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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

Founders PorterFounders Porter

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world-class

4,654 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 4654
Reviews: 1289
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%


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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Bung

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The abv said 6.5% on the bottle I had. Nearly black pour with a dark cream almost brown head. Much darker head than the usual porter. Roasty chocolate/caramel nose. Roasted peaty flavor of the standard porter, with much more chocolate and a slight hint of coffee. Creamy carbonation, a solid medium body and rather drinkable. An excellent porter for sure. Not sure why they don't distribute this one more widely.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 00:41:08 | More by Bung
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby brown bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Fast forming and fluffy mocha head perches its inch thick body over this wonderully deep concoction. Coming out of the bottle I was surprised by how thick this beer looked, the consistency of ink with only the faintest of dark brown highlights to differentiate it from blackness. Mild lattice work lacing going on, clinging to the sides of the glass above a now thin, soapy looking, cap.

Certainly well hopped but roasty enough to stand on its own. Dark earthy fruits give way to a thicker, smokier, tobacoo like and almost meaty/bacony combination coupled with a charred malt bittersweetness. Good but nothing I haven't experienced before. Reminds me a bit of Edmund Fitzgerald.

At first almost too sweet, a cloying, magic marker kind of sweetness that thankfully lasts an instant or less and moves quickly away from this and then into and bitter chocolate and scorched coffee combination. Finish is long, hops ravage the center of the tongue and the back of the throat while wrapping like an anaconda around your tastebuds. This beer is dry dry dry, no real fruit flavors to pick up on as I thought the aroma would lead me to. Not saying that this is a bad thing necessarily, its just not what I was expecting. I am however really diging the smokier aspects of this beer, again I swear I can pick up just the slightest bit of cured meat in here and I really are enjoying picking such a flavor up.

I do wish though that the beer was a bit more complex, had a bit more of and underscored flavor profile. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy this beer and am looking forward to the rest of the sixer and at 8bucks it is one of the cheaper ones I've picked up recently. You could do far far worse than this beer. I would say you could also probably use this beer as a gateway for those that want to try rachbiers but are affraid of commiting to an entire bottle without knowing what they are getting into.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 05:18:41 | More by bluemoonswoon
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle at the Beer Stop for $2. Poured into my Lancaster shaker glass a rather dark brown color with a healthy finger of caramel colored head. Aromas and flavors of roasted malts and coffee, bitter chocolate, somewhat nutty and a touch of molasses. Body is much more full than most porters and, in this case, it works wonderfully with medium carbonation. Very tasty stuff especially on a cold night like tonight. Really hits the spot when you are not in the mood for a huge RIS. I'll be back for a sixer. Pick some of this up if you can.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 04:17:59 | More by ClockworkOrange
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at Armanetti's - nice to see this in bottles.

A - Black, with a one-fingered chocolate mocha head that dissipates to a thick attractive lace. It looks like a good porter should.

S - Coffee with cream, burnt malt, bitter chocolate, and unfortunately a tiny hint of soy sauce. Very potent smell - I can even smell this holding the glass away from my face.

T - Chocolate with a coffee aftertaste. There's some floral hop flavor in the middle of this, and some bitterness right at the front (not sure if it's the hops, as it's kind of smoky). Something about this tastes kind of rough - like all the flavors aren't coexisting peacefully.

M - Great creamy viscous texture. Goes down smooth, not overly carbonated with a good tingle that complements the smoky taste. It's not stout thick but it's on the heavier side of porters, which is a good thing in my opinion.

D - It's good, but it's not going to replace Edmund Fitzgerald as my session porter of choice, as the taste here is a little more raw and a little less refined. The carbonation might also impede more than a few bottles worth.

Another solid Founder's brew - bring on the Imperial Stout!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 01:05:25 | More by MasterSki
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SammyDavisJrJrJr

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into the Sam Smith Pint...
Bottle said it is 6.5% alcohol, not 5.1% as noted above.

