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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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95
world-class

5,590 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,590
Reviews: 1,342
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 268
Gots: 624 | 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:
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 SWMeyer4141
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Coca-Cola Pint Glass

Appearance-Opaque black with a very very thin brown head that leaves a thin film on top. Little lacing.

Smell-Had to wait for beer to warm a bit, then got a lot of coffee, not in your face though. Some chocolate as well.

Was expecting more coffee in the taste and only got some right up front then went to a milky sweet, fucking awesome chocolate. Then I take another sip and get a ton of coffee with a light and sweet bitter finish. Some Roast and Smoke in there as well which just brings out the flavors in every sip.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Very easy to drink.

Overall-Another good Porter. I've been drinking alot of good ones lately. Very easy to drink before, during, or after a meal. Had a 2nd one with a stew and went perfectly.

SWMeyer4141, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of Rizalini
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved this 12 oz bottle in a trade from StLThrash, and poured into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a very dark brown, almost black. A slight brown heads disipates rather quickly.

S - Chocolatey and roasty. Has the distinct smell of a chocolate waffer.

T/M - Smokey, and malty. Some chocolate notes are present as well. I get a hint of the hops in the beginning. A really nice balance between the sweet chocolatey malts, and the bittering hops. Great mouthfeel, and very drinkable.

O - This is by far one of the best porters I've ever had. Full flavored, not too heavy but not too light and watery.

Rizalini, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of jgagne
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pitch black with small lacy brown head. Alot like a good coffee stout.

S-Good smokey, roasted nut scent.

T-Nice dark chocolate smoothness in the beginning and goes down with the bitterness of stout. Just wonderful

M-Sits slightly heavy with nice smoky taste as it sits. Low carbonation

O-Great porter, one of the best i have ever had, period.

jgagne, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of jctribe25 (thanks!) - bottled mid-February I think (date is worn off); poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Seal brown liquid, opaque with a fawn collar. Light lacing, decent retention, despite the lack of a sizable head.

Roast malt, coffee with creamer, and a touch of licorice in the nose.

The flavor profile is much the same as the aroma, though with a nice depth of rich scalded malt, espresso, and a touch of molasses, though the finish is dry overall. Some cocoa comes across in the aftertaste.

Creamy, well carbonated...

One of the better porters out there actually - robust, flavorful, quite drinkable.

augustgarage, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of DrewV
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (bottled on 3/17/11) at approx. 50 degrees F into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a chocolate/black liquid with a 1-finger tan head. Spotty lacing and nice "legs" on the glass, due to the relatively high ABV.

S: Sweet bakers chocolate, mild coffee, typical roasty aromas. A bit sweeter than most other porters. No hops detected in the aroma.

T: Roasty malts up front, a perfect blend of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Definite hop presence balances out the sweetness, fading to a full dry coffee finish. By comparison, I find Edmund Fitzgerald to decay to more of a chocolate finish. This is a nice change of pace for me. Very robust, smoky, heavy roast flavor.

M: Relatively high carbonation for this style, a bit bigger than most other porters I've had. Not as creamy as Edmund Fitzgerald, for example. Overall a good mouthfeel, but more akin to a "stout light" than a porter. Lowest marks here. (NOTE: I'm very surprised that most of the reviews indicate low carbonation. My particular bottle is well carbonated, if not overly so.)

O: Good ABV for a porter, if not a bit high for the style, but it's completely hidden. This would be a welcome treat if I were in the mood for more of a stout-ish beer, but as a porter, it's a bit too "big" in my book. Extremely robust, smoky and roasty. This is ahuge porter. Nonetheless, a quality brew and worthy of a solid A-.

I have to say, there are a good number of quality American stouts and porters being produced these days. Founders is right up there with the best of them and you can't go wrong with many of their beers. If you find this one on tap somewhere, don't hesitate, just order a pint (or two).

DrewV, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black body with a mocha head.

Dark, roasty, smoky chocolate and very dark coffee.

Damn that's an amazing Porter. Reminds me of a chocolate chocolate chip cookie. Dark chocolate, dark coffee, roasty, toasty, smoky, even a little vanilla. Despite all that dark, roasted malt character and even a little hop flavor, Founders Porter isn't overwelmed with bitterness. Plenty of it for balance, but not too much. Makes for a really excellent, drinkable beer.

Medium body, but low carbonation produce a smooth, creamy beer.

Up there with Americas best porters. One hell of a beer.

