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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,438 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,438
Hads: 6,562
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
Wants: 362
Gots: 1,173 | FT: 28
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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Reviews: 1,438 | Hads: 6,562
Photo of mjryan
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stars should be afraid of this beer, as Im sure if they get to close they will be sucked into its black void. Inky black, with a nice dark tan head that retains beutifully. Aroma is of dark chocolate and woody hops hops. Bitter, chalky bakers chocolate up front with a smooth sweetness in the middle. Finishes with a smooth roast and firm bitterness. Slight earthy hop flavour as well. Medium bodied and very smooth. Big on the chocolate flavour and very smooth. Another stellar Founders beer that I wish I didnt have to drive an hour round trip to get. (553 characters)

Photo of prototypic
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a dark chocolate fudge color. It's opaque and nearly black. A very nice dark mocha colored cap sits atop. It's only about a finger deep and it receded pretty quickly. A light sticky coat of lace clung to the glass.

Smell: The nose is nice, but a little underpowered initially. I'm hoping it opens up more as it warms. Edit: No such luck. It is a tad weak. It does feature an excellent chocolate and roasted malt aroma. The roasted variety seems a little stronger, but there's plenty of chocolate to go around. There's a very nice, slightly smoked smell to it that carries the day. It's a wonderful addition. There's some light roasted coffee notes. On the tail, there's a slightly yeasty scent. No alcohol is noted.

Taste: It's chocolaty and sweet up front. Roasted malts kick in and give it a very well rounded, malty flavor. It really gives it an excellent backbone. It's tougher to tell here which of the malts is predominant. I actually can't tell. Suffice it to say, it has a damn fine malty flavor. Light roasted coffee and smoky notes add depth. The smoky flavor really gives it some character and does much for the flavor. It's a tad yeasty. Apparently, there's a nice little infusion of hops giving it a little bit of buzz toward the end. No alcohol is noted.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and very smooth. Carbonation is light and restrained giving it a creamy feel. Very impressive. Drinkability is very high. It's got an excellent and deep flavor. At 5.6%, its abv is modest and lends itself to high drinkability.

Founders Porter is excellent beer. I had high hopes, but they've actually been exceeded. The only small flaw is that the nose is a little weak. Other than that, it's a very nice, well rounded Porter that impresses on all other fronts. Very nice addition to Founders regular lineup. Easily recommended. (1,865 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DT tulip.

A: Pours a dense, anthracite coal black. No lighter shades of brown or ruby at the edges. This is pure black. Capping this is a creamy, one-finger, mocha colored layer of foam that sports excellent retention and leaves some gorgeous looking layers of lace in the glass.

S: Immediately as the cap left the bottle I had to take a sniff. Layer upon layer of dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roast coffee, milk chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, chocolate covered cherry, heavily blackened malt, and a hint of citrus hops.

T: My tongue was assaulted with a heavenly combination of bakers chocolate, flourless chocolate cake, dark chocolate drenched cherry, french press dark roast coffee, blackened malt, cocoa, black pepper, tangy dark fruit, milk chocolate, fudge brownies, citrus-y hops, and vanilla.

M: Prickly and peppery from beginning to end with a slick oiliness that plastered itself to my palate. Elements of sweet, bittersweet, tangy, roasty, dry/chalky, and hoppy.

D: I'd forgotten how great this beer was! This was a regular in the Killers' beer closet, way back when, and was sorely missed when it became brewpub only. Welcome back Founder's Porter, maybe Black Rye can come out to play again? (1,243 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours jet black with a dense, one finger brown head. Head gradually turns rocky and pitted, eventually settling into a nice creamy cap after a long time. Solid brown walls of lacing - this is how a porter is supposed to look.

Nose is light espresso mixed with some delicious hot chocolate action going on.

Espresso up front, a bit of roasty acidity along with a light hop bitterness, with some nice cocoa emerging around mid palate, surrounded by an expanding, roasty, coffee presence. Licorice makes its presence known as well. Interesting and complex - the light roasty acidity seems to accompany every aspect of the taste, wrapping itself around and moving between the other flavors. Maybe a bit too much. Still, nicely done.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, very softly carbonated, gets a bit watery as it warms, which is a disappointment. Lighter body than expected (and preferred) as a result. Wateriness means the drinkability score suffers a bit too. (993 characters)

Photo of BigIrishman
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Porter's in Easton, PA

Poured into a pint glass. Very dark with little head, although you can clearly see some lively carbonation. Smell is fabulous, there is so much there, it's malty/sweet/bready/etc. Taste is a bit more subdued, but still very reminiscent of the smell. Mouthfeel is very heavy, very nice. I could easily down a few of these in a row and that incredible aroma and great taste would be awesome.

