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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter

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1,474 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,474
Hads: 6,701
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 379
Gots: 1,269 | 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 bwood06
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a very tall, dark tan colored head that is frothy in appearance with a very slight creaminess. Head stays tall for a very long time. Some carbonation clinging to the sides to the glass. Beer itself is black and opaque with just a slight hint of brown at the very edge of the glass. Some fast rising carbonation visible at the very edge of the glass. 4.5/5

S - Dark toasted bready malt up front which is underscored by a bit of toffee, cereal, and vanilla. Espresso and dark chocolate also make their respective appearances. Very earthy but sweet as well. There is a bit of grassy hops as well. 4/5

T - Espresso up front is followed by a rich dark maltiness, vanilla, and toffee. This is quickly followed by dark chocolate and cereal (Grape Nut O's). More roasted than toasted in terms of flavor profile. There is a bit of leather and a doughy characteristic to the middle. The beer finishes out with a grassy hop note as well as a bit of woodiness that contributes to the earthy character of the beer. Light lingering bitterness but not much. 4.25/5

M - Very full bodied beer that is perfect for a cold day. Light on carbonation and has a bit of a milky/creamy characteristic to it. Slightly drying on the back end but not overly so. U[on swallowing the palate is cleansed and ready for another sip. 4.5/5

O - Very well rounded porter that balances between sweet, earthy, bitter nicely. Very good porter offering from Founders that is worthy of being repeatedly imbibed. 4.25/5

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a gentle dark brown close to black color-ed body with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated nicely letting off some speckled lacing roaming around the glass.
The smell started off with a robust piney hoppiness when this beer is fresh and then in age, this one lets the roastiness become the leading aroma with the piney-ness sliding into the background.
The taste was mainly robustly sweet with a profound bitterness of the hops embracing the flavors to combine eloquently. The aftertaste lends a hand to the blend between the bitterness and the sweetness.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a charging bitter harshness over my tongue. Carbonation feels good and does end up allowing the roastier side of the house pronouncing its power as the beer ages.
Overall, to me, I've always loved this American styled porter though through its life it changes a lot in its age. I'd still have again.

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Photo of ctjoumas
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

After a long drive from west palm beach to key west, I was hoping for a small place nearby with good beers. Found a small bar with a great selection. This one I've wanted to try for a while since I'm a fan of the backwoods bastard. The porter pours a nice dark black with a nice layer of head which gives way quickly to the dark of the beer. Smell is roasty with coffee notes. Mouthfeel is smith but a bit more effervescent than I expected; not so much in a bad way though. Taste is a slight sweetness upfront with a little bitterness in the end. Very clean taste with burnt coffee at the end. Great beer overall and glad I ran into this place.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

look was deep brown almost opaque smell cocoa and coffee with a taste of the same, feel was deep with a lower carbonation than I expected. solid representation.

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Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown. Opaque. (some porters will show you what muddy means. Not this one though) A creamy head of mocha colored foam that dwindled slowly. Nose is big roasty malt. Sweetness that offers a touch of vanilla. Light cream and some good cocoa. Toasted bread underneath. An herbal coolness on the nose form hops. Taste is bold and earthy malt. Uncompromising. Just enough complexity to show you the cocoa, caramel and a firm hops presence. Those hops are firm but they do not take over the flavor. They do usher in a creamy finish after a moderate and supporting bitter. Malt shows you a touch of it's own bitterness and coffee.

This is decadent without being overly sweet or heavy in the mouthfeel. Expansive malt with plenty of flavor but not chewy so medium mouthfeel. Smooth and everything you want in a robust porter. Hale and hearty with a peppery little finish and bitter chocolate to linger.

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - pours black body with no head
S - chocolate, cocoa, coffee
T - sweet, chocolate, hint of toffe or coffee, malty
F - really smooth, low carbonation, coats mouth really well
O - great beer! I can't put it better than the bottle does "dark, rich, and sexy" I'll definitely have a few more of these!

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the growler via Eight Ball Brewing at the Party Source in a snifter. This FINE porter pours a deep blackish brown with a nice light brown head of foam that settles to a thick ring, light pool, and very nice lacing. Nose of cocoa, rich coffee, subtle vanilla, and light char. Flavors surpass the nose with velvety layers of dark cocoa and lightly bitter coffee moving towards a mid palate of vanilla and deeply roasted malts with a hint of smoky char blending into a symposium of of a light cream on the back. Excellent. Smooth and coating mouth feel and moderate carbonation. Decadent. A stout drinkers porter for certain.


