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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter

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6,213 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,213
Reviews: 1,428
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 317
Gots: 940 | 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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Ratings: 6,213 | Reviews: 1,428
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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%

Photo of WhiteOak
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Opaque near-black, with a dark tan head that settles a bit but persists.

S- Smells of dark roasted malt in front of coffee.

T- A rich but uncomplicated classic porter flavor of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. A wisp of bitterness on the finish.

M, D- The stand-out here is the structure and mouthfell, which are impressive. Viscous, thick, extracted, and creamy.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Sam Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark (not quite pitch black) reddish black color. There's a one finger tan colored head, and it doesn't have much retention, or lacing. Still looks nice, though.

S: This has a lot of chocolate on the nose. There's some roasty coffee as well, but it almost smells like a melted chocolate bar to me.

T: There's more coffee in the taste than there is on the nose; likewise, it isn't as chocolaty as the nose would suggest. Lots of coffee (not too much), hints of smoke and chocolate, roastiness, and a hint of a hoppy finish. It does a good job of not being overtly vegetal in its texture (usually my least favorite part of a porter), and has some nice complexity to it, as well.

M: Medium bodied, dry finish, low carbonation, smooth, hint of astringent coffee on the back end - basically, everything a good porter should feel like.

O: All things told, it's quite good. Not my absolute favorite dark beer of all time, but it's an excellent choice in the future when I feel like a dark beer that isn't a stout.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark with a light, white-dark brown color head (although not much of a head). It LOOKS delicious from the get-go

S-no strong smell, although what does come through has hints of roasty, chocolaty notes. Smells like it tastes.

T- By far one of my favorite beers. You can feel the stages of beer in your mouth, starting with a chocolate taste to begin, to a nice alcohol warming sensation, finishing with a coffee/toffy taste.

M- Thick, but nonetheless still went down smooth

O- This is what beer should be. The taste of this beer is where it really shines, tasting great throughout its time in your mouth. A great compliment to a cold winter's day.

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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%

Photo of gkunkle
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Rastal Luttich glass. Body of the beer is black, very black. Even held up to light I see nothing in it, head stands 1/2 inch tall and is a light brown coe. Smells strongly of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. Upon first taste I don't understand the reputation this beer carries, So I'm going to let it warm a bit and sample again. The taste was really clean at first, but as it warms, it gains complexity. I notice that the coffee scents don't make a comeback appearance, as the taste hilights the smooth dark chocolate flavor more efectively than the smell. I also get a subtle flavor of floral hops, there is a definite bitterness in the beginning of this beer. Mouthfeel is med-thick, carbonation is light. I'm glad I was able to try this beer as it is a well made porter. Unfortunately it's not in my distro area. I generally don't enjoy porters and stouts much, but this slowly grows on me.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of sevenarts
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black and opaque, with a creamy tan head that sticks around nicely.

S: Roasted, burnt malt aromas with some coffee.

T/M: A rich mix of smoky roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, very smooth and creamy, with just a touch of bitterness in the followthrough.

O: A delicious, complex porter.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of papat444
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, bottled date not there.

Appearance: Pours a brown body, thick and opaque with a milk chocolate head that starts at 3 fingers and leaves spidery traces on the glass.

Smell: Rich aroma of dark chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Really rich flavors of strong coffee, bittersweet chocolate and also hops dance on the tongue in the finish. Flavors just linger after the sip. Some sweet chocolate as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Very well balanced with a decent amount of bitterness that is tempered by a strong malt backbone.

Overall: Rich, flavorful and a pleasure to drink. Get this one.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Porter is black as midnight and has a surface as open and bare as the sea. There's little appearance-wise to distinguish it, except perhaps it's complete opacity which is marked - though by no means unheard of - for a porter. A broth of lacing is left on the glass but it's almost more gas than solid in composition.

The beer smells like a melted brick of dark bakers chocolate, garnished with leafy hops naturally (glad to see even Founders' darkest beers play to the brewery's strength). Subtle hints of caramel, cigar or wood might be noted but, to my nose, this bouquet showcases nothing but pure, tried-and-true roasted barley - and plenty of it!

Founders Porter has so much rich, decadent chocolate character that even the world's best bakers could stand to take a note or two. The beer has a tremendous cocoa-like flavor and bitterness with more than a splash of coffee as punctuation. But it's not all about the malts. Four varieties of hops make this a leafy, earthy bittersweet symphony.

The mouthfeel is thick yet velvety and eases over the palate despite a dark cocoa bitterness and considerable hoppiness. It is rich, muddy and bitter like a Greek coffee but with just a sprinkle of burnt sugar. Man, roasted barley's a hell of a thing! This aftertaste is lightly smoky but has a tinge of heavy cream. There are wonders in grain.

There's basic porters and then there's bold porters. This is definitely the latter, which I definitely prefer. Founders Porter towers over others like Muhammad Ali over Sonny Liston. It is an iconic beer, more than just an English porter in modern dress, it is a poster of the American microbrewing revolution. And it's a beer every dark beer lover should try.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours deep black with a finger of mocha large bubbled head that is creamy and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass
S: coffee malts nicely roasted
T: wow, roasted coffee malts up front slight sweetness in the middle and lingering coffee roastedness
M: thick and creamy, slight carbonation
O: spot on for the style, great coffee malts, depth and character

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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