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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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94
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1,438 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,438
Hads: 6,557
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
Wants: 361
Gots: 1,170 | 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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Reviews: 1,438 | Hads: 6,557
Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A sad day, indeed...moving out of my first college apartment. I have definitely made a ton of memories here. To celebrate this bittersweet moment, I'm cracking open a classic: Founders Porter. I bought a sixer of this once (right as I was getting into craft beer), and, to be honest, I wasn't too sure about it. However, when I saw a thread in the forum about how "sexy" this beer is, I figured I'd give it another go. Why not? I've found that, when you're drinking Founders, there's no such thing as buyer's remorse. Plus, due to some sort of shortage of bottlecaps, my local liquor store just happened to have a few aged bottles. This particular one has been on the shelf for at least a month in-store. And, if you want to know the true mettle of a craft brewer, there's no better way than that.

A: A dark, dark reddish brown. I'd say 95% of the light that goes through it is captured by the alluring darkness of the body. The head, although quite minimal, is a thick, dark tan. Superb lacing. So far, so sexy...

S: The nose is a great boozy/chocolate concoction. No hops, but tons of earthy yeast with smoky afterthoughts.

T: Tons of complexity - the "wow" factor is big on this one. It opens with a stunning bitterness that swarms the tastebuds. Hops are incredibly earthy and serene, like the smell of a fresh-cut lawn. Pleasant, to say the least. The smoky hues are big and bold, and the yeast is a bready work of art. What a great drinking experience.

M: Once again, a good micro-carb from Founders. I was expecting a little less, being that it's a porter, but this brewer had other ideas. It's nice, but there are times where the carb is too much and whole thing comes off as too light for its palate. Still, a great overall drink.

O: Founder's Porter: is it really a beer that can be described as sexy? After trying it, there's only one way I can think to answer: hell yeah! Founders certainly knows what great craft beer is, and they show it without a doubt in this brew. For the money, there's no better porter out there. (2,037 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 12 oz bottle. Pours a ruddy blackish brown with a light brown head that provides ample lacing.

In the nose is chocolate, moderate espresso.

The flavor follows the nose, a nice roasted malt character hints of smoke and coffee. Chocolate sweetness is just under the radar, and the earthy hop is there providing residual bitterness. Imagine waking up and eating oreos with your coffee and cigar, in liquid form.

Mouthfeel is superb. High carbonation with a smooth drying finish. Crisp on the palate, and is actually not as heavy as I would expect.

Drinkability is very good as well. A very tasty porter here that may be the benchmark for the style. I would reccommend buying a case of this lovely beer. (732 characters)

Photo of Winter
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours near black in color with a dark brown head. The head remained throughout most of consumption. The aroma consists of dark chocolate, coffee and hints of alcohol. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and pretty smooth. This is a rich robust porter. Drinking this makes it hard to distinguish between what's a stout and what classifies as a porter sometimes these days. The flavor is loaded with ample amounts of dark roasted malt. At times an espresso-like quality emerges in the taste also. Goes down amazingly well for a 6.5% ale. Perfect for the dark winter nights that are coming. (580 characters)

Photo of kbrinson
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured to a duvel glass.

appearance is jet black with one finger head. very nice lacing. very smooth with subtle hoppiness with dark chocolate notes. the aftertaste of this beer is excellent.

I've had several Porters, however this one is definitely the best I've had. I've been looking for this one for some time. Edmund Fitzgerald was my benchmark until I tried this.

If you don't have access to this, trade for it. If you have access to it, relish it. (458 characters)

Photo of astrasday
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle has a gothic style portrait of a pale white woman wearing all black with the words, "Dark, Rich & Sexy". Pretty hilarious if you ask me. 6.5% ABV and 45 IBUs clearly marked. No freshness date. Poured this one into a tulip glass. Utter darkness. A foamy, tan head quickly dissipates with a nice sticky lacing.