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Photo of TLWalsh
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark and intense, close to black with a thin tan head. Has a pronounced cocoa and coffee aroma. A medium carbonated mouthfeel and a rich roasted sweetness that finishes with a hint of bitterness. This an excellent porter, full flavored an well balanced.

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Photo of welto1cs
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours near black with 1/2'' thick khaki foam head. Light bubbling in the froth, a la a cross-section of swiss cheese. Gives way to a thin khaki cap.
S: Cocoa. Dark Chocolate. Maybe a bit of coffee.
T: Alongside the Cocoa and Coffee notes, a bit of sweetness. IMO a bit light on taste for a beer with 6.5% ABV. That being said, very drinkable.
F: Great mouthfeel, exactly what you'd expect (and want) in a Porter.
O: 4/5

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany color with a tight, mocha head that leaves nice chunks of lacing.

Smells of coffee, cocoa, and some earthiness.

Tastes of the deep roasted notes layered over earthy hops. Malts lead off with notes of cocoa, brown sugar, and coffee with a moderate amount of sweetness. This gives way to roasted and earthy bitterness which balances the sweetness. Finishes with another slight bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty, well done porter.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a brown head. Smells of smoky, roasted coffee with dark chocolate. Tastes pretty similar, with a smoky roast flavor, and more chocolate coming through as it warms. This porter is robust and the flavors are intense. Pure roasty, smoky coffee-like chocolate lingers on the palate. Medium-light body with high carbonation, and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Overall a great porter. One of my favorite dark beers.

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Photo of MACrist
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks: Pour fairly aggressively into a pint glass. Nice two fingers tan head, cocoa like. Looks like an American stout. Black.
Aroma: Swirl the glass and I get a nice blast of roasted malt, almost charred. A little black licorice, and prominent dark chocolate. The slightly burnt quality really jumps out with some java as well.
Taste: Much like the aroma. Plus, the sweetness lasts a good while, and the mild bitterness is all in the back. That burnt quality is the first flavor I get.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, but light mouthfeel. Not overly carbed, it depends on the pour. I really find that a very slow pour makes the carbonation really stand out. A more aggressive pour and you lose a good bit of it. There is a very slight metallic taste up front as it warms. Overall, a very nice porter.

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

Great offering. Poured to snifter.

Pours dark brown almost black with a nice tan finger head quickly turning to a small ring.

Smells of dark malt and some hops.

Taste sweet with nice dark malt and a lingering light hop bitterness.

Not too thick on the feel.

Really loved this brew and wish I grabbed a six instead of a single.

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Photo of DrSpaceman
3.62/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter, deep dark brown with thick two finger head. Very clean aroma, distinct porter smell. Taste is the ideal porter, nothing more or less.
On one hand, it is refreshing to have a beer that is simply the style of the brew with no frills. On the other hand, I am left feeling like this porter will blend into every other porter in my memory.

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

Bottle dated 09/09/15 into a shaker pint. Really like most attributes about this beer. A solid porter with good appearance, aroma, and mouthfeel. There's something in the finish that is a bit off for me, reminds me a bit of all spice. It's definitely tasty, but for my preferences and distro I'll opt for Black Butte unless it's near the winter holiday season. Glad I'm fortunate to be able to choose b/n the two.

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Photo of ACon204
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The beer pours black with a tiny bit of a caramel colored head. Head dissipates quickly into a ring of caramel bubbles.

Smell: Chocolate, dark roasted coffee.

Taste: Bitter dark chocolate dominates the taste with hints of espresso and milk chocolate lagging behind.

Mouthfeel: Full, smooth, creamy.

Overall: This porter shines with its ability to balance flavor with drinkability. It's outrageously smooth but far from watery. Overall it was a very pleasant experience.

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Photo of RJIV
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle on 4/4/15
Pours a dark black with a slight dirty brown head. Smells of a robust roastiness. The body is a tad thin for the style. A slight, sweet richness hits upfront followed by a fully roasted malt flavor. There are hints of caramel and toffee. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours black with a creamy mocha head that dissipated into film of chocolate bubbles, good amount of lacing, not much carbonation, looks really good.

