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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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1,474 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,474
Hads: 6,702
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 379
Gots: 1,271 | FT: 26
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: 1,474 | Hads: 6,702
Photo of thirtysixbelow
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - black with creamy dark tan head, excellent lacing

s - rich nutty smell with chocolate and coffee, also quite hoppy

t - sweet and very interesting taste that is a mix of chocolate, nuts, burnt malt, and hops. Most of the time these flavors separate well but for me this has a solid mix throughout. Has just the right amount of hops and roasty burnt flavor profile for a porter. amazing how the complexity of flavors manage to blend together so well.

m - full and smooth mouthfeel

d - a fantastic porter. definitely towards the very top of the list for me.

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Photo of thirdeye11
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ktown67 for a bottle of this during an in person trade.

Presentation: Poured from 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours a beautiful 1 1/2 finger dark brown head. The liquid is viscous, has great bubbles throughout, some yeasty floaters, and coats the glass with exceptional lacing. Even leaves a little particulate behind in the lacing which I find to be a great thing. It pours a deep black that only allows a little light around the edges in mahogany tones. This is a great looking beer in every way.

S: Smell isn't super exciting for me. It's a nice roasted malt, some dark chocolate in the nose. Pretty straight forward, not complex but pleasing.

T: The taste is really exceptional in the style. It is roasty toasty malt with lots of dark chocolate and unsweetened cocoa flavors. There is some bitterness (some hops maybe?) from the dark chocolate flavors, but it doesn't really linger on the palette which is good. Wish it had more of the creamy flavors, but I understand that it's a porter and this is spot on for the style. There is also some alcohol in the profile as it warms which surprised me at its ABV. Bitterness increases with warmth as well.

M: Like the other Founders beers I've had I don't think this could be improved upon much if at all. Not thin at all, but also not thick. The weight is just right. It's slick in my mouth and this is a good thing. Plenty of carbonation, but not too much. Pretty creamy, but maybe it could have just SLIGHTLY more like Founders Breakfast Stout. Aside from that it's perfect.

D: Due to the overwhelming roasty flavors and slight bitterness I am not sure I could drink this all night without wanting for something a little more "refreshing". I do think I could have 2 without any problem at all, but it seems to finish slightly dry.

Overall I generally dislike porters, but I am finding that in the stout and porter styles I haven't had any better than Founders. If everyone's porters and stouts tasted like these guys I would drink them a LOT more often, since I can't get it here I don't drink them that much. I will seek this out again and recommend it to ANYONE wanting to have a great porter that hasn't found one they like yet. This may change your mind.

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

A: It pours a deep chocolaty brown. It leaves a dark/tan head.

S: Chocolate and coffee.

T: Chocolate upfront, then a nice hint of roasted coffee. They play very well with each other not overbearing one way or another.

M/D: Very smooth. The bottle says it all," dark, rich, and sexy."

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Photo of cjoc83
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick dark brown bordering on black with 2 fingers of creamy mocha-colored head. Head sticks around for a few minutes and then settles into a foamy layer, but still leaves nice lacing.

Smell is dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and hints of coffee.

A mix of sweet milk chocolate and a slightly bitter roastiness greets me at the first sip, then segues nicely into some dark chocolate and coffee bean notes. A mild bitter hop finish with hints of smoke. Delicious.

mouthfeel is rich and creamy with low carbonation. Fitting for the style.

Overall, definitely one of the better porters out there. Really rich flavors. The roasted malts mix very well with bitter bakers chocolate, espresso, and an underlying milk chocolate sweetness with a nice subtle bitter hop finish. If you're into dark beers, chances are you'll love this. This has always been one of my go-to porters.

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Photo of xpdrinker
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottled 11/14/11 poured into Libbey porter/stout glass.

A - Pours a glossy black with pencil-thin mocha head that fizzes out into a chunky ring around the glass, oily surface and moderate lacing.

S - More coffee than I got with FBS, strangely enough. Chocolate-covered raisins, sweet molasses.

T - Fresh coffee with medium alcohol presence up front, the faintest hint of vanilla on the finish. Noticeable hop presence but plays well with the coffee bitterness.

M - Creamy and smooth at the start, but washes out to a thin, almost watery finish. The hop/coffee bitterness leaves a nice prickly finish that distracts from the suddenly frail body.

O - Quite an enjoyable, solid porter. I prefer a slightly heavier mouthfeel but the flavors are good enough that it's not much of a distraction, and there's a nice complex bitterness that jumps from coffee to hops and back.

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Photo of Pabs311
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice, rich, dark black with very thin mocha head. very minimal lacing coats the glass as i drink this beer.

S- not overpowering but on the aroma is mainly of chocolate and molasses.

T- similar to the nose, altough more potent. chocolate, molasses, caramel and sweet roasted malts all play an integral part in the flavor of this beer. nice.

M/D- medium bodied and creamy in texture with minimal carbonation. great for this style of beer and very silky. great drinking porter, not my favorite of all but up there on my list

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Photo of StoutishDan
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up for just around $1.79 at Total Wine in Marietta, Ga. Definitely cheaper than I had anticipated, after hearing so much good stuff about this beer.

