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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,481 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,481
Reviews: 1,334
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 259
Gots: 577 | FT: 23
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 Sean9689
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with very little head, tan in color, into my nonic. Coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted nuts on the nose. Tastes of coffee, bitter chocolate, with a very faint kick of hops. Mouthfeel is medium, very nice rich/think, a nice and enjoyable feel. A good porter that I would drink again and could probably have a couple more after the first.

Sean9689, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of donteatpoop
3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown/black, the little tan head that capped it faded quickly away.

The scent of coffee blends and faint chocolate notes hit the nose.

Taste was good. Dark roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Creamy, thick, silky smooth mouthfeel.

This was a very solid porter, but I'm a little surprised to see this at A- on here; especially with most people drinking it out of the bottle. I had this on tap and it wasn't all that amazing.

donteatpoop, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of Dubbercody
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, received in a trade. Pours very dark brown with a tan head. Smells of chocolate, malt, caramel and a bit of vanilla. smooth flavor and quite tasty drinking. Has a nice thickness yet still an ease of drinkability. Very tasty beer that I'd would like to have available out there in the pacific northwest to enjoy on a regular occasion.

Dubbercody, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to younger35, may you get a job soon.

This beer pours dark, rich, and sexy baby. Dark brown with mocha head, like I bet Candi gives in 48 hours.

Smells roasty, espresso coffee grounds sparged over hot chocolate milk.

Very complex porter, more creamy than others, not harsh, nice roasted, cocoa, and burnt dark sugars. Darkness Charlie Murphy.

What did the five fingers say to the face? Slap! This beer is damn good.

Murchmac, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of peabody
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out really black and lots of tan foam with nice lacing.
Fruity smell like raisin and grape skin. Coffee
and chocolate and toasted malts. No alcohol in the nose.
Taste is bitter coffee and malt. Not complicated by any stretch but still has enough going on to keep you holding on the the glass. Pretty nice porter here.
Mouthfeel is mostly coffee residue and malt sugars that stick around in the mouth for a good while.
Drinkability is good here. Great dark session beer.

peabody, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of infestaxion
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours think and black. Or should I say dark, rich and sexy? Nice dark brown head. Beautiful.

S - That is so nice. Roasted malt and coffee and that unmistakable "porter" smell.

T - Very, very roasty with bitter coffee and a bit of sweet. Some mild hop to compliment it. The lingering taste is a great mix of the roasted and sweet malt.

M - So smooth. It may just be that RIS is my favorite style but this is amazing going down.

D- I know that the %6+ ABV is too high for the sessionable police but I'd say this is the most sessionable beer I've ever had.

infestaxion, Apr 11, 2009
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 youngblood
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark brown with small tan head.
S- Strong espresso and dark chocolate coming off of this. Bit of a burnt toast nose to it also.
T- Espresso, Chocolate, bit of creamy sweetness also. Follow the smell, there is a bit of a burnt aftertaste.
M- Creamy and quite smooth, leaves mouth satisfied
D- Easily put back. Goes down rather easy.

This is a really great example of what a Porter should be.

youngblood, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of ZAP
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love a good porter but they are hard to find. This one is a great example of the style and what a good porter can taste like.

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights.

Highly aromatic but complex...big strong notes of dark chocolate, espresso, and smoked woods.

Body is creamy and full....

Flavor is big on the espresso, dark cocoa, and char....finishes with a burnt matliness that is a little out of bounds for the style...

Excellent porter with some big characteristics...just a little too much char on the finish...

ZAP, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of Proteus93
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black, and forming a very light, yet creamy head with a fairly assertive pour. Nice and sticky, it leaves rings of lace behind and a slow-to-fall layer of it after each sip.

S + T: Coffee and chocolate scents and flavours are not massive, but robust. Rich roasted malt scents, which come across as a little stronger on the nose than the palate, but it's still tasted.

M + D: Medium to full, with a nice creaminess. Softer carbonation, but just enough to complement the body feel. A nice porter, and a good session candidate. Nicely done, solid, and very enjoyable.

Proteus93, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of bakeller
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours jet black with a two finger mocha head. Head retention is pretty good but finally dies down with some thick lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Get a mix of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

T: Rich roasted malts, slight hint of dark chocolate with a robust, semi-bitter coffee backbone. Flavors mingle really well together. Not overly complex.

M: This is a heavy porter. The mouth feel is creamy and thick. Goes down really smoothly with minimal carbonation

D: Due to the heavy weight of this, I could not drink it too quickly but did not mind. Could drink a couple of these on a night in. Very tasty porter.

bakeller, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of RThomas436
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black as night, however it looked to almost have a slight purple tint in the head.

