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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: 6,705
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 379
Gots: 1,273 | 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: 6,705
Photo of kzoobrew
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep rich black, nearly opaque. Minimal mocha colored head slowly disperses leaving little lacing.

Aroma is very full and inviting. A strong espresso aroma welcomes you and is soon followed by a very apparent roasted and slightly smoky smell. Slight whiffs of chocolate and toffee are noticed but rather subtle.

Bold and assertive roasted notes are as evident in the flavor as they were in the aroma. Smooth dark roasted coffee flavors meld with a smoky slightly char flavored roasted malt. Chocolaty sweetness offsets the large roasted flavor creating a needed second dimension of flavor.

Mouthfeel is full but not thick. Though the fullness of the taste is more similar to that of a stout the body thins out a bit falling nicely into the realm of American Porters. Very smooth and slightly creamy.

Incredibly enjoyable and very easy to drink. While sitting at 6.5% the alcohol is not huge but is certainly while hidden amongst the abundance of character in this beer. Drinkability is outstanding.

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

A - pours like oil out of the bottle with a ½ finger, mocha head - dark, rich, and sexy, per the bottle

S - very sweet, milk chocolate - very sweet with a little bit of roasted malt

T - The taste pretty much follows the nose. It is very sweet and milk chocolately at first, which is then followed by a subtle burnt malt. Pretty good.

M - kind of watery, but good carbonation. Smooth and goes down nicely.

D - I really enjoyed this porter. Not saying that this is a bad-tasting porter in any but I tend to like a little bit more roastedness in my porters and stouts, though. I will definitely purchase this again...

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

This beer is single-handedly trying to prove right those of us who say a lot of porters could just as easily be classified as a stout.

This is stout to me. Thick and luscious. Roasted as much as you can stand. A kick of hops at the end (on some sips) which tries to provide balance. But the balance is really between the sweetness and roasted flavors.

I'm not sure exactly how to rate the taste. It is pretty strong. As it warms, it graps a Russian Imperial like red wine flavor in the background. Again, hops are noticeable but you have to be looking for them.

A robust porter, i.e. stout in a dress. But I'm not sure if this is in a dress. More like a pants suit.

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

Another 12 ozer from Founders with a weird picture on it. It says "dark, rich, and sexy."

Appearance: Holding up to the claim on the bottle. Wow. Pitch black with a thick foamy brown head. Decent retention until about halfway down the perfect pint glass. Some nice lacing too.

Smell: Burnt coffee and a little chocolate. Kinda smoky. Very nice.

Taste: Burnt roasty malt flavor with more chocolate taste than I smelled. Coffee is there. A little sweet. Some hoppiness lends a little additional bitterness, but it all finishes very clean. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Very full for a porter. Almost creamy. Very smooth.

Drinkability: This stuff is pretty amazing. What a solid beer. I dont know if its sexy, but its definitely dark and rich.

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Photo of u2carew
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz stubby.
A) Opaque. Pours with a brown, thin bubbled head. Lacing is tight and sticky.
S) Roasted grain. Coffee. Chocolate. Smoky. Woodsy.
T) Dark Chocolate. Bread. Mellow smokiness. Just a remnant of hops in the finish.
M) Full bodied. Gritty. Thick. Smooth.
D) I would definitely have another one. Fantastic concoction from Founders. Well crafted.

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

12 ounce bottle- dark cola, one finger beige head. Good lacing. Nose- hint of smoke, stewed fruit, light roast. Taste- chalky, again some smoke, stewed fruit and roast. Wonderful stuff. Finishes dry from the chalk and roast. Drinkability is excellent.

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Photo of oelergud
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stubby 12oz brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap. The label shows a fine lady from last century.
Black opaque body with a nice brown head. Good retention and lace.
Cocoa bean and vanilla scent, very inviting.
Great cocoa flavor with vanilla bean. Hops are strong and gives the aftertaste long life.
Full body and lots of residual sugars.
Excellent drinkability.


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Photo of kbeals
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours slightly syrupy, even for a porter. Dark black in color with about a finger of creamy, brown sugar head. Some head retention but very little lacing.

S- Dark, roasted coffee notes, a bit of a boozy smell but not much.

T- I can detect coffee but it seems that the dark chocolates really stand out more than anything else. Very sweet and very roasted.

M- Creamy smooth and very thick. Hardly any carbonation.

D- Easily drinkable, maybe I should have another...

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Photo of aubuc1
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a glass.

Pours a rich black with a dark tan thick head.

Smell is smooth roasty and coffeeish. Big smells, but nothing overpowering.

Taste is a little sweeter than the smell, but still has a very roasty taste with a little bitter finish.

Very easy drinking beer that has a great mouthfeel- not too big or thin.

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

Pour stream is a ruddy dark brown but it seems darker still as it occupies the glass, with a peripheral ruby hue. Minimal head, faint lacing.

