Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,451
Hads: 6,613
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 368
Gots: 1,205 | FT: 26
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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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Photo of mountsnow1010
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of JustinAniello
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of apbarwood
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of dougfur
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, black color, with brownish-tan head, not as creamy as I'd like it, but a fine looking beer. Smell is nice toasted malt, some chocolate and a tad of booziness that I could do without, but I'm being pretty picky here. The taste is fantastic; lots of malt, lots of chocolate, a bit of hops... I'd say the most notable aspect is the perfect amount of chocolate. Mouthfeel is great, glad it's not more carbonated and has some body to it.
Overall, it's just what you want in a porter. Minor details could be improved on, but it's one of the best!

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here's a beer that really inspires. Courageous enough to push limits and satisfy boundaries.

Appearance: poured into one of those ugly American beer glasses. Last fall I enjoyed this beer in a pint glass... no beer should be disgraced by serving it in a wide-brimmed American pint glass. British pint glasses facilitate better head on top and lacing!

Dark, but not fully opaque. Clearly thinner than your standard stout.

Nose: sharp roasted quality. Something just came off the oven burnt... but its not foul. Sweet malt follows after.

Taste: sweet malt, finishing with an astringent burnt taste. Yes, sir! We have a Porter! Wish it were a bit dryer.

Mouthfeel: its a porter, not a stout, but I wish it were fuller bodied. Is feel like those flavors were more compacted and o could chew on them longer. It finishes kinda sweet... can't decide if I like that or not.... any dryer and it might finish tasting too much like a cigarette butt.
It's wet, but also a punch of big flavor... weird.

Not the greatest beer I've ever had, bit one that I wish were a local staple. It packs a punch, but drinks like something quite a bit smaller. If you like roasty flavors, you'll love this dark little girl!

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well done Founders. One of my favourite porters. Cant get enough, the heaviness is exactly what I was looking for. Goes really good with Muenster cheese.

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Photo of jstilwell
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders does not disappoint! it!? I do!

During our recent Porter tasting, I was beginning to think that this style just was not for me. To date my favorite porter is from Smuttynose, and boy is their Baltic porter a brew eh? But aside from a few decent examples, I've been struggling to find anything to write about.

Now, my pen is out with a porter to add to the A list. Dark Black, no light getting through, darker and thicker than the others. The Head is strong as is the lacing, and the lacing lasts, which I love.

We have roasted malt, mild smoke and nuts mixed with cream. This is bursting with flavor and balance! It is quite seriously silky smooth.

Mouthfeel is also a winner and swirling emphasizes the silk and chewiness. I would love to try this on tap, preferably a pitcher with friends!

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Photo of hopmashian
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Samuel Adams glass renders a 2 " chocolate malt head that lasts a couple of minutes. Smell is like black coffee, then chocolate. Mouth feel is balanced with a slight alcohol presence, not overpowering. Taste follows smell, a little bitterness that dissipates. Over all an excellent porter that I will enjoy again.

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Photo of Aiptasia
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's often a lesson in subtlety that differentiates between a porter and a stout. Founders porter is one that I believe crosses that line into stout territory. It pours nice and dark with slight tan lacing and only minimal carbonation. It smells of burnt umber and dark fruits, and tastes of roasted malts, coffee, sugary plum and raisin and charcoal. The taste is exactly what you expect on the smell with maybe a hint of chocolate tossed in to boot. It drinks easily with some oat additions and is chewy, rich and smooth. Overall, it's a solid effort but in a blind tasting with all of it's depth and flavor, i'd grade this one as a stout.

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Photo of The_1084
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The appearance is a near black. There wasn't much of a head after I poured it into a glass.

S - The smell consists of vanilla at first, then comes a hint of caramel and chocolate. Smells great!

T - The taste is a reminder of coffee, with chocolate and a hint of vanilla. The after taste leaves an aroma in the mouth near iced coffee.

M - It is not a heavy beer, although it looks like it would be. It is light in the mouth considering the taste.

O - Overall this beer can be enjoyed by any drinker. It is a great porter and I plan on drinking it again.

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Photo of thlayli87
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A - Dark brown with a half-inch of dark tan head that quickly dissipates.

