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Founders Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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1,545 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
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Avg:
4.24
pDev:
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Founders PorterFounders Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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

45 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2003

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Reviews: 1,545 | Ratings: 7,038
Photo of lastmango
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a midnight black with a chocolate milkshake two finger head that dissipates to a thin film. Nose is like a chocolate malt. Tastes of chocolate, roasted malt a hint of black pepper. This has a dry slightly hoppy finish that leaves quickly. This beer has a medium and creamy body with moderate carbonation. Very nicely balanced brew that could be mistaken for a stout.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Definitely one of my favorite porters. A smooth, dark as night winter delight that tastes of chocolate, coffee, and a hint of tobacco. Nice carbonation. It's difficult to settle for only one.

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Photo of NateDyk47
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- dark brown with a thin brown head
S- sweet espresso, hint of chocolate
T- chocolate coffee flavor, faint bitterness fades quickly
F- medium light bodied, medium carbonation

Another really good beer from Founders.

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Photo of ViciousFishes
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep ruby, almost black. Thick, tan head that settles to a nice ribbon. Fresh, clean, but understated hop aroma. First taste is enormous, oppulent chocolate. Appears to finish dry, but chocolate and toasty malt lingers forever. Mild bitterness provides balance.

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Photo of ccg
3.43/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Jet black but just a little bit translucent. Lacing has a bit of that gritty, sugary look. Leaves only a few wisps of head.
The smell is roasty and also savory. It has kind of a soy sauce thing going on. Not great.
Flavor has hints of chocolate and malt. There's some hoppy bite too and a bit of a coffee taste in the background. Nothing much happening on the finish.
I realize that it's a porter, not a stout, but it still comes across a bit thin.
Overall: Founders makes some of my favorite beers, but I'm afraid this one was a disappointment.

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

Yum, yum, yum. Not very descriptive, but very true. I've always been a huge fan of GLBC Fitzgerald, but this one almost takes its place. Excellent balance, great bite. Can't wait to visit the brewery and have this out Breakfast Stout right from the source!

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the bottle an opaque and deep, dark brown with a medium-tan long lasting head that leaves spotty lacing.
The aroma is all roasty. Chocolate, nuts, smoky char, a hint of sweet vanilla.
The taste is medium-dark chocolate up front with with a bitter and dark mocha middle, a lingering and pleasantly bitter, roast coffee finish. Just a hint of sweetness.
Mouthfeel is medium and smoooth.
Damn good.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Deep brown with thick creamy head. Roasty chocolate aroma. Chocolaty roasty taste with some smoke and a touch of sweetness. Dry finish with some bitterness lingering. Mouthfeel very creamy n soft. Excellent porter.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I could come up with a clever metaphor about how black this beer is, but I didn't. Suffice to say, it's dark.

I hate that porters are served so cold. Really kills that aroma.

Mouth is clean, with some lingering coffee notes.

Just a great example of an American Porter.

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Photo of Tele
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle (dated 9.21.15)
Consumed: 12.15.15

A: 4.75 Pours black with a one-inch, khaki head. Good retention and leaves lots of lace in the glass.

S: 4.25 Aromas are really nice as the beer warms. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, coconut, and even some peanut butte. The sweeter aromas do a nice job of balancing out the fairly strong roasted malt and coffee elements.

T: 4.25 Good roasted malt quality up front delivering flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco, and earthy pepper. The beer moves into a moderate level of bitterness, which seems to come from both malt and hops, until finishing with more roast and coffee.

M: 4.75 Really substantial feel and excellent carbonation. Still very drinkable though. Not sure how they made it so satisfying and crushable.

