Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine and get 12 issues / year of fresh beer content delivered to your door each month.

Already subscribe? to manage your subscription.

Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Founders PorterFounders Porter

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,438 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(Read More)
Reviews: 1,438
Hads: 6,554
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
Wants: 361
Gots: 1,169 | FT: 28
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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Founders Porter Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,438 | Hads: 6,554
Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I felt like I poured this properly but got three inches of thick, bubbly head that sounded like a bowl of Rice Krispies. The popping of bubbles lasted for nearly five minutes as the head dissappated slowly. The color is BLACK. No ruby hue like I would expect. It smelled of rich cocoa and hints of chocolate but had a bit of a chalky scent. The taste was warm and slightly alcohol tinged. Nice roasted nut or malt flavor but a bit harsher than a lot of Porters. Nothing makes me think this is a Porter and everything tells me it's a stout put in the wrong bottle. (563 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz stubby bottle from a trade with mcallister.

A: The porter is heavily carbonated, erupting with a 3 plus finger head on initial pour and requiring 4 pours to empty the bottle into a standard pint glass. The porter's body is dark and murky, with no lighter colors emerging.

S: The nose has elements of chocolate, molasses, caramel and coffee, all mixing together to create a dry warming aroma.

T: Drinking the ale is like eating chocolate cake, rich and luxurious. The chocolate mixes with coffee flavors to create a sweet bitter body, full of dark notes. Molasses notes add a scorched-earth bitterness that leads to a nice finish.

M: The body, despite the plethora of bigger flavors, is smooth and creamy. It is surprisingly light on the palate.

D: The low abv and well-meshed flavors make this a surprisingly good drink, one that won't overwhelm the tastebuds but will leave you satisfied. (902 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a nice thick foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate is quite powerful and interesting. Taste is a nice mix between some black chocolate notes with medium roasted malt notes though the overall mix is balanced by just enough sweetness. Body is full and has a super nice creamy texture with good carbonation. Very well brewed and something I wouldn’t mind having on a regular basis. (473 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought back from Indy during Xmas. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. It had a notch on the bottom of the front label but no way of telling what that means. However, this one just got re-released so fresh. It was black in color with carb bubble fountain in center and slight lacing. It had a small to average dark brown head that quickly settled into a collar with a carb spot in center.

The aroma was coffee, roasted and chocolate malts. Really good. Was worried that the coffee would dominate but it blended into rather quickly after the initial hit of it upon pouring. The taste was really good as well. It was a bit on the bitter side for me so that keeps it down in my taste score a little. Here the coffee is too present for my taste. Mouthfeel had good carbonation but was a little dry.

Overall, a really good beer that I recommend. Not top tier porter for me but close. Would try again next time in an area that carries it. (945 characters)

Photo of gregshead
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on 4/16/11. Reviewed from notes:

A: Pours a thin black w/ a half finger head.

S: Chocolate and maybe espresso on the nose

T: Lots of roasted tones w/ a little bit of a dry espresso finish. Very subtle flavors for a a porter

M: Good carbonation with a light/thin feel

O: A very solid porter overall. One of the better porters I could drink on a regular basis if it were in my area. (392 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: "Silky Black" according to the Founders site, but through light it seems a very deep red. Pretty brew in any case. Slight tan head, little lacing.
smell: That burnt porter edge but balanced with caramel sweetness.
taste: As the nose portends. burnt but balanced well.
overall: This may go in regular rotation. (322 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Bottled on 02/21/2012, so this beer has been chillin in the bottle for about ten months now. Poured into a Boulevard tulip.

A - Pours black as the night with a thin wispy mocha colored foam which disappears within seconds.

S - Chocolate / coffee notes, but I am getting more whiskey booze smell coming out of this than anything else. Faint hint of smoke.

T - A nice robust smoked chocolate coffee taste. Almost reminds me of a very tame beef jerky flavor of some kind, which sounds bizarre, but it's definitely some kind of spice flavor. Very light body, and I'm glad to report that it goes down nice and smooth and doesn't sit heavy in the stomach. There is some kind of hop bitterness buried in there, but this beer is on the old side and it was probably faint to begin with.