BradLikesBrew, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of zimm421
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Appears a dark brown to black with a decent tan head that leaves good lacing and constant bubbling around the edges of the glass. Not much lacing here.

The nose is smoky with dark chocolate, coffee and some earthiness. The combination is appealing, and draws you back in for more each time. The taste is very similar but has a nice bitterness to it. The flavors start pretty bitter but the sweet chocolate is noticeable as well. The coffee stands out pretty well but the hops come through as well. The smokiness hits in the end and sticks around through the aftertaste. There is a slight sting on the tongue after each sip.

The mouthfeel is pretty smooth, but not creamy. The body is medium, just about where it should be. The carbonation is fairly low. Overall, this is a great beer. Very interesting, fairly complex and definitely enjoyable. Not the best porter I've ever had, but it is very good.

zimm421, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of thomcatr3t
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark, dark, dark brown with a light brown head that faded rather quickly.

S: Dark chocolate notes with coffee in the background. I also get some dark fruits on the nose, mainly raisins.

T: Rich dark chocolate up front. The malts in this beer shine through very nicely. A slightly dry bready finish that does not disappoint.

M: A little thin for what I would like out of a porter but very drinkable nonetheless. The light carbonation washes the palate perfectly leaving you ready for every drink.

O: Another very solid offering from one of my favorite breweries. Worth picking up for sure.

thomcatr3t, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Pours pitch black with no head at all. A slight ring of tan foam encircles a body with slight, whispy lace that comes and goes as you drink it.

Smell - Nice aroma. Heavy on the roasted malts. It smells as if coffee was added, really. Dark chocolate behind the coffee. Nary a hint of sweetness.

Taste - Not far behind the aroma, but a bit lacking. Not a lot of flavor in the front of the sip. The flavor comes as a roasted malt bitterness and a slight hop bitterness. A few flavors going on, but all at the end. It doesn't really develop through the drink.

Mouthfeel - This is where I think I just don't like porters. I'm not looking for a stout "lite" but that's always what porters seem to be for me. It's got good carbonation, but a thin body that doesn't hold the rich flavors for long. It's there, then it's gone, with only a hint of lasting flavor.

Overall - Good flavor, if not a bit uninspired in its development through the drink. Not enough body to make me think it's a really great beer.

Alieniloquium, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of philbe311
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Half a fingers worth of audibly fizzy medium brown colored head which is slow to rise and then quickly fizzes away leaving a partial crescent of thin lace and a very minimal collar... A flat black color that allows the slightest bit of light to leak in around the glass... Quite still... A bit of sediment settles at the bottom of the glass...

S - Rich roasted malts... Coffee... Chocolate... Caramel... The aromas compliment one another quite well which adds to the nice complexity of this offering...

T - The roasted malt is dominate throughout... Also present are highlights of caramel, coffee, and chocolate... A very subtle hop bite on the finish...

M - On the lighter side of full bodied... Sleek... Dense... Light carbonation... Chalky finish...

D - Another rock solid offering from Founders... Spot on in terms of style... No real short comings... Amongst the best American Porters out there and something all BAs should seek out and try... This is welcome in my glass any night...

philbe311, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of Trystero
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an Imperial pint glass. I must preface this review by stating that I drink this beer on a regular basis both bottled and on tap and find it rather exceptional. It is a great year-round 6 pack porter that always statisfies my desire for something dark.

A - Deep brown almost black, very opaque, with a small tan head that dissipates shortly after pouring. Does leave a small amount of lacing after each sip.

S - Very full roasted malty aroma followed by a toffee, caramel sweetness. Hints of chocolate in the background

T - Ahhh, delicious. Starts out strong of sweet roasted malts, caramel and toffee fading into chocolate and the ever so slight hint of burnt coffee and alcohol on the finish. Amazingly drinkable.

M - Full bodied, well stated. Reinforces the darkness and well rounded flavor of the beer.

O - Great porter overall. Readily excessable in Ohio if you know where to look. The 6.5% ABV coupled with the fantastic qualities of the beer as a whole make it a desirable beer to spend a couple of pints with. Pick up a 6 pack the next time you see it, you won't be dissapointed.

Trystero, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Bottled 6 March 2011.

A: Tight creamy head rises to more than a finger and sticks there with great retention. Pitch black, even in the light. A truly impressive-looking porter.

S: Creamy milk chocolate and a bitter nuttiness.

T: Roasted dry, with lovely hops and bitter coffee notes. All you could want from a porter. Great example of the style.

M: Incredibly creamy. Perfectly textured. Barely dry on the endtaste.

