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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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95
world-class

5,194 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,194
Reviews: 1,317
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 235
Gots: 484 | 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:
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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StlHopHead77

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours out an inky,coal black body that supports 2 1/2 inches of rich,dense,mocha head that gradually reduced down to a 3/4 inch ring that lasted for the duration and left spotty but gummy strands of lacing.

S-Real nice medium/dark roast coffee,chocolate cake,dark chocolate ganache,burnt toast and charred malts.

T-Strong,quality coffee,bittersweet chocolate,burnt sugar,caramel and ash.

M-Medium bodied with good viscosity and creaminess.Coats the tongue well with a nice dark bitterness.Silky smooth.

O-Beyond solid.Can Founders do no wrong?

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 13:55:06 | More by StlHopHead77
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mater

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Coke color looking pour with a nice 1.5 finger chocolate milk looking head that didn't stay around for long, but the lacing was pretty good.

S-I can pick up toasty malts, coffee and a hint of chocolate. The smell actually isn't very strong.

T-Much better than the smell. The roasted malts hit you first, then it's a lot more chocolatey than the smell and finishes with a bitter espresso after taste.

M-Medium feel, but it's pretty creamy.

O-Really solid porter, between this and Edmund Fitz I'm set.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 07:28:16 | More by mater
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azdback

Arizona

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to xanok for this extra. Poured into my custom etched "dead man's hand' pint glass. Dark in color but I think I would call this deep dark brown, not black. Just a bit of light get's through at the edges. Head is a big two fingers and dark root beer float color and appearance.

Smell is roasted coffee with a bit of bread coming through and some chocolate nibs.

Taste is really good. Brown sugar sweet with roasted coffee and the bitterness or tartness from the chocolate or a cranberry/cherry??

The mouth is exactly what a porter should be. I know this is Founders and the "over the top-o-meter" is maxed out, but I am putting that aside. This is spot on for the style. It is rich and silky front and smooth late with just a bit of dryness.

Overall I really enjoyed this extra. I live in Deschutes distribution area and Black Butte has been my go to Porter for years, but if this was distributed here also I think I would have a new "go to" porter. Thanks again to xanok for this extra.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 06:20:26 | More by azdback
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my HotD tulip.
Bottled 2.15.11 Damn black ink!!!

A- Deep brown, almost not head at all. Some dark tan on the edges.

S- Malts and coffee.

T- Coffee, Chocolates, burnt sugars.

D- Mild, no bitterness.

O- Nicely smooth for a Porter. I would say this is a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 04:33:34 | More by HuskyinPDX
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SirBenton

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours great with a deep dark brown; almost black with a good amount of head. the smell is subtle but chocolate and espresso are prominent. a good swirl brings the smell out nice. the taste is amazing; especially the warmer it gets. I found it best served slightly chilled past room temperature. the flavors of chocolate and espresso are melded wonderfully; the bite of alcohol finishes off your sip. This beer goes down smooth and doesn't disappoint. For my first founders beer, this does not let down. can't wait to try more!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 04:33:25 | More by SirBenton
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GoldenVIKE

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Not a lot of head--suggest splashing the beer right away to bring out the head a bit--I poured too much down the side of the glass, so this may have been my fault. The minimal head that did exist was a pleasing mocha color, but the overall lack of head was the only problem I had with this otherwise great beer. The body was rich, black, and sexy as advertised :-) Not much light will penetrate this stuff except perhaps around the edge.

S-sweet, coffee, biscuit with a nice subtle roastiness

T-wow this is a full-flavored, sweet, roasty, amazing beer. obvious flavors are chocolate and coffee with perhaps some hints raisin and biscuit. Alcohol is blended in nicely and doesn't stand out too much.

M-nice full body. average carbonation for a porter.

