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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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95
world-class

5,922 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,922
Reviews: 1,369
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 283
Gots: 748 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No absence of hops gives Founders' robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect.

45 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2003)
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Photo of CooperEllis
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First review, figured I'd start with something I like generally (porter) but a brewery I had never had before.

The color is near perfect, in the pour and head. The growlers from Bierkraft are counter pressure filled; the head on the first pour was three quarters of an inch and coated the sides of the glass nicely as it settled.

Initially, it smelled like when you open a fresh tin of nesquick or hershey's (the powder kind) and there's that dry smell of slightly bitter chocolate dust. It did not hold a distinctive aroma with drinking, but disappeared or faded into the background of the taste.

The tast is very good, I mean, it taste's how I expected (or hoped!) it would taste. I did thinks it was a little one-demensional.

This porter is slightly watery in mouthfee, but with a little attention to 'chewing' the flavors released nicely. While I'm loathe to say 'it tasted like chocolate' the aftertaste is distinctly that sourtaste that I always associate with a very high quality piece of dark chocolate. I have to imagine pairing this with a nice chipotle chocolate treat would be amazing for a dessert but I have to say this was light enough for a porter that I could see pouring four or five over the course of an afternoon bbq and enjoying each.

***

I poured a second glass of this and let it sit for a while, the rise in temperature completely changed the mouth feel and flavor. This beer became more complex in flavor, with a creamy texture.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Founders imperial pint.
6.5% ABV, 45 IBUs, Bottled 01/20/14

A - The clear pour to the bottom of the glass resulted in a monumental tan head with dribbles of beer slowly filtering through the foam creating a sexy cascading. Despite the large head it dropped to a clumpy pile rather quickly but, above the black beer, multiple rings of dense lace were left behind.

S - You'd swear you walked into an old confectionery with a whiff of this beer as dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and melted caramel come together to add silky smoothness to the mildly gritty ground coffee nose. Notes of old, earthy wood paneling give the beer a faint nostalgia!

T - Dark roasted malts pull the chocolate and cocoa nunaces from the nose but add a singed bread crust-like burnt flavor that goes well with the French-pressed coffee taste on the finish.

M - This thick porter is full-bodied and creamy to the point of being as smooth as black velvet. The silky texture is almost chewy since there is little carbonation feel to it but it's not syrupy by any means. A lightly dry and roasted bitter on the finish, it provides the perfect balance to keep it from being too sweet or rich.

O - While the average beer drinker might be wrongly afraid of "dark beer", I've had many a thinner stout than this porter making it one of those "heavy" beers I might caution the uninitiated against. Full-flavored and full-bodied, Founders Porter is a magnificent beer packed with roasted malt character but I think the beer's label sums it up the best; "dark, rich, and sexy."

Photo of largadeer
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottles from Tyson. Thanks again.

Pours black, completely opaque in the glass with a huge three finger dark brown head that retains remarkably well, leaving webs of lace clinging to the glass.

The aroma is of chocolate and roasted grain, coffee and carob.

Roasty on the palate, dry and robust with flavors of coffee, burnt toast and carob showing up mid-palate. Medium-full in body, rich in flavor but impressively drinkable. It finishes semi-sweet with a lingering baker's chocolate bitterness. Exceptional stuff.

Photo of Illtryit
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
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

Photo of WesMantooth
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of cdkrenz
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

Photo of DrumKid003
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Don't have the best lighting at the moment, but this pours black in the middle, with a very dark brown around the edges. Half a finger of head that dissipated very quickly.

S: A hint of milk/dark chocolate which almost gets completely overtaken by a very heavy roasted malt and oats smell.

T: Taste follws the smell very closely. Dominated by roasted grain, chocolate and what I think is a dark french pressed coffee sandwhiched between the roast on the front and the sweet from the chocolate on the end.

M: Very smooth, creamy mouthfeel start to finish and the chocolate is what lasts to create that creamy feeling.

O: By far one of the best porters I've ever had and since it's a year-round beer for Founders, I will definitely by it again on a regular basis.

Photo of naterock
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
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,

Photo of Recondopf
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of devilshaircut
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Eldrad
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

"The Porter that drinks like a Stout."
That should be the marketing slogan for this beer.

Bottled 11/17/13

A - Impenetrable darkness, with a faint head. Compared against Sierra Nevada Porter, this was thick and viscous (SN looked like weak Midwestern coffee or southern iced tea in comparison). Probably the darkest, blackest porter I've examined.

S - Strong roasted barley smell, maybe a dollop of dark chocolate.