Smell: Chocolate / coffee / peat earthy - it's rich and deep

Taste: Complex yet simple. Lets see..chocolate / coffee with a creaminess that intermingles the two

Mouthfeel: Creamy and heavy with a clean finish

Drinkability: Fantabulous - great flavor not overally difficult to drink great beer for a brisk spring day

RThomas436, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of thegodfather2701
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pitch black with a small tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly. It is very thick. As a side note, after drinking a six pack it seems like you have to make the effort to pour this beer hard to get a decent head.

S-Smells of roasted and chocolate malts with a little alcohol creeping in as well.

T-Rich, chocolaty, with some coffee notes. A touch of hops as well. Simply delicious.

M-Silky smooth, delicate, and creamy.

D-To me it doesn't get any better than this. It is exceptionally drinkable due to its remarkable smoothness.

Overall I cannot praise this beer enough. When I think of porters I think of big robust masculine beers, but this beer seems different. It's rich, smooth, and creamy characteristics make it much more delicate than any other porter I've drank. If you are a fan of porters this is a must try. It truly is Dark, Rich, and Sexy.

thegodfather2701, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed a bottle of this at State Spirits the other week. One of the founders beers I had yet to try, I dove right in. Served cold and poured into a pint glass to warm up, this one was consumed on 03/31/2009.

What a pour. Black as night with a rich tan colored head that reached a height of at least two inches before settling down to a respectable inch of head that did not go away. Lots of chocolate and coffee leading the way here. Hints of molasses as well. Huge flavor here, maybe the best tasting porter I have come across. Lots of cocoa and chocolate, rich, huge flavor with a smooth creaminess that was second to none in my eyes. Really fantastic balance here as the chocolate really starts to come out as it warms. Lots of flavor here with a ton of mellow notes that were just all over the place. Nice tight, dry finish as it fades off into the night, this was a great way to end my evening.

Overall a very solid beer. One of the best i have had as a standard porter in a long, long time. I would have no issue going after thi one any day.

mikesgroove, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of mountdew1
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color was a very nice dark dark brown, poured out a bit on the thick side. Head was dark brown, very thin that didn't last long at all, left small ring around the edge. Smell was slighty burnt chocolate with some oatmeal bread. Taste was a bit sweet with chocolate aftertaste. Felt very good in the mouth, nice and milky, just a bit of carbonation. Easy to drink, just a touch of acidity, but didn't detract much from the overall beer.

mountdew1, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of br3wmeister
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Small dark brown head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing. the beer is a dark brown almost black color.

S- Burnt toast, roasted nuts and light smoke aromas are noticeable right away. Then I get some chocolate and and light sweetness.

T- Lots of roasted malt, dark chocolate and some smokiness. Light hop presence, and some herbal spice and black liquorice.

M- Light and silky smooth with a little bite in the middle then finishes smooth and silky. Good carbonation and great balance.

Overall this is one of the most drinkable porters I have ever had, and it is definitely not lacking in flavor or complexity. Great beer!

br3wmeister, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of drgonzo3705
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Black color with a tan head that recedes to a thin film with a ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

S: Sweet smokey malts with a hint of coffee.

T: Lots of the smokey malts going on with a little bit of hoppiness too.

M: Pretty full bodied here. I was surprised given the ABV at how big this beer was.

D; I'll have another please!

drgonzo3705, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of damienblack
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours thick, dark black. Not much to the smell aside from a general roastiness. The taste, however, has far more to it. The roast malt is also sweet at the same time, giving it a cocoa-powder like chocolatey roasty taste. Also a bit of toffee. The chocolatey flavors just linger on the palate. Carbonation is fairly low, but it works to this beer's advantage and flavor profile. It's fairly thick and chewy, but not overly coating. Drinkability is pretty high, not chalky or abrasive at all. Despite the short review, this is a great sessionable porter that I'll be sure to try again.

damienblack, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of numinorian
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer is opaque black, and very thick like oil. The head is a bit thin and comes with a nice dark color. Small sticky bubbles of lace coat the glass. This is just as the stile should be.

S A nose medium in strength. Notes of oats and slight over ripe bananna.

T Thick, smokey flavor. Stings the back with a slight hopp. Notes of coffee, unsweetened coco and slight overripe fruit.

MF Thick and full, not to overpowering, but a smooth sipper

Drinkability is a bit easier than most porters. An easy going sipper.

