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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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1,474 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,474
Hads: 6,702
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 379
Gots: 1,271 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 1,474 | Hads: 6,702
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

the CPJ

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed the last bottle of this at Capone's the other day. Into my snifter

A: Pours a VERY impressive jet black with a dark brown head that recedes to a wispy disk rather quickly.

S: Oh, the smell of uninfected beer is awesome! Solid, roasted malt aromas with a hint of chocolate and some cream. The balance is leaning towards the burnt/heavily roasted malt, the way I like it. Excellent

T: Solid. Biggish in body with plenty of heavily roasted/burnt malt present (almost a touch too much?) with an excellent dark chocolate bitterness. The big body does push things a bit into stout territory but the burnt malt character is definitely porter-like. Finishes sweet with a bit too much roastiness for my liking

M: Uncharacteristically big (enjoyable, though) with soft carbonation and a burnt-bitter finish

D: The biggish body and the bitterness on the finish don't make this a session porter but neither does the 6.5% I will definitely drink this again, though

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Photo of tbeckett
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
4.87/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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."

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Photo of xnicknj
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The sample I got fizzed like crazy, so have a towel handy if opening a bottle! It pours a beautiful midnight sable with a very thick, fluffy, persistent tan head. Smoky, oily aroma has tones of molasses, caramel and fine coffee. Rich flavor has firm smoky overtone and coffee, nutty, molasses and caramel components as well as a hint of hop bitterness. Texture is smooth with a subtle fizz and leaves a nice smoky and slightly sweet finish.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of dar482
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a very dark black with tinges of mahoghany coming in on the edges.

The aroma has robust porter qualities, roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate, hot chocolate, tinges of vanilla, hints of dark fruit.

The flavor hits in the front of a light hopppy bitterness. Medium plus roasted malt throughout the beer with bitter dark coffee, some vanilla, cocoa powder, a creamy milk chocolate.

A medium plus mouthfeel on this beer.

A very balanced beer with lots of robust quality. Highly recommend as it is one of the best in the style.

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

Pours very dark brown with an off-white head.
Nose shows nutty, bready and roasted malt sith some soft coffee notes.
Flavours include soft roasted malt, toasty notes, a little bit of sweet malt and a chestnut character.

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Photo of champ103
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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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.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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...

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

The abv said 6.5% on the bottle I had. Nearly black pour with a dark cream almost brown head. Much darker head than the usual porter. Roasty chocolate/caramel nose. Roasted peaty flavor of the standard porter, with much more chocolate and a slight hint of coffee. Creamy carbonation, a solid medium body and rather drinkable. An excellent porter for sure. Not sure why they don't distribute this one more widely.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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

12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Had this beer many times, cant believe that it took me so long to sit down and review it...

Appearance: black boided beer with a big and thick dark brown head. The head has decent staying power and coats the side of the glass with fairly thick lacing. Sexy looking beer!

Smell: A roasty, smoky, and chocolatey smelling porter. It smells robust and lets you know this beer is packing big flavor just by the nose on this beer!

Taste: Starts off just like the nose. Nice notes of roasty malts and some coffee. Its also chocolatey and hints of smoke. Has a little bit of bitterness to it, but man this beer is soo well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. Chewy, yet quite smooth mouthfeel on this beer.

Overall: I really have a tough time finding a better example for this beer style. You really feel like a man when you drink this dark beer! The best part its a year around offering by Founders and its easy to get your hands on a 6er! Everybody wins!

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Bottled 6 March 2011.

A: Tight creamy head rises to more than a finger and sticks there with great retention. Pitch black, even in the light. A truly impressive-looking porter.

S: Creamy milk chocolate and a bitter nuttiness.

T: Roasted dry, with lovely hops and bitter coffee notes. All you could want from a porter. Great example of the style.

M: Incredibly creamy. Perfectly textured. Barely dry on the endtaste.

O: Chocolatey, smooth, and delicious. An excellent porter and absolutely recommended. It's hard to do better than this. Will have again. Very drinkable.

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Photo of tigg924
3.2/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,474 ratings.