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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,451
Hads: 6,610
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 366
Gots: 1,203 | 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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Photo of champ103
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque black color. A large tan head rises to two fingers. Good lace is left behind.
S: Roasted malt, coffee, cholocolate. Classes porter aroma. A slightly bitter finish. Some hops, but also a bitter bakers chocolate.
T: All the roasty, toasty malty porter flavors that I love. Coffee with a huge bakers chocolate flavor. Again finishes a little bitter. A mixture of what seems like late addition hops and the chocolate flavor.
M/D: a bigger, fuller body, almost sticky. Moderate carbonation and fairly viscous. This is something that always happens to be in my fridge.

This drinks bigger than what it really is. If that makes sense. A great porter that is a staple of mine.

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Photo of russpowell
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mahogany hued ebony with 1 finger of rocky mocha colored head. Average head retention & good lacing

S: Coffee & dark chcolate, fades once warm

T: Pretty much follows the nose, very intense flavor up front along with some dryness. Charred wet grain & herbal hops blend in as well once this is warm. Finishes dry with intense coffee/charred grain flavors. A few years ago this wouldn't have impressed me as much, I am really starting to get into beers with coffee flavors more & more...

MF: Smooth, medium bodied & silky

This one drinks pretty darn easy, might have to hoard this one, not my favorite porter, but right up there!

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

Poured into Ommegang tall sniffer. Pours very dark/black, semi-thick and almost instant creamy, yet small tan head. Head is a little frothy and simmers to a small ring of tan on the surface.
Aroma is a little bitter at first with notes of dark/semi-sweet chocolate.
Flavor is very good. Soft and creamy, sweet and bitter...again notes of dark chocolate, maybe even coffee.
Not too thick, so easy to drink, and mouhtfeel is medium body. Founders just makes good beer!

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

Poured from chilled bottle into pint glass.

A: Deep mahogany - completely opaque with a 1/4 inch creamy chocolate head that dissipated quickly, leaving a tiny collar. Light lacing.

S: Lots of chocolate (blend of dark/semi-sweet), blended with rich dark roasted coffee, hints of vanilla and smoky charred wood, with a light touch of dark fruit sweetness (cherry, prune).

T: Very full, rich - much like the nose; dark chocolates and dark roasted coffee galore up front followed by a mild chocolately sweetness. Finishes with a mild bitterness reminiscent of grapefruit and dark chocolate. Quite tasty, though not terribly complex. Bitterness lessens and sweetened chocolate flavors shine through more as beer warms.

M: Rich and full but a little thin. Good carbonation.

D: Goes down so smoothly - could easily put 2 or 3 of these away. Delicious pairing with blueberry pie - fantastic dessert or sipper beer.

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

12oz single, $1.89 at Steve's - University. surprised i've never reviewed this one

appearance: poured into tyranena pint glass - very dark body with garnet hues, creamy chocolate cap but light retention

smell: very rich, heavy roast - french roast coffee, smoke/char, dark chocolate

taste: great porter - rich dark chocolate, strongly roasted coffee, char/smoke, vibrant dark fruits, espresso bean, earthy and woody. just an all around strong porter - one of the best

mouthfeel: rich, but could be creamier

drinkability: rich and heavy, but very tasty

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Photo of dmfrench
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A huge, balanced, stoutlike American Porter.


A: Opaque black with burgundy edges when held to a light.

S: Quite a nosefull... lots of deeply charred malt, coffee, prune, cocoa... much like a stout.

T: Matches the nose well with perfectly balanced sweet burnt malt and fruity hops.

M: Pretty much perfect... creamy, heavy, like a stout.

D: As drinkable as can be... glides down easy and sits like a meal.

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

Pour an opaque darkness with visible sediment at the end of the bottle and a two finger loose foamy dark brown head that's gone in a flash, leaving little Belgian lacing behind. The smell is a nice chalky NECCO chocolate and coffee aroma. Lightly carbonated, the mouth feel is full bodied with a tangy bitterness. Full flavored, the coffee bean character is moderately roasted. The texture is creamy smooth with a touch of lingering roasty bitterness. A really nice drinker, you'll want to sip and savor it. Many thanks Stigs!!

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Photo of Anthony1
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark porter brown body. Light cannot penetrate. Finger of thick, light brown head. Robust roasted malt aromas, light chocolate, and pine/citrus hop bitterness on the nose. A bit like a jacked-up SN porter might be like. Big roasted malt flavors up front. Deliciously appetizing roastiness gives way to smooth, sweet chocolate and woody, peaty flavors. Hop bitterness dominates the finish. Good balance. Medium-full body with a creamy feel.

