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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,609 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,609
Reviews: 1,343
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 267
Gots: 633 | 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 BigAl723
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor.

A: Dark and brown. Like a muddy road after it's been raining all afternoon. Great looking wispy white/tan head. About an inch thick.

S: Smokey BBQ, campfire, dark malts, java, and cocoa too. Overall, an outstanding smelling porter from an outstanding brewery.

T: This is where this beer really shines. Dark roasted malts really come through and the thick texture of this beer coats your mouth from top to bottom. Towards the end a nice coffee/cocoa taste seems to burst through leaving a more than pleasant taste on the tip of your tongue.

M: Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. In all honesty, I wouldn't change a thing about this mouthfeel. It seems real close to perfect.

D: Great drinkability. At 6.5% ABV it's, again, perfect.

Overall, I took out an Unearthy and a Plead the 5th Impy Stout at the bar and I knew I needed something to calm the storm if I was going to make it through the night. I found Founders Porter to be the remedy.

BigAl723, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown, blackish body that had a one-finger tan head and left a lace ring. Classic smell of roasted and sweet malts, more on the sweet side w/ some caramel and chocolate with very minor hops. Textbook porter that hits the spot; medium-body, smooth, creamy, passes over the tongue with a great sweetness of chocolate and caramel and then having a bready, coffeeish finish that is drying and thick. Little bit sticky as well. Could drink this porter any time as it is one of the best.

clayrock81, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of billyzoom666
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Here's my first of my first set of reviews! Let me know how to improve!

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

I used a fast pouring technique, but the head remainged small and it disipated quickly.

It's a pitch black porter. I held it up to my kitchen light and absolutely no light was penetrating it.

It has a nice smokey smell, reminds me of old homes (in a good way). A hint of dark chocolate mixes with it.

The initial taste is almost woodsey and that slightly earthen taste mixes well with the scent. It's a treat for the senses. It's not a "filling" porter, but it's a great sipping beer.

Possibly, in part, due to the lower alcohol content of this porter, it has a pretty high drinkability. This is my "go to" porter, my favorite style as a craft beer newbie, and I always make sure I grab a bottle or two when I hit the craft beer store.

billyzoom666, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Raven's eye black with the slightest glimmer of sepia along the edges. Thanks to a barely audible escape of CO2 on crown cracking, the beer received a high-altitude pour. The end result was two fingers of dark caramel colored foam that is some kind of creamy. Nice lace too.

The label includes the tagline 'Dark, Rich & Sexy', which pretty much describes the aroma. It smells like there's a generous amount of black and/or roasted malt in here... and quite a few hops as well. 45 IBUs is pretty impressive for an American porter (if you're a hophead).

Founders never ever skimps on flavor. Porter is full to bursting with porterishness, which makes all the difference when compared with most other craft versions of the style. We aren't talking Edmund Fitzgerald good, but this is damn tasty beer that has the malt-hop yin-yang thing working like a dream.

What a tasty treat! These guys should seriously think about kicking up ingredients and the ABV. Then again, they have such an outstanding array of big-ass stouts that this offering is perfectly situated in the lineup. Never mind.

The flavor profile includes dark chocolate, dark caramel, a splash of black coffee and a big shot of grapefruit juice, courtesy of what must be a generous amount of Centennial hops (or something similar). Warming doesn't broaden, but it does deepen.

The mouthfeel falls *just* short of the next highest score. A fraction more silky creaminess would have gotten it there with no trouble at all. It's improving over time, but the beer is disappearing so fast that time is running out. Quickly.

