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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,457
Hads: 6,630
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 370
Gots: 1,216 | 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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Photo of maedhros09
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Black like a stout, almost imperial, with a couple fingers of medium-dark tan head that settles to some bubbles. Yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle.
Smell: Deep roasty notes, almost burnt dark roast coffee
Taste: The deep roasty flavors suggested by the nose introduce the palate with just enough sweetness to avoid too much of the anticipated bitterness. There is a bit of dark chocolate and a hint of the coffee in the nose. An herbal hop finish rounds things out with a nicely balanced touch of bitterness and a medium-long finish.
Feel: medium body, medium carbonation though smooth mouthfeel

Overall: I remember liking this a lot when I first tried it 6 months ago but in retrospect after trying many more porters and stouts, the Founders Porter stands out as a truly exemplary example of the style. In particular it is so robust in flavor that it is easy to see how it could be called a stout. In comparison to the sweeter floral-toned Anchor porter and the smooth and relatively light-flavored but superbly balanced Deschutes Black Butte Porter, this one is pure unadulterated roasted malt with big coffee and chocolate hints and a solid dose of herbal hops. It's so big on flavor that it's hard to imagine having more than one. Like the Dirty Bastard, this is a great value from Founders, as it drinks better than a lot of higher-priced brews and smacks of quality ingredients and production.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Halcyondays is the one responsible for giving me my first taste of Founders Porter! Thanks! On to the beer:

The beer is nearly ink black and has a sturdy enough head with solid doses of lace. it smells like toasted coconut and dark cocoa, two things which are pleasant together. In its taste, the beer has a dimension of nuttiness not found in the aroma. Semi-sweet throughout with coconut and nutty notes kicking around. That's enough to make Founder Porter a pleasure to drink,

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark as night body with a thin tan head
aroma is of chocolate and roasted malt.
taste is chocolate up front followed by some roasty notes.
mouthfeel is good and overall a damm good beer.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Classic porter, especially as representing the brash, bold end of the porter spectrum. Tons of roasted barley, bordering on burnt toast at times, but with some nice coffee notes throw in there too. Great feel as well, rich, mildly viscous. This is a brew to put hair on your chest, so don't come in expecting a nice soft, sweet porter. In the middle of a cold winter's night, though, this is where you want to be.

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Photo of DarthVorador
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into tumbler out of 12oz. Bottle.
A: black as a moonless night. 1/4" caramel colored head quickly dissipates to leave nice lacing for a porter.
S: roasted malt and hops, w/ a caramel tinge.
T: follows the nose with notes of dark roast coffee and a slight bitter acridness on the swallow. Alcohol is COMPLETELY hidden!
F: initially thick but transitions to a lighter clean aftertaste I can only attribute to the masterful application of the hops...wonderful!
O: A top notch porter second to Eddy Fitz ONLY, IMO. More "Stouty" as well, but that's fine 'cause I LOVE the Stouts too!!!

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pitch black pour with a small dark brown head. Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Lots of chocolate comes through in the flavor. Thick texture with a medium to full body. Very robust. Not a bad porter by any means, but a notch below some of my favorites like Anchor, Smuttynose and Great Lakes.

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Photo of Malt_Man
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Poured at room temperature from bottle into saison glass.

A) Very dark brown /black, opaque with thin bubbly film.

S) Subtle, but rich fruity malt and hints of liquorice.

T) ooooooo. Mellow fruity malt with a beautiful roast nutty flavour that just goes on and on. The bitterness is there but is wonderfully understated.

M) Actually quite refreshing, with the roast nut aftertaste balancing it out.

O) There doesn't seem to be a dividing line between porters and stouts in the US - this is stronger and has a deeper roasted flavour than SN Stout. I suppose the name doesn't matter when it tastes this good.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Appearance....black and opaque. Dark brown head.

Smell....earthy smoky with chocolate aroma.

Taste. ....grainy malt roasted chocolate with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel...heavy and smooth.

Overall....an excellent porter

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Photo of stercomm
4.75/5  rDev +12%

A - Pours an extremely dark brown, almost tar colored, nice small tan head, sticks to the glass very nicely.

S - Getting lots of roasted, toasty malts, some coffee, slight hint of baker's chocolate, some smokiness.

T - Out of this world good, creamy chocolate and coffee with the coffee more pronounced on the finish, smoky and toasty malts.

O - One of my favorite porters, a very sessionable beer as well

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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 UrbanCaveman
2.01/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at room temperature.

A: Pours out of the bottle an inky brown, that becomes black in the glass - so much so that it absorbs all nearby light. Forms a thin brown head, which quickly fades to a ring. No lacing to speak of.

S: Roasted malt meets light coffee and semi-sweet chocolate, all wreathed together in a nice balance.

