Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,429
Hads: 6,496
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
Wants: 351
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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 wcudwight
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black, nearly opaque with just a little light showing through. Thin wispy head. The appearance is the only thing that's not superb about this beer.
Smells like fresh gound coffee beans with some bitter sweet chocolate. Exactly the way a good porter is supposed to smell imo.
Wonderful charred grain flavor. Good mix btwn the roasted, coffee, chocolate, and bitter flavors. One of the better balanced porters I've had. Reminds me of Foothills Peoples Porter, which is one of my favs.
Love the mouthfeel. Lush, fuller than most porters. Kind of raw. I love the way the flavors coat the mouth and last until you decide to take another sip.
I could sit around and drink this all night long.
Great porter that I received as part of The Educators BIF. (745 characters)

Photo of lurpy1
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been a while since I had this one, recollection was that it was quite good. It always seems to be available, maybe I just take it for granted.

Drunk on tap at Pizza House in East Lansing over a game of euchre. Pours an opaque black, streaks of brown throughout. Not a lot of head.

Incredible smelling beer, perfect blend of coffee, roasted malt, little bit of cocoa. One of the best smelling beers I've come across.

Like the smell, the taste is spot on. Coffee and chocolate roll in and out, in a brilliantly understated way. The coffee taste is quite pronounced, more so than in beers that declare themselves to be coffee porters.

Mouthfeel is also superb, thick and velvety, perfect carbonation, wettish finish.

Great porter, not to mention, Founders seems to get the difference between a porter and a stout. As stated, it's a better coffee porter than many beers that proclaim themselves to be coffee porters. I love that about Founders, not a lot of bravado, they just get er done and crank out awesome beer. I have yet to have had a bad drink from them. (1,064 characters)

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

There's a reason why Founder's is mentioned any time there's a discussion of breweries with solid (indeed, excellent) line-ups. Had as part of flight. Dark chocolate in color with a mocha head, aroma of roasted malt, dark fruits, a little baking cocoa. Taste follows, with some smokey, roasted bitterness. Thick and beautiful feel. (331 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Black; looks like a stout

Smell: roasted and chocolate malts at its finest.

Taste: again, such great depth in flavor between the roasted and chocolate malts.

Mouthfeel: Heavy medium body; chewy and chalky.

Overall: My favorite porter along with Smuttynose and Eddy Fitz. I can't say enough good things about it (327 characters)

Photo of Illtryit
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12 oz into mug.

Like others have said this brew pours solid black with a thin gold/bronze head which goes away and leaves a ring with nice lacing.

Smell a bit of licorice and alcohol. Also toasted/burnt malts.

Taste exactly how I want my porters to taste. Complex flavors battle for top billing... smoke, dark chocolate, toasted grain, licorice. Delicious

mouthfeel smooth and silky.

Overall this is a damn good porter. I highly recommend and I will definitely buy again (482 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pitch black with an above average sized, smooth, creamy, cafe colored head. Good retention with a very nice creamy lacing.

S - Loads of chocolate and cocoa. Hints of coffee that get stronger on the finish of the whiff and malt. No astringency or bitterness on the nose. The more I smell, the more hints of a full roasted coffee I get. Smells great.

T - Loads of chocolate, cocoa, and dark roasted coffee in the mix. A nice earthy /nuttiness in the background that comes out nicely on the finish. Roasted dark malt and a hint of earthy and pine hoppiness on the finish (hops start kicking in mid sip). Just the faintest astringency on the finish as well.

M - On the full side of medium body. Smooth and creamy with average carbonation (although there is a spark of bubbliness mid sip) with a slightly dry finish.

D - Very, very easy to drink porter. Not too sweet or bitter/astringent. Plenty of chocolate and coffee with a nice dark, roasted tasted. Very easy to put down and I'm loving every sip of it.

Notes: Bottled 2/28/12. Wonderful porter. All the flavors I want in a porter with nothing I really dislike in some porters. May not astound me, but it is a very solid choice. A lot of flavor and just a well crafted beer that is very enjoyable to sip on. (1,266 characters)

Photo of JWearda
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S - In a pint glass poured from the bottle

A - Very heavy looking pour. Extremely dark brown in color. Thicker and darker than many of the stouts. About one finger thick, a nice tan colored head with decent retention. Awesome lacing.

S - Charred malt and barley aroma upfront. Slight amount of hops. Aroma is still very much like a porter. Very well balanced. Overall strength is mild to medium strong just like a good porter.

T - It has burnt up malts shining throughout. Slight coffee flavor. Good mix of hops though it's not bitter; it provides a good balance. Some cocoa taste. Dry finish with no sweetness whatsoever. Not boozy.

M - On the thicker and more full bodied side. Low to moderate carbonation which is very likable. No astringency only the lingering taste of burnt up malts.

O - This is how a porter should be. (830 characters)

Photo of BB1313
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 3/31/11. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a beautiful shiny pitch black, nice mocha head that sticks around, and very thick lacing. Great looking porter! The aromas get better as this one warms up. Lots of milk chocolate, with some coffee undertones. The flavors are bitter, but balanced. Once again, more milk chocolate w/ a slight roastiness. The coffee/expresso is still present. Extremely bold flavors. Mouthfeel is awesome.. extremely silky and velvety, creamy and smooth. Awesome beer!

