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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

Founders PorterFounders Porter

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4,618 Ratings

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Ratings: 4618
Reviews: 1284
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No absence of hops gives Founders' robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect.

45 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2003)
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Photo of DrJay


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Michigan over the holidays. Looks a little viscous during the pour. This is a black beer, no highlights, no appreciable edges. 1/2 inch brown cap of fine bubbles, good head retention, spotty lacing. The dark grains in the nose really hit you head on, a combination of roast and burnt with chocolate and malt further back. A bit nutty, some coffee. Really nice. Moderate hop bitterness, definitely some hop flavour up front, grassy and leafy, but the dark malts take over here too. More dark chocolate, milder roast than in the aroma, licorice, sour cherry and malted milk finish. The carbonation was creamy, very fine bubbles. Quite a full bodied porter. A bit of dry astringency from the dark grains. Really drinkable. It's a solid beer, very tasty, and I'm glad I picked up a 6-pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 01:40:44 | More by DrJay
Photo of IBUnit63


4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. into a Coronado Brewing Company pint glass...

Pours with a dark maple, root beer float-colored head - about 2 fingers thick but slims to 1 quickly with decent lacing. Body color is espresso dark with sparse carbonation at bottom. Enticing.

Slight bicarb and metallic tinge at first but it goes quickly and reveals a deep dark-roasted nuttiness - hazelnuts and peanuts mostly. Mild hoppiness of grass with a nuttier edge. Roasted malt really shines through.

Wow - nice slate-ish BBQ char up along with some mild licorice - bitter French roasted coffee brings about some nice cinnamon/brown sugar sweetness. Finish is very slatish with big chicory bitterness and hop grass.

There's a fair amount of cleanliness to this even though it's so damn robust. Smooth dark-roasted malt works well with the bitter coffee notes and quiet hop grass as well as the good slate an char. Slight alcohol sweetness - nice finish.

Some Porter examples feel too thin and metallic compared to a session stout. Not this one - this one can pee in the tall weeds with the big dogs - it stands well on its own with great flavor and depth, and it sessions up nicely.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 16:09:45 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of TexIndy


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

Brought back from Indy during Xmas. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. It had a notch on the bottom of the front label but no way of telling what that means. However, this one just got re-released so fresh. It was black in color with carb bubble fountain in center and slight lacing. It had a small to average dark brown head that quickly settled into a collar with a carb spot in center.

The aroma was coffee, roasted and chocolate malts. Really good. Was worried that the coffee would dominate but it blended into rather quickly after the initial hit of it upon pouring. The taste was really good as well. It was a bit on the bitter side for me so that keeps it down in my taste score a little. Here the coffee is too present for my taste. Mouthfeel had good carbonation but was a little dry.

Overall, a really good beer that I recommend. Not top tier porter for me but close. Would try again next time in an area that carries it.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 01:58:16 | More by TexIndy
Photo of emerge077


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 14 oz. tumbler and the head rose exactly to the rim. About a finger of dark tan mocha foam, with a sticky ringed web of lace. After a few minutes it settled to a skim with groups of larger bubbles here and there. The head could have used more staying power, but it wasn't a big deal. Light couldn't seem to penetrate the inky darkness of this Porter.

Warm roasty aroma, dark Belgian chocolate, dark roast coffee, and pipe tobacco. Rich and silky feel, mild bitterness, earthy char, layered espresso and dark chocolate that fans out in waves. Pretty rich, one or two should just about do it. Very tasty, and probably among the top 1-2 American Porters i've tasted.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 23:57:46 | More by emerge077
Photo of luciusgilmer


3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a bottle into a tulip glass; disappointed by the lack of head and generally uniform color

S: decent smell, a coffee or chocolate laced porter

T: tasted a bit thick, like unsweetened chocolate or bitter coffee, but I didn't think it was very subtle.

M: not much carbonation (maybe an older bottle?), but fine

D: I drink porter regularly, but this wouldn't be my first or 2nd choice. It's a quality beer, like all Founder's I've had, but not top notch compared to others, and it didn't make me want to grab another.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 18:09:18 | More by luciusgilmer
Photo of Steaks


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

i picked a sixer of this guy up at jungle jim's recently along with some imperial stout. this pours black as hell and smells awesome. the mouthfeel is awesome. it is thick as hell and you can feel it expand as soon as you taste it, but it goes down silky smooth. i think this is my new favorite porter. i just need to get some more...

it goes great with Slayer and cold weather

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 08:39:47 | More by Steaks
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've got a bottle waiting for me in the fridge but was lucky enough to try it on tap first at The Comet last night.

Appearance: Poured a dark, chocolately black with ruby highlights. The short, dark tan head disappeared quickly and left only thin spots of foam on the top and along the glass here and there.