T: And it all falls apart. I did not expect to get such a piney hop bite from the nose, yet that is virtually all I can taste in this beer. It's difficult to notice any other aspect of the flavor profile - so much so that I cannot. This is effectively a black IPA for those who enjoy pine.

M: Watery, thin, and with a sharpness that may just be the excessive hopping.

O: Edmund Fitzgerald this is emphatically not. I shall not repeat.

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Photo of djkman
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

a - pours dark. you can maybe make a head if you our hard. dark. even the pour looks roasted.

s - ok here you can small the roast. hints of chocolate and coffee. not to my nose. but my nose is currently stuffed up. i smell the dark roast appeal.

t - ok here we go ..... nice dark taste. not heavy. not light just right for a porter. if you want porter this is it! no problem!

m - ok here is the deal. with stouts and porters sometimes i a drinking a beer milkshake. not here. IMHO good balance.

overall - U know in the 80's a polar vortex was called a COLD FRONT! . During these cold weather days this porter does the job. I drink it slow and enjoy it.

this is my review.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Pours a deep dark brown with a 2 inch tan colored head that takes its time dissipating leaving good lacing down a 16oz pub glass.

Smell is good with roasted malts taking center stage. I get some chocolate, coffee and maybe a medicinal smell of cough syrup.

Taste is good with the sweet malts hitting first giving those chocolate and coffee flavors. That gives way to a nice bite of hop bitterness, maybe a little piney. The aftertaste is of the chocolate and coffee malts.

Mouthfeel is pretty full with really nice, velvety carbonation.

Overall, a really nice beer. I like these dark beers this time of year and this one has delivered. This is my first beer from Founders and I was pretty impressed. Looking forward to more from them.

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Photo of tds101
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

A very straight forward porter. Roasted malt smell, sweet. Slight taste of toasted malt, coffee, bit of bitter chocolate. Very good beer. When I'm in the mood for a nice tasting American style porter this is it.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – Pours a pitch black color with a nice chocolaty tan head and sparse lacing.

Smell – Very malty, with chocolate, caramel, and smoke.

Taste – More rich malt, with cacao, caramel, and a little coffee.

Mouthfeel – Creamy and velvety. Could use a touch more alcohol.

Drinkability – Went down super easy and fast, though it is only 6.5%abv.

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Photo of illpass78
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown that's very close to black. Short tan head. Some lacing.

Aroma: Surprisingly earthy and floral and hoppy for a porter. Also lots of chocolate and black coffee.

Taste: Nice hoppy, bitter taste with dark chocolate and burnt notes. Lots of black coffee bitterness. Pretty complex.

Mouthfeel: This is a sturdy, robust beer - it's a sipper despite moderate alcohol. Not heavy, but it's a very full-tasting beer. I paired it with chocolate. Wise move.

Overall: A really nice porter. For fans of the style and fans of good beer.

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Photo of Vogie
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Served in a duvel tulip glass. Poured this right down the center which yields a 1 finger mocha brown head that dissipates to a ring around the edges. Aroma is massive with strong dark chocolate, faint black coffee, smoke/char, and maybe some caramel as well. Taste starts out with a smack of dark chocolate and roasty malts followed by a lingering char and dark chocolate bitterness mixed with a hint of hops on the backend. Massive mouthfeel, very chewy, and smooth as silk.

Its a style I haven't had much of, but that being the case Its probably one of the best porters around.

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4.25.14. Drank 10.17.14. Poured into a 16oz Shaker.

A: Hell yes, this beauty pours a rich opaque ebony with faint glimpses of ruby around the curvature of the glass, while forming a deep mocha head so pillowy I just want to take a nap in it. Two fingers, recedes slowly, and leaves smooth lacing all over the place.

S: I'd like to meet the man at Founders who when formulating this porter spoke up and said "what if we hop it?", because that man is a goddamn genius and should be recognized for his contribution to mankind. Molasses, caramel, bready malt, bitter bakers chocolate, smokey...all that usually good porter business, but wait! HOPS! Incredibly unique, incredibly delightful.

T: Dark roasted goodness. Heavy on the coffee...black, molasses, chocolate, and those goddamn hops.

M: Light creamy body, just the right amount of carbonation, no trace of alcohol, no lingering bitterness...despite the 45IBU, finishes with a little stickiness and a pleasant lingering roast.

O: In a category all its own.

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Photo of trygelski1
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle just purchased today poured into a tulip glass:

Look: Dark black with about an inch or so of a nice tan head.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, roast.

Taste: This porter tastes amazing. Chocolate, coffee, hints of robustness/smokiness.

Feel: Rich and creamy.

Overall: This is hands down the best porter I have had to date. Its gets a slight edge over the Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald and I think its due to it being more robust and smoky. This is my second favorite beer from Founders next to the Breakfast Stout.

