Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,412 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,412
Reviews: 1,480
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 342
Gots: 1,084 | FT: 27
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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 tectactoe
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very deep, dark brown, appearing nearly pitch black if you're in a room that isn't well lit - a very tiny amount of light is allowed to pass through this one. The head is nice and tan, made of tiny bubbles with a fine definition and moderate retention.

The aroma is full of milky chocolates and roasted malts; it gives off a very nutty and woodsy smell as well, reminding me of roasting marshmallows over a campfire. Very robust, powerful, and commanding. Slight hints of char and smoked goodness wrap this one up. Between some of the sweet malts and smoky characters, this makes for one of the more complex and unique porter aromas out there.

The flavor follows the nose profile right along, super nutty and toasty from the get-go. A slight hint of coffee beans sits in the immediate background, along with a nice dose of creamy chocolates and cocoa powder. This one has a very low to moderate floral essence to it, imparting a tiny bit of extra bitterness midway through to balance out the sweetness - it works very well.

Other bitterness is mainly contributed from some of the darker malts, in the form of ashy, burnt wood and bittersweet cocoa. The beer ends with an obviously malt-heavy finish, leaning more towards the sweet chocolate and dry nuttiness side. Medium-heavy body - the mouth feel on this porter is one of the best ever. Silky, smooth, creamy, fluffy - carbonation is just right, letting the flavors pop without being astringent.

This porter is pretty amazing. The best one I've had to date. Even better than Eddy Fitz in my opinion (although that is some righteous shit, too). Great smell, amazing flavor profile, orgasmic mouth feel - and still only around 9-10$ for a sixer. You can't beat that.

Photo of Durge
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A solid brown-black color with a reasonable but thin tan cover that generates respectable lacing. The aroma comes on pretty strong with prune charcoal and milk chocolate nuances but the charcoal dominates. The flavor follows suit with a brown bread charcoal and some muted dark fruits. Light herbal hop presence beautifully blended into a medium plus body brew that offers a silky smooth feel and modest carbonation. Luxurious stuff with a subtle dark fruit edge. A defining porter from one of the best.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown, blackish body that had a one-finger tan head and left a lace ring. Classic smell of roasted and sweet malts, more on the sweet side w/ some caramel and chocolate with very minor hops. Textbook porter that hits the spot; medium-body, smooth, creamy, passes over the tongue with a great sweetness of chocolate and caramel and then having a bready, coffeeish finish that is drying and thick. Little bit sticky as well. Could drink this porter any time as it is one of the best.

Photo of tbeckett
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From notes.

A - Nice black pour with one finger of light brown head. Decent carbonation. Frilm retention and spotty lace.

S - Nice aroma right away. Chocolate and roast interplay well. Nice dark malt. Not too roasty but more smooth and, i hate to use this term, luscious.

T - Chocolate, mild roast that falls off in the finish. Again a really nice sweetness with chocolate and roast playing together properly. No artificial cola sweetness present. Quite good.

M - Very smooth, mild carbnoation, medium body. Not too bitter.

O/D - Very solid porter. Tasty and easy to drink with a good combo of properly nailed down flavours. Quite enjoyable.

Photo of Jwale73
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours stout black with only the tiniest hint of burnt ruby highlights. Modest tan head sits and recedes leaving some nice lacing around the glass as it slowly exits the glass.

S-Bittersweet chocolate notes are quite easy to detect. This is one of the more aromatic porters I have come across (my experience is limited). Coffee notes and some lactic milkiness as well. No alcohol to speak of in the scent. Deep sugars and a bit of smoke.

T-Rich chocolate notes sweep over the tongue. Coffee flavors and some milky lactose here. Leaves a lasting burnt coffee flavor. Tastes like rich cocoa. A twinge of hop bitterness is here too. A perfect example of a great tasting porter. Has all the elements one would want in a beer representative of the style.

M-Creamy, smooth, luscious. Exceptional mouthfeel for a beer that isn't too high on the ABV scale. Awesome mouthfeel.

D-Like many of Founders' dark beers this one drinks like a dream. Not an extremely high ABV combines with great taste and feel. Absolutely drinkable.

Have heard that this Founders Porter is arguably one of the best out there. I concur.

Photo of champ103
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque black color. A large tan head rises to two fingers. Good lace is left behind.
S: Roasted malt, coffee, cholocolate. Classes porter aroma. A slightly bitter finish. Some hops, but also a bitter bakers chocolate.
T: All the roasty, toasty malty porter flavors that I love. Coffee with a huge bakers chocolate flavor. Again finishes a little bitter. A mixture of what seems like late addition hops and the chocolate flavor.
M/D: a bigger, fuller body, almost sticky. Moderate carbonation and fairly viscous. This is something that always happens to be in my fridge.

