Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,412 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,412
Reviews: 1,480
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 342
Gots: 1,084 | FT: 27
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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 jjayjaye
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour an opaque darkness with visible sediment at the end of the bottle and a two finger loose foamy dark brown head that's gone in a flash, leaving little Belgian lacing behind. The smell is a nice chalky NECCO chocolate and coffee aroma. Lightly carbonated, the mouth feel is full bodied with a tangy bitterness. Full flavored, the coffee bean character is moderately roasted. The texture is creamy smooth with a touch of lingering roasty bitterness. A really nice drinker, you'll want to sip and savor it. Many thanks Stigs!!

Photo of Anthony1
3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark porter brown body. Light cannot penetrate. Finger of thick, light brown head. Robust roasted malt aromas, light chocolate, and pine/citrus hop bitterness on the nose. A bit like a jacked-up SN porter might be like. Big roasted malt flavors up front. Deliciously appetizing roastiness gives way to smooth, sweet chocolate and woody, peaty flavors. Hop bitterness dominates the finish. Good balance. Medium-full body with a creamy feel.

Photo of bbeane
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a 16oz nucleated tumbler... a finger thick somewhat creamy brown head starts it off... disappearing a bit, but leaving a good 1/4 inch remaining on top of a black beer that leaves no light escape when held up

S- Not as much there as I expected... definately some chocolate and coffee smell there, nice but not overwelming

T- Has a nice toasted taste almost from start to finish with a hint of chocolate coffee flavor coming through in the swallow

M- Not chewy, but still a medium to heavy bodied beer... medium carbonation as well

D- Not one of my favorites. Drinkable, but many better options out there

CHEERS!!

Photo of fropones
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice black with a thin mocha head that dissipates quickly.

S - Roasted malt, unsweetened chocolate, vanilla, molasses, a hint of bourbon.

T - A bit of hop bitterness up front followed by tons of roasted and caramel malt. Some sweetness to it. More chocolate as well as some grapefruit pith from the hops. Some darker fruits in here as well. Raisins, plums, and a hint of figs.

M - Nice low carbonation, creamy, medium bodied.

D - Nice and drinkable. An excellent brew for this cold December Illinois afternoons.

Photo of Winter
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours near black in color with a dark brown head. The head remained throughout most of consumption. The aroma consists of dark chocolate, coffee and hints of alcohol. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and pretty smooth. This is a rich robust porter. Drinking this makes it hard to distinguish between what's a stout and what classifies as a porter sometimes these days. The flavor is loaded with ample amounts of dark roasted malt. At times an espresso-like quality emerges in the taste also. Goes down amazingly well for a 6.5% ale. Perfect for the dark winter nights that are coming.

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

Pours a black color, maybe with a touch of dark, burnt brown coming through, Develops a 2 finger thick, light brown colored head that slowly dissipates to a thick creamy layer, that leaves a good amount of lace on the glass.

The aroma is quite chocolatey, not unlike a malted milk ball with some bready yeastiness. There is also a mild roasted, almost coffee-like note and even a little touch of vanilla.

The flavor is pretty intense, starting out with a dark chocolate punch and then giving way to some dark caramels and a nice creaminess towards the finish, which ends with a coffee-like bitterness.

This beer has a nice creamy texture with mild carbonation. it really does feel quite good on the tongue, so smooth and flavorful. What can I say, this has got to be one of my favorite porters. Definitely a lot of flavor packed into a fairly small package.

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

12 ounce bottle poured into the standard pint glass. Bottle states "Dark, rich, & sexy". Sounds appealing.

The founders porter pours a deep brown almost black color with a 1/2 finger ebony head and no lacing. Nose is coffee, roasted malts, and dark chocolate. Nothing special. Taste is consistent with nose but the chocolate is much sweeter on the quaff than the nose. No coffee is noted in the taste but there is a bitter finish to the taste. Overall taste is complex but delicious. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and overall a great porter.