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Photo of Mdog
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Black, small head. Not off to a good start.

Smell: Mild sweetness with some coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Nice roasted sweetness, full mouthfeel. Dark chocolate flavor, and then a bit of smoked meat flavor shows up.

Overall: I had never tried this flagship from Founders so picked up a single. It was not old, but didn't quite hit the mark with me. The smoked meat flavor that showed up was interesting but not enough for me to rate this better than GL Edmund Fitz or others.

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Photo of Act25
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Founders always seems to be on the podium.

Offers a creamy malt feel with spicy, peppery American hop finish.

A Just like a stout. Dark tan head, fades too fast but laces to the extreme.
S Feel like I am in Dublin between the peat, roasted coffee, tea-room, the salt Liffey wharves, and Guinness brewery. Complex, earthy, old wood, with grass, pine, pepper in the finish.

T Coffee dominant, followed by roast coffee, brewery, old wharf wood, cedar. then bit of cocoa and sweeter notes mixing with the peppery hay of the hops. Complex and better as she warms.

F The sweet body, dries to a powdery finish. Almost a bitter sweet, baker chocolate feel. A dry chalky finale. Again complex and a great beer to finish the evening, great in the winter half.

Must try.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a bit darker than expected from a porter. Almost pitch black with mocha head with decent amount of lacing. Retention is ok.

S: It does smell like a typical porter though. You get milk chocolate, some very sweet coffee notes, a tiny bit of cigar and leather. There is not much of a strong roasted smell in this. This seems like a very sweet, easy to drink porter.

T: Oh boy, you do feel the hoppiness quite well in this. 45 IBU is most definitely above average for a porter. The beer is a strong milk chocolate bomb. Quite sweet, with a good amount of leahter, pepper, cigar smoke and vanilla. Almost seems like it was bourbon aged, even though it's not. It all get together with the resinous hops that cuts the beer. Really great stuff.

M: A bit too sticky for my taste in a porter, but still very decent. I usually like a silky smooth porter, but whatever.

O: I think we have a winner here. Although it doesn't feel really great, it is still a very good beer that is worthy of the praise it gets and should be tried by all porter lovers.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Need a re-review, but had on tap:
Dark brown towards black with minimal head or apparent carbonation.
Nose is dark roasted coffee, tobacco, and even some smokiness-this component almost smells a bit like a Slim Jim.
Taste interests me more with the smokiness than the other flavors that are more prevalent: tobacco, astringent coffee, some chocolate.
Feel is quite smooth, but carbonation missing from sight is present. Medium body.
Enjoyed this beer, but was stealing sips to do this review. Definitely need another shot at this one to mail it down more.

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Photo of BradenMK
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Appearance - This has the pitch-black color and foamy brown head of what most people would consider a stout. Which I think is awesome.

Aroma - Roasty. Dark, burnt toast, some coffee, a heavy dose of unsweetened cocoa powder. Extremely dank, but earthy hops. This stuff smells like darkness (and that's not all good, lol).

Taste - Bitter and very roasty upfront, there is only a little sweetness to tame the flavors of the dark malts, and yet there is great complexity in the form of something smoky. I would assume they use neither peated malt or smoked malt in this, but I could be wrong. The malt profile is that of ashy, smoky unsweetened cocoa. Doesn't that sound awesome. The hops bite rather hard too, with those earthy, herbal, bitter qualities.

Mouthfeel - Here's where this beer truly shines, agreeing with Tectactoe. This beer just feels luxurious in the mouth. I have had many beers, and the feeling doesn't get better than this (not for the style anyway). Like silk. Like if you can imagine silk turned into liquid and poured down your throat, that's how this beer feels. It's just tremendously smooth.

Overall - This is actually NOT my favorite porter (that honor goes to Smuttynose's Robust Porter, because the flavor they are able to capture is just amazing), but this has got to be one of the most well-crafted porters on the planet. It was the first time I drank a porter and was really wowed. This is heads and shoulders better than GL Edmund Fitz, in my opinion, it's just got so much more depth to it. If you like porters, this is one of the deepest, most nuanced options available, in my opinion. If you like non-Imperial stouts, this should be right up your alley as well, because this one blurs the lines.

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Photo of kim_thayil
4.75/5  rDev +12%

I realized a few years ago that porters and stouts are my thing. Been trying all kinds from the singles aisle in my local liquor store ever since. I somehow just got around to Founder's Porter and it's so good that it made me start an account here just to talk about it.

I don't know how to talk in fancy beer talk (I'm a scotch drinker too and have the same problem with scotch-talk) but this seems like everything the style should be. The mouth feel, the taste, everything.

Excellent, excellent beer. I can't say enough about it.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,457 ratings.