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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,438 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,438
Hads: 6,555
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 3.54%
Wants: 361
Gots: 1,169 | FT: 28
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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Reviews: 1,438 | Hads: 6,555
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. (1,092 characters)

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! (306 characters)

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. (391 characters)

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. (661 characters)

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. (489 characters)

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! (822 characters)

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. (561 characters)

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. (489 characters)

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. (974 characters)

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.

---edit on 7/24/2010

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.... (1,933 characters)

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. (742 characters)

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! (431 characters)

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. (498 characters)

Photo of Edwaka01
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Finger Lakes Beverage Center. Founders in upstate NY!

Poured from 12 oz into nonic pint.

A - Absolutely black. Thin layer of foam on top, leaving lace on glass, but not much head to speak of.

S - Chocolate malt, roastiness, coffee. Floral hops buried under the malt aromas.

T - Smooth. Tastes like I know most imperial stouts minus any alcohol burn or warming. Lots of roasty dark malt, and a bit of smokiness. Coffee and chocolate type notes along for the ride.
Nice hop content throughout, but not at all overwhelming.

M - Low carbonation, but nice sized body. Not huge but not thin by any means.

O - My first founders. I hate how much I hear about some breweries like Founders, RR, 3F, because sometimes the beer doesn't live up to the hype, but this one definitely did. Can't wait to try more of their stuff. (831 characters)

Photo of Roxie_B
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Appearance: No head whatsoever. Pitch black.
Smell: Coffee, roasted malts, wood, dark fruit and a hint of floral.
Taste: Roasted malts up front, coffee, and walnuts/pecans, chocolate on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Lively but thick despite the lack of carbonation.
Overall: Not bad. (278 characters)

Photo of oneeye
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. Poured into a snifter from a bottle. Pours dark, cola like with moderate carbonation. Condensation sweats on the outside of the snifter as a creamy tan head forms with a frothy ring of lace.
S. The aroma of freshly cut wood. A whiff of smoked malts and burnt sugar. It smells like black coffee thats been on the burner for a while. Dark chocolate and roasted nuts with a faint hint of alcohol. The slight aroma of a smoldering campfire.
T. Founders Porter is a fantastic tasting Porter. Upfront it's smokey, earthy bitter and sweet. The taste of rich dark chocolate and almonds. Burnt sugar, caramel with a hint of vanilla. Bready like pumpernickel. Espresso like bitterness with a warmth of alcohol.
M. A medium body feel. Creamy slick and oily. Slightly dry at the end.
D. A slow sipper with everything you could ask for in a Porter. It has a big taste for a little beer. The very last sip was as good as the first. (921 characters)

Photo of clarkm04
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Very dark and robust. Forms a nice creamy head that dissipates

Smell- Definite notes of the roasted and chocolate malts. Very inviting.

Taste- Has a bittering taste upfront that transitions to a very smooth aftertaste. Very light and creamy on the palate for the last 2/3 of a drink. Lots of chocolate malt notes in the taste. Very full favored yet with an easy after taste.

Mouthfeel- A little harsh and ever so slightly unbalanced. Probably the low point for me on this either wise outstanding porter.

Drinkability- Very good. You can easily drink two or three of these in one session.

Overall - Very good example of this style. Definitely a little more bittering then some examples of porter but I really like the overall experience. Another very good beer from the Founders folks. (802 characters)

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

From bottle, poured into my beer bug very dark, almost black. Very thin tan head. Pronounced coffee scent. Not at all unpleasant. Mine left no lacing.

Taste is similar to scent. Roasted coffee and roasted malts dominate the flavor. If that's what you are looking for, you'll find it here in abundance. Very smooth mouth feel. Actually felt thinner than it looked like it would be. Bitter aftertaste makes you thirsty for another drink.

This was not a bad porter by any means, but it wasn't necessarily what I was expecting . (526 characters)

Photo of iBeer16
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed In a tulip glass.

A: pours a very dark black color with about a one finger mocha colored head that dissipates fairly quick But leaves nice thick lacing.

S: very sweet chocolatey malt aroma also mixed with a strong roasted coffee scent.

T: strong roasted coffee and chocolate flavor. Very rich but not very complex. Flavor that I expect from a porter.

M: very smooth, very refreshing, great carbonation, great full body.

Overall, great porter. No crazy complex flavor but very rich, great flavor. Great beer, very simple great tasting porter. (558 characters)

Photo of mdr4669
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark with about a half a finger head, that receades quickly. Leaves good lacing around the glass with every sip.

