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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,291 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,291
Reviews: 1,324
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 246
Gots: 511 | 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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-09-2012 22:06:56 | More by Moby
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3/5  rDev -29.4%

07-09-2012 18:03:21 | More by carnoustie7
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-09-2012 14:28:06 | More by beerdedbiker
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Darker than most within its style and ABV range with a medium head etc. Smells faintly of chocolate and roast. Tastes chocolaty and roasty with a long charred and somewhat nutty finish. There is some acidity as well. Mouthfeel is medium with carbonation a little higher than my preferred level.

Overall a great beer that's tough to beat at its price point. Founders has a really good regular lineup with this one, Dirty Bastard, Centennial and Red's Rye. This reminds me why it is one of my favorite breweries.

07-09-2012 09:29:27 | More by tewaris
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4.7/5  rDev +10.6%

A - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a thin finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate and dark caramel malts with some dark fruit, coffee, smoke, and earthy hop.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate malts with a bit of dark fruit sweetness, molasses, and vanilla. Through the middle, some earthy hops come through with some smoke and coffee. The finish is a mix of dark chocolate, roasted dark caramel malts, smoke, bitter coffee, and some dark fruits.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a touch chewy with a dry, roasted, and lightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nicely balanced porter. The malt profile is very good and the body and mouthfeel are just right.

07-09-2012 02:17:08 | More by ngeunit1
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -35.3%

07-08-2012 01:09:14 | More by dextermcgurk
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-07-2012 18:08:28 | More by GeoffreyM
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-07-2012 05:34:13 | More by Bdel34
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-06-2012 23:37:22 | More by wells9uk
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

07-06-2012 18:40:43 | More by dmorgan310
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-06-2012 17:12:15 | More by markasparov
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

Bottle, approx. 55 F, poured into unchilled stange glass.

A: Dark but not the opaquest porter. A little dainty lacing on the edges; almost no head.

S: Quite the hit of roasted malt. Also hints of coffee and, I could swear, a note of cinnamon.

[After a few sips, I bump the smell from 4.0 to 4.5, because I found it to be an extremely rewarding experience as my nose went further into the half-empty glass.]

T: Maybe I'm crazy, but there's the cinnamon again. And recollections of chocolate-covered espresso beans. Upon swallowing and inhaling through the nose, I definitely get a butter-toffee like finish. (In spite of my analogies, it is not sweet at all.)

This is robust enough to please stout lovers, but I wouldn't call it a stout-lover's stout. It's a stout for the gourmand.

M: Again, good for the gourmands: amuses you and then leaves you alone. Clean. Polite.

D: If you're looking for a stout that'll really kick your ass, this isn't it. This dances on the palate, rather than stomp on it. It's interesting w/o being overwhelming.

07-06-2012 03:39:47 | More by Veillantif
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-06-2012 01:49:33 | More by AaronBurr
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-06-2012 00:35:35 | More by Stinger80OH
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4.48/5  rDev +5.4%

A: Deep, dark black. Medium brown, fluffy head that builds and fades quickly leaving behind no lace or retention.

S: Big nose. Dark chocolate, booze, dark fruit, molasses, smoke, roasted malt.

T: Big, roasty malt with chocolate and espresso notes. Great body, meaning it isn't watered down like some Porters. Has the flavors of a Stout with the body of a Porter. Chocolate dominates. Surprisingly, some hops in the finish.

M: Super smooth, rich, and roasty. Great flavors. A bit cloying at the end but nothing bad.

O: One of the more flavorful and enjoyable Porters I've had in a long time. Delicious stuff. But what else would you expect from Founders?

07-05-2012 22:25:21 | More by Gatch
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1/5  rDev -76.5%

07-05-2012 03:14:53 | More by SGourley
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

07-02-2012 21:03:11 | More by beerme626
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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%

The bottle reads, “Dark, rich and sexy.” That is immediate bonus points in my book. Sexy on a bottle makes everything

Appearance: Pours thick, dark, and has no head on it. It’s still and thick. Darker and heavier than other porters I’ve encountered. Some dark brown and reds line the edges when held to direct light.

Smell: Full of roasted coffee and chocolate malts with a touch of smokiness under everything. There’s some sweetness as well. Caramel with a touch of something darker and heavier underneath (maybe creeping toward molasses). A deeper inhale brings a faint alcohol touch in the back. Nice roasted compliment with a lingering cocoa notes. Chocolaty.

Taste: Deep roasted notes come through strong. A burnt coffee taste lingers on the tongue. Seriously burnt. The smokiness plays on top of the burnt coffee. Some dark cocoa notes are there as well. Brownie batter sweetness at times. Loaded with coffee and the chocolate spectrum. Warming brings out a stronger roasted characteristic and enhances the smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body pushing toward heavy. Nice and smooth with a well-balanced carbonation. Creamy at times, especially as it warms.

Overall: This is an enjoyable porter, or as enjoyable as I can find a porter. It’s got some solid roasty and burnt notes coupled with some dark cocoa and minor fruits. Founders scores another +1 in the larger scheme of things.

07-02-2012 20:39:09 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-02-2012 18:32:36 | More by buiter
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-02-2012 18:08:54 | More by pauljunk
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-01-2012 20:57:25 | More by tmiotke
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-01-2012 14:38:03 | More by CWhite
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-01-2012 02:52:44 | More by jrohrbacher
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

06-30-2012 20:32:36 | More by rkarimi
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-30-2012 04:25:08 | More by ms11781
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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