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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 Fastmedic
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma: Smooth Aroma very subdued. I smell malt, toffee, caramel and roasted and chocolate aromas. roasty, toast, nuts, caramel, Appearance: Dark and liquid, not thick. Some light does shine through but it is very dark. Head was about a fingers length but did not last long. No lacing here. Taste: Very malty and sweet and smooth, slight bitterness on the back end. Not much carbonation to speak of. I taste caramel and toffee notes. Aftertaste is lasting and makes you want another sip right away. Palate: Creamy and flat. Medium body.

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Photo of Sammy
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewer 3 months ago. Pours jet black with lots of brown foam in head, that leaves a spider lace trail. Aroma of roasted malts, and a hint of mollasses. As we drink through the pint, chocolate malts are noticed in aroma as well as taste. Drying in middle, a bit like an Irish dry stout. Carbonation is right there, and refreshing. Anise and chocolate in residual, along with roasted barley "coffee grounds".Great porter.Average mouthfeel, smooth drinking.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Pours pitch black with no head at all. A slight ring of tan foam encircles a body with slight, whispy lace that comes and goes as you drink it.

Smell - Nice aroma. Heavy on the roasted malts. It smells as if coffee was added, really. Dark chocolate behind the coffee. Nary a hint of sweetness.

Taste - Not far behind the aroma, but a bit lacking. Not a lot of flavor in the front of the sip. The flavor comes as a roasted malt bitterness and a slight hop bitterness. A few flavors going on, but all at the end. It doesn't really develop through the drink.

Mouthfeel - This is where I think I just don't like porters. I'm not looking for a stout "lite" but that's always what porters seem to be for me. It's got good carbonation, but a thin body that doesn't hold the rich flavors for long. It's there, then it's gone, with only a hint of lasting flavor.

Overall - Good flavor, if not a bit uninspired in its development through the drink. Not enough body to make me think it's a really great beer.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color was a very nice dark dark brown, poured out a bit on the thick side. Head was dark brown, very thin that didn't last long at all, left small ring around the edge. Smell was slighty burnt chocolate with some oatmeal bread. Taste was a bit sweet with chocolate aftertaste. Felt very good in the mouth, nice and milky, just a bit of carbonation. Easy to drink, just a touch of acidity, but didn't detract much from the overall beer.

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Photo of ctjoumas
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

After a long drive from west palm beach to key west, I was hoping for a small place nearby with good beers. Found a small bar with a great selection. This one I've wanted to try for a while since I'm a fan of the backwoods bastard. The porter pours a nice dark black with a nice layer of head which gives way quickly to the dark of the beer. Smell is roasty with coffee notes. Mouthfeel is smith but a bit more effervescent than I expected; not so much in a bad way though. Taste is a slight sweetness upfront with a little bitterness in the end. Very clean taste with burnt coffee at the end. Great beer overall and glad I ran into this place.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black, decent amount of head and lace on the glass. Love the pitch black chocolate cover

S - Burnt toast, sweet chocolate, and hints of alcohol.

T - Like the smell, burnt biscuit up front, but sweet chocolate towards the end and a nice hop kick for good measure. A damn tasty porter with a lot going on

M - Full body, nice bite at the end.

O - An excellent Porter. I wouldn't expect anything less in a "dark" beer from Founders, who seems to do it better than anyone

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Photo of Pabs311
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice, rich, dark black with very thin mocha head. very minimal lacing coats the glass as i drink this beer.

S- not overpowering but on the aroma is mainly of chocolate and molasses.

T- similar to the nose, altough more potent. chocolate, molasses, caramel and sweet roasted malts all play an integral part in the flavor of this beer. nice.

M/D- medium bodied and creamy in texture with minimal carbonation. great for this style of beer and very silky. great drinking porter, not my favorite of all but up there on my list

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/black with some minor red highlights. Relatively big dark tan head with large carbonation bubbles and great lace on teh pint glass.
Aroma of bitter coffee grinds, chocolate and some caramel/toffee are most notable. almost a nutty type of profile in the background.
Flavor is bitter coffee smoothed somewhat by a hint of sweet chocolate up front and then finished with a little bit of sweet malt.
Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant although the transition from bitter to sweet is a little clumsy.
Drinakability is fairly high and once the palate adjusts to the heavy bitter start it really goes down easily. Serve cold to assure that the bitterness does not overpower.

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Photo of drtth
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a dark brown and is almost black in the glass with no light getting through. The creamy brown head recedes quickly to a small ring of foam with a few irregular patches on the surface of the liquid. Sipping initially eaves a small ring of foam with some legs trailing down that become small patches of lacing that cling to the side of the glass. Later on there is still minimal patchy lacing.

