Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,428
Hads: 6,486
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
Wants: 351
Gots: 1,123 | FT: 28
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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 TheMistler
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour reveals a surprisingly creamily textured concoction, though I wouldn't really go so far as to say viscous. Opaque, of course. It might as well be black, but for some reason I want to say really, really dark brown.

A nice nose. Sweet cream. Coffee. Dark, bitter chocolate - you can smell some hops.

Dark, bitter chocolate and heavily roasted notes up front. Bran. Notable hop presence presents itself towards the end. Sweet but roasted notes evidence themselves at the tail end, but the aftertaste is again rather hoppy.

Very creamy, medium to full bodied, with a slightly subdued carbonation rendered crisp by the slightly bitter, coffee notes. A very nice porter. (672 characters)

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into stemless wine glass.
A - Deep deep brown color. Light brown head falls to a ring fairly quickly. A little lacing.
S - Roasted malt, a bit of chocolate and coffee.
T - Rich, chocolaty, with some coffee notes. A little hops on the end too.
M/F - Medium to full body. Silky smooth. Carbonation is light and delicate but still has a nice prickle. My favorite part of this beer for me!
D - The taste is very good - simple yet interesting and the mouthfeel is IMO wonderful. This is a no brainer.

I'm now off to mix one of these with a Mayflower Porter! (574 characters)

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. (629 characters)

Photo of thirdeye11
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ktown67 for a bottle of this during an in person trade.

Presentation: Poured from 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours a beautiful 1 1/2 finger dark brown head. The liquid is viscous, has great bubbles throughout, some yeasty floaters, and coats the glass with exceptional lacing. Even leaves a little particulate behind in the lacing which I find to be a great thing. It pours a deep black that only allows a little light around the edges in mahogany tones. This is a great looking beer in every way.

S: Smell isn't super exciting for me. It's a nice roasted malt, some dark chocolate in the nose. Pretty straight forward, not complex but pleasing.

T: The taste is really exceptional in the style. It is roasty toasty malt with lots of dark chocolate and unsweetened cocoa flavors. There is some bitterness (some hops maybe?) from the dark chocolate flavors, but it doesn't really linger on the palette which is good. Wish it had more of the creamy flavors, but I understand that it's a porter and this is spot on for the style. There is also some alcohol in the profile as it warms which surprised me at its ABV. Bitterness increases with warmth as well.

M: Like the other Founders beers I've had I don't think this could be improved upon much if at all. Not thin at all, but also not thick. The weight is just right. It's slick in my mouth and this is a good thing. Plenty of carbonation, but not too much. Pretty creamy, but maybe it could have just SLIGHTLY more like Founders Breakfast Stout. Aside from that it's perfect.

D: Due to the overwhelming roasty flavors and slight bitterness I am not sure I could drink this all night without wanting for something a little more "refreshing". I do think I could have 2 without any problem at all, but it seems to finish slightly dry.

Overall I generally dislike porters, but I am finding that in the stout and porter styles I haven't had any better than Founders. If everyone's porters and stouts tasted like these guys I would drink them a LOT more often, since I can't get it here I don't drink them that much. I will seek this out again and recommend it to ANYONE wanting to have a great porter that hasn't found one they like yet. This may change your mind. (2,239 characters)

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

Pours black and opaque with a half inch brown head sitting on top. Nice retention and some foamy lace.

The nose is quite nice indeed. Big roasty chocolate tones hit me up front and really make me want to dig in. There's a touch of coffee in there too. Really nice nose.

The taste is pretty good. Some nice roasty malt with a big bitter dark chocolate tone followed by a shot of coffee. There's a slight hop presence in the background that adds a touch of bitterness. It's kind of dry on the back end as well. Really pleasing overall.

Mouthfeel is pushing full bodied and it's nicely carbonated with a moderate amount of fine bubbles.

Drinkability is high. The ABV is easily managed making it quite easy to go for another. The flavor profile is spot on, and it's really just a nice little porter. This is exactly what I needed tonight. (838 characters)

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

Pours a four finger brown head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Totally black color. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Burnt chocolate nose. Flavor is almost sweet chocolate with a baker's chocolate finish. $3.60 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA. (278 characters)

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

A - Pours jet black with a dark tan head that measures about half an inch. The head sticks around for a while and then leaves a small amount of lacing.

S - Roasted malt, faint coffee, and some toasted nuts.

T - A little sweet upfront, but this is brief. The roasted malt and coffee soon become the focus. While I cannot taste much in the way of hops, the beer finished somewhat crisp with a little bitter bite.

M - Carbonation is on the high side and this is definately creamy.

