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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,162 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,162
Reviews: 1,315
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 232
Gots: 476 | 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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Photo of stewart124


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark red color with ruby highlights. Little to no head.

Huge burnt caramel notes and some coffee in the nose.

Syrupy and sweet right off the bat. This leans more towards raisin and prune in character with a subtle but spicy hop note. The syrupy sweetness really pushes this beer and the style. Quite good and bold with a warming finish that just rounds out this delicious porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 20:21:57 | More by stewart124
Photo of Pellinore1


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

Pours very nearly black into a pint glass, producing a finger of light brown head. This quickly fades to some lacing.

Deep malts and roasted barley define the aroma, and a hint of bitter chocolate or coffee lurks in the back. Not too complicated, but this is just what I like to smell in a porter.

Fantastic malt roastiness, some of the coffee hinted at by the aroma, and a bit of toasted bread. Like the smell, the flavors are fairly simple, straightforward, and very close to my ideal for a porter.

This beer is smooth, almost creamy, and very pleasant. I could drink this all night.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 03:45:13 | More by Pellinore1
Photo of ChugginOil


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black in color with a fluffy head that leaves lacing as it dissipates.

S- Chocolate offerings right up front with coffee as well

T- Similar to the scent. Very robust and roasty. Sweet chocolate with a bitter cocoa backbone. Very pleasant.

M- Full mothfeel that covers the palate

D- Smooth and fulfiling. Ill drink it all day

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2011 02:58:51 | More by ChugginOil
Photo of tburus


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

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark caramel colored liquid. Minimal carbonation. One-finger tan head that dissolved into lacing quickly, staying think around the glass.

Smell: Primarily coffee aroma, with a bit of chocolate as it warms.

Taste: Again coffee dominates, but there are more complexities to it. Refreshing tingle on the tongue as it enters, followed by coffee on the palate, and chocolate on the sides. Reminiscent of the Breakfast Stout, but sufficiently unique and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Heavy bitter coffee aftertaste. Typically I am not a fan of this, but bitter coffee as a flavor in beer is something that's growing on me. More coffee aftertaste than the Breakfast Stout. Complex.

Drinkability: This is an excellent porter. Great dimension to the beer's flavor. And being on of the cheaper Founders offerings (~$10 per 6 pack), it is very much worth buying.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 07:08:36 | More by tburus
Photo of jrallen34


4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Haymarket into a 4oz tasting glass, first beer of the night, a good one for sure...Dark pour for porter, a nice black color with a really nice dark tan head that has good retention and lacing...The aroma is unique, lots of coffee but with a bite of hops, nuts and chocolate come through as well, slightly acetone note. I like this...The taste matches the aroma a coffee porter with some hops, yummy and balanced, and drinkable. This is a winner.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2011 01:11:45 | More by jrallen34
Photo of JCBears


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

App: nice dark almost coffee like nice head that settles quickly

Smell; rich coffee/toffee like little hints of spice around the edges

taste/MF: Highly coffeed taste that hits nicely. Bit thin mouthfeel but nice. good beer very nice coffee flavor great representation of the type.

overall: Loved it could drink this at breakfast or after coming in from a cold winter day. Drink warmer for nice effect

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 22:50:23 | More by JCBears
Photo of bucklemyshoe


4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 12/28/2010:

45 IBUs. 12 oz. bottle at 45 degrees into a pint glass.

A: It pours a completely opaque black color with a finger of khaki head that shows excellent retention and lacing.

S: Tangy medium and dark fruits, intense roasty coffee notes, some nuttiness, and mild notes of dark chocolate.

T: Strong coffee, bitter-sweet chocolate, and hazelnut early with sweet dark fruits and caramel taking over the palate, and edning in a dry grain taste.

M: It is oily slick and creamy with a medium body.

D: This is undoubtedly one of the best American porters.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 17:25:33 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of BillHilly


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

A: Classic stout/porter appearance, not quite the head retention of a good porter, thus the 4.

S: Roasted malt, light smoke.

T: Very balanced on the roasted malt, slight coffee with a mellow finishing note.

M: Perfect carbonation, light on the ABV, so not gradely highly on the M.

D: Worth a taste, got as an extra...thx Spdkilz, represents Porters very well...a worthy pursuit as a throw in. Would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 06:27:24 | More by BillHilly
Photo of DannyDan


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours out a dark brown body with a nice foamy brown head that has really good retention and excellent lacing.
S. A very pleasant aroma of roasted dark chocolate and roasted coffee along with some caramel and toffee with a smoke flavor.
T. The taste is roasted dark chocolate followed by some hops, some smoke flavor and some coffee flavor with more dark chocolate along with a toffee and caramel sweetness at the end.
The after taste is chocolate, but not too bitter.
M. The mouthfeel is a nice smooth and creamy feel that makes you want more.
D. This is a nice enjoyable drink and since this is a full bodied beer with good carbonation you might be satisfied with just one, but if you feel you can drink more than one i'd highly recommend it.
This porter is my #2 american porter behind Edmund Fitzgerald.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 03:51:04 | More by DannyDan
Photo of CPeterson


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A -- Deep black brew that leaves little if no light to come through. A nice heads that settles into a light skim.

