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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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95
world-class

5,353 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,353
Reviews: 1,328
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 247
Gots: 531 | 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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jroberts8811

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

07-25-2013 03:19:43 | More by jroberts8811
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dsauter

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-20-2011 22:19:02 | More by dsauter
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JellyJacket

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.9%

03-17-2013 00:54:06 | More by JellyJacket
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Booner818

California

4/5  rDev -5.9%

04-15-2014 23:36:34 | More by Booner818
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rapidsequence

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

Another 12 ozer from Founders with a weird picture on it. It says "dark, rich, and sexy."

Appearance: Holding up to the claim on the bottle. Wow. Pitch black with a thick foamy brown head. Decent retention until about halfway down the perfect pint glass. Some nice lacing too.

Smell: Burnt coffee and a little chocolate. Kinda smoky. Very nice.

Taste: Burnt roasty malt flavor with more chocolate taste than I smelled. Coffee is there. A little sweet. Some hoppiness lends a little additional bitterness, but it all finishes very clean. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Very full for a porter. Almost creamy. Very smooth.

Drinkability: This stuff is pretty amazing. What a solid beer. I dont know if its sexy, but its definitely dark and rich.

08-19-2009 00:40:50 | More by rapidsequence
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richbrew

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-16-2011 01:23:02 | More by richbrew
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Skunkdrool

California

4.25/5  rDev 0%

02-22-2014 18:53:50 | More by Skunkdrool
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JohnQVD

New York

4/5  rDev -5.9%

06-02-2012 14:57:08 | More by JohnQVD
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Roguer

Connecticut

4.11/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

12-17-2013 02:36:55 | More by Roguer
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mikepcarney

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

06-30-2014 21:10:42 | More by mikepcarney
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.19/5  rDev -1.4%

12oz bottle into a pint glass
no bottling dates

A: Pours an opaque black with browning on the edges when held to light and 1/2 fingers width of mocha colored head. Head dissipates down quickly and leaves effectively zero lacing.

S: Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malt, char, subtle dark fruits. Lots of char, but pretty mild aroma overall.

T: Follows the nose, but better. Char, roasted malt, oak, heavy cream, chocolate, subtle hop bitterness. Excellent.

M/D: Fairly smooth, carbonation on the higher end for the style, drinkability is great. The only downside is it leaves this weird filmy feeling coating my mouth, and its very distracting.

O: Overall, aroma is a bit lacking but a really tasty beer. I dont drink standard porters all that often, but if I were to drink one this would be near the top of my list of choices.

09-02-2013 23:12:27 | More by zac16125
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kevanb

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%

This porter has a nice deep brown color that borders on black, hints of caramel and burgundy come through when held to the light. A thin tan colored head sits atop the beer, but doesn’t last long, a gentle flick of the beer does generate a layer of film along the top of the beer however, not much lacing here either. A bit of a weak nose, definitely from the lack of head and lacing, but there is a nice prickly hop presence at first, but chocolate takes over quickly, while some roasted coffee and toasted malt plays with some charred wood. The flavors are nice and robust, big smooth chocolate flavors leap out, coffee is definitely there although relative to the nose, a bit smoother and mellower, much less roast. Some woody flavors highlight some earthy hop flavors as well while some fruity sweetness, like dark cherries or sweet plums, finishes out a surprisingly complex palate. The body is nice and rich yet silky and smooth, perfect carbonation level.

Verdict: Awesome porter from Founders. The nose is a bit of a weak spot, but the flavors are wonderful and it stays really drinkable despite the richness and complexity on the tongue.

10-04-2011 05:53:48 | More by kevanb
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mwar

Kentucky

2.5/5  rDev -41.2%

11-30-2012 18:10:08 | More by mwar
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OldhouseRecs

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-22-2012 21:48:38 | More by OldhouseRecs
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nebula1999

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-28-2013 03:50:19 | More by nebula1999
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Gtreid

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Deep, dark, brown. When backlit a slight reddish hue comes through. The pour produces about one finger of wet sand colored head that receeds quickly, and leaves minimal, spotty, lace.

A: Dark chocolate malts, some small coffee, dried fruit, and vanilla. I get a very nice earthiness from the grassy hops.

T: Again I get dark chocolate, sour dried fruit, earthy hops, biscuit and dark malts. The beer finishes dry with absolutley no hint of alcohol.

M: Light to Medium body and a good amount of carbonation. Almost too thin for a Porter IMO.

D and overall impression: This gets some pretty high marks on drinkability, due to the low ABV and the thinness of the mouthfeel. Overall a very solid Porter from Founders, these guys continue to impress. Skal.

07-30-2009 23:06:32 | More by Gtreid
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%

12oz stubby brown bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Fast forming and fluffy mocha head perches its inch thick body over this wonderully deep concoction. Coming out of the bottle I was surprised by how thick this beer looked, the consistency of ink with only the faintest of dark brown highlights to differentiate it from blackness. Mild lattice work lacing going on, clinging to the sides of the glass above a now thin, soapy looking, cap.

Certainly well hopped but roasty enough to stand on its own. Dark earthy fruits give way to a thicker, smokier, tobacoo like and almost meaty/bacony combination coupled with a charred malt bittersweetness. Good but nothing I haven't experienced before. Reminds me a bit of Edmund Fitzgerald.

At first almost too sweet, a cloying, magic marker kind of sweetness that thankfully lasts an instant or less and moves quickly away from this and then into and bitter chocolate and scorched coffee combination. Finish is long, hops ravage the center of the tongue and the back of the throat while wrapping like an anaconda around your tastebuds. This beer is dry dry dry, no real fruit flavors to pick up on as I thought the aroma would lead me to. Not saying that this is a bad thing necessarily, its just not what I was expecting. I am however really diging the smokier aspects of this beer, again I swear I can pick up just the slightest bit of cured meat in here and I really are enjoying picking such a flavor up.

I do wish though that the beer was a bit more complex, had a bit more of and underscored flavor profile. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy this beer and am looking forward to the rest of the sixer and at 8bucks it is one of the cheaper ones I've picked up recently. You could do far far worse than this beer. I would say you could also probably use this beer as a gateway for those that want to try rachbiers but are affraid of commiting to an entire bottle without knowing what they are getting into.

12-31-2008 05:18:41 | More by bluemoonswoon
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Kenai4

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-19-2013 03:54:15 | More by Kenai4
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zbooks

Texas

3/5  rDev -29.4%

01-30-2014 04:04:00 | More by zbooks
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JSchock7

Kansas

4/5  rDev -5.9%

04-23-2014 13:56:33 | More by JSchock7
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illini4x4


4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

11-12-2012 00:52:03 | More by illini4x4
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-15-2011 07:10:03 | More by ithinkimasofa
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fehrminator

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-16-2014 01:15:13 | More by fehrminator
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nanobrew

California

4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-18-2011 01:30:39 | More by nanobrew
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schmidtmattsays

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

04-10-2014 22:06:08 | More by schmidtmattsays
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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