Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company
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Ratings: 5,291 | Reviews: 1,324 | Display Reviews Only:
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
A-Pours pitch black with a pinky sized, creamy tan head that has ok retention and great, sticky lacing.
S-Aromas of milk chocolate and cream come first, we'll see what's next as it warms. Some light coffee aroma comes as well. Some sweet caramel becomes a contented for the front row as it warms! A very nice suprize! Very complex aroma indeed.
The flavor is much like the aroma with semi-sweet chocolate up front and a very soft bitter, freshly roasted coffee in the finish. As the beer warms, a pungent sweet caramel flavor comes. Very nice.
M-The mouthfeel is creamy and full. And has a light bittersweet mocha-like lingering finish.
O-I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. So glad I had the chance to try it. I brought this one back from Ohio.
08-21-2011 20:39:26 | More by hoplover82
3.93/5 rDev -7.5%
Founders Porter is thick, inky, and sweet.
It poured ink black with no head and left no lace. The smell and flavor were very sweet, dominated by sweet licorice. The feel was terrific, very thick, up front, with a strong bitter presence on the tongue long afterwards.
There's not a great deal of complexity with Founders Porter; however, it has a strong presence with both the sweet flavor and the thick feel.
08-21-2011 03:04:42 | More by MetalHopHead6
4.22/5 rDev -0.7%
A fairly aggressive pour produces a mere 2cm head, indicating that this is a fairly dense brew. Head is a moderate tan color and of small, dense bubbles. Body is dark brown to black, almost opaque, but when held up the light reveals a murky transparency. Head retention is solid, and lacing is fairly fantastic, decorating the sides of the glass with plenty of shapes.
Beer gives off the aroma of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, fairly fresh coffee, slight smokiness, and prunes. Nicely complex, with each scent mingling well with the others.
Opens with tastes of dark chocolate, bitter coffee, a little burnt toast, and faint smokiness. Aftertaste is of bittering hops mixed with roasted, fairly bitter coffee, then mixed with malt sweetness.
Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, but perhaps a little watery right upfront. Carbonation Otherwise medium to medium-heavy with a dry finish, a bit too syrupy.
This is a very enjoyable, complex porter, will definitely seek out again.
08-21-2011 02:28:12 | More by falloutsnow
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.6/5 rDev -15.3%
Pours 1/2 finger of tan head. Fades down. Color is a deep brown, nearing black.
Aroma: A bit roasted malt profile. Coffee, chocolate, and cocoa. It also has a slight grassy bitterness.
Taste: Bitter coffee, chocolate, and cocoa. Grassy hops. Very roasted. Lots of malts.
Mouthfeel: Roasted and bitter. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasted (big surprise).
Overall, this was a solid porter, but a bit too roasty for me. Easy drinking however and a quality product.
08-20-2011 00:53:27 | More by mothman
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
A: Black as onyx with 1mm deep red trim. Light brown white head thins to a rim.
S: Coffee, vanilla, brown malt, some sweeter malts - special b? followed by and nearly insignificant helping of chocolate and roasted barley
T: Smoked- this sweet smoke that was hiding behind the mirrors is what this beer is all about. In.cred.i.bly. smooth.
M: again smooth, not drying, low carbonation. Pleasant and well placed.
O: Love this as per my standard founder's impression. MORE FOUNDER'S
08-19-2011 03:04:17 | More by CharlieMurphy
4.47/5 rDev +5.2%
On-tap at the Brewster DeCicco's, en route to CBS.
A: Glinting dark brown body with a solid finger of dense light-brown head. Terrific retention, solid lace. Gorgeous Porter.
S: Sweet chocolate, bitter roast. Coffee + licorice on the back side. Simple, intense, and terrific.
T: Creamy chocolate, bitter coffee, slight char, and some caramel + licorice on the tail end. Bitter finish, but without much hop flavor, leaving the emphasis entirely (and wonderfully) on the complex specialty malts.
