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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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95
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4,605 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 4605
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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Pedro07

Michigan

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

I've been lucky enough to have this amazing brewery only 10 minutes from me for a while now. In my opinion, this is one of the most amazing porters anywhere.

A- Dark, rich, creamy! The head is a deep, deep tan, and creamy. Very unusual for a porter, porters always seemed thinner to me.

S- Good smell. Coffee, cocoa, roasted wonderfulness! Molasses?? Oh yes.

T- WOW. Everytime I sip this brew it amazes me. Rich, chocolatey, coffee, roasted nuts...there's the molasses.

M- Creamy and full. No runniness, thinness, and never oxidized.

D- At 6%, I can run through quite a few pints of Founder's Porter. The quality of this porter is what sets it apart from the masses. Please bottle this again Founder's!

Serving type: growler

11-08-2008 01:09:08 | More by Pedro07
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Wasatch

Utah

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to mcallister for this brew.

Pours a dark brown color, way too much carbonation, nice two-finger head when it settles down after about 10 mins or so (I do not like this), does leave some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some toffee/coffee notes. The taste is also malty, with toffee/coffee notes, there is a nice velvety texture to this brew. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, but because of the huge head and settling there of, I brought the score down.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 23:24:46 | More by Wasatch
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nrbw23

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a black color with a thin layer of a tannish colored head that left a nice layered lacing down the side of the glass.

S- Aroma is nice and darkly roasted malts, coffeeish notes, tangy molasses, dark caramel, and bittersweet chocolate.

T- Very nice and solid. Roasted malts, nice chocolate tones, bitterness of roasty/burnt qualities. Touches of coffee and some smoke tastes.

M- Just like you'd expect from a Porter.

D- Very solid brew and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2008 19:18:47 | More by nrbw23
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DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap served into a pint glass.

Hands down, this might be the best porter I have ever had. So rich and complex, but yet, easy to drink.

A- Dark black color, tan head about a quarter of an inch. Insane spider web lacing throughout- sticking to the glass without a problem.

S- Smell was like chocolate ice cream with a touch of vanilla followed by some caramel.

T- Lots going on here. Coffee, chocolate, cake batter like flavors, decent hop punch, all rolled into one and rounded out so perfectly. This one made my taste buds go crazy as there were so many flavors involved.

M- Mouthfeel was rich and creamy, sticky aftertaste.

D- This is a great porter, top notch. Easy to drink, not too heavy, although the flavors would usually indicate that this beer could make you tired.

Amazing stuff from Founders, once again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2008 12:00:25 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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

A 12 oz stubby bottle from a trade with mcallister.

A: The porter is heavily carbonated, erupting with a 3 plus finger head on initial pour and requiring 4 pours to empty the bottle into a standard pint glass. The porter's body is dark and murky, with no lighter colors emerging.

S: The nose has elements of chocolate, molasses, caramel and coffee, all mixing together to create a dry warming aroma.

T: Drinking the ale is like eating chocolate cake, rich and luxurious. The chocolate mixes with coffee flavors to create a sweet bitter body, full of dark notes. Molasses notes add a scorched-earth bitterness that leads to a nice finish.

M: The body, despite the plethora of bigger flavors, is smooth and creamy. It is surprisingly light on the palate.

D: The low abv and well-meshed flavors make this a surprisingly good drink, one that won't overwhelm the tastebuds but will leave you satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 00:45:09 | More by akorsak
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Ashley's.

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. One of the better porters I've had in a while!

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2007 03:55:07 | More by alexgash
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CortexBomb

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see this available at Founders again, no idea if it will be bottled again though. Current alcohol content is listed as 6.8%

Pour on this is textbook porter, black, nice off-white head with significant lacing evident. Smell is roasted malts with a definite sweet chocolate edge.

The taste on this, very solid. A roasted edge combines with dark chocolate, and a light, spicy hop bitter edge with a creamy aspect present throughout and a light hop bite and alcohol flavour on the finish. This is a solid porter.

The mouth on it, good, definitely. The creamy aspect of the mouth helps push it up a bit here. Drinkability, not a problem, easy to drink, perhaps too easy to drink.

The bottom line: Founders does a fine example of porter, another beer that is well worth trying out if you run into it.

Serving type: growler

12-23-2006 23:54:01 | More by CortexBomb
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

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

On tap at Redbones, 8/29/06.

