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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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95
world-class

5,799 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,799
Reviews: 1,356
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 276
Gots: 696 | FT: 25
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

DNICE555, Nov 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

TKEbeerman, May 01, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

patm1986, Jan 21, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

fox227, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of CWhite
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

CWhite, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of Hophead717
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle

A: Deep black, with a thin head that quickly dissipates. The tiniest amount of lacing remains atop the beer. Very nice color.

S: Chocolate roasted malts with hints of coffee. It's really a wonderful smell. Tiny hints of dark, sweet fruits also.

T: Roasted malts upfront, with nice, light hints of coffee and chocolate. I'm picking up hints of dark fruits as well. Overall, the flavor is good, though a touch light. Light bitterness from the hops complements the roasted malt quite well.

M: Fairly thin, but this isn't one of the RIS that I've been drinking recently. Moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Definitely a winner. I love Founders dearly and theirs may be my favorite porter, though I tend to lean toward higher ABV stouts.

Hophead717, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of eulerthegrape
4/5  rDev -5.9%

eulerthegrape, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of Pens1967
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Pens1967, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of ChrisKayler
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

ChrisKayler, Jan 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

TubaDan, Feb 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Houser, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of Winter
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours near black in color with a dark brown head. The head remained throughout most of consumption. The aroma consists of dark chocolate, coffee and hints of alcohol. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and pretty smooth. This is a rich robust porter. Drinking this makes it hard to distinguish between what's a stout and what classifies as a porter sometimes these days. The flavor is loaded with ample amounts of dark roasted malt. At times an espresso-like quality emerges in the taste also. Goes down amazingly well for a 6.5% ale. Perfect for the dark winter nights that are coming.

Winter, Dec 08, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

kushlash23, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of korguy123
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz into SA Perfect Pint.
Special thanks to regspeir for this one

A- Pours a deep rich black, zero light can be seen through this one. One inch dark caramel head that dissipates slowly over the course of a couple minutes.

S- Roasted malts, vanilla, brown sugar, dark chocolate, bitter burnt coffee, raisins.

T- Roasted coffee (not nearly as bitter as the nose leads on) dark chocolate, vanilla, molasses and raisins.

M- Great carbonation, creamy but not heavy on the palate.

This thing was magical! Could imagine myself in front of a camp fire enjoying these all night. Slowly starting to understand what all the hype is with porters. Another shining example of how things should be! Great job Founders.

korguy123, Aug 12, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

carrollmel7, Aug 04, 2013
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4.12/5  rDev -3.1%

Beer21, Oct 22, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz single bought right here in Columbia, SC. Thanks to Carolina Craft for bringing this to our podunk town!

A. Opaque, very dark brown and nearly black. Sports a small, thin, red-brown head that lingers and struts and leaves some lace behind. Very pretty.

S. Very solid roasty components upfront - big mocha, chocolate, sweet and singed black bread, a touch of licorice maybe too... no real hops to be found, this is delish malt blackness, but avoids being abrasive or hot. Surely American and bold, stylistically accurate and just flat out good smelling.

T. Layered roasted / burnt malt invades the palate. Black patent roast, chocolate flavors, clean, tight, sweet-burnt finish with just the right amount of roast and hop bitterness dialed in to keep you coming back immediately. Finish is a little grainy and lip-smackingly good. Why, I think I felt a few hairs sprout on my chest in celebration!

M / D. Soft carbonation is more than adequate here, medium-creamy body goes down super easy and the finish is everything you liked about the flavor falling gently down towards a pleasing roasty end. No alcohol heat, astringency, weird flavors or really ANYTHING wrong here. Needless to say, if you like Porters this could be your Alpha and Omega.

Founders has quite possibly made the best American Porter I've had to date, this is assertive and clean and big-smelling, but still manages to be approachable and I daresay, sessionable. There honestly is very little to improve on here. Go get you some!

kkipple, Jun 13, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

TastyIsBeer, Feb 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

theminutemen, Mar 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

ItsBeer4Me, Apr 06, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Kind of looks like flat Guinness Extra Stout. Nearly jet black, but actually dark dark brown. No carbonation or head retention, which creates the flat look. I'll give this the benefit of the doubt...maybe it was just a bad pour.

Smell: Not a surprise...coffee and chocolate. However, I like the clear presence of caramel malts, which gives it something extra.

Taste/Mouthfeel: No carbonation yet no flat or watery feeling. That's a plus. Nothing blows up as great. It's a very strong taste, with no surprises in the coffee, chocolate, and caramel malts. Some decent hops as well. More so than other beers like this that I've had.

Drinkability: It warms you up and convinces you to drink more...

Overall: Overall, Founders Porters is a rather unique beer in my opinion. It's a good bitter yet sweet beer.

tjsdomer2, Apr 24, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

jroberts8811, Jul 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Knoxrb12, Mar 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Domvan, Aug 04, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours the darkest of browns with a thin tan head. Decent retention, and a nice lace. Nose is of dark chocolate, hints of roasted coffee, and dark fruit. Body is medium with light carbonation. Taste is a blend of coco, and roasted coffee. Some smokey notes, make this an excellent version of this style.

riversider76, Sep 23, 2012
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,799 ratings.