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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,587 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,587
Reviews: 1,342
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 267
Gots: 622 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

nmann08, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

BrewinHeadBanger, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

IlPostino, Dec 04, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

josefnewsong, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

vncolbert, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of sweethome
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Midnight pour...so dark and mysterious for a porter. Big tan head lingers for some time. Great lacing right off the bat. As beer consumed - it just got better.

Nose is dominated by rich chocolate. Can almost taste a lush melted chocolate off the nose. A hit of roast malt and just a bit of floral hop aroma in the back. The roast came out more as the beer opened up.

Smooth entry - builds out with the chocolate malt, the roast is more pronounced in the taste. Perfect balance between the two...then the bittering hops add their own balance. No discernable bittering hops, just enought to help clean out the palate for the next sip. Tasting bittersweet chocolate on this long finish. A hint of musty yeast on the finish - but in a good way like the best british porters on cask.

A lovely complexity of flavor...when porter is done to this level, it is one of my favorite styles. Fantastic flavor development and perfect use of hops for the style. They don't take over the beer, rather compliment the underlying flavor and provides a cleansing to the palate.

My goodness, the roastiness develops more and more with each sip.

I put this up with a few of my favorite Porters - Smuttynose and Great Lakes Ed Fitz (on tap circa early 1990's). Those ad few tasty ones I had on cask in english pubs too long ago to remember the brewery...

This may be my favorite Founders beer to date, which is really saying something.

sweethome, Dec 03, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

escapegoat, Dec 03, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

GHeinze89, Dec 03, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

joebry81, Dec 03, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Kaydogg, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of rodney45
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Completely opaque, with garnet outlines on the sides. Espresso foam colored head.

S: Slightly savory, almost meaty, no joke. Big malt and smokey aroma as well.

T: The first tastes are wood smoke, burnt oak, walnut and deep espresso. Charred or burnt meat is also present. Slightly bitter for a Porter with a nice hop profile. Light dry finish with a taste of semi sweet chocolate cookies.

M: lightly carbonated, but bitter for a porter.

O: Unique example of a porter. I can imagine drinking this in any industrial revolutionary wine sink in london. I like the burnt smoky flavor, but it might be a little bit over-done.

rodney45, Dec 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

bcc1989, Dec 02, 2011
4.25/5  rDev 0%

THEOPTIMATOR88, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of tgorgz
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P/A: On draft at Fuel & Fuddle in Pittsburgh, PA.
Very dark chocolate- think 80%, with a milk chocolate head.

S: Good amount of coffee. Not as much chocolate as expected.

T: It kind of seemed to run together a little. More coffee than anything else.

M: Think, chewy, excellence.

O: Well done, folks. Not my fave from Founder's, but an excellent beer.

tgorgz, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

TheNightwatchman, Dec 02, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

blange3, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

jordanmiller, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Diomede, Dec 01, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

kevgod, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of quirkzoo
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdiggitydawg for a great locals for locals trade.

pours straight black with one finger of khaki head that recedes to nice thin layer. The aroma is really strong with roasted malts. Lots of chocolate and coffee, some roastiness, some dark fruits with a touch of alcohol. Taste is a like the nose with a really strong chocolate and coffee with just enough bitterness to balance it out. The mouthfeel is appropriate for the style. Definitely a nice porter, wish it was distributed to my area.

quirkzoo, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

PaBeerLover, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

bigdipip, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

mscott1975, Nov 30, 2011
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,587 ratings.