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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,586 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,586
Reviews: 1,342
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 267
Gots: 622 | FT: 24
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 apbarwood
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black, nearly opaque. Generally good color but almost no head or lace. Bittersweet aroma, like dark chocolate and coffee. Tastes the same, pretty intense roasty bitterness for a porter. Also, heavier than usual, almost motor-oil thick. In some ways it seemed closer to a stout. Overall it was very good, not great, but definitely worth a try.

apbarwood, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a pitch black color with a respectable light brown to tan head that dissipated down to a light layer of bubbles.

(S)- Tons of roasted coffee dusted with cocoa with raisins. Smells really creamy with even some possible vanilla within.

(T)- Silky creamed coffee with delicate chocolate. Its like a mocha only without the normal amount of bitterness from espresso.

(M)- Very very smooth for a porter. Great carbonation level. A silky yet robust and incredibly easy drinking beer.

(D)- A superb porter that ranks up there as one of the best! Seek this out if you are looking for the perfect porter. Creamy and silky smooth; slightest sweetness and bittering roastedness. A for sure winner on those chilling Fall nights.

sweemzander, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of civilizedpsycho
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a jet black color with a small, brown colored head. Quite inviting.

Smell: A strong roasted malt smell, that is reminiscent of coffee.

Taste: Has a nice subdued but flavorful coffee taste with hints of chocolate in the background.

Mouthfeel: This was a little thinner than expected. It has a nice body, but I was expecting more.

Drinkability: Fantastic. I could drink this beer over and over again.

civilizedpsycho, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of HopHead84
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on 9/7/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer appears black with a one finger light brown head and good retention.

The nose is roasted malt with some dark chocolate and a touch of coffee. Some earthy hop character is evident.

The flavor is bitter and roasted malt. Black coffee notes are strong and some dark chocolate is again present. The finish is dry and roasted with lingering bitterness. The flavor is pretty great.

The beer is full bodied with low medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is bit thin and watery. Aside from that this is a good Porter.

HopHead84, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of oneeye
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. Poured into a snifter from a bottle. Pours dark, cola like with moderate carbonation. Condensation sweats on the outside of the snifter as a creamy tan head forms with a frothy ring of lace.
S. The aroma of freshly cut wood. A whiff of smoked malts and burnt sugar. It smells like black coffee thats been on the burner for a while. Dark chocolate and roasted nuts with a faint hint of alcohol. The slight aroma of a smoldering campfire.
T. Founders Porter is a fantastic tasting Porter. Upfront it's smokey, earthy bitter and sweet. The taste of rich dark chocolate and almonds. Burnt sugar, caramel with a hint of vanilla. Bready like pumpernickel. Espresso like bitterness with a warmth of alcohol.
M. A medium body feel. Creamy slick and oily. Slightly dry at the end.
D. A slow sipper with everything you could ask for in a Porter. It has a big taste for a little beer. The very last sip was as good as the first.

oneeye, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 12 oz bottle. Pours a ruddy blackish brown with a light brown head that provides ample lacing.

In the nose is chocolate, moderate espresso.

The flavor follows the nose, a nice roasted malt character hints of smoke and coffee. Chocolate sweetness is just under the radar, and the earthy hop is there providing residual bitterness. Imagine waking up and eating oreos with your coffee and cigar, in liquid form.

Mouthfeel is superb. High carbonation with a smooth drying finish. Crisp on the palate, and is actually not as heavy as I would expect.

Drinkability is very good as well. A very tasty porter here that may be the benchmark for the style. I would reccommend buying a case of this lovely beer.

Stinkypuss, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice smooth and well bodied US porter. Great click of smell and palate.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Old fashion design around the portrait of a lady dressed in black and holding flowers, mixed with the Founders branding. Three word description as "dark, rich, and sexy". Shows date of bottling (06/11/09), IBUs (45), and Alc. (6.5%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Dark color with minimal brown translucency around the edges. Generous foamy dark head the dissipates smoothly to leave a persistent ring and minimal lacing..