Overall a great representation of what I think of as being one of the toughest styles to pin down to a specific flavor. (548 characters)

Photo of jdg204
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Breakfast Stout was my first Founders experience and it was was incredible! So I had to give this brew a shot when I saw it at my fav local bar, Porters Pub in Easton.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts.

T: The taste is very malty with roasted flavors of black coffee and chocolate. There's just the right amount of sweetness/ robustness and a mild but complimentary hops presence. The after-taste is a nice balance of roasted and sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very enjoyable, Founders has another winner which seems to get lost in the mix of their legendary Stouts. I've yet to have a bad Founders yet, at this point they're a must try when I see them on tap. This is excellent and worth going a bit out of your way to try. (930 characters)

Photo of rayjay
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Part of my black booty bif from csmiley. 6.5% abv on the label.

Holy lacing, this foam is in for the long haul. It stays hot chocolate brown too. Very hazy black beer with creamy yeast floaters.

Dusty and roasty, how I like my porters. Could be an English stout too.

Deep sweet roasted flavors and a firm touch of noble bitterness. Silky mouthfeel, with a big sticky malt body. Would be great on cask. Acidity isn't a problem. Long fallout, with equal bitterness matched by both the hops and roasted grain. Lots of carmel malt.

Not much else too say except it's a simple but well-made beer, which makes it eminently drinkable. More please! Cheers! (651 characters)

Photo of possumfollower2
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Starts off with a great aroma of roasted taffey, if there is such a thing. My girlfriend says caramel. Head is thick and brown, good retention. Silky mouth feel, sticks to the roof of the mouth like again, some kind of candy. Washes quickly over the palate and finishes clean, very clean for a porter. Simply a roasty treat. I usually catergorize beers as to what I would be doing or where I would be while drinking them: the Founders Porter definitely up there with a hockey-match on the tube while it's 15degrees outside. Kind of like right now. Cheers.
Oh, and the label on my bottle says it's 6.5percent??? (610 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black body. Thick, dense cap of dark brown froth. Lace covers the glass completely as I drink. Nice aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. A little chalk in there as well. This is a bold tasting porter, that's for sure. Some greasy and smoky char like notes accent the richly roasted malt character. I really like the oily anise like flavor in this porter. Really gives it some character. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Quite easy to drink, as it should be, and very flavorful. (483 characters)

Photo of BirdFlu
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the founders.. the label of this says it all..
Smells very raosty with hints of toffee, chocolate, some bread (a bit burnt), and an alcohol presence.. smells best right when opened in the bottle..
Looks like an imperial stout (and smells it too), Dark brown to black with nice brownish head, lacing clings all over..
Tastes of burnt bread, very roasty. A bit smokey. Very stout-ish. some chocolate and a good amount of bitter.
Mouth is moderate, has a burnt bread aftertaste and a slight bit of dark fruitiness after the swallow. Like a sparkling wine or something.
Very good overall.. Very dark and stout-like for a porter, its basically on the wall between stout and porter.. Full bodies, warm and crisp. (711 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally back in bottles! Pours into my glass a deep dark charcoal with a half inch of rich tan head on top that leaves some spotty lacing behind. Aromas of dense roasted malt accompanied by luscious dark chocolate and coffee. Almost like chocolate cake with a slight undertone of dark fruits and anise. Rich and robust, draws you in.

First sip brings dark roasted malts upfront with a tad bit of sweetness, quickly followed up by bitter dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Dark fruits and anise mingle with a caramel undertone. Slight burnt note on the way down with a touch of hops. Great aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is spot on. Not too heavy and not too light with the perfect creamy smoothness that makes it go down so easy. This is just a great drinking porter and one I could easily session at any time. I think this will make my list of beers to keep on hand for daily drinking. Well worth seeking out for fans of porters. (923 characters)

Photo of TMB0424
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Body pours black as anything with a half inch, very creamy looking tan head. Reduces into a wispy cap. Some lacing. Looks a little less than average, by Founder's standards.

Smell is nice - dark malts everywhere. Roasted coffee, melted dark chocolate. Even little hints of vanilla are here and there. A tiny bit of yeast also.

Tastes of burnt coffee, roasted malts and dark, dark chocolate. A yeasty, earthy hop finish backs this all up. Aftertaste is a nice blend of everything - bittersweet goodness. Everything is so perfectly balanced it's great.

