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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,912 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,912
Reviews: 1,367
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 282
Gots: 737 | 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 BarryMFBurton
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A sad day, indeed...moving out of my first college apartment. I have definitely made a ton of memories here. To celebrate this bittersweet moment, I'm cracking open a classic: Founders Porter. I bought a sixer of this once (right as I was getting into craft beer), and, to be honest, I wasn't too sure about it. However, when I saw a thread in the forum about how "sexy" this beer is, I figured I'd give it another go. Why not? I've found that, when you're drinking Founders, there's no such thing as buyer's remorse. Plus, due to some sort of shortage of bottlecaps, my local liquor store just happened to have a few aged bottles. This particular one has been on the shelf for at least a month in-store. And, if you want to know the true mettle of a craft brewer, there's no better way than that.

A: A dark, dark reddish brown. I'd say 95% of the light that goes through it is captured by the alluring darkness of the body. The head, although quite minimal, is a thick, dark tan. Superb lacing. So far, so sexy...

S: The nose is a great boozy/chocolate concoction. No hops, but tons of earthy yeast with smoky afterthoughts.

T: Tons of complexity - the "wow" factor is big on this one. It opens with a stunning bitterness that swarms the tastebuds. Hops are incredibly earthy and serene, like the smell of a fresh-cut lawn. Pleasant, to say the least. The smoky hues are big and bold, and the yeast is a bready work of art. What a great drinking experience.

M: Once again, a good micro-carb from Founders. I was expecting a little less, being that it's a porter, but this brewer had other ideas. It's nice, but there are times where the carb is too much and whole thing comes off as too light for its palate. Still, a great overall drink.

O: Founder's Porter: is it really a beer that can be described as sexy? After trying it, there's only one way I can think to answer: hell yeah! Founders certainly knows what great craft beer is, and they show it without a doubt in this brew. For the money, there's no better porter out there.

Photo of Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, Chicago, IL

Poured dark brown to black, with a minimal tannish head that recedes to a film. Dark chocolate and roasty malts in the aroma. Malty malty flavor, with notes of dark chocolate and cocoa and some caramel sugar. Medium to heavy mouthfeel, smooth, and very drinkable.

Photo of Puddintane
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oily black pour with a tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, hazlenut, roasted malt, earthy hops, toffee and coffee. Flavors of rich dark chocolate, booze soaked dark fruits, coffee, caramel, bitter/earthy undertones. Thick body, rich/roasty/bittersweet and satisfying throughout with a bitter/roast finish. Overall, there are two porters that tie for my favorite. This and Edmund Fitzgerald. They both kind of go beyond of what I usually get from this style. This is one amazing brew, there’s lots of beers double in strength that fail to capture its focus and flavor.

Photo of boralyl
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a small dark tan head that disappears fairly quickly leaving minimal lacing. The beer is a deep dark brown and is mostly opaque.

S - Chocolate, roasted malts and some molasses are the main components of the aroma.

M - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. It has a somewhat smooth creamy feel.

T - Light cocoa up front followed by roasted malts. A little bit of a hop kick towards the middle proceeded by a dry roastiness and light hop bitterness.

A truly excellent porter. It's got great body to match the delicious taste. The roasted malts provide several layers of flavor in the taste.

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can't find the date on the bottle.

A - Solid, deep brown/black body. Small, tight light brown head. Good look.

S - Vegetal/roasty sweetness, Chocolate, black licorice. It's a good smell, but theres something in it that smells a bit plastic-like, and thats somewhat of a turnoff

T - Well, this is delicious. Nice roasted malts are in dominance here, with some good chocolate, licorice and other subtle undertones. A well done taste for sure.

M - This is impressively thick and smooth. But not too much. I think this is perhaps the ideal mouthfeel for a porter.

O (D) - Well, it's a great tasting, very drinkable, not too heavy beer. What more can you ask for? I guess for it to smell better.

Photo of Bennettrox
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - About as brown as a beer can be without being black. Looks gorgeous. Tried to be aggressive with a head but didn't get much. Half a finger espresso head, goes away fast.

S - Toasted malts and a fine chocolate.

T - More chocolate and a roasted character. The taste has a great balance of flavors, can really pull all kind of elements from this beer but the roasted notes shine.

M - The high point of the beer for me. My local bottle shop labels this as 'Sexy, Silky, and Smooth'. I couldn't think of a better description, esp silky. Feels so great in your mouth with just the right carbonation.