A: Pours an almost jet black color. When you tilt the glass a tad it thins out, but not by much. Nice caramel with a red tint colored head. One finger head. Nice lace and retention.
S: Aromas of chocolate and caramel come through with avengance. Nice sweet nestle scents also.
T/M: Sweet chocolate and caramel notes cross the palate. Nice level of carbonation allows you to really savor the tastes. Slight tingly towards the end of a sip. Almost tastes like an RIS or chocolate stout with a slight spicyness that comes through. Very creamy and smooth across the tongue.
D: Highly drinkable. Glad i saw this on tap as it wasn't on the website or the board. What a phenomenal interpretation of the style. A bit more thick than I thought it would be, which was definately appreciated.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2006 02:28:42 | More by bjohnson
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wingman14

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich black with a dark tan head. Smells sweet with chocolate and coffee, plenty going on here. This brew was thick and rich with flavor and a small burnt aftertaste. I enjoyed every sip of this one, a great porter with all the right notes and characteristics that I enjoy. The mouthfeel was good, a great balance of all the flavors and carbonation, it was a perfect pour. I could drink these any time, very good beer. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2006 01:53:46 | More by wingman14
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mcallister

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure if this bottle was overly carbonated or what but the cap popped of with force. Upon pouring couldn't keep the head tamed. A good tan 4 inch head exploded out of the bottle. Liquid is nearly black no light is penetrating any corner of crevice.

As always it seems, this dark founders brew has a near perfect nose. Big freshly ground coffee aromas, lovely roasted choclate malt, caramel, hints of vanilla, cassis, and a good hopped aroma to even it all out.

Tastes of cassis, mochiato, big roasted choclate and caramel malts, hint of vanilla bean, nice smooth chewy hops. Mouthfeel has a tad too much carbonation but it doesn't cause any harm. This bad boy is big and rich would be hard to drink more than a few.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2006 20:55:46 | More by mcallister
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nmyers

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer had a nice dark brown color almost black and a light tan foamy head to on it. The aroma of this beer was chocolaty, with hints of caramel and nice roasted malt touch to it.

The taste was very interesting with a touch of coffee, flavor that account for the bitterness of this beer and a nice touch of chocolate that balanced this beer nicely.

This was a very thick beer and it I don't think I could drink a lot of it. It was very good though.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2006 22:53:47 | More by nmyers
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

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

Pure black crayon hue; thick tan colored head that survives with style; milkshake lacing. An aroma of dark roasted coffee beans, toasted wheat bread and oats. Slick, luscious. Roasted malts, combined with light chocolate chip cookie undertones; nutty and creamy, hints of plums and cherries. Pretty well rounded and a really fine porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2005 15:37:56 | More by GeoffRizzo
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep deep brown color with a nice tight tan head that really clings to the sides of the glass. Some roasted aromas-slightly earth-like and coffeeish. Whoa-what a porter this is-great roast flavor. Theres a huge,well balanced mix of coffee,chocolate and a touch of roasted malt. Serious liquid bread here. Big malty body-great velvety feel to it. A killer porter-has to be one of the best I have had-recently or ever. First Founders beer I have ever had-give me more.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2004 19:18:44 | More by lackenhauser
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ken3c

Michigan

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is very dark brown. It struggles to form a head and recedes to a thin ring with wisps. No lacing. I was disappointed in the appearence and losing hope that this would be a good beer.

I shouldn't have worried. The aroma was great. A good blend of Coffee and carmel with a hint of vanilla. I just couldn't stop smelling this beer.

Very slightly sweet, a little tart, with a crescendo of bitterness. It starts with coffee and then the hops kick in. Dry finish.

Full bodied and lightly carbonated. It could use a little more carbonation.

I like this beer. It's got it where it counts.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2004 04:58:18 | More by ken3c
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown liquid with no highlights. Thick, tan creamy, fluffy head that stayed for a while and left some nice lace work on the glass. Smells of mocha, slight roast coffee. Taste is a rich, roasty flavor with a moderate amount of bitterness. Coffe-like in the finish, which was just a bit harsh. Mouthfeel was very creamy, medium body with low carbonation. Something about the creamy feel did not sit well with me. Overall, a decent porter, with some good characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2004 02:56:41 | More by Bierguy5
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, rich, coffee bean color, near opacity,, with a creamy tan head nestled above, a nice 1/4" that assuredly slims, but not too swiftly.
Aroma: bittersweet espresso from sniff #1...roasty, toasty, deep, and inviting.
Lush mouthfeel, big chocolatey malt character hits first in the flavor, nice and thick, then it rounds out and quits the mouth on a happy note. And urges further sips and swallows. Fills the mouth happily with the cocoa/coffee quality all good porters must have, but never too bitter, very, very smooth, and not at the sacrifice of flavor and body.
I really like this one. Actually, I really, really like this one, this is truly my kind of porter, and I know them when I find them.
Ful bodied, long, flavorful finish, lush texture...this is one porter I'd be happy to call me own, and would have caseloads on hand at at time, were I the Michigan type...cheers to you who are, for having this fine brew!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2004 08:28:46 | More by feloniousmonk
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" of dark brown head over opaque dark, dark brown/black brew. Lacing is good. Aroma is full of deep dark malts, coffee and chocolate stand out, with even some nuttiness apparent. Taste is storngly of the dark malts, esp coffee, but a somewhat fruity flavor enters the middle of the mix as well. Adds to the interest, I guess. Mouthfeel good, oh so smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Wow, have to keep my eyes out for this, maybe it'll make the limited Founders selection that recently started becoming available in MA.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2004 01:37:10 | More by ppoitras
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Sixpack595