S -- Coffee, toffee, dark chocolate, a hint of caramel and smoke.

T -- Roasty malts, a hint of coffee and chocolate up front, lightly bitter. Fades into a rich caramel / dark fruit sweetness that nicely balances the smoke and lends a very smooth, well balanced beer.

M -- Full bodied, almost creamy, medium carbonation, lightly drying.

D -- Very nice. Worth the buy and the repeat and regular rotation especially if you are a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 01:27:29 | More by CPeterson
Photo of Tucquan


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this again on 2012-04-24 in Columbia, PA

A - Almost opaque dark brown with a 1.5-finger head and moderate lacing.

S - Medium roasted grain, milk and dark chocolate, molasses, light dried plum. Rich smelling although not very strong.

T - Dark roasted/burnt grain and dark chocolate, chalk, roasted and hop bitterness that lingers but is balanced by a nice toasty and spicy sweet malt presence. Very robust and flavorful.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Smooth and creamy but not as thick as their FBS.

O - Impressive. When you want a roasty and robust porter with a good mouthfeel but want to keep the ABV on the lower side, this fits the bill. I'll have this again.

Initial review from 2010-06-10 in Lynchburg, VA (from tasting notes)

A - Dark brown with a short brown head 4.0

S - Coffee, chocolate, plum 4.0

T - Mocha sweetness, mild astringent coffee, dark chocolate. Good balance between the sweetness and bitterness with a touch of sour in the lingering aftertaste. 4.0

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Creamy. 4.0

D - A couple of these would be enjoyable. The ABV isn't that high and it doesn't feel heavy. 4.0

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 16:32:12 | More by Tucquan
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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Stella glass.

I needed to give this one another go because the last time that I consumed it, the entire six pack was all bottle bombs. This beer poured a blackness with a tan foam. The smell off the bat was pretty damn amazing. There was peat smoked malts and roasted malts similar to a strong coffee aroma. The taste was greatly similar to the smell, though the smoke was toned down really nicely felt that there was almost too much roast in the flavor, which is something that I thought I'd never say. There was a good chocolate flavor to tie everything together. The mouthfeel was a tad on the astringent side, but with that much roast it was rather expected. This is insanely easy to drink, I must admit I'm rather fond of this beer and am truly happy that I gave it a second chance.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 04:41:12 | More by Vdubb86
Photo of brewdoc75


4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark black in my pint glass with a brownish-white head. The head is minimal and dies fast. Moderate carbonation. Some mahogany hues on the sides.

S: Nice porter aromas with some dark chocolate, charred grain, and caramel notes. There is some hints of smokiness too. The chocolate seems most prominent, but is very inviting. Light sweetness in the end.

T: A bevy of dark flavors here with beautiful dark chocolate flavors, melding with hints of roastiness and smokiness. Finishes with a rich, caramel-toffee sweetness. This is quickly followed in the aftertaste by more dark chocolate and roasted flavors. Not overly roasty like a stout. The flavors in this beer balance out to make this ever-so flavorful. The hops are there to balance it out and maybe add a hint of citrus, but they are definitely not overtaking the beautiful malt flavors.

M: Nice, medium bodied ale with an overall smooth mouthfeel. Finishes clean. Moderate carbonation really fits the style.

D: This is an exceptional Porter. One of the best Porters I have ever had. Beautiful balance of flavors overall. Unlike some other Porters, this one has a ton of flavor. At the same time, it is extremely drinkable. I'm not sure if I can call this my favorite yet, but it is damn close.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 19:50:26 | More by brewdoc75
Photo of stephens101


3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The thin dark tan head dissipates quickly with no residual lace to speak of. Pure black core with dark brown edges when held to the light.

Some malt sweetness is noticed initially to the nose, followed by some almond nuttiness and mocha. Taste is more involved than the smell with a big malt sweetness, cocoa and a nice smokey graininess up front. Licorice and faint hops bring up the rear.

Almost heavy mouth-feel with a super-creamy core but a little dry at the edges which helps with the drinkability. A very faint alcohol heat exists in the aftertaste.

Perfect Porter for this winter's eve.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 00:15:49 | More by stephens101
Photo of DrDemento456


4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks pretty good! Color of deep dark amber brown with a half inch of foam that sticks around to a great looking ring.

S - Smells mostly of sweet chocolates and roasted coffee. Maybe a bit of hops but it's faint.

T - Wow that's pretty smooth! The bitterness is surprisingly low for a porter but is still their so its not a stout. Somewhat creamy coffee with just a touch of dark chocolates.

M - Medium bodied and ABV is well concealed.

D - Wow it's kind of like a lighter version of breakfast stout. Still so more bitter so it's true to the style. I do like it though and would drink it again. Sad to see this is more available than the breakfast stout but I would pick it up again.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 01:54:53 | More by DrDemento456
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4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours quite dark verging on black without a very large head, even with a vigorous pour.
Smells richly of roasted and toasted malts with a bit of coffee and espresso.
Tastes smokey with roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Some hops are present to give some bittering.
Thick full bodied beer. Smooth but with a little bit of grittiness.Tastes a bit watery too.
A good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 15:20:36 | More by micromaniac129
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4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours into a Duvel tulip super dark with a caramel/crema looking head. The head dissipates quickly but leaves a film over the top. A short swirl brings out more head and emphasizes the thick and sticky lacing. A really good looking porter.

