Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,431
Hads: 6,507
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
Wants: 352
Gots: 1,133 | FT: 28
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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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Photo of dgugliuzza
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter

A- Pours black with tan head. The head spreads to the sides of the glass and forms an array of bubbles. Nice golden brown hue that radiates from the body.

S- Smells of heavy roasted malts and milk chocolate. Some coffee in the nose as well. Very full and robust. Minimal hop presence in the nose.

T- Very much the same as the smell. Heavy chocolate malt and quite roasty. Bittersweet flavor that reminds me of baker's semi-sweet chocolate. Hints of coffee and vanilla round out the flavor which makes this a world class porter. Hops are much more present in the taste and create a wonderful balance.

M- On the thicker side and very creamy. Not too heavy on the palate. or going down. Medium carbonation. Exactly right for the style.

D- Fantastic porter. Would have no problem knocking back a few. Rich, creamy and incredibly smooth. Definitely one of the best American porters on the market. Yet again, Founders blows me away. (974 characters)

Photo of MacMalt
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been enjoying this beer for quite some time but never rated it. Poured into pisner glass. The color is jet black with very thin white head and minimal lacing. This is a very aromatic beer with a strong smell of burnt coffee and chocolate. The taste is similar to the smell: burnt coffee, chocolate, and a hint of caramel but finishes with a distinct bitterness. Nice, thick mouth feel. Overall, this is one terrific porter, especially for one available year round. I'm prejudiced because this is the first Founders beer I tried but it is really good! (556 characters)

Photo of Tomdee74
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a tulip glass and was blown away.. Very nice head that hung around for a bit.. Pours a dark brown/black like a stout. Excellent lacing.

S - Smells delicious. Not overpowering. Has a chocolate and coffee smell but not too crazy.

T - Wow again. Founders is very impressive. Reminds me of the breakfast stout and imperial stout! Almost can't believe this is a porter as it tastes very much like a stout.

M - Excellent taste great mouthfeel. Do not taste any alcohol. This is a special treat.

D - Low abv's and no alcohol taste sure make this one deadly. Too bad I only have one. Was able to grab it at Table in Vine in MA. They only had one and that really stinks..

I am really impressed with Founders! I have been fortunate enough to get this in MA as we can't get it in CT. I loved the bfast stout, the imperial stout, this porter!! I have double trouble but believe it is spoiled so I am definitely holding out on a review of that.

---edit on 7/24/2010

I've had this a few times. After having some pretty good porters from all around I still consider this a great porter but i have to take it down just a notch.

A - Pours pretty black... poured into a tulip glass to see an inch head that dissipated quickly.. but good lacing was left behind..

S - definitely get the chocolate notes in here. alcohol is well hidden.. smells sweet and malty. very good here.. smells like a dessert!

T - Actually a little hop profile i think here.. very sweet but i like the little tang and punchy hopness i think.. maybe it's just too sweet and i got it wrong... but a very well balanced treat here..

M - Not too thick... would like it thicker but then it would prob be more like a stout.. this is a great porter.. i will pick this up again if i can get some singles...

D - I like the drinkability here.. i could slug down a few of these.. my favorite porter is probably smuttynose robust porter but this is up there.... (1,933 characters)

Photo of JohnWaynes44
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured almost black, a tan one finger head gone quickly with very little lacing. Smell of cold coffee, rich malt and vanilla. Alcohol is present too. Taste, dark roasted coffee and burnt chocolate is met with sweet toffee and vanilla. The alcohol sits on the tongue and gives some spice at the finish with lots of bitter goodness. Frothy, full body feel and very creamy. This is a kick ass porter, and at $10 for six, it's a steal! (431 characters)

Photo of tittymcj
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark, thick black. Creamy, tan head that dissipates quickly and some very light, minimal lacing.

Smells like very bland bitter baking chocolate, and some sweet dark malt.

Tastes very much like cocoa powder and the bitter baking chocolate. There is a slight musty-ness to it as well.

Medium-light body. Goes down very smoothly with little carbonation, and some sweet/bitter chocolate taste lingering behind.

