Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,431
Hads: 6,508
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
Wants: 355
Gots: 1,132 | FT: 28
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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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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. (250 characters)

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. (459 characters)

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. (702 characters)

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. (1,617 characters)

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.

-Oelergud (373 characters)

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. (489 characters)

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. (924 characters)

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. (974 characters)

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. (449 characters)

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. (864 characters)

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. (553 characters)

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. (760 characters)

Photo of nandemo1
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark chocolate brown with a finger of dark tan head that leaves minimal lacing.

Smells a lot of coffee, with dark fruits and chocolate in the background. Taste is similarly coffeeish with some chocalate. Mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, definitely coats the tongue and lasts a while in the mouth.

I really enjoyed this beer, will be great to have this on a cool fall/winter day while watching a game. (425 characters)

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

A: Deep, dark black. Medium brown, fluffy head that builds and fades quickly leaving behind no lace or retention.

S: Big nose. Dark chocolate, booze, dark fruit, molasses, smoke, roasted malt.

T: Big, roasty malt with chocolate and espresso notes. Great body, meaning it isn't watered down like some Porters. Has the flavors of a Stout with the body of a Porter. Chocolate dominates. Surprisingly, some hops in the finish.

M: Super smooth, rich, and roasty. Great flavors. A bit cloying at the end but nothing bad.

O: One of the more flavorful and enjoyable Porters I've had in a long time. Delicious stuff. But what else would you expect from Founders? (657 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Relic Brewing Co. imperial pint glass.

A: Poured pitch black with a two-finger head of creamy, espresso-tan foam which held up nicely and leaves nice sheets of clingy lace on the glass.

S: Loads of roasted, bitter aromas fill the nose with smoked malts, dark chocolate, licorice, plums and tobacco resin.

T: Velvety smooth and roasted black malts hit up front, throwing coffee and dark cocoa nibs together with some ashen tobacco leaf and licorice root. A powder keg of rich, robust bitterness explodes on the tongue throwing off bittersweet and hoppy flavors ranging from dates and raisins to Dutch cocoa and bitter, piney hop resins. The bittersweet finish is rich and smooth with a hint of alcohol and bitterness.

M: Very robust, rich and smooth malt mouthfeel, the hops and bitter roasted malts really grip and sooth the palate at the same time.

O: Wonderfully sweet and bitter, this creamy, complex and satisfying robust porter offers a rich and tasty experience in a 6.5% ABV package. The 45 IBUs are put to great use by quelling the rich, bitter maltiness of the brew. It's hoppy resins play off of the fruity esters and create a cushion for the doses of sweet, roasty malts. (1,224 characters)

Photo of jman892
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark as night, black, with a mocha colored head which doesn't hang around too long

S - Very nice aroma of bakers chocolate, dark malts

T - Follows the nose as there is chocolate, also some mild lactose character, and some noticeable coffee bitterness. Very well balanced

M - Very smooth and creamy, with a gentle carbonation. Full bodied and delicious

O - The best porter that I have had, hands down. Complex taste, great mouthfeel, just overall fantastic (469 characters)

Photo of fastsrt
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle to snifter
A: black with a thin head that lasted about 2 minutes, went just lace.

S:dark chocolate, espresso,vanilla

T: bitter dark chocolate, coffee, creamy, rich roasted malts

M: rich, full body,thick chewy and creamy, yet the prickly carbonation lifts the rich body through all stages leaving a intense roasted bitterness which i love. the balance is spot on, 6.5 abv is undetectable

D: This is a tasty porter, drinkable and savorable, I could be satisfied off one or enjoy a few. rich smooth. Founders is quickly becoming one of my top american breweries. This one is a must try for anyone who likes porters or stouts. simply amazing. (659 characters)

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

This just became available at the sterling Neil St. Piccadcilly in Champaign, so I plucked a sixer out of the box before they could even stack it on the shelf. As I did so, I realized that it had been some time since I had tried a new porter and, given Founders' outstanding reputation, I figured this would be very good. It was all of that, and maybe more.

An aggressive pour into the Yankees pint glass yielded but a thin mocha-colored layer of foam atop a rich black body with ruby trim. Excellent color, and a nice-looking beer overall. The aroma is a step up, packed with chocolate, coffee, and more than a hint of sweet berry. I'm impressed with the aromatic complexity, which very much permeates the taste. Dark chocolate, smoky flavor, dry finish but with a good deal of sweet flavor, somewhat reminiscent of a chocolate toffee bar chased with a Tia Maria. Outstanding flavor, honestly.

