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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,786 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,786
Reviews: 1,353
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 277
Gots: 688 | FT: 25
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 silentjay
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a standard dark brown/black that is totally opaque with a two-fingered creamed coffee colored head made up of small, cascading bubbles that slowly settles to a film, but leaves its remnants on the glass with each sip.

roasty aroma of coffee, chocolate, charcoal, campfire, and brown sugar. very enticing.

ahhh. roasted malts and cocoa powder lead the way to a wonderfully rich mixture of flavors. bittersweet chocolate, dark, dark roasted and slightly creamed coffee. a bit charred with some brown sugar to sweeten it up. a touch of earthy and woody hops on the swallow with a slightly bittersweet and, again, roasty aftertaste.

almost fullbodied and very creamy with perfect carbonation and a drying cocoa powder finish.

goes down extremely well. no alcohol burn, tons of flavor, velvety smooth consistency. Might have a tad too much roast/smokiness to be perfect for me, but its probably the best porter I can remember having. Founders again flexes their muscles.

silentjay, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of Thur123
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a heavy black with moderate carbonation and coffee foam colored head that fades rather quickly. The smell is rich without being overwhelming; it smells of chocolate and bitter hops with dark fruits and just a bit of mellow coffee notes. All of this is balanced well in the nose.

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The taste is smooth and creamy with a slightly bitter hop edge at the end of the profile. Overall the chocolate is both sweet and bitter chocolate. The roasted coffee flavor shows up more in the flavor but is never harsh or abrasive, which is nice. The dark fruit flavor shows up under all of this and towards the back of the profile, its taste like berry preserves and plums. Overall a really robust and full porter with a tasty balance of the traits within this style. A little heavy on the mouth feel so the drinkability lacks a bit but not because of the flavor.

Thur123, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of ncredible1
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had to purchase online at www.france44.com. Not available in AZ

Quite simply this beer is doppel bock meets american porter.

a - Pours a blsck coffee color with an inch of tan head with light carbonation.

s - Smells of strong roasted malts, smokey, chocolate, and vanilla. The aroma is breath takingly good.

t - When i started drinking this the taste mimicks a doppel bock. Tastes of light chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, coffee.

m - Medium to full body and light to medium carbonation. Great balance in the mouth.

d - This is definitely a autumn to winter beer for me. Highly recommend!

ncredible1, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of JimbobAlonymous
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very interesting beer. I spent about a half hour trying to decide on a new beer just by reading their descriptions and overall characteristics. Staff at Stan's in Athol, Massachusetts were very helpful.

A: Dark. very dark brown with a thin head.

S: Legit...by that, I mean it gives you a very good idea of what you're about to taste, leading me to -

T: very good porter...very good. Not my favorite style of beer in the world, but if i'm ever going to suggest a porter, it's this one for now. The flavor just erupts from it and leaves you wanting another sip as soon as you put it down. Not my favorite after-taste in the world though, which is why i give a 4.5.

M: crisp carbonated mouthfeel that isn't overwhelming at all, but lasts until you swallow.

D: if you are looking for a filling beer to have one or two of, this would get a 5, but i'm not a fan of feeling full after 1 beer, so i'll have to dock this one a little for me.

JimbobAlonymous, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of mlazzaro
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From a six pack of 12 oz. bottles purchased at Menotomy Beer & Wine. Their employees were helpful, friendly and generous.

A- 4 For the style, its hard to screw up the appearance. Deep, dark, completely opaque black color. Brown head, seems to have some head retention issues, but it is quite easy enough to stir up again.

S- 5 Smells of chocolate, dark sweetness/caramel. Very pungent beer. Delicious aroma.

T- 5 WOW. Very flavorful brew. Powerful dark maltiness, but in no way off-putting. Super chocolaty, thick and delicious.

M- 5 Very thick, but not syrupy. Creamy head mixes nicely. Virtually flawless beer. I am officially impressed.

D- 4 I really couldn't drink this beer forever. But totally worth while to any beer advocate. Very well balanced, and great tasting porter.

dark ,rich and sexy is right! good beer

mlazzaro, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of CHADMC3
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body is jet black allowing no light to shine through whatsoever below the deep tan, one inch head that patiently dissolves to a thin, but sticky lacing.

