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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,593 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,593
Reviews: 1,342
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 268
Gots: 625 | 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 Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewer 3 months ago. Pours jet black with lots of brown foam in head, that leaves a spider lace trail. Aroma of roasted malts, and a hint of mollasses. As we drink through the pint, chocolate malts are noticed in aroma as well as taste. Drying in middle, a bit like an Irish dry stout. Carbonation is right there, and refreshing. Anise and chocolate in residual, along with roasted barley "coffee grounds".Great porter.Average mouthfeel, smooth drinking.

Sammy, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of alkemy
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours like motor oil after about 10,000 miles. It's not black, but it might as well be. No light getting through this one. Thin head, but an interesting dark tan/burnt orange color. Chocolate, burnt caramel, and faint coffee and roasted nuts in the smell. Strong roasted malt and chocolate taste. You also get a decent amount of hoppy bitterness. Pretty sweet finish, and that roasted nuttiness lingers after the swallow. The feel is smoother than velvet. It's good...it's real good.

alkemy, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of RedHaze
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours a deep dark brown, nearly black. The head peaks around one and a half fingers tall, then fades slowly to a thin spotty cap. Lacing is thin, but sticks decently.

Smell; dark roasted malts, coffee and a faint hit of molasses. A surprising amount of hops come through in the aroma, but it's of the earthy/floral variety. They actually work really well with the roast malt and coffee.

Taste; rich chocolate malts, slight touch of char, coffee beans all hit you right at once, then the earthy hops come out and play. It's all topped of with a little sweet molasses that's just enough to keep this from being overly roasty and bitter.

Mouthfeel/drinkability; as with all Founders beers, it seems, this has a really nice smooth texture in the mouth, which just seems to increase the drinkability. Very nice.

RedHaze, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of morimech
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark black color with a half inch of tan head that goes away quickly. Spotty lacing is left on the glass. I blame the glass I used as the poor effort of this beer. Previously I had poured one of these in a Sam Adams glass and it developed a very nice head. The aroma is what all American Porters should strive for. Cocoa, coffee, dark malt, a touch of smoke, and an American twist, some citrus hops. The flavor is likewise impressive. A lot of malt flavor and smoke with just a touch of citrus. The hops never overcome the malt but it is noted. Bitterness is also fairly high. The body is robust and filling. Carbonation is well suited to this beer. Nice soft, creamy texture. I think this is one of Founders best beers. I would take one of these over a FBS.

morimech, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of turamarth
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served into my Tremens glass!

Appearance: The body of this porter is black as night. And, it devours any light that would even think about passing through the void. However, this beer has NO head. Even with a vigorous pour, only small, copper colored bubbles decided to join the party. Disappointing.

Nose: Malty, malty, and yep....malty! Typical chocolate malt notes mixed with some of the classic roasty notes are here in my nose! Though there is a nice twing of some hop brightness.

Taste: If it looks like a porter, and smells like a porter, and tastes like a porter...yes...by god its a porter! Again, the typical chocolate maltiness mixed with some good toasty and coffee notes. There is a nice amount of hopping, nobles or hallertau? Pretty tasty.

Mouth: First thing is a pretty bright carbonation. Coats the mouth nicely, but isn't terribly thick and uncomfortable.

Drink: Not a session due to the slightly higher abv, but still pretty drinkable.

Overall: A pretty typical porter in my opinion, I've had better, I've had worse. Cheers!

turamarth, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of fightingwords
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-- DARK black coffee color with a muddy two finger head. a massive appearence. good lacing, and a gentle spin of the glass kept the head strong.

S--impressive fresh roasted coffee and dark chocolate nose. some earthy hops show up as the beer mellows towards ambient temps. Complex and complete.

T-- dessert sweet chocolate with a balace of toasty malts. slight caramel flavors and a dirty hop character keep the beer interesting

M-- smooth, rich, medium to heavy bodied.

D-- for a complex beer it drinks okay. A thinking mans porter that I probably would put on repeat in the same session.