This kind of blurs the line of a traditional porter, but it is what it is.. there's no denying its' overall complexity. It's a highly enjoyable treat and is up there w/ Eddy Fitz, IMO. Awesome brew, definitely recommended. (735 characters)

Photo of SeamusDoyle
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque, brown-black beer with a brown sugar-colored froth that stays put. It has an aroma of roasty malts, caramel or brown sugar and zesty hops. It has a very American smell. It’s pretty full bodied and soft. It vanishes from the mouth quickly and leaves the tongue a bit scratchy. It has flavors of dark malt, roastiness and maybe chocolate. A sort of lemon peel bitterness and some sort of grass or hay and spice seem to come from the hops. It’s balanced perfectly. It’s bold and delicious. This shows everyone what a porter is all about (555 characters)

Photo of whendeathsleeps
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours black as night with a two finger soapy tan head, great lacing throughout.
S- Dark Chocolate, roasted coffee.
T- Rich robust coffee, dark fruits, a little bitter dark chocolate.
M- Smooth, a little overly carbonated, but not bad. Not too thick, a great drinker.

Great overall Porter, will definitely buy this one again. Hard to find much wrong with this beer. (368 characters)

Photo of FlakyBiscuit
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12ounce bottle into pint glass. Opaque black body with about half inch of coffee cream colored head. Aroma of coffee and dark chocolate. Thick mouthfeel which reminds me of an Imperial stout. Very slight alcohol bite. The flavors starts of dark chocolate and black coffee . Hints of licorice and more chocolate as it finishes semi dry on the palate. This beer represents an exceptional porter. Please let this warmup to about 50 degrees or so as the chocolate flavors become even more pronounced. A real decadent treat. (533 characters)

Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark, oily brown with a creamy tan head. Nice lacing and retention.

Nose has roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, molasses, floral hops.

Taste has burnt malts, cocoa, espresso, molasses and bitter hops.

Medium body is nicely carbonated. Great porter from Founders. (272 characters)

Photo of Dave_in_GR
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is a very dark brown with a tiny bit of tan colored head.

Smell is dominated by chocolate, maybe a bit of roasted coffee in there as well.

Taste is bold, some chocolate and coffee flavor but also more bitterness than I'm used to in a beer like this. It all works well together, really tasty.

Mouthfeel is very thick; this is a heavy bodied beer but with a bit of carbonation that lightens it up. Not an easy drinking beer or anything, but easier than you would expect.

This bottle has been in my fridge for over a month as I polished off my stash of breakfast stout, really wish I had gotten to this sooner! (668 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours deeply dark brown with a head like a melted marshmallow in a mug of hot chocolate. Nice creamy head. Good lace.
Smell is rich with notes of malt, hops, smoke, soy, dark chocolate,wet cardboard, coffee with a hint of vanilla and pepper. Fabulous balance. Deeply complex.
Taste is roasted, almost burnt malt, soy, semisweet chocolate, smoke, coffee, light hops and very faint vanilla. Really well balanced.
Rich and full-bodied, light, style correct effervescence. Warming and creamy with a very light coating of the palate. I so want some cookies to eat with this beer, strange as that sounds. Left some yeast in the bottle, dammit. This is an amazingly good brew. I wish I had more than one and that it didn't require a 1500 mile round trip to get it. I want more of this! This checks off all the boxes for a porter for me. (829 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled last night on 6/6/14. Bottled chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a handled glass stein.

Pours a very deep brown to black in color with a small beige head. Spotty lacing is seen with each sip. The aroma is of chocolate, roasted malts with a hint of coffee. The taste is all of that and more with a hint of caramel, smokey roasted nuts with lots of flavor! Very tasty and goes down easy. A great brew! (436 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark black, with a real thick tanish 2 inch head, tons of lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, sugars, some hops and spices. Has a stout look and feel to it.

Taste - Ive had this many times, now its time to sit down and review it. Starts off with roasted malts and chocolate spices. Its bold yet smooth and flavorful. Some mild hops leak through. Very creamy and distinct flavor that founders beers have. Theres a special spice in this beer, almost cinnimon-ish, maybe its the coffee used? It just adds to the special flavor.

Mouthfeel - Covers whole mouth with its thick, cream like coating. Tounge gets sweetened and spiced, palette gets some coffee, and mouth is left wanting more...alot more.

Overall - Not sure it gets any better. Sammy smiths is default porter and very easy to get. This reminded me how special this beer is and why i need to be drinking it alot more. World class, drink this soon as you can. (950 characters)

Photo of Krabapplekid
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is the Patrick Roy of porters, the porter which with all others must now be compared. Founders substantiates the state of Michigan in the brewing community. If the sitcom Fargo could be enhanced by a beer, it is this beer. I would rather have one six pack of Founders Porter per week for the rest of my life than world peace, the ability to fly, or Scarlett Johansson. (373 characters)

Photo of naterock
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into an imperial pint glass with a dark almost motor oil quality as it pours with a thin head and no lacing. as black as night like deep silk.

