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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter

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5,158 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,158
Reviews: 1,315
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 230
Gots: 475 | 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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Photo of aorloski


4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a midnight black hue, nice creamy mocha head

Smell - Nice hints of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, smoke, peat, campfire

Taste - Big rich coffee and espresso flavors right up front, so gorgeous. I am getting vanilla, milk chocolate, toasted almonds, roasted barley, tobacco. It tastes so rich.

Mouthfeel - This thing is silky smooth, perfect.

Overall - Founders makes the best dark stouts ever, its no doubt i would love their porter just as much. This thing is the tastiest damn drinkable thing I've ever had and EASILY MY FAVORITE PORTER. wow founder, wow.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 23:56:20 | More by aorloski
Photo of wyatt13


4/5  rDev -5.9%

11-28-2012 02:13:24 | More by wyatt13
Photo of JellyJacket


4/5  rDev -5.9%

03-17-2013 00:54:06 | More by JellyJacket
Photo of kushlash23


4.25/5  rDev 0%

08-28-2013 16:19:23 | More by kushlash23
Photo of Agold


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

This beer pours very dark with about a half inch of tan head. The nose is of coffee and roasted malts with a little bit of coco. The taste matches the nose, with a bit of bitterness from patent malt and the coco taking a more prominent place. The mouthfeel is smooth, but a bit over carbonated. Very good porter, one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 05:24:18 | More by Agold
Photo of Mark000


3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

06-13-2014 23:31:31 | More by Mark000
Photo of browniewithnuts


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-06-2013 14:57:00 | More by browniewithnuts
Photo of johnyb


4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-05-2014 13:58:04 | More by johnyb
Photo of Kaveman


3/5  rDev -29.4%

08-25-2013 21:29:42 | More by Kaveman
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-19-2014 00:35:15 | More by JKV96
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

11-11-2013 15:42:58 | More by fionn13
Photo of Sazz9


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-21-2013 20:28:39 | More by Sazz9
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass
no bottling dates

A: Pours an opaque black with browning on the edges when held to light and 1/2 fingers width of mocha colored head. Head dissipates down quickly and leaves effectively zero lacing.

S: Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malt, char, subtle dark fruits. Lots of char, but pretty mild aroma overall.

T: Follows the nose, but better. Char, roasted malt, oak, heavy cream, chocolate, subtle hop bitterness. Excellent.

M/D: Fairly smooth, carbonation on the higher end for the style, drinkability is great. The only downside is it leaves this weird filmy feeling coating my mouth, and its very distracting.

O: Overall, aroma is a bit lacking but a really tasty beer. I dont drink standard porters all that often, but if I were to drink one this would be near the top of my list of choices.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 23:12:27 | More by zac16125
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

02-22-2014 18:53:50 | More by Skunkdrool
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

02-24-2013 21:21:32 | More by speedvagen
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

06-25-2013 02:43:21 | More by Fargrow
Photo of WYVYRN527


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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass...

A: Very dark brown, almost black, with a thin tan head that sits gracefully on top. Very fine carbonation.

S: Roated malt is dominant, with hints of coffee and chocolate. The nose also expresses an earthy quality I haven't experienced in many porters.

T: Nice roasty malt flavors, with hints of toast, chocolate, and earth. A pleasant hop bitterness finishes it off.

M: Full bodied and viscous, with a silky texture.

D: Very smooth. Another excellent example of this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 02:04:38 | More by WYVYRN527
Photo of Gtreid


4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Deep, dark, brown. When backlit a slight reddish hue comes through. The pour produces about one finger of wet sand colored head that receeds quickly, and leaves minimal, spotty, lace.

A: Dark chocolate malts, some small coffee, dried fruit, and vanilla. I get a very nice earthiness from the grassy hops.

T: Again I get dark chocolate, sour dried fruit, earthy hops, biscuit and dark malts. The beer finishes dry with absolutley no hint of alcohol.

M: Light to Medium body and a good amount of carbonation. Almost too thin for a Porter IMO.

D and overall impression: This gets some pretty high marks on drinkability, due to the low ABV and the thinness of the mouthfeel. Overall a very solid Porter from Founders, these guys continue to impress. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 23:06:32 | More by Gtreid
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

04-06-2013 22:01:53 | More by ItsBeer4Me
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

03-10-2012 21:11:41 | More by sludgegnome
Photo of Murchmac


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

Thanks to younger35, may you get a job soon.

This beer pours dark, rich, and sexy baby. Dark brown with mocha head, like I bet Candi gives in 48 hours.

Smells roasty, espresso coffee grounds sparged over hot chocolate milk.

Very complex porter, more creamy than others, not harsh, nice roasted, cocoa, and burnt dark sugars. Darkness Charlie Murphy.

What did the five fingers say to the face? Slap! This beer is damn good.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 05:43:21 | More by Murchmac
Photo of scotorum


4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

a: Pitch black. Half finger high brown head dissipated quickly to thin surface foam.

s: Mild dark malt.

t: Mild dark malt, coffee, chocolate and smoky finish.

m: Light to moderate. Smooth with a lingering chocolate/coffee smokiness and hop bite.

o: Exceptionally drinkable porter without being watery or feeling cheap. Had as a dessert but should go well with beef and other red meat.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 03:04:50 | More by scotorum
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

01-11-2014 05:27:28 | More by fthegiants
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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to xanok for this extra. Poured into my custom etched "dead man's hand' pint glass. Dark in color but I think I would call this deep dark brown, not black. Just a bit of light get's through at the edges. Head is a big two fingers and dark root beer float color and appearance.

Smell is roasted coffee with a bit of bread coming through and some chocolate nibs.

Taste is really good. Brown sugar sweet with roasted coffee and the bitterness or tartness from the chocolate or a cranberry/cherry??

The mouth is exactly what a porter should be. I know this is Founders and the "over the top-o-meter" is maxed out, but I am putting that aside. This is spot on for the style. It is rich and silky front and smooth late with just a bit of dryness.

Overall I really enjoyed this extra. I live in Deschutes distribution area and Black Butte has been my go to Porter for years, but if this was distributed here also I think I would have a new "go to" porter. Thanks again to xanok for this extra.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 06:20:26 | More by azdback
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

01-09-2014 18:56:11 | More by Hendrick24
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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