Aroma is dominated by roasted malt and cacao nibs with some dried dark fruit playing a faint and fleeting role.

Flavor-wise, this exceeds my expectations for a well-built porter. All the conventional criteria for the style (roastiness, mild sweetness) are met and some complexity is thrown into the mix: noticeable but muted hoppiness, especially in the finish; a whisper of Lapsang Souchong complementing the roastiness with a bacony smokiness; a tartness whose origins initially puzzle me, but which I ultimately attribute to a convergence of the aforementioned flavor components (and perhaps a clever technique to mask the admittedly moderate alcohol content). Dry, bitter finish; again, this is where the limited lupulin role is most prominent.

Mouthfeel-wise, initially quite effervescent but dissipates almost instantly, yielding a silky smooth, dry sensation with a barely calculable amount of stickiness.

Aside from a confused moment when I mistook the cross-section of roastiness, hoppiness, and smokiness for alcohol, I'd rate this among the most drinkable beers I've had in some time (with the caveat that I'm mostly a IIPA and RIS guy).

...And, despite the fact that I prefer a viscous imperial stout over a thinner style like this when it comes to dark offerings, I have much respect for this beer. A well-rounded, properly executed porter.

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Photo of Cresant
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a tulip pint. No date. The body was used oil color, a deep, opaque brown/black. There was a modest tan head which faded to zero and left no lace.

Smell was cookie dough-like. Dusty. Cocoa powder hints in the aroma.

Taste was coffee and bitter chocolate/cocoa powder. Roasted and burnt notes. There was a very long bittering aftertaste. Tangy and not too sweet.

Mouthfeel was zesty. Medium body and mouthfilling carbonation. Some slipperiness.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown almost black color with a creamy beige foam head. A tiny bit of lacing.

S- Smokey with a decent amount of roasted malt in the nose. A bit of hazelnut and toasted grains.

T- Smokey bitterness upfront with a nice roasted malt sweetness in the finish. Alcohol is more apparent that I thought it would be.

M- Medium body with ok carbonation. Smokey aftertaste.

D- Pretty decent porter with a nice flavor.

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Photo of plastik
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Very dark, red-brown highlights. Thin tan head, quickly dissipates.

S-Roasted Malt, coffee, caramel

T-Initially, slightly sour and fruity with a heavy does of roasted malt. Gives way to a long, rich, bitter finish - earthy and maybe even slightly smoky. I like it, but the initial sourness throws me off a little, though it lessens as it warms a bit. Also as it warms a little it becomes a bit more balanced and grows somewhat smoother.

M-Very nice. A bit thick, with a nice smooth fullness from the carbonation.

D-Very good. I could drink a few of these.

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

Good solid American Porter. Pours a dense, dark color, no light gets through, no highlights. Dark tan head, medium size, fades quickly to a ring around the glass.

Fairly average smell of roasted malts and dark chocolate.

Taste is full and inviting with roasted malts, dark chocolate, a little coffee and a little bitterness in the finish. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel seems a bit thin at first but the more you drink, the less obvious this seems as the tongue gets coated.

Drinkability is good. If you like Porters, it's all there. Another good beer from Founders.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Deep, dark, brown. When backlit a slight reddish hue comes through. The pour produces about one finger of wet sand colored head that receeds quickly, and leaves minimal, spotty, lace.

A: Dark chocolate malts, some small coffee, dried fruit, and vanilla. I get a very nice earthiness from the grassy hops.

T: Again I get dark chocolate, sour dried fruit, earthy hops, biscuit and dark malts. The beer finishes dry with absolutley no hint of alcohol.

M: Light to Medium body and a good amount of carbonation. Almost too thin for a Porter IMO.

D and overall impression: This gets some pretty high marks on drinkability, due to the low ABV and the thinness of the mouthfeel. Overall a very solid Porter from Founders, these guys continue to impress. Skal.

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Photo of mjl21
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade...thanks Josh! 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled date on the neck of the bottle is 1/20/09. Comes in at 6.5% and 45 IBUs.

A-Pours a dark brown with a minor red hue when it is angled in the light. Has a minimal sandy head that fades quickly. There is visible sediment suspended in the glass.

S-Smells of dark malts. Lots of roasted malt, chocolate, and a little bit of coffee as it warms. There is also some vanilla as it warms.

T-It has a really nice chocolate taste upfront. It gets roasty in the middle. The finish tastes a lot like coffee that has gone cold from sitting on an unliut burner. There is some residual sweetness after it has gone down. The hops are noticeable, but it is a very clean level of bitterness that integrates well with the malt.

M-It falls on the higher end of the medium spectrum. Very smooth with good carbonation.

D-Went down very easily. Could knock back a few.