D - At 5.1%, this is very drinkable. This could be one of those beers I can drink all night. (575 characters)

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

a: one-finger mocha foam head over a deep, dark, liquid chocolate colored beer, good retention

s: well charred barley carries aromas of dark chocolate covered caramels and oily espresso beans, very rich range of roasts, German chocolate cake, licorice, earthy hop aromas

m: thick and creamy on the tongue, smooth carbonation and medium-full body

t: complex roast structure produces espresso and dry dark cocoa underneath charred barley malts, licorice, bittersweet chocolate caramels, earthy hops impart a moderate bitterness, astringent roast finish with burnt barley and espresso grounds lingering, a beautiful porter

d: very enjoyable; good for a few and worthy of a sixer purchase

pushes some boundaries, but they dry roast structure keeps this decidedly on the porter side of the stout-porter divide

single from Grape & Gourmet, Virginia Beach, VA (858 characters)

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

Pours a dark black color with slight amber hues along the bottom of the glass. 5/4 inch head of a dark tan color. Good retention and lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, hops, and a slight hint of spice. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and bitter with an average carbonation. Tastes of roasted malt, strong hops, sweet malt, coffee, and slight hint of alcohol. Overall, a good looking, smelling, and great tasting brew. (461 characters)

Photo of jsh420
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled 3/4/09

pours pitch black with a 1 finger coco brown head. smells of chocolate. tastes of roasted malt and chocolate with a nice hop bite in the finish. mouthfeel is creamy and light when compared to stouts which this beer kicks ass over lots of stouts. this beer is almost a mirror image of breakfast stout without the coffee and is a tad lighter body. when you run out of breakfast stout this is your next best year round option and is half the price. this is in my top 5 of all time porters (501 characters)

Photo of Beerzebub
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go to Yetiman420 for this nice extra in a trade.

Poured in a big wine glass at 54 F/ 12 C.

Looks almost black, with a small dense tan head. Plenty of fine, intricately patterned lace.

Aroma of chocolate and charcoal, very nice. The sooty charcoal is assertive but gentle, and meshes with the rich chocolate very well.

The flavor matches the aroma. Happy marriage between rich, smooth chocolate, and burnt sootiness. Fairly dry, just enough sweetness for great balance. Molasses cookies. A bit of herbal, leafy hop flavor in the background. Good long dry cocoa finish.

Excellent soft cushy texture. Very drinkable, probably due to great balance and a dry finish.

Great beer, I enjoyed this. (702 characters)

Photo of argock
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.80.

A: Dense dark brown with 1-finger chocolate brownie head with decent retention but no lacing.

S: Delicious sweet malty chocolate and espresso aromas blend with light licorice, dark bread, and floral hops notes

T: A lush flavor profile of dark and milk chocolate, espresso, molasses, and dark malts are met delicately with floral, spicy hops to form a remarkably flavorful brew.

M: One of the chewiest porters I've tasted, very much like a stout. Aftertaste is like a strong mocha with a light hops note.

D: Easily my new favorite porter. If their Breakfast Stout is above this, I can't wait. Founders Porter is an exceptional example of the style with complex, nicely blended flavors and superior mouthfeel, and a good value to boot. (882 characters)

Photo of solargoat
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours nearly jet black, small quickly dissipating head.

Smells robust and delicious.

Roasted coffee, chocolate malts, nice balanced bittering.

Very smooth, Creamy, rich mouthfeel. Warm in my belly.

In my opinion this is the finest porter I have consumed. Love you (268 characters)

Photo of jfmorey
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into stemware glass.

Appearance: Head disappeared quickly; almost black in color.

Smell: roasted malts nice but faint.

Taste: Not bad, but I like a porter with a little hop crispness at the end, which I did not get here. This is more like a stout.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin , low on carbonation.

Drinkability: If the goal was to create a good "session" porter then this just right. (389 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Imaculately balanced and with the creamy malt textures expected from a great porter, but with the classic citrus hop bitterness that makes it uniquely American.

The pour delivers a handsome, firm appearance of dark, dark brown hue that can easily be confused with a stout. Great head formation crawls to the top of the class and laces beautifully as the beer fades. No real knock on the appearance at all.

Simple and pure aromas of dominant coffee and barley malt backbones. Quite light on the fruits with only a slight hint of cherries and licorice. Bittersweet cocoa also play a minor role. Hop aromas give a light grassy, piney freshness to the beer. Not overly complicated, just simple and near error free.

Again, coffee flavor dominates the mouth. Not quite espresso, but a good French Roast character. Cocoa powder and hops again show lesser roles and take a deep backseat to the coffee. Fruity esters fade far into the distance and are hardly worth mentioning to the taste. Hop flavors bring out a fresh piney, grassy flavor that affirm the hoppy aromas. Interesteingly enough, there is very little sweetness to the beer- no real caramel, residual sweetness, or confection quality.