S - Chocolate malt, roasty notes, and a prominent underlying sweet aroma.

T - Roasted malt, coffee, pleasantly bitter finish. The sweetness present in the nose is not evident in the taste.

M - Full bodied, somewhat syrupy mouthfeel.

O - Very tasty porter, and a good example of the style. I'd gladly enjoy this beer again.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque black, with hints of brown and a snall mocha head. Aroma is roast and coffee. Taste is roast, coffee, and hints of chocolate and vanilla even. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety. Overall, a great porter that makes you want more woth every sip.

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Photo of mikeborglum
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in a dimpled mug: very complex aroma chocolate, coffee, toast, spruce, earthy, soy sauce, smoke: pitch black color, minimal head, brown foam; medium sweetness, salty, lightly bitter; full body, soft carbonation, oily feel, an abrupt burn then sweet burnt finish; great beer with meal and just finishing a long hard day.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle, Brewers Droop, Bristol, UK - Pours dark,dark brown. No lasting head. Medium carbonation. Smell - Smoky, toffee, coffee. Taste - rich smoky coffee, caramel, dry malty finish. Well balanced brew.

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Photo of dciBA
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night from the 12oz bottle into the usual tulip. No head whatsoever, hardly any lacing. Weird. Might be a glass wash/rinse issue on my end.

Smell holds a lot chocolate with plenty of coffee. Very aromatic and inviting. As it warms the coffee takes over the chocolate, in a good way.

The flavor is almost all chocolate. Milk chocolate and dark bitter chocolate both present. Some coffee mixes in nicely, as well as some caramel on the finish. Very full flavored, but easily palatable.

A full bodied beer for sure, with just enough carbonation. Nice and slick in your mouth with a fairly sweet finish. Flavor lingers for a while. One of the best porters I've had, too bad I only have the one.

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Photo of DrumKid003
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Don't have the best lighting at the moment, but this pours black in the middle, with a very dark brown around the edges. Half a finger of head that dissipated very quickly.

S: A hint of milk/dark chocolate which almost gets completely overtaken by a very heavy roasted malt and oats smell.

T: Taste follws the smell very closely. Dominated by roasted grain, chocolate and what I think is a dark french pressed coffee sandwhiched between the roast on the front and the sweet from the chocolate on the end.

M: Very smooth, creamy mouthfeel start to finish and the chocolate is what lasts to create that creamy feeling.

O: By far one of the best porters I've ever had and since it's a year-round beer for Founders, I will definitely by it again on a regular basis.

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Photo of Cmack15
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours dark with a creamy head and some lacing. Nice smoky malty aroma hints of mocha perhaps tinge of coffee. Medium body with appropriate carbonation. The label says dark rich and sexy seems to fit this beer. Nice well crafted porter would definitely seek this out again.

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Photo of DrewV
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (bottled on 3/17/11) at approx. 50 degrees F into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a chocolate/black liquid with a 1-finger tan head. Spotty lacing and nice "legs" on the glass, due to the relatively high ABV.

S: Sweet bakers chocolate, mild coffee, typical roasty aromas. A bit sweeter than most other porters. No hops detected in the aroma.

T: Roasty malts up front, a perfect blend of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Definite hop presence balances out the sweetness, fading to a full dry coffee finish. By comparison, I find Edmund Fitzgerald to decay to more of a chocolate finish. This is a nice change of pace for me. Very robust, smoky, heavy roast flavor.

M: Relatively high carbonation for this style, a bit bigger than most other porters I've had. Not as creamy as Edmund Fitzgerald, for example. Overall a good mouthfeel, but more akin to a "stout light" than a porter. Lowest marks here. (NOTE: I'm very surprised that most of the reviews indicate low carbonation. My particular bottle is well carbonated, if not overly so.)

O: Good ABV for a porter, if not a bit high for the style, but it's completely hidden. This would be a welcome treat if I were in the mood for more of a stout-ish beer, but as a porter, it's a bit too "big" in my book. Extremely robust, smoky and roasty. This is ahuge porter. Nonetheless, a quality brew and worthy of a solid A-.

