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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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world-class

5,801 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,801
Reviews: 1,356
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 276
Gots: 697 | 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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Photo of mattgreger
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one amazing brew. This porter poured a very black and dark, bold chocolate color. This was a very viscous pour. It had a very nice brownish/tan head that hung around for a view moments that faded away. Leaving a wonderful wall of tanish/brown lacing.

The aroma from this brew is also amazing. A really strong, but crisp aroma of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and a bit of toasted nuts.

Taste sticks out on this one. The front of this brew has a strong coffee flavor that is muddled together with a great bitter dark chocolate and roasted malts that just give this beer a nice smokey finish.

Mouthful is wonderfully creamy. Low carbination helps this brew go down very easy, even with such a high ABV. With how visicous this brew is, it isn't as think as you would expect.

Drinkablity on this one is pretty good. For a porter, you sometimes expect to have a very heavy, overbearing kind of brew, but this one is right on. With great roasted flavors without the heavy load. Great job by Founders on this one.

mattgreger, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of mirish72
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really psyched to start seeing this more often in MA. Pours black with a nice chocolately head. Lots of delicious roasted malts going on from start to finish. The taste is nicely balanced and hides the sneaky ABV pretty well. A really solid and tasty porter, definitely going to be a go to beer this fall and winter.

mirish72, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of thecarster1
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a tulip, viscous pour, one finger tan bubbly head, dark brown black coloring.

s- bready nose, lots of roast and toast here, bit of a hop presence in there as well.

t- mmm, smooth, rich and tasty. lots of roast, some black coffee notes, dark bitter chocolate with a hint of hops in teh end, bready, some nuttyness as well.

m- full bodied, coating, creamy, smooth.

d- great, this is a flavorful, tasty porter that i would definately drink again. you really can't go wrong with founders.

thecarster1, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TCGoalie for purchasing this bottle for me.

This porter pours a seriously dark brown that is completely opaque to my eyes. It does not seem as dark as some stouts I have seen, but it is definitely the darkest porter I have ever laid eyes on. The head is a mocha color and generously whipped. It fades ever so slowly, gaining dimples and clinging to the edges of the glass like crazy. This is an amazing looking beer.

The aroma is roasty and chocolaty, but not overly aggressive. There is a definite chalkiness in there that I always enjoy in my porters and stouts. Some rich maltyness also makes its way into my nostrils.

The flavor is much more robust than the nose, and is very Founders like. Rich roasted malts that have wonderful flavors of coffee and bitter chocolate, brown sugar and molasses. There is a nice citrusy hop thing going on as well, and this beer has a good amount of bitterness that really brings out the roasty flavors. The malt character is supple and enjoyable.

The body of this beer is on the heavier side of medium. It is actually approaching stout like thickness, and the mouthfeel is smooth and coating, leaving a bit of roasty stickiness on the palate.

The stout like nature of this porter hurts the drinkability somewhat. I really don't care though; this is a super satisfying beer. What founders did here, and what they do so well, is take a classic style and make it their own. This is definitely one of the best porters I have ever had, and I highly recommend it.

zoso1967, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of jpro
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Duckworth's in Charlotte...

A: Served in a standard shaker pint, this one was pretty dark / close to black, with a light brown, rocky head; the head kind of reminded me of chocolate chip cookie dough (without the chocolate chips); lots of sticky, mocha lace coats the glass on this one.

S: First and foremost... coffee... lots of it; robust, roasted malts; chocolate / baker's cocoa; some nuttiness; this beer smells delicious!

T: Again, coffee - characterized by a full-flavored, rounded roastiness - rich; cocoa; a light hop bitterness on the finish that's just enough to provide balance.

M: Medium bodied, creamy and very smooth.

D: Very drinkable and quite enjoyable; a good cool / cold weather brew.

jpro, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of liamt07
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of TMoney2591, via the Support Your Team BIF. Thanks dude. Bottle dated May 7/2010. Into a tulip, poured a little too aggressively initially, and it foamed up quite quick. Might've lost a quarter of the bottle, but oh well. On with the review.

