Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,405 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,405
Reviews: 1,479
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 342
Gots: 1,074 | 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 DavidSeanNJ
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap served into a pint glass.

Hands down, this might be the best porter I have ever had. So rich and complex, but yet, easy to drink.

A- Dark black color, tan head about a quarter of an inch. Insane spider web lacing throughout- sticking to the glass without a problem.

S- Smell was like chocolate ice cream with a touch of vanilla followed by some caramel.

T- Lots going on here. Coffee, chocolate, cake batter like flavors, decent hop punch, all rolled into one and rounded out so perfectly. This one made my taste buds go crazy as there were so many flavors involved.

M- Mouthfeel was rich and creamy, sticky aftertaste.

D- This is a great porter, top notch. Easy to drink, not too heavy, although the flavors would usually indicate that this beer could make you tired.

Amazing stuff from Founders, once again.

Photo of cthulu81
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Goodness me. Rich, Dark and Sexy indeed. Thanks for making further review reading obsolete you crazy-talented dudes at Founders. By that I don't mean others who post should not be read, I just mean that tthe rest of my review can simply be boiled down to...Rich, Dark and Sexy. Here is what I can add. Is it possible to liquify charcoal briquettes? If so, it looks like this porter pours. Not only is is truly black, even when held to the light, it seems to intimidate the rest of the illumination in the room. I think my screen just dimmed a bit. A rich mocha head crowns the glass. Aroma is redolent of roast, dry cocoa, hints of hazelnut, kahlua, earthy hops and a faint, faint hint of alcohol. Yeah, this is going to get good. Flavors mirror what the nostrils anticipated with coating dark malts, whisps of smoke, deep bittersweet chocolate, black coffee and simple deliciousness. This puppy finishes dry and roasty with a lightly lingering, taunting residual temptation to continue drinking it all night long. Forget Double Trouble, Devil Dancer and Breakfast Stout (all freakin' amazing too), why isn't Founder's better know for this year-round powerhouse?

Photo of sweethome
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Midnight pour...so dark and mysterious for a porter. Big tan head lingers for some time. Great lacing right off the bat. As beer consumed - it just got better.

Nose is dominated by rich chocolate. Can almost taste a lush melted chocolate off the nose. A hit of roast malt and just a bit of floral hop aroma in the back. The roast came out more as the beer opened up.

Smooth entry - builds out with the chocolate malt, the roast is more pronounced in the taste. Perfect balance between the two...then the bittering hops add their own balance. No discernable bittering hops, just enought to help clean out the palate for the next sip. Tasting bittersweet chocolate on this long finish. A hint of musty yeast on the finish - but in a good way like the best british porters on cask.

A lovely complexity of flavor...when porter is done to this level, it is one of my favorite styles. Fantastic flavor development and perfect use of hops for the style. They don't take over the beer, rather compliment the underlying flavor and provides a cleansing to the palate.

My goodness, the roastiness develops more and more with each sip.

I put this up with a few of my favorite Porters - Smuttynose and Great Lakes Ed Fitz (on tap circa early 1990's). Those ad few tasty ones I had on cask in english pubs too long ago to remember the brewery...

This may be my favorite Founders beer to date, which is really saying something.

Photo of Doerrijustmether
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

bottle to pint glass.

aggressive pour to 2 fingers of light khaki head.

great drink, outstanding stout/porter.

great flavor profiles. all clean, nothing bad to say, no wow factor to put it in world class. will drink again.

compared to other beers in this category, this may be my favorite.non - bourbon aged/vanilla/chocolate/java/ stout/porter

Photo of Freethyhops
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint

A- pours almost pure black with a cm of light brown head which reduced to a collar and film quite quickly. fairly heavy lacing for the style. the head didn't stay around for long but it was exceptionally dark for a porter.

S- coffee and bitter chocolate. an evident sweetness from a heavy malt profile. dark and robust.

T- very much like the Breakfast stout I had earlier in the day. tons of chocolate and plenty of coffee. the bitterness does well to combat any sweetness that shows its face. still has that almost sour bitter bready finish that I always expect from a porter. I wish I could give it a 4.75 but I'm really liking this one so I'll bump it up to a 5.

M/D- a full body, pleasantly low carbonation, and creamy feel make this a very nice drinking porter. it does have some heavy flavors that could weigh on you after having a few, but its delicious enough to keep you going

Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Guinness Half & Half pint and the brew is a dark clear brown with a nice frothy 1 finger mocha colored head that receeds to cover the brew nicely. Nice heavy lacing on the glass.

The smell is of dark malted barley and a hint of dark chocolate.

The flavor follows the aroma with the chocolate being bitter sweet and the malts giving a roasted flavor. The bitterness is enough to keep the sweetness in check, giving way to a nice balance.

