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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,424 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,424
Reviews: 1,332
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 255
Gots: 558 | 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 tempest
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%

Picked up a single at Abe's Cold Beer. This is a heck of a porter, reminds me of a slightly drier Anchor Porter (which I also love). This beer just blasts dry, dark, rich chocolate, with a coffee roast edge to it. There's a cocoa liquor accent in the background, along with a undercurrent of dark bread and whole grain crust. There's nothing small about this porter, though that holds back the drinkability of the brew. As much as I dig this beer, I probably couldn't drink more than a few in one session. Still, go find this beer and drink it.

tempest, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of kirok1999
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%

Pours a very dark black with almost no head and just the slightest bit of wispy head.
Smells of dark burned malts, lots of coffee with a good mix of chocolate.
Nice rich malt character, dark and roasty especially in the finish. Nice mild chocolate character along with a nice amount of bitterness in the finish.
Rich and lush with a decent amount of carbonation. Very drinkable.

kirok1999, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of hosehead83
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured into pint glass

Very dark with quarter inch head- very little lacing

Aroma of dark chocolate and coffee

Taste-Coffee,charcoal and smoke
Full-bodied, smooth and drinkable,subtle burnt hops and notes of charred meat and charcoal.
a Guinness-like dry finish.

Overall, smooth and complex, would be excellent with smoked meats or BBQ. A must for Porter/Stout lovers!

hosehead83, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of DrewOSU
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%

A: Pours a coffee brown, with a brownish, grayish ½ inch head. Watery, carbonated, lacing on the side of the glass on initial pour.

S: Roasted malt and coffee nose. Nose is not overwhelming, but fair.

M/T: Medium, syrupy body that slides down the tongue. Roasted malt hit, followed by a carbonated sting and coffee flavors. Finishes earthy and malty, that takes over the whole tongue. Fairly balanced.

D: With a very high APV and a thick malty aftertaste, this beer is not session able, however the alcohol base is barely noticeable. Solid drinker.

DrewOSU, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of beerorRIP
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

poured from the bottle with that old-school victoria woman on it to frosted pint glass:

looks nearly black, very very dark brown. the head that rises is also brown and dark, with somewhat larger bubbles that dissipate quickly. a ring of head hangs around the edges. no lacing noticed.

smells like a touch of coffee, then rich chocolates, and some roasty-ness. if it smells like this, the taste must be nice. mmmm....

the taste is nice. rich and flavorful. the roasty-ness is there for sure, with the rich chocolate flavor and only a touch of coffee. a some bitterness is there for sure, but only for balance. robust. i like.

the mouthfeel is nice. there is some carbonation dancing on the tongue but not a whole lot. which leads to a somewhat creamy and slightly thick feeling. a fuller body than some other ones for sure.

easy drinking here. i could probably polish off more than a few of these without struggle... but there's other beers so no need...

beerorRIP, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of Greggy
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%

A- Pours a pitch black color with 1 finger tan head that recedes into a small cap with minimal lacing after a minute or two.

S- Chocolate, coffee, green apple (odd?) and some cream

T- Starts out with an almost boozy character, with bits of caramel, chocolate, hints of dark fruits. The finish is mostly some deep caramel notes although dry.

M- Low carbonation. nice feel for a beer of this ABV

D- Overall, kind of a dissapointing offering. I expected quite a bit more from founders.

Greggy, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of BeerTruth
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Got this one from the dipshit known as younger35, you're a moron.

12 oz. stubby bottle poured into a nonic. Bottled 1/20/09.

Pours a dark cola black with minimal deep ruby highlights and a multi-brown colored one finger head. A fair amount of random lacing grips the sides of the glass. Smell consists of rich dark chocolate, coffee grinds, and musty hops. Peanuts with a bit of smokiness as well, but the aroma is mostly sweet with the cocoa goodness. Taste starts off with a nice balance of bitter roasted grains and sweet chocolate. Midway some brown sugar and caramel malts emerge with a good earthy hop backbone. Espresso lingers in the aftertaste with more of that bitterness that lasts and lasts. Medium body with a creamy, but prickly feel to it with a medium carbonation as well. For the amount of flavors this baby packs in, I love that it's only 5.1% abv. One of the better porters I've had for sure.

BeerTruth, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of trbergman
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a dark coffee color with a thin, barely-there tan lace of a head.

S - Aromas of espresso and dark chocolate.

