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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
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1,507 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,507
Hads: 6,850
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 398
Gots: 1,358 | FT: 26
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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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: 1,507 | Hads: 6,850
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 CHADMC3
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body is jet black allowing no light to shine through whatsoever below the deep tan, one inch head that patiently dissolves to a thin, but sticky lacing.

Massive roasted malt aroma, a bit smoky, some chocolate sweetness, caramel, and some mild earthy hops.

Rich roasted malt flavor, again featuring sweet chocolate, and roasted coffee. Secondary flavors include a touch of caramel and nuts as well as earthy or almost woodnotes.

Very smooth, almost silk like with medium to bold body and medium carbonation with a classic roasted wake up call towards the back of the palate.

This is one fine example of the Porter. Founders does another excellent beer. Tons of character and easy to enjoy.

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

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a deep, dark brown with 2 fingers of a tan head that demonstrates excellent retention - this thing isn't going anywhere - and a lot of lacing. outstanding presentation. in the nose i get a lot of roasted maltiness, dark chocolate, and coffee. taste is very flavorful, with the 3 mentioned coming through, joined by a note of molasses, maybe espresso. has a slightly bitter finish; no real alcohol presence to speak of. decent mouthfeel, medium-bodied and creamy, and IMO quite drinkable. very impressed with this beer, i must say.

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Photo of chaz410
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle at the flying saucer in charlotte nc.
Pours a deep black body with mocha colored head.
Smells of deep chocolate, roasted barley, caramel and slight coffee notes. There's some rich fruit note too underlying the maltiness, it's almost banana like in character. The heaviest part of the smell is roasted grain and chocolate, not bitter smelling at all.
The taste is very silky and very sweet. It's got a great mocha-chocolate character with a roasty overlay and some caramel undertones. It has a slight hop presence at the finish and some dryness as well.
Very thick and even slightly bubbly mouthfeel.
Easy to drink even though it's remarkably complex!

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really loving the Founder's variety case...

Poured from the bottle into glass, solid dark brown with feint tan head, may have poured just a bit too cold, but still looks delicious.

Smell is a great mix of scents, chocalately, roasted scents are up front followed by some subtle sweetness with hints of caramel and vanilla.

Taste is all roasted chocalety malt with sweet notes, bits of caramel, vanilla and light earthy notes finish it off.

Mouthfeel is very well balanced, flavors hit the tongue on top and spread throughout well. Lingers very well with just enough carbonation.

Quite drinkable, maybe just a bit to sweet to have more than 2 in a row, bit very tasty.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The sample I got fizzed like crazy, so have a towel handy if opening a bottle! It pours a beautiful midnight sable with a very thick, fluffy, persistent tan head. Smoky, oily aroma has tones of molasses, caramel and fine coffee. Rich flavor has firm smoky overtone and coffee, nutty, molasses and caramel components as well as a hint of hop bitterness. Texture is smooth with a subtle fizz and leaves a nice smoky and slightly sweet finish.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Fire Works in Arlington, VA tonight.

a - Pours a dark brown color with an inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of strong roasted malts, smokey, chocolate, and vanilla.

t - Tastes of light chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, coffee, toasted malts, and smokey.

m - Medium to full body and light to medium carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

d - A very good smokey, roasted porter that at 6% you can def have a few of. Will definitely have again.

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Photo of horshack7
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: It's dark, sinister, and a blackhole in a bottle well in this case a mug. The head is a dark beige about one inch thick and is also quite frothy. It is similar to looking at the top of an espresso.

Aroma: Lots of dark chocolate with notes of alcohol. Espresso beans, vanilla bean. Hops are roasted very dark almost burnt along with a the malts that give it a large grainy backbone.

Taste: As the first sip ventures across my palate I hear the beer gods singing, and monks chanting. From the malt end of the flavors this beer is wonderfully grainy with underlying touches of espresso and vanilla bean. The hop end of it all are so remarkably roasted so magnificently dark. In the midst of thease happenings is a borderline sinfully smooth mouthfeel.

