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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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1,508 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,508
Hads: 6,854
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 399
Gots: 1,361 | FT: 26
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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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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Photo of Ahypercube
4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

So my local Whole Foods Finally started getting some Founders brews and I could not be more stoked.

L: The bottle looks gorgeous--great coloring. Looks like a statement: "I like my beers like I like my women." Dark, rich, sexy, and apparently with a velvety black body and a good amount of great head. Poured into a sniffer with exactly two fingers of it and lots of lacing that lasts incredibly well.

S: Smells like a cappuccino sitting next to a coffee cake. It pains me to have a stuffy nose right now, because this beer probably smells much better than I can currently detect while still getting over this cough.

T: At least I can taste it. God damn this is fantastic. I had high hopes, and they were thoroughly fulfilled. Opens with chocolate and whole grain crackers, filling up quickly with a whole lot of roasty, high-quality dark coffee paired with earthy, grainy hops all drizzled over with a distinctly strawberry marmalade flavored malt. Finishes with a perfect blend of sweetness, coffee, chocolate, and roast each peaking in that order. I'm impressed they managed to keep the ibu's down to 45 in such a flavorful and strong beer (not super high, but solid at 6.5). I have to add that the aftertaste starts off really sweet, but the more you sip it, the more that roast flavor builds, growing from toasted coffee to burnt black french bread with a bit of rosemary.

F: A tad thin for my taste, but quite decent. Slightly creamy, slightly syrupy, like a caramel macchiato made with 2% milk. Nice and zangy on the tongue.

O: This is a phenomenal beer. Definitely deserving of the A rating--I'd honestly give it a 97 or a 98. Reminds me a lot of Sierra Nevada's Coffee Stout. I bet this one is made with cold-brewed coffee too. Makes me crave a cup of chamomile right now for some reason. In the bottom half of my range of preferred ABV, so this would honestly be my idea of a session beer, alongside the less bitter single IPAs and heavy lagers.

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Photo of Slowjamcdub
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

What a great beer. Founders brewing man you just can't say anything bad about them! Great beers great cool labels and names for their beers I mean wow. This beer is chocolate, nutty, hoppy I mean what more can you want. Solid A beer 8.9/10 great beer.

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

A beer black as the night. Cappuccino head that dissipates fast. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, dark sugars. The taste is dominated by coffee notes but well balanced with a sweetness typical of molasses. This is how I imagine a porter should taste like from 1800. The mouthfeel is thick but not quite chewy. Awesome beer.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a sixer purchased at a general store in Derry, NH. Dark black color. Roasty aroma, nice malts. Flavor is roasty, mild touch of those desired porter aspects of chocolate and coffee. Extremely drinkable, I htink I had five in one night and paid the price the next morning.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black in color with a tan colored foamy head that seems to stick around for a while.

S: Rich and roasty. Simple, yet extremely nice.

T: A complex roastiness overwhelms the flavor profile. Smokey, earthy, toasted, dark, roasted malts. There isn't much else that shows up here... however the beer tastes so good I'm not counting that as a bad thing.

F: It's definitely a full-bodied porter. They didn't leave anything out in terms of mouthfeel.

O: A true, full bodied porter. Exactly what I hoped it would be. Thanks Founders!

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Photo of Auraan
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep brown, almost black body with one finger of tan head that stuck around almost the entire glass. Overall impression of appearance is of a wonderful porter. Scents of black coffee, rich dark chocolate. roast malt and hints of coffee with cream, toffee, and a burnt character with light floral notes. Overall impression of aroma is of a deep, rich porter, very true to form and well done with an array of aromas on display. Flavor begins rich and deep with notes of roast malt, black coffee and bitter cocoa with light notes of toffee and very light fruity hints. Middle continues this flavor, adding bittersweet chocolate and light burnt caramel notes. Finish is roasty and bitter with notes of coffee with cream, black coffee and roast malt along with a light sweet caramel. Aftertaste is of burnt toast and roast malt. Overall impression of flavor is of a fantastic porter, deep and rich with a nice variety. Very good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with a moderate carbonation. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a very good porter. Overall this is an amazing American Porter, one of the finest examples of the style. All aspects are close to perfect and a wonderful example of the style. A truly wonderful porter.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Classy label/bottle.

Appearance - Pitch black color (a bit of a ruby color if held up to the light). Big, course, lumpy, tan colored head. Big lace. A feast for the eyes!

Smell - Big. Toasty. Chocolate.

Taste - Sweet malt flavor up front. Charred steak. Semi-sweet chocolate. A moderate hop bitterness that complements, perfectly, the big malt taste. Dry finish. Wow!

Mouth - Oily. Good carbonation.

Overall - A very good American Porter! Big and bold but not completely over-the-top. Founders is making a big splash out here on the west coast!

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Photo of Bennybgood7
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow...great porter! I love this traditional flavor: dark, toasty, chocolate notes. The breakfast stout's strong coffee flavor is a bit off-putting for my taste, but this porter hits a home run. The creamy mouthfeel with the incredible head retention is amazing. I love it!

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Photo of Marius
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

35 cl bottle. Pours a very dark ruby with a light espresso head. Smells like smoke, roasted malts and dark chocolate. Bitter-sweet taste, lots of dark chocolate, roasted grains, a bit of lactose. Very well balanced, not too sweet, not too bitter, not too sharp. Smooth mouthfeel and a nice aftertaste.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely black, with a small, dark caramel colored head. Very little lacing. The smell is roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Flavors upon sipping start out as a bit of roasted malts with chocolate, and then fading into a more chocolaty coffee taste. Mouth feel is good. Overall, very good beer right here.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Mcastaneda224
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like others are mentioning, Founders has hit SoCal. Perhaps it's because I absolutely love Breakfast Stout, but this beer was a bit underwhelming for me. Pours your typical stout color with a small tan head that dissipates quickly. Smell is your typical porter smell, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Taste is pretty typical as well -- nothing outstanding here, slight bitterness from the hops and the chocolate/coffee portion is well done. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated.

