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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,329 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,329
Reviews: 1,327
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 246
Gots: 520 | 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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4.05/5  rDev -4.7%

Notes from Founders on 5/9/10.

The pour is a beautiful two fingers of brown head. Pitch black in color with excellent lacing. This is what a porter should look like!

The scent is that of roasted toffee, coffee, and some chocolate malts.

Taste: Rich chocolate malts blend with roasty bitter nuts. There is a nice bitterness at the end which is well placed. I would prefer a little more in the middle of the taste, but overall it is solid.

The mouthfeel is medium to slightly full. There is also a nice smooth, creamy character.

This is as drinkable as a porter should be. A solid standard Porter with looks to brag about.

05-12-2010 03:41:53 | More by TCgoalie
Photo of TheMultiYeast


4.03/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured into a pint glass this beer is very dark brown/black. A thick, tan head sits atop very still with almost no movement in the bubbles. Nice lacing too.

Smells like chocolate covered raisins, roasted coffee, big dose of charred notes, almost smoky, deep malty aroma, earthy.

Taste follows the nose with malty mocha flavors chased by a charred bitterness.

Mouthfeel has just enough body to hold up to the flavors.

Great beer from Founders

10-13-2011 01:09:43 | More by TheMultiYeast
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Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev 0%

02-07-2013 14:20:11 | More by BColton1
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-30-2014 16:47:14 | More by Camjmorton
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-26-2013 02:56:42 | More by abcdefghijkyle
Photo of sixerofelixir


4.08/5  rDev -4%

12 oz bottle. Seductive lady on the label

Paired with a strip steak. Poured very black, with a nice dark tan head that stuck around. The smell was malty paradise. The taste was very nice, just a ton of roasty malts, cocoa, and a bit of caramel and toffee. The finish was mellow and nutty. Very smooth drinker.

12-15-2010 17:22:01 | More by sixerofelixir
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

Subtle black with cinnamon head that leaves chocolate lacing down the glass. Strong scent of chocolate, roast, tobacco, charcoal. Dark chocolate cream, coffee beans, roast, tobacco leaves, and spice in the taste. Heavy in body with slight carbonation that tickles the tongue. Highly enjoyable, each sip beckons for the next one to be taken. An instant classic among American Porters.

05-24-2009 03:05:05 | More by JRed
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-14-2013 17:14:22 | More by Retail1LO
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-21-2014 11:22:11 | More by user785335
Photo of mscudder


4.53/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

02-21-2012 06:03:01 | More by mscudder
Photo of scotorum


4.06/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

10-14-2013 03:04:50 | More by scotorum
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

01-13-2013 00:18:38 | More by psmith161
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-21-2014 02:42:39 | More by curlybird
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4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Single 12oz bottle (no date) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pitch black beer - I'm not even seeing any light getting through the sides. Head dies down to a dark tan ring around the edge and a thin film across the top. Some lacing here and there - strands and sheets. The label says "Dark, Rich & Sexy". Definitely the darkest porter I've ever had.

Smell: When first poured and cold, it smells of raisins and rich sweet malt. As it warms up, the fruitiness goes away a bit and is replaced with a richness of mild chocolate and roasted malts. Nicely appealing.

Taste: Definitely a rich brew here. The best I can describe this beer is like sipping a scoop of rich bittersweet chocolate ice-cream that has been put into a stout. That stout bitterness end is there, but the chocolate shines through with a milk-like creaminess. As it warms up the bitterness at the end becomes more pronounced - a mix of coffee-like bitterness and some hints of citrus hops. Very tasty porter this one.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with some carbonation along for the ride. Pretty good.

Drinkability: Yep, I could have another one, and I can see this beer pairing with so many things. It did really well with Welsh Rabbit, and I think it would be fantastic with a steak or a burger, and with dessert as well. The alcohol is well hidden and I'm not noticing it at all by the end of the glass. A dark, rich, and sexy beer indeed.

01-22-2011 00:11:00 | More by damndirtyape
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-19-2014 00:35:15 | More by JKV96
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-15-2012 08:32:12 | More by Beeradelphia
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -5.9%

11-10-2012 14:18:32 | More by ScaryEd
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-20-2011 22:19:02 | More by dsauter
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-16-2014 11:13:48 | More by HoppyBastard2
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

03-17-2013 00:54:06 | More by JellyJacket
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

07-25-2013 03:19:43 | More by jroberts8811
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4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

Another 12 ozer from Founders with a weird picture on it. It says "dark, rich, and sexy."

Appearance: Holding up to the claim on the bottle. Wow. Pitch black with a thick foamy brown head. Decent retention until about halfway down the perfect pint glass. Some nice lacing too.

Smell: Burnt coffee and a little chocolate. Kinda smoky. Very nice.

Taste: Burnt roasty malt flavor with more chocolate taste than I smelled. Coffee is there. A little sweet. Some hoppiness lends a little additional bitterness, but it all finishes very clean. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Very full for a porter. Almost creamy. Very smooth.

Drinkability: This stuff is pretty amazing. What a solid beer. I dont know if its sexy, but its definitely dark and rich.

08-19-2009 00:40:50 | More by rapidsequence
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-16-2011 01:23:02 | More by richbrew
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

02-22-2014 18:53:50 | More by Skunkdrool
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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