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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,797 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,797
Reviews: 1,356
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 277
Gots: 695 | 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 deadonhisfeet
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I took this bottle out of the fridge and let it sit for 15 minutes before opening.

This is very dark pour with light, fine, coffee-colored foam on top. The nose is not very assertive, but I definitely smell coffee. Time for the best part.

This beer has a very silky mouth feel and a very rich taste. Espresso beans, toast, and very dark bittersweet chocolate. A very pleasant coffee-like bitterness with a nice malty sweetness lurking behind it.

This is an excellent porter. Anyone looking for a fine example of this style would be a happy camper if they put this in their shopping cart.

deadonhisfeet, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of Kinsman
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours and absolute pitch black with a dark mocha colored head. Poor retention keeps me from giving this a 5.

Aroma is robust and full of roasted malt character alongside notes of unsweetened chocolate.

Bittery and slightly burnt tasting roasted malt profile alongside the mocha flavors make for quite a robust porter. The sweetness however steps aside and the hops add to a semi-bitter finish and a coffee-like aftertaste. Mouthfeel is rather thick and full bodied but finishes with a crisp carbonated texture.

Overall a top notch Porter from one of Americas best breweries.

Kinsman, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into AVBC snifter.

A: Pours almost black with about a half-finger of dark brown head that quickly turned into a thick film that left a spotty sheet of lacing down the glass.
S: Light notes of coffee with a touch of baking chocolate. The smell isn’t overpowering, but what’s there is nice.
T: Follows the nose with soft notes of coffee and bitter dark chocolate. There are definite undertones of grassy hops, and they add a delicious layer to complexity of the flavor. The aftertaste is lightly bitter and has a touch of smoke.
M: Medium body with a bit of chewiness to the mouth. Carbonation is pretty bubbly but not really sharp.
O: Definitely an above average porter and an above average beer. This goes down easy and smooth. Thanks to the generous BA who sent this to me!

scottfrie, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of OnThenIn
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Absolutely beautiful with a finger of brown head that stays awhile on top of a black body.

S: Lots of coffee and bread notes. A bit earthy as well.

T: A lot of those coffee and chocolate flavors as hinted at by the aroma followed by a small amount of hop bitterness and an earthy flavor. Some background bready flavor helps tie everything together and the residual sweetness that lingers after the swallow with the bitter hop flavor is solid.

M: Thick body with great carbonation.

D: Surprisingly drinkable due to the very nice balance between the residual sugars and the small amount of bitterness. The mouthfeel does make this more of a sipper, and it is just solid.

OnThenIn, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of stonermouse
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gift from my brother, poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours chocolate brown with a frothy, thin, espresso-like head.

Smell is roasty and mild. There's a bit of unexpected fruitiness in the aroma, but it doesn't really carry over to the flavor.

Solid flavor. It is quite mild, yet rich and complex. There's a bit of sweetness and very mild chocolate, but it's mostly roasted malts.
Mouthfeel is nice, a little sticky, with nice flavors in the aftertaste.

Good, solid brew overall. I see that Founders has several Porters listed on BA... I'm not surprised, as my first thought was that this beer would be a great base for many different flavors. I might just drop a shot of JD in my next pour, as I'd love to get a touch of bourbon out of this one.

stonermouse, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of yeagmeister1
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

aquired a case I should say a variety case I enjoyed the porter,this brewery I believe is one to watch!I've enjoyed beers and ales from all over the world!founders to me seems promising!I have tried the porter,red's rye ale,centennial ipa,and the dirty bastard.I'm looking forward to tasting the others.Living in the woods of the anthracite coal region of Pa.most people are stuck in their bud or coors light syndrome,in the collection at the old greenhouse in the woods are 524 bottles of excellent beers from around the world,some better than others!the most recent addition was the founders,i recomend others to try a glass!

yeagmeister1, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of Avantyawn
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce pour..

A: Dark chocolate black. Thin head ample lacing

S: Delicious chocolate and coffee , par for the course. Roasty and malty.

T: Taste follows the smell. Creamy rich coffee and chocolate. A bit watery tasting.

M: Medium creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth easy drinking.

O: Overall, this tastes like a light version of their Imperial Stout. I suppose it is a bit disappointing and slightly watery tasting in comparison, even though its not a thin beer, and is a robust 6.5 APV. All in all, a nice easy drinking porter, but in comparison to their Imperial Stout, not quite as exciting.

Avantyawn, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of Fluke828
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Murphy's Imperial Tulip-esque Pint/Pub Glass.
Bottle says it was bottled on "03/31/11"

A-> Pours black as night and looks quite thick. Aggressive pour yields just about a full finger of coffee/mocha colored head that quickly fades but still leaves a thin layer of lace/bubbles on the glass as well as across the top terminus of liquid in the glass.

