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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,354 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,354
Reviews: 1,328
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 247
Gots: 530 | 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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Photo of angelogarcia3

New York

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%

An excellent beer with a very dark color that allowed no light to passthrough it. The dark tannish head reveals aromas of chocolate and molasses. Slight carbonation but still thick in body reminds me of a Belgian dark chocolate thick shake in body and flavor. The Belgian dark chocolate finishes with a slight espresso bitterness. Went well with the pulled pork sliders at Ginger Man in NYC.

05-31-2011 23:54:57 | More by angelogarcia3
Photo of jgreenearrow


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours an opaque deep brown (nearly black) color. No light passes through this beer. A thin, creamy, light brown head develops on the top of the pour with lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Espresso and cocoa beans dominate the nose on this beer. Some sweet molasses and malt notes also present.

T: Sweetness of molasses and malt bursts onto the tongue at the onset of the sip. Chocolate and espresso blend into the middle of the sip, accompanying the sweetness. At the finish, the sweetness fades to a distinct bitterness of espresso and some earthiness.

M: This beer has a medium body. It is somewhat creamy on the tongue with decent carbonation.

Overall this is a tasty porter, one of the best that I have had. This is a great offering in the Founders lineup.

05-30-2011 02:07:51 | More by jgreenearrow
Photo of secondtooth


4.45/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a death black, with a thick head of tan foam. Thick lace, too.

Aroma is roasted dark chocolate. Mmmm. Already a winner before it hits the tongue.

Flavor is strong -- bold chocolate. Finish gets the roasted burnt malts. This one's a sturdy, heavy-bodied treat, and undeniably a picture perfect porter.

05-28-2011 19:19:33 | More by secondtooth
Photo of Sensaray


3.73/5  rDev -12.2%

Pours a frothy robust brown head. Dark brown body. A bit of lace down the glass.

Smells of hops, chocolate, coffee. The chocolate is most notable to me. It smells very good.

The chocolate and roasted coffee come out first. The finish does have some hoppy bitterness to it, but is always kept at bay the sweet malt flavors im getting. Hop spice up front.

Mouthfeel is creamy medium to heavy body with a dry finish. Spiciness is present.

Overall this smelled really good but I wasn't really feeling it. Worth a try.

05-28-2011 00:09:31 | More by Sensaray
Photo of mooselvlt


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

poured from 12 oz bottle into stange

A - Pours dark, almost black with a very nice 2 finger tan head with great retention. Slowly settles and leaves decent lacing

S - Mocha, chocolate, grains...nice

T - Exactly as the nose. Mocha/coffee, slight hint of chocolate, tasty malts. Warm and earthy!

M - Medium, moderate carbo, warm, lingering alcohol. Exactly as I would expect a porter to be.

O - Simply awesome. For a straight up porter its hard to beat this one I would think. I used to love this style and drifted away from it for a long time into the IPA world but I'm coming to love them again. Founders does it again! I love this brewery

05-27-2011 07:22:17 | More by mooselvlt
Photo of gregshead


4/5  rDev -5.9%

Tasted on 4/16/11. Reviewed from notes:

A: Pours a thin black w/ a half finger head.

S: Chocolate and maybe espresso on the nose

T: Lots of roasted tones w/ a little bit of a dry espresso finish. Very subtle flavors for a a porter

M: Good carbonation with a light/thin feel

O: A very solid porter overall. One of the better porters I could drink on a regular basis if it were in my area.

05-23-2011 04:52:45 | More by gregshead
Photo of r0nyn

New York

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from a bottle into my trusty Troegs pint glass. Gotta say, I'm really digging the design of this label. Classy and understated.

Mostly opaque, with very slight reddish edges when held up to the light. Inky dark with an off-white head that leaves some loose lacing. Rather prominent malty component can be detected in the initial whiff, followed by sweetish notes of chocolate, along with some roasted coffee. Quite nice.

Definite hoppiness in the first sip, as advertised. Founders definitely meant for this to be a balanced beer and it shows. The hops and mild bitterness are offset by the sweet malt and the smooth chocolate from the nose. These flavors blend together well, fusing as the brew warms. It's a very clean, well-done combination. Alcohol isn't really detectable at all. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a good weighty feel and a slick finish. Makes for very smooth, easy drinking.

