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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,789 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,789
Reviews: 1,354
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 277
Gots: 691 | 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:
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 mdvatab
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into imperial stout glass
No bottled-on date

Aroma: Milk chocolate, malted milk, molasses, a hint of coconut, and a faint smokiness.

Appearance: Thick viscosity when pouring, and an opaque espresso black body. Very black for a porter. (Founders' Porter is most breweries' stout!) 1.5 finger light brown head settles to a creamy foam cap. Beautiful brown lacing. The most I've commented on a beer's appearance in a while (possibly ever...)

Flavor: Smoky roasted chocolate malt. Earthiness, slight pepper from the alcohol, and a mild hoppy bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy carbonation. Has noticeably less body than Founders Breakfast Stout (which it should), but still has more to "chew on" than many others. Somewhat of a dry finish.

Overall: Probably the best porter I've ever had. This beer combines the best qualities of a tasty stout with the sessionability of a brown ale. Highly recommended!

mdvatab, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bobhits for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch khaki head that fades to a thin cap. Thin rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark roasted malts, coffee beans, cocoa powder, and an earthy note. Taste is very much like the smell with cocoa powder covered coffee beans being the main flavor of this beer. There is a very slight bitterness and acidity on the palate after each sip. The carbonation level is low which makes for a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good porter from Founders. It definitely deserves its place in the top 10 of the style.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of donkeyrunner
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"She'll fill you with whiskey and porter until you're unable to stand." - The Dropkick Murphys, Black Velvet Band

I don't know if Founder's is being brewed elsewhere or if they changed their facility but these bottles came dated and with a bottle opener needed cap. I love bottle dating. Opaque black with a thing rocky road colored head. Good retention and some lacey smatterings.

Aroma is char, wet soil, subtle leafy hop, dark roast coffee and dark chocolate. Smells like a winner!

Great balance between malty sweetness and roasted malts with a supportive hoppy background. Dark chocolate and coffee amid the roasty goodness. Some mesquite-ish type smoke hither and thither as well.

Like the Mona Lisa's smile I'm intrigued by the mysterious woman on Founder's porter. I imagine her the troublesome lass from Dropkick Murphys "Black Velvet Band."

donkeyrunner, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of capeannbass36
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Heavy handed pour into a pint glass. Very, very dark brown...almost black. Definitely not seeing through this one. Half inch tan head that hung around for awhile....leaving decent lacing throughout the drink.

S- Roasted coffee and chocolate.

T- Sweet roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee.

M- Creamy with light carbonation. Silky smooth on palate.

O- Very delicious and drinkable. Definite keeper. Without a doubt..definitely buying again.

capeannbass36, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of tetonka4kzoo
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This porter pours a dark color with a nice tan head. Good retention along the glass.

Founders Porter has a sweet and roasted malt aroma. It also has an aromatic dark malt and molasses nose.

This porter has a noticeable dark roast coffee at first taste. I also detect roasted malt and chocolate next. There's also a slight hops bitterness to cut the sweetness.

Founders Porter is not too thick tasting and is rather silky.

This beer has decent drinkability--even better for its style. The slight bitterness from the hops make it very drinkable for multiple beers. I rank Founders right up there with Bells and Shorts.

tetonka4kzoo, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of mrkun
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark with a nice frothy tan head.

S: Roasty, coffee beans and chocolate.

T: Roasted malt, strong but nicely balanced coffee and chocolate with a bit of hoppiness on the aftertaste.

M: Creamy with light carbonation.

O: Definitely one of the best porters around! This is so delicious I could drink it all day.

mrkun, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of techfed87
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice mocha-colored head. Color is stark black as you would expect from a porter of this statute. Smell is a bit hoppier than I would expect a porter. Still a very dark malt scent on it, which is encouraging.

First sip is very well-rounded, turning out to be one of the bigger porters that I've had. Taste is dark and has many of the coffee/chocolate bitter qualities that make porter such a robust beer style that it is.

Mouthfeel is powerful without being over-powering. Aftertaste settles the beer nicely and confirms the overall smoothness.

Another great from Founders, try it sometime!

techfed87, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of greybeardloon
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on April 7, 2011.

A: Black with a thick head that retains well. Significant lacing.

S: Chocolate and a touch of char. The smell is somewhat subdued, but when I swirl the glass, I get a very strange smell I can't place.

T: Again, sweet roasted, chocolaty malt followed and offest by a faint burned and smokey bitterness. I pick up some earthy and maybe minty hops.

M: Medium full and terrifically creamy.

O: This is a well balanced and very drinkable beer. It's hot and sticky out, yet I'm still

greybeardloon, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of BelgiumBill
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Are you kidding me? I've recently discovered Founders (yeah, I'm new to this) and is there anything Founders doesn't do well?

Anyway, I paid $1.99 for a single 12 oz bottle at Total Wine.

This poured nearly black into my Guinness pint glass and produced a thin medium beige head which lingered for a minute the receded to leave some islands and a ring.

