Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company
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Ratings: 5,355 | Reviews: 1,329 | Display Reviews Only:
3.78/5 rDev -11.1%
Enjoyed 11/24/2012 from the bottle
Appearance: Dark, dark brown. Creamy brown head.
Aroma: Dark chocolate, smooth roastiness
Taste: Lots of dark chocolate, roasted bitterness. Very creamy.
Mouthfeel: Very silky, creamy feel. Really nice. Not overly thick (as in, not imperial stout kind of thick).
Overall: Mouthfeel is great. Nice head retention and lacing too, but too much roasted bitterness for me. Would like it a touch more balanced.
11-28-2012 21:24:46 | More by Optifron
3.93/5 rDev -7.5%
Appearance - Pours a near black, baker's chocolate brown with cola brown edging. Powdered cocoa colored head attains only a half finger of thickness with sub-par retention. Lacing is small and spotty.
Smell - A fair, sweet chocolate aroma with subtle bitterness sitting beneath.
Taste - Starts with sweet milk chocolate, backed by lesser notes of bitter dark chocolate nibs. Moderate earth and coffee character mid-taste, then finishes with more milk chocolate sweetness. Just a hair of bitterness lingers long into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Somewhat silky with good smoothness on the finish.
Overall - Not the best or most complex porter I've had, but it's pretty damn good. An excellent dessert beer. I imagine it pairing well with strawberry cheesecake.
11-28-2012 04:56:52 | More by TheSixthRing
4.23/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled on 3/3/12 printed on bottle.
Appearance: Pours pitch black with a huge 3-4 finger fluffy light chocolate brown head which dissipates very slowly. Excellent head retention and lacing. Looks exactly the way I want a porter to look.
Smell: Roasted malts dominate with a little bit of milk chocolate.
Taste: Dark roasted malt up front followed by unsweetened chocolate and earthy hops in the middle before ending with coffee and burnt toast flavors at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter and roasty.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a high amount of prickly carbonation. Not quite as creamy as I would have liked, but still nice.
Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. You could drink a few without any trouble on a cool day.
Overall: Excellent beer overall and one of the best American porters I've tried. Like everything else I've had from Founders, I would highly recommend trying this one.
11-26-2012 21:25:24 | More by adam42381
3.54/5 rDev -16.7%
$2.29 at the Four Firkins. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a shitty hotel highball glass in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof. I love this brewery.
Served after a warming period following its removal from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a one finger beautiful tan colour head of very nice luscious cream, great thickness, and good retention for the relatively high ABV. Colour is a solid nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Sm: Assertive coffee, coffee bitterness, dark malts, cream, and caramel. Minimal detectable hops. A strong assertive aroma. Biting bitterness. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.
T: Strong assertive coffee bitterness, a dark malt foundation, cream up front, caramel, dark chocolate, mild hop bitterness (but in a balanced sense), and more of that chilled strong coffee. A well balanced if overly assertive flavour profile. I like it. One of the ballsier porters I've had in a long time.
Mf: Smooth, wet, a touch thin. Good if understated carbonation. Suits the flavours well.
Dr: A good beer for iced coffee lovers. And it's a porter for a reason; it doesn't drink like a senselessly smooth wannabe stout. Another solid brew from Founder's, and definitely one I'd have again - especially on draught. Well priced for the high quality. That said, Founders has better beers at this price point (namely Breakfast Stout).
I wouldn't age this. Drink fresh or fairly fresh.
Would pair well with bitter chocolate or mild nuts.
*I've adjusted the overall score to get the letter grade I want in order to keep my reviews fair and consistent. Please see my profile for more information.
02/19/14 Update: Retried it in a more proper setting.
11-26-2012 02:06:53 | More by kojevergas
3.38/5 rDev -20.5%
12oz bottle in pint glass
no date, maybe a really old bottle?
A: completely dark with a hint of brown highlights when held up to a light. No head, just a thin film. Not a pretty beer.
S: Roast malts, not much else
T: Roasted malts, a little bit of dark caramel, some graininess, slight astringency, probably from the roasted malts.
M: almost too much carbonation, bordering on tingly, weird for the style. As it warms, it becomes more "creamy" on the tongue, much more style appropriate.
O: A nice porter, but I am not loving it tonight. It seems to have all of the pieces, but something is missing. I think I will have to re-review a different six pack some time. Basically, I neither love nor hate it, I am pretty sure I have had this before and I will definitely give it another try.
11-26-2012 01:27:35 | More by wspscott
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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