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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,438
Hads: 6,560
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
Wants: 364
Gots: 1,172 | FT: 28
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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Photo of Brubaker
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black with a mocha head that shrinks then persists.

S- Malts & coffee

T- Coffee (did i mention coffee?) then the malts with a hopy finish

M- Medium to rich body, very smooth

O- Coffee porter at its best. Good balance of malts, flavors, and hops.

Would Drink
Would Buy
Might Make (286 characters)

Photo of Thingus
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live tasting 12 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip...

Appearance; pours a deep dark brown out of the bottle, that becomes black in the glass with cola edges... Single finger head falls exceptionally quickly, leaving nothing but a very thin ring of bubbles around the edges..

Smell; lots of roasty malt, coffee, caramel and chocolate...

Taste; quite similar to the smell, jumps right in with coffee and roasted malts, the caramel and chocolate are more subdued and quite nicely accent the roastiness... Medium finish with a nice lingering roasted malt/coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel; on the light side of full bodied, with a bit more carbonation than I would expect, but it definitely compliments the flavor and body of the beer... Slightly sticky, it hangs around a bit on the sides of the glass but nowhere near the extent of a beer like Ten Fidy...

Overall; a damn good beer! My second Founders experience, I've got a few more in the fridge and I can't wait to get into them!! (972 characters)

Photo of jsolack
3.67/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance:
Very dark brown... almost like chocolate syrup. Pours thick and head is a heavy dark tan.

Smell:
Smooth and creamy scent. Has a nice sweet smell.

Taste:
A rich and flavorful beer. A bit bitter in the finish. A hint of spice and a dark coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel:
Not as thick in mouth as I would expect but still a good feel.

Drinkability:
A full bodied beer. Strong flavor and bitter coffee like aftertaste is a little much for me. (459 characters)

Photo of BradenMK
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Appearance - This has the pitch-black color and foamy brown head of what most people would consider a stout. Which I think is awesome.

Aroma - Roasty. Dark, burnt toast, some coffee, a heavy dose of unsweetened cocoa powder. Extremely dank, but earthy hops. This stuff smells like darkness (and that's not all good, lol).

Taste - Bitter and very roasty upfront, there is only a little sweetness to tame the flavors of the dark malts, and yet there is great complexity in the form of something smoky. I would assume they use neither peated malt or smoked malt in this, but I could be wrong. The malt profile is that of ashy, smoky unsweetened cocoa. Doesn't that sound awesome. The hops bite rather hard too, with those earthy, herbal, bitter qualities.

Mouthfeel - Here's where this beer truly shines, agreeing with Tectactoe. This beer just feels luxurious in the mouth. I have had many beers, and the feeling doesn't get better than this (not for the style anyway). Like silk. Like if you can imagine silk turned into liquid and poured down your throat, that's how this beer feels. It's just tremendously smooth.

Overall - This is actually NOT my favorite porter (that honor goes to Smuttynose's Robust Porter, because the flavor they are able to capture is just amazing), but this has got to be one of the most well-crafted porters on the planet. It was the first time I drank a porter and was really wowed. This is heads and shoulders better than GL Edmund Fitz, in my opinion, it's just got so much more depth to it. If you like porters, this is one of the deepest, most nuanced options available, in my opinion. If you like non-Imperial stouts, this should be right up your alley as well, because this one blurs the lines. (1,732 characters)

Photo of ob_carr
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

This beer is bite-your-knuckle sexy, just as the bottle claims. It has a dark, dark brown body close to a muddy black and a short-lived but beautiful head the color of a cup of coffee with 1 cream that disappears right before you've been able to fully appreciate it. It's silky smooth, but not thick, and subtly sweet with a killer, sticky and slightly bitter finish and an aftertaste that gently nibbles at your conscience. It's like eating a tiny piece of mildly dark chocolate and no more. It's like a tauntingly gentle kiss on the lips from your high school crush who's also wearing the perfect, creamy chocolate lip-gloss and (for some reason) holding an open cup of coffee beans and standing in a dewy field. Every time I have one, my eyes pop out like Eddie Valiant ogling Jessica Rabbit then settle back in as the potent but manageable 6.5% ABV washes over. (866 characters)

Photo of machostacos
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from chilled bottle into pint glass.

A: Deep mahogany - completely opaque with a 1/4 inch creamy chocolate head that dissipated quickly, leaving a tiny collar. Light lacing.

S: Lots of chocolate (blend of dark/semi-sweet), blended with rich dark roasted coffee, hints of vanilla and smoky charred wood, with a light touch of dark fruit sweetness (cherry, prune).

