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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,454 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,454
Reviews: 1,334
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 260
Gots: 563 | FT: 23
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 DannyDan
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours out a dark brown body with a nice foamy brown head that has really good retention and excellent lacing.
S. A very pleasant aroma of roasted dark chocolate and roasted coffee along with some caramel and toffee with a smoke flavor.
T. The taste is roasted dark chocolate followed by some hops, some smoke flavor and some coffee flavor with more dark chocolate along with a toffee and caramel sweetness at the end.
The after taste is chocolate, but not too bitter.
M. The mouthfeel is a nice smooth and creamy feel that makes you want more.
D. This is a nice enjoyable drink and since this is a full bodied beer with good carbonation you might be satisfied with just one, but if you feel you can drink more than one i'd highly recommend it.
This porter is my #2 american porter behind Edmund Fitzgerald.

DannyDan, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of CPeterson
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A -- Deep black brew that leaves little if no light to come through. A nice heads that settles into a light skim.

S -- Coffee, toffee, dark chocolate, a hint of caramel and smoke.

T -- Roasty malts, a hint of coffee and chocolate up front, lightly bitter. Fades into a rich caramel / dark fruit sweetness that nicely balances the smoke and lends a very smooth, well balanced beer.

M -- Full bodied, almost creamy, medium carbonation, lightly drying.

D -- Very nice. Worth the buy and the repeat and regular rotation especially if you are a fan of the style.

CPeterson, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of Tucquan
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this again on 2012-04-24 in Columbia, PA

A - Almost opaque dark brown with a 1.5-finger head and moderate lacing.

S - Medium roasted grain, milk and dark chocolate, molasses, light dried plum. Rich smelling although not very strong.

T - Dark roasted/burnt grain and dark chocolate, chalk, roasted and hop bitterness that lingers but is balanced by a nice toasty and spicy sweet malt presence. Very robust and flavorful.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Smooth and creamy but not as thick as their FBS.

O - Impressive. When you want a roasty and robust porter with a good mouthfeel but want to keep the ABV on the lower side, this fits the bill. I'll have this again.

Initial review from 2010-06-10 in Lynchburg, VA (from tasting notes)

A - Dark brown with a short brown head 4.0

S - Coffee, chocolate, plum 4.0

T - Mocha sweetness, mild astringent coffee, dark chocolate. Good balance between the sweetness and bitterness with a touch of sour in the lingering aftertaste. 4.0

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Creamy. 4.0

D - A couple of these would be enjoyable. The ABV isn't that high and it doesn't feel heavy. 4.0

Tucquan, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of Vdubb86
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Stella glass.

I needed to give this one another go because the last time that I consumed it, the entire six pack was all bottle bombs. This beer poured a blackness with a tan foam. The smell off the bat was pretty damn amazing. There was peat smoked malts and roasted malts similar to a strong coffee aroma. The taste was greatly similar to the smell, though the smoke was toned down really nicely felt that there was almost too much roast in the flavor, which is something that I thought I'd never say. There was a good chocolate flavor to tie everything together. The mouthfeel was a tad on the astringent side, but with that much roast it was rather expected. This is insanely easy to drink, I must admit I'm rather fond of this beer and am truly happy that I gave it a second chance.

Vdubb86, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of brewdoc75
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark black in my pint glass with a brownish-white head. The head is minimal and dies fast. Moderate carbonation. Some mahogany hues on the sides.

S: Nice porter aromas with some dark chocolate, charred grain, and caramel notes. There is some hints of smokiness too. The chocolate seems most prominent, but is very inviting. Light sweetness in the end.

T: A bevy of dark flavors here with beautiful dark chocolate flavors, melding with hints of roastiness and smokiness. Finishes with a rich, caramel-toffee sweetness. This is quickly followed in the aftertaste by more dark chocolate and roasted flavors. Not overly roasty like a stout. The flavors in this beer balance out to make this ever-so flavorful. The hops are there to balance it out and maybe add a hint of citrus, but they are definitely not overtaking the beautiful malt flavors.

M: Nice, medium bodied ale with an overall smooth mouthfeel. Finishes clean. Moderate carbonation really fits the style.

