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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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6,034 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,034
Reviews: 1,393
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 300
Gots: 827 | 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 wscaffe
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a BIF. Thanks to surlytwinsfan.

A - Black as night. Tan head that does not last long. Leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S - I get hints of dark fruit and chocolate. Some roast and pleasant burnt notes as well. An enjoyable smoke character is evident.

T - Coffee and chocolate flavors. I also get some dark fruit in the flavor as well. Some smoke/BBQ flavor. The hops are there but do not overpower.

M - Medium bodied. Pleasant amount of carbonation. Definitely well balanced. Very smooth. A bit of resin lingers on the tongue but it is enjoyable.

Overall - This is one of the best porters I have ever tasted. It is quite complex and at the same time extremely well balanced. I love the combination of smoke and hops and dark fruit.

Photo of Cavery
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was an extra courtesy of a generous BA, it was so long ago I can' remember who it was. Forgive me!

Bottle reads 5/19/11

Poured into a generic snifter.

A: Black coffee with some give towards roasty earthy browns. The bubbles are classically coffee with microscopic formations. Super fine off white bubbles layer the top of the glass in gradients of darker to lighter browns. Really nice looking, it even looks creamy from the bubbles.

S: Charred oak chips with some very bitter chocolates and tobacco. There's a really nice cutting smell of coffee that overwhelms all other scents with lively roasted malts. Bitter chocolates return in the linger and dance with the coffees for a potent espresso-like bitterness. This is a really alive porter with avoidance of generic smokiness.

T: Very clean coffee notes that give into richer notes of espresso and ash. It caps off its bitterness in a realm somewhere between char and ashtray. The tobacco-like qualities don't ever intrude to the point of tasting like an old cigarette, no this is a fancy earthy delight. Bitterness that is mellowed with a woodiness that refines the roasts. A nice cup of Joe.

M: This is a medium-full if not full bodied beer. I think this has more body than a lot of single stouts. The flavor is very clear and light enough to be identifiably a porter. I really appreciate the way the bubbles hold up the flavors just long enough for the bitterness to transport you into the world of coffees. This has a very fancy wet/dry mouth that never really dries out. Leaves the mouth feeling like a humid cave. Well done here.

O: This is a really solid porter, I would say that this one really delivers in every way that a porter should. A fairly by the book porter that is given some identity in the way that it avoids cliche smokiness. Solid notes of woods, roasts, and tobacco make this a perfect transition beer. Bridge your IPAs to your stouts with this offering and you won't be sorry. Palate cleansing, but with big clean flavors. A very solid offering in style.

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

Thanks Dave.

A - Very dark brown, nearing black body. The head is medium tan starting out around a half inch tall and receding slowly to around an eighth of an inch.

S - Smokey coffee and chocolate malts that were roasted long.

T - long roasted malts, hint of smoke and BBQ, wavering toward chocolate. This is a tasty example of a porter. I'm not sure I've ever encountered a better tasting beverage of this style.

M - Medium bodied, mild coarseness throughout a bit of resin left behind all over my lips and mouth following each pull.

~ This is an exceptional porter. The kind of beer breweries are build upon. If you have yet to sample this beer. Go Get One!

Photo of McNealc31
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is just what I like; inky black and there's not even color around the edges. It's solid black with a thin head that doesn't last long. Inviting roasty smell. The roast carries on into the flavor, but it doesn't over power the smooth chocolate. The chocolate notes here are not as bitter as other porters. More of a milk chocolate. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Hops and toasted bread come out more as it warms. Long finish that's dry with just a hint of bitterness.

Nothing not to like about this one!

Photo of jman892
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark as night, black, with a mocha colored head which doesn't hang around too long

S - Very nice aroma of bakers chocolate, dark malts

T - Follows the nose as there is chocolate, also some mild lactose character, and some noticeable coffee bitterness. Very well balanced

M - Very smooth and creamy, with a gentle carbonation. Full bodied and delicious

O - The best porter that I have had, hands down. Complex taste, great mouthfeel, just overall fantastic

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

A: Pours black with a finger of tan head that recedes into some nice bubblework

S: bittersweet chocolate, plenty of dark roasted barley and malts, some coffee, and a bit of smoke/wood

T: At first, big bittersweet chocolate notes that turn into coffee and roast, eventually ending with a bitter and dry espresso flavor. Very nice. Hint of smoke.

O: A very tasty porter. Founder's has done it once again.

Photo of Klym
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stone nonic.

A: Black with a brown sugar colored head and curtain lacing that dissipates quickly.

