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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter

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1,476 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,476
Hads: 6,713
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 380
Gots: 1,276 | FT: 26
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: 1,476 | Hads: 6,713
Photo of welto1cs
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours near black with 1/2'' thick khaki foam head. Light bubbling in the froth, a la a cross-section of swiss cheese. Gives way to a thin khaki cap.
S: Cocoa. Dark Chocolate. Maybe a bit of coffee.
T: Alongside the Cocoa and Coffee notes, a bit of sweetness. IMO a bit light on taste for a beer with 6.5% ABV. That being said, very drinkable.
F: Great mouthfeel, exactly what you'd expect (and want) in a Porter.
O: 4/5

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany color with a tight, mocha head that leaves nice chunks of lacing.

Smells of coffee, cocoa, and some earthiness.

Tastes of the deep roasted notes layered over earthy hops. Malts lead off with notes of cocoa, brown sugar, and coffee with a moderate amount of sweetness. This gives way to roasted and earthy bitterness which balances the sweetness. Finishes with another slight bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty, well done porter.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a brown head. Smells of smoky, roasted coffee with dark chocolate. Tastes pretty similar, with a smoky roast flavor, and more chocolate coming through as it warms. This porter is robust and the flavors are intense. Pure roasty, smoky coffee-like chocolate lingers on the palate. Medium-light body with high carbonation, and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Overall a great porter. One of my favorite dark beers.

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Photo of MACrist
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks: Pour fairly aggressively into a pint glass. Nice two fingers tan head, cocoa like. Looks like an American stout. Black.
Aroma: Swirl the glass and I get a nice blast of roasted malt, almost charred. A little black licorice, and prominent dark chocolate. The slightly burnt quality really jumps out with some java as well.
Taste: Much like the aroma. Plus, the sweetness lasts a good while, and the mild bitterness is all in the back. That burnt quality is the first flavor I get.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, but light mouthfeel. Not overly carbed, it depends on the pour. I really find that a very slow pour makes the carbonation really stand out. A more aggressive pour and you lose a good bit of it. There is a very slight metallic taste up front as it warms. Overall, a very nice porter.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great offering. Poured to snifter.

Pours dark brown almost black with a nice tan finger head quickly turning to a small ring.

Smells of dark malt and some hops.

Taste sweet with nice dark malt and a lingering light hop bitterness.

Not too thick on the feel.

Really loved this brew and wish I grabbed a six instead of a single.

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Photo of DrSpaceman
3.62/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter, deep dark brown with thick two finger head. Very clean aroma, distinct porter smell. Taste is the ideal porter, nothing more or less.
On one hand, it is refreshing to have a beer that is simply the style of the brew with no frills. On the other hand, I am left feeling like this porter will blend into every other porter in my memory.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 09/09/15 into a shaker pint. Really like most attributes about this beer. A solid porter with good appearance, aroma, and mouthfeel. There's something in the finish that is a bit off for me, reminds me a bit of all spice. It's definitely tasty, but for my preferences and distro I'll opt for Black Butte unless it's near the winter holiday season. Glad I'm fortunate to be able to choose b/n the two.

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Photo of ACon204
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The beer pours black with a tiny bit of a caramel colored head. Head dissipates quickly into a ring of caramel bubbles.

Smell: Chocolate, dark roasted coffee.

Taste: Bitter dark chocolate dominates the taste with hints of espresso and milk chocolate lagging behind.

Mouthfeel: Full, smooth, creamy.

Overall: This porter shines with its ability to balance flavor with drinkability. It's outrageously smooth but far from watery. Overall it was a very pleasant experience.

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Photo of RJIV
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle on 4/4/15
Pours a dark black with a slight dirty brown head. Smells of a robust roastiness. The body is a tad thin for the style. A slight, sweet richness hits upfront followed by a fully roasted malt flavor. There are hints of caramel and toffee. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours black with a creamy mocha head that dissipated into film of chocolate bubbles, good amount of lacing, not much carbonation, looks really good.

A: First impression, lots of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, lots of aroma, no alcohol on the nose, smells like a stout, very impressive for a porter.

T: Up front, get a hit of chocolate and roasted malts, some bitterness in the middle, finishes with mildly bitter and dry, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts reemerge in the finish, and linger, very smooth, very drinkable.

M: Smooth and creamy, very drinkable.

O: What a great beer, drinks like a stout, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, smooth creamy mouthfeel, this would be a regular in my fridge if I could get Founders in my state.

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Photo of DrRambis
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Founders Porter, its tried, its true, its now about time for a review! Poured into a Guinness pint glass from 12 oz bottle dated 09/09/15. Pulled from the fridge about 20 minutes ago. Its still colder than I would prefer but this throat is dry. I will progress slowly to allow this sexy lady time to warm up to me.

Look: Pitch black, I mean zero light escapes this glass. Taupe creamy head that dissipates quickly into a light film.

Smell: Milk chocolate, dark raisin bread, lightly roasted espresso notes, citrus and grapefruit notes in the background.

Taste: Dark Coffee Beans, vanilla, and milk chocolate leap out at you with healthy helpings of orange zest, grapefruit juice, some tropical hop notes present, a nutty malts in the finish The taste really reminds me of eating an grapefruit while having an affogato.

Feel: Has substantial weight and body in the mouth for a beer of this gravity, exceeds expectations, smooth milky mouthfeel, with light astringent bitterness in the finish.

Overall: The lingering bitterness in this beer is key to keeping this beer in the range of porter. A style where I take "drinkability" (i.e. lack of palate fatigue and low to medium alcohol) to be key. A good porter must be one that can be enjoyed round after round, with food or without food, when its warm, when its cold, with bacon and eggs or with a fine steak, I could continue but the idea is apparent. Without the bitterness present in this beer its sweet dessert-like flavors could become cloying. This porter is most certainly on the decadent side but it retains the fundamental aspect I mentioned above. Its a beer I've had many times before and I'm glad to have had the time to finally review it. Its been a year since I had it last but its just as good as I remembered it (enter confirmation bias here). Pick one up but better yet pick up a case because that's the way its meant to be done! Prost!