Smell of raisins and heavy, fresh baked bread come through first. Roasted malts, coffee and dark, over-ripe fruit fall are all present as well. The scent is balanced and almost wholesome.

Taste. Roasted malts, coffee, raisins, chocolate and just a touch of hop bitterness to round out it out. Finish is very similar to a sip of nice dark coffee. Lovely.

The mouthfeel. Rich, full and deep. Exactly what I want from a porter. I find myself utterly content with this portion of the beer. I am left wanting nothing.

Drinkability. Does this beer define this word? It might. It's just a pleasure sipping on this brew. Relaxing, enjoying the lovely taste and it goes down so agreeably. More, please. (1,013 characters)

Photo of challenja
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Pint glass

A:Dark burnt sienna in appearance, an amazing Dark Mocha Head that holds its own 3 minutes in. Nice white foam lace, holding the top part of the beer head. Amazing! Defiantly the best looking Porter Head I have ever seen!

S:- Sweet fig, Chicory barrel, burnt French roast, dark cocoa, dark overly dry raisins.

T:- Burnt chocolate bitters, sweeter chicory barrel, nice dark fruit, sweet figs. Sweeter than most porters that I have tried.

M : Medium body, sweet and slightly creamy mouthfeel, it was served cold, and downed quickly while watching IN the Mouth Of Madness. A porter with a nice lingering finish, Top 3 material.

O: Top 3 Porters that I must have on Cask. Founders astounds again, my go to Porter which is easily attainable in my area. Get a 4 pack now! (822 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is jet black, with a thick, beige head. A thick sheet of lacing coats the pint glass. No room for improvement here.

The aroma...ahh. Roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. What a welcoming scent.

The beer tastes fantastic as well. Teeming with flavor, this is one of the finest porters I have ever had. Chocolate and roast in beautiful harmony.

The feel is medium to full bodied, and silky smooth.

I highly recommend this beer. When it comes to stouts and porters, Founders Brewing Co. is simply world class. (519 characters)

Photo of Mavigo
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Porter season lets gooo
Served in a pint

A: Pours a fine opaque pitch black, with a short caramel head with a good amount of lacing

S: Smells chocolatey, woody, toffee, coffee, very aromatic

T: Very sweet and rich, very mellow, picking up on vanilla, very chocolatey, hops at the finish

M: extremely refreshing and mellow, light carbonation, the way I like it, very smooth, not much after taste, finishes warm leaving you wanting more.

O: Heard good things about Founders, they dominate the top beer lists on this site, and rightfully so, this is a great porter. Its tasteful, sweet, perfect balance of carbonation and flavor, its refreshing, fulfilling and rich, great beer. (681 characters)

Photo of WheelsPSU
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark brown, almost black with sediment. It had a very small tan/cinnamon colored head that quickly disappeared. The smell was malts with dark chocolate and coffee upfront and a bit of something roasted. The taste was unsweetened chocolate and roasted coffee. It was deliciously creamy. A hint of the smoke/roast profile shined through. The finish had some dark fruits. It lingered nicely and the creamy texture was the highlight of this beer. (461 characters)

Photo of bigfoot13
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First, I only review beers that I find exceptional.

This is my favorite Porter that can be found on tap year round at my Winkin Lizards bar close to my bowling alley. (Sadly, this is the only place I can find it)
I drink 1 or 2 of these while consuming a Italian Sub sandwich every week before bowling.
They help put me in the right "Frame" of mind.

I'm a home brewer and wish I could duplicate this kick butt beer.

Pours black with a one inch chocolaty head made of microscopic bubbles. YUM
The smell reminds me of eating chocolate while drinking black coffee.
Taste is a repeat of the smell.
Perfect.
For some reason I get a really good buzz off this beer. (661 characters)

Photo of Stigs
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, served in a DFH signature glass

A - pours with a fingers height of tight and frothy, dark khaki colored foam. leaves behind spotty bubbles of lace through the drink. the beer is just about pitch black, with only the slightest dark ruby hue when held up to a bright light.