A great porter from Founders. Nothing too crazy going on, just nice use of dark malts.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass...

A: Very dark brown, almost black, with a thin tan head that sits gracefully on top. Very fine carbonation.

S: Roated malt is dominant, with hints of coffee and chocolate. The nose also expresses an earthy quality I haven't experienced in many porters.

T: Nice roasty malt flavors, with hints of toast, chocolate, and earth. A pleasant hop bitterness finishes it off.

M: Full bodied and viscous, with a silky texture.

D: Very smooth. Another excellent example of this style.

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

My son gave me this nice porter to try. It poured a little syrupy into a pint glass a very dark brown with a very small short lasting brown head.

Very strong aroma of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.

A nice taste of dark chocolate and coffee. Very smooth with a medium to heavy body.

This is a very enjoyable porter to drink, I wish there was another one in the frig to drink. Definitely on my buy list.

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

Had this one in a bottle. Poured a dark brown/black color with no light coming through and a brown head. Smelled and tasted of heavy roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Kind of a thick mouthfeel but very pleasant. This beer has definitely got me re-trying a lot of porters right now.

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Photo of drtth
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a dark brown and is almost black in the glass with no light getting through. The creamy brown head recedes quickly to a small ring of foam with a few irregular patches on the surface of the liquid. Sipping initially eaves a small ring of foam with some legs trailing down that become small patches of lacing that cling to the side of the glass. Later on there is still minimal patchy lacing.

Smell: While the aroma has a faint floral character the dominant parts of it are coffee, sweet dark chocolate and dark toffee from the roasted malts.

Taste: The flavor is full and combines sweet chocolate, coffee and bitter dark roasted malt with some unsweetened dark chocolate. There is some sweetness but it never dominates the character of the flavor. It just seems to modulate the bitterness so that it is not too intense.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth. There is minimal carbonation. By the end of the beer the carbonation only shows as a light soft prickly sensation. The finish is long and is mostly the bitter of the dark roasted malt turning dry and fading away, but it seems to go on a bit too long and have a faint burnt character to it.

Drinkability: This is reasonably drinkable and I could easily have a second but I'd probably not because of the intensity of the flavors. This is one I could return and return to again sometime but there are one or two on my list that are as good as or just a bit higher on my list.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a syrupy, almost black opaque liquid with a thick, retentive coffee colored head that leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma is very rich, dark chocolate, roast malt, coffee, etc. Body is light, but syrupy, with a high amount of carbonation and similar flavors as aroma, dark chocolate, light coffee, roasted malt and a strong hop presence in the finish. Compares very well to Edmund Fitzgerald, one of my favorites porters and offerings from Founders.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.56/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, full bodied looking head. A solid brown color with largish bubbles. 3+ fingers. Can't see any active carb because the beer itself is so dark. Can't really see through, but it has some dark reddish brown in a very few thin spots around the edge. No lacing.

S: Dark fruit, burnt sugar maybe. Some roastyness. No hops. Not very strong overall, but that doesn't bother me because I'm not a big fan of the smell. Too coffee like for something that doesn't claim to be a coffee beer.

T: Similar to the smell, but more mild and yet more present. Less roasted, more dark fruit. Some sweetness. It gets better as I drink more.

M: a little fizzy, but generally smooth

D: Great if you like the taste, ok if not.

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Photo of kegger22
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am very happy with Founders porter. I had sampled Bell's porter earlier today and Great Lakes Eddie Fitz two days ago, the Founders was easily the best. Nice and creamy. The head was nothing special. Chocolate and coffee taste with the coffee lingering on the tongue after the swallow. This is what a porter should be. The second Founders effort that has not disappointed (Breakfast Stout), can hardly wait to try another one.

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Photo of hike20
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a very thin tan head the disappears really quick. Aroma is coffee and vanilla with a little earthiness. Wow, the flavor is very intense and well balanced. Very enjoyable. I get coffee, a bit of chocolate, a touch of smoke, with a citrus and a little bitter in the finish. I agree with others that this is more like a top notch stout than most porters I've had, but definitely enjoyable in it's own right.

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Photo of merlin48
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours thicker and darker than many stouts. Small khaki head diminishes into some curtains of lace.

Aroma is bold and heady. Cocoa, scalded coffee, nuttiness, toasted caramel, vanilla, and dark chocolate vie for attention here. A trace of dark fruits underneath.

Mouthfeel is on the thick side of medium. Plenty of creaminess. Soft carbonation adds a layer of velvet.

Taste is bitter and roasty. Roasted Kenya coffee beans, cocoa, dark chocolate, and some roasted almond nuttiness. Hints of earthy and citrusy hops underneath. Dark fruits, mostly figs, add even more complexity. Just a touch of alcohol is noticed, but it feels appropriate here. Bitter roasty finish that lingers.

This is a very impressive porter.

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