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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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6,033 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,033
Reviews: 1,392
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 300
Gots: 824 | FT: 26
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2003

No absence of hops gives Founders' robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect.

45 IBU
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Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black pour, with a large brown head.

Aroma hits you with deeply roasted malt, molasses, some milk chocolate, and coffee.

The taste is the reason this beer is so popular. Chocolate and bitter roasted malts combine together for a flavor full of depth and character. The mouthfeel has some weight to it but the moderate carbonation makes this relatively easy to drink. Grassy and resinous hop finish lingers on the palate. Fairly bitter but enjoyable.

This is probably my favorite beer from Founders.

Photo of Phocion
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I recently picked this up, but it says bottled on "06/08." Not sure if it's three years old or from June 8th. Oh well.

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Surprisingly minimal dark tan head but moderate lacing. Pitch black.

Aroma is roasted malts, toffee, cocoa, coffee, and a hint of grapefruit hops... which is impressive if this is indeed three years old.

Flavor is roasted malts and coffee...but not as bitter and dark-roasted as the coffee flavor you get in many stouts and porters. Some hint of bitterness from the hops and dark chocolate, but overall very well balanced. Slight touch of caramel sweetness.

Medium-heavy bodied, fairly creamy but also moderately chewy with good carbonation.

Overall, definitely a solid and well above-average porter. Definitely worth picking up now that the weather's dropping.

Photo of tobelerone
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The small thin head on this beer disappears quickly, leaving it looking almost like a glass of coke; black, opaque, bubbly.

Moderately aromatic; not a super strong smell here but nicely roasty with hints of chocolate. Right on target.

I like the flavor better than the aroma of this beer; it has an excellent balance of roast malt, hops, coffee and to a lesser extent, chocolate. Medium bitterness.

Excellent mouthfeel that mixes effervescent carbonation that stimulates the tongue with a pleasing creaminess.

Very effectively done. The aroma isn't exactly exceptional, just good, while the taste is very nice, but on the bitter side of the style. This bitterness may slightly dominate the other flavors. It's not as vivid as I had hoped, lacks huge chocolate or coffee notes. Drinks very well and the mouthfeel is trult excellent.

As good an example of a porter as I have had recently but still not the pinnacle for me, I suppose.

Photo of Illtryit
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12 oz into mug.

Like others have said this brew pours solid black with a thin gold/bronze head which goes away and leaves a ring with nice lacing.

Smell a bit of licorice and alcohol. Also toasted/burnt malts.

Taste exactly how I want my porters to taste. Complex flavors battle for top billing... smoke, dark chocolate, toasted grain, licorice. Delicious

mouthfeel smooth and silky.

Overall this is a damn good porter. I highly recommend and I will definitely buy again

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

Finally found this at Whole Foods in DC. Pours black as night with a one finger head. Decent lacing and balanced carbonation. Smell is coffee, chocolate, hops, and a bit of smokiness. Fantastic taste! Mouthfeel is thick and silky smooth with a nice hop bite to it. Same profile as the nose. Porter is one of my favorite styles. This is one of the best porters I've tasted.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black w/ a nice one finger chocolate head. Excellent lacing and carbonation. What an amazing looking porter. Smell is really nice. Coffee, chocolate, and some hops hit the nose, w/ coffee being in the forefront. Taste is excellent. Super silky smooth with a nice hop bite to it. Same profile as the nose. Nice feel w/ smooth vs. hops vibe to it. Overall, this is a really nice brew- especially for the style.

Photo of paxchristi
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first Founders brew. Yeah, it was worth the wait.

Appearance: Pours an intense jet black with chocolate brown, frothy head that looks a bit creamy near the top of the class. Pretty good looking porter. I wish the head would have stayed longer and left just a bit more lacing. But it was

Smell: Some very deep, creamy semi-sweet chocolates, moderately medium-bodied coffees, and some very smooth malts. If I could dream of what a porter should smell like, it should smell like this. Moderately dark flavors balanced by medium malts to create a dangerously smooth porter. Totally full aroma that leaves a bit of a hop sting in the nostrils.

Taste: The mighty nose is a mighty palate with a slightly bitter finish. It always ends to a very nutty aftertaste that sums of the mastery of this brew. THe slight dryness presented by the hops complements the slight bitter finish of the coffees and malts. Damn good.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and appropriately carbonated for a porter. Totally silky smooth.

Overall: Brilliant brew. Balanced, thoughtful, rich, dark, and sexy! This brew is as advertised. Will seek out again and again and again!

