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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

Founders PorterFounders Porter

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95
world-class

4,648 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 4648
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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Honisbygonis

North Carolina

3.39/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appetizer: black and syrupy, with nominal carbonation and a moderately sweet inviting aroma

Entree: smooth initial taste, (full-bodied comes to mind), with a lingering but surprisingly, a mild unsavory aftertaste (compared to Deschutes Black Butte I'd sampled a week or so prior)--again, not a brewmaster / judge.

Dessert: would I have again? probably. Does it live up to the hype I long heard / read / saw ? not really, considering I have been sampling several porters lately, and to me, not a "craving" type that I had hoped.

Ch33rs!!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 12:44:10 | More by Honisbygonis
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jwchestnut

Massachusetts

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

to be honest i am pretty disappointed by most porters and wasn't expecting much from this one and boy was i wrong. pours pitch black with brownish-cola edges and a dark khaki head. the nose is rich and deep - dark chocolates, dark almost burnt toast, coffee, milk chocolate raisins and the slight burnt/smoky notes that are common to many porters but are much more intense here. the taste follows - lots of sweet and bittersweet chocolate, campfire smoke, dark toasted almonds - a little booze heat at the end. the mouthfeel is great - rich and smooth, chewy but not cloying, and for such a sweet beer finishes dry. all in all i really enjoyed this and might even get it again, which is rare for me and porters. i would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 22:42:11 | More by jwchestnut
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chancy14

Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is quite possibly my favorite beer that I can actually afford to buy on a regular basis. Just now getting around to reviewing it.

A: Looks like your standard porter--nearly black and nearly opaque, but when held up to the light proves to be a dark reddish-brown. The head is tan and has a sort of rolling foaminess to it.

S: You can smell this from several feet away. It smells like coffee and dark chocolate and roasted barley. It smells like a porter, but more so than most porters.

T: What you smell is what you taste. There's nothing too surprising here once you've smelled it. It's richly sweet, balanced by a strong coffee-like bitterness and a bit of earthy hops. Again, it's just what you expect from a porter, just better than you'll get from other porters.

M: The mouthfeel is full without having that almost syrupy consistency that a big stout would have. It's recognizably a porter, but on the thick end of that spectrum. Similarly, it's less carbonated than most porters, but it's still a little more carbonated than, say, Breakfast Stout, which keeps it pretty drinkable. The coffee-like finish lingers, giving you the sense that you're still drinking it for a while after you no longer are.

Overall: For my money, this is the best non-imperial porter out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 17:20:07 | More by chancy14
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.89/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Founders Porter has a medium-to-thick, beige head, an extremely dark brown appearance, and a touch, here and there, of lacing left behind. The aroma is rich, sweet, dark-roasted malt, coffee, cream, and chocolate. Taste is of the same, with significant acidity and bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and slick, and Founders Porter finishes semi-dry, delicious, and super-drinkable. Just a great, great beer!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 14:29:53 | More by RonaldTheriot
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ACarp

New York

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

exactly what i want a robust porter to be. way richer and fuller than Black Butte and pure chocolate whereas Black Butte reminds me of charcoal. Not like Edmund Fitzgerald either with its slight smokiness and average thisckness mouthfeel. the closest similar beers would probably be Gonzo baltic porter by flying dog or maybe washington tavern porter by yards due to its full mouthfeel and rich chocolatyness

A= dark, black, nice tan head, nothing wrong here
S= roasty chocolate and some sweet malt. hints of coffee
T= same as nose, very full rich mouthfeel, sweet but with hop and roasty bitterness to balance.
O= One of my favorite interpretations at the style, very enjoyable and full dark beer at half the abv of an imperial stout. Will have to keep this around

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 01:25:28 | More by ACarp
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peoplewithhands

Nebraska

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

Appearance: Poured dark chocolate brownish black with a half inch beautiful creamy tan head that eventually thins out, but continues to lace throughout consumption.

Smell: Dark roast/burnt coffee with sweet milk chocolate notes

Taste: sweet and bittersweet. coffee and chocolate.

Mouth feel: Creamy, velvety....perfect.

Overall: I am a porter fan. The look, taste, and mouth feel of this particular porter is an answer to what I like most about them.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 01:08:04 | More by peoplewithhands
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jngrizzaffi

Texas

4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark brown with very little head, which quickly dissipated. Lacing on the side of the glass was minimal to non-existent. Smelled of dark roasted coffee. I can discern dark chocolate as well. The taste pretty much goes along with the smell. Roasted coffee predominates initially with a sweeter dark chocolate taste at the end. It was thick and velvety going down. Very slight bitterness at the end. Very good beer. I am just getting into Porters, so I don't have a lot to compare it to, but it is definitely one I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 14:55:08 | More by jngrizzaffi
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Andrew041180

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a deep, dark brownish black. The beer is incredibly viscous and folds softly into the bottom of my tulip glass. Very little head, retention, and lacing.