S - Coffee, chocolate aromas with a characteristic smoked touch.

T - Great smoothness of those coffee and malt flavors in a rich roasted taste.

M - Medium to full bodied and quick in the lingering aftertaste.

D - Goes down well and does not overwhelm, easy to go after another one.

Notes: True, it may lack a final couple of notches to make it an outstanding beer. But it is still a great brew to keep handy, enjoy, and showcase the style.

Daniellobo, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours opague black with a heavy thick looking coffee colored heading. Leaves some good rings around the glass.

Smell is a bit ridiculous. Holy roasted coffee beans!!! Slight smokiness.

Taste again is insane with roasted coffee beans,again a slight smokiness but this time in the mouth I taste slight chocolate and some wood comes out.

Mouth is full bodied with good carbonation and decent velvet-like texture.Bland taste destroys the palate with coffee beans.

Drink is good. I had my hopes up about this brew but this is simply not to my liking not bad tasting but not great either as I am not a coffee drinker and this tastes exactly the same.

TheFightfan1, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of bsp77
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Pure black (the blackest Porter I have ever seen), with very thin tan head and just a touch of lacing.

Smell: Chocolate galore, with some licorice, roasted malt and coffee.

Taste: Very chocolaty and rich. Noticeable licorice and maybe some fruitiness. Somewhat bitter finish; seems to be more from roasted malts than hops.

Feel: Exceedingly smooth full body, slightly chewy, low carbonation.

Drinkability: Despite the richness of the beer, it is quite easy to sip. Delectable.

The body definitely seems more like a Stout, but I guess the lower levels of roasted barley keeps things in Porter territory. Kind of a hybrid, as if there wasn't enough confusion between Porters and Stouts already.

bsp77, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of claminat420
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured into a pint glass. nice lil foamy head. looks like a bunch of pillows i could just sleep on.

S- a small hint of a coffee/chocolate kick. very roasty smell.

T- taste just how it smells.... delicious!

M- alil heavy bodied like a porter should. the alcohol is very well hidden.

D- with the 6.5abv a 6 pack will definitely do the job. doesn't get to overbearing after a couple.

Overall this is an excellent brew. founders did it right when they made this. i would have to put it right behind the great lakes edmund but it's up there. specially with the colder weather around the corner this brew is a must grab.

claminat420, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of coldmeat23
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Sam Adams 'Perfect Pint' Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
VINTAGE: 2008

Pours a deep, dark, black color....as it should be, with a porter. Almost three-fingers of dark brown, thick and creamy foam sits on top. Retention is great. Lacing is very thick and quite sticky.

Big notes of fresh ground, dark roasted, coffee hit first. A nice presence of dark chocolates follows, closely behind. Mild hints of roasted malt finish out the smell. Not much more here, but it's certainly enough, for the style.

The taste follows the nose, very well. Huge notes of roasted malt flavor lead the charge. A big dark coffee presence is close behind. Some notes of dark chocolates and bittersweet chocolates are here, also. A mild presence of milk chocolate sweetness provides a nice touch of balance. Mild hints of smokiness keep it interesting.

A great full-bodied brew, to be sure. Low to medium carbonation level, which is damn near perfect. Almost thick, yet smooth and delightfully creamy.

Highly drinkable. At 6.5%abv, this would easily be my go-to Porter, if I had regular access to it. Delicious.
Founders makes some of the most amazingly delicious, yet highly drinkable beers to be found, anywhere.

coldmeat23, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a kissin cousin to the Founders great lineup of stouts.

Oily black pour with burgundy edges, thin tan head and lacing that's just mmm k.

Richer smell than expected, featuring roasted barley, frozen coffee beans, and hint of campfire.

Little sweetness comes thru in the flavor, with iced starbucks up front, dark chocolate in the middle, and finishing with a bitter hoppy bark bite.

Complex MF for a porter, with the nice astringent bite.

