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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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1,451 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,451
Hads: 6,611
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 367
Gots: 1,203 | 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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Reviews: 1,451 | Hads: 6,611
Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

My first porter and it was a great experience. Was impressed by its jet black appearance. The nose was sweet yummy chocolateness. The taste followed with a lingering coffee aftertaste. Went down smoother than I expected. Great porter by Founders.

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Photo of 911CROFT
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle into a snifter glass. Paid £2.70 for a single bottle.

Pours an opaque, dark, black body, that when held to the light displays lovely ruby tinges and a small amount of slow rising carbonation bubbles. A two-finger in height, dense, mocha coloured head reduces quickly to a thin film and foamy collar, leaving behind small amounts of spotty, soapy lacing on the glass.

On the nose it is sweet overall, with mild aromas of toasted malts, milk chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, dark fruits, and a subtle smokiness hidden away in the background. The taste mimics the nose but as a bolder more intense and complex version. Upfront, rich, roasted dark malts, burnt toast, and roasted coffee are followed by lighter, sweeter malts, along with a touch of milk chocolate and tangy dark fruits. The body has a satisfyingly generous amount of weight and heft for a porter, which combined with fittingly low but not flat carbonation give it a deliciously smooth, creamy and silky mouth feel. A combination of charred, roasted dark malts and crisp bitter hops give a smooth, complex, dry, earthy, smoky finish that lingers on the palate.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Incredibly well balanced, easily drinkable, and reasonable value for money, I would certainly recommend it to a friend and will looking to try it again in the near future.

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Photo of donspublic
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark as motor oil. On tap poured in shaker. Maybe 1 inch mocha head. I have had sooo many flavored porters it is somewhat refreshing. Faint dark coffee/dark chocolate taste. Very smooth going down. Very little bitterness. Good mouthfeel, not too light not to heavy, well rounded Porter. Would gladly finish a meal with this

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Photo of morris786
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This porter is black with a nice one inch head. Very full flavored and complex. Nice coffee, roasted malts and light carmel forward with a residue of earthy hops in the back end. Much more hops with this than many porters which leaves nothing lacking. Solid brew, great sipping beer.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle

A: black with a two finger head light brown mocha head.
S: dark roasted coffe in the initial smell a dark chocolate and roasted malt in the back of the nose.
T: At first a very dark roasted coffe flavor, dark chocolate roasted malt flavored very mild burnt Carmel .
M: a big porter full body very tasty.
O: this is one of my favorite porters and one of my favorite from founders very filling beer. Very nice to sip on.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a opaque obsidian with two fingers of mocha colored head. Solid retention and lacing.

S: Coffee, dark roasted malts, caramel, dark fruits, and earthy hops.

T: Coffee, molasses, caramel, roasted malts, chocolate, and some slight bitterness from the earthy hops.

M: Full bodied, lightly carbonated, smooth and creamy like a porter should be.

O: A fantastic brew. Easily one of the best readily available American Porters. I frequently enjoy this brew and would recommend anyone to do the same.

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

Great taste! Very enjoyable porter. The pour wasn't anything special and the smell was sort of strong, but the flavor was wonderful. I wish it was smoother.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours black cola color.

Overall: This a world-class American Porter. It has the perfect combination of roasted coffee, grain, and chocolate. This is a wonderful beer and a perfect porter. Highly recommended.

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Photo of GormBrewhouse
4.86/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Just excellent in every way especially the nose after the glass was empty. Just could not believe the wonderful balance of hops and roast grains. Excellent!!!

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Photo of CraigP83
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Subtle chocolate and Carmel with hop scent. Rich taste not quit coffee or Carmel, possibly toffee. Not sticky or cloying, refreshing for the style. Magnificent beer

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Photo of Knilas
3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Jet black pour from a 12 oz bottle. Not much head. Aromas are muted. Bitter molasses on the tongue. Full body, yet medium mouth feel. Overall, a mid range Porter.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured out of a bottle into a tulip. Pours jet black with a thin creamy tan head. Smells swee toasty nut, with malt and chocolate. Taste same with an excellent hop hit gives a full body and flavor. Enough hop to the resonate into nose. Mouthfeel nearly perfect with a hoppy porter. Beer happiness. One of my favorit porters!

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Photo of frozyn
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3 month old bottle into a tulip.

L -- Poured jet black, middle-of-the-glass pour created 2-finger thick, dark tan head. Reduced down to a ring, minor amount of lacing left behind.

S -- Roasted, slightly charred bready malts; slight chocolate notes.

T -- Roasted malts provides a lot of depth, spanning from slightly burnt to charred back to light roast. Bitterness adds balance to the light sweetness provided by malts.

F -- Full bodied with enough carbonation to keep it flowing. Rich, creamy, smooth.

O -- Go-to porter for me for now. Hard to beat in terms of value.