A - Super dar, stout like pour. I put a flashlight up to and saw a little bit of mahogany color. Very pretty, actually.

S - Picking up some roasted (almost burnt) malt notes. Slightly metallic and also rubbery. Maybe this one's getting old or something, the date...well crap, the date on the bottle is from about 2 months ago. Not sure if that makes a difference. Smells kind of like a bon fire.

T - Bitter hops up front tag-teaming with the molasses-like malt flavors. I'm eating a fire, here and someone dropped some bacon in there. Not as sweet as I'd hoped, actually has a slight salty taste.

O - It's definitely not one of those lagers or brown ales where you could down 3 or 4 of them. Unlike Chad from "Chad'z Beer Reviews" I could not drink too many of these. Maybe I'm just a sissy, calling myself "Stoutish Dan" and all. Psh! Pozer!

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Photo of NardiByNature
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Aggressive pouring leads to an awesome beach sand head and cratered like another planet. The brew’s a rich dark mocha and this is easily recognizable as a nice looking porter/stout.

S: mocha, barley, some melty chocolate that comes through as the beer warms/gets down there in the glass. Awesome.

T: Definitely the melty dark chocolate at first, but it’s not too sweet; I love the bittering hops coming through in the taste that weren’t apparent in the nose.

M: finishes like a champ – a perfect level of carbonation leaves both sweet and bitter flavors hanging around.

O: excellent balance. I like this style but they’re usually not my go-to at the sixer shop. But I felt like it on this crisp February day in Pittsburgh and I’m certainly glad I snagged this toasty and full-bodied brew. If you like the style, then it’s a most solid option.

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Photo of srv33
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Near black pour, light cocao lacing. Been dying to try this one for some time. Scent of milk chocolate, coffee, and maybe some brown sugar. Mouthfeel is thick and well balanced. Lush chocolate tones, black tea flavors, unfolding into a dark roast coffee taste that progresssively gets more bitter. Tastes just ever so slightly light for a porter though, reminiscent of Bell's Porter that, while both exceptional porters - just slightly lacking. Both are similar Porters though, with Bell's being more smooth and Founder's having somewhat more complex, deeper, and more developed flavors. Excellent porter overall.

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Photo of Dave_in_GR
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is a very dark brown with a tiny bit of tan colored head.

Smell is dominated by chocolate, maybe a bit of roasted coffee in there as well.

Taste is bold, some chocolate and coffee flavor but also more bitterness than I'm used to in a beer like this. It all works well together, really tasty.

Mouthfeel is very thick; this is a heavy bodied beer but with a bit of carbonation that lightens it up. Not an easy drinking beer or anything, but easier than you would expect.

This bottle has been in my fridge for over a month as I polished off my stash of breakfast stout, really wish I had gotten to this sooner!

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Abv 6.7

This beer is absolutely amazing. This is my number one porter, my golden example. I have tried as many beers as I can get my hands on from founders and they have become my top 3 favorite brew co. I have yet to find a beer that they make that isn't good and they seem to have a knack for blowing my mind away.

A= 5.0 Engine oil black with a very small head that is dark brown and medium lasting

S= 4.5 The smell is like a fresh cup of coffee and the finest dark German chocolate you can find

T= 4.5 First you get smooth melted chocolate then hit with afternoon dark French roasted coffee followed up by a mild bitter dark chocolate after taste

M= 4.0 It feels like the marriage of dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee

D= 4.0 Great beer that I could probably drink a few.

I just wanted to take the time to express my love for Founders brewery again. There centennial IPA is one of the beers that got me into the great world of micro brewing. I just climbed the beer-a-myd with their red rye p.a. to their pale ale to their porter. This is a true beauty of a beer and it makes me nothing but happy. I hope others can get the joy I get from this beer. Long live Founders, long live craft beer!

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

This beer poured to be a very dark brown with a small amount of tan/mocha head.

The aroma to this beer consisted of malts, coffee, and a bit of chocolate.

Taste was rich and smooth and you could definitely taste the chocolate notes. Good carbonation with this beer.

I would definitely try this beer again.


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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark, rich brown, like baker's chocolate. Creamy, off white head.

Smell - alot of dark chocolate and coffee.

Taste - Alot of dark roast malt. Molasses, bittersweet chocolate, a bit of tobacco. A tiny bit of alcohol warmth in the finish. Very pleasant

Mouthfeel - Not as creamy as it looks, would be amazing on Nitro. Very delightful, yet too effervescent for the style.

Overall - This is always on the list of the most popular and best porters, and its obvious why. Great beer, a flagship of the style.

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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 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 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.

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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 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 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 MAFC_Trainer
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - pours black body with no head
S - chocolate, cocoa, coffee
T - sweet, chocolate, hint of toffe or coffee, malty
F - really smooth, low carbonation, coats mouth really well
O - great beer! I can't put it better than the bottle does "dark, rich, and sexy" I'll definitely have a few more of these!

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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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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,474 ratings.