Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,451
Hads: 6,611
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 368
Gots: 1,203 | FT: 26
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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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,

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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!!!

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Photo of Pedro07
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been lucky enough to have this amazing brewery only 10 minutes from me for a while now. In my opinion, this is one of the most amazing porters anywhere.

A- Dark, rich, creamy! The head is a deep, deep tan, and creamy. Very unusual for a porter, porters always seemed thinner to me.

S- Good smell. Coffee, cocoa, roasted wonderfulness! Molasses?? Oh yes.

T- WOW. Everytime I sip this brew it amazes me. Rich, chocolatey, coffee, roasted nuts...there's the molasses.

M- Creamy and full. No runniness, thinness, and never oxidized.

D- At 6%, I can run through quite a few pints of Founder's Porter. The quality of this porter is what sets it apart from the masses. Please bottle this again Founder's!

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Photo of templar316
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Shocked that I've never reviewed this with as many cases as I've poured over the year! Pours deep and dark, with nice khaki head. A nice roasty nose has me imagining cashews and toffee with hints of figgy goodness. The flavor is subtler smooth cola body faded into a bitter cocoa finish. You could drink this all night.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a gorgeous dark dark oily black with a nice thick viscosity and a nice 1 inch tan head that is very dense with some bigger bubbles in the center. The head recedes slowly and leaves some minimal lacing.

S - Delicious chocolate and roasted malt. Wow! Burnt and smokey aromas, smooth and not too sever. Chocolate powder and some mild vanilla spice as well. Coffee.

T - Smooth and very delicious mocha flavors. Chocolate powder sweetness from the malt with a nice burnt character to it. Very mildly bitter especially at the end. Great flavor profile, starting with the burnt flavor then the sweetness and finishing off dry.

M & D - Oily, smooth, thick and creamy. Full bodied and Extremely drinkable. Great offering from Founders. I cant believe it took me this long to try their Porter.

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

One of those porters that tell the history of the beverage; it's easy to see the evolution of the classic porter into the stout style by looking at this inky black brew from which light has little chance of escaping. Thin, tan head say "espresso" more than it does "beer." Excellent.

Strong roast characteristic dominates with fresh-ground coffee being the effect achieved. Rich, almost creamy undertones with the standard dark cocoa aroma delivered in a manner anything but average.

Man, this is bittersweet chocolate wrapped in Colombian coffee sprinkled with cinnamon and sent off by a farewell hop-kiss. Roasty, deep and satisfying.

Smooth with carbonation in the moderate to low range. Full-bodied with an aftertaste that lingers. This is the complete package; if I had everyday access to this it would be my standard. Love this beer.

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Photo of meich75
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Dark brown, almost black color. Nice full flavor but still easy to drink. Coffee and chocolate malt flavors but neither are overpowering. This was my first beer from Founder's brewery but I will definitely try more based on this one.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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