Great porter, but almost a bit too sultry. I love the big flavors and attitude, it's packed with both. I prefer my porters a little more subdued and session friendly, but even so this is a must try.

fightingwords, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of cthulu81
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Goodness me. Rich, Dark and Sexy indeed. Thanks for making further review reading obsolete you crazy-talented dudes at Founders. By that I don't mean others who post should not be read, I just mean that tthe rest of my review can simply be boiled down to...Rich, Dark and Sexy. Here is what I can add. Is it possible to liquify charcoal briquettes? If so, it looks like this porter pours. Not only is is truly black, even when held to the light, it seems to intimidate the rest of the illumination in the room. I think my screen just dimmed a bit. A rich mocha head crowns the glass. Aroma is redolent of roast, dry cocoa, hints of hazelnut, kahlua, earthy hops and a faint, faint hint of alcohol. Yeah, this is going to get good. Flavors mirror what the nostrils anticipated with coating dark malts, whisps of smoke, deep bittersweet chocolate, black coffee and simple deliciousness. This puppy finishes dry and roasty with a lightly lingering, taunting residual temptation to continue drinking it all night long. Forget Double Trouble, Devil Dancer and Breakfast Stout (all freakin' amazing too), why isn't Founder's better know for this year-round powerhouse?

cthulu81, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of smallbatchbrewer
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Founders is changing my life one batch at a time. They are becoming the new all around favorite in the sessions I have here.
A- Deep coffee color with chocolate milk colored head that has nice body but dissipates quickly

S- Nutty coffee breakfast in a bottle

T- Matches the smell to a tee. Also has a malty oak finish. Not too sweet, not too dry. I might have to get a 6er for just yours truly

M- Above average but not stellar. A little puckering from its bitterness.

D- Again, above average, a little dark for my usual session taste buds but like I said earlier, founders is proving to expand my pallet exponentially so I could give it a go

smallbatchbrewer, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of pwoods
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. stubby brown bottle poured into an imperial pint. Notes.

A: Pours darker than your average porter. About a finger and a half of dense, deep mocha head. Good retention and nice lacing.

S: Good sweetness, loads of chocolate and some cocoa powder. Light roastiness with a bit of dry chalkiness.

T/M: Pleasant sweetness from the milky chocolate and cocoa powder. The powdery side adds a bit to the dryness. Roastness is light and spot on. A touch of char or soot in the finish adds some depth. Body is medium full and creamy.

D: Smooth and drinkable. Very different from Eddy Fitz but damn near as good.

pwoods, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of BigAl723
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor.

A: Dark and brown. Like a muddy road after it's been raining all afternoon. Great looking wispy white/tan head. About an inch thick.

S: Smokey BBQ, campfire, dark malts, java, and cocoa too. Overall, an outstanding smelling porter from an outstanding brewery.

T: This is where this beer really shines. Dark roasted malts really come through and the thick texture of this beer coats your mouth from top to bottom. Towards the end a nice coffee/cocoa taste seems to burst through leaving a more than pleasant taste on the tip of your tongue.

M: Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. In all honesty, I wouldn't change a thing about this mouthfeel. It seems real close to perfect.

D: Great drinkability. At 6.5% ABV it's, again, perfect.

Overall, I took out an Unearthy and a Plead the 5th Impy Stout at the bar and I knew I needed something to calm the storm if I was going to make it through the night. I found Founders Porter to be the remedy.

BigAl723, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown, blackish body that had a one-finger tan head and left a lace ring. Classic smell of roasted and sweet malts, more on the sweet side w/ some caramel and chocolate with very minor hops. Textbook porter that hits the spot; medium-body, smooth, creamy, passes over the tongue with a great sweetness of chocolate and caramel and then having a bready, coffeeish finish that is drying and thick. Little bit sticky as well. Could drink this porter any time as it is one of the best.

clayrock81, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of billyzoom666
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Here's my first of my first set of reviews! Let me know how to improve!

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

I used a fast pouring technique, but the head remainged small and it disipated quickly.

It's a pitch black porter. I held it up to my kitchen light and absolutely no light was penetrating it.

It has a nice smokey smell, reminds me of old homes (in a good way). A hint of dark chocolate mixes with it.

The initial taste is almost woodsey and that slightly earthen taste mixes well with the scent. It's a treat for the senses. It's not a "filling" porter, but it's a great sipping beer.

Possibly, in part, due to the lower alcohol content of this porter, it has a pretty high drinkability. This is my "go to" porter, my favorite style as a craft beer newbie, and I always make sure I grab a bottle or two when I hit the craft beer store.

billyzoom666, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Raven's eye black with the slightest glimmer of sepia along the edges. Thanks to a barely audible escape of CO2 on crown cracking, the beer received a high-altitude pour. The end result was two fingers of dark caramel colored foam that is some kind of creamy. Nice lace too.

