Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,931 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,931
Reviews: 1,370
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 283
Gots: 755 | FT: 23
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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3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. (355 ml) bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Bottled 03/03/12
Served in a pint glass

Deep brown/black appearance. A tight and bubbly, two-finger crop of mocha colored froth topped the liquid. The head was slow to fade. Thick, drippy blocks of lacing coated the glass.

The nose was rich and smooth. French roast coffee came through strong. Lots of deep, dark malts. Touch of powdered cocoa. Somewhat sweet with a creamy, milkiness.

Roasted malts dominated the flavor profile. Strong espresso notes. Bakers chocolate was noticeable as well. Smoke and charred wood came through in the center. The finish was super dry and and quite ashy. It was also crisp and bitter with a fair dose of piney hops. As the beer warmed, the bitter, burnt wood notes turned somewhat acrid.

The mouthfeel was fairly average. Medium bodied with a moderate effervescence. For a 6.5% ABV porter, it was a touch thinner than I was anticipating. As the beer warmed, the carbonation settled down and the beer became a bit slicker and creamier on the palate.

Founders Porter could be a fantastic beer if not for the acrid notes on the finish. Beers like this one are not really meant to be cellared, but perhaps a bit of age could do it some good.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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

Bottled 04/20/12

A: Pours a near pitch black color with a fingers worth of mocha head that fades to almost nothing within a minute

S: Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, some caramel. Very light hops as well, but they take a back seat to the roasted malts

T: Follows the nose, with a slightly acrid coffee and chocolate at first, followed by roastiness and caramel malts. Hops provide a slightly bitter finish

M: Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Silky smooth

O: By far one of the best porters I've ever had. Everything is so balanced and easy to pick out yet blend together perfectly. Definitely worth picking up. Hell, I was only going to get a single but opted for the whole 6'er. Good choice on my part

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4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Of course another jet black founders beer looking as rich and decadent as a ris, but isnt even labeled as being a stout. The thin tan head fades quickly and leaves a jet black body with booming aromas of roasted coffee, chocolate, and yeast. This beer is definitely the outer limit of what a porter can be.
This American porter drinks like a Baltic with intense roastiness and fruit, yet clean drinkability. It's residual roastiness and bitterness linger for some time making this beer more of a sipper that should warm before serving. There are a lot if similarities between this beer and the imperial stout Founders brews.
And in conclusion, if you're looking for an affordable/accessible beer that's dark/rich/sexy... This is your beer.

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

Bottled served in a nonical glass

A - Black with 2 finger tan head with good retention and moderate lacing

S - Herbal hops, choc, espresso, malt

T - Immediately hit with complex malt and hops flavors but major impression of chocolate, strong espresso, and burnt tobacco. Someone reviewed it is similar to drinking cigarettes and I have to agree to some extent.

M - Full body, moderate carbonation, chewy.

O - Like a fine cigar.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A very dark ruby brown. Decent tan brown head dissipates quickly.

Smell: Mocha. More milk chocolate than coffee. Also lots of roasted, biscuity malts. Just a smidgen of hops.

Taste: Lots of dark chocolate and roasted malts and dark roast coffee. Lingering bitter flavor, both hoppy and almost burnt. It almost tastes like cigarettes, except for the fact that it is extremely pleasant. Also very complex.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is good though in some sips can feel a bit high. Medium body that is a bit more thin than I would have liked for this beer.

Overall: A truly great beer. Very complex. And very rewarding. I will come back for more. Probably my first or second favorite American Porter.

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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 3.3.12

A: midnight black in color with a nice Caramal head that sticks and lacing to back it up.

S: chocolate, molasses, coffee bean, vanilla

T: robust tones of coffee and roasted malt. The chocolate plays stellar in the back and finishes it off perfectly.

M: medium body, nicely carbonated, clings to the palate

O: great porter sums that up quickly. Comes recommended

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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