The smell was strong and loaded with roasted malts, coffee, and molasses.

When drinking, there was a great balanced complexity to the brew highlighted by the roasted malts which progressed into coffee, then revealing some hop bite to the side of the tongue and finishing with some mineral notes. Again, this was complex so my description doesn't do it justice.

There was good carbonation which was in balance with the thick, chewy feel this porter exhibited. Reasonably priced for this quality.

BelgiumBill, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of birderbeerer
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near black, with a dark tan, one-finger head. Not much lacing.

Smells of sweet, mellow chocolate, mellowed still by some caramel. But mostly chocolate. Beautiful.

Taste is very chocolatey as well but it's a milk chocolate. Very mellow. Full bodied. Dried by some caramel. Bit of coffee roast to bitter it up.

Nicely blended. The taste just keeps developing after each sip. It encourages you to take time between sips to soak up all the layers. Well done.

birderbeerer, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of angelogarcia3
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent beer with a very dark color that allowed no light to passthrough it. The dark tannish head reveals aromas of chocolate and molasses. Slight carbonation but still thick in body reminds me of a Belgian dark chocolate thick shake in body and flavor. The Belgian dark chocolate finishes with a slight espresso bitterness. Went well with the pulled pork sliders at Ginger Man in NYC.

angelogarcia3, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of jgreenearrow
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours an opaque deep brown (nearly black) color. No light passes through this beer. A thin, creamy, light brown head develops on the top of the pour with lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Espresso and cocoa beans dominate the nose on this beer. Some sweet molasses and malt notes also present.

T: Sweetness of molasses and malt bursts onto the tongue at the onset of the sip. Chocolate and espresso blend into the middle of the sip, accompanying the sweetness. At the finish, the sweetness fades to a distinct bitterness of espresso and some earthiness.

M: This beer has a medium body. It is somewhat creamy on the tongue with decent carbonation.

Overall this is a tasty porter, one of the best that I have had. This is a great offering in the Founders lineup.

jgreenearrow, May 30, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a death black, with a thick head of tan foam. Thick lace, too.

Aroma is roasted dark chocolate. Mmmm. Already a winner before it hits the tongue.

Flavor is strong -- bold chocolate. Finish gets the roasted burnt malts. This one's a sturdy, heavy-bodied treat, and undeniably a picture perfect porter.

secondtooth, May 28, 2011
Photo of Sensaray
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a frothy robust brown head. Dark brown body. A bit of lace down the glass.

Smells of hops, chocolate, coffee. The chocolate is most notable to me. It smells very good.

The chocolate and roasted coffee come out first. The finish does have some hoppy bitterness to it, but is always kept at bay the sweet malt flavors im getting. Hop spice up front.

Mouthfeel is creamy medium to heavy body with a dry finish. Spiciness is present.

Overall this smelled really good but I wasn't really feeling it. Worth a try.

Sensaray, May 28, 2011
Photo of mooselvlt
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from 12 oz bottle into stange

A - Pours dark, almost black with a very nice 2 finger tan head with great retention. Slowly settles and leaves decent lacing

S - Mocha, chocolate, grains...nice

T - Exactly as the nose. Mocha/coffee, slight hint of chocolate, tasty malts. Warm and earthy!

M - Medium, moderate carbo, warm, lingering alcohol. Exactly as I would expect a porter to be.

O - Simply awesome. For a straight up porter its hard to beat this one I would think. I used to love this style and drifted away from it for a long time into the IPA world but I'm coming to love them again. Founders does it again! I love this brewery

mooselvlt, May 27, 2011
Photo of gregshead
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on 4/16/11. Reviewed from notes:

A: Pours a thin black w/ a half finger head.

S: Chocolate and maybe espresso on the nose

T: Lots of roasted tones w/ a little bit of a dry espresso finish. Very subtle flavors for a a porter

M: Good carbonation with a light/thin feel

O: A very solid porter overall. One of the better porters I could drink on a regular basis if it were in my area.

gregshead, May 23, 2011
Photo of r0nyn
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my trusty Troegs pint glass. Gotta say, I'm really digging the design of this label. Classy and understated.

Mostly opaque, with very slight reddish edges when held up to the light. Inky dark with an off-white head that leaves some loose lacing. Rather prominent malty component can be detected in the initial whiff, followed by sweetish notes of chocolate, along with some roasted coffee. Quite nice.

Definite hoppiness in the first sip, as advertised. Founders definitely meant for this to be a balanced beer and it shows. The hops and mild bitterness are offset by the sweet malt and the smooth chocolate from the nose. These flavors blend together well, fusing as the brew warms. It's a very clean, well-done combination. Alcohol isn't really detectable at all. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a good weighty feel and a slick finish. Makes for very smooth, easy drinking.