The label includes the tagline 'Dark, Rich & Sexy', which pretty much describes the aroma. It smells like there's a generous amount of black and/or roasted malt in here... and quite a few hops as well. 45 IBUs is pretty impressive for an American porter (if you're a hophead).

Founders never ever skimps on flavor. Porter is full to bursting with porterishness, which makes all the difference when compared with most other craft versions of the style. We aren't talking Edmund Fitzgerald good, but this is damn tasty beer that has the malt-hop yin-yang thing working like a dream.

What a tasty treat! These guys should seriously think about kicking up ingredients and the ABV. Then again, they have such an outstanding array of big-ass stouts that this offering is perfectly situated in the lineup. Never mind.

The flavor profile includes dark chocolate, dark caramel, a splash of black coffee and a big shot of grapefruit juice, courtesy of what must be a generous amount of Centennial hops (or something similar). Warming doesn't broaden, but it does deepen.

The mouthfeel falls *just* short of the next highest score. A fraction more silky creaminess would have gotten it there with no trouble at all. It's improving over time, but the beer is disappearing so fast that time is running out. Quickly.

Choosing between Bell's and Founders as the best brewery in Michigan is an impossible task for me. Having said that, Founders Porter puts quite a bit of ballast on the Grand Rapids end of route 131. Next time I'll go for the sixer, not just the single.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of dfillius
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of dark brownish tan head with poor retention. Opaque dark brown liquid. Slightly more head please.
S: Tangy, rich malt, cocoa. A bit one-dimensional, not strong.
T: Bitter roastiness with a sweetness that balances that well. More bitter chocolate flavors than coffee ones. Some dry red wine or raisin flavor. Earthy/peaty notes. Quite tasty.
M: Slightly warm, syrupy, but overall a bit dry from the bitterness. Chewy, pleasant and complex. It seemed phlegm inducing (which was a negative), what is that from? Was lactose used in the brewing?
D: Very nice. I'd buy a sixer of this and maybe order a second. It's probably not a session ale though.

dfillius, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of jkrich
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a stamped bottled on date on bottle.

Opaque black with a creamy, sustained tan head.

Spicy, wine-like with semi-sweet aromas; almost a pungent smell in a positive way.

Roasted, slightly bitter chocolate flavor followed by tangy sweetness.

Medium bodied and mildly carbonated with a silky, smooth mouthfeel. The bitter sweet chocolate lingers on the palatte.

A very flavorful and robust porter, yet very drinkable. Another quality product from Founders Brewing Co. More complex and slightly less quaffable than my favorite porter from Sierra Nevada.

jkrich, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of OlRasputin989
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into New Belgium snifter...

A: a pitch black brew with a light brown head. pours a decent head and leaves small amounts of lacing

S: dark chocolate covered cherries and coffee

T: cocoa, dark chocolate, cherry finishes with roasted nuts, citrus, coffee and dusty cocoa

M: a full bodied beer with a silky smooth entry. finishes dry

Overall, Founders Porter is "dark, rich, and sexy". A dark, very roasted brew that also delivers a refreshing fruitiness. However, The full-body of the brew lessens the drinkability.

OlRasputin989, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of Rbehrens
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- The appearance of this is a wonderful dark brown color with a bit of red. It poured into my glass with a one finger head.

S- A pleasing coffee aroma was present with a bit of cocoa.

T - It starts with a very pleasing taste of what an american porter should be, malts with both coffee and chocolate. It disappoints with no lesser notes and a weak finish.

M - Good, but not very smooth.

D - This is drinkable beer.

A pleasant porter overall.

Rbehrens, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of UDbeernut
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle pored into a pint glass

a: deep brown color, slight ruby edges. Off white 1/2" head with nice retention

s: roasted malt, slight semi-sweet chocolate

t: rich complex flavor of roasted malt, caramelized malt, and chocolate malt. slight bitterness to keep it all balanced. excellent

m&d: slightly creamy mouth, does finish slightly dry. Excellent drinkability.

Cheers!!!