M: Creamy medium body; slightly stick and well-carbonated. Solid.
O: Terrific Porter, hands down. I can't wait to do a showdown between this, Black Butte, and Edmund Fitzgerald.
08-18-2011 02:51:43 | More by woosterbill
4.43/5 rDev +4.2%
Poured from a bottle into a standard shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a dark brown that borders on black. Impossible to see through, except around the very edges where it is a deep mahogany. Has a half inch light mocha head that fades quickly and provides no lacing.
S: An absolutely delicious and complex blend of roasted malts (especially chocolate malt), dark chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits.
T: The taste is as complex as the smell. Tastes initially of chocolate and roasted malts, then sticks on the tongue where the dark fruits show up ever so faintly on the finish. Not that this is an especially strong brew at 6.5% but there is absolutely no taste of alcohol whatsoever.
M: Appropriate to style - medium to maybe even slightly medium-thick mouthfeel with decent carbonation.
O: This is an exceptional porter from one of the best, most consistent breweries around. When you are looking for something dark but don't want the latest 11% -bbal RIS coated in unicorn tears, at $10/6 pack, this is far and away a great option.
08-13-2011 04:24:22 | More by duffcalifornia
4.03/5 rDev -5.2%
A: This poured a nearly opaque black mahogany with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like dry roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate, with a little burnt barley and brown sugar.
T: It tasted like bitter coffee and dry dark chocolate, with some burnt barley and copper hops and brown sugar. It had a bitter earthy aftertaste that was a bit harsh.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Nice body.
D: This was a solid porter and a great example of the style, on par with Centennial IPA. The finish wasn't great, but it was otherwise easy to drink and an enjoyable beer.
08-12-2011 01:24:16 | More by Pencible
4.4/5 rDev +3.5%
Got this in a BIF. Thanks to surlytwinsfan.
A - Black as night. Tan head that does not last long. Leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.
S - I get hints of dark fruit and chocolate. Some roast and pleasant burnt notes as well. An enjoyable smoke character is evident.
T - Coffee and chocolate flavors. I also get some dark fruit in the flavor as well. Some smoke/BBQ flavor. The hops are there but do not overpower.
M - Medium bodied. Pleasant amount of carbonation. Definitely well balanced. Very smooth. A bit of resin lingers on the tongue but it is enjoyable.
Overall - This is one of the best porters I have ever tasted. It is quite complex and at the same time extremely well balanced. I love the combination of smoke and hops and dark fruit.
08-12-2011 00:02:23 | More by wscaffe
4.1/5 rDev -3.5%
Was an extra courtesy of a generous BA, it was so long ago I can' remember who it was. Forgive me!
Bottle reads 5/19/11
Poured into a generic snifter.
A: Black coffee with some give towards roasty earthy browns. The bubbles are classically coffee with microscopic formations. Super fine off white bubbles layer the top of the glass in gradients of darker to lighter browns. Really nice looking, it even looks creamy from the bubbles.
S: Charred oak chips with some very bitter chocolates and tobacco. There's a really nice cutting smell of coffee that overwhelms all other scents with lively roasted malts. Bitter chocolates return in the linger and dance with the coffees for a potent espresso-like bitterness. This is a really alive porter with avoidance of generic smokiness.
T: Very clean coffee notes that give into richer notes of espresso and ash. It caps off its bitterness in a realm somewhere between char and ashtray. The tobacco-like qualities don't ever intrude to the point of tasting like an old cigarette, no this is a fancy earthy delight. Bitterness that is mellowed with a woodiness that refines the roasts. A nice cup of Joe.
M: This is a medium-full if not full bodied beer. I think this has more body than a lot of single stouts. The flavor is very clear and light enough to be identifiably a porter. I really appreciate the way the bubbles hold up the flavors just long enough for the bitterness to transport you into the world of coffees. This has a very fancy wet/dry mouth that never really dries out. Leaves the mouth feeling like a humid cave. Well done here.