M - Doesn't really linger around for too long. Nice palatable hydrated tastes don't dry you out, nor do they leave you drooling. Rather, they leave you wanting another sip of beer before it's all gone.

As the beer warms, it begins to emerge as a more smokey chocolately porter, with maybe even some dark cherry in there somewhere. Overall, I will definitely try this again, as it isn't overly harsh or heavy-hitting. This has been the ideal porter for me so far, so if you aren't big on porters or stouts to begin with, give this beer a shot.

Founders Porter ---4/5. (1,366 characters)

Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to younger35, may you get a job soon.

This beer pours dark, rich, and sexy baby. Dark brown with mocha head, like I bet Candi gives in 48 hours.

Smells roasty, espresso coffee grounds sparged over hot chocolate milk.

Very complex porter, more creamy than others, not harsh, nice roasted, cocoa, and burnt dark sugars. Darkness Charlie Murphy.

What did the five fingers say to the face? Slap! This beer is damn good. (426 characters)

Photo of youngblood
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark brown with small tan head.
S- Strong espresso and dark chocolate coming off of this. Bit of a burnt toast nose to it also.
T- Espresso, Chocolate, bit of creamy sweetness also. Follow the smell, there is a bit of a burnt aftertaste.
M- Creamy and quite smooth, leaves mouth satisfied
D- Easily put back. Goes down rather easy.

This is a really great example of what a Porter should be. (400 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Completely opaque black body with a brown head. Great foam on this one.

Aroma: Deep roasty malts and just a hint of sweetness. Possibly some oatmeal.

Taste: Great roasted grain in there. It really fills your whole palate and stays with you long after you've swallowed. Just a hint of sweetness at the beginning and then dominated by coffee bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Big rush of carbonation up front (slightly over-carbonated), then becomes perfectly smooth. A thick beer but still very drinkable because it goes down so easily.

Final Thoughts: This is a very solid porter (among the best I've had). If you're into this style then this beer is a must-have. (681 characters)

Photo of hopmashian
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Samuel Adams glass renders a 2 " chocolate malt head that lasts a couple of minutes. Smell is like black coffee, then chocolate. Mouth feel is balanced with a slight alcohol presence, not overpowering. Taste follows smell, a little bitterness that dissipates. Over all an excellent porter that I will enjoy again. (341 characters)

Photo of tim9887
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a dimpled Guinness mug. Pours deep dark brown, nearly black. Nice tan head. Sweet malty aroma. Coffee/chocolate/caramel in the nose and palate. Nice roasty, bitter finish. Very thick, rich, velvety mouthfeel. Tiny bit of alcohol warmth. Very nice stuff all around, I'll have another! (307 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a chalice, the beer is a dark brown to black coloring with a tall, frothy, dense, tan head that isn't going anywhere. Aromas of dry roast coffee, chocolate, and a touch of smoke. Slightly earthy, too. Flavors are dry and roasty, with a chocolate-mocha blending, and a creamy chocolate blend at the end of the palate. Dry and slightly creamy in mouth, with a dry, clean finish. Very solid porter. (423 characters)

Photo of dorianmarley
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is black with a tan head and nice lacing.

Nose is an almost-dusty sweet malt.

Taste is nutty; almost with a dry, chicory quality. The malt is sweet.

Mouthfeel is dry, but not overly so. There is plenty to find refreshing here. Carbonation is mild and it has a clean finish.

Overall, this is a unique, dry porter. (327 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Porter on tap at Brews Cafe in Granville, Ohio.

Appearance: Solid black like the midnight dark out here in Central Ohio. Barely any head. Nice lacing! Looks like an Imperial Stout.

Smell: Coffee, faint chicory. Some hops.

Taste: White liquor, like gin or vodka. Some sweetness. Bitterness all around, hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, satisfying. Close-to-perfect carbonation.

Drinkability: Low for a porter, but great if it were an Imperial Porter or Imperial Stout! Sip it, but don't miss it!

