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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,413 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,413
Reviews: 1,331
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 252
Gots: 553 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

AlexChillton, Jan 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

1424IpA, Jan 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

stevec32, Mar 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

JakeDebus, Sep 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

funkyaudio, Nov 12, 2012
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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.

jamie2dope, Jan 04, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

user785335, Jul 21, 2014
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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!

davey101, Sep 26, 2012
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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.

RuckusDu, Jun 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

OnryAndMean, Nov 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

TastyIsBeer, Feb 05, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured into a 20 oz tulip glass. Pours a slick black, with a 3 inch dark tan head, with great retention that settles into a thin layer of bubbles. Smell is chocolate, coffee, a breadyness, and dark malts. Taste is more aggressive with dark chocolate and strong coffee. Body large for its 6.5abv, nice amount of carbonation, not dry, and very drinkable. This is a great robust Porter, Founders is crazy good.

SawDog505, Jan 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

ssjkyle, Nov 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Rihup, Jun 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

jarrgal, Jun 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Houser, Nov 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

lonewolfcry, Jun 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

GennyCreamAle, Nov 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

BYOFB, Dec 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

alysmith4, Oct 03, 2013
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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.

brew3crew, Aug 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

July2Nov, Mar 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

closisinthehouse, Jan 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

salthemonster, Jan 17, 2013
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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!

TheHoppiest, Apr 29, 2010
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,413 ratings.