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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter

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6,220 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,220
Reviews: 1,430
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 320
Gots: 946 | 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:
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
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Ratings: 6,220 | Reviews: 1,430
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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, near black color. Small tan head on top that dissolves quickly to a very thin film. No lacing.

Nose is strong roasted malt. Light chocolate, and then coffee that gets stronger as the brew warms. Nice, straight-forwardly aromatic.

Flavor is even better, and definitely more complex. Lots of coffee, roasted malt. Chocolate, some light dried fruit (prunes?). A hint of toffee. Cookies. Smokiness. Pretty smooth drink.

Body is medium to full with good carbonation.

Overall, a very good beer. Nice flavor, one I'd come back to for sure.

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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I gave this beer an incredibly thorough review but my internet connection timed out and disconnected me from the site so in short:

Layers of flavor, starts with bitter black coffee followed by a heap of caramel, burnt sugar, chocolate, toffee, and roasted malt. Finishes dry with earthy, piney, and minty hops. The hops really contrast the malt perfectly, dark flavors followed by bright ones. Incredibly complex, you can't drink all 6 without thinking about every sip. A real beer nerds beer. Just enough carbonation to pull all the flavors along through the sip. Medium body. Only negative I can think of is that the beer thins out a bit on the finish but the lingering flavors make up for this a bit. This review doesnt give the beer justice, i just dont feel like rewriting everything I did before. I hope this gets the flavors across though, awesome beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pour is almost black with a dark tan head that leaves a layer of lacing around the top

S-lots of roasted malt, espresso, dark chocolate, and a light tobacco scent

T-Roasted malt and coffee, big hop bitterness, and dark chocolate

M-medium to full body, low to medium carbonation, leaves a roasted dryness in the mouth

Overall I really like the roastiness and full mouthfeel. Really great example for the style.

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4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a standard dark brown/black that is totally opaque with a two-fingered creamed coffee colored head made up of small, cascading bubbles that slowly settles to a film, but leaves its remnants on the glass with each sip.

roasty aroma of coffee, chocolate, charcoal, campfire, and brown sugar. very enticing.

ahhh. roasted malts and cocoa powder lead the way to a wonderfully rich mixture of flavors. bittersweet chocolate, dark, dark roasted and slightly creamed coffee. a bit charred with some brown sugar to sweeten it up. a touch of earthy and woody hops on the swallow with a slightly bittersweet and, again, roasty aftertaste.

almost fullbodied and very creamy with perfect carbonation and a drying cocoa powder finish.

goes down extremely well. no alcohol burn, tons of flavor, velvety smooth consistency. Might have a tad too much roast/smokiness to be perfect for me, but its probably the best porter I can remember having. Founders again flexes their muscles.

Photo of JDizzle
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A:dark brown black with a dark brown head

S: chocolate and coffee!! Great smelling porter that is the norm of a good stout.

T: chocolate, hoppy, and malty, really one of the best porters on the market:in any market! This rivals many stouts of the same ABV and is the best porter I have had.

D: semi-thick with a good amount of carbination that pleases the mouth.

Overall, one of the best Porters I have had. A great chocolate flovor that dominates the competition.

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3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

johnnnniee included this one for Black Booty 09. Thanks!

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Not much head on this one. Just a quick flash dark brown and then nothing. Color is a solid black, but between the head and the body, not very interesting.

Smell picks up the pace quite a bit. Dark chocolate malts with a little bit of char. Bitterness seems to come from the dark malts more than any hops. Taste is a dark chocolate covered espresso bean with a little bit of wood smoke. Nicely layered flavors.

Mouthfeel has a lot more body than the standard local porter, Boulevard Bully Porter. This creates a nice contrast between what is known and what is new.

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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really loving the Founder's variety case...

Poured from the bottle into glass, solid dark brown with feint tan head, may have poured just a bit too cold, but still looks delicious.

Smell is a great mix of scents, chocalately, roasted scents are up front followed by some subtle sweetness with hints of caramel and vanilla.

Taste is all roasted chocalety malt with sweet notes, bits of caramel, vanilla and light earthy notes finish it off.

Mouthfeel is very well balanced, flavors hit the tongue on top and spread throughout well. Lingers very well with just enough carbonation.

Quite drinkable, maybe just a bit to sweet to have more than 2 in a row, bit very tasty.

Photo of zoso1967
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TCGoalie for purchasing this bottle for me.

This porter pours a seriously dark brown that is completely opaque to my eyes. It does not seem as dark as some stouts I have seen, but it is definitely the darkest porter I have ever laid eyes on. The head is a mocha color and generously whipped. It fades ever so slowly, gaining dimples and clinging to the edges of the glass like crazy. This is an amazing looking beer.

The aroma is roasty and chocolaty, but not overly aggressive. There is a definite chalkiness in there that I always enjoy in my porters and stouts. Some rich maltyness also makes its way into my nostrils.

The flavor is much more robust than the nose, and is very Founders like. Rich roasted malts that have wonderful flavors of coffee and bitter chocolate, brown sugar and molasses. There is a nice citrusy hop thing going on as well, and this beer has a good amount of bitterness that really brings out the roasty flavors. The malt character is supple and enjoyable.

The body of this beer is on the heavier side of medium. It is actually approaching stout like thickness, and the mouthfeel is smooth and coating, leaving a bit of roasty stickiness on the palate.

The stout like nature of this porter hurts the drinkability somewhat. I really don't care though; this is a super satisfying beer. What founders did here, and what they do so well, is take a classic style and make it their own. This is definitely one of the best porters I have ever had, and I highly recommend it.

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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a 49 degrees.

Appearance: A monster 3 finger head that is foamy and creamy with good retention. The body of the beer is opaque and the clarity is nil. The head left some lacing on the glass.

Nose: There is a very rich malty dark aroma. The aromas of chocolate, espresso, biscuits, molasses, phenonls, and some solvents. There is a descent hop aroma with some grapefruits, pine, and floral.

Taste: A very deep rich porter with dark roasted malts. There are flavors of bittersweet chocolate, espresso, molasses, a toasty notes and some yeasty flavors. There in the background there is some slovents, phenols, grapefruit, pine and and floral esters.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is velvety, creamy and smooth. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. This is another wonderful example of how a really good porter should taste. I really enjoyed drinking it.

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