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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter

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6,033 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,033
Reviews: 1,392
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 300
Gots: 827 | 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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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Mojo
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this is a beer that knows how to get your attention. It pours a deep opaque black with little to no head and not much lacing. The smell is pretty powerful and I think I detected a hint of alcohol (which I can't always smell). Mouthfeel is full and complex. Not so much carbonation, but a malty hoppy goodness that finishes perfectly with a coffee and chocolatey backend. Good stuff, but not for the AAL timid crowd.

Founders scores again!!!!

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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into one of my New Belgium snifters.

Bottled on date indicates that this was bottled on the 8th day of some month in 2012, but the month printed on the bottle is smudged and illegible.

A: Pours a "lighter shade of black", with a big thick rich tan head on top, 2 fingers worth.

S: Roasty, mild notes of coffee, and a surprising amount of chocolate in the nose.

T: Big, bold, spicy notes up front. I'm not sure if the spice I'm picking up on is a hint of pepper, a touch of alcohol, or something else. Notes of chocolate arrive next, and they're presence isn't negligible. A moderate amount of hop bitterness and grapefruit make their presence known on the back end, to balance this beer out and give it another dimension of character.

M: Great carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Dry finish. This is playing all the right notes.

D/O: This brew smoothed out as I worked through the pint. And as it warmed, the chocolate became more and more pronounced. Definitely repeatable. I would definitely consider getting this by the keg.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of BryanK
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Chrixsus
5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of kemoarps
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful opaque black, espresso foam head.

Even with my weak sense of smell I pick up deeep dark chocolate with a little espresso bitterness. somewhere between roasty and burnt? Like a good tea. is that weird to say?

slightly more bitter than I would expect, but built in, taking second fiddle to the malts I picked up on the nose. Sweet smoothe chocolate, with a wave of caramel and coffee. The finish is a dry bakers chocolate, sugar and some grassy hops.

This is one of my favourite beers. I am very glad I picked up the pack on my travels, and look forward to getting it again.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of darkstar12
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: pitch black. thin one-finger tan-colored head that dissipated quickly down to a thin layer that remained throughout. No lacing.

S: strong coffee and malt tones. Very pleasant.

T: strong coffee and malt tones. Interesting and enjoyable mix of bitter and sweet elements.

M: good thick chewy mouthfeel. Carbonation is pronounced and appropriate to the beer.

O: Great porter. Well worth having again.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Greywulfken
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Terrific porter!

A: sexy black brew, low head

S: bittersweet chocolate and espresso

T: bitter espresso smoothed out by gentle cocoa malt flavors; had to come back to this to really emphasize the smoothness of the espresso coffee flavors with that dark chocolate malt background

M: milky, creamy, light, and refreshing; this is soooo easy to drink - very mellow, very relaxing, very satisfying

O: My favorite porter - very sophisticated, slightly sweet, smoothly bitter (is that possible?) - a great brew from one of the best American brewers

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 6,033 ratings.