Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Founders PorterFounders Porter

Educational use only; do not reuse.

1,474 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 1,474
Hads: 6,702
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 379
Gots: 1,271 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2003

No absence of hops gives Founders' robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect.

45 IBU
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Founders Porter Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,474 | Hads: 6,702
Photo of Dikfour
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Two fingers of Brown creamy head. Opaque and black in color. Mild carbonation keeps a small island of foam at the top of the glass. No lacing really.

Smell: Mocha and roasted cocoa. Very rich.

Taste: Mocha, cocoa, dark chocolate, vanilla, a little nuttiness, Fresh cracked coffee bean bitterness. Rich lingering chocolates. A little bit of alcohol is present, but not much.

Feel: Medium body. A little creamy. I had some watery porters in the past and this one certainly is not that.

Overall: Pretty dang awesome. Rich wonderful porter utilizes every ounce of flavor to bring a complex, balanced beer. Picked this one up in a trip to Ohio and if Founders ever makes its way to Colorado I will squeal like a little girl.

 729 characters

Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a opaque obsidian with two fingers of mocha colored head. Solid retention and lacing.

S: Coffee, dark roasted malts, caramel, dark fruits, and earthy hops.

T: Coffee, molasses, caramel, roasted malts, chocolate, and some slight bitterness from the earthy hops.

M: Full bodied, lightly carbonated, smooth and creamy like a porter should be.

O: A fantastic brew. Easily one of the best readily available American Porters. I frequently enjoy this brew and would recommend anyone to do the same.

 533 characters

Photo of capeannbass36
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Heavy handed pour into a pint glass. Very, very dark brown...almost black. Definitely not seeing through this one. Half inch tan head that hung around for awhile....leaving decent lacing throughout the drink.

S- Roasted coffee and chocolate.

T- Sweet roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee.

M- Creamy with light carbonation. Silky smooth on palate.

O- Very delicious and drinkable. Definite keeper. Without a doubt..definitely buying again.

 444 characters

Photo of BelgiumBill
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Are you kidding me? I've recently discovered Founders (yeah, I'm new to this) and is there anything Founders doesn't do well?

Anyway, I paid $1.99 for a single 12 oz bottle at Total Wine.

This poured nearly black into my Guinness pint glass and produced a thin medium beige head which lingered for a minute the receded to leave some islands and a ring.

The smell was strong and loaded with roasted malts, coffee, and molasses.

When drinking, there was a great balanced complexity to the brew highlighted by the roasted malts which progressed into coffee, then revealing some hop bite to the side of the tongue and finishing with some mineral notes. Again, this was complex so my description doesn't do it justice.

There was good carbonation which was in balance with the thick, chewy feel this porter exhibited. Reasonably priced for this quality.

 852 characters

Photo of Boggdogg
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
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!

 577 characters

Photo of n00tz
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Dark body, mocha brown head, and an undetectable carbonation.

S - Dark fruits, molasses, roasted-toasty woodiness. Light scent of walnuts.

T - Roasted coffee and nuts with a dry alcohol backing. Light chocolate and biscuity malts are present and welcomed warmly for a Porter.

M - Carbed wonderfully - slight tingle. Sits heavy on the palate, more than a typical porter.

D - Dark and heavy, would go great with a chocolate cake with a walnut genache.

 457 characters

Photo of beerbully
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass
A-Dark black creamy mocha head 1/2 inch good lacing that quickly dissolves
S-Chocolate, coffee
T-Roasty coffee, with some chocolate,little black licorice
M-Good, some carbonation not as thick and creamy as your might think given the aroma and the appearance of the head
O-Fine tasting beer on a cool fall evening

 337 characters

Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice thick black with a dark brown 3/4 inch head and some residue from the bottom. Nice fairly sweet smell. You can taste the alcohol. Has a nice thickness to it and typical porter taste. Great mouthfeel. This one competes with the best from Europe.

