Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,407 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,407
Reviews: 1,479
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 341
Gots: 1,075 | 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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,407 | Reviews: 1,479
Photo of cellojon
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Opaque, almost black but not quite. 3/4 inch, thick, light brown head.
Nose: Roasted malt - biscuity, with some sweetness at the end
Mouthfeel: quite pleasant; nice body, balanced by a generous amount of carbonated crispness
Taste: initial roasted bite followed by malty sweetness and finishing off with just a hint of alcohol and cocoa bitterness.
Overall: this one is solid

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

I do not write reviews.

Photo of lwillitz
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12-oz bottle into porter/stout glass

A - 2 fingers dark tan foam over a body of pitch black, nice lacing

S - chocolate, roast malts, bread, smoke

T - chocolate, dark bread, burnt toast, coffee, earthy hops, brown sugar, smoke; complex and well-balanced

M - silky smooth medium body, moderate carbonation

O - "Dark, rich & sexy." This is an excellent porter.

Photo of KWolf
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another brilliant beer from Founders!

Photo of beyah
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Really dark, dark tan head, less than 1 finger, slight lacing

Smell: Roasted Malts are in the forefront

Taste: A perfect balance between the Chocolate and Roasted Malts, earthy hops are there, but not overpowering, this beer is all about balance

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, only enough carbonation, perfect for the style.

Overall: One of the best Porters out there, a must try, give one to a friend who isn't sure about Porters, they will be presently surprised.

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

Can Founders make a bad beer?
This is a top of the line porter.
Beautiful color and rich head that entices a drink.
The firs taste is a tease that asks for another.
Very rich and full of aroma with sweet after taste.
Similar but lighter than Founders Imperial Stout which is world class.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.99/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of caramel-colored head that immediately dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed a few wispy clouds of foam.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with lots of rich, earthy, bready, roasted malt aromas up front, imparting notes of freshly baked pumpernickel bread, freshly ground coffee beans, dark molasses, dark chocolate, brown sugar, a touch of smoke, and a touch of floral hops aromas.

Taste: Delicious! Lots of earthy, roasted malt flavors up front, like toasted dark bread, coffee, dark molasses, a touch of smoke and tobacco. I also get notes of brown sugar-like sweetness, a touch of licorice, and a touch of hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium/medium-chewy and very smooth, as there is very little carbonation. With and ABV of 6.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an absolutely outstanding porter! Highly recommended!

Photo of dditto2
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed it in a mix n match. Wow it is good.
A:Black. Foamy head retains beautiful color.
S:Coffee, caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, lightly noticeable hop.
T:All of the above. Malt and hops very nicely balanced.
F: Thick and creamy with a considerable amount of carbonation.
O: Definately world class. Wish I bought more than 1.

Photo of timontheroad
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured jet black with a thick one finger head. Receded to a bubbly film that left some nice lacing.
Smell: Coffee and chocolate notes were very prominent, with some roasty malt flavors in the background
Taste: Big coffee flavor, with a bit of a smoky flavor as well as dark roasted malt flavors.
Mouthfeel: medium to heavy bodied, pretty creamy, nice carbonation feel as well.
Overall: I'm not the biggest Porter fan, as many seem to be almost thin watered down versions of a stout, but this beer has none of those drawbacks - simply a great beer, wish Founders had regular distribution in CO.

Photo of Samuel906
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours absolutely pitch black with a pillow dark khaki head with strong retention. Very little light or color shines through even in direct light. Smell is fairly mild actually, but lots of roasty malts, chocolate. Faint hazelnut. Taste is pretty much everything you'd ever want out of a porter; toasted malt, dark chocolate, bitter coffee, and brown sugar. Feel is pretty much perfect for a porter: rich, smooth and full with moderate carbonation, but not to full that it is difficult to drink. Overall, great porter, one of the best of the style.

Photo of dacrza1
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: January 18, 2015... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... OCCASION: AFV watching with the fam... APPEARANCE: jet black body; thick, creamy brown head that laces attractively; impressive screen of head is left behind... AROMA: some fragrant hops suggest a somewhat sophisticated premium lager; however, doughy malts make clear the beer's style... PALATE: whoa--high IBUs make for quite a blunt force impact at the teeth; a medium-balanced beer with a bold finish suggests more than 6.5% ABV...TASTE: the label suggests dark and rich--sweet and sour is perhaps may be a better hashtag; some whiskey or scotch...OVERALL: an intense porter, one that cannot be taken lightly; a mouthful of hop and malts, for sure...

Photo of DarinMoody42
4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Exactly what I want when I ask for a porter. Extremely well done

Photo of Getalegup
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smoke, molasses, burnt sugar. Low carb. Classic Porter mouthfeel.

Photo of Dr_Leafy_Green
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Dark coffee color with light creamy head dissolving rapidly to light lace. Distinct aroma of coffee and burnt sugar. Taste profile is coffee with molasses, fairly sweet. Good carbonation with slight lingering burnt toast.

Photo of dsnyder61
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

not a fan of porters but this is good

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours pitch black with a burnt caramel colored head. Nice soapy lacing.
S - Sweet coffee, vanilla, bready, roasted malts and baker's chocolate.
T - Coffee, bitter chocolate, vanilla and sweet milk. Nice medium heavy body. Creamy thick mouthfeel.
O - An absolutely amazing, 5 star porter!
V - Medium value.

Photo of faganlb
4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A favorite. Smooth and rich.

Photo of Pukstopper
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent porter pours a dark malty color into a mason jar. ( thats all the glasses they had left)
Nice flavor of roasted malts. Head didn't last long maybe it was the glass. And to top off this great beer it was on special for 2.95 a bottle.

Photo of dave_t
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
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

Photo of mchegash
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of Barnoloid
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of thirstyturtle
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It is probably the best widely distributed porter i have had to date.

Photo of Jonoesh5
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | 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. 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.

Photo of tekstr1der
4.56/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of ragwing82
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 6,407 ratings.