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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

Founders PorterFounders Porter

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4,651 Ratings

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Ratings: 4651
Reviews: 1289
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No absence of hops gives Founders' robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect.

45 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2003)
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Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coffee, chocolate and smoky roasted malts, with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very malty with strong & smoky flavors of black coffee, milk chocolate and dark fruits. There's just the right amount of sweetness and a mild but complimentary hops presence. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is very nice porter to drink for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 05:15:46 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of ATLbeerDog


3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle label says 6.5% ABV - Pours a beautiful pitch black with just a twinge of red highlights and a thick frothy caramel colored one inch head. Thick heavy lacing paints the glass. Smells of coocolate, coffee and rich dark roasted malts rule the nose. First sip is mostly coffee and chocolate combined with a prevalent nuttiness. The coffee bitterness is from start to finish. A creamy mouthfeel is welcomed but it does seem a little to the thin side.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 21:26:30 | More by ATLbeerDog
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Ontario (Canada)

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

12 oz bottle picked up at Founders a couple months ago.

Pours a deep and opaque dark brown, no light gets through, very dark brown head forms, chocolate milk coloured, settles to a very thick layer, great retention, drops some lines of lacing on the glass. Smell is nice, quite sweet, brown sugar and caramel, light chocolate milk, espresso roast, raisins, toast and biscuit, a bit chaulky, some light fruity sweetness, not as roasty as I like my porters but still smells dope. Taste is great, all sorts of flavours at once, chocolate milk and molasses, big roastiness, coffee, raisins, berry sweetness, brown sugar and caramel, buttered toast in the finish, light lacto sweetness in the finish, quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly oily, with medium carbonation, pretty smooth stuff, great flavour.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 20:08:11 | More by Viggo
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6.5% ABV listed on neck. Purchased last weekend somewhere in NC. Pours very rich, dark brown/black with a finger of tan froth. One of the darker porters I've seen. Aromas of Nestle Quik powder.
Big, rich flavor of cocoa powder and hops. Very silky at first, then comes a soft bite of bitterness. Nice hop flavor yet very balanced. Dry, somewhat bitter lingering finish. Again, big flavor for the style...I like it.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 20:28:49 | More by RustyDiamond
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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Dark brownish black with light foamy lace on top.
A sweet raisin-like smell..

Thick and creamy chocolate and coffee flavors abound.

Not overly strong... very pleasant and drinkable.

This is not the "extreme" type of beer I have become used to, but a well balanced and drinkable dark porter. In any case I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 01:06:20 | More by webmanspidey
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a very dark brown, no highlights. It poured with a thick, dark mocha colored head.

s: Almost charred malts that smelled of coffee and a little cocoa. Smells good, but not very porter-like.

t: Tasty, but very strange for a porter. Dark, roasty malts that remind me of espresso. There is also a hint of chocolate and something almost cream flavored here.

m: Big bodied and creamy. Again, this is a porter?

d: I like this a lot, but I wonder how many people would identify this as a porter in a blind tasting?

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 11:46:48 | More by DIM
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Founders Porter from City Beverage in Winston Salem, NC. Poured into a 12 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a thick, black, oily-looking body, darker even than most porters, with a half-to-three-fourth-finger tan head of average to perhaps even above-average retention for a porter. Darker than tan, perhaps - more of a cocoa, maybe, solid and creamy-looking. A solid start.

Aroma: Sweet, thick malts, heavily toasted, with faint flourishes of toast, definite coffee, slightly fainter cocoa, a few char-like notes. It's smooth on the whole, pleasant and well-blended.

Taste: Very flavorful. About equal parts coffee and rich, bitter chocolate lend a very decadent latte-esque overtone to this brew, with definite milky notes cutting through a lot of the heavily toasted astringencies. There's also just an absolute metric tonnage of spare toasted malt notes, dark but not black, faintly smoky but not charred, and a light, crisp balancing bitterness and faintly herbal hop flourishes, fading a little bit in the end, though very strong up front. Perfectly stylistically accurate, and very high on the flavor quotient.

Mouthfeel: Wonderfully milky smooth, with a moderate, understated carbonation in a thick body that gives that definite "milkshake" vibe. Unevens a little as it warms and thins out, but this is still a very pleasant feeling beer, not too thick in a cloying way, but plenty thick in a nice, rich, opulent way.