O-reminds me of drinking hot chocolate as a kid. nice smooth and flavorful, sweet drink. Gives you a warm feeling despite the low ABV. One of the best porters around.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 01:51:17 | More by GoldenVIKE
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: "Silky Black" according to the Founders site, but through light it seems a very deep red. Pretty brew in any case. Slight tan head, little lacing.
smell: That burnt porter edge but balanced with caramel sweetness.
taste: As the nose portends. burnt but balanced well.
overall: This may go in regular rotation.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 21:43:18 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A sad day, indeed...moving out of my first college apartment. I have definitely made a ton of memories here. To celebrate this bittersweet moment, I'm cracking open a classic: Founders Porter. I bought a sixer of this once (right as I was getting into craft beer), and, to be honest, I wasn't too sure about it. However, when I saw a thread in the forum about how "sexy" this beer is, I figured I'd give it another go. Why not? I've found that, when you're drinking Founders, there's no such thing as buyer's remorse. Plus, due to some sort of shortage of bottlecaps, my local liquor store just happened to have a few aged bottles. This particular one has been on the shelf for at least a month in-store. And, if you want to know the true mettle of a craft brewer, there's no better way than that.

A: A dark, dark reddish brown. I'd say 95% of the light that goes through it is captured by the alluring darkness of the body. The head, although quite minimal, is a thick, dark tan. Superb lacing. So far, so sexy...

S: The nose is a great boozy/chocolate concoction. No hops, but tons of earthy yeast with smoky afterthoughts.

T: Tons of complexity - the "wow" factor is big on this one. It opens with a stunning bitterness that swarms the tastebuds. Hops are incredibly earthy and serene, like the smell of a fresh-cut lawn. Pleasant, to say the least. The smoky hues are big and bold, and the yeast is a bready work of art. What a great drinking experience.

M: Once again, a good micro-carb from Founders. I was expecting a little less, being that it's a porter, but this brewer had other ideas. It's nice, but there are times where the carb is too much and whole thing comes off as too light for its palate. Still, a great overall drink.

O: Founder's Porter: is it really a beer that can be described as sexy? After trying it, there's only one way I can think to answer: hell yeah! Founders certainly knows what great craft beer is, and they show it without a doubt in this brew. For the money, there's no better porter out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 22:25:55 | More by BarryMFBurton
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, Chicago, IL

Poured dark brown to black, with a minimal tannish head that recedes to a film. Dark chocolate and roasty malts in the aroma. Malty malty flavor, with notes of dark chocolate and cocoa and some caramel sugar. Medium to heavy mouthfeel, smooth, and very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2011 20:46:47 | More by Rifugium
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Puddintane

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oily black pour with a tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, hazlenut, roasted malt, earthy hops, toffee and coffee. Flavors of rich dark chocolate, booze soaked dark fruits, coffee, caramel, bitter/earthy undertones. Thick body, rich/roasty/bittersweet and satisfying throughout with a bitter/roast finish. Overall, there are two porters that tie for my favorite. This and Edmund Fitzgerald. They both kind of go beyond of what I usually get from this style. This is one amazing brew, there’s lots of beers double in strength that fail to capture its focus and flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2011 15:32:04 | More by Puddintane
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boralyl

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a small dark tan head that disappears fairly quickly leaving minimal lacing. The beer is a deep dark brown and is mostly opaque.

S - Chocolate, roasted malts and some molasses are the main components of the aroma.

M - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. It has a somewhat smooth creamy feel.

T - Light cocoa up front followed by roasted malts. A little bit of a hop kick towards the middle proceeded by a dry roastiness and light hop bitterness.

A truly excellent porter. It's got great body to match the delicious taste. The roasted malts provide several layers of flavor in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 01:24:31 | More by boralyl
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can't find the date on the bottle.

A - Solid, deep brown/black body. Small, tight light brown head. Good look.

S - Vegetal/roasty sweetness, Chocolate, black licorice. It's a good smell, but theres something in it that smells a bit plastic-like, and thats somewhat of a turnoff

T - Well, this is delicious. Nice roasted malts are in dominance here, with some good chocolate, licorice and other subtle undertones. A well done taste for sure.

M - This is impressively thick and smooth. But not too much. I think this is perhaps the ideal mouthfeel for a porter.

