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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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95
world-class

5,305 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,305
Reviews: 1,324
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 246
Gots: 516 | 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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Diomede

California

5/5  rDev +17.6%

12-01-2011 07:10:35 | More by Diomede
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FanofHefe

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%

No bottle or label date that I can find. Poured into a Duvel tulip. One finger mocha head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving some minor lacing. The body is dark brown, nearly black, with some light red hue around the edges.

Good, rich aroma. Dark fruit, primarily raisin, with light amounts of chocolate, toffee, roasted malt, and a hint of tangy hops. Very nice.

The dominant flavors follow the aroma, but I was pleasantly surprised by the hop bitterness which is muted but definitely present.

The mouthfeel is smooth, but thin. Very drinkable. One of the better porters I've had.

03-11-2011 00:51:27 | More by FanofHefe
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JakeDebus

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev 0%

09-04-2012 19:47:02 | More by JakeDebus
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1424IpA

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

01-23-2014 03:48:12 | More by 1424IpA
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MrVonzipper

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

08-29-2012 08:19:34 | More by MrVonzipper
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baklo

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

10-07-2013 01:05:58 | More by baklo
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afksports

New York

3.8/5  rDev -10.6%

A week after guzzling down many Deschutes Black Butte porters, I'm happy to test the yield of this fine Founders Porter bottle. Yup, it's beer!

It looks inviting, just like that classy lady on the bottle that says dark and sexy. It's nearly black, with brown edges and a tan head that laces adequately as tiny bubbles cling to the glass. The smell hits you immediately with a malt hop mix that has a bit of almost chemical overtones, maybe soap, and then bitter chocolate. Taste is malt first, with coffee and chocolate in the middle. The bitterness of the 45 IBU's listed on the bottle is there in the finish. That helps it drink clean.

With the 6.5% alcohol, and the medium body that reminds me of a brown, this baby is one I can repeat. The only problem is the bottle cost in New York separates it from other comparable options that won't hurt the wallet as much.

That said, I'm still in love with Founders, and I want to see about this lady's phone number...

01-23-2011 00:16:04 | More by afksports
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CarolinaKev

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-17-2012 03:22:26 | More by CarolinaKev
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videofrog

Texas

4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-11-2013 03:58:41 | More by videofrog
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Fargrow

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.9%

06-25-2013 02:43:21 | More by Fargrow
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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%

A: Pours a nearly opaque black color with a faint ruby-brown tint when held up to light. The tall, foamy head has a light brown coloration and medium density, becoming a bit rocky after a few moments. Retention is good, and some sticky rings of lacing adhere nicely to the glass.

S: Dark and roasted malts are prominent in the nose, along with some smooth caramel/brown sugar sweetness. Hop notes are surprisingly noticeable (although still in the backseat), with some fruity notes that complement the soft dark fruitiness of the beer. There is a pleasant dark chocolate aroma, with fainter notes of coffee and a very mild smoky note.

T: A big dose of dark and roasty malt up front, although it stops short of any burnt flavor. There's a firm caramel/brown sugar sweetness up front, but it doesn't stick around for long before a robust dose of hop bitterness kicks in. A bit of leafy and dark-fruity flavor is definitely present. This comes across much more chocolatey than coffeelike to me, with a very pleasing dark chocolate/unsweetened cocoa character.

M: Fairly full-bodied. Carbonation and mouthfeel are smooth and creamy with just enough perkiness and roasted astringency to keep things balanced. The dry, roasty aftertaste lingers for quite some time.

D: This is a very good American Porter. It drinks very smoothly and deliciously despite being rather highly hopped for the style. I wonder how this would drink with the IBUs dialed back into the mid-30s. No matter though - this doesn't need messed around with. A boldly-flavored, dark chocolatey gem of a porter.

10-13-2011 01:26:48 | More by Clydesdale
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csmartin6

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

10-13-2012 22:17:37 | More by csmartin6
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stevec32

New York

4/5  rDev -5.9%

03-31-2013 17:19:50 | More by stevec32
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Traquairlover

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Deep mahogany with ruby red tint when held up to light, with very small tan head that quickly resolves into a mere ring of bubbling around the edge of the glass.

S & T = A very coffee smelling porter, like a coffee with cream and sugar topped off with a chocolate frosted donut. Good bitterness shows up in the mid-palate and continues into the finish to keep this from being too sweet.

M = Medium body, good mouthcoating, clear strong carbonation present but in a tickling way, not in a biting way.

D = This is really a fine porter that I just love to drink. Great drinkability. I just wish the ABV were a little lower to enjoy more of them.

10-09-2009 21:08:42 | More by Traquairlover
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prisdefer

New York

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

01-06-2014 22:39:07 | More by prisdefer
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mkennedy119

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

01-03-2013 23:43:18 | More by mkennedy119
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TastyIsBeer

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

02-05-2012 20:04:05 | More by TastyIsBeer
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GRPunk

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev 0%

08-06-2012 12:50:20 | More by ThinkAgain
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jakea

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.9%

08-03-2013 15:36:18 | More by jakea
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ilikebeer03

Texas

4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-22-2013 02:01:12 | More by ilikebeer03
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Hendrick24

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.9%

01-09-2014 18:56:11 | More by Hendrick24
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leitmotif

Romania

4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-29-2013 19:24:31 | More by leitmotif
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chilidog

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

11-27-2011 16:06:33 | More by chilidog
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Knoxrb12

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.9%

03-03-2014 17:27:26 | More by Knoxrb12
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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