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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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95
world-class

5,455 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,455
Reviews: 1,334
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 260
Gots: 564 | 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 gregalobeer
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: dark, opaque, oily texture, firm head with good retention
S: dark coffee, carmel, earthy tones
T: coffee!! smooth porter richness nicely balanced with light hops
M: a bit thin for my taste but fits with the balance and delicacy of the flavor
D: balanced flavors and delicate mouthfeel make this a VERY drinkable porter; I definitely want another

gregalobeer, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founders is one of my fav breweries, just gotta get around to review more of their beers. Can't wait to try this one.

A: A thick almost black 1/2 finger head rises and sticks around for a while over a pitch black luscious looking beer.

N: Lots of malts on the nose. Some chocolate, lots of roast, some luscious dark chocolate malts, slight sweet malts, and just overall darkness. A very slight hop aroma as well.

T: Lots of luscious malts. Mostly roasted and chocolate malts, and lots of coffee. A nice bitterness with some spicy hops. A chewy malt composition adds lots of dark malts, chocolate, and slightly bitter acidic earthy charred malts. A slight salty soy sauce flavor comes through as well. It is smooth and slightly velvety with a slight chocolate milk feel.

M: Semi thick, luscious, velvety, spicy acidic, lower but OK carbonation.

F: Semi bitter with lots of roast and charred malts, and some nice hop flavors to help. Lingering salty soy sauce though. Some Hoppy bitterness blends with more roasted charred coffee earthy bitterness that linger a bit. Some more coffee lingering. A nice finish for a humbling porter, out of all the Founders beers, not one of the best, but still a great beer as Founders has some amazing beers.

jlindros, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of david18
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So I've been hearing about Founders coming to New York for weeks and have been looking forward to the introduction since it was announced. I tried the Centennial and wasn't impressed. I had the pale ale and loved it! The porter is another one that impressed me greatly. Amazing malty and classic porter aroma. Great dark color and a perfect malty, portery flavor that, at the low abv makes it a great drinkable beer.

david18, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

"Dark, rich, and sexy." Indeed. Our eyes met from across the brewpub. She stood at the bar, all decked out in righteous finery. It was when she peered over her shoulder that her beauty took hold of me: those dark brown, nearly black eyes; those burnt ochre tresses, somehow simultaneously thick and light, that she nonchalantly brushed away from those aforementioned eyes; she certainly appeared nearly perfect. I had to speak to her. As I neared, her perfume caught my nose, sending me further over the edge before we've even met. It was dark, it was roasty, it reminded me of a chocolatier's workshop. Finally, I made it to the pinnacle: I old-fashionedly cleared my throat loudly, springing the trap. I thought she'd bite, but instead she ended up trapping me within those dark eyes, which in turn were reinforced by that rich, creamy skin. I was stunned. Luckily, she took the lead. As we spoke, grew closer, her very essence dove into my senses, recalling and complimenting her perfume. The sweetness, the roast; the chocolate, the molasses, the brown sugar (how come it tastes so good!?), the nutmeg, the coffee, the subtle vanilla. I don't know how I survived the encounter. In fact, she was so rounded, such a complete package, full of energy yet more than willing to slow down and savor the moment, that we talked, nay connected, far after the doors were closed. I had fallen hard. And we've been together ever since. Now, Dean-o, THAT's amore!

TMoney2591, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of beergod1
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pitcher at Winking Lizard in Mentor Ohio. I had 1 and my friend had 1. Two beautiful black Pitchers of Goodness . Nose is milky cocoa, smokey, nice malted milk character, some dark fruits & really dark caramel. Flavor is sweet roasty malt, rich dark fruits. A touch of burnt in the slightly smokey & malty finish, along with a bit of hop that balances things perfectly. 1 of my favorite Porters "Ever" along with a Founders Breakfast Stout...mmm Good.

beergod1, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of Duff27
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark as night. Hardly a head or lacing at all.

S- Roasty/Chocolaty.

T- Coffee-like bitterness. Agree with the smokey finish comment.