Photo of mgbickel
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. 1/2 finger tan head with very little lacing. Deep brown/black body...solid looking.

Smells of sweet malts and toasted cocoa. Maybe some coffee bean undertones.

Tastes slightly bitter on the tongue. Coffee flavors dance around the mouth and finishes with a kick of roasted peanuts and toffee.

Has a light and slightly creamy mouth feel. Little to medium fizz.

A nice representative of the style. Very flavorful and drinkable.

Photo of buschbeer
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a pint glass to a half inch of mocha head. It is very dark brown in color. The head leaves quickly, but there is some lacing on my glass. It has some coffee and roasted malt smell and maybe some milk chocolate. The taste is so much better than the other day when I was buzzed. The richness of the roasted malts really comes through. It reminds me a lot of Edmund Fitzgerald. It is a very drinkable porter.

Cheers!

Photo of TommyW
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Black body with a rusty/tan head.

S- Toasted and burnt bread crusts.

T- Sweat and creamy upfront, moves into toasted bread/crusts with some burnt notes toward the finish.

M- Medium to thin through most of the tongue, but a nice creamy feel upfront, good carbonation.

D- A good porter to have on hand.

Photo of nickynick
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Founder's Porter poured almost black, a dark dark brown with a small tan head. The smell was of chocolate and a bit of hops. The taste was of bittersweet chocolate. Full of flavor. Finished with a bit of hops. Mouthfeel was a bit thick for me. Drinkability was good. This is an excellent porter, spot on for the style. A wonderful beer that I will purchase again.

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

A great beer from Founders? Yeah right! Everything these guys touch turns to freaking imbibers heaven.
Pours a midnight with no light coming through anywhere/ The tan head laces and laces and laces, I get tired just watching it works its beauty.
The smell and taste are an explosion of roasted chocolate and coffee, huge flavor explosion here. Amazing.
The thick and chewy mouth feel finishes perfectly, just one heck of a beer. This is a mini RIS.
Drinkability isn't bad, not completely a session beer but repeatable.

Photo of Sammy
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewer 3 months ago. Pours jet black with lots of brown foam in head, that leaves a spider lace trail. Aroma of roasted malts, and a hint of mollasses. As we drink through the pint, chocolate malts are noticed in aroma as well as taste. Drying in middle, a bit like an Irish dry stout. Carbonation is right there, and refreshing. Anise and chocolate in residual, along with roasted barley "coffee grounds".Great porter.Average mouthfeel, smooth drinking.

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

Pours like motor oil after about 10,000 miles. It's not black, but it might as well be. No light getting through this one. Thin head, but an interesting dark tan/burnt orange color. Chocolate, burnt caramel, and faint coffee and roasted nuts in the smell. Strong roasted malt and chocolate taste. You also get a decent amount of hoppy bitterness. Pretty sweet finish, and that roasted nuttiness lingers after the swallow. The feel is smoother than velvet. It's good...it's real good.

Photo of RedHaze
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours a deep dark brown, nearly black. The head peaks around one and a half fingers tall, then fades slowly to a thin spotty cap. Lacing is thin, but sticks decently.

Smell; dark roasted malts, coffee and a faint hit of molasses. A surprising amount of hops come through in the aroma, but it's of the earthy/floral variety. They actually work really well with the roast malt and coffee.

Taste; rich chocolate malts, slight touch of char, coffee beans all hit you right at once, then the earthy hops come out and play. It's all topped of with a little sweet molasses that's just enough to keep this from being overly roasty and bitter.

Mouthfeel/drinkability; as with all Founders beers, it seems, this has a really nice smooth texture in the mouth, which just seems to increase the drinkability. Very nice.