Smells of rich bitter chocolate and a hop nose in the back end. I get some brown sugar and mollasses in the back with a earthy malt character.

Tastes OH MY GOD! Silky smooth with a bitter chocolate flavor and a hint of espresso in the back. no words, must...drink....more.

Mouth is incredibly viscous, quite possibly could be the definition of viscous. frinks like syrup but oh so smooth and lovely, (552 characters)

Photo of REGreenBTRB
4.62/5  rDev +9%

Bottles on 05/08/14. Poured into a snifter.

A:4.75 - Beautiful beer! Pours VERY dark, you can't see any light through it. A dark tan, creamy head sits nicely on top, maybe about one finger. It leaves a little lacing.

S: 4.5 - A delicious smelling beer, it has a dark roasted malt scent backed up by some dark chocolate and hints of coffee.

T: 4.5 - The smell prepares you quite nicely for the taste. It's all there; the roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel. It's awesome.

M: 4.75 - Not too thin like some porters I have had. This seems like the perfect medium between a porter and a stout. There's a creaminess to it that you don't get with other porters, but not as "thick" as some of the stouts. Very smooth, very drinkable, very nice.

O: 4.62 - This is the best porter I've had to date. Thank god Founders distributes to Arkansas - they make some awesome stuff. Just as the label states, this is dark, rich and sexy. Very sexy. The Kate Upton of porters. (975 characters)

Photo of cdkrenz
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Dave.

A - Very dark brown, nearing black body. The head is medium tan starting out around a half inch tall and receding slowly to around an eighth of an inch.

S - Smokey coffee and chocolate malts that were roasted long.

T - long roasted malts, hint of smoke and BBQ, wavering toward chocolate. This is a tasty example of a porter. I'm not sure I've ever encountered a better tasting beverage of this style.

M - Medium bodied, mild coarseness throughout a bit of resin left behind all over my lips and mouth following each pull.

~ This is an exceptional porter. The kind of beer breweries are build upon. If you have yet to sample this beer. Go Get One! (666 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of FtownThrowDown poured into a tulip.

This one poured dark, dark brown out of the bottle and settles in black with hints of mahogany around the edges. An aggressive pour produces a smallish tan head that recedes to a ring quickly and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is stunning on this one with everything you could ever want in a porter. It's got dark sweet malts, with lots of chocolate and hints of roasted coffee. It's also got plenty of sweet dark fruits and hints of caramel, vanilla, and even a hint of hops. One of the best aromas I've had on a porter.

The taste is only a small step behind the aroma in my book. It's definitely sweet with lots of dark chocolate malts and molasses sweetness. Tastes like a dessert with a splash of coffee infusion.

The mouthfeel is full-bodied with low, soft carbonation and just completely coats the mouth with the dark sweet malts. Decadent mouthfeel overall, especially for the style.

Quite simply, one of the best porters I've ever tasted. The nose is world-class and the taste and mouthfeel are pretty damn close. I'm not sure if I've ever had a beer with more flavor at this ABV level. Wonderful stuff. (1,177 characters)

Photo of mikeborglum
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in a dimpled mug: very complex aroma chocolate, coffee, toast, spruce, earthy, soy sauce, smoke: pitch black color, minimal head, brown foam; medium sweetness, salty, lightly bitter; full body, soft carbonation, oily feel, an abrupt burn then sweet burnt finish; great beer with meal and just finishing a long hard day. (339 characters)

Photo of HopDerek
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jay23 for this extra.

Pours a very dark brown/licorice black color with 1 finger of burnt tan head. Good retention and nice lacing swirls. Dark, rich, and sexy just like the label says! Smells of caramel, roasted malt, milk chocolate, and coffee. Tastes of milk chocolate, caramel, molasses, cocoa powder, roasted malt, and a touch of charcoal with a coffee bean and spicy hop bitter finish. Medium-full in body with good carbonation. Thick and viscous, smooth and creamy with a nice sweetness, some burnt character and a nicely balanced bittering finish. Incredibly easy to drink, I wouldn't mind sessioning this one. (629 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour. Dark brown to black with a tan head. Plenty of chocolate, coffee and roasted notes. The cocoa wafts in on the nose and dominates. Smooth and drinkable with enough of a hop factor to even out the sweeter, dessert inflected elements. A classic, whether enjoyed on tap or from the bottle this is a top class porter. (325 characters)

Photo of Brunite
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours out a dark black body with a foamy tan head. The lacing is excellent.

S. Initial aroma is all coffee with some roasted grains. Very faint chocolate notes.

T. The initial taste is roasted coffee with dark chocolate. There is just the slightest hoppiness noticeable. There is also the usual acidic notes found in a porter along with some lactose-like sweetness. As things warm up...it becomes almost all bitter dark chocolate with a residual sweetness....liquid candy bar time! Pretty dang complex for a Porter.

M. The mouthfeel is so smooth and creamy. In fact....just about as much so as a quad!

O. This is really an epic porter. After a comparison with Bell's, Smutty and Edmund Fitz...this came out as my favorite with E-Fitz in second. I like this one a lot!!! (776 characters)

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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