Notes: This is an absolutely stunning American porter what a masterpiece. Cheers.

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Photo of hWordsmythe
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark, dark, DARK. I don't think I've seen a darker beer. You expect a porter to be dark, but typically you can see some reddish hues and light at the edges - not so here. Evenly opaque from the middle all the way to the side of the glass.

Smell: Probably the weakest quality of the beer, Not bad, but not as aromatic as I would like. Definite coffee and chocolate, but subdued. It doesn't jump out of the glass and punch you in the nose.

Taste: Burnt bitterness from the roasted malts. Perfect balance of coffee and chocolate - neither overwhelms the other. There is some sweetness, but it's at the back-end - you have to stop and think about it to notice. Carmel starts to come through as it warms a bit. I don't detect any vanilla, which is fine with me. The most balanced porter I've had, and I've had a few.

Mouthfeel: Perfect. On the heavy side of medium-bodied, with the ideal amount of carbonation to cut through the stickiness. Slides down smooth and easy.

Drinkability: Way up there. I could (and have) easily consume a full six-pack over the course of a long evening. I know a lot of IPA fans think of this as a winter beer, or something that you have one bottle of before moving on to your regular session brew. For me this is as "sessionable" as anything out there. But I feel that way about any beer I like. You can't have too much until you know it's time to stop drinking anyway.

This is my undisputed #1 favorite beer, of any style. Makes the much praised Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald seem clumsy by comparison. Porters are my favorite type of beer anyway, and this beer is so far above all the others that it's in a class of it's own. If you like dark ales, and you can get this where you live, you NEED to buy a six-pack at the earliest opportunity. As near perfection as it's possible to be.

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Photo of berpwillie
3.35/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours an opaque dark brown with spare fizzy tan head, spare lacing and soft to flat carbonation. which was weird because the taste had a bit of a soda like feel to it.nutty roasted coffee like smell with a taste much the same but has a bit of a harsh bitterness to it. medium to full body with a slick oily texture. finish is bitter with a bit of spicyness to it and average flavor duration. not really impressed.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One year old cellared bottle poured at cellar temp into a snifter.
Pours a hearty dark brown with no light passing through the glass. Thin creamy tan head of .5 cm foams up and fades gradually to a clingy edge layer and some islands.
Aroma is rich and malty with heavy roasted notes and some dark chocolate mixing on the nose.
First sip reveals a silky textured beer with mild spacious carbonation. Soft body but kind of thick give the beer some umph.
Flavor is as expected with rich roasted malt, some dark chocolate bar, a hint of molasses and no real hop presence. Alcohol is also hidden.
The beer is amazingly easy to drink and very enjoyable. I would like to be able to stock my everyday fridge with this beer, unfortunately it isnt available in CT. :(

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time trying Founders porter, never been let down with a founders beer, so lets see how this one goes Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a 5 ounce sampler mug.

A- Pours s deep dark black with one fingers worth of mocha head that dissapated to a thin layer that stayed till the end.

S- Full of dark rich roasted malts with some coffee and sweet caramel tones. Smells good.

T- Roasted coffee with coffee like bitterness at the end. Very true to the style, nothing very unique here just classic porter flavors done very well.

M- Medium body, very creamy with the right amount of carbonation.

D- For its style i find it pretty drinkable, if i had another one i would drink it.

Overall this another great beer by founders, one of the better porters i have had, will for sure be picking this one up again.

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Photo of droomyster
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown a big brown head that reduces down to a still-substantial height with dimples dotting the foam. Aromas are predominately roasty with strong notes of dark chocolte truffles and tantalizing garnache. Big taste of sweetened cocoa up front, tons of expresso and roastiness on the midpalate. Finishes long on burnt sugar and a faint note of something like burnt fish (but maybe I'm just crazy). Leaves the mouth with a smoky taste minutes later. Body fills the mouth and saturate the senses. A wise choice for a luxurious digestive or a decadent nightcap.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to (busternuggz) for this!!

