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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,411 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,411
Reviews: 1,331
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 250
Gots: 553 | 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 bamadog
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

A note prior to reviewing this, there seems to be a discrepancy between the ABV listed on BA vs. what's listed on the bottle. According to BA the ABV is 5.1, but my bottle says 6.5 - perhaps it's a matter of the year that it was brewed? I had this on tap a couple of months ago at The Comet and really wish I would have had something to write on at the time (fortunately I've started carrying a beer journal with me after this incident), but I'm very excited about the premise to have it again, bottle, tap, whatever. Founders has been good to me on all levels. Poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured thick and viscous - reminiscent of the first time I ever poured myself a Breakfast Stout. This is easily the thickest porter I've ever seen. Near black in color. A thick 2 finger deep tan head started early at the top and became pock marked and rocky as it worked it's way down to a chewy looking skim at the top. There is already a sticky foam on the side of the glass and I haven't even picked it up yet. I'm getting more excited about drinking this just from looking at it.

Smell: Wow - on the pour I was hit right away by deep maltiness, strong burnt roasty scents and a bitter sweet chocolate. Now that it has had the chance to sit and I pull whiffs from it, there is definitely a firm scent of alcohol that is very evident as well. Quite amazing.

Taste: Very roasty, a burnt coffee-esque flavor is most dominant. The bitter sweet chocolate flavor that was foretold by the scent is there, but it's very subdued. Also, I thought the alcohol would be a little more prevalent in the taste based upon how noticeable it was in the nose, but it is not as strong as I thought it may be and this is pleasant because I was a little nervous that it may become a bit of an overwhelming flavor factor. The deep maltiness makes it taste very smooth. The aftertaste is a little bitter from the roastiness and what I can only believe to be a moderate hop presence. I'm loving the bitter nature to this, but feel it's also very well balanced with that chocolatey bittersweetness alluded to above.

Mouthfeel: Coats very thick and it's stickier than I remember - very nice. The coating allows the aftertaste to linger a little longer and this is definitely a positive attribute. The alcohol presence, while not especially strong in the flavor, does again make an appearance here as I feel that once the thick coating begins to subside, the mouth dries very quickly, and my stomach also feels quite warm. This is a thick beer that is a little chewy, you know you've got a solid beer with this -- not a watery body like I've found in a couple other porters that I've sampled...

Drinkability: I like this beer a lot and give it a moderate drinkability rating - I do feel I could get through a couple of these, but the warm feeling in the stomach would prevent much more. It's also a little on the heavier side in the body and it is quite filling.

bamadog, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of beerman207
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%

A - Dark brew with a nice head that is brown and frothy. Kind of reminds me of the Breakfast Stout

S - Not a lot in the smell for me other than malt.

T - Toasted malts and a little chocolate. I hate to compare this to anything but this is very similar to the breakfast stout. High quality and very tasty.

M - Fantastic mouthfeel - light carbonation.

D- The drinability of this is very good. I could sit down with a bunch of these during the winter. Not sure that I would like it on a hot day but it's a great fall/winter beer for sure.

beerman207, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of palma
3.3/5  rDev -22.4%

small tan head develops on the pour. then fades quickly to a paper thin lace which sustains thoughout the session.

nose is chocolate, and coffee with the coffee dominating.

taste is big time espresso. subtle chocolate notes. slight grassiness also pulls through. a bit acidic. slight sour finish. i would like to see a sweeter milder finish. this was a bit harsh for what i was expecting. but hey it is what it is. this is an american brewed porter.

the beer gets much better after a few sips. much more drinkable. at first sip i thought this would be a chore to finish. turns out it was quite enjoyable in the end.

palma, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of Packforever1976
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

Served chilled in my stemless wine glass, for no other reason than it's a cool new glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a one-finger tan head. Head recedes rather quickly. Decent lacing.

S: Smells of a good dark roasted coffee, with a hint of vanilla. Some notes of good dark chocolate in there as well as a touch of toffee.

T: First sips reveal a very tasty dark roasty bitterness that I love. A hint of sweetness rounds it all out. This is one tasty porter.

M: Mouthfeel is nice. A nice creamy porter that packs alot of flavor in each sip, and has a pleasant aftertaste. Carbonation is on par with the style.

D: Very drinkable and inviting. I am thrilled that we'll soon have Founders available in Minnesota, as they make world-class brews. This will be my go-to porter.

Packforever1976, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of endincolorado
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%

Appearance- Thick black pour with opaque body and tan head. Good sticky dark lace.