Pours almost pitch black with a couple of fingers of mocha brown head. Incredible lacing and retention. Really doesn't get better than this. Aroma is a rich mix of milk and dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and roasted malts. Gotta get my mouth on this. Some roasted and smoky malt notes hit first and then the chocolate and coffee (less so) come out to play. Hop notes are some what present in the finish, adding a different bitterness than what I would've garnered from coffee although I'm sure it contributes a bit as well. Hint of the alcohol in the end. Mouthfeel is full, creamy and smooth; medium carbonation. Goes down astonishingly smooth. Very sessionable even at the ABV.

liamt07, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of Bonis
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Quite possibly the darkest porter I've had, this one is borderline black. A nice two fingers of pillowy tan head settle after several minutes. This one could definitely pass as an imperial stout, by the looks of things. Lacing is superb with this porter, but not like Breakfast Stout.

S - Roasted malts, burnt sugar, nutty, earthy, and a hint of smoke. A touch of bitter chocolate is also notable, and alcohol has stayed behind.

T - Taste follows along the lines of the smell. Very rich and robust with a dark malt profile which comes to be perfectly balanced by a small dose of citrus hop qualities. An earthy sweet chocolate explodes in the mouth. Roasted coffee and a faint smokiness finish things off. As with the smell, I don't get much alcohol. I obviously can tell I am drinking a beer, but the complexities of this one really mask the alcohol. Quite nice.

M - Surprisingly full bodied for the abv, yet creamy and easy to go down at the same time. Carbonation low.

D - This seems a little rich for the abv, but an awesome beer all around. Reminds me more of a porter/stout hybrid, and definitely could pass as a stout in blind tastings. This is a beer I have only had one time before now, and I have to say I am pumped to have a few more in the fridge.

Bonis, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of klink40
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- black chocolate color with minimal head

S-Smokey, coffee, cocoa, somewhat nutty

T- Taste explosion of smokey chocolate balance with a smooth

M-lighter than you'd expect from a Founder's Porter (but this is what I like)

D-extremely drinkable due to the smooth character and 6.5% ?? Very smooth for this and therefore a perfect choice for any Porter lover like me.

klink40, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of NODAK
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma on here...wow. Very rich, even for a porter. Full of espresso, bitter chocolate and all things malt. Just like sniffing a cold mocha.

Mouthfeel here is very creamy. Body is a thick mix of coffee and dark chocolates (but mostly coffee) in harmony with one another. This doesn't turn exceptionally bitter until the finish. There, the finish features a moderate hop bite and some bitter coffee to give a somewhat astringent ending to the swallow. The coffee certainly hangs around a while afterwards.

This is a very aggressive porter. I respect it for that. Drinkability will be harmed for that reason, at least for me. Those who want a thick, punch you in the face porter should turn to this one.

NODAK, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Porter on tap at Brews Cafe in Granville, Ohio.

Appearance: Solid black like the midnight dark out here in Central Ohio. Barely any head. Nice lacing! Looks like an Imperial Stout.

Smell: Coffee, faint chicory. Some hops.

Taste: White liquor, like gin or vodka. Some sweetness. Bitterness all around, hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, satisfying. Close-to-perfect carbonation.

Drinkability: Low for a porter, but great if it were an Imperial Porter or Imperial Stout! Sip it, but don't miss it!

Incredibly delicious, my review does not appropriately convey how good this beer is.

DoubleSimcoe, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Agold
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours very dark with about a half inch of tan head. The nose is of coffee and roasted malts with a little bit of coco. The taste matches the nose, with a bit of bitterness from patent malt and the coco taking a more prominent place. The mouthfeel is smooth, but a bit over carbonated. Very good porter, one of my favorites.

Agold, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of BarrelO
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark body. Two-finger tan head leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S: Roastiness and smokiness.

T: More roasted malt. Slightly smoky. A hint of bitter chocolate. Even some citrus hop flavors.

M: Silky smooth with just enough carbonation.

D: I've generally found that porters don't do a whole lot to hold my interest. But this is one of the better ones. Recommended for fans of dark beers.

BarrelO, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of mdagnew
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com

Poured a deep dark burgundy red / almost completely black colour... Dirty tan head poured very fairly thick and foamy with a meringue like top.. this faded slowly to good one finger covering... some decent lacing clings to the glass throughout...

