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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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95
world-class

6,029 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 6,029
Reviews: 1,392
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 300
Gots: 825 | FT: 26
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 Reaper16
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap @ Flying Saucer, Kansas City, MO, into a pint glass

I reviewed this beer in the bottle a couple of years ago. I hated it, and I looove the Porter style. I always suspected, though, that I got an old six-pack. Tonight, I finally decided to try it again.

Pours a color that is pretty much black. It is effectively black. Which is nice. There's nearly 1.75 fingers of khaki head. It laces like you'd think a head of that size would: like a dream.

The aroma is a very, very solid melange of baker's chocolate, heavy roasted malts, and bitter hops. There isn't really anything beyond those three elements. It's a lot of bitter smells, but that's what I want in a porter.

Oh, man. This tastes aweeesome. It's so, so roasty. Roast roast roast. There's lots of dark, bitter chocolate flavor here too. But the roast takes over. But, and this is key, there's a whole lot of hop flavor here too. It's so bitter with green hop flavor that it starts to duel with the roast about which element of bitterness is going to win over the palate. That sounds bad, doesn't it? It sounds like a beer that is confused. Let me assure you that it totally works. These contrasting bitternesses represent what the porter style can do better than any other style. This is so good.

Mouthfeel is also good. It's got a pretty innocuous body; you don't really notice it ever. The carbonation level is soft but not without power behind its bubbles.

When I first got into beer, Boulevard's Bully! Porter was my favorite beer. It was an incredible porter with contrasting bitternesses -- the roast bitterness complimented and contrasted with the hop bitterness. Bully! Porter has in recent years received a recipe change. It's far less hoppy for some reason. Well, Founders Porter picks up the slack on the hoppy + roasty porter style. I take back everything I've ever said about this beer. It is excellent.

Photo of zac16125
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of Denzo
4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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

Beer pours a dark black color, darker than most porters, with a moderate sized head. Smell is of dark malts. Has a sort of "imperial stout" smell to it, but without the big roasted coffee and chocolate notes that usually comes from imperials. Similarly, the taste is more imperial stout than it is porter, or even regular stouts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, more like a traditional porter on the mouthfeel side. Drinkability is high. This beer isn't exactly to style at least from what I've had, but it's absolutely delicious and is similar to many of the great stouts had, but smaller and easier to put down. This is my go to "imperial" light. Love it.

Photo of sleazo
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Kevinpitts
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of stealth
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle to a tulip - real fresh bottle. One of the top porters out there, for sure. Chocolates, roasts, coffees dominate in aroma and taste. Very well balanced without any unwanted bitterness. Presents nicely, being nearly pitch black with a creamy off-white head. Can drink this one forever and not get sick of it.

Photo of e30todamax
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Filabee
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of RMoeNay
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours the same color, except with a caramel head. Smells more bitter and even more roasty. Holy lord the taste is robust. Very roasted and sensuous. Much more of a focus on the bitter and dark side than Great Lakes. Alot of bitter black coffee and even more malts that feel hop-like in their bitterness. In spite of that, it has milk stout creaminess and smoothness. The aftertaste is very much full of powdered espresso roast coffee and roasted oats. A chewiness lingers from the malt.

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark as night body with a thin tan head
aroma is of chocolate and roasted malt.
taste is chocolate up front followed by some roasty notes.
mouthfeel is good and overall a damm good beer.

Photo of yamar68
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As dark as a porter gets... near pitch black with a sliver of coffee clarity. Mocha brown head that fades fast (dirty glass). Still some good lacing though.

Milk chocolate, smooth generic coffee notes, very inviting, campfire aromas, balanced and approachable. Smells like the type of beer that might convert the BMC crowd.

Well executed, textbook porter flavors. Smokey coffee/chocolate, roasty dark malts, lovingly balanced, some nut notes, super smooth.

Can't complain. I walk by this beer more often than I should. Tasty stuff.

Photo of johnyb
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nataku00
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter. Beer pours a dark brown, bordering on black, with an initial half a finger of creamy chocolate brown head. Some minimal lacing as the head dissipates quickly to a thin collar and patchy film. Looks to have ample carbonation, very fine bubbles that cascades.

Nose is light milk chocolate, mild coffee, and some dark bread malts. Some molasses as I let the beer warm up. Aromas are somewhat muted, even after warming up a little.

Taste is better, rich milk chocolate, roasted coffee, and toasted malts. Some molasses sweetness and a lactic acid tang mid tongue, finishing dry with a lingering lactic sourness and roasted bitterness.

Medium body with a nice round mouthfeel from some light carbonation. Pretty creamy on the tongue.

Photo of ahbithwabm
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 04/20/12.

A: Pours a deep black with a thick 1 finger khaki head. Leaves some lace as it dissipates over a few minutes. Can catch a little light around the edges.

S: Wow this hits you with a great coffee and chocolate. Has a dark fruit alcohol aroma as well. Good roasted malts. Actually a little hop at the end too.

T: Starts with a roasted coffee and chocolate and balances out with more hops than anticipated. A little bittering at the end but still leaves a great malt quality in the aftertaste.

M: Very nice and full bodied. Doesn't come off watery at all. On the low end in carbonation but that goes well.

Overall a porter that puts most others to shame. Has the best mouthfeel I have seen in a porter.

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 6,029 ratings.