Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,451
Hads: 6,612
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 368
Gots: 1,203 | FT: 26
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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 AnPiobaire
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured the Founders Porter from a 12 oz bottle into a glass goblet at about 49 degrees. It poured a dark brown with minimal head and a little lacing.

The nose was raosted coffee and some smoke.

The taste had coffee like acidity with some subtle underlying notes of bakers chocolate. The porter finishes crisply with a bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is thin with moderate carbonation and a clean finish.

Overall this is a nice porter which is not overpowering and is easy to drink. Enjoy!!!

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Photo of Sconnie25
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This poured a very dark appearance with just a bit of head. The aroma gave me hints of roasted malt and chocolate. Taste wise I detect hints of chocolate and the roasted malts and the overall feeling is very smooth. This is probably the best Porter I have had so far.

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Photo of paulginva
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, produced a very nice 1.5" rocky medium-tan head that dissipated slowly with excellent lacing. The body was a murky very dark brown with no carbonation that I could see.

AROMA: Nice roasted coffee aroma along with inflections of oatmeal, espresso, caramel, dark chocolate and sweet molasses as well as fruit and vanilla.

TASTE: Moderate roasted malt flavor, light hops, with a very lightly burnt coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, nutty oatmeal and toffee overtone. Also tasted some dried fruit and vanilla.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied, very smooth on the palate with modest carbonation and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Initial flavor was moderately sweet with the finish being both sweet, lightly bitter and very lightly dry. Body lacing was good and dissipated slowly.

DRINKABILITY: This was a terrific beer that I could have consumed all night long. The complex taste was definitely a wow factor. I'd definitely buy it again.

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Photo of antique
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Dark brown color, slightly opaque, a 2/3-finger head that hangs around for a decent while before disappearing; the drink doesn't leave too much lacing behind.

Smells of nuts, firewood, some chocolates and caramels, a bit of zest or maybe dried fruits, and a rich syrupy smell that permeates now and again.

Decent carbonation. The initial taste is bitter like coffee or even grapefruit juice, but it immediately yields to an array of nice, very rich and warming dark chocolates and even a faint smokiness, coupled with hints of molasses and earthy tones. The medium-heavy feel of the drink begs to be swirled around in the mouth to absorb all of the flavors, and upon swallowing it simply explodes pleasantly. Aftertaste of something like a nutty bread with a continuation of the mild, smokey/firewood-esque flavors.

A relatively complex porter that falls apart elegantly on the tongue, managing to offer a lot without assaulting the palette. Balanced and nuanced. Deceptively sweet at first, but that overarching coffee bitterness steals the show in a very nice, warming way.

This is what I come for in a porter. Complex but not overpowering; it's not much to look at, but the taste and feel alone clearly earn this brew top marks. Certainly one of the best porters I've ever had.

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Photo of klink40
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- black chocolate color with minimal head

S-Smokey, coffee, cocoa, somewhat nutty

T- Taste explosion of smokey chocolate balance with a smooth

M-lighter than you'd expect from a Founder's Porter (but this is what I like)

D-extremely drinkable due to the smooth character and 6.5% ?? Very smooth for this and therefore a perfect choice for any Porter lover like me.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottled poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 8/01. Consumed on 11/13.

A - Brown approaching black. No light passes through. Light cinnamon colored head. Leaves very little lacing on sides of glass. Low to moderate carbonation.

S - Smells nice, but not overly fragrant. Anise, roasted coffee, and dark chocolate.

T - Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, some coffee acidity, cream and vanilla, with a touch of bitterness. Completely hides ABV.

M - Delightful. Carbonation perfect for slightly thicker texture. Leaves a very nice tingle throughout mouth, complements acidity very well. Much of the flavor of an Imperial Stout, yet light and very drinkable. Some stickiness.

O - Very pleasant. Solid throughout. Mouthfeel is phenomenal. Highly recommended.

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Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark, dark brown, almost black but not quite. Beautiful, long-lasting reddish mocha head that recedes to a collar with little lacing, although some legs.