Founders has yet to disappoint me and their Porter keeps the streak going. I usually like their heavier stuff, but this porter is probably the best I've had the pleasure of experiencing. Another quality beer from a quality brewery.

05-21-2011 02:45:37 | More by r0nyn
Photo of titosupertramp


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

Thanks to baconislife for the opportunity to re-try this.

A: Dark as any porter I can remember seeing. Just the slightest hint of brown at the top edge when held to light, otherwise opaque. Not quite 1 finger of tan head that quickly recedes to a sparse film with some lacing.

S: Subtle, but delicous smelling. Smells almost like coffee cake. Roasted coffee, chocolate, molasses/brown sugar. There's a faint fruit smell as well...want to say raisin.

T: Largely follows the nose. The mix of roasted and sweet tastes are blended perfectly throughout and finishes with just a slight bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. Coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, roasted or burnt malts and maybe some smokiness.

M: Full, rich and creamy.

O: Nice, nice beer. I'm really glad that I got a second chance to try this beer because I wasn't overly impressed the first time around..must have been in a bad mood at the time or something. Anyway, this is good one.

05-19-2011 01:09:24 | More by titosupertramp
Photo of JayS2629


4.45/5  rDev +4.7%

A dark black color with brown tinges, a creamy tan head with great retention and creamy walls of lace. The smell is of char, dark chocolate, and coffee. Full, robust aromas of roasted malts. The taste follows with roasted malts, burnt sugar, coffee, dark chocolate, and caramel with earthy notes of hops peeking through. Thick for a porter. Bold body, creamy mouthfeel, and smooth drinking. Very enjoyable, roasty goodness.

05-17-2011 20:20:22 | More by JayS2629
Photo of InebriatedJoker


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from bottle into pint goblet - No best by date visible.

A: Poured as dark as the dress the pretty lady on the lable was wearing, One finger head that dissipated in a thin off white lacing - decent carbonation .

S: Deep roasted malts with light hop hints, charcoal.

T: Dark bitter coffee hints with deep roasted malt , smokey charcoal flavors with a slight hop presence.

O: This Poter can hold it's own with any other Porter made ( or at least every Porter I have tried to date) , as it warms the flavors become more prevelant and diverse - well blended and balanced .

A tasty treat for those who love a smokey Porter.

05-16-2011 02:05:01 | More by InebriatedJoker
Photo of AnPiobaire

New York

4/5  rDev -5.9%

I poured the Founders Porter from a 12 oz bottle into a glass goblet at about 49 degrees. It poured a dark brown with minimal head and a little lacing.

The nose was raosted coffee and some smoke.

The taste had coffee like acidity with some subtle underlying notes of bakers chocolate. The porter finishes crisply with a bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is thin with moderate carbonation and a clean finish.

Overall this is a nice porter which is not overpowering and is easy to drink. Enjoy!!!

05-15-2011 18:35:23 | More by AnPiobaire
Photo of StlHopHead77


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%

A-Pours out an inky,coal black body that supports 2 1/2 inches of rich,dense,mocha head that gradually reduced down to a 3/4 inch ring that lasted for the duration and left spotty but gummy strands of lacing.

S-Real nice medium/dark roast coffee,chocolate cake,dark chocolate ganache,burnt toast and charred malts.

T-Strong,quality coffee,bittersweet chocolate,burnt sugar,caramel and ash.

M-Medium bodied with good viscosity and creaminess.Coats the tongue well with a nice dark bitterness.Silky smooth.

O-Beyond solid.Can Founders do no wrong?

05-15-2011 13:55:06 | More by StlHopHead77
Photo of mater


4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

A-Coke color looking pour with a nice 1.5 finger chocolate milk looking head that didn't stay around for long, but the lacing was pretty good.

S-I can pick up toasty malts, coffee and a hint of chocolate. The smell actually isn't very strong.

T-Much better than the smell. The roasted malts hit you first, then it's a lot more chocolatey than the smell and finishes with a bitter espresso after taste.

M-Medium feel, but it's pretty creamy.

O-Really solid porter, between this and Edmund Fitz I'm set.

05-15-2011 07:28:16 | More by mater
Photo of azdback


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%

Thanks to xanok for this extra. Poured into my custom etched "dead man's hand' pint glass. Dark in color but I think I would call this deep dark brown, not black. Just a bit of light get's through at the edges. Head is a big two fingers and dark root beer float color and appearance.

