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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,765 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,765
Reviews: 1,352
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 272
Gots: 680 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

45 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2003)
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Photo of tectactoe
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very deep, dark brown, appearing nearly pitch black if you're in a room that isn't well lit - a very tiny amount of light is allowed to pass through this one. The head is nice and tan, made of tiny bubbles with a fine definition and moderate retention.

The aroma is full of milky chocolates and roasted malts; it gives off a very nutty and woodsy smell as well, reminding me of roasting marshmallows over a campfire. Very robust, powerful, and commanding. Slight hints of char and smoked goodness wrap this one up. Between some of the sweet malts and smoky characters, this makes for one of the more complex and unique porter aromas out there.

The flavor follows the nose profile right along, super nutty and toasty from the get-go. A slight hint of coffee beans sits in the immediate background, along with a nice dose of creamy chocolates and cocoa powder. This one has a very low to moderate floral essence to it, imparting a tiny bit of extra bitterness midway through to balance out the sweetness - it works very well.

Other bitterness is mainly contributed from some of the darker malts, in the form of ashy, burnt wood and bittersweet cocoa. The beer ends with an obviously malt-heavy finish, leaning more towards the sweet chocolate and dry nuttiness side. Medium-heavy body - the mouth feel on this porter is one of the best ever. Silky, smooth, creamy, fluffy - carbonation is just right, letting the flavors pop without being astringent.

This porter is pretty amazing. The best one I've had to date. Even better than Eddy Fitz in my opinion (although that is some righteous shit, too). Great smell, amazing flavor profile, orgasmic mouth feel - and still only around 9-10$ for a sixer. You can't beat that.

tectactoe, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of REGreenBTRB
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%

Bottles on 05/08/14. Poured into a snifter.

A:4.75 - Beautiful beer! Pours VERY dark, you can't see any light through it. A dark tan, creamy head sits nicely on top, maybe about one finger. It leaves a little lacing.

S: 4.5 - A delicious smelling beer, it has a dark roasted malt scent backed up by some dark chocolate and hints of coffee.

T: 4.5 - The smell prepares you quite nicely for the taste. It's all there; the roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel. It's awesome.

M: 4.75 - Not too thin like some porters I have had. This seems like the perfect medium between a porter and a stout. There's a creaminess to it that you don't get with other porters, but not as "thick" as some of the stouts. Very smooth, very drinkable, very nice.

O: 4.62 - This is the best porter I've had to date. Thank god Founders distributes to Arkansas - they make some awesome stuff. Just as the label states, this is dark, rich and sexy. Very sexy. The Kate Upton of porters.

REGreenBTRB, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #47 (Dec 2010):

Thick beading of tiny bubbles produces an amazing-looking head and sticky lacing; pitch-black color is saying it's a serious beer as well. Slightly burnt biscuit aroma is quickly followed by a sweeter mocha tone. A welcome hefty body here with just enough bubbles to get by. Slightly burnt choco maltiness has a firm grip on the taste buds. Hops give a quick sting of bitterness and an earthy flavor in the middle. Roastiness is well flexed and shows its range, from faint, smoky, charred wood to bitter dark chocolate to over-toasted bread. Some yeast and fruit in the end as well, as a sweetness lifts from the ashes. This Porter means business--one of the best robust Porters around.

BeerAdvocate, Mar 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

29mikoyan, Today at 08:03 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

lillitnn92, Today at 04:18 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

a77cj7, Today at 05:40 AM
Photo of Kirk92
2.28/5  rDev -46.4%

Kirk92, Today at 01:50 AM
Photo of ArchimedesSox
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Pours a deep dark brown with a 2 inch tan colored head that takes its time dissipating leaving good lacing down a 16oz pub glass.

Smell is good with roasted malts taking center stage. I get some chocolate, coffee and maybe a medicinal smell of cough syrup.

Taste is good with the sweet malts hitting first giving those chocolate and coffee flavors. That gives way to a nice bite of hop bitterness, maybe a little piney. The aftertaste is of the chocolate and coffee malts.

Mouthfeel is pretty full with really nice, velvety carbonation.

Overall, a really nice beer. I like these dark beers this time of year and this one has delivered. This is my first beer from Founders and I was pretty impressed. Looking forward to more from them.

ArchimedesSox, Yesterday at 11:09 PM
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4.04/5  rDev -4.9%

jmosk930, Yesterday at 11:10 AM
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

webweb2, Yesterday at 02:10 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

OBD, Tuesday at 09:02 PM
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

innominat, Tuesday at 05:58 PM
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4.8/5  rDev +12.9%

Mgalic220, Tuesday at 03:53 PM
Photo of tds101
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

A very straight forward porter. Roasted malt smell, sweet. Slight taste of toasted malt, coffee, bit of bitter chocolate. Very good beer. When I'm in the mood for a nice tasting American style porter this is it.

tds101, Tuesday at 01:26 AM
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4.16/5  rDev -2.1%

rramsey, Monday at 11:10 PM
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Phoneguy, Monday at 03:22 AM
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4.52/5  rDev +6.4%

TheHops, Sunday at 08:32 PM
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

fclefjeff, Sunday at 01:27 PM
Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – Pours a pitch black color with a nice chocolatey brown head and sparse but nice lacing.

Smell – Roasted malts, coffee, smoke, licorice, molasses, chocolate, and caramel.

Taste – Predominantly coffee smoke, and malts. A bit of cacao and caramel.

Mouthfeel – Slightly creamy, but also a little watered down and somewhat flat. No bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability – A very easy drinking porter, though it is only 6.5%abv.

Falcon91Wolvrn03, Sunday at 05:21 AM
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1/5  rDev -76.5%

mjw3180, Sunday at 05:13 AM
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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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