S - Nice strength of aroma. Dominant scent is heavily roasted coffee. Hints of dark chocolate.

T - Initially I'm somewhat overpowered by burnt coffee and the associated bitterness. Light heat and flavor from the alcohol are present on the finish. The beer is already fairly warm, coming from my warmer-than-cellar basement, but as I have more, and perhaps as it warms, the flavors change a bit. The burnt flavors fade and the dark chocolate sweetness comes out. I notice less and less alcohol as I drink down the beer.

M - Really incredible. Velvety. This was evident from the pour and I couldn't wait to try this. Outstanding.

O - Other than the initial hiccups this beer really does live up to its reputation. Not overly expensive. Good value on a very good porter. Recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 23:25:07 | More by Andrew041180
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toppoop

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours out dark brown. Head disappears quick. No lacing down the glass.
S - Roasty malts, charred wood.
T - Taste is everything with this one IMO. Great malts, with a touch of sweet. A bit of burnt coffee and chocolate.
M - Not as thick as I like (especially with a stout), but is quite pleasing to the palate.
O - Great porter from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 21:38:37 | More by toppoop
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Doerrijustmether

Michigan

4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

bottle to pint glass.

aggressive pour to 2 fingers of light khaki head.

great drink, outstanding stout/porter.

great flavor profiles. all clean, nothing bad to say, no wow factor to put it in world class. will drink again.

compared to other beers in this category, this may be my favorite.non - bourbon aged/vanilla/chocolate/java/ stout/porter

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 03:22:59 | More by Doerrijustmether
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Boggdogg

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a jet black color and a very thick frothy wonderfully brown colored head that lasts and lasts. The lacing is soooo thick! This is exactly what a world class porter should look like.

S - malt and coffee nice and simple.

T - fairly straight forward classic porter taste bitter coffee bean but it's a good bitter like high quality ingrediqnce where used.

M - outstanding full bodied yet smooth and creamy. A little dry.

O - well brewed, looks amazing, tastes great. I would like some vanilla or something like that added. highly recommended great quality porter!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 01:47:37 | More by Boggdogg
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hail_seitan

Massachusetts

4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured bottle into pint glass.

A - Pours thick, black, and viscous. When pint glass was held up to a light, it was completely opaque. About a half inch of toffee-colored head formed on top.

S - Roasty and sweet - kind of like a chocolate cake cut with the slightest hop aroma.

T - First, a bit of astringency from the roasted malt and carbonation. Then, the palate opens up with the sweetness from the rest of the malts. The aftertaste is of roasted coffee. Slight northwest-style hop biterness lingers on the tip of the tongue, too. Yeast esters open up as the beer get warmer.

M - Thick and glutinous. Delightful.

O - One of the best takes on the American style porter, up there with Black Butte and Smuttynose Robust Porter. Comes of as not too boozy or bitter for dinner, mid-afternoon, or, hell, even a breakfast beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 21:44:58 | More by hail_seitan
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TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A:
Pours a ridiculously dark ruby-tinged black with a perfect two fingers of rocky reddish brown head that airily settles to a quarter inch and then a fat film. Very good retention; some splotches of lacing.

S:
Sweet, dark, and earthy. Dark fruits, leather, roasty malt aromas, bubblegum, licorice. Lots going on. Very nice.

T:
Rich, full, nutty. Flat, unobtrusive burnt flavors right up front with a nutty taste underneath and a decadent finish. Burnt toast, coffee, roast nuts, vanilla, rum, dirt, wood. Delicious.

M:
Coating, velvety palate with a nice creamy character. Full-bodied with nice carbonation to off-set what is otherwise a very rich, coating beer. Lovely slow toasty finish.

O:
Fantastic porter.
Pours beautifully and has a very aromatic, toasty, woody, phenolic nose. Tastes like a porter should with nice roasted bitterness mellowed by nutty malt notes and a velvety, creamy texture that makes it a joy to sit and slowly drink. It took a while to pick out the hops because they are kind of in the background, they seem to really mellow the rest and brighten the overall flavor of it and make it a bit more drinkable.
Would have again (damn distro...); worth searching high and low for.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 00:17:48 | More by TheDoctor
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Furlinator

California

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 01/09/14.

Pours opaque dark brown with 1 inch of tan head that quickly fades to a thin ring and cap on top and leaves spotty lace.

Smell is of coffee, cocoa and faint grassy hops.

Flavor are dominated by roasted (almost smoked) dark malt with coffee and bitter dark chocolate. There is a subtle hop presence on the finish.

Texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a solid, well balanced American porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 04:07:29 | More by Furlinator
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mjurney

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Pitch black color. Brown head, very creamy.

Aroma:
Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, a little dark fruit.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Deep roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, woody, burnt caramel, with some black licorice. Finish is very bitter, dry and smoky. Body is thick, a little syrupy, smooth, dry.