 257 characters

Photo of rwf08
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Black
Head: full head that subsides quickly
Flavor: roasted coffee, chocolate, and cocoa nibs
Smell: roasted coffee, toffee, and roasted grains
Mouth-feel: creamy and velvety

 181 characters

Photo of manahansf
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and opaque black with a thin and creamy tan head. There is a light aroma of roasted malt but the boldness of the beer is in the drink. Smooth coffee flavors and a gentle hint of chocolate flow with a mildly thick and viscous brew. Low carbonation slows the drink even more and fades gracefully into a sweet malty finish. It ends smoothly and crisply.

 362 characters

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque black, with hints of brown and a snall mocha head. Aroma is roast and coffee. Taste is roast, coffee, and hints of chocolate and vanilla even. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety. Overall, a great porter that makes you want more woth every sip.

 260 characters

Photo of drunkenmess
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well done Founders. One of my favourite porters. Cant get enough, the heaviness is exactly what I was looking for. Goes really good with Muenster cheese.

 153 characters

Photo of ken3c
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is very dark brown. It struggles to form a head and recedes to a thin ring with wisps. No lacing. I was disappointed in the appearence and losing hope that this would be a good beer.

I shouldn't have worried. The aroma was great. A good blend of Coffee and carmel with a hint of vanilla. I just couldn't stop smelling this beer.

Very slightly sweet, a little tart, with a crescendo of bitterness. It starts with coffee and then the hops kick in. Dry finish.

Full bodied and lightly carbonated. It could use a little more carbonation.

I like this beer. It's got it where it counts.

 602 characters

Photo of youngblood
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark brown with small tan head.
S- Strong espresso and dark chocolate coming off of this. Bit of a burnt toast nose to it also.
T- Espresso, Chocolate, bit of creamy sweetness also. Follow the smell, there is a bit of a burnt aftertaste.
M- Creamy and quite smooth, leaves mouth satisfied
D- Easily put back. Goes down rather easy.

This is a really great example of what a Porter should be.

 400 characters

Photo of andrewm190
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a simple porter, but very delicious. Pours a thick black, with a full brownish head. Smells predominately of roasted malts, and tastes to match. I think it succeeds very well in being simple. the mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Not much intricacy to it, even in the aftertaste, but another sip doesn't require much effort. A well done beer from Founders, and worth your dollar.

 380 characters

Photo of bgildea
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very nice dark black brown color. Slight tan head, that looks very appealing but fades. Slight lacing as well.

S: Good smell with some earthy/coffee notes.

T: The taste is a dark rich coffee flavor. I'm surprised that it's not called a coffee porter for the amount of coffee flavor that the beer has.

M: Thin mouthfeel with a slight alcohol taste. Not much thickness to the beer.

D: It's drinkable, but the coffee flavor might be too overwhelming to have several of them.

Overall: I enjoyed the beer, but the coffee flavor overwhelmed the other notes in the beer. I was satisfied, but I think Founder's has better beers out there.

 639 characters

Photo of Bogforce
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: BLACK, couldn't get any light through this beer. Doesn't pour with much of a head and had a small amount of lacing.

S: Has a nice roasty coffee smell, big roasted malt. Also has a small bit of hops to the smell.

T: The taste isn't bad, just as it smells. A pretty coffee forward taste with small amount of hops as well.

M: Pretty smooth with a light carbonation, doesn't leave much on the tongue goes down smooth.

O: Pretty good beer, not a ton going on but what it has is good. Worth a try

 498 characters

Photo of TheBeerologist
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet

Pours a dark brown/black with a fairly thin (1/2 finger) tan head. This looks like a beautiful porter.

Smells of roasted malts and a bit of chocolate. A hint of coffee as well.

This is a very tasty beer, strongly flavored by the roasted malts. Some of the chocolate, but a very vice bitter finish with the hops. An all around great tasting porter that is full of flavor.

Nicely carbonated - with a fairly light mouthfeel for such a full flavored porter

Overall this is one of my favorite porters I have had. When living on the west coast my go to porter was Deschutes Black Butte, living in the Midwest this was my go to porter. Noe with a move to the east coast I need to find a replacement (though I was fortunate to find this on the shelves in RI)

 788 characters

Photo of Riverwarrior
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S = Coffee and chocolate.

