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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter

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6,155 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,155
Reviews: 1,417
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 311
Gots: 901 | 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:
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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4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black with a mocha head that shrinks then persists.

S- Malts & coffee

T- Coffee (did i mention coffee?) then the malts with a hopy finish

M- Medium to rich body, very smooth

O- Coffee porter at its best. Good balance of malts, flavors, and hops.

Would Drink
Would Buy
Might Make

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black, decent amount of head and lace on the glass. Love the pitch black chocolate cover

S - Burnt toast, sweet chocolate, and hints of alcohol.

T - Like the smell, burnt biscuit up front, but sweet chocolate towards the end and a nice hop kick for good measure. A damn tasty porter with a lot going on

M - Full body, nice bite at the end.

O - An excellent Porter. I wouldn't expect anything less in a "dark" beer from Founders, who seems to do it better than anyone

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black. That's all there is. Mild carbonation, and no light gets through, there's no lacing, and there's also just a very small head that quickly dissipates. Of course, if you do an aggressive pour, you'll get a really nice tan head. I recommend doing so.

Smell: Espresso. Roast. Maltiness. Mmm. It's rather light though.

Taste: It smells a bit better than it tastes... the initial taste is mostly just roastiness, but after it sits on your tongue for a bit, I get some dark coffee bitterness, with a hint of dark chocolate in there as well. There's the warming of alcohol at the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: It's definitely rich, but not nearly as creamy as I was expecting it to be. Sort of surprising, but not a huge deal.

Overall, it's an incredibly big, robust beer. The thing about it is, I feel sort of goofy drinking this in August. This to me screams winter, in front of a warm fire place, or maybe even as a substitute on a cool morning for warm coffee. This isn't my type of beer to casually drink -- I tend to prefer lighter beers for every day drinking -- but there's no denying its quality. It smells phenomenal, and its taste is one that I feel can surely grow on me as I get older. I don't feel it's as fantastic as the rating suggests, but it's undoubtedly a well made beer. I'm very interested to see just how my taste buds change when I get another sixer in a couple years.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this is a beer that knows how to get your attention. It pours a deep opaque black with little to no head and not much lacing. The smell is pretty powerful and I think I detected a hint of alcohol (which I can't always smell). Mouthfeel is full and complex. Not so much carbonation, but a malty hoppy goodness that finishes perfectly with a coffee and chocolatey backend. Good stuff, but not for the AAL timid crowd.

Founders scores again!!!!

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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into one of my New Belgium snifters.

Bottled on date indicates that this was bottled on the 8th day of some month in 2012, but the month printed on the bottle is smudged and illegible.

A: Pours a "lighter shade of black", with a big thick rich tan head on top, 2 fingers worth.

S: Roasty, mild notes of coffee, and a surprising amount of chocolate in the nose.

T: Big, bold, spicy notes up front. I'm not sure if the spice I'm picking up on is a hint of pepper, a touch of alcohol, or something else. Notes of chocolate arrive next, and they're presence isn't negligible. A moderate amount of hop bitterness and grapefruit make their presence known on the back end, to balance this beer out and give it another dimension of character.

M: Great carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Dry finish. This is playing all the right notes.

D/O: This brew smoothed out as I worked through the pint. And as it warmed, the chocolate became more and more pronounced. Definitely repeatable. I would definitely consider getting this by the keg.

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 6,155 ratings.