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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,052 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,052
Reviews: 1,398
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 303
Gots: 835 | 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:
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 lurpy1
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been a while since I had this one, recollection was that it was quite good. It always seems to be available, maybe I just take it for granted.

Drunk on tap at Pizza House in East Lansing over a game of euchre. Pours an opaque black, streaks of brown throughout. Not a lot of head.

Incredible smelling beer, perfect blend of coffee, roasted malt, little bit of cocoa. One of the best smelling beers I've come across.

Like the smell, the taste is spot on. Coffee and chocolate roll in and out, in a brilliantly understated way. The coffee taste is quite pronounced, more so than in beers that declare themselves to be coffee porters.

Mouthfeel is also superb, thick and velvety, perfect carbonation, wettish finish.

Great porter, not to mention, Founders seems to get the difference between a porter and a stout. As stated, it's a better coffee porter than many beers that proclaim themselves to be coffee porters. I love that about Founders, not a lot of bravado, they just get er done and crank out awesome beer. I have yet to have had a bad drink from them.

Photo of morebeergood
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second beer of the night at Porter Cafe in WR. Poured from the bottle into a Victory tulip glass. Extremely dark brown body. Thin white whispy head. Smell was like a chocolate mud pie and espresso. Loved it. Taste was killer too. Cocoa, fudge, coffee, toffee, and pumpernickel all hit me at once. Magnificent flavor. Mouthfeel was hearty, thick and luscious. The 6.5% abv is someone noticeable. One of the best porters I have had in a while and I would definitely try to have this again. Very nice.

Photo of jwhancher
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours what seems jet black with nice tannish head. Smells of chocolate malt with a little roast. Hops are pine-like and slightly spicy. Tastes mostly roasty with waves of chocolate and caramel. Feels like I bit into a Hershey candy bar. Tastes medium full with ample bitterness. An excellent tasting porter. I'm really glad I came across this. Will be looking for this one again.

Photo of Bogforce
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: BLACK, couldn't get any light through this beer. Doesn't pour with much of a head and had a small amount of lacing.

S: Has a nice roasty coffee smell, big roasted malt. Also has a small bit of hops to the smell.

T: The taste isn't bad, just as it smells. A pretty coffee forward taste with small amount of hops as well.

M: Pretty smooth with a light carbonation, doesn't leave much on the tongue goes down smooth.

O: Pretty good beer, not a ton going on but what it has is good. Worth a try

Photo of eclipse54
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle from inlimbo77, poured into the DFH signature glass he also sent. Thanks Bill!

Pours a nice black that, in thinner spots of the stream, appear a deep, coffee brown color. A tiny layer of tan bubbles constitute the head. The smell is of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and a touch of vanilla and caramel. Faint date also pokes through. One immediately tastes the roasted malts, which along with the hops, give this beer an almost rich/bitter start. It fades away revealing some dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, some coffee ground, and finally a blast of cocoa. Very well done. The mouth is very rich, medium in body, and finishes rather dry; carbonation levels seem fine. Overall, a great porter that is certainly worth having more than once!

Photo of jsprain1
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an almost black color. Really beautiful deep color. Head is half a finger and leaves little lacing.
S- Very roasted malt notes on the nose. Really getting a lot of coffee on the nose. There is a bit of a bitter chocolate aroma and I'm getting just a touch of dark fruit.
T- It's a bit sweeter on the tongue than I would have guessed from the aroma. More milk chocolate than bitter chocolate but I'm getting that coffee flavor in there. A light hop note is particularly noticable in the finish.
M- Smooth, just slightly silky on the tongue. Carbonation is low, but I like it that way here. Just a touch fuller and I would give it the full 5 here.
O- A delicious porter and at only 6.5% it really is getting the flavors in per abv. Definite recomendation to any fans of the style.

Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for this bottle, Jeff. And thanks to Derek for the matching Founders glassware.

A: The beer pours an almost black color with a finger of mocha colored head.

S: Roasted malts dominate the aroma. There is an intense coffee aroma to the beer that is quite pleasant. Lots of bitter, cocoa powder notes with a light sweetness of toffee. A slight earthy character underneath it all.

T: Lots of roast and coffee flavors all the way through. Perhaps just as much bitter dark chocolate and cocoa powder with a light hop bitterness. Earthy tones, a bit of espresso, and some light caramel on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a smooth, medium carbonation.

O: An outstanding porter, one of the best I've had, come to think of it.

Photo of taulpepper
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Nice looking head, about a finger, small bubbles, fades quickly but leaves sticky lacing. Dark, black, opaque. Aroma - sweet, roasted, with a bit of alcohol and sourness, a little bit of fruit, like prunes or like the sourness you get from very dark chocolate. Taste - classic big American porter - strong, deep, dark, burnt, carmelized flavors up front, with a slight sweetness in the finish. Roasty and a little smoky aftertaste. The bitterness of the hops is mostly overwhelmed by the flavor of the roasted malt, but at 45 IBUs it's present and it's there from start to finish. Overall a great example of an American porter, but not mindblowing or terribly original. Would be happy to drink again on a cold night.

