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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,454 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,454
Reviews: 1,334
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 260
Gots: 563 | FT: 23
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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Raven's eye black with the slightest glimmer of sepia along the edges. Thanks to a barely audible escape of CO2 on crown cracking, the beer received a high-altitude pour. The end result was two fingers of dark caramel colored foam that is some kind of creamy. Nice lace too.

The label includes the tagline 'Dark, Rich & Sexy', which pretty much describes the aroma. It smells like there's a generous amount of black and/or roasted malt in here... and quite a few hops as well. 45 IBUs is pretty impressive for an American porter (if you're a hophead).

Founders never ever skimps on flavor. Porter is full to bursting with porterishness, which makes all the difference when compared with most other craft versions of the style. We aren't talking Edmund Fitzgerald good, but this is damn tasty beer that has the malt-hop yin-yang thing working like a dream.

What a tasty treat! These guys should seriously think about kicking up ingredients and the ABV. Then again, they have such an outstanding array of big-ass stouts that this offering is perfectly situated in the lineup. Never mind.

The flavor profile includes dark chocolate, dark caramel, a splash of black coffee and a big shot of grapefruit juice, courtesy of what must be a generous amount of Centennial hops (or something similar). Warming doesn't broaden, but it does deepen.

The mouthfeel falls *just* short of the next highest score. A fraction more silky creaminess would have gotten it there with no trouble at all. It's improving over time, but the beer is disappearing so fast that time is running out. Quickly.

Choosing between Bell's and Founders as the best brewery in Michigan is an impossible task for me. Having said that, Founders Porter puts quite a bit of ballast on the Grand Rapids end of route 131. Next time I'll go for the sixer, not just the single.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a nice thick foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate is quite powerful and interesting. Taste is a nice mix between some black chocolate notes with medium roasted malt notes though the overall mix is balanced by just enough sweetness. Body is full and has a super nice creamy texture with good carbonation. Very well brewed and something I wouldn’t mind having on a regular basis.

Phyl21ca, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Imaculately balanced and with the creamy malt textures expected from a great porter, but with the classic citrus hop bitterness that makes it uniquely American.

The pour delivers a handsome, firm appearance of dark, dark brown hue that can easily be confused with a stout. Great head formation crawls to the top of the class and laces beautifully as the beer fades. No real knock on the appearance at all.

Simple and pure aromas of dominant coffee and barley malt backbones. Quite light on the fruits with only a slight hint of cherries and licorice. Bittersweet cocoa also play a minor role. Hop aromas give a light grassy, piney freshness to the beer. Not overly complicated, just simple and near error free.

Again, coffee flavor dominates the mouth. Not quite espresso, but a good French Roast character. Cocoa powder and hops again show lesser roles and take a deep backseat to the coffee. Fruity esters fade far into the distance and are hardly worth mentioning to the taste. Hop flavors bring out a fresh piney, grassy flavor that affirm the hoppy aromas. Interesteingly enough, there is very little sweetness to the beer- no real caramel, residual sweetness, or confection quality.

Initially malty-rich textures lighten just a touch to make the beer easier to drink. Otherwise dry, powdery, and hoppy bitter. At times the roasted grains play a little harshly on the throat but disquise themselves nicely in the hop bitterness.

The beer is very well attenuated and malty. No real flaw to the beer but it seems to lack that 'it' quality that ranks it among the best. A bit more chocolatey, caramelly sweetess would help to offset the bitterness from the sharp coffee, cocoa, and hops.

BEERchitect, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Texasfan549, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

mikesgroove, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +17.6%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

GRG1313, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for this bottle, Jeff. And thanks to Derek for the matching Founders glassware.

A: The beer pours an almost black color with a finger of mocha colored head.

S: Roasted malts dominate the aroma. There is an intense coffee aroma to the beer that is quite pleasant. Lots of bitter, cocoa powder notes with a light sweetness of toffee. A slight earthy character underneath it all.

T: Lots of roast and coffee flavors all the way through. Perhaps just as much bitter dark chocolate and cocoa powder with a light hop bitterness. Earthy tones, a bit of espresso, and some light caramel on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a smooth, medium carbonation.

O: An outstanding porter, one of the best I've had, come to think of it.

womencantsail, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -5.9%

spycow, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Half finger milk chocolate head with some lacing. dark black without light passing through.

A: lots of chocolate with dark roast and coffee notes. The smell is very sweet.

T: mostly dark roasted malt and coffee with the choclate in the sweet finish and less doimianting than in the aroma. A decent hop bitterness intermixed.

M: thick and full bodied, light to moderate carbonation, very smooth.

Overall: A very drinkable porter. Porter is one of my least favorite genres however this is a very good beer.

kylehay2004, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Dispenses an onyx black body sporting a tall, proud-looking, dark tan head with plenty of staying power and substantial lacing.

Smell: Rich malty nose of bold, roasty coffee beans, melty bittersweet chocolate bars, licorice sticks, and moist dark fruits. A delightfully sultry scent, indeed.

Taste: The firm roastiness leads in the taste, with a flavor of strong coffee unabashedly laced with chocolate sauce, licorice, and a hint of real vanilla bean. Amply sweet throughout. Dark fruitiness buried within the heady maltiness. Roasty, earthy bitterness. Shot of cream. Long, leisurely, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth, succulent creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It's really pushing at the boundary line between porters and stouts. A sterling, tasty robust porter from ole Founders and one I freely, even cheerfully recommend to others.

