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Founders Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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

45 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,547
Ratings:
7,043
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
19.81%
 
 
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Photo of gpioski
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

6.5% ABV- 45 IBU

A- Jet black with milk chocolate colored head. Very frothy out of the bottle, had to pour for a few minutes with breaks. Tons of carbonation.

S- malt, milk chocolate, coffee, espresso. smells good.

T- Wow! Mellow malt flavors. Nice temperature 55'. A bit of spices, but heavy on the coffee and chocolate flavors. smoky finish.

M- thicker than expected. Nice mouthfeel. Rich and creamy like a milkshake.

D- Excellent drinkability. lower ABV makes it easy to have a couple, but I probably wouldn't want more than 2.

Founders gets a winner again.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This may very well be the greatest porter, or American Porter at least, that I have *ever* had. Poured up inky black with only a near razor thin trace of light showing around the edges. Head almost a medium brown and actually maintains a decent thickness throughout the drink.
Smell is big dark chocolate and spent coffee aromas. This is a fantastic porter so far. Taste, too, exhibits these nuances, as well as a pleasant bitterness from wonderfully earthy hops, which meld well with the other flavours almost suggesting bitter, black coffee. Mouthfeel is almost creamy with that nice brow, foamy head.
This has got to be, without a doubt, *the* greatest American Porter I have ever had. And one of the best top 24 or so beers I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying, too. Marvelously well crafted!! Brilliant.

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Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark, dark brown, almost black but not quite. Beautiful, long-lasting reddish mocha head that recedes to a collar with little lacing, although some legs.

S - Nice and very roasty, with a bit of chocolate. A hint of something like licorice that I just can't figure out.

T - A damn fine porter. Roasted malts dominate, with some subtle notes of chocolate and even a dash of hops. Definitely very malt forward.

M - Very smooth and creamy, nice carbonation lightens it up perfectly.

D - Great porter, but I've been spoiled by many others. As a regular offering its wonderful, and would pick up more often if a) it were regularly available in NYC and b) I was a fan of porters.

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Photo of biglite351
3.23/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - nice and dark but the head vanished quickly.

S - roasted bet a little bitter plus an odd under tone.

T - starts out really nice, but gets a bit too bitter in the after taste.

M - medium tingle all Oct the mouth.

D - the flavor makes you want to drink it, but the bitter finish makes you not want too many.

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Photo of divineaudio
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this on tap at founders last monday. ($2 pint night!)

a - pours black with a creamy brown head and thick, sticky lacing.

s - roasty and chocolaty. gives you a good idea of what you're in for.

t - rich roasted, coffee and chocolate malts fading into a bittersweet hop finish. well balanced, complex and utterly delicious!

m - smooth and silky with a medium body, not nearly as heavy as you'd expect. nice co2 profile too.

d - this is one exciting porter! easily sessionable, but strong enough that you'll want to pace yourself.

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, Duvel snifter

A: Almost black, dark brown. Head was slow to build, but developed a two finger mocha head.

S: coffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate

T: More coffee than probably any porter that I have had. Alot of nuttiness, bitter dark chocolate, slight dark fruits. Nice and smooth, "sexy" as Founders puts it. Its only improving as the glass warms.

M: Creamy, approaching stout territory. Not quite, though.

D: I could drink a few of these easily. Balanced, lower ABV, and pretty cheap.

Overall an excellent example of the style. Its a little heavy on the coffee but Im often a fan of coffee characteristics in beer, so I wont knock it at all for that.

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Photo of Evocatus
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark opaque coffee color with a thick dark beige head. Aroma is a mix of roasted malts heavy on cocoa/bittersweet chocolate. Taste was the same as the aroma, although there was a little kick to it. The beer was really thick, reminded me of an expedition stout from Bells when pouring. However, the carbonation was pretty weak, so it felt like i was drinking a thin syrup rather than a beer. However, given it's taste and price, a great drinkable beer.

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Photo of Brent
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a top-notch example of the style. Pitch black pour with thin mocha head. Bold, roasted malt flavors with distinct but not overdone coffee notes. Hopping is firm but appropriate for the American porter style. Founders understands that a porter is not a dumbed-down stout or pumped-up brown ale. The focus on roasted malt flavor is spot-on.

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Photo of bgildea
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very nice dark black brown color. Slight tan head, that looks very appealing but fades. Slight lacing as well.

S: Good smell with some earthy/coffee notes.

T: The taste is a dark rich coffee flavor. I'm surprised that it's not called a coffee porter for the amount of coffee flavor that the beer has.

M: Thin mouthfeel with a slight alcohol taste. Not much thickness to the beer.

D: It's drinkable, but the coffee flavor might be too overwhelming to have several of them.

Overall: I enjoyed the beer, but the coffee flavor overwhelmed the other notes in the beer. I was satisfied, but I think Founder's has better beers out there.

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Photo of backfat
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours an oily opaque black. frothy tan one finger. smells dominated by chocolate with backrounds of toffee, raisins, and figs. tastes robust. creamy and milky. dark, rich, and sexy. a bit sweet and ends sour. i love it. for the price ($10.99) it's world class.