Overall, pretty average IMO. Breakfast Stout any day over this one. Not disappointed by this, but not impressed either.

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Photo of SovereignGood
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Founders finally hit SoCal; picked up at WF DTLA.

L: deep brown/black with a slight dark red hue when held up to the light. Finger head that seems to dissipate to a thin rim around the glass leaving plenty of dark colored lacing.

S: dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, some caramel.

T: chocolate, roasted malt, some smokiness in the back, hint of dark fruit?

M: thin to medium mouthfeel. Suits the style well - on the lighter side of dark beers.

Overall, glad I was able to try this. Picked up a 6 pack and will enjoy the rest.

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Photo of Owlish1
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Poured a beautiful black with a thick tan head. After a few minutes the head settled down to a thin cover. Smell - dark roast. Taste - The smoothness of malt combined with the bitterness of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. The finish is a hoppy bitterness, but the aftertaste lightens and mellows. Feel - smooth and creamy. Medium carbonation. Overall - a delightful American Porter. I'm a fan!

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Photo of CNoj012
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a jet black with a one finger light brown head that fades very quickly to a microfilm ring around the edge. There are also light spots of lacing. Smell is amazing. Very strong chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Taste is the same with a nice amount bitterness on the back end. Feel is medium side of full, coats the whole mouth and has good carbonation. Overall an excellent beer. Not normally the biggest fan of porters, but this is the best one I've ever had.

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Photo of lastmango
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a midnight black with a chocolate milkshake two finger head that dissipates to a thin film. Nose is like a chocolate malt. Tastes of chocolate, roasted malt a hint of black pepper. This has a dry slightly hoppy finish that leaves quickly. This beer has a medium and creamy body with moderate carbonation. Very nicely balanced brew that could be mistaken for a stout.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Definitely one of my favorite porters. A smooth, dark as night winter delight that tastes of chocolate, coffee, and a hint of tobacco. Nice carbonation. It's difficult to settle for only one.

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Photo of NateDyk47
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- dark brown with a thin brown head
S- sweet espresso, hint of chocolate
T- chocolate coffee flavor, faint bitterness fades quickly
F- medium light bodied, medium carbonation

Another really good beer from Founders.

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Photo of ViciousFishes
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep ruby, almost black. Thick, tan head that settles to a nice ribbon. Fresh, clean, but understated hop aroma. First taste is enormous, oppulent chocolate. Appears to finish dry, but chocolate and toasty malt lingers forever. Mild bitterness provides balance.

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Photo of ccg
3.43/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Jet black but just a little bit translucent. Lacing has a bit of that gritty, sugary look. Leaves only a few wisps of head.
The smell is roasty and also savory. It has kind of a soy sauce thing going on. Not great.
Flavor has hints of chocolate and malt. There's some hoppy bite too and a bit of a coffee taste in the background. Nothing much happening on the finish.
I realize that it's a porter, not a stout, but it still comes across a bit thin.
Overall: Founders makes some of my favorite beers, but I'm afraid this one was a disappointment.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum, yum, yum. Not very descriptive, but very true. I've always been a huge fan of GLBC Fitzgerald, but this one almost takes its place. Excellent balance, great bite. Can't wait to visit the brewery and have this out Breakfast Stout right from the source!

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the bottle an opaque and deep, dark brown with a medium-tan long lasting head that leaves spotty lacing.
The aroma is all roasty. Chocolate, nuts, smoky char, a hint of sweet vanilla.
The taste is medium-dark chocolate up front with with a bitter and dark mocha middle, a lingering and pleasantly bitter, roast coffee finish. Just a hint of sweetness.
Mouthfeel is medium and smoooth.
Damn good.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Deep brown with thick creamy head. Roasty chocolate aroma. Chocolaty roasty taste with some smoke and a touch of sweetness. Dry finish with some bitterness lingering. Mouthfeel very creamy n soft. Excellent porter.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I could come up with a clever metaphor about how black this beer is, but I didn't. Suffice to say, it's dark.

I hate that porters are served so cold. Really kills that aroma.

Mouth is clean, with some lingering coffee notes.

Just a great example of an American Porter.

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Photo of Tele
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle (dated 9.21.15)
Consumed: 12.15.15

A: 4.75 Pours black with a one-inch, khaki head. Good retention and leaves lots of lace in the glass.

S: 4.25 Aromas are really nice as the beer warms. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, coconut, and even some peanut butte. The sweeter aromas do a nice job of balancing out the fairly strong roasted malt and coffee elements.

T: 4.25 Good roasted malt quality up front delivering flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco, and earthy pepper. The beer moves into a moderate level of bitterness, which seems to come from both malt and hops, until finishing with more roast and coffee.

M: 4.75 Really substantial feel and excellent carbonation. Still very drinkable though. Not sure how they made it so satisfying and crushable.

O: 4.5 This is a great example of a porter and may have taken over as my favorite of the style. I’ll have to do a side-by-side with black butte so see which wins out, but based on my ratings, I’d give it to Founders.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz, bottled 05/17/2015
A - creamy light brown head slowly fades atop a near black ale
S - dark chocolate, roasted barley, cocoa, charcoal, earthy hops
T - big chocolate flavors with roasted barley and roasted coffee, faint caramel and bread crust with some earthy hops for bitterness
M - medium body, ample carbonation, finishes well balanced
O - I always love this beer, but for me it drinks more like a stout than a porter. Either way, it's very good!

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,508 ratings.