ChainGangGuy, May 26, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a deep brown color with a fast fading head on top. The head comes and goes just leaving a thin ring around the glass. The smell of the beer has a chocolatey roasted aroma with a very minimal hop aromas on the nose. The taste of the beer had a really nice deep and long lasting roasted flavor. There is a blend of chocolate in there too and even a hint of what I think tastes like roasted marshmallow. The mouthfeel is a moderate carbonation, but also has a creamy smooth body too. Overall this is really good, it's boarderline stout in my opinion but either way it's a great beer.

Knapp85, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of oberon
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always good to get my hands on new stuff from my home state.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep near black dark brown with some ruby highlights thruought,a thinner but well sustained mocha colored head atop.A mix of earth,roasted nut,and dark chocolate in the nose with lingering fruit.Alot of complexity and nuance on the palate,starting out with some sweeter chocolate and dark fruit melding into big earth and some rawness in the finish with a bit of espresso roast coffee.Wow for a "standard" porter this is hella top notch,awesome.

oberon, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

"Dark, rich, and sexy." Indeed. Our eyes met from across the brewpub. She stood at the bar, all decked out in righteous finery. It was when she peered over her shoulder that her beauty took hold of me: those dark brown, nearly black eyes; those burnt ochre tresses, somehow simultaneously thick and light, that she nonchalantly brushed away from those aforementioned eyes; she certainly appeared nearly perfect. I had to speak to her. As I neared, her perfume caught my nose, sending me further over the edge before we've even met. It was dark, it was roasty, it reminded me of a chocolatier's workshop. Finally, I made it to the pinnacle: I old-fashionedly cleared my throat loudly, springing the trap. I thought she'd bite, but instead she ended up trapping me within those dark eyes, which in turn were reinforced by that rich, creamy skin. I was stunned. Luckily, she took the lead. As we spoke, grew closer, her very essence dove into my senses, recalling and complimenting her perfume. The sweetness, the roast; the chocolate, the molasses, the brown sugar (how come it tastes so good!?), the nutmeg, the coffee, the subtle vanilla. I don't know how I survived the encounter. In fact, she was so rounded, such a complete package, full of energy yet more than willing to slow down and savor the moment, that we talked, nay connected, far after the doors were closed. I had fallen hard. And we've been together ever since. Now, Dean-o, THAT's amore!

TMoney2591, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 14 oz. tumbler and the head rose exactly to the rim. About a finger of dark tan mocha foam, with a sticky ringed web of lace. After a few minutes it settled to a skim with groups of larger bubbles here and there. The head could have used more staying power, but it wasn't a big deal. Light couldn't seem to penetrate the inky darkness of this Porter.

Warm roasty aroma, dark Belgian chocolate, dark roast coffee, and pipe tobacco. Rich and silky feel, mild bitterness, earthy char, layered espresso and dark chocolate that fans out in waves. Pretty rich, one or two should just about do it. Very tasty, and probably among the top 1-2 American Porters i've tasted.

emerge077, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of largadeer
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottles from Tyson. Thanks again.

Pours black, completely opaque in the glass with a huge three finger dark brown head that retains remarkably well, leaving webs of lace clinging to the glass.

The aroma is of chocolate and roasted grain, coffee and carob.

Roasty on the palate, dry and robust with flavors of coffee, burnt toast and carob showing up mid-palate. Medium-full in body, rich in flavor but impressively drinkable. It finishes semi-sweet with a lingering baker's chocolate bitterness. Exceptional stuff.

largadeer, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of zeff80
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, foamy, caramel colored head. It left soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, tons and tons of chocolate. Some roasted malt and floral aromas, too.

T - This beer has a great chocolate taste with a slight coffee taste. Nice roasted malt flavor, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a subtle creaminess. A medium-bodied beer.

D - I love this porter. Great chocolaty flavor.

zeff80, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, from a visit to Dearborn, Michigan a few weeks ago. At least now I know what the hell "Rouge" means for the Ford Motor Co.

This beer pours a solid black, with very slight cola edges, and two fingers of thick foamy, melted marshmallow tan head, which leaves some decent arching lace around the glass as it settles. The aroma is lightly roasted caramel malt, mild coffee grounds, and a bit of boozy chocolate candy. The taste is toasted, grainy malt, chocolate caramel, a mild creamy, sour milkiness, and soft earthy, piney hops. The carbonation is quite laid back, the body medium-full in weight, somewhat creamy, and decidedly smooth. It finishes resplendent in coffee/chocolate laden malt, assailed on both sides by a lingering lactic tang, and persistently understated hops.

An enjoyable American porter, big all around, and with a nod to London Porters of old. Dark, rich, and sexy? Sure, why not, you've earned it.

biboergosum, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -5.9%

JAHMUR, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev 0%

SocalKicks, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coffee, chocolate and smoky roasted malts, with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very malty with strong & smoky flavors of black coffee, milk chocolate and dark fruits. There's just the right amount of sweetness and a mild but complimentary hops presence. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is very nice porter to drink for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jan 24, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

RblWthACoz, Oct 21, 2012
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,454 ratings.