Smell is roasted coffee with a bit of bread coming through and some chocolate nibs.

Taste is really good. Brown sugar sweet with roasted coffee and the bitterness or tartness from the chocolate or a cranberry/cherry??

The mouth is exactly what a porter should be. I know this is Founders and the "over the top-o-meter" is maxed out, but I am putting that aside. This is spot on for the style. It is rich and silky front and smooth late with just a bit of dryness.

Overall I really enjoyed this extra. I live in Deschutes distribution area and Black Butte has been my go to Porter for years, but if this was distributed here also I think I would have a new "go to" porter. Thanks again to xanok for this extra.

05-13-2011 06:20:26 | More by azdback
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.95/5  rDev -7.1%

12oz bottle poured into my HotD tulip.
Bottled 2.15.11 Damn black ink!!!

A- Deep brown, almost not head at all. Some dark tan on the edges.

S- Malts and coffee.

T- Coffee, Chocolates, burnt sugars.

D- Mild, no bitterness.

O- Nicely smooth for a Porter. I would say this is a good example of the style.

05-12-2011 04:33:34 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of SirBenton


4.25/5  rDev 0%

Pours great with a deep dark brown; almost black with a good amount of head. the smell is subtle but chocolate and espresso are prominent. a good swirl brings the smell out nice. the taste is amazing; especially the warmer it gets. I found it best served slightly chilled past room temperature. the flavors of chocolate and espresso are melded wonderfully; the bite of alcohol finishes off your sip. This beer goes down smooth and doesn't disappoint. For my first founders beer, this does not let down. can't wait to try more!

05-11-2011 04:33:25 | More by SirBenton
Photo of GoldenVIKE


4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

A-Not a lot of head--suggest splashing the beer right away to bring out the head a bit--I poured too much down the side of the glass, so this may have been my fault. The minimal head that did exist was a pleasing mocha color, but the overall lack of head was the only problem I had with this otherwise great beer. The body was rich, black, and sexy as advertised :-) Not much light will penetrate this stuff except perhaps around the edge.

S-sweet, coffee, biscuit with a nice subtle roastiness

T-wow this is a full-flavored, sweet, roasty, amazing beer. obvious flavors are chocolate and coffee with perhaps some hints raisin and biscuit. Alcohol is blended in nicely and doesn't stand out too much.

M-nice full body. average carbonation for a porter.

O-reminds me of drinking hot chocolate as a kid. nice smooth and flavorful, sweet drink. Gives you a warm feeling despite the low ABV. One of the best porters around.

05-10-2011 01:51:17 | More by GoldenVIKE
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


4/5  rDev -5.9%

appearance: "Silky Black" according to the Founders site, but through light it seems a very deep red. Pretty brew in any case. Slight tan head, little lacing.
smell: That burnt porter edge but balanced with caramel sweetness.
taste: As the nose portends. burnt but balanced well.
overall: This may go in regular rotation.

05-07-2011 21:43:18 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of BarryMFBurton


4.58/5  rDev +7.8%

A sad day, indeed...moving out of my first college apartment. I have definitely made a ton of memories here. To celebrate this bittersweet moment, I'm cracking open a classic: Founders Porter. I bought a sixer of this once (right as I was getting into craft beer), and, to be honest, I wasn't too sure about it. However, when I saw a thread in the forum about how "sexy" this beer is, I figured I'd give it another go. Why not? I've found that, when you're drinking Founders, there's no such thing as buyer's remorse. Plus, due to some sort of shortage of bottlecaps, my local liquor store just happened to have a few aged bottles. This particular one has been on the shelf for at least a month in-store. And, if you want to know the true mettle of a craft brewer, there's no better way than that.

A: A dark, dark reddish brown. I'd say 95% of the light that goes through it is captured by the alluring darkness of the body. The head, although quite minimal, is a thick, dark tan. Superb lacing. So far, so sexy...

S: The nose is a great boozy/chocolate concoction. No hops, but tons of earthy yeast with smoky afterthoughts.

T: Tons of complexity - the "wow" factor is big on this one. It opens with a stunning bitterness that swarms the tastebuds. Hops are incredibly earthy and serene, like the smell of a fresh-cut lawn. Pleasant, to say the least. The smoky hues are big and bold, and the yeast is a bready work of art. What a great drinking experience.

