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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,178 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,178
Reviews: 1,317
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 234
Gots: 478 | 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

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bsp77

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Pure black (the blackest Porter I have ever seen), with very thin tan head and just a touch of lacing.

Smell: Chocolate galore, with some licorice, roasted malt and coffee.

Taste: Very chocolaty and rich. Noticeable licorice and maybe some fruitiness. Somewhat bitter finish; seems to be more from roasted malts than hops.

Feel: Exceedingly smooth full body, slightly chewy, low carbonation.

Drinkability: Despite the richness of the beer, it is quite easy to sip. Delectable.

The body definitely seems more like a Stout, but I guess the lower levels of roasted barley keeps things in Porter territory. Kind of a hybrid, as if there wasn't enough confusion between Porters and Stouts already.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 01:12:53 | More by bsp77
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claminat420

Michigan

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

A- poured into a pint glass. nice lil foamy head. looks like a bunch of pillows i could just sleep on.

S- a small hint of a coffee/chocolate kick. very roasty smell.

T- taste just how it smells.... delicious!

M- alil heavy bodied like a porter should. the alcohol is very well hidden.

D- with the 6.5abv a 6 pack will definitely do the job. doesn't get to overbearing after a couple.

Overall this is an excellent brew. founders did it right when they made this. i would have to put it right behind the great lakes edmund but it's up there. specially with the colder weather around the corner this brew is a must grab.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 11:34:26 | More by claminat420
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

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

GLASS: Sam Adams 'Perfect Pint' Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
VINTAGE: 2008

Pours a deep, dark, black color....as it should be, with a porter. Almost three-fingers of dark brown, thick and creamy foam sits on top. Retention is great. Lacing is very thick and quite sticky.

Big notes of fresh ground, dark roasted, coffee hit first. A nice presence of dark chocolates follows, closely behind. Mild hints of roasted malt finish out the smell. Not much more here, but it's certainly enough, for the style.

The taste follows the nose, very well. Huge notes of roasted malt flavor lead the charge. A big dark coffee presence is close behind. Some notes of dark chocolates and bittersweet chocolates are here, also. A mild presence of milk chocolate sweetness provides a nice touch of balance. Mild hints of smokiness keep it interesting.

A great full-bodied brew, to be sure. Low to medium carbonation level, which is damn near perfect. Almost thick, yet smooth and delightfully creamy.

Highly drinkable. At 6.5%abv, this would easily be my go-to Porter, if I had regular access to it. Delicious.
Founders makes some of the most amazingly delicious, yet highly drinkable beers to be found, anywhere.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 20:45:06 | More by coldmeat23
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

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

This is a kissin cousin to the Founders great lineup of stouts.

Oily black pour with burgundy edges, thin tan head and lacing that's just mmm k.

Richer smell than expected, featuring roasted barley, frozen coffee beans, and hint of campfire.

Little sweetness comes thru in the flavor, with iced starbucks up front, dark chocolate in the middle, and finishing with a bitter hoppy bark bite.

Complex MF for a porter, with the nice astringent bite.

Solid drinkability - I wouldn't hesitate to enjoy a couple/few of these in a row. Another winner from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 02:18:43 | More by BeerImmediately
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kzoobrew

Michigan

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

Pours a very deep rich black, nearly opaque. Minimal mocha colored head slowly disperses leaving little lacing.

Aroma is very full and inviting. A strong espresso aroma welcomes you and is soon followed by a very apparent roasted and slightly smoky smell. Slight whiffs of chocolate and toffee are noticed but rather subtle.

Bold and assertive roasted notes are as evident in the flavor as they were in the aroma. Smooth dark roasted coffee flavors meld with a smoky slightly char flavored roasted malt. Chocolaty sweetness offsets the large roasted flavor creating a needed second dimension of flavor.

Mouthfeel is full but not thick. Though the fullness of the taste is more similar to that of a stout the body thins out a bit falling nicely into the realm of American Porters. Very smooth and slightly creamy.

