Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,431
Hads: 6,512
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 woosterbill
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brewster DeCicco's, en route to CBS.

A: Glinting dark brown body with a solid finger of dense light-brown head. Terrific retention, solid lace. Gorgeous Porter.

S: Sweet chocolate, bitter roast. Coffee + licorice on the back side. Simple, intense, and terrific.

T: Creamy chocolate, bitter coffee, slight char, and some caramel + licorice on the tail end. Bitter finish, but without much hop flavor, leaving the emphasis entirely (and wonderfully) on the complex specialty malts.

M: Creamy medium body; slightly stick and well-carbonated. Solid.

O: Terrific Porter, hands down. I can't wait to do a showdown between this, Black Butte, and Edmund Fitzgerald.

Cheers! (687 characters)

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

A huge, balanced, stoutlike American Porter.

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A: Opaque black with burgundy edges when held to a light.

S: Quite a nosefull... lots of deeply charred malt, coffee, prune, cocoa... much like a stout.

T: Matches the nose well with perfectly balanced sweet burnt malt and fruity hops.

M: Pretty much perfect... creamy, heavy, like a stout.

D: As drinkable as can be... glides down easy and sits like a meal. (414 characters)

Photo of rwf08
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Black
Head: full head that subsides quickly
Flavor: roasted coffee, chocolate, and cocoa nibs
Smell: roasted coffee, toffee, and roasted grains
Mouth-feel: creamy and velvety (181 characters)

Photo of chancy14
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is quite possibly my favorite beer that I can actually afford to buy on a regular basis. Just now getting around to reviewing it.

A: Looks like your standard porter--nearly black and nearly opaque, but when held up to the light proves to be a dark reddish-brown. The head is tan and has a sort of rolling foaminess to it.

S: You can smell this from several feet away. It smells like coffee and dark chocolate and roasted barley. It smells like a porter, but more so than most porters.

T: What you smell is what you taste. There's nothing too surprising here once you've smelled it. It's richly sweet, balanced by a strong coffee-like bitterness and a bit of earthy hops. Again, it's just what you expect from a porter, just better than you'll get from other porters.

M: The mouthfeel is full without having that almost syrupy consistency that a big stout would have. It's recognizably a porter, but on the thick end of that spectrum. Similarly, it's less carbonated than most porters, but it's still a little more carbonated than, say, Breakfast Stout, which keeps it pretty drinkable. The coffee-like finish lingers, giving you the sense that you're still drinking it for a while after you no longer are.

Overall: For my money, this is the best non-imperial porter out there. (1,286 characters)

Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another from excellent trader Brian44556. Cheers mate!

6.5% ABV and no idea how expensive...

The new Darkest Era album is spinning - YES!!!!

Pours silky black with only the faintest hint of deep ruby red at the edges. A short, creamy tan head disappears quickly. Lacing is sparse.

If the Founders guys have mastered one thing, it appears to be the aromas they can coax from their ingredients. The KBS is legendary...This porter is fantastic as well. Lots of roasted malt fills the room, not just your nostrils. It's everywhere...It smells like a cup of espresson, some dark chcolate and some fresh baked french bread all mixed together at once. I also get some cinnamon, a hint of molasses and a tiny faint hint of barrel-aging. Fabulous.

Um, holy cow wow! The flavor is...it's unreal...It's certainly a porter, but it's smoother. The initial hint is a blazing whip of malt tang - chocolate and espresso backing it up. But it quickly rounds out into something else. It's like a morning cup of coffee and a chocolate doughnut, but without too much, if any, sugar. The mouthfeel is rich and full, but not billowing or thin. It helps to enhance the flavors. Alcohol is masked completely, by the way. Finish is a wonderful mix of hops and chocolate covered espresso (not beans, just the espresso)...Long and bitter and excellent. An elite ale...I can hardly find fault in it. Like the Darkest Era album, it's fantastic and worth tracking down at all costs.

What I like most: Pretty much everything.

What I like least: Almost nothing, I can find fault only in that I'd like a slightly bigger, fuller head.

