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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,418 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,418
Reviews: 1,332
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 253
Gots: 554 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

AlexChillton, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

12oz bottle courtesy of cps98. Into an old school NB Globe.

A: Very dark brown with a thin cap of sand colored bubbles, about a quarter of an inch that disappears fairly quickly. A few spots of lacing are left behind. A few red/brown accents when held to the light.

S: Lots of coffee and roasted malts with a fair amount of chocolate as well. Some notes of caramel. Really pretty heavy on the roasted malts and coffee, which I really like.

T: A lot like the nose, lots of coffee and roasted malts with chocolate making an appearance but definitely playing second fiddle to the burnt malts. A nice amount of hoppy bitterness comes into play on the finish, a bit of an earthy hop profile makes its way in here as well. Long lingering bitterness. Very enjoyable.

M: Medium thickness, carbonation is a touch on the high side for my taste, but everything else is just about right.

O: A very nice porter, I would almost venture that I would trade access to this for access to Black Butte Porter, as they are definitely neck and neck in my book for great porters. This beer has a bit more of a distinct roast/coffee flavor that I really enjoy. Very well done.

pokesbeerdude, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

WuAnquo1, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

FreshmanPour77, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

phamnett, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

KarlSpackler, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

VAcrossr, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

KostyaK, Jan 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

BMBeerhead, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of dorianmarley
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Appearance is black with a tan head and nice lacing.

Nose is an almost-dusty sweet malt.

Taste is nutty; almost with a dry, chicory quality. The malt is sweet.

Mouthfeel is dry, but not overly so. There is plenty to find refreshing here. Carbonation is mild and it has a clean finish.

Overall, this is a unique, dry porter.

dorianmarley, Jan 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.4%

AWS2111, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

Had a chance to pick this up via the single bottle a few weeks back. I had tried just about everything else from Founders and had high expectations for this since their other offerings were better than average. Sure enough, that was the case here! No doubt that this was the best Porter that I'd ever had and hands down, this is one of the best dark beers that I ever tasted as well!

This had a near-perfect appearance to it, with a nice, dark body, light brown frothy head, and lacing that looked clung endlessly. The aroma didn't match up to the look but the taste picked up nicely from where the look left off. The body was full and had a great burnt taste to it. However, this wasn't dry and the smoothness of the mouthfeel made the transition to the dark chocolate back easy to take. Everything melded together nicely and this was easier to enjoy than other examples that I've downed more slowly.

The alcohol was right on target as well, contributing to the warming effect of this without hiding the flavors at all. I was surprised by how good this was and this is good enough to become one of my go-to beers in the winter. Another solid offering by Founders and a must try for anyone looking for an excellent example of this style.

JerzDevl2000, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of laituegonflable
3.55/5  rDev -16.5%

Dark brown colour, mostly black except at the very edge. Head is beige, thin and dispersed, leaving specks of lace behind. Looks pretty standard, but not bad.

Smells roasty and a bit stouty. Plenty of espresso but a nice sweet edge with unsweetened chocolate providing some balance, and a touch of pecan towards the back. Again fairly pedestrian aromas, but decently put together.

Taste is also fairly nutty, with sweet pecan and hazelnut flavour pervading. Not a lot of roastiness except the sweet and nutty notes are slightly darkened, to an overall fairly chocolatey flavour. Hint of licorice on the back and maybe a whisper of leather. Quite decent porter, but again there's nothing really interesting here, and ultimately it's a bit sweet and a bit bland.

Decent texture for the style, really. Foamy and dries up quite well. Yeah, nice.

A fairly standard effort; could use more oomph from somewhere but it's decent drinking.

laituegonflable, Jan 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

vitters03, Jan 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

MASPuros, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Reaper16
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

served on-tap @ Flying Saucer, Kansas City, MO, into a pint glass

I reviewed this beer in the bottle a couple of years ago. I hated it, and I looove the Porter style. I always suspected, though, that I got an old six-pack. Tonight, I finally decided to try it again.

Pours a color that is pretty much black. It is effectively black. Which is nice. There's nearly 1.75 fingers of khaki head. It laces like you'd think a head of that size would: like a dream.

The aroma is a very, very solid melange of baker's chocolate, heavy roasted malts, and bitter hops. There isn't really anything beyond those three elements. It's a lot of bitter smells, but that's what I want in a porter.

Oh, man. This tastes aweeesome. It's so, so roasty. Roast roast roast. There's lots of dark, bitter chocolate flavor here too. But the roast takes over. But, and this is key, there's a whole lot of hop flavor here too. It's so bitter with green hop flavor that it starts to duel with the roast about which element of bitterness is going to win over the palate. That sounds bad, doesn't it? It sounds like a beer that is confused. Let me assure you that it totally works. These contrasting bitternesses represent what the porter style can do better than any other style. This is so good.

Mouthfeel is also good. It's got a pretty innocuous body; you don't really notice it ever. The carbonation level is soft but not without power behind its bubbles.

When I first got into beer, Boulevard's Bully! Porter was my favorite beer. It was an incredible porter with contrasting bitternesses -- the roast bitterness complimented and contrasted with the hop bitterness. Bully! Porter has in recent years received a recipe change. It's far less hoppy for some reason. Well, Founders Porter picks up the slack on the hoppy + roasty porter style. I take back everything I've ever said about this beer. It is excellent.

Reaper16, Jan 05, 2012
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2/5  rDev -52.9%

darkmoon66, Jan 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Faina, Jan 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

jstewart1130, Jan 05, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev +8.2%

A: The beer pours a very dark brown, almost black with a nice thin tan head.

S: There is a lot going on with the smell. I am getting a lot of roasted malt, espresso and chocolate.

T: This is the best part of this beer. Just like the smell, I am getting chocolate, roasted malt and espresso. It is just amazing.

M: It is actually pretty crisp with a tingle on the tongue and the back of the throat. It is very nice and adds a lot of the beer.

O: This is an amazing beer and I want to have it all the time. This is a must buy!

gtermi, Jan 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

fantasyroach, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

beer4brian331, Jan 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

ohtheguilt, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

joeyrvv, Jan 04, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -8.2%

12 oz bottled 11/14/11 poured into Libbey porter/stout glass.

A - Pours a glossy black with pencil-thin mocha head that fizzes out into a chunky ring around the glass, oily surface and moderate lacing.

S - More coffee than I got with FBS, strangely enough. Chocolate-covered raisins, sweet molasses.

T - Fresh coffee with medium alcohol presence up front, the faintest hint of vanilla on the finish. Noticeable hop presence but plays well with the coffee bitterness.

M - Creamy and smooth at the start, but washes out to a thin, almost watery finish. The hop/coffee bitterness leaves a nice prickly finish that distracts from the suddenly frail body.

O - Quite an enjoyable, solid porter. I prefer a slightly heavier mouthfeel but the flavors are good enough that it's not much of a distraction, and there's a nice complex bitterness that jumps from coffee to hops and back.

xpdrinker, Jan 04, 2012
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,418 ratings.