Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,431
Hads: 6,508
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
Wants: 355
Gots: 1,132 | 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
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Reviews: 1,431 | Hads: 6,508
Photo of BillHilly
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Classic stout/porter appearance, not quite the head retention of a good porter, thus the 4.

S: Roasted malt, light smoke.

T: Very balanced on the roasted malt, slight coffee with a mellow finishing note.

M: Perfect carbonation, light on the ABV, so not gradely highly on the M.

D: Worth a taste, got as an extra...thx Spdkilz, represents Porters very well...a worthy pursuit as a throw in. Would drink again. (415 characters)

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black. That's all there is. Mild carbonation, and no light gets through, there's no lacing, and there's also just a very small head that quickly dissipates. Of course, if you do an aggressive pour, you'll get a really nice tan head. I recommend doing so.

Smell: Espresso. Roast. Maltiness. Mmm. It's rather light though.

Taste: It smells a bit better than it tastes... the initial taste is mostly just roastiness, but after it sits on your tongue for a bit, I get some dark coffee bitterness, with a hint of dark chocolate in there as well. There's the warming of alcohol at the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: It's definitely rich, but not nearly as creamy as I was expecting it to be. Sort of surprising, but not a huge deal.

Overall, it's an incredibly big, robust beer. The thing about it is, I feel sort of goofy drinking this in August. This to me screams winter, in front of a warm fire place, or maybe even as a substitute on a cool morning for warm coffee. This isn't my type of beer to casually drink -- I tend to prefer lighter beers for every day drinking -- but there's no denying its quality. It smells phenomenal, and its taste is one that I feel can surely grow on me as I get older. I don't feel it's as fantastic as the rating suggests, but it's undoubtedly a well made beer. I'm very interested to see just how my taste buds change when I get another sixer in a couple years. (1,452 characters)

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

A good porter, though a little too unctuous for my tastes.

Pours a deep, inky black with a thin, tan head. The aroma is strong and coffee-like, with a burnt edge, like coffee grounds. The flavor is rich and coffeelike, roasted, with a little smoked or burnt quality. The mouthfeel is quite milky and slick. (307 characters)

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

Somewhat cloudy jet-black brew forms a frothy, whipped dark tan head atop medium-small bubbles with adequate sheets of lace. Mild to moderate carbonation. Aroma is of cocoa powder, dark semisweet chocolate, medium roast coffee, roasted grains, and a subtle chalkiness. Smells good, but not really anything unique going on here. Mouthfeel is soft with a medium body and roasty, dry finish. Taste starts with some spicy, green flavor hops, melts into rich roasted barley/black patent malt and coffee, followed by a pleasant lingering sweetness in the back of the throat which comes from out of nowhere and balances well with a lightly astringent grainy finish. No noted alcohol presence or off flavors. The acidity brightens as it warms. Quite nice.

Update: $20 for a case direct from the brewery. Whoohoo. Yummy stuff. (820 characters)

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

Has all the standard properties of a porter/stout, except that it is a bit sweeter than most. A very smooth brew, easy to drink, with very little hop bite. What I find missing in this and many of the high quality porters/stouts is uniqueness. They all seem to taste about the same to me. Nice balance, blah, blah, blah. I'm continually searching for one that dares to be different. Unfortunately, very few of them. (414 characters)

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

Poured from a bottle.
Apperance is dark black with a fingers worth of tan head.
Smell is of sweet chocolate and malt and a bit of coffee
Taste is nice. Its mostly roasted malts and coffee followed by a hint of chocolate.
mouthfeel is pretty thick and heavy with a nice amount of carbonation to it.
Overall this is a solid porter and its well worth it to pick up a 6 pack if avaliale. (385 characters)

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

Pour an opaque darkness with visible sediment at the end of the bottle and a two finger loose foamy dark brown head that's gone in a flash, leaving little Belgian lacing behind. The smell is a nice chalky NECCO chocolate and coffee aroma. Lightly carbonated, the mouth feel is full bodied with a tangy bitterness. Full flavored, the coffee bean character is moderately roasted. The texture is creamy smooth with a touch of lingering roasty bitterness. A really nice drinker, you'll want to sip and savor it. Many thanks Stigs!! (527 characters)

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

12 ounce pour..

A: Dark chocolate black. Thin head ample lacing

S: Delicious chocolate and coffee , par for the course. Roasty and malty.

T: Taste follows the smell. Creamy rich coffee and chocolate. A bit watery tasting.

M: Medium creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth easy drinking.