T: Very full, rich - much like the nose; dark chocolates and dark roasted coffee galore up front followed by a mild chocolately sweetness. Finishes with a mild bitterness reminiscent of grapefruit and dark chocolate. Quite tasty, though not terribly complex. Bitterness lessens and sweetened chocolate flavors shine through more as beer warms.

M: Rich and full but a little thin. Good carbonation.

D: Goes down so smoothly - could easily put 2 or 3 of these away. Delicious pairing with blueberry pie - fantastic dessert or sipper beer. (911 characters)

Photo of BPudd
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: A hard pour that resulted in black bodied brew with a large inch of coco colored head that slowly faded.

S: Not overly complex but coffee notes were strong at first, followed by a semi-sweet chocolate.

T: More complex than smell as coffee flavors are bold at first then a vanilla note precedes the semi-sweet chocolate malts. . Dark fruits made their presence as the beer settled.

M: Medium bodied, rich & creamy

O: One of the best porters I've had recently. Rarely does Founders disappoint.

Serving type: bottle (559 characters)

Photo of Fluke828
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Murphy's Imperial Tulip-esque Pint/Pub Glass.
Bottle says it was bottled on "03/31/11"

A-> Pours black as night and looks quite thick. Aggressive pour yields just about a full finger of coffee/mocha colored head that quickly fades but still leaves a thin layer of lace/bubbles on the glass as well as across the top terminus of liquid in the glass.

S-> Smell is dominated by chocolate and coffee with some bitter notes in there as well. Burnt biscuit alt smells are also present. Getting a bit of toffee and roasted bread also. Some faint chocolate molasses is detectable as well. Really a lot going on here.

T-> Definitely get the roasted malt/burnt biscuit/breads up front which is quickly followed by a refreshing bitter kick. Smoky dark chocolate makes itself known in the middle and becomes ever more prevalent as I let this brew warm a bit. Going to see if anything else comes through with some more warmth...Really getting an earthy, woody smokiness coupled with bitter and sweet notes in the middle as this goes down. Really a complex brew that isn't effing around....

M-> I want to say full bodied but wonderfully balanced and not thick at all (like I thought it looked from the pour). Not thin by any means yet carbonated enough to be pleasant and refreshing yet smooth and silky enough to retain its robustness. Really admirable...

O-> This is one fine porter. Not that I expected anything less from Founders and at the risk of sounding like a Founders fanboy, this brew is really quite drinkable/enjoyable. Borderline quaff-able. Smooth and crisp, I could drink this as a nightcap or as a dessert beer or with dessert or all at the same time. Wonderfully complex and delicious with a lot going on. Really liked the earthy, woody, smoky flavors that came through that were married beautifully with a mild bitterness that made this exceptionally smooth and drinkable. Founders Porter has solidified a spot in my fridge no matter what season it is.... (2,007 characters)

Photo of MickeyBeer
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours very dark with a minimal tan head. Almost entirely opaque when held up to the light.

S- Not as aromatic as I would have hoped. Mild coffee notes are present.

T- Coffee and chocolate flavors come forward. Alcohol at 6.5% is hardly noticeable. This is a great session porter in my opinion. Perfect for those cold winter months.

M- Very drinkable with coffee flavor and certainly no absence of hops. Carbonation is light.

O- One of the best porters that I have had in a while. Did not disappoint in any way and I will definitely be picking up another 6-pack of it. (575 characters)

Photo of markmiller
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this far too cold into a snifter, and it seemed incredibly flat. Leaves nice lacing as it drinks, and a swirl of the glass produces great fizz.

Scents of sweet creamy mocha and roasted maltiness. Very nice and inviting.

Taste is great for a porter. Like a subdued Imperial Stout. Roasty, coffee, tons of cream, chocolate and deliciousness. Hardly any bitterness.

A bit thin for me, would have liked a little more coating.

A absolute stellar porter. Enjoyable to the last drip from the glass. Again, I wish Founders was available to me more often. (559 characters)

Photo of Durtdiggler
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black oil pour with massive mocha brown head with alot of retention.

Sweet, burnt mocha and molasses aroma fills the nostrils.

Taste is well balanced with sweetness and bitterness of the hops . Flavor very much like it smells. slight burnt roastiness but not enough to lose the sweetness for porter style.

Creamy, balanced mouthfeel with back end hops and clean finish.

Tastes like a bigger beer than the 6.5 Abv implies. Very easy drinking but full of flavor. Not overpowering. Satisfy the imperial craving with friends without the big alcohol effect.

