Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,431
Hads: 6,508
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
Wants: 354
Gots: 1,132 | 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 BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (1,836 characters)

Photo of dfillius
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of dark brownish tan head with poor retention. Opaque dark brown liquid. Slightly more head please.
S: Tangy, rich malt, cocoa. A bit one-dimensional, not strong.
T: Bitter roastiness with a sweetness that balances that well. More bitter chocolate flavors than coffee ones. Some dry red wine or raisin flavor. Earthy/peaty notes. Quite tasty.
M: Slightly warm, syrupy, but overall a bit dry from the bitterness. Chewy, pleasant and complex. It seemed phlegm inducing (which was a negative), what is that from? Was lactose used in the brewing?
D: Very nice. I'd buy a sixer of this and maybe order a second. It's probably not a session ale though. (708 characters)

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

12 oz. bottle with a stamped bottled on date on bottle.

Opaque black with a creamy, sustained tan head.

Spicy, wine-like with semi-sweet aromas; almost a pungent smell in a positive way.

Roasted, slightly bitter chocolate flavor followed by tangy sweetness.

Medium bodied and mildly carbonated with a silky, smooth mouthfeel. The bitter sweet chocolate lingers on the palatte.

A very flavorful and robust porter, yet very drinkable. Another quality product from Founders Brewing Co. More complex and slightly less quaffable than my favorite porter from Sierra Nevada. (575 characters)

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into New Belgium snifter...

A: a pitch black brew with a light brown head. pours a decent head and leaves small amounts of lacing

S: dark chocolate covered cherries and coffee

T: cocoa, dark chocolate, cherry finishes with roasted nuts, citrus, coffee and dusty cocoa

M: a full bodied beer with a silky smooth entry. finishes dry

Overall, Founders Porter is "dark, rich, and sexy". A dark, very roasted brew that also delivers a refreshing fruitiness. However, The full-body of the brew lessens the drinkability. (525 characters)

Photo of Rbehrens
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- The appearance of this is a wonderful dark brown color with a bit of red. It poured into my glass with a one finger head.

S- A pleasing coffee aroma was present with a bit of cocoa.

T - It starts with a very pleasing taste of what an american porter should be, malts with both coffee and chocolate. It disappoints with no lesser notes and a weak finish.

M - Good, but not very smooth.

D - This is drinkable beer.

A pleasant porter overall. (452 characters)

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

bottle pored into a pint glass

a: deep brown color, slight ruby edges. Off white 1/2" head with nice retention

s: roasted malt, slight semi-sweet chocolate

t: rich complex flavor of roasted malt, caramelized malt, and chocolate malt. slight bitterness to keep it all balanced. excellent

m&d: slightly creamy mouth, does finish slightly dry. Excellent drinkability.

Cheers!!! (379 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks like a stout, with an obsidian colored liquid topped by a creamy beige head that sticks and laces

Smell: Rich and roasty, with an espresso character and a smokey element

Taste: Burnt bread and chocolate, up front, with a dart in the direction of espresso and pithy bitterness by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors blend together but the finish is decidedly hoppy, though a touch of roast lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Rich, full-bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Really pushes the line on what I would call a porter, but I really like it (599 characters)

Photo of washburnkid
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black and brown edges, with a small head that struggled to form and struggled even more to retain. Aromas are dominantly chocolate, as are the flavors. On the palate, I also get really strong espresso and a nice bitterness that hangs about. The mouthfeel reminds me of an imperial stout, thick and viscous. This beer would be a nice one for a dessert pairing! (364 characters)

Photo of Traquairlover
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Deep mahogany with ruby red tint when held up to light, with very small tan head that quickly resolves into a mere ring of bubbling around the edge of the glass.

S & T = A very coffee smelling porter, like a coffee with cream and sugar topped off with a chocolate frosted donut. Good bitterness shows up in the mid-palate and continues into the finish to keep this from being too sweet.

M = Medium body, good mouthcoating, clear strong carbonation present but in a tickling way, not in a biting way.

D = This is really a fine porter that I just love to drink. Great drinkability. I just wish the ABV were a little lower to enjoy more of them. (689 characters)

Photo of brownbeer
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Looks nice, black with a frothy brown head.

S- Mild nose overall. Mild coffee, chocolate, toast. I really had to try to pick things out of this one. Nice, but mild.

T- Some richness to the palate, the flavors meld together really well. Licorice, faint chocolate and smoke.

