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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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1,449 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,449
Hads: 6,607
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
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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Reviews: 1,449 | Hads: 6,607
Photo of ckeegan04
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark brown in color with a one inch thick espresso like cap of foam. Head slowly fades to a thin cap on top. Thick rings of lace are left behind.

S - Rich dark chocolate and big roasted malts are the dominant aromas. A light hint of American hops comes through as the beer warms.

T - The taste presents more bitter sweet chocolate with a nice backing of citrusy American hops. A very clean bitternes matched with a strong chocolate taste. The underlying taste of roasted malt carries throughout.

M/D - Medium bodied, rich, and creamy. Very easy drinking. The bitterness lingers long after the beer is gone. Not near as acrid of taste as some big roasted malts provide in other beers.

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Photo of MBABJJ
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - It's got a nice thick head on the pour with a sweet lacing left behind to decorate the interior of my imbibing device.

S - Smoky chocolate velvet nummy

T - Sweet, choco, tobacco nutty, pretty much the gambit of good shit that can exist in a darker beer. No overwhelming alchy or any noticeable off flavors. Could use more choco or one dominant flavor.

M - Yup, I fee it

D - All night long. I be sippin this syrup with smores or truffles any night. Nothing for the daytime or summer love though

Great beer. Solid all around and probably my favorite of the porters that I have tasted. Not a huge fan of the style and I believe in the simplicity of it. That is the only fall back of this beer as I feel it gets a little lost in its simple porter-ness and tries to be too complex.

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Photo of meich75
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Dark brown, almost black color. Nice full flavor but still easy to drink. Coffee and chocolate malt flavors but neither are overpowering. This was my first beer from Founder's brewery but I will definitely try more based on this one.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours black as a starless night...completely opaque with 1/2 thick dark tan head that recedes fairly quickly. Very nice.
S: Sweet roasted malt and dark chocolate. Straight-forward, but good.
T: Follows aroma well, but lacks the intensity that it was promising. Still above average for style.
M: Smooth with a hint of dry bitterness.
D: Quite drinkable. Not as complex as many brews, but good for style.

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

pours a dark brown color...beige head....substantial lace left on my glass

coffee...roasted malt....chocolate in the nose

very malt forward...roasted black coffee/chocolate...nice balance of sweetness and hops...aftertaste has a nice roasted/sweet balance

medium body...medium carbonation....very smooth...sticky finish

only had an 8oz glass of this but could easily put away a few full pints of this Founders offering...this porter seems to get overlooked by those searching for the Breakfast Stout or the KBS....if you spot it in the store give it a try....even though it's a porter, it's right up there with the other 2 well known Founders Stout offerings

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

Pours a deep, deep brown, nearly motor oil bodied with chocolate colored medium head.
Smells got some great chocolate and coffee beans here and a great roasted malt.
Flavor is just as it smells. Less coffee and more roasted/chocolate notes.
Finish is a bit muddy, but our after-taste is decent with some coffee bean flavor.
Drinks very well, the body is pretty smooth.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Black, Black, Black, with a great mocha hued

S: Coffee, chocolate toastiness with the malt
and hop in perdfect balance.

T: Deep rich malt flavors with understated cocoa
coffee, and a slight hop finish

D/M: Rich and creamy with a body that allows
for service at breakfast, lunch, or dinner

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Photo of kdoc8
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to KJK for getting this to me! Serving was in a bottle poured into a pint glass. Very dark black in color and a thin, brown, foamy head, with some nice lacing going on in the swirl. Taking a whiff of it the first thing that comes to mind is chocolate, but then there's also some cherry...some oaky-ness, some espresso and some just good old ethanol. When it first hits the palate it's very smooth with almost no taste. Then as it starts to sink in there's a lovely blend of smooth, rich chocolate, along with a pleasantly bitter roasty flavor and the coffee/espresso taste starts to come in a few moments after swallowing. Very smooth and very drinkable. Rich, dark and sexy indeed!

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark, dark mahogany...very deep brown almost black with a nice half inch of thick, dense coffee colored head.

Smell is rich dark roasted coffee brewing on a cold winter morning, brownie batter and a little bit of a Kahlua-esque scent coming out as well.

Wow, this has to be the most rich and roasty porter I've had, it almost taste like a coffee stout. This stuff has a milk chocolate or mocoa quality to it that is just outstanding. Secretly I wish that all porters were like this one. So flavorful, tons of toasty/roasty notes, lots of nice coffee flavors that really hit the spot.

The mouthfeel is very creamy and rich, much denser than a lot of porters I've had.

Love it, wish I had 5 more of them.

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Photo of zdk9
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Wow, this one comes out black and slick- Am I pouring a beer or motor oil? Just less than a finger of head tops the beer- also darker than expected. And some very nice lacing- walls on one side and thick lines on the other.

S- Another Wow, strong wiffs of roasted boozy aroma comes across. There's brown sugar combined with maple syrup. Dark rich espresso. Slight cherry. And there's hints of bourbon- I'm not sure if it's vanilla flavors, or otherwise oaked flavors, or simply flavorful alcohol. But this smells delicious.

