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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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95
world-class

5,413 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,413
Reviews: 1,331
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 252
Gots: 553 | FT: 24
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 projectflam86
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%

A- Pours a dark brown almost black color with a creamy beige foam head. A tiny bit of lacing.

S- Smokey with a decent amount of roasted malt in the nose. A bit of hazelnut and toasted grains.

T- Smokey bitterness upfront with a nice roasted malt sweetness in the finish. Alcohol is more apparent that I thought it would be.

M- Medium body with ok carbonation. Smokey aftertaste.

D- Pretty decent porter with a nice flavor.

projectflam86, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of plastik
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%

A-Very dark, red-brown highlights. Thin tan head, quickly dissipates.

S-Roasted Malt, coffee, caramel

T-Initially, slightly sour and fruity with a heavy does of roasted malt. Gives way to a long, rich, bitter finish - earthy and maybe even slightly smoky. I like it, but the initial sourness throws me off a little, though it lessens as it warms a bit. Also as it warms a little it becomes a bit more balanced and grows somewhat smoother.

M-Very nice. A bit thick, with a nice smooth fullness from the carbonation.

D-Very good. I could drink a few of these.

plastik, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of JayQue
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

Good solid American Porter. Pours a dense, dark color, no light gets through, no highlights. Dark tan head, medium size, fades quickly to a ring around the glass.

Fairly average smell of roasted malts and dark chocolate.

Taste is full and inviting with roasted malts, dark chocolate, a little coffee and a little bitterness in the finish. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel seems a bit thin at first but the more you drink, the less obvious this seems as the tongue gets coated.

Drinkability is good. If you like Porters, it's all there. Another good beer from Founders.

JayQue, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of Gtreid
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Deep, dark, brown. When backlit a slight reddish hue comes through. The pour produces about one finger of wet sand colored head that receeds quickly, and leaves minimal, spotty, lace.

A: Dark chocolate malts, some small coffee, dried fruit, and vanilla. I get a very nice earthiness from the grassy hops.

T: Again I get dark chocolate, sour dried fruit, earthy hops, biscuit and dark malts. The beer finishes dry with absolutley no hint of alcohol.

M: Light to Medium body and a good amount of carbonation. Almost too thin for a Porter IMO.

D and overall impression: This gets some pretty high marks on drinkability, due to the low ABV and the thinness of the mouthfeel. Overall a very solid Porter from Founders, these guys continue to impress. Skal.

Gtreid, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of mjl21
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

Acquired via trade...thanks Josh! 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled date on the neck of the bottle is 1/20/09. Comes in at 6.5% and 45 IBUs.

A-Pours a dark brown with a minor red hue when it is angled in the light. Has a minimal sandy head that fades quickly. There is visible sediment suspended in the glass.

S-Smells of dark malts. Lots of roasted malt, chocolate, and a little bit of coffee as it warms. There is also some vanilla as it warms.

T-It has a really nice chocolate taste upfront. It gets roasty in the middle. The finish tastes a lot like coffee that has gone cold from sitting on an unliut burner. There is some residual sweetness after it has gone down. The hops are noticeable, but it is a very clean level of bitterness that integrates well with the malt.

M-It falls on the higher end of the medium spectrum. Very smooth with good carbonation.

D-Went down very easily. Could knock back a few.

A great porter from Founders. Nothing too crazy going on, just nice use of dark malts.

mjl21, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass...

A: Very dark brown, almost black, with a thin tan head that sits gracefully on top. Very fine carbonation.

S: Roated malt is dominant, with hints of coffee and chocolate. The nose also expresses an earthy quality I haven't experienced in many porters.

T: Nice roasty malt flavors, with hints of toast, chocolate, and earth. A pleasant hop bitterness finishes it off.

M: Full bodied and viscous, with a silky texture.

D: Very smooth. Another excellent example of this style.

WYVYRN527, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of dtivp
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

My son gave me this nice porter to try. It poured a little syrupy into a pint glass a very dark brown with a very small short lasting brown head.

Very strong aroma of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.

A nice taste of dark chocolate and coffee. Very smooth with a medium to heavy body.

