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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,489 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,489
Reviews: 1,335
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 262
Gots: 580 | 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 GatorBeerNerd
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz single purchased at Bruisin' Ales and poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a jet black with only the slightest of red highlights at the edge. The short lived head was a very nice dark tan color. I just wish it lasted more than a few seconds. It looks better than a lot of RIS beers. I would give it a 5 if it just had better retention and lacing.

S: Big dark roasted malt aroma just like you would expect for the style. What surprised me a bit was the wonderful coffee and chocolate aromas that came along as well. Just like in appearance, this one outdoes a lot of RIS beers. I hope that trend continues.

T: The taste follows the nose. There is quite a big roasted malty backbone with hints of chocolate and coffee mixed in. There is also some dark fruity flavors which I am never good at pinpointing but it seems like plums. There is a bit of bitterness as well. A much tastier and complex brew than I expected going in. I should have expected more from Founder's since they are dark beer experts it seems.

M: Nice medium to full body brew. The carbonation level is done well, but its not as creamy smooth as I like my porters to be, but its pretty darn close.

D: Its complexity makes you slow down to savor it, but there is nothing in its characteristics that makes it harder to drink.

I expected to like this beer, but not this much. Founder's comes through yet again.

GatorBeerNerd, May 27, 2009
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this is a jet black oily bodied porter that shows great thickness. Hosts a two finger carmel brown head that is rocky and has some waves of lace. Zesty and slightly smokey up front on the nose, turns deeply rich with some roasted oats and chocolate graham crackers towards the end. When you take first sip you are greeted by smooth rich smokey feel that is just right and not to smokey like some porters. Then comes a wave of coco that is creamy and really oat based for super balance. Just enough bitterness on the end of the palate. This really runs the gambit with taste with smoke, richness, sweetness, bitter and dryness. Super complex. Dry and thick on the mouthfeel but nice. enjoyable to drink from start to finish. Another Founders success.

SPLITGRIN, May 24, 2009
Photo of JRed
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Subtle black with cinnamon head that leaves chocolate lacing down the glass. Strong scent of chocolate, roast, tobacco, charcoal. Dark chocolate cream, coffee beans, roast, tobacco leaves, and spice in the taste. Heavy in body with slight carbonation that tickles the tongue. Highly enjoyable, each sip beckons for the next one to be taken. An instant classic among American Porters.

JRed, May 24, 2009
Photo of taylorhamrick
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out dark, dark brown - about as black as a porter can get, with a thin brown head, with loose bubbles that disappear kind of quickly, leaving very little lacing. Looks average, but I'm very interested. The smell is what's really nice about this. A bit of a battle between dryness and sweetness in the smell. There's a dry, estery smell - reminds me of dark fruits, plums, cherries, and then there's the caramelly, malty sweetness. I also get light whiffs of the dark roasted malts, with some coffee, roast barley, a bit of dark chocolate. The taste continues on from where the smell left off. This was a bit more estery than I expected initially. There's a kind of cola flavor in it, with some bready malts, some background sweetness, and a sort of dry roasted flavor up front, like a dark chocolate bar. Great character and complexity in the taste here. The only thing I'd want out of this one is a bit more sweetness, it would fill it out, and really kick it along - but it's really pretty good the way it is now. The mouthfeel is nice, but I'd say its about average. Not incredibly full, but not really flat and weak. There's not a whole lot of carbonation (which I would expect to enhance the full-feeling body). But I'd say this just about normal. The drinkability is good. A little high on the ABV side for a really easy drinking porter. But all of the qualities of this make it pretty enjoyable, especially with a good, hearty meal. I'd recommend it as a solid example of a porter.

taylorhamrick, May 21, 2009
Photo of supercolter
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another good beer from a good brewery...
Appearance is pitch black- seriously hold it up to light, with a small head and minimal lacing.
Smell is faint, but bitter chocolate and coffee come through.
Taste has a bit of alcohol and lots of chocolate and coffee notes. A slight spiciness comes through as well.
Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, medium to medium-heavy in body.
Drinkability is very good for the style.

supercolter, May 21, 2009
Photo of Martin2D
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black with a carbonate type tan head that fades and barely laces

S - Alcoholy, roasty

T - Huge roasty with notes of alcohol. Hints of coffee and chocolate.