Choosing between Bell's and Founders as the best brewery in Michigan is an impossible task for me. Having said that, Founders Porter puts quite a bit of ballast on the Grand Rapids end of route 131. Next time I'll go for the sixer, not just the single.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of dfillius
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of dark brownish tan head with poor retention. Opaque dark brown liquid. Slightly more head please.
S: Tangy, rich malt, cocoa. A bit one-dimensional, not strong.
T: Bitter roastiness with a sweetness that balances that well. More bitter chocolate flavors than coffee ones. Some dry red wine or raisin flavor. Earthy/peaty notes. Quite tasty.
M: Slightly warm, syrupy, but overall a bit dry from the bitterness. Chewy, pleasant and complex. It seemed phlegm inducing (which was a negative), what is that from? Was lactose used in the brewing?
D: Very nice. I'd buy a sixer of this and maybe order a second. It's probably not a session ale though.

dfillius, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of jkrich
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a stamped bottled on date on bottle.

Opaque black with a creamy, sustained tan head.

Spicy, wine-like with semi-sweet aromas; almost a pungent smell in a positive way.

Roasted, slightly bitter chocolate flavor followed by tangy sweetness.

Medium bodied and mildly carbonated with a silky, smooth mouthfeel. The bitter sweet chocolate lingers on the palatte.

A very flavorful and robust porter, yet very drinkable. Another quality product from Founders Brewing Co. More complex and slightly less quaffable than my favorite porter from Sierra Nevada.

jkrich, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of OlRasputin989
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into New Belgium snifter...

A: a pitch black brew with a light brown head. pours a decent head and leaves small amounts of lacing

S: dark chocolate covered cherries and coffee

T: cocoa, dark chocolate, cherry finishes with roasted nuts, citrus, coffee and dusty cocoa

M: a full bodied beer with a silky smooth entry. finishes dry

Overall, Founders Porter is "dark, rich, and sexy". A dark, very roasted brew that also delivers a refreshing fruitiness. However, The full-body of the brew lessens the drinkability.

OlRasputin989, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of Rbehrens
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- The appearance of this is a wonderful dark brown color with a bit of red. It poured into my glass with a one finger head.

S- A pleasing coffee aroma was present with a bit of cocoa.

T - It starts with a very pleasing taste of what an american porter should be, malts with both coffee and chocolate. It disappoints with no lesser notes and a weak finish.

M - Good, but not very smooth.

D - This is drinkable beer.

A pleasant porter overall.

Rbehrens, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of UDbeernut
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle pored into a pint glass

a: deep brown color, slight ruby edges. Off white 1/2" head with nice retention

s: roasted malt, slight semi-sweet chocolate

t: rich complex flavor of roasted malt, caramelized malt, and chocolate malt. slight bitterness to keep it all balanced. excellent

m&d: slightly creamy mouth, does finish slightly dry. Excellent drinkability.

Cheers!!!

UDbeernut, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks like a stout, with an obsidian colored liquid topped by a creamy beige head that sticks and laces

Smell: Rich and roasty, with an espresso character and a smokey element

Taste: Burnt bread and chocolate, up front, with a dart in the direction of espresso and pithy bitterness by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors blend together but the finish is decidedly hoppy, though a touch of roast lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Rich, full-bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Really pushes the line on what I would call a porter, but I really like it

brentk56, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of washburnkid
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black and brown edges, with a small head that struggled to form and struggled even more to retain. Aromas are dominantly chocolate, as are the flavors. On the palate, I also get really strong espresso and a nice bitterness that hangs about. The mouthfeel reminds me of an imperial stout, thick and viscous. This beer would be a nice one for a dessert pairing!

washburnkid, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of Traquairlover
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Deep mahogany with ruby red tint when held up to light, with very small tan head that quickly resolves into a mere ring of bubbling around the edge of the glass.

S & T = A very coffee smelling porter, like a coffee with cream and sugar topped off with a chocolate frosted donut. Good bitterness shows up in the mid-palate and continues into the finish to keep this from being too sweet.

M = Medium body, good mouthcoating, clear strong carbonation present but in a tickling way, not in a biting way.

D = This is really a fine porter that I just love to drink. Great drinkability. I just wish the ABV were a little lower to enjoy more of them.