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Photo of bbeane
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a 16oz nucleated tumbler... a finger thick somewhat creamy brown head starts it off... disappearing a bit, but leaving a good 1/4 inch remaining on top of a black beer that leaves no light escape when held up

S- Not as much there as I expected... definately some chocolate and coffee smell there, nice but not overwelming

T- Has a nice toasted taste almost from start to finish with a hint of chocolate coffee flavor coming through in the swallow

M- Not chewy, but still a medium to heavy bodied beer... medium carbonation as well

D- Not one of my favorites. Drinkable, but many better options out there


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Photo of fropones
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice black with a thin mocha head that dissipates quickly.

S - Roasted malt, unsweetened chocolate, vanilla, molasses, a hint of bourbon.

T - A bit of hop bitterness up front followed by tons of roasted and caramel malt. Some sweetness to it. More chocolate as well as some grapefruit pith from the hops. Some darker fruits in here as well. Raisins, plums, and a hint of figs.

M - Nice low carbonation, creamy, medium bodied.

D - Nice and drinkable. An excellent brew for this cold December Illinois afternoons.

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Photo of Winter
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours near black in color with a dark brown head. The head remained throughout most of consumption. The aroma consists of dark chocolate, coffee and hints of alcohol. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and pretty smooth. This is a rich robust porter. Drinking this makes it hard to distinguish between what's a stout and what classifies as a porter sometimes these days. The flavor is loaded with ample amounts of dark roasted malt. At times an espresso-like quality emerges in the taste also. Goes down amazingly well for a 6.5% ale. Perfect for the dark winter nights that are coming.

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Photo of Soneast
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color, maybe with a touch of dark, burnt brown coming through, Develops a 2 finger thick, light brown colored head that slowly dissipates to a thick creamy layer, that leaves a good amount of lace on the glass.

The aroma is quite chocolatey, not unlike a malted milk ball with some bready yeastiness. There is also a mild roasted, almost coffee-like note and even a little touch of vanilla.

The flavor is pretty intense, starting out with a dark chocolate punch and then giving way to some dark caramels and a nice creaminess towards the finish, which ends with a coffee-like bitterness.

This beer has a nice creamy texture with mild carbonation. it really does feel quite good on the tongue, so smooth and flavorful. What can I say, this has got to be one of my favorite porters. Definitely a lot of flavor packed into a fairly small package.

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Photo of abrand
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into the standard pint glass. Bottle states "Dark, rich, & sexy". Sounds appealing.

The founders porter pours a deep brown almost black color with a 1/2 finger ebony head and no lacing. Nose is coffee, roasted malts, and dark chocolate. Nothing special. Taste is consistent with nose but the chocolate is much sweeter on the quaff than the nose. No coffee is noted in the taste but there is a bitter finish to the taste. Overall taste is complex but delicious. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and overall a great porter.

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

Poured into a pint glass. 1/2 finger tan head with very little lacing. Deep brown/black body...solid looking.

Smells of sweet malts and toasted cocoa. Maybe some coffee bean undertones.

Tastes slightly bitter on the tongue. Coffee flavors dance around the mouth and finishes with a kick of roasted peanuts and toffee.

Has a light and slightly creamy mouth feel. Little to medium fizz.

A nice representative of the style. Very flavorful and drinkable.

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

I poured into a pint glass to a half inch of mocha head. It is very dark brown in color. The head leaves quickly, but there is some lacing on my glass. It has some coffee and roasted malt smell and maybe some milk chocolate. The taste is so much better than the other day when I was buzzed. The richness of the roasted malts really comes through. It reminds me a lot of Edmund Fitzgerald. It is a very drinkable porter.


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Photo of TommyW
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Black body with a rusty/tan head.

S- Toasted and burnt bread crusts.

T- Sweat and creamy upfront, moves into toasted bread/crusts with some burnt notes toward the finish.

M- Medium to thin through most of the tongue, but a nice creamy feel upfront, good carbonation.

D- A good porter to have on hand.

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Photo of nickynick
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Founder's Porter poured almost black, a dark dark brown with a small tan head. The smell was of chocolate and a bit of hops. The taste was of bittersweet chocolate. Full of flavor. Finished with a bit of hops. Mouthfeel was a bit thick for me. Drinkability was good. This is an excellent porter, spot on for the style. A wonderful beer that I will purchase again.

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Photo of grayburn
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A great beer from Founders? Yeah right! Everything these guys touch turns to freaking imbibers heaven.
Pours a midnight with no light coming through anywhere/ The tan head laces and laces and laces, I get tired just watching it works its beauty.
The smell and taste are an explosion of roasted chocolate and coffee, huge flavor explosion here. Amazing.
The thick and chewy mouth feel finishes perfectly, just one heck of a beer. This is a mini RIS.
Drinkability isn't bad, not completely a session beer but repeatable.

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

Bottle from the brewer 3 months ago. Pours jet black with lots of brown foam in head, that leaves a spider lace trail. Aroma of roasted malts, and a hint of mollasses. As we drink through the pint, chocolate malts are noticed in aroma as well as taste. Drying in middle, a bit like an Irish dry stout. Carbonation is right there, and refreshing. Anise and chocolate in residual, along with roasted barley "coffee grounds".Great porter.Average mouthfeel, smooth drinking.

