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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter

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6,222 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,222
Reviews: 1,430
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 320
Gots: 945 | 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: 6,222 | Reviews: 1,430
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottled 11/14/11 poured into Libbey porter/stout glass.

A - Pours a glossy black with pencil-thin mocha head that fizzes out into a chunky ring around the glass, oily surface and moderate lacing.

S - More coffee than I got with FBS, strangely enough. Chocolate-covered raisins, sweet molasses.

T - Fresh coffee with medium alcohol presence up front, the faintest hint of vanilla on the finish. Noticeable hop presence but plays well with the coffee bitterness.

M - Creamy and smooth at the start, but washes out to a thin, almost watery finish. The hop/coffee bitterness leaves a nice prickly finish that distracts from the suddenly frail body.

O - Quite an enjoyable, solid porter. I prefer a slightly heavier mouthfeel but the flavors are good enough that it's not much of a distraction, and there's a nice complex bitterness that jumps from coffee to hops and back.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of antique
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Dark brown color, slightly opaque, a 2/3-finger head that hangs around for a decent while before disappearing; the drink doesn't leave too much lacing behind.

Smells of nuts, firewood, some chocolates and caramels, a bit of zest or maybe dried fruits, and a rich syrupy smell that permeates now and again.

Decent carbonation. The initial taste is bitter like coffee or even grapefruit juice, but it immediately yields to an array of nice, very rich and warming dark chocolates and even a faint smokiness, coupled with hints of molasses and earthy tones. The medium-heavy feel of the drink begs to be swirled around in the mouth to absorb all of the flavors, and upon swallowing it simply explodes pleasantly. Aftertaste of something like a nutty bread with a continuation of the mild, smokey/firewood-esque flavors.

A relatively complex porter that falls apart elegantly on the tongue, managing to offer a lot without assaulting the palette. Balanced and nuanced. Deceptively sweet at first, but that overarching coffee bitterness steals the show in a very nice, warming way.

This is what I come for in a porter. Complex but not overpowering; it's not much to look at, but the taste and feel alone clearly earn this brew top marks. Certainly one of the best porters I've ever had.

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4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque black with brown tinges under a tremendous off white head that sticks around a good while.

S - Most notably, the bitter dark chocolate makes its presence known. Aside, we have an earthy malt backbone.

T - Wonderful in the depth of flavor this one has. The dark chocolate lays a path for hints of nut, date and molasses to march down. Absolutely great taste.

M - Full bodied with a fairly dry finish amongst the decent carbonation and dark chocolate aftertaste.

O - Unquestionably the best American Porter I've ever had. So good that my tongue cried tears of tasty.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of dasenebler
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz, bottled 9/23/11.

Pours a dark, dark brown. One-finger head with decent retention.

Aroma is fantastic, full of chocolate, with hints of licorice and dark fruits. Very big for a standard Porter.

Flavor is just as awesome, with loads of flavorful dark malt. Layered and complex: chocolate, roast and a touch of smoke. Pretty sweet, but the beer rounds itself out with a somewhat bitter and dark finish. The mouthfeel is pretty standard, slightly dextrinous with low carbonation.

Probably the best beer I've had from Founders, next to the Imperial Stout. Awesome Porter here.

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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%

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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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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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