S: Chocolate, graham cracker, soggy wood, coffee, lactosse-heavy mochaish smell and a touch of leather.

T: Initial taste is sweet with a mochaish chocolate taste, but quickly turns into a leather shoelace/graham cracker taste with a finish that has a little coffee bite in the end. Sweetness is tamed by leather tastes in this one.

M: Full bodied for a porter. Good carb and some syrupy creaminess.

O: Not bad, but I wished this beer would decide to go for the hard tobacco/leather route or the sweetroute instead of riding a bizarre middle. Won't reach for this again but glad to have tried it. Good thrown in to send or receive.

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

Pours into an imperisl pint glass a not quite pitch black, but very dark for a porter.

Starts with a .5 in light brown head that quickly gives to about .25 that never really goes away. Very nice and obvious lacing. A good looking beer.

Smell is mostly chocolate and dark malts. I find it somewhat muted though, but by that note I don't really think of porters as being vrey aromatic. Anyway, its a good smell, but not really a standout aspect of this beer.

Taste is very rich up front. The chocolate notes come through in the beginning and give way to a slight bitter kick by the end. A very "stout" like porter IMO, but still to style. Taste feels complex though I admit I am having a hard time describing it in any additional meaningful detail.

Mouthfeel is a standout, as it is with so many of Founders beers. Very rich, smooth, and velvety. More so than some imperial stouts i've had. Remarkably smooth and easy to drink.

Overall this is an underappreciated gem of a beer, and i feel slightly guilty for going so long between purchasing it. In terms of founders "regular" lineup, this might be the best beer they make.

Photo of JTSbeerislife
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, purchased from a reputable distributer 7/2011, well stored.

Poured into a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Poured rather aggressively into the glass produces very little head which rapidly reduces to a thin film.

The smell starts off with a blast of distinct French Roast black coffee, followed by heavily roasted malt, some hints of dark caramel, rather powerful, lasts from the first opening to the end.

The taste is dominated by distinct, aggressive, black roasted malt, and black coffee, some elusive hop flavors, crisp acidity adds balance, wonderful carbonation that is not overdone and compliments this brew. Seems to be at its best at about 55 degrees.

Very long finish of coffee and deep roasted malt, coats the mouth.

I have to say that Porter’s are not one of my favorite styles of beer. That being said, I will say that while there is nothing overly complex here, it is a very distinctly flavored brew and you have to admire what Founders is doing.
Founders never seems to fail in producing “black beers”, and this is no exception. It is unquestionably the best Porter I have ever tasted. A pleasant experience and one that I appreciate the opportunity to have had.

Photo of Morey
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with Bottled 4/28/11 stamped on the neck of the bottle.

Pours pitch black in color. Even when held to the light, you can see virtually nothing other than black. Without a doubt the darkest/thickest Porter that I've ever had. One finger of beige colored head has settled to a thin lace after a few minutes or so, but the head retention is impressive.

Full on aroma of dark chocolate, anise, and roasted barley. Very nice.

Wow! This is one fantastic Porter. Big and robust with flavors of intense dark chocolate, hop bitterness, espresso bean, a hint of smokiness, and maybe a touch woody.

Full bodied mouthfeel with low lying carbonation.

This is the best Porter that I've yet to sample. Enough said.

Morey's Bottom Line: This is thicker and more flavorful than many breweries Stouts. I'm not usually a huge fan of the style, because if I'm going to drink a dark beer, I want to go all out. Well...fortunately for me, Founders went all out on this one. Cheers!

Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huhzubendah verbally assaulted me the other day once he realized that I had never reviewed this beer, that is because I have never had this beer. That is all about to change. At the time of this review, this is the #8 top American Porter on the beeradvocate.com best of lists. Served in a Bell's glass (which means I'm about to be verbally assaulted by Lunch for not having a Founders snifter).

Beer is dark, black, thin broken dark tan head of small bubbles, low carbonation, no lacing.

Aroma is roasty and chocolate, with a mild malt sweetness.

Beer is medium in body and a nice sweet finish that falls off quickly giving way to a mild bitterness and a moderate roastiness that fills the void of the palate. The lead off is a mild sweetness and some coffee. There isn't as much chocolate from the taste as there was in the aroma but it is a solid beer. I'd have it again.

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

Bottle from the brewery.

Pours a deep, dark, inky brown topped by a modest beige head. A ring of foam persists, spots of lace cling to the sides.

Aroma of roast and chocolate milk, with a dry woody aspect. Very sweet like brown sugar and raisins.

