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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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95
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5,801 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,801
Reviews: 1,356
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 276
Gots: 697 | FT: 25
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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Photo of soze47
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I love all the Founder's brews I've tried so far and have been on a porter kick lately. Looking forward to trying this one for the first time.

Appearance: Pours like black coffee. A creamy brown head fizzes up then out rather quickly.

Aroma: Chocolate and an almost coffee bitterness are in the nose. No hints at sweetness in the nose as all the malt here comes across more as deeply roasted. Good smell, but somewhat subtle.

Taste: Cocoa bitter chocolate and dark roasted maltiness are the first things that come out. A nice earthiness from the hops, almost a grassy spiciness, comes into play too. Very slight boozy heat helps things along and adds depth to the other flavors in play.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This one tastes and looks like a stout, but the body is definitely a porter's. Feels creamy in the mouth, almost like half & half heavy coffee.

Overall: Great porter here. Robust flavor, pretty looking, and great body/drinkability. I can see this one making a more frequent appearance in my rotation this winter.

soze47, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of chasebrownyeah1
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Founders Porter ABV: 6.5

A: Pours a black coffee fluid with a tan head. The head of the beer takes up most of the glass and you have to wait a little bit for it to fall. Looks very appealing and after about 5-10 minutes it falls to a half inch head.

S: The smell is very malty with almost a coffee hint. Also, has kind of a sweet smell that lingers in the nose along with the other smells.

T: Taste like coffee beans, chocolate, and malts. leaves a bitter taste on the tongue along with the chocolate flavor.

M-D: the fluid in the mouth turns to foam almost instantly. However, it does go down the palate rather smoothly. Very thick consistency. Will have again, but I would have to have it with Wesbrownyeah.

chasebrownyeah1, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of cratez
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle purchased at Wolverine Market in Port Huron, MI. Pours a dense black with a thin mocha cap and lots of webbed lacing on the Duvel glass. Smell is rich and decadent dark chocolate, big deep roastiness, half & half cream, coffee grounds, black licorice, floral and resiny hops, alcohol, and a hint of smoke. Flavour is velvety black malts, burnt grains, fig-like sweetness, some port wine, fresh cookie dough, cocoa powder, balanced and round hop bitterness, a little sting from the booze, nice toasty aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy, fullish medium, low carbonation with a roasted and parched finish.

Spot on for a porter though lacking the hop character that I expect from American renditions of the style. Still, this a great beer overall and one that I would return to often if it was available locally.

cratez, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to RBlaszak for sending this beer as an extra. This had been on my wants for a long time.

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is milk chocolate, coffee and some roasted malt. The chocolate is dominant.

The flavor is heavy on the roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate. The malt is very heavily roasted and has some burnt qualities to it.

Creamy, medium to thick mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

An excellent porter. One of the best that I have had.

Mora2000, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of BBP
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours jet black with a mocha brown head. It receeded slowly and held at a thin head. The black is so thick it's really unfair to judge the carbonation at this point. I'd guess it to be about average. Good lacing.

S- A mix of roasted malts and burnt malts from the beginning. A bit smoky and smells pretty bitter. Notes of molasses and cocoa.

T- Roasted malts, burnt malts, dark malts; very complex. Also had a lot of hop bitterness underneath it. Has a rich cocoa taste to it. A bit more bitter chocolate than average. Subtle coffee flavor as well which doesn't take the spotlight but stays backstage. All in all more of a bitter stout than most, but the bitterness doesn't drown all the malt character. It begins sweet and has a bitter finish. There's subtle molasses notes in this as well as the slightest bubblegum flavor. Fresh it tastes intense, and with a little bit of age on it it gets smooth fast. You can't lose either way.

M- Extremely creamy. Medium full body. Carbonation that works well by not being harsh in the mouthfeel, but still keeping the feel full and smooth. It has a dryer finish to it which makes you want another sip right after.

D- A great drink, and a solid porter. I came into it knowing Founders makes superb stouts, so I expected their porter to be great as well, and I wasn't disappointed. It offers a lot of similarities to FBS, but is a fair bit more drinkable with it's lesser ABV. The Alcohol is there and you can find it, but with all the flavor it's far from your mind. For 6.5% it packs an incredible punch flavor-wise, and is yet another great offering from Founders.

BBP, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of pvsob
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown, basically black color with a one-finger tan head. The head fades slowly leaving average lacing and a thin film.

