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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,303 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,303
Reviews: 1,324
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 246
Gots: 516 | 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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

12-26-2013 01:18:13 | More by Mersh
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-15-2011 07:10:03 | More by ithinkimasofa
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-19-2013 03:54:15 | More by Kenai4
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-18-2011 01:30:39 | More by nanobrew
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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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-15-2014 18:16:29 | More by udubdawg
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-16-2014 01:15:13 | More by fehrminator
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-15-2014 03:05:27 | More by _morandi_
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

06-18-2013 19:03:24 | More by lonewolfcry
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

01-26-2012 18:10:47 | More by juliusseizure
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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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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -5.9%

03-02-2013 23:58:42 | More by mattparsons
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3/5  rDev -29.4%

01-30-2014 04:04:00 | More by zbooks
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4.03/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured into a pint glass this beer is very dark brown/black. A thick, tan head sits atop very still with almost no movement in the bubbles. Nice lacing too.

Smells like chocolate covered raisins, roasted coffee, big dose of charred notes, almost smoky, deep malty aroma, earthy.

Taste follows the nose with malty mocha flavors chased by a charred bitterness.

Mouthfeel has just enough body to hold up to the flavors.

Great beer from Founders

10-13-2011 01:09:43 | More by TheMultiYeast
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

04-06-2013 22:01:53 | More by ItsBeer4Me
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

12-10-2011 17:07:19 | More by JustinMatthew
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

04-15-2014 23:36:34 | More by Booner818
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

02-24-2013 21:21:32 | More by speedvagen
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4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a very dark red color with ruby highlights. Little to no head.

Huge burnt caramel notes and some coffee in the nose.

Syrupy and sweet right off the bat. This leans more towards raisin and prune in character with a subtle but spicy hop note. The syrupy sweetness really pushes this beer and the style. Quite good and bold with a warming finish that just rounds out this delicious porter.

01-16-2011 20:21:57 | More by stewart124
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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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4.83/5  rDev +13.6%

Appearance - Pours a midnight black hue, nice creamy mocha head

Smell - Nice hints of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, smoke, peat, campfire

Taste - Big rich coffee and espresso flavors right up front, so gorgeous. I am getting vanilla, milk chocolate, toasted almonds, roasted barley, tobacco. It tastes so rich.

Mouthfeel - This thing is silky smooth, perfect.

Overall - Founders makes the best dark stouts ever, its no doubt i would love their porter just as much. This thing is the tastiest damn drinkable thing I've ever had and EASILY MY FAVORITE PORTER. wow founder, wow.

03-10-2012 23:56:20 | More by aorloski
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

06-13-2014 23:31:31 | More by Mark000
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

04-10-2014 22:06:08 | More by schmidtmattsays
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

11-18-2011 23:50:51 | More by lakersfan16
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

08-02-2012 00:08:45 | More by ridgeline23
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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