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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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95
world-class

5,925 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,925
Reviews: 1,369
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 283
Gots: 750 | 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 bkrueger
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Zeller1 for sending this my way. My second Founders experience tonight after trying their breakfast stout.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Russian River "tion" glass.

The appearance is dark black with a hazy creamy brown one finger head that starts to dissipate almost immediately. Before my first sip can be taken the only remnant of the head is left around the edges of the glass.

The smell is of coffee with hints of sweet cream and milk chocolate. After smelling the breakfast stout I feel like the smells on this are more muted and one sided with the coffee coming through most of all.

The tastes start off silky and smooth with cream and a well integrated balance of dark chocolate and roasted espresso. Roasted malts with burnt cocoa hit the mouth leading to an overall taste that is slightly bitter but smoother after each sip.

In the mouth it is a smooth experience with a slightly bitter aftertaste that lingers and produces a dry bitterness in the back of the mouth. This is a beer that I am sipping without going too fast and is definitely not something to rush.

Overall this is a very solid beer. Very porteresque in taste with the traditional burnt coffee/espresso and chocolate profile with a very mild but noticeable bitterness and a hint of hops. This works out nicely for those cold autumn nights where you hopefully have a fireplace and warm socks.

Photo of Tilley4
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After hearing about this brew for a couple of years and never being able to find it, I picked up a fresh sixer at the local Binny's...

A terrific blend of hops and dark roasted malts present in the aroma... This is pungent and powerful... Hints of cocoa and chocolate... This is amazing...

A smooth delicious flavor experience present here with those dark roasted malts... the piney hops.... the vanilla beans... the tinges of booze... An amazing beer for the style... Founders nailed this one... Easily one of the best examples of the style...

Finally get to try this one and I'm not disappointed at all.. Just an amazing beer...A truly top notch porter here... World class brew... I loved every minute of this...

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours the same color, except with a caramel head. Smells more bitter and even more roasty. Holy lord the taste is robust. Very roasted and sensuous. Much more of a focus on the bitter and dark side than Great Lakes. Alot of bitter black coffee and even more malts that feel hop-like in their bitterness. In spite of that, it has milk stout creaminess and smoothness. The aftertaste is very much full of powdered espresso roast coffee and roasted oats. A chewiness lingers from the malt.

Photo of JDizzle
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A:dark brown black with a dark brown head

S: chocolate and coffee!! Great smelling porter that is the norm of a good stout.

T: chocolate, hoppy, and malty, really one of the best porters on the market:in any market! This rivals many stouts of the same ABV and is the best porter I have had.

D: semi-thick with a good amount of carbination that pleases the mouth.

Overall, one of the best Porters I have had. A great chocolate flovor that dominates the competition.

Photo of pburland23
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard shaker pint glass.

Pours a beautiful, inviting, deep, dark opaque black. Tiny, tight bubbles created a dense finger of off-white head. Really nice looking punt.

Beer smells of roastiness and chocolate malts. The sweetness combines with some burnt notes around edges. Smells like a porter should smell.

Taste is a stepped up take on the nose. The roasted malts lead the assault followed by some strong coffee notes as well as some chocolate. There's a pleasant little bite of hops bitterness at the tail end of the sip. This is a big, bold tasting porter.

The body isn't as heavy as you'd think. The carbonation is tight and provides a healthy dose of creaminess to the pint. At 6.5%, you can enjoy a few of these in one sitting.

Overall, a great American porter. Perfect for watching football on a cold fall night.

Photo of jtingue
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance. Dark brown in color, impossible to see through. Pours with a finger and a half of tan head. This dissipates to a nice layer on top of the brew. Nice lacing left on the side of the glass.

Smell. Chocolate malt and roasted coffee intoxicate the nostrils. The smell is so strong and thick that it starts to burn the inside of your nose. A slight hint of berries mixes with the chocolate and roasted scents, making for a quite enjoyable experience.

