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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,041 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,041
Reviews: 1,394
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 304
Gots: 830 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
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 BillHilly
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Classic stout/porter appearance, not quite the head retention of a good porter, thus the 4.

S: Roasted malt, light smoke.

T: Very balanced on the roasted malt, slight coffee with a mellow finishing note.

M: Perfect carbonation, light on the ABV, so not gradely highly on the M.

D: Worth a taste, got as an extra...thx Spdkilz, represents Porters very well...a worthy pursuit as a throw in. Would drink again.

Photo of Jeffrey2310
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of DNICE555
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of ArchEnemyBrew
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of speedvagen
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Troville1990
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of adam42381
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled on 3/3/12 printed on bottle.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a huge 3-4 finger fluffy light chocolate brown head which dissipates very slowly. Excellent head retention and lacing. Looks exactly the way I want a porter to look.

Smell: Roasted malts dominate with a little bit of milk chocolate.

Taste: Dark roasted malt up front followed by unsweetened chocolate and earthy hops in the middle before ending with coffee and burnt toast flavors at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter and roasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a high amount of prickly carbonation. Not quite as creamy as I would have liked, but still nice.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. You could drink a few without any trouble on a cool day.

Overall: Excellent beer overall and one of the best American porters I've tried. Like everything else I've had from Founders, I would highly recommend trying this one.

Photo of stephensinner
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Bunuelian
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of user785335
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Dogleg
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BJasny
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of BostonHops
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a deep, dark brown with 2 fingers of a tan head that demonstrates excellent retention - this thing isn't going anywhere - and a lot of lacing. outstanding presentation.

in the nose i get a lot of roasted maltiness, dark chocolate, and coffee, which transition well to the flavor where the trio pulls through in fine form, flanked by secondary notes of molasses and caramel. has a slightly bitter finish; no real alcohol presence to speak of. solid mouthfeel, medium-bodied and creamy, and quite drinkable. very impressed with this beer, i must say... would expect nothing less from founders.

original review on: 08-26-2010

Photo of Hophead717
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle

A: Deep black, with a thin head that quickly dissipates. The tiniest amount of lacing remains atop the beer. Very nice color.

S: Chocolate roasted malts with hints of coffee. It's really a wonderful smell. Tiny hints of dark, sweet fruits also.

T: Roasted malts upfront, with nice, light hints of coffee and chocolate. I'm picking up hints of dark fruits as well. Overall, the flavor is good, though a touch light. Light bitterness from the hops complements the roasted malt quite well.

M: Fairly thin, but this isn't one of the RIS that I've been drinking recently. Moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Definitely a winner. I love Founders dearly and theirs may be my favorite porter, though I tend to lean toward higher ABV stouts.

Photo of cnbrown313
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of mrcraft
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jroberts8811
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of mscudder
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark chocolate brown with a fair head. Beautiful.

S - Wow this one packs a punch! Lots of smokey notes backed up with roasted malts, chocolate and a bit of coffee.

T - Silky and smooth with lots of smokey chocolate character. Incredibly refreshing and satisfying, cannot get enough of this crisp well crafted flavor.

M - The highlight of this brew in my opinion. Perfect progression and minimal carbonation that compliments the texture of the brew. This is truly well executed, one can taste the effort that the brewers at Founders put into this brew.

O - One of my favorite brews from Founders for its consistency and year round availability. For $10 I hesitate to say there is a much better deal out there for 6 of these bad boys. I have tasted more refined brews but for your "everyday" porter, I see none better.

Photo of Rihup
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of SmashPants
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: a stumpy 355mL brown bottle with a semi-stylish old-school label.

Appearance: pours an intense dark brown tending towards oily black, with a small amount of sediment evident on the final pour. An impressive tan head settles to a solid half-finger Minimal lacing.

Aroma: considering the reviews I have seen on this beer, I assume this has suffered a bit on the way to Australia. Smells only of light molasses and an unfortunate off malt. Not sure about that.

Taste: really picks up on the palate - plenty of unsweetened chocolate and roast malts, a touch of dark fruits. Very nice, particularly when the chill has left the glass.

Aftertaste: the malt profile drops away, leaving heavier dark fruits and some hop bitterness. Very nice.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a moderate carbonation that brings the flavour through nicely - if you decide to let it warm enough.

Overall: a very nice American Porter - not overly flavoursome, but a fantastic mid-slow sipper once it has warmed sufficiently. Alternatively, at the right price (we get majorly ripped off in Australia) this could be a great sessional beer.

Photo of Ncpogs
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of dalepryor
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Pahn
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled 5/29/12, drank 8/18/12.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1 inch frothy tan head that dissipates slowly leaving a thick ring of lacing. Pours a solid black with translucent light red brown edges. Leaves a few arches and spots of lacing.

Smell: Sweet coffee, roasted malt, bready malt, all very deep (as in the smell keeps on going as you sniff; high magnitude, and develops as it lasts). Slight piny / woody aroma. A little bit of cookie dough underneath it all.

Promises a really robust, flavorful porter.

Taste: Delivers on that promise. Tons of dark malt and hop goodness. Sweetish coffee and caramel malt up front, giving way steadily to a growing taste of nutty roasted malt that lasts long into the aftertaste. Great moderate bitterness from the hops and roasted malt. Woody Willamette hop highlights throughout.

You don't get this much flavor in a 6.5% stout/porter every day (unless you drink Founders Porter every day, I suppose). Really exceptional. Great balance, bold, rich flavors held in check by appropriate bitterness, with a creamy mouthfeel that matches them perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Very creamy. Very slight dryness in the finish. Never chalky or chewy.

Overall: Well, I've finally found a "normal strength, no bells and whistles" porter to surpass Mayflower Porter and Anchor Porter. Easily the best stout/porter between 5%~8% ABV I've ever had.

Not much else to say. If you happen to be in Founders distribution area, like stouts/porters, and haven't tried Founders Porter yet, you should do so. You'll probably end up drinking a lot of it.

Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 6,041 ratings.