Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,413
Reviews: 1,480
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 342
Gots: 1,084 | FT: 27
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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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Photo of bgildea
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of BMoney575
3.92/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of JWU
3.92/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of andrewjraab
3.92/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.92/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of throwthechaff
3.92/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of sevenarts
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of CliffBrake
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a near black, baker's chocolate brown with cola brown edging. Powdered cocoa colored head attains only a half finger of thickness with sub-par retention. Lacing is small and spotty.

Smell - A fair, sweet chocolate aroma with subtle bitterness sitting beneath.

Taste - Starts with sweet milk chocolate, backed by lesser notes of bitter dark chocolate nibs. Moderate earth and coffee character mid-taste, then finishes with more milk chocolate sweetness. Just a hair of bitterness lingers long into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Somewhat silky with good smoothness on the finish.

Overall - Not the best or most complex porter I've had, but it's pretty damn good. An excellent dessert beer. I imagine it pairing well with strawberry cheesecake.

Photo of THANAT0PSIS
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
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

Photo of musicforairports
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of syrupjoe
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of beeragent
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Poured a dark brown, almost black, forming a 1/4 inch mocha head. Very light lacing on the glass which fades rather quickly.

S - Roasted malts dominate the nose, with a hint of coffee mixed in.

T - Again, the roasted malts come through strong, coating the palate, with a noticeable coffee flavor mixed throughout. There is also a slight cocoa taste in the finish.

M - Medium bodied but with a thinner mouthfeel than expected. Very smooth and with very little carbonation.

D - Good flavor and sessionable ABV. Probably not as popular as other beers by Founders, this is a good porter nonetheless. Very clean and tasty.

Photo of WhiteOak
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Opaque near-black, with a dark tan head that settles a bit but persists.

S- Smells of dark roasted malt in front of coffee.

T- A rich but uncomplicated classic porter flavor of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. A wisp of bitterness on the finish.

M, D- The stand-out here is the structure and mouthfell, which are impressive. Viscous, thick, extracted, and creamy.

Photo of dmgeng
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I wanted to try on of Founder's favorite brews, their well known Porter.

A - Deep dark brown color basically black. Sort of cloudy with some dark particles settling out after about 5 minutes (could be batch specific). Brown head with medium staying power and large bubbles. Medium to light lacing.

S - Strong porter aroma with caramel/chocolate/roasty/malty tones. The chocolate and malty seem to mix seamlessly with the roasted character.

T - This beer has a taste spot on with the smell. All of the dark beer flavors come together to form a well mixed beer that has everything you would want in a porter. The beer is definitely sweeter than a stout but still has the roasted bitterness that balances nicely. The complexity and full flavored nature make this a good 1 or 2 beer but probably not an all day kind of beer.
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M - High mouth-feel almost similar to an imperial stout from the sweetness. Light to moderate carbonation. The substantial body with a moderate alcohol makes this a great finishing beer.

Overall, this is a solid regular porters with all of the flavors and feel you would expect. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to try another porter and like dark beers in general. Maybe not the best porter I've ever had but definitely a good beer and I'll try it again at a later date.

Glass- Shaker Pint

Photo of Spider889
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Winking Lizard.

This is a beer I see in nearly every store that carries Founders and recently at several bars. I finally gave it a shot last night.

Nice black color, dark brown around the edges. A dark khaki colored head of maybe a half inch or less. The head didn't last and I was left with no lacing.

Smelled pretty darn good. Lots of roasted coffee and charred toast in the nose. Really faint sweetness hidden beneath all of the malty goodness.

The taste is robust with lots of heavy chocolate malt flavor. Again, I was getting some roasted coffee notes which paired well with a mild hop bitterness present in the beer.

Fairly thin bodied, what would be expected out of a porter. Super carbonated, enough that I was wishing it were toned down some.

Really drinkable. You don't notice the alcohol and it's flavorful enough to keep you coming back.

Overall nothing amazing, but a really solid porter nonetheless.

Photo of bort11
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

johnnnniee included this one for Black Booty 09. Thanks!

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Not much head on this one. Just a quick flash dark brown and then nothing. Color is a solid black, but between the head and the body, not very interesting.

Smell picks up the pace quite a bit. Dark chocolate malts with a little bit of char. Bitterness seems to come from the dark malts more than any hops. Taste is a dark chocolate covered espresso bean with a little bit of wood smoke. Nicely layered flavors.

Mouthfeel has a lot more body than the standard local porter, Boulevard Bully Porter. This creates a nice contrast between what is known and what is new.

Photo of thirdeye11
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ktown67 for a bottle of this during an in person trade.