Aroma - Lots of good strong toasted bread malts mixed with strong biscuit notes... butterscotch, good roasted nuttiness, dark brown sugar / molasses sweetness, light fruits (blackcurrents, apples, prunes), earthy, some sooty traces...

Taste - Pretty much as above only slightly toned down... hops more noticeable - some grassy and peppery notes... good bitterness coming through from the roasted malts...

Feel - Sharp and dry with a little creaminess underneath... medium bodied... at 6.5% this is a very drinkable brew...

Overall - A supremely well balanced porter... definitely recommended...

mdagnew, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of bobhits
3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black, coffee colored head.

Smokey roasted, burnt dark chocolate, softened by hops.

Sweet up front, the burnt flavor comes next. The hops try to finish but the sweet flavors end it.

Soft drinkable, clean, medium body, marginal carbonation,

Better than average porter, but it's still a porter.

bobhits, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of StoutKing0104
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark, black body that allows no hint of light to pass through, with a very thin, brown/mocha head that films on the glass when sipped.

A simple sniff offers a smokey aroma mixed with chocolate and coffee.

A rich, bitter taste of dark chocolate and coffee that leaves a tingling sensation on the tongue and entices the pallet awaits each sip.

This beer flows smoothly from the bottle and even more smoothly past the lips and down the throat, making it very easy and fun to drink.

I love dark beers and to me this one was very satisfying!

StoutKing0104, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of silentjay
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a standard dark brown/black that is totally opaque with a two-fingered creamed coffee colored head made up of small, cascading bubbles that slowly settles to a film, but leaves its remnants on the glass with each sip.

roasty aroma of coffee, chocolate, charcoal, campfire, and brown sugar. very enticing.

ahhh. roasted malts and cocoa powder lead the way to a wonderfully rich mixture of flavors. bittersweet chocolate, dark, dark roasted and slightly creamed coffee. a bit charred with some brown sugar to sweeten it up. a touch of earthy and woody hops on the swallow with a slightly bittersweet and, again, roasty aftertaste.

almost fullbodied and very creamy with perfect carbonation and a drying cocoa powder finish.

goes down extremely well. no alcohol burn, tons of flavor, velvety smooth consistency. Might have a tad too much roast/smokiness to be perfect for me, but its probably the best porter I can remember having. Founders again flexes their muscles.

silentjay, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of Thur123
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a heavy black with moderate carbonation and coffee foam colored head that fades rather quickly. The smell is rich without being overwhelming; it smells of chocolate and bitter hops with dark fruits and just a bit of mellow coffee notes. All of this is balanced well in the nose.

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The taste is smooth and creamy with a slightly bitter hop edge at the end of the profile. Overall the chocolate is both sweet and bitter chocolate. The roasted coffee flavor shows up more in the flavor but is never harsh or abrasive, which is nice. The dark fruit flavor shows up under all of this and towards the back of the profile, its taste like berry preserves and plums. Overall a really robust and full porter with a tasty balance of the traits within this style. A little heavy on the mouth feel so the drinkability lacks a bit but not because of the flavor.

Thur123, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of ncredible1
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had to purchase online at www.france44.com. Not available in AZ

Quite simply this beer is doppel bock meets american porter.

a - Pours a blsck coffee color with an inch of tan head with light carbonation.

s - Smells of strong roasted malts, smokey, chocolate, and vanilla. The aroma is breath takingly good.

t - When i started drinking this the taste mimicks a doppel bock. Tastes of light chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, coffee.

m - Medium to full body and light to medium carbonation. Great balance in the mouth.

d - This is definitely a autumn to winter beer for me. Highly recommend!

ncredible1, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of JimbobAlonymous
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very interesting beer. I spent about a half hour trying to decide on a new beer just by reading their descriptions and overall characteristics. Staff at Stan's in Athol, Massachusetts were very helpful.

A: Dark. very dark brown with a thin head.

S: Legit...by that, I mean it gives you a very good idea of what you're about to taste, leading me to -

T: very good porter...very good. Not my favorite style of beer in the world, but if i'm ever going to suggest a porter, it's this one for now. The flavor just erupts from it and leaves you wanting another sip as soon as you put it down. Not my favorite after-taste in the world though, which is why i give a 4.5.

