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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,613 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,613
Reviews: 1,344
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 267
Gots: 633 | 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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

fehrminator, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of andrewinski1
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. The color is black with a small medium tan head.

There is a nice robust malty aroma with notes of coffee.

The taste is dry and malty, with a nice bitter finish, with just a touch of zesty hops.

The mouthfeel is light to medium with nice crisp carbonation.

This is a really good; straight-forward porter.

andrewinski1, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of brewskifan55
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Black with a tan one finger head that dissipates pretty quickly, leaving bubbles in its wake. Curtainy lacing.

S: Chocolate, anise, coffee and vanilla. Divine.

T: Smooth and robust. Velvety. Semi-sweet chocolate. Like drinking a latte. Comes on like an Imperial Russian Stout. Like the label says, the taste is sexy.

M: Medium to heavy with creamy carbonation.

O: A really outstanding porter. Wish I had picked up more in Birmingham. Bet it goes well with chocolate chip cookies. Highly recommended.

brewskifan55, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another brew Kevin hooked up in our trade, thanks man! Poured from unstamped bottle to mug the beer pours an oily viscous opaque black with a 1 finger mocha colored head with good retention and lacing throughout. The nose is an impressive blast of rich coffee, cocoa, roast. Terrific. If I didn't know better I'd say this is a stout. More character than any non-imperial porter I've sampled. Awesome. The flavor follows suit with again tons of coffee, roast, cocoa along with a mild bitterness, and hint of caramel and nut. Unbelievably smooth. Creamy. I can't believe how much flavor is packed into this brew, no hint of alcohol but with so much going on I'd think this was a much bigger beer to accommodate the character. Medium bodied. Well carbonated. To say this is a treat is an understatement. New standard for me.

hopfacebrew, Apr 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

johnyb, Feb 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

emottram, Feb 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

teamwiggum, Nov 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

vcoggins, Dec 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

MNBeer1017, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of MiScusi
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- very dark, black, oily body but not much of a head builds up easily.

S- roasted barley all the way here. Smells like there may be a hint of fruit adding some complexity from an English ale strain. I wonder if they used an American or English strain here.

T- Definitely a big roasty presence. Pretty big sweet body behind it, bitter roasted finish.

M- Nice smooth body. The carbonation is a bit below medium, works well here. Fine texture to the bubbles.

D- Not a poorly crafted beer at all. But I do prefer a little more chocolate to my porters and less of a roasted bite.

MiScusi, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of ColdPoncho
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can't find the date on the bottle.

A - Solid, deep brown/black body. Small, tight light brown head. Good look.

S - Vegetal/roasty sweetness, Chocolate, black licorice. It's a good smell, but theres something in it that smells a bit plastic-like, and thats somewhat of a turnoff

T - Well, this is delicious. Nice roasted malts are in dominance here, with some good chocolate, licorice and other subtle undertones. A well done taste for sure.

M - This is impressively thick and smooth. But not too much. I think this is perhaps the ideal mouthfeel for a porter.

O (D) - Well, it's a great tasting, very drinkable, not too heavy beer. What more can you ask for? I guess for it to smell better.

ColdPoncho, May 05, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from Founders on 5/9/10.

The pour is a beautiful two fingers of brown head. Pitch black in color with excellent lacing. This is what a porter should look like!

The scent is that of roasted toffee, coffee, and some chocolate malts.

Taste: Rich chocolate malts blend with roasty bitter nuts. There is a nice bitterness at the end which is well placed. I would prefer a little more in the middle of the taste, but overall it is solid.

The mouthfeel is medium to slightly full. There is also a nice smooth, creamy character.

This is as drinkable as a porter should be. A solid standard Porter with looks to brag about.

TCgoalie, May 12, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

dsauter, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

JCam9981, May 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

crowsnest, Mar 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

nebula1999, Jul 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

sludgegnome, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of sixerofelixir
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Seductive lady on the label

Paired with a strip steak. Poured very black, with a nice dark tan head that stuck around. The smell was malty paradise. The taste was very nice, just a ton of roasty malts, cocoa, and a bit of caramel and toffee. The finish was mellow and nutty. Very smooth drinker.

sixerofelixir, Dec 15, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

bschinelli, Nov 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

spw109, Jun 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

WoostaBia, Aug 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Retail1LO, Jul 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

dsshuck, Feb 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Jeffrey2310, Jul 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Phigg1102, Apr 21, 2014
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,613 ratings.