Overall this is a beautiful brew to be enjoyed arter a good hearty meal. It hitts the style well, and Founders has yet to let me down. This does not quite live up to the world famous kentucky breakfast, but that does not subtract from this enjoyable porter.

numinorian, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.23/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark brown, small head, medium carbonation

Smell: expresso, some chocolate, malt

Taste: expresso, light chocolate, malt

Mouthfeel: bitter heavy and thick

Drinkability: Not as impressed with this one as some of Founder's other offerings. The bitterness to this porter really struck me. I would have it again if I saw it, but would look for other porters first.

tigg924, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of bamadog
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A note prior to reviewing this, there seems to be a discrepancy between the ABV listed on BA vs. what's listed on the bottle. According to BA the ABV is 5.1, but my bottle says 6.5 - perhaps it's a matter of the year that it was brewed? I had this on tap a couple of months ago at The Comet and really wish I would have had something to write on at the time (fortunately I've started carrying a beer journal with me after this incident), but I'm very excited about the premise to have it again, bottle, tap, whatever. Founders has been good to me on all levels. Poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured thick and viscous - reminiscent of the first time I ever poured myself a Breakfast Stout. This is easily the thickest porter I've ever seen. Near black in color. A thick 2 finger deep tan head started early at the top and became pock marked and rocky as it worked it's way down to a chewy looking skim at the top. There is already a sticky foam on the side of the glass and I haven't even picked it up yet. I'm getting more excited about drinking this just from looking at it.

Smell: Wow - on the pour I was hit right away by deep maltiness, strong burnt roasty scents and a bitter sweet chocolate. Now that it has had the chance to sit and I pull whiffs from it, there is definitely a firm scent of alcohol that is very evident as well. Quite amazing.

Taste: Very roasty, a burnt coffee-esque flavor is most dominant. The bitter sweet chocolate flavor that was foretold by the scent is there, but it's very subdued. Also, I thought the alcohol would be a little more prevalent in the taste based upon how noticeable it was in the nose, but it is not as strong as I thought it may be and this is pleasant because I was a little nervous that it may become a bit of an overwhelming flavor factor. The deep maltiness makes it taste very smooth. The aftertaste is a little bitter from the roastiness and what I can only believe to be a moderate hop presence. I'm loving the bitter nature to this, but feel it's also very well balanced with that chocolatey bittersweetness alluded to above.

Mouthfeel: Coats very thick and it's stickier than I remember - very nice. The coating allows the aftertaste to linger a little longer and this is definitely a positive attribute. The alcohol presence, while not especially strong in the flavor, does again make an appearance here as I feel that once the thick coating begins to subside, the mouth dries very quickly, and my stomach also feels quite warm. This is a thick beer that is a little chewy, you know you've got a solid beer with this -- not a watery body like I've found in a couple other porters that I've sampled...

Drinkability: I like this beer a lot and give it a moderate drinkability rating - I do feel I could get through a couple of these, but the warm feeling in the stomach would prevent much more. It's also a little on the heavier side in the body and it is quite filling.

bamadog, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of beerman207
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brew with a nice head that is brown and frothy. Kind of reminds me of the Breakfast Stout

S - Not a lot in the smell for me other than malt.

T - Toasted malts and a little chocolate. I hate to compare this to anything but this is very similar to the breakfast stout. High quality and very tasty.

M - Fantastic mouthfeel - light carbonation.

D- The drinability of this is very good. I could sit down with a bunch of these during the winter. Not sure that I would like it on a hot day but it's a great fall/winter beer for sure.

beerman207, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of palma
3.3/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

small tan head develops on the pour. then fades quickly to a paper thin lace which sustains thoughout the session.

nose is chocolate, and coffee with the coffee dominating.

taste is big time espresso. subtle chocolate notes. slight grassiness also pulls through. a bit acidic. slight sour finish. i would like to see a sweeter milder finish. this was a bit harsh for what i was expecting. but hey it is what it is. this is an american brewed porter.

the beer gets much better after a few sips. much more drinkable. at first sip i thought this would be a chore to finish. turns out it was quite enjoyable in the end.

palma, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of Packforever1976
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled in my stemless wine glass, for no other reason than it's a cool new glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a one-finger tan head. Head recedes rather quickly. Decent lacing.

S: Smells of a good dark roasted coffee, with a hint of vanilla. Some notes of good dark chocolate in there as well as a touch of toffee.

T: First sips reveal a very tasty dark roasty bitterness that I love. A hint of sweetness rounds it all out. This is one tasty porter.

M: Mouthfeel is nice. A nice creamy porter that packs alot of flavor in each sip, and has a pleasant aftertaste. Carbonation is on par with the style.

D: Very drinkable and inviting. I am thrilled that we'll soon have Founders available in Minnesota, as they make world-class brews. This will be my go-to porter.

Packforever1976, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of endincolorado
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Thick black pour with opaque body and tan head. Good sticky dark lace.

Smell- Rich roasty aromas of coffee and chocolate- little hop character- slight aroma of overripe fruit.

Taste- Rich malt, sweet with chocolate and roasted coffee, more ripe fruit, fig, hop-bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- Thick and syrupy, almost chewy.

Drinkability- Reminds me of a subdued breakfast stout, which helps make for a highly drinkable porter.

endincolorado, Mar 21, 2009
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,481 ratings.