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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,451
Hads: 6,610
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 366
Gots: 1,204 | FT: 26
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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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Reviews: 1,451 | Hads: 6,610
Photo of dmgeng
3.9/5  rDev -8%
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.
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

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Photo of Spider889
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of bort11
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of thirdeye11
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with an off-white head.
Nose shows nutty, bready and roasted malt sith some soft coffee notes.
Flavours include soft roasted malt, toasty notes, a little bit of sweet malt and a chestnut character.

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Photo of nataku00
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of mooseo
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, Chicago, IL

Poured dark brown to black, with a minimal tannish head that recedes to a film. Dark chocolate and roasty malts in the aroma. Malty malty flavor, with notes of dark chocolate and cocoa and some caramel sugar. Medium to heavy mouthfeel, smooth, and very drinkable.

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Photo of Mauerhan
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got one of these from the black booty bif, and boy am i happy i did. label says dark rich AND sexy. lets see how honest you are.

pours pitch black with a smidgeon of dark mocha head. not really super impressed by the head but damn this beer is dark. some lacing puts up a good fight

smell is rich. very robust. coffee tones. but thats all i really get. coffee. hrmm roasty goodness. semi sweet with a nice bitterness at the tail end. good taste.

medium bodied with a noticeable amount of carbonation. leaves the mouth a bit dry.

a nice porter. im happy that i have another one waiting for me in the fridge.

taste is good. some coffee, a nice malty backbone.

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Photo of dfillius
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of dark brownish tan head with poor retention. Opaque dark brown liquid. Slightly more head please.
S: Tangy, rich malt, cocoa. A bit one-dimensional, not strong.
T: Bitter roastiness with a sweetness that balances that well. More bitter chocolate flavors than coffee ones. Some dry red wine or raisin flavor. Earthy/peaty notes. Quite tasty.
M: Slightly warm, syrupy, but overall a bit dry from the bitterness. Chewy, pleasant and complex. It seemed phlegm inducing (which was a negative), what is that from? Was lactose used in the brewing?
D: Very nice. I'd buy a sixer of this and maybe order a second. It's probably not a session ale though.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 09/17/2012:

Into a pint glass:

A: black colored body leaves a two finger tan/off white head that dies to a film within a minute.

S: coffee up front with strong side notes of chocolate and even as the beer warms up more some light vanilla comes out.

T: all of these previously mentioned flavors and becomes bitter and sweet in different ways.

M: light and smooth, really creamy. Since the ABV is moderate -I`d say this is sesessionable

O: I'm mostly impressed in this for its style and for me. I'd come back to this.

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Photo of harrymel
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From chicken scratch during tasting at bier baron (brick cellar) in DC.

A: standard dark chestnut brown. Excellent clarity. Cream foam covers surface and sides.

S: cocoa, hazelnut, classic porter malts. Really well done here.

T: flavors remind me of my beloved black butte porter from deschutes. This is maybe a hair more dry.

M: creamy, full bodied, with low carb. Slick finish.

O: if I moved from deschutes territory, this an Edmund fitz would be my go tos for porter.

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Photo of xpdrinker
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottled 11/14/11 poured into Libbey porter/stout glass.

A - Pours a glossy black with pencil-thin mocha head that fizzes out into a chunky ring around the glass, oily surface and moderate lacing.

S - More coffee than I got with FBS, strangely enough. Chocolate-covered raisins, sweet molasses.

T - Fresh coffee with medium alcohol presence up front, the faintest hint of vanilla on the finish. Noticeable hop presence but plays well with the coffee bitterness.

M - Creamy and smooth at the start, but washes out to a thin, almost watery finish. The hop/coffee bitterness leaves a nice prickly finish that distracts from the suddenly frail body.

O - Quite an enjoyable, solid porter. I prefer a slightly heavier mouthfeel but the flavors are good enough that it's not much of a distraction, and there's a nice complex bitterness that jumps from coffee to hops and back.

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Photo of bareju
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lots of chocolate notes, a hint of coffee, with a bitter finish. Not your typical porter - reminds me of a chocolate stout, with a pretty full mouthfeel, though not as creamy or thick or sweet as a chocolate stout. The lack of sweetness makes this fairly easy drinking, and probably would be an excellent go-to winter beer.

I actually prefer a more complex flavor profile than this delivered, although what it did it did very well.

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Photo of henryd30
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich dark porter. Brown frothy one thumb head - thick clingy lacing.

S: Not a lot there...what's there is sweet and rich.

T: Powerfully flavorful flavor. Coffie taste that transforms into a warm alcohol flavor, with a slightly bitter aftertaste that isn't unappealing.

M: Silky smooth with mild carbonation.

D: Typically heavy, and not a session beer by any means, but quite tastey and a nice treat.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black with almost no head and just the slightest bit of wispy head.
Smells of dark burned malts, lots of coffee with a good mix of chocolate.
Nice rich malt character, dark and roasty especially in the finish. Nice mild chocolate character along with a nice amount of bitterness in the finish.
Rich and lush with a decent amount of carbonation. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Lepley
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours deep brown/black with about a finger of tan head, little retention or lacing.
S: Roastiness, chocolate, coffee.
T: Coffee, roastiness, a little hoppy, slightly sweet, bitter, very strong with alcohol.
M: Thick, creamy, pretty carbonated.
D: The ABV isn't too high with this beer, but for whatever reason I felt like the taste of alcohol or something was too overwhelming. Almost enough to make me not like this beer. Overall its a good beer, but I would probably look for other porters.