O - Just picked up several six packs of this. When I'm looking for a balanced porter this is my go to.

Photo of MikieV
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From bottle, poured into my beer bug very dark, almost black. Very thin tan head. Pronounced coffee scent. Not at all unpleasant. Mine left no lacing.

Taste is similar to scent. Roasted coffee and roasted malts dominate the flavor. If that's what you are looking for, you'll find it here in abundance. Very smooth mouth feel. Actually felt thinner than it looked like it would be. Bitter aftertaste makes you thirsty for another drink.

This was not a bad porter by any means, but it wasn't necessarily what I was expecting .

Photo of nasty31
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Having this beer on tap adds so much to it.

This is trualy a well done porter has every part of it is well done. I keep going back to this all the time. Usually have a sixer in my fridge at all times its that good. Like I said having it on tap though does not compare to having it bottled, if you get the chance have a pint!

Photo of Vierenner
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has all the standard properties of a porter/stout, except that it is a bit sweeter than most. A very smooth brew, easy to drink, with very little hop bite. What I find missing in this and many of the high quality porters/stouts is uniqueness. They all seem to taste about the same to me. Nice balance, blah, blah, blah. I'm continually searching for one that dares to be different. Unfortunately, very few of them.

Photo of jables7
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- this beer could blot out the sun. very dark with a little bit of tan head. decent lacing.

S- roasted malt in the forefront lets you know it's there. not as strong of a smell as I have come to expect from a Founders beer but still solid for the style.

T- follows closely along with the smell. the roasted malt is by far the most prominent feature with some caramel notes to follow.

M- a very thick beer for the style that coats the mouth completely. one of the better versions of this style that I've had in this category.

O- a quality representation of the style from one of the best breweries around.

Photo of vfgccp
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at a free Founders tasting. Special thanks to Big Z’s in Huntington.

A – Dark cola that fades into mud-brown highlights. Khaki head sits low but leaves a nice lace.

S – Roast coffee and dark malt wrap around the sweetness of burnt caramel and molasses.

T – Soft, medium roast coffee and medium roast malt up front, with very little burnt bitterness. Pine note peaks out from the chewy dark bread in the middle and backend of the profile. I didn't get as much chocolate as I did in the bottle, but it could be related to serving temperature - my sample was gone before it had a chance to warm :)

M – Silky, medium/full body. Lingering malty sweetness and roast bitter note in the finish.

O – One of my favorite porters.

Photo of Gmann
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a small dense tan head that quickly dissipates into a light ring.

The aroma is wonderful. Notes of toasted brown nut bread mix with light chocolate and light coffee. There is some bark scents and quite woody. Some lemon sourness pops through. Aroma reminds me of a brown ale.

The taste is much the same as the aroma. Toasted brown bread and nutty flavors give this a solid base to work from. Add in some hints of coffee and chocolate as well as some wet wood. Some lemony sourness breaks up the malty lovefest. A noticable hop bitterness rounds out the flavor. A very excellent porter.

The porter is well bodies with soft carbonation giving the brew a smooth feel. Starts sweet on the palate but transitions into a needed bitterness, though the bitterness lingers a bit too long.

A wonderful porter, big bold flavors. Definitely a bit heavy and the bitterness stays a touch too long but still this is a top notch porter.

Photo of mavbrew
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a two finger thick, light tan colored frothy head that slowly dissipates. Sparse lacing is left on the mug.

S: Lots of roasted malts are present upfront with hints of semi sweet chocolate and caramel malts.

T: The flavor is very much like the smell, the upfront taste is lightly roasted with hints of chocolate and caramel. Following is a nutty and buttery taste that leads into a malty finish with the slightest bit of bitters and more roasted flavor.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation. Feel was roasted and malty with the slightest bitter feel.

D: Overall, this is a quality beer. It is well balanced, has excellent flavor and is a very easy drink.

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

A- Pours a deep black with minimal head. Small lacing left from the head receding.

S- This brew is loaded with roasted malts and dark chocolate. There is a slight hoppiness in there and some cocoa powder.

T- Cocoa powder and roasted malts with a slight soapiness. There is a faint hoppy taste and a small bready character.

M- Medium to full bodied with pretty good carbonation. Regardless of the carbonation, the brew seems pretty smooth.

O- Pretty good beer all around. Not one flavor dominates and all seem to go good with each other. It just seems like it could have been a little stronger all around.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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....

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

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.

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.

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,912 ratings.