T- Roasted grain, dark chocolate covered chocolate beans. Once again some bourbon deliciousness. Not a lot of hop flavor but some nice bitterness regardless. Delicious.

M- This mouthfeel is perfect for the look, smell, and taste of this beer. Just carbonated enough to break things up on the tongue and let me enjoy the deep complexity of it. And syrupy enough that it lingers and keeps me tasting it.

D- Wow I wish I had more of these. I have been incredibly impressed by the Founders stout and I should've had higher expectations for this one. It is great! Really great!

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

a - black with creamy dark tan head, excellent lacing

s - rich nutty smell with chocolate and coffee, also quite hoppy

t - sweet and very interesting taste that is a mix of chocolate, nuts, burnt malt, and hops. Most of the time these flavors separate well but for me this has a solid mix throughout. Has just the right amount of hops and roasty burnt flavor profile for a porter. amazing how the complexity of flavors manage to blend together so well.

m - full and smooth mouthfeel

d - a fantastic porter. definitely towards the very top of the list for me.

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

Typical porter color: deep dark brown, almost black, with a small cocoa powder colored head

Delicious! Big smell wafting off this of dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate

Taste & Mouthfeel
Oh wow. Really, really tasty porter here; big flavors like a stout, but really smooth and not overly bitter; sweet like an iced mocha; just delicious; velvety texture, medium bodied; at 6.5%, this is big for the style, slightly hindering drinkability, but it tastes so good!

I can't think of a better porter than Fouders'. This is so good! It absolutely sets the standard.

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

dark and lovely. coffee, chocolate, cocoa, near burnt roasty malt goodness. well balanced and on the fuller side of porter. founders' beers have been impressive, but their dark beers have been outstanding. traditional and unique at the same time, this one really filled my jones for porter, which by the way, i think is the perfect burger beer. nice....

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Deep brown/black under a medium brown head. Good lace and retention.

S: Roasted malt with chocolate and coffee. A bit nutty. Not a whole lot going on, but enough to let you know you're about to sip a tasty, balanced porter.

T: More of the same. Roasted malt, sweet, finish is of bitter chocolate and coffee. Little bit of espresso. Nothing in you face, just good solid porter.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation is every so prickly, bit slick. Drinkability is excellent. I could drink this porter all night long. Never overwhelming, just a solid, balanced porter.

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

A-Pours a dark opaque brownish black w/tan head, nice retention, and slight lacing.

S-Coffee, dark chocolate mocha w/roasty malt notes and rich earth, and faint hops.

T-Slightly sweet coffee and dark chocolate, roasty midpalate w/rustic earth tones and light hops in the finish that linger into a bitter and slightly burnt, smoky aftertaste.

M-Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, excellent balance.

D-This is an excellent porter that I'd by a six-pack of any day.

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Photo of naterock
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into an imperial pint glass with a dark almost motor oil quality as it pours with a thin head and no lacing. as black as night like deep silk.

Smells of rich bitter chocolate and a hop nose in the back end. I get some brown sugar and mollasses in the back with a earthy malt character.

Tastes OH MY GOD! Silky smooth with a bitter chocolate flavor and a hint of espresso in the back. no words, must...drink....more.

Mouth is incredibly viscous, quite possibly could be the definition of viscous. frinks like syrup but oh so smooth and lovely,

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Photo of SpecialK088
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a tall pint glass

Dark deep block out the sun black with a low head or flim around the edges, very dark porter

Man there is alot going on here deep rich roasted malt and coffee/esspresso notes along with some more subtle hops notes and a light chocolate undertone.

Every single thing that you smell you taste, this beer is amazing on the palate, bitter malt and coffee flavors dominate the front with a smooth rich full chocolate middle and bittersweet finish. This is quite possiblly one of the best beers I have ever had.

Nice full and rich full body very sliky smooth on the palate. Complexity is hard to put into words all of the flavors come together so good its almot hard to belive.

Drinkability you ask? Yes please!

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Photo of soupyman10
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, near black color. Small tan head on top that dissolves quickly to a very thin film. No lacing.

Nose is strong roasted malt. Light chocolate, and then coffee that gets stronger as the brew warms. Nice, straight-forwardly aromatic.

Flavor is even better, and definitely more complex. Lots of coffee, roasted malt. Chocolate, some light dried fruit (prunes?). A hint of toffee. Cookies. Smokiness. Pretty smooth drink.

Body is medium to full with good carbonation.

Overall, a very good beer. Nice flavor, one I'd come back to for sure.

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

This just became available at the sterling Neil St. Piccadcilly in Champaign, so I plucked a sixer out of the box before they could even stack it on the shelf. As I did so, I realized that it had been some time since I had tried a new porter and, given Founders' outstanding reputation, I figured this would be very good. It was all of that, and maybe more.