D: This is an exceptional Porter. One of the best Porters I have ever had. Beautiful balance of flavors overall. Unlike some other Porters, this one has a ton of flavor. At the same time, it is extremely drinkable. I'm not sure if I can call this my favorite yet, but it is damn close.

brewdoc75, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of stephens101
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The thin dark tan head dissipates quickly with no residual lace to speak of. Pure black core with dark brown edges when held to the light.

Some malt sweetness is noticed initially to the nose, followed by some almond nuttiness and mocha. Taste is more involved than the smell with a big malt sweetness, cocoa and a nice smokey graininess up front. Licorice and faint hops bring up the rear.

Almost heavy mouth-feel with a super-creamy core but a little dry at the edges which helps with the drinkability. A very faint alcohol heat exists in the aftertaste.

Perfect Porter for this winter's eve.

stephens101, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks pretty good! Color of deep dark amber brown with a half inch of foam that sticks around to a great looking ring.

S - Smells mostly of sweet chocolates and roasted coffee. Maybe a bit of hops but it's faint.

T - Wow that's pretty smooth! The bitterness is surprisingly low for a porter but is still their so its not a stout. Somewhat creamy coffee with just a touch of dark chocolates.

M - Medium bodied and ABV is well concealed.

D - Wow it's kind of like a lighter version of breakfast stout. Still so more bitter so it's true to the style. I do like it though and would drink it again. Sad to see this is more available than the breakfast stout but I would pick it up again.

DrDemento456, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of micromaniac129
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours quite dark verging on black without a very large head, even with a vigorous pour.
Smells richly of roasted and toasted malts with a bit of coffee and espresso.
Tastes smokey with roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Some hops are present to give some bittering.
Thick full bodied beer. Smooth but with a little bit of grittiness.Tastes a bit watery too.
A good beer.

micromaniac129, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours into a Duvel tulip super dark with a caramel/crema looking head. The head dissipates quickly but leaves a film over the top. A short swirl brings out more head and emphasizes the thick and sticky lacing. A really good looking porter.

The predominant aromas are dark roasted malt, smoke and coffee. The taste is bittersweet chocolate, espresso with some smoke if you really concentrate. Not too sweet at all due to a bitter finish. As the ale warms the sweetness recedes and the espresso bitterness comes forward making this a really enjoyable experience.

The mouth feel is slightly thicker than medium, but not by much. Thank goodness there's no wateriness (my kiss of death for a porter) like Bell's Porter or even to some extent Sierra Nevada Porter.

Not as drinkable as some other porters, but the qualities that make it less drinkable make it a better porter, if that makes sense. It's thicker and more filling. Also, more than one can seem decedent and glutinous.

I'll be honest, this was not a porter that I've always liked that much. I knew it was a good one, but I struggled to really appreciate some of its qualities. I didn't give up (I love most Founder's beers), and now I'm now far more likely to order it out and pick up a sixer. I struggled to rate the taste 4.0 or 4.5, but eventually went with the higher rating.

airheadmtrcycle, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of Franz4
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours dark with no light passing through, no head at all.

S- Toasted chocolate & graham cracker, chocolate covered coffee beans.

T- simple clean taste of chocolate covered coffee beans. Nice and roasty, well balanced.

M- light bodied for this dark of a beer, just the right amount of carbonation.

D- Very approachable dark beer for the evenings when you want that stout but something's keeping you from it. Very solid.

Franz4, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of AllFineThings
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin caramelized looking head. Has a heavy smell of toffee, chocolate and coffee.

Tastes better and better as it warms, thick black body that let's you know this a real porter. The taste is the same as the smell.

By far my favorite porter and second favorite beer overall.

AllFineThings, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of DerekStek
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color: The beer pours a very dark brown color. A thick two finger mocha colored head settles nicely on top.

Smell: Coffee, vanilla, malts, and chocolate combine to make an excellent smell.

Taste: There is a real malty, mocha, vanilla taste that sits pretty heavily on the tongue.

This is a beer that is best suited by itself or one other. Very drinkable but very filling.

DerekStek, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of sixerofelixir
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Seductive lady on the label

Paired with a strip steak. Poured very black, with a nice dark tan head that stuck around. The smell was malty paradise. The taste was very nice, just a ton of roasty malts, cocoa, and a bit of caramel and toffee. The finish was mellow and nutty. Very smooth drinker.

sixerofelixir, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of zhanson88
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at lunch at Kieran's Pub in Minneapolis. Very pleased to see it on the menu. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Founder's Porter pours a very dark brown color, almost black, with about a finger of mocha colored head. Lacing is a moderate layer of fine film after it reduces.

