Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,937
Reviews: 1,370
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 285
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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:
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 AEK
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

355ml brown bottle poured into a Young's pint pot.

A. Deep black coloured ale with a coffee coloured, tightly packed bubbly head. Head retention is excellent.

S. Coffee, dark chocolate,charred wood, molasses, dark sugar, liquorice, treacle and raisins.

T. Milky , bitter chocolate, smoky, cured ham, liquorice.

M. Full bodied.

D. A beautiful porter, very drinkable and so pleased it is better than the Pale Ale I had. Caresses your taste buds and throat.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - dark brown almost black with a nice foamy light brown head that recedes a little too quick but sticks well.

S - roasted coffee, malts and a bit of chocolate in the background.

T - chocolate is a bit more noticeable in the taste. again its roasted coffee and malts that are the main contenders here though. theres a good amount of bitterness at work here too but it seems to be the perfect level for a porter. a lot going on here but they come together well and it doesn't feel like this porter is trying too much at once.

M - decent coarseness to this. i find the carbonation to be just a bit too much but its not taking away too much from an otherwise great brew.

O - this is one fine porter and while its not perfect it definitely does a great job in all the most important areas.

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass (bottled 09/08/10). Thanks captinredbeard!

Pours with a stark, cola-brown body and a deep khaki head to match. Aroma is right up there with the best of the style: rich, earthy dark chocolate crumbles, foresty hops, coffee, and caramel.

Flavor matches the aroma in both intensity and complexity, as it coats the tongue with nutty chocolate malts, brown sugar, and toasted grains. Earthy hops clinch the finish with a peppery bitterness that lingers after each sip. The carbonation level spritzes up the palate before the medium body thickens on the back end and finishes with a resinous, yet almost dry at times, consistency. Overall, a fantastic porter from Founders. Surprised? Not in the slightest.

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

I picked this bottle up at Al's of Hampden -poured cool into a willybecker.

A deep brown bordering on black with a tobacco color at the base and rocky med brown cap w/ tight bead. Lace clings decently in a web-like pattern, clarity is opaque and the head has some uneven very large bubbles and compresses to a small bead. The smell is heavy in the cocoa realm with some toast + vanilla in the nose w/ coffee accents. The sweet and roasted malt odor w/ caramel presence are balanced in the nose. The feel is a great smooth body with malt texture and yet moderately full body w/ slightly mild carbonation and mid-range bitterness w/ a hint of dark grain astringency and only mild alcohol in the semi-dry finish.

The flavor of Founders porter is wonderful with slight burnt malt under a sweet toasted and caramel flavor w/ light coffee tinges and mild hop bitterness. The malt astringency is very light and gives the toasted taste and light pine hop notes a chance to mingle in the subtle biscuit and dark roasted flavors w/ some malted milkball sweetness. The taste has a decent amount of dark cocoa and the finish is semi-sweet. Overall a high quality porter in the American Tradition. I think Founders has executed very well with this fine example -so easy to quaff, yet packed with flavor.

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

APPEARANCE: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, produced a very nice 1.5" rocky medium-tan head that dissipated slowly with excellent lacing. The body was a murky very dark brown with no carbonation that I could see.

AROMA: Nice roasted coffee aroma along with inflections of oatmeal, espresso, caramel, dark chocolate and sweet molasses as well as fruit and vanilla.

TASTE: Moderate roasted malt flavor, light hops, with a very lightly burnt coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, nutty oatmeal and toffee overtone. Also tasted some dried fruit and vanilla.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied, very smooth on the palate with modest carbonation and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Initial flavor was moderately sweet with the finish being both sweet, lightly bitter and very lightly dry. Body lacing was good and dissipated slowly.

DRINKABILITY: This was a terrific beer that I could have consumed all night long. The complex taste was definitely a wow factor. I'd definitely buy it again.

Photo of Shrews629
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A very dark brown color with a nice, tight, tan colored head. The size was not large and the retention was not very long. Lacing was good, however the appearance did not quite look as good as some other Founders brews that I've had.

Smell - A nice, strong, robust aroma of ground coffee. Some dark chocolate notes. Not really detecting any dark fruit notes, but that's ok because the coffee/chocolate is totally satisfying to me at this point. A smokey tone to the nose also.

