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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

Founders PorterFounders Porter

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4,626 Ratings

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Ratings: 4626
Reviews: 1287
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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Photo of MiScusi


3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- very dark, black, oily body but not much of a head builds up easily.

S- roasted barley all the way here. Smells like there may be a hint of fruit adding some complexity from an English ale strain. I wonder if they used an American or English strain here.

T- Definitely a big roasty presence. Pretty big sweet body behind it, bitter roasted finish.

M- Nice smooth body. The carbonation is a bit below medium, works well here. Fine texture to the bubbles.

D- Not a poorly crafted beer at all. But I do prefer a little more chocolate to my porters and less of a roasted bite.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 02:37:37 | More by MiScusi
Photo of ZAP


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

I love a good porter but they are hard to find. This one is a great example of the style and what a good porter can taste like.

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights.

Highly aromatic but complex...big strong notes of dark chocolate, espresso, and smoked woods.

Body is creamy and full....

Flavor is big on the espresso, dark cocoa, and char....finishes with a burnt matliness that is a little out of bounds for the style...

Excellent porter with some big characteristics...just a little too much char on the finish...

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 05:32:54 | More by ZAP
Photo of Proteus93


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

A: Black, and forming a very light, yet creamy head with a fairly assertive pour. Nice and sticky, it leaves rings of lace behind and a slow-to-fall layer of it after each sip.

S + T: Coffee and chocolate scents and flavours are not massive, but robust. Rich roasted malt scents, which come across as a little stronger on the nose than the palate, but it's still tasted.

M + D: Medium to full, with a nice creaminess. Softer carbonation, but just enough to complement the body feel. A nice porter, and a good session candidate. Nicely done, solid, and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 02:21:42 | More by Proteus93
Photo of bakeller


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

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours jet black with a two finger mocha head. Head retention is pretty good but finally dies down with some thick lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Get a mix of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

T: Rich roasted malts, slight hint of dark chocolate with a robust, semi-bitter coffee backbone. Flavors mingle really well together. Not overly complex.

M: This is a heavy porter. The mouth feel is creamy and thick. Goes down really smoothly with minimal carbonation

D: Due to the heavy weight of this, I could not drink it too quickly but did not mind. Could drink a couple of these on a night in. Very tasty porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 02:43:38 | More by bakeller
Photo of RThomas436


4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black as night, however it looked to almost have a slight purple tint in the head.

Smell: Chocolate / coffee / peat earthy - it's rich and deep

Taste: Complex yet simple. Lets see..chocolate / coffee with a creaminess that intermingles the two

Mouthfeel: Creamy and heavy with a clean finish

Drinkability: Fantabulous - great flavor not overally difficult to drink great beer for a brisk spring day

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 02:46:56 | More by RThomas436
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pitch black with a small tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly. It is very thick. As a side note, after drinking a six pack it seems like you have to make the effort to pour this beer hard to get a decent head.

S-Smells of roasted and chocolate malts with a little alcohol creeping in as well.

T-Rich, chocolaty, with some coffee notes. A touch of hops as well. Simply delicious.

M-Silky smooth, delicate, and creamy.

D-To me it doesn't get any better than this. It is exceptionally drinkable due to its remarkable smoothness.

Overall I cannot praise this beer enough. When I think of porters I think of big robust masculine beers, but this beer seems different. It's rich, smooth, and creamy characteristics make it much more delicate than any other porter I've drank. If you are a fan of porters this is a must try. It truly is Dark, Rich, and Sexy.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 18:47:56 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed a bottle of this at State Spirits the other week. One of the founders beers I had yet to try, I dove right in. Served cold and poured into a pint glass to warm up, this one was consumed on 03/31/2009.

What a pour. Black as night with a rich tan colored head that reached a height of at least two inches before settling down to a respectable inch of head that did not go away. Lots of chocolate and coffee leading the way here. Hints of molasses as well. Huge flavor here, maybe the best tasting porter I have come across. Lots of cocoa and chocolate, rich, huge flavor with a smooth creaminess that was second to none in my eyes. Really fantastic balance here as the chocolate really starts to come out as it warms. Lots of flavor here with a ton of mellow notes that were just all over the place. Nice tight, dry finish as it fades off into the night, this was a great way to end my evening.