Massive roasted malt aroma, a bit smoky, some chocolate sweetness, caramel, and some mild earthy hops.

Rich roasted malt flavor, again featuring sweet chocolate, and roasted coffee. Secondary flavors include a touch of caramel and nuts as well as earthy or almost woodnotes.

Very smooth, almost silk like with medium to bold body and medium carbonation with a classic roasted wake up call towards the back of the palate.

This is one fine example of the Porter. Founders does another excellent beer. Tons of character and easy to enjoy.

CHADMC3, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of perrymarcus
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a deep, dark brown with 2 fingers of a tan head that demonstrates excellent retention - this thing isn't going anywhere - and a lot of lacing. outstanding presentation. in the nose i get a lot of roasted maltiness, dark chocolate, and coffee. taste is very flavorful, with the 3 mentioned coming through, joined by a note of molasses, maybe espresso. has a slightly bitter finish; no real alcohol presence to speak of. decent mouthfeel, medium-bodied and creamy, and IMO quite drinkable. very impressed with this beer, i must say.

perrymarcus, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of chaz410
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle at the flying saucer in charlotte nc.
Pours a deep black body with mocha colored head.
Smells of deep chocolate, roasted barley, caramel and slight coffee notes. There's some rich fruit note too underlying the maltiness, it's almost banana like in character. The heaviest part of the smell is roasted grain and chocolate, not bitter smelling at all.
The taste is very silky and very sweet. It's got a great mocha-chocolate character with a roasty overlay and some caramel undertones. It has a slight hop presence at the finish and some dryness as well.
Very thick and even slightly bubbly mouthfeel.
Easy to drink even though it's remarkably complex!

chaz410, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of mvanaskie13
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really loving the Founder's variety case...

Poured from the bottle into glass, solid dark brown with feint tan head, may have poured just a bit too cold, but still looks delicious.

Smell is a great mix of scents, chocalately, roasted scents are up front followed by some subtle sweetness with hints of caramel and vanilla.

Taste is all roasted chocalety malt with sweet notes, bits of caramel, vanilla and light earthy notes finish it off.

Mouthfeel is very well balanced, flavors hit the tongue on top and spread throughout well. Lingers very well with just enough carbonation.

Quite drinkable, maybe just a bit to sweet to have more than 2 in a row, bit very tasty.

mvanaskie13, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The sample I got fizzed like crazy, so have a towel handy if opening a bottle! It pours a beautiful midnight sable with a very thick, fluffy, persistent tan head. Smoky, oily aroma has tones of molasses, caramel and fine coffee. Rich flavor has firm smoky overtone and coffee, nutty, molasses and caramel components as well as a hint of hop bitterness. Texture is smooth with a subtle fizz and leaves a nice smoky and slightly sweet finish.

Cyberkedi, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Fire Works in Arlington, VA tonight.

a - Pours a dark brown color with an inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of strong roasted malts, smokey, chocolate, and vanilla.

t - Tastes of light chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, coffee, toasted malts, and smokey.

m - Medium to full body and light to medium carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

d - A very good smokey, roasted porter that at 6% you can def have a few of. Will definitely have again.

mdfb79, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of horshack7
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: It's dark, sinister, and a blackhole in a bottle well in this case a mug. The head is a dark beige about one inch thick and is also quite frothy. It is similar to looking at the top of an espresso.

Aroma: Lots of dark chocolate with notes of alcohol. Espresso beans, vanilla bean. Hops are roasted very dark almost burnt along with a the malts that give it a large grainy backbone.

Taste: As the first sip ventures across my palate I hear the beer gods singing, and monks chanting. From the malt end of the flavors this beer is wonderfully grainy with underlying touches of espresso and vanilla bean. The hop end of it all are so remarkably roasted so magnificently dark. In the midst of thease happenings is a borderline sinfully smooth mouthfeel.

Notes: This is an absolutely stunning American porter what a masterpiece. Cheers.

horshack7, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of hWordsmythe
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark, dark, DARK. I don't think I've seen a darker beer. You expect a porter to be dark, but typically you can see some reddish hues and light at the edges - not so here. Evenly opaque from the middle all the way to the side of the glass.