O: Chocolatey, smooth, and delicious. An excellent porter and absolutely recommended. It's hard to do better than this. Will have again. Very drinkable.

AgentMunky, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of brian44556
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Bell's Pint Glass. Couldn't find a date on the bottle.

Pours a thin, pitch black with little head. Maybe I should have been more aggressive on the pour. The retention around the sides of the glass is very nice. Strong coffee smell, a hint of chocolate, roasted barley, and a tiny hint of hops. Very great balance of bitterness from the hops and sweetness from the malts. Leaves a good coffee aftertaste with each drink. Mouthful is a bit thin, but works for the style. Carbonation is a bit on the low side, but doesn't take away from the overall rating of the beer. Overall this porter is top notch in my book. If you are looking for a good porter and have access to Founder's, don't sleep on this one or you will be missing out on a great beer.

brian44556, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of Jishguy
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a solid black body with a very minimal mocha colored head. Minimal amounts of lacing.

S- Roasted malt character up front. Notes of coffee, caramel, and bittersweet chocolate. The slightest hint of alcohol pokes through.

T- Exceptional, and similar to smell. Roasted malts and coffee flavors immediately strike the palate, followed by the dark chocolate and caramel flavors. There is a somewhat pleasant bitterness in the aftertaste. The coffee flavors become extremely more prevalent as the beer warms up.

M- Very full and rich. Relatively low carbonation, even for the style. Nothing I'll ever complain about, though.

D- Sits rather heavy. I'm not sure if I could drink more than two. Great after dinner beer.

Jishguy, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of garuda
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Thick, black liquid pours into the glass with a thick brown head that has great retention and coats the glass in sticky lacing. Never thought a porter would look this well.

S/T - Fresh roasted coffee up front mixed with hints of dark chocolate, and finishing with a robust, earthy roast bitterness.

M - Full body, low carbonation, thick and oily across the palate and smooth going down.

O - A quintessential example of a robust porter. Everything is spot on about this beer. I will definitely get this again.

garuda, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of harrymel
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From chicken scratch during tasting at bier baron (brick cellar) in DC.

A: standard dark chestnut brown. Excellent clarity. Cream foam covers surface and sides.

S: cocoa, hazelnut, classic porter malts. Really well done here.

T: flavors remind me of my beloved black butte porter from deschutes. This is maybe a hair more dry.

M: creamy, full bodied, with low carb. Slick finish.

O: if I moved from deschutes territory, this an Edmund fitz would be my go tos for porter.

harrymel, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of NEhophead
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown bottle, served in a nonic.

Bottled on 03/31/2011.

Nearly opaque maple in color with an oaken hue. Creamy, light brown head that hugs the nonic's sides. Condensed lacing with decent strength.

Mildly unsweetened, dark chocolate with notes of rich caramel. Intense, unrefined espresso with a prominent licorice spice. Stiff, dried almond and hazlenut.

Chewy, roasted malt highlighted by bitter dark chocolate and espresso. Virtually no sweetness throughout flavor profile of this American Porter. The nutty dryness accentuates the bitter, roasted malt flavors. Floral hop bitterness at mid-sip is followed by notes of espresso and dried hazlenut in the aftertaste.

Full bodied; chewy and dry on the palate. The textures match perfectly with the bold, bitter flavors.

A very bold and flavorful Porter that certainly highlights the dark, chewy, and bitter qualities. Maybe not the most drinkable of the style, but certainly a must try.

NEhophead, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of scinerd3000
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium pour into a traditional pint glass...Laid a low off-white head which dissipated quickly. No Lacing on the glass. Beer is almost black with slight amber highlights when held up to the light. It is clear in the areas I can discern when held up to light.

Aroma: Molasses, Chocolate and sweet coffee. No hops.

Taste: Chocolate and coffee right up front although the coffee flavor dominated my pallet. As beer starts to warm in the glass there is a touch of alcohol present. Strangely a taste of lemons...Seems well balanced and very sessionable. Bitterness is discernible however no specific hop flavors and no DMS. Very clean

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated (although leaves a poor head), clean flavor. Slightly thin The carbonation level is perfect for this style.

Overall: A very good beer and one which is very easy to consume. Would drink again.

scinerd3000, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of guitarsnbeer
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this fresh porter into my snifter and it yeilded about 2" of nice tan froath over a dark looking brew. lots of lace

smell hits me with roasted coffee notes and chocolate malts.

Taste follows with the roasted coffee/choc and hits with a nice hop bite in the middle somewhere, finishing up with more burnt and roasted charactoristics.