Overall a very solid beer. One of the best i have had as a standard porter in a long, long time. I would have no issue going after thi one any day.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 00:58:25 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color was a very nice dark dark brown, poured out a bit on the thick side. Head was dark brown, very thin that didn't last long at all, left small ring around the edge. Smell was slighty burnt chocolate with some oatmeal bread. Taste was a bit sweet with chocolate aftertaste. Felt very good in the mouth, nice and milky, just a bit of carbonation. Easy to drink, just a touch of acidity, but didn't detract much from the overall beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 23:07:45 | More by mountdew1
Photo of br3wmeister


4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Small dark brown head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing. the beer is a dark brown almost black color.

S- Burnt toast, roasted nuts and light smoke aromas are noticeable right away. Then I get some chocolate and and light sweetness.

T- Lots of roasted malt, dark chocolate and some smokiness. Light hop presence, and some herbal spice and black liquorice.

M- Light and silky smooth with a little bite in the middle then finishes smooth and silky. Good carbonation and great balance.

Overall this is one of the most drinkable porters I have ever had, and it is definitely not lacking in flavor or complexity. Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 04:35:52 | More by br3wmeister
Photo of drgonzo3705


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

A: Black color with a tan head that recedes to a thin film with a ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

S: Sweet smokey malts with a hint of coffee.

T: Lots of the smokey malts going on with a little bit of hoppiness too.

M: Pretty full bodied here. I was surprised given the ABV at how big this beer was.

D; I'll have another please!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 03:21:50 | More by drgonzo3705
Photo of damienblack


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

Pours thick, dark black. Not much to the smell aside from a general roastiness. The taste, however, has far more to it. The roast malt is also sweet at the same time, giving it a cocoa-powder like chocolatey roasty taste. Also a bit of toffee. The chocolatey flavors just linger on the palate. Carbonation is fairly low, but it works to this beer's advantage and flavor profile. It's fairly thick and chewy, but not overly coating. Drinkability is pretty high, not chalky or abrasive at all. Despite the short review, this is a great sessionable porter that I'll be sure to try again.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 06:37:26 | More by damienblack
Photo of numinorian


3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer is opaque black, and very thick like oil. The head is a bit thin and comes with a nice dark color. Small sticky bubbles of lace coat the glass. This is just as the stile should be.

S A nose medium in strength. Notes of oats and slight over ripe bananna.

T Thick, smokey flavor. Stings the back with a slight hopp. Notes of coffee, unsweetened coco and slight overripe fruit.

MF Thick and full, not to overpowering, but a smooth sipper

Drinkability is a bit easier than most porters. An easy going sipper.

Overall this is a beautiful brew to be enjoyed arter a good hearty meal. It hitts the style well, and Founders has yet to let me down. This does not quite live up to the world famous kentucky breakfast, but that does not subtract from this enjoyable porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 02:18:05 | More by numinorian
Photo of tigg924


3.23/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark brown, small head, medium carbonation

Smell: expresso, some chocolate, malt

Taste: expresso, light chocolate, malt

Mouthfeel: bitter heavy and thick

Drinkability: Not as impressed with this one as some of Founder's other offerings. The bitterness to this porter really struck me. I would have it again if I saw it, but would look for other porters first.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 14:43:16 | More by tigg924
Photo of bamadog


4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A note prior to reviewing this, there seems to be a discrepancy between the ABV listed on BA vs. what's listed on the bottle. According to BA the ABV is 5.1, but my bottle says 6.5 - perhaps it's a matter of the year that it was brewed? I had this on tap a couple of months ago at The Comet and really wish I would have had something to write on at the time (fortunately I've started carrying a beer journal with me after this incident), but I'm very excited about the premise to have it again, bottle, tap, whatever. Founders has been good to me on all levels. Poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured thick and viscous - reminiscent of the first time I ever poured myself a Breakfast Stout. This is easily the thickest porter I've ever seen. Near black in color. A thick 2 finger deep tan head started early at the top and became pock marked and rocky as it worked it's way down to a chewy looking skim at the top. There is already a sticky foam on the side of the glass and I haven't even picked it up yet. I'm getting more excited about drinking this just from looking at it.

Smell: Wow - on the pour I was hit right away by deep maltiness, strong burnt roasty scents and a bitter sweet chocolate. Now that it has had the chance to sit and I pull whiffs from it, there is definitely a firm scent of alcohol that is very evident as well. Quite amazing.