Smell: Probably the weakest quality of the beer, Not bad, but not as aromatic as I would like. Definite coffee and chocolate, but subdued. It doesn't jump out of the glass and punch you in the nose.

Taste: Burnt bitterness from the roasted malts. Perfect balance of coffee and chocolate - neither overwhelms the other. There is some sweetness, but it's at the back-end - you have to stop and think about it to notice. Carmel starts to come through as it warms a bit. I don't detect any vanilla, which is fine with me. The most balanced porter I've had, and I've had a few.

Mouthfeel: Perfect. On the heavy side of medium-bodied, with the ideal amount of carbonation to cut through the stickiness. Slides down smooth and easy.

Drinkability: Way up there. I could (and have) easily consume a full six-pack over the course of a long evening. I know a lot of IPA fans think of this as a winter beer, or something that you have one bottle of before moving on to your regular session brew. For me this is as "sessionable" as anything out there. But I feel that way about any beer I like. You can't have too much until you know it's time to stop drinking anyway.

This is my undisputed #1 favorite beer, of any style. Makes the much praised Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald seem clumsy by comparison. Porters are my favorite type of beer anyway, and this beer is so far above all the others that it's in a class of it's own. If you like dark ales, and you can get this where you live, you NEED to buy a six-pack at the earliest opportunity. As near perfection as it's possible to be.

hWordsmythe, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of berpwillie
3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours an opaque dark brown with spare fizzy tan head, spare lacing and soft to flat carbonation. which was weird because the taste had a bit of a soda like feel to it.nutty roasted coffee like smell with a taste much the same but has a bit of a harsh bitterness to it. medium to full body with a slick oily texture. finish is bitter with a bit of spicyness to it and average flavor duration. not really impressed.

berpwillie, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of sulldaddy
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One year old cellared bottle poured at cellar temp into a snifter.
Pours a hearty dark brown with no light passing through the glass. Thin creamy tan head of .5 cm foams up and fades gradually to a clingy edge layer and some islands.
Aroma is rich and malty with heavy roasted notes and some dark chocolate mixing on the nose.
First sip reveals a silky textured beer with mild spacious carbonation. Soft body but kind of thick give the beer some umph.
Flavor is as expected with rich roasted malt, some dark chocolate bar, a hint of molasses and no real hop presence. Alcohol is also hidden.
The beer is amazingly easy to drink and very enjoyable. I would like to be able to stock my everyday fridge with this beer, unfortunately it isnt available in CT. :(

sulldaddy, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of StoutHunter
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time trying Founders porter, never been let down with a founders beer, so lets see how this one goes Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a 5 ounce sampler mug.

A- Pours s deep dark black with one fingers worth of mocha head that dissapated to a thin layer that stayed till the end.

S- Full of dark rich roasted malts with some coffee and sweet caramel tones. Smells good.

T- Roasted coffee with coffee like bitterness at the end. Very true to the style, nothing very unique here just classic porter flavors done very well.

M- Medium body, very creamy with the right amount of carbonation.

D- For its style i find it pretty drinkable, if i had another one i would drink it.

Overall this another great beer by founders, one of the better porters i have had, will for sure be picking this one up again.

StoutHunter, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of droomyster
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown a big brown head that reduces down to a still-substantial height with dimples dotting the foam. Aromas are predominately roasty with strong notes of dark chocolte truffles and tantalizing garnache. Big taste of sweetened cocoa up front, tons of expresso and roastiness on the midpalate. Finishes long on burnt sugar and a faint note of something like burnt fish (but maybe I'm just crazy). Leaves the mouth with a smoky taste minutes later. Body fills the mouth and saturate the senses. A wise choice for a luxurious digestive or a decadent nightcap.

droomyster, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of EgadBananas
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to (busternuggz) for this!!

Look is phenomenal; dark, opaque, sexy, with a light mocha fingers worth of bubbly head.

The smell is perfect. Mild, roasted coffee, toffee, roasted, burnt malts with sultry dark chocolate and mild sweetness.

Taste is upfront dark roasted coffee. Some bitterness next, mostly from the coffee, and bittersweet chocolate...could be some very subtle hops.

The feel is a bit creamy, definitely smooth, but more medium bodied. I personally prefer a heavier feel to my porters, but do feel that this is a touch too thin.