O: 4.5 This is a great example of a porter and may have taken over as my favorite of the style. I’ll have to do a side-by-side with black butte so see which wins out, but based on my ratings, I’d give it to Founders.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz, bottled 05/17/2015
A - creamy light brown head slowly fades atop a near black ale
S - dark chocolate, roasted barley, cocoa, charcoal, earthy hops
T - big chocolate flavors with roasted barley and roasted coffee, faint caramel and bread crust with some earthy hops for bitterness
M - medium body, ample carbonation, finishes well balanced
O - I always love this beer, but for me it drinks more like a stout than a porter. Either way, it's very good!

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz Bottle poured into a lagunitas glass.Dark brown in color.The smell is a nice coffee and chocolate mix.The taste is a very nice blend of chocolate and coffee with neither one up front.This is my first Founders that I have tried being that they are just starting to get it in in southern California.I enjoyed this a lot.Very smooth and I can see buying this again in the future.Give it a try.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Opaque black/brown - announces its density, and establishes an anticipation of great things to come.

S - Obvious coffee, but not an overwhelming nose (or I was out in the cold too long today)

T - Leads with hops; coffee trails behind, then the hops return for a nice bitter finish that lingers. Very nice balance between the flavors.

F - As full bodied as the appearance suggests.

O- A first-class porter that will definitely find its way into my beer fridge again.

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Photo of cipherbreak
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

L - Pours dark brown with a finger-wide head that quickly dissipates, allowing you to look into it's deep and dark eyes.
S - Perfumed of nuts, caramel, medium-roast coffee.
T - Bitterness reminiscent of espresso followed by a hint of caramelized brown sugar make for the perfect balance. Excellent. Full of hops like Kobe Bryant in his prime.
F - Smooth and well carbonated.

O - A classy and elegant porter. Not compatible with trendy frames or hippity hoppity whatevers.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.23/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Nearly black, with an understated head. less than 1 finger.

Smell: Roasty coffee, smoke, dark-dried fruit.

Taste: Some mild fruit sweetness and alcohol that melds into a dark roasted bitter
coffee finish that lingers.

Feel: Smooth

Overall: Close, but alas no cigar. Kept trying to find a bit more sweetness buried within
the mix, but just could not sustain enough of it to adequately counterbalance all
the roasted coffee bitterness.

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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Midnight black with thin tan head after agressive pour into a tulip glass. S: Dark chocolate, roasted malts, expresso and toffee. T: Dark chocolate, coffee, toasted malt, vanilla and spice. F: Silky smooth. O: Top of my list. World class Porter.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Founders Brewing Company - Founders Porter. 6.5% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into standard pint glass. Bottled on 10/2/15

Look: Body is pitch black. Small fizzy light tan head from aggressive pour; dissipates into trace amounts of lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate, dark malt, roasted coffee, toffee, and toasty bread with a hint of smokiness.

Feel: Heavy bodied, with fair amount of carbonation. Thick and creamy.

Taste: Bitter chocolate, roasted coffee, and dark malts up front. Towards the back end, the toasty bread and smokey flavors appear, and settle into the aftertaste. Very rich flavors.

Overall: One of the first Porters I tried, and liked it ever since. Very nice combination of rich flavors, and creamy body make this truly enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**
11/20/2012
Bottle to Pint Glass
Aroma: Light Chocolate Coffee Dark Black Pour. Foamy Tan Head. Medium sized chunk's of a light colored sediment. Some lacing. Taste has a nice sharp sweetness. Yeast, Chocolate, Coffee, Tea. Light weight, with natural carbonation. A really nice beer. A bit light and weak, but very drinkable without being wimpy.
**

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Photo of bwood06
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a very tall, dark tan colored head that is frothy in appearance with a very slight creaminess. Head stays tall for a very long time. Some carbonation clinging to the sides to the glass. Beer itself is black and opaque with just a slight hint of brown at the very edge of the glass. Some fast rising carbonation visible at the very edge of the glass. 4.5/5

S - Dark toasted bready malt up front which is underscored by a bit of toffee, cereal, and vanilla. Espresso and dark chocolate also make their respective appearances. Very earthy but sweet as well. There is a bit of grassy hops as well. 4/5