O (D) - Well, it's a great tasting, very drinkable, not too heavy beer. What more can you ask for? I guess for it to smell better.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 22:16:24 | More by ColdPoncho
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Bennettrox

Tennessee

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - About as brown as a beer can be without being black. Looks gorgeous. Tried to be aggressive with a head but didn't get much. Half a finger espresso head, goes away fast.

S - Toasted malts and a fine chocolate.

T - More chocolate and a roasted character. The taste has a great balance of flavors, can really pull all kind of elements from this beer but the roasted notes shine.

M - The high point of the beer for me. My local bottle shop labels this as 'Sexy, Silky, and Smooth'. I couldn't think of a better description, esp silky. Feels so great in your mouth with just the right carbonation.

O - Just picked up several six packs of this. When I'm looking for a balanced porter this is my go to.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 04:25:59 | More by Bennettrox
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MikieV

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From bottle, poured into my beer bug very dark, almost black. Very thin tan head. Pronounced coffee scent. Not at all unpleasant. Mine left no lacing.

Taste is similar to scent. Roasted coffee and roasted malts dominate the flavor. If that's what you are looking for, you'll find it here in abundance. Very smooth mouth feel. Actually felt thinner than it looked like it would be. Bitter aftertaste makes you thirsty for another drink.

This was not a bad porter by any means, but it wasn't necessarily what I was expecting .

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 04:22:23 | More by MikieV
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nasty31

Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Having this beer on tap adds so much to it.

This is trualy a well done porter has every part of it is well done. I keep going back to this all the time. Usually have a sixer in my fridge at all times its that good. Like I said having it on tap though does not compare to having it bottled, if you get the chance have a pint!

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2011 16:58:47 | More by nasty31
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Vierenner

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has all the standard properties of a porter/stout, except that it is a bit sweeter than most. A very smooth brew, easy to drink, with very little hop bite. What I find missing in this and many of the high quality porters/stouts is uniqueness. They all seem to taste about the same to me. Nice balance, blah, blah, blah. I'm continually searching for one that dares to be different. Unfortunately, very few of them.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 01:55:17 | More by Vierenner
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jables7

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- this beer could blot out the sun. very dark with a little bit of tan head. decent lacing.

S- roasted malt in the forefront lets you know it's there. not as strong of a smell as I have come to expect from a Founders beer but still solid for the style.

T- follows closely along with the smell. the roasted malt is by far the most prominent feature with some caramel notes to follow.

M- a very thick beer for the style that coats the mouth completely. one of the better versions of this style that I've had in this category.

O- a quality representation of the style from one of the best breweries around.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 22:49:34 | More by jables7
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vfgccp

New York

4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at a free Founders tasting. Special thanks to Big Z’s in Huntington.

A – Dark cola that fades into mud-brown highlights. Khaki head sits low but leaves a nice lace.

S – Roast coffee and dark malt wrap around the sweetness of burnt caramel and molasses.

T – Soft, medium roast coffee and medium roast malt up front, with very little burnt bitterness. Pine note peaks out from the chewy dark bread in the middle and backend of the profile. I didn't get as much chocolate as I did in the bottle, but it could be related to serving temperature - my sample was gone before it had a chance to warm :)

M – Silky, medium/full body. Lingering malty sweetness and roast bitter note in the finish.

O – One of my favorite porters.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2011 20:51:20 | More by vfgccp
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Gmann

New York

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a small dense tan head that quickly dissipates into a light ring.

The aroma is wonderful. Notes of toasted brown nut bread mix with light chocolate and light coffee. There is some bark scents and quite woody. Some lemon sourness pops through. Aroma reminds me of a brown ale.

The taste is much the same as the aroma. Toasted brown bread and nutty flavors give this a solid base to work from. Add in some hints of coffee and chocolate as well as some wet wood. Some lemony sourness breaks up the malty lovefest. A noticable hop bitterness rounds out the flavor. A very excellent porter.

The porter is well bodies with soft carbonation giving the brew a smooth feel. Starts sweet on the palate but transitions into a needed bitterness, though the bitterness lingers a bit too long.