T - Strong mocha flavor. Rich coffee with notes of chocolate. Hints of fresh berry fruits linger in the background. Moderate levels of bitterness cut through the malt from the beginning and last through the long, balanced finish. Little detectable hop flavor.

M - A bit chewier than an iced coffee, but similar.

D - This is just a solid, no-frills porter. Interesting without being overly complex, this would be a great session beer if it shaved off a point or so of alcohol.

trbergman, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of neenerzig
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass. This beer is a very dark brown, almost black color. Tan head about an inch thick when poured, settles quickly to a nice surface coating and tan ring lining the inside of the glass. Good lacing. Has a roasted malty, coffee and chocolate aroma with hints of vanilla. Very strong bitter, black coffee taste upfront, followed by roasted malt and sweeter chocolate and malt notes, capped off with a bit of vanilla. Despite the very bitter coffee flavor, I didn't detect much of a hop flavor. Has a crisp, frothy, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink in the was well brewed beer ought to be. A winner here indeed!


neenerzig, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.25/5  rDev 0%

On draft at Founders. Pours a very dark brown for a porter. Smell is chocolate and roast. Creamy and full in the mouth. This is a real easy drinker. Nice and sessionable, you don't tire from drinking this one. Just like the Imperial stout, when are the bottles coming?!

Edit: The bottles are out and just as good as the draft. Very happy to see this beer return to bottling.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of MaduroMike
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

A- Thick, oily black. Thin beige head. Fantastic lacing down the glass.

S- A nose full of chocolate, nuts, vanilla, and toffee. Not to mention all that dark roasted malt.

T- Roasted malts roll across the tongue accompanied by chocolate toffee and vanilla. Finished off by bitter espresso and a touch of alcohol on top.

M- Smooth, heavy, decently carbonated.

D- Tasty. Very enjoyable! The combination of the roastyness and the alcohol make this a great beer for a cold windy day. Could see my self drinking this again.

Side note: Bottle states that it is 6.5 ABV.

MaduroMike, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of mjryan
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

Stars should be afraid of this beer, as Im sure if they get to close they will be sucked into its black void. Inky black, with a nice dark tan head that retains beutifully. Aroma is of dark chocolate and woody hops hops. Bitter, chalky bakers chocolate up front with a smooth sweetness in the middle. Finishes with a smooth roast and firm bitterness. Slight earthy hop flavour as well. Medium bodied and very smooth. Big on the chocolate flavour and very smooth. Another stellar Founders beer that I wish I didnt have to drive an hour round trip to get.

mjryan, Feb 23, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

Appearance: It pours a dark chocolate fudge color. It's opaque and nearly black. A very nice dark mocha colored cap sits atop. It's only about a finger deep and it receded pretty quickly. A light sticky coat of lace clung to the glass.

Smell: The nose is nice, but a little underpowered initially. I'm hoping it opens up more as it warms. Edit: No such luck. It is a tad weak. It does feature an excellent chocolate and roasted malt aroma. The roasted variety seems a little stronger, but there's plenty of chocolate to go around. There's a very nice, slightly smoked smell to it that carries the day. It's a wonderful addition. There's some light roasted coffee notes. On the tail, there's a slightly yeasty scent. No alcohol is noted.

Taste: It's chocolaty and sweet up front. Roasted malts kick in and give it a very well rounded, malty flavor. It really gives it an excellent backbone. It's tougher to tell here which of the malts is predominant. I actually can't tell. Suffice it to say, it has a damn fine malty flavor. Light roasted coffee and smoky notes add depth. The smoky flavor really gives it some character and does much for the flavor. It's a tad yeasty. Apparently, there's a nice little infusion of hops giving it a little bit of buzz toward the end. No alcohol is noted.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and very smooth. Carbonation is light and restrained giving it a creamy feel. Very impressive. Drinkability is very high. It's got an excellent and deep flavor. At 5.6%, its abv is modest and lends itself to high drinkability.

Founders Porter is excellent beer. I had high hopes, but they've actually been exceeded. The only small flaw is that the nose is a little weak. Other than that, it's a very nice, well rounded Porter that impresses on all other fronts. Very nice addition to Founders regular lineup. Easily recommended.

prototypic, Feb 23, 2009
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4.45/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DT tulip.

