Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,429
Hads: 6,495
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
Wants: 351
Gots: 1,127 | FT: 28
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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 tetonka4kzoo
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This porter pours a dark color with a nice tan head. Good retention along the glass.

Founders Porter has a sweet and roasted malt aroma. It also has an aromatic dark malt and molasses nose.

This porter has a noticeable dark roast coffee at first taste. I also detect roasted malt and chocolate next. There's also a slight hops bitterness to cut the sweetness.

Founders Porter is not too thick tasting and is rather silky.

This beer has decent drinkability--even better for its style. The slight bitterness from the hops make it very drinkable for multiple beers. I rank Founders right up there with Bells and Shorts. (620 characters)

Photo of MightyMonk
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can Founders make a bad beer?
This is a top of the line porter.
Beautiful color and rich head that entices a drink.
The firs taste is a tease that asks for another.
Very rich and full of aroma with sweet after taste.
Similar but lighter than Founders Imperial Stout which is world class. (288 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 DJ-Hophead
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle, Brewers Droop, Bristol, UK - Pours dark,dark brown. No lasting head. Medium carbonation. Smell - Smoky, toffee, coffee. Taste - rich smoky coffee, caramel, dry malty finish. Well balanced brew. (208 characters)

Photo of silverblaze540
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Thick head, over an inch that is brown with big bubbles. Head dissipates slowly. Completely opaque with a reddish tint near the edges.

S - Malt, prunes, chocolate

T - Dark sweet fruits at the front. Chocolate in the middle. A mild hoppy bitter finish. No strong alcohol taste.

M - Minimal alcohol and carbonation burn.

O - A solidly good beer, but nothing exciting. Does what it needs to as a porter. Not too bitter, with a nice taste. (454 characters)

Photo of agomega
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a thick caramel colored head.

Smell: Tons of roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate aromas.

Taste: Follows the aroma with a lovely chocolate flavor and a bitter roasted malt/coffee finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with low to medium carbonation. An easy drinker.

Overall: I had never had this beer before and I picked up a single just to give it a try. Holy crap! Now I know what I have been missing. Next time I am at the liquor store I will be picking up a six pack. (553 characters)

Photo of dafizzif
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A very dark ruby brown. Decent tan brown head dissipates quickly.

Smell: Mocha. More milk chocolate than coffee. Also lots of roasted, biscuity malts. Just a smidgen of hops.

Taste: Lots of dark chocolate and roasted malts and dark roast coffee. Lingering bitter flavor, both hoppy and almost burnt. It almost tastes like cigarettes, except for the fact that it is extremely pleasant. Also very complex.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is good though in some sips can feel a bit high. Medium body that is a bit more thin than I would have liked for this beer.

Overall: A truly great beer. Very complex. And very rewarding. I will come back for more. Probably my first or second favorite American Porter. (716 characters)

Photo of Jonoesh5
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Another memorable Founders experience! An opaque, dark brown body with lingering tan head. Smells clean with caramel sweetness. Taste is somewhere between toasty malts and caramel. As it warms, roasted notes really come through. Mouthfeel is a pleasant, creamy carbonation with slight alcohol warmth. Overall, a roasted malt concoction perfect for a winter night. Definitely recommend. (385 characters)

Photo of 29mikoyan
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers I have ever had. It is also one of the most richest in aroma and flavor. Dark Roasted coffee is present in the smell and taste. It does possess that nice earthy flavor that is present in most fine single malt Scotch whisky. There is minor hop presence. (274 characters)

Photo of Aleks_P
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Very thick and smooth, dark dark brown. Pretty healthy brown/tan head, thick and dissipates very slowly.

Smell: Chocolate and coffee dominate.

Taste: Smoky and chocolate, hint of sweetness. Definitely pick up some coffee bitterness as well, don't really notice any bitterness until the aftertaste. Very rich taste, lot of flavors that balance really well.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy.