Photo of WeedKing4
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black with two fingers of caramal coloured foam, into a brandy snifter. Tastes of roasted chocolate with a nice hop bitterness to linger in there. The body is perfect, and not thin at all. This brewery makes so many good beers. Definately in my top two breweries. Great porter.

Photo of garymuchow
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid aroma of roast with coffee covered by enjoyable layer of Am. hops. Not much more complex than that, but it's firm and enjoyable.
Black body capped by a lacing tan head.
Nice full flavor of roast, intermixed with hop flavor ending with a balanced bitterness on a long semi-dry finish.
Moderate feel, with slightly enhanced carbonation.
A very solid drink. Full flavors, nice hop taste, easy drinkability, tasty finish. Well done.

Photo of heebes
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a thin tan head that settled quickly. Nose is toasted oat, burnt dark chocolate, dark malts, roasted coffee, hints of spice and heat. Taste is very similar - full bodied dark malts yielding cocoa and coffee flavours, some licorice near the end and a finish that is bitter and sweet black candy. Medium bodied mouthfeel.
Overall, I have yet to try a better Porter as Founders keeps its legacy going with another quality beer.

Photo of jduffy21
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from a 12oz bottle to a Sam Adams glass.
This beer was pitch black with not a shimmer of light breaking through. A nice dark tan head that sticks around all the way to the bottom.
I could smell the combination of coffee and chocolate as soon as I started to pour.
The strong flavor of coffee and chocolate come through in this robust porter, with a some coffee bitterness towards the end. Founders has one of the most flavorful Porters around.

Photo of GarrettMD
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black with next to no head. Just a thin lacing of tan bubbles.

S - Very chocolate-y. Deep roasted chocolate with some coffee undertones. Nice balance of dark malts.

T - Same tastes as the aromas suggest, just balanced a little different. Roasted malts and coffee are the dominant flavor. Chocolate is still highlighted but pushed to the side.

M - Fairly thin-bodied. A lot thinner than I expected with the full aroma. Finish is slightly sweet and a little wet. Nice chocolate/vanilla aftertaste lingers for a while.

O - Very well balanced beer, sticks to what the aroma hints towards as far as taste. Overall, a very drinkable porter. Very sessionable as well, just don’t let it sit for too long. It becomes cloyingly sweet after it warms too much.

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle tried 26 Sep 2010. Served in the 0.3 L Unibroue tulip.

Large dark brown head. Medium carbonation. Very dark brown in color, opaque. Aroma is roasty coffee, almost smoky. Starts with mocha, chocolate and a touch of smokiness. Lots of roasty chocolatiness throughout. Milky creamy body, ethanol is warming but not strong. Semi sweet chocolate and coffee finish. Lingering roasty malt aftertaste with a touch of milkiness.

Quite delicious.

Photo of pBRale
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes on 9-6-11
Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance: Pitch black, with a two-finger creamy toasted mallow head that settles very slowly and has heavy retention--thin an sticky all the way down the glass.

Smell: Chocolate, roasty malts, woody undertones.

Taste: Coffee, dark chocolate, big roasty character-almost smoky taste. The coffee taste comes on stronger near the finish, along with a roasted nut (peanut) aftertaste. The balance is exceptional, and the beer has a nice big malty complex flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Thick, heavy beer with mild to moderate carbonation, thick and smooth. There is great balance and feel to this beer.

Overall: A truly exceptional and robust porter, one that is a must-try and to which I will soon return!

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Stout-like blackness in color with a tan, thick, foamy head that produces large bubbles.

S - Very roasted malt, coffee tones, and a subtle sweetness in the background.

T - Mirrors the aroma with a nice malty backbone that is rich and roasted. A nice dark chocolate bitterness is detected and smoke towards the end.

M - Big foamy body that fills the palate and it somewhat chewy on the tongue. Nice carbonation and finishes neutral, making it easy to drink.

O - A well represented porter that is balanced correctly for the style, awesome roasted flavor, and easy to drink.

Photo of nandemo1
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark chocolate brown with a finger of dark tan head that leaves minimal lacing.

Smells a lot of coffee, with dark fruits and chocolate in the background. Taste is similarly coffeeish with some chocalate. Mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, definitely coats the tongue and lasts a while in the mouth.

I really enjoyed this beer, will be great to have this on a cool fall/winter day while watching a game.

Photo of auroracrisis
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz dated 5/18/2011, poured into a pint glass.

Deep black with a quater inch mocha colored head that sticks around a few minutes.

Rich dark chocolate and espresso notes, with a touch of acidic coffee bean aroma that comes off a little sour. Some dry chalky cocoa comes through in the middle as well.