Mouthfeel is nearly full-bodied and creamy as anything. Smooth, but the carbonation is lacking in the tiniest bit, in my opinion. Still, this is very drinkable. The bittersweet aftertaste is great and all of the elements of this brew are blended together in damn near perfection. (833 characters)

Photo of younger35
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a few of these from Sam's in Highland Park. I've been searching for this brew since I heard it hit Chicago and apparently not much of it made it. Drank from my Darkness snifter.

Appearance- Pours black as night with a decent enough dark tan head that is soft and creamy. A spotty cap and thin collar remain leaving some webby like lacing.
Smell- Super roasted and chocolaty. Dark bittersweet chocolates are lightly bitter and dusty smelling. Hints of coffee and toffee are light but noticeable. A bit of smoke shows as it warms and opens up. As I prod around a bit I do get slight hints of citric hops.
Taste- Full of deep dark bittersweet chocolate, like I just took a big bite of one of those small chocolate bars you make brownies with. Super roasted and malty with a lingering heavily kilned coffee flavor. Light bits of caramel and vanilla make a quick appearance as well. The roast and bitter chocolate linger and linger along with a small twang of alcohol.
Mouthfeel- light to medium body with a sorta creamy AND grainy feel with the gentlest of warming.
Drinkability- Definitely the best non-smoked/barrel aged Porter I've had. The closer this bad boy gets to room temperature the more decadent and tasty it gets. It's thick and rich and something I didn't realize a straight Porter could be. Really great stuff! (1,331 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always good to get my hands on new stuff from my home state.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep near black dark brown with some ruby highlights thruought,a thinner but well sustained mocha colored head atop.A mix of earth,roasted nut,and dark chocolate in the nose with lingering fruit.Alot of complexity and nuance on the palate,starting out with some sweeter chocolate and dark fruit melding into big earth and some rawness in the finish with a bit of espresso roast coffee.Wow for a "standard" porter this is hella top notch,awesome. (541 characters)

Photo of ATPete
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

Pours a very deep brown almost black color with a large creeper of a brown head. Lots of sticking and a good spongy consistency. Semi sweet dark malt in the nose, the obvious notes of chocolate and coffee, creamy with toffee, molasses and pretzel bread detected. Salty and decently bitter, it is 45 IBU... Nice malt character, lots of layer to the flavor, good balance is achieved through out the bright carbonation allows the hops and bitter chocolate notes to shine through. Medium bodied, nice aftertaste, session-able. (535 characters)

Photo of bjoyce12
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice brew. Bottle states the Founders Porter is a "sleek, sexy, and sultry" ale. So true. Nothing better than truth in advertising. Pours dark and inky, almost stout like, but taste is true Porter. Smooth, creamy, nice chocolate and roasted coffee overtones, not overdone but not subtle either. All this with only a 5.1% ABV is pretty remarkable. Better porters than this are few and far between; this one's a keeper. (417 characters)

Photo of Beerasaurus
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a beautiful inky-black color with a dark cherry colored one-finger head. Left a slight amount of lace in the glass.

S: roasted coffee and dark chocolate

T: Roasted coffee, with hints of dark chocolate, slight sweetness and a smattering of hoppiness

M: Rich, smooth, creamy goodness

D: One of my favorite porters, unfortunately not available in my area! (366 characters)

Photo of timmay41
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Had one of the first pours after the keg was put on, so it poured like a big stout--incredible definition in the line between dark liquid and head. That head was a two-finger thick grayish brown, thick and creamy with a few carbonation bubbles perched atop. Thick, crusty lacing.

S: Roasted coffee and sweet notes tickle the nose, along with scents of vanilla ice cream and fresh Cheerios. A little alcohol slips in at the end but is gone after a few sips.

T: Simply amazing. Ultimately sweeter than the Breakfast Stout--less "coffee with extra cream and sugar" bitterness and more a combination of dark chocolate, cinnamon, ripened cherries, and Coca-Puffs. (Note: the bready/cereal-like scent and texture to this beer is inspiring these comparisons; I didn't just eat breakfast). A meandering roasted malt aftertaste.

M: The accomplice to the big time taste: rich, smooth, and delightful. Just a little carbonation bite. Well textured. Clings to the back of the throat.

