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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter

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1,474 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,474
Hads: 6,696
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 380
Gots: 1,266 | 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: 1,474 | Hads: 6,696
Photo of nickadams2
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours a thick viscous black with a thick tan head with nice retention. Some lacing.

S_Dark chocolate , espresso,roasted malt. Picking up some hops.

T_Bitter chocolate and coffee.Creamy vanilla too. Pretty roasty. Little hoppy in the after taste. Nice dry finish.

M_Thick,creamy smooth, and full bodied goes down nicely.

D_Great session beer or sipper depending on your mood. Very nice porter overall.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a gorgeous dark dark oily black with a nice thick viscosity and a nice 1 inch tan head that is very dense with some bigger bubbles in the center. The head recedes slowly and leaves some minimal lacing.

S - Delicious chocolate and roasted malt. Wow! Burnt and smokey aromas, smooth and not too sever. Chocolate powder and some mild vanilla spice as well. Coffee.

T - Smooth and very delicious mocha flavors. Chocolate powder sweetness from the malt with a nice burnt character to it. Very mildly bitter especially at the end. Great flavor profile, starting with the burnt flavor then the sweetness and finishing off dry.

M & D - Oily, smooth, thick and creamy. Full bodied and Extremely drinkable. Great offering from Founders. I cant believe it took me this long to try their Porter.

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Photo of n00tz
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Dark body, mocha brown head, and an undetectable carbonation.

S - Dark fruits, molasses, roasted-toasty woodiness. Light scent of walnuts.

T - Roasted coffee and nuts with a dry alcohol backing. Light chocolate and biscuity malts are present and welcomed warmly for a Porter.

M - Carbed wonderfully - slight tingle. Sits heavy on the palate, more than a typical porter.

D - Dark and heavy, would go great with a chocolate cake with a walnut genache.

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Photo of jsanford
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a very dark brown, thin tan head that quickly disappeared, leaving a slight film.

S - Dark roasted malt, sweet milk chocolate, roasted nuts, expresso. Slight alcohol whiff.

T - Pretty much follows the nose, as expected. Dark chocolate malt, roasted nuts, coffee. Great balance.

M - Creamy with a medium-heavy body. Medium carbonation, maybe a bit higher then expected. This is not a bad thing.

D - Great, textbook example of a chocolatey porter. Go-to beer when I want something dark, but not to the degree of a RIS. Another home run from Founder's!

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Photo of smibroncos
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. Poured a bard tawney brown with an amber tan two finger head. Good lacing on the glass.

S. Cocoa, Coffee, Cereal, Toasted malts.

T. Rich chocolate coffee goodness. This is a great porter. Earthy, Dark roasted grains good sweetnes, with a nice bitter balance. Yummy.

M. Rich and robust, good carbonation.The flavor lasts on the tongue.

D. A great after dinner drink. Rich and roasted coffee flavors, sweet and bitter.

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Photo of Pabs311
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice, rich, dark black with very thin mocha head. very minimal lacing coats the glass as i drink this beer.

S- not overpowering but on the aroma is mainly of chocolate and molasses.

T- similar to the nose, altough more potent. chocolate, molasses, caramel and sweet roasted malts all play an integral part in the flavor of this beer. nice.

M/D- medium bodied and creamy in texture with minimal carbonation. great for this style of beer and very silky. great drinking porter, not my favorite of all but up there on my list

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Photo of philosobeer
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If you want a heavier porter, this one is well worth a try. A little heavy, but it is a very tasty beer.

A: One very dark brown pint that on first glance I was tempted to call black. The head is a good medium-creamy foam. Settling as you drink it, those who compared it to the crema of an espresso were quite right. It's an ornament of heavy brown cream which really does draw an appropriate and favorable comparison to coffee. The half point it lost was for being dark enough to make me wonder if I ordered the stout.

S: Roasted barley is very evident here, as are the chocolate malts. One good swirl and sniff brought alcohol, chocolate, coffee, and grilled foods to mind. At the smell, you know it's a beer and get a whiff of its strength. The chocolate coffee compels a sip.

T: The first taste is sweet and malty with english hops just drying out the head. This tastes rich enough to be satisfying and just dry enough to not be overwhelming. I think the alcohol, and highly kilned and roasted grain brought up the end.

M: This was heavy for a porter even, something that I've noticed with Founder's other beers. Here that feels a bit better than it did in many of their others and I'll accept it. Its effervescence is present, not overwhelming and really what it should be.

D: The heaviness and alcohol feel detract here, but not by enough to make me turn on it. It's heavy, yes, it's got noticeable alcohol, yes -- it is not too much to keep you from considering a second. A third is really pushing it, but of mostly from its heaviness. This goes well with fish.

This is at one of the local favorite bars in Chicago's pilsen neighborhood. And now that two of my favorites are gone, when I am looking for a good darker beer there, this is one I assure you I will order again. Not elevated to my favorite porter by any means, but probably my favorite Founder's.