Photo of Jenkster4
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black, with almost a fingers worth of chocolate colored head. It is a sexy one indeed.

Nose: Nice amount of chocolate, smooth roasted malt aroma. Not a very potent smelling brew, but it is pleasant.

Taste: Smooth milk chocolate, a little coffee bitterness, also some black licorice, and yummy roasted malts. It's damn good.

Mouth: Silky and smooth. There is hardly any aftertaste, just a nice bitterness factor that lingers for a few seconds and then it's gone.

Overall: Not the best, but it's up there with the best porters that I've had. It's just really tasty and rather simple, but that's what makes it nice. I would get this again, easily.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep black with a one finger tan head on top. Pretty good retention, slowly reducing to a thin layer of bubbles on top. Decent lacing that forms around the edge, but disappears within a few moments.

S: A rich aroma, lots of roasted malt with some coffee beans, chocolate, and a little bit of dark fruit. Very inviting.

T: Quite roasty with an equal amount of coffee and chocolate, with a slight sweetness near the finish. Very earthy, with a little bit of cream. Slightly roasty finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinks smooth with a slight creamy texture.

O: Very easy drinking with a a great flavor profile. Very classic porter. Glad I have another bottle of this one.

Photo of hoplover82
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours pitch black with a pinky sized, creamy tan head that has ok retention and great, sticky lacing.

S-Aromas of milk chocolate and cream come first, we'll see what's next as it warms. Some light coffee aroma comes as well. Some sweet caramel becomes a contented for the front row as it warms! A very nice suprize! Very complex aroma indeed.

The flavor is much like the aroma with semi-sweet chocolate up front and a very soft bitter, freshly roasted coffee in the finish. As the beer warms, a pungent sweet caramel flavor comes. Very nice.

M-The mouthfeel is creamy and full. And has a light bittersweet mocha-like lingering finish.

O-I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. So glad I had the chance to try it. I brought this one back from Ohio.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founders Porter is thick, inky, and sweet.

It poured ink black with no head and left no lace. The smell and flavor were very sweet, dominated by sweet licorice. The feel was terrific, very thick, up front, with a strong bitter presence on the tongue long afterwards.

There's not a great deal of complexity with Founders Porter; however, it has a strong presence with both the sweet flavor and the thick feel.

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

A fairly aggressive pour produces a mere 2cm head, indicating that this is a fairly dense brew. Head is a moderate tan color and of small, dense bubbles. Body is dark brown to black, almost opaque, but when held up the light reveals a murky transparency. Head retention is solid, and lacing is fairly fantastic, decorating the sides of the glass with plenty of shapes.

Beer gives off the aroma of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, fairly fresh coffee, slight smokiness, and prunes. Nicely complex, with each scent mingling well with the others.

Opens with tastes of dark chocolate, bitter coffee, a little burnt toast, and faint smokiness. Aftertaste is of bittering hops mixed with roasted, fairly bitter coffee, then mixed with malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, but perhaps a little watery right upfront. Carbonation Otherwise medium to medium-heavy with a dry finish, a bit too syrupy.

This is a very enjoyable, complex porter, will definitely seek out again.

Photo of mothman
3.62/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head. Fades down. Color is a deep brown, nearing black.

Aroma: A bit roasted malt profile. Coffee, chocolate, and cocoa. It also has a slight grassy bitterness.

Taste: Bitter coffee, chocolate, and cocoa. Grassy hops. Very roasted. Lots of malts.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and bitter. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasted (big surprise).

Overall, this was a solid porter, but a bit too roasty for me. Easy drinking however and a quality product.

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

A: Black as onyx with 1mm deep red trim. Light brown white head thins to a rim.

S: Coffee, vanilla, brown malt, some sweeter malts - special b? followed by and nearly insignificant helping of chocolate and roasted barley

T: Smoked- this sweet smoke that was hiding behind the mirrors is what this beer is all about. In.cred.i.bly. smooth.

M: again smooth, not drying, low carbonation. Pleasant and well placed.

O: Love this as per my standard founder's impression. MORE FOUNDER'S

Photo of woosterbill
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brewster DeCicco's, en route to CBS.

A: Glinting dark brown body with a solid finger of dense light-brown head. Terrific retention, solid lace. Gorgeous Porter.

S: Sweet chocolate, bitter roast. Coffee + licorice on the back side. Simple, intense, and terrific.

T: Creamy chocolate, bitter coffee, slight char, and some caramel + licorice on the tail end. Bitter finish, but without much hop flavor, leaving the emphasis entirely (and wonderfully) on the complex specialty malts.

M: Creamy medium body; slightly stick and well-carbonated. Solid.

O: Terrific Porter, hands down. I can't wait to do a showdown between this, Black Butte, and Edmund Fitzgerald.

Cheers!

Photo of duffcalifornia
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of Pencible
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque black mahogany with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like dry roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate, with a little burnt barley and brown sugar.
T: It tasted like bitter coffee and dry dark chocolate, with some burnt barley and copper hops and brown sugar. It had a bitter earthy aftertaste that was a bit harsh.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Nice body.
D: This was a solid porter and a great example of the style, on par with Centennial IPA. The finish wasn't great, but it was otherwise easy to drink and an enjoyable beer.