The mouth feel is smidge above medium with the alcohol well hidden. This is a very good straight up porter to me, no oatmeal, no coffee, and just some minor bitter sweet chocolate. I'd give it an A fer sure.

Photo of hWordsmythe
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of solargoat
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours nearly jet black, small quickly dissipating head.

Smells robust and delicious.

Roasted coffee, chocolate malts, nice balanced bittering.

Very smooth, Creamy, rich mouthfeel. Warm in my belly.

In my opinion this is the finest porter I have consumed. Love you

Photo of TheBeerologist
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet

Pours a dark brown/black with a fairly thin (1/2 finger) tan head. This looks like a beautiful porter.

Smells of roasted malts and a bit of chocolate. A hint of coffee as well.

This is a very tasty beer, strongly flavored by the roasted malts. Some of the chocolate, but a very vice bitter finish with the hops. An all around great tasting porter that is full of flavor.

Nicely carbonated - with a fairly light mouthfeel for such a full flavored porter

Overall this is one of my favorite porters I have had. When living on the west coast my go to porter was Deschutes Black Butte, living in the Midwest this was my go to porter. Noe with a move to the east coast I need to find a replacement (though I was fortunate to find this on the shelves in RI)

Photo of 50marathons
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not sure I've had a better porter. This is a great reminder of why this is my favorite style of beer. This particular beer has just the right blend of malt, smoke, coffee, chocolate. So good.

Photo of kdoc8
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to KJK for getting this to me! Serving was in a bottle poured into a pint glass. Very dark black in color and a thin, brown, foamy head, with some nice lacing going on in the swirl. Taking a whiff of it the first thing that comes to mind is chocolate, but then there's also some cherry...some oaky-ness, some espresso and some just good old ethanol. When it first hits the palate it's very smooth with almost no taste. Then as it starts to sink in there's a lovely blend of smooth, rich chocolate, along with a pleasantly bitter roasty flavor and the coffee/espresso taste starts to come in a few moments after swallowing. Very smooth and very drinkable. Rich, dark and sexy indeed!

Photo of beyah
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Really dark, dark tan head, less than 1 finger, slight lacing

Smell: Roasted Malts are in the forefront

Taste: A perfect balance between the Chocolate and Roasted Malts, earthy hops are there, but not overpowering, this beer is all about balance

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, only enough carbonation, perfect for the style.

Overall: One of the best Porters out there, a must try, give one to a friend who isn't sure about Porters, they will be presently surprised.

Photo of Pukstopper
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent porter pours a dark malty color into a mason jar. ( thats all the glasses they had left)
Nice flavor of roasted malts. Head didn't last long maybe it was the glass. And to top off this great beer it was on special for 2.95 a bottle.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Amazing! The appearance was dark brown, almost black with a thick coffee colored head. The smell had a great amount of malt with hints of coffee in the nose. The taste was extraordinary with coffee, dark chocolate, and molasses. The sweetness wasn't overpowering though with a mellow malty finish. Highly refreshing and even though it's summer, I found this beer goes great with bbq or any kind of meat. This was a great beer all around. If you're a fan of the dark stuff, this is a great next try.

Photo of delta490
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep brown, almost black with almost no head. Aromas is coffee, caramel and notes of citrus. Taste is very strong coffee but is just perfect as it is. Maybe a little hint of chocolate. Very smooth with almost no carbonation. A great porter with great depth.

Photo of ufellc
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good chocolate and coffee smell and taste. Nice maltiness that accompanies the chocolate and coffee. Good but not too heavy mouthfeel that gives back note chocolates. Chocolate is in the forefront and backend tastes. Good sweetness and little bitterness

Photo of gfreed
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To say that this beer is black is like saying it's dark inside the isolation tank in Ken Russell's "Altered States." This beer isn't black; it's not even BLACK-- it's void. And to top it off (literally), it has the darkest head I've ever seen on a beer, plus the head is tenacious and huge. I haven't enjoyed watching a head fade this much since my first glass of Berkshire Drayman's Porter. The aromas of vanilla, toast, chocolate, lemon and... is that banana?... form a cloud that you can smell from across the room, yet none are very aggressive. They play very nicely together in both the smell and the taste. The vanilla takes an early lead but is quickly caught by the roastiness, then the chocolate swings in from the left and slams it home to the light hops, which very dryly remind you that you're drinking a very, very fine beer.

I didn't wash the glass until the next morning so I could get one last aroma hit before going to work.

The label says this thing is dark, rich and sexy. The first two adjectives are absolutely true; the third suggests it *might* compete with an Ayinger Hefeweizen in the correct glass. It's very close.

