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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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1,449 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,449
Hads: 6,608
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 366
Gots: 1,203 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2003

No absence of hops gives Founders' robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect.

45 IBU
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Reviews: 1,449 | Hads: 6,608
Photo of Or80rowley
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A. Dark, almost opaque, thin mocha colored head

S. Delightful, sweet light roasted coffee, dark chocolate

T. Taste is slightly bitter coco, coffee, very nice balance between the two, into roasted earthy tones

M. It is smooth & creamy, medium mouth coat, fairly dry finish, nice grain aftertaste

O. Between this one & black butte porter, I can't choose, but both my favorite porter, must try!

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pitch black with a dark brown head. Excellent head and lacing. It looks Dark, Rich and Sexy!

S: Deep roasted chocolate malts with some coffee and smoke notes. There is a slight boozyness to it as well.

T: Bitter-sweat chocolate. The flavour is incredibly smooth, creamy and balanced flavour. Perfect example of the style.

M: It has a very smooth and silky body, I would prefer it to have a bit more carbonation though.

D: I wish there was a little more depth to the flavor. However, I can't really think of a better example of a porter than this. For me, it is on par with Black Butte. You can't really get a better porter.

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Photo of merlin48
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mjtiernan
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a straight sided pint glass. Bottled 6/20/12.

A: Gave me nearly a finger of mocha brown head. Very deep brown body...might actually be black, but I’ve always thought of it as brown. Tough call.

S: Lots of coffee, some light chocolate, and wonderful smoky aromas.

T: A balance of earthy hops, caramel and chocolate notes. The roastiness of the malt is perfect for this style.

M: Pretty much spot on for the style. Carb adds some welcome creaminess that enhances the entire experience.

O: To me, the signature of this brew is its smokiness. It invokes the umami sensation that I get from the Maillard reaction in barbecue or pan-seared foods. So nice.

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Photo of The_1084
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The appearance is a near black. There wasn't much of a head after I poured it into a glass.

S - The smell consists of vanilla at first, then comes a hint of caramel and chocolate. Smells great!

T - The taste is a reminder of coffee, with chocolate and a hint of vanilla. The after taste leaves an aroma in the mouth near iced coffee.

M - It is not a heavy beer, although it looks like it would be. It is light in the mouth considering the taste.

O - Overall this beer can be enjoyed by any drinker. It is a great porter and I plan on drinking it again.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz twist-off bottle into nonic.

Pitch black, with a one finger light brown head that settles to a thin cap, along with a bubbly rim along the glass. Stringy lacing left behind.

Very robust roasted aromas along with a little black coffee and cocoa.

Heavy roastiness in the flavor, along with a contrasting creaminess. Very thick, smooth, and full bodied. The hops play a small part to add a slight bitterness.

A very solid porter. Definitely toward the stout range as well. Also complex. Recommended.

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Photo of darkstar12
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: pitch black. thin one-finger tan-colored head that dissipated quickly down to a thin layer that remained throughout. No lacing.

S: strong coffee and malt tones. Very pleasant.

T: strong coffee and malt tones. Interesting and enjoyable mix of bitter and sweet elements.

M: good thick chewy mouthfeel. Carbonation is pronounced and appropriate to the beer.

O: Great porter. Well worth having again.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the better porters i've had. It's very well balanced and quite tasty. Thanks to wvbeergeek for this brew via trade.

According to the bottle (i like their designs) this beer is brewed with love. I can taste it!

Had this 3rd in the flight, so it warmed up nicely before we cracked it.
Black with little transparency, even through the edges.

Getting some nice cocoa, coffee, roasty malt, the usual porter aromas. Nothing is off, missing, or overpowering.

Taste is of the above, with a bit of emphasis on the roast. It's creamy smooth and the abv is just right for a session drinker. It's a meal in itself!

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Photo of gbbass16
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Founders CBS snifter.