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

By far the best beer I have ever had. Definitely the best American porter there is hands down. Silky smooth, luscious mouth feel that is absolutely perfect combined with dark enticing flavors of roasted coffee, grain, and chocolate. This is now my go to beer.

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Photo of far333
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany brown and opaque with a half inch of frothy light brown foam. Aroma of cocoa and toasty malt, hints of smoke and leather.

Rich and complex flavors of richly roasted malt, not bitter, hints of smoke and leather, espresso and charred bark. Full and creamy mouthfeel. Really nice beer.

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Photo of NaziBeerHunter
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. Very nice rich mouthfeel with pretty tasty coffee notes. The hop flavor still really comes through in this beer, and it's got great flavor

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Photo of doktorhops
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Well. Founders Porter. It has taken me a while to get to you hasn’t it? As the saying goes: “The longer the wait, the sweeter the reward.” And you Founders do make some of the sweetest rewards there are to be had in the Beerosphere (aka Earth). I guess for me the biding of time has been a result of hearing not the greatest things about this Porter, and little did I want to see the mighty Founders fall from grace, however having seen other reviews on this Porter and the decent aggregate score on BeerAdvocate I guess there really is little for me to fear - and I do love Stouts, whoops; Porters dearly.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Look we all know what to expect: Opaque obsidian body, rich caramel coloured half centimetre head... and Founders delivers with a beer that is as black as my black heart (I am after all an ivory trader). The head does hang around very long but who cares with that delightful inky black body inviting us to sup on its roasty nectar? 9/10.

S: Charred coffee bean, hints of ripe red coffee bean, light caramel (yes caramel, not chocolate) malts and a wild forest berry background all ties together and presents a formidable Stout Porter aroma. There is very little to fault here - it’s dark, it’s roasty, it’s wild, I’m loving it so far. 9/10.

T: Damn it, those Founders bastards have done it again (how do they keep making great beers!?) with a flavour profile that is every bit of the above aromas combined with a sublime balance between the sweet (more molasses than caramel) malts and that slight smoky charred coffee bean that provides ample enough bitterness to carry through to the finish. The aftertaste leaves a bitter note on the tongue that makes you go back for another sip... it’s almost perfect... almost. 9/10.

M: Smooth, Founders mid to heavy bodied, and did I mention smooth? It’s no Marvin Gaye smooth but it is indeed a respectable Barry White. 9/10.

D: Well I was not disappointed by this Stout Porter [what’s the deal with Stouts and Porters Doc?] if you want to know google “stout porter history” and you will learn that a Stout is a Porter - the style began as “Stout Porter” or a heavier version of a Porter, which this Founders really is at 6.5% ABV. Now we come to the crux of it with this brew, for me at least, it’s a redundant beer: between FBS and FIS I see little reason to buy this brew, and that is a shame. 7/10.

Food match: I’m going to go Medieval banquet on this brew - or chargrilled steaks.

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Photo of Godfatherbob
4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just the right amount of heaviness, satisfying but it doesn't leave you feeling stuffed.

Sweet, but not too sweet.

Very malty, but not overwhelming, and a very smooth after taste.

Not much else to say, this is just one delicious beer. Definitely the best porter I've ever had.

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Photo of Doonzman
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great porter! I'm actually very surprised that the class 6 here on ft polk carries such high quality beer. I guess they figure some soldiers actually want top notch beverages. Anyways, I recommend it to anyone who loves beer.

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Photo of ufellc
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good chocolate and coffee smell and taste. Nice maltiness that accompanies the chocolate and coffee. Good but not too heavy mouthfeel that gives back note chocolates. Chocolate is in the forefront and backend tastes. Good sweetness and little bitterness

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Photo of MacMalt
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been enjoying this beer for quite some time but never rated it. Poured into pisner glass. The color is jet black with very thin white head and minimal lacing. This is a very aromatic beer with a strong smell of burnt coffee and chocolate. The taste is similar to the smell: burnt coffee, chocolate, and a hint of caramel but finishes with a distinct bitterness. Nice, thick mouth feel. Overall, this is one terrific porter, especially for one available year round. I'm prejudiced because this is the first Founders beer I tried but it is really good!

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

Quite delicious. I've had a few porters, and this one stands out. Smooth and rich, and not for someone looking for a light drink. Like a meal in a bottle. Not too expensive, either. Yum.

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Photo of classixIII
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thick dark pour, minimal head, nothing on the glass. Hearty with minimal, perfect carbonation. Chocolate, mocha etc. etc. A hop bite at the end that stays for a while along with a wee bit more alcohol than you would imagine for a 6.5 ABV. Very Nice!

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Photo of Cacibajagua
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the best Porter I've had so far. Well balanced, nice gentle body, with a smooth and destinctive hint of chocolate, and so slight bitterness that works well with the caramel & cocoa aftertaste.

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Photo of Muscatjo
3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not my favorite by Founders. Maybe I just prefer stouts to porters but this didnt go down as smooth as I liked and had very intense dark flavors. It was very strong and had a long finish.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,451 ratings.