M - Medium carbonation and full in body. Some alcohol heat.

D - Fairly drinkable for a huge porter. Great flavor and nice roasty balance for the style.

Martin2D, May 21, 2009
Photo of tastybeer
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body is opaque, or very close, dark blackened brown with a subtle red tint. The head color is that of coffee out of a French press, with smooth even density. After the pour it stands a finger high which promptly turns to a slick, fine bubbled 1/8 inch. Aroma is large and extensive. Nuts, coffee, dark bittersweet chocolate, caramel, maple, molasses, raspberries, red grapes, black cherries, smoky leather, decomposing wood.... Its hard to stop smelling to say the least. Taste is filled with, chocolatey-caramel cake flavors and is extra nicely balanced. Robust roasted coffee bitterness, lactose-like sweetness and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is thick, slightly syrup-like, and creamy smooth filled with extremely fine carbonation. This is in fact, very drinkable.

Good solid porter.

tastybeer, May 20, 2009
Photo of Redwood21
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: i love the absolute dark inky night with a deep brown creamy head, i jsut wish the head would last a bit longer

S: there is almost an espresso coffee house aroma but nothing that overwhelms the senses

T: there is an immediate sensation of earthy smokey malts that coat your tongue in a bath or thickness, there is some coffee in the beer but its not overwhelming nor the star. this is almost a heavy scotch ale if it weren't for the chocolate/coffee that comes in the back of the taste to make a more full bodied beer. absolutely a more flavorful stock porter than normal but absolutely drinkable at the same time. a def try for a porter fan

M/D: not too thick, maybe could be a little thicker, to create a more smooth experience, but great beer regardless

Redwood21, May 19, 2009
Photo of Lepley
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours deep brown/black with about a finger of tan head, little retention or lacing.
S: Roastiness, chocolate, coffee.
T: Coffee, roastiness, a little hoppy, slightly sweet, bitter, very strong with alcohol.
M: Thick, creamy, pretty carbonated.
D: The ABV isn't too high with this beer, but for whatever reason I felt like the taste of alcohol or something was too overwhelming. Almost enough to make me not like this beer. Overall its a good beer, but I would probably look for other porters.

Lepley, May 16, 2009
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely dark brown body, topped by a rich, dark tan dentable head.

Aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate, first individually, then a nice mocha blend.

Taste follows the nose. Roast coffee beans quickly give way to thick lush chocolate syrup. Finished with a crisp hop bite at the swallow.

Thick and chewy, as I prefer my porters. Highly drinkable but worth savoring.

A good porter is a delight to find. This is very good.

RonfromJersey, May 16, 2009
Photo of smcolw
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moderate tan head, but it lasts. Leaves generous lace on the glass. So dark (brown, near black), I could not see any light shine through.

Chalky, chocolate milk aroma. Light bitterness in the background.

My first impression is "rustic". There's a little bit of everything here without the smoothness of a well-blended brew. I like that. Lots of hop finish that does blend nicely with bitter black patent malt. Good body, almost chewy, but lots of balancing carbonation. A complex porter, worthy of each sip while wondering each nuance of flavor. Another winner from the guys at Founders.

smcolw, May 14, 2009
Photo of TheMistler
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour reveals a surprisingly creamily textured concoction, though I wouldn't really go so far as to say viscous. Opaque, of course. It might as well be black, but for some reason I want to say really, really dark brown.

A nice nose. Sweet cream. Coffee. Dark, bitter chocolate - you can smell some hops.

Dark, bitter chocolate and heavily roasted notes up front. Bran. Notable hop presence presents itself towards the end. Sweet but roasted notes evidence themselves at the tail end, but the aftertaste is again rather hoppy.

Very creamy, medium to full bodied, with a slightly subdued carbonation rendered crisp by the slightly bitter, coffee notes. A very nice porter.

