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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,150 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,150
Reviews: 1,417
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 310
Gots: 896 | 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:
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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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of tectactoe
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very deep, dark brown, appearing nearly pitch black if you're in a room that isn't well lit - a very tiny amount of light is allowed to pass through this one. The head is nice and tan, made of tiny bubbles with a fine definition and moderate retention.

The aroma is full of milky chocolates and roasted malts; it gives off a very nutty and woodsy smell as well, reminding me of roasting marshmallows over a campfire. Very robust, powerful, and commanding. Slight hints of char and smoked goodness wrap this one up. Between some of the sweet malts and smoky characters, this makes for one of the more complex and unique porter aromas out there.

The flavor follows the nose profile right along, super nutty and toasty from the get-go. A slight hint of coffee beans sits in the immediate background, along with a nice dose of creamy chocolates and cocoa powder. This one has a very low to moderate floral essence to it, imparting a tiny bit of extra bitterness midway through to balance out the sweetness - it works very well.

Other bitterness is mainly contributed from some of the darker malts, in the form of ashy, burnt wood and bittersweet cocoa. The beer ends with an obviously malt-heavy finish, leaning more towards the sweet chocolate and dry nuttiness side. Medium-heavy body - the mouth feel on this porter is one of the best ever. Silky, smooth, creamy, fluffy - carbonation is just right, letting the flavors pop without being astringent.

This porter is pretty amazing. The best one I've had to date. Even better than Eddy Fitz in my opinion (although that is some righteous shit, too). Great smell, amazing flavor profile, orgasmic mouth feel - and still only around 9-10$ for a sixer. You can't beat that.

Photo of RussBecker1
3.4/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tdm168
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of sweisel80
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of andrewjraab
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of T8boy
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of riversider76
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours the darkest of browns with a thin tan head. Decent retention, and a nice lace. Nose is of dark chocolate, hints of roasted coffee, and dark fruit. Body is medium with light carbonation. Taste is a blend of coco, and roasted coffee. Some smokey notes, make this an excellent version of this style.

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4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at Liberty Street in Allentown where the menu description reads simply "dark, rich and sexy." That's pretty accurate, but I will attempt to provide a few more details.

It's certainly dark - like semi-sweet chocolate with a half finger of head that does not stick around very long.

It's rich (in taste, at least). Surprisingly, the nose on this one is rather bland. The body, however, is thick and delicious. Those who erroneously refer to Draught Guinness as a "meal" in itself would probably think that this is a five-course dinner!

There are also solid roasty notes particularly on the finish. The roasted bitterness lasts long after each sip goes down.

It's sexy... well, it's certainly at least a touch smokey. I caught a faint note of smoke as I neared the bottom of the glass.

Let's just say that it is one of the best porters out there.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #221
Served On: 09/18/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 6.5%
Date/ Code: 04/10/12

This was in a mixed case picked up at North York Beverage in York, PA - Around $45.00.

Look: The brew had a black color with tinges of ruby red along the edges. Very little transparency. Head was a mocha tan coating of foam. The color had Stout qualities.

Smell: The nose offered sweet notes of dark fruit and some roasted baking cocoa. Also some soft notes of toffee mixed with a little alcohol.

Taste: Upfront was a semi sweet dark chocolate with a quick coffee bitterness balanced with a lactose quality. The middle and finish was fairly clean with the bitterness and roasted malts fading into a fairly clean aftertaste. Mouth feel was rather light, but still fell with the style. As the brew warmed, the palate opened and the coffee and chocolate notes seemed to cancel out what little bitterness was present.

A solid Porter that practically defines the style. I don't feel it was quite as good as Anchor Porter though.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

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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 6,150 ratings.