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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter

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1,474 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,474
Hads: 6,702
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 379
Gots: 1,271 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 1,474 | Hads: 6,702
Photo of beyah
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of Pukstopper
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of delta490
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of ufellc
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
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

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Photo of gfreed
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of Weli
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of smibroncos
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of CooperEllis
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of jtingue
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
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

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
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 !

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Zero hints of lightness, even when backlit by the laptop. There's a powdery tan head - not much of it, but it sticks around throughout.

Like cold coffee and big malts, feeding the nose until it's full. Much bigger than most other stouts and porters of this caliber. Just massive.

Shares the intensity of a small piece of extra dark chocolate or espresso. At first darkly bitter, but then the carbonation kicks in to numb the tongue just a bit, only then bringing on more roasted bitterness, with an accompanying subduing maltiness.

It doesn't seem to be as thick or broad as a stout in that with all of its big flavor, it doesn't fill each crevice of the mouth. What it does touch though, it pounds.

Love this beer - big flavor, without being overly sweet or out of balance.

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Photo of Jishguy
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a solid black body with a very minimal mocha colored head. Minimal amounts of lacing.

S- Roasted malt character up front. Notes of coffee, caramel, and bittersweet chocolate. The slightest hint of alcohol pokes through.

T- Exceptional, and similar to smell. Roasted malts and coffee flavors immediately strike the palate, followed by the dark chocolate and caramel flavors. There is a somewhat pleasant bitterness in the aftertaste. The coffee flavors become extremely more prevalent as the beer warms up.

M- Very full and rich. Relatively low carbonation, even for the style. Nothing I'll ever complain about, though.

D- Sits rather heavy. I'm not sure if I could drink more than two. Great after dinner beer.

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Photo of Samp01
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle pours a thick black with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted caramel malt, roasted espresso beans, cacao, with some dark fruity tones of plums. Taste is the same as aroma with some bitter cacao and hops. Palate is a full bodied, creamy, oily texture with moderate carbonation. Finish is roasted caramel malt and espresso ending with a sweet bitter cacao, and some lingering notes of dark fruit and caramel malt. Has a nice rustic burnt flavor. Overall an excellent porter. Very much enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Founders imperial pint.
6.5% ABV, 45 IBUs, Bottled 01/20/14

A - The clear pour to the bottom of the glass resulted in a monumental tan head with dribbles of beer slowly filtering through the foam creating a sexy cascading. Despite the large head it dropped to a clumpy pile rather quickly but, above the black beer, multiple rings of dense lace were left behind.

S - You'd swear you walked into an old confectionery with a whiff of this beer as dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and melted caramel come together to add silky smoothness to the mildly gritty ground coffee nose. Notes of old, earthy wood paneling give the beer a faint nostalgia!

T - Dark roasted malts pull the chocolate and cocoa nunaces from the nose but add a singed bread crust-like burnt flavor that goes well with the French-pressed coffee taste on the finish.

M - This thick porter is full-bodied and creamy to the point of being as smooth as black velvet. The silky texture is almost chewy since there is little carbonation feel to it but it's not syrupy by any means. A lightly dry and roasted bitter on the finish, it provides the perfect balance to keep it from being too sweet or rich.

O - While the average beer drinker might be wrongly afraid of "dark beer", I've had many a thinner stout than this porter making it one of those "heavy" beers I might caution the uninitiated against. Full-flavored and full-bodied, Founders Porter is a magnificent beer packed with roasted malt character but I think the beer's label sums it up the best; "dark, rich, and sexy."

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Photo of DrumKid003
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Don't have the best lighting at the moment, but this pours black in the middle, with a very dark brown around the edges. Half a finger of head that dissipated very quickly.

S: A hint of milk/dark chocolate which almost gets completely overtaken by a very heavy roasted malt and oats smell.

T: Taste follws the smell very closely. Dominated by roasted grain, chocolate and what I think is a dark french pressed coffee sandwhiched between the roast on the front and the sweet from the chocolate on the end.