An aggressive pour into the Yankees pint glass yielded but a thin mocha-colored layer of foam atop a rich black body with ruby trim. Excellent color, and a nice-looking beer overall. The aroma is a step up, packed with chocolate, coffee, and more than a hint of sweet berry. I'm impressed with the aromatic complexity, which very much permeates the taste. Dark chocolate, smoky flavor, dry finish but with a good deal of sweet flavor, somewhat reminiscent of a chocolate toffee bar chased with a Tia Maria. Outstanding flavor, honestly.

Nicely effervescent throughout, bold but smooth, Founders Porter is one of the very best I've had, leaping near the top of my favorites for this style. To a good degree, I'm not too surprised since Founders just tackles what they do with aplomb. Nonetheless, I'm impressed. As I said to JD, the Piccadilly manager last week, there are some tremendous brewers in the US and what makes them so special is their ability to offer excellent brews across styles. My top three are..." and before I could finish, JD rattled off "Avery, Bell's, and Founders." In no particular order, I'm in total agreement, and Founders Porter is further justification why Founders is in my personal top three. They nail in exemplary fashion whatever they deign to tackle. Their Porter is no different.


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Photo of RickS95
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours coal black, syrupy; with a thin brown head.

Subtle flavors in the nose. Coffee, chocolate and hops are noticeable.

Malt and chocolate on the tongue.

It's creamy and buttery in the mouth, with only a hint of bitter in the finish. Despite a reasonably high IBU rating, it's only slightly bitter and not for very long; balanced by the malty flavors.

This would make a great dessert beer, and trust me, you'd want seconds.

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Photo of zeff80
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, foamy, caramel colored head. It left soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, tons and tons of chocolate. Some roasted malt and floral aromas, too.

T - This beer has a great chocolate taste with a slight coffee taste. Nice roasted malt flavor, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a subtle creaminess. A medium-bodied beer.

D - I love this porter. Great chocolaty flavor.

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

pours deep jet black with a light creamy head. nice retention.

huge roasted malts and a touch of coffee with a bit of molasses

big coffee flavor up front, real big. nice and sweet roasted malts. light chocolate and hop bitterness. light dark licorice aftertaste. damn.

very full and very smooth yet kind of light. semi light carbonation.

this is one awesome porter. honestly, kind of reminds me of a breakfast stout only available year round. score one!

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

12 oz single bought right here in Columbia, SC. Thanks to Carolina Craft for bringing this to our podunk town!

A. Opaque, very dark brown and nearly black. Sports a small, thin, red-brown head that lingers and struts and leaves some lace behind. Very pretty.

S. Very solid roasty components upfront - big mocha, chocolate, sweet and singed black bread, a touch of licorice maybe too... no real hops to be found, this is delish malt blackness, but avoids being abrasive or hot. Surely American and bold, stylistically accurate and just flat out good smelling.

T. Layered roasted / burnt malt invades the palate. Black patent roast, chocolate flavors, clean, tight, sweet-burnt finish with just the right amount of roast and hop bitterness dialed in to keep you coming back immediately. Finish is a little grainy and lip-smackingly good. Why, I think I felt a few hairs sprout on my chest in celebration!

M / D. Soft carbonation is more than adequate here, medium-creamy body goes down super easy and the finish is everything you liked about the flavor falling gently down towards a pleasing roasty end. No alcohol heat, astringency, weird flavors or really ANYTHING wrong here. Needless to say, if you like Porters this could be your Alpha and Omega.

Founders has quite possibly made the best American Porter I've had to date, this is assertive and clean and big-smelling, but still manages to be approachable and I daresay, sessionable. There honestly is very little to improve on here. Go get you some!

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

Appearance: poured with a tan bubbly foamy head that dissipated quickly leaving very little lacing. The beer is completely black and lets no light through on the edges.

Smell: Strong roasted malt, chocolate, roasted coffee, and a slight fruity/berry sweetness.

Taste: Strong roasted flavor, chocolate, berry and plum flavors, ending with a slightly smokey wood flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thick body, low carbonation, sweet and sticky, small dry feeling.

Overall: Good drinkability, really big flavors, strong roasted malt balanced by the big sweetness. Great porter, a little bigger in flavor than most but not overwhelming.

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

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pretty much opaque jet black, with little light coming through, which surprised me somehow. Good foaming and dense head that leaves good lacing but settles a bit too quickly from how it initially presented itself.

Smell: Dark, roasted malts, mild coffee and bitter sourness, some dark berries, and some citrus sourness in as it warms it seems.

Taste: A little more sour than I'd hoped, but there's still a good balance of very mild chocolate, the subtle notes of black coffee acrid and full sourness, citrus sourness and mild bitterness at the end, and a little too hidden roasted malt flavor, which would be better if it were up front.

Mouthfeel: Not light by any stretch of the imagination, but though it still remains fairly creamy, I thought this would be a lot heavier, lending itself toward a more sessionable porter than maybe many heavier, more flavorful versions out there.

Drinkability: A solid porter, and one that I've heard people raving about. I could have a few of these, as it's not so full that it's only a one-beer-at-a-time brew, but there are others out there that I'd probably pick over this, even though it's good overall.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,449 ratings.