Incredibly enjoyable and very easy to drink. While sitting at 6.5% the alcohol is not huge but is certainly while hidden amongst the abundance of character in this beer. Drinkability is outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 01:39:14 | More by kzoobrew
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birchstick

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours like oil out of the bottle with a ½ finger, mocha head - dark, rich, and sexy, per the bottle

S - very sweet, milk chocolate - very sweet with a little bit of roasted malt

T - The taste pretty much follows the nose. It is very sweet and milk chocolately at first, which is then followed by a subtle burnt malt. Pretty good.

M - kind of watery, but good carbonation. Smooth and goes down nicely.

D - I really enjoyed this porter. Not saying that this is a bad-tasting porter in any but I tend to like a little bit more roastedness in my porters and stouts, though. I will definitely purchase this again...

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 03:13:15 | More by birchstick
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GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

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

This beer is single-handedly trying to prove right those of us who say a lot of porters could just as easily be classified as a stout.

This is stout to me. Thick and luscious. Roasted as much as you can stand. A kick of hops at the end (on some sips) which tries to provide balance. But the balance is really between the sweetness and roasted flavors.

I'm not sure exactly how to rate the taste. It is pretty strong. As it warms, it graps a Russian Imperial like red wine flavor in the background. Again, hops are noticeable but you have to be looking for them.

A robust porter, i.e. stout in a dress. But I'm not sure if this is in a dress. More like a pants suit.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 03:46:07 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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rapidsequence

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another 12 ozer from Founders with a weird picture on it. It says "dark, rich, and sexy."

Appearance: Holding up to the claim on the bottle. Wow. Pitch black with a thick foamy brown head. Decent retention until about halfway down the perfect pint glass. Some nice lacing too.

Smell: Burnt coffee and a little chocolate. Kinda smoky. Very nice.

Taste: Burnt roasty malt flavor with more chocolate taste than I smelled. Coffee is there. A little sweet. Some hoppiness lends a little additional bitterness, but it all finishes very clean. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Very full for a porter. Almost creamy. Very smooth.

Drinkability: This stuff is pretty amazing. What a solid beer. I dont know if its sexy, but its definitely dark and rich.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 00:40:50 | More by rapidsequence
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u2carew

Massachusetts

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

12oz stubby.
A) Opaque. Pours with a brown, thin bubbled head. Lacing is tight and sticky.
S) Roasted grain. Coffee. Chocolate. Smoky. Woodsy.
T) Dark Chocolate. Bread. Mellow smokiness. Just a remnant of hops in the finish.
M) Full bodied. Gritty. Thick. Smooth.
D) I would definitely have another one. Fantastic concoction from Founders. Well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 18:53:03 | More by u2carew
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oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

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

12 ounce bottle- dark cola, one finger beige head. Good lacing. Nose- hint of smoke, stewed fruit, light roast. Taste- chalky, again some smoke, stewed fruit and roast. Wonderful stuff. Finishes dry from the chalk and roast. Drinkability is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 21:17:27 | More by oakbluff
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oelergud

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stubby 12oz brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap. The label shows a fine lady from last century.
Black opaque body with a nice brown head. Good retention and lace.
Cocoa bean and vanilla scent, very inviting.
Great cocoa flavor with vanilla bean. Hops are strong and gives the aftertaste long life.
Full body and lots of residual sugars.
Excellent drinkability.

-Oelergud

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 03:12:03 | More by oelergud
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kbeals

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours slightly syrupy, even for a porter. Dark black in color with about a finger of creamy, brown sugar head. Some head retention but very little lacing.

S- Dark, roasted coffee notes, a bit of a boozy smell but not much.

T- I can detect coffee but it seems that the dark chocolates really stand out more than anything else. Very sweet and very roasted.

M- Creamy smooth and very thick. Hardly any carbonation.

D- Easily drinkable, maybe I should have another...

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 21:45:03 | More by kbeals
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aubuc1

Florida

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

12 oz bottle poured in to a glass.

Pours a rich black with a dark tan thick head.

Smell is smooth roasty and coffeeish. Big smells, but nothing overpowering.

Taste is a little sweeter than the smell, but still has a very roasty taste with a little bitter finish.