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Photo of Avagadro
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: this porter is black and opaque. The pour didn't really engender a head, but a thin mocha colored film tops this black beauty.

S: bouquet is a tad faint, but suggests that this will be chocolatey porter.

T: semi-sweet and super rich, Founders Porter boasts molasses, chocolate, and caramel. This is one of the best porters I've had to date.

M: thick and creamy, the mouthfeel holds up to the indulgent theme set by the flavor.

D: I don't know if I like this or the oatmeal stout better. They are both delicious in there own way. My only conclusion is that both must be ordered. This is definitely worth a shot, as it has all of my favorite attributes of a good RIS.

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Photo of jminsc76
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Relaxing at my sister's barber shop in North Royalton, Ohio, and decided to crack open a Founders' porter as a busload of Marines walk in.

Into a coffee cup (no pint glasses available at my siblings' barber shop, *wah!*), pours a dark espresso head atop a black, nearly impenetrable body. Fading legs as I tilt the cup; still exhibits a lot of thickness. Almost forms an espresso head like a good cup of, um, espresso.

Aromas are a bit medium-strength and include espresso, oak, and coffee beans.

The flavors are stupendous, with notes of bitter coffee, oak, and a slight quantity of sweetness coming through. Incredibly well-balanced, with the smiles on the faces of the Marines I am sharing this with confirming my delight.

Mouthfeel is thick and ebullient. Me likey.

Overall, this is an excellent porter, with a great balance and roastyness that literally has me believing - if only for a second or two - that I am drinking coffee that intoxicates you rather than caffeine-ates. Excellent job Founders.

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Photo of joshstevens87
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a jet black with an enormous dirty tan head with a nice amount of staying power
S-a nice roasted malt with nice notes of chocolate and dark fruit a bit timid though
T- a great blend of roasted malt with nice sweet and chocolate undertones maybe even a bit of coffee with a little bit of aromatic/bitter hops to compliment the taste overall a great porter
M-a medium body with a sort of hidden but strong carbonation that makes the beer rather light and refreshing even with its body and great tase
D-a great porter one of the better ones i've had and can easily drink it all night

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Dispenses an onyx black body sporting a tall, proud-looking, dark tan head with plenty of staying power and substantial lacing.

Smell: Rich malty nose of bold, roasty coffee beans, melty bittersweet chocolate bars, licorice sticks, and moist dark fruits. A delightfully sultry scent, indeed.

Taste: The firm roastiness leads in the taste, with a flavor of strong coffee unabashedly laced with chocolate sauce, licorice, and a hint of real vanilla bean. Amply sweet throughout. Dark fruitiness buried within the heady maltiness. Roasty, earthy bitterness. Shot of cream. Long, leisurely, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth, succulent creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It's really pushing at the boundary line between porters and stouts. A sterling, tasty robust porter from ole Founders and one I freely, even cheerfully recommend to others.

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

Wow! Just got a big amount of Founders beers in a trade, and this is the first I'm trying. This beer is amazing at the get-go! Huge brown frothy chocolate head. This beer has a delicious, sweet scent to it. Sweet chocolatey notes hit the back of your tongue...followed by a subtle smokiness. This is one of the best Porters I've ever tasted. I could drink this beer dangerously too much.

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Photo of jahilgen
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful porter, poured into an imperial pint glass from the bottle. Beer is dark like coffee and produces a nice two finger chocolate head that leave a rich lacing with each drink.

The porter immediately hits you with its coffee, chocolate tones and at first seems like any ordinary porter, but after the first couple mouthfuls more complex flavor become present. There is a hint of licorice or mint, but a nice floral tone that finishes off each sip (or gulp). I can't quite place the floral tone but I feel like there is a lavender-like or maybe sweet-grass tone to the palate but it is a wonderful after-tone to the heaviness of a porter.

I highly recommend this beer to anyone who is looking for a porter that goes beyond the typical "dark" flavors of a porter and wants a more complex experience

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Photo of WJVII
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew is a wonderful deep dark brown color with a 2 finger thick chocolate brown head. The aroma is full of chocolate, burnt caramel, dark coffee. The taste is full of the same. Very thick brew with a wonderful coffee taste with sweet chocolate and a light alcohol warmth in the hop balanced finish. This is a great example of porter. Delicious... glad I got the 6 pack instead of sampling one.

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Photo of tim9887
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a dimpled Guinness mug. Pours deep dark brown, nearly black. Nice tan head. Sweet malty aroma. Coffee/chocolate/caramel in the nose and palate. Nice roasty, bitter finish. Very thick, rich, velvety mouthfeel. Tiny bit of alcohol warmth. Very nice stuff all around, I'll have another!

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Photo of Spiekerbox
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours dark brown with a medium sized light brown head. Starts to reside after a few minutes leaving light lacing down the glass.

S- Toasted malts with a slightly coffee scent.