Founders has yet to disappoint me and their Porter keeps the streak going. I usually like their heavier stuff, but this porter is probably the best I've had the pleasure of experiencing. Another quality beer from a quality brewery.

r0nyn, May 21, 2011
Photo of titosupertramp
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to baconislife for the opportunity to re-try this.

A: Dark as any porter I can remember seeing. Just the slightest hint of brown at the top edge when held to light, otherwise opaque. Not quite 1 finger of tan head that quickly recedes to a sparse film with some lacing.

S: Subtle, but delicous smelling. Smells almost like coffee cake. Roasted coffee, chocolate, molasses/brown sugar. There's a faint fruit smell as well...want to say raisin.

T: Largely follows the nose. The mix of roasted and sweet tastes are blended perfectly throughout and finishes with just a slight bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. Coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, roasted or burnt malts and maybe some smokiness.

M: Full, rich and creamy.

O: Nice, nice beer. I'm really glad that I got a second chance to try this beer because I wasn't overly impressed the first time around..must have been in a bad mood at the time or something. Anyway, this is good one.

titosupertramp, May 19, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark black color with brown tinges, a creamy tan head with great retention and creamy walls of lace. The smell is of char, dark chocolate, and coffee. Full, robust aromas of roasted malts. The taste follows with roasted malts, burnt sugar, coffee, dark chocolate, and caramel with earthy notes of hops peeking through. Thick for a porter. Bold body, creamy mouthfeel, and smooth drinking. Very enjoyable, roasty goodness.

JayS2629, May 17, 2011
Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint goblet - No best by date visible.

A: Poured as dark as the dress the pretty lady on the lable was wearing, One finger head that dissipated in a thin off white lacing - decent carbonation .

S: Deep roasted malts with light hop hints, charcoal.

T: Dark bitter coffee hints with deep roasted malt , smokey charcoal flavors with a slight hop presence.

O: This Poter can hold it's own with any other Porter made ( or at least every Porter I have tried to date) , as it warms the flavors become more prevelant and diverse - well blended and balanced .

A tasty treat for those who love a smokey Porter.

InebriatedJoker, May 16, 2011
Photo of AnPiobaire
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured the Founders Porter from a 12 oz bottle into a glass goblet at about 49 degrees. It poured a dark brown with minimal head and a little lacing.

The nose was raosted coffee and some smoke.

The taste had coffee like acidity with some subtle underlying notes of bakers chocolate. The porter finishes crisply with a bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is thin with moderate carbonation and a clean finish.

Overall this is a nice porter which is not overpowering and is easy to drink. Enjoy!!!

AnPiobaire, May 15, 2011
Photo of StlHopHead77
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours out an inky,coal black body that supports 2 1/2 inches of rich,dense,mocha head that gradually reduced down to a 3/4 inch ring that lasted for the duration and left spotty but gummy strands of lacing.

S-Real nice medium/dark roast coffee,chocolate cake,dark chocolate ganache,burnt toast and charred malts.

T-Strong,quality coffee,bittersweet chocolate,burnt sugar,caramel and ash.

M-Medium bodied with good viscosity and creaminess.Coats the tongue well with a nice dark bitterness.Silky smooth.

O-Beyond solid.Can Founders do no wrong?

StlHopHead77, May 15, 2011
Photo of mater
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Coke color looking pour with a nice 1.5 finger chocolate milk looking head that didn't stay around for long, but the lacing was pretty good.

S-I can pick up toasty malts, coffee and a hint of chocolate. The smell actually isn't very strong.

T-Much better than the smell. The roasted malts hit you first, then it's a lot more chocolatey than the smell and finishes with a bitter espresso after taste.

M-Medium feel, but it's pretty creamy.

O-Really solid porter, between this and Edmund Fitz I'm set.

mater, May 15, 2011
Photo of azdback
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to xanok for this extra. Poured into my custom etched "dead man's hand' pint glass. Dark in color but I think I would call this deep dark brown, not black. Just a bit of light get's through at the edges. Head is a big two fingers and dark root beer float color and appearance.

Smell is roasted coffee with a bit of bread coming through and some chocolate nibs.

Taste is really good. Brown sugar sweet with roasted coffee and the bitterness or tartness from the chocolate or a cranberry/cherry??

The mouth is exactly what a porter should be. I know this is Founders and the "over the top-o-meter" is maxed out, but I am putting that aside. This is spot on for the style. It is rich and silky front and smooth late with just a bit of dryness.

Overall I really enjoyed this extra. I live in Deschutes distribution area and Black Butte has been my go to Porter for years, but if this was distributed here also I think I would have a new "go to" porter. Thanks again to xanok for this extra.

azdback, May 13, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my HotD tulip.
Bottled 2.15.11 Damn black ink!!!

A- Deep brown, almost not head at all. Some dark tan on the edges.

S- Malts and coffee.

T- Coffee, Chocolates, burnt sugars.

D- Mild, no bitterness.

O- Nicely smooth for a Porter. I would say this is a good example of the style.

HuskyinPDX, May 12, 2011
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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