Overall:
It's a very good porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 22:19:50 | More by mjurney
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Dr_Q

Kentucky

4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can smell the alcohol. Chocolate and coffee, really smells and tastes good. A little hoppy with a great mouth feel, smooth, and delicious. I love porters and this is a very good example.

O: Can really smell the hops and malt, with a hint of chocolate.

T: A little creamy, great mouthfeel, smooth, but with a little bitter chocolate.

A: Beautiful!. I would like a larger head, and almost no lacing on the glass. Has that swirl that is nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 22:19:20 | More by Dr_Q
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snaotheus

Washington

3.74/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Fridge temp, about 41 F. 1421339130127B is the bottle code. Purchased by a friend in Texas and shipped to Washington.

Pours black with a tiny head. Small amount of very fine, very slow carbonation. Smell is rich, chocolatey, slightly yeasty, some coffee. Mild, though. Maybe it'll open as it warms.

Taste is coffee, yeast, date-ish sweetness, smokey roast. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly grainy. Overall, quite tasty. Not sad I have most of a six pack left.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 03:41:00 | More by snaotheus
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lochef81

Michigan

4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This exquisite porter pours a near black color with a two finger tan head that gives way to a nice tan film and generous lacing. The nose is deep and rich with roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and a pleasant (and unexpected) hop bitterness. The flavor lives up to everything the nose promises. It is incredibly deep and rich and delicious. Bitter coffee gives way to sweet roasted malts to dark smoky chocolate to a finish of bitter hops and roasted goodness. The body coats the palate and lingers with the deliciousness of the ale. This seems much closer to a stout than a porter. I tasted this along side GLBC Edmund Fitzgerald and Bell's porter, overall this one won out. Well done, founder's, very well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 04:51:06 | More by lochef81
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Bone53

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Black; looks like a stout

Smell: roasted and chocolate malts at its finest.

Taste: again, such great depth in flavor between the roasted and chocolate malts.

Mouthfeel: Heavy medium body; chewy and chalky.

Overall: My favorite porter along with Smuttynose. I can't say enough good things about it

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2014 21:58:55 | More by Bone53
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tomgoehring

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If I had to pick one beer (and that beer would be a porter or a stout) to drink for the rest of my life this would be it! Excellent color and taste, not too flat. I've had a fair number of porters and this, Black Butte and Sam Smith's Taddy Porter always do it for me - of those three I'd pick this one if I had to - fortunately I don't.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 18:35:39 | More by tomgoehring
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grammodesguapote

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sampling glass. Vigorous poor gives a dark tan head which quickly disintegrates leaving plenty of lacing.

Smells of light roast but mostly a sweet alcoholic aroma as it warms.

Taste is roasted malt but subdued, and watery. Some alcohol but not in-your-face. a little bitterness in the finish and enhanced roasty character.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery, but nothing off-putting.

A good porter, I have not had so many recently but something I love coming back to.

Will try again if on tap, otherwise I will keep exploring!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 02:15:32 | More by grammodesguapote
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fscottkey

New York

3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Black in color with no light penetration. Gorgeous 1 1/2 finger head that is made of uniform bubbles. The head lasts a long time - and is dense enough to reshape as you move the glass.

S: There is a smoked or charred smell. Like a charred hardwood. It almost smells like hickory smoked meat.

T: Smoke up front then again at the back. Slight mocha taste as it warms.

M: Dry feeling but goes down easily

O: The appearance on this one is amazing! If you handed this to me and said it was a smoked porter I would believe it. There is a lot of smoke essence in there. This one is good - but I wanted to love it and I am not there.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 00:56:58 | More by fscottkey
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macher0

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured black with a small fine bubble head. Nose of dark roasted malts, coffee beans, and a little hops. The taste follows the nose nicely with a very heavy roasted expresso experience. It's a full body beer, high carbonation, very smooth. This is a straight forward coffee-based porter. Very well crafted. A top tier porter. Certainly one to keep in the fridge. Great for a cold day or a perfect hangover beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2014 23:12:12 | More by macher0
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GinjaSlice

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown with very little head and alomst no lacing
S: Like a roasty/burnt chocolate with a bit of coffee
T: It's a light dark beer. Pretty good, has an initial hop taste to it quickly followed by a burnt chocolate kind of taste, and leaves a nice chocolaty taste on the tongue. One of the best aftertastes of any beer. It's a light dark beer.
M: Much lighter then I expected

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 15:14:29 | More by GinjaSlice
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irongator

Kansas

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is really an imperial stout in disguise. It is very cream and rich. Balance is perfect. Other than having a low ABV, there really I'd no bad sideto this brew. I have to keep going as I dont have enough words yet. I hope that does it! Nope a few more

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Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 03:15:47 | More by irongator
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,648 ratings.