Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
10-02-2012 00:02:43 | More by JustinAniello
3.93/5 rDev -7.5%
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
10-01-2012 04:24:54 | More by THANAT0PSIS
4.3/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
09-30-2012 23:40:15 | More by DeltaGolfSierra
4.43/5 rDev +4.2%
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).
09-27-2012 00:18:16 | More by MrBluto
4.23/5 rDev -0.5%
Bottled: 05/29/12. 12 oz bottle into a DFH signature glass.
A - Pours a dark brown body, almost bordering on black. Not as dark or thick as a stout as some light gets through the edges. One finger light mocha head with excellent lacing and retention.
S - The thing I thought of was...Founders Imperial Stout. It has an eerily similar nose, albeit a bit toned down. Rich and roasty malts which almost border on smoked, cocoa powder, and coffee beans. Excellent aroma.
T - Roasty and slightly smoky malts, milk chocolate, and espresso beans. There is a bit of a piney hop presence given the 45 IBU'S, but the beer is a few months old so its mostly just present in a light bitterness.
M - Silky and smooth, well carbonated.
O - The imperial stout is a great beer, and this does come off as a lighter version of that beer. This is one of the of the best readily available shelf porters on the market!
09-26-2012 04:11:17 | More by davey101
3.35/5 rDev -21.2%
A- Pours a very dark brown almost completely opaque, but does give off a very rich chocolate hue. The head is small but there as it falls between either 1/2 to 1 finger tall. Nice color on the head with a burnt toffee, but the head dissipates quickly leaving the inky body behind. Very carbonated for a porter.
S-Nicely complex. The malts are the first thing that hit you followed by the roasting process. The malts are a but too smokey however as the note is pleasant to begin with, but there does not appear to be enough sweetness in the undertones to cut through. Coffee is strong as well with a bit of tangy molasses to round it out.
M-As mentioned before, the body is very carbonated which I felt took away from a number of the flavors. Certainly this is not a stout, but any sort of body would have been appreciated.
T-The first note that hits the palate are the malts, but as detailed in the nose the smoke proves to be too much. The roast hits the tip of the tongue and proceeds to flow throughout the palate. There are a number of sweet and savory undertones, mostly coffee and \maybe vanilla bean, but having the malts hit the palate first, they mask far too many of the undertones leaving something to be desired.
O-About average to me despite the popularity.
09-25-2012 15:20:25 | More by RussBecker1
4.38/5 rDev +3.1%
A - almost pitch black with a quarter of an inch of brown, soft, short-lived head
S - huge coffee aroma, some roasted malt
T - roasted malt, big coffee, some chocolate, faint hops, mildly bitter finish
M - medium to full bodied, smooth, well carbonated
This is a delicious beer. It's full flavored and almost full bodied. It's got its complexities and its subtleties. All around delicious. I'll definitely pick this up again.
09-25-2012 08:32:54 | More by tdm168
3.93/5 rDev -7.5%
A - PITCH black and thick. A small creamy brownish head quickly disappeared and not much stick or lacing.
S - Caramel, coffee, chocolate. Also distant oaky smell as well.
T - Malty, sweet, chocolate tasting up front, followed by a nice touch of bitterness. Some lingering smokey / oaky flavor as an aftertaste.
O - This is phenomenal -silky smooth porter with an explosion of different flavors during every drink. So much going on with this brew. This brew is perfect to enjoy while watching a football game on a lazy Sunday.
09-23-2012 21:10:23 | More by andrewjraab
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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