This drinks bigger than what it really is. If that makes sense. A great porter that is a staple of mine.

Photo of Brenden
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours black with hues of nothing. Just thick, inky blackness. The head pours about two fingers but doesn't take very long to dissipate, though a very slight, thin head remains. Nice lacing clings all over the glass.

The smell is what I've come to expect from a good porter. Coffee, hints of dark chocolate, a slight alcoholic tinge and a little bitterness.

The taste is likewise what I've come to expect from a good porter. All of the above with a smoky grain flavor and balanced light bitterness.

The mouthfeel is thick and rich, very nice and smooth. Carbonation is light and it's medium-bodied.

All in all I found myself in agreement with the claim on the bottle that this is "dark, rich and sexy."

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

I love a good porter but they are hard to find. This one is a great example of the style and what a good porter can taste like.

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights.

Highly aromatic but complex...big strong notes of dark chocolate, espresso, and smoked woods.

Body is creamy and full....

Flavor is big on the espresso, dark cocoa, and char....finishes with a burnt matliness that is a little out of bounds for the style...

Excellent porter with some big characteristics...just a little too much char on the finish...

Photo of Dogbrick
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautifully, flat opaque black with a thick chocolate milk-colored head that dissipated but not too quickly. Nice thick lacing too. The aroma is strong coffee and roasted malt. Medium-bodied, and unfortunately the flavor is not as robust as the look and smell. Bitter coffee and burnt malt flavors dominate, but the balance is a little too much on the bitter side. The finish is fairly bitter with coffee and some chocolate. Overall a pretty good Porter, it just needs better balance.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of rfgetz
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark near pitch black, letting in some minimal hints of light on the edges of the glass. Thin, yet dense creamy khaki head, leaving decent lacing. Scent is of cocoa, dark roasted malt, light touches of fruit and coffee. Taste brings a nice cocoa and milk chocolate taste along with the dark roasted malts. Light touches of nuts and a definite presence of hops add an ever so faint fruity and bitterness to it outside of the dark malts. Medium bodied yet smooth and creamy. The malts never cross into the overly charred or burnt side and coupled with the creamy yet not heavy mouthfeel makes this a wonderously drinkable beer.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a tan head. In the aroma, a small roast and a nice sweetness. In the taste, roasty and rich, with a nice hop presence. A small bite and a medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry roasted malt in the aftertaste. What can I say, Founder's already said it...Dark - Rich - Sexy!!

Photo of williamjbauer
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled served in a nonical glass

A - Black with 2 finger tan head with good retention and moderate lacing

S - Herbal hops, choc, espresso, malt

T - Immediately hit with complex malt and hops flavors but major impression of chocolate, strong espresso, and burnt tobacco. Someone reviewed it is similar to drinking cigarettes and I have to agree to some extent.

M - Full body, moderate carbonation, chewy.

O - Like a fine cigar.

Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick and oily black, waffer thin cocoa brown foam that sits thickly but quite thin even after a strong pour. Lacing sticks in strings.

Aroma is nice and darkly roasted with black malts, coffeeish notes, tangy molasses, dark caramel, and bittersweet chocolate.

Great taster, rich, dark, deep, and inviting flavors of heavily roasted barley and malts, nice chocolate tones meld within keeping an ever present bitterness of roasty/burnt qualities. Touches of coffee/espresso roast intermingle with all the other roasty things in the finish where the bittering ensues and drys out with a nice play of everything chocolate and roasty. Some burnt tinges and charred wood notes make their way in as well. Wow! Fantastic porter character in its flavors. Oh my is it yummy!

Feel is well rounded and creamy full with a fantastic finish of drying roasty/burntish chocolate bittering. I'm reminded of burnt chocolate cake or cookies at every sip. Fantastically good stuff.

This could be one to top Descutes Black Butte and Summit Great Northern in my book, something I never thought could be possible, but this stuff is wonderful! Yum times two.
A wowzaa yippee goes to trbeer for throwing this one in the mix!

Photo of sweemzander
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of drpimento
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a dark brown almost black color with a billowy dark tan head. The head is rather persistent and lasts quite awhile. Eventually when it fades, and when the glass is swirled, it leaves some nice lacing.

Smell – The nose is relatively mild, but contains some notes of chocolate and a bit of caramel and vanilla sweetness.

Taste – A nice sweet bready maltiness is the first to be tasted. Roasted barley and some chocolate work their way into the flavor toward the middle of the taste. At the very end ,it sweetens again this time with some chocolate and vanilla which round out the taste profile quite nicely.

