Founders Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No absence of hops gives Founders' robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect.

45 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2003

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Reviews: 1,538 | Ratings: 6,986
Photo of MACrist
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks: Pour fairly aggressively into a pint glass. Nice two fingers tan head, cocoa like. Looks like an American stout. Black.
Aroma: Swirl the glass and I get a nice blast of roasted malt, almost charred. A little black licorice, and prominent dark chocolate. The slightly burnt quality really jumps out with some java as well.
Taste: Much like the aroma. Plus, the sweetness lasts a good while, and the mild bitterness is all in the back. That burnt quality is the first flavor I get.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, but light mouthfeel. Not overly carbed, it depends on the pour. I really find that a very slow pour makes the carbonation really stand out. A more aggressive pour and you lose a good bit of it. There is a very slight metallic taste up front as it warms. Overall, a very nice porter.

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Photo of kdoc8
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to KJK for getting this to me! Serving was in a bottle poured into a pint glass. Very dark black in color and a thin, brown, foamy head, with some nice lacing going on in the swirl. Taking a whiff of it the first thing that comes to mind is chocolate, but then there's also some cherry...some oaky-ness, some espresso and some just good old ethanol. When it first hits the palate it's very smooth with almost no taste. Then as it starts to sink in there's a lovely blend of smooth, rich chocolate, along with a pleasantly bitter roasty flavor and the coffee/espresso taste starts to come in a few moments after swallowing. Very smooth and very drinkable. Rich, dark and sexy indeed!

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured into tulip from bottle.

This is as black a porter as I have seen. Head is deep brown, almost a deep reddish hue. Sticky lacing as well.

Smell is heavy on the roasted malts, a bit nutty, earthy quality and malty but also get a definite piny hop aroma, not used to that in most porters (excluding Alpha Klaus).

Taste is all dark chocolate to start, then coffee and malt kicks, with some hops to make for bitter finish. There is a smoky quality as well, even reminiscent of bacon.

Heavier than others I've tried, a bit thick. As much as I love Great Lakes porter, at first blush, this is every bit it's equal. Another exceptional Founders beer. Would love to try this fresh on tap.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

This guy pours almost pitch black... I can't really get any light to come through the glass! A nice creamy mocha colored head.

Nose is sweet, roasty, and creamy with slight hints of red berry and vanilla.

Low carbonation with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and light, sweet finish.

Overall a very pleasant porter. Slightly sweet, but clean and well-rounded. Will drink again.

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Photo of Vierenner
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has all the standard properties of a porter/stout, except that it is a bit sweeter than most. A very smooth brew, easy to drink, with very little hop bite. What I find missing in this and many of the high quality porters/stouts is uniqueness. They all seem to taste about the same to me. Nice balance, blah, blah, blah. I'm continually searching for one that dares to be different. Unfortunately, very few of them.

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Photo of JoePat
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a tulip shaped glass.
This beer pours a very dark brown if not black with a dark tan 1.5-2 finger head.
The smell is of roasted malts and dark chocolate.
You get a lot of bitter chocolate roasted malt in the flavor as well.
The beer is so smooth creamy mouth feel and is extremely drinkable. This is by far my favorite porter.

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

Poured into a pint glass

A: Dark Brown, almost black with a tiny tan head that gives way instantly

S: Big roast aroma, similar to an iced coffee. Hints of chocolate as well, but the roastiness domintaes.

T: Big dark chocolate characteristics in the taste. Slight bitterness from the chocolate, with a perfectly balanced roasted malty backbone

M: Very smooth, and thinner than the appearance. No hint of alcohol to be found.

O: Excellent interpretation of style. Extremely well balanced flavor, with just the right amount of roast and bitterness from the chocloate.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampled on February 2016 from 16oz bottle in pint glass. Bottled on date of 10/2/2015 was on the bottle.

Appearance: Pitch black, dark color, with a thick dark tan head. The head lasted a long time, and left a nice lacing on the glass, but not a lot.

Smell: There are roasted malt aromas, along with some strong coffee and sweet caramel aromas. Some hops in the aroma. Nice combination and balance between the various flavors.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt and hops. There is a hint of sweetness and caramel flavors that may be due to the malts, but it is balanced nicely with pronounced hops flavor. Overall it has an excellent taste. The combination of strong hops and roasted malts and strong alcohol give this drink powerful flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but very smooth. Very creamy. Medium alcohol which matches with the 6.5% on the label.

Overall: Overall, this is an excellent beer and one of the best porters I have tasted. Another great beer from Founders. The more I drink it, the more I like it. I will definitely look for this and buy it again.