Verdict: World class version: unique, smooth, rich and wonderful. Get it. (1,682 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am drinking this at Brasserie Zentral from a bottle while eating foie gras – the lable on the bottle goes surprisingly well with the restaurant.
A: Brilliant chestnut body topped with a 1” finely bubbled light tan collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: A chocolate caramel nose hides an assertive bitter finish.
T: Sweet caramel chocolate culminates in a balancing bitter hop accent.
F: Silky smooth, medium full body, very fine soft carbonation.
O: Amazed at how well this goes with foie gras. (512 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown, almost completely black. Lots of rising bubbles and a solid three finger tan head with good retention and a good amount of sticky lacing.

Smell: A big aroma with a good mix of sweet dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, strong notes of coffee beans, and a bit of mocha and milk. Also has a light aroma of earthy, grassy hops. A very appealing, sweet, and toasty aroma.

Taste: Sweet dark roasted malts with hints of caramel are followed by a rush of mocha and dark chocolate and a fairly sharp coffee bitterness that lingers through the finish and aftertaste. Also some hints of earthy hops in the finish that add to the bitterness. Very full and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy like you would expect from a porter. Fairly bitter but very smooth.

Overall: A very good take on a porter. Probably the best American version I've had yet. Lots of malty chocolate sweetness is very well balanced by a bitter chocolate and hop presence. (1,090 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours black with a 1.5-finger brown head. One of the darkest porters I've seen in a while. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts and well-integrated bitter dark chocolate flavors. There's not a whole lot going on here but every bit of it is rich.

Tastes very good. Robust roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by dark chocolate. Midway through the sip very light hints of citrus hop flavors enter into things before fading into a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was very impressed with this - one of the better-done, widely-available porters out there. Well worth a shot. (870 characters)

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Nothing flashy about this one--just simply amazing. Roasty, pitch black, a little smoke and/or leather. Incredible mouthfeel. This is really a stout, IMO, but who cares? (170 characters)

Photo of dbossman
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gorgeous dark reddish brown hue with a big head that dissipates to a 1/2 inch head; lacing is fantastic

S: Rich roasted malts and coffee and chocolate shining through especially; man, this smells roasty and malty and awesome with just a touch of hops underneath

T: Rich malts and roasty malts: coffee and chocolate but also some dark fruits flavors; this is so tasty and even a bit hoppy

F: So creamy...so creamy; and velvety and awesome

O: Man, this is a good porter...my new favorite; it is so malty and smooth and yet bitter and creamy and just plain delicious; glad to finally see Founders across the river in Iowa...mmm (631 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a silky and oily dark brown and sits jet black in the glass with a fingers worth of light brown foam.

Freshly roasted coffee, semi-sweet cocoa, roasted nuts, and some slight oak/woody smokiness.

Semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, roasted/burnt oats/malts, and balanced with a fair amount of earthy hop bitterness.

Heavy-bodied, medium carbonation, roasty bitterness, chocolate sweetness, robust, silky smooth.

Overall, this is one of my favorite examples of the Porter style, definitely a much more robust mouthfeel than most porters and an extremely well balanced amount of sweetness and roasted bitterness. (613 characters)

Photo of cmdmzmjm
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- bottle poured into a pint glass. Poured dark and had small amounts of amber on the sides. Not much thought. Pretty black. Nice lacing with a nice tan head about a finger.

S- Love the smell. Coffee and roasted malts with a hint of chocolate. Very nice smell!

T- Sweet coffee with hints of chocolate but not much. The coffee really comes through but not overwhelming. I get a bread taste near the backside. This is how a porter should be!

M- The feel is prefect. Smooth and thick! No much carbonation in which i actually love from a porter.

O- Everything a porter should be. Its my favorite drinkable founders beer. I can take a 6 pack and just drink it all night. Once again founders has done it. Perfection! (714 characters)

Photo of Kisejohn
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:  Roasted malt, coffee, and hints of dark chocolate.

