Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,407 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,407
Reviews: 1,479
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 341
Gots: 1,075 | 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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Ratings: 6,407 | Reviews: 1,479
Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Photo of emmasdad
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of CHickman
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black with a 1/2 inch creamy chocolate shake like head with incredible lacing; the head floated on top like a malted the entire beer.

Smells of coffee, toasted malt, chocolate, and faint burnt wood chips. Very nice aroma, with the robust coffee odor of a stout.

Tastes of roasted malt, toasted coffee or espresso, sweet malt, light caramel, chocolate, toffee, grains, yeast, lemon, a slight hop bitterness and smoky finish - a nice complex taste combo. Tastes delicious like the coffee beans or cocoa could be floating in the beer.

Very tasty and smooth, this beer has a heavy body yet feels light and crisp. Mouthfeel is crisp and on the silky smooth side, with a smoky overall feel that's got very little to no carbonation.

A very enjoyable porter that has an earthy hoppy feel and goes down with ease. Highly drinkable and very tasty, I recommend this beer. It was so good that I ordered a second...with lunch.

Photo of srandycarter
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very, very dark brown, small tan head leaves to ring. Not much lace.

S - Roasted malt is the predominant smell.

T - Sweet malt nestled in bitter toasted malt. Do not discern much else. Pretty simple but tasty.

M - A little bitter, chalky, but it balances out the sweet. Finish is clean.

D - Pretty good. I would drink it for awhile.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served at 60°F into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured very dark brown, like a 90% cocoa dark chocolate, with a thick and frothy sandy head. Retention is excellent, lasted nearly the entire time of consumption. Large islands of lace adorn the glass. 4.5

S - Rich coffee, roasted barley, hint of cereal-like biscuits, lighter tones of chocolate. Touch of charcoal/ash maybe? 4.5

T - Rich expresso and vanilla cream followed closely by blackberries, currants, and cocoa powder. Finishes somewhat brief, but the mild touch of astringency or ash lingers with the chocolate. 4.0

M - Rich and velvety. Carbonation is perfect for this beer. Although quite a robust body, it is neither oily or syrupy. I find nothing to improve in this department. 5.0

D - Extremely. Glad I finally got around to trying this. 4.5

Photo of Aenema
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4/14
Appearance - Pitch black, thin tan head with splotchy lacing.
Smell - Rich, dark chocolate.
Taste - Roasted malts, chocolaty, coffee grounds.
Mouthfeel - Light medium-bodied, light to medium carbonation.
Drinkability - Easy drinking and very light for how strong the flavors are.

Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Atlantic Chip Shop, Brooklyn, NYC.

Poured a deep black hue with a trace white cap. There was little retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a sweet chocolate and light caramel.

The taste was driven by sweet cocoa and featured a slight smoke and light caramel.

The mouthfeel was full for the style.

Overall a tasty full bodied English style porter.

Photo of GregSVT
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark black with a medium dark brown head that fades to a ring and leaves no real lacing. Almost looks like an Imperial...

S: The nose is full of cocoa/chocolate and that's about it...pretty one dimensional but it smells great..

T: The taste is much different. The cocoa is up front but there's a hop presence in there as well that's kind of piney.

M: The feel is slightly creamy with a nice medium to full body.

D: Very solid brew with a decent ABV. I'd buy it if I could get it.

Photo of bum732
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick viscous black, nice creamy tan head. Smells of freshly ground coffee, cocoa powder, very roasty, some faint citrus, pineapple in particular. Tastes of bitter like coffee with a nice wave of dark cocoa like sweetness. Slightly citrus bitterness leads to some cocoa dryness and burnt roastiness. Very low carbonation, nice creamy texture.

A very solid robust porter, big and bold. My only qualm with this beer is the carbonation is a little too low, which is odd since i generally like my beers like that. I think a little more carbonation would bring the score even higher.

Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured dark black with a small mocha head.
S: The aroma consists dark, roasted malts with faint hints of chocolate and coffee notes.
T: The flavors are very well balanced between dark roasted malts in the initial taste and bitter hops in the finish.
M: It feels relatively smooth and medium-bodied on the palate; the finish is slightly dry.
D: The drinkability is excellent.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a very deep drown, almost black, with a foamy coffee-coloured head that slowly disappeared. Darker than most porters.

S - The nose is full of coffee with some choclate in the background. No apparent hops.

T - Dark roasted coffee with some chocolate. This one is full of flavour.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is an exceptional porter, especially if you like coffee. I will definitlely keep this one in my fridge at all times.

Photo of samie85
3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours an oil slick black with a two finger, dark brown head. Leaves behind nice lacing.

S-Smells of sweet coffee and chocolate malt.

T-Roasty coffee upfront with chocolate malt. it finishes dry, bitter with a hint of alcohol.

M-Smooth and medium bodied with a dry slightly prickly mouthfeel. Not a lot of carbonation here, which isn't a bad thing.