I love this beer and about every style from Founders. Lucky to have them close in distribution. (658 characters)

Photo of viverlee
3.15/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Too often in a fit of “oh shit the baby’s going to wake up, poop everywhere and need to be changed, fed and played with” I don’t let the beer mellow, to come down a few degrees. I started this review in haste before deciding to take my own advice. Glad I did.

STYLE: American Porter

ABV: 6.5%

LOOK: Unremarkable, the midpoint between oily and soda. An appalling lack of lacing. What head?

NOSE: We’re off to a rather good start. Over a foot away, I can smell the chocolate and red fruits as it pours. Better as it warms. Smoother too. We’ve gone from metallic to mid-range coffee.

MOUTH: It settles into coffee and lightly burnt malts. Not the extraordinary failure I thought it was at first. Medium body, dirty, barn doors, green pear. It has to be sessionable, but not because the ABV is relatively low. It simply lacks something robust, be it flavor or texture.

Beeradvocate Rating: 95

ratebeer Rating: 100

Hayward Abbey Rating: 82 (954 characters)

Photo of FlakyBiscuit
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12ounce bottle into pint glass. Opaque black body with about half inch of coffee cream colored head. Aroma of coffee and dark chocolate. Thick mouthfeel which reminds me of an Imperial stout. Very slight alcohol bite. The flavors starts of dark chocolate and black coffee . Hints of licorice and more chocolate as it finishes semi dry on the palate. This beer represents an exceptional porter. Please let this warmup to about 50 degrees or so as the chocolate flavors become even more pronounced. A real decadent treat. (533 characters)

Photo of ihazabucket7
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark as night chocolate color with little to no head.

Smell: Lots of chocolate smells, mild roast very rich.

Taste: Rich, chocolate flavors. Paired it with some caramel chocolate and it went nicely with this balanced beer.

Feel: Felt plain in the mouth didn't wow me but wasn't very heavy either.

Overall: This beer surprised me. Tried to compare this to Sierra Nevada's porter and this one takes it for sure. (426 characters)

Photo of solargoat
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours nearly jet black, small quickly dissipating head.

Smells robust and delicious.

Roasted coffee, chocolate malts, nice balanced bittering.

Very smooth, Creamy, rich mouthfeel. Warm in my belly.

In my opinion this is the finest porter I have consumed. Love you (268 characters)

Photo of Landfill21
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into my flying dog glass and pours into a dark brown/black color that lets no light through. Has a fingernail head that follows the drink down.

Has a very nice smell of roasted malts, toffee and a hint of coffee. Very nice complex taste with very little carbonation and a nice finish of malts.

Has a nice mouthfeel but a decent drinkibility. THis is still a nice porter that I would recommend to any porter lover. (427 characters)

Photo of darkstar12
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: pitch black. thin one-finger tan-colored head that dissipated quickly down to a thin layer that remained throughout. No lacing.

S: strong coffee and malt tones. Very pleasant.

T: strong coffee and malt tones. Interesting and enjoyable mix of bitter and sweet elements.

M: good thick chewy mouthfeel. Carbonation is pronounced and appropriate to the beer.

O: Great porter. Well worth having again. (444 characters)

Photo of Optifron
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed 11/24/2012 from the bottle

Appearance: Dark, dark brown. Creamy brown head.
Aroma: Dark chocolate, smooth roastiness

Taste: Lots of dark chocolate, roasted bitterness. Very creamy.

Mouthfeel: Very silky, creamy feel. Really nice. Not overly thick (as in, not imperial stout kind of thick).

Overall: Mouthfeel is great. Nice head retention and lacing too, but too much roasted bitterness for me. Would like it a touch more balanced. (443 characters)

Photo of jwchestnut
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

to be honest i am pretty disappointed by most porters and wasn't expecting much from this one and boy was i wrong. pours pitch black with brownish-cola edges and a dark khaki head. the nose is rich and deep - dark chocolates, dark almost burnt toast, coffee, milk chocolate raisins and the slight burnt/smoky notes that are common to many porters but are much more intense here. the taste follows - lots of sweet and bittersweet chocolate, campfire smoke, dark toasted almonds - a little booze heat at the end. the mouthfeel is great - rich and smooth, chewy but not cloying, and for such a sweet beer finishes dry. all in all i really enjoyed this and might even get it again, which is rare for me and porters. i would recommend. (730 characters)

Photo of infestaxion
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours think and black. Or should I say dark, rich and sexy? Nice dark brown head. Beautiful.

S - That is so nice. Roasted malt and coffee and that unmistakable "porter" smell.

T - Very, very roasty with bitter coffee and a bit of sweet. Some mild hop to compliment it. The lingering taste is a great mix of the roasted and sweet malt.