T = Dark chocolate is upfront with caramel quickly following. Coffee flavor comes in near the end making for a very balanced beer. The finish was excellent with just enough chocolate and coffee bitterness to almost replicate a cafe mocha.

MF = Body was medium with carbonation being just below moderate. Rich, creamy, and smooth.

Overall, this was an incredibly easy to drink solid porter and one of the best that I've tasted.

 455 characters

Photo of LI_PO12
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pint glass

Appearance- Black, no light coming through, 1 finger tanish head

Aroma- toasty malt, coffee, some chocolate, slight roast, some caramel sweetness, a bit of herbal hop punch

Flavor-some coffee, toasted malt, a little chocolate, caramel, nice bitterness but in balance, some pine in there as well

Mouthfeel- Medium, medium carbonation, a little creamy

Overall- Pretty much my go to American porter. There are probably slightly better ones out there but so far its the best one I've had. Great take on the style.

 538 characters

Photo of Sconnie25
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This poured a very dark appearance with just a bit of head. The aroma gave me hints of roasted malt and chocolate. Taste wise I detect hints of chocolate and the roasted malts and the overall feeling is very smooth. This is probably the best Porter I have had so far.

 267 characters

Photo of neophilus
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark, with a mocha colored head. Great lacing leaves layers between sips. Scents of mildly spicy and acrid roasty grain. Rich slightly sweet malt aroma underneath.

Flavor brings good bitterness balanced between hops and roasted grain. Rich, complex dark grain bread taste envelops the palate. Silky smooth body with a kick from the bitterness. Hints of espresso and semi-sweet chocolate.

This brew brings the malt bomb heavy and hard but keeps it well in check with ample roasted grain that stops well short of overpowering the taste buds.

 541 characters

Photo of Cheesemoose
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12oz snifter.

Oil black, with a fine watery edge when shown through light. Foamy head with 3 fingers that dissipates slowly, leaving a nice layer on top. Great lacing, with clinging lines the whole way through.

Earthy roasted malts brings bittersweet cocoa and mild coffee aromas. Pleasant.

Nose is deceiving, as when it warms, the roasted malts come through rather strong on the palate. Unsweetened chocolate / coffee flavors predominate with a spicy hop finish balanced against a nutty return.

Watery mouthfeel in the beginning, though lingers through the mid taste and into the finish. Alcohol is off course absent in the taste, though you get a nice warming effect towards the end of the glass. With a mid-high abv, one or two is enough.

A very very nice porter, and a new favorite in my book. Honestly, a top notch porter, nutty and complex though drinkable

 884 characters

Photo of 33nickadams
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black and completely opaque. About a finger of head dissipates to a lacing around the rim of glass. Smell is remarkable. Coffee, chocolate and roasty malts dominate. The taste also reflects the nose. This is what a porter should taste like. Mouthfeel is medium and perfectly carbonated. Overall, this is one of my favorite beers of all time and it's a benchmark of the style.

 375 characters

Photo of cadizkyguy
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass from refrigerator temperature bottle, and the pour left a three inch malty head that dissipates to a half inch head within minutes of the initial pour. I figure it's too cold to take a first taste, since it was a chilled bottle and i figure to get the best taste as it starts to warm. But the Smell is magical. The appearance and smell are perfect 5.0s, it's that wonderful....
The first taste is simply mind blowing with burnt chocolate overtones. In fact, I taste more chocolate in this brew than I found in Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Go figure. I could drink this one all night. I probably should wait for this one to warm up before consuming but the anticipation is killing me, so I indulge. Wow ! When I visited The Liquor Stop in Highland, IN on a recent roadtrip, I had the opportunity to purchase several Founder's brews -- Breakfast Stout, Double Trouble, etc. -- but I was glad I purchased the Founder's Porter because it's a wonderful concoction. I will gladly buy again. If you have the chance to try this Founder's offering, I say go for it.

 1,082 characters

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,474 ratings.