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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,184 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,184
Reviews: 1,317
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 234
Gots: 484 | FT: 24
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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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scottbrew4u

Pennsylvania

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

A: Served up black in color with a hint of light coming through and a thick frothy tan head that wanted to stick around a while.

S: Lots of roasted and burnt malt up front with some coffee ans peat smoke. Molasses and brown bread in the nose too with a bit of herbal and spicy hops. Not much though for the hops. Finish is a bit ashy in the nose.

T: Clean and roasty all the way with a good deal of burnt and smoky malt. Dark coffee and an earthy spicy hop not are the bittering flavors. Mostly chewy and bready malt goodness.

M: Pretty full body for a Porter with some chewiness to it and a crisp yet smooth carbonation.

D: Heavy for a Porter which is how I like it and it had some great balance to it making it easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2010 03:37:26 | More by scottbrew4u
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ratrod53

Indiana

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

A- Black black black wich a small brown head dose not last long with little lacing.

S- I smell coffee with some chocolate.

T- I tasted a realy nice and strong coffee bean (wich I could drink that at work in the mornings) wich just a hint of some chocolate, with some bitterness at the end.

M- It's a nice thick beer a really good body. Just a little bit of carbonation wich is what I like in a dark beer like this. It's a real smooth beer.

D- I could drink this all day every day.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 00:20:03 | More by ratrod53
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rrski198

Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet Black, large mocha colored head, reduced quickly. Average lacing. This is the darkest porter I have seen.

S: Roasted caramel, dark chocolate, espresso malted milk balls.

T: Dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans. Great balanced bitterness at the end.

M: Average carbonation, again, the bitterness at the end is phenomenal. Great body.

D: Is this a porter or a stout? Best porter, and most balanced, i've ever had, PERIOD.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 16:29:51 | More by rrski198
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yobeerman

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders hits the mark again!

In appearnece this Porter is like a very dark coffee to black in appearence, with a thin mocha head.

The smell is strong with coffee and hints of dark roasted malts and some chocolate.

The taste is first of coffee but quickly introduces chocolate and malasses. Much more appealing as it warms.

This beer has a medium to heavy body and is very smooth.

A great brew for the fall and winter. Very satisfying!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 01:23:13 | More by yobeerman
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Natural510

Ohio

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

On-tap at Peach's in Yellow Springs, OH

Color is a dense, pitch-black with white head & lacing. Looks frightening enough for Halloween.
Scent is mostly coffee bean and some raw cocoa with a sweet edge.
Initial flavor is a mild coffee/cocoa combination which leads into heavier flavor of fennel & black licorice. As it warms the coffee & dark chocolate notes come further to the forefront. Sweet roasted malt with enough of a hop bite to balance it out.
Very full, thick body. Heavier than many stouts, let alone porters.
Delicious, but not something I would consume in quantity. Nice choice for a cool autumn or snappy winter day.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2010 20:52:58 | More by Natural510
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black, no light coming through. Provides a one finger foam head that dissipates to a light film. Some spotty lacing.

S: Needs to warm some, but as it does there is some roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla.

T: Very rich malt character. The dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee blend together and hit the palate first. The sweetness intensifies in the middle and is balance out slightly on the back end with some hop character.

M: Very sweet and creamy taste on the palate.

D: This is a very nice Porter, good for a nice cool fall day. Very sweet in flavor, but balanced with some hop bitterness, makes this very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 17:26:03 | More by IronCitySteve
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LiquidCucumber

Ohio

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

A - Looks like a stout with a thin tan head that sticks to the glass.

S - Roasty, chalky malts with a touch of cocoa and burnt toast. Slightly bitter smelling.

T - The malts in this are well roasted and caramelly. Hints of cocoa, coffee and dark fruits such as prunes. Very complex for what would seem on appearance a run-of-the-mill porter.

M - Medium to heavy, especially for the style. A little more carb than I'd like in a stout, but perfect in a porter.

D - Nearly the pinnacle of the style, easily drinkable while remaining very complex and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 04:14:19 | More by LiquidCucumber
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tylernim

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark and foreboding. Tan head about two fingers tall, webs the entire glass as you go.