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Photo of Steamer
4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The pour produces a two fingered khaki colored head. This dissipates slowly taking on a pillowy appearance. The liquid is completely opaque. A strong expresso aroma. Tastes of burnt toast, sweet coffee, a little maltiness.... exceptionally well balanced. Silky smooth mouthfeel with just a little carbonation. One of the best porters I've had the pleasure of sampling. This will be a regular!

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Photo of itsscience
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in a snifter

Pours black with a half finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving nothing but a rim of tiny bubbles after a few moments. The main thing I get from the nose is rich sweet caramel malt, with coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and a faint herbal hop presence. A delicious-smelling porter. The taste also has big sweet caramel malt notes but the coffee comes out a lot more and combines with it. It's moderately to highly carbonated to make every flavor note pop, and it finishes dry with a lingering but subtle bitterness from the hops. An exquisite beer!

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Photo of BigIrishman
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Porter's in Easton, PA

Poured into a pint glass. Very dark with little head, although you can clearly see some lively carbonation. Smell is fabulous, there is so much there, it's malty/sweet/bready/etc. Taste is a bit more subdued, but still very reminiscent of the smell. Mouthfeel is very heavy, very nice. I could easily down a few of these in a row and that incredible aroma and great taste would be awesome.

Overall a great representation of what I think of as being one of the toughest styles to pin down to a specific flavor.

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Photo of mattgreger
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one amazing brew. This porter poured a very black and dark, bold chocolate color. This was a very viscous pour. It had a very nice brownish/tan head that hung around for a view moments that faded away. Leaving a wonderful wall of tanish/brown lacing.

The aroma from this brew is also amazing. A really strong, but crisp aroma of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and a bit of toasted nuts.

Taste sticks out on this one. The front of this brew has a strong coffee flavor that is muddled together with a great bitter dark chocolate and roasted malts that just give this beer a nice smokey finish.

Mouthful is wonderfully creamy. Low carbination helps this brew go down very easy, even with such a high ABV. With how visicous this brew is, it isn't as think as you would expect.

Drinkablity on this one is pretty good. For a porter, you sometimes expect to have a very heavy, overbearing kind of brew, but this one is right on. With great roasted flavors without the heavy load. Great job by Founders on this one.

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Photo of Yagman3000
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz. bottle into a fluted pint glass.

Appears a really rich deep brown with a tiny touch of rosy glow. There's a cool thin creamy head resting on top.

Smells of dark chocolate with dark roasted coffee.

Tastes of coffee with some boozy notes. A little darker and more stout like than what I had imagined.

Mouthfeel is ok. The head doesn't bring out too much creaminess and there's a little bit of a booze burn.

Overall a pretty good beer but not at the great level. I imagine this might lose some of it's warmth if given some time to rest.

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Photo of paxchristi
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first Founders brew. Yeah, it was worth the wait.

Appearance: Pours an intense jet black with chocolate brown, frothy head that looks a bit creamy near the top of the class. Pretty good looking porter. I wish the head would have stayed longer and left just a bit more lacing. But it was

Smell: Some very deep, creamy semi-sweet chocolates, moderately medium-bodied coffees, and some very smooth malts. If I could dream of what a porter should smell like, it should smell like this. Moderately dark flavors balanced by medium malts to create a dangerously smooth porter. Totally full aroma that leaves a bit of a hop sting in the nostrils.

Taste: The mighty nose is a mighty palate with a slightly bitter finish. It always ends to a very nutty aftertaste that sums of the mastery of this brew. THe slight dryness presented by the hops complements the slight bitter finish of the coffees and malts. Damn good.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and appropriately carbonated for a porter. Totally silky smooth.

Overall: Brilliant brew. Balanced, thoughtful, rich, dark, and sexy! This brew is as advertised. Will seek out again and again and again!

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice looking dark beer. It came with a very thin caramel head. Had a nice roasted malty smell. Could taste a hint of chocolate. No over powering taste, but was still pretty good.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Founders Brewing Company's eponymous porter is black as sin; nearly impervious to light, it shows sullen orange highlights only at its base. Its large, pebbly light brown head shows little retention, but the lacing is good, consisting of spiky slabs and caverns. The aroma is light-medium in intensity: creamy coffee backed by cocoa, with hints of toffee, doughy malt and alcohol. The flavor is predominately bitter light chocolate and thin, tart, bright coffee; the palate lacks the depth predicted by the nose, and has none of its sweetness, landing distinctly on the bitter end of the scale. The finish is a mild hit of toffee, and is fairly dry; the linger is a mild chocolate flavor paired with a moderate earthy hop bitterness, both of which last for a good while. Mouthfeel is thinnish for the medium-full body, and the texture is medium-creamy and medium-peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. (12 oz bottle, 60 days after pkg)

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Photo of legalpete19340
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a thick black viscous liquid with a big sticky head that clung to the glass.

