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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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4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Zero hints of lightness, even when backlit by the laptop. There's a powdery tan head - not much of it, but it sticks around throughout.

Like cold coffee and big malts, feeding the nose until it's full. Much bigger than most other stouts and porters of this caliber. Just massive.

Shares the intensity of a small piece of extra dark chocolate or espresso. At first darkly bitter, but then the carbonation kicks in to numb the tongue just a bit, only then bringing on more roasted bitterness, with an accompanying subduing maltiness.

It doesn't seem to be as thick or broad as a stout in that with all of its big flavor, it doesn't fill each crevice of the mouth. What it does touch though, it pounds.

Love this beer - big flavor, without being overly sweet or out of balance.

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of TheFlern
4.94/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks MaxSpang

Appearance: A very dark brown, almost black. A light brown head that dissipates to a thin layer. Decent lacing still.

Smell: Coffee, light chocolate. Very pleasant, not overwhelming. Very good for the style.

Taste: Follows the nose. The chocolate is slightly more abundant. The taste packs a punch and is yet still mellow and drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. I like how drinkable it is.

Overall: I'm a fan. Its too bad I don't have easier access to this beer. I highly recommend if you have the chance.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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

I served this one in a shaker pint.

Appearance- This porter has a menacing black body with no highlights. Almost one-finger of khaki cap that has lots of bubbles. It dies quickly to the always unimpressive ring of fizzy stuff.

Smell- This porter has a very sweet nose. It suggests milk chocolate and lots of roasted malt, but I do not detect coffee roast. There is also a little brown sugar hanging around that just adds to the appealing nature.

Taste- The drink loses some of the chocolate and picks up with the roast, and coffee is now coming through. Chocolate is here, but not until mid-drink, and is a little buried.

There is also an earthy taste that must be coming from either the hops or the yeast. This porter is not nearly as sweet as the nose suggested. Even a little grassy hop flavor is here, and it is still a good drink.

Mouth feel- This has a pretty good body, medium bordering on light. Carbonation is handled well as it refuses to be anything but creamy as it glides over the tongue. Not as dry as you expect a porter to be.

Overall- This is a solid porter. Only minor gripes are that it could be as sweet as the nose suggested with a little bump in the milk chocolate flavor department. And the body could be bigger.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of lovindahops
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second founders brew of the evening. I'm very excited for this brew.

A- porter is a fair opaque body with slashes of lacing all along the glass. This looks like an impressive porter on the precipice

S- a complete coffee forward porter with some dark chocolate laying out on top. Toasted malt flavors surround the ending of the brew

T- very dry coffee flavor with malted goodness if you will. Slightly sweet and well positioned with flavors. Robust and some good caramelized flavor

M- as coating as it gets. Very good

O- hands down I love coffee and founders catapulted itself in my opinion as a forward coffee porter. Man I need to trade for this

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 6-pack of this from the Wine & Cheese Place in Ballwin, MO for $8.99. Poured one of the 12oz Bottles with “DARK, RICH, SEXY” labeled beneath Porter, a Heart underneath it all, & an old classic portrait of a women I would see normally at my grandparents house in a frame into a 16oz Dewey's Pizza Pint Glass. Does not have a BOTTLED date on the bottle, maybe on the 6-pack though.

Aroma- A great and strong aroma starting with malt, roast, and grain. There is a light coffee aroma also that seems to be blended with some chocolate.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger, dark brown head that has great retention (for what is there)! Has a deep brown colored body that is opaque. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- Has the most pleasant roast and grain in the taste. A slight burnt flavor leads into the roastiness and mild coffee flavors. There are medium hops that are evident and has a medium-high bitterness at the finish (definitely led on by the roasted malts).

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Thick ingredients but not viscous, and flavorful.

Overall Impression- One of my top 5 Porters! I especially enjoyed how long this brew lasted in front of me. Can't get enough. If I were to recommend a porter to someone, this guy would be it! Many others that are in front of Founder's Porter but I give Founders a big pat on the back for this one too! This brewery can't go wrong can they?

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The porter was a really dark brown color, bordering on pitch black, with a nice one finger off-white/mocha colored head that dissipated fairly quickly.
Aroma was a mild blend of chocolate, cocoa and some roasted coffee malts.
Taste on the other hand was much more complex than the aroma. A very strong, yet subtle smoky backbone with hints of sweet chocolate malt notes upfront with hints of fruity esters (vanilla-like notes) in the middle with a nice bitterness in the finish. The bitterness does not linger in the finish.
The lacing left behind all along the insides of the glass is visually very appealing and attractive.
Good mouthfeel, almost full-bodied and very easy to drink.
This is one of the best American Porter's out there.
Do not miss it, if you ever come across this porter.
It is an absolute 'must-try' beer, and comes highly recommended.

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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