M- Heavy, not much carbonation.

D/O- As delicious as this beer is, as with all porters, it's not something that your going to want to drink all night.

Duff27, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of jonziefle
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured completely solid black color. No carbonation is visible. One finger thick dark-khaki head, with decent retention. Moderate lacing.

Smell Smells of smoky and chocolaty malts, with a molasses sweetness. Almost a burnt flavor, but in a good way. Hint of very dark fruit flavors.

Taste: Very smoky with dark chocolate. Medium dark sugar sweetness and dark grape flavors. The smokiness linger for a while. Just a hint of alcohol. Dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, with a nice bite up front and smooth on the way down. Tingles the back of your throat. Very lively.

Drinkability A very good porter. Excellent smokiness that lasts and lasts, with a moderate amount of sweetness as a good contrast. A must try.

Buy Again? Yes.

jonziefle, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of Stigs
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, served in a DFH signature glass

A - pours with a fingers height of tight and frothy, dark khaki colored foam. leaves behind spotty bubbles of lace through the drink. the beer is just about pitch black, with only the slightest dark ruby hue when held up to a bright light.

S - pretty aromatic...starts off with bold roasted malts, dark french roasted and lightly creamed and sweetened coffee, bitter dark bakers chocolate. a slight lactose-like sweetness, more cocoa powder comes out as it opens, along with a slightly bittering hop aroma. outstanding.

T - starts off with some dark roasted malt immediately joined by a bit of dark fruits, sharp black coffee. the hops come alive here, adding a strong big of grassy and earthy bitterness joined by some chocolate, vanilla, and mineral. the aftertaste is dominated by milk chocolate and roasted coffee. let this one sit a bit to mellow and really open up!

M - medium bodied, creamy and with a good medium amount of carbonation. quite chewy, leaves the mouth a bit scratchy and "fuzzy".

D - a well-rounded porter with all the classic characteristics, taken to a slightly bolder level as expected from Founders, borders the Stout line. dangerously drinkable and delicious.

Stigs, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of gpioski
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

6.5% ABV- 45 IBU

A- Jet black with milk chocolate colored head. Very frothy out of the bottle, had to pour for a few minutes with breaks. Tons of carbonation.

S- malt, milk chocolate, coffee, espresso. smells good.

T- Wow! Mellow malt flavors. Nice temperature 55'. A bit of spices, but heavy on the coffee and chocolate flavors. smoky finish.

M- thicker than expected. Nice mouthfeel. Rich and creamy like a milkshake.

D- Excellent drinkability. lower ABV makes it easy to have a couple, but I probably wouldn't want more than 2.

Founders gets a winner again.

gpioski, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of SilentSabre
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This may very well be the greatest porter, or American Porter at least, that I have *ever* had. Poured up inky black with only a near razor thin trace of light showing around the edges. Head almost a medium brown and actually maintains a decent thickness throughout the drink.
Smell is big dark chocolate and spent coffee aromas. This is a fantastic porter so far. Taste, too, exhibits these nuances, as well as a pleasant bitterness from wonderfully earthy hops, which meld well with the other flavours almost suggesting bitter, black coffee. Mouthfeel is almost creamy with that nice brow, foamy head.
This has got to be, without a doubt, *the* greatest American Porter I have ever had. And one of the best top 24 or so beers I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying, too. Marvelously well crafted!! Brilliant.

SilentSabre, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark, dark brown, almost black but not quite. Beautiful, long-lasting reddish mocha head that recedes to a collar with little lacing, although some legs.

S - Nice and very roasty, with a bit of chocolate. A hint of something like licorice that I just can't figure out.

T - A damn fine porter. Roasted malts dominate, with some subtle notes of chocolate and even a dash of hops. Definitely very malt forward.

M - Very smooth and creamy, nice carbonation lightens it up perfectly.

D - Great porter, but I've been spoiled by many others. As a regular offering its wonderful, and would pick up more often if a) it were regularly available in NYC and b) I was a fan of porters.