Solid drinkability - I wouldn't hesitate to enjoy a couple/few of these in a row. Another winner from Founders.

BeerImmediately, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of kzoobrew
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep rich black, nearly opaque. Minimal mocha colored head slowly disperses leaving little lacing.

Aroma is very full and inviting. A strong espresso aroma welcomes you and is soon followed by a very apparent roasted and slightly smoky smell. Slight whiffs of chocolate and toffee are noticed but rather subtle.

Bold and assertive roasted notes are as evident in the flavor as they were in the aroma. Smooth dark roasted coffee flavors meld with a smoky slightly char flavored roasted malt. Chocolaty sweetness offsets the large roasted flavor creating a needed second dimension of flavor.

Mouthfeel is full but not thick. Though the fullness of the taste is more similar to that of a stout the body thins out a bit falling nicely into the realm of American Porters. Very smooth and slightly creamy.

Incredibly enjoyable and very easy to drink. While sitting at 6.5% the alcohol is not huge but is certainly while hidden amongst the abundance of character in this beer. Drinkability is outstanding.

kzoobrew, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of birchstick
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours like oil out of the bottle with a ½ finger, mocha head - dark, rich, and sexy, per the bottle

S - very sweet, milk chocolate - very sweet with a little bit of roasted malt

T - The taste pretty much follows the nose. It is very sweet and milk chocolately at first, which is then followed by a subtle burnt malt. Pretty good.

M - kind of watery, but good carbonation. Smooth and goes down nicely.

D - I really enjoyed this porter. Not saying that this is a bad-tasting porter in any but I tend to like a little bit more roastedness in my porters and stouts, though. I will definitely purchase this again...

birchstick, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is single-handedly trying to prove right those of us who say a lot of porters could just as easily be classified as a stout.

This is stout to me. Thick and luscious. Roasted as much as you can stand. A kick of hops at the end (on some sips) which tries to provide balance. But the balance is really between the sweetness and roasted flavors.

I'm not sure exactly how to rate the taste. It is pretty strong. As it warms, it graps a Russian Imperial like red wine flavor in the background. Again, hops are noticeable but you have to be looking for them.

A robust porter, i.e. stout in a dress. But I'm not sure if this is in a dress. More like a pants suit.

GeoffFromSJ, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of rapidsequence
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another 12 ozer from Founders with a weird picture on it. It says "dark, rich, and sexy."

Appearance: Holding up to the claim on the bottle. Wow. Pitch black with a thick foamy brown head. Decent retention until about halfway down the perfect pint glass. Some nice lacing too.

Smell: Burnt coffee and a little chocolate. Kinda smoky. Very nice.

Taste: Burnt roasty malt flavor with more chocolate taste than I smelled. Coffee is there. A little sweet. Some hoppiness lends a little additional bitterness, but it all finishes very clean. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Very full for a porter. Almost creamy. Very smooth.

Drinkability: This stuff is pretty amazing. What a solid beer. I dont know if its sexy, but its definitely dark and rich.

rapidsequence, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of u2carew
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz stubby.
A) Opaque. Pours with a brown, thin bubbled head. Lacing is tight and sticky.
S) Roasted grain. Coffee. Chocolate. Smoky. Woodsy.
T) Dark Chocolate. Bread. Mellow smokiness. Just a remnant of hops in the finish.
M) Full bodied. Gritty. Thick. Smooth.
D) I would definitely have another one. Fantastic concoction from Founders. Well crafted.

u2carew, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of oakbluff
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle- dark cola, one finger beige head. Good lacing. Nose- hint of smoke, stewed fruit, light roast. Taste- chalky, again some smoke, stewed fruit and roast. Wonderful stuff. Finishes dry from the chalk and roast. Drinkability is excellent.

oakbluff, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of oelergud
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stubby 12oz brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap. The label shows a fine lady from last century.
Black opaque body with a nice brown head. Good retention and lace.
Cocoa bean and vanilla scent, very inviting.
Great cocoa flavor with vanilla bean. Hops are strong and gives the aftertaste long life.
Full body and lots of residual sugars.
Excellent drinkability.

