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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

Founders PorterFounders Porter

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4,601 Ratings

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Ratings: 4601
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 Mike_Moe


4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: Dark beer with a light brown head.
Aroma: Rich toasted barely and coffee smell with molasses.
Flavor: Rich smooth coffee and molasses first layer, accented with a complex blend of spices. This brew is  hoppy thought out. It is a bold full bodied beer, with good carbonation.
Overall: This is a good Porter with its complex blend of spices. With an IBU of 45, the hoppiness of this Porter is quite pounced. This beer is more full bodied than most Porters.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 06:35:20 | More by Mike_Moe
Photo of Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(4.0) A: Pours black with a relatively thin head that quickly forms a brownish ring. Patchy lacing down the glass with short lived retention.

(4.25) S: Cocoa, dark coffee, vanilla, nice fruity qualities, and a steady caramel backbone. Very good contrast between the roasted malt and the bold hoppier-fruity elements.

(4.5) T: Similar to aroma with roasted malt and hoppier (citrus fruit-like) tastes in unison. Vanilla, caramel, and a faint smoke are all detectable. The bitterness is very well balanced and an appropriate (and noticeable) dryness lingers in the finish.

(4.5) M: Medium-full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Perfectly creamy and slick. Outstanding.

(4.25) D: This is one of the best porters I’ve had to date and could easily drink plenty of this stuff frequently. The mouthfeel is tremendous with a creamy and thick body.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 22:50:26 | More by Digimaika2
Photo of DougT


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dated 11/17/13. Today is 1/5/14. Poured into a pint glass.

Black with a chocolate brown 2+ finger head. I saw some other reviews that didn't have the head or lace this one does. The initial foamy head was rich and thick. A nice layer left all the way through the bottle. The lacing sticks to the sides nicely.

Sweet smell of milk chocolate hits the nose first. A little roast in the middle. Slight hop aroma last. Smells delicious.

Taste of bitter hops and malt. There is a subtle chocolate flavor. Quite tasty.

A strong medium mouthfeel with nice effervescence that coats the whole mouth and dances on the tongue.

I drinkable, full on porter. Verging on a Stout. I like this very much. Founders hit another one.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 05:30:06 | More by DougT
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4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black, you can't stop staring into it, it's like looking into a black hole which is very appealing to me, left a small head after a heavy pour, the head looked like fluffed chocolate milk, leaves a minimal amount of lacing on the glass, this beer presents itself very well

S: I'm a bit congested so the smell seems slightly faint so I am basing this on what I can smell, the initial smell I get is booze, not expecting this considering the low ABV, but then I am greeted with anise, some chocolate, both milk and dark, and a very slight hint of caramel, then finally the beer overall gives off a creamy smell to it, very nice combination of smell here, only downside to it is the boozy smell is a bit over powering

T: Initial flavor I get is an anise, hop, and booze flavor combination which gives it a strong flavor with some bitterness upfront, but then some of the sweet milk chocolate comes in and calms the initial punch of flavor that you get, then finishes with a creamy and slightly caramel taste which is really nice, solid flavor profile to it overall, I just feel that something is missing to it, like coffee or a little more sweetness would really support this beer in my opinion

M: Usually porters are too thick and creamy for me and it makes it hard for me to drink them, but this has a very good balance between the two, not too thick and not too creamy, it is very smooth as well, the booze does not affect the ability to drink this beer which is fantastic

O: I give it a 4.5, it needs some minor tweaks to make it just that much better, but what is really shocking me, is how much the booziness to this beer actually compliments it, the booziness seems to balance the beer, didn't expect a whole lot from this brew and it surpassed what I expected from it, first brew from founders and I need to get my hands on more of their brews

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 07:53:09 | More by bpasquini
Photo of eduardolinhalis


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

330ml bottle served in snifter glass.

A: Pours a deep brown color forming a small beige to brown head. Low retention and only few small spotty lacings left in the glass. A thin layer remains for long time on the top

S: Chocolate, roasted malts and oak. Quite biscuity, it reminds Oreo biscuits. Some earthy yeasts and some notes of flowery hops

T: Slight sweet upfront. Strong notes of dark chocolate, chocolate malts, brown sugar and wood. Reminds Oreo biscuits in taste too :). Nice roast bitterness in the end. Nice bittersweet balance

M: Medium, creamy and very smooth body. Medium carbonation. Biscuity and roasted aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. Perfect Porter. My 8th Founders. Always excellent quality beer

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 21:59:45 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of arizcards


4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single in late September from the Downtown Wine & Gourmet while visiting Harrisonburg VA for $1.79. bottled i believe on 06/24/13 though it was not a clean bottle date.

Beer poured black with a nice brown head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is roasted malts and cocoa.

Taste is chocolate, roasted malts with a nice amount of hopping to balance this to near perfection. Finish has a nice dry hopping.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is a very tasty brew. Again would love to try this when it is fresh. Definitely a world class porter!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 00:01:58 | More by arizcards
Photo of cambabeer


4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a great porter. Founders doesn't disappoint with this one. Nice head and lace on the glass, deep black color, looks great. The nose and taste mimic each other well, burnt espresso beans and chocolate, with some nice hop character as well. The maltiness is more dominant than the hops but they do their work to give some cleanliness to the middle character. A little fruity and bready towards the end, just really good all around. Thick body, not too strong on the carbonation. Delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2014 15:01:53 | More by cambabeer
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Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 oz bottle to a snifter.