S - Huge burnt chocolate notes hit you right away.

T - Follows the smell, although a bit more subdued. Chocolate, coffee, burnt malts.

M - Carbonation on the tongue. Medium.

D - Good for such a dark one.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 16:29:59 | More by tylernim
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mattgreger

Pennsylvania

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

This is one amazing brew. This porter poured a very black and dark, bold chocolate color. This was a very viscous pour. It had a very nice brownish/tan head that hung around for a view moments that faded away. Leaving a wonderful wall of tanish/brown lacing.

The aroma from this brew is also amazing. A really strong, but crisp aroma of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and a bit of toasted nuts.

Taste sticks out on this one. The front of this brew has a strong coffee flavor that is muddled together with a great bitter dark chocolate and roasted malts that just give this beer a nice smokey finish.

Mouthful is wonderfully creamy. Low carbination helps this brew go down very easy, even with such a high ABV. With how visicous this brew is, it isn't as think as you would expect.

Drinkablity on this one is pretty good. For a porter, you sometimes expect to have a very heavy, overbearing kind of brew, but this one is right on. With great roasted flavors without the heavy load. Great job by Founders on this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 02:29:53 | More by mattgreger
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mirish72

Massachusetts

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

Really psyched to start seeing this more often in MA. Pours black with a nice chocolately head. Lots of delicious roasted malts going on from start to finish. The taste is nicely balanced and hides the sneaky ABV pretty well. A really solid and tasty porter, definitely going to be a go to beer this fall and winter.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 23:25:01 | More by mirish72
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thecarster1

Pennsylvania

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

a- bottle poured into a tulip, viscous pour, one finger tan bubbly head, dark brown black coloring.

s- bready nose, lots of roast and toast here, bit of a hop presence in there as well.

t- mmm, smooth, rich and tasty. lots of roast, some black coffee notes, dark bitter chocolate with a hint of hops in teh end, bready, some nuttyness as well.

m- full bodied, coating, creamy, smooth.

d- great, this is a flavorful, tasty porter that i would definately drink again. you really can't go wrong with founders.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 02:51:14 | More by thecarster1
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zoso1967

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TCGoalie for purchasing this bottle for me.

This porter pours a seriously dark brown that is completely opaque to my eyes. It does not seem as dark as some stouts I have seen, but it is definitely the darkest porter I have ever laid eyes on. The head is a mocha color and generously whipped. It fades ever so slowly, gaining dimples and clinging to the edges of the glass like crazy. This is an amazing looking beer.

The aroma is roasty and chocolaty, but not overly aggressive. There is a definite chalkiness in there that I always enjoy in my porters and stouts. Some rich maltyness also makes its way into my nostrils.

The flavor is much more robust than the nose, and is very Founders like. Rich roasted malts that have wonderful flavors of coffee and bitter chocolate, brown sugar and molasses. There is a nice citrusy hop thing going on as well, and this beer has a good amount of bitterness that really brings out the roasty flavors. The malt character is supple and enjoyable.

The body of this beer is on the heavier side of medium. It is actually approaching stout like thickness, and the mouthfeel is smooth and coating, leaving a bit of roasty stickiness on the palate.

The stout like nature of this porter hurts the drinkability somewhat. I really don't care though; this is a super satisfying beer. What founders did here, and what they do so well, is take a classic style and make it their own. This is definitely one of the best porters I have ever had, and I highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 17:41:53 | More by zoso1967
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jpro

South Carolina

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

Had this on tap at Duckworth's in Charlotte...

A: Served in a standard shaker pint, this one was pretty dark / close to black, with a light brown, rocky head; the head kind of reminded me of chocolate chip cookie dough (without the chocolate chips); lots of sticky, mocha lace coats the glass on this one.

S: First and foremost... coffee... lots of it; robust, roasted malts; chocolate / baker's cocoa; some nuttiness; this beer smells delicious!

T: Again, coffee - characterized by a full-flavored, rounded roastiness - rich; cocoa; a light hop bitterness on the finish that's just enough to provide balance.