Taste. Malty bitterness is the first flavor to hit the palate. Sweet, latte or cappuccino like coffee comes next. Another round of malty bitterness separates the coffee form great bittersweet chocolate flavors which come along with that hint of berry that was picked up in the smell. Yet another round of bitterness occurs just before a more sweet chocolatey finish.

Mouthfeel. Surprisingly thick body for a porter, but not yet to the level of a stout. This is helped quite a bit by a moderate to high level of carbonation. Overall it is really light, yet creamy.

This brew is in a heated competition for my favorite porter with the great Edmund Fitzgerald... Awesome

Photo of jmarsh123
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small chocolate head that fades quickly.

Some chocolate and roasted malts. Not much hop presence in the aroma.

Some chocolate and coffee in the flavor. A little bit of bitter roasted malt comes through in the finish along with some earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is just a touch thin for a porter and carb level is good.

Solid beer, but far from the best of the normal Founders offerings.

Photo of uawildcat
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice and thick with a dark cream colored head.

Smells like coffee and molasses sweetness bundled into one nice package

Taste is pretty strong for a porter. For an american porter it is pretty heavy and thick. It is a nice taste though, much like the smell. Perhaps with a touch of chocolate bitterness and earthy hops not present in the smell.

Overall, a strange porter. It is very thick and very flavorful. Not something I could have more than one of, which is disappointing for the style. This is more like an american stout in my opinion.

Photo of 1993Heel
2.93/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've been a sort of beer geek for two decades now but I've never really explored the full range of dark ales made today. I've had many a beer from every continent but I want now to explore American dark ales. I've decided to start with this one. Porter was an early love of mine before I was seduced by belgian tripels and german doppelbocks. Everything comes around but it's never the same twice I guess.

G - Scaldis (Bush) Noel tulip glass.

A - Pours medium bodied black with a nice fluffy tan head. Very promising. Significant amount of carbonation adhering to bottom of glass.

S - A hint of coffee, chocolate, and an off-smelling pair of phenol and medicinal odors at first whiff that disappears. A turnoff. As the beer opens a little alcohol owns much of the nose.

T - Sharp and surprisingly hot for 6.5% ABV. Prickly hops overwhelm the start of a decent set of malt flavors. Nice smooth rich malty finish. It has a long finish that lingers that isn't average but rather has two components that together average out that way.

M - Soapy on the end of the tongue, dry in the back of the palate. Not very integrated or smooth. Too carbonated.

O - The bitter and the sweet seem not to go together in this beer. Like west coast American wines this beer is very west coast American in its pursuit of sensory overload even if it's not west coast. There are delicate flavors in there but a lower and different hop recipe would serve it well. Just not for me.

Photo of Hophead717
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle

A: Deep black, with a thin head that quickly dissipates. The tiniest amount of lacing remains atop the beer. Very nice color.

S: Chocolate roasted malts with hints of coffee. It's really a wonderful smell. Tiny hints of dark, sweet fruits also.

T: Roasted malts upfront, with nice, light hints of coffee and chocolate. I'm picking up hints of dark fruits as well. Overall, the flavor is good, though a touch light. Light bitterness from the hops complements the roasted malt quite well.

M: Fairly thin, but this isn't one of the RIS that I've been drinking recently. Moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Definitely a winner. I love Founders dearly and theirs may be my favorite porter, though I tend to lean toward higher ABV stouts.

Photo of beerbully
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass
A-Dark black creamy mocha head 1/2 inch good lacing that quickly dissolves
S-Chocolate, coffee
T-Roasty coffee, with some chocolate,little black licorice
M-Good, some carbonation not as thick and creamy as your might think given the aroma and the appearance of the head
O-Fine tasting beer on a cool fall evening

Photo of Samp01
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle pours a thick black with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted caramel malt, roasted espresso beans, cacao, with some dark fruity tones of plums. Taste is the same as aroma with some bitter cacao and hops. Palate is a full bodied, creamy, oily texture with moderate carbonation. Finish is roasted caramel malt and espresso ending with a sweet bitter cacao, and some lingering notes of dark fruit and caramel malt. Has a nice rustic burnt flavor. Overall an excellent porter. Very much enjoyed this brew.

