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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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95
world-class

5,781 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,781
Reviews: 1,353
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 276
Gots: 687 | 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  rDev -5.9%

BrownAleMale, Dec 02, 2013
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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%

Stum-pub, Jun 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

cnbrown313, Oct 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Agentveba, Oct 14, 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
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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Houser, Nov 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

kushlash23, Aug 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Pens1967, Jun 15, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev -3.1%

Beer21, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of kkipple
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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

theminutemen, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of tjsdomer2
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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Knoxrb12, Mar 03, 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
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

megamass, May 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Celtics76, Mar 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jan 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

TastyIsBeer, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz screw cap brown bottle with cool Victorian-looking woman on the label...it claims to be "dark, rich, and sexy." We'll see.

Appearance: Motor-oil black, thick and utterly dense; a dark tan/mocha cap sits on top this beer and soon fades to a thick dense film with decent retention...beautiful

Smell: Typical porter aromas of sweet dark roasted grains, coffee, and rich dark chocolate...what sets this a little bit apart from the pack is the richness and fullness of the aromas...this is awesome

Taste: Rich and robust, lots of sweet roasted grain up front with mocha in the background. This beer is nicely balanced between bitter and sweet, with just a hint of roasted bitterness creeping in at the end. Not an incredible depth of flavor, but what's there is top-notch.

Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth, and creamy

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Rich, dark, and sexy it is. I paired this with some medium-sharp cheddar cheese and black bread and it was to die for...This may be the best American Porter I've tried yet.

BedetheVenerable, Jun 09, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

DangerDawg, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured unto a pint. Served again this time in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black, head comes off thick roughly 2 fingers length light tan.

Smell: This is not a the strongest aroma you would like, does it smell great absolutely, why don I rate it higher?, because it comes off slightly quick almost too quick.

Taste: comes off chocolately, not too heavy but feels like coffee is in the mix. After another sip....yes absolutely coffee is in the mix. Comes off strong but not on the alcohol side just pure flavor.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation, very easy to drink for the real beer drinker in you.

Overall: Well put together beer, full of incredible flavor and might be slightly complex but not to the point that you don't know what it is. Definitely a keeper in your fridge and pound for pound one of the best porters I have had....drink with love and enjoy, Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Apr 03, 2012
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,781 ratings.