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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,150 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,150
Reviews: 1,417
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 310
Gots: 895 | 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:
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. This one pours dark brown with two fingers of creamy mocha head.

The aroma is rich with nice roasted malts and some nice dark roasted coffee in the background Real enjoyable. Nice roasted malts on the pallet with notes of coffee with some bitter cocoa in the background. Seems to have a little bit of a grassy hop finish.

The body is robust with soft carbonation. Overall another hit from these guys. Real enjoyable.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of MatthewWilde
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Very dark brown with slight shades of red, light internal carbonation, pours a very light head

S: Chocolate, espresso, and even mild beef bullion notes are apparent in this rather fragrant brew

T: Strong coffee and cocoa, roasted malt, light alcohol, nice balance between the sweet chocolate flavors and the bitter espresso finish

M: Certainly heavy, but quite smooth, and surprisingly very light aftertaste that doesn't dry the palate

O: A nice heavy and yet smooth porter, almost dessert-like in its taste and consistency

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4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a pint glass. Lucky enough for beermerchants.com to have some in stock.

Pours a dark white colour with a strong creamy and foamy off-white/tan head.

Smells lovely of rich dark but not quite burnt malts, caramel/dark chocolate too.

Taste is a bit of a let down, first of all very very fizzy on the tongue adversely affecting the taste, and hard to determine what is there. Alcohol is there, quite strongly, followed by quite a determined bitter hop presence. Some malts there trying to balance it out but they're very strong too and not quite achieving their goal. Most of the true flavours seem to be muddled up with the fizziness and alcohol.

Overall quite a disappointment from the wonderbeer I had heard so much about. Still a pleasure to drink though but I wonder if mine might have been out of date or something wrong with the batch as there's not best before shown anywhere on the bottle.

EDIT: Improves somewhat as it warms up, so my advice would be to serve this beer at room temperature.

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4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pitch black with an above average sized, smooth, creamy, cafe colored head. Good retention with a very nice creamy lacing.

S - Loads of chocolate and cocoa. Hints of coffee that get stronger on the finish of the whiff and malt. No astringency or bitterness on the nose. The more I smell, the more hints of a full roasted coffee I get. Smells great.

T - Loads of chocolate, cocoa, and dark roasted coffee in the mix. A nice earthy /nuttiness in the background that comes out nicely on the finish. Roasted dark malt and a hint of earthy and pine hoppiness on the finish (hops start kicking in mid sip). Just the faintest astringency on the finish as well.

M - On the full side of medium body. Smooth and creamy with average carbonation (although there is a spark of bubbliness mid sip) with a slightly dry finish.

D - Very, very easy to drink porter. Not too sweet or bitter/astringent. Plenty of chocolate and coffee with a nice dark, roasted tasted. Very easy to put down and I'm loving every sip of it.

Notes: Bottled 2/28/12. Wonderful porter. All the flavors I want in a porter with nothing I really dislike in some porters. May not astound me, but it is a very solid choice. A lot of flavor and just a well crafted beer that is very enjoyable to sip on.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Shady McGrady's during a recent Happy Hour trip.

A - Pours dark brown, bordering on black, with a nice one and a half finger tall tan head leaving spotty patches of lace down most of the glass.

S - Smells of robust dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, coffee grounds, dark fruits and some black licorice. Nothing too over the top here, very nice balance.

T - Starts off with plenty of dark roast - both from the malt and the coffee - slowly giving way to some sweetness from the chocolate and dark fruits. The balance of sweet to roast is fairly well done, the roast does become a bit overbearing as it warms but not too bad. Finish is roasty, lingering on the pallet long after consumption.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The dark flavors are strong in this one, lingering on the pallet long after the finish.

O - Definitely one of the better American Porters out there. This one packs plenty of flavor and was very easy to drink. Glad I got this one.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 6,150 ratings.