It tastes exactly like it smells. I love when that happens. Has a rich roasty dark chocolate richness, black strap molasses and treacle, dark roast coffee, fruity raisin like sweetness all with a hint of licorice/anise lingering in the aftertaste. Finishes dry.

Medium mouthfeel, mid levels of cabonation, a tad slick.

Overall just a fantastic, complex, full flavoured porter.

Photo of StoutishDan
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up for just around $1.79 at Total Wine in Marietta, Ga. Definitely cheaper than I had anticipated, after hearing so much good stuff about this beer.

A - Super dar, stout like pour. I put a flashlight up to and saw a little bit of mahogany color. Very pretty, actually.

S - Picking up some roasted (almost burnt) malt notes. Slightly metallic and also rubbery. Maybe this one's getting old or something, the date...well crap, the date on the bottle is from about 2 months ago. Not sure if that makes a difference. Smells kind of like a bon fire.

T - Bitter hops up front tag-teaming with the molasses-like malt flavors. I'm eating a fire, here and someone dropped some bacon in there. Not as sweet as I'd hoped, actually has a slight salty taste.

O - It's definitely not one of those lagers or brown ales where you could down 3 or 4 of them. Unlike Chad from "Chad'z Beer Reviews" I could not drink too many of these. Maybe I'm just a sissy, calling myself "Stoutish Dan" and all. Psh! Pozer!

Photo of brew3crew
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes

Appearance: Holy crap! Look at that color! Its like mid-night on the Alaskan tundra! You know I love it when they are this dark!

Smell: Deeply roasted coffee and caramel aroma. I don't like coffee, but I really like it in beer for some reason...Really Malty smell as well

Taste: The coffee hits you first and then it smooths into maltiness and caramel. The more I drink, the smoother it goes down.

M-Medium body and smooth

O-Great porter.

Photo of minterro
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Michigan make your own six pack

A & S: very pungent well at least at first, but not complex. Scents of sweet chocolates and coffee. A slight smell of caramel. The beer is a moonless night black with interesting tiny bubbles rising to the surface when you look while you sip. Tan head that pours about a fingernail and fades pretty quickly to a ring around the glass. Decent amount of lacing that doesn't cling very well.

T & M: similar to the nose. Smokey especially at the finish. Very robust (especially at first), smooth and creamy. Background of bitter hops that come out strong towards the finish. Full bodied, med-low carbonation, a bit of a watery finish. Easy to drink for being such a high bodied robust beer.

O: very balanced, very enjoyable, another well made brew from founders.

Photo of draheim
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle (bottled xx/31/11) received via trade - forget who sent it; sorry. Poured into a weizen glass because I'd already been using it.

Dark brown/black color with mahogany edges where the light shines through. Thin tan head.

Aroma is rich chocolate, dark roasty malt, and a hint of vanilla.

Taste is rich and roasty, sharply bitter, with some chocolate.

The balance is good in this porter and it's rich and flavorful. Far less watery than some other porters I've tried lately. This is one of the best porters I've had, although admittedly it's never been my favorite style.

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

Jet black pour with a thick, frothy tan head that formed and left some sticky lacing with each sip. Amazing smell, roasted coffee, milk chocolate and heath bar. I could pour this over vanilla ice cream and be in heaven...Taste follows suit with the smell, roasted malts pave the way for a minimal coffee flavor, dark chocolate, slight bitterness on the end of the sip that blends coffee and hops just right. Very smooth and creamy texture with a mild carb level, hops seem to linger around after each sip. Very earthy-mild hop character that is more pronounced than I have experienced in a porter, but it is pleasant. Biscuity consistency with each sip, malt forward with a heavy roasted presence. Overall, this a good porter, one that I will certainly indulge in again.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is jet black, with a thick, beige head. A thick sheet of lacing coats the pint glass. No room for improvement here.

The aroma...ahh. Roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. What a welcoming scent.

The beer tastes fantastic as well. Teeming with flavor, this is one of the finest porters I have ever had. Chocolate and roast in beautiful harmony.

The feel is medium to full bodied, and silky smooth.

I highly recommend this beer. When it comes to stouts and porters, Founders Brewing Co. is simply world class.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Coca-Cola Pint Glass

Appearance-Opaque black with a very very thin brown head that leaves a thin film on top. Little lacing.

Smell-Had to wait for beer to warm a bit, then got a lot of coffee, not in your face though. Some chocolate as well.

Was expecting more coffee in the taste and only got some right up front then went to a milky sweet, fucking awesome chocolate. Then I take another sip and get a ton of coffee with a light and sweet bitter finish. Some Roast and Smoke in there as well which just brings out the flavors in every sip.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Very easy to drink.