Smell: While the aroma has a faint floral character the dominant parts of it are coffee, sweet dark chocolate and dark toffee from the roasted malts.

Taste: The flavor is full and combines sweet chocolate, coffee and bitter dark roasted malt with some unsweetened dark chocolate. There is some sweetness but it never dominates the character of the flavor. It just seems to modulate the bitterness so that it is not too intense.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth. There is minimal carbonation. By the end of the beer the carbonation only shows as a light soft prickly sensation. The finish is long and is mostly the bitter of the dark roasted malt turning dry and fading away, but it seems to go on a bit too long and have a faint burnt character to it.

Drinkability: This is reasonably drinkable and I could easily have a second but I'd probably not because of the intensity of the flavors. This is one I could return and return to again sometime but there are one or two on my list that are as good as or just a bit higher on my list.

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Photo of tylernim
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark and foreboding. Tan head about two fingers tall, webs the entire glass as you go.

S - Huge burnt chocolate notes hit you right away.

T - Follows the smell, although a bit more subdued. Chocolate, coffee, burnt malts.

M - Carbonation on the tongue. Medium.

D - Good for such a dark one.

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Photo of soju6
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a virtual black color with a off-white head and nice lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt with coffee and a hint of caramel.

T: Taste of roasted malt and coffee with some bittersweet chocolate. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and somewhat creamy.

O: Good porter nice example of the style. Could put a few of these away with no trouble.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown almost black color with a creamy beige foam head. A tiny bit of lacing.

S- Smokey with a decent amount of roasted malt in the nose. A bit of hazelnut and toasted grains.

T- Smokey bitterness upfront with a nice roasted malt sweetness in the finish. Alcohol is more apparent that I thought it would be.

M- Medium body with ok carbonation. Smokey aftertaste.

D- Pretty decent porter with a nice flavor.

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Photo of Wildman
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured as black as the night and formed a nice dark tan foamy head that left cirular lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, chocolate and coffee are present, with an emphasis on the coffee, but not thwarting the chocolate aroma. It had a flavor of malt, coffee and chocolate, with more of a chocolate note in the finish. The body was fairly light and the finish was bitterswett like a bittersweet chocolate. Not a bad porter, but with the over the top ones lately, I think it suffers. As a standard example of style, I think it is fine.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle label says 6.5% ABV - Pours a beautiful pitch black with just a twinge of red highlights and a thick frothy caramel colored one inch head. Thick heavy lacing paints the glass. Smells of coocolate, coffee and rich dark roasted malts rule the nose. First sip is mostly coffee and chocolate combined with a prevalent nuttiness. The coffee bitterness is from start to finish. A creamy mouthfeel is welcomed but it does seem a little to the thin side.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours an almost midnight black with a layer of coffee colored head, fading into some nice film, leaving a bit of lacing around the glass.

A nice flair of coffee in the nose with hints of mocha, chocolate, molasses, and a light touch of smoke.

Begins with some roasted malts and robust mocha coffee flavor. Semi-sweet chocolate and a light splash of vanilla hide underneath. A bit of molasses, hop bitterness, and more robust dark malt towards the end. Finishes with some sweetness, hops, and a faint warmth.

Medium bodied, feels a little thinner than it should, higher carbonation. Nice flavor and solid drinking, alcohol is masked well too.

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Photo of dukedevil0
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as a single bottle at Archer Liquors in Chicago, IL.

A: Pours dark black with a dark khaki colored head. Looks like a stout! Good lacing on the glass

S: Smells like a great blend of chocolate and coffee.

T: Flavors are similar to the smell, but not as intense. Some bready/yeasty flavor in there too.

M: A little thinner than I expected but still coats the palate, probably why it's a porter. I feel there is way too much carbonation though, but it gets better as it warms.

D: It gets better as it warms, but it's not something I would keep stocked.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A vigorous pour revealed only a 1/8th finger head of dark tan head. This slowly melted away. Body is black and needs about 4mm or less to see light through. Trace of head sticks around for a while and lacing is perfect.

S - Just a great aroma for a porter. Spot on to what you would expect. Chocolate and licorice to go with some prunes and slight nutty aroma. I can't pinpoint the exact smell though.

T - Very dark malty/nutty flavors. Definitely some coffee and chocolate. Only slight vanilla. Very roasty, like a roasted espresso bean.

M - Maybe a bit overcarbonated for a porter, but still nice. Just gives it a more refreshing feel to it. Body is medium but lighter than the look.