S - Nice and very roasty, with a bit of chocolate. A hint of something like licorice that I just can't figure out.

T - A damn fine porter. Roasted malts dominate, with some subtle notes of chocolate and even a dash of hops. Definitely very malt forward.

M - Very smooth and creamy, nice carbonation lightens it up perfectly.

D - Great porter, but I've been spoiled by many others. As a regular offering its wonderful, and would pick up more often if a) it were regularly available in NYC and b) I was a fan of porters.

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

From a bottle to a nonic pint glass. Pours very dark brown with light ruby coloring. One finger tan head that quickly shrinks. Nice lacing. Aroma is smoked malt, coffee, and roasted barley. Flavor is rich coffee and chocolate, smoke, roasted barley, and a slight hop balance. Medium mouthfeel and flavor clings to your tongue. This beer is in my top 3 porters easily.

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

Pours a voluptuous looking black with a light chocolate colored head, about 1 finger, recedes to a ring and cap. Splotchy lacing throughout. Smell is coffee, malts, and chocolate all the way, blended nicely. Taste is chocolate and malt up front with a big lingering chocolaty finish. Goes very nicely with the silky smooth mouthfeel, very delicious. Great porter, one of the best I've had.

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Photo of Spiekerbox
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours dark brown with a medium sized light brown head. Starts to reside after a few minutes leaving light lacing down the glass.

S- Toasted malts with a slightly coffee scent.

T- Taste the toasted somewhat burnt malts with a little bit of the coffee flavor coming through. A good taste of the hops at the finish makes for a good balance of flavors

M- Thick full bodied beer, low carbonation with a nice creaminess as you drink it.

D- Nice drinkability, one of the better porters that I have drank, Founder's is rarely a plain brewery and this is no exception, good beer with nice flavor to it.

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Photo of raszputini
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Founder's just doesn't mess around. Definitely one of my favorite breweries. Primed up for a 12 tap takeover in around a week at the Thirsty Monk. Pours a thick dark brown with a tan creamy head. Nose is burnt malts and cocoa. Taste is surprisingly clean with roasted malts, cocoa, a little coffee and a blast of caramel that surprises. A very nice porter.

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Photo of Sharkophile
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass, appears pitch black with some dark reddish-orange colors at the bottom of the glass. Big beige head has decent retention and leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Smells terrific, with tons and tons of chocolate and coffee notes, maybe a bit of hops and a tingly sensation of alcohol. Very inviting.

T: Begins with a dark fruitiness and some sweetness, then comes a terrific onslaught of roasted flavor, mainly espresso and bitter chocolate, which climaxes to a lingering, dry finish with some floral hop character, charcoal, and a bit of residual sweetness. A bit minerally too, which enhances the dryness. Alcohol becomes more apparent as the beer warms, as does the initial sweetness, which suggests brown sugar.

M: Medium body, actually feels relatively light for a porter. Great dryness and moderate carbonation are all nice though. Bittersweet maltiness coats the entire mouth, along with a bit of the hop and mineral flavor.

O: A very good porter. Not quite my favorite, but a good example of the style and probably has the best finish out of any porter I've had.

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Photo of ryanmextorf
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Overall one of the better porters out there but I am just not the biggest fan of the style. Certainly not a knock against Founders as the beer is still very enjoyable. The mouthfeel is just a little to thin and carbonated and overall its a little "roasty" for me. Still nice to drink on a cold snowy night!

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Photo of angelogarcia3
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent beer with a very dark color that allowed no light to passthrough it. The dark tannish head reveals aromas of chocolate and molasses. Slight carbonation but still thick in body reminds me of a Belgian dark chocolate thick shake in body and flavor. The Belgian dark chocolate finishes with a slight espresso bitterness. Went well with the pulled pork sliders at Ginger Man in NYC.

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Photo of Jenkster4
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black, with almost a fingers worth of chocolate colored head. It is a sexy one indeed.