S-> Smell is dominated by chocolate and coffee with some bitter notes in there as well. Burnt biscuit alt smells are also present. Getting a bit of toffee and roasted bread also. Some faint chocolate molasses is detectable as well. Really a lot going on here.

T-> Definitely get the roasted malt/burnt biscuit/breads up front which is quickly followed by a refreshing bitter kick. Smoky dark chocolate makes itself known in the middle and becomes ever more prevalent as I let this brew warm a bit. Going to see if anything else comes through with some more warmth...Really getting an earthy, woody smokiness coupled with bitter and sweet notes in the middle as this goes down. Really a complex brew that isn't effing around....

M-> I want to say full bodied but wonderfully balanced and not thick at all (like I thought it looked from the pour). Not thin by any means yet carbonated enough to be pleasant and refreshing yet smooth and silky enough to retain its robustness. Really admirable...

O-> This is one fine porter. Not that I expected anything less from Founders and at the risk of sounding like a Founders fanboy, this brew is really quite drinkable/enjoyable. Borderline quaff-able. Smooth and crisp, I could drink this as a nightcap or as a dessert beer or with dessert or all at the same time. Wonderfully complex and delicious with a lot going on. Really liked the earthy, woody, smoky flavors that came through that were married beautifully with a mild bitterness that made this exceptionally smooth and drinkable. Founders Porter has solidified a spot in my fridge no matter what season it is....

Fluke828, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of zrab11
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown, almost black color, has a nice 1 finger off white head

S- roasted malts and coffee come through, with some hints of chocolate

T- Has a nice mixture of coffee and chocolate at the beginning then finish's with a nice bitterness

M-Medium Bodied with decent carbontion

D-Overall this a great porter. Just what a porter should be. Not too sweet not too bitter. Just the right complexity. WIll get again

zrab11, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of dciBA
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night from the 12oz bottle into the usual tulip. No head whatsoever, hardly any lacing. Weird. Might be a glass wash/rinse issue on my end.

Smell holds a lot chocolate with plenty of coffee. Very aromatic and inviting. As it warms the coffee takes over the chocolate, in a good way.

The flavor is almost all chocolate. Milk chocolate and dark bitter chocolate both present. Some coffee mixes in nicely, as well as some caramel on the finish. Very full flavored, but easily palatable.

A full bodied beer for sure, with just enough carbonation. Nice and slick in your mouth with a fairly sweet finish. Flavor lingers for a while. One of the best porters I've had, too bad I only have the one.

dciBA, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of BB1313
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 3/31/11. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a beautiful shiny pitch black, nice mocha head that sticks around, and very thick lacing. Great looking porter! The aromas get better as this one warms up. Lots of milk chocolate, with some coffee undertones. The flavors are bitter, but balanced. Once again, more milk chocolate w/ a slight roastiness. The coffee/expresso is still present. Extremely bold flavors. Mouthfeel is awesome.. extremely silky and velvety, creamy and smooth. Awesome beer!

This kind of blurs the line of a traditional porter, but it is what it is.. there's no denying its' overall complexity. It's a highly enjoyable treat and is up there w/ Eddy Fitz, IMO. Awesome brew, definitely recommended.

BB1313, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of AEK
4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

355ml brown bottle poured into a Young's pint pot.

A. Deep black coloured ale with a coffee coloured, tightly packed bubbly head. Head retention is excellent.

S. Coffee, dark chocolate,charred wood, molasses, dark sugar, liquorice, treacle and raisins.

T. Milky , bitter chocolate, smoky, cured ham, liquorice.

M. Full bodied.

D. A beautiful porter, very drinkable and so pleased it is better than the Pale Ale I had. Caresses your taste buds and throat.

AEK, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of celticfutblclub
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - dark brown almost black with a nice foamy light brown head that recedes a little too quick but sticks well.

S - roasted coffee, malts and a bit of chocolate in the background.

T - chocolate is a bit more noticeable in the taste. again its roasted coffee and malts that are the main contenders here though. theres a good amount of bitterness at work here too but it seems to be the perfect level for a porter. a lot going on here but they come together well and it doesn't feel like this porter is trying too much at once.

M - decent coarseness to this. i find the carbonation to be just a bit too much but its not taking away too much from an otherwise great brew.

O - this is one fine porter and while its not perfect it definitely does a great job in all the most important areas.

celticfutblclub, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of wagenvolks
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass (bottled 09/08/10). Thanks captinredbeard!

Pours with a stark, cola-brown body and a deep khaki head to match. Aroma is right up there with the best of the style: rich, earthy dark chocolate crumbles, foresty hops, coffee, and caramel.