O - A very good beer at a good price. Wish I lived somewhere this was distributed. Probably couldn't drink more than one though.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No bottle or label date that I can find. Poured into a Duvel tulip. One finger mocha head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving some minor lacing. The body is dark brown, nearly black, with some light red hue around the edges.

Good, rich aroma. Dark fruit, primarily raisin, with light amounts of chocolate, toffee, roasted malt, and a hint of tangy hops. Very nice.

The dominant flavors follow the aroma, but I was pleasantly surprised by the hop bitterness which is muted but definitely present.

The mouthfeel is smooth, but thin. Very drinkable. One of the better porters I've had.

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Photo of LebronJeremy
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looked like used motor oil--almost flat, dark, and viscous. Head dissipates quickly.

S: You knew it was a porter right off the bat. The roast and malt mixed nicely with an slight hoppiness. Not as much coffee smell as I've had with even some stouts.

T: Surprisingly not that malty for how rich it looked coming out of the bottle. Very balanced. Slight bitterness through the middle of the taste with a relatively clean finish. Occasionally, the bitterness lingered too long, and I developed a very light film in my mouth, which was the only major knock against this beer.

M: Definitely surprised me with the amount of carbonation. I would like to try this with a nitrogen tap because I porter itself is really thick, but the nitrogen always adds a creaminess that I really enjoy.

O: Very solid beer. Would certainly get more.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, purchased from a reputable distributer 7/2011, well stored.

Poured into a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Poured rather aggressively into the glass produces very little head which rapidly reduces to a thin film.

The smell starts off with a blast of distinct French Roast black coffee, followed by heavily roasted malt, some hints of dark caramel, rather powerful, lasts from the first opening to the end.

The taste is dominated by distinct, aggressive, black roasted malt, and black coffee, some elusive hop flavors, crisp acidity adds balance, wonderful carbonation that is not overdone and compliments this brew. Seems to be at its best at about 55 degrees.

Very long finish of coffee and deep roasted malt, coats the mouth.

I have to say that Porter’s are not one of my favorite styles of beer. That being said, I will say that while there is nothing overly complex here, it is a very distinctly flavored brew and you have to admire what Founders is doing.
Founders never seems to fail in producing “black beers”, and this is no exception. It is unquestionably the best Porter I have ever tasted. A pleasant experience and one that I appreciate the opportunity to have had.

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Photo of david131
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Says 6.5% ABV on the bottle.

A- Absolutely pitch black with a creamy but thin brown head. Very dark, looks like a really big stout.

S- Very roasty with a nice rye aspect to it. Very smoky smelling and very aromatic. A little rough smelling. Not as much smooth milk chocolate as I would have liked.

T- Smoke, coffee, chocolate, oats. A lot better blended together than the aroma would lead you to believe. Very nice.

M- Pretty creamy, but the carbonation keeps things pretty active.

D- Almost a bit on the heavy side for an American Porter. It is very enjoyable though and worth a shot.

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Photo of AwYeh
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, bottled 1/19/11, poured into snifter.

A: Dark brown/black with crimson-brown accents around the edge of the glass. One finger light tan head which dissipates quickly, leaving a thin ring around the glass. Spotty lacing.

S: Rich and sweet; roasted malts and chocolate are most upfront here, complimented by hints of cream, molasses, and vanilla.

T: Black coffee factors into the taste here, and the aforementioned roasted malts and chocolate flavors are just as strong here, along with cream, and an earthy, resinous hop bitterness.

M: Thin-medium body, with light carbonation. Smooth with a lingering bittersweet finish.

D: A good porter, by any means, but I'm not sure that this offers anything unique or outstanding enough for me to demand frequent revisitation.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought from my local liquor store.

Generally a fairly typical stout/porter look. A fairly large head, but besides that it is basically the norm.

Smells clearly of chocolate. Subtle tones of malt and coffee.

Surprisingly light, even for a porter. But with definite taste of cacao and chocolate. Otherwise it's a satisfying, yet generic, taste.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an eighth inch chocolate malt head which vanished almost immediately. The body is a dark burnt umber brown, almost coffee. Smells of cocoa, coffee, and roasted malt. The taste matches the smell but is actually far milder than I was expecting. Finish is quite long featuring the roasted malt. Certainly a very good porter, but not necessarily the king of them all.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 01/09/14.

Pours opaque dark brown with 1 inch of tan head that quickly fades to a thin ring and cap on top and leaves spotty lace.

Smell is of coffee, cocoa and faint grassy hops.

Flavor are dominated by roasted (almost smoked) dark malt with coffee and bitter dark chocolate. There is a subtle hop presence on the finish.

Texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a solid, well balanced American porter.

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