Easy to put down, and immensity enjoyable the whole way through.

EgadBananas, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle with my dad on his birthday.

A- a finger or so of khaki head from a steady pour. almost pitch black in color with a brown glow at the edges.

S- dark roasted coffee and bitter sweet chocolate. Touches of pumpernickle bread and brown sugar.

T- roasty and toasty with tons of coffee and bakers chocolate. Dark bread and burnt brown sugar.

M- a tick higher then medium in body with a light carb. Semi dry finish.

D- one hell of a porter for sure. Deep and roasty everything a porter should be.

oglmcdgl, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of korguy123
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz into SA Perfect Pint.
Special thanks to regspeir for this one

A- Pours a deep rich black, zero light can be seen through this one. One inch dark caramel head that dissipates slowly over the course of a couple minutes.

S- Roasted malts, vanilla, brown sugar, dark chocolate, bitter burnt coffee, raisins.

T- Roasted coffee (not nearly as bitter as the nose leads on) dark chocolate, vanilla, molasses and raisins.

M- Great carbonation, creamy but not heavy on the palate.

This thing was magical! Could imagine myself in front of a camp fire enjoying these all night. Slowly starting to understand what all the hype is with porters. Another shining example of how things should be! Great job Founders.

korguy123, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark near pitch black, letting in some minimal hints of light on the edges of the glass. Thin, yet dense creamy khaki head, leaving decent lacing. Scent is of cocoa, dark roasted malt, light touches of fruit and coffee. Taste brings a nice cocoa and milk chocolate taste along with the dark roasted malts. Light touches of nuts and a definite presence of hops add an ever so faint fruity and bitterness to it outside of the dark malts. Medium bodied yet smooth and creamy. The malts never cross into the overly charred or burnt side and coupled with the creamy yet not heavy mouthfeel makes this a wonderously drinkable beer.

rfgetz, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of portia99
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a pitch black color that has pretty good clarity, but definitely has some large floating yeast particulate throughout. A thin finger of brown foam lingers briefly and falls to a near uniform skim coat across the surface of the beer. Nice spiderwebs of lacing left down the glass.

S - Lots of dark, roasty aromas with some dark fruitiness, yeasty esters. Not especially complex, but what is there smells pretty good.

T - Roasty flavors, burnt toast, coffee, lightly sweet on the fringes. Bitterness seems to come more from the burnt characters rather than from hops. Light green hop flavors. Overall impression is that of intensely dark roasted and burnt character. One of the better tasting porters I've had.

M - Thinnish medium body...just about right for a porter with a medium carbonation level to go with it. Carbonation is somewhat creamy, but lively enough to tingle the tongue. No complaints here.

D - Not sure why I've waited so long to try this one...I've always heard good things, but somehow this one escaped me until now. Very glad to finally crack one. Very good example of the porter style - for me, I think I enjoy the Sierra Nevada Porter but this one is very close. I can definitely see myself buying this one again.

portia99, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of jagoffyinzer
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark hard to tell its exact.color in the light. A very tan head fades to a nice layer. Tremendous tan lacing coats the glass on the way down. The smell is malty with a nice roast that stands behind it. Great chocolate notes in there at the end that work well. Tasting at first there is a smooth cocoa flavor finishes roasty and warm. Malt shines through ever flavor. This is smooth and creamy but not too heavy. Pretty drinkable. Founders never disappoints.

jagoffyinzer, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Dark, no light is going to penetrate this brew. Somewhat boozey notes in the smell. Solid flavors of sweet chocolate, roasted malts. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery. I would drink a second one of there with pleasure.

mtnbikerpa, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of ElGordo
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown, almost black, with a nice, small, creamy head. Aroma of roasted dark and chocolate malts, with some chicory and a bit of a nutty character.
Palate is big on roasted malt up front, with notes of chocolate and mocha. A rich, nuttiness emerges mid-palate, and the roasted character becomes tempered by a good dose of hoppy bitterness.
Body is creamy and full, just thick enough to hold the robust flavor. This beer goes down pretty easily for being so strong and full of flavor. It's one of my first experiences with Founders' brews, and I'm looking forward to trying many more.

ElGordo, Aug 05, 2010
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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