Overall-Another good Porter. I've been drinking alot of good ones lately. Very easy to drink before, during, or after a meal. Had a 2nd one with a stew and went perfectly.

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

Recieved this 12 oz bottle in a trade from StLThrash, and poured into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a very dark brown, almost black. A slight brown heads disipates rather quickly.

S - Chocolatey and roasty. Has the distinct smell of a chocolate waffer.

T/M - Smokey, and malty. Some chocolate notes are present as well. I get a hint of the hops in the beginning. A really nice balance between the sweet chocolatey malts, and the bittering hops. Great mouthfeel, and very drinkable.

O - This is by far one of the best porters I've ever had. Full flavored, not too heavy but not too light and watery.

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

A-Pitch black with small lacy brown head. Alot like a good coffee stout.

S-Good smokey, roasted nut scent.

T-Nice dark chocolate smoothness in the beginning and goes down with the bitterness of stout. Just wonderful

M-Sits slightly heavy with nice smoky taste as it sits. Low carbonation

O-Great porter, one of the best i have ever had, period.

Photo of augustgarage
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of jctribe25 (thanks!) - bottled mid-February I think (date is worn off); poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Seal brown liquid, opaque with a fawn collar. Light lacing, decent retention, despite the lack of a sizable head.

Roast malt, coffee with creamer, and a touch of licorice in the nose.

The flavor profile is much the same as the aroma, though with a nice depth of rich scalded malt, espresso, and a touch of molasses, though the finish is dry overall. Some cocoa comes across in the aftertaste.

Creamy, well carbonated...

One of the better porters out there actually - robust, flavorful, quite drinkable.

Photo of DrewV
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (bottled on 3/17/11) at approx. 50 degrees F into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a chocolate/black liquid with a 1-finger tan head. Spotty lacing and nice "legs" on the glass, due to the relatively high ABV.

S: Sweet bakers chocolate, mild coffee, typical roasty aromas. A bit sweeter than most other porters. No hops detected in the aroma.

T: Roasty malts up front, a perfect blend of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Definite hop presence balances out the sweetness, fading to a full dry coffee finish. By comparison, I find Edmund Fitzgerald to decay to more of a chocolate finish. This is a nice change of pace for me. Very robust, smoky, heavy roast flavor.

M: Relatively high carbonation for this style, a bit bigger than most other porters I've had. Not as creamy as Edmund Fitzgerald, for example. Overall a good mouthfeel, but more akin to a "stout light" than a porter. Lowest marks here. (NOTE: I'm very surprised that most of the reviews indicate low carbonation. My particular bottle is well carbonated, if not overly so.)

O: Good ABV for a porter, if not a bit high for the style, but it's completely hidden. This would be a welcome treat if I were in the mood for more of a stout-ish beer, but as a porter, it's a bit too "big" in my book. Extremely robust, smoky and roasty. This is ahuge porter. Nonetheless, a quality brew and worthy of a solid A-.

I have to say, there are a good number of quality American stouts and porters being produced these days. Founders is right up there with the best of them and you can't go wrong with many of their beers. If you find this one on tap somewhere, don't hesitate, just order a pint (or two).

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black body with a mocha head.

Dark, roasty, smoky chocolate and very dark coffee.

Damn that's an amazing Porter. Reminds me of a chocolate chocolate chip cookie. Dark chocolate, dark coffee, roasty, toasty, smoky, even a little vanilla. Despite all that dark, roasted malt character and even a little hop flavor, Founders Porter isn't overwelmed with bitterness. Plenty of it for balance, but not too much. Makes for a really excellent, drinkable beer.

Medium body, but low carbonation produce a smooth, creamy beer.

Up there with Americas best porters. One hell of a beer.

Photo of zimm421
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Appears a dark brown to black with a decent tan head that leaves good lacing and constant bubbling around the edges of the glass. Not much lacing here.

The nose is smoky with dark chocolate, coffee and some earthiness. The combination is appealing, and draws you back in for more each time. The taste is very similar but has a nice bitterness to it. The flavors start pretty bitter but the sweet chocolate is noticeable as well. The coffee stands out pretty well but the hops come through as well. The smokiness hits in the end and sticks around through the aftertaste. There is a slight sting on the tongue after each sip.

The mouthfeel is pretty smooth, but not creamy. The body is medium, just about where it should be. The carbonation is fairly low. Overall, this is a great beer. Very interesting, fairly complex and definitely enjoyable. Not the best porter I've ever had, but it is very good.

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 6,034 ratings.