Traquairlover, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of brownbeer
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Looks nice, black with a frothy brown head.

S- Mild nose overall. Mild coffee, chocolate, toast. I really had to try to pick things out of this one. Nice, but mild.

T- Some richness to the palate, the flavors meld together really well. Licorice, faint chocolate and smoke.

M&D- This is where the beer shined for me. Full bodied, yet silky smooth.

brownbeer, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of msubulldog25
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nothing cute nor fancy about the name ('Porter'), but a classy-looking label nonetheless. I honestly don't recall who handed this one over, but suffice to say it was one of a short list of OH/MI-residing BAs I've met since spring; this 12 oz. twist-capped bottle has stayed in the fridge since the day it arrived; poured to pint glass tonight.

A: A deep ebony, but without over-scrutinizing we'll call it 'black'. Topped with a finger of creamy tan, short-lived retention before reducing to a dimpled film. Good lace, clinging in broken sheets.

S: Oh, baby! Excellent aroma, a deep fudgy-chocolate. Vanilla-laced coffee, ample nutty roast.

T: If you know the wonders of coffee from a french press, then you understand the essence of this beer: silky chocolate, burnished java beans, sugars and light spices co-mingling. Just when a borderline 'too-sweet' sweetness builds, a balancing backlash of bittering roast ropes it back in. With each sip, this interplays beautifully. Toyed with a '5' here, one of the best-flavored porters I've ever encountered.

M: Velvety-smooth creaminess, a bit low on carbonation (may be a result of extra months of age - date unknown). The silky texture means more bitter chocolate coating is held on the cheeks and tongue...the aftertaste lasts an eternity.

D: Founders knocks another robust ale outta the park! After multiple tries of their venerated Breakfast Stout(s) and Imperial Stout, this Porter is in the same league. Big flavor, terrific aroma, decent drinkability ABV-wise (6.5%) and impossible to get on the West Coast without benefit of the trading community - all equate to a highly drinkable beer that's undeniably worth seeking. To call it 'exceptional' seems right...

msubulldog25, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of nickd717
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle shared by largadeer, poured into snifter.

A - Black with a nice foamy tan head that lasts.

S - Lots of chocolate as well as coffee and roast on the aroma.

T - Rich milk chocolate along with roasted malt, coffee, and a little vanilla. Balanced, very flavorful, and awesome.

M - Smooth, creamy palate with medium body.

D - Pretty high. This beer rocks and Founders has really impressed me overall.

nickd717, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of largadeer
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottles from Tyson. Thanks again.

Pours black, completely opaque in the glass with a huge three finger dark brown head that retains remarkably well, leaving webs of lace clinging to the glass.

The aroma is of chocolate and roasted grain, coffee and carob.

Roasty on the palate, dry and robust with flavors of coffee, burnt toast and carob showing up mid-palate. Medium-full in body, rich in flavor but impressively drinkable. It finishes semi-sweet with a lingering baker's chocolate bitterness. Exceptional stuff.

largadeer, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of jt31914
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle:

A: Very dark appearance; head was rusty brown. One of the darkest porters I've seen.

S: Smell was very creamy, but not entirely strong.

T: The taste was phenomenal; it was extremely creamy and smooth with a very nice aftertaste. The initial taste when the beer hits the palate is pretty good, but the taste going down is amazing.

M: Same as taste; it was pretty awesome due to the creamy smooth texture of the beer.

D: Very drinkable; I wish I would've bought a six pack.

My favorite porter to date.

jt31914, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of tatoodkelt
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 9/17/09- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Deep black, like black hole black. No light even at the edges. Very tight bubbled half finger mocha head that faded almost instantly. Virtually no lacing.

S- Very rich and roasty. Light coffee smell in there too.

T- Almost a perfect match to the smell, just bolder.

M- Very slick, a little thinner than it looks but still medium bodied.

