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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
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1,507 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,507
Hads: 6,855
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 398
Gots: 1,367 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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 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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Photo of bskrtz
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 Ounce bottle served very cold in pint beer glass

A) Black paint. No color passes through. Short puffy beige helmet dissolves quickly to leave a lacy cover

S) Black licorice, mild hop spice, burnt bread, coriander

T) Burnt coffee, pure dark chocolate, raisons and cooked dark fruit.

M) Consistency of root beer. Ample carbonation, sticky, full bodied

O) A very good example of the classic English porter

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Photo of gdrydenc
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Gorgeous beer. Pours a deep, dark brown, nearly black. The head is dark brown and is very aggressive and lasts quite a while, eventually subsiding to large bubbles.

S - Smell is roasted malts, lots of espresso, some chocolate. Can't wait to taste it.

T - Taste is very similar to the smell. Very espressoy, and the chocolate comes out more. A bit smoky in the finish. Fantastic taste. This beer is much like Founders other offerings, which appeals to me.

M - Thick and rich, just as it should be. Absolutely unbelievable beer, and the mouthfeel matches it. Stays on the palate for a long time after the swallow, much like a nice cup of coffee.

Overall, an alarmingly good offering from Founders. I have yet to be disappointed by them.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque black, with hints of brown and a snall mocha head. Aroma is roast and coffee. Taste is roast, coffee, and hints of chocolate and vanilla even. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety. Overall, a great porter that makes you want more woth every sip.

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Photo of Freethyhops
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint

A- pours almost pure black with a cm of light brown head which reduced to a collar and film quite quickly. fairly heavy lacing for the style. the head didn't stay around for long but it was exceptionally dark for a porter.

S- coffee and bitter chocolate. an evident sweetness from a heavy malt profile. dark and robust.

T- very much like the Breakfast stout I had earlier in the day. tons of chocolate and plenty of coffee. the bitterness does well to combat any sweetness that shows its face. still has that almost sour bitter bready finish that I always expect from a porter. I wish I could give it a 4.75 but I'm really liking this one so I'll bump it up to a 5.

M/D- a full body, pleasantly low carbonation, and creamy feel make this a very nice drinking porter. it does have some heavy flavors that could weigh on you after having a few, but its delicious enough to keep you going

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Photo of AEK
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

355ml brown bottle poured into a Young's pint pot.

A. Deep black coloured ale with a coffee coloured, tightly packed bubbly head. Head retention is excellent.

S. Coffee, dark chocolate,charred wood, molasses, dark sugar, liquorice, treacle and raisins.

T. Milky , bitter chocolate, smoky, cured ham, liquorice.

M. Full bodied.

D. A beautiful porter, very drinkable and so pleased it is better than the Pale Ale I had. Caresses your taste buds and throat.

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Photo of backfat
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours an oily opaque black. frothy tan one finger. smells dominated by chocolate with backrounds of toffee, raisins, and figs. tastes robust. creamy and milky. dark, rich, and sexy. a bit sweet and ends sour. i love it. for the price ($10.99) it's world class.

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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 berpwillie
3.35/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours an opaque dark brown with spare fizzy tan head, spare lacing and soft to flat carbonation. which was weird because the taste had a bit of a soda like feel to it.nutty roasted coffee like smell with a taste much the same but has a bit of a harsh bitterness to it. medium to full body with a slick oily texture. finish is bitter with a bit of spicyness to it and average flavor duration. not really impressed.

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Photo of msolar
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a small head that fades into an even and minimal lacing. The aroma has strong coffee notes with a hint of chocolate. The flavor is almost the opposite - predominant chocolate notes with a hint of espresso. It's amazing - and gives their Breakfast Stout a run for the money. Minimal carbonation and a very balanced beer (sweet for a porter) make this a very drinkable beer.

I'd probably buy this over the Breakfast stout since it was (I think) $12 for 6, vs. $14 for 4 breakfast stouts. I'd very highly recommend this beer.

*It's going to be difficult to save a couple bottles for my beer-buddies!

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Photo of RussBecker1
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very dark brown almost completely opaque, but does give off a very rich chocolate hue. The head is small but there as it falls between either 1/2 to 1 finger tall. Nice color on the head with a burnt toffee, but the head dissipates quickly leaving the inky body behind. Very carbonated for a porter.

S-Nicely complex. The malts are the first thing that hit you followed by the roasting process. The malts are a but too smokey however as the note is pleasant to begin with, but there does not appear to be enough sweetness in the undertones to cut through. Coffee is strong as well with a bit of tangy molasses to round it out.

M-As mentioned before, the body is very carbonated which I felt took away from a number of the flavors. Certainly this is not a stout, but any sort of body would have been appreciated.

T-The first note that hits the palate are the malts, but as detailed in the nose the smoke proves to be too much. The roast hits the tip of the tongue and proceeds to flow throughout the palate. There are a number of sweet and savory undertones, mostly coffee and \maybe vanilla bean, but having the malts hit the palate first, they mask far too many of the undertones leaving something to be desired.

O-About average to me despite the popularity.

