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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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6,213 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,213
Reviews: 1,428
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 317
Gots: 940 | FT: 25
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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Ratings: 6,213 | Reviews: 1,428
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of dafla67
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
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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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Arborescence
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Gfhislop
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first ever Founders beer, had a little over a year ago. I hated it initially for being so dark, now its actually lighter than most of what I buy

A- Pours essentially black with a tan head. Not as thick and oil-like as the Imperial Stout, but it does not disappoint.

S- This flirts more with the idea of a stout than a porter. Big roasty aroma, mild chocolate, solid hop presence that is indicative of Founders.

T- Initially, was too intense for me now. A year later, its taste is comparable to run of the mill imperial stouts, which is an accomplishment for a porter. Plenty of chocolate and roasty character, and the signature hop presence that reminds you this is Founders you're dealing with.

M- A little thin, but I have been spoiled by the thickest, heartiest offerings from this company and others. Not disappointing in the least.

O- This is the one that started me down the path of craft beer. Out of their year round offerings, this is a solid contender with Dirty Bastard over which is best in the dark category. With more focus on flavor and aroma, this one is a must try.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of flagmantho
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: completely black with a murky body and a thick finger of frothy tan foam. Looks good.

Smell: rich, creamy, chocolatey aroma which is rather smooth for a porter. There is also a light and earthy hop component. I like it!

Taste: rich, creamy, chocolatey and smooth flavor; after a few seconds the coffee comes out. Bitterness is smooth at the end and well-balanced; what a great porter.

Mouthfeel: medium body with an exceedingly well-integrated carbonation. Super silky smooth and very creamy. Wondrous!

Overall: just a wonderful tasting porter and an all-round pleasant drinking experience.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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