A: Pours a dense, anthracite coal black. No lighter shades of brown or ruby at the edges. This is pure black. Capping this is a creamy, one-finger, mocha colored layer of foam that sports excellent retention and leaves some gorgeous looking layers of lace in the glass.

S: Immediately as the cap left the bottle I had to take a sniff. Layer upon layer of dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roast coffee, milk chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, chocolate covered cherry, heavily blackened malt, and a hint of citrus hops.

T: My tongue was assaulted with a heavenly combination of bakers chocolate, flourless chocolate cake, dark chocolate drenched cherry, french press dark roast coffee, blackened malt, cocoa, black pepper, tangy dark fruit, milk chocolate, fudge brownies, citrus-y hops, and vanilla.

M: Prickly and peppery from beginning to end with a slick oiliness that plastered itself to my palate. Elements of sweet, bittersweet, tangy, roasty, dry/chalky, and hoppy.

D: I'd forgotten how great this beer was! This was a regular in the Killers' beer closet, way back when, and was sorely missed when it became brewpub only. Welcome back Founder's Porter, maybe Black Rye can come out to play again?

GbVDave, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours jet black with a dense, one finger brown head. Head gradually turns rocky and pitted, eventually settling into a nice creamy cap after a long time. Solid brown walls of lacing - this is how a porter is supposed to look.

Nose is light espresso mixed with some delicious hot chocolate action going on.

Espresso up front, a bit of roasty acidity along with a light hop bitterness, with some nice cocoa emerging around mid palate, surrounded by an expanding, roasty, coffee presence. Licorice makes its presence known as well. Interesting and complex - the light roasty acidity seems to accompany every aspect of the taste, wrapping itself around and moving between the other flavors. Maybe a bit too much. Still, nicely done.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, very softly carbonated, gets a bit watery as it warms, which is a disappointment. Lighter body than expected (and preferred) as a result. Wateriness means the drinkability score suffers a bit too.

JohnQVegas, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of BigIrishman
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Had on tap at Porter's in Easton, PA

Poured into a pint glass. Very dark with little head, although you can clearly see some lively carbonation. Smell is fabulous, there is so much there, it's malty/sweet/bready/etc. Taste is a bit more subdued, but still very reminiscent of the smell. Mouthfeel is very heavy, very nice. I could easily down a few of these in a row and that incredible aroma and great taste would be awesome.

Overall a great representation of what I think of as being one of the toughest styles to pin down to a specific flavor.

BigIrishman, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of jdg204
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

Breakfast Stout was my first Founders experience and it was was incredible! So I had to give this brew a shot when I saw it at my fav local bar, Porters Pub in Easton.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts.

T: The taste is very malty with roasted flavors of black coffee and chocolate. There's just the right amount of sweetness/ robustness and a mild but complimentary hops presence. The after-taste is a nice balance of roasted and sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very enjoyable, Founders has another winner which seems to get lost in the mix of their legendary Stouts. I've yet to have a bad Founders yet, at this point they're a must try when I see them on tap. This is excellent and worth going a bit out of your way to try.

jdg204, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of rayjay
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%

Part of my black booty bif from csmiley. 6.5% abv on the label.

Holy lacing, this foam is in for the long haul. It stays hot chocolate brown too. Very hazy black beer with creamy yeast floaters.

Dusty and roasty, how I like my porters. Could be an English stout too.

Deep sweet roasted flavors and a firm touch of noble bitterness. Silky mouthfeel, with a big sticky malt body. Would be great on cask. Acidity isn't a problem. Long fallout, with equal bitterness matched by both the hops and roasted grain. Lots of carmel malt.

Not much else too say except it's a simple but well-made beer, which makes it eminently drinkable. More please! Cheers!

rayjay, Feb 21, 2009
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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%

Starts off with a great aroma of roasted taffey, if there is such a thing. My girlfriend says caramel. Head is thick and brown, good retention. Silky mouth feel, sticks to the roof of the mouth like again, some kind of candy. Washes quickly over the palate and finishes clean, very clean for a porter. Simply a roasty treat. I usually catergorize beers as to what I would be doing or where I would be while drinking them: the Founders Porter definitely up there with a hockey-match on the tube while it's 15degrees outside. Kind of like right now. Cheers.
Oh, and the label on my bottle says it's 6.5percent???

possumfollower2, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of Bighuge
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

Black body. Thick, dense cap of dark brown froth. Lace covers the glass completely as I drink. Nice aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. A little chalk in there as well. This is a bold tasting porter, that's for sure. Some greasy and smoky char like notes accent the richly roasted malt character. I really like the oily anise like flavor in this porter. Really gives it some character. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Quite easy to drink, as it should be, and very flavorful.

