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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter

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5,612 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,612
Reviews: 1,343
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 267
Gots: 632 | 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:
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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

ortie, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

jbck109, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

leeo, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

hotglassmama, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

duceswild, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of climax
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours about as black as a beer gets. The head is a pretty dark shade of tan and has excellent retention. Lacing is no slouch either; the thick curtain sticks to the pint glass like glue.

Lots of chocolate and a dash of roasty bitterness come from the first whiffs. As I dwell further, I notice there is a generous abundance of hops as well, a welcome scent. Ripe fruit esters, caramel, cream, and coffee accent the aforementioned flavors, rounding out a nicely complex aroma.

Balance is excellent in the flavor, and it's extremely well-rounded. The torch get's passed from sweet up front, to slightly tart and astringent midriff, and finally to dry and bitter in the aftertaste. The chocolate and coffee are assertive, but there's a lot more going on in here, excellent. The finish is where the earthy hop profile seems to take hold, the leafy and grapefruit character is definitely evident.

The feel is very silky and smooth (like conditioner - goes on first to clean zhe hair). There is a good amount of viscosity, yet it's lightened up by sharp, but brief, carbonation. The dry finish begs for another sip.

Founder's certainly nailed this one. It's a model of complexity, and covers all the bases well. In addition, it's a year round offering that's easy on the wallet.

climax, Nov 30, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

spamages, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of RudiNicole
5/5  rDev +17.6%

RudiNicole, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours with two fingers of tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles slowly and leaves moderate lace.

S - a strongly roasty aroma with coffee and a bit of chocolate.

T - smoky coffee and some dark chocolate up front. A little bit of spice comes out in the middle with notes of chicory and licorice. Finishes with lots of coffee and moderate malt bitterness.

M - a fairly thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - nicely done, this is a bit on the thick side for a porter, but very well balanced and flavorful.

nickfl, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Half finger milk chocolate head with some lacing. dark black without light passing through.

A: lots of chocolate with dark roast and coffee notes. The smell is very sweet.

T: mostly dark roasted malt and coffee with the choclate in the sweet finish and less doimianting than in the aroma. A decent hop bitterness intermixed.

M: thick and full bodied, light to moderate carbonation, very smooth.

Overall: A very drinkable porter. Porter is one of my least favorite genres however this is a very good beer.

kylehay2004, Nov 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

cmonfradi, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

SteelCityHops89, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

chcfan, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

fuzzcherry, Nov 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

HungarianCount, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

spkissane, Nov 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

AlexM, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of BPudd
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: A hard pour that resulted in black bodied brew with a large inch of coco colored head that slowly faded.

S: Not overly complex but coffee notes were strong at first, followed by a semi-sweet chocolate.

T: More complex than smell as coffee flavors are bold at first then a vanilla note precedes the semi-sweet chocolate malts. . Dark fruits made their presence as the beer settled.

M: Medium bodied, rich & creamy

O: One of the best porters I've had recently. Rarely does Founders disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

BPudd, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

JAHMUR, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of tjkinate
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great Porter!

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: From a hard pour this nearly black bodied brew created a 2 fingered, frothy cocoa colored head that displayed great retention fading into a thin film. Good lacing was left in its wake and remained until I finished the beer.

S: Coffee notes were quite strong, followed nicely by semi-sweet chocolate. Less complex than others.

T: Coffee flavors are less prominent than the smell indicated allowing wonderful vanilla notes to poke through being backed by the semi-sweet chocolate malts. Dark fruits made their presence as the beer warmed adding another dimension to this already surprising porter.

M: Medium bodied, rich and creamy, coats the mouth thoroughly and evenly.

O: Just might be the best porter I have ever had.

tjkinate, Nov 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

syndelee, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

mcb4538, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

anwo56, Nov 27, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A true porter indeed.
It pours dark black, nice tan head that cascades nice as you pour. The head maintains to lace somewhat from a moderate carbonated, full bodied brew. Though its not overly thick.

Aroma of dark roasted malts carry into the taste with dark chocolates, cocoa, charred wood, coffee and a toffee sweetness.

Easy on the mouth with a hop oil coat yet a slight burnt toast dryness.

A robust porter, well made.

chilidog, Nov 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Lozanoa11, Nov 27, 2011
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,612 ratings.