UDbeernut, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks like a stout, with an obsidian colored liquid topped by a creamy beige head that sticks and laces

Smell: Rich and roasty, with an espresso character and a smokey element

Taste: Burnt bread and chocolate, up front, with a dart in the direction of espresso and pithy bitterness by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors blend together but the finish is decidedly hoppy, though a touch of roast lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Rich, full-bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Really pushes the line on what I would call a porter, but I really like it

brentk56, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of washburnkid
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black and brown edges, with a small head that struggled to form and struggled even more to retain. Aromas are dominantly chocolate, as are the flavors. On the palate, I also get really strong espresso and a nice bitterness that hangs about. The mouthfeel reminds me of an imperial stout, thick and viscous. This beer would be a nice one for a dessert pairing!

washburnkid, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of Traquairlover
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Deep mahogany with ruby red tint when held up to light, with very small tan head that quickly resolves into a mere ring of bubbling around the edge of the glass.

S & T = A very coffee smelling porter, like a coffee with cream and sugar topped off with a chocolate frosted donut. Good bitterness shows up in the mid-palate and continues into the finish to keep this from being too sweet.

M = Medium body, good mouthcoating, clear strong carbonation present but in a tickling way, not in a biting way.

D = This is really a fine porter that I just love to drink. Great drinkability. I just wish the ABV were a little lower to enjoy more of them.

Traquairlover, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of brownbeer
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Looks nice, black with a frothy brown head.

S- Mild nose overall. Mild coffee, chocolate, toast. I really had to try to pick things out of this one. Nice, but mild.

T- Some richness to the palate, the flavors meld together really well. Licorice, faint chocolate and smoke.

M&D- This is where the beer shined for me. Full bodied, yet silky smooth.

brownbeer, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of msubulldog25
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nothing cute nor fancy about the name ('Porter'), but a classy-looking label nonetheless. I honestly don't recall who handed this one over, but suffice to say it was one of a short list of OH/MI-residing BAs I've met since spring; this 12 oz. twist-capped bottle has stayed in the fridge since the day it arrived; poured to pint glass tonight.

A: A deep ebony, but without over-scrutinizing we'll call it 'black'. Topped with a finger of creamy tan, short-lived retention before reducing to a dimpled film. Good lace, clinging in broken sheets.

S: Oh, baby! Excellent aroma, a deep fudgy-chocolate. Vanilla-laced coffee, ample nutty roast.

T: If you know the wonders of coffee from a french press, then you understand the essence of this beer: silky chocolate, burnished java beans, sugars and light spices co-mingling. Just when a borderline 'too-sweet' sweetness builds, a balancing backlash of bittering roast ropes it back in. With each sip, this interplays beautifully. Toyed with a '5' here, one of the best-flavored porters I've ever encountered.

M: Velvety-smooth creaminess, a bit low on carbonation (may be a result of extra months of age - date unknown). The silky texture means more bitter chocolate coating is held on the cheeks and tongue...the aftertaste lasts an eternity.

D: Founders knocks another robust ale outta the park! After multiple tries of their venerated Breakfast Stout(s) and Imperial Stout, this Porter is in the same league. Big flavor, terrific aroma, decent drinkability ABV-wise (6.5%) and impossible to get on the West Coast without benefit of the trading community - all equate to a highly drinkable beer that's undeniably worth seeking. To call it 'exceptional' seems right...

msubulldog25, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of nickd717
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle shared by largadeer, poured into snifter.

A - Black with a nice foamy tan head that lasts.

S - Lots of chocolate as well as coffee and roast on the aroma.

T - Rich milk chocolate along with roasted malt, coffee, and a little vanilla. Balanced, very flavorful, and awesome.

M - Smooth, creamy palate with medium body.

D - Pretty high. This beer rocks and Founders has really impressed me overall.

nickd717, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of largadeer
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottles from Tyson. Thanks again.

Pours black, completely opaque in the glass with a huge three finger dark brown head that retains remarkably well, leaving webs of lace clinging to the glass.

The aroma is of chocolate and roasted grain, coffee and carob.

Roasty on the palate, dry and robust with flavors of coffee, burnt toast and carob showing up mid-palate. Medium-full in body, rich in flavor but impressively drinkable. It finishes semi-sweet with a lingering baker's chocolate bitterness. Exceptional stuff.

largadeer, Sep 22, 2009
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,593 ratings.