S - pretty aromatic...starts off with bold roasted malts, dark french roasted and lightly creamed and sweetened coffee, bitter dark bakers chocolate. a slight lactose-like sweetness, more cocoa powder comes out as it opens, along with a slightly bittering hop aroma. outstanding.

T - starts off with some dark roasted malt immediately joined by a bit of dark fruits, sharp black coffee. the hops come alive here, adding a strong big of grassy and earthy bitterness joined by some chocolate, vanilla, and mineral. the aftertaste is dominated by milk chocolate and roasted coffee. let this one sit a bit to mellow and really open up!

M - medium bodied, creamy and with a good medium amount of carbonation. quite chewy, leaves the mouth a bit scratchy and "fuzzy".

D - a well-rounded porter with all the classic characteristics, taken to a slightly bolder level as expected from Founders, borders the Stout line. dangerously drinkable and delicious. (1,238 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nothing cute nor fancy about the name ('Porter'), but a classy-looking label nonetheless. I honestly don't recall who handed this one over, but suffice to say it was one of a short list of OH/MI-residing BAs I've met since spring; this 12 oz. twist-capped bottle has stayed in the fridge since the day it arrived; poured to pint glass tonight.

A: A deep ebony, but without over-scrutinizing we'll call it 'black'. Topped with a finger of creamy tan, short-lived retention before reducing to a dimpled film. Good lace, clinging in broken sheets.

S: Oh, baby! Excellent aroma, a deep fudgy-chocolate. Vanilla-laced coffee, ample nutty roast.

T: If you know the wonders of coffee from a french press, then you understand the essence of this beer: silky chocolate, burnished java beans, sugars and light spices co-mingling. Just when a borderline 'too-sweet' sweetness builds, a balancing backlash of bittering roast ropes it back in. With each sip, this interplays beautifully. Toyed with a '5' here, one of the best-flavored porters I've ever encountered.

M: Velvety-smooth creaminess, a bit low on carbonation (may be a result of extra months of age - date unknown). The silky texture means more bitter chocolate coating is held on the cheeks and tongue...the aftertaste lasts an eternity.

D: Founders knocks another robust ale outta the park! After multiple tries of their venerated Breakfast Stout(s) and Imperial Stout, this Porter is in the same league. Big flavor, terrific aroma, decent drinkability ABV-wise (6.5%) and impossible to get on the West Coast without benefit of the trading community - all equate to a highly drinkable beer that's undeniably worth seeking. To call it 'exceptional' seems right... (1,720 characters)

Photo of brewer007
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Classic Porter appearance with great viscosity balance

Smell: Rich malty tones

Taste: Rich balance of chocolate, carmel, and coffee, with a slight bitterness but not overwhelming for a porter. Smooth.

Mouthfeel: Smooth rich porter

Overall: A great balance of flavors with a nice balance on the viscosity as well for a great porter. Makes for a great fall or winter brew. (387 characters)

Photo of peensteen
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark brown, near pitch black in colour, whisp of tan coloured head, some lace. Smell is full of chocolate and coffee, quite a bit of roasted malt, bready, bit of earthy hops and molasses. Taste is very roasty, chocolate mostly bittersweet with a bit of milk, coffee grinds, nice mid palate bitterness, some hoppy flavours as well. Medium carbonation, medium-full body, creamy-full feel. Outstanding, one of the best american porters I have ever come across. (462 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

WOW
I've been waiting to taste this one.
The pour was beautiful, a dark, almost pitch black nightfall into the glass. The head was creamy, slightly brownish but held up pretty long in the glass.

The nose was coffee all the way, not as pronounced as some others, but for a Porter it was pretty full.