A wonderful porter, big bold flavors. Definitely a bit heavy and the bitterness stays a touch too long but still this is a top notch porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 19:21:45 | More by Gmann
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mavbrew

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a two finger thick, light tan colored frothy head that slowly dissipates. Sparse lacing is left on the mug.

S: Lots of roasted malts are present upfront with hints of semi sweet chocolate and caramel malts.

T: The flavor is very much like the smell, the upfront taste is lightly roasted with hints of chocolate and caramel. Following is a nutty and buttery taste that leads into a malty finish with the slightest bit of bitters and more roasted flavor.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation. Feel was roasted and malty with the slightest bitter feel.

D: Overall, this is a quality beer. It is well balanced, has excellent flavor and is a very easy drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 19:01:47 | More by mavbrew
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Wisconsinality

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

A- Pours a deep black with minimal head. Small lacing left from the head receding.

S- This brew is loaded with roasted malts and dark chocolate. There is a slight hoppiness in there and some cocoa powder.

T- Cocoa powder and roasted malts with a slight soapiness. There is a faint hoppy taste and a small bready character.

M- Medium to full bodied with pretty good carbonation. Regardless of the carbonation, the brew seems pretty smooth.

O- Pretty good beer all around. Not one flavor dominates and all seem to go good with each other. It just seems like it could have been a little stronger all around.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 14:51:37 | More by Wisconsinality
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I took this bottle out of the fridge and let it sit for 15 minutes before opening.

This is very dark pour with light, fine, coffee-colored foam on top. The nose is not very assertive, but I definitely smell coffee. Time for the best part.

This beer has a very silky mouth feel and a very rich taste. Espresso beans, toast, and very dark bittersweet chocolate. A very pleasant coffee-like bitterness with a nice malty sweetness lurking behind it.

This is an excellent porter. Anyone looking for a fine example of this style would be a happy camper if they put this in their shopping cart.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 10:54:21 | More by deadonhisfeet
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Kinsman

California

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours and absolute pitch black with a dark mocha colored head. Poor retention keeps me from giving this a 5.

Aroma is robust and full of roasted malt character alongside notes of unsweetened chocolate.

Bittery and slightly burnt tasting roasted malt profile alongside the mocha flavors make for quite a robust porter. The sweetness however steps aside and the hops add to a semi-bitter finish and a coffee-like aftertaste. Mouthfeel is rather thick and full bodied but finishes with a crisp carbonated texture.

Overall a top notch Porter from one of Americas best breweries.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 18:17:08 | More by Kinsman
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scottfrie

California

3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into AVBC snifter.

A: Pours almost black with about a half-finger of dark brown head that quickly turned into a thick film that left a spotty sheet of lacing down the glass.
S: Light notes of coffee with a touch of baking chocolate. The smell isn’t overpowering, but what’s there is nice.
T: Follows the nose with soft notes of coffee and bitter dark chocolate. There are definite undertones of grassy hops, and they add a delicious layer to complexity of the flavor. The aftertaste is lightly bitter and has a touch of smoke.
M: Medium body with a bit of chewiness to the mouth. Carbonation is pretty bubbly but not really sharp.
O: Definitely an above average porter and an above average beer. This goes down easy and smooth. Thanks to the generous BA who sent this to me!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 02:40:07 | More by scottfrie
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OnThenIn

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Absolutely beautiful with a finger of brown head that stays awhile on top of a black body.

S: Lots of coffee and bread notes. A bit earthy as well.

T: A lot of those coffee and chocolate flavors as hinted at by the aroma followed by a small amount of hop bitterness and an earthy flavor. Some background bready flavor helps tie everything together and the residual sweetness that lingers after the swallow with the bitter hop flavor is solid.

M: Thick body with great carbonation.

D: Surprisingly drinkable due to the very nice balance between the residual sugars and the small amount of bitterness. The mouthfeel does make this more of a sipper, and it is just solid.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 21:11:47 | More by OnThenIn
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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