This is a very enjoyable porter to drink, I wish there was another one in the frig to drink. Definitely on my buy list.

dtivp, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of jdskinns
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

Had this one in a bottle. Poured a dark brown/black color with no light coming through and a brown head. Smelled and tasted of heavy roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Kind of a thick mouthfeel but very pleasant. This beer has definitely got me re-trying a lot of porters right now.

jdskinns, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of drtth
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%

Lightly chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a dark brown and is almost black in the glass with no light getting through. The creamy brown head recedes quickly to a small ring of foam with a few irregular patches on the surface of the liquid. Sipping initially eaves a small ring of foam with some legs trailing down that become small patches of lacing that cling to the side of the glass. Later on there is still minimal patchy lacing.

Smell: While the aroma has a faint floral character the dominant parts of it are coffee, sweet dark chocolate and dark toffee from the roasted malts.

Taste: The flavor is full and combines sweet chocolate, coffee and bitter dark roasted malt with some unsweetened dark chocolate. There is some sweetness but it never dominates the character of the flavor. It just seems to modulate the bitterness so that it is not too intense.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth. There is minimal carbonation. By the end of the beer the carbonation only shows as a light soft prickly sensation. The finish is long and is mostly the bitter of the dark roasted malt turning dry and fading away, but it seems to go on a bit too long and have a faint burnt character to it.

Drinkability: This is reasonably drinkable and I could easily have a second but I'd probably not because of the intensity of the flavors. This is one I could return and return to again sometime but there are one or two on my list that are as good as or just a bit higher on my list.

drtth, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of yourefragile
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a syrupy, almost black opaque liquid with a thick, retentive coffee colored head that leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma is very rich, dark chocolate, roast malt, coffee, etc. Body is light, but syrupy, with a high amount of carbonation and similar flavors as aroma, dark chocolate, light coffee, roasted malt and a strong hop presence in the finish. Compares very well to Edmund Fitzgerald, one of my favorites porters and offerings from Founders.

yourefragile, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of mdwalsh
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%

A: Dark, full bodied looking head. A solid brown color with largish bubbles. 3+ fingers. Can't see any active carb because the beer itself is so dark. Can't really see through, but it has some dark reddish brown in a very few thin spots around the edge. No lacing.

S: Dark fruit, burnt sugar maybe. Some roastyness. No hops. Not very strong overall, but that doesn't bother me because I'm not a big fan of the smell. Too coffee like for something that doesn't claim to be a coffee beer.

T: Similar to the smell, but more mild and yet more present. Less roasted, more dark fruit. Some sweetness. It gets better as I drink more.

M: a little fizzy, but generally smooth

D: Great if you like the taste, ok if not.

mdwalsh, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of kegger22
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

I am very happy with Founders porter. I had sampled Bell's porter earlier today and Great Lakes Eddie Fitz two days ago, the Founders was easily the best. Nice and creamy. The head was nothing special. Chocolate and coffee taste with the coffee lingering on the tongue after the swallow. This is what a porter should be. The second Founders effort that has not disappointed (Breakfast Stout), can hardly wait to try another one.

kegger22, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of hike20
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours black with a very thin tan head the disappears really quick. Aroma is coffee and vanilla with a little earthiness. Wow, the flavor is very intense and well balanced. Very enjoyable. I get coffee, a bit of chocolate, a touch of smoke, with a citrus and a little bitter in the finish. I agree with others that this is more like a top notch stout than most porters I've had, but definitely enjoyable in it's own right.

hike20, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of merlin48
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%

Bottle pours thicker and darker than many stouts. Small khaki head diminishes into some curtains of lace.

Aroma is bold and heady. Cocoa, scalded coffee, nuttiness, toasted caramel, vanilla, and dark chocolate vie for attention here. A trace of dark fruits underneath.

Mouthfeel is on the thick side of medium. Plenty of creaminess. Soft carbonation adds a layer of velvet.

Taste is bitter and roasty. Roasted Kenya coffee beans, cocoa, dark chocolate, and some roasted almond nuttiness. Hints of earthy and citrusy hops underneath. Dark fruits, mostly figs, add even more complexity. Just a touch of alcohol is noticed, but it feels appropriate here. Bitter roasty finish that lingers.

This is a very impressive porter.

merlin48, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of ckeegan04
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

ckeegan04, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of MBABJJ
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

MBABJJ, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of meich75
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

meich75, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of mwilbur
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

mwilbur, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of SPRichard
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

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

SPRichard, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of ThaBobfather
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

ThaBobfather, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%

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

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

ArrogantDeadGuy, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of kdoc8
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%

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!

kdoc8, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

indiapaleale, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of zdk9
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

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!

zdk9, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of thirtysixbelow
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

thirtysixbelow, Jun 26, 2009
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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