T- Taste the toasted somewhat burnt malts with a little bit of the coffee flavor coming through. A good taste of the hops at the finish makes for a good balance of flavors

M- Thick full bodied beer, low carbonation with a nice creaminess as you drink it.

D- Nice drinkability, one of the better porters that I have drank, Founder's is rarely a plain brewery and this is no exception, good beer with nice flavor to it.

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from Founders on 5/9/10.

The pour is a beautiful two fingers of brown head. Pitch black in color with excellent lacing. This is what a porter should look like!

The scent is that of roasted toffee, coffee, and some chocolate malts.

Taste: Rich chocolate malts blend with roasty bitter nuts. There is a nice bitterness at the end which is well placed. I would prefer a little more in the middle of the taste, but overall it is solid.

The mouthfeel is medium to slightly full. There is also a nice smooth, creamy character.

This is as drinkable as a porter should be. A solid standard Porter with looks to brag about.

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Photo of billab914
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured dark brown in color with a thin mocha colored head. The head retreated to the edges of the glass after a few minutes where it left a little lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a nice coffee ground and bitter sweet chocolate presence to it. It has a bit of sweet creamy flavors coming through as well helping to add some balance. Very nice aroma for a porter, I liked the darker roasted coffee flavors it's giving off.

The taste also has a roasted, burnt, coffee flavor to it that I enjoyed. Bitter sweet chocolate comes through as well along with some cocoa in the finish. Like the nose it has a little sweet creaminess to help balance out the bitter roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is a little above medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed this beer tonight. The darker coffee and chocolate flavors made it a good choice for an after dinner drink tonight.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours an opaque black with a very dark brown head that looks like hot cocoa, decent head retention and lots of lacing

S: huge roasted malt profile with an intense dark chocolate presence, extremely robust

T: like the nose, this porter is all about the roasted specialty grains, tons of chocolate malts and coffee, a touch of earthy hops on the finish, very nicely balanced and incredibly flavorful.

MF: medium to thick body, low carbonation, silky mouthfeel

D: well it's weird to judge this as an American Porter because it is far more like what I thought a stout was supposed to be. Then again, there is definitely some overlap between these categories, but the bottom line is that this is the best American Porter I have had. Founders has never disappointed me.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jampics2 for sending a bottle of this my way.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a beautiful tan head and plenty of lacing as it makes its way down.

S: Loads of roasted malt alongside a fair amount of chocolate.

T: Roast and sweet malt combine together with chocolate and hints of coffee.

M: Very nice. A bit dry; nice and full.

D: One of the better porters that I've had; I would expect nothing less from Founders.

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Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good porter, though a little too unctuous for my tastes.

Pours a deep, inky black with a thin, tan head. The aroma is strong and coffee-like, with a burnt edge, like coffee grounds. The flavor is rich and coffeelike, roasted, with a little smoked or burnt quality. The mouthfeel is quite milky and slick.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with almost no highlights, and a thin cola colored head that retains OK. The aroma kicks it up a notch, with notes of coffee, chocolate, oak, burnt bread, dark fruits (fig, plum, etc.) and some mustiness. The flavor is similar to the aroma with big coffee and chocolate notes upfront, along with dark fruit (raisin, plum, date), burnt bread, a bit of char, molasses and a little woodiness. Mouthfeel is full and rich, and drinkability is pretty good. Very strong offering from Founders, one of the better American porters out there

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

Pours from the bottle a very deep dark black color, with merely a suggestion of light tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee and smoke. On the palate, a lot more of the same. A very drinkable porter, complex and enjoyable. Another great effort from Founders.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. An aggressive pour gets you a good 2" pillowy tan head, floating on an impenatrable dark pool. The head reduces to a thin slick, with thick lacing down the side as the beer is consumed.

Smells of espresso, roasted caramel, hints of chocolate and malt. Very appealing, and makes me want to ensure this one is warm enough before I drink.

Tastes delicious! The espresso is what you first notice, followed by toasted malt. There's almost a faint taste of cherry or some other tanic fruit that hits you mid-tongue followed by slight hops bitterness as it goes down the throat.

Very creamy and smooth, and very drinkable. As it warms, it becomes even smoother. I'd say of the porters I've had, only Great Lakes' Edmund Fitzgerald is better. I'm disappointed I only have one in the fridge!

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Kind of looks like flat Guinness Extra Stout. Nearly jet black, but actually dark dark brown. No carbonation or head retention, which creates the flat look. I'll give this the benefit of the doubt...maybe it was just a bad pour.

Smell: Not a surprise...coffee and chocolate. However, I like the clear presence of caramel malts, which gives it something extra.

Taste/Mouthfeel: No carbonation yet no flat or watery feeling. That's a plus. Nothing blows up as great. It's a very strong taste, with no surprises in the coffee, chocolate, and caramel malts. Some decent hops as well. More so than other beers like this that I've had.

Drinkability: It warms you up and convinces you to drink more...

Overall: Overall, Founders Porters is a rather unique beer in my opinion. It's a good bitter yet sweet beer.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,474 ratings.