A - Deep brown with mocha head. Good lacing and a solid three fingers of head from an assertive pour.

S - Nice and roasty with semi-sweet chocolate notes in the finish. Light hops with no esters. Smells like a good, sessionable winner.

T - Sweet and chocolaty at the entry, with a faint esters in the background. Starts to dry out towards the swallow, the sweeter chocolate becoming more of a bakers chocolate. Finishes nice and dry, with lots of coffee, baker's chocolate & pine. No off flavors that I could detect.

M - Full and creamy, with carbonation that seems spot on for its style.

D - This is a fine American Porter. Not too dry, not too sweet, pretty straight forward, with no off flavors. Might not be the most complex, but a solid session beer. Good deal and an enjoyable sixer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 04:55:43 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
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david131

California

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Says 6.5% ABV on the bottle.

A- Absolutely pitch black with a creamy but thin brown head. Very dark, looks like a really big stout.

S- Very roasty with a nice rye aspect to it. Very smoky smelling and very aromatic. A little rough smelling. Not as much smooth milk chocolate as I would have liked.

T- Smoke, coffee, chocolate, oats. A lot better blended together than the aroma would lead you to believe. Very nice.

M- Pretty creamy, but the carbonation keeps things pretty active.

D- Almost a bit on the heavy side for an American Porter. It is very enjoyable though and worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 03:49:30 | More by david131
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep black with a nice tan head and good lacing.

Smells of coffee and chocolate and roasted malt.

Smooth coffee and dark roast flavors, some cocoa powder in there, and a nice creamy finish. Terrific porter.

Great body and drinkability. Great mellow coffee finish and balance. Could easily knock a bunch of these down. A real winner.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 17:43:51 | More by OtherShoe2
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found this available in 6-packs ($9.99) at Bello Vino in Ann Arbor last week. I chickened out and bought a single 12oz for $1.69. The beer looks spectacular, dark brown with a milk chocolate colored foam, tons of tan lacing on the glass. The smell is malty with lots of chocolate, really good. The taste is roasted malt, less chocolate than in the aroma but still there, hardly any bitterness in the aftertaste. Really thick body, more than I usually see in porters, this crosses the line to stout or double stout. Really good, Founders is just a solid choice for any style you care to get.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 18:00:29 | More by TurdFurgison
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Wasatch

Utah

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to mcallister for this brew.

Pours a dark brown color, way too much carbonation, nice two-finger head when it settles down after about 10 mins or so (I do not like this), does leave some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some toffee/coffee notes. The taste is also malty, with toffee/coffee notes, there is a nice velvety texture to this brew. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, but because of the huge head and settling there of, I brought the score down.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 23:24:46 | More by Wasatch
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz stubby bottle from a trade with mcallister.

A: The porter is heavily carbonated, erupting with a 3 plus finger head on initial pour and requiring 4 pours to empty the bottle into a standard pint glass. The porter's body is dark and murky, with no lighter colors emerging.

S: The nose has elements of chocolate, molasses, caramel and coffee, all mixing together to create a dry warming aroma.

T: Drinking the ale is like eating chocolate cake, rich and luxurious. The chocolate mixes with coffee flavors to create a sweet bitter body, full of dark notes. Molasses notes add a scorched-earth bitterness that leads to a nice finish.

M: The body, despite the plethora of bigger flavors, is smooth and creamy. It is surprisingly light on the palate.

D: The low abv and well-meshed flavors make this a surprisingly good drink, one that won't overwhelm the tastebuds but will leave you satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 00:45:09 | More by akorsak
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mcallister

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure if this bottle was overly carbonated or what but the cap popped of with force. Upon pouring couldn't keep the head tamed. A good tan 4 inch head exploded out of the bottle. Liquid is nearly black no light is penetrating any corner of crevice.

As always it seems, this dark founders brew has a near perfect nose. Big freshly ground coffee aromas, lovely roasted choclate malt, caramel, hints of vanilla, cassis, and a good hopped aroma to even it all out.