The predominant aromas are dark roasted malt, smoke and coffee. The taste is bittersweet chocolate, espresso with some smoke if you really concentrate. Not too sweet at all due to a bitter finish. As the ale warms the sweetness recedes and the espresso bitterness comes forward making this a really enjoyable experience.

The mouth feel is slightly thicker than medium, but not by much. Thank goodness there's no wateriness (my kiss of death for a porter) like Bell's Porter or even to some extent Sierra Nevada Porter.

Not as drinkable as some other porters, but the qualities that make it less drinkable make it a better porter, if that makes sense. It's thicker and more filling. Also, more than one can seem decedent and glutinous.

I'll be honest, this was not a porter that I've always liked that much. I knew it was a good one, but I struggled to really appreciate some of its qualities. I didn't give up (I love most Founder's beers), and now I'm now far more likely to order it out and pick up a sixer. I struggled to rate the taste 4.0 or 4.5, but eventually went with the higher rating.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 02:43:21 | More by airheadmtrcycle
Photo of Franz4


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours dark with no light passing through, no head at all.

S- Toasted chocolate & graham cracker, chocolate covered coffee beans.

T- simple clean taste of chocolate covered coffee beans. Nice and roasty, well balanced.

M- light bodied for this dark of a beer, just the right amount of carbonation.

D- Very approachable dark beer for the evenings when you want that stout but something's keeping you from it. Very solid.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 00:48:34 | More by Franz4
Photo of AllFineThings


4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin caramelized looking head. Has a heavy smell of toffee, chocolate and coffee.

Tastes better and better as it warms, thick black body that let's you know this a real porter. The taste is the same as the smell.

By far my favorite porter and second favorite beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 23:57:32 | More by AllFineThings
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4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color: The beer pours a very dark brown color. A thick two finger mocha colored head settles nicely on top.

Smell: Coffee, vanilla, malts, and chocolate combine to make an excellent smell.

Taste: There is a real malty, mocha, vanilla taste that sits pretty heavily on the tongue.

This is a beer that is best suited by itself or one other. Very drinkable but very filling.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 00:17:21 | More by DerekStek
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4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Seductive lady on the label

Paired with a strip steak. Poured very black, with a nice dark tan head that stuck around. The smell was malty paradise. The taste was very nice, just a ton of roasty malts, cocoa, and a bit of caramel and toffee. The finish was mellow and nutty. Very smooth drinker.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 17:22:01 | More by sixerofelixir
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4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at lunch at Kieran's Pub in Minneapolis. Very pleased to see it on the menu. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Founder's Porter pours a very dark brown color, almost black, with about a finger of mocha colored head. Lacing is a moderate layer of fine film after it reduces.

Smell: Lots of roasted malts, some chocolate, and just a touch of smoke. It smells very rich.

Taste: I've got to say this is one of the richest porters I've ever tried. Lost of roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla. Classic porter taste, just great.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with a little carbonation. Viscous, very smooth and creamy on the palate. Delightful. This is absolutely an awesome tasting porter. My favorite of the style that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 21:54:32 | More by zhanson88
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4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into my Delirium snifter, Founders Porter is black with a massive foamy brown head. Between the pressure released when I cracked it, along with the overly foamy head, I feared infection, but none was found. The foamy leaves heavy chunks, rocky really, a bit Belgianesque.

Smell is caramel, almost nougat like. Really delicious.

Taste is very rich, this is a big ass porter, which I dig. Loads of cocoa, a little milk chocolate really, with a touch of caramel as well. Outstanding, wow.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonation but not overly so, medium bodied.

Drinkability is great, this a fantastic porter. The only frustration is the large head slows down the drinking! This is the best porter I've ever had, period.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 03:40:57 | More by ccrida
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3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a deep brown with a 2 finger mocha colored head. Great head retention and excellent lacing.

Smell- Roasted malts, caramel, coffee, subtle chocolate.

Taste- The flavor comes together very nicely in this one. Coffee and sweet chocolate notes right up front. Caramel and a nuttyness in the middle. The finish is dry and lingering with some bitter coffee. This beer is hard to put down!.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, I wish this was just a tad thicker.

Overall- Solid porter, I don't think Founders can make a bad beer! -DARK RICH SEXY-

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 03:03:24 | More by JLeege
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I will start by saying that I can not imagine a better example of the style. Poured into a porter glass, incredibly dark brown/black, faintly red on the edges where light can pass through. Creamy tan head, great retention and lacing. Massive roasted smell some coffee grinds, chocolate and toffee. Faint burned popcorn as well. Smooth on the tongue with the roasty dryness dominating the front, then sweetens out with the chocolate and toffee notes, then back to dry coffee like finish. Some alcohol warming as you get deep into this. New favorite porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 01:57:48 | More by stingrayvr6
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