Flavor matches the aroma in both intensity and complexity, as it coats the tongue with nutty chocolate malts, brown sugar, and toasted grains. Earthy hops clinch the finish with a peppery bitterness that lingers after each sip. The carbonation level spritzes up the palate before the medium body thickens on the back end and finishes with a resinous, yet almost dry at times, consistency. Overall, a fantastic porter from Founders. Surprised? Not in the slightest.

wagenvolks, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this bottle up at Al's of Hampden -poured cool into a willybecker.

A deep brown bordering on black with a tobacco color at the base and rocky med brown cap w/ tight bead. Lace clings decently in a web-like pattern, clarity is opaque and the head has some uneven very large bubbles and compresses to a small bead. The smell is heavy in the cocoa realm with some toast + vanilla in the nose w/ coffee accents. The sweet and roasted malt odor w/ caramel presence are balanced in the nose. The feel is a great smooth body with malt texture and yet moderately full body w/ slightly mild carbonation and mid-range bitterness w/ a hint of dark grain astringency and only mild alcohol in the semi-dry finish.

The flavor of Founders porter is wonderful with slight burnt malt under a sweet toasted and caramel flavor w/ light coffee tinges and mild hop bitterness. The malt astringency is very light and gives the toasted taste and light pine hop notes a chance to mingle in the subtle biscuit and dark roasted flavors w/ some malted milkball sweetness. The taste has a decent amount of dark cocoa and the finish is semi-sweet. Overall a high quality porter in the American Tradition. I think Founders has executed very well with this fine example -so easy to quaff, yet packed with flavor.

Slatetank, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of paulginva
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, produced a very nice 1.5" rocky medium-tan head that dissipated slowly with excellent lacing. The body was a murky very dark brown with no carbonation that I could see.

AROMA: Nice roasted coffee aroma along with inflections of oatmeal, espresso, caramel, dark chocolate and sweet molasses as well as fruit and vanilla.

TASTE: Moderate roasted malt flavor, light hops, with a very lightly burnt coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, nutty oatmeal and toffee overtone. Also tasted some dried fruit and vanilla.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied, very smooth on the palate with modest carbonation and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Initial flavor was moderately sweet with the finish being both sweet, lightly bitter and very lightly dry. Body lacing was good and dissipated slowly.

DRINKABILITY: This was a terrific beer that I could have consumed all night long. The complex taste was definitely a wow factor. I'd definitely buy it again.

paulginva, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of Shrews629
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A very dark brown color with a nice, tight, tan colored head. The size was not large and the retention was not very long. Lacing was good, however the appearance did not quite look as good as some other Founders brews that I've had.

Smell - A nice, strong, robust aroma of ground coffee. Some dark chocolate notes. Not really detecting any dark fruit notes, but that's ok because the coffee/chocolate is totally satisfying to me at this point. A smokey tone to the nose also.

Taste - More of the dry, bittersweet chocolate. Chocolate milk flavors. The coffee is not as strong in the taste. A touch of bitterness throughout. This taste is balanced magnificently and tastefully. Only a smidgen of dark fruit, but the star players are the chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel - Medium, smooth, dry with lots of aftertaste. Covers the palate nicely, but not exceptionally. Still rather nice though.

Drinkability - Another splendid brew from Founders. Super easy to drink. Quaff-able even. One that I would be more than happy to revert back to from time to time. I could make a night of this with ease. The appearance and aroma were just a touch inferior to the rest of the beer, but still more than adequate for me to enjoy over and over again.

Shrews629, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of bnes09
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep black in color. Not much head forms. No lacing. Color is nice though.

Big aroma of roasted chocolate, nuts and bold coffee. Also a floral hop character.

Roasted flavor is rich and dense for a porter. Almonds, coffee, and dark chocolate form a delicate trio. Assertive floral and pine hop character can be tasted through the malt. Sweet molasses and chocolate syrup flavors round it off. Overall, a bittersweet, savory porter.

Medium bodied and highly smooth. A bit chewy. High level of carbonation. Drying also.

Finishes ultra smooth with plenty of left over roasted character. Highly tasty and drinkable porter. Excellent.

bnes09, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of Chaney
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Bilbo Baggins in Old Town Alexandria.

A: Dark as night, with a 1/2 finger or so beige head that kept a decent amount of retention throughout the session.

S: Dark malt upfront, with a bit of CO2 freshness mixed in... this combo created a coffee-like, carmel, roasty air freshener.

T: Founders has a distinct taste to their darker stuff that just REALLY works! I used the word caramel to describe the scent... and I'm using it again to describe the aftertaste. I mean, the malt bill (maybe it's the water they use?) really has toffee-like quality and then some.

M: Creamy, thick, roasty... everything a great porter should be. The carbonation was low, and the sweetness was elegant, luscious, and candy-like.