S- Charred malt, smoke, coffee, caramel, chocolate, earthy hops, and just a touch of alcohol. There's a faint fruitiness to it as well.

T- Deep roasted malts in the beginning give way to a nice coffee flavor in the middle. Earthy hops mix with some alcohol spiciness in the finish. Touches of smoke and caramel show up post swallow.

M- Has a Stout-like feel to it. Very smooth with a medium level of carbonation.

D/O- This is a really good take on an American style Porter. This is, in fact, one of my all-time favorite Porters. Founders did one hell of a job on this one. I will definitely buy this again. Recommended. Cheers.

pvsob, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of jmdrpi
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appears almost black, with a tan head that stays to the bottom of the glass. decent lacing. roasty espresso aroma.

great taste. flavors of coffee, bitter chocolate. smooth mouthfeel, thicker body.

its a very tasty brew. one of the better porters I've had.

jmdrpi, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of WAN2RIDE
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into red wine glass.

Appearence is as advertised, dark and rich. No light is getting through this baby, even during the pour the stream was opaque with barely a hint of burgundy. The head is not huge, but has a nice brown color and leaves a few spotty suds along the glass as it recedes.

The smell is subtle but consists mainly of dark roasted malts a hint of coffee, and a hint of cacao. A good swirl brings up a vague earthy hint presumably from the hops.

Speaking of the hops, with 45 IBUs listed on the bottle I expected it to have a little more bitterness to it. Surprisingly the balance is perfect! The malts, while well roasted, impart a nice sweetness that those hops balance to perfection bringing about a well balanced porter that stops just shy of stout territory. There's a slight alcohol warming if sipped across the tongue with a good amount of air, but otherwise not noticeable. Not as complex as one of my favorite porters Lone Riders Dead Eye Jack, but excellent nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is spot on. Just right for a full bodied porter or an average stout. Smooth and lightly carbonated.

Very drinkable I could go through several of these over a cool afternoon or a cold evening with friends or at home with a good book.

WAN2RIDE, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Dark, rich & sexy" sez the label. Righto, then...

The pop of the cap released an extraordinarily vigorous and audible wave of gas (no fart jokes, please) and without pouring aggressively I got an enormous cap that stuck around forever, like sea foam meets ice cream float. The liquid is not only "dark" but pretty much black hole BLACK. Lace webs cling to the glass all around, as the head very, very slowly dissolves.

Nose is an unsubtle blast of char, somewhere between broiled meat, burnt coffee grounds and stony mineral stiffness. That sounds unpleasant, but it's really just a way to describe how utterly fried, burnt, charred and grilled this smells.

I'm glad the flavor is more attractive and balanced than the aroma. While it definitely leans heavily toward the charred grain side of things (explains the color, anyway), there's some balancing elements here--steamed milk, dark fruits (fig, raisin, date), bittersweet dark baking chocolate. There's a greenness to the hops that adds a bit of an earthy bit to the whole thing. Healthy smoke, coffee and chocolate mixture in the finish.

Could be smoother and less carbonated, but then I usually always want a little less carbonation in any given beer. It's smooth enough though, the bubbles caress the tongue more than they bite it, and it's just fine for the aggressive, bold flavor.

I don't usually think about food pairings when reviewing, but I can't help but think this would go super well with a slice of mincemeat pie. Or smoked cheese. Or replace your morning coffee with this, if you're that rugged...

Metalmonk, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of EwaldEichstaett
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pitch black with a dark brown head. Excellent head and lacing. It looks Dark, Rich and Sexy!

S: Deep roasted chocolate malts with some coffee and smoke notes. There is a slight boozyness to it as well.

T: Bitter-sweat chocolate. The flavour is incredibly smooth, creamy and balanced flavour. Perfect example of the style.

M: It has a very smooth and silky body, I would prefer it to have a bit more carbonation though.

D: I wish there was a little more depth to the flavor. However, I can't really think of a better example of a porter than this. For me, it is on par with Black Butte. You can't really get a better porter.