-Oelergud

oelergud, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of kbeals
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours slightly syrupy, even for a porter. Dark black in color with about a finger of creamy, brown sugar head. Some head retention but very little lacing.

S- Dark, roasted coffee notes, a bit of a boozy smell but not much.

T- I can detect coffee but it seems that the dark chocolates really stand out more than anything else. Very sweet and very roasted.

M- Creamy smooth and very thick. Hardly any carbonation.

D- Easily drinkable, maybe I should have another...

kbeals, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of aubuc1
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a glass.

Pours a rich black with a dark tan thick head.

Smell is smooth roasty and coffeeish. Big smells, but nothing overpowering.

Taste is a little sweeter than the smell, but still has a very roasty taste with a little bitter finish.

Very easy drinking beer that has a great mouthfeel- not too big or thin.

aubuc1, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of MaltistLupulist
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour stream is a ruddy dark brown but it seems darker still as it occupies the glass, with a peripheral ruby hue. Minimal head, faint lacing.

Aroma is dominated by roasted malt and cacao nibs with some dried dark fruit playing a faint and fleeting role.

Flavor-wise, this exceeds my expectations for a well-built porter. All the conventional criteria for the style (roastiness, mild sweetness) are met and some complexity is thrown into the mix: noticeable but muted hoppiness, especially in the finish; a whisper of Lapsang Souchong complementing the roastiness with a bacony smokiness; a tartness whose origins initially puzzle me, but which I ultimately attribute to a convergence of the aforementioned flavor components (and perhaps a clever technique to mask the admittedly moderate alcohol content). Dry, bitter finish; again, this is where the limited lupulin role is most prominent.

Mouthfeel-wise, initially quite effervescent but dissipates almost instantly, yielding a silky smooth, dry sensation with a barely calculable amount of stickiness.

Aside from a confused moment when I mistook the cross-section of roastiness, hoppiness, and smokiness for alcohol, I'd rate this among the most drinkable beers I've had in some time (with the caveat that I'm mostly a IIPA and RIS guy).

...And, despite the fact that I prefer a viscous imperial stout over a thinner style like this when it comes to dark offerings, I have much respect for this beer. A well-rounded, properly executed porter.

MaltistLupulist, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of Cresant
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a tulip pint. No date. The body was used oil color, a deep, opaque brown/black. There was a modest tan head which faded to zero and left no lace.

Smell was cookie dough-like. Dusty. Cocoa powder hints in the aroma.

Taste was coffee and bitter chocolate/cocoa powder. Roasted and burnt notes. There was a very long bittering aftertaste. Tangy and not too sweet.

Mouthfeel was zesty. Medium body and mouthfilling carbonation. Some slipperiness.

Cresant, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown almost black color with a creamy beige foam head. A tiny bit of lacing.

S- Smokey with a decent amount of roasted malt in the nose. A bit of hazelnut and toasted grains.

T- Smokey bitterness upfront with a nice roasted malt sweetness in the finish. Alcohol is more apparent that I thought it would be.

M- Medium body with ok carbonation. Smokey aftertaste.

D- Pretty decent porter with a nice flavor.

projectflam86, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of plastik
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Very dark, red-brown highlights. Thin tan head, quickly dissipates.

S-Roasted Malt, coffee, caramel

T-Initially, slightly sour and fruity with a heavy does of roasted malt. Gives way to a long, rich, bitter finish - earthy and maybe even slightly smoky. I like it, but the initial sourness throws me off a little, though it lessens as it warms a bit. Also as it warms a little it becomes a bit more balanced and grows somewhat smoother.

M-Very nice. A bit thick, with a nice smooth fullness from the carbonation.

D-Very good. I could drink a few of these.

plastik, Aug 02, 2009
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