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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,318 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,318
Reviews: 1,327
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 245
Gots: 518 | 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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-10-2014 16:55:59 | More by Burkbom23
Photo of jamie2dope


4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

I purchased a single bottle of this at Julios in Westboro today. Lately I have been a bit bored with Porters, as they have not been impressing me all that much. Alas, if any brewery could do it right, it is Founders. Black coloring, with a fingers worth of tan heading. Smell is very nice, with cool dark malts that give off impressions of milk chocolate and fresh cream. Taste has more of the same, with a hint of butterscotch underneath. Mouthfeel is bigger and bolder than most Porters; very slick body that goes down very easily. They were right on their label when they said this beer was dark and sexy. This is a lovely Porter that I will surely be getting a six pack of in the future. Expectations were exceeded.

01-04-2009 00:09:40 | More by jamie2dope
Photo of Docrock


4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-03-2014 14:31:46 | More by Docrock
Photo of davey101


4.23/5  rDev -0.5%

Bottled: 05/29/12. 12 oz bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A - Pours a dark brown body, almost bordering on black. Not as dark or thick as a stout as some light gets through the edges. One finger light mocha head with excellent lacing and retention.

S - The thing I thought of was...Founders Imperial Stout. It has an eerily similar nose, albeit a bit toned down. Rich and roasty malts which almost border on smoked, cocoa powder, and coffee beans. Excellent aroma.

T - Roasty and slightly smoky malts, milk chocolate, and espresso beans. There is a bit of a piney hop presence given the 45 IBU'S, but the beer is a few months old so its mostly just present in a light bitterness.

M - Silky and smooth, well carbonated.

O - The imperial stout is a great beer, and this does come off as a lighter version of that beer. This is one of the of the best readily available shelf porters on the market!

09-26-2012 04:11:17 | More by davey101
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3.95/5  rDev -7.1%

A - A vigorous pour revealed only a 1/8th finger head of dark tan head. This slowly melted away. Body is black and needs about 4mm or less to see light through. Trace of head sticks around for a while and lacing is perfect.

S - Just a great aroma for a porter. Spot on to what you would expect. Chocolate and licorice to go with some prunes and slight nutty aroma. I can't pinpoint the exact smell though.

T - Very dark malty/nutty flavors. Definitely some coffee and chocolate. Only slight vanilla. Very roasty, like a roasted espresso bean.

M - Maybe a bit overcarbonated for a porter, but still nice. Just gives it a more refreshing feel to it. Body is medium but lighter than the look.

O - A very good beer at a good price. Wish I lived somewhere this was distributed. Probably couldn't drink more than one though.

06-28-2012 03:18:20 | More by RuckusDu
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

09-02-2013 20:19:55 | More by Boston_Steve
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-08-2012 06:44:07 | More by ssjkyle
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

06-04-2013 01:04:58 | More by Rihup
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North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-10-2013 03:21:28 | More by jarrgal
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

04-26-2014 18:50:39 | More by JamesStreet
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

05-23-2013 03:02:09 | More by ToddHolder
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New York

5/5  rDev +17.6%

11-15-2011 14:29:57 | More by GennyCreamAle
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

12-02-2012 05:11:26 | More by BYOFB


4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-01-2013 19:19:55 | More by BUNZILLA
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

09-04-2012 19:47:02 | More by JakeDebus
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -5.9%

10-03-2013 03:05:13 | More by alysmith4
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Reviewed from notes

Appearance: Holy crap! Look at that color! Its like mid-night on the Alaskan tundra! You know I love it when they are this dark!

Smell: Deeply roasted coffee and caramel aroma. I don't like coffee, but I really like it in beer for some reason...Really Malty smell as well

Taste: The coffee hits you first and then it smooths into maltiness and caramel. The more I drink, the smoother it goes down.

M-Medium body and smooth

O-Great porter.

08-03-2011 01:13:10 | More by brew3crew
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

03-05-2014 22:17:26 | More by July2Nov
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-11-2013 18:32:37 | More by birdsellam
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

08-23-2013 04:22:45 | More by cyrushire
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4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. An aggressive pour gets you a good 2" pillowy tan head, floating on an impenatrable dark pool. The head reduces to a thin slick, with thick lacing down the side as the beer is consumed.

Smells of espresso, roasted caramel, hints of chocolate and malt. Very appealing, and makes me want to ensure this one is warm enough before I drink.

Tastes delicious! The espresso is what you first notice, followed by toasted malt. There's almost a faint taste of cherry or some other tanic fruit that hits you mid-tongue followed by slight hops bitterness as it goes down the throat.

Very creamy and smooth, and very drinkable. As it warms, it becomes even smoother. I'd say of the porters I've had, only Great Lakes' Edmund Fitzgerald is better. I'm disappointed I only have one in the fridge!

04-29-2010 01:18:04 | More by TheHoppiest
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-23-2013 06:29:19 | More by WritersBlock
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

04-07-2013 20:10:09 | More by Lanstrum
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4.05/5  rDev -4.7%

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep black color with one finger of dark tan head. There is just a touch of lacing left on the glass. The smell is full of burnt malt, coffee, caramel, and molasses. A nice strong smell. The taste starts with espresso and roasted malt, some sweetness like caramel and toffee. Only a hint of hops on a slightly dry finish. The mouthfeel is just a little light for the style. The drinkability is good though. A nice solid porter.

05-23-2004 21:22:26 | More by SheepNutz
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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%

Served in a Stella glass.

I needed to give this one another go because the last time that I consumed it, the entire six pack was all bottle bombs. This beer poured a blackness with a tan foam. The smell off the bat was pretty damn amazing. There was peat smoked malts and roasted malts similar to a strong coffee aroma. The taste was greatly similar to the smell, though the smoke was toned down really nicely felt that there was almost too much roast in the flavor, which is something that I thought I'd never say. There was a good chocolate flavor to tie everything together. The mouthfeel was a tad on the astringent side, but with that much roast it was rather expected. This is insanely easy to drink, I must admit I'm rather fond of this beer and am truly happy that I gave it a second chance.

01-02-2011 04:41:12 | More by Vdubb86
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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