Bighuge, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of BirdFlu
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%

Love the founders.. the label of this says it all..
Smells very raosty with hints of toffee, chocolate, some bread (a bit burnt), and an alcohol presence.. smells best right when opened in the bottle..
Looks like an imperial stout (and smells it too), Dark brown to black with nice brownish head, lacing clings all over..
Tastes of burnt bread, very roasty. A bit smokey. Very stout-ish. some chocolate and a good amount of bitter.
Mouth is moderate, has a burnt bread aftertaste and a slight bit of dark fruitiness after the swallow. Like a sparkling wine or something.
Very good overall.. Very dark and stout-like for a porter, its basically on the wall between stout and porter.. Full bodies, warm and crisp.

BirdFlu, Feb 20, 2009
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4.53/5  rDev +6.6%

Finally back in bottles! Pours into my glass a deep dark charcoal with a half inch of rich tan head on top that leaves some spotty lacing behind. Aromas of dense roasted malt accompanied by luscious dark chocolate and coffee. Almost like chocolate cake with a slight undertone of dark fruits and anise. Rich and robust, draws you in.

First sip brings dark roasted malts upfront with a tad bit of sweetness, quickly followed up by bitter dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Dark fruits and anise mingle with a caramel undertone. Slight burnt note on the way down with a touch of hops. Great aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is spot on. Not too heavy and not too light with the perfect creamy smoothness that makes it go down so easy. This is just a great drinking porter and one I could easily session at any time. I think this will make my list of beers to keep on hand for daily drinking. Well worth seeking out for fans of porters.

orbitalr0x, Feb 20, 2009
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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

Body pours black as anything with a half inch, very creamy looking tan head. Reduces into a wispy cap. Some lacing. Looks a little less than average, by Founder's standards.

Smell is nice - dark malts everywhere. Roasted coffee, melted dark chocolate. Even little hints of vanilla are here and there. A tiny bit of yeast also.

Tastes of burnt coffee, roasted malts and dark, dark chocolate. A yeasty, earthy hop finish backs this all up. Aftertaste is a nice blend of everything - bittersweet goodness. Everything is so perfectly balanced it's great.

Mouthfeel is nearly full-bodied and creamy as anything. Smooth, but the carbonation is lacking in the tiniest bit, in my opinion. Still, this is very drinkable. The bittersweet aftertaste is great and all of the elements of this brew are blended together in damn near perfection.

TMB0424, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of younger35
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

Picked up a few of these from Sam's in Highland Park. I've been searching for this brew since I heard it hit Chicago and apparently not much of it made it. Drank from my Darkness snifter.

Appearance- Pours black as night with a decent enough dark tan head that is soft and creamy. A spotty cap and thin collar remain leaving some webby like lacing.
Smell- Super roasted and chocolaty. Dark bittersweet chocolates are lightly bitter and dusty smelling. Hints of coffee and toffee are light but noticeable. A bit of smoke shows as it warms and opens up. As I prod around a bit I do get slight hints of citric hops.
Taste- Full of deep dark bittersweet chocolate, like I just took a big bite of one of those small chocolate bars you make brownies with. Super roasted and malty with a lingering heavily kilned coffee flavor. Light bits of caramel and vanilla make a quick appearance as well. The roast and bitter chocolate linger and linger along with a small twang of alcohol.
Mouthfeel- light to medium body with a sorta creamy AND grainy feel with the gentlest of warming.
Drinkability- Definitely the best non-smoked/barrel aged Porter I've had. The closer this bad boy gets to room temperature the more decadent and tasty it gets. It's thick and rich and something I didn't realize a straight Porter could be. Really great stuff!

younger35, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of oberon
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

Always good to get my hands on new stuff from my home state.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep near black dark brown with some ruby highlights thruought,a thinner but well sustained mocha colored head atop.A mix of earth,roasted nut,and dark chocolate in the nose with lingering fruit.Alot of complexity and nuance on the palate,starting out with some sweeter chocolate and dark fruit melding into big earth and some rawness in the finish with a bit of espresso roast coffee.Wow for a "standard" porter this is hella top notch,awesome.

oberon, Feb 18, 2009
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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