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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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95
world-class

5,353 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,353
Reviews: 1,328
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 247
Gots: 530 | FT: 25
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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hopfacebrew

Colorado

4.85/5  rDev +14.1%

Another brew Kevin hooked up in our trade, thanks man! Poured from unstamped bottle to mug the beer pours an oily viscous opaque black with a 1 finger mocha colored head with good retention and lacing throughout. The nose is an impressive blast of rich coffee, cocoa, roast. Terrific. If I didn't know better I'd say this is a stout. More character than any non-imperial porter I've sampled. Awesome. The flavor follows suit with again tons of coffee, roast, cocoa along with a mild bitterness, and hint of caramel and nut. Unbelievably smooth. Creamy. I can't believe how much flavor is packed into this brew, no hint of alcohol but with so much going on I'd think this was a much bigger beer to accommodate the character. Medium bodied. Well carbonated. To say this is a treat is an understatement. New standard for me.

04-26-2012 01:31:48 | More by hopfacebrew
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Camjmorton

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev 0%

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

California

3.78/5  rDev -11.1%

A- very dark, black, oily body but not much of a head builds up easily.

S- roasted barley all the way here. Smells like there may be a hint of fruit adding some complexity from an English ale strain. I wonder if they used an American or English strain here.

T- Definitely a big roasty presence. Pretty big sweet body behind it, bitter roasted finish.

M- Nice smooth body. The carbonation is a bit below medium, works well here. Fine texture to the bubbles.

D- Not a poorly crafted beer at all. But I do prefer a little more chocolate to my porters and less of a roasted bite.

04-09-2009 02:37:37 | More by MiScusi
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vcoggins

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.9%

12-18-2012 03:12:39 | More by vcoggins
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salthemonster

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

01-17-2013 23:31:25 | More by salthemonster
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Can't find the date on the bottle.

A - Solid, deep brown/black body. Small, tight light brown head. Good look.

S - Vegetal/roasty sweetness, Chocolate, black licorice. It's a good smell, but theres something in it that smells a bit plastic-like, and thats somewhat of a turnoff

T - Well, this is delicious. Nice roasted malts are in dominance here, with some good chocolate, licorice and other subtle undertones. A well done taste for sure.

M - This is impressively thick and smooth. But not too much. I think this is perhaps the ideal mouthfeel for a porter.

O (D) - Well, it's a great tasting, very drinkable, not too heavy beer. What more can you ask for? I guess for it to smell better.

05-05-2011 22:16:24 | More by ColdPoncho
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TCgoalie

Michigan

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
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TheMultiYeast

Pennsylvania

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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BColton1

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev 0%

02-07-2013 14:20:11 | More by BColton1
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RMoeNay

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-21-2014 02:42:39 | More by curlybird
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

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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psmith161

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

01-13-2013 00:18:38 | More by psmith161
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JRed

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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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-14-2013 17:14:22 | More by Retail1LO
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JKV96

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-19-2014 00:35:15 | More by JKV96
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HoppyBastard2

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-16-2014 11:13:48 | More by HoppyBastard2
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damndirtyape

Ohio

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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scotorum

Massachusetts

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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ItsBeer4Me

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

04-06-2013 22:01:53 | More by ItsBeer4Me
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mscudder

Georgia

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
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ScaryEd

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -5.9%

11-10-2012 14:18:32 | More by ScaryEd
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Beeradelphia

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-15-2012 08:32:12 | More by Beeradelphia
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Sazz9

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-21-2013 20:28:39 | More by Sazz9
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craft_shannie

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-09-2014 03:10:11 | More by craft_shannie
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,353 ratings.