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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter

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5,446 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,446
Reviews: 1,334
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 257
Gots: 563 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

jsnoek, Dec 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Scottz5, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of bobarc
4/5  rDev -5.9%

bobarc, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of brydeen
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: Dark Brown, almost black with a tiny tan head that gives way instantly

S: Big roast aroma, similar to an iced coffee. Hints of chocolate as well, but the roastiness domintaes.

T: Big dark chocolate characteristics in the taste. Slight bitterness from the chocolate, with a perfectly balanced roasted malty backbone

M: Very smooth, and thinner than the appearance. No hint of alcohol to be found.

O: Excellent interpretation of style. Extremely well balanced flavor, with just the right amount of roast and bitterness from the chocloate.

brydeen, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of Weegee40
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Weegee40, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of Robtobfest
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Robtobfest, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4/5  rDev -5.9%

ObeMaltKinobee, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Guinness Half & Half pint and the brew is a dark clear brown with a nice frothy 1 finger mocha colored head that receeds to cover the brew nicely. Nice heavy lacing on the glass.

The smell is of dark malted barley and a hint of dark chocolate.

The flavor follows the aroma with the chocolate being bitter sweet and the malts giving a roasted flavor. The bitterness is enough to keep the sweetness in check, giving way to a nice balance.

The mouth feel is smidge above medium with the alcohol well hidden. This is a very good straight up porter to me, no oatmeal, no coffee, and just some minor bitter sweet chocolate. I'd give it an A fer sure.

RedneckBeerz, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Nofear048
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Nofear048, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

hotmanflab666, Dec 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

bwiechmann, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of mdcrouser
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Zero hints of lightness, even when backlit by the laptop. There's a powdery tan head - not much of it, but it sticks around throughout.

Like cold coffee and big malts, feeding the nose until it's full. Much bigger than most other stouts and porters of this caliber. Just massive.

Shares the intensity of a small piece of extra dark chocolate or espresso. At first darkly bitter, but then the carbonation kicks in to numb the tongue just a bit, only then bringing on more roasted bitterness, with an accompanying subduing maltiness.

It doesn't seem to be as thick or broad as a stout in that with all of its big flavor, it doesn't fill each crevice of the mouth. What it does touch though, it pounds.

Love this beer - big flavor, without being overly sweet or out of balance.

mdcrouser, Dec 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

twkirkby, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

ZPB, Dec 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Jakers90, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

PthPndr, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

1p5v, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

eristicrat, Dec 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

slasich, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of TheFlern
4.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks MaxSpang

Appearance: A very dark brown, almost black. A light brown head that dissipates to a thin layer. Decent lacing still.

Smell: Coffee, light chocolate. Very pleasant, not overwhelming. Very good for the style.

Taste: Follows the nose. The chocolate is slightly more abundant. The taste packs a punch and is yet still mellow and drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. I like how drinkable it is.

Overall: I'm a fan. Its too bad I don't have easier access to this beer. I highly recommend if you have the chance.

TheFlern, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

BMart, Dec 18, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

salinasa, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I served this one in a shaker pint.

Appearance- This porter has a menacing black body with no highlights. Almost one-finger of khaki cap that has lots of bubbles. It dies quickly to the always unimpressive ring of fizzy stuff.

Smell- This porter has a very sweet nose. It suggests milk chocolate and lots of roasted malt, but I do not detect coffee roast. There is also a little brown sugar hanging around that just adds to the appealing nature.

Taste- The drink loses some of the chocolate and picks up with the roast, and coffee is now coming through. Chocolate is here, but not until mid-drink, and is a little buried.

There is also an earthy taste that must be coming from either the hops or the yeast. This porter is not nearly as sweet as the nose suggested. Even a little grassy hop flavor is here, and it is still a good drink.

Mouth feel- This has a pretty good body, medium bordering on light. Carbonation is handled well as it refuses to be anything but creamy as it glides over the tongue. Not as dry as you expect a porter to be.

Overall- This is a solid porter. Only minor gripes are that it could be as sweet as the nose suggested with a little bump in the milk chocolate flavor department. And the body could be bigger.

Pintofbrown, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

jackie7787, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,446 ratings.