Nose: Nice amount of chocolate, smooth roasted malt aroma. Not a very potent smelling brew, but it is pleasant.

Taste: Smooth milk chocolate, a little coffee bitterness, also some black licorice, and yummy roasted malts. It's damn good.

Mouth: Silky and smooth. There is hardly any aftertaste, just a nice bitterness factor that lingers for a few seconds and then it's gone.

Overall: Not the best, but it's up there with the best porters that I've had. It's just really tasty and rather simple, but that's what makes it nice. I would get this again, easily.

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

appearance- Looks perfect. Solid pitch black with a beautiful creamy head on top.

smell- Smells potent. Coffee, chocolate, a little vanilla, a little alchohol.

taste- Same as the smell, delicious. Its sweet but its got some bite as well. Very full flavored.

mouthfeel- Full bodied as well. Its got some carbination but that doesnt take away from the smoothness.

overall- Overall this is a fantastic beer, Id reccommend trying it if you haven't yet. Founders never seems to dissapoint.

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Photo of challenja
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Pint glass

A:Dark burnt sienna in appearance, an amazing Dark Mocha Head that holds its own 3 minutes in. Nice white foam lace, holding the top part of the beer head. Amazing! Defiantly the best looking Porter Head I have ever seen!

S:- Sweet fig, Chicory barrel, burnt French roast, dark cocoa, dark overly dry raisins.

T:- Burnt chocolate bitters, sweeter chicory barrel, nice dark fruit, sweet figs. Sweeter than most porters that I have tried.

M : Medium body, sweet and slightly creamy mouthfeel, it was served cold, and downed quickly while watching IN the Mouth Of Madness. A porter with a nice lingering finish, Top 3 material.

O: Top 3 Porters that I must have on Cask. Founders astounds again, my go to Porter which is easily attainable in my area. Get a 4 pack now!

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Photo of camp0474
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Nonic Pint Glass

A: Pours very dark brown caramel/coffee color. Dark tan head with fine carbonation.

S: Strong malt coffee smell. Hints of roasted malt, slight smokiness.

T: Strong roasted malt flavor, somewhat smokey. Very close to a dark roast coffee. A slight sweet taste of vanilla to balance to the malt.

M: Medium Body. Good carbonation and smooth overall. Dryc finish from the roasted malt flavor.

D: Overall pretty good, a bit dry on the finish for my taste. Well balanced with the bitter malt and sweet undertones. But a solid porter.

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

Rich deep black color. small milk chocolate colored head. Smells like roasted malt, coffee, semi-sweet chocolate. Sweet roasted malt taste. slightly fruity. sweetened coffee. smooth milk chocolate notes. slight warming alcohol in the finish. rich, filling mouthfeel, but not thick bodied. low carbonation level doesn't get in the way. A very delicious, full flavored porter. definitely on the more intense end of the spectrum, and one of the better examples i've tried. highly recommended.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter

A- Pours black with tan head. The head spreads to the sides of the glass and forms an array of bubbles. Nice golden brown hue that radiates from the body.

S- Smells of heavy roasted malts and milk chocolate. Some coffee in the nose as well. Very full and robust. Minimal hop presence in the nose.

T- Very much the same as the smell. Heavy chocolate malt and quite roasty. Bittersweet flavor that reminds me of baker's semi-sweet chocolate. Hints of coffee and vanilla round out the flavor which makes this a world class porter. Hops are much more present in the taste and create a wonderful balance.

M- On the thicker side and very creamy. Not too heavy on the palate. or going down. Medium carbonation. Exactly right for the style.

D- Fantastic porter. Would have no problem knocking back a few. Rich, creamy and incredibly smooth. Definitely one of the best American porters on the market. Yet again, Founders blows me away.

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Photo of Tomdee74
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a tulip glass and was blown away.. Very nice head that hung around for a bit.. Pours a dark brown/black like a stout. Excellent lacing.

S - Smells delicious. Not overpowering. Has a chocolate and coffee smell but not too crazy.