EwaldEichstaett, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of nicholsbrewing
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An overall very good porter. Nice aroma of roasted coffee with a hint of chocolate. The bitterness is there but not noticeably detectable yet has hop flavor you can find if you searched for it. Alcohol is pretty much hidden. Certainly has a light roasted flavor to it with the consistent coffee/chocolate back. Recommended to those who prefer porters of a traditional fashion, no over the top hops, chocolatiness, coffee coffee flavors but still very enjoyable.

nicholsbrewing, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of prdstmnky
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

*review from notes on 4/17/10*

Bottled on date: 2/2/10

Pours a very dark, coffee-colored body with a finger of mocha head that leaves nice lacing on my mug. This porter is fairly aromatic, with lots of coffee and roasted malts, as well as some dark chocolate and brown sugar. Really nice taste that follows right in line with the smell - rich coffee and roasted malts, and a hint of chocolate as it warms a bit. Great texture, smooth and silky in the mouth.

prdstmnky, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of mbrown26
3.05/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is my first American porter, so I may not be a fair judge to the style.

A: Beautiful and dark. I didn't get any head, but the lacing clumped together and stayed throughout the glass.

S: Rich and satisfying. Smelled toffee, chocolate, burnt malts and coffee.

T: I don't think I cared for the burnt malts, but this beer has plenty of big and bold flavors. It can be a little overwhelming. Even for 6.5% ABV the alcohol stayed in the background.

M: I like beers with lower carbonation and no hops, and this one fit the bill. Just went down extremely smooth. Would swirl the beer on my tongue without ill effect.

D: A fairly easy drinking beer, but the flavors are so bold that if you don't like them, you won't be able to take this beer.

mbrown26, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of Spider889
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Winking Lizard.

This is a beer I see in nearly every store that carries Founders and recently at several bars. I finally gave it a shot last night.

Nice black color, dark brown around the edges. A dark khaki colored head of maybe a half inch or less. The head didn't last and I was left with no lacing.

Smelled pretty darn good. Lots of roasted coffee and charred toast in the nose. Really faint sweetness hidden beneath all of the malty goodness.

The taste is robust with lots of heavy chocolate malt flavor. Again, I was getting some roasted coffee notes which paired well with a mild hop bitterness present in the beer.

Fairly thin bodied, what would be expected out of a porter. Super carbonated, enough that I was wishing it were toned down some.

Really drinkable. You don't notice the alcohol and it's flavorful enough to keep you coming back.

Overall nothing amazing, but a really solid porter nonetheless.

Spider889, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of jellis00
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am a fan of porters, and this one is excellent. I would recommend this beer in a heart beat if one was desiring a strong satisfying dark beer.

Appearance: Very smooth.

Smell: The aromas of the mixtures really cut through.

Taste: Very smooth, not hoppy, really quite delicious.

Mouthfeel: Slightly more bitter than I hoped for, but still good.

Drinkability: When I am stuck in the mid west I drink this beer.

jellis00, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of brewerburgundy
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, New Belgium glass, bottled on 9/8/10.

This brew kills dark, this American Porter is darker than many Imperial Stouts. The mere suggestion that a highlight might be found even when holding a glass of this to a light makes the lady on the label turn up the corners of her mouth with a smirk. A cappuccino head gave some hope at first, looking thick, but mostly fades. It is sticky as a consolation.

The aroma here is pleasurably deep and dark; sweet caramel, burning marshmallow, caramelized sugar, and a large dose of roast.

Earthy, bitter dark baking chocolate, herbal earthy hops, espresso beans or grounds, and dark patent roast are a good start on what can be found once you get some in your mouth. Even though the abv isn't high, bitter alcohol can be tasted on the follow through. Bitter French roast and a warm presence after several minutes in the back of the throat. With every bottle and every sip I like this beer more and more, but that dark malt/bitter alcohol seems overdone.

Mouth is fairly thin but smooth, slick. Low carbonation.

Very nice savory American Porter. the dark caramel sweetness only balances the baker's chocolate and coffee to an acceptable point. Bordering on the smokey, this has a depth which suits it to the drinker who decries sweet beers or likes gamey and overall winter food pairings. Chocolate deserts would be an excellent pairing too. The comparison (and superiority?) to FBS is not lost on me.

brewerburgundy, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of brandoncox
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pure black pour with a thick frothy head of tan and orange.

Aroma notes are of rich dark chocolate and coffee beans.

The character of this beer changes as it warms in the glass. First few sips are of chocolate but as the temperature rises my palate picks up vanilla and an attack of good hoppy bitterness.

Very chewy porter with a thick mouth-feel that will almost make you believe you are consuming a chocolate candy bar.

