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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,456 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,456
Reviews: 1,334
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 260
Gots: 564 | FT: 23
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Appearance - This has the pitch-black color and foamy brown head of what most people would consider a stout. Which I think is awesome.

Aroma - Roasty. Dark, burnt toast, some coffee, a heavy dose of unsweetened cocoa powder. Extremely dank, but earthy hops. This stuff smells like darkness (and that's not all good, lol).

Taste - Bitter and very roasty upfront, there is only a little sweetness to tame the flavors of the dark malts, and yet there is great complexity in the form of something smoky. I would assume they use neither peated malt or smoked malt in this, but I could be wrong. The malt profile is that of ashy, smoky unsweetened cocoa. Doesn't that sound awesome. The hops bite rather hard too, with those earthy, herbal, bitter qualities.

Mouthfeel - Here's where this beer truly shines, agreeing with Tectactoe. This beer just feels luxurious in the mouth. I have had many beers, and the feeling doesn't get better than this (not for the style anyway). Like silk. Like if you can imagine silk turned into liquid and poured down your throat, that's how this beer feels. It's just tremendously smooth.

Overall - This is actually NOT my favorite porter (that honor goes to Smuttynose's Robust Porter, because the flavor they are able to capture is just amazing), but this has got to be one of the most well-crafted porters on the planet. It was the first time I drank a porter and was really wowed. This is heads and shoulders better than GL Edmund Fitz, in my opinion, it's just got so much more depth to it. If you like porters, this is one of the deepest, most nuanced options available, in my opinion. If you like non-Imperial stouts, this should be right up your alley as well, because this one blurs the lines.

BradenMK, Saturday at 03:56 PM
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I realized a few years ago that porters and stouts are my thing. Been trying all kinds from the singles aisle in my local liquor store ever since. I somehow just got around to Founder's Porter and it's so good that it made me start an account here just to talk about it.

I don't know how to talk in fancy beer talk (I'm a scotch drinker too and have the same problem with scotch-talk) but this seems like everything the style should be. The mouth feel, the taste, everything.

Excellent, excellent beer. I can't say enough about it.

kim_thayil, Friday at 05:08 AM
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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,456 ratings.