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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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6,150 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,150
Reviews: 1,417
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 310
Gots: 897 | 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:
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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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poured a finger of medium mocha head, color of the ale is a nearly opaque deep brown mahogany, nearly black.

Smell - rich black coffee, roasted malts, whiff of dark chocolate and floral hops.

Taste - Roasted malt, black coffee, dark bakers chocolate (unsweetened), slight minerals, and a touch of black licorice and bitter hops long into the finish.

Mouthfeel - nearly medium, there is almost a smoothness and a creaminess that is whisked away by the medium carb halfway through the sip - the carb adds a sharp tingle with some edges that usher in the hop characteristics, and some bitter black licorice.

Overall - This is a very good porter, but with my high expectations for Founders products I almost felt this was just a tad lacking - this opens up just a bit as it warms, and improves. I wanted this to be just a touch thicker, creamier, and a bit more mouthcoating. Definitely a very good porter, and one that you should try and judge for yourself.

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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I gave this beer an incredibly thorough review but my internet connection timed out and disconnected me from the site so in short:

Layers of flavor, starts with bitter black coffee followed by a heap of caramel, burnt sugar, chocolate, toffee, and roasted malt. Finishes dry with earthy, piney, and minty hops. The hops really contrast the malt perfectly, dark flavors followed by bright ones. Incredibly complex, you can't drink all 6 without thinking about every sip. A real beer nerds beer. Just enough carbonation to pull all the flavors along through the sip. Medium body. Only negative I can think of is that the beer thins out a bit on the finish but the lingering flavors make up for this a bit. This review doesnt give the beer justice, i just dont feel like rewriting everything I did before. I hope this gets the flavors across though, awesome beer.

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

Pint glass.

A: dark black; a finger of frothy tan foam.

S: not a huge aroma but definitely some coffeee and chocolate.

T: complex. Starts with chocolate flavor and then moves to coffee/hops/malts before ending with a bitter taste. The transitions are perfect.

M: creamy and silky smooth; a bit heavy; flavors linger (that's a good thing).

O: Great American Porter. With so many distinctive flavors, the transitions are very important and this porter does it perfectly.

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Appearance: Pitch black. Pours a light to medium head that recedes fairly quickly, but looks nice and creamy, almost like on espresso.

Aroma: Sweet, roasted malts, chocolate. Lots of malt, but also some aromas that I'd associate with an oatmeal stout. Very nice.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate and a touch of caramel, the malt and the hops are well balanced, although there is more bitterness than I expected from the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Round and creamy at first, but the hops kick in at the back of the throat. Medium bodied.

Overall: One to be sipped slowly and enjoyed. It's not an easy beer by any means. I thought it would be a dessert type beer from the aroma, but it's rather bitter actually. Perhaps you could compare it to very dark, 98% cocoa chocolate, or even raw chocolate nibs.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 6,150 ratings.