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Founders Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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1,545 Reviews
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Founders PorterFounders Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No absence of hops gives Founders' robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect.

45 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2003

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Reviews: 1,545 | Ratings: 7,035
Photo of stealth
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle to a tulip - real fresh bottle. One of the top porters out there, for sure. Chocolates, roasts, coffees dominate in aroma and taste. Very well balanced without any unwanted bitterness. Presents nicely, being nearly pitch black with a creamy off-white head. Can drink this one forever and not get sick of it.

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Photo of stercomm
4.75/5  rDev +12%

A - Pours an extremely dark brown, almost tar colored, nice small tan head, sticks to the glass very nicely.

S - Getting lots of roasted, toasty malts, some coffee, slight hint of baker's chocolate, some smokiness.

T - Out of this world good, creamy chocolate and coffee with the coffee more pronounced on the finish, smoky and toasty malts.

O - One of my favorite porters, a very sessionable beer as well

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours black cola color.

Overall: This a world-class American Porter. It has the perfect combination of roasted coffee, grain, and chocolate. This is a wonderful beer and a perfect porter. Highly recommended.

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Photo of irongator
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is really an imperial stout in disguise. It is very cream and rich. Balance is perfect. Other than having a low ABV, there really I'd no bad sideto this brew. I have to keep going as I dont have enough words yet. I hope that does it! Nope a few more

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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Midnight black with thin tan head after agressive pour into a tulip glass. S: Dark chocolate, roasted malts, expresso and toffee. T: Dark chocolate, coffee, toasted malt, vanilla and spice. F: Silky smooth. O: Top of my list. World class Porter.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From a six pack of 12 oz. bottles purchased at Menotomy Beer & Wine. Their employees were helpful, friendly and generous.

A- 4 For the style, its hard to screw up the appearance. Deep, dark, completely opaque black color. Brown head, seems to have some head retention issues, but it is quite easy enough to stir up again.

S- 5 Smells of chocolate, dark sweetness/caramel. Very pungent beer. Delicious aroma.

T- 5 WOW. Very flavorful brew. Powerful dark maltiness, but in no way off-putting. Super chocolaty, thick and delicious.

M- 5 Very thick, but not syrupy. Creamy head mixes nicely. Virtually flawless beer. I am officially impressed.

D- 4 I really couldn't drink this beer forever. But totally worth while to any beer advocate. Very well balanced, and great tasting porter.

dark ,rich and sexy is right! good beer

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Photo of NWer
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark pour into a nonic. Tight head more like foam than bubbles. Very nice.
Taste is wonderfully smooth. Chocolate, coffee, malt smoothness. Very enjoyable. No bitterness or cloy at all that I usually get from a Porter.
Not a big fan of Porters but this is an exception.

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Photo of ibbjamin
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $1.99 for a 12oz bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Poured into a pint glass to review.

An aggressive pour leaves a very small tan head that dissipates quickly leaving little behind. Appears opaque black in color and leave no lacing.

Quite a pleasant and strong aroma, especially for a porter. This one actually reminds me of a bigger Baltic Porter or even an Imperial Stout. Simple yet quite robust and very effective; a perfect blend of sweet malts, dark chocolate and hints of coffee.

Taste brings the flavor as well. Similar in characteristic to the nose. Clean, robust, tasty and simple.

Medium full body and highly drinkable. Lightly carbonated with a long chocolaty sweet malt finish.

This is an excellent porter.

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Photo of movingtrain
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Nice and dark, coffee-like. A very, very light tan head, if any head at all. I was surprised not to see much accumulate at the top of this one. Could it be the bottle sat on the shelf too long? Maybe.

S: Roasted dark malts, chocolate, coffee, molasses, some faint hop character. Maybe some light raison notes. There is some serious chocolate malt here...dark and smelling quite delightful.

T: Mmm...bittersweet, hints of chocolate, coffee are all over the place. Up front, this is bitter...but sweetens out in the aftertaste. Again, not much carbonation, but just enough to keep that flavor lingering. I pulled this from the fridge, and as it warms up the pronounced chocolate and coffee flavors remain prominent. There is some cocoa powder in there, too...