Smell: Lots of roasted malts, some chocolate, and just a touch of smoke. It smells very rich.

Taste: I've got to say this is one of the richest porters I've ever tried. Lost of roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla. Classic porter taste, just great.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with a little carbonation. Viscous, very smooth and creamy on the palate. Delightful. This is absolutely an awesome tasting porter. My favorite of the style that I've had.

zhanson88, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of ccrida
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into my Delirium snifter, Founders Porter is black with a massive foamy brown head. Between the pressure released when I cracked it, along with the overly foamy head, I feared infection, but none was found. The foamy leaves heavy chunks, rocky really, a bit Belgianesque.

Smell is caramel, almost nougat like. Really delicious.

Taste is very rich, this is a big ass porter, which I dig. Loads of cocoa, a little milk chocolate really, with a touch of caramel as well. Outstanding, wow.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonation but not overly so, medium bodied.

Drinkability is great, this a fantastic porter. The only frustration is the large head slows down the drinking! This is the best porter I've ever had, period.

ccrida, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of JLeege
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a deep brown with a 2 finger mocha colored head. Great head retention and excellent lacing.

Smell- Roasted malts, caramel, coffee, subtle chocolate.

Taste- The flavor comes together very nicely in this one. Coffee and sweet chocolate notes right up front. Caramel and a nuttyness in the middle. The finish is dry and lingering with some bitter coffee. This beer is hard to put down!.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, I wish this was just a tad thicker.

Overall- Solid porter, I don't think Founders can make a bad beer! -DARK RICH SEXY-

JLeege, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of stingrayvr6
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I will start by saying that I can not imagine a better example of the style. Poured into a porter glass, incredibly dark brown/black, faintly red on the edges where light can pass through. Creamy tan head, great retention and lacing. Massive roasted smell some coffee grinds, chocolate and toffee. Faint burned popcorn as well. Smooth on the tongue with the roasty dryness dominating the front, then sweetens out with the chocolate and toffee notes, then back to dry coffee like finish. Some alcohol warming as you get deep into this. New favorite porter.

stingrayvr6, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of acurtis
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Second beer in a mini Porter tasting: Founders Porter poured into english pint glass.
Dark thick pour. Very dark brown head. Thicker, darker and smokier than the GLEFP. Sweet aroma of chocolate, coffee, dark malt, vanilla with some smoke. Smooth and creamy, taste of roasted malt, molasses, chocolate, coffee. Very different than GLEFP, not as drinkable but a more creamy full mouthfeel. Exceptional.

acurtis, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of Betmore
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured the darkest shade of brown possible and formed a beautiful mocha head that slowly faded into a resilient foam cap. Lacing was heavy.

The initial bouquet is heavy with rich, almost burnt, roasted malts. Secondary aromas include coffee, liquorice, vanilla, and sweet candied fruits. Theres a lot going on here so I'm pretty excited about tasting this badboy.

Oh, man, this stuff is good. Dark malts, coffee, slightly burnt toast, and chocolate are the predominant flavors here and they're balanced quite nicely as well.

Mouthfeel is fine. No suprises here. Its of medium to thin body with soft carbonation. Its a pleasure to have in my mouth. (Thats what she said!)

I'm pleasantly suprised at how drinkable this brew is. It would go with just about any meal and is amazingly refreshing. While it has a boatload of flavors, they're not overbearing. I don't feel like my face is being ripped off by huge malts or massive hops. This beer just "works". I'll definitley buy this again.

Betmore, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of jbertsch
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears black with a frothy tan khaki head that laces well.

Smells of chocolate, and woodys-smelling malts with a touch of smoke. Almost smells soft and cabin-like.

Wow. So delicious tasting - Cocao podwer, earthy malts, roasted grains, and a touch of bright hops.

Noticeable carbonation gives an edge to otherwise super smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability is dangerously good.

One of the best porters I've ever had.

jbertsch, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Thin half-finger head. Light leather brown and dense, but dissipates quickly, leaving a thin ring around the glass. Coffee black and opaque.