I have had this numerous times but this is the first time I have actually reviewed it. The pour is thick, dark drown with a thin layer of foam that dissipates to lacing around the edge. The smell is of chocolate and coffee. The taste is of dark, toasted coffee, dark woods, and absolutely no alcohol whatsoever. Smooth, smooth, smooth. Mouthfeel is viscous and foamy in the mouth, especially when swished around the tongue. That is where the real flavors come out. Overall, one of my favorite beers from my favorite brewery. Only have two left of these so I am hoarding them for cold dark snowy days. Hopefully I am home for one of those...

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nearly opaque black color with a faint ruby-brown tint when held up to light. The tall, foamy head has a light brown coloration and medium density, becoming a bit rocky after a few moments. Retention is good, and some sticky rings of lacing adhere nicely to the glass.

S: Dark and roasted malts are prominent in the nose, along with some smooth caramel/brown sugar sweetness. Hop notes are surprisingly noticeable (although still in the backseat), with some fruity notes that complement the soft dark fruitiness of the beer. There is a pleasant dark chocolate aroma, with fainter notes of coffee and a very mild smoky note.

T: A big dose of dark and roasty malt up front, although it stops short of any burnt flavor. There's a firm caramel/brown sugar sweetness up front, but it doesn't stick around for long before a robust dose of hop bitterness kicks in. A bit of leafy and dark-fruity flavor is definitely present. This comes across much more chocolatey than coffeelike to me, with a very pleasing dark chocolate/unsweetened cocoa character.

M: Fairly full-bodied. Carbonation and mouthfeel are smooth and creamy with just enough perkiness and roasted astringency to keep things balanced. The dry, roasty aftertaste lingers for quite some time.

D: This is a very good American Porter. It drinks very smoothly and deliciously despite being rather highly hopped for the style. I wonder how this would drink with the IBUs dialed back into the mid-30s. No matter though - this doesn't need messed around with. A boldly-flavored, dark chocolatey gem of a porter.

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Photo of tetonka4kzoo
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This porter pours a dark color with a nice tan head. Good retention along the glass.

Founders Porter has a sweet and roasted malt aroma. It also has an aromatic dark malt and molasses nose.

This porter has a noticeable dark roast coffee at first taste. I also detect roasted malt and chocolate next. There's also a slight hops bitterness to cut the sweetness.

Founders Porter is not too thick tasting and is rather silky.

This beer has decent drinkability--even better for its style. The slight bitterness from the hops make it very drinkable for multiple beers. I rank Founders right up there with Bells and Shorts.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We pour a brew the color of root beer. The hues lighten up around the edges. The head stands half a finger tall, and follows suit with the coloring, but becoming darker around the edges. The bubbles are eggshell colored throughout, and show standard retention and patterned lacing around the glass. The carbonation is slow, and the liquid appears syrupy, slowing the bubbles’ rise. No sediment or haze is noted. The aroma stings with deep malts, a pungent coininess, and thick smoke. There is raw chocolate and espresso bean. This initial bitterness is cut by cooling vanilla and brown sugar sweetness. Despite the standard abv, the sting of booze is undeniable. On the far back there is a faint hop slickness, with warm diacetyls and phenols. As we sip, the taste begins with the deepest roasted malts. There is a mix of hop resin, sweet cream, and toffee. The middle sees continued roast and bitters, with light medicinal phenols and a quick bite. Sweetness also persists and pulls us through to an end that shows a further cutting with hop grassiness. The bitterness is more present here as the roastiness hollows out. The malts remain the backbone, with some final hints of milk chocolate sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of coffee and smoke, huge roast, and chalky malts. The body is light to medium and the carbonation is light to medium. The texture is soft and silky, with great sensational slurp and smack, and decent froth. The mouth is left almost dry with the darkness of malts and coffee, but not quite. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we found to be the best thing about this beer was the robust malts and darkness in taste. The flavoring is beautifully balanced throughout, with a mix of sweet and bitter. The aroma is also smooth, but robust as hell. This is an exemplary porter, with strength in all of the most important characteristic areas.