NYCWheatFanSC, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of biglite351
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - nice and dark but the head vanished quickly.

S - roasted bet a little bitter plus an odd under tone.

T - starts out really nice, but gets a bit too bitter in the after taste.

M - medium tingle all Oct the mouth.

D - the flavor makes you want to drink it, but the bitter finish makes you not want too many.

biglite351, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of divineaudio
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this on tap at founders last monday. ($2 pint night!)

a - pours black with a creamy brown head and thick, sticky lacing.

s - roasty and chocolaty. gives you a good idea of what you're in for.

t - rich roasted, coffee and chocolate malts fading into a bittersweet hop finish. well balanced, complex and utterly delicious!

m - smooth and silky with a medium body, not nearly as heavy as you'd expect. nice co2 profile too.

d - this is one exciting porter! easily sessionable, but strong enough that you'll want to pace yourself.

divineaudio, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of zoolzoo
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, Duvel snifter

A: Almost black, dark brown. Head was slow to build, but developed a two finger mocha head.

S: coffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate

T: More coffee than probably any porter that I have had. Alot of nuttiness, bitter dark chocolate, slight dark fruits. Nice and smooth, "sexy" as Founders puts it. Its only improving as the glass warms.

M: Creamy, approaching stout territory. Not quite, though.

D: I could drink a few of these easily. Balanced, lower ABV, and pretty cheap.

Overall an excellent example of the style. Its a little heavy on the coffee but Im often a fan of coffee characteristics in beer, so I wont knock it at all for that.

zoolzoo, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of Evocatus
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark opaque coffee color with a thick dark beige head. Aroma is a mix of roasted malts heavy on cocoa/bittersweet chocolate. Taste was the same as the aroma, although there was a little kick to it. The beer was really thick, reminded me of an expedition stout from Bells when pouring. However, the carbonation was pretty weak, so it felt like i was drinking a thin syrup rather than a beer. However, given it's taste and price, a great drinkable beer.

Evocatus, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of Brent
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a top-notch example of the style. Pitch black pour with thin mocha head. Bold, roasted malt flavors with distinct but not overdone coffee notes. Hopping is firm but appropriate for the American porter style. Founders understands that a porter is not a dumbed-down stout or pumped-up brown ale. The focus on roasted malt flavor is spot-on.

Brent, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of bgildea
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very nice dark black brown color. Slight tan head, that looks very appealing but fades. Slight lacing as well.

S: Good smell with some earthy/coffee notes.

T: The taste is a dark rich coffee flavor. I'm surprised that it's not called a coffee porter for the amount of coffee flavor that the beer has.

M: Thin mouthfeel with a slight alcohol taste. Not much thickness to the beer.

D: It's drinkable, but the coffee flavor might be too overwhelming to have several of them.

Overall: I enjoyed the beer, but the coffee flavor overwhelmed the other notes in the beer. I was satisfied, but I think Founder's has better beers out there.

bgildea, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of backfat
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours an oily opaque black. frothy tan one finger. smells dominated by chocolate with backrounds of toffee, raisins, and figs. tastes robust. creamy and milky. dark, rich, and sexy. a bit sweet and ends sour. i love it. for the price ($10.99) it's world class.

backfat, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of colts9016
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a 49 degrees.

Appearance: A monster 3 finger head that is foamy and creamy with good retention. The body of the beer is opaque and the clarity is nil. The head left some lacing on the glass.

Nose: There is a very rich malty dark aroma. The aromas of chocolate, espresso, biscuits, molasses, phenonls, and some solvents. There is a descent hop aroma with some grapefruits, pine, and floral.

Taste: A very deep rich porter with dark roasted malts. There are flavors of bittersweet chocolate, espresso, molasses, a toasty notes and some yeasty flavors. There in the background there is some slovents, phenols, grapefruit, pine and and floral esters.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is velvety, creamy and smooth. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. This is another wonderful example of how a really good porter should taste. I really enjoyed drinking it.

colts9016, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of danielharper
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black/dark brown with a slight reddish tinge. Thin brown head that becomes soapscum almost immediately. Maybe I should have poured a bit more aggressively?