T - Wow again. Founders is very impressive. Reminds me of the breakfast stout and imperial stout! Almost can't believe this is a porter as it tastes very much like a stout.

M - Excellent taste great mouthfeel. Do not taste any alcohol. This is a special treat.

D - Low abv's and no alcohol taste sure make this one deadly. Too bad I only have one. Was able to grab it at Table in Vine in MA. They only had one and that really stinks..

I am really impressed with Founders! I have been fortunate enough to get this in MA as we can't get it in CT. I loved the bfast stout, the imperial stout, this porter!! I have double trouble but believe it is spoiled so I am definitely holding out on a review of that.

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I've had this a few times. After having some pretty good porters from all around I still consider this a great porter but i have to take it down just a notch.

A - Pours pretty black... poured into a tulip glass to see an inch head that dissipated quickly.. but good lacing was left behind..

S - definitely get the chocolate notes in here. alcohol is well hidden.. smells sweet and malty. very good here.. smells like a dessert!

T - Actually a little hop profile i think here.. very sweet but i like the little tang and punchy hopness i think.. maybe it's just too sweet and i got it wrong... but a very well balanced treat here..

M - Not too thick... would like it thicker but then it would prob be more like a stout.. this is a great porter.. i will pick this up again if i can get some singles...

D - I like the drinkability here.. i could slug down a few of these.. my favorite porter is probably smuttynose robust porter but this is up there....

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Photo of JWD
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle from Slater1313 (extra)

A- Wow this is black with a mocha colored head, looked fairly thick and dense for a porter, very stout like.

S- Coffee and roasted malts with some chocolate in there, once again on the border of a stout.

T- more of the same here, tons of roasted coffee and chocolate. very flavorful. I usaully go for stouts over porters but this one change that thought.

M- Good, slightly thick with medium carbination.

D- I had 2 of these back to back and wanted more. Supreme Drink considering there is no lack of flavors here..

I have had several offerings from founders lately and they are climbing up my list of favorite breweries. So far all are good, some overhyped but still good. yet to be disappointed by them.

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Photo of JohnWaynes44
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured almost black, a tan one finger head gone quickly with very little lacing. Smell of cold coffee, rich malt and vanilla. Alcohol is present too. Taste, dark roasted coffee and burnt chocolate is met with sweet toffee and vanilla. The alcohol sits on the tongue and gives some spice at the finish with lots of bitter goodness. Frothy, full body feel and very creamy. This is a kick ass porter, and at $10 for six, it's a steal!

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Photo of tittymcj
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark, thick black. Creamy, tan head that dissipates quickly and some very light, minimal lacing.

Smells like very bland bitter baking chocolate, and some sweet dark malt.

Tastes very much like cocoa powder and the bitter baking chocolate. There is a slight musty-ness to it as well.

Medium-light body. Goes down very smoothly with little carbonation, and some sweet/bitter chocolate taste lingering behind.

Decent drinkability. Not too heavy or overpowering. Very smooth and tasty.

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4.25.14. Drank 10.17.14. Poured into a 16oz Shaker.

A: Hell yes, this beauty pours a rich opaque ebony with faint glimpses of ruby around the curvature of the glass, while forming a deep mocha head so pillowy I just want to take a nap in it. Two fingers, recedes slowly, and leaves smooth lacing all over the place.

S: I'd like to meet the man at Founders who when formulating this porter spoke up and said "what if we hop it?", because that man is a goddamn genius and should be recognized for his contribution to mankind. Molasses, caramel, bready malt, bitter bakers chocolate, smokey...all that usually good porter business, but wait! HOPS! Incredibly unique, incredibly delightful.

T: Dark roasted goodness. Heavy on the, molasses, chocolate, and those goddamn hops.

M: Light creamy body, just the right amount of carbonation, no trace of alcohol, no lingering bitterness...despite the 45IBU, finishes with a little stickiness and a pleasant lingering roast.

O: In a category all its own.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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