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Photo of Humulus85
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz bottle into my Darkness snifter. Bottled on 3/8/12

Pours an almost black with a one finger khaki head. Decent retention with little lacing.

Robust nose. Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, burnt caramel. An earthiness from the hops, but not strong hop aromas. A hint of booze.

This is a full flavored porter. Tons of dark chocolate, caramel and coffee upfront. A surprising amount of bitterness come through in the middle to end. A don't know if this is from the malt or hops but it's tasty, and keeps the sweeter malts in check. Balanced finish lingers with a kind of bitter chocolate flavor.

Full bodied and silky smooth. Modest carbonation helps coat the mouth well. Heavy, but still highly drinkable for the amount of flavor.

Overall this is a fabulous Porter. While slightly strong and bitter for the style it is still very drinkable. I like the extra IBUs, but I also like my beers on the bitter side too. I would definitely try this if you have access to it. Cheers!

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Photo of Rainintheface
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark brown, nearly black with a 0ne finger mocha head

S: dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and a hint of vanilla. awesome

T: espresso, some bitter chocolate and dark. roasted notes

M: rich. velvety smooth

D: great porter. Time to buy more.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the botle into a pint glass. Pours a rich, dark black with a thin tan head. Smells of coffee, and good amount of chocolate along with a hint of burnt sugar. Taste is sublime. Lots of chocolate at first, the a bit syrupy. Slight bitter coffee finish. Huge full mouthfeel on this one. I love a rich porter and this may be the richest yet. Tons of flavor, not thin at all, yet very drinkable. One of the best porters, if not the best I have ever had.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of BBP
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours jet black with a mocha brown head. It receeded slowly and held at a thin head. The black is so thick it's really unfair to judge the carbonation at this point. I'd guess it to be about average. Good lacing.

S- A mix of roasted malts and burnt malts from the beginning. A bit smoky and smells pretty bitter. Notes of molasses and cocoa.

T- Roasted malts, burnt malts, dark malts; very complex. Also had a lot of hop bitterness underneath it. Has a rich cocoa taste to it. A bit more bitter chocolate than average. Subtle coffee flavor as well which doesn't take the spotlight but stays backstage. All in all more of a bitter stout than most, but the bitterness doesn't drown all the malt character. It begins sweet and has a bitter finish. There's subtle molasses notes in this as well as the slightest bubblegum flavor. Fresh it tastes intense, and with a little bit of age on it it gets smooth fast. You can't lose either way.

M- Extremely creamy. Medium full body. Carbonation that works well by not being harsh in the mouthfeel, but still keeping the feel full and smooth. It has a dryer finish to it which makes you want another sip right after.

D- A great drink, and a solid porter. I came into it knowing Founders makes superb stouts, so I expected their porter to be great as well, and I wasn't disappointed. It offers a lot of similarities to FBS, but is a fair bit more drinkable with it's lesser ABV. The Alcohol is there and you can find it, but with all the flavor it's far from your mind. For 6.5% it packs an incredible punch flavor-wise, and is yet another great offering from Founders.

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Photo of oelergud
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stubby 12oz brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap. The label shows a fine lady from last century.
Black opaque body with a nice brown head. Good retention and lace.
Cocoa bean and vanilla scent, very inviting.
Great cocoa flavor with vanilla bean. Hops are strong and gives the aftertaste long life.
Full body and lots of residual sugars.
Excellent drinkability.


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Photo of RyanLigeia
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance- Looks perfect. Solid pitch black with a beautiful creamy head on top.

smell- Smells potent. Coffee, chocolate, a little vanilla, a little alchohol.

taste- Same as the smell, delicious. Its sweet but its got some bite as well. Very full flavored.

mouthfeel- Full bodied as well. Its got some carbination but that doesnt take away from the smoothness.

overall- Overall this is a fantastic beer, Id reccommend trying it if you haven't yet. Founders never seems to dissapoint.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Porter has a black, opaque body with about a finger of brown head. The retention is ok, and a little bit of spotty lacing is left behind on my glass.

