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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,454
Hads: 6,623
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 369
Gots: 1,210 | 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: 1,454 | Hads: 6,623
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 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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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice thick black with a dark brown 3/4 inch head and some residue from the bottom. Nice fairly sweet smell. You can taste the alcohol. Has a nice thickness to it and typical porter taste. Great mouthfeel. This one competes with the best from Europe.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my HotD tulip.
Bottled 2.15.11 Damn black ink!!!

A- Deep brown, almost not head at all. Some dark tan on the edges.

S- Malts and coffee.

T- Coffee, Chocolates, burnt sugars.

D- Mild, no bitterness.

O- Nicely smooth for a Porter. I would say this is a good example of the style.

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Photo of Spiekerbox
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours dark brown with a medium sized light brown head. Starts to reside after a few minutes leaving light lacing down the glass.

S- Toasted malts with a slightly coffee scent.

T- Taste the toasted somewhat burnt malts with a little bit of the coffee flavor coming through. A good taste of the hops at the finish makes for a good balance of flavors

M- Thick full bodied beer, low carbonation with a nice creaminess as you drink it.

D- Nice drinkability, one of the better porters that I have drank, Founder's is rarely a plain brewery and this is no exception, good beer with nice flavor to it.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with a head that quickly removes itself after the initial pour.

Smell: Dark chocolate, roasted malts and hints of red wine.

Taste: Smoked malts and barley with some hints of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: There are many stouts/porters that don't have the luscious, creamy viscosity of this fine brew. Not surprising coming from Founders, this certainly makes this beer a pleasure to drink. There is not too much carbonation to speak of.

Overall: Even if you don't like porters in general, I challenge you to drink this and not like it. Founders is the company that got me to like dark beers more, with their KBS and Imperial Stout. This beer delivers yet again, and is delicious, even if you're not a porter guy.

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Photo of bgildea
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very nice dark black brown color. Slight tan head, that looks very appealing but fades. Slight lacing as well.

S: Good smell with some earthy/coffee notes.

T: The taste is a dark rich coffee flavor. I'm surprised that it's not called a coffee porter for the amount of coffee flavor that the beer has.

M: Thin mouthfeel with a slight alcohol taste. Not much thickness to the beer.

D: It's drinkable, but the coffee flavor might be too overwhelming to have several of them.

Overall: I enjoyed the beer, but the coffee flavor overwhelmed the other notes in the beer. I was satisfied, but I think Founder's has better beers out there.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 3-20-09
Bottled on 1-20-09
6.5% abv

Pours very dark, almost black. A thin head lasts forever, with one thick ring of lacing that slides down the glass.

Smell is malty but not too sweet, a nice smokiness and slight coffee in the finish. Very enjoyable.

Taste is malty, alot like the smell, but with a sizable hop presence. The hops add a bitter kick at the end, a bit too much for my taste.

Mouthfeel is good, maybe a little too thin.

Drinkability is good, super balance makes is very to drink.

Overall, a good beer, maybe a bit too fresh.

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Photo of JWU
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

A- Black. No light pierces it. A tight tan head that dissipates fairly quickly

S- heavy roasted malts, milk chocolate and vanilla. The Founders yeast strain is in there as well.

T- Much less sweet than the smell would suggest. Burnt wood, toast, coffee are prominent. Dark, dark chocolate, and vanilla hints as well. Hops hit mid-stride but are restrained. A bit of sweetness tries to come though on the backside, but it balanced, and a bit overtaken by the bitterness.

M- Heavy side of medium, tight carbonation, dries aggressively for a porter.

O- A good american porter. Not my favorite, but obviously well crafted.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - PITCH black and thick. A small creamy brownish head quickly disappeared and not much stick or lacing.

S - Caramel, coffee, chocolate. Also distant oaky smell as well.

T - Malty, sweet, chocolate tasting up front, followed by a nice touch of bitterness. Some lingering smokey / oaky flavor as an aftertaste.

O - This is phenomenal -silky smooth porter with an explosion of different flavors during every drink. So much going on with this brew. This brew is perfect to enjoy while watching a football game on a lazy Sunday.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark almost black with one-finger, tan, creamy head that lasted a few minutes and left a nice film. Pretty good lacing.

S: Coffee, bittersweet chocolate.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Roasted malt, chocolate, and milk.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and slightly warm going down.

O: Nice drinkable porter for the cold months. Nose was weak, but other than that, pretty good.

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Photo of throwthechaff
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally had the opportunity to get myself a six pack of this year round beer by founders. I can finally say that i have had all the year round beers and totally a place that knows how to make beer. Was not disappointed with the porter at all. Very dark brown color that is very smooth and easy to drink... tastes almost like chocolate milk. Its not that thick of a porter which i really do like, but still find myself having a hard time to drink more than 3 of them because they are so filling. Totally a good one.

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3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

God bless Founders. Poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 8/12/09. From notes.

A: One and half finger medium dark borwn head thats creamy with respectable retention and lacing. The body is very dark brown, not quite black, but completely opaque.

S: Heavy malts of molasses, caramel, grain, some roasted, some burnt. Light hops of pine with a bit of spruce and maybe a little citrus. The yeast is earthy and meaty and heavier than I expected. Slightly warm on the nose.

T: Additional flavors and/or aromas of smoke and wood and dark fruits. The earthy yeast adds a peaty flavor. This porter coats the mouth to produce a long, well-attenuated flavor duration that is mildly sweet and only moderately bitter.

