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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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1,475 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,475
Hads: 6,708
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 380
Gots: 1,277 | 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: 1,475 | Hads: 6,708
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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Jonoesh5
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Another memorable Founders experience! An opaque, dark brown body with lingering tan head. Smells clean with caramel sweetness. Taste is somewhere between toasty malts and caramel, but this porter is well-hopped too. As it warms, roasted notes really come through. Mouthfeel is a pleasant, creamy carbonation with slight alcohol warmth. Overall, a roasted malt concoction perfect for a winter night. Definitely recommend.

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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.

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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.

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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. :(

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

Can Founders make a bad beer?
This is a top of the line porter.
Beautiful color and rich head that entices a drink.
The firs taste is a tease that asks for another.
Very rich and full of aroma with sweet after taste.
Similar but lighter than Founders Imperial Stout which is world class.

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

Bitter in the front, smooth and slightly chewy in the back.

I love the surprisingly bold addition of hops that bucket balances the smooth chocolate base.

Good when its cold but better as it warms up

Chocolatey and smooth as heck.

Can't go wrong with a 6 pack of this in your fridge.

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

Appearance: Black, with a nice rich tan two finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves generous lacing

Smell: Cocoa, roasted malts

Taste: Sweet chocolatey malts up front, roastyness up next, then a quick smack of earthy hops

Mouthfeel: Medium to full, good carbonation

Overall: Excellent. Good example of the style. Very enjoyable brew.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 6 oz. snifter. Bottled on 02/10/2012, reviewed on 09/01/2012.

A-Dark black with a light tan head that dissipated quickly.

S-Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, leather.

T/M-BIttersweet chocolate, roasted malts, coffee. Not overly sweet. Coats the mouth with the unsweetened chocolate and a mild carbonation.

O-A great porter from Founders! Not too heavy with a balanced sweetness to a little bitter bite.

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

This was my first ever Founders beer, had a little over a year ago. I hated it initially for being so dark, now its actually lighter than most of what I buy

A- Pours essentially black with a tan head. Not as thick and oil-like as the Imperial Stout, but it does not disappoint.

S- This flirts more with the idea of a stout than a porter. Big roasty aroma, mild chocolate, solid hop presence that is indicative of Founders.

T- Initially, was too intense for me now. A year later, its taste is comparable to run of the mill imperial stouts, which is an accomplishment for a porter. Plenty of chocolate and roasty character, and the signature hop presence that reminds you this is Founders you're dealing with.

M- A little thin, but I have been spoiled by the thickest, heartiest offerings from this company and others. Not disappointing in the least.

O- This is the one that started me down the path of craft beer. Out of their year round offerings, this is a solid contender with Dirty Bastard over which is best in the dark category. With more focus on flavor and aroma, this one is a must try.

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

This is a beautiful opaque black, espresso foam head.

Even with my weak sense of smell I pick up deeep dark chocolate with a little espresso bitterness. somewhere between roasty and burnt? Like a good tea. is that weird to say?

slightly more bitter than I would expect, but built in, taking second fiddle to the malts I picked up on the nose. Sweet smoothe chocolate, with a wave of caramel and coffee. The finish is a dry bakers chocolate, sugar and some grassy hops.

This is one of my favourite beers. I am very glad I picked up the pack on my travels, and look forward to getting it again.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours an opaque black with a very dark brown head that looks like hot cocoa, decent head retention and lots of lacing

S: huge roasted malt profile with an intense dark chocolate presence, extremely robust

T: like the nose, this porter is all about the roasted specialty grains, tons of chocolate malts and coffee, a touch of earthy hops on the finish, very nicely balanced and incredibly flavorful.

MF: medium to thick body, low carbonation, silky mouthfeel

D: well it's weird to judge this as an American Porter because it is far more like what I thought a stout was supposed to be. Then again, there is definitely some overlap between these categories, but the bottom line is that this is the best American Porter I have had. Founders has never disappointed me.

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Photo of Carolvs
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

A Top 10% Porter for sure, although not as silky smooth as its Anchor Brewery counterpart. Anunmistakable malty-chocolate bite soaks through the membranes in your mouth leaving a strong yet pleasant aftertaste. Pitch-black in appearance although not much of a head and lacing (at least not from the bottle I poured).

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

Black beer, deep tan, light brown head. This is all dark chocolate and black coffee with that almost vanilla-like toasty note - aroma and flavor. Full bodied. Roasty finish. I love it because it is all the flavor you really need from a porter/ stout without being an imperial. Lets' be honest - it's a robust porter - a "stout" porter, and it will eat your hamburger and drink your milkshake.

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

I picked this bottle up at Al's of Hampden -poured cool into a willybecker.

A deep brown bordering on black with a tobacco color at the base and rocky med brown cap w/ tight bead. Lace clings decently in a web-like pattern, clarity is opaque and the head has some uneven very large bubbles and compresses to a small bead. The smell is heavy in the cocoa realm with some toast + vanilla in the nose w/ coffee accents. The sweet and roasted malt odor w/ caramel presence are balanced in the nose. The feel is a great smooth body with malt texture and yet moderately full body w/ slightly mild carbonation and mid-range bitterness w/ a hint of dark grain astringency and only mild alcohol in the semi-dry finish.

The flavor of Founders porter is wonderful with slight burnt malt under a sweet toasted and caramel flavor w/ light coffee tinges and mild hop bitterness. The malt astringency is very light and gives the toasted taste and light pine hop notes a chance to mingle in the subtle biscuit and dark roasted flavors w/ some malted milkball sweetness. The taste has a decent amount of dark cocoa and the finish is semi-sweet. Overall a high quality porter in the American Tradition. I think Founders has executed very well with this fine example -so easy to quaff, yet packed with flavor.

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

This is an overall great beer! Got it in a trade with Rohkey. Thanks Chris! Poured this beer in my small Struise chalice. Pitchdark fluid with a very nive head. Good starter. The head disappears after a while leaving some nice lacing in the glass.

Smell is inviting but i can not detect much. Taste is with coffee. The alcohollevel is good on this one. Very good mouthfeel, not any carbonation but that is not important in a beer like this!

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Photo of brew3crew
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes

Appearance: Holy crap! Look at that color! Its like mid-night on the Alaskan tundra! You know I love it when they are this dark!

Smell: Deeply roasted coffee and caramel aroma. I don't like coffee, but I really like it in beer for some reason...Really Malty smell as well

Taste: The coffee hits you first and then it smooths into maltiness and caramel. The more I drink, the smoother it goes down.

M-Medium body and smooth

O-Great porter.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,475 ratings.