Photo of morimech
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark black color with a half inch of tan head that goes away quickly. Spotty lacing is left on the glass. I blame the glass I used as the poor effort of this beer. Previously I had poured one of these in a Sam Adams glass and it developed a very nice head. The aroma is what all American Porters should strive for. Cocoa, coffee, dark malt, a touch of smoke, and an American twist, some citrus hops. The flavor is likewise impressive. A lot of malt flavor and smoke with just a touch of citrus. The hops never overcome the malt but it is noted. Bitterness is also fairly high. The body is robust and filling. Carbonation is well suited to this beer. Nice soft, creamy texture. I think this is one of Founders best beers. I would take one of these over a FBS.

Photo of turamarth
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served into my Tremens glass!

Appearance: The body of this porter is black as night. And, it devours any light that would even think about passing through the void. However, this beer has NO head. Even with a vigorous pour, only small, copper colored bubbles decided to join the party. Disappointing.

Nose: Malty, malty, and yep....malty! Typical chocolate malt notes mixed with some of the classic roasty notes are here in my nose! Though there is a nice twing of some hop brightness.

Taste: If it looks like a porter, and smells like a porter, and tastes like a porter...yes...by god its a porter! Again, the typical chocolate maltiness mixed with some good toasty and coffee notes. There is a nice amount of hopping, nobles or hallertau? Pretty tasty.

Mouth: First thing is a pretty bright carbonation. Coats the mouth nicely, but isn't terribly thick and uncomfortable.

Drink: Not a session due to the slightly higher abv, but still pretty drinkable.

Overall: A pretty typical porter in my opinion, I've had better, I've had worse. Cheers!

Photo of fightingwords
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-- DARK black coffee color with a muddy two finger head. a massive appearence. good lacing, and a gentle spin of the glass kept the head strong.

S--impressive fresh roasted coffee and dark chocolate nose. some earthy hops show up as the beer mellows towards ambient temps. Complex and complete.

T-- dessert sweet chocolate with a balace of toasty malts. slight caramel flavors and a dirty hop character keep the beer interesting

M-- smooth, rich, medium to heavy bodied.

D-- for a complex beer it drinks okay. A thinking mans porter that I probably would put on repeat in the same session.

Great porter, but almost a bit too sultry. I love the big flavors and attitude, it's packed with both. I prefer my porters a little more subdued and session friendly, but even so this is a must try.

Photo of cthulu81
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Goodness me. Rich, Dark and Sexy indeed. Thanks for making further review reading obsolete you crazy-talented dudes at Founders. By that I don't mean others who post should not be read, I just mean that tthe rest of my review can simply be boiled down to...Rich, Dark and Sexy. Here is what I can add. Is it possible to liquify charcoal briquettes? If so, it looks like this porter pours. Not only is is truly black, even when held to the light, it seems to intimidate the rest of the illumination in the room. I think my screen just dimmed a bit. A rich mocha head crowns the glass. Aroma is redolent of roast, dry cocoa, hints of hazelnut, kahlua, earthy hops and a faint, faint hint of alcohol. Yeah, this is going to get good. Flavors mirror what the nostrils anticipated with coating dark malts, whisps of smoke, deep bittersweet chocolate, black coffee and simple deliciousness. This puppy finishes dry and roasty with a lightly lingering, taunting residual temptation to continue drinking it all night long. Forget Double Trouble, Devil Dancer and Breakfast Stout (all freakin' amazing too), why isn't Founder's better know for this year-round powerhouse?

Photo of smallbatchbrewer
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Founders is changing my life one batch at a time. They are becoming the new all around favorite in the sessions I have here.
A- Deep coffee color with chocolate milk colored head that has nice body but dissipates quickly

S- Nutty coffee breakfast in a bottle

T- Matches the smell to a tee. Also has a malty oak finish. Not too sweet, not too dry. I might have to get a 6er for just yours truly

M- Above average but not stellar. A little puckering from its bitterness.

D- Again, above average, a little dark for my usual session taste buds but like I said earlier, founders is proving to expand my pallet exponentially so I could give it a go

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

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

A: Pours darker than your average porter. About a finger and a half of dense, deep mocha head. Good retention and nice lacing.

S: Good sweetness, loads of chocolate and some cocoa powder. Light roastiness with a bit of dry chalkiness.