I don't think my stomach could hold more than a couple of these at a time but it is a very satisfying beer. Although not a seasonal this is a great porter for a fall evening or perhaps even a halloween party. I'm becoming very impressed with Founders as every beer I have tried has been exceptional.

brandoncox, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of scottbrew4u
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Served up black in color with a hint of light coming through and a thick frothy tan head that wanted to stick around a while.

S: Lots of roasted and burnt malt up front with some coffee ans peat smoke. Molasses and brown bread in the nose too with a bit of herbal and spicy hops. Not much though for the hops. Finish is a bit ashy in the nose.

T: Clean and roasty all the way with a good deal of burnt and smoky malt. Dark coffee and an earthy spicy hop not are the bittering flavors. Mostly chewy and bready malt goodness.

M: Pretty full body for a Porter with some chewiness to it and a crisp yet smooth carbonation.

D: Heavy for a Porter which is how I like it and it had some great balance to it making it easy to drink.

scottbrew4u, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of ratrod53
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Black black black wich a small brown head dose not last long with little lacing.

S- I smell coffee with some chocolate.

T- I tasted a realy nice and strong coffee bean (wich I could drink that at work in the mornings) wich just a hint of some chocolate, with some bitterness at the end.

M- It's a nice thick beer a really good body. Just a little bit of carbonation wich is what I like in a dark beer like this. It's a real smooth beer.

D- I could drink this all day every day.

ratrod53, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of rrski198
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet Black, large mocha colored head, reduced quickly. Average lacing. This is the darkest porter I have seen.

S: Roasted caramel, dark chocolate, espresso malted milk balls.

T: Dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans. Great balanced bitterness at the end.

M: Average carbonation, again, the bitterness at the end is phenomenal. Great body.

D: Is this a porter or a stout? Best porter, and most balanced, i've ever had, PERIOD.

rrski198, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of yobeerman
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders hits the mark again!

In appearnece this Porter is like a very dark coffee to black in appearence, with a thin mocha head.

The smell is strong with coffee and hints of dark roasted malts and some chocolate.

The taste is first of coffee but quickly introduces chocolate and malasses. Much more appealing as it warms.

This beer has a medium to heavy body and is very smooth.

A great brew for the fall and winter. Very satisfying!

yobeerman, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of Natural510
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Peach's in Yellow Springs, OH

Color is a dense, pitch-black with white head & lacing. Looks frightening enough for Halloween.
Scent is mostly coffee bean and some raw cocoa with a sweet edge.
Initial flavor is a mild coffee/cocoa combination which leads into heavier flavor of fennel & black licorice. As it warms the coffee & dark chocolate notes come further to the forefront. Sweet roasted malt with enough of a hop bite to balance it out.
Very full, thick body. Heavier than many stouts, let alone porters.
Delicious, but not something I would consume in quantity. Nice choice for a cool autumn or snappy winter day.

Natural510, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black, no light coming through. Provides a one finger foam head that dissipates to a light film. Some spotty lacing.

S: Needs to warm some, but as it does there is some roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla.

T: Very rich malt character. The dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee blend together and hit the palate first. The sweetness intensifies in the middle and is balance out slightly on the back end with some hop character.

M: Very sweet and creamy taste on the palate.

D: This is a very nice Porter, good for a nice cool fall day. Very sweet in flavor, but balanced with some hop bitterness, makes this very easy to drink.

IronCitySteve, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks like a stout with a thin tan head that sticks to the glass.

S - Roasty, chalky malts with a touch of cocoa and burnt toast. Slightly bitter smelling.

T - The malts in this are well roasted and caramelly. Hints of cocoa, coffee and dark fruits such as prunes. Very complex for what would seem on appearance a run-of-the-mill porter.

M - Medium to heavy, especially for the style. A little more carb than I'd like in a stout, but perfect in a porter.

D - Nearly the pinnacle of the style, easily drinkable while remaining very complex and tasty.

LiquidCucumber, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of tylernim
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark and foreboding. Tan head about two fingers tall, webs the entire glass as you go.

S - Huge burnt chocolate notes hit you right away.

T - Follows the smell, although a bit more subdued. Chocolate, coffee, burnt malts.

M - Carbonation on the tongue. Medium.

D - Good for such a dark one.

tylernim, Oct 17, 2010
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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