M: Medium bodied, creamy and very smooth.

D: Very drinkable and quite enjoyable; a good cool / cold weather brew.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2010 17:42:03 | More by jpro
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

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

Bottle courtesy of TMoney2591, via the Support Your Team BIF. Thanks dude. Bottle dated May 7/2010. Into a tulip, poured a little too aggressively initially, and it foamed up quite quick. Might've lost a quarter of the bottle, but oh well. On with the review.

Pours almost pitch black with a couple of fingers of mocha brown head. Incredible lacing and retention. Really doesn't get better than this. Aroma is a rich mix of milk and dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and roasted malts. Gotta get my mouth on this. Some roasted and smoky malt notes hit first and then the chocolate and coffee (less so) come out to play. Hop notes are some what present in the finish, adding a different bitterness than what I would've garnered from coffee although I'm sure it contributes a bit as well. Hint of the alcohol in the end. Mouthfeel is full, creamy and smooth; medium carbonation. Goes down astonishingly smooth. Very sessionable even at the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 03:26:07 | More by liamt07
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Bonis

Ohio

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

A - Quite possibly the darkest porter I've had, this one is borderline black. A nice two fingers of pillowy tan head settle after several minutes. This one could definitely pass as an imperial stout, by the looks of things. Lacing is superb with this porter, but not like Breakfast Stout.

S - Roasted malts, burnt sugar, nutty, earthy, and a hint of smoke. A touch of bitter chocolate is also notable, and alcohol has stayed behind.

T - Taste follows along the lines of the smell. Very rich and robust with a dark malt profile which comes to be perfectly balanced by a small dose of citrus hop qualities. An earthy sweet chocolate explodes in the mouth. Roasted coffee and a faint smokiness finish things off. As with the smell, I don't get much alcohol. I obviously can tell I am drinking a beer, but the complexities of this one really mask the alcohol. Quite nice.

M - Surprisingly full bodied for the abv, yet creamy and easy to go down at the same time. Carbonation low.

D - This seems a little rich for the abv, but an awesome beer all around. Reminds me more of a porter/stout hybrid, and definitely could pass as a stout in blind tastings. This is a beer I have only had one time before now, and I have to say I am pumped to have a few more in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 21:43:56 | More by Bonis
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klink40

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- black chocolate color with minimal head

S-Smokey, coffee, cocoa, somewhat nutty

T- Taste explosion of smokey chocolate balance with a smooth

M-lighter than you'd expect from a Founder's Porter (but this is what I like)

D-extremely drinkable due to the smooth character and 6.5% ?? Very smooth for this and therefore a perfect choice for any Porter lover like me.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 01:13:25 | More by klink40
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NODAK

Tennessee

3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma on here...wow. Very rich, even for a porter. Full of espresso, bitter chocolate and all things malt. Just like sniffing a cold mocha.

Mouthfeel here is very creamy. Body is a thick mix of coffee and dark chocolates (but mostly coffee) in harmony with one another. This doesn't turn exceptionally bitter until the finish. There, the finish features a moderate hop bite and some bitter coffee to give a somewhat astringent ending to the swallow. The coffee certainly hangs around a while afterwards.

This is a very aggressive porter. I respect it for that. Drinkability will be harmed for that reason, at least for me. Those who want a thick, punch you in the face porter should turn to this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 03:52:18 | More by NODAK
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

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

Founders Porter on tap at Brews Cafe in Granville, Ohio.

Appearance: Solid black like the midnight dark out here in Central Ohio. Barely any head. Nice lacing! Looks like an Imperial Stout.

Smell: Coffee, faint chicory. Some hops.

Taste: White liquor, like gin or vodka. Some sweetness. Bitterness all around, hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, satisfying. Close-to-perfect carbonation.

Drinkability: Low for a porter, but great if it were an Imperial Porter or Imperial Stout! Sip it, but don't miss it!