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Photo of aquazr1
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle served in a tulip. Pours a dark black with little head. First sniff is dark chocolate. The first sip confirms the chocolate, and it is silky smooth.

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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 Fatehunter
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and burnt wood.
The taste is milk chocolate sweet, coffee bitter, dark chocolate, milk.
The texture is smooth.
It's an outstanding beer.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: pitch black in color not much of a head but it was on the colder side when I poured it a little film rims the glass

S: licorice bakers chocolate roasty malts

T: very nice chocolate and roasted malts with some light licorice

M: a touch thin but not as thin as some porters the creamy full mouth feel. makes this beer feel like its a weightier version

O: Excellent its a superbly done porter, while it might not bring anything new to the porter game it is flawlessly executed. Its big rich malty and nice chocolate tones with a fairly creamy mouthfeel you can't ask for much more in a porter

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass
L: Pours a brownish black color while appearing black in the glass. Nice mocha colored finger of head.
S: Roasted malt with lots of cocoa and milk chocolate.
T: Follows the nose with roasted malt upfront followed by chocolate. The finish brings back the roasted malt character along with some hop bitterness.
F: Medium plus mouthfeel
Overall this is a pretty great porter. Rich in roasted malt flavor while still being very easy to session.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a 12oz beer I got on sale, at nearly a year old (dated 10/28/2014). Pours a jet black, with a slight amount of head that is light-brown in color. Aroma is more chocolate than dark malts. Flavor is very smooth, velvety, and I can get some dark malts and chocolate (it is a bit bitter on the finish).

Although I am not a big fan of porters, this is one of the best I have ever had: it is beautiful in appearance, and although the aroma is somewhat mild, it is wonderful, and the flavor is enjoyable and very palatable. This beer is very easy to drink.

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Photo of eskildow
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served as part of a "beer flight" tasting board.

It is a dark beer, like a deep espresso in colour. Brown/black. There is minimal head, but what there is is firm and smoothe. Very attractive looking beer.

It has a clean, grainy smell. Redolent of grass, which is unusual in a porter but enjoyable nonetheless.

The flavour is robust with notes of coffee and mild cocoa bitterness in the aftertaste.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Serving style : poured into a chalice.

Appearance : Dark, pitch black body. Pours the color of used motor oil. The head is gigantic, and then simply recedes into the body, but leaves a creamy cap on top, perfectly colored with almond accents and ridiculously beautiful lace. This is the best appearance of any porter I've ever seen. Five.

Smell : Roasted chocolate malts, mocha, coffee bean, vanilla bean, some light black licorice, and some slight wet earth. This is turning out solid so far.

Taste : It's light enough that it takes a second or two to develop the flavor into words. Dark malts invade the tongue like a welcome plague. Cocoa and coffee bean follow shortly after, leaving a coffee-like dry bitterness on the finish. This is a seriously awesome porter. I could take a bit more chocolate, otherwise it's perfect.

Feel : Dense, creamy, warm...this is the magnum opus of porter drinkability. The carbonation is mild to moderate and provides a base for the creamy swath to rest upon. It waves goodbye politely with a drying bitterness with bean and coffee ground.

Overall : This porter rivals Deschutes' Black Butte and Central Waters' Mudpuppy as my favorite. Definitely in the top three. Mudpuppy has the chocolate but not the coffee, Deschutes has the roasted malt with cocoa accents that balances perfectly. The Founders Porter is more on the dry bitter coffee side, but it does it well. I'd be hard pressed to pass this up again when I see it.

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4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As good as I could ever want from a porter. Malty goodness in perfect proportion to a decent hop bill and a creamy, decadent mouth feel add up to a great fall campfire beer. And the 6.5% abv is right where it should be. Enough to keep you warm, but not so much you end up on fire.

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Photo of MrUse
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks very dark brown/black. Thin dark tan head sticks around for a while, grabbing the glass with each sip. Smells of dark chocolate and coffee. Taste is similar, more dark chocolate/coffee. Great flavor, hard to just sip this one. Creamy mouthfeel. I will definitely be having a few of these this winter!

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Photo of mabermud
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Nice, darker brown body. Thinner, semi-fine, mocha head. Slicker legs and lace.
Smell: Burnt coffee and dark malts first come to mind. Or we could go with black coffee and dark malts. What about black coffee with two lumps of sugar with medium roasted malts. You get the picture...
Taste: This tastes like an American Porter. Roasted malts and a dab of char, coffee, and some cocoa. Blend in a touch of hops and a drop of smoke flavor, and voila. Very basic, but well-made.
Feel: Solid and cagey feel. Good start and nice end.

Overall - I apologize for taking so long to review this beer. This beer is like the girl next door that you fail to notice, but when you two finally get together, you soon realize you have been missing out for many moons.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark - yes, Rich - yes, Sexy - depends on the night. Regardless, this is the best porter I have ever had. This is a beer that I will restock as soon as I run out. Sip this one and don't be afraid to let it warm a bit.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought from my local liquor store.

Generally a fairly typical stout/porter look. A fairly large head, but besides that it is basically the norm.

Smells clearly of chocolate. Subtle tones of malt and coffee.

Surprisingly light, even for a porter. But with definite taste of cacao and chocolate. Otherwise it's a satisfying, yet generic, taste.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really solid porter. There's a little bit of a licorice flavor, and a lot of roasted malts flavor. Very impressive, which is what I would expect from Founders.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,476 ratings.