Taste: Very roasty, a burnt coffee-esque flavor is most dominant. The bitter sweet chocolate flavor that was foretold by the scent is there, but it's very subdued. Also, I thought the alcohol would be a little more prevalent in the taste based upon how noticeable it was in the nose, but it is not as strong as I thought it may be and this is pleasant because I was a little nervous that it may become a bit of an overwhelming flavor factor. The deep maltiness makes it taste very smooth. The aftertaste is a little bitter from the roastiness and what I can only believe to be a moderate hop presence. I'm loving the bitter nature to this, but feel it's also very well balanced with that chocolatey bittersweetness alluded to above.

Mouthfeel: Coats very thick and it's stickier than I remember - very nice. The coating allows the aftertaste to linger a little longer and this is definitely a positive attribute. The alcohol presence, while not especially strong in the flavor, does again make an appearance here as I feel that once the thick coating begins to subside, the mouth dries very quickly, and my stomach also feels quite warm. This is a thick beer that is a little chewy, you know you've got a solid beer with this -- not a watery body like I've found in a couple other porters that I've sampled...

Drinkability: I like this beer a lot and give it a moderate drinkability rating - I do feel I could get through a couple of these, but the warm feeling in the stomach would prevent much more. It's also a little on the heavier side in the body and it is quite filling.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 01:53:37 | More by bamadog
Photo of beerman207


4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brew with a nice head that is brown and frothy. Kind of reminds me of the Breakfast Stout

S - Not a lot in the smell for me other than malt.

T - Toasted malts and a little chocolate. I hate to compare this to anything but this is very similar to the breakfast stout. High quality and very tasty.

M - Fantastic mouthfeel - light carbonation.

D- The drinability of this is very good. I could sit down with a bunch of these during the winter. Not sure that I would like it on a hot day but it's a great fall/winter beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 23:06:35 | More by beerman207
Photo of palma

New York

3.3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

small tan head develops on the pour. then fades quickly to a paper thin lace which sustains thoughout the session.

nose is chocolate, and coffee with the coffee dominating.

taste is big time espresso. subtle chocolate notes. slight grassiness also pulls through. a bit acidic. slight sour finish. i would like to see a sweeter milder finish. this was a bit harsh for what i was expecting. but hey it is what it is. this is an american brewed porter.

the beer gets much better after a few sips. much more drinkable. at first sip i thought this would be a chore to finish. turns out it was quite enjoyable in the end.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 19:02:33 | More by palma
Photo of Packforever1976


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

Served chilled in my stemless wine glass, for no other reason than it's a cool new glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a one-finger tan head. Head recedes rather quickly. Decent lacing.

S: Smells of a good dark roasted coffee, with a hint of vanilla. Some notes of good dark chocolate in there as well as a touch of toffee.

T: First sips reveal a very tasty dark roasty bitterness that I love. A hint of sweetness rounds it all out. This is one tasty porter.

M: Mouthfeel is nice. A nice creamy porter that packs alot of flavor in each sip, and has a pleasant aftertaste. Carbonation is on par with the style.

D: Very drinkable and inviting. I am thrilled that we'll soon have Founders available in Minnesota, as they make world-class brews. This will be my go-to porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 18:47:39 | More by Packforever1976
Photo of endincolorado


4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Thick black pour with opaque body and tan head. Good sticky dark lace.

Smell- Rich roasty aromas of coffee and chocolate- little hop character- slight aroma of overripe fruit.

Taste- Rich malt, sweet with chocolate and roasted coffee, more ripe fruit, fig, hop-bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- Thick and syrupy, almost chewy.

Drinkability- Reminds me of a subdued breakfast stout, which helps make for a highly drinkable porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 15:07:07 | More by endincolorado
Photo of BMoney575


3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 3-20-09
Bottled on 1-20-09
6.5% abv

Pours very dark, almost black. A thin head lasts forever, with one thick ring of lacing that slides down the glass.

Smell is malty but not too sweet, a nice smokiness and slight coffee in the finish. Very enjoyable.

Taste is malty, alot like the smell, but with a sizable hop presence. The hops add a bitter kick at the end, a bit too much for my taste.

Mouthfeel is good, maybe a little too thin.