Appearance:  opaque black.  Half a finger of head.

Flavor:  Roaster malt, coffee, and chocolate flavors abound.  Hop bitterness balances well with the malt sweetness.  Finishes fairly dry with some hop bitterness lingering.

Mouthfeel:   full body mouth feel.  Almost creamy consistency.  Moderate carbonation.

Overall:  This is an excellent porter.  Nice roasty flavors with enough bitterness to balance the malt sweetness.  Very enjoyable overall. (523 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle.

A very dark walnut colored body with a large four finger head. Dark cocoa colored at first of head bubbles but seems to settle down and get lighter in color as time goes on. Some lacing. She looks good.

Great cream smell, roast, fresh brewed coffee, and some sweet malt. This smells just great a mish mash of many things which all get a turn. I can't get over how creamy this smells with a grain husk like sense.

Taste is a great chocolate at first, with good malt chew. Aftertaste has some hop finish with honey. Lots of flavors that come out throughout the tasting. THe honey on finish is surprising where did that come from. Not too wet either, just right, hardly noticeable alcohol content.

This is a great American Porter what can I say, really like it alot. (809 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Terrific porter!

A: sexy black brew, low head

S: bittersweet chocolate and espresso

T: bitter espresso smoothed out by gentle cocoa malt flavors; had to come back to this to really emphasize the smoothness of the espresso coffee flavors with that dark chocolate malt background

M: milky, creamy, light, and refreshing; this is soooo easy to drink - very mellow, very relaxing, very satisfying

O: My favorite porter - very sophisticated, slightly sweet, smoothly bitter (is that possible?) - a great brew from one of the best American brewers (546 characters)

Photo of Brent
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a top-notch example of the style. Pitch black pour with thin mocha head. Bold, roasted malt flavors with distinct but not overdone coffee notes. Hopping is firm but appropriate for the American porter style. Founders understands that a porter is not a dumbed-down stout or pumped-up brown ale. The focus on roasted malt flavor is spot-on. (346 characters)

Photo of ob_carr
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

This beer is bite-your-knuckle sexy, just as the bottle claims. It has a dark, dark brown body close to a muddy black and a short-lived but beautiful head the color of a cup of coffee with 1 cream that disappears right before you've been able to fully appreciate it. It's silky smooth, but not thick, and subtly sweet with a killer, sticky and slightly bitter finish and an aftertaste that gently nibbles at your conscience. It's like eating a tiny piece of mildly dark chocolate and no more. It's like a tauntingly gentle kiss on the lips from your high school crush who's also wearing the perfect, creamy chocolate lip-gloss and (for some reason) holding an open cup of coffee beans and standing in a dewy field. Every time I have one, my eyes pop out like Eddie Valiant ogling Jessica Rabbit then settle back in as the potent but manageable 6.5% ABV washes over. (866 characters)

Photo of Dwkasper
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Black, no transparency and almost no head and no lacing

S: Sweet, smoky maltiness. After warming up, I get more chocolate

T: Surprisingly has a hop bitterness I taste right away. Malty, chocolate in he middle with a hint of smokiness and finishes with a coffee taste and decent hop profile.

M: mild carbonation with a dry finish

O: Great porter, love the hops throughout. Letting it warm up released more chocolate and coffee notes. (493 characters)

Photo of cameraman
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown color, with a soft caramel colored head forms on top. That laces slowly down to a eighth of an inch and staying there for some time. A roasty aroma at the front, with dark chocolate and sweet maltiness, with a touch of coffee. The roasted malt hits the palate at first taste, with amild coffee taste. That is followed by a grassy bitterness and slight tobbaco flavor. arich full bodied feel, and it smoothly rolls across the palate. The backend finishes dry, but not to overbearing. This is a really good porter, a great flavor and hearty, rich mouthfeel, along with an intising aroma, make this porter to desire year around. (645 characters)