O: Overall, this tastes like a light version of their Imperial Stout. I suppose it is a bit disappointing and slightly watery tasting in comparison, even though its not a thin beer, and is a robust 6.5 APV. All in all, a nice easy drinking porter, but in comparison to their Imperial Stout, not quite as exciting. (595 characters)

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

A - Poured into a standard pint. Pours and impenetrable deep brown with a faint ruby tinge when held up to a window. The head is a 1 finger puff of tan foam that sticks around for a while. Lacing. Ew. Are those floaties? Gross.

S - A nice roasty vibe. Coffee affects without being in your face. Bits of chocolate. Basically a standard, robust porter. Nothing off.

T - Starts off with a very nice, slightly sweet roasted malt, and finishes dry, with a hoppy, chocolatey bitterness. Well-made and a nice addition to Founders already good lineup.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, even carbonation.

D - Not particularly sessionable, but nice to have in the fridge.

Notes: This won't necessarily replace Edmund Fitzgerald for me but at least it gives me another good choice. (775 characters)

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

reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger off white head

smell: roast, coffee, chocolate, malts,

taste: roasted malts, some coffee / chocolate flavors

mouthfeel: medium to full body, mild carbonation,

overall: decent porter, I prefer some others in the style over this one but still a very good beer.

cheers,
the CPJ (346 characters)

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

12 ounce bottle- dark cola, one finger beige head. Good lacing. Nose- hint of smoke, stewed fruit, light roast. Taste- chalky, again some smoke, stewed fruit and roast. Wonderful stuff. Finishes dry from the chalk and roast. Drinkability is excellent. (251 characters)

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

Dark black in color with lots of yeast floating around, small and creamy tan head that leaves a good lacing, roasty chocolaty malty aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and coffee flavors, nice dry burnt bitterness in the finish, a good porter I would like to try again. (264 characters)

Photo of cleve00
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a Stout, and RIS lover, butI am liking Porters more and more!

Appearance- black pour little to no head.

Smell-medium roasted coffee no off putting odor. Inviting.

Taste- Medium overall coffee up front hints chocolate. Pleasant malted finish not too heavy, dry.

Mouthfeel- Ample bodied. Carbonation is low. Rich and creamy, i am loving American Porters More and More did I mention that?...yes!

Overall- I enjoyed this Porter very much I cant wait to try more of Founders Stouts and Imperial Stouts. I hope I stumble on to one of their limited suppy. Thanks Founders, you are on my short list.:) (604 characters)

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

Poured from a 12 oz.. bottle into a tulip.

Coming out of the bottle, Founders Porter looks thick and viscous, with a nearly black color. There is a small off-white head that manages to leave a bit of lace down the sides of the glass.

The aroma is full of unsweetened dark chocolate and roasted malt. A bit of espresso and a generous hop bill adds a bitter aroma.

For a porter, this beer is definitely big on flavor. The unsweetened dark chocolate and roasted malts dominate, but a general hoppiness works its way in toward the end. Each sip also has a little bit of caramel sweetness, vanilla, and coffee.

Founders Porter is a little bit on the sticky side, despite not having a strong sweet character. The carbonation is right in the middle between creamy and smooth, and the body is on the full side for the style, despite not having a huge ABV.

This is yet another example of a well made beer from Founders. (916 characters)

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

Look: beautiful dark brown with tan head
Smell: bitter roasted coffee with carmel
Feel: thin creamy and smooth
Taste : roasted coffee bitter with caramel
Overall :aa very good beer. I'm glad i bought (203 characters)

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

Served at cellar temperature in a Chimay goblet. Bottled 4/28/11

A = pours dark brown, 1/2 finger of quickly-dissipating head, little carbonation

S = chocolate, coffee, malt all with an overarching roasted theme

T = again, coffee and chocolate lead the way, hint of bitter hops in the end

M = very smooth, light on the carbonation

D = very drinkable, obviously not as big as their stouts but a nice beer overall, I will keep this in my rotation. (450 characters)

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

Nice smooth and well bodied US porter. Great click of smell and palate.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Old fashion design around the portrait of a lady dressed in black and holding flowers, mixed with the Founders branding. Three word description as "dark, rich, and sexy". Shows date of bottling (06/11/09), IBUs (45), and Alc. (6.5%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Dark color with minimal brown translucency around the edges. Generous foamy dark head the dissipates smoothly to leave a persistent ring and minimal lacing..

S - Coffee, chocolate aromas with a characteristic smoked touch.

T - Great smoothness of those coffee and malt flavors in a rich roasted taste.

M - Medium to full bodied and quick in the lingering aftertaste.