O: This is a really solid porter, I would say that this one really delivers in every way that a porter should. A fairly by the book porter that is given some identity in the way that it avoids cliche smokiness. Solid notes of woods, roasts, and tobacco make this a perfect transition beer. Bridge your IPAs to your stouts with this offering and you won't be sorry. Palate cleansing, but with big clean flavors. A very solid offering in style.
08-11-2011 21:13:48 | More by Cavery
4.65/5 rDev +9.4%
A - Very dark brown, nearing black body. The head is medium tan starting out around a half inch tall and receding slowly to around an eighth of an inch.
S - Smokey coffee and chocolate malts that were roasted long.
T - long roasted malts, hint of smoke and BBQ, wavering toward chocolate. This is a tasty example of a porter. I'm not sure I've ever encountered a better tasting beverage of this style.
M - Medium bodied, mild coarseness throughout a bit of resin left behind all over my lips and mouth following each pull.
~ This is an exceptional porter. The kind of beer breweries are build upon. If you have yet to sample this beer. Go Get One!
08-11-2011 02:31:51 | More by cdkrenz
4.28/5 rDev +0.7%
Pour is just what I like; inky black and there's not even color around the edges. It's solid black with a thin head that doesn't last long. Inviting roasty smell. The roast carries on into the flavor, but it doesn't over power the smooth chocolate. The chocolate notes here are not as bitter as other porters. More of a milk chocolate. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Hops and toasted bread come out more as it warms. Long finish that's dry with just a hint of bitterness.
Nothing not to like about this one!
08-11-2011 02:14:02 | More by McNealc31
4.47/5 rDev +5.2%
A - Pours dark as night, black, with a mocha colored head which doesn't hang around too long
S - Very nice aroma of bakers chocolate, dark malts
T - Follows the nose as there is chocolate, also some mild lactose character, and some noticeable coffee bitterness. Very well balanced
M - Very smooth and creamy, with a gentle carbonation. Full bodied and delicious
O - The best porter that I have had, hands down. Complex taste, great mouthfeel, just overall fantastic
08-09-2011 17:37:07 | More by jman892
4.22/5 rDev -0.7%
A: Pours black with a finger of tan head that recedes into some nice bubblework
S: bittersweet chocolate, plenty of dark roasted barley and malts, some coffee, and a bit of smoke/wood
T: At first, big bittersweet chocolate notes that turn into coffee and roast, eventually ending with a bitter and dry espresso flavor. Very nice. Hint of smoke.
O: A very tasty porter. Founder's has done it once again.
08-09-2011 06:18:23 | More by Krakistophales
3.8/5 rDev -10.6%
Poured into a stone nonic.
A: Black with a brown sugar colored head and curtain lacing that dissipates quickly.
S: Chocolate, graham cracker, soggy wood, coffee, lactosse-heavy mochaish smell and a touch of leather.
T: Initial taste is sweet with a mochaish chocolate taste, but quickly turns into a leather shoelace/graham cracker taste with a finish that has a little coffee bite in the end. Sweetness is tamed by leather tastes in this one.
M: Full bodied for a porter. Good carb and some syrupy creaminess.
O: Not bad, but I wished this beer would decide to go for the hard tobacco/leather route or the sweetroute instead of riding a bizarre middle. Won't reach for this again but glad to have tried it. Good thrown in to send or receive.
08-08-2011 06:44:59 | More by Klym
4.08/5 rDev -4%
Pours into an imperisl pint glass a not quite pitch black, but very dark for a porter.
Starts with a .5 in light brown head that quickly gives to about .25 that never really goes away. Very nice and obvious lacing. A good looking beer.
Smell is mostly chocolate and dark malts. I find it somewhat muted though, but by that note I don't really think of porters as being vrey aromatic. Anyway, its a good smell, but not really a standout aspect of this beer.
