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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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95
world-class

5,286 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,286
Reviews: 1,324
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 246
Gots: 509 | FT: 24
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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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

As I poured this american-influenced porter, I noticed that it was much thinner than I anticipated. Its pitch-black color conjured up images of the darkest of nights. With all that I had heard about this porter, I was expecting a much fuller head, but the head was very thin and quickly receded leaving red-hued lacings along the glass.
The aroma is full of roasted malts. These roasted malts waft the smell of inviting coffee and/or espresso grinds. After allowing the beer to warm, caramel and dark chocolate notes began to enter into the aroma. Surprisingly, the hop presence in the aroma is almost non-existent.
The taste is very distinctive and can be broken down into two separate parts. The first part is full of delicious burnt or roasted coffee. The second part of the taste (back-end) is a coating of hops that are pleasant and well balanced with the tastefulness of the coffee.
The carbonation in this porter was very nice leading to light creaminess. The body was thin, but as the beer warmed, the carbonation weakened allowing the body to become fuller. At 6.5% ABV and composed with 45 IBUs, Founders Porter is an excellent interpretation of a hoppy porter.

10-25-2011 23:09:52 | More by PEIhop
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glid02

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours black with a 1.5-finger brown head. One of the darkest porters I've seen in a while. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts and well-integrated bitter dark chocolate flavors. There's not a whole lot going on here but every bit of it is rich.

Tastes very good. Robust roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by dark chocolate. Midway through the sip very light hints of citrus hop flavors enter into things before fading into a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was very impressed with this - one of the better-done, widely-available porters out there. Well worth a shot.

01-25-2010 17:14:05 | More by glid02
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Tone

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours a dark black color with slight amber hues along the bottom of the glass. 5/4 inch head of a dark tan color. Good retention and lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, hops, and a slight hint of spice. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and bitter with an average carbonation. Tastes of roasted malt, strong hops, sweet malt, coffee, and slight hint of alcohol. Overall, a good looking, smelling, and great tasting brew.

04-30-2009 22:27:44 | More by Tone
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wrightst

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-11-2014 02:44:47 | More by wrightst
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Zaphog

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-27-2012 16:44:14 | More by Zaphog
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HopHead84

California

4.08/5  rDev -4%

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.

09-08-2009 03:30:11 | More by HopHead84
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.9%

Poured on-tap and served in a chalice, the beer is a dark brown to black coloring with a tall, frothy, dense, tan head that isn't going anywhere. Aromas of dry roast coffee, chocolate, and a touch of smoke. Slightly earthy, too. Flavors are dry and roasty, with a chocolate-mocha blending, and a creamy chocolate blend at the end of the palate. Dry and slightly creamy in mouth, with a dry, clean finish. Very solid porter.

06-05-2013 00:44:29 | More by GarthDanielson
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-14-2012 18:49:10 | More by rolltide8425
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours a really dark brown almost black color with a creamy mocha head that sticks around for a while. Smells of chocolate, roast, a touch of alcohol. Smells almost like a stout. Taste is creamy roasty chocolate. Has a touch of hops and alcohol burn in the finish but leaves you salivating for more of its roasty goodness. Very Creamy mouthfeel, crisp carbonation, thick body. Great brew! Could be a stout could be a porter, frankly I don't care I've just got to get me some more. One of the best porters ever.

01-27-2009 22:27:12 | More by johnnnniee
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%

12oz bottle poured into my HotD tulip.
Bottled 2.15.11 Damn black ink!!!

A- Deep brown, almost not head at all. Some dark tan on the edges.

S- Malts and coffee.

T- Coffee, Chocolates, burnt sugars.

D- Mild, no bitterness.

O- Nicely smooth for a Porter. I would say this is a good example of the style.

05-12-2011 04:33:34 | More by HuskyinPDX
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev -5.9%

reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger off white head

smell: roast, coffee, chocolate, malts,

taste: roasted malts, some coffee / chocolate flavors

mouthfeel: medium to full body, mild carbonation,

overall: decent porter, I prefer some others in the style over this one but still a very good beer.

cheers,
the CPJ

06-21-2012 04:32:19 | More by THECPJ
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

Bottle courtesy of TMoney2591, via the Support Your Team BIF. Thanks dude. Bottle dated May 7/2010. Into a tulip, poured a little too aggressively initially, and it foamed up quite quick. Might've lost a quarter of the bottle, but oh well. On with the review.

Pours almost pitch black with a couple of fingers of mocha brown head. Incredible lacing and retention. Really doesn't get better than this. Aroma is a rich mix of milk and dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and roasted malts. Gotta get my mouth on this. Some roasted and smoky malt notes hit first and then the chocolate and coffee (less so) come out to play. Hop notes are some what present in the finish, adding a different bitterness than what I would've garnered from coffee although I'm sure it contributes a bit as well. Hint of the alcohol in the end. Mouthfeel is full, creamy and smooth; medium carbonation. Goes down astonishingly smooth. Very sessionable even at the ABV.

10-03-2010 03:26:07 | More by liamt07
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-26-2014 23:12:01 | More by DrBier
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

I found this available in 6-packs ($9.99) at Bello Vino in Ann Arbor last week. I chickened out and bought a single 12oz for $1.69. The beer looks spectacular, dark brown with a milk chocolate colored foam, tons of tan lacing on the glass. The smell is malty with lots of chocolate, really good. The taste is roasted malt, less chocolate than in the aroma but still there, hardly any bitterness in the aftertaste. Really thick body, more than I usually see in porters, this crosses the line to stout or double stout. Really good, Founders is just a solid choice for any style you care to get.

