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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,183 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,183
Reviews: 1,317
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 234
Gots: 480 | 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

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North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: HUGE head on this beer. It didn't gush out of the bottle, but it took a few minutes to get the entire beer poured even into my Duvel tulip. Pours black with 4 fingers or more of milk chocolate head. Head retention and lacing are both good. This probably is just a slightly overcarbonated batch, but the three I've drank out of the sixer have all done this. It's a bit of an inconvenience, but in a Duvel tulip it looks like a black and brown version of Duvel with that huge head.

S: Dark roasted malt and rich, sweet chocolate on the nose. Lots of sweet chocolate, which smells amazing.

T: Roasted malt followed by some chocolate flavors, though more subtle than expected. The finish is of dark roasted coffee with some bitterness.

M: Thick body with lots of carbonation, though it still manages to be fairly creamy textured. The carbonation accentuates the dark, roasted flavors well.

D: This beer is delicious and goes down very smoothly despite the carbonation.

Overall, a very good porter--definitely among the best I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 22:35:06 | More by n2185
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4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Dark, Rich & Sexy," says the bottle; it should also say, "Damn Delicious!" As we all know, porter was born a populist beer, named after the London dock workers who mostly drank it. In any case, porter is one of my favorite styles and this is one of the best I can recommend.

The appearance exemplifies the style: pitch black in color (or should it be "colour?"); the head is a creamy and luxurious one until it settles into a translucent film. The nose emits intense wafts of semi-sweet chocolate. One wants to bake a cake. This porter provides the eager palate with everything one thinks of when thinking of a porter: there are splendid notes of molasses and cocoa that compliments the fine toasted malt fade. The mouthfeel is excellent in that it offers a wonderful balance for the moderate 6.5 a.b.v. provided.

Founder's Brewing is a welcome addition to my local craft beer scene (Washington, DC) and their porter even more as I now keep at least one of these beauties in my fridge. (There is one waiting for me now....)

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 22:06:23 | More by jjboesen
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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured deep black into a pint glass, nice two finger head settles into a light lace. Some red when held up to the light, which was interesting. A nice porter tanginess with very light smoke on top of more roasted coffee and chocolate which develops towards the end of a sip of nicely carbonated smoothness.

I've already had half a glass writing this review. It's a drinker.

It's Founders, it's a porter. It's right in the right ways. Find it. Drink it.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 02:38:07 | More by OldIronLungs
Photo of Marty30


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

Served at 45 degrees into a pint glass.

A. Pours a thick black body with about a 1.5 inch mocha colored head. Nice carbonation. Head dissapates fairly quickly very little lacing.

S. Tons of roasted malts followed by milk chocolate and some cocoa. Brown sugar in there also.

T. Much like the smell, lots of roasted malts and milk chocolate get some coffee in there also, taste a little alchohol in the end. getting some earthy after taste. Very rich.

M. Very nice medium heavy mouth with good carbination.Coats the mouth all over.

D. This is an awesome Porter easily one of my favorites! This is my go to porter, could easily take down a sixer in a sitting. Every Porter fan must try this beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 20:20:55 | More by Marty30
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3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an anthracite black. Dark, rich and inky. A less than aggressive pour yields an overly foamy, tawny-colored head with impressive retention.

Aromas of toasted malt, coffee, bourbon and charcoal smoke.

Opens bold and full bodied with an onslaught of toasted malt. Dark chocolate and coffee accents surface. Middle opens up to rich flavors of molasses and bourbon. 45 IBU's announce a more than moderate hop presence. Anise notes begin melding with suggestions of baker's chocolate. Finishes bitter with a slightly metallic bite.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 20:19:07 | More by CaptainIPA
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New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with an inch of mocha head. Fades to a collar that leaves nice lacing down the glass.

Smells like coffee, roast, caramel, and citrus/herbal hops.

Taste follows smell, a lot of coffee in the begining giving way to a rush of caramel and roasted flavors. Its really a beautiful thing.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, little low on carbonation for me, but its sticky, oily, and full.

Drinkability is good. I'm not usually one to have 2 of the same beers in 1 night, but this is one I could.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 03:34:13 | More by bs870621345
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained good lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, cream. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a very good brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 13:34:26 | More by SFrankBrew
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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes of 2/4/11
Received this fine 12 oz. bottle from my friend Kaman in a mixed 6 beer swap.

A = Dark brown color with a slight reddish hue in full light. 2 finger head. Mild liquor like lace.

S = Sweet carmel, molasses, and vanilla cream.

T = Good carbonation. Mild smoke, coffee, and molasses. Clean but not too earthy. Malt like qualties without being overpowering.

M = Tingly and energetic on the tongue at first taste. Dry bitter finish. Semi pithy but pleasing.

D = Great drinker! A real "guys" porter for the refined working man. Dieing to try this on tap!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 02:34:13 | More by getgetgettleman
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4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle graciously placed in my mix-a-six from Abe's of Bethlehem, PA.