A: deep dark brown/black with a thin one finger root beer colored head. The head dissipates quickly leaving little in the way of lacing or cap.

S: coffee, espresso, roast malts

T: coffee, roasted malts, some cocoa as well.

M: medium to full feel, good carbonation and smooth.

O: I have to say that I really enjoyed this beer. It is easy to drink and very flavorful. I would put it right up there with Breakfast Stout as one of my favorites from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 18:33:20 | More by polloenfuego
Photo of bskrtz


3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 Ounce bottle served very cold in pint beer glass

A) Black paint. No color passes through. Short puffy beige helmet dissolves quickly to leave a lacy cover

S) Black licorice, mild hop spice, burnt bread, coriander

T) Burnt coffee, pure dark chocolate, raisons and cooked dark fruit.

M) Consistency of root beer. Ample carbonation, sticky, full bodied

O) A very good example of the classic English porter

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 19:58:18 | More by bskrtz
Photo of ISmith87


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 4.25 - Dark brown-black w finger of off white head, which leaves nice lacing.
S - 4.0 - coffee, espresso, chocolate, cocoa, roasty malts
T - 4.25 - roasted coffee, espresso beans, chocolate
M - 4.0 - Medium-heavy, aftertaste is roasted coffee, alcohol is covered.
O - 4.0 - Good porter. I like the fact that it has a little bit more body and abv than a lot of porters.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 17:18:59 | More by ISmith87
Photo of Kevin-Wieken


4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Founders Porter
Founders Brewing Company, MI
---from bottle to stemmed porter/stout glass---

Pours a dark mahogany brown but sits in the glass pitch black. Good tan head settles to a thin cap with good lacing.

Chocolate birthday cake. Caramel and licorice. Iced mocha. Slight grassy hop.

Sweet caramel malts, roasted coffee. Mocha. Finishes with bitter dark chocolate. Hops play an integral role in the background of this beer, though you may not notice right away.

Silky smooth. Perfect carbonation level. A little sticky from all the sweet. Dark chocolate lingers…

Very creamy/silky. This is the first Porter I have agreed with. Not overly burnt. Very well balanced. Gets better as it warms up – contemplating putting this baby in the microwave… kidding… kinda…

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 04:20:06 | More by Kevin-Wieken
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid black in color, capped with a one-finger khaki head. Good retention and lace formation. Cocoa is the primary component of the aroma along with some toasted grain. Some citric American hop aroma on the back end.

Predominantly dry with a mocha-like flavor. Mild bitterness that picks up a bit toward the finish. Mouthfeel is very good, bordering on silky, and it complements the flavor profile exceedingly well. Robust and tasty with no alcohol presence on the palate.

Founders has a very nice porter here, though that's not surprising given the overall quality of their lineup. Count this among the benchmarks for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 03:25:56 | More by gr0g
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New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark, with a quickly fading creamy head, minimal lacing.
S: Dark chocolate, coffee and malted loveliness.
T: Coffee, chocolate with a late hitting bitterness, in a good way.
M: Limited bitterness, overall good mouthfeel
O: Enjoyed this beer. Paired it with a filet mignon, green beans and rice. The combination made for an enjoyable experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 01:19:34 | More by BSK_ONE
Photo of Roguer


4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful black beer with just a hint of light making it through. One finger dark brown head from a turbulent pour; surprisingly good retention, fading to a thin remnant, and minimal lacing.

Aroma is dry cocoa behind black-but-not-burnt coffee.

Strong black coffee flavor, but it's mostly on the backend, mingling with some extremely dark cacao. Filling out the overall experience is a creamy milkiness, not unlike an oatmeal stout. Lovely bite to this porter. As it warms, it gains a smoky aspect, and some green hops start to come through.

Medium-full mouthfeel; not quite chewy. Lively with a bit of sting, but very smooth.

A very straight, to-the-point porter without any bells and whistles. You know what? It doesn't need them. It stands on its own quite well.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 02:36:55 | More by Roguer
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New York

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, black color, with brownish-tan head, not as creamy as I'd like it, but a fine looking beer. Smell is nice toasted malt, some chocolate and a tad of booziness that I could do without, but I'm being pretty picky here. The taste is fantastic; lots of malt, lots of chocolate, a bit of hops... I'd say the most notable aspect is the perfect amount of chocolate. Mouthfeel is great, glad it's not more carbonated and has some body to it.
Overall, it's just what you want in a porter. Minor details could be improved on, but it's one of the best!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 22:05:48 | More by dougfur
Photo of RyanOooh


4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Espresso darkness. Tan head that will disappear.

Aroma very roasted coffee, malts, hint of a smoke

Taste is full, roasted, not too sweet, nice balance, a little more bitter and fizzy than I expected. Long lingering coffee/hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel a little tacky but easily sipped. A smoky/pipe feel to the aftertaste. Super balanced.