12-23-2008 18:00:29 | More by TurdFurgison
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dirtylou

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

12oz single, $1.89 at Steve's - University. surprised i've never reviewed this one

appearance: poured into tyranena pint glass - very dark body with garnet hues, creamy chocolate cap but light retention

smell: very rich, heavy roast - french roast coffee, smoke/char, dark chocolate

taste: great porter - rich dark chocolate, strongly roasted coffee, char/smoke, vibrant dark fruits, espresso bean, earthy and woody. just an all around strong porter - one of the best

mouthfeel: rich, but could be creamier

drinkability: rich and heavy, but very tasty

12-15-2009 02:23:12 | More by dirtylou
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

12-04-2012 21:39:17 | More by drummermattie02
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harpus

Alabama

4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-23-2013 17:53:00 | More by harpus
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.9%

05-20-2013 00:33:57 | More by scruffwhor
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours an almost midnight black with a layer of coffee colored head, fading into some nice film, leaving a bit of lacing around the glass.

A nice flair of coffee in the nose with hints of mocha, chocolate, molasses, and a light touch of smoke.

Begins with some roasted malts and robust mocha coffee flavor. Semi-sweet chocolate and a light splash of vanilla hide underneath. A bit of molasses, hop bitterness, and more robust dark malt towards the end. Finishes with some sweetness, hops, and a faint warmth.

Medium bodied, feels a little thinner than it should, higher carbonation. Nice flavor and solid drinking, alcohol is masked well too.

11-28-2010 21:37:19 | More by xnicknj
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%

The small thin head on this beer disappears quickly, leaving it looking almost like a glass of coke; black, opaque, bubbly.

Moderately aromatic; not a super strong smell here but nicely roasty with hints of chocolate. Right on target.

I like the flavor better than the aroma of this beer; it has an excellent balance of roast malt, hops, coffee and to a lesser extent, chocolate. Medium bitterness.

Excellent mouthfeel that mixes effervescent carbonation that stimulates the tongue with a pleasing creaminess.

Very effectively done. The aroma isn't exactly exceptional, just good, while the taste is very nice, but on the bitter side of the style. This bitterness may slightly dominate the other flavors. It's not as vivid as I had hoped, lacks huge chocolate or coffee notes. Drinks very well and the mouthfeel is trult excellent.

As good an example of a porter as I have had recently but still not the pinnacle for me, I suppose.

09-28-2011 15:02:54 | More by tobelerone
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-22-2013 18:10:04 | More by ShanePB
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Pours pitch black with no head at all. A slight ring of tan foam encircles a body with slight, whispy lace that comes and goes as you drink it.

Smell - Nice aroma. Heavy on the roasted malts. It smells as if coffee was added, really. Dark chocolate behind the coffee. Nary a hint of sweetness.

Taste - Not far behind the aroma, but a bit lacking. Not a lot of flavor in the front of the sip. The flavor comes as a roasted malt bitterness and a slight hop bitterness. A few flavors going on, but all at the end. It doesn't really develop through the drink.

Mouthfeel - This is where I think I just don't like porters. I'm not looking for a stout "lite" but that's always what porters seem to be for me. It's got good carbonation, but a thin body that doesn't hold the rich flavors for long. It's there, then it's gone, with only a hint of lasting flavor.

Overall - Good flavor, if not a bit uninspired in its development through the drink. Not enough body to make me think it's a really great beer.

07-05-2011 01:47:40 | More by Alieniloquium
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ccrida

Oregon

4.88/5  rDev +14.8%

12 oz bottle poured into my Delirium snifter, Founders Porter is black with a massive foamy brown head. Between the pressure released when I cracked it, along with the overly foamy head, I feared infection, but none was found. The foamy leaves heavy chunks, rocky really, a bit Belgianesque.

Smell is caramel, almost nougat like. Really delicious.

Taste is very rich, this is a big ass porter, which I dig. Loads of cocoa, a little milk chocolate really, with a touch of caramel as well. Outstanding, wow.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonation but not overly so, medium bodied.

Drinkability is great, this a fantastic porter. The only frustration is the large head slows down the drinking! This is the best porter I've ever had, period.

12-13-2010 03:40:57 | More by ccrida
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GraduatedCashew

California

4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-03-2014 19:34:34 | More by GraduatedCashew
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +9.4%

12 oz bottle poured into a Founders imperial pint.
6.5% ABV, 45 IBUs, Bottled 01/20/14

A - The clear pour to the bottom of the glass resulted in a monumental tan head with dribbles of beer slowly filtering through the foam creating a sexy cascading. Despite the large head it dropped to a clumpy pile rather quickly but, above the black beer, multiple rings of dense lace were left behind.

S - You'd swear you walked into an old confectionery with a whiff of this beer as dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and melted caramel come together to add silky smoothness to the mildly gritty ground coffee nose. Notes of old, earthy wood paneling give the beer a faint nostalgia!

T - Dark roasted malts pull the chocolate and cocoa nunaces from the nose but add a singed bread crust-like burnt flavor that goes well with the French-pressed coffee taste on the finish.

M - This thick porter is full-bodied and creamy to the point of being as smooth as black velvet. The silky texture is almost chewy since there is little carbonation feel to it but it's not syrupy by any means. A lightly dry and roasted bitter on the finish, it provides the perfect balance to keep it from being too sweet or rich.

O - While the average beer drinker might be wrongly afraid of "dark beer", I've had many a thinner stout than this porter making it one of those "heavy" beers I might caution the uninitiated against. Full-flavored and full-bodied, Founders Porter is a magnificent beer packed with roasted malt character but I think the beer's label sums it up the best; "dark, rich, and sexy."

02-21-2014 01:12:49 | More by BeerFMAndy
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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