Taste is very rich up front. The chocolate notes come through in the beginning and give way to a slight bitter kick by the end. A very "stout" like porter IMO, but still to style. Taste feels complex though I admit I am having a hard time describing it in any additional meaningful detail.
Mouthfeel is a standout, as it is with so many of Founders beers. Very rich, smooth, and velvety. More so than some imperial stouts i've had. Remarkably smooth and easy to drink.
Overall this is an underappreciated gem of a beer, and i feel slightly guilty for going so long between purchasing it. In terms of founders "regular" lineup, this might be the best beer they make.
08-07-2011 17:27:14 | More by mechamifune
3.95/5 rDev -7.1%
12 oz. bottle, purchased from a reputable distributer 7/2011, well stored.
Poured into a Dogfish Head Snifter.
Poured rather aggressively into the glass produces very little head which rapidly reduces to a thin film.
The smell starts off with a blast of distinct French Roast black coffee, followed by heavily roasted malt, some hints of dark caramel, rather powerful, lasts from the first opening to the end.
The taste is dominated by distinct, aggressive, black roasted malt, and black coffee, some elusive hop flavors, crisp acidity adds balance, wonderful carbonation that is not overdone and compliments this brew. Seems to be at its best at about 55 degrees.
Very long finish of coffee and deep roasted malt, coats the mouth.
I have to say that Porter’s are not one of my favorite styles of beer. That being said, I will say that while there is nothing overly complex here, it is a very distinctly flavored brew and you have to admire what Founders is doing.
Founders never seems to fail in producing “black beers”, and this is no exception. It is unquestionably the best Porter I have ever tasted. A pleasant experience and one that I appreciate the opportunity to have had.
08-07-2011 01:37:27 | More by JTSbeerislife
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
12oz bottle with Bottled 4/28/11 stamped on the neck of the bottle.
Pours pitch black in color. Even when held to the light, you can see virtually nothing other than black. Without a doubt the darkest/thickest Porter that I've ever had. One finger of beige colored head has settled to a thin lace after a few minutes or so, but the head retention is impressive.
Full on aroma of dark chocolate, anise, and roasted barley. Very nice.
Wow! This is one fantastic Porter. Big and robust with flavors of intense dark chocolate, hop bitterness, espresso bean, a hint of smokiness, and maybe a touch woody.
Full bodied mouthfeel with low lying carbonation.
This is the best Porter that I've yet to sample. Enough said.
Morey's Bottom Line: This is thicker and more flavorful than many breweries Stouts. I'm not usually a huge fan of the style, because if I'm going to drink a dark beer, I want to go all out. Well...fortunately for me, Founders went all out on this one. Cheers!
08-06-2011 23:30:28 | More by Morey
4.03/5 rDev -5.2%
Huhzubendah verbally assaulted me the other day once he realized that I had never reviewed this beer, that is because I have never had this beer. That is all about to change. At the time of this review, this is the #8 top American Porter on the beeradvocate.com best of lists. Served in a Bell's glass (which means I'm about to be verbally assaulted by Lunch for not having a Founders snifter).
Beer is dark, black, thin broken dark tan head of small bubbles, low carbonation, no lacing.
Aroma is roasty and chocolate, with a mild malt sweetness.
Beer is medium in body and a nice sweet finish that falls off quickly giving way to a mild bitterness and a moderate roastiness that fills the void of the palate. The lead off is a mild sweetness and some coffee. There isn't as much chocolate from the taste as there was in the aroma but it is a solid beer. I'd have it again.
08-05-2011 03:57:47 | More by drabmuh
4.33/5 rDev +1.9%
Bottle from the brewery.
Pours a deep, dark, inky brown topped by a modest beige head. A ring of foam persists, spots of lace cling to the sides.
Aroma of roast and chocolate milk, with a dry woody aspect. Very sweet like brown sugar and raisins.
It tastes exactly like it smells. I love when that happens. Has a rich roasty dark chocolate richness, black strap molasses and treacle, dark roast coffee, fruity raisin like sweetness all with a hint of licorice/anise lingering in the aftertaste. Finishes dry.