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Photo of colts9016
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a 49 degrees.

Appearance: A monster 3 finger head that is foamy and creamy with good retention. The body of the beer is opaque and the clarity is nil. The head left some lacing on the glass.

Nose: There is a very rich malty dark aroma. The aromas of chocolate, espresso, biscuits, molasses, phenonls, and some solvents. There is a descent hop aroma with some grapefruits, pine, and floral.

Taste: A very deep rich porter with dark roasted malts. There are flavors of bittersweet chocolate, espresso, molasses, a toasty notes and some yeasty flavors. There in the background there is some slovents, phenols, grapefruit, pine and and floral esters.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is velvety, creamy and smooth. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. This is another wonderful example of how a really good porter should taste. I really enjoyed drinking it.

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Photo of danielharper
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black/dark brown with a slight reddish tinge. Thin brown head that becomes soapscum almost immediately. Maybe I should have poured a bit more aggressively?

Smells strongly of sweet roasted malts, lots of bittersweet chocolate and a significant dryness and some hoppiness. Very inviting aroma.

Tastes great. Lots of black patent malt, very dry, with a great roasty quality on the back of the tongue. A slight hoppiness tickles the tongue, and the aftertaste is filled with bittersweet chocolate. Some sweetness way down deep in the aftereffect.

Mouthfeel moderately thick, with a heavy dose of carbonation and the aforementioned dryness coating the palate.

Overall a drinkable beer. Definitely worth a try for those looking for a good porter. Does it match up with Edmund Fitzgerald or Fuller's London Porter, no, but it's definitely well above average for style.

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Photo of stimulus
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Jet black with a thin caramel head.

S: Smells heavily of chocolate.

T: Here's where the beer really comes through in value. Mild carbonation with delicious caramel, coffee, and chocolate flavors powering through the taste buds.

M: Pretty smooth and hits the back of the throat nicely.

D: This is pretty great for a session beer, even if 6.5% is a bit high.

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Photo of sidetracked
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a light-brown head.

Smell is strong roasted malts, coffee, and bitter chocolate. There's a little bit of maple syrup-like sweetness at times as well.

Taste is roasty and slightly sweet up front. Bitter baking chocolate starts coming in during the middle, leading to a more intense bitter roasted malt finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and very creamy and smooth.

Drinkability is great. The intense bitterness helps round out the flavor and the body makes it really easy to drink.

(Side note: I tried this side-by-side with GL Edmund Fitzgerald yesterday and thought Founders Porter had a much more intense nose and a fuller body. The Edmund Fitzgerald had a less bitter finish which I could imagine a lot of people liking more.)

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Photo of herman77
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark dark brown, almost black. No light gets through. Fluffy dark tan head, lots of bubbles. Awesome lacing!

S: Chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, coffee. Sweet malt and a hint of earthy hops. I love the nose on this!

T: Follows pretty damn close to the smell. I do pick up a little nuttiness as well. It does have an odd bitter and drying finish that I don't find too pleasant for a porter. If it wasn't for the finish/aftertaste, this would be stellar.

M/D: Medium full body. Somewhat creamy. Carbonation level seems spot on. Pretty good drinkability, I could see myself having a few in a row.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black with a brown head and nice lacinng.
S: chocolate, coffee, molasses. probably more going on here but the limited powers of my schnozzletov and poor ability to translate the smells to words leaves it at that.
T: bittersweet chocolate with a spicy hop kick on the finish. molasses, also dark roasted coffee present. well-balanced, managing to finish almost a but crisp for all this big dark malt flavor.
M: just over medium-bodied. nicely carbonated (in my case not too little Co2).
D: big flavor borders on imperial style but not too big or viscous would allow me to have more than one.

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Photo of gfreed
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To say that this beer is black is like saying it's dark inside the isolation tank in Ken Russell's "Altered States." This beer isn't black; it's not even BLACK-- it's void. And to top it off (literally), it has the darkest head I've ever seen on a beer, plus the head is tenacious and huge. I haven't enjoyed watching a head fade this much since my first glass of Berkshire Drayman's Porter. The aromas of vanilla, toast, chocolate, lemon and... is that banana?... form a cloud that you can smell from across the room, yet none are very aggressive. They play very nicely together in both the smell and the taste. The vanilla takes an early lead but is quickly caught by the roastiness, then the chocolate swings in from the left and slams it home to the light hops, which very dryly remind you that you're drinking a very, very fine beer.

I didn't wash the glass until the next morning so I could get one last aroma hit before going to work.

The label says this thing is dark, rich and sexy. The first two adjectives are absolutely true; the third suggests it *might* compete with an Ayinger Hefeweizen in the correct glass. It's very close.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

what a big porter

big foamy head that had average dissipation. left nice lacing .

nice roasty nose

really in your face porter almost thought it smacked of an imperial. all the usual suspects of dark roasted malt, bitersweet chocolate and a subtle sweetness that shows up briefly before the hops crash the party and start smashing your moms vase's.

i could see where some reviewers said light on the mouthfeel. seems almost impossible for a beer this ballsy not to have a substantial mouthfeel, but it is lighter than was expected.

i think a couple two,tree a dees and your done

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Photo of camp0474
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Nonic Pint Glass

A: Pours very dark brown caramel/coffee color. Dark tan head with fine carbonation.

