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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

Founders PorterFounders Porter

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4,649 Ratings
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Ratings: 4649
Reviews: 1289
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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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
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ndekke39

Ohio

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

Drank a bottle of this, dated from December, decanted into my KBS glass (holla!). Pours an opaque brownish-black. The slightest hint of head. Head is off-white. Aromas of coffee and chocolate. Tastes of espresso, dark chocolate. Strong malty center with a bitter finish (again the dark chocolate). Medium thickness to it. This is an excellent drinkable porter. Dynamic aromas and flavors, without that hard, watery bitterness that comes with a lot of porters.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 02:03:34 | More by ndekke39
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JDV

Texas

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

Bottle in trade from ROBORB. Thanks man! Pours a rich dark black with a medium lived tan head. Smell is roasty malt, coffee and is quite nutty as well. Taste is very richly roasted, dark bitter chocolate, roasted coffee beans, bitter charred malt, and just really nice. A pretty substantial amount of bitterness either from the hops or the charred malt. Body is medium to full with medium carbonation. Damn tasty and easily one of the best porters I've had. How is this not a stout, and why is it not a year round beer?

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 04:11:54 | More by JDV
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madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm not the biggest porter fan but this one is very good! It poured a dark magenta/brownish. The smell was almost all like a sweet coffee, and brown sugar? The taste was fabulous! I loved the coffee I got out of it finished by a sweet brown sugar, way back on the tongue. I could drink a bunch of thesewithout getting bored of them

I'd try this if you could get your hand son it!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 03:45:30 | More by madtowndmb1
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WakeandBake

Michigan

4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark black color ,with some ruby tones if you hold it to a really strong light, thick lasting light brown head,with very nice lacing. Sweet aroma of coco powder,and fudge,very nice,a hint of the dark roasted barly as it warms.Flavor is awesome,like dark chocolate and good coffee in layers.A touch of the roast at the end ,and just slightly bitter. Medium body ,smooth creamy mouthfeel. The best Porter I have had to date and and maby the best beer. An honor to drink. Thank you Founders !

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 01:46:36 | More by WakeandBake
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malty

Michigan

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

This is from Founders first mass bottling since it went 'underground' a few years ago. The neck label reads 6.5% ABV. I'd say no more than 4 weeks old.

Pours as black as night with a dense 1/2" khaki head. No highlights or edges emerge from the body. Good thick rings of lace all the way down.

The nose is a perfect trifecta of milk chocolate, freshly chopped almonds and vanilla nougat. After a few swirls, a semi-charred dark malt base creeps-up as the chocolate spreads its loving arms to give you a hug.

At first quaff, the charred dark malts I smelled a few minutes ago translate into a roasty malty funfest of flavor. No hops were evident in the nose, but boy do they lend a beautiful dry & bitter counterbalance to the sweet & chocolaty foundation. The flavors are masterfully balanced and ultra fresh. There's a clean flavor running through the middle that gives the tongue a bit of a break from the full-on barrage of big, sweet & semi-bitter notes. Its almost like you can taste the brewer's water, but the flavor doesn't bottom out or diminish in the least.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, full bodied with a carbonation level that's moderate and fine.

Drinkablity is way high to the sky. Flavorful and balanced that's well suited for the cold weather.

I've been reacquainted with this wonderful beer that used to be readily available on store shelves until (around) 2005. It's everything I remember with just a bit more 'oomph'. If you know Founders, they never slack on bringing the full flavor, and this porter is no exception. I'm very glad I bought a sixer as I'll be back for more before spring arrives.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 01:24:24 | More by malty
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astrasday

Massachusetts

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

Bottle has a gothic style portrait of a pale white woman wearing all black with the words, "Dark, Rich & Sexy". Pretty hilarious if you ask me. 6.5% ABV and 45 IBUs clearly marked. No freshness date. Poured this one into a tulip glass. Utter darkness. A foamy, tan head quickly dissipates with a nice sticky lacing.

Smell of raisins and heavy, fresh baked bread come through first. Roasted malts, coffee and dark, over-ripe fruit fall are all present as well. The scent is balanced and almost wholesome.

Taste. Roasted malts, coffee, raisins, chocolate and just a touch of hop bitterness to round out it out. Finish is very similar to a sip of nice dark coffee. Lovely.

The mouthfeel. Rich, full and deep. Exactly what I want from a porter. I find myself utterly content with this portion of the beer. I am left wanting nothing.

Drinkability. Does this beer define this word? It might. It's just a pleasure sipping on this brew. Relaxing, enjoying the lovely taste and it goes down so agreeably. More, please.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 01:23:22 | More by astrasday
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beachbum1975

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DrewOSU, newtonty and I decided to make an impulse beer run to Dayton, Ohio last Friday night. Among the gems we picked up, I snagged a couple singles of these. I never saw this beer from Founders, so needless to say - I must try it!

The 12 ounce brown bottle has a gorgeous, dark renaissance-style portrait of a woman wearing a feathered cap. No freshness date on the bottle, but I know it was a recent delivery at Belmont Party Supply.

Pours a cloudy dark brown with a ½ inch dark, mocha head with great, stringy lacing on the side of my imperial pint glass. The head has nice, creamy and textured craters.

Light nose with a mix of heavily roasted malts, caramel and hints of dry and unsweetened baker's chocolate. A slight, earthy hops presence exists, as well.

Medium bodied and medium flavor with high carbonation throughout. Predominant flavor is chocolate and heavily roasted malts. The same, dry/unsweetened baker's chocolate follows through. Finishes semi-dry with a floral hop, almost bitter finish.

This is a nice example of an American porter. Nothing fantastic or awe inspiring, but solid and enjoyable, none the less.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 23:57:49 | More by beachbum1975
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Rainintheface

Massachusetts

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

A: dark brown, nearly black with a 0ne finger mocha head

S: dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and a hint of vanilla. awesome

T: espresso, some bitter chocolate and dark. roasted notes

M: rich. velvety smooth

D: great porter. Time to buy more.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 21:49:05 | More by Rainintheface
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UA8

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours oily black with a huge Guinness esque head.

S- Scents of coffee and heavily roasted toffee malts. backed with a hint of coaled wood.

T- Leads and is dominated by a super smoky taste with a light charred malt backing.

M- Could be a bit heavier but meets the expectations of a solid porter.

D- I would only go for maybe one or two of these due to their very bold taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 01:43:17 | More by UA8
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

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

A - Solid black with 2 fingers of creamy mocha head that eventually settles to a skim of foam with webbed lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, roasted malt, espresso, and hints of pipe tobacco.

T - Slightly sweet but quickly changing to a lingering bitterness, milk chocolate mixed with dark chocolate, roasty malts and burnt coffee.

M - Silky smooth and creamy, feeling rich at times (almost making it a bit heavy to drink several in a row) with a lingering dry bitterness.

D - The strong flavors with the big mouthfeel might make it tought to drink a 6 pack but this is up there with the best American porters I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 23:49:59 | More by brewcrew76
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