Smell- Rich roasty aromas of coffee and chocolate- little hop character- slight aroma of overripe fruit.

Taste- Rich malt, sweet with chocolate and roasted coffee, more ripe fruit, fig, hop-bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- Thick and syrupy, almost chewy.

Drinkability- Reminds me of a subdued breakfast stout, which helps make for a highly drinkable porter.

endincolorado, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of BMoney575
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%

Sampled on 3-20-09
Bottled on 1-20-09
6.5% abv

Pours very dark, almost black. A thin head lasts forever, with one thick ring of lacing that slides down the glass.

Smell is malty but not too sweet, a nice smokiness and slight coffee in the finish. Very enjoyable.

Taste is malty, alot like the smell, but with a sizable hop presence. The hops add a bitter kick at the end, a bit too much for my taste.

Mouthfeel is good, maybe a little too thin.

Drinkability is good, super balance makes is very to drink.

Overall, a good beer, maybe a bit too fresh.

BMoney575, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of PatrickJR
4.08/5  rDev -4%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Deep dark brown, we might as well just call it black. Opaque. Massive 3-4 finger head rises, a creamy, rich, mocha brown color. Retention is great before falling to a moderate cap. Moderate to high lacing.

S - Distinct but restrained coffee in the nose; more like coffee being brewed nearby rather than the common stick-your-nose-in-a-bag-of-beans aroma. Dark chocolate is well represented as well. Small element of roastiness. Not as complex as I would've guessed, but solid and aromatic.

T - Things start off with an amazing balance between mild coffee and dark chocolate. It's very difficult to tell where one begins and the other ends. Some mild to moderate sweetness kicks in with a creaminess that moves the dark chocolate into slight milk chocolate territory. Mid to late palate roastiness begins growing steadily and overriding much of the sweetness. Roastiness peaks late palate and the brew finishes with an acrid, burnt coffee taste with moderate bitterness. The aftertaste literaly reminds me of getting to the bottom of a pot of coffee and ingesting the grounds. Founders Porter would've scored half a point higher if not for the harsh finish/aftertaste.

M - On the light side of full bodied with a rich creaminess. Moderate to low carbonation. Very nice.

D - A great beer all around. I'm not a huge fan of the coffee taste and don't expect to find it in a porter, but despite this it's balanced well. I'm not wild about the aftertaste but overall this is a fine brew.

PatrickJR, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

I got this brew in a trade with drgonzo3705, Thanks Paul!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black brew with a creamy tan head that fell after awhile leaving spots of lacing.

S - roasted espresso coffee and dark chocolate aroma.

T - rich roasted flavors of coffee and chocolate with a dry, bitter finish.

F - medium bodied, slightly chewy, creamy feel.

D - very easy drinking, good example of the style.

JoeyBeerBelly, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of Richardberg
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

A: poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Inky black liquid with a mocha foam that dissipated quickly. What remains is almost totally opaque. Closer to what I'd expect from a strong stout (a good thing!), except for noticeably crimson edges reflecting in the light.

S: sweet caramel and charred grain, plus a bit of bitter coffee

T: everything in the nose blends together into a melded semisweet/semibitter flavor of dark roasted malt. very good combo, just not as rich as the highly varied & distinctive smells it gives off.

M: coats nicely (but not extravagantly), finishes clean. alky warming is tangible but only if you're seeking it out.

D: wonderfully sessionable beer that's more than the sum of its parts. This will probably be the last time I pick up just a single!

Richardberg, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of shroompod
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%

Pours dark with a mocha head , some lacing.

Slight aroma of sweet caramel. Faint roasted malts.

Roasted dark chocolate and coffee predominate with a nice sharp bitterness.

Mouthfeel is dry , light. Good carbonation.

Overall a very sessionable porter.

shroompod, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of Brenden
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%

This one pours black with hues of nothing. Just thick, inky blackness. The head pours about two fingers but doesn't take very long to dissipate, though a very slight, thin head remains. Nice lacing clings all over the glass.

The smell is what I've come to expect from a good porter. Coffee, hints of dark chocolate, a slight alcoholic tinge and a little bitterness.

The taste is likewise what I've come to expect from a good porter. All of the above with a smoky grain flavor and balanced light bitterness.

The mouthfeel is thick and rich, very nice and smooth. Carbonation is light and it's medium-bodied.

All in all I found myself in agreement with the claim on the bottle that this is "dark, rich and sexy."

