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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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world-class

5,489 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,489
Reviews: 1,335
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 262
Gots: 580 | FT: 24
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 thirtysixbelow
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - black with creamy dark tan head, excellent lacing

s - rich nutty smell with chocolate and coffee, also quite hoppy

t - sweet and very interesting taste that is a mix of chocolate, nuts, burnt malt, and hops. Most of the time these flavors separate well but for me this has a solid mix throughout. Has just the right amount of hops and roasty burnt flavor profile for a porter. amazing how the complexity of flavors manage to blend together so well.

m - full and smooth mouthfeel

d - a fantastic porter. definitely towards the very top of the list for me.

thirtysixbelow, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of JEdmund
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance
Typical porter color: deep dark brown, almost black, with a small cocoa powder colored head

Smell
Delicious! Big smell wafting off this of dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate

Taste & Mouthfeel
Oh wow. Really, really tasty porter here; big flavors like a stout, but really smooth and not overly bitter; sweet like an iced mocha; just delicious; velvety texture, medium bodied; at 6.5%, this is big for the style, slightly hindering drinkability, but it tastes so good!

Overall
I can't think of a better porter than Fouders'. This is so good! It absolutely sets the standard.

JEdmund, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of timtim
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark and lovely. coffee, chocolate, cocoa, near burnt roasty malt goodness. well balanced and on the fuller side of porter. founders' beers have been impressive, but their dark beers have been outstanding. traditional and unique at the same time, this one really filled my jones for porter, which by the way, i think is the perfect burger beer. nice....

timtim, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of NCSUdo
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Deep brown/black under a medium brown head. Good lace and retention.

S: Roasted malt with chocolate and coffee. A bit nutty. Not a whole lot going on, but enough to let you know you're about to sip a tasty, balanced porter.

T: More of the same. Roasted malt, sweet, finish is of bitter chocolate and coffee. Little bit of espresso. Nothing in you face, just good solid porter.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation is every so prickly, bit slick. Drinkability is excellent. I could drink this porter all night long. Never overwhelming, just a solid, balanced porter.

NCSUdo, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dark opaque brownish black w/tan head, nice retention, and slight lacing.

S-Coffee, dark chocolate mocha w/roasty malt notes and rich earth, and faint hops.

T-Slightly sweet coffee and dark chocolate, roasty midpalate w/rustic earth tones and light hops in the finish that linger into a bitter and slightly burnt, smoky aftertaste.

M-Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, excellent balance.

D-This is an excellent porter that I'd by a six-pack of any day.

BoitSansSoif, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of naterock
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into an imperial pint glass with a dark almost motor oil quality as it pours with a thin head and no lacing. as black as night like deep silk.

Smells of rich bitter chocolate and a hop nose in the back end. I get some brown sugar and mollasses in the back with a earthy malt character.

Tastes OH MY GOD! Silky smooth with a bitter chocolate flavor and a hint of espresso in the back. no words, must...drink....more.

Mouth is incredibly viscous, quite possibly could be the definition of viscous. frinks like syrup but oh so smooth and lovely,

naterock, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of SpecialK088
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a tall pint glass

Dark deep block out the sun black with a low head or flim around the edges, very dark porter

Man there is alot going on here deep rich roasted malt and coffee/esspresso notes along with some more subtle hops notes and a light chocolate undertone.

Every single thing that you smell you taste, this beer is amazing on the palate, bitter malt and coffee flavors dominate the front with a smooth rich full chocolate middle and bittersweet finish. This is quite possiblly one of the best beers I have ever had.

Nice full and rich full body very sliky smooth on the palate. Complexity is hard to put into words all of the flavors come together so good its almot hard to belive.

Drinkability you ask? Yes please!

SpecialK088, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of soupyman10
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, near black color. Small tan head on top that dissolves quickly to a very thin film. No lacing.

Nose is strong roasted malt. Light chocolate, and then coffee that gets stronger as the brew warms. Nice, straight-forwardly aromatic.

Flavor is even better, and definitely more complex. Lots of coffee, roasted malt. Chocolate, some light dried fruit (prunes?). A hint of toffee. Cookies. Smokiness. Pretty smooth drink.