The mouthful was smooth like silk, I can find NOTHING wrong with the taste. In fact, this tasted more like a stout than a porter There was coffee, but also hints of bitter sweet chocolate, with a touch of a pepper, leaving just a dab of spiciness.

The finish was smooth and lingering, leaving me knowing that I will go back to this one again (643 characters)

Photo of imanidiot777
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours so dark of a brown that it is essentially black, completely opaque; not a hint of light gets through. The head is dark cream and stays for a long time and leaves cream lacing on the glass. Best looking beer I ever poured so far.

S: Heavy on the chocolate even with my bad nose, some coffee and malt as well.

T: Chocolate and coffee come through strong, malty, and a little bitter from hops as well.

M: Smooth and well crafted, good carbonation level.

D: The one and only thing that I don't like about this beer is how heavy it sits in the stomach. It won't stop me from drinking it though and otherwise it is utterly amazing. (638 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid portion comes out cola brown during the pour and dark brown to black as it rises up in the glass. Brown highlights on the sides when you hold it up to the light. Slightly darker than tan head with pretty much small bubbles, sticks around a little while but trickles away, ok lacing.

Smell is really good. Often times porters have the word "robust" on the label. Founder's doesn't but this would be a decent adjective in my opinion. Plenty of dark roasted (or even burned) malts here providing the classic dark chocolatey and black coffee aromas. Also some haylike aromas from the grains and the fairly generous amount of hops (for this style). Not a hop bomb, but if you're a hophead that likes porters too, this would be a good choice.

Pretty standard that Founders doesn't skimp in the taste department, and there is no exception on their porter. Plenty of over roasted to heavy toasted chocolate malts providing a nice balance of bitter and sweetness on this porter. Big flavors of more bitter than sweet chocolate, some dark caramel/toffee and a bit of a dark roasted black coffee. Pretty big and bold, I've had some stouts that try to pull themselves off as "imperial" that aren't as big and bold as this one. Just a good beer all around.

Mouthfeel is really good. Medium bodied, flavor will linger a little bit. Great carbonation level. It's pretty silky smooth with a nice clean slightly bitter finish. Drinkability is there bigtime, this is a fast drinking porter. The label on the bottle says "Dark, Rich, & Sexy." I can attest to the first two descriptors, this beer doesn't turn me on, but it's a pretty well done porter from the crew there in Grand Rapids. (1,738 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a really dark brown almost black color with a creamy mocha head that sticks around for a while. Smells of chocolate, roast, a touch of alcohol. Smells almost like a stout. Taste is creamy roasty chocolate. Has a touch of hops and alcohol burn in the finish but leaves you salivating for more of its roasty goodness. Very Creamy mouthfeel, crisp carbonation, thick body. Great brew! Could be a stout could be a porter, frankly I don't care I've just got to get me some more. One of the best porters ever. (509 characters)

Photo of unclejazz
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I waited far too long to try this, but maybe it was meant to be, since I waited to have it on tap.Thank you Brooklyn bar to remain unnamed bar that provided me with a free pizza to enjoy with my beer.

A-solid brown/black body with a solid 1 finger head poured into a pint glass. Very nice retention and some lacing.

S-this is the Barry White of beers and it starts with a smell that is velvety smooth. Rich cocoa nib, dark roasted malt, and a touch of chocolate milk in the nose. I could enjoy the head of this beer all day long.

T-Aww yeah, this hits the spot. One sign of a good porter is one that is refreshing. This does the trick and then some. A repeat performance of the what the nse caught, but a great nutty kind of Costa Rican coffee punch in the middle. Some really great earthiness which leads me to believe that this might do very well aged in oak. Just take a minute and imagine that...

M-heavy in the mouth, but with a very nice undercurrent of carbonation. As it warms up it only gets better and the last few sips had the best mouthfeel, when I began taking smaller sips to make it last.