Drinkability: Founders has yet to disappoint me with anything (though they came close with the dry-hopped pale ale), and this one keeps the trend alive. An incredibly rich, sweet porter, though with plenty of balancing bitter astringencies and a slight, pleasant hop presence, this one has practically no alcohol, and as such ranks very high on the drinkability scale. One of my favorite porters to date. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 01:30:54 | More by CrellMoset
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4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a dark-brown tint when held up to the light, a beautiful light-brown, 1/4" head forms in my Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip glass. Aroma is expected-roasted and chocolate malt dominate the nose, hints of cocoa and earthy aromas.

Taste is roasty, coffee, burnt caramel, hints of dried fruit (apricot maybe?) and a clean bitter finish. Note for note, everything a porter should be. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not too heavy which would push it into the stout porter territory, slightly dry with light carbonation.

Highly drinkable and recommended. A near perfect porter-it seems that some people are under the impression that porters should be extreme-I can understand a hopped up porter (I'm looking at you Alpha Klaus you tasty devil), but I can't understand the grain bill being upped-doesn't that make it more of a Stout Porter. Regardless, this is a near perfect porter. As Kurt Vonnegut said time and again, "if this isn't good, I don't know what is."

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 22:36:40 | More by eyncognito
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3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Found one of these hiding in the back of my fridge from a while ago. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my pilsener glass

A- Founders Porter pours a pitch black with a small frothy brown head. Tons of lacing is left on the sides of the glass after each sip.
S- Lots of chocolate and roasted malt.
T- chocolate coffee and malts, with a light bitterness in the background. Nothing groundbreaking but very solid flavors.
M- I ranked this as a two, not because the mouthfeel is unpleasant or bad, but because for a porter it is way to heavy and thick I think. This beer looks, tastes and feels more like a stout to me.
D- I could drink a few more. The low abv is nice considering all the flavor that is here.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 07:09:27 | More by Shumista
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South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick texture. There was a half inch of tan-colored head and some good lacing.

S: Smelled of coffee, chocolate and malt.

T: A nicely done flavor of coffee and chocolate up front and malt and hops going down. Balanced and tasty.

M: A well carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Like most Founders beers, this is a drinkable, well-constructed beer with a lot of character.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 13:57:02 | More by avalon07
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3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark, thick black. Creamy, tan head that dissipates quickly and some very light, minimal lacing.

Smells like very bland bitter baking chocolate, and some sweet dark malt.

Tastes very much like cocoa powder and the bitter baking chocolate. There is a slight musty-ness to it as well.

Medium-light body. Goes down very smoothly with little carbonation, and some sweet/bitter chocolate taste lingering behind.

Decent drinkability. Not too heavy or overpowering. Very smooth and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 23:23:03 | More by tittymcj
Photo of Jayli


4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured an opaque black with a nice dark tan foamy head that left thick lacing as it subsided. An aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee are present. The initial flavors are of coffee and malts with slight chocolate. The chocolate flavor is more present on the finish, as well as a bit of a bitter finish from hops. The body was light to medium bodied with slight creaminess on the tongue. The Founder's Porter is beyond reminiscent of their Breakfast Stout, which is by and far one of my favorite beers. I'm hard pressed to find much of a difference - but both will be welcomed in my house.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 20:21:27 | More by Jayli
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My god, this pours like an imperial stout. From the thickness to the color and texture of the head. Even how the head slowly forms from the bottom reminds me of an Imperial stout. Gorgeous looking beer. 2 finger thick and creamy tan head with nice retention . Black thick looking beer. The head does eventually settle to a firm tan cap and there is plenty of sticky lacing.

Aroma is a touch musty with some cocoa powder. Light spice nature as well.

Flavor is fantastic. I immediately thought nice dark chocolate. Then some notes of coffee. A touch of mineral flavor at the end. A bitterness lingers, but it appears to be more from the malts vs. hops.. A real dark roasted flavor.

Creamy and silky mouth feel. Very nice.

Really enjoyable and drinkable... I like this one....

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 19:58:39 | More by Reagan1984
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3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jwinship83 for the trade.