Tastes of cassis, mochiato, big roasted choclate and caramel malts, hint of vanilla bean, nice smooth chewy hops. Mouthfeel has a tad too much carbonation but it doesn't cause any harm. This bad boy is big and rich would be hard to drink more than a few.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2006 20:55:46 | More by mcallister
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pure black crayon hue; thick tan colored head that survives with style; milkshake lacing. An aroma of dark roasted coffee beans, toasted wheat bread and oats. Slick, luscious. Roasted malts, combined with light chocolate chip cookie undertones; nutty and creamy, hints of plums and cherries. Pretty well rounded and a really fine porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2005 15:37:56 | More by GeoffRizzo
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep deep brown color with a nice tight tan head that really clings to the sides of the glass. Some roasted aromas-slightly earth-like and coffeeish. Whoa-what a porter this is-great roast flavor. Theres a huge,well balanced mix of coffee,chocolate and a touch of roasted malt. Serious liquid bread here. Big malty body-great velvety feel to it. A killer porter-has to be one of the best I have had-recently or ever. First Founders beer I have ever had-give me more.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2004 19:18:44 | More by lackenhauser
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ken3c

Michigan

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is very dark brown. It struggles to form a head and recedes to a thin ring with wisps. No lacing. I was disappointed in the appearence and losing hope that this would be a good beer.

I shouldn't have worried. The aroma was great. A good blend of Coffee and carmel with a hint of vanilla. I just couldn't stop smelling this beer.

Very slightly sweet, a little tart, with a crescendo of bitterness. It starts with coffee and then the hops kick in. Dry finish.

Full bodied and lightly carbonated. It could use a little more carbonation.

I like this beer. It's got it where it counts.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2004 04:58:18 | More by ken3c
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown liquid with no highlights. Thick, tan creamy, fluffy head that stayed for a while and left some nice lace work on the glass. Smells of mocha, slight roast coffee. Taste is a rich, roasty flavor with a moderate amount of bitterness. Coffe-like in the finish, which was just a bit harsh. Mouthfeel was very creamy, medium body with low carbonation. Something about the creamy feel did not sit well with me. Overall, a decent porter, with some good characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2004 02:56:41 | More by Bierguy5
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, rich, coffee bean color, near opacity,, with a creamy tan head nestled above, a nice 1/4" that assuredly slims, but not too swiftly.
Aroma: bittersweet espresso from sniff #1...roasty, toasty, deep, and inviting.
Lush mouthfeel, big chocolatey malt character hits first in the flavor, nice and thick, then it rounds out and quits the mouth on a happy note. And urges further sips and swallows. Fills the mouth happily with the cocoa/coffee quality all good porters must have, but never too bitter, very, very smooth, and not at the sacrifice of flavor and body.
I really like this one. Actually, I really, really like this one, this is truly my kind of porter, and I know them when I find them.
Ful bodied, long, flavorful finish, lush texture...this is one porter I'd be happy to call me own, and would have caseloads on hand at at time, were I the Michigan type...cheers to you who are, for having this fine brew!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2004 08:28:46 | More by feloniousmonk
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" of dark brown head over opaque dark, dark brown/black brew. Lacing is good. Aroma is full of deep dark malts, coffee and chocolate stand out, with even some nuttiness apparent. Taste is storngly of the dark malts, esp coffee, but a somewhat fruity flavor enters the middle of the mix as well. Adds to the interest, I guess. Mouthfeel good, oh so smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Wow, have to keep my eyes out for this, maybe it'll make the limited Founders selection that recently started becoming available in MA.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2004 01:37:10 | More by ppoitras
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Sixpack595

Michigan

3.23/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Seems a bit one dimensional to me. Lots of bitterness, not unpleasant, just boring. Coffee and burt malt flavors overpower it and cover up everything else. Very slight chocolate flavor sneaks in, buit it's too little too late. Nice looking opaque black body with a thin, fast fading tan head. Medium mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2004 07:09:38 | More by Sixpack595
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winomark

Missouri

3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep dark brown, almost black with a creamy medium brown head. Aromas of chocolate malt and mocha, with a mild alcohol sweetness. Lots of roasted malts balance a slight sourness. Not as smooth as I expected. Mouthfeel is coating, but not too heavy. Slightly sour finish. Overall, a solid beer. Would like to see a little more roundness and less of the sour/acidic flavors. Give it a try if you want.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2004 04:17:27 | More by winomark
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick and oily black, waffer thin cocoa brown foam that sits thickly but quite thin even after a strong pour. Lacing sticks in strings.