M - So smooth. It may just be that RIS is my favorite style but this is amazing going down.

D- I know that the %6+ ABV is too high for the sessionable police but I'd say this is the most sessionable beer I've ever had. (561 characters)

Photo of Trystero
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an Imperial pint glass. I must preface this review by stating that I drink this beer on a regular basis both bottled and on tap and find it rather exceptional. It is a great year-round 6 pack porter that always statisfies my desire for something dark.

A - Deep brown almost black, very opaque, with a small tan head that dissipates shortly after pouring. Does leave a small amount of lacing after each sip.

S - Very full roasted malty aroma followed by a toffee, caramel sweetness. Hints of chocolate in the background

T - Ahhh, delicious. Starts out strong of sweet roasted malts, caramel and toffee fading into chocolate and the ever so slight hint of burnt coffee and alcohol on the finish. Amazingly drinkable.

M - Full bodied, well stated. Reinforces the darkness and well rounded flavor of the beer.

O - Great porter overall. Readily excessable in Ohio if you know where to look. The 6.5% ABV coupled with the fantastic qualities of the beer as a whole make it a desirable beer to spend a couple of pints with. Pick up a 6 pack the next time you see it, you won't be dissapointed. (1,118 characters)

Photo of Bennettrox
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - About as brown as a beer can be without being black. Looks gorgeous. Tried to be aggressive with a head but didn't get much. Half a finger espresso head, goes away fast.

S - Toasted malts and a fine chocolate.

T - More chocolate and a roasted character. The taste has a great balance of flavors, can really pull all kind of elements from this beer but the roasted notes shine.

M - The high point of the beer for me. My local bottle shop labels this as 'Sexy, Silky, and Smooth'. I couldn't think of a better description, esp silky. Feels so great in your mouth with just the right carbonation.

O - Just picked up several six packs of this. When I'm looking for a balanced porter this is my go to. (705 characters)

Photo of jm1229
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm back at school for my senior year, yet the most exciting part about being back on the east coast is the new selection of beer I get to try. After being (what I would say) well versed in the realm of west coast beer, I get to learn all over again over here.

12 oz bottle opened on 9/1/11 and poured into a pint glass. Served at 55 degrees. Bottle dated 6/8/11.

A- Black as night. Really surprised me how dark it was. One inch mocha head leaving thick lacing down the glass. Looks really nice.

S- I could smell this as soon as I poured it. Mostly smells of roasted chocolate, coffee, and sweet malts.

T- Follows the nose, but there's a lot more roasted flavor coming out. Nice bitter after taste of roasted malts and coffee.

M- Maybe a little much on the carbonation as it prickles my tongue slightly. I do prefer a smoother beer when it gets darker, but perhaps that's just the kind of stout lover I am (yes, I understand this isn't a stout). Nice and creamy, definitely satisfying beer.

O- The porter was my very first introduction to the craft beer scene. That being said, this is a great beer and I prefer it to the Anchor Porter (which was the said first beer). Great beer. Glad I bought a sixer. (1,213 characters)

Photo of Bauzen
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black as night, but not thick as I thought it would be. Can't be a judge of the head because I poured it very gently.

Smells of coffee and smokey, earthy, hops. Hints of chocolate or mocha too.

Flavor profile follows the nose almost entirely. Super flavorful and potent despite what you'd expect from the lower ABV.

Tastes of toffee and chocolate remain on the palette remain following each sip, and this beer stays with you long after you're finished drinking it.

It's a solid porter, but it leaves me wanting a breakfast stout or a KBS. (548 characters)

Photo of brewcifix
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I poured this from a bottle into a proper Porter tulip glass. It pours black, with a beautiful tan head. There's decent lacing.

Smell: The nose boasts caramel, sweet bread, and cereal, roasted coffee and malts. It’s a very pleasant aroma that, unfortunately, fades soon after the pour.

Taste: I taste roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, and a little smoke. This porter finshes nicely with grassy espresso hops and the faint memory of bakers cocoa (and maybe a little raisin?).

Mouthfeel: I don’t get the Brewer’s claim of a "silky" mouth feel. This beer is somewhat watery (medium to light tongue weight), with moderate carbonation affecting the back of my tongue.

Overall: This is a very nice porter with very drinkable appeal. I just wish the bouquet held out a litttle longer. Other than that, it's very tasty with rich flavor. I'd love to find this stuff on tap somewhere to REALLY get the full experience! This certainly is a "dark, rich, & sexy" porter that I wouldn't kick out of bed! Founders does it again. (1,036 characters)

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,438 ratings.