Very easy drinking beer that has a great mouthfeel- not too big or thin.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 00:19:17 | More by aubuc1
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MaltistLupulist

Maryland

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

Pour stream is a ruddy dark brown but it seems darker still as it occupies the glass, with a peripheral ruby hue. Minimal head, faint lacing.

Aroma is dominated by roasted malt and cacao nibs with some dried dark fruit playing a faint and fleeting role.

Flavor-wise, this exceeds my expectations for a well-built porter. All the conventional criteria for the style (roastiness, mild sweetness) are met and some complexity is thrown into the mix: noticeable but muted hoppiness, especially in the finish; a whisper of Lapsang Souchong complementing the roastiness with a bacony smokiness; a tartness whose origins initially puzzle me, but which I ultimately attribute to a convergence of the aforementioned flavor components (and perhaps a clever technique to mask the admittedly moderate alcohol content). Dry, bitter finish; again, this is where the limited lupulin role is most prominent.

Mouthfeel-wise, initially quite effervescent but dissipates almost instantly, yielding a silky smooth, dry sensation with a barely calculable amount of stickiness.

Aside from a confused moment when I mistook the cross-section of roastiness, hoppiness, and smokiness for alcohol, I'd rate this among the most drinkable beers I've had in some time (with the caveat that I'm mostly a IIPA and RIS guy).

...And, despite the fact that I prefer a viscous imperial stout over a thinner style like this when it comes to dark offerings, I have much respect for this beer. A well-rounded, properly executed porter.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 23:14:22 | More by MaltistLupulist
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Cresant

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a tulip pint. No date. The body was used oil color, a deep, opaque brown/black. There was a modest tan head which faded to zero and left no lace.

Smell was cookie dough-like. Dusty. Cocoa powder hints in the aroma.

Taste was coffee and bitter chocolate/cocoa powder. Roasted and burnt notes. There was a very long bittering aftertaste. Tangy and not too sweet.

Mouthfeel was zesty. Medium body and mouthfilling carbonation. Some slipperiness.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 01:04:51 | More by Cresant
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projectflam86

Ohio

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

A- Pours a dark brown almost black color with a creamy beige foam head. A tiny bit of lacing.

S- Smokey with a decent amount of roasted malt in the nose. A bit of hazelnut and toasted grains.

T- Smokey bitterness upfront with a nice roasted malt sweetness in the finish. Alcohol is more apparent that I thought it would be.

M- Medium body with ok carbonation. Smokey aftertaste.

D- Pretty decent porter with a nice flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2009 03:36:36 | More by projectflam86
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plastik

Florida

3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Very dark, red-brown highlights. Thin tan head, quickly dissipates.

S-Roasted Malt, coffee, caramel

T-Initially, slightly sour and fruity with a heavy does of roasted malt. Gives way to a long, rich, bitter finish - earthy and maybe even slightly smoky. I like it, but the initial sourness throws me off a little, though it lessens as it warms a bit. Also as it warms a little it becomes a bit more balanced and grows somewhat smoother.

M-Very nice. A bit thick, with a nice smooth fullness from the carbonation.

D-Very good. I could drink a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 04:49:16 | More by plastik
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JayQue

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good solid American Porter. Pours a dense, dark color, no light gets through, no highlights. Dark tan head, medium size, fades quickly to a ring around the glass.

Fairly average smell of roasted malts and dark chocolate.

Taste is full and inviting with roasted malts, dark chocolate, a little coffee and a little bitterness in the finish. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel seems a bit thin at first but the more you drink, the less obvious this seems as the tongue gets coated.

Drinkability is good. If you like Porters, it's all there. Another good beer from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 02:03:03 | More by JayQue
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Gtreid

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Deep, dark, brown. When backlit a slight reddish hue comes through. The pour produces about one finger of wet sand colored head that receeds quickly, and leaves minimal, spotty, lace.

A: Dark chocolate malts, some small coffee, dried fruit, and vanilla. I get a very nice earthiness from the grassy hops.

T: Again I get dark chocolate, sour dried fruit, earthy hops, biscuit and dark malts. The beer finishes dry with absolutley no hint of alcohol.