Michigan

3.23/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Seems a bit one dimensional to me. Lots of bitterness, not unpleasant, just boring. Coffee and burt malt flavors overpower it and cover up everything else. Very slight chocolate flavor sneaks in, buit it's too little too late. Nice looking opaque black body with a thin, fast fading tan head. Medium mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2004 07:09:38 | More by Sixpack595
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winomark

Missouri

3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep dark brown, almost black with a creamy medium brown head. Aromas of chocolate malt and mocha, with a mild alcohol sweetness. Lots of roasted malts balance a slight sourness. Not as smooth as I expected. Mouthfeel is coating, but not too heavy. Slightly sour finish. Overall, a solid beer. Would like to see a little more roundness and less of the sour/acidic flavors. Give it a try if you want.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2004 04:17:27 | More by winomark
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick and oily black, waffer thin cocoa brown foam that sits thickly but quite thin even after a strong pour. Lacing sticks in strings.

Aroma is nice and darkly roasted with black malts, coffeeish notes, tangy molasses, dark caramel, and bittersweet chocolate.

Great taster, rich, dark, deep, and inviting flavors of heavily roasted barley and malts, nice chocolate tones meld within keeping an ever present bitterness of roasty/burnt qualities. Touches of coffee/espresso roast intermingle with all the other roasty things in the finish where the bittering ensues and drys out with a nice play of everything chocolate and roasty. Some burnt tinges and charred wood notes make their way in as well. Wow! Fantastic porter character in its flavors. Oh my is it yummy!

Feel is well rounded and creamy full with a fantastic finish of drying roasty/burntish chocolate bittering. I'm reminded of burnt chocolate cake or cookies at every sip. Fantastically good stuff.

This could be one to top Descutes Black Butte and Summit Great Northern in my book, something I never thought could be possible, but this stuff is wonderful! Yum times two.
A wowzaa yippee goes to trbeer for throwing this one in the mix!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2004 18:55:14 | More by tavernjef
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep black color with one finger of dark tan head. There is just a touch of lacing left on the glass. The smell is full of burnt malt, coffee, caramel, and molasses. A nice strong smell. The taste starts with espresso and roasted malt, some sweetness like caramel and toffee. Only a hint of hops on a slightly dry finish. The mouthfeel is just a little light for the style. The drinkability is good though. A nice solid porter.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2004 21:22:26 | More by SheepNutz
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautifully, flat opaque black with a thick chocolate milk-colored head that dissipated but not too quickly. Nice thick lacing too. The aroma is strong coffee and roasted malt. Medium-bodied, and unfortunately the flavor is not as robust as the look and smell. Bitter coffee and burnt malt flavors dominate, but the balance is a little too much on the bitter side. The finish is fairly bitter with coffee and some chocolate. Overall a pretty good Porter, it just needs better balance.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2004 14:21:57 | More by Dogbrick
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marcellaproust

Washington

3.45/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dense, dark dark brown with a modest tan head that disappears before you have a seat. Smells absolutely delicious: roasted barley, roasted nuts, and milk chocolate. Mouthfeel errs a little on the nearly syrupy smoothness. Tastes exactly like it smells, with the addition of mocha java or some cocoa-coffee blend and malt with a bit of a burnt edge to it. Most interesting aspect of this porter is a consistent bitter silhouette that accompanies the rich flavors from start to finish. Perhaps if the carbonation was elevated and the body reduced, this beer would be even better.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2004 02:50:11 | More by marcellaproust
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

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

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color is black with a wispy beige head. The smell is chocolatey sweet. The taste starts with the chocolate sweetness and then warms in the mouth to a coffee/hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is nice and thick. As for drinkability, could have quite a few of these.

Thanks to trbeer for this beer as part of BIF 4.0. Another solid porter, mixing the coffee bitter and chocolate sweet natures of porter quite nicely. Quite good, and I'd have one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2004 19:29:17 | More by beergeek279
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A decent porter from a good brewery. This little porter has a deep brown to black body and a nice tan head that creates lace down most of the glass.

The nose is malty with a good portion of coffee to add interest. In the flavor we also get a few choclate notes that liven the overall experience. The feel is exceptional for a porter with more than a little body. The drinkability is good since the flavor and body are nicely matched.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2004 05:22:22 | More by AtLagerHeads
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95 out of 100 based on 4,605 ratings.