Photo of wscaffe
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a BIF. Thanks to surlytwinsfan.

A - Black as night. Tan head that does not last long. Leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S - I get hints of dark fruit and chocolate. Some roast and pleasant burnt notes as well. An enjoyable smoke character is evident.

T - Coffee and chocolate flavors. I also get some dark fruit in the flavor as well. Some smoke/BBQ flavor. The hops are there but do not overpower.

M - Medium bodied. Pleasant amount of carbonation. Definitely well balanced. Very smooth. A bit of resin lingers on the tongue but it is enjoyable.

Overall - This is one of the best porters I have ever tasted. It is quite complex and at the same time extremely well balanced. I love the combination of smoke and hops and dark fruit.

Photo of Cavery
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was an extra courtesy of a generous BA, it was so long ago I can' remember who it was. Forgive me!

Bottle reads 5/19/11

Poured into a generic snifter.

A: Black coffee with some give towards roasty earthy browns. The bubbles are classically coffee with microscopic formations. Super fine off white bubbles layer the top of the glass in gradients of darker to lighter browns. Really nice looking, it even looks creamy from the bubbles.

S: Charred oak chips with some very bitter chocolates and tobacco. There's a really nice cutting smell of coffee that overwhelms all other scents with lively roasted malts. Bitter chocolates return in the linger and dance with the coffees for a potent espresso-like bitterness. This is a really alive porter with avoidance of generic smokiness.

T: Very clean coffee notes that give into richer notes of espresso and ash. It caps off its bitterness in a realm somewhere between char and ashtray. The tobacco-like qualities don't ever intrude to the point of tasting like an old cigarette, no this is a fancy earthy delight. Bitterness that is mellowed with a woodiness that refines the roasts. A nice cup of Joe.

M: This is a medium-full if not full bodied beer. I think this has more body than a lot of single stouts. The flavor is very clear and light enough to be identifiably a porter. I really appreciate the way the bubbles hold up the flavors just long enough for the bitterness to transport you into the world of coffees. This has a very fancy wet/dry mouth that never really dries out. Leaves the mouth feeling like a humid cave. Well done here.

O: This is a really solid porter, I would say that this one really delivers in every way that a porter should. A fairly by the book porter that is given some identity in the way that it avoids cliche smokiness. Solid notes of woods, roasts, and tobacco make this a perfect transition beer. Bridge your IPAs to your stouts with this offering and you won't be sorry. Palate cleansing, but with big clean flavors. A very solid offering in style.

Photo of cdkrenz
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Dave.

A - Very dark brown, nearing black body. The head is medium tan starting out around a half inch tall and receding slowly to around an eighth of an inch.

S - Smokey coffee and chocolate malts that were roasted long.

T - long roasted malts, hint of smoke and BBQ, wavering toward chocolate. This is a tasty example of a porter. I'm not sure I've ever encountered a better tasting beverage of this style.

M - Medium bodied, mild coarseness throughout a bit of resin left behind all over my lips and mouth following each pull.

~ This is an exceptional porter. The kind of beer breweries are build upon. If you have yet to sample this beer. Go Get One!

Photo of McNealc31
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is just what I like; inky black and there's not even color around the edges. It's solid black with a thin head that doesn't last long. Inviting roasty smell. The roast carries on into the flavor, but it doesn't over power the smooth chocolate. The chocolate notes here are not as bitter as other porters. More of a milk chocolate. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Hops and toasted bread come out more as it warms. Long finish that's dry with just a hint of bitterness.

Nothing not to like about this one!

Photo of jman892
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark as night, black, with a mocha colored head which doesn't hang around too long

S - Very nice aroma of bakers chocolate, dark malts

T - Follows the nose as there is chocolate, also some mild lactose character, and some noticeable coffee bitterness. Very well balanced

M - Very smooth and creamy, with a gentle carbonation. Full bodied and delicious

O - The best porter that I have had, hands down. Complex taste, great mouthfeel, just overall fantastic

Photo of Krakistophales
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a finger of tan head that recedes into some nice bubblework

S: bittersweet chocolate, plenty of dark roasted barley and malts, some coffee, and a bit of smoke/wood

T: At first, big bittersweet chocolate notes that turn into coffee and roast, eventually ending with a bitter and dry espresso flavor. Very nice. Hint of smoke.

O: A very tasty porter. Founder's has done it once again.

Photo of Klym
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stone nonic.

A: Black with a brown sugar colored head and curtain lacing that dissipates quickly.

S: Chocolate, graham cracker, soggy wood, coffee, lactosse-heavy mochaish smell and a touch of leather.

T: Initial taste is sweet with a mochaish chocolate taste, but quickly turns into a leather shoelace/graham cracker taste with a finish that has a little coffee bite in the end. Sweetness is tamed by leather tastes in this one.

M: Full bodied for a porter. Good carb and some syrupy creaminess.

O: Not bad, but I wished this beer would decide to go for the hard tobacco/leather route or the sweetroute instead of riding a bizarre middle. Won't reach for this again but glad to have tried it. Good thrown in to send or receive.

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 6,052 ratings.