Incredibly delicious, my review does not appropriately convey how good this beer is. (594 characters)

Photo of raszputini
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of foogerd
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (574 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark chestnut, almost black; small tan head dissipates quickly with little lacing

Aroma: Bitter roasted grains; earthy hops; coffee

Taste: Bitter roasted grains up front; creamy mouthfeel in the mid with good malt character and dried figs; ends with a smooth, bitter finish and dry aftertaste

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores (385 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure if this bottle was overly carbonated or what but the cap popped of with force. Upon pouring couldn't keep the head tamed. A good tan 4 inch head exploded out of the bottle. Liquid is nearly black no light is penetrating any corner of crevice.

As always it seems, this dark founders brew has a near perfect nose. Big freshly ground coffee aromas, lovely roasted choclate malt, caramel, hints of vanilla, cassis, and a good hopped aroma to even it all out.

Tastes of cassis, mochiato, big roasted choclate and caramel malts, hint of vanilla bean, nice smooth chewy hops. Mouthfeel has a tad too much carbonation but it doesn't cause any harm. This bad boy is big and rich would be hard to drink more than a few. (728 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Decent Porter, but I have better and this is why:

Appearance: Dark almost black, decent amount of head lingering globs of lacing are on the side of the glass and present on the layer that lies over the top of the beer.

Aroma: Some malts, a little hop citrus like notes, but not anything like a black IPA.

Taste: Fairly straightforward nothing outstanding, there is a bit of hop bite to this one which makes it a little bit different but then again some Porters are more hop forward, I tend to like mine more roast malts and creamy.

Overall: Not the best porter I have had tonight. I liked my local breweries offering better, I am not being biased but they made a solid beer! (679 characters)

Photo of Aiptasia
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's often a lesson in subtlety that differentiates between a porter and a stout. Founders porter is one that I believe crosses that line into stout territory. It pours nice and dark with slight tan lacing and only minimal carbonation. It smells of burnt umber and dark fruits, and tastes of roasted malts, coffee, sugary plum and raisin and charcoal. The taste is exactly what you expect on the smell with maybe a hint of chocolate tossed in to boot. It drinks easily with some oat additions and is chewy, rich and smooth. Overall, it's a solid effort but in a blind tasting with all of it's depth and flavor, i'd grade this one as a stout. (641 characters)

Photo of ArchimedesSox
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Pours a deep dark brown with a 2 inch tan colored head that takes its time dissipating leaving good lacing down a 16oz pub glass.

Smell is good with roasted malts taking center stage. I get some chocolate, coffee and maybe a medicinal smell of cough syrup.

Taste is good with the sweet malts hitting first giving those chocolate and coffee flavors. That gives way to a nice bite of hop bitterness, maybe a little piney. The aftertaste is of the chocolate and coffee malts.

Mouthfeel is pretty full with really nice, velvety carbonation.

Overall, a really nice beer. I like these dark beers this time of year and this one has delivered. This is my first beer from Founders and I was pretty impressed. Looking forward to more from them. (747 characters)

Photo of BarrelO
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark body. Two-finger tan head leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S: Roastiness and smokiness.

T: More roasted malt. Slightly smoky. A hint of bitter chocolate. Even some citrus hop flavors.

M: Silky smooth with just enough carbonation.

D: I've generally found that porters don't do a whole lot to hold my interest. But this is one of the better ones. Recommended for fans of dark beers. (428 characters)

Photo of blackcompg
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poured a finger of medium mocha head, color of the ale is a nearly opaque deep brown mahogany, nearly black.

Smell - rich black coffee, roasted malts, whiff of dark chocolate and floral hops.

Taste - Roasted malt, black coffee, dark bakers chocolate (unsweetened), slight minerals, and a touch of black licorice and bitter hops long into the finish.

Mouthfeel - nearly medium, there is almost a smoothness and a creaminess that is whisked away by the medium carb halfway through the sip - the carb adds a sharp tingle with some edges that usher in the hop characteristics, and some bitter black licorice.

Overall - This is a very good porter, but with my high expectations for Founders products I almost felt this was just a tad lacking - this opens up just a bit as it warms, and improves. I wanted this to be just a touch thicker, creamier, and a bit more mouthcoating. Definitely a very good porter, and one that you should try and judge for yourself. (1,006 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark as night body with a thin tan head
aroma is of chocolate and roasted malt.
taste is chocolate up front followed by some roasty notes.
mouthfeel is good and overall a damm good beer. (194 characters)

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,438 ratings.