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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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95
world-class

5,329 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,329
Reviews: 1,327
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 245
Gots: 520 | FT: 24
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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tectactoe

Michigan

4.41/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

09-25-2012 16:16:18 | More by tectactoe
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev 0%

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.

03-04-2011 23:24:09 | More by BeerAdvocate
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BeerMeBro720

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev 0%

08-29-2014 03:19:32 | More by BeerMeBro720
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JTomczak

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

08-28-2014 20:58:22 | More by JTomczak
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GeorgeCarroll

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

08-28-2014 17:30:28 | More by GeorgeCarroll
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Leiermann

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev 0%

08-28-2014 16:00:40 | More by Leiermann
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Chainring


5/5  rDev +17.6%

08-28-2014 07:00:00 | More by Chainring
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jbman73175


4.9/5  rDev +15.3%

08-28-2014 03:20:12 | More by jbman73175
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WiscoTerr

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

08-28-2014 02:24:48 | More by WiscoTerr
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LodiRigglesbee

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev 0%

08-28-2014 01:28:03 | More by LodiRigglesbee
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hopnado

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

08-27-2014 23:09:40 | More by hopnado
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hoppyhoppy

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%

08-27-2014 21:48:11 | More by hoppyhoppy
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev 0%

08-27-2014 20:36:51 | More by Kmat10
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kkleu357

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

From notes on 10/3/2013

Mmmm. Pours from a bottle with minimal head. Smells like roast coffee, chocolate, and toffee. Great, chocolate, vanilla, roast taste. This is really good.

08-27-2014 14:22:49 | More by kkleu357
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Kenb72


4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

08-26-2014 23:50:11 | More by Kenb72
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jordanimal

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

08-26-2014 21:27:22 | More by jordanimal
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Skagnetti

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

08-25-2014 23:54:45 | More by Skagnetti
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Ryan5592


4.24/5  rDev -0.2%

08-25-2014 23:51:25 | More by Ryan5592
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BraveMountie

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev 0%

08-25-2014 01:24:21 | More by BraveMountie
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mpbenr

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

This is truly the standard in Coffee Porters. Slight tan head resting atop a deep brown body. Pours smooth, notable coffee aroma. Rich Mocha flavor, slight carbonation - perhaps more than many such stouts and porters. Rich mouthfeel and lingering sweetness.

08-25-2014 00:50:39 | More by mpbenr
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MikeH75

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev 0%

08-25-2014 00:19:08 | More by MikeH75
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tylerdykins

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

08-24-2014 18:36:30 | More by tylerdykins
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SitkaSteve

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev 0%

Holy freaking crap, I get to try this courtesy of the former BeerKangaroo and currently HighDesertDrinker (I so want to meet this highdesertdrinker guy)

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was mainly a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within a minute and leaving a slight spider web slim lacing here and there.
The smell was mainly roasty with a fine black coffee sort of eloquently aromatic fine toothed sort of way.
The taste was roasty and just a tad of sweet with a fine toothed coffee toned aftertaste and finish.
The mouthfeel was mainly smooth, somewhat roasty and refined in the chocolate/maybe more or less sort of cocoa sort of way.
Overall, I really like this porter, so glad I finally got to try a Founders brew courtesy of a few peeps, but hey I'm not arguing as I have no idea if I'll ever get to try this again. So good and so would love to have again.

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.

08-24-2014 03:50:12 | More by SitkaSteve
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Ristaccia

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev 0%

08-24-2014 03:35:47 | More by Ristaccia
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Kinger86

Maine

4/5  rDev -5.9%

08-23-2014 21:51:47 | More by Kinger86
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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,329 ratings.