M: Very smooth, creamy mouthfeel start to finish and the chocolate is what lasts to create that creamy feeling.

O: By far one of the best porters I've ever had and since it's a year-round beer for Founders, I will definitely by it again on a regular basis.

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Photo of manahansf
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and opaque black with a thin and creamy tan head. There is a light aroma of roasted malt but the boldness of the beer is in the drink. Smooth coffee flavors and a gentle hint of chocolate flow with a mildly thick and viscous brew. Low carbonation slows the drink even more and fades gracefully into a sweet malty finish. It ends smoothly and crisply.

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Photo of largadeer
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of cadizkyguy
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass from refrigerator temperature bottle, and the pour left a three inch malty head that dissipates to a half inch head within minutes of the initial pour. I figure it's too cold to take a first taste, since it was a chilled bottle and i figure to get the best taste as it starts to warm. But the Smell is magical. The appearance and smell are perfect 5.0s, it's that wonderful....
The first taste is simply mind blowing with burnt chocolate overtones. In fact, I taste more chocolate in this brew than I found in Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Go figure. I could drink this one all night. I probably should wait for this one to warm up before consuming but the anticipation is killing me, so I indulge. Wow ! When I visited The Liquor Stop in Highland, IN on a recent roadtrip, I had the opportunity to purchase several Founder's brews -- Breakfast Stout, Double Trouble, etc. -- but I was glad I purchased the Founder's Porter because it's a wonderful concoction. I will gladly buy again. If you have the chance to try this Founder's offering, I say go for it.

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Photo of alefish
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark Black, produced a finger of light brown, creamy head. Plenty of lacing left on the glass.

S: Lots of roasty malts, some coffee and chocolate notes pull through. A touch of vanilla.

T: Roasted coffee and cocoa nib bitterness and bittersweet chocolate, smokiness is apparent. Finishes with a hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied bordering heavy, coats the mouth. Very creamy, silky and smooth.

O: Outstanding porter. Very flavorful and rich. Highly reccommended.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Eldrad
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

"The Porter that drinks like a Stout."
That should be the marketing slogan for this beer.

Bottled 11/17/13

A - Impenetrable darkness, with a faint head. Compared against Sierra Nevada Porter, this was thick and viscous (SN looked like weak Midwestern coffee or southern iced tea in comparison). Probably the darkest, blackest porter I've examined.

S - Strong roasted barley smell, maybe a dollop of dark chocolate.

T - A near-perfect balance of multiple malts and then malt/hop. Outstanding roasty malt goodness with hops seeming to act like an "unsweetened" agent against a slight dark chocolate suggestion. As if some really, really expensive euro dark unsweetened chocolate accidently fell into the kettle. This 6.5% ABV beer could probably hold up if ABV was jacked up a couple of percentages.

M - Creamy perfection, a near velvet wash throughout the mouth. thick and luscious, like you get from a quality stout. Even moreso than many stouts out there (hmmm...I should compare this with SN Stout!).

O - Benchmark for its style. Period. This is the 3rd time I've had this beer over the past few years, and this has held up to my impressions the other times I've been fortunate to drink it. Lives up to its expectations. If there is a better porter on this continent, it sure ain't anyplace I've ever shopped. Seek this one out.

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Photo of eskildow
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served as part of a "beer flight" tasting board.

It is a dark beer, like a deep espresso in colour. Brown/black. There is minimal head, but what there is is firm and smoothe. Very attractive looking beer.

It has a clean, grainy smell. Redolent of grass, which is unusual in a porter but enjoyable nonetheless.

The flavour is robust with notes of coffee and mild cocoa bitterness in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Did a little side-by-side the other night with GL Ed Fitz, Odell Cutthroat, and Deschutes BB, all of which I always enjoy. But in comparison, Founders just killed it, to my surprise.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,474 ratings.