M&D- This is where the beer shined for me. Full bodied, yet silky smooth. (352 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nothing cute nor fancy about the name ('Porter'), but a classy-looking label nonetheless. I honestly don't recall who handed this one over, but suffice to say it was one of a short list of OH/MI-residing BAs I've met since spring; this 12 oz. twist-capped bottle has stayed in the fridge since the day it arrived; poured to pint glass tonight.

A: A deep ebony, but without over-scrutinizing we'll call it 'black'. Topped with a finger of creamy tan, short-lived retention before reducing to a dimpled film. Good lace, clinging in broken sheets.

S: Oh, baby! Excellent aroma, a deep fudgy-chocolate. Vanilla-laced coffee, ample nutty roast.

T: If you know the wonders of coffee from a french press, then you understand the essence of this beer: silky chocolate, burnished java beans, sugars and light spices co-mingling. Just when a borderline 'too-sweet' sweetness builds, a balancing backlash of bittering roast ropes it back in. With each sip, this interplays beautifully. Toyed with a '5' here, one of the best-flavored porters I've ever encountered.

M: Velvety-smooth creaminess, a bit low on carbonation (may be a result of extra months of age - date unknown). The silky texture means more bitter chocolate coating is held on the cheeks and tongue...the aftertaste lasts an eternity.

D: Founders knocks another robust ale outta the park! After multiple tries of their venerated Breakfast Stout(s) and Imperial Stout, this Porter is in the same league. Big flavor, terrific aroma, decent drinkability ABV-wise (6.5%) and impossible to get on the West Coast without benefit of the trading community - all equate to a highly drinkable beer that's undeniably worth seeking. To call it 'exceptional' seems right... (1,720 characters)

Photo of nickd717
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle shared by largadeer, poured into snifter.

A - Black with a nice foamy tan head that lasts.

S - Lots of chocolate as well as coffee and roast on the aroma.

T - Rich milk chocolate along with roasted malt, coffee, and a little vanilla. Balanced, very flavorful, and awesome.

M - Smooth, creamy palate with medium body.

D - Pretty high. This beer rocks and Founders has really impressed me overall. (412 characters)

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

Bottles from Tyson. Thanks again.

Pours black, completely opaque in the glass with a huge three finger dark brown head that retains remarkably well, leaving webs of lace clinging to the glass.

The aroma is of chocolate and roasted grain, coffee and carob.

Roasty on the palate, dry and robust with flavors of coffee, burnt toast and carob showing up mid-palate. Medium-full in body, rich in flavor but impressively drinkable. It finishes semi-sweet with a lingering baker's chocolate bitterness. Exceptional stuff. (517 characters)

Photo of jt31914
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle:

A: Very dark appearance; head was rusty brown. One of the darkest porters I've seen.

S: Smell was very creamy, but not entirely strong.

T: The taste was phenomenal; it was extremely creamy and smooth with a very nice aftertaste. The initial taste when the beer hits the palate is pretty good, but the taste going down is amazing.

M: Same as taste; it was pretty awesome due to the creamy smooth texture of the beer.

D: Very drinkable; I wish I would've bought a six pack.

My favorite porter to date. (532 characters)

Photo of tatoodkelt
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 9/17/09- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Deep black, like black hole black. No light even at the edges. Very tight bubbled half finger mocha head that faded almost instantly. Virtually no lacing.

S- Very rich and roasty. Light coffee smell in there too.

T- Almost a perfect match to the smell, just bolder.

M- Very slick, a little thinner than it looks but still medium bodied.

D- Super sessionable, I was trying not to rush and it was gone in no time. I picked it up as a single but I'll be looking for a six pack next time! (567 characters)

Photo of ibbjamin
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $1.99 for a 12oz bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Poured into a pint glass to review.

An aggressive pour leaves a very small tan head that dissipates quickly leaving little behind. Appears opaque black in color and leave no lacing.

Quite a pleasant and strong aroma, especially for a porter. This one actually reminds me of a bigger Baltic Porter or even an Imperial Stout. Simple yet quite robust and very effective; a perfect blend of sweet malts, dark chocolate and hints of coffee.

Taste brings the flavor as well. Similar in characteristic to the nose. Clean, robust, tasty and simple.

Medium full body and highly drinkable. Lightly carbonated with a long chocolaty sweet malt finish.