S: Big dark chocolate with cappuccino and dark roasted malt.

T: Rich flavors of mocha, dark chocolate, dark roasted malt flow in and out then a smack of bitterness and earthiness from hops. Not overly chocolatey. Roasty.

M: Big and velvety with the right amount of noticeable carbonation.

O: Big, dark and sexy just like the bottle says. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Wheelinb
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Founders pouring at The Stable. Every time I have something from Founder I always end up happy and this was no exception.

Great dark color and the aroma was pure goodness. Nice malt and coffee aromas. The taste was rich, but not overly so. I could taste a combination of chocolate and coffee. What's not to like. I am glad Founders is now being offered on this side of the river.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I will start by saying that I can not imagine a better example of the style. Poured into a porter glass, incredibly dark brown/black, faintly red on the edges where light can pass through. Creamy tan head, great retention and lacing. Massive roasted smell some coffee grinds, chocolate and toffee. Faint burned popcorn as well. Smooth on the tongue with the roasty dryness dominating the front, then sweetens out with the chocolate and toffee notes, then back to dry coffee like finish. Some alcohol warming as you get deep into this. New favorite porter.

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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.

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Photo of slym
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This tastes exactly like coffee to me. That isn't a bad thing, I am just not picking up anything else. Add cream & sugar & I'd be having this with my breakfast tomorrow morning. Maybe leave out the cream and make an ice out of that.

Overall, a good porter & a really good beer - but there are better for the money IMHO.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, purchased from a reputable distributer 7/2011, well stored.

Poured into a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Poured rather aggressively into the glass produces very little head which rapidly reduces to a thin film.

The smell starts off with a blast of distinct French Roast black coffee, followed by heavily roasted malt, some hints of dark caramel, rather powerful, lasts from the first opening to the end.

The taste is dominated by distinct, aggressive, black roasted malt, and black coffee, some elusive hop flavors, crisp acidity adds balance, wonderful carbonation that is not overdone and compliments this brew. Seems to be at its best at about 55 degrees.

Very long finish of coffee and deep roasted malt, coats the mouth.

I have to say that Porter’s are not one of my favorite styles of beer. That being said, I will say that while there is nothing overly complex here, it is a very distinctly flavored brew and you have to admire what Founders is doing.
Founders never seems to fail in producing “black beers”, and this is no exception. It is unquestionably the best Porter I have ever tasted. A pleasant experience and one that I appreciate the opportunity to have had.

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours into a Duvel tulip super dark with a caramel/crema looking head. The head dissipates quickly but leaves a film over the top. A short swirl brings out more head and emphasizes the thick and sticky lacing. A really good looking porter.

The predominant aromas are dark roasted malt, smoke and coffee. The taste is bittersweet chocolate, espresso with some smoke if you really concentrate. Not too sweet at all due to a bitter finish. As the ale warms the sweetness recedes and the espresso bitterness comes forward making this a really enjoyable experience.

The mouth feel is slightly thicker than medium, but not by much. Thank goodness there's no wateriness (my kiss of death for a porter) like Bell's Porter or even to some extent Sierra Nevada Porter.

Not as drinkable as some other porters, but the qualities that make it less drinkable make it a better porter, if that makes sense. It's thicker and more filling. Also, more than one can seem decedent and glutinous.

I'll be honest, this was not a porter that I've always liked that much. I knew it was a good one, but I struggled to really appreciate some of its qualities. I didn't give up (I love most Founder's beers), and now I'm now far more likely to order it out and pick up a sixer. I struggled to rate the taste 4.0 or 4.5, but eventually went with the higher rating.

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Photo of leokbelo
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep black into a pint glass with an inch mocha head that lingers.
Deep chocolate, vanilla and coffee on the nose, some raisins too.
Smooth in the palate, with the chocolate/coffee notes coming in after the subtle hop kick.
Very balanced, very drinkable beer.
Excellent porter, highly recommended. Great session brew.

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Photo of semibaked
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a pint glass

A - Black with a little brown head

S - Dark Malts and Rich Chocolate, very nice

T - Lots of roasted malts and very similar to a stout, little carbonation, and chocolate.

M - Full and Creamy, I liked it alot

D - Prolly couldn't put more than 1 of these down in a night but great beer overall.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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