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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter

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6,038 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,038
Reviews: 1,394
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 301
Gots: 829 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev -6.1%

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

Before this brew reaches your lips, you smell (faintly) what's coming, a roasty porter goodness. It sets up nicely in the glass. Black, with nice lacing.

The aftertaste lingers nicely with the same roasty flavor. It's a good, reasonably complex porter that I would recommend and buy again (although this was a gift, I believe I have purchased this before).

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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

This was a really great porter. Pours a deep black, carbonation is evident but not much. Head is an off white, eggshell. The first thing i picked up in the aroma is vanilla and char. Not unpleasant. Taste is of charred malt, burnt dark bakers chocolate with a subtle balance of sweetness. Vanilla is present. Mouthfeel is pleasantly thicker than many other porters I've tasted. Overall, this is a great brew.

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of TheBrewo
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We pour a brew the color of root beer. The hues lighten up around the edges. The head stands half a finger tall, and follows suit with the coloring, but becoming darker around the edges. The bubbles are eggshell colored throughout, and show standard retention and patterned lacing around the glass. The carbonation is slow, and the liquid appears syrupy, slowing the bubbles’ rise. No sediment or haze is noted. The aroma stings with deep malts, a pungent coininess, and thick smoke. There is raw chocolate and espresso bean. This initial bitterness is cut by cooling vanilla and brown sugar sweetness. Despite the standard abv, the sting of booze is undeniable. On the far back there is a faint hop slickness, with warm diacetyls and phenols. As we sip, the taste begins with the deepest roasted malts. There is a mix of hop resin, sweet cream, and toffee. The middle sees continued roast and bitters, with light medicinal phenols and a quick bite. Sweetness also persists and pulls us through to an end that shows a further cutting with hop grassiness. The bitterness is more present here as the roastiness hollows out. The malts remain the backbone, with some final hints of milk chocolate sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of coffee and smoke, huge roast, and chalky malts. The body is light to medium and the carbonation is light to medium. The texture is soft and silky, with great sensational slurp and smack, and decent froth. The mouth is left almost dry with the darkness of malts and coffee, but not quite. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we found to be the best thing about this beer was the robust malts and darkness in taste. The flavoring is beautifully balanced throughout, with a mix of sweet and bitter. The aroma is also smooth, but robust as hell. This is an exemplary porter, with strength in all of the most important characteristic areas.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 6,038 ratings.