Taste - More of the dry, bittersweet chocolate. Chocolate milk flavors. The coffee is not as strong in the taste. A touch of bitterness throughout. This taste is balanced magnificently and tastefully. Only a smidgen of dark fruit, but the star players are the chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel - Medium, smooth, dry with lots of aftertaste. Covers the palate nicely, but not exceptionally. Still rather nice though.

Drinkability - Another splendid brew from Founders. Super easy to drink. Quaff-able even. One that I would be more than happy to revert back to from time to time. I could make a night of this with ease. The appearance and aroma were just a touch inferior to the rest of the beer, but still more than adequate for me to enjoy over and over again.

Photo of bnes09
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep black in color. Not much head forms. No lacing. Color is nice though.

Big aroma of roasted chocolate, nuts and bold coffee. Also a floral hop character.

Roasted flavor is rich and dense for a porter. Almonds, coffee, and dark chocolate form a delicate trio. Assertive floral and pine hop character can be tasted through the malt. Sweet molasses and chocolate syrup flavors round it off. Overall, a bittersweet, savory porter.

Medium bodied and highly smooth. A bit chewy. High level of carbonation. Drying also.

Finishes ultra smooth with plenty of left over roasted character. Highly tasty and drinkable porter. Excellent.

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

I had this on tap at Bilbo Baggins in Old Town Alexandria.

A: Dark as night, with a 1/2 finger or so beige head that kept a decent amount of retention throughout the session.

S: Dark malt upfront, with a bit of CO2 freshness mixed in... this combo created a coffee-like, carmel, roasty air freshener.

T: Founders has a distinct taste to their darker stuff that just REALLY works! I used the word caramel to describe the scent... and I'm using it again to describe the aftertaste. I mean, the malt bill (maybe it's the water they use?) really has toffee-like quality and then some.

M: Creamy, thick, roasty... everything a great porter should be. The carbonation was low, and the sweetness was elegant, luscious, and candy-like.

O: Definitely one of my top 10 favorite porters distributed to my local area.

Photo of Roke87
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at a little cooler than cellar temperature.

Appearance - Pours almost a dark black, no light penetrating even when held up to a light, poured with about one finger of brown head that quickly dissipates to a very thin lacing

Smell - The smells are a little muted on this one right of the bat, but a little bit of coffee and chocolate shine through eventually. Personally didn't get much hop smell out of this one, but you can definitely smell some roasted malts in there.

Taste - The taste also seemed rather muted (but mind you this came after drinking an imp stout and there's not much comparison between the two, a whole different animal with the imp stout). You do definitely get the usual porter/stout taste of roasted malts, chocolate, and a bit of coffee taste, again I didn't really get the hops.

Mouthfeel - Is rather light but smooth none the less, a little thin for my liking but not over the top, definatly fits right in on the porter scale.

Overall - An amazing porter, and a great representation of the genre. Nothing bad to say about this one but when drinking it directly after an Imp Stout there's just no comparison.

Photo of legalpete19340
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a thick black viscous liquid with a big sticky head that clung to the glass.

S: Big dark chocolate with cappuccino and dark roasted malt.

T: Rich flavors of mocha, dark chocolate, dark roasted malt flow in and out then a smack of bitterness and earthiness from hops. Not overly chocolatey. Roasty.

M: Big and velvety with the right amount of noticeable carbonation.

O: Big, dark and sexy just like the bottle says. Very drinkable.

Photo of number1bum
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with two fingers of creamy tan head. Keeps a thick and full lace with lots of sticky webbing on the sides of the glass.

Smell consists of some chocolate and coffee notes, plus some roasted malt. Definitely a hoppy porter as there is some citrus and earthy notes here.

Taste is roasty and chocolaty with some coffee in there as well. More coffee than the nose in fact, and I think that flavor actually puts this over the top from very good to damn near great. Lots of malt character, and on top of that there is some citrusy and leafy hop flavor here too. Really tasty stuff and very smooth.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick and quite creamy. Very smooth as I said before; soft and very pleasant.

I honestly don't have any idea why it has taken me so long to arrive at Founders Porter. I love Founders; one of my 5 favorite breweries, and this is another top notch beer from them. An excellent porter and one of the best out there.

Photo of chilly460
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark black, with a thick tan 2 inch head, lots of lacing.

S - Roasted malts, sugars, some grassy hops and allspice. Maybe a cinammon type smell as well, very good.