S - Roasted malt, dark chocolate cake, subtle grapefruit hops in the background. Really needs to warm up before much aroma presents itself in the glass, and even then it takes work to get a nose.

T - Melted dark chocolate, black coffee, touch of caramel and butterscotch. Hops throw some citrus into the mix, but sweetness, then well-defined chocolate dominate. The roast is also well-defined.

M - Smooth and creamy, little carbonation, thin structure. Decent finish, but it fades more quickly than I've experienced with this style.

D - Tastes more like a chocolate stout than a porter, both in terms of thinness and amount of malt roasting. I understand why a number of people like this beer, but I see getting my porter fix elsewhere. A good example for me of a product with clearly quality ingredients that are put together in a manner I don't find desirable. Back off on the roast, beef up the structure, and bring the caramel more forward and this would be a quite a porter.

BuckeyeSlim, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of nkersten
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into pint glass. Liquid is brownish black with a thin tan head, no retention or lacing. Smells of roasted caramel, very traditional porter, some slightly floral and spicy hops. Taste is a perfect balance of spicy hops and roasted malts with a bit of caramel sweetness. Finish has a bit of a smokey flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and medium carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer, as I think most porters should be. This is a bit heavier in body then most traditional porters I have had, but overall an excellent example of the style.

nkersten, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of Lauthaha
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Semi-thick, oily character. Color is deep brown, with tints of violet when you hold it to an incandescent bulb. Head is half-a-finger high, deep tan, subsides to nothingness.

Smell: Dark chocolate and sweet esters appear first. A stronger whiff includes some coffee, molasses, and maybe just a touch of some kind of vine fruit (grapes, plums, etc).

Taste/Mouthfeel: Bitter chocolate, noticeable hops in the mix as well. A little too oily in the mouthfeel for my taste; almost buttery. Not a lot from the nose in the actual taste, maybe just a touch of fruit in the foretaste.

Drinkablilty: Good enough to drink again, but powerful enough to savor.

Another good brew from a "local" brewery. (Home-state)

Lauthaha, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of Arbitrator
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. A generous extra from boatshoes. Thanks!

A: Pours a pitch black body with a nice finger of mocha head. That long-lastin', lace-leavin' sumbitch takes his sweet time before moseyin' off into the-... oh, sorry. Anyway, this beer is a reminder that dark beers can have a nice head. I think I'm grading too leniently on some stouts and porters that lose their foam immediately.

T: Roasted malt and chocolate up front; this doesn't have that over-roasted, slightly burnt flavor I find off-putting in similar beers. Coffee grounds, a touch of anise and smoke. Slightly bitter cocoa. While this isn't a hoppy beer, it's evident that some earthy hops went into it. A very balanced, flavorful taste. I can't help but be thoroughly impressed.

M: Founders typically does a good job with the mouthfeel. I'm surprised at how thick this beer feels for a relatively light ABV, but I suppose that attests to a nice presence of residual sugar. It certainly feels sweet and heavy, though not cloying. In fact, it finishes with a drying presence.

D: An excellent example of a style that seems to be forgotten in favor of EXTREME!!! imperial porters with adjuncts. It's nice to revisit the basics. I think there are one or two I'd rank ahead of this one, but it's up there.

Arbitrator, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Black with a very large brown head. Great retention, thick and sticky lacing. Small bubbles of carbonation race to the top of the glass in an incessant stream.

S: Coffee grounds, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, moist chocolate cake, a touch of earthiness, and some mild citric hops.

T: Roasted malt taste assaults the palate. Lots of chocolate: dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and devil's food cake. Bitter coffee surfaces momentarily. Faint hints of plum. Quick citric hop bite comes to the forefront, but recedes as quickly as it hit. Vanilla comes out a bit as the beer warms. Finish is semi-dry and never-ending and showcases rich malt tastes of chocolate cake and some woody/smokey notes.

M: Thick, creamy, and smooth. Crisp carbonation and a mild warming alcohol sensation are also apparent. Very slightly astringent.

D: On the bigger side of the style, but oh-so drinkable.

Notes: A shining example of the style. Delicious and very technically sound, from what I can tell. The label says it all: Dark, rich, and sexy. An excellent beer.

ryan1788a5, Nov 30, 2010
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,454 ratings.