A- Very dark and heavy viscosity.... Very nice tan head with moderate foamy head.

S- Rich dark roasted coffee and bittersweet cocoa....

T- Very hearty and very nice espresso profile... not too sweet like similar porters.

M- Very rich and dense.

D- This is a very top-notch porter in my book. i could drink these all night!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 00:59:59 | More by TheSupremeAJ
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4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Inky black, all but opaque. Moderate tan head with creamy, fine bead, moderately good retention, and some lacing.

Aroma-Smells like roasted malt, with notes of coffee, chocolate, and dark bread crusts. Very slight hint of smoke. Some earthy hop aromas are present in the background.

Flavor-Perfect for the style-quite roasty, but doesn't cross over into burnt malt flavors. Up front, the roast is very coffee like, though on the back end, a pleasant chocolate note shows through. Lightly sweet, though finishes moderately dry. Some earthy hop flavors appear alongside the roast in the finish, and a medium low hop bitterness emerges.No astringency.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body, moderate to moderately low carbonation. Smooth, creamy body. Awesome.

The flavor and aroma are quite good on this one, but it's the mouthfeel that makes this so damn drinkable. Silky smooth on the palate-it's the kind of beer that leaves you excited for the next sip.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 04:49:29 | More by plfahey
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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another from excellent trader Brian44556. Cheers mate!

6.5% ABV and no idea how expensive...

The new Darkest Era album is spinning - YES!!!!

Pours silky black with only the faintest hint of deep ruby red at the edges. A short, creamy tan head disappears quickly. Lacing is sparse.

If the Founders guys have mastered one thing, it appears to be the aromas they can coax from their ingredients. The KBS is legendary...This porter is fantastic as well. Lots of roasted malt fills the room, not just your nostrils. It's everywhere...It smells like a cup of espresson, some dark chcolate and some fresh baked french bread all mixed together at once. I also get some cinnamon, a hint of molasses and a tiny faint hint of barrel-aging. Fabulous.

Um, holy cow wow! The flavor is...it's unreal...It's certainly a porter, but it's smoother. The initial hint is a blazing whip of malt tang - chocolate and espresso backing it up. But it quickly rounds out into something else. It's like a morning cup of coffee and a chocolate doughnut, but without too much, if any, sugar. The mouthfeel is rich and full, but not billowing or thin. It helps to enhance the flavors. Alcohol is masked completely, by the way. Finish is a wonderful mix of hops and chocolate covered espresso (not beans, just the espresso)...Long and bitter and excellent. An elite ale...I can hardly find fault in it. Like the Darkest Era album, it's fantastic and worth tracking down at all costs.

What I like most: Pretty much everything.

What I like least: Almost nothing, I can find fault only in that I'd like a slightly bigger, fuller head.

Verdict: World class version: unique, smooth, rich and wonderful. Get it.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 01:28:18 | More by SolomonGrundy
Photo of rings


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Big and dark brown, with a milk chocolate head, this thing checks in a little heavier than most, at 6.5 percent ABV. There's a full rounded mouthfeel and excellent head retention, indicating a nice protein body, with a generous and completely balanced hop finish.

Although not as well known as many of their offerings, this is an above average porter, an excellent winter warmer, and one well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 18:34:51 | More by rings
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4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to brian44556 for sending me this one...

A-dark brown, almost black with a nice thick dark tan colored head

S-really thick scent of chocolate covered cocoa beans. smells amazing!

T-mmm Founders sure knows how to brew good beer. it comes in with a nice sweet chocolatey taste and ends with a great mocha after-taste. Its a strong after-taste that lasts quite a while. there is a bitterness that seems to stay throughout the taste. This is quite a great porter!

M-really thick and a good medium carbonation with slightly watery finish

D-a lot of flavor plus not a lot of alcohol makes this quite the drinkable beer. I could have this all night. I really hope to have this again!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 04:16:22 | More by AdamBear
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4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With a vigorous pour, this brew makes about a finger and a half thick head of dark khaki, and has a pitch black colored body that allows absolutely no sunlight through it.

The aroma is light with metallic hops, and a good coffee fragrance too.

Taste wise it's more than on par with semisweet chocolate, coffee.

Feel wise it's on the creamy side with a little oily slickness, which is a bit surprising since this isn't loaded with hops.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 19:58:23 | More by TheSarge
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle.

A very dark walnut colored body with a large four finger head. Dark cocoa colored at first of head bubbles but seems to settle down and get lighter in color as time goes on. Some lacing. She looks good.

Great cream smell, roast, fresh brewed coffee, and some sweet malt. This smells just great a mish mash of many things which all get a turn. I can't get over how creamy this smells with a grain husk like sense.

