Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,429
Hads: 6,495
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
Wants: 351
Gots: 1,127 | FT: 28
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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 BirdFlu
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the founders.. the label of this says it all..
Smells very raosty with hints of toffee, chocolate, some bread (a bit burnt), and an alcohol presence.. smells best right when opened in the bottle..
Looks like an imperial stout (and smells it too), Dark brown to black with nice brownish head, lacing clings all over..
Tastes of burnt bread, very roasty. A bit smokey. Very stout-ish. some chocolate and a good amount of bitter.
Mouth is moderate, has a burnt bread aftertaste and a slight bit of dark fruitiness after the swallow. Like a sparkling wine or something.
Very good overall.. Very dark and stout-like for a porter, its basically on the wall between stout and porter.. Full bodies, warm and crisp. (711 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally back in bottles! Pours into my glass a deep dark charcoal with a half inch of rich tan head on top that leaves some spotty lacing behind. Aromas of dense roasted malt accompanied by luscious dark chocolate and coffee. Almost like chocolate cake with a slight undertone of dark fruits and anise. Rich and robust, draws you in.

First sip brings dark roasted malts upfront with a tad bit of sweetness, quickly followed up by bitter dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Dark fruits and anise mingle with a caramel undertone. Slight burnt note on the way down with a touch of hops. Great aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is spot on. Not too heavy and not too light with the perfect creamy smoothness that makes it go down so easy. This is just a great drinking porter and one I could easily session at any time. I think this will make my list of beers to keep on hand for daily drinking. Well worth seeking out for fans of porters. (923 characters)

Photo of TMB0424
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Body pours black as anything with a half inch, very creamy looking tan head. Reduces into a wispy cap. Some lacing. Looks a little less than average, by Founder's standards.

Smell is nice - dark malts everywhere. Roasted coffee, melted dark chocolate. Even little hints of vanilla are here and there. A tiny bit of yeast also.

Tastes of burnt coffee, roasted malts and dark, dark chocolate. A yeasty, earthy hop finish backs this all up. Aftertaste is a nice blend of everything - bittersweet goodness. Everything is so perfectly balanced it's great.

Mouthfeel is nearly full-bodied and creamy as anything. Smooth, but the carbonation is lacking in the tiniest bit, in my opinion. Still, this is very drinkable. The bittersweet aftertaste is great and all of the elements of this brew are blended together in damn near perfection. (833 characters)

Photo of younger35
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a few of these from Sam's in Highland Park. I've been searching for this brew since I heard it hit Chicago and apparently not much of it made it. Drank from my Darkness snifter.

Appearance- Pours black as night with a decent enough dark tan head that is soft and creamy. A spotty cap and thin collar remain leaving some webby like lacing.
Smell- Super roasted and chocolaty. Dark bittersweet chocolates are lightly bitter and dusty smelling. Hints of coffee and toffee are light but noticeable. A bit of smoke shows as it warms and opens up. As I prod around a bit I do get slight hints of citric hops.
Taste- Full of deep dark bittersweet chocolate, like I just took a big bite of one of those small chocolate bars you make brownies with. Super roasted and malty with a lingering heavily kilned coffee flavor. Light bits of caramel and vanilla make a quick appearance as well. The roast and bitter chocolate linger and linger along with a small twang of alcohol.
Mouthfeel- light to medium body with a sorta creamy AND grainy feel with the gentlest of warming.
Drinkability- Definitely the best non-smoked/barrel aged Porter I've had. The closer this bad boy gets to room temperature the more decadent and tasty it gets. It's thick and rich and something I didn't realize a straight Porter could be. Really great stuff! (1,331 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always good to get my hands on new stuff from my home state.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep near black dark brown with some ruby highlights thruought,a thinner but well sustained mocha colored head atop.A mix of earth,roasted nut,and dark chocolate in the nose with lingering fruit.Alot of complexity and nuance on the palate,starting out with some sweeter chocolate and dark fruit melding into big earth and some rawness in the finish with a bit of espresso roast coffee.Wow for a "standard" porter this is hella top notch,awesome. (541 characters)

Photo of ATPete
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

Pours a very deep brown almost black color with a large creeper of a brown head. Lots of sticking and a good spongy consistency. Semi sweet dark malt in the nose, the obvious notes of chocolate and coffee, creamy with toffee, molasses and pretzel bread detected. Salty and decently bitter, it is 45 IBU... Nice malt character, lots of layer to the flavor, good balance is achieved through out the bright carbonation allows the hops and bitter chocolate notes to shine through. Medium bodied, nice aftertaste, session-able. (535 characters)

Photo of bjoyce12
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice brew. Bottle states the Founders Porter is a "sleek, sexy, and sultry" ale. So true. Nothing better than truth in advertising. Pours dark and inky, almost stout like, but taste is true Porter. Smooth, creamy, nice chocolate and roasted coffee overtones, not overdone but not subtle either. All this with only a 5.1% ABV is pretty remarkable. Better porters than this are few and far between; this one's a keeper. (417 characters)

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

A: Poured a beautiful inky-black color with a dark cherry colored one-finger head. Left a slight amount of lace in the glass.