Initially malty-rich textures lighten just a touch to make the beer easier to drink. Otherwise dry, powdery, and hoppy bitter. At times the roasted grains play a little harshly on the throat but disquise themselves nicely in the hop bitterness.

The beer is very well attenuated and malty. No real flaw to the beer but it seems to lack that 'it' quality that ranks it among the best. A bit more chocolatey, caramelly sweetess would help to offset the bitterness from the sharp coffee, cocoa, and hops. (1,694 characters)

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. (1,177 characters)

Photo of NHJim
2.68/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz twistoff into my Harpoon Liviathan Baltic Porter glass.

Appearance: Dark black, can not see through it. There was NO head and no laceing.

Smell: Roaster malt, chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Was just OK, malts, strong coffee and a little chocolate came through. Almost a creamy finish.

Mouthfeel: I get a lot of coffee and not much else with no carbonation.

Drinkability: I do not have the desire to finish this one. It is just OK and I would not buy another. (482 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark black hue with a nice mocha colored head. Good retention and a nice smattering of lace.

S: Bold roasted malt with lots of chocolate and coffee character.

T: Bold roast up front the semi sweet chocolate and coffee power through as well. Subtle notes of licorice round things out.

M: Medium to full in body, rich, and smooth.

D: Good, but this one is as much a stout as it is a porter. (401 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz twist-off bottle into nonic.

Pitch black, with a one finger light brown head that settles to a thin cap, along with a bubbly rim along the glass. Stringy lacing left behind.

Very robust roasted aromas along with a little black coffee and cocoa.

Heavy roastiness in the flavor, along with a contrasting creaminess. Very thick, smooth, and full bodied. The hops play a small part to add a slight bitterness.

A very solid porter. Definitely toward the stout range as well. Also complex. Recommended. (507 characters)

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

Rich deep black color. small milk chocolate colored head. Smells like roasted malt, coffee, semi-sweet chocolate. Sweet roasted malt taste. slightly fruity. sweetened coffee. smooth milk chocolate notes. slight warming alcohol in the finish. rich, filling mouthfeel, but not thick bodied. low carbonation level doesn't get in the way. A very delicious, full flavored porter. definitely on the more intense end of the spectrum, and one of the better examples i've tried. highly recommended. (489 characters)

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

(Served in a Nonic)

A- This beer pours a jet black body that is almost inky and supports a dark brown head that is thick and creamy lasting most of the beer. The beer is to dense to see much carbonation except for a few time bubbles sliding up the glass.

S- This beer has a full aroma of dark coffee roasted malt with some rich qualities to it and a finish of dark baker's chocolate that come through more when the beer warms. There is a silky quality to the roasted malt aswell.

T- The taste of dark roasted malt has a nice lighter roasted malt flavor underneath with a light cream flavor to support it. The finish has a soft hop prick with some roasted bitterness lingering a bit as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a very subtle fizz support in the finish.

D- This beer is great to the style. Good roasted flavors and just a touch of hop support. I would love to try this beer on cask and see how much the depth could grow even more. (993 characters)

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

Poured from the bottle a deep, opaque black with a half inch of creamy tan head.

Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate milk, vanilla, and a bit of sour berry.

This porter was thick like a milkshake. Tasted of roasted malts, coffee, mocha, chocolate, and vanilla. Finished with a touch of sour berry.

Full bodied, rich and creamy, with a touch more than light carbonation.

A top notch porter from the folks at Founders. (418 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with very little head, tan in color, into my nonic. Coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted nuts on the nose. Tastes of coffee, bitter chocolate, with a very faint kick of hops. Mouthfeel is medium, very nice rich/think, a nice and enjoyable feel. A good porter that I would drink again and could probably have a couple more after the first. (349 characters)

Photo of donteatpoop
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown/black, the little tan head that capped it faded quickly away.

The scent of coffee blends and faint chocolate notes hit the nose.

Taste was good. Dark roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Creamy, thick, silky smooth mouthfeel.

This was a very solid porter, but I'm a little surprised to see this at A- on here; especially with most people drinking it out of the bottle. I had this on tap and it wasn't all that amazing. (438 characters)

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

12oz bottle, received in a trade. Pours very dark brown with a tan head. Smells of chocolate, malt, caramel and a bit of vanilla. smooth flavor and quite tasty drinking. Has a nice thickness yet still an ease of drinkability. Very tasty beer that I'd would like to have available out there in the pacific northwest to enjoy on a regular occasion. (346 characters)

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