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

Pours like motor oil after about 10,000 miles. It's not black, but it might as well be. No light getting through this one. Thin head, but an interesting dark tan/burnt orange color. Chocolate, burnt caramel, and faint coffee and roasted nuts in the smell. Strong roasted malt and chocolate taste. You also get a decent amount of hoppy bitterness. Pretty sweet finish, and that roasted nuttiness lingers after the swallow. The feel is smoother than velvet. It's good...it's real good.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours a deep dark brown, nearly black. The head peaks around one and a half fingers tall, then fades slowly to a thin spotty cap. Lacing is thin, but sticks decently.

Smell; dark roasted malts, coffee and a faint hit of molasses. A surprising amount of hops come through in the aroma, but it's of the earthy/floral variety. They actually work really well with the roast malt and coffee.

Taste; rich chocolate malts, slight touch of char, coffee beans all hit you right at once, then the earthy hops come out and play. It's all topped of with a little sweet molasses that's just enough to keep this from being overly roasty and bitter.

Mouthfeel/drinkability; as with all Founders beers, it seems, this has a really nice smooth texture in the mouth, which just seems to increase the drinkability. Very nice.

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Photo of morimech
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark black color with a half inch of tan head that goes away quickly. Spotty lacing is left on the glass. I blame the glass I used as the poor effort of this beer. Previously I had poured one of these in a Sam Adams glass and it developed a very nice head. The aroma is what all American Porters should strive for. Cocoa, coffee, dark malt, a touch of smoke, and an American twist, some citrus hops. The flavor is likewise impressive. A lot of malt flavor and smoke with just a touch of citrus. The hops never overcome the malt but it is noted. Bitterness is also fairly high. The body is robust and filling. Carbonation is well suited to this beer. Nice soft, creamy texture. I think this is one of Founders best beers. I would take one of these over a FBS.

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

Served into my Tremens glass!

Appearance: The body of this porter is black as night. And, it devours any light that would even think about passing through the void. However, this beer has NO head. Even with a vigorous pour, only small, copper colored bubbles decided to join the party. Disappointing.

Nose: Malty, malty, and yep....malty! Typical chocolate malt notes mixed with some of the classic roasty notes are here in my nose! Though there is a nice twing of some hop brightness.

Taste: If it looks like a porter, and smells like a porter, and tastes like a porter...yes...by god its a porter! Again, the typical chocolate maltiness mixed with some good toasty and coffee notes. There is a nice amount of hopping, nobles or hallertau? Pretty tasty.

Mouth: First thing is a pretty bright carbonation. Coats the mouth nicely, but isn't terribly thick and uncomfortable.

Drink: Not a session due to the slightly higher abv, but still pretty drinkable.

Overall: A pretty typical porter in my opinion, I've had better, I've had worse. Cheers!

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Photo of fightingwords
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-- DARK black coffee color with a muddy two finger head. a massive appearence. good lacing, and a gentle spin of the glass kept the head strong.

S--impressive fresh roasted coffee and dark chocolate nose. some earthy hops show up as the beer mellows towards ambient temps. Complex and complete.

T-- dessert sweet chocolate with a balace of toasty malts. slight caramel flavors and a dirty hop character keep the beer interesting

M-- smooth, rich, medium to heavy bodied.

D-- for a complex beer it drinks okay. A thinking mans porter that I probably would put on repeat in the same session.

Great porter, but almost a bit too sultry. I love the big flavors and attitude, it's packed with both. I prefer my porters a little more subdued and session friendly, but even so this is a must try.

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Photo of cthulu81
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Goodness me. Rich, Dark and Sexy indeed. Thanks for making further review reading obsolete you crazy-talented dudes at Founders. By that I don't mean others who post should not be read, I just mean that tthe rest of my review can simply be boiled down to...Rich, Dark and Sexy. Here is what I can add. Is it possible to liquify charcoal briquettes? If so, it looks like this porter pours. Not only is is truly black, even when held to the light, it seems to intimidate the rest of the illumination in the room. I think my screen just dimmed a bit. A rich mocha head crowns the glass. Aroma is redolent of roast, dry cocoa, hints of hazelnut, kahlua, earthy hops and a faint, faint hint of alcohol. Yeah, this is going to get good. Flavors mirror what the nostrils anticipated with coating dark malts, whisps of smoke, deep bittersweet chocolate, black coffee and simple deliciousness. This puppy finishes dry and roasty with a lightly lingering, taunting residual temptation to continue drinking it all night long. Forget Double Trouble, Devil Dancer and Breakfast Stout (all freakin' amazing too), why isn't Founder's better know for this year-round powerhouse?

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,451 ratings.