The aroma is a mix of cocoa powder, chocolate, roasted malt and a touch of molasses. Some grapefruit from the hops also peeks through. Overall this is a very good aroma for an American Porter.

The first thing I notice in Founders Porter are flavors of chocolate: cocoa powder, bakers chocolate. Next a touch of bitter, roasted malt along with just a hint of sourness come through in the front. In the middle there is just a hint of dark fruit -- black cherries. After that a moderately strong hoppy, grapefruit-flavored bitterness comes through.

The body is a touch thicker than the middle of the road, and it is a bit silky, both of which I like.

Overall this porter really impressed me, it is probably one of the best American Porters that I have come across.

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Photo of dgugliuzza
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter

A- Pours black with tan head. The head spreads to the sides of the glass and forms an array of bubbles. Nice golden brown hue that radiates from the body.

S- Smells of heavy roasted malts and milk chocolate. Some coffee in the nose as well. Very full and robust. Minimal hop presence in the nose.

T- Very much the same as the smell. Heavy chocolate malt and quite roasty. Bittersweet flavor that reminds me of baker's semi-sweet chocolate. Hints of coffee and vanilla round out the flavor which makes this a world class porter. Hops are much more present in the taste and create a wonderful balance.

M- On the thicker side and very creamy. Not too heavy on the palate. or going down. Medium carbonation. Exactly right for the style.

D- Fantastic porter. Would have no problem knocking back a few. Rich, creamy and incredibly smooth. Definitely one of the best American porters on the market. Yet again, Founders blows me away.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown color with one finger of short lived tan head.

Scent of chocolate, cream, roasted malts, vanilla, and a hint of cinnamon. Full and rich, but not overpowering, this is one nice smelling Porter.

Taste of roasted malts, chocolate, hints of dark fruits, and some cream. Without being too strong, this beer has a nice robust flavor, but is light on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and creamy smooth with some carbonation.

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Photo of scinerd3000
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium pour into a traditional pint glass...Laid a low off-white head which dissipated quickly. No Lacing on the glass. Beer is almost black with slight amber highlights when held up to the light. It is clear in the areas I can discern when held up to light.

Aroma: Molasses, Chocolate and sweet coffee. No hops.

Taste: Chocolate and coffee right up front although the coffee flavor dominated my pallet. As beer starts to warm in the glass there is a touch of alcohol present. Strangely a taste of lemons...Seems well balanced and very sessionable. Bitterness is discernible however no specific hop flavors and no DMS. Very clean

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated (although leaves a poor head), clean flavor. Slightly thin The carbonation level is perfect for this style.

Overall: A very good beer and one which is very easy to consume. Would drink again.

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Photo of baos
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass with 3 finger head over a dark dark body...
With quite a few porter's I find myself tasting Elmer's hooves. A super malt glue flavor sticking to the roof of my mouth. But with Founder's Porter I am not foundered by excessive maltiness. They balance this one nicely with an almost creamy mouth-feel and nice dry hop finish to even out the monster malt profile. A great beer. Founder's is on of my favorite breweries. A great brew. Get a pot of beans with some cornbread and sit your ass down by a Autumn fire and drink the shit outta this one.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottled poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 8/01. Consumed on 11/13.

A - Brown approaching black. No light passes through. Light cinnamon colored head. Leaves very little lacing on sides of glass. Low to moderate carbonation.

S - Smells nice, but not overly fragrant. Anise, roasted coffee, and dark chocolate.

T - Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, some coffee acidity, cream and vanilla, with a touch of bitterness. Completely hides ABV.

M - Delightful. Carbonation perfect for slightly thicker texture. Leaves a very nice tingle throughout mouth, complements acidity very well. Much of the flavor of an Imperial Stout, yet light and very drinkable. Some stickiness.

O - Very pleasant. Solid throughout. Mouthfeel is phenomenal. Highly recommended.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,449 ratings.