Brenden, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of wcudwight
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%

Black, nearly opaque with just a little light showing through. Thin wispy head. The appearance is the only thing that's not superb about this beer.
Smells like fresh gound coffee beans with some bitter sweet chocolate. Exactly the way a good porter is supposed to smell imo.
Wonderful charred grain flavor. Good mix btwn the roasted, coffee, chocolate, and bitter flavors. One of the better balanced porters I've had. Reminds me of Foothills Peoples Porter, which is one of my favs.
Love the mouthfeel. Lush, fuller than most porters. Kind of raw. I love the way the flavors coat the mouth and last until you decide to take another sip.
I could sit around and drink this all night long.
Great porter that I received as part of The Educators BIF.

wcudwight, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%

Picked up a single at Abe's Cold Beer. This is a heck of a porter, reminds me of a slightly drier Anchor Porter (which I also love). This beer just blasts dry, dark, rich chocolate, with a coffee roast edge to it. There's a cocoa liquor accent in the background, along with a undercurrent of dark bread and whole grain crust. There's nothing small about this porter, though that holds back the drinkability of the brew. As much as I dig this beer, I probably couldn't drink more than a few in one session. Still, go find this beer and drink it.

tempest, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of kirok1999
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%

Pours a very dark black with almost no head and just the slightest bit of wispy head.
Smells of dark burned malts, lots of coffee with a good mix of chocolate.
Nice rich malt character, dark and roasty especially in the finish. Nice mild chocolate character along with a nice amount of bitterness in the finish.
Rich and lush with a decent amount of carbonation. Very drinkable.

kirok1999, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of hosehead83
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured into pint glass

Very dark with quarter inch head- very little lacing

Aroma of dark chocolate and coffee

Taste-Coffee,charcoal and smoke
Full-bodied, smooth and drinkable,subtle burnt hops and notes of charred meat and charcoal.
a Guinness-like dry finish.

Overall, smooth and complex, would be excellent with smoked meats or BBQ. A must for Porter/Stout lovers!

hosehead83, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of DrewOSU
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%

A: Pours a coffee brown, with a brownish, grayish ½ inch head. Watery, carbonated, lacing on the side of the glass on initial pour.

S: Roasted malt and coffee nose. Nose is not overwhelming, but fair.

M/T: Medium, syrupy body that slides down the tongue. Roasted malt hit, followed by a carbonated sting and coffee flavors. Finishes earthy and malty, that takes over the whole tongue. Fairly balanced.

D: With a very high APV and a thick malty aftertaste, this beer is not session able, however the alcohol base is barely noticeable. Solid drinker.

DrewOSU, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of beerorRIP
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

poured from the bottle with that old-school victoria woman on it to frosted pint glass:

looks nearly black, very very dark brown. the head that rises is also brown and dark, with somewhat larger bubbles that dissipate quickly. a ring of head hangs around the edges. no lacing noticed.

smells like a touch of coffee, then rich chocolates, and some roasty-ness. if it smells like this, the taste must be nice. mmmm....

the taste is nice. rich and flavorful. the roasty-ness is there for sure, with the rich chocolate flavor and only a touch of coffee. a some bitterness is there for sure, but only for balance. robust. i like.

the mouthfeel is nice. there is some carbonation dancing on the tongue but not a whole lot. which leads to a somewhat creamy and slightly thick feeling. a fuller body than some other ones for sure.

easy drinking here. i could probably polish off more than a few of these without struggle... but there's other beers so no need...

beerorRIP, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of Greggy
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%

A- Pours a pitch black color with 1 finger tan head that recedes into a small cap with minimal lacing after a minute or two.

S- Chocolate, coffee, green apple (odd?) and some cream

T- Starts out with an almost boozy character, with bits of caramel, chocolate, hints of dark fruits. The finish is mostly some deep caramel notes although dry.

M- Low carbonation. nice feel for a beer of this ABV

D- Overall, kind of a dissapointing offering. I expected quite a bit more from founders.

Greggy, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of BeerTruth
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Got this one from the dipshit known as younger35, you're a moron.

12 oz. stubby bottle poured into a nonic. Bottled 1/20/09.

Pours a dark cola black with minimal deep ruby highlights and a multi-brown colored one finger head. A fair amount of random lacing grips the sides of the glass. Smell consists of rich dark chocolate, coffee grinds, and musty hops. Peanuts with a bit of smokiness as well, but the aroma is mostly sweet with the cocoa goodness. Taste starts off with a nice balance of bitter roasted grains and sweet chocolate. Midway some brown sugar and caramel malts emerge with a good earthy hop backbone. Espresso lingers in the aftertaste with more of that bitterness that lasts and lasts. Medium body with a creamy, but prickly feel to it with a medium carbonation as well. For the amount of flavors this baby packs in, I love that it's only 5.1% abv. One of the better porters I've had for sure.