Overall: I was very impressed with this beer, realize I didn't have much to write in the sections above but everything I noted was done very well. This is a really rich beer with a lot of porter-appropriate flavors that I noticed in phases during each drink. I would definitely go out of my way to order this if I saw someplace that had it on draft. (756 characters)

Photo of Dna_Infinity
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle to glass

Appearance - Pours a deep brown/black colour with a good mocha coloured head that fades quickly and leaves good lacing.

Smell - Chocolate, lots of coffee, toasted malt, caramel

Taste - Dark chocolate, coffee, toasted malt, slightly smokey, vanilla. Good tasting beer!

Overall - Very good porter that has lots of coffee and chocolate flavour to it (367 characters)

Photo of fightingwords
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-- DARK black coffee color with a muddy two finger head. a massive appearence. good lacing, and a gentle spin of the glass kept the head strong.

S--impressive fresh roasted coffee and dark chocolate nose. some earthy hops show up as the beer mellows towards ambient temps. Complex and complete.

T-- dessert sweet chocolate with a balace of toasty malts. slight caramel flavors and a dirty hop character keep the beer interesting

M-- smooth, rich, medium to heavy bodied.

D-- for a complex beer it drinks okay. A thinking mans porter that I probably would put on repeat in the same session.

Great porter, but almost a bit too sultry. I love the big flavors and attitude, it's packed with both. I prefer my porters a little more subdued and session friendly, but even so this is a must try. (796 characters)

Photo of philosobeer
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If you want a heavier porter, this one is well worth a try. A little heavy, but it is a very tasty beer.

A: One very dark brown pint that on first glance I was tempted to call black. The head is a good medium-creamy foam. Settling as you drink it, those who compared it to the crema of an espresso were quite right. It's an ornament of heavy brown cream which really does draw an appropriate and favorable comparison to coffee. The half point it lost was for being dark enough to make me wonder if I ordered the stout.

S: Roasted barley is very evident here, as are the chocolate malts. One good swirl and sniff brought alcohol, chocolate, coffee, and grilled foods to mind. At the smell, you know it's a beer and get a whiff of its strength. The chocolate coffee compels a sip.

T: The first taste is sweet and malty with english hops just drying out the head. This tastes rich enough to be satisfying and just dry enough to not be overwhelming. I think the alcohol, and highly kilned and roasted grain brought up the end.

M: This was heavy for a porter even, something that I've noticed with Founder's other beers. Here that feels a bit better than it did in many of their others and I'll accept it. Its effervescence is present, not overwhelming and really what it should be.

D: The heaviness and alcohol feel detract here, but not by enough to make me turn on it. It's heavy, yes, it's got noticeable alcohol, yes -- it is not too much to keep you from considering a second. A third is really pushing it, but of mostly from its heaviness. This goes well with fish.

This is at one of the local favorite bars in Chicago's pilsen neighborhood. And now that two of my favorites are gone, when I am looking for a good darker beer there, this is one I assure you I will order again. Not elevated to my favorite porter by any means, but probably my favorite Founder's.

Cheers. (1,881 characters)

Photo of gbbass16
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Founders CBS snifter.

I have had this numerous times but this is the first time I have actually reviewed it. The pour is thick, dark drown with a thin layer of foam that dissipates to lacing around the edge. The smell is of chocolate and coffee. The taste is of dark, toasted coffee, dark woods, and absolutely no alcohol whatsoever. Smooth, smooth, smooth. Mouthfeel is viscous and foamy in the mouth, especially when swished around the tongue. That is where the real flavors come out. Overall, one of my favorite beers from my favorite brewery. Only have two left of these so I am hoarding them for cold dark snowy days. Hopefully I am home for one of those... (675 characters)

Photo of nmyers
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer had a nice dark brown color almost black and a light tan foamy head to on it. The aroma of this beer was chocolaty, with hints of caramel and nice roasted malt touch to it.

The taste was very interesting with a touch of coffee, flavor that account for the bitterness of this beer and a nice touch of chocolate that balanced this beer nicely.

This was a very thick beer and it I don't think I could drink a lot of it. It was very good though. (458 characters)

Photo of BigAl723
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor.