D-Pretty easy drinking, solid porter. Not the best porter I've had but I could see picking this up in the future.

Photo of kshankar
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark and black with a thick brown foam. Good retention and lacing

Aroma is chocolatey, and coffee like. Not much else going for it.

Taste starts out with a chocolate profile, bitter from it as well. It develops into a toasty coffee flavor after that, and goes down with a coffee/chocolate fusion.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy

Drinkability is average for a porter, but the ABV is low. It is full bodied though, so that won't help. But then again, porters aren't meant to be drinkable beers.

Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance:light lacing and pitch black

smell: heavy coffee and sublte chocolate

taste: not bad, solid porter, a little flat tasting, nice chocolate flavor

mouthfeel: full bodied porter

drinkability: solid porter, I like them more on the hoppy side

Photo of kylehayworth
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It pours a deep chocolaty brown. It leaves a dark/tan head.

S: Chocolate and coffee.

T: Chocolate upfront, then a nice hint of roasted coffee. They play very well with each other not overbearing one way or another.

M/D: Very smooth. The bottle says it all," dark, rich, and sexy."

Photo of jslern
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into 12 oz glass mug with handle.

A. Black with small/lacy tan head.

S. Rich coffee and dark chocolate.

T. coffee taste hits first with a hint of malty/bitter chocolate. Very good taste.

M. Thin and smooth.

D. Great stout, I want another.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh (growler fill was within the hour) 64oz growler into an Ommegang tulip.

A - Poured a silky oil black with a thin tan head that didn't hang around all that long.

S - Vanilla and caramel malts lead the nose. Has a touch of an earthy smell, but not as intense as say New Belgium brews.

T - Very roasted. Roasted nuts and malts dominate the flavor with some undertones of wood and caramel...perhaps even a touch of cocoa.

M - Very bready and oaty. Has a nice malty after-vibe and is cooling. Pretty thick, but not overly.

D - Really drinkable porter. If I have any complaint, it is the richness and fullness of the beer which might make this one that you wouldn't want to drink all evening. Really great porter though.

Photo of jmerloni
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Creamy black with creamy and frothy huge head that is sticky and laces thick. Recedes very slowly.

S - Extreme. Very intense aroma of toffee, some vanilla cream, chocolate. Great!

T - Pretty good. Follows the nose but there's no vanilla detectable. Warming and bittersweet in the swallow. But overall not as intense as the aroma suggests which is a bit of a let down. But this is still good.

M - Definitely full bodied and creamy with a low amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

D - Moderately drinkable but its extremely thick and i can feel it in my stomach after just one. Not that I would have it any other way, but you probably can't drink much more than 2 or 3 of these at very most. A good beer overall though that I would get again.

Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich, roasted scent that boasts of both black and chocolate malts. It's dry and bitter with an excellent chocolate sweetness; very balanced. The taste is good as well. It has a dry, roasted flavor that's deep in black malt bitterness. It has a nice mix of chocolate malts and non malted roasted barley. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good porter. I love the complexity; just a well brewed ale.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one for a while, thanks to the awesome BA who included it as an extra whose name escapes me.

Pours a beautiful black color with a nice tan head that dissipates to a little in the middle. Reminds me of the exact opposite of my hairline.

This one smells surprisingly rich. Vanilla, coffee, sweet malts, and overall goodness abound. There is more perceptable vanilla in here than some other beers I've had with "vanilla" directly proceeding "porter".

Thankfully, the vanilla isn't absent in the mouth. Coffee and general sweet goodness are also hanging around.

Pretty good on body. Not too thin and not too thick.

This one is very drinkable. I'm a big fan of the dark and heavy when it pertains to beer and this one doesn't disappoint. Damn you Founder's for having an apparent disinclination to distribute in Florida!!

Photo of Freethyhops
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint

A- pours almost pure black with a cm of light brown head which reduced to a collar and film quite quickly. fairly heavy lacing for the style. the head didn't stay around for long but it was exceptionally dark for a porter.

S- coffee and bitter chocolate. an evident sweetness from a heavy malt profile. dark and robust.

T- very much like the Breakfast stout I had earlier in the day. tons of chocolate and plenty of coffee. the bitterness does well to combat any sweetness that shows its face. still has that almost sour bitter bready finish that I always expect from a porter. I wish I could give it a 4.75 but I'm really liking this one so I'll bump it up to a 5.

M/D- a full body, pleasantly low carbonation, and creamy feel make this a very nice drinking porter. it does have some heavy flavors that could weigh on you after having a few, but its delicious enough to keep you going

Photo of gregalobeer
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: dark, opaque, oily texture, firm head with good retention
S: dark coffee, carmel, earthy tones
T: coffee!! smooth porter richness nicely balanced with light hops
M: a bit thin for my taste but fits with the balance and delicacy of the flavor
D: balanced flavors and delicate mouthfeel make this a VERY drinkable porter; I definitely want another

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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