Medium mouthfeel, mid levels of cabonation, a tad slick.
Overall just a fantastic, complex, full flavoured porter.
08-04-2011 02:31:11 | More by MeisterBurger
3.63/5 rDev -14.6%
Picked this up for just around $1.79 at Total Wine in Marietta, Ga. Definitely cheaper than I had anticipated, after hearing so much good stuff about this beer.
A - Super dar, stout like pour. I put a flashlight up to and saw a little bit of mahogany color. Very pretty, actually.
S - Picking up some roasted (almost burnt) malt notes. Slightly metallic and also rubbery. Maybe this one's getting old or something, the date...well crap, the date on the bottle is from about 2 months ago. Not sure if that makes a difference. Smells kind of like a bon fire.
T - Bitter hops up front tag-teaming with the molasses-like malt flavors. I'm eating a fire, here and someone dropped some bacon in there. Not as sweet as I'd hoped, actually has a slight salty taste.
O - It's definitely not one of those lagers or brown ales where you could down 3 or 4 of them. Unlike Chad from "Chad'z Beer Reviews" I could not drink too many of these. Maybe I'm just a sissy, calling myself "Stoutish Dan" and all. Psh! Pozer!
08-03-2011 16:37:52 | More by StoutishDan
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
Reviewed from notes
Appearance: Holy crap! Look at that color! Its like mid-night on the Alaskan tundra! You know I love it when they are this dark!
Smell: Deeply roasted coffee and caramel aroma. I don't like coffee, but I really like it in beer for some reason...Really Malty smell as well
Taste: The coffee hits you first and then it smooths into maltiness and caramel. The more I drink, the smoother it goes down.
M-Medium body and smooth
08-03-2011 01:13:10 | More by brew3crew
4.4/5 rDev +3.5%
Michigan make your own six pack
A & S: very pungent well at least at first, but not complex. Scents of sweet chocolates and coffee. A slight smell of caramel. The beer is a moonless night black with interesting tiny bubbles rising to the surface when you look while you sip. Tan head that pours about a fingernail and fades pretty quickly to a ring around the glass. Decent amount of lacing that doesn't cling very well.
T & M: similar to the nose. Smokey especially at the finish. Very robust (especially at first), smooth and creamy. Background of bitter hops that come out strong towards the finish. Full bodied, med-low carbonation, a bit of a watery finish. Easy to drink for being such a high bodied robust beer.
O: very balanced, very enjoyable, another well made brew from founders.
07-30-2011 22:55:30 | More by minterro
4.21/5 rDev -0.9%
12oz bottle (bottled xx/31/11) received via trade - forget who sent it; sorry. Poured into a weizen glass because I'd already been using it.
Dark brown/black color with mahogany edges where the light shines through. Thin tan head.
Aroma is rich chocolate, dark roasty malt, and a hint of vanilla.
Taste is rich and roasty, sharply bitter, with some chocolate.
The balance is good in this porter and it's rich and flavorful. Far less watery than some other porters I've tried lately. This is one of the best porters I've had, although admittedly it's never been my favorite style.
07-29-2011 15:06:20 | More by draheim
4.2/5 rDev -1.2%
Jet black pour with a thick, frothy tan head that formed and left some sticky lacing with each sip. Amazing smell, roasted coffee, milk chocolate and heath bar. I could pour this over vanilla ice cream and be in heaven...Taste follows suit with the smell, roasted malts pave the way for a minimal coffee flavor, dark chocolate, slight bitterness on the end of the sip that blends coffee and hops just right. Very smooth and creamy texture with a mild carb level, hops seem to linger around after each sip. Very earthy-mild hop character that is more pronounced than I have experienced in a porter, but it is pleasant. Biscuity consistency with each sip, malt forward with a heavy roasted presence. Overall, this a good porter, one that I will certainly indulge in again.
07-26-2011 15:27:17 | More by jsdunlop
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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