Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,407 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,407
Reviews: 1,479
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 342
Gots: 1,077 | 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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Ratings: 6,407 | Reviews: 1,479
Photo of hail_seitan
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured bottle into pint glass.

A - Pours thick, black, and viscous. When pint glass was held up to a light, it was completely opaque. About a half inch of toffee-colored head formed on top.

S - Roasty and sweet - kind of like a chocolate cake cut with the slightest hop aroma.

T - First, a bit of astringency from the roasted malt and carbonation. Then, the palate opens up with the sweetness from the rest of the malts. The aftertaste is of roasted coffee. Slight northwest-style hop biterness lingers on the tip of the tongue, too. Yeast esters open up as the beer get warmer.

M - Thick and glutinous. Delightful.

O - One of the best takes on the American style porter, up there with Black Butte and Smuttynose Robust Porter. Comes of as not too boozy or bitter for dinner, mid-afternoon, or, hell, even a breakfast beer.

Photo of BelgiumBill
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Are you kidding me? I've recently discovered Founders (yeah, I'm new to this) and is there anything Founders doesn't do well?

Anyway, I paid $1.99 for a single 12 oz bottle at Total Wine.

This poured nearly black into my Guinness pint glass and produced a thin medium beige head which lingered for a minute the receded to leave some islands and a ring.

The smell was strong and loaded with roasted malts, coffee, and molasses.

When drinking, there was a great balanced complexity to the brew highlighted by the roasted malts which progressed into coffee, then revealing some hop bite to the side of the tongue and finishing with some mineral notes. Again, this was complex so my description doesn't do it justice.

There was good carbonation which was in balance with the thick, chewy feel this porter exhibited. Reasonably priced for this quality.

Photo of Boggdogg
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a jet black color and a very thick frothy wonderfully brown colored head that lasts and lasts. The lacing is soooo thick! This is exactly what a world class porter should look like.

S - malt and coffee nice and simple.

T - fairly straight forward classic porter taste bitter coffee bean but it's a good bitter like high quality ingrediqnce where used.

M - outstanding full bodied yet smooth and creamy. A little dry.

O - well brewed, looks amazing, tastes great. I would like some vanilla or something like that added. highly recommended great quality porter!

Photo of n00tz
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Dark body, mocha brown head, and an undetectable carbonation.

S - Dark fruits, molasses, roasted-toasty woodiness. Light scent of walnuts.

T - Roasted coffee and nuts with a dry alcohol backing. Light chocolate and biscuity malts are present and welcomed warmly for a Porter.

M - Carbed wonderfully - slight tingle. Sits heavy on the palate, more than a typical porter.

D - Dark and heavy, would go great with a chocolate cake with a walnut genache.

Photo of maedhros09
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Black like a stout, almost imperial, with a couple fingers of medium-dark tan head that settles to some bubbles. Yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle.
Smell: Deep roasty notes, almost burnt dark roast coffee
Taste: The deep roasty flavors suggested by the nose introduce the palate with just enough sweetness to avoid too much of the anticipated bitterness. There is a bit of dark chocolate and a hint of the coffee in the nose. An herbal hop finish rounds things out with a nicely balanced touch of bitterness and a medium-long finish.
Feel: medium body, medium carbonation though smooth mouthfeel

Overall: I remember liking this a lot when I first tried it 6 months ago but in retrospect after trying many more porters and stouts, the Founders Porter stands out as a truly exemplary example of the style. In particular it is so robust in flavor that it is easy to see how it could be called a stout. In comparison to the sweeter floral-toned Anchor porter and the smooth and relatively light-flavored but superbly balanced Deschutes Black Butte Porter, this one is pure unadulterated roasted malt with big coffee and chocolate hints and a solid dose of herbal hops. It's so big on flavor that it's hard to imagine having more than one. Like the Dirty Bastard, this is a great value from Founders, as it drinks better than a lot of higher-priced brews and smacks of quality ingredients and production.

Photo of rwf08
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Black
Head: full head that subsides quickly
Flavor: roasted coffee, chocolate, and cocoa nibs
Smell: roasted coffee, toffee, and roasted grains
Mouth-feel: creamy and velvety

Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice thick black with a dark brown 3/4 inch head and some residue from the bottom. Nice fairly sweet smell. You can taste the alcohol. Has a nice thickness to it and typical porter taste. Great mouthfeel. This one competes with the best from Europe.

Photo of 50marathons
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not sure I've had a better porter. This is a great reminder of why this is my favorite style of beer. This particular beer has just the right blend of malt, smoke, coffee, chocolate. So good.