Aroma is nice and darkly roasted with black malts, coffeeish notes, tangy molasses, dark caramel, and bittersweet chocolate.

Great taster, rich, dark, deep, and inviting flavors of heavily roasted barley and malts, nice chocolate tones meld within keeping an ever present bitterness of roasty/burnt qualities. Touches of coffee/espresso roast intermingle with all the other roasty things in the finish where the bittering ensues and drys out with a nice play of everything chocolate and roasty. Some burnt tinges and charred wood notes make their way in as well. Wow! Fantastic porter character in its flavors. Oh my is it yummy!

Feel is well rounded and creamy full with a fantastic finish of drying roasty/burntish chocolate bittering. I'm reminded of burnt chocolate cake or cookies at every sip. Fantastically good stuff.

This could be one to top Descutes Black Butte and Summit Great Northern in my book, something I never thought could be possible, but this stuff is wonderful! Yum times two.
A wowzaa yippee goes to trbeer for throwing this one in the mix!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2004 18:55:14 | More by tavernjef
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep black color with one finger of dark tan head. There is just a touch of lacing left on the glass. The smell is full of burnt malt, coffee, caramel, and molasses. A nice strong smell. The taste starts with espresso and roasted malt, some sweetness like caramel and toffee. Only a hint of hops on a slightly dry finish. The mouthfeel is just a little light for the style. The drinkability is good though. A nice solid porter.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2004 21:22:26 | More by SheepNutz
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautifully, flat opaque black with a thick chocolate milk-colored head that dissipated but not too quickly. Nice thick lacing too. The aroma is strong coffee and roasted malt. Medium-bodied, and unfortunately the flavor is not as robust as the look and smell. Bitter coffee and burnt malt flavors dominate, but the balance is a little too much on the bitter side. The finish is fairly bitter with coffee and some chocolate. Overall a pretty good Porter, it just needs better balance.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2004 14:21:57 | More by Dogbrick
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marcellaproust

Washington

3.45/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dense, dark dark brown with a modest tan head that disappears before you have a seat. Smells absolutely delicious: roasted barley, roasted nuts, and milk chocolate. Mouthfeel errs a little on the nearly syrupy smoothness. Tastes exactly like it smells, with the addition of mocha java or some cocoa-coffee blend and malt with a bit of a burnt edge to it. Most interesting aspect of this porter is a consistent bitter silhouette that accompanies the rich flavors from start to finish. Perhaps if the carbonation was elevated and the body reduced, this beer would be even better.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2004 02:50:11 | More by marcellaproust
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color is black with a wispy beige head. The smell is chocolatey sweet. The taste starts with the chocolate sweetness and then warms in the mouth to a coffee/hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is nice and thick. As for drinkability, could have quite a few of these.

Thanks to trbeer for this beer as part of BIF 4.0. Another solid porter, mixing the coffee bitter and chocolate sweet natures of porter quite nicely. Quite good, and I'd have one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2004 19:29:17 | More by beergeek279
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A decent porter from a good brewery. This little porter has a deep brown to black body and a nice tan head that creates lace down most of the glass.

The nose is malty with a good portion of coffee to add interest. In the flavor we also get a few choclate notes that liven the overall experience. The feel is exceptional for a porter with more than a little body. The drinkability is good since the flavor and body are nicely matched.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2004 05:22:22 | More by AtLagerHeads
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,654 ratings.