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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

Founders PorterFounders Porter

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

4,652 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4652
Reviews: 1289
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%


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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Doerrijustmether

Michigan

4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

bottle to pint glass.

aggressive pour to 2 fingers of light khaki head.

great drink, outstanding stout/porter.

great flavor profiles. all clean, nothing bad to say, no wow factor to put it in world class. will drink again.

compared to other beers in this category, this may be my favorite.non - bourbon aged/vanilla/chocolate/java/ stout/porter

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 03:22:59 | More by Doerrijustmether
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Boggdogg

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a jet black color and a very thick frothy wonderfully brown colored head that lasts and lasts. The lacing is soooo thick! This is exactly what a world class porter should look like.

S - malt and coffee nice and simple.

T - fairly straight forward classic porter taste bitter coffee bean but it's a good bitter like high quality ingrediqnce where used.

M - outstanding full bodied yet smooth and creamy. A little dry.

O - well brewed, looks amazing, tastes great. I would like some vanilla or something like that added. highly recommended great quality porter!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 01:47:37 | More by Boggdogg
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hail_seitan

Massachusetts

4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured bottle into pint glass.

A - Pours thick, black, and viscous. When pint glass was held up to a light, it was completely opaque. About a half inch of toffee-colored head formed on top.

S - Roasty and sweet - kind of like a chocolate cake cut with the slightest hop aroma.

T - First, a bit of astringency from the roasted malt and carbonation. Then, the palate opens up with the sweetness from the rest of the malts. The aftertaste is of roasted coffee. Slight northwest-style hop biterness lingers on the tip of the tongue, too. Yeast esters open up as the beer get warmer.

M - Thick and glutinous. Delightful.

O - One of the best takes on the American style porter, up there with Black Butte and Smuttynose Robust Porter. Comes of as not too boozy or bitter for dinner, mid-afternoon, or, hell, even a breakfast beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 21:44:58 | More by hail_seitan
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TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A:
Pours a ridiculously dark ruby-tinged black with a perfect two fingers of rocky reddish brown head that airily settles to a quarter inch and then a fat film. Very good retention; some splotches of lacing.

S:
Sweet, dark, and earthy. Dark fruits, leather, roasty malt aromas, bubblegum, licorice. Lots going on. Very nice.

T:
Rich, full, nutty. Flat, unobtrusive burnt flavors right up front with a nutty taste underneath and a decadent finish. Burnt toast, coffee, roast nuts, vanilla, rum, dirt, wood. Delicious.

M:
Coating, velvety palate with a nice creamy character. Full-bodied with nice carbonation to off-set what is otherwise a very rich, coating beer. Lovely slow toasty finish.

O:
Fantastic porter.
Pours beautifully and has a very aromatic, toasty, woody, phenolic nose. Tastes like a porter should with nice roasted bitterness mellowed by nutty malt notes and a velvety, creamy texture that makes it a joy to sit and slowly drink. It took a while to pick out the hops because they are kind of in the background, they seem to really mellow the rest and brighten the overall flavor of it and make it a bit more drinkable.
Would have again (damn distro...); worth searching high and low for.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 00:17:48 | More by TheDoctor
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Furlinator

California

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 01/09/14.

Pours opaque dark brown with 1 inch of tan head that quickly fades to a thin ring and cap on top and leaves spotty lace.

Smell is of coffee, cocoa and faint grassy hops.

Flavor are dominated by roasted (almost smoked) dark malt with coffee and bitter dark chocolate. There is a subtle hop presence on the finish.

Texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a solid, well balanced American porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 04:07:29 | More by Furlinator
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mjurney

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Pitch black color. Brown head, very creamy.

Aroma:
Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, a little dark fruit.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Deep roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, woody, burnt caramel, with some black licorice. Finish is very bitter, dry and smoky. Body is thick, a little syrupy, smooth, dry.

Overall:
It's a very good porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 22:19:50 | More by mjurney
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Dr_Q

Kentucky

4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can smell the alcohol. Chocolate and coffee, really smells and tastes good. A little hoppy with a great mouth feel, smooth, and delicious. I love porters and this is a very good example.