Look is phenomenal; dark, opaque, sexy, with a light mocha fingers worth of bubbly head.

The smell is perfect. Mild, roasted coffee, toffee, roasted, burnt malts with sultry dark chocolate and mild sweetness.

Taste is upfront dark roasted coffee. Some bitterness next, mostly from the coffee, and bittersweet chocolate...could be some very subtle hops.

The feel is a bit creamy, definitely smooth, but more medium bodied. I personally prefer a heavier feel to my porters, but do feel that this is a touch too thin.

Easy to put down, and immensity enjoyable the whole way through.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle with my dad on his birthday.

A- a finger or so of khaki head from a steady pour. almost pitch black in color with a brown glow at the edges.

S- dark roasted coffee and bitter sweet chocolate. Touches of pumpernickle bread and brown sugar.

T- roasty and toasty with tons of coffee and bakers chocolate. Dark bread and burnt brown sugar.

M- a tick higher then medium in body with a light carb. Semi dry finish.

D- one hell of a porter for sure. Deep and roasty everything a porter should be.

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Photo of korguy123
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz into SA Perfect Pint.
Special thanks to regspeir for this one

A- Pours a deep rich black, zero light can be seen through this one. One inch dark caramel head that dissipates slowly over the course of a couple minutes.

S- Roasted malts, vanilla, brown sugar, dark chocolate, bitter burnt coffee, raisins.

T- Roasted coffee (not nearly as bitter as the nose leads on) dark chocolate, vanilla, molasses and raisins.

M- Great carbonation, creamy but not heavy on the palate.

This thing was magical! Could imagine myself in front of a camp fire enjoying these all night. Slowly starting to understand what all the hype is with porters. Another shining example of how things should be! Great job Founders.

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

Pours a deep dark near pitch black, letting in some minimal hints of light on the edges of the glass. Thin, yet dense creamy khaki head, leaving decent lacing. Scent is of cocoa, dark roasted malt, light touches of fruit and coffee. Taste brings a nice cocoa and milk chocolate taste along with the dark roasted malts. Light touches of nuts and a definite presence of hops add an ever so faint fruity and bitterness to it outside of the dark malts. Medium bodied yet smooth and creamy. The malts never cross into the overly charred or burnt side and coupled with the creamy yet not heavy mouthfeel makes this a wonderously drinkable beer.

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Photo of portia99
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a pitch black color that has pretty good clarity, but definitely has some large floating yeast particulate throughout. A thin finger of brown foam lingers briefly and falls to a near uniform skim coat across the surface of the beer. Nice spiderwebs of lacing left down the glass.

S - Lots of dark, roasty aromas with some dark fruitiness, yeasty esters. Not especially complex, but what is there smells pretty good.

T - Roasty flavors, burnt toast, coffee, lightly sweet on the fringes. Bitterness seems to come more from the burnt characters rather than from hops. Light green hop flavors. Overall impression is that of intensely dark roasted and burnt character. One of the better tasting porters I've had.

M - Thinnish medium body...just about right for a porter with a medium carbonation level to go with it. Carbonation is somewhat creamy, but lively enough to tingle the tongue. No complaints here.

D - Not sure why I've waited so long to try this one...I've always heard good things, but somehow this one escaped me until now. Very glad to finally crack one. Very good example of the porter style - for me, I think I enjoy the Sierra Nevada Porter but this one is very close. I can definitely see myself buying this one again.