M: Once again, a good micro-carb from Founders. I was expecting a little less, being that it's a porter, but this brewer had other ideas. It's nice, but there are times where the carb is too much and whole thing comes off as too light for its palate. Still, a great overall drink.

O: Founder's Porter: is it really a beer that can be described as sexy? After trying it, there's only one way I can think to answer: hell yeah! Founders certainly knows what great craft beer is, and they show it without a doubt in this brew. For the money, there's no better porter out there.

05-06-2011 22:25:55 | More by BarryMFBurton
Photo of Rifugium


3.9/5  rDev -8.2%

First had: on tap at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, Chicago, IL

Poured dark brown to black, with a minimal tannish head that recedes to a film. Dark chocolate and roasty malts in the aroma. Malty malty flavor, with notes of dark chocolate and cocoa and some caramel sugar. Medium to heavy mouthfeel, smooth, and very drinkable.

05-06-2011 20:46:47 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Puddintane


4.47/5  rDev +5.2%

Oily black pour with a tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, hazlenut, roasted malt, earthy hops, toffee and coffee. Flavors of rich dark chocolate, booze soaked dark fruits, coffee, caramel, bitter/earthy undertones. Thick body, rich/roasty/bittersweet and satisfying throughout with a bitter/roast finish. Overall, there are two porters that tie for my favorite. This and Edmund Fitzgerald. They both kind of go beyond of what I usually get from this style. This is one amazing brew, there’s lots of beers double in strength that fail to capture its focus and flavor.

05-06-2011 15:32:04 | More by Puddintane
Photo of boralyl


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

A - Pours a small dark tan head that disappears fairly quickly leaving minimal lacing. The beer is a deep dark brown and is mostly opaque.

S - Chocolate, roasted malts and some molasses are the main components of the aroma.

M - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. It has a somewhat smooth creamy feel.

T - Light cocoa up front followed by roasted malts. A little bit of a hop kick towards the middle proceeded by a dry roastiness and light hop bitterness.

A truly excellent porter. It's got great body to match the delicious taste. The roasted malts provide several layers of flavor in the taste.

05-06-2011 01:24:31 | More by boralyl
Photo of ColdPoncho


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Can't find the date on the bottle.

A - Solid, deep brown/black body. Small, tight light brown head. Good look.

S - Vegetal/roasty sweetness, Chocolate, black licorice. It's a good smell, but theres something in it that smells a bit plastic-like, and thats somewhat of a turnoff

T - Well, this is delicious. Nice roasted malts are in dominance here, with some good chocolate, licorice and other subtle undertones. A well done taste for sure.

M - This is impressively thick and smooth. But not too much. I think this is perhaps the ideal mouthfeel for a porter.

O (D) - Well, it's a great tasting, very drinkable, not too heavy beer. What more can you ask for? I guess for it to smell better.

05-05-2011 22:16:24 | More by ColdPoncho
Photo of Bennettrox


4.45/5  rDev +4.7%

A - About as brown as a beer can be without being black. Looks gorgeous. Tried to be aggressive with a head but didn't get much. Half a finger espresso head, goes away fast.

S - Toasted malts and a fine chocolate.

T - More chocolate and a roasted character. The taste has a great balance of flavors, can really pull all kind of elements from this beer but the roasted notes shine.

M - The high point of the beer for me. My local bottle shop labels this as 'Sexy, Silky, and Smooth'. I couldn't think of a better description, esp silky. Feels so great in your mouth with just the right carbonation.

O - Just picked up several six packs of this. When I'm looking for a balanced porter this is my go to.

05-05-2011 04:25:59 | More by Bennettrox
Photo of MikieV


3.68/5  rDev -13.4%

From bottle, poured into my beer bug very dark, almost black. Very thin tan head. Pronounced coffee scent. Not at all unpleasant. Mine left no lacing.

Taste is similar to scent. Roasted coffee and roasted malts dominate the flavor. If that's what you are looking for, you'll find it here in abundance. Very smooth mouth feel. Actually felt thinner than it looked like it would be. Bitter aftertaste makes you thirsty for another drink.

This was not a bad porter by any means, but it wasn't necessarily what I was expecting .

05-05-2011 04:22:23 | More by MikieV
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