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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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world-class

5,938 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,938
Reviews: 1,370
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 285
Gots: 765 | FT: 23
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 cindyjeffsmith
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: "Silky Black" according to the Founders site, but through light it seems a very deep red. Pretty brew in any case. Slight tan head, little lacing.
smell: That burnt porter edge but balanced with caramel sweetness.
taste: As the nose portends. burnt but balanced well.
overall: This may go in regular rotation.

Photo of funkyaudio
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured unto a pint. Served again this time in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black, head comes off thick roughly 2 fingers length light tan.

Smell: This is not a the strongest aroma you would like, does it smell great absolutely, why don I rate it higher?, because it comes off slightly quick almost too quick.

Taste: comes off chocolately, not too heavy but feels like coffee is in the mix. After another sip....yes absolutely coffee is in the mix. Comes off strong but not on the alcohol side just pure flavor.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation, very easy to drink for the real beer drinker in you.

Overall: Well put together beer, full of incredible flavor and might be slightly complex but not to the point that you don't know what it is. Definitely a keeper in your fridge and pound for pound one of the best porters I have had....drink with love and enjoy, Salud!

Photo of schmidtmattsays
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of closisinthehouse
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of kkipple
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz single bought right here in Columbia, SC. Thanks to Carolina Craft for bringing this to our podunk town!

A. Opaque, very dark brown and nearly black. Sports a small, thin, red-brown head that lingers and struts and leaves some lace behind. Very pretty.

S. Very solid roasty components upfront - big mocha, chocolate, sweet and singed black bread, a touch of licorice maybe too... no real hops to be found, this is delish malt blackness, but avoids being abrasive or hot. Surely American and bold, stylistically accurate and just flat out good smelling.

T. Layered roasted / burnt malt invades the palate. Black patent roast, chocolate flavors, clean, tight, sweet-burnt finish with just the right amount of roast and hop bitterness dialed in to keep you coming back immediately. Finish is a little grainy and lip-smackingly good. Why, I think I felt a few hairs sprout on my chest in celebration!

M / D. Soft carbonation is more than adequate here, medium-creamy body goes down super easy and the finish is everything you liked about the flavor falling gently down towards a pleasing roasty end. No alcohol heat, astringency, weird flavors or really ANYTHING wrong here. Needless to say, if you like Porters this could be your Alpha and Omega.

Founders has quite possibly made the best American Porter I've had to date, this is assertive and clean and big-smelling, but still manages to be approachable and I daresay, sessionable. There honestly is very little to improve on here. Go get you some!

Photo of theminutemen
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Kind of looks like flat Guinness Extra Stout. Nearly jet black, but actually dark dark brown. No carbonation or head retention, which creates the flat look. I'll give this the benefit of the doubt...maybe it was just a bad pour.

Smell: Not a surprise...coffee and chocolate. However, I like the clear presence of caramel malts, which gives it something extra.

Taste/Mouthfeel: No carbonation yet no flat or watery feeling. That's a plus. Nothing blows up as great. It's a very strong taste, with no surprises in the coffee, chocolate, and caramel malts. Some decent hops as well. More so than other beers like this that I've had.

Drinkability: It warms you up and convinces you to drink more...

Overall: Overall, Founders Porters is a rather unique beer in my opinion. It's a good bitter yet sweet beer.

Photo of ninaturner
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of polopaul20
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of riversider76
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours the darkest of browns with a thin tan head. Decent retention, and a nice lace. Nose is of dark chocolate, hints of roasted coffee, and dark fruit. Body is medium with light carbonation. Taste is a blend of coco, and roasted coffee. Some smokey notes, make this an excellent version of this style.

Photo of Booner818
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of jsurfs82
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz screw cap brown bottle with cool Victorian-looking woman on the label...it claims to be "dark, rich, and sexy." We'll see.

Appearance: Motor-oil black, thick and utterly dense; a dark tan/mocha cap sits on top this beer and soon fades to a thick dense film with decent retention...beautiful

Smell: Typical porter aromas of sweet dark roasted grains, coffee, and rich dark chocolate...what sets this a little bit apart from the pack is the richness and fullness of the aromas...this is awesome

Taste: Rich and robust, lots of sweet roasted grain up front with mocha in the background. This beer is nicely balanced between bitter and sweet, with just a hint of roasted bitterness creeping in at the end. Not an incredible depth of flavor, but what's there is top-notch.

Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth, and creamy

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Rich, dark, and sexy it is. I paired this with some medium-sharp cheddar cheese and black bread and it was to die for...This may be the best American Porter I've tried yet.

Photo of MikeWard
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of mscudder
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Reaper16
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap @ Flying Saucer, Kansas City, MO, into a pint glass

I reviewed this beer in the bottle a couple of years ago. I hated it, and I looove the Porter style. I always suspected, though, that I got an old six-pack. Tonight, I finally decided to try it again.

Pours a color that is pretty much black. It is effectively black. Which is nice. There's nearly 1.75 fingers of khaki head. It laces like you'd think a head of that size would: like a dream.

The aroma is a very, very solid melange of baker's chocolate, heavy roasted malts, and bitter hops. There isn't really anything beyond those three elements. It's a lot of bitter smells, but that's what I want in a porter.

Oh, man. This tastes aweeesome. It's so, so roasty. Roast roast roast. There's lots of dark, bitter chocolate flavor here too. But the roast takes over. But, and this is key, there's a whole lot of hop flavor here too. It's so bitter with green hop flavor that it starts to duel with the roast about which element of bitterness is going to win over the palate. That sounds bad, doesn't it? It sounds like a beer that is confused. Let me assure you that it totally works. These contrasting bitternesses represent what the porter style can do better than any other style. This is so good.

Mouthfeel is also good. It's got a pretty innocuous body; you don't really notice it ever. The carbonation level is soft but not without power behind its bubbles.

When I first got into beer, Boulevard's Bully! Porter was my favorite beer. It was an incredible porter with contrasting bitternesses -- the roast bitterness complimented and contrasted with the hop bitterness. Bully! Porter has in recent years received a recipe change. It's far less hoppy for some reason. Well, Founders Porter picks up the slack on the hoppy + roasty porter style. I take back everything I've ever said about this beer. It is excellent.

Photo of neenerzig
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass. This beer is a very dark brown, almost black color. Tan head about an inch thick when poured, settles quickly to a nice surface coating and tan ring lining the inside of the glass. Good lacing. Has a roasted malty, coffee and chocolate aroma with hints of vanilla. Very strong bitter, black coffee taste upfront, followed by roasted malt and sweeter chocolate and malt notes, capped off with a bit of vanilla. Despite the very bitter coffee flavor, I didn't detect much of a hop flavor. Has a crisp, frothy, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink in the was well brewed beer ought to be. A winner here indeed!

Eric

Photo of sleazo
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I took this bottle out of the fridge and let it sit for 15 minutes before opening.

This is very dark pour with light, fine, coffee-colored foam on top. The nose is not very assertive, but I definitely smell coffee. Time for the best part.

This beer has a very silky mouth feel and a very rich taste. Espresso beans, toast, and very dark bittersweet chocolate. A very pleasant coffee-like bitterness with a nice malty sweetness lurking behind it.

This is an excellent porter. Anyone looking for a fine example of this style would be a happy camper if they put this in their shopping cart.

Photo of stealth
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle to a tulip - real fresh bottle. One of the top porters out there, for sure. Chocolates, roasts, coffees dominate in aroma and taste. Very well balanced without any unwanted bitterness. Presents nicely, being nearly pitch black with a creamy off-white head. Can drink this one forever and not get sick of it.

Photo of e30todamax
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Blanco
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a dark black color, darker than most porters, with a moderate sized head. Smell is of dark malts. Has a sort of "imperial stout" smell to it, but without the big roasted coffee and chocolate notes that usually comes from imperials. Similarly, the taste is more imperial stout than it is porter, or even regular stouts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, more like a traditional porter on the mouthfeel side. Drinkability is high. This beer isn't exactly to style at least from what I've had, but it's absolutely delicious and is similar to many of the great stouts had, but smaller and easier to put down. This is my go to "imperial" light. Love it.

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours the same color, except with a caramel head. Smells more bitter and even more roasty. Holy lord the taste is robust. Very roasted and sensuous. Much more of a focus on the bitter and dark side than Great Lakes. Alot of bitter black coffee and even more malts that feel hop-like in their bitterness. In spite of that, it has milk stout creaminess and smoothness. The aftertaste is very much full of powdered espresso roast coffee and roasted oats. A chewiness lingers from the malt.

Photo of wiltznucs
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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