T/M: Pleasant sweetness from the milky chocolate and cocoa powder. The powdery side adds a bit to the dryness. Roastness is light and spot on. A touch of char or soot in the finish adds some depth. Body is medium full and creamy.

D: Smooth and drinkable. Very different from Eddy Fitz but damn near as good.

Photo of BigAl723
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor.

A: Dark and brown. Like a muddy road after it's been raining all afternoon. Great looking wispy white/tan head. About an inch thick.

S: Smokey BBQ, campfire, dark malts, java, and cocoa too. Overall, an outstanding smelling porter from an outstanding brewery.

T: This is where this beer really shines. Dark roasted malts really come through and the thick texture of this beer coats your mouth from top to bottom. Towards the end a nice coffee/cocoa taste seems to burst through leaving a more than pleasant taste on the tip of your tongue.

M: Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. In all honesty, I wouldn't change a thing about this mouthfeel. It seems real close to perfect.

D: Great drinkability. At 6.5% ABV it's, again, perfect.

Overall, I took out an Unearthy and a Plead the 5th Impy Stout at the bar and I knew I needed something to calm the storm if I was going to make it through the night. I found Founders Porter to be the remedy.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown, blackish body that had a one-finger tan head and left a lace ring. Classic smell of roasted and sweet malts, more on the sweet side w/ some caramel and chocolate with very minor hops. Textbook porter that hits the spot; medium-body, smooth, creamy, passes over the tongue with a great sweetness of chocolate and caramel and then having a bready, coffeeish finish that is drying and thick. Little bit sticky as well. Could drink this porter any time as it is one of the best.

Photo of billyzoom666
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Here's my first of my first set of reviews! Let me know how to improve!

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

I used a fast pouring technique, but the head remainged small and it disipated quickly.

It's a pitch black porter. I held it up to my kitchen light and absolutely no light was penetrating it.

It has a nice smokey smell, reminds me of old homes (in a good way). A hint of dark chocolate mixes with it.

The initial taste is almost woodsey and that slightly earthen taste mixes well with the scent. It's a treat for the senses. It's not a "filling" porter, but it's a great sipping beer.

Possibly, in part, due to the lower alcohol content of this porter, it has a pretty high drinkability. This is my "go to" porter, my favorite style as a craft beer newbie, and I always make sure I grab a bottle or two when I hit the craft beer store.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Raven's eye black with the slightest glimmer of sepia along the edges. Thanks to a barely audible escape of CO2 on crown cracking, the beer received a high-altitude pour. The end result was two fingers of dark caramel colored foam that is some kind of creamy. Nice lace too.

The label includes the tagline 'Dark, Rich & Sexy', which pretty much describes the aroma. It smells like there's a generous amount of black and/or roasted malt in here... and quite a few hops as well. 45 IBUs is pretty impressive for an American porter (if you're a hophead).

Founders never ever skimps on flavor. Porter is full to bursting with porterishness, which makes all the difference when compared with most other craft versions of the style. We aren't talking Edmund Fitzgerald good, but this is damn tasty beer that has the malt-hop yin-yang thing working like a dream.

What a tasty treat! These guys should seriously think about kicking up ingredients and the ABV. Then again, they have such an outstanding array of big-ass stouts that this offering is perfectly situated in the lineup. Never mind.

The flavor profile includes dark chocolate, dark caramel, a splash of black coffee and a big shot of grapefruit juice, courtesy of what must be a generous amount of Centennial hops (or something similar). Warming doesn't broaden, but it does deepen.

The mouthfeel falls *just* short of the next highest score. A fraction more silky creaminess would have gotten it there with no trouble at all. It's improving over time, but the beer is disappearing so fast that time is running out. Quickly.

Choosing between Bell's and Founders as the best brewery in Michigan is an impossible task for me. Having said that, Founders Porter puts quite a bit of ballast on the Grand Rapids end of route 131. Next time I'll go for the sixer, not just the single.

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 6,412 ratings.