Smell: The clear coffee and chocolate come through with great compliments of cream and burnt caramel that gives it a nuttiness. Pretty strong smell for a beer with no head.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The smell is perfectly echoed and amplified in the taste. The bitterness and roasted flavors of the malts and coffee come through and are tamed well by the subtle sweetness of the cream and caramel. It is well carbonated, which really spreads the taste throughout the palate and gives it a little spiciness.

Drinkability: Very high. The alcohol is barely detectable, and the carbonation keeps it going down easily.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2009 06:58:08 | More by kels
Photo of drxandy


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

12oz to standard pint, pours a dark opaque slightly reddish brown with a creamy tan head, mmmm

smell is of coffee, chocolate, nice roasty malt, yeast smells good

taste is of smooth sweet chocolate! Wow, super chocolatey, coffee, roasty malt, slight bitter hops hide in the back, good medium body, tastes of the head taste way thicker, reminds me of a toned down breakfast stout, a little thicker tasting from the bottle than on tap, yum yum

mouthfeel is slick, oily, coffee, chocolate, bitter, lingering hop presence comes out after the coffee and chocolate fade, creamy, smooth, sessionable at abv and extremely drinkable - loaded with flavor.


Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 03:57:01 | More by drxandy
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New York

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (I didn't realize this was re-released by Founders and thought I had stumbled upon a rare bottle...exciting nonetheless!) Pours black with a very small dark tan head that fades rapidly. Aroma of luscious coffee, roasted malt, and roasted nuts. Flavor is pretty much the same with lots of coffee, some bitter chocolate, and rich malt. Amazing mouthfeel. Full, yet completely drinkable. Definitely the best porter I've had to date. This is a luscious beer. Wow. I knew that it would be good but I didn't think it would be this good.
9/4/9/5/18 (4.5/5)

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 01:00:22 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of malcontent


4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of those porters that tell the history of the beverage; it's easy to see the evolution of the classic porter into the stout style by looking at this inky black brew from which light has little chance of escaping. Thin, tan head say "espresso" more than it does "beer." Excellent.

Strong roast characteristic dominates with fresh-ground coffee being the effect achieved. Rich, almost creamy undertones with the standard dark cocoa aroma delivered in a manner anything but average.

Man, this is bittersweet chocolate wrapped in Colombian coffee sprinkled with cinnamon and sent off by a farewell hop-kiss. Roasty, deep and satisfying.

Smooth with carbonation in the moderate to low range. Full-bodied with an aftertaste that lingers. This is the complete package; if I had everyday access to this it would be my standard. Love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 23:53:52 | More by malcontent
Photo of SaucyA


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

A - Poured into a standard pint. Pours and impenetrable deep brown with a faint ruby tinge when held up to a window. The head is a 1 finger puff of tan foam that sticks around for a while. Lacing. Ew. Are those floaties? Gross.

S - A nice roasty vibe. Coffee affects without being in your face. Bits of chocolate. Basically a standard, robust porter. Nothing off.

T - Starts off with a very nice, slightly sweet roasted malt, and finishes dry, with a hoppy, chocolatey bitterness. Well-made and a nice addition to Founders already good lineup.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, even carbonation.

D - Not particularly sessionable, but nice to have in the fridge.

Notes: This won't necessarily replace Edmund Fitzgerald for me but at least it gives me another good choice.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 19:56:58 | More by SaucyA
Photo of BARFLYB


3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a plain pint glass

A- Just like the label suggests founders porter is dark and sexy looking. Very dark brown to black color with a strong tannish head with staying power. A nice amount of lace clings to the glass.

S- Smelling FP i get a lot of roasted/burnt maltiness with some hop presence leading to a undertone of caramel and cream. As with most dark beers from founders there is also chocolate and some coffee present.

T- This porter is very rich tasting with a focus on the chocolate and burnt malts but neither outweigh the other. Some coffee creeps in along with some molasses and carmel, while the hops keep everything in prespective.

M- Founders porter has a great mouthfeel to it. Medium to full bodied. The carbonation is present, prehaps a bit too much. The creamy nature of this porter is a delight to drink, making it easy to finish 12oz before you know it. Good thing i have extras.

D- I'm glad that this is only 6.5% because I can't stop drinking this porter. I could easily finish three of these, possibly four over a night without growing tired of it. Would love to pair this with some grilled meats on a cold winter day.

Another founders offering that i'm glad made it out of retirement and i hope to see it in the future. At a great price for such a tasty porter, you cant go wrong. GET SOME!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 19:41:30 | More by BARFLYB
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3.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- black body with a coffee colored head that became non-existant in a matter of a few minutes. not even a crown

S- roasted malt and alot of chocolate. tons of coffee in the nose also.

T- intensely dark and roasted. lots of chocolate, and a massive blast of coffee at the end.

M- the first thing i noticed about the mouthfeel is how smooth it is. decently thick too. upon the finish, the mouth is left very dry.