O: Definitely one of my top 10 favorite porters distributed to my local area.

Chaney, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of Roke87
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at a little cooler than cellar temperature.

Appearance - Pours almost a dark black, no light penetrating even when held up to a light, poured with about one finger of brown head that quickly dissipates to a very thin lacing

Smell - The smells are a little muted on this one right of the bat, but a little bit of coffee and chocolate shine through eventually. Personally didn't get much hop smell out of this one, but you can definitely smell some roasted malts in there.

Taste - The taste also seemed rather muted (but mind you this came after drinking an imp stout and there's not much comparison between the two, a whole different animal with the imp stout). You do definitely get the usual porter/stout taste of roasted malts, chocolate, and a bit of coffee taste, again I didn't really get the hops.

Mouthfeel - Is rather light but smooth none the less, a little thin for my liking but not over the top, definatly fits right in on the porter scale.

Overall - An amazing porter, and a great representation of the genre. Nothing bad to say about this one but when drinking it directly after an Imp Stout there's just no comparison.

Roke87, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of legalpete19340
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a thick black viscous liquid with a big sticky head that clung to the glass.

S: Big dark chocolate with cappuccino and dark roasted malt.

T: Rich flavors of mocha, dark chocolate, dark roasted malt flow in and out then a smack of bitterness and earthiness from hops. Not overly chocolatey. Roasty.

M: Big and velvety with the right amount of noticeable carbonation.

O: Big, dark and sexy just like the bottle says. Very drinkable.

legalpete19340, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of number1bum
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with two fingers of creamy tan head. Keeps a thick and full lace with lots of sticky webbing on the sides of the glass.

Smell consists of some chocolate and coffee notes, plus some roasted malt. Definitely a hoppy porter as there is some citrus and earthy notes here.

Taste is roasty and chocolaty with some coffee in there as well. More coffee than the nose in fact, and I think that flavor actually puts this over the top from very good to damn near great. Lots of malt character, and on top of that there is some citrusy and leafy hop flavor here too. Really tasty stuff and very smooth.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick and quite creamy. Very smooth as I said before; soft and very pleasant.

I honestly don't have any idea why it has taken me so long to arrive at Founders Porter. I love Founders; one of my 5 favorite breweries, and this is another top notch beer from them. An excellent porter and one of the best out there.

number1bum, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of chilly460
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark black, with a thick tan 2 inch head, lots of lacing.

S - Roasted malts, sugars, some grassy hops and allspice. Maybe a cinammon type smell as well, very good.

T - Starts off with roasted malts and chocolate mixed with the spices. Its bold but smooth and flavorful. Get the cinammon again that I was smelling, and some definitely subtle vanilla. Finishes up with clean grassy hops, awesome.

M - Covers whole mouth with its thick, cream like coating. Chewy and delicious.

O - Probably the best non-Baltic I've had. So much aroma and flavor, complex but not overpowering. Big bold flavors, and some subtle tones to keep it interesting. Not to sweet, not "Americanized" with a ton of hops. This is an awesome brew.

chilly460, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of ncfranklin
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to a tulip.

A: A fairly aggressive pour results in a finger tall tan head atop a solid black brew. Some lacing.

S: Plenty of chocolate, toasty to burnt malt and notes of coffee bean. Very rich in smell.

T: Big sugary sweetness up front that caves to coffee and bitter burnt notes in the middle, but remains very sweet. Chocolate is not prominent as it was in the smell, as simple sugar reigns. Finish returns to a roasty layer.

M: Very smooth and rich, only the lightest bits of dryness on the roof of the mouth in the swallow.

D: The bottle calls this one "Dark, Rich, and Sexy". I agree wholeheartedly with the first two, but this beer doesn't arouse me as much as I had hoped.

ncfranklin, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of dgugliuzza
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter

A- Pours black with tan head. The head spreads to the sides of the glass and forms an array of bubbles. Nice golden brown hue that radiates from the body.

S- Smells of heavy roasted malts and milk chocolate. Some coffee in the nose as well. Very full and robust. Minimal hop presence in the nose.

T- Very much the same as the smell. Heavy chocolate malt and quite roasty. Bittersweet flavor that reminds me of baker's semi-sweet chocolate. Hints of coffee and vanilla round out the flavor which makes this a world class porter. Hops are much more present in the taste and create a wonderful balance.

M- On the thicker side and very creamy. Not too heavy on the palate. or going down. Medium carbonation. Exactly right for the style.

D- Fantastic porter. Would have no problem knocking back a few. Rich, creamy and incredibly smooth. Definitely one of the best American porters on the market. Yet again, Founders blows me away.

dgugliuzza, Apr 07, 2011
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,797 ratings.