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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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1,438 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,438
Hads: 6,556
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
Wants: 361
Gots: 1,170 | 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: 1,438 | Hads: 6,556
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. (480 characters)

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. (879 characters)

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. (432 characters)

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. (406 characters)

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. (380 characters)

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. (495 characters)

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. (925 characters)

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. (1,349 characters)

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! (695 characters)

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. (534 characters)

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. (1,116 characters)

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... (1,575 characters)

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

Appearance- Pours a deep brown with a 2 finger mocha colored head. Great head retention and excellent lacing.

Smell- Roasted malts, caramel, coffee, subtle chocolate.

Taste- The flavor comes together very nicely in this one. Coffee and sweet chocolate notes right up front. Caramel and a nuttyness in the middle. The finish is dry and lingering with some bitter coffee. This beer is hard to put down!.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, I wish this was just a tad thicker.

Overall- Solid porter, I don't think Founders can make a bad beer! -DARK RICH SEXY- (567 characters)

Photo of sethcroisant
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A- very dark brown, looks more like a stout. literally no head at all and barely any lacing. very strange, could have been an off batch.

S- loads of chocolate and coffee. roasted malts and hops are secondary, but still linger. some sugary sweetness and alcohol are also present. complex and multi-layered.

T- roasted malts and hops are up front. some chocolate and coffee flavors balance the flavor a little. black patent malt is dominant in the after taste.

O- a weird beer. i say that, because the appearance and consistency were strange, but it's still a joy to drink. a nice, assertive porter. (602 characters)

Photo of thomcatr3t
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark, dark, dark brown with a light brown head that faded rather quickly.

S: Dark chocolate notes with coffee in the background. I also get some dark fruits on the nose, mainly raisins.

T: Rich dark chocolate up front. The malts in this beer shine through very nicely. A slightly dry bready finish that does not disappoint.

M: A little thin for what I would like out of a porter but very drinkable nonetheless. The light carbonation washes the palate perfectly leaving you ready for every drink.

O: Another very solid offering from one of my favorite breweries. Worth picking up for sure. (647 characters)

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

Pours beautifully, flat opaque black with a thick chocolate milk-colored head that dissipated but not too quickly. Nice thick lacing too. The aroma is strong coffee and roasted malt. Medium-bodied, and unfortunately the flavor is not as robust as the look and smell. Bitter coffee and burnt malt flavors dominate, but the balance is a little too much on the bitter side. The finish is fairly bitter with coffee and some chocolate. Overall a pretty good Porter, it just needs better balance. (490 characters)

Photo of apbarwood
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black, nearly opaque. Generally good color but almost no head or lace. Bittersweet aroma, like dark chocolate and coffee. Tastes the same, pretty intense roasty bitterness for a porter. Also, heavier than usual, almost motor-oil thick. In some ways it seemed closer to a stout. Overall it was very good, not great, but definitely worth a try. (348 characters)

Photo of plastik
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Very dark, red-brown highlights. Thin tan head, quickly dissipates.

S-Roasted Malt, coffee, caramel

T-Initially, slightly sour and fruity with a heavy does of roasted malt. Gives way to a long, rich, bitter finish - earthy and maybe even slightly smoky. I like it, but the initial sourness throws me off a little, though it lessens as it warms a bit. Also as it warms a little it becomes a bit more balanced and grows somewhat smoother.

M-Very nice. A bit thick, with a nice smooth fullness from the carbonation.

D-Very good. I could drink a few of these. (562 characters)

Photo of granger10
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Everything about this beer screamed that it was a good, solid porter but probably nothing more. It had a lighter dark purple/red color to it. The aroma gave me little and the taste didn't knock me back either. It seemed well balanced with a chocolate flavor at the beginning, a creamy texture in the middle, and a little hoppiness in the finish. Good but nothing spectacular. The porter also went down easily but very rich when warmed up a bit. This beer is rich, dark, and sexy. (479 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Pitch black with a 1 finger head that hangs around for just a bit. Head is creamy and dark mocha in color. Delightful lacing.

S- Dry coffee bean, unsweetend chocolate, powdered cocoa, mocha, earthy hops and caramel.

T- Love the flavor of this porter. Totally follows nose. Pine hops come out from underneath the dry, roasted goodness. Woodsy, slight charcoal, rich.

M- A little let down by the feel. not horrible, but somewhat thin for the style imo. Mid body. Dry and fairly drinkable.

O- I love a great porter, and that's exactly what this one is. Not real sweet, but delightfully earthy. One of the best in the country. Would most certainly have another! (664 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a plain pint glass

A- Just like the label suggests founders porter is dark and sexy looking. Very dark brown to black color with a strong tannish head with staying power. A nice amount of lace clings to the glass.

S- Smelling FP i get a lot of roasted/burnt maltiness with some hop presence leading to a undertone of caramel and cream. As with most dark beers from founders there is also chocolate and some coffee present.

T- This porter is very rich tasting with a focus on the chocolate and burnt malts but neither outweigh the other. Some coffee creeps in along with some molasses and carmel, while the hops keep everything in prespective.

M- Founders porter has a great mouthfeel to it. Medium to full bodied. The carbonation is present, prehaps a bit too much. The creamy nature of this porter is a delight to drink, making it easy to finish 12oz before you know it. Good thing i have extras.

D- I'm glad that this is only 6.5% because I can't stop drinking this porter. I could easily finish three of these, possibly four over a night without growing tired of it. Would love to pair this with some grilled meats on a cold winter day.

Another founders offering that i'm glad made it out of retirement and i hope to see it in the future. At a great price for such a tasty porter, you cant go wrong. GET SOME! (1,343 characters)

Photo of Huffs
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, developed a modest head, dark tan in color, which dissipated quickly and had minimal lacing. Appearance was dark brown to black. Aroma was a nice malt / chocolate. Taste was malty with notes of caramel, chocolate and a slight spicy hop on the back. Mouthfeel was full and lightly carbonated. Aftertaste was malty on the front and dry, slightly hoppy, on the back. (394 characters)

Photo of bbeane
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a 16oz nucleated tumbler... a finger thick somewhat creamy brown head starts it off... disappearing a bit, but leaving a good 1/4 inch remaining on top of a black beer that leaves no light escape when held up

S- Not as much there as I expected... definately some chocolate and coffee smell there, nice but not overwelming

T- Has a nice toasted taste almost from start to finish with a hint of chocolate coffee flavor coming through in the swallow

M- Not chewy, but still a medium to heavy bodied beer... medium carbonation as well

D- Not one of my favorites. Drinkable, but many better options out there

CHEERS!! (632 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pitch black pour with a small dark brown head. Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Lots of chocolate comes through in the flavor. Thick texture with a medium to full body. Very robust. Not a bad porter by any means, but a notch below some of my favorites like Anchor, Smuttynose and Great Lakes. (323 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Briefly....

Looks the part tho the head fades quickly. Aromas are muted, but the taste is better. This sample highlighted roasts more than choc or coffee, and the roasts are bitter , almost burnt. Mouthfeel a little watery for ABV.

Well made beer obviously tho I am not sure if, given the fact that it is highly hopped, whether storage may be an issue. Little hop bitterness to this palate. (392 characters)

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,438 ratings.