Body is medium to full with good carbonation.

Overall, a very good beer. Nice flavor, one I'd come back to for sure.

soupyman10, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of Gehrig
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This just became available at the sterling Neil St. Piccadcilly in Champaign, so I plucked a sixer out of the box before they could even stack it on the shelf. As I did so, I realized that it had been some time since I had tried a new porter and, given Founders' outstanding reputation, I figured this would be very good. It was all of that, and maybe more.

An aggressive pour into the Yankees pint glass yielded but a thin mocha-colored layer of foam atop a rich black body with ruby trim. Excellent color, and a nice-looking beer overall. The aroma is a step up, packed with chocolate, coffee, and more than a hint of sweet berry. I'm impressed with the aromatic complexity, which very much permeates the taste. Dark chocolate, smoky flavor, dry finish but with a good deal of sweet flavor, somewhat reminiscent of a chocolate toffee bar chased with a Tia Maria. Outstanding flavor, honestly.

Nicely effervescent throughout, bold but smooth, Founders Porter is one of the very best I've had, leaping near the top of my favorites for this style. To a good degree, I'm not too surprised since Founders just tackles what they do with aplomb. Nonetheless, I'm impressed. As I said to JD, the Piccadilly manager last week, there are some tremendous brewers in the US and what makes them so special is their ability to offer excellent brews across styles. My top three are..." and before I could finish, JD rattled off "Avery, Bell's, and Founders." In no particular order, I'm in total agreement, and Founders Porter is further justification why Founders is in my personal top three. They nail in exemplary fashion whatever they deign to tackle. Their Porter is no different.

Tremendous.

Gehrig, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of RickS95
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours coal black, syrupy; with a thin brown head.

Subtle flavors in the nose. Coffee, chocolate and hops are noticeable.

Malt and chocolate on the tongue.

It's creamy and buttery in the mouth, with only a hint of bitter in the finish. Despite a reasonably high IBU rating, it's only slightly bitter and not for very long; balanced by the malty flavors.

This would make a great dessert beer, and trust me, you'd want seconds.

RickS95, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of zeff80
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, foamy, caramel colored head. It left soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, tons and tons of chocolate. Some roasted malt and floral aromas, too.

T - This beer has a great chocolate taste with a slight coffee taste. Nice roasted malt flavor, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a subtle creaminess. A medium-bodied beer.

D - I love this porter. Great chocolaty flavor.

zeff80, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of hooliganlife
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours deep jet black with a light creamy head. nice retention.

huge roasted malts and a touch of coffee with a bit of molasses

big coffee flavor up front, real big. nice and sweet roasted malts. light chocolate and hop bitterness. light dark licorice aftertaste. damn.

very full and very smooth yet kind of light. semi light carbonation.

this is one awesome porter. honestly, kind of reminds me of a breakfast stout only available year round. score one!

hooliganlife, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of kkipple
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz single bought right here in Columbia, SC. Thanks to Carolina Craft for bringing this to our podunk town!

A. Opaque, very dark brown and nearly black. Sports a small, thin, red-brown head that lingers and struts and leaves some lace behind. Very pretty.

S. Very solid roasty components upfront - big mocha, chocolate, sweet and singed black bread, a touch of licorice maybe too... no real hops to be found, this is delish malt blackness, but avoids being abrasive or hot. Surely American and bold, stylistically accurate and just flat out good smelling.

T. Layered roasted / burnt malt invades the palate. Black patent roast, chocolate flavors, clean, tight, sweet-burnt finish with just the right amount of roast and hop bitterness dialed in to keep you coming back immediately. Finish is a little grainy and lip-smackingly good. Why, I think I felt a few hairs sprout on my chest in celebration!

M / D. Soft carbonation is more than adequate here, medium-creamy body goes down super easy and the finish is everything you liked about the flavor falling gently down towards a pleasing roasty end. No alcohol heat, astringency, weird flavors or really ANYTHING wrong here. Needless to say, if you like Porters this could be your Alpha and Omega.