D- Super sessionable, I was trying not to rush and it was gone in no time. I picked it up as a single but I'll be looking for a six pack next time!

tatoodkelt, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of ibbjamin
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $1.99 for a 12oz bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Poured into a pint glass to review.

An aggressive pour leaves a very small tan head that dissipates quickly leaving little behind. Appears opaque black in color and leave no lacing.

Quite a pleasant and strong aroma, especially for a porter. This one actually reminds me of a bigger Baltic Porter or even an Imperial Stout. Simple yet quite robust and very effective; a perfect blend of sweet malts, dark chocolate and hints of coffee.

Taste brings the flavor as well. Similar in characteristic to the nose. Clean, robust, tasty and simple.

Medium full body and highly drinkable. Lightly carbonated with a long chocolaty sweet malt finish.

This is an excellent porter.

ibbjamin, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of throwthechaff
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally had the opportunity to get myself a six pack of this year round beer by founders. I can finally say that i have had all the year round beers and totally a place that knows how to make beer. Was not disappointed with the porter at all. Very dark brown color that is very smooth and easy to drink... tastes almost like chocolate milk. Its not that thick of a porter which i really do like, but still find myself having a hard time to drink more than 3 of them because they are so filling. Totally a good one.

throwthechaff, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of dismal
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle to a pint glass. Pours black with a very small tan head that quickly disappears. Leaves little to no lacing. The smell is mainly of roasted malts, hints of chocolate and coffee as well. Taste is roasted malts and coffee, pretty much what I was expecting from the style. Pretty low ABV at 6.5% making this one very drinkable. Like most porters I could do these almost all night. Drinkable and pretty good tasting. I don't know where this one ranks amongst the porters I've had but I'd say it's up there. Probably not the best but definitetly not bad at all. I'd pick it up again no problem.

dismal, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of drpimento
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Yummmm! Killer beer! Poured with a thick, foamy, frothy, tan head that didn't last too long and some lace. Color is an opaque brown. Aroma is rich, malty, roasty, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Flavor's 'bout the same but more intense. Excellent body and carbonation. Finish is surprisingly clean & short for what's here with just a little bitterness, ripe fruit, and leather. Sounds weird, but it works. Bit rich for a session.

drpimento, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of beeragent
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Poured a dark brown, almost black, forming a 1/4 inch mocha head. Very light lacing on the glass which fades rather quickly.

S - Roasted malts dominate the nose, with a hint of coffee mixed in.

T - Again, the roasted malts come through strong, coating the palate, with a noticeable coffee flavor mixed throughout. There is also a slight cocoa taste in the finish.

M - Medium bodied but with a thinner mouthfeel than expected. Very smooth and with very little carbonation.

D - Good flavor and sessionable ABV. Probably not as popular as other beers by Founders, this is a good porter nonetheless. Very clean and tasty.

beeragent, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of apbarwood
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black, nearly opaque. Generally good color but almost no head or lace. Bittersweet aroma, like dark chocolate and coffee. Tastes the same, pretty intense roasty bitterness for a porter. Also, heavier than usual, almost motor-oil thick. In some ways it seemed closer to a stout. Overall it was very good, not great, but definitely worth a try.

apbarwood, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a pitch black color with a respectable light brown to tan head that dissipated down to a light layer of bubbles.

(S)- Tons of roasted coffee dusted with cocoa with raisins. Smells really creamy with even some possible vanilla within.

(T)- Silky creamed coffee with delicate chocolate. Its like a mocha only without the normal amount of bitterness from espresso.

(M)- Very very smooth for a porter. Great carbonation level. A silky yet robust and incredibly easy drinking beer.

(D)- A superb porter that ranks up there as one of the best! Seek this out if you are looking for the perfect porter. Creamy and silky smooth; slightest sweetness and bittering roastedness. A for sure winner on those chilling Fall nights.

sweemzander, Sep 12, 2009
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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