Lots of nice heavy roast coffee and dark chocolates up front. Some of those chalky bakers chocolate flavors in the middle of the beer with more espresso and coffee notes. A touch of acidity as well that presents a hint of sourness.

Medium body with just a tingle of carbonation. Kind of silky and oily on the tongue, very nice.

Big roast and dark chocolate flavors in this porter, with a great mouthfeel. A great example of the style and probably worth the few extra bucks per sixer than some other cheaper examples that get alot of acclaim on this site.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance was nice, good mocha head and very nice lacing, mostly black in color.

Smelled and tasted of very nice roasty malts, coffee, toffee, cocoa, maybe a touch of dark fruits, and a slight earthiness as well.

Body was medium and the smooth carbonation was great.

Overall it was a very nice brew and one of my more favored beers from Founder's.

Photo of GallowsThief
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from my man ChugginOil. Thanks as always!

A – Black pour with nice milk chocolate head about two fingers worth. Recedes quickly and left spotty lacing.

S – Rich chocolate, mocha, vanilla. Sweet smell and a touch of bitterness.

T - Very nice. Light chocolate and vanilla balance well to start. Sweet but not over the top at all. Molasses and caramel. Coffee bitterness leaves a lingering taste in your mouth. Warming alcohol feel at the end. Little bit of smoke as well.

M – Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O – Very nice porter. Definitely in my tops. Has a great balanced taste with a good mix in flavor. Goes down very smooth. Damn nice indeed!

Photo of uustal
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, deep brown with a slight light brown head. Aroma of distinct roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Very roasty flavor profile. Nearly burt malt, bittering roasted coffee beans and unsweetened chocolate. Ends with a hint of vanilla shining through as well as some sweeter coco notes to give the beer great balance and a nice finish. Big flavor from this porter, while maintaing nice drinkability.

Photo of Wtbrooks
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a pint glass.
Nice frothy head. Light brown. Head dissipated and is leaving fairly good lacing.
Smell is rich with coffe chocolate and a little vanilla.
Tastes like it smells. Roasted malts chocolate and coffee with just enough vanilla to balance it out.
Mouth feel is good. Not overly carbonated.
This beer is really good. I would recommend this beer to anyone and I'll be drinking this again.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours deeply dark brown with a head like a melted marshmallow in a mug of hot chocolate. Nice creamy head. Good lace.
Smell is rich with notes of malt, hops, smoke, soy, dark chocolate,wet cardboard, coffee with a hint of vanilla and pepper. Fabulous balance. Deeply complex.
Taste is roasted, almost burnt malt, soy, semisweet chocolate, smoke, coffee, light hops and very faint vanilla. Really well balanced.
Rich and full-bodied, light, style correct effervescence. Warming and creamy with a very light coating of the palate. I so want some cookies to eat with this beer, strange as that sounds. Left some yeast in the bottle, dammit. This is an amazingly good brew. I wish I had more than one and that it didn't require a 1500 mile round trip to get it. I want more of this! This checks off all the boxes for a porter for me.

Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark, viscousy brown. Not a ray of light getting through this one. Small mocha head that dissipates very quickly.

S - Full malt smell. Some roasted coffee, sweet chocolate, some licorice. Has quite a bit of a mocha smell.

T - Good complexity in taste, starts with the sweetness of chocolate, before fading into some good roasted coffee. Definitely tastes more like an imperial stout, but a lot of great taste in this one.

M - Good smooth mouthfeel, a hint of burn from the alcohol.

Overall - A solid beer. The taste is very good, nice and complex. It lacks a bit in the smell for me, but more than makes up for it in the taste. Another great beer from Founders

Photo of match1112
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: pitch black with a half finger tan head that slowly fizzles down to a ring and leaves minimal lacing.

s: roasted coffee, malts, chocolate

t: pretty much follows the nose with roasted coffee and malts, a hint of sweetness from the malts and chocolate.

m: full bodied with a creamy feel to it. leaves with a touch of bitterness.

o: damn good porter, perfectly blended. a must have year round.

Photo of cjacobsen
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(A) Pours very dark brown, basically black. Off white, stone colored head that dissipates quickly to bubbles and a layer on top of the beer.

(S) Big roasted aroma. Cocoa, coffee, and some raisin.

(T) Black malt and chocolate malt pair with a toasted flavor. It has a slight sweetness from the cocoa. There's a small amount of caramel and licorice. Some biscuit with a slight bitterness of hops.

(M) Medium to full body. Kind of grainy and chewy. Ends with a bit of dryness.

(O) This is a great porter. One of my favorites. Great dark beer and has a fantastic roasty characteristic to it that offsets some of the dry sweetness from the malts. It's a greatly balanced brew.

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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