D: Thoroughly enjoyable. My only fear is that this beer doesn't expand the palette; it takes the palette hostage. Someone offers you a porter and only the Founders becomes acceptable. But then again, is that a bad thing? (1,199 characters)

Photo of cadizkyguy
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass from refrigerator temperature bottle, and the pour left a three inch malty head that dissipates to a half inch head within minutes of the initial pour. I figure it's too cold to take a first taste, since it was a chilled bottle and i figure to get the best taste as it starts to warm. But the Smell is magical. The appearance and smell are perfect 5.0s, it's that wonderful....
The first taste is simply mind blowing with burnt chocolate overtones. In fact, I taste more chocolate in this brew than I found in Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Go figure. I could drink this one all night. I probably should wait for this one to warm up before consuming but the anticipation is killing me, so I indulge. Wow ! When I visited The Liquor Stop in Highland, IN on a recent roadtrip, I had the opportunity to purchase several Founder's brews -- Breakfast Stout, Double Trouble, etc. -- but I was glad I purchased the Founder's Porter because it's a wonderful concoction. I will gladly buy again. If you have the chance to try this Founder's offering, I say go for it. (1,082 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

I can tell this is going to be a good one as soon as I popped the cap. The bottle says, "Dark, Rich, and Sexy." Just like I like my porters....and women.

Pours a viscous ink black with a late rising cocoa brown head. A rather aggressive pour, but the head rose to a full two fingers and subsided slowly. A thick, frothy head that left some sheets of lacing.

Dried dark cherries lay subtly against a deep roasted (almost burnt) coffee aroma. Huge bitterseet belgian chocolate in the nose too.

Sure this is a porter? Wow. Roasted coffee beans, bittersweet dark chocolate, nuts, and dried cherries that finish with a dry, bitter kick. Fruity esters do a good job at hiding the booze. No off-flavors here, just a straightforward robust porter that can hang with some of the best.

Creamy and full bodied. This is a big porter, it really fills the mouth and leaves an oil slick in its wake. At first, I thought it was a little watery, but as it warmed, it became extremely enjoyable.

A manageable abv, a smooth, creamy mouthfeel, with big, bold flavors make this guy a sipper. Easy to enjoy. (1,122 characters)

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the better porters i've had. It's very well balanced and quite tasty. Thanks to wvbeergeek for this brew via trade.

According to the bottle (i like their designs) this beer is brewed with love. I can taste it!

Had this 3rd in the flight, so it warmed up nicely before we cracked it.
Black with little transparency, even through the edges.

Getting some nice cocoa, coffee, roasty malt, the usual porter aromas. Nothing is off, missing, or overpowering.

Taste is of the above, with a bit of emphasis on the roast. It's creamy smooth and the abv is just right for a session drinker. It's a meal in itself! (624 characters)

Photo of Klgkenny
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A dark dark brown or black body supports a thin mocha/khaki head which slowly dissipates to a scum of tasty bubbles which guards the surface of this tasty beverage.

A nutty, creamy aroma of bitter chocolate and weak coffee. Not unpleasant, but I would love for it to be bigger.

A faint sweetness gives way to the aforementioned cacao and coffee. Very pleasant. I would love to see an imperial version of this. It seems like a younger version of terrapin's wake and bake. Very nice breakfast porter... Wait??? This IS a porter???...

I know that there have been complaints about this being thin and watery, but for a porter, this is creamy, thick, and beautiful. If this were a stout, it would be thin, but for a PORTER? Freakin' awesome! And where is the booze?

I could drink this all winter long. Not too much alcohol, great taste, not too filling. Again, freakin' awesome! (878 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coffee, chocolate and smoky roasted malts, with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very malty with strong & smoky flavors of black coffee, milk chocolate and dark fruits. There's just the right amount of sweetness and a mild but complimentary hops presence. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is very nice porter to drink for a long time. (739 characters)

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle label says 6.5% ABV - Pours a beautiful pitch black with just a twinge of red highlights and a thick frothy caramel colored one inch head. Thick heavy lacing paints the glass. Smells of coocolate, coffee and rich dark roasted malts rule the nose. First sip is mostly coffee and chocolate combined with a prevalent nuttiness. The coffee bitterness is from start to finish. A creamy mouthfeel is welcomed but it does seem a little to the thin side. (453 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle picked up at Founders a couple months ago.

Pours a deep and opaque dark brown, no light gets through, very dark brown head forms, chocolate milk coloured, settles to a very thick layer, great retention, drops some lines of lacing on the glass. Smell is nice, quite sweet, brown sugar and caramel, light chocolate milk, espresso roast, raisins, toast and biscuit, a bit chaulky, some light fruity sweetness, not as roasty as I like my porters but still smells dope. Taste is great, all sorts of flavours at once, chocolate milk and molasses, big roastiness, coffee, raisins, berry sweetness, brown sugar and caramel, buttered toast in the finish, light lacto sweetness in the finish, quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly oily, with medium carbonation, pretty smooth stuff, great flavour. (812 characters)

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,438 ratings.