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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
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1,438 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,438
Hads: 6,558
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
Wants: 361
Gots: 1,173 | FT: 28
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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Reviews: 1,438 | Hads: 6,558
Photo of dave_t
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love Founders Beer!

Bottle Pour:
A - Pours opaque black, with a nice two finger milk chocolate colored head. Head thins out but lingers throughout drink.
S - Dark chocolate and roast coffee notes come forth.
T - Sweet chocolate and malty. Coffee and a slight bitterness on the back end. Nicely balanced between malt and hop character.
F - Nice bit of carbonation, smooth, creamy, medium bodied porter
O - Pretty solid porter. Makes great for the cold weather nights (467 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4/5
Pours lushious chocolate-brown head, about 1 finger. Dissipates down to almost no head within a minute or so. Color is extremely dark, possibly black. When I hold up to bright light, can see some large particles floating around in the beer.

Smell - 3.9/5
Chocolate, hops, maybe some hints of coffee and/or other roasty flavors. Some sweet malts as well.

Taste - 3.5/5
Smoky, hoppy. Fairly sweet. I don't really feel like I can detect any of the chocolate or coffee in the taste. It seems dominated by the smokiness. Maybe a little bit of roastiness. Overall, the taste is more hoppy than I like my porters/stouts.

Mouthfeel - 3.7/5
High amount of medium intensity carbonation, which lasts throughout the sip, which is nice. Medium bodied. Crisp.

Overall - 3.6/5
Not a bad porter I just felt it was dominated by the smokiness and the hoppiness, and there wasn't much else that my palate detected. I would have like to see the cholocolate/roasty flavors come out more, and balance down the smokiness and the hoppiness. (1,037 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour. Dark brown to black with a tan head. Plenty of chocolate, coffee and roasted notes. The cocoa wafts in on the nose and dominates. Smooth and drinkable with enough of a hop factor to even out the sweeter, dessert inflected elements. A classic, whether enjoyed on tap or from the bottle this is a top class porter. (325 characters)

Photo of Jonoesh5
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Another memorable Founders experience! An opaque, dark brown body with lingering tan head. Smells clean with caramel sweetness. Taste is somewhere between toasty malts and caramel, but this porter is well-hopped too. As it warms, roasted notes really come through. Mouthfeel is a pleasant, creamy carbonation with slight alcohol warmth. Overall, a roasted malt concoction perfect for a winter night. Definitely recommend. (421 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black pours with thin tan head. Rich aromas of chocolate and roast are strong and inviting. The palate is malty and strong with slightly sweet chocolate notes. Hopped for balance, but not hoppy per se. This is about as good as porter gets. (246 characters)

Photo of ragwing82
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So this is what a porter should taste like. Now I get it. Always preferred the stouts, but this version is amazingly drinkable. Best I've had of this style. (158 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter from a 12 ounce glass.

Excellent head, two fingers thick, khaki in color, fluffy, bulky. Opaque, pitch black liquid with a few carbonation bubbles visible. 5

Dark chocolate, coffee and caramel all present themselves on the nose. Sweet creaminess suggests a milk stout. 4.5

Not much variation from nose to palate but none is needed. Rich dark chocolate, sweet and creamy caramel and a roasted finish that suggests coffee. Subtle hops give a bit of earthiness and pine. 4.25

Exceptionally nice to drink with it's full body, light carbonation and touch of hops and a roasted dry finish that shows no signs of alcohol. Light bitterness lingers on the finish as well. 4.25

So damn good. I love this. (720 characters)

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. (1,420 characters)

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, (480 characters)

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. (194 characters)

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. (413 characters)

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!!! (589 characters)

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. (323 characters)

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. (614 characters)

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 (223 characters)

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 (408 characters)

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. (493 characters)

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. (798 characters)

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. (677 characters)

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. (747 characters)

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. (211 characters)

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. (362 characters)

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. (604 characters)

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. (587 characters)

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. (1,022 characters)

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,438 ratings.