Overall, one the best porters I've ever tasted. Nothing but the best from Founders.

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Photo of FreshEsh
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I just did a porter taste off of some of my favorite breweries: left hand, Great Lakes, and boulder. Founders stood out. Full flavor, full body, best taste. Biggest difference I notice outside of taste, was color. Founders is much darker than the rest. Maybe it's the closest to a stout, with the highest ABV. Might be why it's my favorite, but regardless, this is an awesome beer.

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Photo of AllFineThings
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin caramelized looking head. Has a heavy smell of toffee, chocolate and coffee.

Tastes better and better as it warms, thick black body that let's you know this a real porter. The taste is the same as the smell.

By far my favorite porter and second favorite beer overall.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark brown with very little head, which quickly dissipated. Lacing on the side of the glass was minimal to non-existent. Smelled of dark roasted coffee. I can discern dark chocolate as well. The taste pretty much goes along with the smell. Roasted coffee predominates initially with a sweeter dark chocolate taste at the end. It was thick and velvety going down. Very slight bitterness at the end. Very good beer. I am just getting into Porters, so I don't have a lot to compare it to, but it is definitely one I would drink again.

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Photo of jellis00
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am a fan of porters, and this one is excellent. I would recommend this beer in a heart beat if one was desiring a strong satisfying dark beer.

Appearance: Very smooth.

Smell: The aromas of the mixtures really cut through.

Taste: Very smooth, not hoppy, really quite delicious.

Mouthfeel: Slightly more bitter than I hoped for, but still good.

Drinkability: When I am stuck in the mid west I drink this beer.

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Photo of Owlish1
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Poured a beautiful black with a thick tan head. After a few minutes the head settled down to a thin cover. Smell - dark roast. Taste - The smoothness of malt combined with the bitterness of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. The finish is a hoppy bitterness, but the aftertaste lightens and mellows. Feel - smooth and creamy. Medium carbonation. Overall - a delightful American Porter. I'm a fan!

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours black with a small, tan, frothy head. Great retention and lacing.

S- Really, really rich, dark coffee. Underlying sweeter scent, maybe chocolate. Also hints of caramel on the nose. Smelling this makes you not willing to wait to taste it.

T- This is the flagship beer for porters in my opinion. Great coffee and burnt malt notes off the bat. Not quite as strong as on the nose, but very well balanced. After the burnt malt profile, sweet hints of chocolate and caramel intermingle on the palate providing a lighter side. Only improvement to be made is the slight metallic ending.

M- Perfect wait to drink all night long. Somewhat heavy flavor profile is made sessionable but the relatively light weight on the palate.

Overall, this is going to be a staple of my fridge for years to come. THe flavor isn't quite as heavy and full as the other Founders I've had (FIS, FBS), but this is a year-round brew that is easily drinkable no matter the season.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Super dark brown my note says, although I remember it being not pitch black or anything. Almost a little red. Chocoalte brown head.
S: Great smell. A good amount of maltyness and reminded me of a good stout. Some coffee flavors in there. Also chocoalte.
T: A nearly (if not so) perfect beer here. Oh man that's good is my first note. Malty, roasty, a good caramel flavor that stood out just enough. Super smooth.
M: Sits perfect. The flavors come out with no harshness at all.

Overall a absolutely wonderful beer and certainly one of the best I've had. It was a great showing for the category and I will be hunting down more for sure.

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Photo of hail_seitan
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured bottle into pint glass.

A - Pours thick, black, and viscous. When pint glass was held up to a light, it was completely opaque. About a half inch of toffee-colored head formed on top.

S - Roasty and sweet - kind of like a chocolate cake cut with the slightest hop aroma.

T - First, a bit of astringency from the roasted malt and carbonation. Then, the palate opens up with the sweetness from the rest of the malts. The aftertaste is of roasted coffee. Slight northwest-style hop biterness lingers on the tip of the tongue, too. Yeast esters open up as the beer get warmer.

M - Thick and glutinous. Delightful.

O - One of the best takes on the American style porter, up there with Black Butte and Smuttynose Robust Porter. Comes of as not too boozy or bitter for dinner, mid-afternoon, or, hell, even a breakfast beer.