S: roasted coffee and dark chocolate

T: Roasted coffee, with hints of dark chocolate, slight sweetness and a smattering of hoppiness

M: Rich, smooth, creamy goodness

D: One of my favorite porters, unfortunately not available in my area! (366 characters)

Photo of timmay41
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Had one of the first pours after the keg was put on, so it poured like a big stout--incredible definition in the line between dark liquid and head. That head was a two-finger thick grayish brown, thick and creamy with a few carbonation bubbles perched atop. Thick, crusty lacing.

S: Roasted coffee and sweet notes tickle the nose, along with scents of vanilla ice cream and fresh Cheerios. A little alcohol slips in at the end but is gone after a few sips.

T: Simply amazing. Ultimately sweeter than the Breakfast Stout--less "coffee with extra cream and sugar" bitterness and more a combination of dark chocolate, cinnamon, ripened cherries, and Coca-Puffs. (Note: the bready/cereal-like scent and texture to this beer is inspiring these comparisons; I didn't just eat breakfast). A meandering roasted malt aftertaste.

M: The accomplice to the big time taste: rich, smooth, and delightful. Just a little carbonation bite. Well textured. Clings to the back of the throat.

D: Thoroughly enjoyable. My only fear is that this beer doesn't expand the palette; it takes the palette hostage. Someone offers you a porter and only the Founders becomes acceptable. But then again, is that a bad thing? (1,199 characters)

Photo of cadizkyguy
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass from refrigerator temperature bottle, and the pour left a three inch malty head that dissipates to a half inch head within minutes of the initial pour. I figure it's too cold to take a first taste, since it was a chilled bottle and i figure to get the best taste as it starts to warm. But the Smell is magical. The appearance and smell are perfect 5.0s, it's that wonderful....
The first taste is simply mind blowing with burnt chocolate overtones. In fact, I taste more chocolate in this brew than I found in Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Go figure. I could drink this one all night. I probably should wait for this one to warm up before consuming but the anticipation is killing me, so I indulge. Wow ! When I visited The Liquor Stop in Highland, IN on a recent roadtrip, I had the opportunity to purchase several Founder's brews -- Breakfast Stout, Double Trouble, etc. -- but I was glad I purchased the Founder's Porter because it's a wonderful concoction. I will gladly buy again. If you have the chance to try this Founder's offering, I say go for it. (1,082 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

I can tell this is going to be a good one as soon as I popped the cap. The bottle says, "Dark, Rich, and Sexy." Just like I like my porters....and women.

Pours a viscous ink black with a late rising cocoa brown head. A rather aggressive pour, but the head rose to a full two fingers and subsided slowly. A thick, frothy head that left some sheets of lacing.

Dried dark cherries lay subtly against a deep roasted (almost burnt) coffee aroma. Huge bitterseet belgian chocolate in the nose too.

Sure this is a porter? Wow. Roasted coffee beans, bittersweet dark chocolate, nuts, and dried cherries that finish with a dry, bitter kick. Fruity esters do a good job at hiding the booze. No off-flavors here, just a straightforward robust porter that can hang with some of the best.

Creamy and full bodied. This is a big porter, it really fills the mouth and leaves an oil slick in its wake. At first, I thought it was a little watery, but as it warmed, it became extremely enjoyable.

A manageable abv, a smooth, creamy mouthfeel, with big, bold flavors make this guy a sipper. Easy to enjoy. (1,122 characters)

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the better porters i've had. It's very well balanced and quite tasty. Thanks to wvbeergeek for this brew via trade.

According to the bottle (i like their designs) this beer is brewed with love. I can taste it!

Had this 3rd in the flight, so it warmed up nicely before we cracked it.
Black with little transparency, even through the edges.

Getting some nice cocoa, coffee, roasty malt, the usual porter aromas. Nothing is off, missing, or overpowering.

Taste is of the above, with a bit of emphasis on the roast. It's creamy smooth and the abv is just right for a session drinker. It's a meal in itself! (624 characters)

Photo of Klgkenny
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A dark dark brown or black body supports a thin mocha/khaki head which slowly dissipates to a scum of tasty bubbles which guards the surface of this tasty beverage.

A nutty, creamy aroma of bitter chocolate and weak coffee. Not unpleasant, but I would love for it to be bigger.

A faint sweetness gives way to the aforementioned cacao and coffee. Very pleasant. I would love to see an imperial version of this. It seems like a younger version of terrapin's wake and bake. Very nice breakfast porter... Wait??? This IS a porter???...

I know that there have been complaints about this being thin and watery, but for a porter, this is creamy, thick, and beautiful. If this were a stout, it would be thin, but for a PORTER? Freakin' awesome! And where is the booze?

I could drink this all winter long. Not too much alcohol, great taste, not too filling. Again, freakin' awesome! (878 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (739 characters)

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (812 characters)

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of webmanspidey
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle.

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. (329 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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? (522 characters)

Photo of CrellMoset
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (1,863 characters)

Photo of eyncognito
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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." (967 characters)

Photo of Shumista
3.59/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (704 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of tittymcj
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4.2/5  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. (606 characters)

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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