T - Starts off with roasted malts and chocolate mixed with the spices. Its bold but smooth and flavorful. Get the cinammon again that I was smelling, and some definitely subtle vanilla. Finishes up with clean grassy hops, awesome.

M - Covers whole mouth with its thick, cream like coating. Chewy and delicious.

O - Probably the best non-Baltic I've had. So much aroma and flavor, complex but not overpowering. Big bold flavors, and some subtle tones to keep it interesting. Not to sweet, not "Americanized" with a ton of hops. This is an awesome brew.

Photo of ncfranklin
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to a tulip.

A: A fairly aggressive pour results in a finger tall tan head atop a solid black brew. Some lacing.

S: Plenty of chocolate, toasty to burnt malt and notes of coffee bean. Very rich in smell.

T: Big sugary sweetness up front that caves to coffee and bitter burnt notes in the middle, but remains very sweet. Chocolate is not prominent as it was in the smell, as simple sugar reigns. Finish returns to a roasty layer.

M: Very smooth and rich, only the lightest bits of dryness on the roof of the mouth in the swallow.

D: The bottle calls this one "Dark, Rich, and Sexy". I agree wholeheartedly with the first two, but this beer doesn't arouse me as much as I had hoped.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter

A- Pours black with tan head. The head spreads to the sides of the glass and forms an array of bubbles. Nice golden brown hue that radiates from the body.

S- Smells of heavy roasted malts and milk chocolate. Some coffee in the nose as well. Very full and robust. Minimal hop presence in the nose.

T- Very much the same as the smell. Heavy chocolate malt and quite roasty. Bittersweet flavor that reminds me of baker's semi-sweet chocolate. Hints of coffee and vanilla round out the flavor which makes this a world class porter. Hops are much more present in the taste and create a wonderful balance.

M- On the thicker side and very creamy. Not too heavy on the palate. or going down. Medium carbonation. Exactly right for the style.

D- Fantastic porter. Would have no problem knocking back a few. Rich, creamy and incredibly smooth. Definitely one of the best American porters on the market. Yet again, Founders blows me away.

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

Founder's just doesn't mess around. Definitely one of my favorite breweries. Primed up for a 12 tap takeover in around a week at the Thirsty Monk. Pours a thick dark brown with a tan creamy head. Nose is burnt malts and cocoa. Taste is surprisingly clean with roasted malts, cocoa, a little coffee and a blast of caramel that surprises. A very nice porter.

Photo of MufflnMan
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured black with almost no head into a pint glass. Smells of malt, dark chocolate and coffee. Front forward taste of strong espresso, not just the usual coffee flavor here. Sweet malt follows suit to balance some bitterness from the espresso, dark chocolate and surprisingly a little hops. A subtle smoky wood flavor in the finish. Another pleasant surprise is the nice amount of carbonation for a Porter, very silky in the mouth, not as thick as it looks. Overall a great example of everything a Porter should be.

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

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Deep brown, nearly black with a thin brown head. Average retention and lacing.

S - Chocolate and dark dark roasted coffee. Roasted malt as well, with something of a dark burnt aroma, like Stovepipe.

T - Some hop bitterness and a lot of coffee bitterness. Some burnt flavor as well. Roasted malt and dark chocolate. A close competitor to Edmund Fitz.

M - Medium body with good carbonation. Drying finish. Spot on for a porter.

O - Overall a very very good porter, on the short list for best overall. Something seemed slightly lacking in this bottle, but all in all it was still quite good. Extremely similar to Edmund Fitz, but lacking slightly in aroma. A complex and delicious porter that combines the best tastes dark beers have to offer in a lighter and extremely drinkable package.

Photo of Dan3279
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a single bottle and after taking a few sips I quickly realized that I should have bought a full four pack when I had the chance to.

Poured a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass to find a deep dark black body and the half inch tan head disappeared quickly.

The aroma had hints of malts & expresso. The smell and the taste went hand and hand. This porter was a real joy to drink, clean, crisp and very well balanced. The coffee, malts & chocolate were very well balanced and the clean aftertaste had me ready and waiting for the next sip.

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

A - Gorgeous beer. Pours a deep, dark brown, nearly black. The head is dark brown and is very aggressive and lasts quite a while, eventually subsiding to large bubbles.

S - Smell is roasted malts, lots of espresso, some chocolate. Can't wait to taste it.