T - Espresso up front is followed by a rich dark maltiness, vanilla, and toffee. This is quickly followed by dark chocolate and cereal (Grape Nut O's). More roasted than toasted in terms of flavor profile. There is a bit of leather and a doughy characteristic to the middle. The beer finishes out with a grassy hop note as well as a bit of woodiness that contributes to the earthy character of the beer. Light lingering bitterness but not much. 4.25/5

M - Very full bodied beer that is perfect for a cold day. Light on carbonation and has a bit of a milky/creamy characteristic to it. Slightly drying on the back end but not overly so. U[on swallowing the palate is cleansed and ready for another sip. 4.5/5

O - Very well rounded porter that balances between sweet, earthy, bitter nicely. Very good porter offering from Founders that is worthy of being repeatedly imbibed. 4.25/5

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a gentle dark brown close to black color-ed body with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated nicely letting off some speckled lacing roaming around the glass.
The smell started off with a robust piney hoppiness when this beer is fresh and then in age, this one lets the roastiness become the leading aroma with the piney-ness sliding into the background.
The taste was mainly robustly sweet with a profound bitterness of the hops embracing the flavors to combine eloquently. The aftertaste lends a hand to the blend between the bitterness and the sweetness.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a charging bitter harshness over my tongue. Carbonation feels good and does end up allowing the roastier side of the house pronouncing its power as the beer ages.
Overall, to me, I've always loved this American styled porter though through its life it changes a lot in its age. I'd still have again.

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Photo of ctjoumas
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

After a long drive from west palm beach to key west, I was hoping for a small place nearby with good beers. Found a small bar with a great selection. This one I've wanted to try for a while since I'm a fan of the backwoods bastard. The porter pours a nice dark black with a nice layer of head which gives way quickly to the dark of the beer. Smell is roasty with coffee notes. Mouthfeel is smith but a bit more effervescent than I expected; not so much in a bad way though. Taste is a slight sweetness upfront with a little bitterness in the end. Very clean taste with burnt coffee at the end. Great beer overall and glad I ran into this place.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

look was deep brown almost opaque smell cocoa and coffee with a taste of the same, feel was deep with a lower carbonation than I expected. solid representation.

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

Pours very dark brown. Opaque. (some porters will show you what muddy means. Not this one though) A creamy head of mocha colored foam that dwindled slowly. Nose is big roasty malt. Sweetness that offers a touch of vanilla. Light cream and some good cocoa. Toasted bread underneath. An herbal coolness on the nose form hops. Taste is bold and earthy malt. Uncompromising. Just enough complexity to show you the cocoa, caramel and a firm hops presence. Those hops are firm but they do not take over the flavor. They do usher in a creamy finish after a moderate and supporting bitter. Malt shows you a touch of it's own bitterness and coffee.

This is decadent without being overly sweet or heavy in the mouthfeel. Expansive malt with plenty of flavor but not chewy so medium mouthfeel. Smooth and everything you want in a robust porter. Hale and hearty with a peppery little finish and bitter chocolate to linger.

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - pours black body with no head
S - chocolate, cocoa, coffee
T - sweet, chocolate, hint of toffe or coffee, malty
F - really smooth, low carbonation, coats mouth really well
O - great beer! I can't put it better than the bottle does "dark, rich, and sexy" I'll definitely have a few more of these!

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the growler via Eight Ball Brewing at the Party Source in a snifter. This FINE porter pours a deep blackish brown with a nice light brown head of foam that settles to a thick ring, light pool, and very nice lacing. Nose of cocoa, rich coffee, subtle vanilla, and light char. Flavors surpass the nose with velvety layers of dark cocoa and lightly bitter coffee moving towards a mid palate of vanilla and deeply roasted malts with a hint of smoky char blending into a symposium of of a light cream on the back. Excellent. Smooth and coating mouth feel and moderate carbonation. Decadent. A stout drinkers porter for certain.

Cheers

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,545 ratings.