Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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world-class

5,937 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,937
Reviews: 1,370
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 285
Gots: 763 | 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 -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled 5/29/12, drank 8/18/12.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1 inch frothy tan head that dissipates slowly leaving a thick ring of lacing. Pours a solid black with translucent light red brown edges. Leaves a few arches and spots of lacing.

Smell: Sweet coffee, roasted malt, bready malt, all very deep (as in the smell keeps on going as you sniff; high magnitude, and develops as it lasts). Slight piny / woody aroma. A little bit of cookie dough underneath it all.

Promises a really robust, flavorful porter.

Taste: Delivers on that promise. Tons of dark malt and hop goodness. Sweetish coffee and caramel malt up front, giving way steadily to a growing taste of nutty roasted malt that lasts long into the aftertaste. Great moderate bitterness from the hops and roasted malt. Woody Willamette hop highlights throughout.

You don't get this much flavor in a 6.5% stout/porter every day (unless you drink Founders Porter every day, I suppose). Really exceptional. Great balance, bold, rich flavors held in check by appropriate bitterness, with a creamy mouthfeel that matches them perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Very creamy. Very slight dryness in the finish. Never chalky or chewy.

Overall: Well, I've finally found a "normal strength, no bells and whistles" porter to surpass Mayflower Porter and Anchor Porter. Easily the best stout/porter between 5%~8% ABV I've ever had.

Not much else to say. If you happen to be in Founders distribution area, like stouts/porters, and haven't tried Founders Porter yet, you should do so. You'll probably end up drinking a lot of it.

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Goliath
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours black and opaque with a half inch brown head sitting on top. Nice retention and some foamy lace.

The nose is quite nice indeed. Big roasty chocolate tones hit me up front and really make me want to dig in. There's a touch of coffee in there too. Really nice nose.

The taste is pretty good. Some nice roasty malt with a big bitter dark chocolate tone followed by a shot of coffee. There's a slight hop presence in the background that adds a touch of bitterness. It's kind of dry on the back end as well. Really pleasing overall.

Mouthfeel is pushing full bodied and it's nicely carbonated with a moderate amount of fine bubbles.

Drinkability is high. The ABV is easily managed making it quite easy to go for another. The flavor profile is spot on, and it's really just a nice little porter. This is exactly what I needed tonight.

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4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This may very well be the greatest porter, or American Porter at least, that I have *ever* had. Poured up inky black with only a near razor thin trace of light showing around the edges. Head almost a medium brown and actually maintains a decent thickness throughout the drink.
Smell is big dark chocolate and spent coffee aromas. This is a fantastic porter so far. Taste, too, exhibits these nuances, as well as a pleasant bitterness from wonderfully earthy hops, which meld well with the other flavours almost suggesting bitter, black coffee. Mouthfeel is almost creamy with that nice brow, foamy head.
This has got to be, without a doubt, *the* greatest American Porter I have ever had. And one of the best top 24 or so beers I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying, too. Marvelously well crafted!! Brilliant.

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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a kissin cousin to the Founders great lineup of stouts.

Oily black pour with burgundy edges, thin tan head and lacing that's just mmm k.

Richer smell than expected, featuring roasted barley, frozen coffee beans, and hint of campfire.

Little sweetness comes thru in the flavor, with iced starbucks up front, dark chocolate in the middle, and finishing with a bitter hoppy bark bite.

Complex MF for a porter, with the nice astringent bite.

Solid drinkability - I wouldn't hesitate to enjoy a couple/few of these in a row. Another winner from Founders.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,937 ratings.