I have to say, there are a good number of quality American stouts and porters being produced these days. Founders is right up there with the best of them and you can't go wrong with many of their beers. If you find this one on tap somewhere, don't hesitate, just order a pint (or two).

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Photo of TheDinger
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to my mouth. At a campfire and had no available glass, so I'm not able to enjoy seeing this poured. Since it's a Founders brew, I will assume it has a good look with a nice head and good retention. Smell was quite surprising for a porter with lots of carmel and burnt sugar notes. Perhaps a touch of mocca which was a pleasant addition. Great smell overall. Taste followed the nose with the carmel and coffee/mocca thing. Picked up some molasses on the end with just enough hops/bitterness to round it out. Solid. Feel was nice and heavy like a good porter should feel. Not too chewy, but nice and hearty with some decent carbonation. Overall- A very enjoyable porter and good representation of the style. Strong aroma with a thick feel and complex taste. Will be having another at some point in the near future. Very tasty-

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Photo of brian44556
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Bell's Pint Glass. Couldn't find a date on the bottle.

Pours a thin, pitch black with little head. Maybe I should have been more aggressive on the pour. The retention around the sides of the glass is very nice. Strong coffee smell, a hint of chocolate, roasted barley, and a tiny hint of hops. Very great balance of bitterness from the hops and sweetness from the malts. Leaves a good coffee aftertaste with each drink. Mouthful is a bit thin, but works for the style. Carbonation is a bit on the low side, but doesn't take away from the overall rating of the beer. Overall this porter is top notch in my book. If you are looking for a good porter and have access to Founder's, don't sleep on this one or you will be missing out on a great beer.

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Photo of bamojr
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like Founders, all of the beers I have had from them are good.
This beer is a thick black color . Very malty and sweet to the nose.
sweet to the taste . Some chocolate notes. Nice and think. One of the better porters I've had. As I don't generally consider myself a porter man, if I keep having porters like this, I may have to change that.

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Photo of Roke87
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at a little cooler than cellar temperature.

Appearance - Pours almost a dark black, no light penetrating even when held up to a light, poured with about one finger of brown head that quickly dissipates to a very thin lacing

Smell - The smells are a little muted on this one right of the bat, but a little bit of coffee and chocolate shine through eventually. Personally didn't get much hop smell out of this one, but you can definitely smell some roasted malts in there.

Taste - The taste also seemed rather muted (but mind you this came after drinking an imp stout and there's not much comparison between the two, a whole different animal with the imp stout). You do definitely get the usual porter/stout taste of roasted malts, chocolate, and a bit of coffee taste, again I didn't really get the hops.

Mouthfeel - Is rather light but smooth none the less, a little thin for my liking but not over the top, definatly fits right in on the porter scale.

Overall - An amazing porter, and a great representation of the genre. Nothing bad to say about this one but when drinking it directly after an Imp Stout there's just no comparison.

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Photo of jfmorey
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into stemware glass.

Appearance: Head disappeared quickly; almost black in color.

Smell: roasted malts nice but faint.

Taste: Not bad, but I like a porter with a little hop crispness at the end, which I did not get here. This is more like a stout.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin , low on carbonation.

Drinkability: If the goal was to create a good "session" porter then this just right.

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Photo of Evocatus
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark opaque coffee color with a thick dark beige head. Aroma is a mix of roasted malts heavy on cocoa/bittersweet chocolate. Taste was the same as the aroma, although there was a little kick to it. The beer was really thick, reminded me of an expedition stout from Bells when pouring. However, the carbonation was pretty weak, so it felt like i was drinking a thin syrup rather than a beer. However, given it's taste and price, a great drinkable beer.

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Photo of Avantyawn
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce pour..

A: Dark chocolate black. Thin head ample lacing

S: Delicious chocolate and coffee , par for the course. Roasty and malty.

T: Taste follows the smell. Creamy rich coffee and chocolate. A bit watery tasting.

M: Medium creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth easy drinking.

O: Overall, this tastes like a light version of their Imperial Stout. I suppose it is a bit disappointing and slightly watery tasting in comparison, even though its not a thin beer, and is a robust 6.5 APV. All in all, a nice easy drinking porter, but in comparison to their Imperial Stout, not quite as exciting.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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