TheMistler, May 13, 2009
Photo of ThirstyBird
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into stemless wine glass.
A - Deep deep brown color. Light brown head falls to a ring fairly quickly. A little lacing.
S - Roasted malt, a bit of chocolate and coffee.
T - Rich, chocolaty, with some coffee notes. A little hops on the end too.
M/F - Medium to full body. Silky smooth. Carbonation is light and delicate but still has a nice prickle. My favorite part of this beer for me!
D - The taste is very good - simple yet interesting and the mouthfeel is IMO wonderful. This is a no brainer.

I'm now off to mix one of these with a Mayflower Porter!

ThirstyBird, May 12, 2009
Photo of HopDerek
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jay23 for this extra.

Pours a very dark brown/licorice black color with 1 finger of burnt tan head. Good retention and nice lacing swirls. Dark, rich, and sexy just like the label says! Smells of caramel, roasted malt, milk chocolate, and coffee. Tastes of milk chocolate, caramel, molasses, cocoa powder, roasted malt, and a touch of charcoal with a coffee bean and spicy hop bitter finish. Medium-full in body with good carbonation. Thick and viscous, smooth and creamy with a nice sweetness, some burnt character and a nicely balanced bittering finish. Incredibly easy to drink, I wouldn't mind sessioning this one.

HopDerek, May 12, 2009
Photo of thirdeye11
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ktown67 for a bottle of this during an in person trade.

Presentation: Poured from 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours a beautiful 1 1/2 finger dark brown head. The liquid is viscous, has great bubbles throughout, some yeasty floaters, and coats the glass with exceptional lacing. Even leaves a little particulate behind in the lacing which I find to be a great thing. It pours a deep black that only allows a little light around the edges in mahogany tones. This is a great looking beer in every way.

S: Smell isn't super exciting for me. It's a nice roasted malt, some dark chocolate in the nose. Pretty straight forward, not complex but pleasing.

T: The taste is really exceptional in the style. It is roasty toasty malt with lots of dark chocolate and unsweetened cocoa flavors. There is some bitterness (some hops maybe?) from the dark chocolate flavors, but it doesn't really linger on the palette which is good. Wish it had more of the creamy flavors, but I understand that it's a porter and this is spot on for the style. There is also some alcohol in the profile as it warms which surprised me at its ABV. Bitterness increases with warmth as well.

M: Like the other Founders beers I've had I don't think this could be improved upon much if at all. Not thin at all, but also not thick. The weight is just right. It's slick in my mouth and this is a good thing. Plenty of carbonation, but not too much. Pretty creamy, but maybe it could have just SLIGHTLY more like Founders Breakfast Stout. Aside from that it's perfect.

D: Due to the overwhelming roasty flavors and slight bitterness I am not sure I could drink this all night without wanting for something a little more "refreshing". I do think I could have 2 without any problem at all, but it seems to finish slightly dry.

Overall I generally dislike porters, but I am finding that in the stout and porter styles I haven't had any better than Founders. If everyone's porters and stouts tasted like these guys I would drink them a LOT more often, since I can't get it here I don't drink them that much. I will seek this out again and recommend it to ANYONE wanting to have a great porter that hasn't found one they like yet. This may change your mind.

thirdeye11, May 07, 2009
Photo of Goliath
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours black and opaque with a half inch brown head sitting on top. Nice retention and some foamy lace.

The nose is quite nice indeed. Big roasty chocolate tones hit me up front and really make me want to dig in. There's a touch of coffee in there too. Really nice nose.

The taste is pretty good. Some nice roasty malt with a big bitter dark chocolate tone followed by a shot of coffee. There's a slight hop presence in the background that adds a touch of bitterness. It's kind of dry on the back end as well. Really pleasing overall.

Mouthfeel is pushing full bodied and it's nicely carbonated with a moderate amount of fine bubbles.

Drinkability is high. The ABV is easily managed making it quite easy to go for another. The flavor profile is spot on, and it's really just a nice little porter. This is exactly what I needed tonight.

Goliath, May 06, 2009
Photo of jdhilt
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a four finger brown head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Totally black color. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Burnt chocolate nose. Flavor is almost sweet chocolate with a baker's chocolate finish. $3.60 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

jdhilt, May 04, 2009
Photo of CMW
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours jet black with a dark tan head that measures about half an inch. The head sticks around for a while and then leaves a small amount of lacing.