Photo of ash111
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been hitting porters now that the weather's turned a little chilly. Founder's was a new one for me, so I thought I would give it a try. Nice dark color with no light coming through. Not much head on the beer and disappeared quickly. Smells of malts, coffee, with a noticeable whiff of alcohol. Taste followed the smell, including the alcohol which was a little potent early in the beer.

Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

undated 12 oz. bottle.

Pours a very dark mahogany, looking nearly black in the glass. The thick tan head has a red tinge and good durability.

Aroma: roast malt with hints of dark chocolate and spicy hops.

Plenty of rich roast malt flavor. Predominantly dark toasted malt but without a burnt quality. A tingling note of spicy hops in the flavor and in the lasting aftertaste. Ample coffee and a bit of smoke in the finish. Good bitter/sweet balance.

Smooth; full body; good carbonation.

O - a rich porter; a tad too smokey/expresso for my taste.

Photo of andrenaline
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black with a finger of mocha head, little retention and some spotty lacing.

S - Rich cocoa, sweet nutty malts, milk chocolate, and a hint of espresso.

T - Surprisingly sweet, more chocolate than espresso, but nicely balanced. Rich cocoa and milk chocolate linger on the palette alongside the roasted nutty espresso notes.

M - Solid body carbonation, goes down silky smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty porter leaning more on the sweet side than it does the bitter, but nicely balanced nonetheless. Worth a try, offering up a solid dose of chocolate and espresso to satisfy your dark ale cravings.

Photo of nataku00
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter. Beer pours a dark brown, bordering on black, with an initial half a finger of creamy chocolate brown head. Some minimal lacing as the head dissipates quickly to a thin collar and patchy film. Looks to have ample carbonation, very fine bubbles that cascades.

Nose is light milk chocolate, mild coffee, and some dark bread malts. Some molasses as I let the beer warm up. Aromas are somewhat muted, even after warming up a little.

Taste is better, rich milk chocolate, roasted coffee, and toasted malts. Some molasses sweetness and a lactic acid tang mid tongue, finishing dry with a lingering lactic sourness and roasted bitterness.

Medium body with a nice round mouthfeel from some light carbonation. Pretty creamy on the tongue.

Photo of PEIhop
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I poured this american-influenced porter, I noticed that it was much thinner than I anticipated. Its pitch-black color conjured up images of the darkest of nights. With all that I had heard about this porter, I was expecting a much fuller head, but the head was very thin and quickly receded leaving red-hued lacings along the glass.
The aroma is full of roasted malts. These roasted malts waft the smell of inviting coffee and/or espresso grinds. After allowing the beer to warm, caramel and dark chocolate notes began to enter into the aroma. Surprisingly, the hop presence in the aroma is almost non-existent.
The taste is very distinctive and can be broken down into two separate parts. The first part is full of delicious burnt or roasted coffee. The second part of the taste (back-end) is a coating of hops that are pleasant and well balanced with the tastefulness of the coffee.
The carbonation in this porter was very nice leading to light creaminess. The body was thin, but as the beer warmed, the carbonation weakened allowing the body to become fuller. At 6.5% ABV and composed with 45 IBUs, Founders Porter is an excellent interpretation of a hoppy porter.

Photo of Paincane
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, almost black in appearance with a khaki head that leaves behind a thin rim of lace. Poured into my Founders imperial pint glass.
S: Malt, bread, coffee
T: Malt, biscuity flavors with roasted coffee undertone.
M: Full bodied with mild carbonation.
O: Very tasty and rich. Extremely enjoyable. Will definitely have more of these.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle pured into Efes tulip. Dark dark brown with beige head, lowish retention. Clear, oily lacing. Aroma includes roasted coffee, slight chocolate, slight alcohol. Taste mainly dominated by coffee, no alcohol in the taste. Smooth, not too thick. Easy to drink, slightly warming. Very nice porter, not sure if its sexy.

