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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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95
world-class

5,169 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,169
Reviews: 1,316
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 232
Gots: 476 | 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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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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OldhouseRecs

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-22-2012 21:48:38 | More by OldhouseRecs
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juliusseizure

New York

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

01-26-2012 18:10:47 | More by juliusseizure
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mattparsons

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -5.9%

03-02-2013 23:58:42 | More by mattparsons
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 00:24:06 | More by SawDog505
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JustinMatthew

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.9%

12-10-2011 17:07:19 | More by JustinMatthew
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ilikebeer03

Texas

4.25/5  rDev 0%

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

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.9%

04-07-2013 20:10:09 | More by Lanstrum
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BKotch

Texas

4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-24-2013 09:15:07 | More by BKotch
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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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jakea

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.9%

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

New York

4/5  rDev -5.9%

06-21-2013 00:26:58 | More by Quackus
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Boston_Steve

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

09-02-2013 20:19:55 | More by Boston_Steve
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RMoeNay

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-15-2012 14:19:37 | More by RMoeNay
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Alextricity

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black. That's all there is. Mild carbonation, and no light gets through, there's no lacing, and there's also just a very small head that quickly dissipates. Of course, if you do an aggressive pour, you'll get a really nice tan head. I recommend doing so.

Smell: Espresso. Roast. Maltiness. Mmm. It's rather light though.

Taste: It smells a bit better than it tastes... the initial taste is mostly just roastiness, but after it sits on your tongue for a bit, I get some dark coffee bitterness, with a hint of dark chocolate in there as well. There's the warming of alcohol at the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: It's definitely rich, but not nearly as creamy as I was expecting it to be. Sort of surprising, but not a huge deal.

Overall, it's an incredibly big, robust beer. The thing about it is, I feel sort of goofy drinking this in August. This to me screams winter, in front of a warm fire place, or maybe even as a substitute on a cool morning for warm coffee. This isn't my type of beer to casually drink -- I tend to prefer lighter beers for every day drinking -- but there's no denying its quality. It smells phenomenal, and its taste is one that I feel can surely grow on me as I get older. I don't feel it's as fantastic as the rating suggests, but it's undoubtedly a well made beer. I'm very interested to see just how my taste buds change when I get another sixer in a couple years.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 20:14:49 | More by Alextricity
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ridgeline23

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev 0%

08-02-2012 00:08:45 | More by ridgeline23
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VaTechHopHead


4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Stout-like blackness in color with a tan, thick, foamy head that produces large bubbles.

S - Very roasted malt, coffee tones, and a subtle sweetness in the background.

T - Mirrors the aroma with a nice malty backbone that is rich and roasted. A nice dark chocolate bitterness is detected and smoke towards the end.

M - Big foamy body that fills the palate and it somewhat chewy on the tongue. Nice carbonation and finishes neutral, making it easy to drink.

O - A well represented porter that is balanced correctly for the style, awesome roasted flavor, and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 03:48:17 | More by VaTechHopHead
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BlackBelt5112203

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at refrigerator temperature.

L – Deep brown color with a 1-finger tan bubbly head. Dissipates quickly into a tan, bubbly slick on top of the surface of the beer. Not much lacing. I’ll blame the lack of head characteristics on temperature.

S – Lots of roasted malt with chocolate, coffee, and vanilla notes. Some dark fruits like plums show up a little bit, but this is mostly roasted goodness. Smells awesome.

T – Starts with big roasted flavors of coffee and dark chocolate, builds to a pleasant sweetness with milk chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruity notes, and finishes with a mildly bitter roasted barley and coffee finish. Delicious.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with moderate carbonation, a creamy and velvety mouthfeel, and a moderately bitter and dry finish. Roasted coffee bitterness lingers for a nice amount of time.

O – This is a very drinkable and delicious porter. All of the dark and roasted flavors and aromas are there, as well as a subtle and pleasant sweetness. It is everything a porter should be. Founders can do no wrong in my book.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 22:31:12 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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stewart124

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark red color with ruby highlights. Little to no head.

Huge burnt caramel notes and some coffee in the nose.

Syrupy and sweet right off the bat. This leans more towards raisin and prune in character with a subtle but spicy hop note. The syrupy sweetness really pushes this beer and the style. Quite good and bold with a warming finish that just rounds out this delicious porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 20:21:57 | More by stewart124
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kevanb

Illinois

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

This porter has a nice deep brown color that borders on black, hints of caramel and burgundy come through when held to the light. A thin tan colored head sits atop the beer, but doesn’t last long, a gentle flick of the beer does generate a layer of film along the top of the beer however, not much lacing here either. A bit of a weak nose, definitely from the lack of head and lacing, but there is a nice prickly hop presence at first, but chocolate takes over quickly, while some roasted coffee and toasted malt plays with some charred wood. The flavors are nice and robust, big smooth chocolate flavors leap out, coffee is definitely there although relative to the nose, a bit smoother and mellower, much less roast. Some woody flavors highlight some earthy hop flavors as well while some fruity sweetness, like dark cherries or sweet plums, finishes out a surprisingly complex palate. The body is nice and rich yet silky and smooth, perfect carbonation level.

Verdict: Awesome porter from Founders. The nose is a bit of a weak spot, but the flavors are wonderful and it stays really drinkable despite the richness and complexity on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 05:53:48 | More by kevanb
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mscudder

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 06:03:01 | More by mscudder
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Houser

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.9%

11-30-2013 03:36:32 | More by Houser
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kushlash23

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev 0%

08-28-2013 16:19:23 | More by kushlash23
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wdarcy77

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-22-2011 15:55:11 | More by wdarcy77
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,169 ratings.