O: Can really smell the hops and malt, with a hint of chocolate.

T: A little creamy, great mouthfeel, smooth, but with a little bitter chocolate.

A: Beautiful!. I would like a larger head, and almost no lacing on the glass. Has that swirl that is nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 22:19:20 | More by Dr_Q
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snaotheus

Washington

3.74/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Fridge temp, about 41 F. 1421339130127B is the bottle code. Purchased by a friend in Texas and shipped to Washington.

Pours black with a tiny head. Small amount of very fine, very slow carbonation. Smell is rich, chocolatey, slightly yeasty, some coffee. Mild, though. Maybe it'll open as it warms.

Taste is coffee, yeast, date-ish sweetness, smokey roast. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly grainy. Overall, quite tasty. Not sad I have most of a six pack left.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 03:41:00 | More by snaotheus
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lochef81

Michigan

4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This exquisite porter pours a near black color with a two finger tan head that gives way to a nice tan film and generous lacing. The nose is deep and rich with roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and a pleasant (and unexpected) hop bitterness. The flavor lives up to everything the nose promises. It is incredibly deep and rich and delicious. Bitter coffee gives way to sweet roasted malts to dark smoky chocolate to a finish of bitter hops and roasted goodness. The body coats the palate and lingers with the deliciousness of the ale. This seems much closer to a stout than a porter. I tasted this along side GLBC Edmund Fitzgerald and Bell's porter, overall this one won out. Well done, founder's, very well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 04:51:06 | More by lochef81
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Bone53

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Black; looks like a stout

Smell: roasted and chocolate malts at its finest.

Taste: again, such great depth in flavor between the roasted and chocolate malts.

Mouthfeel: Heavy medium body; chewy and chalky.

Overall: My favorite porter along with Smuttynose. I can't say enough good things about it

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2014 21:58:55 | More by Bone53
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tomgoehring

Pennsylvania

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

If I had to pick one beer (and that beer would be a porter or a stout) to drink for the rest of my life this would be it! Excellent color and taste, not too flat. I've had a fair number of porters and this, Black Butte and Sam Smith's Taddy Porter always do it for me - of those three I'd pick this one if I had to - fortunately I don't.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 18:35:39 | More by tomgoehring
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grammodesguapote

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sampling glass. Vigorous poor gives a dark tan head which quickly disintegrates leaving plenty of lacing.

Smells of light roast but mostly a sweet alcoholic aroma as it warms.

Taste is roasted malt but subdued, and watery. Some alcohol but not in-your-face. a little bitterness in the finish and enhanced roasty character.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery, but nothing off-putting.

A good porter, I have not had so many recently but something I love coming back to.

Will try again if on tap, otherwise I will keep exploring!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 02:15:32 | More by grammodesguapote
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fscottkey

New York

3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Black in color with no light penetration. Gorgeous 1 1/2 finger head that is made of uniform bubbles. The head lasts a long time - and is dense enough to reshape as you move the glass.

S: There is a smoked or charred smell. Like a charred hardwood. It almost smells like hickory smoked meat.

T: Smoke up front then again at the back. Slight mocha taste as it warms.

M: Dry feeling but goes down easily

O: The appearance on this one is amazing! If you handed this to me and said it was a smoked porter I would believe it. There is a lot of smoke essence in there. This one is good - but I wanted to love it and I am not there.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 00:56:58 | More by fscottkey
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macher0

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured black with a small fine bubble head. Nose of dark roasted malts, coffee beans, and a little hops. The taste follows the nose nicely with a very heavy roasted expresso experience. It's a full body beer, high carbonation, very smooth. This is a straight forward coffee-based porter. Very well crafted. A top tier porter. Certainly one to keep in the fridge. Great for a cold day or a perfect hangover beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2014 23:12:12 | More by macher0
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GinjaSlice

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown with very little head and alomst no lacing
S: Like a roasty/burnt chocolate with a bit of coffee
T: It's a light dark beer. Pretty good, has an initial hop taste to it quickly followed by a burnt chocolate kind of taste, and leaves a nice chocolaty taste on the tongue. One of the best aftertastes of any beer. It's a light dark beer.
M: Much lighter then I expected

