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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter

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1,475 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,475
Hads: 6,709
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: 1,475 | Hads: 6,709
Photo of stimulus
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Jet black with a thin caramel head.

S: Smells heavily of chocolate.

T: Here's where the beer really comes through in value. Mild carbonation with delicious caramel, coffee, and chocolate flavors powering through the taste buds.

M: Pretty smooth and hits the back of the throat nicely.

D: This is pretty great for a session beer, even if 6.5% is a bit high.

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Photo of sidetracked
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a light-brown head.

Smell is strong roasted malts, coffee, and bitter chocolate. There's a little bit of maple syrup-like sweetness at times as well.

Taste is roasty and slightly sweet up front. Bitter baking chocolate starts coming in during the middle, leading to a more intense bitter roasted malt finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and very creamy and smooth.

Drinkability is great. The intense bitterness helps round out the flavor and the body makes it really easy to drink.

(Side note: I tried this side-by-side with GL Edmund Fitzgerald yesterday and thought Founders Porter had a much more intense nose and a fuller body. The Edmund Fitzgerald had a less bitter finish which I could imagine a lot of people liking more.)

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Photo of herman77
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark dark brown, almost black. No light gets through. Fluffy dark tan head, lots of bubbles. Awesome lacing!

S: Chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, coffee. Sweet malt and a hint of earthy hops. I love the nose on this!

T: Follows pretty damn close to the smell. I do pick up a little nuttiness as well. It does have an odd bitter and drying finish that I don't find too pleasant for a porter. If it wasn't for the finish/aftertaste, this would be stellar.

M/D: Medium full body. Somewhat creamy. Carbonation level seems spot on. Pretty good drinkability, I could see myself having a few in a row.

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

A: black with a brown head and nice lacinng.
S: chocolate, coffee, molasses. probably more going on here but the limited powers of my schnozzletov and poor ability to translate the smells to words leaves it at that.
T: bittersweet chocolate with a spicy hop kick on the finish. molasses, also dark roasted coffee present. well-balanced, managing to finish almost a but crisp for all this big dark malt flavor.
M: just over medium-bodied. nicely carbonated (in my case not too little Co2).
D: big flavor borders on imperial style but not too big or viscous would allow me to have more than one.

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

To say that this beer is black is like saying it's dark inside the isolation tank in Ken Russell's "Altered States." This beer isn't black; it's not even BLACK-- it's void. And to top it off (literally), it has the darkest head I've ever seen on a beer, plus the head is tenacious and huge. I haven't enjoyed watching a head fade this much since my first glass of Berkshire Drayman's Porter. The aromas of vanilla, toast, chocolate, lemon and... is that banana?... form a cloud that you can smell from across the room, yet none are very aggressive. They play very nicely together in both the smell and the taste. The vanilla takes an early lead but is quickly caught by the roastiness, then the chocolate swings in from the left and slams it home to the light hops, which very dryly remind you that you're drinking a very, very fine beer.

I didn't wash the glass until the next morning so I could get one last aroma hit before going to work.

The label says this thing is dark, rich and sexy. The first two adjectives are absolutely true; the third suggests it *might* compete with an Ayinger Hefeweizen in the correct glass. It's very close.

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

what a big porter

big foamy head that had average dissipation. left nice lacing .

nice roasty nose

really in your face porter almost thought it smacked of an imperial. all the usual suspects of dark roasted malt, bitersweet chocolate and a subtle sweetness that shows up briefly before the hops crash the party and start smashing your moms vase's.

i could see where some reviewers said light on the mouthfeel. seems almost impossible for a beer this ballsy not to have a substantial mouthfeel, but it is lighter than was expected.

i think a couple two,tree a dees and your done

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Photo of camp0474
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Nonic Pint Glass

A: Pours very dark brown caramel/coffee color. Dark tan head with fine carbonation.

S: Strong malt coffee smell. Hints of roasted malt, slight smokiness.

T: Strong roasted malt flavor, somewhat smokey. Very close to a dark roast coffee. A slight sweet taste of vanilla to balance to the malt.

M: Medium Body. Good carbonation and smooth overall. Dryc finish from the roasted malt flavor.

D: Overall pretty good, a bit dry on the finish for my taste. Well balanced with the bitter malt and sweet undertones. But a solid porter.