Incredibly delicious, my review does not appropriately convey how good this beer is.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2010 05:09:08 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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Agold

Pennsylvania

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

This beer pours very dark with about a half inch of tan head. The nose is of coffee and roasted malts with a little bit of coco. The taste matches the nose, with a bit of bitterness from patent malt and the coco taking a more prominent place. The mouthfeel is smooth, but a bit over carbonated. Very good porter, one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 05:24:18 | More by Agold
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BarrelO

Virginia

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark body. Two-finger tan head leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S: Roastiness and smokiness.

T: More roasted malt. Slightly smoky. A hint of bitter chocolate. Even some citrus hop flavors.

M: Silky smooth with just enough carbonation.

D: I've generally found that porters don't do a whole lot to hold my interest. But this is one of the better ones. Recommended for fans of dark beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 10:36:58 | More by BarrelO
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com

Poured a deep dark burgundy red / almost completely black colour... Dirty tan head poured very fairly thick and foamy with a meringue like top.. this faded slowly to good one finger covering... some decent lacing clings to the glass throughout...

Aroma - Lots of good strong toasted bread malts mixed with strong biscuit notes... butterscotch, good roasted nuttiness, dark brown sugar / molasses sweetness, light fruits (blackcurrents, apples, prunes), earthy, some sooty traces...

Taste - Pretty much as above only slightly toned down... hops more noticeable - some grassy and peppery notes... good bitterness coming through from the roasted malts...

Feel - Sharp and dry with a little creaminess underneath... medium bodied... at 6.5% this is a very drinkable brew...

Overall - A supremely well balanced porter... definitely recommended...

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 07:52:12 | More by mdagnew
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bobhits

Kentucky

3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black, coffee colored head.

Smokey roasted, burnt dark chocolate, softened by hops.

Sweet up front, the burnt flavor comes next. The hops try to finish but the sweet flavors end it.

Soft drinkable, clean, medium body, marginal carbonation,

Better than average porter, but it's still a porter.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 03:00:59 | More by bobhits
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StoutKing0104

Ohio

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

A dark, black body that allows no hint of light to pass through, with a very thin, brown/mocha head that films on the glass when sipped.

A simple sniff offers a smokey aroma mixed with chocolate and coffee.

A rich, bitter taste of dark chocolate and coffee that leaves a tingling sensation on the tongue and entices the pallet awaits each sip.

This beer flows smoothly from the bottle and even more smoothly past the lips and down the throat, making it very easy and fun to drink.

I love dark beers and to me this one was very satisfying!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 01:49:31 | More by StoutKing0104
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silentjay

Massachusetts

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

a standard dark brown/black that is totally opaque with a two-fingered creamed coffee colored head made up of small, cascading bubbles that slowly settles to a film, but leaves its remnants on the glass with each sip.

roasty aroma of coffee, chocolate, charcoal, campfire, and brown sugar. very enticing.

ahhh. roasted malts and cocoa powder lead the way to a wonderfully rich mixture of flavors. bittersweet chocolate, dark, dark roasted and slightly creamed coffee. a bit charred with some brown sugar to sweeten it up. a touch of earthy and woody hops on the swallow with a slightly bittersweet and, again, roasty aftertaste.

almost fullbodied and very creamy with perfect carbonation and a drying cocoa powder finish.

goes down extremely well. no alcohol burn, tons of flavor, velvety smooth consistency. Might have a tad too much roast/smokiness to be perfect for me, but its probably the best porter I can remember having. Founders again flexes their muscles.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 05:25:46 | More by silentjay
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Thur123

Georgia

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

This brew pours a heavy black with moderate carbonation and coffee foam colored head that fades rather quickly. The smell is rich without being overwhelming; it smells of chocolate and bitter hops with dark fruits and just a bit of mellow coffee notes. All of this is balanced well in the nose.

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The taste is smooth and creamy with a slightly bitter hop edge at the end of the profile. Overall the chocolate is both sweet and bitter chocolate. The roasted coffee flavor shows up more in the flavor but is never harsh or abrasive, which is nice. The dark fruit flavor shows up under all of this and towards the back of the profile, its taste like berry preserves and plums. Overall a really robust and full porter with a tasty balance of the traits within this style. A little heavy on the mouth feel so the drinkability lacks a bit but not because of the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 21:15:29 | More by Thur123
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