M: Thick texture but not quite a full body mouthfeel. The carbonation is fizzy.

D: This brew has a well-deserved spot in the Founders mixed case. While good, it is outshined and has a lower drinkability, in my opinion, than the 2 of the 3 other offerings.

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Photo of sevenarts
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black and opaque, with a creamy tan head that sticks around nicely.

S: Roasted, burnt malt aromas with some coffee.

T/M: A rich mix of smoky roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, very smooth and creamy, with just a touch of bitterness in the followthrough.

O: A delicious, complex porter.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a large rocky tan head that leaves curtains of lacing. Good retention and a pretty beer although a tad dark for the style (more like a stout).

Light aroma of chocolate and roasted grain with a hint of cherry. Roasted notes dominate the palate with a bit of stond fruit. A touch sweet in the middle, leading to some sourness and a herbal bitter finish.

Medium body, a bit creamy with good carbonation and a peppery feel.

Overall, a nice complex porter and a good example of the style.

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Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

undated 12 oz. bottle.

Pours a very dark mahogany, looking nearly black in the glass. The thick tan head has a red tinge and good durability.

Aroma: roast malt with hints of dark chocolate and spicy hops.

Plenty of rich roast malt flavor. Predominantly dark toasted malt but without a burnt quality. A tingling note of spicy hops in the flavor and in the lasting aftertaste. Ample coffee and a bit of smoke in the finish. Good bitter/sweet balance.

Smooth; full body; good carbonation.

O - a rich porter; a tad too smokey/expresso for my taste.

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3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founders Porter

Appearance: Founders only year-round dark beer offering pours pitch-black with a massive three fingers of deep tan head. This foam cap quickly dissipates into a crust reminiscent of espresso crema. The beer is too dark to note any carbonation, but, as Founders beers are unfiltered, quite a bit of sediment is noted. The beer leaves very little lacing while sliding down the glass. It honestly looks more like a stout than a porter, but coming from one of the kings of stouts and given the questionable divide between the two styles, this is not surprising or negative. Like the bottle proclaims, this beer looks “dark, rich, and sexy”; but the same could be said for your average porter or stout.

Aroma: Thick, creamy waves of darkly roasted malts suggesting chocolate, coffee, and just the slightest hint of oatmeal waft over the drinker’s nose. Strangely, there is a bit of an alcohol/liquor profile, even at a modest 6.5% ABV, which, while not negative, is unexpected and somewhat off-putting in such a small beer (by craft standards). Not a lot outside the norm going on here, either; it just smells like a basic porter/stout.

Taste: Essentially follows the nose, but with more of an emphasis on the coffee than chocolate, which strays from the very balanced aroma. The chocolate is more of a supporting actor to the coffee, rather than fighting for the spotlight. No real hop profile is present, but this is a malt-focused beer, so the malt-focused bill does not hurt the beer. The aftertaste lingers on forever, it seems, with a slight hint towards dark fruits highlighted in Belgian tripels and quads. Simple and effective is clearly what Founders was going for with this beer. That simplicity is a bit disappointing considering their other more complex (but not year-round) dark offerings.

Mouthfeel: This is the attribute that sets this brew apart from other porters (and Founders other stouts). This is one of the only beers in which “watery” can be used positively. The smooth and velvety nature of the beer make it incredibly drinkable and refreshing, which is in stark contrast to the flavors at play here. Typically, dark beers are thick and syrupy and sometimes need to be chewed, but this one is lighter than air and goes down with no problems at all. There is a slight alcohol warming as the glass empties, but it is pleasant and restrained, if surprising. There is very little carbonation to speak of, but that only emphasizes the velvety quality of the drink. Founders managed to drag this one out of the mediocrity of normal porters with this amazing mouthfeel.

Overall: While this beer is quite average in every aspect (except mouthfeel), it almost appears as if Founders meant it to be that way. There is nothing surprising, but also nothing to really dislike. Its drinkability and low ABV make it a great example of a session porter (if such a thing exists). This is also a great introduction to porters and stouts and could be used as a rubric on which to grade all other stouts and porters. Simplicity is sexy, apparently. 15.5/20

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Photo of musicforairports
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black color, even when held up to the light. Head is off-white, kind of brown.

Smells roasty, smoky--lots of roasted malt and chocolate notes.

Flavor is spot on--chocolate and coffee notes, roasted barley flavors, and pretty smooth. Less milky than some, and there's a bit of crispness and light hops in the finish. Leaves lingering chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium--it's actually lighter than I expected. Low-medium carbonation.

This is a really good porter; glad I tried it. The flavor profile is great, though overall I think the lighter body doesn't match up to the robustness of the flavor.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

This guy pours almost pitch black... I can't really get any light to come through the glass! A nice creamy mocha colored head.

Nose is sweet, roasty, and creamy with slight hints of red berry and vanilla.

Low carbonation with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and light, sweet finish.

Overall a very pleasant porter. Slightly sweet, but clean and well-rounded. Will drink again.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founders Porter is thick, inky, and sweet.

It poured ink black with no head and left no lace. The smell and flavor were very sweet, dominated by sweet licorice. The feel was terrific, very thick, up front, with a strong bitter presence on the tongue long afterwards.

There's not a great deal of complexity with Founders Porter; however, it has a strong presence with both the sweet flavor and the thick feel.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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