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Photo of erosier
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L: Pours a deep black color with a medium sized and medium bodied brown colored head that laces the glass a bit on its way down.
S: Smells of deeply roasted malts, some caramelized malt, hints of chocolate, coffee, and a touch of earthy hops fill the nose.
T: Tastes of sweet and bitter deeply roasted malts, some caramelized malt, a nice chocolate and coffee flavor to this one with hints of brown sugar and a hint of hops at the end.
M: Very smooth, rich, warming, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, this beer is an excellent version of the porter. All the flavors and then some that really go well with it were in there and not too much alcohol to make it pretty sessionable. It was excellent. Just like it says, Dark, Rich, and Sexy.

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

12oz bottled Feb 2, 2010, this is quite fresh. Served cool room temp into a Duvel tulip. Pours thick very dark brown/black with a one and a half finger dense brown head that maintains a light cap and leaves some spotty lacing.

Aroma is very very roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, some smoke, roasty toasty. Can pick up a touch of earthy hops.

Flavor is smooth milk chocolate, dark roasted malts, coffee, some bitterness on the finish along with some lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel is full, velvety, and rich, medium carbonation. Thicker and richer than many other regular porters.

This is one of the best, if not the best porter out there. Excellent.

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

A lovely very balanced porter, dry and toasty and very balanced- doesn't try to be a stout. Smells dry, slightly toasty, and with quite a bit of unsweetened licorice. Th taste is similar. perfectly balanced roastiness, dry licorice, and a nice dose of spicy hops that complement rather than overwhelm the other flavors. The mouthfeel is substantial, a bit spicy, quite dry, and very satisfying. A very pleasant winter quaffer that doesn't overdo it either in alcohol or in your face flavors, but offers a still substantial flavor packed and satisfying brew. Just like a porter should be.

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

Founders does not disappoint!..Ever...got it!? I do!

During our recent Porter tasting, I was beginning to think that this style just was not for me. To date my favorite porter is from Smuttynose, and boy is their Baltic porter a brew eh? But aside from a few decent examples, I've been struggling to find anything to write about.

Now, my pen is out with a porter to add to the A list. Dark Black, no light getting through, darker and thicker than the others. The Head is strong as is the lacing, and the lacing lasts, which I love.

We have roasted malt, mild smoke and nuts mixed with cream. This is bursting with flavor and balance! It is quite seriously silky smooth.

Mouthfeel is also a winner and swirling emphasizes the silk and chewiness. I would love to try this on tap, preferably a pitcher with friends!

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Photo of hopsbreath
3.21/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good offering from Founders but not my favorite. It looked good in the glass. It was black, opaque, and had 2 fingers of coffee foam colored head riding on top. Maybe its because I like Breakfast Stout but I found this beer lacking in complexity. It seemed entirely made up of roasted coffee and lacked any chocolate and under tones I almost take for granted in dark beers. Its a good deal at $10 a six pack but in the future when I want a readily available dark beer from Founders, I am seeking out Breakfast Stout.

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Photo of becktone
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From notes 1-19-10

Eye: Black and opaque, no light passes through this, being this dark its hard to judge how clear this beer is. Head retention could use some work, presently its just a thin tan film covering the body of the beer. Legs of lacing, foamy head.

Nose: Big coffee and heavily roasted and burnt, black acrid aromas, dark chocolate chocolate. Everything a porter should be. Some sweetness and calm milky tones underneath...not that I get lactose, its just the way to describe the richness and overall smoothness of the entire beer. Up there with Edmund Fiztgerald.

Tongue: Extremely smooth. Big roasted and burnt bitterness notes. Not cloyingly bitter or acrid thorugh. Notes of bittersweet chocolate, roasted tones. Seriously, everything you could really want from a porter. Hop bitterness is low and is out of the way of this beer, black malt and roasted grain bitterness give balance here.

Feel and Drinkability: Great body and feel. This is definitely one that I'll not shy away from. Different from GLBC Fitzgerald, but just as good. They are two different beasts of the same name, same nature. Body is medium, a bit lighter in heft than I would have expected....it feels like velvet though. Aftertaste is long lasting and is of coffee, chocolate and some roasted grain bitterness. You can't ask for more.

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Photo of WeimtimeBier
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Served out of a bottle this porter poured a rich tan mocha head. Creamy with good retention. Very thick with a dark brown mollasses body.

S- Smelled of strong roasted malts, some cocoa, and a strong hop pressence that was clean and bitter.