O-this is a real bulls-eye for Founders, a definite feather in their cap and a good nominee for flagship beer. I have had all the big dogs that Founders puts out, including a 2010 CBS on draft just last week.(which was mellowed out to near-perfection). This beer may be the best of them all. I am a bit giddy to see if the bottle is as good. I may start to horde them. (1,478 characters)

Photo of Wheelinb
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Founders pouring at The Stable. Every time I have something from Founder I always end up happy and this was no exception.

Great dark color and the aroma was pure goodness. Nice malt and coffee aromas. The taste was rich, but not overly so. I could taste a combination of chocolate and coffee. What's not to like. I am glad Founders is now being offered on this side of the river. (397 characters)

Photo of Edwaka01
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Finger Lakes Beverage Center. Founders in upstate NY!

Poured from 12 oz into nonic pint.

A - Absolutely black. Thin layer of foam on top, leaving lace on glass, but not much head to speak of.

S - Chocolate malt, roastiness, coffee. Floral hops buried under the malt aromas.

T - Smooth. Tastes like I know most imperial stouts minus any alcohol burn or warming. Lots of roasty dark malt, and a bit of smokiness. Coffee and chocolate type notes along for the ride.
Nice hop content throughout, but not at all overwhelming.

M - Low carbonation, but nice sized body. Not huge but not thin by any means.

O - My first founders. I hate how much I hear about some breweries like Founders, RR, 3F, because sometimes the beer doesn't live up to the hype, but this one definitely did. Can't wait to try more of their stuff. (831 characters)

Photo of JDV
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle in trade from ROBORB. Thanks man! Pours a rich dark black with a medium lived tan head. Smell is roasty malt, coffee and is quite nutty as well. Taste is very richly roasted, dark bitter chocolate, roasted coffee beans, bitter charred malt, and just really nice. A pretty substantial amount of bitterness either from the hops or the charred malt. Body is medium to full with medium carbonation. Damn tasty and easily one of the best porters I've had. How is this not a stout, and why is it not a year round beer? (519 characters)

Photo of jbertsch
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears black with a frothy tan khaki head that laces well.

Smells of chocolate, and woodys-smelling malts with a touch of smoke. Almost smells soft and cabin-like.

Wow. So delicious tasting - Cocao podwer, earthy malts, roasted grains, and a touch of bright hops.

Noticeable carbonation gives an edge to otherwise super smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability is dangerously good.

One of the best porters I've ever had. (421 characters)

Photo of BeerEngineer
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

General: I found this at a little craft beer spot. I'm a big fan of their breakfast stout and figured that since they had the porter I should try it. I poured this out of a standard 12 oz bottle into a chalice style glass.

Appearance: Great light tan head, the color of the beer itself is black, no two ways about it. There is lovely lacing on the glass after each sip. Very nice.

Aroma: Alcoholic aroma with a touch of coffee. It's got a nice chocolate note also that is really nice. It is a pretty straight forward porter, nice and clean flavors.

Mouthfeel: On the thicker end of the style but still acceptable. I really like it. Carbonation is moderate and is very nice. There is a touch of alcohol burn to this which is ok.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee and heavy maltiness. There is a touch of alcohol too which is fine but it's not that big because it's only 6.5% ABV.

Overall: I like this, I'm not crazy about it like I am their breakfast stout but this is a pretty good porter. I'm a fan and will drink it again, if you see it and you like porters this is a good example of the style. (1,096 characters)

Photo of stckhndlr
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Wow! This is a stout cunningly disguised as a porter. Super dark brown, almost black. 1 inch tan head on top. Only a pinch of light gets through this giving it dark ruby highlights around the edges.

S- Coffee up front. toasted chocolate and smokey.

T- Coffee and roasted hops. Good toasted flavor. Light caramel. Leaves a warm bitter coffee finish on your tongue. Complex flavors though.

M- This think has a very dry finish, like a red wine. Great body to it.

O- This is one of the best porters I have had. Great coffee flavor and wonderful sipper. (555 characters)

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,438 ratings.