BeerTruth, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of trbergman
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a dark coffee color with a thin, barely-there tan lace of a head.

S - Aromas of espresso and dark chocolate.

T - Strong mocha flavor. Rich coffee with notes of chocolate. Hints of fresh berry fruits linger in the background. Moderate levels of bitterness cut through the malt from the beginning and last through the long, balanced finish. Little detectable hop flavor.

M - A bit chewier than an iced coffee, but similar.

D - This is just a solid, no-frills porter. Interesting without being overly complex, this would be a great session beer if it shaved off a point or so of alcohol.

trbergman, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of neenerzig
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass. This beer is a very dark brown, almost black color. Tan head about an inch thick when poured, settles quickly to a nice surface coating and tan ring lining the inside of the glass. Good lacing. Has a roasted malty, coffee and chocolate aroma with hints of vanilla. Very strong bitter, black coffee taste upfront, followed by roasted malt and sweeter chocolate and malt notes, capped off with a bit of vanilla. Despite the very bitter coffee flavor, I didn't detect much of a hop flavor. Has a crisp, frothy, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink in the was well brewed beer ought to be. A winner here indeed!


neenerzig, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.25/5  rDev 0%

On draft at Founders. Pours a very dark brown for a porter. Smell is chocolate and roast. Creamy and full in the mouth. This is a real easy drinker. Nice and sessionable, you don't tire from drinking this one. Just like the Imperial stout, when are the bottles coming?!

Edit: The bottles are out and just as good as the draft. Very happy to see this beer return to bottling.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of MaduroMike
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

A- Thick, oily black. Thin beige head. Fantastic lacing down the glass.

S- A nose full of chocolate, nuts, vanilla, and toffee. Not to mention all that dark roasted malt.

T- Roasted malts roll across the tongue accompanied by chocolate toffee and vanilla. Finished off by bitter espresso and a touch of alcohol on top.

M- Smooth, heavy, decently carbonated.

D- Tasty. Very enjoyable! The combination of the roastyness and the alcohol make this a great beer for a cold windy day. Could see my self drinking this again.

Side note: Bottle states that it is 6.5 ABV.

MaduroMike, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of mjryan
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

Stars should be afraid of this beer, as Im sure if they get to close they will be sucked into its black void. Inky black, with a nice dark tan head that retains beutifully. Aroma is of dark chocolate and woody hops hops. Bitter, chalky bakers chocolate up front with a smooth sweetness in the middle. Finishes with a smooth roast and firm bitterness. Slight earthy hop flavour as well. Medium bodied and very smooth. Big on the chocolate flavour and very smooth. Another stellar Founders beer that I wish I didnt have to drive an hour round trip to get.

mjryan, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of prototypic
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

Appearance: It pours a dark chocolate fudge color. It's opaque and nearly black. A very nice dark mocha colored cap sits atop. It's only about a finger deep and it receded pretty quickly. A light sticky coat of lace clung to the glass.

Smell: The nose is nice, but a little underpowered initially. I'm hoping it opens up more as it warms. Edit: No such luck. It is a tad weak. It does feature an excellent chocolate and roasted malt aroma. The roasted variety seems a little stronger, but there's plenty of chocolate to go around. There's a very nice, slightly smoked smell to it that carries the day. It's a wonderful addition. There's some light roasted coffee notes. On the tail, there's a slightly yeasty scent. No alcohol is noted.

Taste: It's chocolaty and sweet up front. Roasted malts kick in and give it a very well rounded, malty flavor. It really gives it an excellent backbone. It's tougher to tell here which of the malts is predominant. I actually can't tell. Suffice it to say, it has a damn fine malty flavor. Light roasted coffee and smoky notes add depth. The smoky flavor really gives it some character and does much for the flavor. It's a tad yeasty. Apparently, there's a nice little infusion of hops giving it a little bit of buzz toward the end. No alcohol is noted.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and very smooth. Carbonation is light and restrained giving it a creamy feel. Very impressive. Drinkability is very high. It's got an excellent and deep flavor. At 5.6%, its abv is modest and lends itself to high drinkability.

Founders Porter is excellent beer. I had high hopes, but they've actually been exceeded. The only small flaw is that the nose is a little weak. Other than that, it's a very nice, well rounded Porter that impresses on all other fronts. Very nice addition to Founders regular lineup. Easily recommended.

prototypic, Feb 23, 2009
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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