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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,597 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,597
Reviews: 1,342
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 268
Gots: 625 | FT: 25
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%

lilnicky068, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of sevenarts
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black and opaque, with a creamy tan head that sticks around nicely.

S: Roasted, burnt malt aromas with some coffee.

T/M: A rich mix of smoky roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, very smooth and creamy, with just a touch of bitterness in the followthrough.

O: A delicious, complex porter.

sevenarts, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of HumanParaquat
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

HumanParaquat, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of dcellis
4/5  rDev -5.9%

dcellis, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of mrfreakybig
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

mrfreakybig, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of papat444
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, bottled date not there.

Appearance: Pours a brown body, thick and opaque with a milk chocolate head that starts at 3 fingers and leaves spidery traces on the glass.

Smell: Rich aroma of dark chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Really rich flavors of strong coffee, bittersweet chocolate and also hops dance on the tongue in the finish. Flavors just linger after the sip. Some sweet chocolate as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Very well balanced with a decent amount of bitterness that is tempered by a strong malt backbone.

Overall: Rich, flavorful and a pleasure to drink. Get this one.

papat444, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of senorscientist
4/5  rDev -5.9%

senorscientist, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of biegaman
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Porter is black as midnight and has a surface as open and bare as the sea. There's little appearance-wise to distinguish it, except perhaps it's complete opacity which is marked - though by no means unheard of - for a porter. A broth of lacing is left on the glass but it's almost more gas than solid in composition.

The beer smells like a melted brick of dark bakers chocolate, garnished with leafy hops naturally (glad to see even Founders' darkest beers play to the brewery's strength). Subtle hints of caramel, cigar or wood might be noted but, to my nose, this bouquet showcases nothing but pure, tried-and-true roasted barley - and plenty of it!

Founders Porter has so much rich, decadent chocolate character that even the world's best bakers could stand to take a note or two. The beer has a tremendous cocoa-like flavor and bitterness with more than a splash of coffee as punctuation. But it's not all about the malts. Four varieties of hops make this a leafy, earthy bittersweet symphony.

The mouthfeel is thick yet velvety and eases over the palate despite a dark cocoa bitterness and considerable hoppiness. It is rich, muddy and bitter like a Greek coffee but with just a sprinkle of burnt sugar. Man, roasted barley's a hell of a thing! This aftertaste is lightly smoky but has a tinge of heavy cream. There are wonders in grain.

There's basic porters and then there's bold porters. This is definitely the latter, which I definitely prefer. Founders Porter towers over others like Muhammad Ali over Sonny Liston. It is an iconic beer, more than just an English porter in modern dress, it is a poster of the American microbrewing revolution. And it's a beer every dark beer lover should try.

biegaman, Jan 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours deep black with a finger of mocha large bubbled head that is creamy and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass
S: coffee malts nicely roasted
T: wow, roasted coffee malts up front slight sweetness in the middle and lingering coffee roastedness
M: thick and creamy, slight carbonation
O: spot on for the style, great coffee malts, depth and character

BigPlay1824, Jan 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

spedprof, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of johunnic
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

johunnic, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of jlbreeden
5/5  rDev +17.6%

jlbreeden, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Adamdc
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Adamdc, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of wynnie211
4/5  rDev -5.9%

wynnie211, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of kwa357
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

kwa357, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of rufusb
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Thick, creamy, nice foamy head
S - strong coffee and chocolate overtones. Very nice.
T - again the coffee and chocolate flavors come to the forefront. Nice finish, w/o an alcohol aftertaste
M - thick, lush and creamy, very smooth going down
O - the strong coffee overtones was just slightly more than I'd prefer, but, this is an outstanding Porter. I highly recommend this beer.

rufusb, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Donsmitty
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Donsmitty, Jan 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

GoGators, Jan 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

JimmyW, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of AlejandroDodds
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving Type: Purchased a 12oz. bottle from the Beer Trappe in Lexington poured into a Maudite tulip glass.

Appearance: This porter is a pitch black color that when held up to the light still doesn't let it through. Lacing is only apparent when tipping the beer back in the form of tiny bubbles.

Smell: I have always had a tough time describing porters in terms of taste and smell but here goes. In the nose is a great mix bag of dark chocolate and smokey unsweetened espresso.

Taste: Upfront is bitterness that is followed by an intensified version of the nose combining dark chocolate and smokey unsweetened espresso that all closes sharply.

Mouthfeel: The mouth begins with a light carbonation that closes the taste but leaves a light oily coating.

Overall: One of the best porters I have had. Very complex yet drinkable. I highly recommend this one.

AlejandroDodds, Jan 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

jskennedy, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of SawDog505
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 20 oz tulip glass. Pours a slick black, with a 3 inch dark tan head, with great retention that settles into a thin layer of bubbles. Smell is chocolate, coffee, a breadyness, and dark malts. Taste is more aggressive with dark chocolate and strong coffee. Body large for its 6.5abv, nice amount of carbonation, not dry, and very drinkable. This is a great robust Porter, Founders is crazy good.

SawDog505, Jan 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

rogueleonardi, Jan 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

juliusseizure, Jan 26, 2012
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,597 ratings.