T - Taste is very similar to the smell. Very espressoy, and the chocolate comes out more. A bit smoky in the finish. Fantastic taste. This beer is much like Founders other offerings, which appeals to me.

M - Thick and rich, just as it should be. Absolutely unbelievable beer, and the mouthfeel matches it. Stays on the palate for a long time after the swallow, much like a nice cup of coffee.

Overall, an alarmingly good offering from Founders. I have yet to be disappointed by them.

Photo of Snow81
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours black as night with no light penetrating this beer

Head: Rich malty dark brown head

Smell: Roosted malts with a light coco on the nose

Taste: Big burnt malts with an espresso bean and hops hit the sides of the palate, yum

Weight: Medium body with a medium amount of carbonation

Finish: Hops and burnt malts with a little stickiness on the lips

Photo of haazer
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The last beer in my Founders binge for now. Poured into a Samuel Smiths pint glass.

A- Tiny 1/2 finger of beige, wet sand head that dissapates immediately. Against the light the beer is a glowing dark brown. Reminds me of a very rich dark chocolate.

S- The rich chocolate look pops into the nose too. Dark roast coffee, with equally roasted malts tell me this is my kind of porter. Even though only 45 IBU's I can feel the hops presence.

T- This porter is delicious. Initial taste is the roasted malt profile. That flavor starts small and gets progressively stronger on the taste buds, once peaking it transitions into dark coffee. The hops I mentioned in the nose make this a bitter cup of jo, and a good one. The flavor ends on a rich chocolate and a lingering caramel flavor that leaves me smacking the back of my mouth with my tongue.

M- Very milky and soft in the mouth. A medium level body in the mouth. After drinking this down my mouth feels like I've drank something a lot thicker though. Carbonation is ok, would like a little more. Perhaps I mishandled this bottle by mistake.

O- I thought this was an absolutely delicious porter. For me, the taste is up there with the Edmund Fitz porter, maybe even better. I think my bottle turned out a little flat though. I would love to find this on tap somewhere to remedy that. Even though I beleive Founders sell their beers in 4 packs, I could drink a sixer of this with no problem.

Photo of kbrinson
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured to a duvel glass.

appearance is jet black with one finger head. very nice lacing. very smooth with subtle hoppiness with dark chocolate notes. the aftertaste of this beer is excellent.

I've had several Porters, however this one is definitely the best I've had. I've been looking for this one for some time. Edmund Fitzgerald was my benchmark until I tried this.

If you don't have access to this, trade for it. If you have access to it, relish it.

Photo of DelMontiac
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brown Derby International Wine Center in Springfield, MO for the recommendation.

Poured the color of black coffee with scant brown/mocha head that left behind little lace.

Great aroma of coffee, chocolate malt, dark bread, and a bit of smokey wood.

The dark coffee flavor hits first turning roasty and chocolatey. Somewhat vanilla like in the end with some hop bitters and some smoke.

Like the feel - a bit surupy, chewy, full-bodied, and a spot-on carbonation.

Very happy to run into a sixer of this porter. The associate at Brown Derby was right - it's an awesome porter. Founders does it again.

Photo of mountsnow1010
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brown black with a thin head. Poured aggressively and got a teensy head that disappeared pretty quickly.
S - Earthy and delicious. Reminds me of leaves during the fall, with some roasted coffee and a distinct sweet tone as well. Unidentifiable spicy notes as well. Citrusy hoppy presence as well.
T - Toasted nuts at first, followed by a surprisingly strong resinous hoppiness; very pleasant but also unexpected.
MF - Quite heavy and chewy etc. Nice. Surprising carbonation bite especially as the head was so hard to form. A slight alcohol warmth, considering the lower ABV I find this surprising.
O - Very solid beer, extremely tasty but not overpowering, could also drink several. Nice ABV.

Photo of foogerd
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black body with a small tan head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Tons of fresh roasty chocolate malts and coffee, more on the bittersweet chocolate side of things. Some smoke.

T- Dark black bitter chocolate with some acidic roasty coffee some light hops give support to the coffee bitterness. Hints of milk chocolate sweetness close to the finish.

M- As heavy as this is on taste there is a light airy feel to this. Moderate to high carbonation.

O- Top notch porter, worth going a little out of your way for this. Very solid all around hits all the spots a porter should.

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