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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,170 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,170
Reviews: 1,316
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 233
Gots: 476 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

06-08-2014 18:59:28 | More by Kyrojack
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

01-21-2013 23:16:40 | More by closisinthehouse
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4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A true porter indeed.
It pours dark black, nice tan head that cascades nice as you pour. The head maintains to lace somewhat from a moderate carbonated, full bodied brew. Though its not overly thick.

Aroma of dark roasted malts carry into the taste with dark chocolates, cocoa, charred wood, coffee and a toffee sweetness.

Easy on the mouth with a hop oil coat yet a slight burnt toast dryness.

A robust porter, well made.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 16:06:33 | More by chilidog
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

09-04-2012 19:47:02 | More by JakeDebus
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North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-10-2013 03:21:28 | More by jarrgal
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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stubby 12oz brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap. The label shows a fine lady from last century.
Black opaque body with a nice brown head. Good retention and lace.
Cocoa bean and vanilla scent, very inviting.
Great cocoa flavor with vanilla bean. Hops are strong and gives the aftertaste long life.
Full body and lots of residual sugars.
Excellent drinkability.


Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 03:12:03 | More by oelergud
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev 0%

08-06-2012 12:50:20 | More by ThinkAgain
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-15-2013 09:21:19 | More by Maillard
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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- A regular pour left about a finger's worth of a murky brown head that dropped to a full lace that left a bunch of rings on the glass. The body was nearly black with hints of carbonation making their way to the surface.

S- I was met with a distinct aroma of dark chocolate and roasty malts.

T- The chocolate and roasted notes from the aroma were definitely present. They were matched with some raisin-like flavor, smoked accents, and some citrus hops.

M- The mouthfeel was pretty solidl. The carbonation wasn't overpowering, but there seemed to be plenty of it. Its finish was pretty dry.

D- It's an easy drinker. I could have a few in a single sitting and it's good enough that I'd pick it over many other American porters when given the choice.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 21:53:56 | More by GRPunk
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New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. The color is black with a small medium tan head.

There is a nice robust malty aroma with notes of coffee.

The taste is dry and malty, with a nice bitter finish, with just a touch of zesty hops.

The mouthfeel is light to medium with nice crisp carbonation.

This is a really good; straight-forward porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 03:54:36 | More by andrewinski1
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4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another brew Kevin hooked up in our trade, thanks man! Poured from unstamped bottle to mug the beer pours an oily viscous opaque black with a 1 finger mocha colored head with good retention and lacing throughout. The nose is an impressive blast of rich coffee, cocoa, roast. Terrific. If I didn't know better I'd say this is a stout. More character than any non-imperial porter I've sampled. Awesome. The flavor follows suit with again tons of coffee, roast, cocoa along with a mild bitterness, and hint of caramel and nut. Unbelievably smooth. Creamy. I can't believe how much flavor is packed into this brew, no hint of alcohol but with so much going on I'd think this was a much bigger beer to accommodate the character. Medium bodied. Well carbonated. To say this is a treat is an understatement. New standard for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 01:31:48 | More by hopfacebrew
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3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- very dark, black, oily body but not much of a head builds up easily.

S- roasted barley all the way here. Smells like there may be a hint of fruit adding some complexity from an English ale strain. I wonder if they used an American or English strain here.

T- Definitely a big roasty presence. Pretty big sweet body behind it, bitter roasted finish.

M- Nice smooth body. The carbonation is a bit below medium, works well here. Fine texture to the bubbles.

D- Not a poorly crafted beer at all. But I do prefer a little more chocolate to my porters and less of a roasted bite.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 02:37:37 | More by MiScusi
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

12-18-2012 03:12:39 | More by vcoggins
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.9%

05-07-2014 07:33:05 | More by Erik-P
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

09-21-2013 02:04:08 | More by DangerDawg
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4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can't find the date on the bottle.

A - Solid, deep brown/black body. Small, tight light brown head. Good look.

S - Vegetal/roasty sweetness, Chocolate, black licorice. It's a good smell, but theres something in it that smells a bit plastic-like, and thats somewhat of a turnoff

T - Well, this is delicious. Nice roasted malts are in dominance here, with some good chocolate, licorice and other subtle undertones. A well done taste for sure.

M - This is impressively thick and smooth. But not too much. I think this is perhaps the ideal mouthfeel for a porter.

O (D) - Well, it's a great tasting, very drinkable, not too heavy beer. What more can you ask for? I guess for it to smell better.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 22:16:24 | More by ColdPoncho
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4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from Founders on 5/9/10.

The pour is a beautiful two fingers of brown head. Pitch black in color with excellent lacing. This is what a porter should look like!

The scent is that of roasted toffee, coffee, and some chocolate malts.

Taste: Rich chocolate malts blend with roasty bitter nuts. There is a nice bitterness at the end which is well placed. I would prefer a little more in the middle of the taste, but overall it is solid.

The mouthfeel is medium to slightly full. There is also a nice smooth, creamy character.

This is as drinkable as a porter should be. A solid standard Porter with looks to brag about.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2010 03:41:53 | More by TCgoalie
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-03-2014 14:31:46 | More by Docrock
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Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev 0%

02-07-2013 14:20:11 | More by BColton1
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4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Seductive lady on the label

Paired with a strip steak. Poured very black, with a nice dark tan head that stuck around. The smell was malty paradise. The taste was very nice, just a ton of roasty malts, cocoa, and a bit of caramel and toffee. The finish was mellow and nutty. Very smooth drinker.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 17:22:01 | More by sixerofelixir
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New York

4/5  rDev -5.9%

09-14-2013 21:25:16 | More by pjkelley82
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New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Subtle black with cinnamon head that leaves chocolate lacing down the glass. Strong scent of chocolate, roast, tobacco, charcoal. Dark chocolate cream, coffee beans, roast, tobacco leaves, and spice in the taste. Heavy in body with slight carbonation that tickles the tongue. Highly enjoyable, each sip beckons for the next one to be taken. An instant classic among American Porters.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 03:05:05 | More by JRed
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-14-2013 17:14:22 | More by Retail1LO
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

05-23-2013 03:02:09 | More by ToddHolder
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

04-09-2014 04:48:50 | More by lunarbrew
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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