T- Roasted malts first, then a complex veriety of coffee, cocoa, and some added smokiness which was faint. Hops tasted like they smelled. strong clean and bitter. possibly a little herbal.Faint alcohol in back.

M- Heavy body, moderate carbonation, creamy, and thick. The creamy mouthfeel was enjoyable.

D- Good drinkability for a robust beer. I feel like this was brewed real well, like most founders beers. Dont start with this and then go to a lager.

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Photo of Bubba83
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shout out to Kegatron for trading me this bottle. Thanks pal.

Looks pretty nice, completely black with a thin dark tan mocha-esque type creamy head. Muddy/cloudy looking light tan yeasty bits rest at the bottom of the glass. Head dissipated pretty quick with a tiny ring and a little bit of lacing coating some parts of the glass.

Smell has a lot of roast to it, with some suggestions of coffee and I smell some faint hop character as well as some tobacco leaf character. Nice, but could be more complex.

Tastes a little more complex than it smells, mostly because the hops come through a lot more in the flavor. Sort of a prickly citrus quality to them. Other than that, lots of roast, maybe even a little too much on the roasty end to the point of getting acrid. The level of roast would be okay if there was some chocolate to round it out or some other kind of sweetness here. Still, quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is a little bit on the thin side from what I expected. Little bubbles were tickling my tongue. The creamy head wasn't present for long to coat my lips softly as I drank.

Drinks pretty well, a little sweetness might go a long way, and I don't say that often since I dislike overly sweet beers. Finishes dry which makes me want to drink more. Alcohol heat doesn't play into the flavor at all that I can tell. A solid porter, I think my expectations may have been a little too high coming in due to past Founders experiences.

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Photo of andrewm190
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a simple porter, but very delicious. Pours a thick black, with a full brownish head. Smells predominately of roasted malts, and tastes to match. I think it succeeds very well in being simple. the mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Not much intricacy to it, even in the aftertaste, but another sip doesn't require much effort. A well done beer from Founders, and worth your dollar.

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

Poured in a pint glass

A - Black with a little brown head

S - Dark Malts and Rich Chocolate, very nice

T - Lots of roasted malts and very similar to a stout, little carbonation, and chocolate.

M - Full and Creamy, I liked it alot

D - Prolly couldn't put more than 1 of these down in a night but great beer overall.

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

Poured from a bottle to a tulip shaped glass.
This beer pours a very dark brown if not black with a dark tan 1.5-2 finger head.
The smell is of roasted malts and dark chocolate.
You get a lot of bitter chocolate roasted malt in the flavor as well.
The beer is so smooth creamy mouth feel and is extremely drinkable. This is by far my favorite porter.

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Photo of blackearth
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Pour with a black body and extremely dark brown and thick head of fluffy foam. Aromas of chocolate and coffee along with some roasted malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Flavor is almost like a milk chocolate bar. There's a toasty flavor from the malts as well and a sweet but not cloying finish with a little bit of bitterness. This beer is just execptional!

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Photo of stakem
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in color with a finger of darkly tanned head. Decent retension and a nice layer of lace all around the glass. Nose is burnt grains with chocolate and coffee notes. End of the aroma has a bit of citrus hops. Taste is drying bitter chocolate upfront with a nice burnt grain profile throughout the really smooth feel/body. Light feel and low moderate carbination with this porter. Lingering taste of burnt grain and bitter chocolate is left in the mouth that forces you to dive right back in for another sip. Little bit of citrus hop bitterness is hidden behind the bitterness of the burnt grain. The warmth of the alcohol starts to hit you about half way through the glass. Somewhat of a dry finish to this but overall a really good porter.

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Photo of CBlack85
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, served in a pint glass

Pours nearly black, nearly opaque, very thick for a porter. About two fingers worth of dense tan head, and leaves a fair amount of lacing. Very similar in appearance to a stout.

Initial aroma is of roasted malts, lots and lots of roasted malts. Very rich and chocolatey, with hits of coffee. The surprise is the hop aroma, much stonger than I would expect in a porter.

More chocolate than anything, with a definate coffee presence. Following the lead of the aroma the hops also play a dominant part in the flavor, offering a nice balance not found in many porters. Nice and full bodied, very thick for a porter, and smooth. Carbonation is right on.

Easy to drink, but I am still struggling with this being a porter, much closer in nearly all catagories to a stout.

All in all another stellar offering by the guys at Founders.

