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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,450 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,450
Reviews: 1,334
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 258
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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

abcdefghijkyle, May 26, 2013
Photo of becktone
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From notes 1-19-10

Eye: Black and opaque, no light passes through this, being this dark its hard to judge how clear this beer is. Head retention could use some work, presently its just a thin tan film covering the body of the beer. Legs of lacing, foamy head.

Nose: Big coffee and heavily roasted and burnt, black acrid aromas, dark chocolate chocolate. Everything a porter should be. Some sweetness and calm milky tones underneath...not that I get lactose, its just the way to describe the richness and overall smoothness of the entire beer. Up there with Edmund Fiztgerald.

Tongue: Extremely smooth. Big roasted and burnt bitterness notes. Not cloyingly bitter or acrid thorugh. Notes of bittersweet chocolate, roasted tones. Seriously, everything you could really want from a porter. Hop bitterness is low and is out of the way of this beer, black malt and roasted grain bitterness give balance here.

Feel and Drinkability: Great body and feel. This is definitely one that I'll not shy away from. Different from GLBC Fitzgerald, but just as good. They are two different beasts of the same name, same nature. Body is medium, a bit lighter in heft than I would have expected....it feels like velvet though. Aftertaste is long lasting and is of coffee, chocolate and some roasted grain bitterness. You can't ask for more.

becktone, Feb 21, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

jk3, Jan 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

danthehopslamman, Aug 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

JakeDebus, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of beerluvr
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a medium brown colored head settling over deep dark ruby liquid. The nose gives aromas of dark chocolate, roasted barley and some coffee. The taste is a lip-smackingy jolting blend of roasted barley bitterness mixed with coffee and chocolate highlights, and some malt sweetness as an afterthought. Not too much in the way of hop bitterness, the highly roasted barley seems to mask it all. It all finishes rich and mainly dry with further lingering chocolate notes, a substantial porter.

Thanks to CRJMellor.

beerluvr, Jan 16, 2004
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4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jay23 for this extra.

Pours a very dark brown/licorice black color with 1 finger of burnt tan head. Good retention and nice lacing swirls. Dark, rich, and sexy just like the label says! Smells of caramel, roasted malt, milk chocolate, and coffee. Tastes of milk chocolate, caramel, molasses, cocoa powder, roasted malt, and a touch of charcoal with a coffee bean and spicy hop bitter finish. Medium-full in body with good carbonation. Thick and viscous, smooth and creamy with a nice sweetness, some burnt character and a nicely balanced bittering finish. Incredibly easy to drink, I wouldn't mind sessioning this one.

HopDerek, May 12, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

baklo, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of PatrickJR
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Deep dark brown, we might as well just call it black. Opaque. Massive 3-4 finger head rises, a creamy, rich, mocha brown color. Retention is great before falling to a moderate cap. Moderate to high lacing.

S - Distinct but restrained coffee in the nose; more like coffee being brewed nearby rather than the common stick-your-nose-in-a-bag-of-beans aroma. Dark chocolate is well represented as well. Small element of roastiness. Not as complex as I would've guessed, but solid and aromatic.

T - Things start off with an amazing balance between mild coffee and dark chocolate. It's very difficult to tell where one begins and the other ends. Some mild to moderate sweetness kicks in with a creaminess that moves the dark chocolate into slight milk chocolate territory. Mid to late palate roastiness begins growing steadily and overriding much of the sweetness. Roastiness peaks late palate and the brew finishes with an acrid, burnt coffee taste with moderate bitterness. The aftertaste literaly reminds me of getting to the bottom of a pot of coffee and ingesting the grounds. Founders Porter would've scored half a point higher if not for the harsh finish/aftertaste.

M - On the light side of full bodied with a rich creaminess. Moderate to low carbonation. Very nice.

D - A great beer all around. I'm not a huge fan of the coffee taste and don't expect to find it in a porter, but despite this it's balanced well. I'm not wild about the aftertaste but overall this is a fine brew.

PatrickJR, Mar 20, 2009
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3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an eighth inch chocolate malt head which vanished almost immediately. The body is a dark burnt umber brown, almost coffee. Smells of cocoa, coffee, and roasted malt. The taste matches the smell but is actually far milder than I was expecting. Finish is quite long featuring the roasted malt. Certainly a very good porter, but not necessarily the king of them all.

MoreThanWine, Mar 06, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Founders Porter is a delicious American porter that is perfect for drinking on a cold winter's night. It's not tooo alcoholic, so have a couple. Lovely!

A: Black colour and a 3 mm head that fades pretty fast. 3.5

S: Dark, burnt malt and strong coffee aroma. 4.5

T: Dark, sweet malt with hints of chocolate and some bitterness in the finish. The finish tasted a tiny bit metallic to me, for some reason. Still delicious! 4

M: Small bubbles that stick to the edge of the tongue. 3.5

O: 4

vandemonian, Feb 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

comfortablynirm, Sep 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

1424IpA, Jan 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

OnryAndMean, Nov 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

TastyIsBeer, Feb 05, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Sunswick 35/35 on 2/27/11.

Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color. It has a 1-finger light tan head on it. The head leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S - It smells roasty and sweet. There are also notes of vanilla, coffee, caramel, and molasses. It also smells a bit grainy.

T - It tastes of dark roasty malt up front. There are notes of vanilla, caramel, molasses, and dark fruit. There a nice roasty bitterness here as well, that lingers a bit in the finish.

M - The body is on the lighter side of medium, and it has average carbonation. This beer goes down easy, and there is a slightly lingering bitterness in the finish.

D - The drinkability is good. It has great flavor and quite easy to drink. This is another solid beer from founders. I recommend trying this one. Cheers.

JizackFH, Mar 01, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

user785335, Jul 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

AlexChillton, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Houser, Nov 30, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 20 oz tulip glass. Pours a slick black, with a 3 inch dark tan head, with great retention that settles into a thin layer of bubbles. Smell is chocolate, coffee, a breadyness, and dark malts. Taste is more aggressive with dark chocolate and strong coffee. Body large for its 6.5abv, nice amount of carbonation, not dry, and very drinkable. This is a great robust Porter, Founders is crazy good.

SawDog505, Jan 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

stevec32, Mar 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

ilikebeer03, Nov 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

lonewolfcry, Jun 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

funkyaudio, Nov 12, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased a single bottle of this at Julios in Westboro today. Lately I have been a bit bored with Porters, as they have not been impressing me all that much. Alas, if any brewery could do it right, it is Founders. Black coloring, with a fingers worth of tan heading. Smell is very nice, with cool dark malts that give off impressions of milk chocolate and fresh cream. Taste has more of the same, with a hint of butterscotch underneath. Mouthfeel is bigger and bolder than most Porters; very slick body that goes down very easily. They were right on their label when they said this beer was dark and sexy. This is a lovely Porter that I will surely be getting a six pack of in the future. Expectations were exceeded.

jamie2dope, Jan 04, 2009
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,450 ratings.