Founders has quite possibly made the best American Porter I've had to date, this is assertive and clean and big-smelling, but still manages to be approachable and I daresay, sessionable. There honestly is very little to improve on here. Go get you some!

kkipple, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of natasharai
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured with a tan bubbly foamy head that dissipated quickly leaving very little lacing. The beer is completely black and lets no light through on the edges.

Smell: Strong roasted malt, chocolate, roasted coffee, and a slight fruity/berry sweetness.

Taste: Strong roasted flavor, chocolate, berry and plum flavors, ending with a slightly smokey wood flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thick body, low carbonation, sweet and sticky, small dry feeling.

Overall: Good drinkability, really big flavors, strong roasted malt balanced by the big sweetness. Great porter, a little bigger in flavor than most but not overwhelming.

natasharai, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pretty much opaque jet black, with little light coming through, which surprised me somehow. Good foaming and dense head that leaves good lacing but settles a bit too quickly from how it initially presented itself.

Smell: Dark, roasted malts, mild coffee and bitter sourness, some dark berries, and some citrus sourness in as it warms it seems.

Taste: A little more sour than I'd hoped, but there's still a good balance of very mild chocolate, the subtle notes of black coffee acrid and full sourness, citrus sourness and mild bitterness at the end, and a little too hidden roasted malt flavor, which would be better if it were up front.

Mouthfeel: Not light by any stretch of the imagination, but though it still remains fairly creamy, I thought this would be a lot heavier, lending itself toward a more sessionable porter than maybe many heavier, more flavorful versions out there.

Drinkability: A solid porter, and one that I've heard people raving about. I could have a few of these, as it's not so full that it's only a one-beer-at-a-time brew, but there are others out there that I'd probably pick over this, even though it's good overall.

asabreed, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of wnh
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep, dark brown, almost black. Opaque, with no highlights even when held up to the light. Small, rich frothy tan head. Decent spotted lacing that's clinging tightly to the side of the glass.

Loads of roasted malt mixed with complex dark chocolate on the nose. As I continue to sniff, the roasted aromas approach coffee beans, and after a few sips the coffee aromas begin to take over.

Taste is deep, complex roasted malt with more than a touch of sweetness. Surprisingly little bitterness, and what bitterness there is has a coffee-like feel. It seems like there's a lot more going on here, but this beer is so well crafted, and the flavors meld together so well, that I can't seem to pick it apart much further. Long, roasty and bitter finish that fades even more to coffee.

Medium to heavy bodied, on the medium side. Smooth and rich, with a touch of silkiness. Almost velvet-like, in that it's soft and smooth with a touch of 'roughness' from the carbonation. An all around great porter.

Kudos to Founders for following through with a beer that is indeed "Dark, rich, & sexy."

wnh, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz screw cap brown bottle with cool Victorian-looking woman on the label...it claims to be "dark, rich, and sexy." We'll see.

Appearance: Motor-oil black, thick and utterly dense; a dark tan/mocha cap sits on top this beer and soon fades to a thick dense film with decent retention...beautiful

Smell: Typical porter aromas of sweet dark roasted grains, coffee, and rich dark chocolate...what sets this a little bit apart from the pack is the richness and fullness of the aromas...this is awesome

Taste: Rich and robust, lots of sweet roasted grain up front with mocha in the background. This beer is nicely balanced between bitter and sweet, with just a hint of roasted bitterness creeping in at the end. Not an incredible depth of flavor, but what's there is top-notch.

Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth, and creamy

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Rich, dark, and sexy it is. I paired this with some medium-sharp cheddar cheese and black bread and it was to die for...This may be the best American Porter I've tried yet.

BedetheVenerable, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of movingtrain
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Nice and dark, coffee-like. A very, very light tan head, if any head at all. I was surprised not to see much accumulate at the top of this one. Could it be the bottle sat on the shelf too long? Maybe.

S: Roasted dark malts, chocolate, coffee, molasses, some faint hop character. Maybe some light raison notes. There is some serious chocolate malt here...dark and smelling quite delightful.