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Photo of Tomdee74
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a tulip glass and was blown away.. Very nice head that hung around for a bit.. Pours a dark brown/black like a stout. Excellent lacing.

S - Smells delicious. Not overpowering. Has a chocolate and coffee smell but not too crazy.

T - Wow again. Founders is very impressive. Reminds me of the breakfast stout and imperial stout! Almost can't believe this is a porter as it tastes very much like a stout.

M - Excellent taste great mouthfeel. Do not taste any alcohol. This is a special treat.

D - Low abv's and no alcohol taste sure make this one deadly. Too bad I only have one. Was able to grab it at Table in Vine in MA. They only had one and that really stinks..

I am really impressed with Founders! I have been fortunate enough to get this in MA as we can't get it in CT. I loved the bfast stout, the imperial stout, this porter!! I have double trouble but believe it is spoiled so I am definitely holding out on a review of that.

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I've had this a few times. After having some pretty good porters from all around I still consider this a great porter but i have to take it down just a notch.

A - Pours pretty black... poured into a tulip glass to see an inch head that dissipated quickly.. but good lacing was left behind..

S - definitely get the chocolate notes in here. alcohol is well hidden.. smells sweet and malty. very good here.. smells like a dessert!

T - Actually a little hop profile i think here.. very sweet but i like the little tang and punchy hopness i think.. maybe it's just too sweet and i got it wrong... but a very well balanced treat here..

M - Not too thick... would like it thicker but then it would prob be more like a stout.. this is a great porter.. i will pick this up again if i can get some singles...

D - I like the drinkability here.. i could slug down a few of these.. my favorite porter is probably smuttynose robust porter but this is up there....

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

Appearance: Nearly black, semi-opaque body. Rich tan head takes its time in settling.

Smell: Roasted malts, with a faint hint of chocolate.

Taste: Rich roasted malts again dominate. Subtle dark chocolate with a mildly bitter aftertaste. I can tell this is a Founders beer, because the taste reminds me a lot of their Breakfast Stout.

Mouthfeel: Quite thick. One of the more full-bodied porters I've encountered.

Drinkability: The alcohol is nearly undetectable, but 6.5% is in a dangerous ABV range in that one could easily get carried away without realizing it.

Notes: I must say, this is a top-notch American style porter. Many brewers would kill to have their STOUT this thick and creamy. It strikes me as a slightly lighter version of Founders' Breakfast Stout, without all the coffee flavor, and with more of an emphasis on the roasted character of the malt.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!

Dark, Rich & Sexy. You have my attention.

That's a pitch black pour I'm seeing which looks great but the foam, what little there is of it to start with shrinks to a ring around the glass in an eye blink. Checking on the lacing..heck, there is some there so there's some redemption.

The smell is light but nice. Notes of roast, chocolate, sweet malt, and a strange but nice fruity nose.

The taste is much more assertive and is delicious. Light note of milk chocolate evolves in to some good dark chocolate bitterness with a hint of some dark fruits and now, the sweeter aspects of chocolate come back to the forefront.

Now I'm getting a sense of a coffee presence...very light but I doubt my palate is lying to me. A very tasty Porter and it will be a pleasure finishing the bottle.

Medium bodied, it has a light carbonation profile. A very nice mouthfeel is the result.

Drinkability? 6.5%abv isn't crazy strong..I guess that's why I'm looking at the last few ounces in my glass. A good drinker and I agree with the dark and rich but sexy? lol. Good stuff.

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

Many breweries have a decent Porter, but very few have excellent ones. Founders easily has one of the best ones I have had to date. Here is my review:

A: Pours pitch black. Head is minimal with a light, brown ring of head. Easily the darkest and thickest Porter I have had to date.

S/T: The aroma is heavy on roasted malts and coffee. A touch of bitter chocolate. Taste is quite similar. There is a lot of mild roasted coffee upfront. Then you get a bitter chocolate flavor along with the roasted malts. A touch of sweetness. What sets this apart from all their Stouts, is that this is much less intense in flavor. The coffee and chocolate notes are much milder, but are still very full and lasting. Very nice Porter.

M/D: A full-bodied Porter. A little more carbonation than a Stout, but not much. Drinks very well. Silky smooth with a nice roasty and sweet finish.

Porters tend to be hit-or-miss, and this is a definite hit. This is the most Stout-like Porter I have had, with such a full body and flavor. I think this and Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald are the two best Porters I have had. Well worth seeking out.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,475 ratings.