1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Founders PorterFounders Porter

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,414 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5,414
Reviews: 1,332
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 252
Gots: 553 | FT: 24
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
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Founders Porter Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 5,414 | Reviews: 1,332 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of tectactoe
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%

Pours a very deep, dark brown, appearing nearly pitch black if you're in a room that isn't well lit - a very tiny amount of light is allowed to pass through this one. The head is nice and tan, made of tiny bubbles with a fine definition and moderate retention.

The aroma is full of milky chocolates and roasted malts; it gives off a very nutty and woodsy smell as well, reminding me of roasting marshmallows over a campfire. Very robust, powerful, and commanding. Slight hints of char and smoked goodness wrap this one up. Between some of the sweet malts and smoky characters, this makes for one of the more complex and unique porter aromas out there.

The flavor follows the nose profile right along, super nutty and toasty from the get-go. A slight hint of coffee beans sits in the immediate background, along with a nice dose of creamy chocolates and cocoa powder. This one has a very low to moderate floral essence to it, imparting a tiny bit of extra bitterness midway through to balance out the sweetness - it works very well.

Other bitterness is mainly contributed from some of the darker malts, in the form of ashy, burnt wood and bittersweet cocoa. The beer ends with an obviously malt-heavy finish, leaning more towards the sweet chocolate and dry nuttiness side. Medium-heavy body - the mouth feel on this porter is one of the best ever. Silky, smooth, creamy, fluffy - carbonation is just right, letting the flavors pop without being astringent.

This porter is pretty amazing. The best one I've had to date. Even better than Eddy Fitz in my opinion (although that is some righteous shit, too). Great smell, amazing flavor profile, orgasmic mouth feel - and still only around 9-10$ for a sixer. You can't beat that.

tectactoe, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #47 (Dec 2010):

Thick beading of tiny bubbles produces an amazing-looking head and sticky lacing; pitch-black color is saying it's a serious beer as well. Slightly burnt biscuit aroma is quickly followed by a sweeter mocha tone. A welcome hefty body here with just enough bubbles to get by. Slightly burnt choco maltiness has a firm grip on the taste buds. Hops give a quick sting of bitterness and an earthy flavor in the middle. Roastiness is well flexed and shows its range, from faint, smoky, charred wood to bitter dark chocolate to over-toasted bread. Some yeast and fruit in the end as well, as a sweetness lifts from the ashes. This Porter means business--one of the best robust Porters around.

BeerAdvocate, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of Oprimist1
2.16/5  rDev -49.2%

Oprimist1, 35 minutes ago
Photo of krampert11
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

krampert11, Today at 01:48 AM
Photo of Ncpogs
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Ncpogs, Yesterday at 06:58 PM
Photo of jlux21
4.25/5  rDev 0%

jlux21, Yesterday at 01:25 PM
Photo of DuffDadddy
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

DuffDadddy, Yesterday at 01:28 AM
Photo of gruss004
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

gruss004, Yesterday at 10:54 PM
Photo of winningwes91
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

winningwes91, Sunday at 07:24 PM
Photo of ob_carr
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

This beer is bite-your-knuckle sexy, just as the bottle claims. It has a dark, dark brown body close to a muddy black and a short-lived but beautiful head the color of a cup of coffee with 1 cream that disappears right before you've been able to fully appreciate it. It's silky smooth, but not thick, and subtly sweet with a killer, sticky and slightly bitter finish and an aftertaste that gently nibbles at your conscience. It's like eating a tiny piece of mildly dark chocolate and no more. It's like a tauntingly gentle kiss on the lips from your high school crush who's also wearing the perfect, creamy chocolate lip-gloss and (for some reason) holding an open cup of coffee beans and standing in a dewy field. Every time I have one, my eyes pop out like Eddie Valiant ogling Jessica Rabbit then settle back in as the potent but manageable 6.5% ABV washes over.

ob_carr, Sunday at 04:52 PM
Photo of fishrunner
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%

fishrunner, Sunday at 12:40 PM
Photo of Amedlin18
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Amedlin18, Sunday at 01:58 AM
Photo of ripps1
4/5  rDev -5.9%

ripps1, Sunday at 12:34 AM
Photo of pieface22
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

pieface22, Saturday at 11:19 PM
Photo of Skandranen
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Skandranen, Saturday at 09:04 PM
Photo of PVMT
4.42/5  rDev +4%

PVMT, Saturday at 07:18 PM
Photo of Basoos1
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Basoos1, Saturday at 04:54 AM
Photo of Brams17
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Brams17, Saturday at 02:17 AM
Photo of Carolvs
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

A Top 10% Porter for sure, although not as silky smooth as its Anchor Brewery counterpart. Anunmistakable malty-chocolate bite soaks through the membranes in your mouth leaving a strong yet pleasant aftertaste. Pitch-black in appearance although not much of a head and lacing (at least not from the bottle I poured).

Carolvs, Saturday at 02:01 AM
Photo of dental
4/5  rDev -5.9%

dental, Friday at 11:11 PM
Photo of Dgiand
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Dgiand, Friday at 02:30 AM
Photo of ricp215
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

ricp215, Thursday at 10:35 PM
Photo of Keneally43
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Keneally43, Thursday at 03:52 PM
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,414 ratings.