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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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95
world-class

5,178 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,178
Reviews: 1,317
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 234
Gots: 478 | FT: 24
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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staticmaneuver

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-06-2012 09:56:21 | More by staticmaneuver
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liquorpig

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

10-06-2012 01:03:30 | More by liquorpig
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Christoff


4/5  rDev -5.9%

10-05-2012 22:25:17 | More by Christoff
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eph1291

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

10-05-2012 15:41:56 | More by eph1291
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CMalenda

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-05-2012 12:19:23 | More by CMalenda
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baos

Indiana

4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass with 3 finger head over a dark dark body...
With quite a few porter's I find myself tasting Elmer's hooves. A super malt glue flavor sticking to the roof of my mouth. But with Founder's Porter I am not foundered by excessive maltiness. They balance this one nicely with an almost creamy mouth-feel and nice dry hop finish to even out the monster malt profile. A great beer. Founder's is on of my favorite breweries. A great brew. Get a pot of beans with some cornbread and sit your ass down by a Autumn fire and drink the shit outta this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 02:12:59 | More by baos
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tpauer

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

10-05-2012 02:05:18 | More by tpauer
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ceberly

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

10-05-2012 00:07:11 | More by ceberly
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hogansct

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-04-2012 21:16:30 | More by hogansct
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nwatson

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-04-2012 06:40:21 | More by nwatson
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MarcusHalberstram

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

10-04-2012 01:26:34 | More by MarcusHalberstram
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Waomau


5/5  rDev +17.6%

10-02-2012 03:57:01 | More by Waomau
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JustinAniello

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a one finger head, which dissipates to a minimal, but sticky, lacing. Almost no cap to speak of.

S - Nicely roasted malt gives an aroma of heavy dark chocolate and coffee, with a hint of sweetness.

T - Sweet on the tip of the tongue, chocolate just showing through. Turns to black coffee with a nice bitterness that lasts into the aftertaste. Almost a little smokiness, like a roasted espresso bean.

M - Medium body and light carbonation, good, but could be a little heavier. Goes down smoothly, not syrupy like many porters.

O - Definitely a good porter. Nice coffee and chocolate notes in both flavor and smell as you would expect, with a nice bitter hint. Could use a something more than just the basic porter qualities, but still one of the best I have had. Worth trying if you are a dark beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 00:02:43 | More by JustinAniello
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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

10-01-2012 17:18:04 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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muletrane

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

10-01-2012 15:31:57 | More by muletrane
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THANAT0PSIS

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founders Porter

Appearance: Founders only year-round dark beer offering pours pitch-black with a massive three fingers of deep tan head. This foam cap quickly dissipates into a crust reminiscent of espresso crema. The beer is too dark to note any carbonation, but, as Founders beers are unfiltered, quite a bit of sediment is noted. The beer leaves very little lacing while sliding down the glass. It honestly looks more like a stout than a porter, but coming from one of the kings of stouts and given the questionable divide between the two styles, this is not surprising or negative. Like the bottle proclaims, this beer looks “dark, rich, and sexy”; but the same could be said for your average porter or stout.

Aroma: Thick, creamy waves of darkly roasted malts suggesting chocolate, coffee, and just the slightest hint of oatmeal waft over the drinker’s nose. Strangely, there is a bit of an alcohol/liquor profile, even at a modest 6.5% ABV, which, while not negative, is unexpected and somewhat off-putting in such a small beer (by craft standards). Not a lot outside the norm going on here, either; it just smells like a basic porter/stout.

Taste: Essentially follows the nose, but with more of an emphasis on the coffee than chocolate, which strays from the very balanced aroma. The chocolate is more of a supporting actor to the coffee, rather than fighting for the spotlight. No real hop profile is present, but this is a malt-focused beer, so the malt-focused bill does not hurt the beer. The aftertaste lingers on forever, it seems, with a slight hint towards dark fruits highlighted in Belgian tripels and quads. Simple and effective is clearly what Founders was going for with this beer. That simplicity is a bit disappointing considering their other more complex (but not year-round) dark offerings.

Mouthfeel: This is the attribute that sets this brew apart from other porters (and Founders other stouts). This is one of the only beers in which “watery” can be used positively. The smooth and velvety nature of the beer make it incredibly drinkable and refreshing, which is in stark contrast to the flavors at play here. Typically, dark beers are thick and syrupy and sometimes need to be chewed, but this one is lighter than air and goes down with no problems at all. There is a slight alcohol warming as the glass empties, but it is pleasant and restrained, if surprising. There is very little carbonation to speak of, but that only emphasizes the velvety quality of the drink. Founders managed to drag this one out of the mediocrity of normal porters with this amazing mouthfeel.

Overall: While this beer is quite average in every aspect (except mouthfeel), it almost appears as if Founders meant it to be that way. There is nothing surprising, but also nothing to really dislike. Its drinkability and low ABV make it a great example of a session porter (if such a thing exists). This is also a great introduction to porters and stouts and could be used as a rubric on which to grade all other stouts and porters. Simplicity is sexy, apparently. 15.5/20

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 04:24:54 | More by THANAT0PSIS
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DeltaGolfSierra

Tennessee

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Color is absolutely pitch black and opaque, the brown head is very small and leaves little lacing. Scents are of coffee, burnt toast, and a little dark fruits. The taste is mainly roasted malts, some dark cocoa, and a slight black coffee-like bitterness. Nice complexity and good balance. Very viscous and thick, the mouthfeel is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 23:40:15 | More by DeltaGolfSierra
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musicman7070

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

09-30-2012 21:21:47 | More by musicman7070
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pbass78

New York

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

09-30-2012 20:54:40 | More by pbass78
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slim2043

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev 0%

09-30-2012 17:29:52 | More by slim2043
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bent

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev 0%

09-29-2012 21:17:10 | More by bent
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bman_85

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev 0%

09-29-2012 19:56:00 | More by bman_85
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aaronblain22

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.9%

09-29-2012 03:52:09 | More by aaronblain22
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev 0%

09-29-2012 01:43:12 | More by t0rin0
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MrBluto

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this Porter a few times but thought I'd finally put in a review. Porters are my absolute favorite beer, and I have to say this one is right up there with the best...a very solid entry!

A - Pours a rich black with a medium head (about 1/4 inch) that dissipates somewhat quickly. A little lacing.

S - The aroma is light but there are slight hints of coffee and roasted malt.

T - I think this is where this Porter excels. The taste is wonderful and as a good Porter should be. Nice roasted malt flavors well balanced with the hops. Slightly sweet with a strong coffee flavor. Possibly a little chocolate. Subtle bitter yet clean finish. Well done!

M - Another strong category. Somewhat chewy, but not overly so. Perfectly matched with the flavors with extremely pleasant "micro bubbles".

Overall...great! A superb beer worth drinking again (and again).

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 00:18:16 | More by MrBluto
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,178 ratings.