Smell: Strong wafts of coffee, chocolate & vanilla.

Taste: Black coffee and chocolate has a bit of smokey finish which is surprisingly smooth.

Mouthfeel: The taste is richer than the feel, this porter would be great if it had a little more texture.

Drinkability: It's smooth, fresh and easily drinkable. (441 characters)

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

This starts off like your standard porter. It is a dark, opaque brew, almost black, with a minimal head that quickly fades to a light lacing on the glass. The smell is of toasted malts, with hints of chocolate and espresso. Very nice. But then the taste surprises with not only the chocolate and espresso notes, but with the IBUs as advertised on the bottle. And i find i like that subtle bitterness. As it warms, the bitterness becomes more pronounced, but still nice.

This is probably my favorite porter. Everything a porter should be with an extra hop twist. (562 characters)

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 coffee...black, 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. (1,022 characters)

Photo of lamarr04
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a mug

A: pours a very dark brown with an inch dark tan head

S: Aroma is roasted malt with dark chocolate and prune in the background. also a bit of vanilla/sweetness to the nose

T:First thing i notice is a nice bitterness followed by dark chocolate and prune at the back of the tongue. A nice malty sweetness balances the bitter chocolate

M: more carbonation than i was expecting although i kind of like that. medium smooth body. the finish is a bit slick and the beer coats the tongue (516 characters)

Photo of THANAT0PSIS
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founders Porter

Appearance: Founders only year-round dark beer offering pours pitch-black with a massive three fingers of deep tan head. This foam cap quickly dissipates into a crust reminiscent of espresso crema. The beer is too dark to note any carbonation, but, as Founders beers are unfiltered, quite a bit of sediment is noted. The beer leaves very little lacing while sliding down the glass. It honestly looks more like a stout than a porter, but coming from one of the kings of stouts and given the questionable divide between the two styles, this is not surprising or negative. Like the bottle proclaims, this beer looks “dark, rich, and sexy”; but the same could be said for your average porter or stout.

Aroma: Thick, creamy waves of darkly roasted malts suggesting chocolate, coffee, and just the slightest hint of oatmeal waft over the drinker’s nose. Strangely, there is a bit of an alcohol/liquor profile, even at a modest 6.5% ABV, which, while not negative, is unexpected and somewhat off-putting in such a small beer (by craft standards). Not a lot outside the norm going on here, either; it just smells like a basic porter/stout.

Taste: Essentially follows the nose, but with more of an emphasis on the coffee than chocolate, which strays from the very balanced aroma. The chocolate is more of a supporting actor to the coffee, rather than fighting for the spotlight. No real hop profile is present, but this is a malt-focused beer, so the malt-focused bill does not hurt the beer. The aftertaste lingers on forever, it seems, with a slight hint towards dark fruits highlighted in Belgian tripels and quads. Simple and effective is clearly what Founders was going for with this beer. That simplicity is a bit disappointing considering their other more complex (but not year-round) dark offerings.

Mouthfeel: This is the attribute that sets this brew apart from other porters (and Founders other stouts). This is one of the only beers in which “watery” can be used positively. The smooth and velvety nature of the beer make it incredibly drinkable and refreshing, which is in stark contrast to the flavors at play here. Typically, dark beers are thick and syrupy and sometimes need to be chewed, but this one is lighter than air and goes down with no problems at all. There is a slight alcohol warming as the glass empties, but it is pleasant and restrained, if surprising. There is very little carbonation to speak of, but that only emphasizes the velvety quality of the drink. Founders managed to drag this one out of the mediocrity of normal porters with this amazing mouthfeel.

Overall: While this beer is quite average in every aspect (except mouthfeel), it almost appears as if Founders meant it to be that way. There is nothing surprising, but also nothing to really dislike. Its drinkability and low ABV make it a great example of a session porter (if such a thing exists). This is also a great introduction to porters and stouts and could be used as a rubric on which to grade all other stouts and porters. Simplicity is sexy, apparently. 15.5/20 (3,087 characters)

Photo of Brubaker
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black with a mocha head that shrinks then persists.

S- Malts & coffee

T- Coffee (did i mention coffee?) then the malts with a hopy finish

M- Medium to rich body, very smooth

O- Coffee porter at its best. Good balance of malts, flavors, and hops.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,438 ratings.