M: Light to Medium body and a good amount of carbonation. Almost too thin for a Porter IMO.

D and overall impression: This gets some pretty high marks on drinkability, due to the low ABV and the thinness of the mouthfeel. Overall a very solid Porter from Founders, these guys continue to impress. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 23:06:32 | More by Gtreid
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mjl21

California

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

Acquired via trade...thanks Josh! 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled date on the neck of the bottle is 1/20/09. Comes in at 6.5% and 45 IBUs.

A-Pours a dark brown with a minor red hue when it is angled in the light. Has a minimal sandy head that fades quickly. There is visible sediment suspended in the glass.

S-Smells of dark malts. Lots of roasted malt, chocolate, and a little bit of coffee as it warms. There is also some vanilla as it warms.

T-It has a really nice chocolate taste upfront. It gets roasty in the middle. The finish tastes a lot like coffee that has gone cold from sitting on an unliut burner. There is some residual sweetness after it has gone down. The hops are noticeable, but it is a very clean level of bitterness that integrates well with the malt.

M-It falls on the higher end of the medium spectrum. Very smooth with good carbonation.

D-Went down very easily. Could knock back a few.

A great porter from Founders. Nothing too crazy going on, just nice use of dark malts.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 18:41:49 | More by mjl21
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A: Very dark brown, almost black, with a thin tan head that sits gracefully on top. Very fine carbonation.

S: Roated malt is dominant, with hints of coffee and chocolate. The nose also expresses an earthy quality I haven't experienced in many porters.

T: Nice roasty malt flavors, with hints of toast, chocolate, and earth. A pleasant hop bitterness finishes it off.

M: Full bodied and viscous, with a silky texture.

D: Very smooth. Another excellent example of this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 02:04:38 | More by WYVYRN527
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dtivp

Pennsylvania

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

My son gave me this nice porter to try. It poured a little syrupy into a pint glass a very dark brown with a very small short lasting brown head.

Very strong aroma of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.

A nice taste of dark chocolate and coffee. Very smooth with a medium to heavy body.

This is a very enjoyable porter to drink, I wish there was another one in the frig to drink. Definitely on my buy list.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 01:08:13 | More by dtivp
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jdskinns

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one in a bottle. Poured a dark brown/black color with no light coming through and a brown head. Smelled and tasted of heavy roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Kind of a thick mouthfeel but very pleasant. This beer has definitely got me re-trying a lot of porters right now.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 03:54:24 | More by jdskinns
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drtth

Pennsylvania

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

Lightly chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a dark brown and is almost black in the glass with no light getting through. The creamy brown head recedes quickly to a small ring of foam with a few irregular patches on the surface of the liquid. Sipping initially eaves a small ring of foam with some legs trailing down that become small patches of lacing that cling to the side of the glass. Later on there is still minimal patchy lacing.

Smell: While the aroma has a faint floral character the dominant parts of it are coffee, sweet dark chocolate and dark toffee from the roasted malts.

Taste: The flavor is full and combines sweet chocolate, coffee and bitter dark roasted malt with some unsweetened dark chocolate. There is some sweetness but it never dominates the character of the flavor. It just seems to modulate the bitterness so that it is not too intense.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth. There is minimal carbonation. By the end of the beer the carbonation only shows as a light soft prickly sensation. The finish is long and is mostly the bitter of the dark roasted malt turning dry and fading away, but it seems to go on a bit too long and have a faint burnt character to it.

Drinkability: This is reasonably drinkable and I could easily have a second but I'd probably not because of the intensity of the flavors. This is one I could return and return to again sometime but there are one or two on my list that are as good as or just a bit higher on my list.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 01:30:18 | More by drtth
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a syrupy, almost black opaque liquid with a thick, retentive coffee colored head that leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma is very rich, dark chocolate, roast malt, coffee, etc. Body is light, but syrupy, with a high amount of carbonation and similar flavors as aroma, dark chocolate, light coffee, roasted malt and a strong hop presence in the finish. Compares very well to Edmund Fitzgerald, one of my favorites porters and offerings from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 23:57:55 | More by yourefragile
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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