Quite a light bodied beer for all the flavor and ABV it is packin', at least in my opinion.

Overall I'm glad a grabed this random 6'er to pair with the porkchops going on the grill shortly. I knew it has a good reputation and Im backing that up.

guitarsnbeer, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of MONKandTUCK
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here's a beer that really inspires. Courageous enough to push limits and satisfy boundaries.

Appearance: poured into one of those ugly American beer glasses. Last fall I enjoyed this beer in a pint glass... no beer should be disgraced by serving it in a wide-brimmed American pint glass. British pint glasses facilitate better head on top and lacing!

Dark, but not fully opaque. Clearly thinner than your standard stout.

Nose: sharp roasted quality. Something just came off the oven burnt... but its not foul. Sweet malt follows after.

Taste: sweet malt, finishing with an astringent burnt taste. Yes, sir! We have a Porter! Wish it were a bit dryer.

Mouthfeel: its a porter, not a stout, but I wish it were fuller bodied. Is feel like those flavors were more compacted and o could chew on them longer. It finishes kinda sweet... can't decide if I like that or not.... any dryer and it might finish tasting too much like a cigarette butt.
It's wet, but also a punch of big flavor... weird.

Not the greatest beer I've ever had, bit one that I wish were a local staple. It packs a punch, but drinks like something quite a bit smaller. If you like roasty flavors, you'll love this dark little girl!

MONKandTUCK, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of cavedave
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour produces three fingers of thick beige/brown foam atop an opaque, darkest brown beauty.

Dark caramel, pumpernickel bread, roasty malt, bitter chocolate and coffee hints produce a wonderful, if light/medium strength, aroma.

Wonderful simple taste. It starts with the chocolate malt and sweet grabbing some clean deeper roast notes, and picking up a bit of fruity tart and coffee to end with the bitter of the roast and some light herbal hop bitter balancing. Nice finish of clean simplicity that straddles the fence between juicy and dry for a porter.

Medium carb, light bodied, perhaps a bit less viscous than better offerings in this style, and finish that also is less complex and fine than others.

A marvelous working man's porter, gives its all and is solid and satisfying without being complex nor astonishing.

cavedave, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of cpz28
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A standalone in category:

This probably the best porter I've ever had.

A- Black with a big, brown pillowy head

S- Roast, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, slight wood

T- Is spot on with the smell and sweet. These guys have it right. It's so rich and perfectly balanced.

M- Smooth and creamy, very full-bodied.

O- Just buy it. If you like the style, you'll love it. If you like beer, you'll love it. If you don't like it, you'll like Miller Lite.

cpz28, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of MillRat
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If someone were to ask you what an American robust porter is, wordlessly handing them a bottle of this beer would be an answer that is hard to beat. Solid black beer with ruby highlights and a fine-bubbled cocoa head. Nose dominated by chocolate and coffee-ish roasted grain. Body is heavy, striking a nice balance between the malt sweetness and roast bitterness. lots of complex flavors of dark fruit, nuts, and caramel to keep your interest and reaching for the next round. Very much a "to-style" beer, it shows how much can be done while staying inside the lines.

MillRat, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of MrOH
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black with brown highlights. Thick darkish tan head. Spotty lacing.

Lots of earthy cocoa upfront, with a caramel backbone, and dark fruit and vinous notes underneath. Some alcohol smells, but it works with everything.

Much the same as the nose, but the vine and fruit takes on a bigger role. Nice bitter hop bite in the middle, with the cocoa lingering in the finish. Some sweetness.

Smooth, full bodied, and lightly carbonated. Perfect.

One of my favorite porters, so I really can't say much more.

MrOH, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of bcostner1
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very, very dark. Almost black. Just barely shy of looking like a stout. Thick, rich 2 finger tan head.

S: Dark roasted malts. Chocolate. Coffee. Roasted nuts. Decadent. Love the aroma.

T: Much like the nose. Dark roasted malts, chocolate, hint of coffee. Great balance between sweet and bitter. In my opinion, while FBS still reigns supreme over the Porter, this one is a great substitute as far as flavor profile goes. Also, it's a little more sessionable with the lower ABV.

M: Very drinkable. Smooth. Perfect carbonation. As I said before, I could have a number of these in one sitting without problem.

Overall, this is really an awesome beer and one that I will seek out again and again (every time I go to Atlanta since I can't get it in TN). Definitely recommended.

bcostner1, Jun 12, 2011
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,590 ratings.