Nicely effervescent throughout, bold but smooth, Founders Porter is one of the very best I've had, leaping near the top of my favorites for this style. To a good degree, I'm not too surprised since Founders just tackles what they do with aplomb. Nonetheless, I'm impressed. As I said to JD, the Piccadilly manager last week, there are some tremendous brewers in the US and what makes them so special is their ability to offer excellent brews across styles. My top three are..." and before I could finish, JD rattled off "Avery, Bell's, and Founders." In no particular order, I'm in total agreement, and Founders Porter is further justification why Founders is in my personal top three. They nail in exemplary fashion whatever they deign to tackle. Their Porter is no different.

Tremendous. (1,687 characters)

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

Bottle (I didn't realize this was re-released by Founders and thought I had stumbled upon a rare bottle...exciting nonetheless!) Pours black with a very small dark tan head that fades rapidly. Aroma of luscious coffee, roasted malt, and roasted nuts. Flavor is pretty much the same with lots of coffee, some bitter chocolate, and rich malt. Amazing mouthfeel. Full, yet completely drinkable. Definitely the best porter I've had to date. This is a luscious beer. Wow. I knew that it would be good but I didn't think it would be this good.
9/4/9/5/18 (4.5/5) (556 characters)

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

Pours a voluptuous looking black with a light chocolate colored head, about 1 finger, recedes to a ring and cap. Splotchy lacing throughout. Smell is coffee, malts, and chocolate all the way, blended nicely. Taste is chocolate and malt up front with a big lingering chocolaty finish. Goes very nicely with the silky smooth mouthfeel, very delicious. Great porter, one of the best I've had. (389 characters)

Photo of jaycle
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into snifter. 1/2 finger tan head which dissipated leaving behind lacing all around the glass. Deep black. No lights getting through this stuff

S: Sweet roasted grains and some fruitiness makes it through.

T: Tastes of chocolate and toasted malt. The 45 IBU's provide a great bittering finish to compliment the sweet malt.

M: medium to heavy bodied. A really fine micro-sized carbonation and a moderate amount for style.

O: I really really enjoyed this beer. My favorite porter currently. Well balanced with plenty of bittering and sweetness. I wish I had the words to describe the awesome, unfortunately my tasting vocabulary is limited. (655 characters)

Photo of polktheimpressionist
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Roasted caramel scent with little head (no lace). Beautiful deep molasses color that clearly bolsters the "porter" signature. Carbonation that doesn't over-whelm the flavor of the beer (which I've found to be a problem with some porter beers). Over all an amazing beer. Highly recommended to the porter fanatics of the world. (325 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. A generous extra from boatshoes. Thanks!

A: Pours a pitch black body with a nice finger of mocha head. That long-lastin', lace-leavin' sumbitch takes his sweet time before moseyin' off into the-... oh, sorry. Anyway, this beer is a reminder that dark beers can have a nice head. I think I'm grading too leniently on some stouts and porters that lose their foam immediately.

T: Roasted malt and chocolate up front; this doesn't have that over-roasted, slightly burnt flavor I find off-putting in similar beers. Coffee grounds, a touch of anise and smoke. Slightly bitter cocoa. While this isn't a hoppy beer, it's evident that some earthy hops went into it. A very balanced, flavorful taste. I can't help but be thoroughly impressed.

M: Founders typically does a good job with the mouthfeel. I'm surprised at how thick this beer feels for a relatively light ABV, but I suppose that attests to a nice presence of residual sugar. It certainly feels sweet and heavy, though not cloying. In fact, it finishes with a drying presence.

D: An excellent example of a style that seems to be forgotten in favor of EXTREME!!! imperial porters with adjuncts. It's nice to revisit the basics. I think there are one or two I'd rank ahead of this one, but it's up there. (1,289 characters)

Photo of bigdeuce
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just an absolute perfect pour. Rich, thick head, sits at the top of the beer for a good long while. Very dark and opaque body. Scents on the nose, of chocolate and top shelf coffee. Very robust classic flavor. No fault with this one. Streams off nutty coffee and chocolate streak through the palate. Nice hoppy flush on the back end. Hey, very comparable to Great Lakes Edmond Fitzgerald. These two may be the best porters out there! A great beer! (447 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at a free Founders tasting. Special thanks to Big Z’s in Huntington.

A – Dark cola that fades into mud-brown highlights. Khaki head sits low but leaves a nice lace.

S – Roast coffee and dark malt wrap around the sweetness of burnt caramel and molasses.

T – Soft, medium roast coffee and medium roast malt up front, with very little burnt bitterness. Pine note peaks out from the chewy dark bread in the middle and backend of the profile. I didn't get as much chocolate as I did in the bottle, but it could be related to serving temperature - my sample was gone before it had a chance to warm :)

M – Silky, medium/full body. Lingering malty sweetness and roast bitter note in the finish.

O – One of my favorite porters. (744 characters)

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,431 ratings.