A - Solid black in color. Small fading brown head with nice even lacing on the glass.

S - Earthy oaked tones with a dry malt aroma.

T - Along with the smell, earth oaked characteristics with a slightly smokey/java dry finish.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, not sticky on the palate.

D - Easy drinker, low ABV. Little to much on the oaky/java side of things for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 01:35:35 | More by Yesac
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3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got one of these from the black booty bif, and boy am i happy i did. label says dark rich AND sexy. lets see how honest you are.

pours pitch black with a smidgeon of dark mocha head. not really super impressed by the head but damn this beer is dark. some lacing puts up a good fight

smell is rich. very robust. coffee tones. but thats all i really get. coffee. hrmm roasty goodness. semi sweet with a nice bitterness at the tail end. good taste.

medium bodied with a noticeable amount of carbonation. leaves the mouth a bit dry.

a nice porter. im happy that i have another one waiting for me in the fridge.

taste is good. some coffee, a nice malty backbone.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 07:27:32 | More by Mauerhan
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a case of this on a whim. Hope it's worth it.

Black color with fine foamy tan head. Sticky rings of lace. Smell of expresso that slides into cocoa and then that burnt malt that you expect in a porter. So far this is looking like a winner. Taste starts with slightly bitter cocoa up front with some coffee notes and it all slips into a nice burnt malt finish. Nice full body affirms that this one is going to give you plenty to chew on. Nice mix of flavors makes this an excellent brew. Compares favorable to edmund fitz from great lakes which i always considered the benchmark. Another well done brew by Founders.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 01:44:57 | More by beermanbrian
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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin brown head that decends to wisps, leaving spots of lacing. Very dark, but a bit lacking in retention/lacing.

The smell is of coffee, chocolate, smoky/roasty a but nutty and toffeeish with earthy, even citric, bitterness. A dark malt aroma with a hop backing and roast/ash.

The taste is rich - roasty/ashy with coffee and sweet chocolate. There is a bittering and roasty balance. There's a touch of astringency and some alcohol in the taste. My bottle says 6.5 abv and while not overwhelming, it shows. It finishes warm and dry. Not crazy about the aftertaste.

Reaches full-bodied, but not overly thick. A bit solvent. Sharp though with some creaminess. I had two bottles - the first of which I let warm longer before drinking. It had a bit of a fuller body, though neither one convinced me to push the score of the mouthfeel higher.

It is rich and dark with a nice balancing bitterness to the sweetness. It has a great aroma. Drinkable - but alcohol shows and something of a cardboard-ish coffee aftertaste lingers.

Bottom line - A rich American porter with a great aroma. I liked it much, though not too crazy about the aftertaste. Drinkable, though only borderline "sessionable", esp. with richness, alcohol of 6.5 showing a bit, and not the greatest of aftertastes. Still, a nice example of a rich American porter!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 00:07:15 | More by jwc215
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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep silky black color, like liquid coal; really nice. A soft, frothy, but light head perks up just on top of the beer for a low cap with small but sticky lacing.

The aroma is a really nice blend of warm, earthy and burnt notes. A wonderful balance of roasted malt, subtle caramel, espresso, and dark chocolate. Almost has Belgian stout qualities. A warm alcohol underneath brings all the aromatics to a nice peak. Absolutely stronger than a standard porter, but I guess isn't quite a Baltic.

Mildly sweet up front with light dried fruit notes, followed by slightly coffee-chocolate flavors that moves to bitter roasted and finishes with a slight tinging hop linger. The body is light but very viscous, moving actively around the mouth carrying and amplifying the flavors.

A really nice drinking beer with good strong flavors but so well married that I could definitely sip on a few of these in a night.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 04:05:58 | More by NoLiberty
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown color, with a soft caramel colored head forms on top. That laces slowly down to a eighth of an inch and staying there for some time. A roasty aroma at the front, with dark chocolate and sweet maltiness, with a touch of coffee. The roasted malt hits the palate at first taste, with amild coffee taste. That is followed by a grassy bitterness and slight tobbaco flavor. arich full bodied feel, and it smoothly rolls across the palate. The backend finishes dry, but not to overbearing. This is a really good porter, a great flavor and hearty, rich mouthfeel, along with an intising aroma, make this porter to desire year around.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 03:54:11 | More by cameraman
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4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a small head that fades into an even and minimal lacing. The aroma has strong coffee notes with a hint of chocolate. The flavor is almost the opposite - predominant chocolate notes with a hint of espresso. It's amazing - and gives their Breakfast Stout a run for the money. Minimal carbonation and a very balanced beer (sweet for a porter) make this a very drinkable beer.