Mouthfeel – A nice smooth yet relatively thick body. It coats the tongue but yet is still very east to drink. The carbonation is spot on enhancing the drinkability of the brew.

Overall – A nice porter with lots of deep roasty and chocolate flavors. One of the better and more affordable porters.

Photo of barczar
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque deep brown/black with a frothy inge inch cappuccino head that lingers.

Roast malt, coffee, and milk chocolate meet up with citrus and resin in the initial aroma. Notes of grapefruit and pine provide am interesting contrast to the roast malt backbone.

Slightly sweet chocolate and roast malt underlie the flavor profile, with coffee bitterness reigning in the finish. Notes of grapefruit at the beginning again provide contrast to the sweet malt notes. Malted milk balls and toasted nut flavors add complexity. There's a charred note in the aftertaste.

Body is smooth and moderate, with low carbonation and a hint of alcohol warmth.

Great notes of chocolate, and a decent balance of roast malt and coffee that are not overly bitter or acrid. The hop notes accent the malt character well. The balance is on the sweet side, but that's fine with me.

Photo of gford217
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of FtownThrowDown poured into a tulip.

This one poured dark, dark brown out of the bottle and settles in black with hints of mahogany around the edges. An aggressive pour produces a smallish tan head that recedes to a ring quickly and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is stunning on this one with everything you could ever want in a porter. It's got dark sweet malts, with lots of chocolate and hints of roasted coffee. It's also got plenty of sweet dark fruits and hints of caramel, vanilla, and even a hint of hops. One of the best aromas I've had on a porter.

The taste is only a small step behind the aroma in my book. It's definitely sweet with lots of dark chocolate malts and molasses sweetness. Tastes like a dessert with a splash of coffee infusion.

The mouthfeel is full-bodied with low, soft carbonation and just completely coats the mouth with the dark sweet malts. Decadent mouthfeel overall, especially for the style.

Quite simply, one of the best porters I've ever tasted. The nose is world-class and the taste and mouthfeel are pretty damn close. I'm not sure if I've ever had a beer with more flavor at this ABV level. Wonderful stuff.

Photo of jbaker67
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black brew with a medium brown head with regular retention, aroma is moderate sweet and moderate bitter with dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel and herbal hops, Medium bodied, smooth, well balanced, low carbonation, flavor is moderate sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a bitter finish and a bittersweet aftertaste. Delicious

Photo of cosmicevan
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh (growler fill was within the hour) 64oz growler into an Ommegang tulip.

A - Poured a silky oil black with a thin tan head that didn't hang around all that long.

S - Vanilla and caramel malts lead the nose. Has a touch of an earthy smell, but not as intense as say New Belgium brews.

T - Very roasted. Roasted nuts and malts dominate the flavor with some undertones of wood and caramel...perhaps even a touch of cocoa.

M - Very bready and oaty. Has a nice malty after-vibe and is cooling. Pretty thick, but not overly.

D - Really drinkable porter. If I have any complaint, it is the richness and fullness of the beer which might make this one that you wouldn't want to drink all evening. Really great porter though.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown colour, mostly black except at the very edge. Head is beige, thin and dispersed, leaving specks of lace behind. Looks pretty standard, but not bad.

Smells roasty and a bit stouty. Plenty of espresso but a nice sweet edge with unsweetened chocolate providing some balance, and a touch of pecan towards the back. Again fairly pedestrian aromas, but decently put together.

Taste is also fairly nutty, with sweet pecan and hazelnut flavour pervading. Not a lot of roastiness except the sweet and nutty notes are slightly darkened, to an overall fairly chocolatey flavour. Hint of licorice on the back and maybe a whisper of leather. Quite decent porter, but again there's nothing really interesting here, and ultimately it's a bit sweet and a bit bland.

Decent texture for the style, really. Foamy and dries up quite well. Yeah, nice.

A fairly standard effort; could use more oomph from somewhere but it's decent drinking.

Photo of tigg924
3.2/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark brown, small head, medium carbonation

Smell: expresso, some chocolate, malt

Taste: expresso, light chocolate, malt

Mouthfeel: bitter heavy and thick

Drinkability: Not as impressed with this one as some of Founder's other offerings. The bitterness to this porter really struck me. I would have it again if I saw it, but would look for other porters first.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a deep, dark black, with a 1 inch mocha colored head, and some good globs of lacing down the glass.

Smells like chocolate, dark roasted malts, and slight coffee.

The taste is similar, and very full and flavorful. Tastes a bit like a smaller version of their imperial stout. Lots of chocolate and coffee, and nicely roasted malt. Hop flavor is noticed with a slight bit of bitterness.

Medium bodied, but very full for a porter. Thick creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

A definite winner from Founders, one that goes under the radar.

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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