Smells strongly of sweet roasted malts, lots of bittersweet chocolate and a significant dryness and some hoppiness. Very inviting aroma.

Tastes great. Lots of black patent malt, very dry, with a great roasty quality on the back of the tongue. A slight hoppiness tickles the tongue, and the aftertaste is filled with bittersweet chocolate. Some sweetness way down deep in the aftereffect.

Mouthfeel moderately thick, with a heavy dose of carbonation and the aforementioned dryness coating the palate.

Overall a drinkable beer. Definitely worth a try for those looking for a good porter. Does it match up with Edmund Fitzgerald or Fuller's London Porter, no, but it's definitely well above average for style.

danielharper, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of stimulus
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Jet black with a thin caramel head.

S: Smells heavily of chocolate.

T: Here's where the beer really comes through in value. Mild carbonation with delicious caramel, coffee, and chocolate flavors powering through the taste buds.

M: Pretty smooth and hits the back of the throat nicely.

D: This is pretty great for a session beer, even if 6.5% is a bit high.

stimulus, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of sidetracked
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a light-brown head.

Smell is strong roasted malts, coffee, and bitter chocolate. There's a little bit of maple syrup-like sweetness at times as well.

Taste is roasty and slightly sweet up front. Bitter baking chocolate starts coming in during the middle, leading to a more intense bitter roasted malt finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and very creamy and smooth.

Drinkability is great. The intense bitterness helps round out the flavor and the body makes it really easy to drink.

(Side note: I tried this side-by-side with GL Edmund Fitzgerald yesterday and thought Founders Porter had a much more intense nose and a fuller body. The Edmund Fitzgerald had a less bitter finish which I could imagine a lot of people liking more.)

sidetracked, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of herman77
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark dark brown, almost black. No light gets through. Fluffy dark tan head, lots of bubbles. Awesome lacing!

S: Chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, coffee. Sweet malt and a hint of earthy hops. I love the nose on this!

T: Follows pretty damn close to the smell. I do pick up a little nuttiness as well. It does have an odd bitter and drying finish that I don't find too pleasant for a porter. If it wasn't for the finish/aftertaste, this would be stellar.

M/D: Medium full body. Somewhat creamy. Carbonation level seems spot on. Pretty good drinkability, I could see myself having a few in a row.

herman77, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black with a brown head and nice lacinng.
S: chocolate, coffee, molasses. probably more going on here but the limited powers of my schnozzletov and poor ability to translate the smells to words leaves it at that.
T: bittersweet chocolate with a spicy hop kick on the finish. molasses, also dark roasted coffee present. well-balanced, managing to finish almost a but crisp for all this big dark malt flavor.
M: just over medium-bodied. nicely carbonated (in my case not too little Co2).
D: big flavor borders on imperial style but not too big or viscous would allow me to have more than one.

MrMcGibblets, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of gfreed
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To say that this beer is black is like saying it's dark inside the isolation tank in Ken Russell's "Altered States." This beer isn't black; it's not even BLACK-- it's void. And to top it off (literally), it has the darkest head I've ever seen on a beer, plus the head is tenacious and huge. I haven't enjoyed watching a head fade this much since my first glass of Berkshire Drayman's Porter. The aromas of vanilla, toast, chocolate, lemon and... is that banana?... form a cloud that you can smell from across the room, yet none are very aggressive. They play very nicely together in both the smell and the taste. The vanilla takes an early lead but is quickly caught by the roastiness, then the chocolate swings in from the left and slams it home to the light hops, which very dryly remind you that you're drinking a very, very fine beer.

I didn't wash the glass until the next morning so I could get one last aroma hit before going to work.

The label says this thing is dark, rich and sexy. The first two adjectives are absolutely true; the third suggests it *might* compete with an Ayinger Hefeweizen in the correct glass. It's very close.

gfreed, Mar 05, 2010
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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