A: First impression, lots of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, lots of aroma, no alcohol on the nose, smells like a stout, very impressive for a porter.

T: Up front, get a hit of chocolate and roasted malts, some bitterness in the middle, finishes with mildly bitter and dry, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts reemerge in the finish, and linger, very smooth, very drinkable.

M: Smooth and creamy, very drinkable.

O: What a great beer, drinks like a stout, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, smooth creamy mouthfeel, this would be a regular in my fridge if I could get Founders in my state.

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Photo of DrRambis
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Founders Porter, its tried, its true, its now about time for a review! Poured into a Guinness pint glass from 12 oz bottle dated 09/09/15. Pulled from the fridge about 20 minutes ago. Its still colder than I would prefer but this throat is dry. I will progress slowly to allow this sexy lady time to warm up to me.

Look: Pitch black, I mean zero light escapes this glass. Taupe creamy head that dissipates quickly into a light film.

Smell: Milk chocolate, dark raisin bread, lightly roasted espresso notes, citrus and grapefruit notes in the background.

Taste: Dark Coffee Beans, vanilla, and milk chocolate leap out at you with healthy helpings of orange zest, grapefruit juice, some tropical hop notes present, a nutty malts in the finish The taste really reminds me of eating an grapefruit while having an affogato.

Feel: Has substantial weight and body in the mouth for a beer of this gravity, exceeds expectations, smooth milky mouthfeel, with light astringent bitterness in the finish.

Overall: The lingering bitterness in this beer is key to keeping this beer in the range of porter. A style where I take "drinkability" (i.e. lack of palate fatigue and low to medium alcohol) to be key. A good porter must be one that can be enjoyed round after round, with food or without food, when its warm, when its cold, with bacon and eggs or with a fine steak, I could continue but the idea is apparent. Without the bitterness present in this beer its sweet dessert-like flavors could become cloying. This porter is most certainly on the decadent side but it retains the fundamental aspect I mentioned above. Its a beer I've had many times before and I'm glad to have had the time to finally review it. Its been a year since I had it last but its just as good as I remembered it (enter confirmation bias here). Pick one up but better yet pick up a case because that's the way its meant to be done! Prost!

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Photo of aquazr1
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle served in a tulip. Pours a dark black with little head. First sniff is dark chocolate. The first sip confirms the chocolate, and it is silky smooth.

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Photo of Buck1
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best robust porter I have found. Since I like stouts this is very close to a stout.
Dark color, roasty with chocolate smell and taste. Gets bette as it warms up. Veryn silky smooth feel for a porter. Does not have that bit of a sour finish some porters have. One of my favorite winter beers along with their Breakfast Stout .

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and burnt wood.
The taste is milk chocolate sweet, coffee bitter, dark chocolate, milk.
The texture is smooth.
It's an outstanding beer.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: pitch black in color not much of a head but it was on the colder side when I poured it a little film rims the glass

S: licorice bakers chocolate roasty malts

T: very nice chocolate and roasted malts with some light licorice

M: a touch thin but not as thin as some porters the creamy full mouth feel. makes this beer feel like its a weightier version

O: Excellent its a superbly done porter, while it might not bring anything new to the porter game it is flawlessly executed. Its big rich malty and nice chocolate tones with a fairly creamy mouthfeel you can't ask for much more in a porter

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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass
L: Pours a brownish black color while appearing black in the glass. Nice mocha colored finger of head.
S: Roasted malt with lots of cocoa and milk chocolate.
T: Follows the nose with roasted malt upfront followed by chocolate. The finish brings back the roasted malt character along with some hop bitterness.
F: Medium plus mouthfeel
Overall this is a pretty great porter. Rich in roasted malt flavor while still being very easy to session.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a 12oz beer I got on sale, at nearly a year old (dated 10/28/2014). Pours a jet black, with a slight amount of head that is light-brown in color. Aroma is more chocolate than dark malts. Flavor is very smooth, velvety, and I can get some dark malts and chocolate (it is a bit bitter on the finish).

Although I am not a big fan of porters, this is one of the best I have ever had: it is beautiful in appearance, and although the aroma is somewhat mild, it is wonderful, and the flavor is enjoyable and very palatable. This beer is very easy to drink.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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