I'd probably buy this over the Breakfast stout since it was (I think) $12 for 6, vs. $14 for 4 breakfast stouts. I'd very highly recommend this beer.

*It's going to be difficult to save a couple bottles for my beer-buddies!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 02:13:14 | More by msolar
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3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint.

Pours dark, opaque and thick, looks much more like a stout than a porter. Even held up to the light, the color is still opaque. Very little, dark brown head, that quickly dissipates and leaves some lacing.

Smells very strongly of coffee and dark chocolate.

Taste is very similar to the smell, starts off with bitter dark chocolate with a cold, almost stale coffee finish. Thinner than expected as the pour made it seem like this would be a thicker/chewier beer.

Quite easy to drink overall but the taste didn't seem as balanced as I would like, and the stale coffee aftertaste is something I could do without.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 04:16:20 | More by hawks10
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3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as a single bottle at Archer Liquors in Chicago, IL.

A: Pours dark black with a dark khaki colored head. Looks like a stout! Good lacing on the glass

S: Smells like a great blend of chocolate and coffee.

T: Flavors are similar to the smell, but not as intense. Some bready/yeasty flavor in there too.

M: A little thinner than I expected but still coats the palate, probably why it's a porter. I feel there is way too much carbonation though, but it gets better as it warms.

D: It gets better as it warms, but it's not something I would keep stocked.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 04:09:10 | More by dukedevil0
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4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This porter is so creamy that it borders on a milk stout. It pours an inky black color, and it is thick coming out of the bottle. There is a dark head to the beer that doesn't retain that well. It does lace around the glass. The nose is a coffee lovers delight. This is mocha, dark roasted coffee, chocolate and roasted and charred grains.

The taste is in line with the nose, although there is more complexity beyond the coffee notes. The beer is low carbonation, silky smooth, charred, roasted dark malts, some chocolate, and of course the dark roasted coffee flavors. There is a touch of leafy hop in there but to keep the beer honest, but the modus operandi of this beer is the silky smoothness and low ABV. This beer is a very delightful creamy porter that leaves an oily feel in the mouth and deep roasted chocolatey aftertaste.

Update 12-2010: There is a slight cocoa powder, chalkiness in the background. The beer is a touch more carbonated than originally reviewed, but still very creamy.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 22:10:03 | More by albern
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Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased on 1/29/09 at Marty's in Newton. Served in a nonic. Poured an inky black with deep red highlights around the edges. Quarter inch, loose head quickly dissipated into a soapy skim with a bubbly band around the bowl. Some webs of lacing adhered during the tasting. Nose was predominantly chocolate malt with an indication of the hops bittering to be revealed in the mouth, but somewhat subdued for the most part. Taste consistent with nose, but chocolate really comes out, and a roasty character is also revealed. Also detected a creamy/lactose-like flavor towards the finish. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, lively and a little prickly, but a creaminess comes out towards the finish. Outstanding - extremely flavorful porter with a low abv; if the mouthfeel was a little less prickly, it would really enhance the experience. A top notch porter nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 20:50:11 | More by Jwale73
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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle from Slater1313 (extra)

A- Wow this is black with a mocha colored head, looked fairly thick and dense for a porter, very stout like.

S- Coffee and roasted malts with some chocolate in there, once again on the border of a stout.

T- more of the same here, tons of roasted coffee and chocolate. very flavorful. I usaully go for stouts over porters but this one change that thought.

M- Good, slightly thick with medium carbination.

D- I had 2 of these back to back and wanted more. Supreme Drink considering there is no lack of flavors here..

I have had several offerings from founders lately and they are climbing up my list of favorite breweries. So far all are good, some overhyped but still good. yet to be disappointed by them.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 16:53:51 | More by JWD
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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