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 15:14:29 | More by GinjaSlice
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irongator

Kansas

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is really an imperial stout in disguise. It is very cream and rich. Balance is perfect. Other than having a low ABV, there really I'd no bad sideto this brew. I have to keep going as I dont have enough words yet. I hope that does it! Nope a few more

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Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 03:15:47 | More by irongator
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: very dark brown... tall 1" head on pour, coffee brown color... hardly any lace, but a steady outer collar till the end

S: bold roasted barley, very hoppy - pine, woody... perhaps some faint dark coffee and a hint of medicinal alcohol.... as it warms, more soapy-floral and light peppercorn aromas emerge.... all-around bold aromas

T: heavy bitter dark chocolate and dark-roast coffee up front - long-lasting through the finish... good bit of a mid-range crystal malt presence, but not terribly sweet.... after a bit, all that's there is a dominant bittersweet-ish dark chocolate flavor and aggressive roast/hoppy bitterness, and it's pretty great!

M: lightly grainy-frothy but smooth with some "legs" on the follow-through.... mild residual stickiness... little bit of alcohol warmth?.... most of it stays up front - vanishing-dry finish

O: one could argue this is a stout.... all about strong bitterness via roasted barley and hops - not shy.... assaults the palate with finely-balanced tastiness

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 20:40:51 | More by Bouleboubier
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Tsar_Riga

Indiana

4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown/black, opaque, with a minimal head of light tan. Minor lacing as you drink.

S - Roasted malts, with slight mineral notes. Coffee and chocolate are manifest.

T - A strong hit of coffee and burnt toast, roasty goodness on a malt backbone. Sweet chocolate and bitter nibs are delicious counterpoints. Some bitter hops comes through, as well, and it fades slowly through the close.

M - Low carbonation, silky coating, but the dry finish clears things and makes sure the beer does not become cloying.

O - This is exactly the kind of drinking experience I look for in a porter. Without the heaviness of a stout, this remains smooth and drinkable, with the chocolate and coffee notes I enjoy most. The hops are a reasonable counterpoint, and do not become overly aggressive. I'll be picking up a 6 pack the next time I'm looking for a porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 21:53:05 | More by Tsar_Riga
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dar482

New York

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a very dark black with tinges of mahoghany coming in on the edges.

The aroma has robust porter qualities, roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate, hot chocolate, tinges of vanilla, hints of dark fruit.

The flavor hits in the front of a light hopppy bitterness. Medium plus roasted malt throughout the beer with bitter dark coffee, some vanilla, cocoa powder, a creamy milk chocolate.

A medium plus mouthfeel on this beer.

A very balanced beer with lots of robust quality. Highly recommend as it is one of the best in the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 05:05:06 | More by dar482
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titty_mcbitty

Texas

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a tan head. Looks creamy!

S: Cocoa and coffee with some nuttiness.

T: Roasted chocolate, cocoa, toasted bread, caramel, and malt. Nice taste, but honestly I don't see what the hype is about. It is a very tasty beer, but there are an abundance of porters of just the same quality or better.

M: Medium to full. Velvety with a bubbly feel to it. Nice.

O: A good brew, but as said above: not anything super special. An awesome beer regardless!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 05:13:09 | More by titty_mcbitty
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templar316

Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Shocked that I've never reviewed this with as many cases as I've poured over the year! Pours deep and dark, with nice khaki head. A nice roasty nose has me imagining cashews and toffee with hints of figgy goodness. The flavor is subtler smooth cola body faded into a bitter cocoa finish. You could drink this all night.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 04:55:12 | More by templar316
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tmzl

Slovenia

4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours with large, mocha head, fine small bubbles with some bigger ones in the middle. Good, steady, slow, creamy retention with sticky lacing. Nice, fat layer stays on top. Surprisingly some carbonation visible. Dark, dark with brown hue. Very nice, especially the retention.

