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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,489 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,489
Reviews: 1,335
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 262
Gots: 580 | FT: 24
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 gleemonger
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

gleemonger, Jun 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

jk3, Jan 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

BKBassist, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of NODAK
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma on here...wow. Very rich, even for a porter. Full of espresso, bitter chocolate and all things malt. Just like sniffing a cold mocha.

Mouthfeel here is very creamy. Body is a thick mix of coffee and dark chocolates (but mostly coffee) in harmony with one another. This doesn't turn exceptionally bitter until the finish. There, the finish features a moderate hop bite and some bitter coffee to give a somewhat astringent ending to the swallow. The coffee certainly hangs around a while afterwards.

This is a very aggressive porter. I respect it for that. Drinkability will be harmed for that reason, at least for me. Those who want a thick, punch you in the face porter should turn to this one.

NODAK, Sep 29, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

baklo, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of fox227
5/5  rDev +17.6%

fox227, Jan 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

udubdawg, Jul 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

ilikebeer03, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of Roguer
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful black beer with just a hint of light making it through. One finger dark brown head from a turbulent pour; surprisingly good retention, fading to a thin remnant, and minimal lacing.

Aroma is dry cocoa behind black-but-not-burnt coffee.

Strong black coffee flavor, but it's mostly on the backend, mingling with some extremely dark cacao. Filling out the overall experience is a creamy milkiness, not unlike an oatmeal stout. Lovely bite to this porter. As it warms, it gains a smoky aspect, and some green hops start to come through.

Medium-full mouthfeel; not quite chewy. Lively with a bit of sting, but very smooth.

A very straight, to-the-point porter without any bells and whistles. You know what? It doesn't need them. It stands on its own quite well.

Roguer, Dec 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

1424IpA, Jan 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

ramrod666, Mar 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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

JakeDebus, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of Houser
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Houser, Nov 30, 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  rDev -5.9%

danthehopslamman, Aug 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

jroberts8811, Jul 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.4%

Mikeluzzjr, Mar 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

OnryAndMean, Nov 27, 2013
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

user785335, Jul 21, 2014
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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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Ncpogs, Sep 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

salthemonster, Jan 17, 2013
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,489 ratings.