T - A near-perfect balance of multiple malts and then malt/hop. Outstanding roasty malt goodness with hops seeming to act like an "unsweetened" agent against a slight dark chocolate suggestion. As if some really, really expensive euro dark unsweetened chocolate accidently fell into the kettle. This 6.5% ABV beer could probably hold up if ABV was jacked up a couple of percentages.

M - Creamy perfection, a near velvet wash throughout the mouth. thick and luscious, like you get from a quality stout. Even moreso than many stouts out there (hmmm...I should compare this with SN Stout!).

O - Benchmark for its style. Period. This is the 3rd time I've had this beer over the past few years, and this has held up to my impressions the other times I've been fortunate to drink it. Lives up to its expectations. If there is a better porter on this continent, it sure ain't anyplace I've ever shopped. Seek this one out.

Photo of kdoc8
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to KJK for getting this to me! Serving was in a bottle poured into a pint glass. Very dark black in color and a thin, brown, foamy head, with some nice lacing going on in the swirl. Taking a whiff of it the first thing that comes to mind is chocolate, but then there's also some cherry...some oaky-ness, some espresso and some just good old ethanol. When it first hits the palate it's very smooth with almost no taste. Then as it starts to sink in there's a lovely blend of smooth, rich chocolate, along with a pleasantly bitter roasty flavor and the coffee/espresso taste starts to come in a few moments after swallowing. Very smooth and very drinkable. Rich, dark and sexy indeed!

Photo of Brunite
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
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!!!

Photo of WakeandBake
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark black color ,with some ruby tones if you hold it to a really strong light, thick lasting light brown head,with very nice lacing. Sweet aroma of coco powder,and fudge,very nice,a hint of the dark roasted barly as it warms.Flavor is awesome,like dark chocolate and good coffee in layers.A touch of the roast at the end ,and just slightly bitter. Medium body ,smooth creamy mouthfeel. The best Porter I have had to date and and maby the best beer. An honor to drink. Thank you Founders !

Photo of Pedro07
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

Photo of blvdlover
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of oaRsirhC
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of sschultz281
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of malcontent
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of TheBeerologist
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet

Pours a dark brown/black with a fairly thin (1/2 finger) tan head. This looks like a beautiful porter.

Smells of roasted malts and a bit of chocolate. A hint of coffee as well.

This is a very tasty beer, strongly flavored by the roasted malts. Some of the chocolate, but a very vice bitter finish with the hops. An all around great tasting porter that is full of flavor.

Nicely carbonated - with a fairly light mouthfeel for such a full flavored porter

Overall this is one of my favorite porters I have had. When living on the west coast my go to porter was Deschutes Black Butte, living in the Midwest this was my go to porter. Noe with a move to the east coast I need to find a replacement (though I was fortunate to find this on the shelves in RI)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Amazing! The appearance was dark brown, almost black with a thick coffee colored head. The smell had a great amount of malt with hints of coffee in the nose. The taste was extraordinary with coffee, dark chocolate, and molasses. The sweetness wasn't overpowering though with a mellow malty finish. Highly refreshing and even though it's summer, I found this beer goes great with bbq or any kind of meat. This was a great beer all around. If you're a fan of the dark stuff, this is a great next try.

Photo of JamesBondGA
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very dark brown, almost black in color. nice Smells and taste of coffee. Couldn;t really taste the alcohol. Very nice drink

Photo of CTague
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Samp01
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle pours a thick black with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted caramel malt, roasted espresso beans, cacao, with some dark fruity tones of plums. Taste is the same as aroma with some bitter cacao and hops. Palate is a full bodied, creamy, oily texture with moderate carbonation. Finish is roasted caramel malt and espresso ending with a sweet bitter cacao, and some lingering notes of dark fruit and caramel malt. Has a nice rustic burnt flavor. Overall an excellent porter. Very much enjoyed this brew.

Photo of jtingue
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance. Dark brown in color, impossible to see through. Pours with a finger and a half of tan head. This dissipates to a nice layer on top of the brew. Nice lacing left on the side of the glass.

Smell. Chocolate malt and roasted coffee intoxicate the nostrils. The smell is so strong and thick that it starts to burn the inside of your nose. A slight hint of berries mixes with the chocolate and roasted scents, making for a quite enjoyable experience.

Taste. Malty bitterness is the first flavor to hit the palate. Sweet, latte or cappuccino like coffee comes next. Another round of malty bitterness separates the coffee form great bittersweet chocolate flavors which come along with that hint of berry that was picked up in the smell. Yet another round of bitterness occurs just before a more sweet chocolatey finish.

Mouthfeel. Surprisingly thick body for a porter, but not yet to the level of a stout. This is helped quite a bit by a moderate to high level of carbonation. Overall it is really light, yet creamy.

This brew is in a heated competition for my favorite porter with the great Edmund Fitzgerald... Awesome

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,922 ratings.