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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,920 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,920
Reviews: 1,368
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 283
Gots: 746 | 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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Photo of SweJon
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of keanlacrosse
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a tan head. In the aroma, a small roast and a nice sweetness. In the taste, roasty and rich, with a nice hop presence. A small bite and a medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry roasted malt in the aftertaste. What can I say, Founder's already said it...Dark - Rich - Sexy!!

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of stoutlover1978
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of djcira
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of brystmar
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/20/2011, so it’s almost a year old. Deep, dark brown pour with dark tan head and sticky lace. Dry roasted malts, strong notes of tobacco, and hops in the nose. Everything from the aroma plus chocolate malts hit my tastebuds. Dry finish.

A clean, crisp porter that nails the style. Can't wait to try a fresh bottle!

Photo of Thingus
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live tasting 12 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip...

Appearance; pours a deep dark brown out of the bottle, that becomes black in the glass with cola edges... Single finger head falls exceptionally quickly, leaving nothing but a very thin ring of bubbles around the edges..

Smell; lots of roasty malt, coffee, caramel and chocolate...

Taste; quite similar to the smell, jumps right in with coffee and roasted malts, the caramel and chocolate are more subdued and quite nicely accent the roastiness... Medium finish with a nice lingering roasted malt/coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel; on the light side of full bodied, with a bit more carbonation than I would expect, but it definitely compliments the flavor and body of the beer... Slightly sticky, it hangs around a bit on the sides of the glass but nowhere near the extent of a beer like Ten Fidy...

Overall; a damn good beer! My second Founders experience, I've got a few more in the fridge and I can't wait to get into them!!

Photo of BeerSaint318
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of BMMillsy
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep black pour with a small ring of cream colored head. Robust roasty aroma with coffee, some mild currants, and light cocoa. Robust mouthfeel and nice mocha flavor that is prominent, and a bit of sweet dark fruits on the back end. Robust mouthfeel but not quite a stout, medium low carbonation. Very good porter, one of my favorites as with most any other Founders brew in every style

Photo of stoppertb18
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Super dark brown my note says, although I remember it being not pitch black or anything. Almost a little red. Chocoalte brown head.
S: Great smell. A good amount of maltyness and reminded me of a good stout. Some coffee flavors in there. Also chocoalte.
T: A nearly (if not so) perfect beer here. Oh man that's good is my first note. Malty, roasty, a good caramel flavor that stood out just enough. Super smooth.
M: Sits perfect. The flavors come out with no harshness at all.

Overall a absolutely wonderful beer and certainly one of the best I've had. It was a great showing for the category and I will be hunting down more for sure.

Photo of dianaelaine
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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

A-pour is almost black with a dark tan head that leaves a layer of lacing around the top

S-lots of roasted malt, espresso, dark chocolate, and a light tobacco scent

T-Roasted malt and coffee, big hop bitterness, and dark chocolate

M-medium to full body, low to medium carbonation, leaves a roasted dryness in the mouth

Overall I really like the roastiness and full mouthfeel. Really great example for the style.

Photo of thefizzo
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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

12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Had this beer many times, cant believe that it took me so long to sit down and review it...

Appearance: black boided beer with a big and thick dark brown head. The head has decent staying power and coats the side of the glass with fairly thick lacing. Sexy looking beer!

Smell: A roasty, smoky, and chocolatey smelling porter. It smells robust and lets you know this beer is packing big flavor just by the nose on this beer!

Taste: Starts off just like the nose. Nice notes of roasty malts and some coffee. Its also chocolatey and hints of smoke. Has a little bit of bitterness to it, but man this beer is soo well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. Chewy, yet quite smooth mouthfeel on this beer.

Overall: I really have a tough time finding a better example for this beer style. You really feel like a man when you drink this dark beer! The best part its a year around offering by Founders and its easy to get your hands on a 6er! Everybody wins!

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of mscudder
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark chocolate brown with a fair head. Beautiful.

S - Wow this one packs a punch! Lots of smokey notes backed up with roasted malts, chocolate and a bit of coffee.

T - Silky and smooth with lots of smokey chocolate character. Incredibly refreshing and satisfying, cannot get enough of this crisp well crafted flavor.

M - The highlight of this brew in my opinion. Perfect progression and minimal carbonation that compliments the texture of the brew. This is truly well executed, one can taste the effort that the brewers at Founders put into this brew.

O - One of my favorite brews from Founders for its consistency and year round availability. For $10 I hesitate to say there is a much better deal out there for 6 of these bad boys. I have tasted more refined brews but for your "everyday" porter, I see none better.

Photo of unclejazz
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I waited far too long to try this, but maybe it was meant to be, since I waited to have it on tap.Thank you Brooklyn bar to remain unnamed bar that provided me with a free pizza to enjoy with my beer.

A-solid brown/black body with a solid 1 finger head poured into a pint glass. Very nice retention and some lacing.

S-this is the Barry White of beers and it starts with a smell that is velvety smooth. Rich cocoa nib, dark roasted malt, and a touch of chocolate milk in the nose. I could enjoy the head of this beer all day long.

T-Aww yeah, this hits the spot. One sign of a good porter is one that is refreshing. This does the trick and then some. A repeat performance of the what the nse caught, but a great nutty kind of Costa Rican coffee punch in the middle. Some really great earthiness which leads me to believe that this might do very well aged in oak. Just take a minute and imagine that...

M-heavy in the mouth, but with a very nice undercurrent of carbonation. As it warms up it only gets better and the last few sips had the best mouthfeel, when I began taking smaller sips to make it last.

O-this is a real bulls-eye for Founders, a definite feather in their cap and a good nominee for flagship beer. I have had all the big dogs that Founders puts out, including a 2010 CBS on draft just last week.(which was mellowed out to near-perfection). This beer may be the best of them all. I am a bit giddy to see if the bottle is as good. I may start to horde them.

Photo of Durtdiggler
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black oil pour with massive mocha brown head with alot of retention.

Sweet, burnt mocha and molasses aroma fills the nostrils.

Taste is well balanced with sweetness and bitterness of the hops . Flavor very much like it smells. slight burnt roastiness but not enough to lose the sweetness for porter style.

Creamy, balanced mouthfeel with back end hops and clean finish.

Tastes like a bigger beer than the 6.5 Abv implies. Very easy drinking but full of flavor. Not overpowering. Satisfy the imperial craving with friends without the big alcohol effect.

I love this beer and about every style from Founders. Lucky to have them close in distribution.

Photo of cynical1027
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of amphion1065
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. pour into a pint glass at Lord Hobo. Reviewed from notes.

Pours black, though the dim lighting in the bar may well have obscured a subtle cocoa shade. A really tight, quarter-finger brown head won't quit.

Pure, unadulterated milk chocolate. There's a hint of roast, and a touch of cola, but the chocolate is king here.

The taste is very milky and quite sweet. I can't help but be reminded of Hershey's chocolate milk, though there is a slight roasted bitterness that adds a pleasant complexity. Absent from this package is the metallic flavor that I often find creeps into porters. This is a treat.

Mouthfeel is great, full and velvety. It's lush, with an appropriately low level of carbonation.

A total win for me. Founders has made a beer that is totally approachable and inoffensive, but delicious enough to warrant repeat visits. A great example of the style.

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,920 ratings.