Photo of BhamBeerLover
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very heavy chocolate smell and taste which is true to this beer's style. Seemed overcarbonated for a porter though which detracted from this beer's great taste and smell. Would recommend to anyone who was looking for a good porter of the chocolate persuasion. Fine beer from a pretty good brewery. (297 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One year old cellared bottle poured at cellar temp into a snifter.
Pours a hearty dark brown with no light passing through the glass. Thin creamy tan head of .5 cm foams up and fades gradually to a clingy edge layer and some islands.
Aroma is rich and malty with heavy roasted notes and some dark chocolate mixing on the nose.
First sip reveals a silky textured beer with mild spacious carbonation. Soft body but kind of thick give the beer some umph.
Flavor is as expected with rich roasted malt, some dark chocolate bar, a hint of molasses and no real hop presence. Alcohol is also hidden.
The beer is amazingly easy to drink and very enjoyable. I would like to be able to stock my everyday fridge with this beer, unfortunately it isnt available in CT. :( (757 characters)

Photo of Beerasaurus
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a beautiful inky-black color with a dark cherry colored one-finger head. Left a slight amount of lace in the glass.

S: roasted coffee and dark chocolate

T: Roasted coffee, with hints of dark chocolate, slight sweetness and a smattering of hoppiness

M: Rich, smooth, creamy goodness

D: One of my favorite porters, unfortunately not available in my area! (366 characters)

Photo of climax
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours about as black as a beer gets. The head is a pretty dark shade of tan and has excellent retention. Lacing is no slouch either; the thick curtain sticks to the pint glass like glue.

Lots of chocolate and a dash of roasty bitterness come from the first whiffs. As I dwell further, I notice there is a generous abundance of hops as well, a welcome scent. Ripe fruit esters, caramel, cream, and coffee accent the aforementioned flavors, rounding out a nicely complex aroma.

Balance is excellent in the flavor, and it's extremely well-rounded. The torch get's passed from sweet up front, to slightly tart and astringent midriff, and finally to dry and bitter in the aftertaste. The chocolate and coffee are assertive, but there's a lot more going on in here, excellent. The finish is where the earthy hop profile seems to take hold, the leafy and grapefruit character is definitely evident.

The feel is very silky and smooth (like conditioner - goes on first to clean zhe hair). There is a good amount of viscosity, yet it's lightened up by sharp, but brief, carbonation. The dry finish begs for another sip.

Founder's certainly nailed this one. It's a model of complexity, and covers all the bases well. In addition, it's a year round offering that's easy on the wallet. (1,287 characters)

Photo of phiberoptik
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice black brown with a thin mocha head. This looks like what some lesser breweries would call their stout. Pours with a nice body and some viscosity.

Smells of toffee, roasted coffee beans, bits of charred wood, dry cocoa powde, some vanilla and oak characteristics as well.

Bitter dark chocolate, smoky tobacco, definite roasted malt characteristics. Unknown sweetness in the middle, with a mild bitter finish.

Medium bodied with the carbonation of an aged beer. Smooth, rich, almost creamy, and just a bit thinner than a stout.

This is on another level of most other porter's I have had. A perfect example of what a porter was many decades ago and needs to become again. Another top notch style representation from Founders. (740 characters)

Photo of Morey
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with Bottled 4/28/11 stamped on the neck of the bottle.

Pours pitch black in color. Even when held to the light, you can see virtually nothing other than black. Without a doubt the darkest/thickest Porter that I've ever had. One finger of beige colored head has settled to a thin lace after a few minutes or so, but the head retention is impressive.

Full on aroma of dark chocolate, anise, and roasted barley. Very nice.

Wow! This is one fantastic Porter. Big and robust with flavors of intense dark chocolate, hop bitterness, espresso bean, a hint of smokiness, and maybe a touch woody.

Full bodied mouthfeel with low lying carbonation.

This is the best Porter that I've yet to sample. Enough said.

Morey's Bottom Line: This is thicker and more flavorful than many breweries Stouts. I'm not usually a huge fan of the style, because if I'm going to drink a dark beer, I want to go all out. Well...fortunately for me, Founders went all out on this one. Cheers! (979 characters)

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