Taste is a great chocolate at first, with good malt chew. Aftertaste has some hop finish with honey. Lots of flavors that come out throughout the tasting. THe honey on finish is surprising where did that come from. Not too wet either, just right, hardly noticeable alcohol content.

This is a great American Porter what can I say, really like it alot.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 01:01:33 | More by smakawhat
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3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Black pour. Big tightly, beaded head with a lovely creamy foam atop. Clingy lace. Great aroma of a mixture of roast and hops with underlying cocoa and vanilla. Light, oily texture. Very creamy. Upfront a good mixture of chocolate malt and hops. Tasteful roastiness,and more slick malts follow. Finish is sweet,with roasty notes, then lingering hop, chocolate, and mocha notes. Little under mid glass this has lost a little body. Overall though, a great mixture of hop, chocolate, and mocha flavors. Loses some points as the sweet taste was not there to complement the sweet aroma I picked up. Nice spotty lace all over the empty glass. Tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 03:37:21 | More by CuriousMonk
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New York

3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A week after guzzling down many Deschutes Black Butte porters, I'm happy to test the yield of this fine Founders Porter bottle. Yup, it's beer!

It looks inviting, just like that classy lady on the bottle that says dark and sexy. It's nearly black, with brown edges and a tan head that laces adequately as tiny bubbles cling to the glass. The smell hits you immediately with a malt hop mix that has a bit of almost chemical overtones, maybe soap, and then bitter chocolate. Taste is malt first, with coffee and chocolate in the middle. The bitterness of the 45 IBU's listed on the bottle is there in the finish. That helps it drink clean.

With the 6.5% alcohol, and the medium body that reminds me of a brown, this baby is one I can repeat. The only problem is the bottle cost in New York separates it from other comparable options that won't hurt the wallet as much.

That said, I'm still in love with Founders, and I want to see about this lady's phone number...

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 00:16:04 | More by afksports
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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour was rather thick. It had a very dark brown color. The pour produced a roasted looking head, but with little formation.

The aroma had some cool things working for it. It had a roasted coffee smell, a liquorish aroma at times, and an overall malty goodness.

As I expected the taste had a thickness to it. The taste was similar to the aroma. This had a really good robust flavor that was really smooth. It had a dry chocolate flavor, but not sweet. There was also a smooth roasted coffee flavor with a slight bitterness. A liquorish flavor showed up now and again along with dark fruits.

Conclusion: A good sipping porter. I had this while smoking a cigar and it was a great paring. This was an elegant porter and the price was very reasonable.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 16:32:59 | More by LacquerHead
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4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single 12oz bottle (no date) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pitch black beer - I'm not even seeing any light getting through the sides. Head dies down to a dark tan ring around the edge and a thin film across the top. Some lacing here and there - strands and sheets. The label says "Dark, Rich & Sexy". Definitely the darkest porter I've ever had.

Smell: When first poured and cold, it smells of raisins and rich sweet malt. As it warms up, the fruitiness goes away a bit and is replaced with a richness of mild chocolate and roasted malts. Nicely appealing.

Taste: Definitely a rich brew here. The best I can describe this beer is like sipping a scoop of rich bittersweet chocolate ice-cream that has been put into a stout. That stout bitterness end is there, but the chocolate shines through with a milk-like creaminess. As it warms up the bitterness at the end becomes more pronounced - a mix of coffee-like bitterness and some hints of citrus hops. Very tasty porter this one.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with some carbonation along for the ride. Pretty good.

Drinkability: Yep, I could have another one, and I can see this beer pairing with so many things. It did really well with Welsh Rabbit, and I think it would be fantastic with a steak or a burger, and with dessert as well. The alcohol is well hidden and I'm not noticing it at all by the end of the glass. A dark, rich, and sexy beer indeed.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 00:11:00 | More by damndirtyape
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District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting beer from Founders. I've never been so up an down in categories on any beer before!

The pour is great, super lacing and a black hue with flashes of brown on the sides, the head is a khaki color. Beautiful.

Smell is not so beautiful since I barely even get any aroma off this tapped beer at all. Roasted nuts, flutters of yeast...roasted malt and some chocolate maybe, just a very disappointing aroma from a super solid brewery.

Taste is a huge improvement in the smell. A Big fudgy beer with charred malt, hop bitters, and an overall trail mix like taste that all compliment each other.

Mouth is a little over carbonated for me and medium in feel. A mostly solid beer, I'm just surprised Founders would produce a beer with such a weak aroma and not awesome feel.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2011 00:24:42 | More by Dreadnaught33
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4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- deep onyx black, trace head on top, nice lacing.

S- chocolate, coffee, licorice, mild roasted scent.

T- licorice, dark chocolate, hint of coffee.

M- heavy body, goes down smooth.

D- This is THE porter in my opinion. Try it, but it is a sipper and makes any fireplace or campfire a spiritual experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 22:31:27 | More by BeerLover99
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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
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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
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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
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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
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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