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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,155 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,155
Reviews: 1,315
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 230
Gots: 473 | 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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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black, no light coming through. Provides a one finger foam head that dissipates to a light film. Some spotty lacing.

S: Needs to warm some, but as it does there is some roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla.

T: Very rich malt character. The dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee blend together and hit the palate first. The sweetness intensifies in the middle and is balance out slightly on the back end with some hop character.

M: Very sweet and creamy taste on the palate.

D: This is a very nice Porter, good for a nice cool fall day. Very sweet in flavor, but balanced with some hop bitterness, makes this very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 17:26:03 | More by IronCitySteve
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fuzzcherry

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +17.6%

11-28-2011 08:18:33 | More by fuzzcherry
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videofrog

Texas

4.25/5  rDev 0%

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

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-15-2012 08:32:12 | More by Beeradelphia
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ScaryEd

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -5.9%

11-10-2012 14:18:32 | More by ScaryEd
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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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Burkbom23

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-10-2014 16:55:59 | More by Burkbom23
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cyrushire

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.9%

08-23-2013 04:22:45 | More by cyrushire
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rapidsequence

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another 12 ozer from Founders with a weird picture on it. It says "dark, rich, and sexy."

Appearance: Holding up to the claim on the bottle. Wow. Pitch black with a thick foamy brown head. Decent retention until about halfway down the perfect pint glass. Some nice lacing too.

Smell: Burnt coffee and a little chocolate. Kinda smoky. Very nice.

Taste: Burnt roasty malt flavor with more chocolate taste than I smelled. Coffee is there. A little sweet. Some hoppiness lends a little additional bitterness, but it all finishes very clean. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Very full for a porter. Almost creamy. Very smooth.

Drinkability: This stuff is pretty amazing. What a solid beer. I dont know if its sexy, but its definitely dark and rich.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 00:40:50 | More by rapidsequence
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richbrew

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-16-2011 01:23:02 | More by richbrew
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JohnQVD

New York

4/5  rDev -5.9%

06-02-2012 14:57:08 | More by JohnQVD
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BJasny

Texas

5/5  rDev +17.6%

03-12-2012 01:25:17 | More by BJasny
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sukwonee

Washington

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

A: Opaque black, half a finger head, decent amount of lacing

S: I don't think I get much smell out of this beer, but what I do get is roasted coffee. Maybe a bit of chocolate.

T: It's got that Founder's signature coffee flavor, followed by some chocolate, roasted malt. It tastes a lot better than it smells. A bit sweeter than most American porter.

M: It has such the right amount of carbonation, medium body. It's a bit sticky at the end and the taste lingers a little while.

O: Excellent porter from Founders. I enjoyed it a lot!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 22:29:20 | More by sukwonee
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jsurfs82

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-31-2012 19:21:41 | More by jsurfs82
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dsauter

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-20-2011 22:19:02 | More by dsauter
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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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cp45

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-16-2013 00:31:01 | More by cp45
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby brown bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Fast forming and fluffy mocha head perches its inch thick body over this wonderully deep concoction. Coming out of the bottle I was surprised by how thick this beer looked, the consistency of ink with only the faintest of dark brown highlights to differentiate it from blackness. Mild lattice work lacing going on, clinging to the sides of the glass above a now thin, soapy looking, cap.

Certainly well hopped but roasty enough to stand on its own. Dark earthy fruits give way to a thicker, smokier, tobacoo like and almost meaty/bacony combination coupled with a charred malt bittersweetness. Good but nothing I haven't experienced before. Reminds me a bit of Edmund Fitzgerald.

At first almost too sweet, a cloying, magic marker kind of sweetness that thankfully lasts an instant or less and moves quickly away from this and then into and bitter chocolate and scorched coffee combination. Finish is long, hops ravage the center of the tongue and the back of the throat while wrapping like an anaconda around your tastebuds. This beer is dry dry dry, no real fruit flavors to pick up on as I thought the aroma would lead me to. Not saying that this is a bad thing necessarily, its just not what I was expecting. I am however really diging the smokier aspects of this beer, again I swear I can pick up just the slightest bit of cured meat in here and I really are enjoying picking such a flavor up.

I do wish though that the beer was a bit more complex, had a bit more of and underscored flavor profile. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy this beer and am looking forward to the rest of the sixer and at 8bucks it is one of the cheaper ones I've picked up recently. You could do far far worse than this beer. I would say you could also probably use this beer as a gateway for those that want to try rachbiers but are affraid of commiting to an entire bottle without knowing what they are getting into.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 05:18:41 | More by bluemoonswoon
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woodchip

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-30-2013 00:33:12 | More by woodchip
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JSchock7

Kansas

4/5  rDev -5.9%

04-23-2014 13:56:33 | More by JSchock7
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illini4x4


4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

11-12-2012 00:52:03 | More by illini4x4
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-15-2011 07:10:03 | More by ithinkimasofa
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nanobrew

California

4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-18-2011 01:30:39 | More by nanobrew
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damndirtyape

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single 12oz bottle (no date) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pitch black beer - I'm not even seeing any light getting through the sides. Head dies down to a dark tan ring around the edge and a thin film across the top. Some lacing here and there - strands and sheets. The label says "Dark, Rich & Sexy". Definitely the darkest porter I've ever had.

Smell: When first poured and cold, it smells of raisins and rich sweet malt. As it warms up, the fruitiness goes away a bit and is replaced with a richness of mild chocolate and roasted malts. Nicely appealing.

Taste: Definitely a rich brew here. The best I can describe this beer is like sipping a scoop of rich bittersweet chocolate ice-cream that has been put into a stout. That stout bitterness end is there, but the chocolate shines through with a milk-like creaminess. As it warms up the bitterness at the end becomes more pronounced - a mix of coffee-like bitterness and some hints of citrus hops. Very tasty porter this one.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with some carbonation along for the ride. Pretty good.

Drinkability: Yep, I could have another one, and I can see this beer pairing with so many things. It did really well with Welsh Rabbit, and I think it would be fantastic with a steak or a burger, and with dessert as well. The alcohol is well hidden and I'm not noticing it at all by the end of the glass. A dark, rich, and sexy beer indeed.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 00:11:00 | More by damndirtyape
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BrewtalHonesty

Michigan

5/5  rDev +17.6%

10-03-2013 10:26:04 | More by BrewtalHonesty
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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