Presentation: Poured from 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours a beautiful 1 1/2 finger dark brown head. The liquid is viscous, has great bubbles throughout, some yeasty floaters, and coats the glass with exceptional lacing. Even leaves a little particulate behind in the lacing which I find to be a great thing. It pours a deep black that only allows a little light around the edges in mahogany tones. This is a great looking beer in every way.

S: Smell isn't super exciting for me. It's a nice roasted malt, some dark chocolate in the nose. Pretty straight forward, not complex but pleasing.

T: The taste is really exceptional in the style. It is roasty toasty malt with lots of dark chocolate and unsweetened cocoa flavors. There is some bitterness (some hops maybe?) from the dark chocolate flavors, but it doesn't really linger on the palette which is good. Wish it had more of the creamy flavors, but I understand that it's a porter and this is spot on for the style. There is also some alcohol in the profile as it warms which surprised me at its ABV. Bitterness increases with warmth as well.

M: Like the other Founders beers I've had I don't think this could be improved upon much if at all. Not thin at all, but also not thick. The weight is just right. It's slick in my mouth and this is a good thing. Plenty of carbonation, but not too much. Pretty creamy, but maybe it could have just SLIGHTLY more like Founders Breakfast Stout. Aside from that it's perfect.

D: Due to the overwhelming roasty flavors and slight bitterness I am not sure I could drink this all night without wanting for something a little more "refreshing". I do think I could have 2 without any problem at all, but it seems to finish slightly dry.

Overall I generally dislike porters, but I am finding that in the stout and porter styles I haven't had any better than Founders. If everyone's porters and stouts tasted like these guys I would drink them a LOT more often, since I can't get it here I don't drink them that much. I will seek this out again and recommend it to ANYONE wanting to have a great porter that hasn't found one they like yet. This may change your mind.

Photo of SmashPants
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: a stumpy 355mL brown bottle with a semi-stylish old-school label.

Appearance: pours an intense dark brown tending towards oily black, with a small amount of sediment evident on the final pour. An impressive tan head settles to a solid half-finger Minimal lacing.

Aroma: considering the reviews I have seen on this beer, I assume this has suffered a bit on the way to Australia. Smells only of light molasses and an unfortunate off malt. Not sure about that.

Taste: really picks up on the palate - plenty of unsweetened chocolate and roast malts, a touch of dark fruits. Very nice, particularly when the chill has left the glass.

Aftertaste: the malt profile drops away, leaving heavier dark fruits and some hop bitterness. Very nice.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a moderate carbonation that brings the flavour through nicely - if you decide to let it warm enough.

Overall: a very nice American Porter - not overly flavoursome, but a fantastic mid-slow sipper once it has warmed sufficiently. Alternatively, at the right price (we get majorly ripped off in Australia) this could be a great sessional beer.

Photo of CortexBomb
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see this available at Founders again, no idea if it will be bottled again though. Current alcohol content is listed as 6.8%

Pour on this is textbook porter, black, nice off-white head with significant lacing evident. Smell is roasted malts with a definite sweet chocolate edge.

The taste on this, very solid. A roasted edge combines with dark chocolate, and a light, spicy hop bitter edge with a creamy aspect present throughout and a light hop bite and alcohol flavour on the finish. This is a solid porter.

The mouth on it, good, definitely. The creamy aspect of the mouth helps push it up a bit here. Drinkability, not a problem, easy to drink, perhaps too easy to drink.

The bottom line: Founders does a fine example of porter, another beer that is well worth trying out if you run into it.

Photo of nataku00
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter. Beer pours a dark brown, bordering on black, with an initial half a finger of creamy chocolate brown head. Some minimal lacing as the head dissipates quickly to a thin collar and patchy film. Looks to have ample carbonation, very fine bubbles that cascades.

Nose is light milk chocolate, mild coffee, and some dark bread malts. Some molasses as I let the beer warm up. Aromas are somewhat muted, even after warming up a little.

Taste is better, rich milk chocolate, roasted coffee, and toasted malts. Some molasses sweetness and a lactic acid tang mid tongue, finishing dry with a lingering lactic sourness and roasted bitterness.

Medium body with a nice round mouthfeel from some light carbonation. Pretty creamy on the tongue.

Photo of mooseo
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Founders pint glass.

A - Dark brown black with a small tan head.

S - Sweet dark roasted malt with some coffee and milk chocolate notes.

T - Strong roasted malt flavor at first, followed by a slight chocolate bitterness. The flavor is quite satisfying, although not very complex. Leaves a lingering roasted malt coffee taste on the tongue.

M - Smooth and creamy. Medium-full body with low carbonation.

D - Delicious and filling. Nice roasted malt flavors. This beer is highly drinkable and well balanced for a porter.

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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