T: Mmm...bittersweet, hints of chocolate, coffee are all over the place. Up front, this is bitter...but sweetens out in the aftertaste. Again, not much carbonation, but just enough to keep that flavor lingering. I pulled this from the fridge, and as it warms up the pronounced chocolate and coffee flavors remain prominent. There is some cocoa powder in there, too...

Overall, one the best porters I've ever tasted. Nothing but the best from Founders.

movingtrain, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of hckyfn9999
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cola color with about one finger of tan colored head. Retention is decent, not much in the way of lace. Aroma is of roasted malt, espresso, bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of dark fruit.

Taste is a bit nutty with, lots of coffee flavor, a bit of chocolate, and a little licorice in the finish. Nice level of roasted bitterness. Nice smooth mouthfeel, and very easy drinking. A great porter.

hckyfn9999, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of jjanega08
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A= pours a dark jet black somewhat thick looking with a thin tan head that falls so fast you can barely get a glimpse with no lacing.
S= tons of coffee in it with a lot of toasted malts and thin traces of dark chocolate.
T= nice coffee flavor with a lot of toasted malt and some smokyness. Really has a slightly burn toast kind of taste.
M= kinda prickly. Not too impressed.
D= pretty good. Reminds me of the breakfast stout but not as amazing. Still a very good beer.

jjanega08, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of Wheelinb
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Founders pouring at The Stable. Every time I have something from Founder I always end up happy and this was no exception.

Great dark color and the aroma was pure goodness. Nice malt and coffee aromas. The taste was rich, but not overly so. I could taste a combination of chocolate and coffee. What's not to like. I am glad Founders is now being offered on this side of the river.

Wheelinb, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of Vancer
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap, black as night with a good ivory head, at the Stables for the Founders coming out party in STL, Mo. Poured into a Founders pint glass for the occasion.

Aroma and taste is pure porter, malty with a small pop of coffee beneath the sour ale backbone. Rich and thick, there is no hint of any alcohol to be found; I could drink these all night easily. Except I had to make room for a few pints of the Centennial.

Another fine brew from Founders, I'm glad they're in MO; but I've been savoring these on the IL side for years.

Vancer, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of KarlHungus
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours an opaque dark brown color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is roasted malt, milk chocolate, and smores. It is very aromatic, and quite complex. The taste is like the aroma. Nothing over the top, and nothing far out there. It simply has all the qualities a good porter should have. Lots of roasted malt, ample chocolate, and an overall smores like quality. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a great porter that is sure to become a mainstay in my refrigerator. It reminds me of a slightly more robust Bell's Porter in that it isn't over the top in any one area, but is balanced in everything a porter should be.

KarlHungus, May 31, 2009
Photo of hardy008
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a dark black color which allows a little ruby to shine through. Has a tan foamy 2 finger head, leaves a nice lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell - Coffee, malt, and chocolate.

Taste - Coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate. Has a mildly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, creamy, and full bodied.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. One of the better American porters on the market.

hardy008, May 30, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a glass.

Pours a nice deep black with several fingers of chocolate brown foam. This settles down into a thin creamy retention that skims the surface, leaving a nice looking thick coating of spotty lacing and brown oils behind. This was definitely one of the darkest Porter pours that I've ever seen. Just a great look here. The aroma is quite dark and toasty smelling, with a dominate roasted malt presence and coffee notes adding a definite bite to the nose. Thick chocolate and caramel sweetness form a beefy smelling undercurrent that raises this bouquet up.

The taste is very similar to the aroma, with an even balance between the roast and sweetness in this. Dark roasted chocolate malt character imparts both a toasty bitterness AND thick sweetness to the profile, while accents of acrid coffee and sweetened caramel adding an extra layer to the taste while still evening each other out. Finishes with a trailing mix of malt and bitterness that hangs lovingly on the palate. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied with a lower feeling but still smooth carbonation that gives off a nice thick feel in the mouth. Wow, the lingering roastiness of this is just great!

Wow, what a fantastic Porter! Hugely full flavored and tasty, with a great drinkibility for a 6.5% beer. This is probably one of the best in the style that I've had and it's awesome that Founders has put this out in bottles now. I need to keep more of this around!

Kegatron, May 27, 2009
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,489 ratings.