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well done Founders. One of my favourite porters. Cant get enough, the heaviness is exactly what I was looking for. Goes really good with Muenster cheese.

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Photo of Rbroccoli
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a nonic. This beer pours very smooth, and it was honestly difficult to pour head. The little that I got was very dark. The beer was also quite dark, like a strong coffee color. Lacing formed all the way up the glass whenever tilted.

The aromas were roasted malt and coffee with a subtle presence of cocoa.

The taste fits the description of the smell. Very smooth, malty, a little chocolatey (not sweet), and somewhat fruity.

The mouthfeel was lacking in nothing. Very full, not watery at all. Very little carbonation, but that would ruin it

Overall this is excellent. One of my overall favorites.

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Photo of engagechad
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was purchased as a sixer from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - fresh - poured into a tulip - live review - the beer is in front of me.

This beer. mama mia.

Black as night and just damn sexy lookin. The head is perfect and the carb is perfect. The crown is a mocha color that leaves a trail of tight lacing behind.
Smells dark.. yeah. Smells of roasty malts with coffee and bittersweet chocolate
Tastes like love. Honestly I really don't have words. Perfect balance of bittering hops and malt sweetness with a pinchy bite on the back of the tongue from the dark malts bitterness.

I want to shake the hand of the man or woman that brewed this beer.

Go buy it or trade for it. I have not personally had KBS or FBS but this is the best of 4 founders beers I've had. get it. now.

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Photo of Buck1
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best robust porter I have found. Since I like stouts this is very close to a stout.
Dark color, roasty with chocolate smell and taste. Gets bette as it warms up. Veryn silky smooth feel for a porter. Does not have that bit of a sour finish some porters have. One of my favorite winter beers along with their Breakfast Stout .

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Photo of tiddilywink
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Black and opaque in color. Has a heavy head which diminishes in a few minutes leaving a nice lacing.

Smell - Smokey molasses aroma.

Taste - Light hops and molasses taste.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, light carbonation, hint of bitterness.

Overall - It's full body, smokey, and not too bitter flavor make for a satisfying and easy to drink porter. I highly recommend this beer!

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Photo of chopp02
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm not a Porter fan (for the most part) but I am a big fan of this beer! It has a tremendous bold flavor and the color and smell of this beer are full of flavor as well.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap served into a pint glass.

Hands down, this might be the best porter I have ever had. So rich and complex, but yet, easy to drink.

A- Dark black color, tan head about a quarter of an inch. Insane spider web lacing throughout- sticking to the glass without a problem.

S- Smell was like chocolate ice cream with a touch of vanilla followed by some caramel.

T- Lots going on here. Coffee, chocolate, cake batter like flavors, decent hop punch, all rolled into one and rounded out so perfectly. This one made my taste buds go crazy as there were so many flavors involved.

M- Mouthfeel was rich and creamy, sticky aftertaste.

D- This is a great porter, top notch. Easy to drink, not too heavy, although the flavors would usually indicate that this beer could make you tired.

Amazing stuff from Founders, once again.

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Photo of cthulu81
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Goodness me. Rich, Dark and Sexy indeed. Thanks for making further review reading obsolete you crazy-talented dudes at Founders. By that I don't mean others who post should not be read, I just mean that tthe rest of my review can simply be boiled down to...Rich, Dark and Sexy. Here is what I can add. Is it possible to liquify charcoal briquettes? If so, it looks like this porter pours. Not only is is truly black, even when held to the light, it seems to intimidate the rest of the illumination in the room. I think my screen just dimmed a bit. A rich mocha head crowns the glass. Aroma is redolent of roast, dry cocoa, hints of hazelnut, kahlua, earthy hops and a faint, faint hint of alcohol. Yeah, this is going to get good. Flavors mirror what the nostrils anticipated with coating dark malts, whisps of smoke, deep bittersweet chocolate, black coffee and simple deliciousness. This puppy finishes dry and roasty with a lightly lingering, taunting residual temptation to continue drinking it all night long. Forget Double Trouble, Devil Dancer and Breakfast Stout (all freakin' amazing too), why isn't Founder's better know for this year-round powerhouse?

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,545 ratings.