Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,405 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,405
Reviews: 1,479
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 342
Gots: 1,073 | 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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Ratings: 6,405 | Reviews: 1,479
Photo of CDTDubstep
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

By far the best beer I have ever had. Definitely the best American porter there is hands down. Silky smooth, luscious mouth feel that is absolutely perfect combined with dark enticing flavors of roasted coffee, grain, and chocolate. This is now my go to beer.

Photo of far333
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany brown and opaque with a half inch of frothy light brown foam. Aroma of cocoa and toasty malt, hints of smoke and leather.

Rich and complex flavors of richly roasted malt, not bitter, hints of smoke and leather, espresso and charred bark. Full and creamy mouthfeel. Really nice beer.

Photo of NaziBeerHunter
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. Very nice rich mouthfeel with pretty tasty coffee notes. The hop flavor still really comes through in this beer, and it's got great flavor

Photo of TBonez477
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Stronger licorice flavor than expected but otherwise a nice smooth, full-bodied porter.

Photo of mlockman
3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very roasty; not bad, just not my favorite expression of the style.

Photo of doktorhops
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Well. Founders Porter. It has taken me a while to get to you hasn’t it? As the saying goes: “The longer the wait, the sweeter the reward.” And you Founders do make some of the sweetest rewards there are to be had in the Beerosphere (aka Earth). I guess for me the biding of time has been a result of hearing not the greatest things about this Porter, and little did I want to see the mighty Founders fall from grace, however having seen other reviews on this Porter and the decent aggregate score on BeerAdvocate I guess there really is little for me to fear - and I do love Stouts, whoops; Porters dearly.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Look we all know what to expect: Opaque obsidian body, rich caramel coloured half centimetre head... and Founders delivers with a beer that is as black as my black heart (I am after all an ivory trader). The head does hang around very long but who cares with that delightful inky black body inviting us to sup on its roasty nectar? 9/10.

S: Charred coffee bean, hints of ripe red coffee bean, light caramel (yes caramel, not chocolate) malts and a wild forest berry background all ties together and presents a formidable Stout Porter aroma. There is very little to fault here - it’s dark, it’s roasty, it’s wild, I’m loving it so far. 9/10.

T: Damn it, those Founders bastards have done it again (how do they keep making great beers!?) with a flavour profile that is every bit of the above aromas combined with a sublime balance between the sweet (more molasses than caramel) malts and that slight smoky charred coffee bean that provides ample enough bitterness to carry through to the finish. The aftertaste leaves a bitter note on the tongue that makes you go back for another sip... it’s almost perfect... almost. 9/10.

M: Smooth, Founders mid to heavy bodied, and did I mention smooth? It’s no Marvin Gaye smooth but it is indeed a respectable Barry White. 9/10.

D: Well I was not disappointed by this Stout Porter [what’s the deal with Stouts and Porters Doc?] if you want to know google “stout porter history” and you will learn that a Stout is a Porter - the style began as “Stout Porter” or a heavier version of a Porter, which this Founders really is at 6.5% ABV. Now we come to the crux of it with this brew, for me at least, it’s a redundant beer: between FBS and FIS I see little reason to buy this brew, and that is a shame. 7/10.

Food match: I’m going to go Medieval banquet on this brew - or chargrilled steaks.

Photo of Godfatherbob
4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just the right amount of heaviness, satisfying but it doesn't leave you feeling stuffed.

Sweet, but not too sweet.

Very malty, but not overwhelming, and a very smooth after taste.

Not much else to say, this is just one delicious beer. Definitely the best porter I've ever had.

Photo of Doonzman
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great porter! I'm actually very surprised that the class 6 here on ft polk carries such high quality beer. I guess they figure some soldiers actually want top notch beverages. Anyways, I recommend it to anyone who loves beer.

Photo of LittleMurphyDog
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

All of the elements are there for a great porter

Photo of ufellc
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good chocolate and coffee smell and taste. Nice maltiness that accompanies the chocolate and coffee. Good but not too heavy mouthfeel that gives back note chocolates. Chocolate is in the forefront and backend tastes. Good sweetness and little bitterness

Photo of MacMalt
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been enjoying this beer for quite some time but never rated it. Poured into pisner glass. The color is jet black with very thin white head and minimal lacing. This is a very aromatic beer with a strong smell of burnt coffee and chocolate. The taste is similar to the smell: burnt coffee, chocolate, and a hint of caramel but finishes with a distinct bitterness. Nice, thick mouth feel. Overall, this is one terrific porter, especially for one available year round. I'm prejudiced because this is the first Founders beer I tried but it is really good!

Photo of Vinnygny
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I'm not a big fan of porters in general, but this could change my mind. Very, very good

Photo of DanielCrow
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite delicious. I've had a few porters, and this one stands out. Smooth and rich, and not for someone looking for a light drink. Like a meal in a bottle. Not too expensive, either. Yum.

Photo of classixIII
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thick dark pour, minimal head, nothing on the glass. Hearty with minimal, perfect carbonation. Chocolate, mocha etc. etc. A hop bite at the end that stays for a while along with a wee bit more alcohol than you would imagine for a 6.5 ABV. Very Nice!

Photo of Cacibajagua
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the best Porter I've had so far. Well balanced, nice gentle body, with a smooth and destinctive hint of chocolate, and so slight bitterness that works well with the caramel & cocoa aftertaste.

Photo of hoagzzz
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty damn good. My taste for porters and stouts might just be coming around.

Photo of akeiii
3.74/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Engine Room. harsh side, interesting but looks better than it tastes.

Photo of CNP
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark color, very rich, chocolate flavor makes it acceptable, tho very strong.

Photo of Muscatjo
3.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not my favorite by Founders. Maybe I just prefer stouts to porters but this didnt go down as smooth as I liked and had very intense dark flavors. It was very strong and had a long finish.

Photo of rbjorkman
2/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

- very dark in color
- thick
- tastes like coco
- choclatey after taste

Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

one of my favorite year-round porters, a must try if you appreciate dark smokey cocoa & thick creamy mouthfeel. word.

Photo of Taybeh
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Did a little side-by-side the other night with GL Ed Fitz, Odell Cutthroat, and Deschutes BB, all of which I always enjoy. But in comparison, Founders just killed it, to my surprise.

Photo of sdwchef
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Old drinkable when I eat chocolate.

Photo of Krabapplekid
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is the Patrick Roy of porters, the porter which with all others must now be compared. Founders substantiates the state of Michigan in the brewing community. If the sitcom Fargo could be enhanced by a beer, it is this beer. I would rather have one six pack of Founders Porter per week for the rest of my life than world peace, the ability to fly, or Scarlett Johansson.

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

There's a reason why Founder's is mentioned any time there's a discussion of breweries with solid (indeed, excellent) line-ups. Had as part of flight. Dark chocolate in color with a mocha head, aroma of roasted malt, dark fruits, a little baking cocoa. Taste follows, with some smokey, roasted bitterness. Thick and beautiful feel.

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 6,405 ratings.