D- easy enough to finish. a bit too intense on the coffee to consider having more than one of these right now. im glad to see founders increasing their year round line up.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 04:57:23 | More by jwinship83
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4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased a single bottle of this at Julios in Westboro today. Lately I have been a bit bored with Porters, as they have not been impressing me all that much. Alas, if any brewery could do it right, it is Founders. Black coloring, with a fingers worth of tan heading. Smell is very nice, with cool dark malts that give off impressions of milk chocolate and fresh cream. Taste has more of the same, with a hint of butterscotch underneath. Mouthfeel is bigger and bolder than most Porters; very slick body that goes down very easily. They were right on their label when they said this beer was dark and sexy. This is a lovely Porter that I will surely be getting a six pack of in the future. Expectations were exceeded.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 00:09:40 | More by jamie2dope
Photo of jmalex


3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good for Founders for bringing this one back so I could finally try it. Looking forward to warming up with one this afternoon before an awesome tasting tonight.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Sam Adams glass black in color with a one finger tan head. It dissipates very quickly leaving behind a sturdy thick collar with some bubbly haze across the surface.

SMELL: A decent bit of roastiness pairs with some chocolate and a decent bit of caramel to form a well-rounded aroma. Black malt adds much more a bitter aroma than any hops do, as any aroma from them is pretty much non-existent.

TASTE: Black malt stands out quite a bit, but the beer is missing some of the more chocolaty flavors I've come to expect. It's got a light caramel quality to it, but a smoky nuttiness if much more prevalent. Hop flavor is there for balance, but doesn't take on many actual flavor characteristics.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is nice and medium-full without any sort of syrupy quality. Carbonation is definitely on the lower end, which isn't completely unheard of.

DRINKABILITY: Quite good. No alcohol to get in the way, and I'm nearly finished my beer already.

Not bad at all, but quite different than I'm used to. Definitely seek it out if you're a lover of porters like I am. Or even if you can appreciate all beers from a great brewery like Founders. Not a bad choice.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 21:15:48 | More by jmalex
Photo of nlmartin


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was served chilled and drank gradually as it warmed up. The beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beers body is black. No ruby opaqueness is noted to light. The head of the beer is light tan in coloration. The head resolves to a ring of foam.

Smell: The beers aroma is dark roasted, charred malts. The aroma of dark roasted coffee, chocolate, smokey nuttyness. In short it smells fantastic.

Taste: The flavor of the beer delivers very dark roasted espresso, a bit of chocolate dipped nuts, a pleasing tobacco smokeyness. The beer goes briefly malty sweet then finishes with smokey bitterness.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer has a full body. The carbonation is low but proper to the beer. This is a dam fine porter. It verges on being stoutish in my own mind. The beer was an easy drinker. Founders yet again brews a fantastic beer drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 04:15:21 | More by nlmartin
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4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz shortboy bottle into a pint glass. Pitch black with a stiff, rocky, creamy, tan head of about two fingers in size. Tons of lacing. Very pretty.

Aroma is superbly roasty and full of coffee goodness. Hints of vanilla and chocolate and a subtle fruitiness as well.

This one is damn good. Lots of coffee in the flavor. Plenty of other roasted cereals as well with a touch of choclate. Tastes just like Breakfast Stout with less alcohol.

I love this beer. Maybe closer to a stout than a porter, but damn is this beer delicious. Whatever category this is in, it is in a class of its own. Easily the best drining porter I have had. A bit pricey at over $11 for a six, so this cant be a standard offering in my house, but this was an really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 19:59:13 | More by SaCkErZ9
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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The abv said 6.5% on the bottle I had. Nearly black pour with a dark cream almost brown head. Much darker head than the usual porter. Roasty chocolate/caramel nose. Roasted peaty flavor of the standard porter, with much more chocolate and a slight hint of coffee. Creamy carbonation, a solid medium body and rather drinkable. An excellent porter for sure. Not sure why they don't distribute this one more widely.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 00:41:08 | More by Bung
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4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby brown bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Fast forming and fluffy mocha head perches its inch thick body over this wonderully deep concoction. Coming out of the bottle I was surprised by how thick this beer looked, the consistency of ink with only the faintest of dark brown highlights to differentiate it from blackness. Mild lattice work lacing going on, clinging to the sides of the glass above a now thin, soapy looking, cap.

Certainly well hopped but roasty enough to stand on its own. Dark earthy fruits give way to a thicker, smokier, tobacoo like and almost meaty/bacony combination coupled with a charred malt bittersweetness. Good but nothing I haven't experienced before. Reminds me a bit of Edmund Fitzgerald.

