full body, low carbonation, thick and oily across the palate and smooth going down.

O - A quintessential example of a robust porter. Everything is spot on about this beer. I will definitely get this again.

Serving type: growler

06-24-2011 00:54:09 | More by garuda
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harrymel

Washington

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

From chicken scratch during tasting at bier baron (brick cellar) in DC.

A: standard dark chestnut brown. Excellent clarity. Cream foam covers surface and sides.

S: cocoa, hazelnut, classic porter malts. Really well done here.

T: flavors remind me of my beloved black butte porter from deschutes. This is maybe a hair more dry.

M: creamy, full bodied, with low carb. Slick finish.

O: if I moved from deschutes territory, this an Edmund fitz would be my go tos for porter.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2011 07:38:53 | More by harrymel
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MONKandTUCK

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here's a beer that really inspires. Courageous enough to push limits and satisfy boundaries.

Appearance: poured into one of those ugly American beer glasses. Last fall I enjoyed this beer in a pint glass... no beer should be disgraced by serving it in a wide-brimmed American pint glass. British pint glasses facilitate better head on top and lacing!

Dark, but not fully opaque. Clearly thinner than your standard stout.

Nose: sharp roasted quality. Something just came off the oven burnt... but its not foul. Sweet malt follows after.

Taste: sweet malt, finishing with an astringent burnt taste. Yes, sir! We have a Porter! Wish it were a bit dryer.

Mouthfeel: its a porter, not a stout, but I wish it were fuller bodied. Is feel like those flavors were more compacted and o could chew on them longer. It finishes kinda sweet... can't decide if I like that or not.... any dryer and it might finish tasting too much like a cigarette butt.
It's wet, but also a punch of big flavor... weird.

Not the greatest beer I've ever had, bit one that I wish were a local staple. It packs a punch, but drinks like something quite a bit smaller. If you like roasty flavors, you'll love this dark little girl!

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2011 02:23:34 | More by MONKandTUCK
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cavedave

New York

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

A vigorous pour produces three fingers of thick beige/brown foam atop an opaque, darkest brown beauty.

Dark caramel, pumpernickel bread, roasty malt, bitter chocolate and coffee hints produce a wonderful, if light/medium strength, aroma.

Wonderful simple taste. It starts with the chocolate malt and sweet grabbing some clean deeper roast notes, and picking up a bit of fruity tart and coffee to end with the bitter of the roast and some light herbal hop bitter balancing. Nice finish of clean simplicity that straddles the fence between juicy and dry for a porter.

Medium carb, light bodied, perhaps a bit less viscous than better offerings in this style, and finish that also is less complex and fine than others.

A marvelous working man's porter, gives its all and is solid and satisfying without being complex nor astonishing.

Serving type: growler

06-17-2011 21:07:30 | More by cavedave
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angelogarcia3

New York

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

An excellent beer with a very dark color that allowed no light to passthrough it. The dark tannish head reveals aromas of chocolate and molasses. Slight carbonation but still thick in body reminds me of a Belgian dark chocolate thick shake in body and flavor. The Belgian dark chocolate finishes with a slight espresso bitterness. Went well with the pulled pork sliders at Ginger Man in NYC.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2011 23:54:57 | More by angelogarcia3
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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

First had: on tap at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, Chicago, IL

Poured dark brown to black, with a minimal tannish head that recedes to a film. Dark chocolate and roasty malts in the aroma. Malty malty flavor, with notes of dark chocolate and cocoa and some caramel sugar. Medium to heavy mouthfeel, smooth, and very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2011 20:46:47 | More by Rifugium
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Puddintane

Ohio

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

Oily black pour with a tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, hazlenut, roasted malt, earthy hops, toffee and coffee. Flavors of rich dark chocolate, booze soaked dark fruits, coffee, caramel, bitter/earthy undertones. Thick body, rich/roasty/bittersweet and satisfying throughout with a bitter/roast finish. Overall, there are two porters that tie for my favorite. This and Edmund Fitzgerald. They both kind of go beyond of what I usually get from this style. This is one amazing brew, there’s lots of beers double in strength that fail to capture its focus and flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2011 15:32:04 | More by Puddintane
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nasty31

Indiana

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

Having this beer on tap adds so much to it.

This is trualy a well done porter has every part of it is well done. I keep going back to this all the time. Usually have a sixer in my fridge at all times its that good. Like I said having it on tap though does not compare to having it bottled, if you get the chance have a pint!

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2011 16:58:47 | More by nasty31
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