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Photo of jagoffyinzer
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark hard to tell its exact.color in the light. A very tan head fades to a nice layer. Tremendous tan lacing coats the glass on the way down. The smell is malty with a nice roast that stands behind it. Great chocolate notes in there at the end that work well. Tasting at first there is a smooth cocoa flavor finishes roasty and warm. Malt shines through ever flavor. This is smooth and creamy but not too heavy. Pretty drinkable. Founders never disappoints.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Dark, no light is going to penetrate this brew. Somewhat boozey notes in the smell. Solid flavors of sweet chocolate, roasted malts. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery. I would drink a second one of there with pleasure.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown, almost black, with a nice, small, creamy head. Aroma of roasted dark and chocolate malts, with some chicory and a bit of a nutty character.
Palate is big on roasted malt up front, with notes of chocolate and mocha. A rich, nuttiness emerges mid-palate, and the roasted character becomes tempered by a good dose of hoppy bitterness.
Body is creamy and full, just thick enough to hold the robust flavor. This beer goes down pretty easily for being so strong and full of flavor. It's one of my first experiences with Founders' brews, and I'm looking forward to trying many more.

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Photo of seh410
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, dark brown, bordering on black with a slight reddish tint and two-fingers of super foamy dirty white head. I'm a big fan of a nice head on craft beer and this definitely fits the bill.

Aroma: Dark chocolate, roasted malts and some coffee and caramel. Really rich, really tasty smelling.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Coffee up front with some chocolate lingering close behind. Coffee bitterness dominates the after-taste. This is a good beer, I think it represents the style very well. There's definitely a heavy roasted malt taste but also nice chocolately and coffee notes that remind me a bit of a stout. Mouthfeel is super creamy and medium bodied with nice carbonation.

Notes: Drinkability is pretty good but this is a relatively heavy, bitter, and flavorful beer. Therefore I'd probably stop at just one of these, but the one is really good.

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Photo of clarkm04
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Very dark and robust. Forms a nice creamy head that dissipates

Smell- Definite notes of the roasted and chocolate malts. Very inviting.

Taste- Has a bittering taste upfront that transitions to a very smooth aftertaste. Very light and creamy on the palate for the last 2/3 of a drink. Lots of chocolate malt notes in the taste. Very full favored yet with an easy after taste.

Mouthfeel- A little harsh and ever so slightly unbalanced. Probably the low point for me on this either wise outstanding porter.

Drinkability- Very good. You can easily drink two or three of these in one session.

Overall - Very good example of this style. Definitely a little more bittering then some examples of porter but I really like the overall experience. Another very good beer from the Founders folks.

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Photo of larryi86
4.84/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle dated 2/22/10 poured into a snifter

A- Black with a huge tan head.

S- Chocolate, roasted coffee, roasted malts, and a hint of caramel and hops.

T- Rich, complex, and balanced. A great blend of roasted coffee and chocolate with a great malt backbone, and had a nice bitter bit in the finish.

M- Thick, creamy, and silky smooth.

D- This is a great beer, one of the best I have had. With how big the taste is I would really only have one as a dessert, I could not drink more than one in a sitting. I got this in a Founders variety pack with Centennial IPA, Dirty Bastard, and Red's Rye PA, and this is the best out of the four.

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Photo of CooperEllis
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First review, figured I'd start with something I like generally (porter) but a brewery I had never had before.

The color is near perfect, in the pour and head. The growlers from Bierkraft are counter pressure filled; the head on the first pour was three quarters of an inch and coated the sides of the glass nicely as it settled.

Initially, it smelled like when you open a fresh tin of nesquick or hershey's (the powder kind) and there's that dry smell of slightly bitter chocolate dust. It did not hold a distinctive aroma with drinking, but disappeared or faded into the background of the taste.

The tast is very good, I mean, it taste's how I expected (or hoped!) it would taste. I did thinks it was a little one-demensional.

This porter is slightly watery in mouthfee, but with a little attention to 'chewing' the flavors released nicely. While I'm loathe to say 'it tasted like chocolate' the aftertaste is distinctly that sourtaste that I always associate with a very high quality piece of dark chocolate. I have to imagine pairing this with a nice chipotle chocolate treat would be amazing for a dessert but I have to say this was light enough for a porter that I could see pouring four or five over the course of an afternoon bbq and enjoying each.

***

I poured a second glass of this and let it sit for a while, the rise in temperature completely changed the mouth feel and flavor. This beer became more complex in flavor, with a creamy texture.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,507 ratings.