Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,413 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,413
Reviews: 1,480
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 343
Gots: 1,084 | FT: 27
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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 bcostner1
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very, very dark. Almost black. Just barely shy of looking like a stout. Thick, rich 2 finger tan head.

S: Dark roasted malts. Chocolate. Coffee. Roasted nuts. Decadent. Love the aroma.

T: Much like the nose. Dark roasted malts, chocolate, hint of coffee. Great balance between sweet and bitter. In my opinion, while FBS still reigns supreme over the Porter, this one is a great substitute as far as flavor profile goes. Also, it's a little more sessionable with the lower ABV.

M: Very drinkable. Smooth. Perfect carbonation. As I said before, I could have a number of these in one sitting without problem.

Overall, this is really an awesome beer and one that I will seek out again and again (every time I go to Atlanta since I can't get it in TN). Definitely recommended.

Photo of Holland
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black as the night - holding up to the light shows a bit of brown on the edges. At first there was no head, but there was lacing. As it warmed, some fine foam came to rest on the top for good. Very sticky looking and viscous.

S: coffee, heavily roasted malts, chocolate - this is like a good stout.

T: tastes the same, but it doesn't have the heavy feel of a stout. I also sense the bitterness in the taste, and the finish is malty and coffee like.

M: The carbonation came as it warmed. This is smooth at first, then crisp. Impressive for a porter. However, I'd like to have more gravity to it. It's not perfect.

O: so far this is one of my favorite porters of the style if not the best that I've had. Comparable to Bells porter, but better I'd say. It's standard $10 or so for a 6 pack, so pick one up if you get the chance. I think I got this one at Meijer for $8 or $9. A steal.

Photo of fitrock2112
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured Founders Porter into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours black as midnight with a finger of mocha head with a aggressive pour.

S - Roasted malts, with smooth coffee. Light chocolate notes in there as well.

T - Bitter coffee and roasted malts. Some baker's chocolate mid palate with bitter coffee on the after taste.

M - Smooth for a porter, medium carbonation, with medium on the mouthfeel. This is smoother than most stouts.

O - A outstanding porter, it could be most brewery's stout, its just that good. Highly recommended. Cheers!

Photo of doughanson78
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Huge thanks to thabigmp for this want.

A: Pitch black. Nice tan one finger head, with good retention and great lacing.

S: Roasted coffee is the major aroma with good traces of milk chocolate. Exactly how a good porter should smell.

T: Roasted chocolate coffee from start to finish. Never wavers. Solid taste.

M: Medium bodied on the light side. Very light creaminess. Medium high carbonation.

O: Don't know if side by side I could tell this from a Black Butte. An amazing porter indeed. Should be very happy to be drinking either of these.

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours the same color, except with a caramel head. Smells more bitter and even more roasty. Holy lord the taste is robust. Very roasted and sensuous. Much more of a focus on the bitter and dark side than Great Lakes. Alot of bitter black coffee and even more malts that feel hop-like in their bitterness. In spite of that, it has milk stout creaminess and smoothness. The aftertaste is very much full of powdered espresso roast coffee and roasted oats. A chewiness lingers from the malt.

Photo of thirtysixbelow
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - black with creamy dark tan head, excellent lacing

s - rich nutty smell with chocolate and coffee, also quite hoppy

t - sweet and very interesting taste that is a mix of chocolate, nuts, burnt malt, and hops. Most of the time these flavors separate well but for me this has a solid mix throughout. Has just the right amount of hops and roasty burnt flavor profile for a porter. amazing how the complexity of flavors manage to blend together so well.

m - full and smooth mouthfeel

d - a fantastic porter. definitely towards the very top of the list for me.

Photo of sjones5045
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

So this is the red headed step child of the beer world. I don't understand why porters aren't more popular and this beer is exactly why I say it. It pours like a stout, dark, tan head with decent but not great lace. There really isn't much of a smell but I really don't expect much from a porter other than a little of a roasted burnt smell. The taste is outstanding. It's a sipper, its a gulper, whatever you want from it. The porters are the most misunderstood category and this porter is the king of the porter world.

Photo of Puddintane
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oily black pour with a tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, hazlenut, roasted malt, earthy hops, toffee and coffee. Flavors of rich dark chocolate, booze soaked dark fruits, coffee, caramel, bitter/earthy undertones. Thick body, rich/roasty/bittersweet and satisfying throughout with a bitter/roast finish. Overall, there are two porters that tie for my favorite. This and Edmund Fitzgerald. They both kind of go beyond of what I usually get from this style. This is one amazing brew, there’s lots of beers double in strength that fail to capture its focus and flavor.

Photo of zeff80
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, foamy, caramel colored head. It left soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, tons and tons of chocolate. Some roasted malt and floral aromas, too.

T - This beer has a great chocolate taste with a slight coffee taste. Nice roasted malt flavor, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a subtle creaminess. A medium-bodied beer.

D - I love this porter. Great chocolaty flavor.

Photo of AlejandroDodds
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving Type: Purchased a 12oz. bottle from the Beer Trappe in Lexington poured into a Maudite tulip glass.

Appearance: This porter is a pitch black color that when held up to the light still doesn't let it through. Lacing is only apparent when tipping the beer back in the form of tiny bubbles.

Smell: I have always had a tough time describing porters in terms of taste and smell but here goes. In the nose is a great mix bag of dark chocolate and smokey unsweetened espresso.

Taste: Upfront is bitterness that is followed by an intensified version of the nose combining dark chocolate and smokey unsweetened espresso that all closes sharply.

Mouthfeel: The mouth begins with a light carbonation that closes the taste but leaves a light oily coating.

Overall: One of the best porters I have had. Very complex yet drinkable. I highly recommend this one.

Photo of Doonzman
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great porter! I'm actually very surprised that the class 6 here on ft polk carries such high quality beer. I guess they figure some soldiers actually want top notch beverages. Anyways, I recommend it to anyone who loves beer.

Photo of Or80rowley
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of merlin48
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of mjtiernan
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of The_1084
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of BeerSox
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of darkstar12
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

Photo of gbbass16
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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...

Photo of Clydesdale
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of tetonka4kzoo
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of Humulus85
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

Photo of Rainintheface
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 6,413 ratings.