Photo of JamesBondGA
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very dark brown, almost black in color. nice Smells and taste of coffee. Couldn;t really taste the alcohol. Very nice drink

Photo of Weli
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Dark brown to black color with thin tan head with nice lacing

S-Very clean and malty smelling almost like a lager, hints of dark roasted malts

T-Cacao, dark chocolate malt flavors up front balanced by a modest hop bitterness

M-Full bodied, medium carbontation, very satiating

O-Would be definitely one of my top picks for a beer to sustain oneself with over a long cold winter, rich and malty without being cloying.

Photo of smibroncos
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. Poured a bard tawney brown with an amber tan two finger head. Good lacing on the glass.

S. Cocoa, Coffee, Cereal, Toasted malts.

T. Rich chocolate coffee goodness. This is a great porter. Earthy, Dark roasted grains good sweetnes, with a nice bitter balance. Yummy.

M. Rich and robust, good carbonation.The flavor lasts on the tongue.

D. A great after dinner drink. Rich and roasted coffee flavors, sweet and bitter.

Photo of CooperEllis
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First review, figured I'd start with something I like generally (porter) but a brewery I had never had before.

The color is near perfect, in the pour and head. The growlers from Bierkraft are counter pressure filled; the head on the first pour was three quarters of an inch and coated the sides of the glass nicely as it settled.

Initially, it smelled like when you open a fresh tin of nesquick or hershey's (the powder kind) and there's that dry smell of slightly bitter chocolate dust. It did not hold a distinctive aroma with drinking, but disappeared or faded into the background of the taste.

The tast is very good, I mean, it taste's how I expected (or hoped!) it would taste. I did thinks it was a little one-demensional.

This porter is slightly watery in mouthfee, but with a little attention to 'chewing' the flavors released nicely. While I'm loathe to say 'it tasted like chocolate' the aftertaste is distinctly that sourtaste that I always associate with a very high quality piece of dark chocolate. I have to imagine pairing this with a nice chipotle chocolate treat would be amazing for a dessert but I have to say this was light enough for a porter that I could see pouring four or five over the course of an afternoon bbq and enjoying each.

***

I poured a second glass of this and let it sit for a while, the rise in temperature completely changed the mouth feel and flavor. This beer became more complex in flavor, with a creamy texture.

Photo of jtingue
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance. Dark brown in color, impossible to see through. Pours with a finger and a half of tan head. This dissipates to a nice layer on top of the brew. Nice lacing left on the side of the glass.

Smell. Chocolate malt and roasted coffee intoxicate the nostrils. The smell is so strong and thick that it starts to burn the inside of your nose. A slight hint of berries mixes with the chocolate and roasted scents, making for a quite enjoyable experience.

Taste. Malty bitterness is the first flavor to hit the palate. Sweet, latte or cappuccino like coffee comes next. Another round of malty bitterness separates the coffee form great bittersweet chocolate flavors which come along with that hint of berry that was picked up in the smell. Yet another round of bitterness occurs just before a more sweet chocolatey finish.

Mouthfeel. Surprisingly thick body for a porter, but not yet to the level of a stout. This is helped quite a bit by a moderate to high level of carbonation. Overall it is really light, yet creamy.

This brew is in a heated competition for my favorite porter with the great Edmund Fitzgerald... Awesome

Photo of WakeandBake
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark black color ,with some ruby tones if you hold it to a really strong light, thick lasting light brown head,with very nice lacing. Sweet aroma of coco powder,and fudge,very nice,a hint of the dark roasted barly as it warms.Flavor is awesome,like dark chocolate and good coffee in layers.A touch of the roast at the end ,and just slightly bitter. Medium body ,smooth creamy mouthfeel. The best Porter I have had to date and and maby the best beer. An honor to drink. Thank you Founders !

Photo of ngeunit1
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a thin finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate and dark caramel malts with some dark fruit, coffee, smoke, and earthy hop.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate malts with a bit of dark fruit sweetness, molasses, and vanilla. Through the middle, some earthy hops come through with some smoke and coffee. The finish is a mix of dark chocolate, roasted dark caramel malts, smoke, bitter coffee, and some dark fruits.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a touch chewy with a dry, roasted, and lightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nicely balanced porter. The malt profile is very good and the body and mouthfeel are just right.

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottom line up front: This is an outstanding porter! Probably the best porter I have ever enjoyed. Really nice.

Honestly, who cares about appearance. It is all about how it tastes! This porter is right on.

Of course, it is deep, deep brown with a nice brown frothy two-finger head.

Smells of oak, chocolate and toasted notes.

Taste is really smooth. Mocha, chocolates, grains....A nice rounded porter with plenty of depth! So, so smooth!!

Overall, the best porter I have enjoyed. Period.

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 6,405 ratings.