Solid brew, agree w/ others about an almost obacco flavor balanced w/ the coffee/malt notes. Very pleasant. Love this.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 10:41:57 | More by RyanOooh
Photo of Joshpu


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle to a snifter.

A: Poured near black with a dark brown tinge. Very small beige head.

S: Coffee and dark chocolate, roasty malts, some tobacco or tea, slight hops.

T: The taste follows the smell really well, except that the taste is more bitter than the smell might indicate.

M: Light to medium bodied. Average carbonation. Mostly bitter and a little sticky on the mouth feel.

Overall a great porter. I really like the coffee flavor and what I would describe as almost a smoky or tobacco flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 07:36:40 | More by Joshpu
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3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black. A thick light brown head develops and settles to a thin topping that laces the glass.

A rich chocolatey nose with some light roastiness.

Medium body and hop bitterness to balance the sweetness. The inviting malts in the aroma come through in the taste delivering the chocolate and coffee roastiness.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 02:13:19 | More by MattSweatshirt
Photo of Hoperator


4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was a deep dark brown with a scarlet reflection and exceptional clarity. A dark tan head had good retention and laced the glass to the end. Nicely bottle conditioned with great carbonation. Aromas of roasted malt weren't as present on nose as it was in the flavor to come. First taste immediately releases coffee notes with a hint of chocolate and a bitterness (maybe from some Black Patent malt) that stays on the back side of the tongue for 15 to 30 seconds. Hop presence is slight but seems to be of the noble variety and contribute to the moderate bitterness. An excellent example of the style and one I will revisit again. REALLY WELL DONE.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 00:53:01 | More by Hoperator
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New York

3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - mahogany body with mocha colored head

Smell - roasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate, roasted coffee

Taste - dark chocolate, molasses, roasted malts, coffee bean

Mouthfeel - lighter end of medium bodied, high carbonation, roasty upfront, hop bitterness in the back, not as balanced as other porters

Overall - decent porter, I think I would have liked this more had this not been so highly hopped as this isn't a style that calls for such treatment. At the price point, hard to justify going back to this one as there are better, less expensive representations of the style

Price Point - $10.99/6pk 12 oz bottles

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 18:04:42 | More by keithmurray
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3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: a stumpy 355mL brown bottle with a semi-stylish old-school label.

Appearance: pours an intense dark brown tending towards oily black, with a small amount of sediment evident on the final pour. An impressive tan head settles to a solid half-finger Minimal lacing.

Aroma: considering the reviews I have seen on this beer, I assume this has suffered a bit on the way to Australia. Smells only of light molasses and an unfortunate off malt. Not sure about that.

Taste: really picks up on the palate - plenty of unsweetened chocolate and roast malts, a touch of dark fruits. Very nice, particularly when the chill has left the glass.

Aftertaste: the malt profile drops away, leaving heavier dark fruits and some hop bitterness. Very nice.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a moderate carbonation that brings the flavour through nicely - if you decide to let it warm enough.

Overall: a very nice American Porter - not overly flavoursome, but a fantastic mid-slow sipper once it has warmed sufficiently. Alternatively, at the right price (we get majorly ripped off in Australia) this could be a great sessional beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 11:25:33 | More by SmashPants
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New York

4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark brown, almost black with sediment. It had a very small tan/cinnamon colored head that quickly disappeared. The smell was malts with dark chocolate and coffee upfront and a bit of something roasted. The taste was unsweetened chocolate and roasted coffee. It was deliciously creamy. A hint of the smoke/roast profile shined through. The finish had some dark fruits. It lingered nicely and the creamy texture was the highlight of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 16:28:10 | More by WheelsPSU
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New Jersey

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

Appearance: Black, with a nice rich tan two finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves generous lacing

Smell: Cocoa, roasted malts

Taste: Sweet chocolatey malts up front, roastyness up next, then a quick smack of earthy hops

Mouthfeel: Medium to full, good carbonation

Overall: Excellent. Good example of the style. Very enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 04:14:20 | More by MadCat
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one fell through the cracks back in August, so I'm just adding it now. This review is from memory.

Serving: Bottle into tulip
Served: Sometime early August 2013

This one was a special beer. Dark, dark black with huge roasted malts-- hints of dark, bitter chocolate with a kiss of dark-roasted coffee in there too. A touch of smokiness like you might taste after black, very dark roasted coffee. Marvelously smooth on the palate with a silky mouthfeel. Outstanding beer.

Will have to try again here soon and do a more current review.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 02:53:17 | More by Beric
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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A - Black with some hints of dark brown. One finger of creamy chocolate head.

S - Roasted coffee, sweet chocolate, caramel. Lots of roasted character.

T - Lots of sweet chocolate and caramel, along with roasted coffee and a slight bitterness.

M - Moderately thick with very smooth and creamy carbonation. It's got a nice stickiness to it, with a lingering presence of chocolate and coffee on the aftertaste.

O - A fantastic porter that hits all the right notes

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 03:47:55 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,601 ratings.