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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

6,238 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 6,238
Reviews: 1,432
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 321
Gots: 949 | 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: 6,238 | Reviews: 1,432
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter

A: Black with a tan one finger head that dissipates pretty quickly, leaving bubbles in its wake. Curtainy lacing.

S: Chocolate, anise, coffee and vanilla. Divine.

T: Smooth and robust. Velvety. Semi-sweet chocolate. Like drinking a latte. Comes on like an Imperial Russian Stout. Like the label says, the taste is sexy.

M: Medium to heavy with creamy carbonation.

O: A really outstanding porter. Wish I had picked up more in Birmingham. Bet it goes well with chocolate chip cookies. Highly recommended.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in a snifter

Pours black with a half finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving nothing but a rim of tiny bubbles after a few moments. The main thing I get from the nose is rich sweet caramel malt, with coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and a faint herbal hop presence. A delicious-smelling porter. The taste also has big sweet caramel malt notes but the coffee comes out a lot more and combines with it. It's moderately to highly carbonated to make every flavor note pop, and it finishes dry with a lingering but subtle bitterness from the hops. An exquisite beer!

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured 1/4 finger head that dissipated almost immediately. Dark brown/black color with no lacing. Once settled, no foam remained whatsoever.

Smell: Sweet roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, toffee, slight licorice and coffee. Floral hops round it out.

Taste: Nice balance. Sweet malts, both dark and milk chocolate with coffee up front. Citrus hops pop out from underneath mid palette and carry over into the finish, which ends with a nicely contrasting sweet, piney and coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium body with very little carbonation. Sort of flat. Dry, slightly oily finish. Nice lingering coffee and faint piney bitterness.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer. I loved how the hops played along with the sweet, smokey flavors of the malts. It was some of my favorite characteristics of a Porter with a nice touch of my favorite characteristics of an IPA.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate black with rocky sepia head that fades to film.
Chocolate, espresso and smoke on the nose with some wood, earth and licorice - deep.
Good coffee, dark cocoa, a bit of black berry and brown sugar then some subtle green herbal hops.
Truffle finish and dry linger.
Medium, way smooth, lots of cling.

I was a sceptic but there's a lot going on here: nose rewards repeated visits, lots of choc + a real roundness to the coffee notes, and silky body. Goes down reeeal easy; no hint of 6.5%. Roast is not prominent and body is not full, so this is rightly called a porter. Only knock would be that the hops don't really show up - sweetness never gets out of control but I'd never guess 45 IBUs and no hint of aroma; Crystal is a mild hop apparently - though this is reasonably fresh.

Right up there with Anchor and Edmund Fitz.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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