Drinkability is good, super balance makes is very to drink.

Overall, a good beer, maybe a bit too fresh.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 21:53:38 | More by BMoney575
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Deep dark brown, we might as well just call it black. Opaque. Massive 3-4 finger head rises, a creamy, rich, mocha brown color. Retention is great before falling to a moderate cap. Moderate to high lacing.

S - Distinct but restrained coffee in the nose; more like coffee being brewed nearby rather than the common stick-your-nose-in-a-bag-of-beans aroma. Dark chocolate is well represented as well. Small element of roastiness. Not as complex as I would've guessed, but solid and aromatic.

T - Things start off with an amazing balance between mild coffee and dark chocolate. It's very difficult to tell where one begins and the other ends. Some mild to moderate sweetness kicks in with a creaminess that moves the dark chocolate into slight milk chocolate territory. Mid to late palate roastiness begins growing steadily and overriding much of the sweetness. Roastiness peaks late palate and the brew finishes with an acrid, burnt coffee taste with moderate bitterness. The aftertaste literaly reminds me of getting to the bottom of a pot of coffee and ingesting the grounds. Founders Porter would've scored half a point higher if not for the harsh finish/aftertaste.

M - On the light side of full bodied with a rich creaminess. Moderate to low carbonation. Very nice.

D - A great beer all around. I'm not a huge fan of the coffee taste and don't expect to find it in a porter, but despite this it's balanced well. I'm not wild about the aftertaste but overall this is a fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 06:40:09 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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

I got this brew in a trade with drgonzo3705, Thanks Paul!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black brew with a creamy tan head that fell after awhile leaving spots of lacing.

S - roasted espresso coffee and dark chocolate aroma.

T - rich roasted flavors of coffee and chocolate with a dry, bitter finish.

F - medium bodied, slightly chewy, creamy feel.

D - very easy drinking, good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 00:58:02 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of Richardberg

New York

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Inky black liquid with a mocha foam that dissipated quickly. What remains is almost totally opaque. Closer to what I'd expect from a strong stout (a good thing!), except for noticeably crimson edges reflecting in the light.

S: sweet caramel and charred grain, plus a bit of bitter coffee

T: everything in the nose blends together into a melded semisweet/semibitter flavor of dark roasted malt. very good combo, just not as rich as the highly varied & distinctive smells it gives off.

M: coats nicely (but not extravagantly), finishes clean. alky warming is tangible but only if you're seeking it out.

D: wonderfully sessionable beer that's more than the sum of its parts. This will probably be the last time I pick up just a single!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 02:32:49 | More by Richardberg
Photo of shroompod


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

Pours dark with a mocha head , some lacing.

Slight aroma of sweet caramel. Faint roasted malts.

Roasted dark chocolate and coffee predominate with a nice sharp bitterness.

Mouthfeel is dry , light. Good carbonation.

Overall a very sessionable porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 00:36:12 | More by shroompod
Photo of Brenden


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

This one pours black with hues of nothing. Just thick, inky blackness. The head pours about two fingers but doesn't take very long to dissipate, though a very slight, thin head remains. Nice lacing clings all over the glass.

The smell is what I've come to expect from a good porter. Coffee, hints of dark chocolate, a slight alcoholic tinge and a little bitterness.

The taste is likewise what I've come to expect from a good porter. All of the above with a smoky grain flavor and balanced light bitterness.

The mouthfeel is thick and rich, very nice and smooth. Carbonation is light and it's medium-bodied.

All in all I found myself in agreement with the claim on the bottle that this is "dark, rich and sexy."

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 12:11:39 | More by Brenden
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black, nearly opaque with just a little light showing through. Thin wispy head. The appearance is the only thing that's not superb about this beer.
Smells like fresh gound coffee beans with some bitter sweet chocolate. Exactly the way a good porter is supposed to smell imo.
Wonderful charred grain flavor. Good mix btwn the roasted, coffee, chocolate, and bitter flavors. One of the better balanced porters I've had. Reminds me of Foothills Peoples Porter, which is one of my favs.
Love the mouthfeel. Lush, fuller than most porters. Kind of raw. I love the way the flavors coat the mouth and last until you decide to take another sip.
I could sit around and drink this all night long.
Great porter that I received as part of The Educators BIF.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 02:25:43 | More by wcudwight
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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