At first almost too sweet, a cloying, magic marker kind of sweetness that thankfully lasts an instant or less and moves quickly away from this and then into and bitter chocolate and scorched coffee combination. Finish is long, hops ravage the center of the tongue and the back of the throat while wrapping like an anaconda around your tastebuds. This beer is dry dry dry, no real fruit flavors to pick up on as I thought the aroma would lead me to. Not saying that this is a bad thing necessarily, its just not what I was expecting. I am however really diging the smokier aspects of this beer, again I swear I can pick up just the slightest bit of cured meat in here and I really are enjoying picking such a flavor up.

I do wish though that the beer was a bit more complex, had a bit more of and underscored flavor profile. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy this beer and am looking forward to the rest of the sixer and at 8bucks it is one of the cheaper ones I've picked up recently. You could do far far worse than this beer. I would say you could also probably use this beer as a gateway for those that want to try rachbiers but are affraid of commiting to an entire bottle without knowing what they are getting into.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 05:18:41 | More by bluemoonswoon
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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle at the Beer Stop for $2. Poured into my Lancaster shaker glass a rather dark brown color with a healthy finger of caramel colored head. Aromas and flavors of roasted malts and coffee, bitter chocolate, somewhat nutty and a touch of molasses. Body is much more full than most porters and, in this case, it works wonderfully with medium carbonation. Very tasty stuff especially on a cold night like tonight. Really hits the spot when you are not in the mood for a huge RIS. I'll be back for a sixer. Pick some of this up if you can.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 04:17:59 | More by ClockworkOrange
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4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at Armanetti's - nice to see this in bottles.

A - Black, with a one-fingered chocolate mocha head that dissipates to a thick attractive lace. It looks like a good porter should.

S - Coffee with cream, burnt malt, bitter chocolate, and unfortunately a tiny hint of soy sauce. Very potent smell - I can even smell this holding the glass away from my face.

T - Chocolate with a coffee aftertaste. There's some floral hop flavor in the middle of this, and some bitterness right at the front (not sure if it's the hops, as it's kind of smoky). Something about this tastes kind of rough - like all the flavors aren't coexisting peacefully.

M - Great creamy viscous texture. Goes down smooth, not overly carbonated with a good tingle that complements the smoky taste. It's not stout thick but it's on the heavier side of porters, which is a good thing in my opinion.

D - It's good, but it's not going to replace Edmund Fitzgerald as my session porter of choice, as the taste here is a little more raw and a little less refined. The carbonation might also impede more than a few bottles worth.

Another solid Founder's brew - bring on the Imperial Stout!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 01:05:25 | More by MasterSki
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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into the Sam Smith Pint...
Bottle said it is 6.5% alcohol, not 5.1% as noted above.

A - Deep brown with mocha head. Good lacing and a solid three fingers of head from an assertive pour.

S - Nice and roasty with semi-sweet chocolate notes in the finish. Light hops with no esters. Smells like a good, sessionable winner.

T - Sweet and chocolaty at the entry, with a faint esters in the background. Starts to dry out towards the swallow, the sweeter chocolate becoming more of a bakers chocolate. Finishes nice and dry, with lots of coffee, baker's chocolate & pine. No off flavors that I could detect.

M - Full and creamy, with carbonation that seems spot on for its style.

D - This is a fine American Porter. Not too dry, not too sweet, pretty straight forward, with no off flavors. Might not be the most complex, but a solid session beer. Good deal and an enjoyable sixer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 04:55:43 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
Photo of david131


3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Says 6.5% ABV on the bottle.

A- Absolutely pitch black with a creamy but thin brown head. Very dark, looks like a really big stout.

S- Very roasty with a nice rye aspect to it. Very smoky smelling and very aromatic. A little rough smelling. Not as much smooth milk chocolate as I would have liked.

T- Smoke, coffee, chocolate, oats. A lot better blended together than the aroma would lead you to believe. Very nice.

M- Pretty creamy, but the carbonation keeps things pretty active.

D- Almost a bit on the heavy side for an American Porter. It is very enjoyable though and worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 03:49:30 | More by david131
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep black with a nice tan head and good lacing.

Smells of coffee and chocolate and roasted malt.

Smooth coffee and dark roast flavors, some cocoa powder in there, and a nice creamy finish. Terrific porter.

Great body and drinkability. Great mellow coffee finish and balance. Could easily knock a bunch of these down. A real winner.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 17:43:51 | More by OtherShoe2
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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found this available in 6-packs ($9.99) at Bello Vino in Ann Arbor last week. I chickened out and bought a single 12oz for $1.69. The beer looks spectacular, dark brown with a milk chocolate colored foam, tons of tan lacing on the glass. The smell is malty with lots of chocolate, really good. The taste is roasted malt, less chocolate than in the aroma but still there, hardly any bitterness in the aftertaste. Really thick body, more than I usually see in porters, this crosses the line to stout or double stout. Really good, Founders is just a solid choice for any style you care to get.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 18:00:29 | More by TurdFurgison
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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