Photo of manahansf
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and opaque black with a thin and creamy tan head. There is a light aroma of roasted malt but the boldness of the beer is in the drink. Smooth coffee flavors and a gentle hint of chocolate flow with a mildly thick and viscous brew. Low carbonation slows the drink even more and fades gracefully into a sweet malty finish. It ends smoothly and crisply.

Photo of ken3c
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is very dark brown. It struggles to form a head and recedes to a thin ring with wisps. No lacing. I was disappointed in the appearence and losing hope that this would be a good beer.

I shouldn't have worried. The aroma was great. A good blend of Coffee and carmel with a hint of vanilla. I just couldn't stop smelling this beer.

Very slightly sweet, a little tart, with a crescendo of bitterness. It starts with coffee and then the hops kick in. Dry finish.

Full bodied and lightly carbonated. It could use a little more carbonation.

I like this beer. It's got it where it counts.

Photo of youngblood
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark brown with small tan head.
S- Strong espresso and dark chocolate coming off of this. Bit of a burnt toast nose to it also.
T- Espresso, Chocolate, bit of creamy sweetness also. Follow the smell, there is a bit of a burnt aftertaste.
M- Creamy and quite smooth, leaves mouth satisfied
D- Easily put back. Goes down rather easy.

This is a really great example of what a Porter should be.

Photo of andrewm190
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a simple porter, but very delicious. Pours a thick black, with a full brownish head. Smells predominately of roasted malts, and tastes to match. I think it succeeds very well in being simple. the mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Not much intricacy to it, even in the aftertaste, but another sip doesn't require much effort. A well done beer from Founders, and worth your dollar.

Photo of bgildea
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very nice dark black brown color. Slight tan head, that looks very appealing but fades. Slight lacing as well.

S: Good smell with some earthy/coffee notes.

T: The taste is a dark rich coffee flavor. I'm surprised that it's not called a coffee porter for the amount of coffee flavor that the beer has.

M: Thin mouthfeel with a slight alcohol taste. Not much thickness to the beer.

D: It's drinkable, but the coffee flavor might be too overwhelming to have several of them.

Overall: I enjoyed the beer, but the coffee flavor overwhelmed the other notes in the beer. I was satisfied, but I think Founder's has better beers out there.

Photo of Bogforce
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: BLACK, couldn't get any light through this beer. Doesn't pour with much of a head and had a small amount of lacing.

S: Has a nice roasty coffee smell, big roasted malt. Also has a small bit of hops to the smell.

T: The taste isn't bad, just as it smells. A pretty coffee forward taste with small amount of hops as well.

M: Pretty smooth with a light carbonation, doesn't leave much on the tongue goes down smooth.

O: Pretty good beer, not a ton going on but what it has is good. Worth a try

Photo of TheBeerologist
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet

Pours a dark brown/black with a fairly thin (1/2 finger) tan head. This looks like a beautiful porter.

Smells of roasted malts and a bit of chocolate. A hint of coffee as well.

This is a very tasty beer, strongly flavored by the roasted malts. Some of the chocolate, but a very vice bitter finish with the hops. An all around great tasting porter that is full of flavor.

Nicely carbonated - with a fairly light mouthfeel for such a full flavored porter

Overall this is one of my favorite porters I have had. When living on the west coast my go to porter was Deschutes Black Butte, living in the Midwest this was my go to porter. Noe with a move to the east coast I need to find a replacement (though I was fortunate to find this on the shelves in RI)

Photo of Riverwarrior
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S = Coffee and chocolate.

T = Dark chocolate is upfront with caramel quickly following. Coffee flavor comes in near the end making for a very balanced beer. The finish was excellent with just enough chocolate and coffee bitterness to almost replicate a cafe mocha.

MF = Body was medium with carbonation being just below moderate. Rich, creamy, and smooth.

Overall, this was an incredibly easy to drink solid porter and one of the best that I've tasted.

Photo of LI_PO12
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pint glass

Appearance- Black, no light coming through, 1 finger tanish head

Aroma- toasty malt, coffee, some chocolate, slight roast, some caramel sweetness, a bit of herbal hop punch

Flavor-some coffee, toasted malt, a little chocolate, caramel, nice bitterness but in balance, some pine in there as well

Mouthfeel- Medium, medium carbonation, a little creamy

Overall- Pretty much my go to American porter. There are probably slightly better ones out there but so far its the best one I've had. Great take on the style.

Photo of neophilus
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark, with a mocha colored head. Great lacing leaves layers between sips. Scents of mildly spicy and acrid roasty grain. Rich slightly sweet malt aroma underneath.