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

multiple bottles of 2009 by way of emacgee.

pours viscous and nearly black. no light gets through and there is no color change at the edges. it's capped by a soft creamy purple tinted brown head.

the nose is full of green leafy hops, ash almost like spent charcoal (the real stuff), chocolate, roast, raisins and faint smoke.

the palate is malty and thick... a touch fudgey but in no way sweet. there's lots of ash and roast present along with flavors of chocolate, scalded vanilla cream, pale molasses and a pleasant lactic sourness throughout. medium full bodied with lots of substance. it's rich, creamy and smooth with the perfect carbonation yet almost parchingly dry and hoppy. i think it's those differences in texture which keep it interesting...

it is missing some depth, complexity and development of flavors but it's really effen good! i think i like how they shied away from the lux nutty, coffee and caramel characters and allowed the harsh bitter and dry stuff to come through! 8/5/8/5/18/4.4

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Photo of nickynick
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Founder's Porter poured almost black, a dark dark brown with a small tan head. The smell was of chocolate and a bit of hops. The taste was of bittersweet chocolate. Full of flavor. Finished with a bit of hops. Mouthfeel was a bit thick for me. Drinkability was good. This is an excellent porter, spot on for the style. A wonderful beer that I will purchase again.

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Photo of jsdunlop
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black pour with a thick, frothy tan head that formed and left some sticky lacing with each sip. Amazing smell, roasted coffee, milk chocolate and heath bar. I could pour this over vanilla ice cream and be in heaven...Taste follows suit with the smell, roasted malts pave the way for a minimal coffee flavor, dark chocolate, slight bitterness on the end of the sip that blends coffee and hops just right. Very smooth and creamy texture with a mild carb level, hops seem to linger around after each sip. Very earthy-mild hop character that is more pronounced than I have experienced in a porter, but it is pleasant. Biscuity consistency with each sip, malt forward with a heavy roasted presence. Overall, this a good porter, one that I will certainly indulge in again.

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Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks like a stout with a thin tan head that sticks to the glass.

S - Roasty, chalky malts with a touch of cocoa and burnt toast. Slightly bitter smelling.

T - The malts in this are well roasted and caramelly. Hints of cocoa, coffee and dark fruits such as prunes. Very complex for what would seem on appearance a run-of-the-mill porter.

M - Medium to heavy, especially for the style. A little more carb than I'd like in a stout, but perfect in a porter.

D - Nearly the pinnacle of the style, easily drinkable while remaining very complex and tasty.

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Photo of Rbroccoli
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a nonic. This beer pours very smooth, and it was honestly difficult to pour head. The little that I got was very dark. The beer was also quite dark, like a strong coffee color. Lacing formed all the way up the glass whenever tilted.

The aromas were roasted malt and coffee with a subtle presence of cocoa.

The taste fits the description of the smell. Very smooth, malty, a little chocolatey (not sweet), and somewhat fruity.

The mouthfeel was lacking in nothing. Very full, not watery at all. Very little carbonation, but that would ruin it

Overall this is excellent. One of my overall favorites.

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Photo of MrUse
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks very dark brown/black. Thin dark tan head sticks around for a while, grabbing the glass with each sip. Smells of dark chocolate and coffee. Taste is similar, more dark chocolate/coffee. Great flavor, hard to just sip this one. Creamy mouthfeel. I will definitely be having a few of these this winter!

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured Founders Porter into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours black as midnight with a finger of mocha head with a aggressive pour.

S - Roasted malts, with smooth coffee. Light chocolate notes in there as well.

T - Bitter coffee and roasted malts. Some baker's chocolate mid palate with bitter coffee on the after taste.

M - Smooth for a porter, medium carbonation, with medium on the mouthfeel. This is smoother than most stouts.

O - A outstanding porter, it could be most brewery's stout, its just that good. Highly recommended. Cheers!

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Photo of bahumutx
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black with ruby highlights around the edges. Poured with a small tan head.

Smell: Coffee, Roast, Dark Chocolate,

Taste: Starts with a nice malt sweetness. Chocolate and some dark fruit in the middle. Ends with a roasted coffee flavor. This is very well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could have a few of these in a sitting.

Another great beer from Founders. Definitely a great American Porter. Keep up the great work!!

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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - opaque dark brown/black with a nice small tan creamy head

S - chocolate, deep roasted malt, smoke, coffee, grassy hops, smells very enticing. Mild fruitiness.

T - taste is a nice sweet malt, black malt, wet, smokey, and chocolate. Very prevalent but not overwhelming roasted malt character. A little maybe grassy piney hop flavoring however hops are mostly in the end providing ample bitterness, it does finish a little sweet, but lingering bitterness quells the sweetness. Very tasty.

M - very drinkable, on the heavier side of mouthfeel for a porter, velvety I would say.

O - very solid porter, a little on the sweeter heavier side, but well executed and in good balance.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Classy label/bottle.

Appearance - Pitch black color (a bit of a ruby color if held up to the light). Big, course, lumpy, tan colored head. Big lace. A feast for the eyes!

Smell - Big. Toasty. Chocolate.

Taste - Sweet malt flavor up front. Charred steak. Semi-sweet chocolate. A moderate hop bitterness that complements, perfectly, the big malt taste. Dry finish. Wow!

Mouth - Oily. Good carbonation.

Overall - A very good American Porter! Big and bold but not completely over-the-top. Founders is making a big splash out here on the west coast!

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,507 ratings.