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Photo of KajII
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Nonic Pint glass]

The pour was a pitch black with a slight ruby hue and an average sized (1-2 finger) medium brown creamy head that totally lasted throughout and produced excellent streaks of lacing.

The aroma was of a roasted chocolate malts and a mildly sweet leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, a bit of caramel and a touch of dark fruit.

The taste was lightly sweet with a hint of chocolate and some dark fruit in the beginning and finished a nice bitter sweet with a healthy dose of coffee and a mild caramel sweetness at the end. The flavor lasted an average amount of time proceeding the swallow, with a mild bitter sweet coffee taste that was left to linger.

Mouthfeel was just about full in body and absolutely creamy in texture with a soft carbonation.

Overall an outstanding Porter. Not to surprising though, seems everything this brewer puts out is just incredible.

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Photo of jmalex
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good for Founders for bringing this one back so I could finally try it. Looking forward to warming up with one this afternoon before an awesome tasting tonight.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Sam Adams glass black in color with a one finger tan head. It dissipates very quickly leaving behind a sturdy thick collar with some bubbly haze across the surface.

SMELL: A decent bit of roastiness pairs with some chocolate and a decent bit of caramel to form a well-rounded aroma. Black malt adds much more a bitter aroma than any hops do, as any aroma from them is pretty much non-existent.

TASTE: Black malt stands out quite a bit, but the beer is missing some of the more chocolaty flavors I've come to expect. It's got a light caramel quality to it, but a smoky nuttiness if much more prevalent. Hop flavor is there for balance, but doesn't take on many actual flavor characteristics.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is nice and medium-full without any sort of syrupy quality. Carbonation is definitely on the lower end, which isn't completely unheard of.

DRINKABILITY: Quite good. No alcohol to get in the way, and I'm nearly finished my beer already.

Not bad at all, but quite different than I'm used to. Definitely seek it out if you're a lover of porters like I am. Or even if you can appreciate all beers from a great brewery like Founders. Not a bad choice.

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Poured an inky black with very thin dark brown head that disipated quickly.

S- Coffee, roasty smell with an alcohol asrtingency. not unpleasent just unexpected.

T- big rich coffee and malt. a little bit of toffee and molasses But not too sweet. A delicate bitterness at the end that gives way to a mild alcohol warming.

M-I think this is where the beer shines. it's smooth and velvety. The thought of frosting comes to mind. Coats the tounge. Viscous. Has some of the mouth feel of a stout but its not.

O- I enjoy this beer, i wouldnt drink too many of them but its tasty without being heavy, strong but not too strong. It is described (accurately) as dark rich and sexy. Like Pam Grier!

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an anthracite black. Dark, rich and inky. A less than aggressive pour yields an overly foamy, tawny-colored head with impressive retention.

Aromas of toasted malt, coffee, bourbon and charcoal smoke.

Opens bold and full bodied with an onslaught of toasted malt. Dark chocolate and coffee accents surface. Middle opens up to rich flavors of molasses and bourbon. 45 IBU's announce a more than moderate hop presence. Anise notes begin melding with suggestions of baker's chocolate. Finishes bitter with a slightly metallic bite.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!

Dark, Rich & Sexy. You have my attention.

That's a pitch black pour I'm seeing which looks great but the foam, what little there is of it to start with shrinks to a ring around the glass in an eye blink. Checking on the lacing..heck, there is some there so there's some redemption.

The smell is light but nice. Notes of roast, chocolate, sweet malt, and a strange but nice fruity nose.

The taste is much more assertive and is delicious. Light note of milk chocolate evolves in to some good dark chocolate bitterness with a hint of some dark fruits and now, the sweeter aspects of chocolate come back to the forefront.

Now I'm getting a sense of a coffee presence...very light but I doubt my palate is lying to me. A very tasty Porter and it will be a pleasure finishing the bottle.

Medium bodied, it has a light carbonation profile. A very nice mouthfeel is the result.

Drinkability? 6.5%abv isn't crazy strong..I guess that's why I'm looking at the last few ounces in my glass. A good drinker and I agree with the dark and rich but sexy? lol. Good stuff.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Dark, rich & sexy" sez the label. Righto, then...

The pop of the cap released an extraordinarily vigorous and audible wave of gas (no fart jokes, please) and without pouring aggressively I got an enormous cap that stuck around forever, like sea foam meets ice cream float. The liquid is not only "dark" but pretty much black hole BLACK. Lace webs cling to the glass all around, as the head very, very slowly dissolves.

Nose is an unsubtle blast of char, somewhere between broiled meat, burnt coffee grounds and stony mineral stiffness. That sounds unpleasant, but it's really just a way to describe how utterly fried, burnt, charred and grilled this smells.

I'm glad the flavor is more attractive and balanced than the aroma. While it definitely leans heavily toward the charred grain side of things (explains the color, anyway), there's some balancing elements here--steamed milk, dark fruits (fig, raisin, date), bittersweet dark baking chocolate. There's a greenness to the hops that adds a bit of an earthy bit to the whole thing. Healthy smoke, coffee and chocolate mixture in the finish.

Could be smoother and less carbonated, but then I usually always want a little less carbonation in any given beer. It's smooth enough though, the bubbles caress the tongue more than they bite it, and it's just fine for the aggressive, bold flavor.

I don't usually think about food pairings when reviewing, but I can't help but think this would go super well with a slice of mincemeat pie. Or smoked cheese. Or replace your morning coffee with this, if you're that rugged...

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,451 ratings.