S - Roasted malt, faint coffee, and some toasted nuts.

T - A little sweet upfront, but this is brief. The roasted malt and coffee soon become the focus. While I cannot taste much in the way of hops, the beer finished somewhat crisp with a little bitter bite.

M - Carbonation is on the high side and this is definately creamy.

D - At 5.1%, this is very drinkable. This could be one of those beers I can drink all night.

CMW, May 03, 2009
Photo of blackie
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: one-finger mocha foam head over a deep, dark, liquid chocolate colored beer, good retention

s: well charred barley carries aromas of dark chocolate covered caramels and oily espresso beans, very rich range of roasts, German chocolate cake, licorice, earthy hop aromas

m: thick and creamy on the tongue, smooth carbonation and medium-full body

t: complex roast structure produces espresso and dry dark cocoa underneath charred barley malts, licorice, bittersweet chocolate caramels, earthy hops impart a moderate bitterness, astringent roast finish with burnt barley and espresso grounds lingering, a beautiful porter

d: very enjoyable; good for a few and worthy of a sixer purchase

pushes some boundaries, but they dry roast structure keeps this decidedly on the porter side of the stout-porter divide

single from Grape & Gourmet, Virginia Beach, VA

blackie, May 01, 2009
Photo of Tone
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with slight amber hues along the bottom of the glass. 5/4 inch head of a dark tan color. Good retention and lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, hops, and a slight hint of spice. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and bitter with an average carbonation. Tastes of roasted malt, strong hops, sweet malt, coffee, and slight hint of alcohol. Overall, a good looking, smelling, and great tasting brew.

Tone, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of jsh420
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled 3/4/09

pours pitch black with a 1 finger coco brown head. smells of chocolate. tastes of roasted malt and chocolate with a nice hop bite in the finish. mouthfeel is creamy and light when compared to stouts which this beer kicks ass over lots of stouts. this beer is almost a mirror image of breakfast stout without the coffee and is a tad lighter body. when you run out of breakfast stout this is your next best year round option and is half the price. this is in my top 5 of all time porters

jsh420, Apr 28, 2009
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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go to Yetiman420 for this nice extra in a trade.

Poured in a big wine glass at 54 F/ 12 C.

Looks almost black, with a small dense tan head. Plenty of fine, intricately patterned lace.

Aroma of chocolate and charcoal, very nice. The sooty charcoal is assertive but gentle, and meshes with the rich chocolate very well.

The flavor matches the aroma. Happy marriage between rich, smooth chocolate, and burnt sootiness. Fairly dry, just enough sweetness for great balance. Molasses cookies. A bit of herbal, leafy hop flavor in the background. Good long dry cocoa finish.

Excellent soft cushy texture. Very drinkable, probably due to great balance and a dry finish.

Great beer, I enjoyed this.

Beerzebub, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of argock
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.80.

A: Dense dark brown with 1-finger chocolate brownie head with decent retention but no lacing.

S: Delicious sweet malty chocolate and espresso aromas blend with light licorice, dark bread, and floral hops notes

T: A lush flavor profile of dark and milk chocolate, espresso, molasses, and dark malts are met delicately with floral, spicy hops to form a remarkably flavorful brew.

M: One of the chewiest porters I've tasted, very much like a stout. Aftertaste is like a strong mocha with a light hops note.

D: Easily my new favorite porter. If their Breakfast Stout is above this, I can't wait. Founders Porter is an exceptional example of the style with complex, nicely blended flavors and superior mouthfeel, and a good value to boot.

argock, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of solargoat
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours nearly jet black, small quickly dissipating head.

Smells robust and delicious.

Roasted coffee, chocolate malts, nice balanced bittering.

Very smooth, Creamy, rich mouthfeel. Warm in my belly.

In my opinion this is the finest porter I have consumed. Love you

solargoat, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of jfmorey
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into stemware glass.

Appearance: Head disappeared quickly; almost black in color.

Smell: roasted malts nice but faint.

Taste: Not bad, but I like a porter with a little hop crispness at the end, which I did not get here. This is more like a stout.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin , low on carbonation.

Drinkability: If the goal was to create a good "session" porter then this just right.

jfmorey, Apr 23, 2009
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