This is an excellent porter. (741 characters)

Photo of throwthechaff
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally had the opportunity to get myself a six pack of this year round beer by founders. I can finally say that i have had all the year round beers and totally a place that knows how to make beer. Was not disappointed with the porter at all. Very dark brown color that is very smooth and easy to drink... tastes almost like chocolate milk. Its not that thick of a porter which i really do like, but still find myself having a hard time to drink more than 3 of them because they are so filling. Totally a good one. (514 characters)

Photo of dismal
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle to a pint glass. Pours black with a very small tan head that quickly disappears. Leaves little to no lacing. The smell is mainly of roasted malts, hints of chocolate and coffee as well. Taste is roasted malts and coffee, pretty much what I was expecting from the style. Pretty low ABV at 6.5% making this one very drinkable. Like most porters I could do these almost all night. Drinkable and pretty good tasting. I don't know where this one ranks amongst the porters I've had but I'd say it's up there. Probably not the best but definitetly not bad at all. I'd pick it up again no problem. (605 characters)

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

Yummmm! Killer beer! Poured with a thick, foamy, frothy, tan head that didn't last too long and some lace. Color is an opaque brown. Aroma is rich, malty, roasty, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Flavor's 'bout the same but more intense. Excellent body and carbonation. Finish is surprisingly clean & short for what's here with just a little bitterness, ripe fruit, and leather. Sounds weird, but it works. Bit rich for a session. (429 characters)

Photo of beeragent
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Poured a dark brown, almost black, forming a 1/4 inch mocha head. Very light lacing on the glass which fades rather quickly.

S - Roasted malts dominate the nose, with a hint of coffee mixed in.

T - Again, the roasted malts come through strong, coating the palate, with a noticeable coffee flavor mixed throughout. There is also a slight cocoa taste in the finish.

M - Medium bodied but with a thinner mouthfeel than expected. Very smooth and with very little carbonation.

D - Good flavor and sessionable ABV. Probably not as popular as other beers by Founders, this is a good porter nonetheless. Very clean and tasty. (672 characters)

Photo of apbarwood
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black, nearly opaque. Generally good color but almost no head or lace. Bittersweet aroma, like dark chocolate and coffee. Tastes the same, pretty intense roasty bitterness for a porter. Also, heavier than usual, almost motor-oil thick. In some ways it seemed closer to a stout. Overall it was very good, not great, but definitely worth a try. (348 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a pitch black color with a respectable light brown to tan head that dissipated down to a light layer of bubbles.

(S)- Tons of roasted coffee dusted with cocoa with raisins. Smells really creamy with even some possible vanilla within.

(T)- Silky creamed coffee with delicate chocolate. Its like a mocha only without the normal amount of bitterness from espresso.

(M)- Very very smooth for a porter. Great carbonation level. A silky yet robust and incredibly easy drinking beer.

(D)- A superb porter that ranks up there as one of the best! Seek this out if you are looking for the perfect porter. Creamy and silky smooth; slightest sweetness and bittering roastedness. A for sure winner on those chilling Fall nights. (796 characters)

Photo of civilizedpsycho
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a jet black color with a small, brown colored head. Quite inviting.

Smell: A strong roasted malt smell, that is reminiscent of coffee.

Taste: Has a nice subdued but flavorful coffee taste with hints of chocolate in the background.

Mouthfeel: This was a little thinner than expected. It has a nice body, but I was expecting more.

Drinkability: Fantastic. I could drink this beer over and over again. (457 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on 9/7/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer appears black with a one finger light brown head and good retention.

The nose is roasted malt with some dark chocolate and a touch of coffee. Some earthy hop character is evident.

The flavor is bitter and roasted malt. Black coffee notes are strong and some dark chocolate is again present. The finish is dry and roasted with lingering bitterness. The flavor is pretty great.

The beer is full bodied with low medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is bit thin and watery. Aside from that this is a good Porter. (565 characters)

Photo of oneeye
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. Poured into a snifter from a bottle. Pours dark, cola like with moderate carbonation. Condensation sweats on the outside of the snifter as a creamy tan head forms with a frothy ring of lace.
S. The aroma of freshly cut wood. A whiff of smoked malts and burnt sugar. It smells like black coffee thats been on the burner for a while. Dark chocolate and roasted nuts with a faint hint of alcohol. The slight aroma of a smoldering campfire.
T. Founders Porter is a fantastic tasting Porter. Upfront it's smokey, earthy bitter and sweet. The taste of rich dark chocolate and almonds. Burnt sugar, caramel with a hint of vanilla. Bready like pumpernickel. Espresso like bitterness with a warmth of alcohol.
M. A medium body feel. Creamy slick and oily. Slightly dry at the end.
D. A slow sipper with everything you could ask for in a Porter. It has a big taste for a little beer. The very last sip was as good as the first. (921 characters)

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,431 ratings.