Flavor brings good bitterness balanced between hops and roasted grain. Rich, complex dark grain bread taste envelops the palate. Silky smooth body with a kick from the bitterness. Hints of espresso and semi-sweet chocolate.

This brew brings the malt bomb heavy and hard but keeps it well in check with ample roasted grain that stops well short of overpowering the taste buds.

Photo of Cheesemoose
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12oz snifter.

Oil black, with a fine watery edge when shown through light. Foamy head with 3 fingers that dissipates slowly, leaving a nice layer on top. Great lacing, with clinging lines the whole way through.

Earthy roasted malts brings bittersweet cocoa and mild coffee aromas. Pleasant.

Nose is deceiving, as when it warms, the roasted malts come through rather strong on the palate. Unsweetened chocolate / coffee flavors predominate with a spicy hop finish balanced against a nutty return.

Watery mouthfeel in the beginning, though lingers through the mid taste and into the finish. Alcohol is off course absent in the taste, though you get a nice warming effect towards the end of the glass. With a mid-high abv, one or two is enough.

A very very nice porter, and a new favorite in my book. Honestly, a top notch porter, nutty and complex though drinkable

Photo of 33nickadams
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black and completely opaque. About a finger of head dissipates to a lacing around the rim of glass. Smell is remarkable. Coffee, chocolate and roasty malts dominate. The taste also reflects the nose. This is what a porter should taste like. Mouthfeel is medium and perfectly carbonated. Overall, this is one of my favorite beers of all time and it's a benchmark of the style.

Photo of EvoRich
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Very dark. Tan head that dissipates to a thin ring around the edge.

Smell: Dark chocolate, coffee. A bit roasty and nutty. A hint of hops.

Taste: A very roasty flavor, almost like peanuts. A hint of coffee and dark chocolate, and again, just a small hint of hops.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Nice and creamy.

Overall: A very well balanced beer. Not exactly what I expected. I expected it to be a bit sweeter, but I'm still impressed.

Photo of cadizkyguy
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass from refrigerator temperature bottle, and the pour left a three inch malty head that dissipates to a half inch head within minutes of the initial pour. I figure it's too cold to take a first taste, since it was a chilled bottle and i figure to get the best taste as it starts to warm. But the Smell is magical. The appearance and smell are perfect 5.0s, it's that wonderful....
The first taste is simply mind blowing with burnt chocolate overtones. In fact, I taste more chocolate in this brew than I found in Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Go figure. I could drink this one all night. I probably should wait for this one to warm up before consuming but the anticipation is killing me, so I indulge. Wow ! When I visited The Liquor Stop in Highland, IN on a recent roadtrip, I had the opportunity to purchase several Founder's brews -- Breakfast Stout, Double Trouble, etc. -- but I was glad I purchased the Founder's Porter because it's a wonderful concoction. I will gladly buy again. If you have the chance to try this Founder's offering, I say go for it.

Photo of mountsnow1010
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brown black with a thin head. Poured aggressively and got a teensy head that disappeared pretty quickly.
S - Earthy and delicious. Reminds me of leaves during the fall, with some roasted coffee and a distinct sweet tone as well. Unidentifiable spicy notes as well. Citrusy hoppy presence as well.
T - Toasted nuts at first, followed by a surprisingly strong resinous hoppiness; very pleasant but also unexpected.
MF - Quite heavy and chewy etc. Nice. Surprising carbonation bite especially as the head was so hard to form. A slight alcohol warmth, considering the lower ABV I find this surprising.
O - Very solid beer, extremely tasty but not overpowering, could also drink several. Nice ABV.

Photo of JustinAniello
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a one finger head, which dissipates to a minimal, but sticky, lacing. Almost no cap to speak of.

S - Nicely roasted malt gives an aroma of heavy dark chocolate and coffee, with a hint of sweetness.

T - Sweet on the tip of the tongue, chocolate just showing through. Turns to black coffee with a nice bitterness that lasts into the aftertaste. Almost a little smokiness, like a roasted espresso bean.

M - Medium body and light carbonation, good, but could be a little heavier. Goes down smoothly, not syrupy like many porters.

O - Definitely a good porter. Nice coffee and chocolate notes in both flavor and smell as you would expect, with a nice bitter hint. Could use a something more than just the basic porter qualities, but still one of the best I have had. Worth trying if you are a dark beer drinker.

Photo of apbarwood
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black, nearly opaque. Generally good color but almost no head or lace. Bittersweet aroma, like dark chocolate and coffee. Tastes the same, pretty intense roasty bitterness for a porter. Also, heavier than usual, almost motor-oil thick. In some ways it seemed closer to a stout. Overall it was very good, not great, but definitely worth a try.

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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