S: Strong malt coffee smell. Hints of roasted malt, slight smokiness.

T: Strong roasted malt flavor, somewhat smokey. Very close to a dark roast coffee. A slight sweet taste of vanilla to balance to the malt.

M: Medium Body. Good carbonation and smooth overall. Dryc finish from the roasted malt flavor.

D: Overall pretty good, a bit dry on the finish for my taste. Well balanced with the bitter malt and sweet undertones. But a solid porter.

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Photo of erosier
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L: Pours a deep black color with a medium sized and medium bodied brown colored head that laces the glass a bit on its way down.
S: Smells of deeply roasted malts, some caramelized malt, hints of chocolate, coffee, and a touch of earthy hops fill the nose.
T: Tastes of sweet and bitter deeply roasted malts, some caramelized malt, a nice chocolate and coffee flavor to this one with hints of brown sugar and a hint of hops at the end.
M: Very smooth, rich, warming, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, this beer is an excellent version of the porter. All the flavors and then some that really go well with it were in there and not too much alcohol to make it pretty sessionable. It was excellent. Just like it says, Dark, Rich, and Sexy.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled Feb 2, 2010, this is quite fresh. Served cool room temp into a Duvel tulip. Pours thick very dark brown/black with a one and a half finger dense brown head that maintains a light cap and leaves some spotty lacing.

Aroma is very very roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, some smoke, roasty toasty. Can pick up a touch of earthy hops.

Flavor is smooth milk chocolate, dark roasted malts, coffee, some bitterness on the finish along with some lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel is full, velvety, and rich, medium carbonation. Thicker and richer than many other regular porters.

This is one of the best, if not the best porter out there. Excellent.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lovely very balanced porter, dry and toasty and very balanced- doesn't try to be a stout. Smells dry, slightly toasty, and with quite a bit of unsweetened licorice. Th taste is similar. perfectly balanced roastiness, dry licorice, and a nice dose of spicy hops that complement rather than overwhelm the other flavors. The mouthfeel is substantial, a bit spicy, quite dry, and very satisfying. A very pleasant winter quaffer that doesn't overdo it either in alcohol or in your face flavors, but offers a still substantial flavor packed and satisfying brew. Just like a porter should be.

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Photo of jstilwell
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders does not disappoint!..Ever...got it!? I do!

During our recent Porter tasting, I was beginning to think that this style just was not for me. To date my favorite porter is from Smuttynose, and boy is their Baltic porter a brew eh? But aside from a few decent examples, I've been struggling to find anything to write about.

Now, my pen is out with a porter to add to the A list. Dark Black, no light getting through, darker and thicker than the others. The Head is strong as is the lacing, and the lacing lasts, which I love.

We have roasted malt, mild smoke and nuts mixed with cream. This is bursting with flavor and balance! It is quite seriously silky smooth.

Mouthfeel is also a winner and swirling emphasizes the silk and chewiness. I would love to try this on tap, preferably a pitcher with friends!

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Photo of hopsbreath
3.21/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good offering from Founders but not my favorite. It looked good in the glass. It was black, opaque, and had 2 fingers of coffee foam colored head riding on top. Maybe its because I like Breakfast Stout but I found this beer lacking in complexity. It seemed entirely made up of roasted coffee and lacked any chocolate and under tones I almost take for granted in dark beers. Its a good deal at $10 a six pack but in the future when I want a readily available dark beer from Founders, I am seeking out Breakfast Stout.

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Photo of becktone
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From notes 1-19-10

Eye: Black and opaque, no light passes through this, being this dark its hard to judge how clear this beer is. Head retention could use some work, presently its just a thin tan film covering the body of the beer. Legs of lacing, foamy head.

Nose: Big coffee and heavily roasted and burnt, black acrid aromas, dark chocolate chocolate. Everything a porter should be. Some sweetness and calm milky tones underneath...not that I get lactose, its just the way to describe the richness and overall smoothness of the entire beer. Up there with Edmund Fiztgerald.

Tongue: Extremely smooth. Big roasted and burnt bitterness notes. Not cloyingly bitter or acrid thorugh. Notes of bittersweet chocolate, roasted tones. Seriously, everything you could really want from a porter. Hop bitterness is low and is out of the way of this beer, black malt and roasted grain bitterness give balance here.

Feel and Drinkability: Great body and feel. This is definitely one that I'll not shy away from. Different from GLBC Fitzgerald, but just as good. They are two different beasts of the same name, same nature. Body is medium, a bit lighter in heft than I would have expected....it feels like velvet though. Aftertaste is long lasting and is of coffee, chocolate and some roasted grain bitterness. You can't ask for more.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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