D - Goes down well and does not overwhelm, easy to go after another one.

Notes: True, it may lack a final couple of notches to make it an outstanding beer. But it is still a great brew to keep handy, enjoy, and showcase the style. (970 characters)

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

The local bar hosted a special Founders night with multiple offerings of their beer.

I had the Porter in a snifter glass. This was a nice touch to hold in the maximum amount of bouquet in the glass.

On the pour I had about one finger of tan head. The color was very dark.

The nose had mild coffee and some vanilla.

The flavor included the coffee as well. The coffee starts as mild and gets strong near the end. It really isn't as bitter as you would think through the whole glass.

I enjoyed this beer. It did a really good job to pair with tonight's ribs. (564 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Halcyondays is the one responsible for giving me my first taste of Founders Porter! Thanks! On to the beer:

The beer is nearly ink black and has a sturdy enough head with solid doses of lace. it smells like toasted coconut and dark cocoa, two things which are pleasant together. In its taste, the beer has a dimension of nuttiness not found in the aroma. Semi-sweet throughout with coconut and nutty notes kicking around. That's enough to make Founder Porter a pleasure to drink, (480 characters)

Photo of gr0g
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid black in color, capped with a one-finger khaki head. Good retention and lace formation. Cocoa is the primary component of the aroma along with some toasted grain. Some citric American hop aroma on the back end.

Predominantly dry with a mocha-like flavor. Mild bitterness that picks up a bit toward the finish. Mouthfeel is very good, bordering on silky, and it complements the flavor profile exceedingly well. Robust and tasty with no alcohol presence on the palate.

Founders has a very nice porter here, though that's not surprising given the overall quality of their lineup. Count this among the benchmarks for the style. (631 characters)

Photo of NaziBeerHunter
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. Very nice rich mouthfeel with pretty tasty coffee notes. The hop flavor still really comes through in this beer, and it's got great flavor (150 characters)

Photo of brandoncox
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pure black pour with a thick frothy head of tan and orange.

Aroma notes are of rich dark chocolate and coffee beans.

The character of this beer changes as it warms in the glass. First few sips are of chocolate but as the temperature rises my palate picks up vanilla and an attack of good hoppy bitterness.

Very chewy porter with a thick mouth-feel that will almost make you believe you are consuming a chocolate candy bar.

I don't think my stomach could hold more than a couple of these at a time but it is a very satisfying beer. Although not a seasonal this is a great porter for a fall evening or perhaps even a halloween party. I'm becoming very impressed with Founders as every beer I have tried has been exceptional. (729 characters)

Photo of thain709
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a nearly pitch black body...the only other color, burgundy, appears around the edges when held to the light...a bubbly, yet creamy, tan head forms and stands two fingers tall...nice retention leads to great lacing

S - Huge roasted malt presence...it takes it to the edge of being burnt/charred...dark chocolate, fresh brewed coffee...vanilla and caramel to sweeten things up

T - Everything that was displayed in the nose comes together for big flavors...the roasted aspect is present throughout the entire beer...it does take a turn towards the end of the glass as it wears down your palate and becomes burnt...the chocolate and coffee are dark and pair well with each other...the vanilla and caramel come in to provide some sweetness as the roasted and dark flavors start to overpower everything...there is a punch of hops towards the finish...paired with the roastiness, they both provide a long lasting bitterness

M - Medium bodied...not quite full, roasty, bitter...wears down the palate

O - This was a well done robust porter...it kind of reminded me as a Breakfast Stout Light...bold flavors, but my only complaint was the degree of roasted malts (1,171 characters)

Photo of tewaris
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Darker than most within its style and ABV range with a medium head etc. Smells faintly of chocolate and roast. Tastes chocolaty and roasty with a long charred and somewhat nutty finish. There is some acidity as well. Mouthfeel is medium with carbonation a little higher than my preferred level.

Overall a great beer that's tough to beat at its price point. Founders has a really good regular lineup with this one, Dirty Bastard, Centennial and Red's Rye. This reminds me why it is one of my favorite breweries. (511 characters)

Photo of abrand
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into the standard pint glass. Bottle states "Dark, rich, & sexy". Sounds appealing.

The founders porter pours a deep brown almost black color with a 1/2 finger ebony head and no lacing. Nose is coffee, roasted malts, and dark chocolate. Nothing special. Taste is consistent with nose but the chocolate is much sweeter on the quaff than the nose. No coffee is noted in the taste but there is a bitter finish to the taste. Overall taste is complex but delicious. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and overall a great porter. (540 characters)

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,431 ratings.