Smell: Dark, milk chocolate mix, roast and light coffee. Hint of caramel and some noble freshness. Fat, rich on the nose receptors. There is one note i can't really put my finger on, like a bit too oily (olive) burned bread crust you put on salad, in soups and shit like that.

Taste: Smell roughly translates. Roasted, very solid middle malt medium sweetness. Dark and milk chocolate and very light caramel. Good roast bitterness goes into coffee with a hint of hops and sweetness - a nice touch at the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, full body. Very nice. Carbonation noticeable but just the right amount. One of the biggest traits of this beer.

Overall: Sexy. Yea, why not. Mouthfeel is exceptional, the dark malt character is well developed and rich enough and that hint of fresh sweetness makes it a superb brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 21:59:25 | More by tmzl
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Eldrad

Louisiana

4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

"The Porter that drinks like a Stout."
That should be the marketing slogan for this beer.

Bottled 11/17/13

A - Impenetrable darkness, with a faint head. Compared against Sierra Nevada Porter, this was thick and viscous (SN looked like weak Midwestern coffee or southern iced tea in comparison). Probably the darkest, blackest porter I've examined.

S - Strong roasted barley smell, maybe a dollop of dark chocolate.

T - A near-perfect balance of multiple malts and then malt/hop. Outstanding roasty malt goodness with hops seeming to act like an "unsweetened" agent against a slight dark chocolate suggestion. As if some really, really expensive euro dark unsweetened chocolate accidently fell into the kettle. This 6.5% ABV beer could probably hold up if ABV was jacked up a couple of percentages.

M - Creamy perfection, a near velvet wash throughout the mouth. thick and luscious, like you get from a quality stout. Even moreso than many stouts out there (hmmm...I should compare this with SN Stout!).

O - Benchmark for its style. Period. This is the 3rd time I've had this beer over the past few years, and this has held up to my impressions the other times I've been fortunate to drink it. Lives up to its expectations. If there is a better porter on this continent, it sure ain't anyplace I've ever shopped. Seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 01:39:46 | More by Eldrad
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Founders imperial pint.
6.5% ABV, 45 IBUs, Bottled 01/20/14

A - The clear pour to the bottom of the glass resulted in a monumental tan head with dribbles of beer slowly filtering through the foam creating a sexy cascading. Despite the large head it dropped to a clumpy pile rather quickly but, above the black beer, multiple rings of dense lace were left behind.

S - You'd swear you walked into an old confectionery with a whiff of this beer as dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and melted caramel come together to add silky smoothness to the mildly gritty ground coffee nose. Notes of old, earthy wood paneling give the beer a faint nostalgia!

T - Dark roasted malts pull the chocolate and cocoa nunaces from the nose but add a singed bread crust-like burnt flavor that goes well with the French-pressed coffee taste on the finish.

M - This thick porter is full-bodied and creamy to the point of being as smooth as black velvet. The silky texture is almost chewy since there is little carbonation feel to it but it's not syrupy by any means. A lightly dry and roasted bitter on the finish, it provides the perfect balance to keep it from being too sweet or rich.

O - While the average beer drinker might be wrongly afraid of "dark beer", I've had many a thinner stout than this porter making it one of those "heavy" beers I might caution the uninitiated against. Full-flavored and full-bodied, Founders Porter is a magnificent beer packed with roasted malt character but I think the beer's label sums it up the best; "dark, rich, and sexy."

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 01:12:49 | More by BeerFMAndy
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rdilauro

Connecticut

4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

WOW
I've been waiting to taste this one.
The pour was beautiful, a dark, almost pitch black nightfall into the glass. The head was creamy, slightly brownish but held up pretty long in the glass.

The nose was coffee all the way, not as pronounced as some others, but for a Porter it was pretty full.

The mouthful was smooth like silk, I can find NOTHING wrong with the taste. In fact, this tasted more like a stout than a porter There was coffee, but also hints of bitter sweet chocolate, with a touch of a pepper, leaving just a dab of spiciness.

The finish was smooth and lingering, leaving me knowing that I will go back to this one again

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 16:09:01 | More by rdilauro
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,652 ratings.