A: Dark and brown. Like a muddy road after it's been raining all afternoon. Great looking wispy white/tan head. About an inch thick.

S: Smokey BBQ, campfire, dark malts, java, and cocoa too. Overall, an outstanding smelling porter from an outstanding brewery.

T: This is where this beer really shines. Dark roasted malts really come through and the thick texture of this beer coats your mouth from top to bottom. Towards the end a nice coffee/cocoa taste seems to burst through leaving a more than pleasant taste on the tip of your tongue.

M: Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. In all honesty, I wouldn't change a thing about this mouthfeel. It seems real close to perfect.

D: Great drinkability. At 6.5% ABV it's, again, perfect.

Overall, I took out an Unearthy and a Plead the 5th Impy Stout at the bar and I knew I needed something to calm the storm if I was going to make it through the night. I found Founders Porter to be the remedy. (984 characters)

Photo of 1993Heel
2.92/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've been a sort of beer geek for two decades now but I've never really explored the full range of dark ales made today. I've had many a beer from every continent but I want now to explore American dark ales. I've decided to start with this one. Porter was an early love of mine before I was seduced by belgian tripels and german doppelbocks. Everything comes around but it's never the same twice I guess.

G - Scaldis (Bush) Noel tulip glass.

A - Pours medium bodied black with a nice fluffy tan head. Very promising. Significant amount of carbonation adhering to bottom of glass.

S - A hint of coffee, chocolate, and an off-smelling pair of phenol and medicinal odors at first whiff that disappears. A turnoff. As the beer opens a little alcohol owns much of the nose.

T - Sharp and surprisingly hot for 6.5% ABV. Prickly hops overwhelm the start of a decent set of malt flavors. Nice smooth rich malty finish. It has a long finish that lingers that isn't average but rather has two components that together average out that way.

M - Soapy on the end of the tongue, dry in the back of the palate. Not very integrated or smooth. Too carbonated.

O - The bitter and the sweet seem not to go together in this beer. Like west coast American wines this beer is very west coast American in its pursuit of sensory overload even if it's not west coast. There are delicate flavors in there but a lower and different hop recipe would serve it well. Just not for me. (1,462 characters)

Photo of duffcalifornia
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard shaker pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown that borders on black. Impossible to see through, except around the very edges where it is a deep mahogany. Has a half inch light mocha head that fades quickly and provides no lacing.

S: An absolutely delicious and complex blend of roasted malts (especially chocolate malt), dark chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits.

T: The taste is as complex as the smell. Tastes initially of chocolate and roasted malts, then sticks on the tongue where the dark fruits show up ever so faintly on the finish. Not that this is an especially strong brew at 6.5% but there is absolutely no taste of alcohol whatsoever.

M: Appropriate to style - medium to maybe even slightly medium-thick mouthfeel with decent carbonation.

O: This is an exceptional porter from one of the best, most consistent breweries around. When you are looking for something dark but don't want the latest 11% -bbal RIS coated in unicorn tears, at $10/6 pack, this is far and away a great option. (1,032 characters)

Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours black cola color.

Overall: This a world-class American Porter. It has the perfect combination of roasted coffee, grain, and chocolate. This is a wonderful beer and a perfect porter. Highly recommended. (221 characters)

Photo of tburus
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark caramel colored liquid. Minimal carbonation. One-finger tan head that dissolved into lacing quickly, staying think around the glass.

Smell: Primarily coffee aroma, with a bit of chocolate as it warms.

Taste: Again coffee dominates, but there are more complexities to it. Refreshing tingle on the tongue as it enters, followed by coffee on the palate, and chocolate on the sides. Reminiscent of the Breakfast Stout, but sufficiently unique and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Heavy bitter coffee aftertaste. Typically I am not a fan of this, but bitter coffee as a flavor in beer is something that's growing on me. More coffee aftertaste than the Breakfast Stout. Complex.