Photo of scout
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Publican in Chicago.

A very stout-like porter. Pours almost black, opaque with just a hint of brown. Nice thick head and the sticky lacing you expect from a fresh draft. Smell is toasted malts and faint hops.

Taste is toasted (almost burnt) malts, coffee and nuts up front then mellow hops. Very silky mouth-feel, almost creamy -- a lot like the Breakfast Stout actually, but just a bit lighter.

Overall, a great, balanced beer. Very similar to their Breakfast Stout, with a less sweet more hoppy taste (which interesting because it has fewer IBUs than the stout). Very drinkable, but just doesn't have the wow factor that the stout does.

Photo of keanex
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Deep brown almost completely opaque beer, literally only the tiniest light goes through the edges. Thin caramel colored head that dissipates to a lacing that lasts the length of the beer.

S: Bitter dark chocolate and espresso flavors, in a good way. Reminds me of a fine mocha espresso.

T: The bitter taste of good dark chocolate mixed well with an espresso shot, just as it smells. Heck even my girlfriend who dislikes beer likes it, that's how good it is, without being overly sweet at all. Leaves a bitter taste in mouth.

M: Thick and medium carbonation make this an easy drink.

O: I've not drank many porters, but this is my favorite. Great job founders for making a very robust beer that's easy to drink.

Photo of bigdeuce
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just an absolute perfect pour. Rich, thick head, sits at the top of the beer for a good long while. Very dark and opaque body. Scents on the nose, of chocolate and top shelf coffee. Very robust classic flavor. No fault with this one. Streams off nutty coffee and chocolate streak through the palate. Nice hoppy flush on the back end. Hey, very comparable to Great Lakes Edmond Fitzgerald. These two may be the best porters out there! A great beer!

Photo of fountainofyouth
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Light brown head about a finger-thick. Darkest brown and opaque. Considering the modest size of the head, good lacing.

Smell: Mostly malt, with sweet caramel and blackened barley in good quantity. Smells a little charred. Some soft chocolate. Only traces of hops. It's very good, but something's a little off -- can't put my finger on it.

Taste: Immediately, the first taste is black patent malt. Charred and smoky, even ashy. I like the char, but it could certainly use some sweet or semi-sweet elements to balance it. Some black coffee, but nothing really in the way of chocolate or toffee until after drinking it for a while. Probably the darkest flavor range of any porter I've tried, more characteristic of a big coffee stout. Even with the 45 IBUs listed on the bottle, no apparent hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, fairly creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation is a little strong for my tastes, not very gentle. Finishes dry on the back of the tongue.

Overall: A good beer, but definitely not for the faint of heart. It avoids the banal soy sauce flavors of a lot of porters, but it could use a little balance.

Photo of doughanson78
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Huge thanks to thabigmp for this want.

A: Pitch black. Nice tan one finger head, with good retention and great lacing.

S: Roasted coffee is the major aroma with good traces of milk chocolate. Exactly how a good porter should smell.

T: Roasted chocolate coffee from start to finish. Never wavers. Solid taste.

M: Medium bodied on the light side. Very light creaminess. Medium high carbonation.

O: Don't know if side by side I could tell this from a Black Butte. An amazing porter indeed. Should be very happy to be drinking either of these.

Photo of olympicgatorade
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black and chocolate brown, gorgeous lacing.

S: Coffee, burnt toast, faint chocolate. Very enticing.

T: Bready start into a magnificent bitter coffee finish. Coffee and hops hang around for a satisfying aftertaste. Really well built; flavors come through very nicely.

M: Drinkable, though carbonation seems a bit high.

O: Care was taken here to showcase a variety of flavors and it pays off. A very good domestic porter and should be exemplary of the style - done right. The coffee flavor here dominates in a good way; I'll be having my next with breakfast.

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,925 ratings.