M: crisp carbonated mouthfeel that isn't overwhelming at all, but lasts until you swallow.

D: if you are looking for a filling beer to have one or two of, this would get a 5, but i'm not a fan of feeling full after 1 beer, so i'll have to dock this one a little for me.

JimbobAlonymous, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of mlazzaro
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From a six pack of 12 oz. bottles purchased at Menotomy Beer & Wine. Their employees were helpful, friendly and generous.

A- 4 For the style, its hard to screw up the appearance. Deep, dark, completely opaque black color. Brown head, seems to have some head retention issues, but it is quite easy enough to stir up again.

S- 5 Smells of chocolate, dark sweetness/caramel. Very pungent beer. Delicious aroma.

T- 5 WOW. Very flavorful brew. Powerful dark maltiness, but in no way off-putting. Super chocolaty, thick and delicious.

M- 5 Very thick, but not syrupy. Creamy head mixes nicely. Virtually flawless beer. I am officially impressed.

D- 4 I really couldn't drink this beer forever. But totally worth while to any beer advocate. Very well balanced, and great tasting porter.

dark ,rich and sexy is right! good beer

mlazzaro, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of CHADMC3
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body is jet black allowing no light to shine through whatsoever below the deep tan, one inch head that patiently dissolves to a thin, but sticky lacing.

Massive roasted malt aroma, a bit smoky, some chocolate sweetness, caramel, and some mild earthy hops.

Rich roasted malt flavor, again featuring sweet chocolate, and roasted coffee. Secondary flavors include a touch of caramel and nuts as well as earthy or almost woodnotes.

Very smooth, almost silk like with medium to bold body and medium carbonation with a classic roasted wake up call towards the back of the palate.

This is one fine example of the Porter. Founders does another excellent beer. Tons of character and easy to enjoy.

CHADMC3, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of perrymarcus
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a deep, dark brown with 2 fingers of a tan head that demonstrates excellent retention - this thing isn't going anywhere - and a lot of lacing. outstanding presentation. in the nose i get a lot of roasted maltiness, dark chocolate, and coffee. taste is very flavorful, with the 3 mentioned coming through, joined by a note of molasses, maybe espresso. has a slightly bitter finish; no real alcohol presence to speak of. decent mouthfeel, medium-bodied and creamy, and IMO quite drinkable. very impressed with this beer, i must say.

perrymarcus, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of chaz410
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle at the flying saucer in charlotte nc.
Pours a deep black body with mocha colored head.
Smells of deep chocolate, roasted barley, caramel and slight coffee notes. There's some rich fruit note too underlying the maltiness, it's almost banana like in character. The heaviest part of the smell is roasted grain and chocolate, not bitter smelling at all.
The taste is very silky and very sweet. It's got a great mocha-chocolate character with a roasty overlay and some caramel undertones. It has a slight hop presence at the finish and some dryness as well.
Very thick and even slightly bubbly mouthfeel.
Easy to drink even though it's remarkably complex!

chaz410, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of mvanaskie13
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really loving the Founder's variety case...

Poured from the bottle into glass, solid dark brown with feint tan head, may have poured just a bit too cold, but still looks delicious.

Smell is a great mix of scents, chocalately, roasted scents are up front followed by some subtle sweetness with hints of caramel and vanilla.

Taste is all roasted chocalety malt with sweet notes, bits of caramel, vanilla and light earthy notes finish it off.

Mouthfeel is very well balanced, flavors hit the tongue on top and spread throughout well. Lingers very well with just enough carbonation.

Quite drinkable, maybe just a bit to sweet to have more than 2 in a row, bit very tasty.

mvanaskie13, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The sample I got fizzed like crazy, so have a towel handy if opening a bottle! It pours a beautiful midnight sable with a very thick, fluffy, persistent tan head. Smoky, oily aroma has tones of molasses, caramel and fine coffee. Rich flavor has firm smoky overtone and coffee, nutty, molasses and caramel components as well as a hint of hop bitterness. Texture is smooth with a subtle fizz and leaves a nice smoky and slightly sweet finish.

Cyberkedi, Aug 24, 2010
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