Drinkability: This is an excellent porter. Great dimension to the beer's flavor. And being on of the cheaper Founders offerings (~$10 per 6 pack), it is very much worth buying. (886 characters)

Photo of Kevin-Wieken
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Founders Porter
Founders Brewing Company, MI
---from bottle to stemmed porter/stout glass---

Appearance
Pours a dark mahogany brown but sits in the glass pitch black. Good tan head settles to a thin cap with good lacing.

Smell
Chocolate birthday cake. Caramel and licorice. Iced mocha. Slight grassy hop.

Taste
Sweet caramel malts, roasted coffee. Mocha. Finishes with bitter dark chocolate. Hops play an integral role in the background of this beer, though you may not notice right away.

Mouth-feel
Silky smooth. Perfect carbonation level. A little sticky from all the sweet. Dark chocolate lingers…

Overall
Very creamy/silky. This is the first Porter I have agreed with. Not overly burnt. Very well balanced. Gets better as it warms up – contemplating putting this baby in the microwave… kidding… kinda… (821 characters)

Photo of timmay41
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Had one of the first pours after the keg was put on, so it poured like a big stout--incredible definition in the line between dark liquid and head. That head was a two-finger thick grayish brown, thick and creamy with a few carbonation bubbles perched atop. Thick, crusty lacing.

S: Roasted coffee and sweet notes tickle the nose, along with scents of vanilla ice cream and fresh Cheerios. A little alcohol slips in at the end but is gone after a few sips.

T: Simply amazing. Ultimately sweeter than the Breakfast Stout--less "coffee with extra cream and sugar" bitterness and more a combination of dark chocolate, cinnamon, ripened cherries, and Coca-Puffs. (Note: the bready/cereal-like scent and texture to this beer is inspiring these comparisons; I didn't just eat breakfast). A meandering roasted malt aftertaste.

M: The accomplice to the big time taste: rich, smooth, and delightful. Just a little carbonation bite. Well textured. Clings to the back of the throat.

D: Thoroughly enjoyable. My only fear is that this beer doesn't expand the palette; it takes the palette hostage. Someone offers you a porter and only the Founders becomes acceptable. But then again, is that a bad thing? (1,199 characters)

Photo of dditto2
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed it in a mix n match. Wow it is good.
A:Black. Foamy head retains beautiful color.
S:Coffee, caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, lightly noticeable hop.
T:All of the above. Malt and hops very nicely balanced.
F: Thick and creamy with a considerable amount of carbonation.
O: Definately world class. Wish I bought more than 1. (333 characters)

Photo of ratrod53
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Black black black wich a small brown head dose not last long with little lacing.

S- I smell coffee with some chocolate.

T- I tasted a realy nice and strong coffee bean (wich I could drink that at work in the mornings) wich just a hint of some chocolate, with some bitterness at the end.

M- It's a nice thick beer a really good body. Just a little bit of carbonation wich is what I like in a dark beer like this. It's a real smooth beer.

D- I could drink this all day every day. (484 characters)

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

The look of this thing is almost like a really dark root beer; verging on complete and utter blackness yet with a hint of brown that anticipates some of the overt sweetness that comes in with the aroma. The slightly tan/mocha head augments this, though in my case the head dissipated almost immediately and left next to no lacing. The first thing that hits the nose is a very sweet sort of coffee and dark chocolate hybrid, which is then followed by a remarkably well mix of sweet caramel malts and definite earthy hops.

The taste is far more roasted coffee than I anticipated; and this dominates the front with an iron fist. However, near the middle of the tongue that sweet caramel/toffee hybrid sneaks its way in, and the end is a bit of that earthy hop with a slight boozy tinge that is just distant enough to be pleasant. In terms of carbonation, I would say this is middle-of-the-road; there's a bit of a bite on the front of the tongue but nothing too strong. As this warmed, the very smooth finish gained a bit of an elevated meaning as a nice way to counteract the fierce blast of roasted coffee-ish malts that hits you at first. Overall, this is yet another example of why Founders is such a great brewery. (1,218 characters)

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,429 ratings.