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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,913 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,913
Reviews: 1,367
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 283
Gots: 737 | FT: 23
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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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Classic stout/porter appearance, not quite the head retention of a good porter, thus the 4.

S: Roasted malt, light smoke.

T: Very balanced on the roasted malt, slight coffee with a mellow finishing note.

M: Perfect carbonation, light on the ABV, so not gradely highly on the M.

D: Worth a taste, got as an extra...thx Spdkilz, represents Porters very well...a worthy pursuit as a throw in. Would drink again.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of adam42381
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled on 3/3/12 printed on bottle.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a huge 3-4 finger fluffy light chocolate brown head which dissipates very slowly. Excellent head retention and lacing. Looks exactly the way I want a porter to look.

Smell: Roasted malts dominate with a little bit of milk chocolate.

Taste: Dark roasted malt up front followed by unsweetened chocolate and earthy hops in the middle before ending with coffee and burnt toast flavors at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter and roasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a high amount of prickly carbonation. Not quite as creamy as I would have liked, but still nice.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. You could drink a few without any trouble on a cool day.

Overall: Excellent beer overall and one of the best American porters I've tried. Like everything else I've had from Founders, I would highly recommend trying this one.

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4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a deep, dark brown with 2 fingers of a tan head that demonstrates excellent retention - this thing isn't going anywhere - and a lot of lacing. outstanding presentation.

in the nose i get a lot of roasted maltiness, dark chocolate, and coffee, which transition well to the flavor where the trio pulls through in fine form, flanked by secondary notes of molasses and caramel. has a slightly bitter finish; no real alcohol presence to speak of. solid mouthfeel, medium-bodied and creamy, and quite drinkable. very impressed with this beer, i must say... would expect nothing less from founders.

original review on: 08-26-2010

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.12/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Pahn
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled 5/29/12, drank 8/18/12.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1 inch frothy tan head that dissipates slowly leaving a thick ring of lacing. Pours a solid black with translucent light red brown edges. Leaves a few arches and spots of lacing.

Smell: Sweet coffee, roasted malt, bready malt, all very deep (as in the smell keeps on going as you sniff; high magnitude, and develops as it lasts). Slight piny / woody aroma. A little bit of cookie dough underneath it all.

Promises a really robust, flavorful porter.

Taste: Delivers on that promise. Tons of dark malt and hop goodness. Sweetish coffee and caramel malt up front, giving way steadily to a growing taste of nutty roasted malt that lasts long into the aftertaste. Great moderate bitterness from the hops and roasted malt. Woody Willamette hop highlights throughout.

You don't get this much flavor in a 6.5% stout/porter every day (unless you drink Founders Porter every day, I suppose). Really exceptional. Great balance, bold, rich flavors held in check by appropriate bitterness, with a creamy mouthfeel that matches them perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Very creamy. Very slight dryness in the finish. Never chalky or chewy.

Overall: Well, I've finally found a "normal strength, no bells and whistles" porter to surpass Mayflower Porter and Anchor Porter. Easily the best stout/porter between 5%~8% ABV I've ever had.

Not much else to say. If you happen to be in Founders distribution area, like stouts/porters, and haven't tried Founders Porter yet, you should do so. You'll probably end up drinking a lot of it.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,913 ratings.