Decent drinkability. Not too heavy or overpowering. Very smooth and tasty. (498 characters)

Photo of JWD
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle from Slater1313 (extra)

A- Wow this is black with a mocha colored head, looked fairly thick and dense for a porter, very stout like.

S- Coffee and roasted malts with some chocolate in there, once again on the border of a stout.

T- more of the same here, tons of roasted coffee and chocolate. very flavorful. I usaully go for stouts over porters but this one change that thought.

M- Good, slightly thick with medium carbination.

D- I had 2 of these back to back and wanted more. Supreme Drink considering there is no lack of flavors here..

I have had several offerings from founders lately and they are climbing up my list of favorite breweries. So far all are good, some overhyped but still good. yet to be disappointed by them. (742 characters)

Photo of Carolvs
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

A Top 10% Porter for sure, although not as silky smooth as its Anchor Brewery counterpart. Anunmistakable malty-chocolate bite soaks through the membranes in your mouth leaving a strong yet pleasant aftertaste. Pitch-black in appearance although not much of a head and lacing (at least not from the bottle I poured). (318 characters)

Photo of Edwaka01
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Finger Lakes Beverage Center. Founders in upstate NY!

Poured from 12 oz into nonic pint.

A - Absolutely black. Thin layer of foam on top, leaving lace on glass, but not much head to speak of.

S - Chocolate malt, roastiness, coffee. Floral hops buried under the malt aromas.

T - Smooth. Tastes like I know most imperial stouts minus any alcohol burn or warming. Lots of roasty dark malt, and a bit of smokiness. Coffee and chocolate type notes along for the ride.
Nice hop content throughout, but not at all overwhelming.

M - Low carbonation, but nice sized body. Not huge but not thin by any means.

O - My first founders. I hate how much I hear about some breweries like Founders, RR, 3F, because sometimes the beer doesn't live up to the hype, but this one definitely did. Can't wait to try more of their stuff. (831 characters)

Photo of Roxie_B
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Appearance: No head whatsoever. Pitch black.
Smell: Coffee, roasted malts, wood, dark fruit and a hint of floral.
Taste: Roasted malts up front, coffee, and walnuts/pecans, chocolate on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Lively but thick despite the lack of carbonation.
Overall: Not bad. (278 characters)

Photo of oneeye
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. Poured into a snifter from a bottle. Pours dark, cola like with moderate carbonation. Condensation sweats on the outside of the snifter as a creamy tan head forms with a frothy ring of lace.
S. The aroma of freshly cut wood. A whiff of smoked malts and burnt sugar. It smells like black coffee thats been on the burner for a while. Dark chocolate and roasted nuts with a faint hint of alcohol. The slight aroma of a smoldering campfire.
T. Founders Porter is a fantastic tasting Porter. Upfront it's smokey, earthy bitter and sweet. The taste of rich dark chocolate and almonds. Burnt sugar, caramel with a hint of vanilla. Bready like pumpernickel. Espresso like bitterness with a warmth of alcohol.
M. A medium body feel. Creamy slick and oily. Slightly dry at the end.
D. A slow sipper with everything you could ask for in a Porter. It has a big taste for a little beer. The very last sip was as good as the first. (921 characters)

Photo of clarkm04
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Very dark and robust. Forms a nice creamy head that dissipates

Smell- Definite notes of the roasted and chocolate malts. Very inviting.

Taste- Has a bittering taste upfront that transitions to a very smooth aftertaste. Very light and creamy on the palate for the last 2/3 of a drink. Lots of chocolate malt notes in the taste. Very full favored yet with an easy after taste.

Mouthfeel- A little harsh and ever so slightly unbalanced. Probably the low point for me on this either wise outstanding porter.

Drinkability- Very good. You can easily drink two or three of these in one session.

Overall - Very good example of this style. Definitely a little more bittering then some examples of porter but I really like the overall experience. Another very good beer from the Founders folks. (802 characters)

Photo of MikieV
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From bottle, poured into my beer bug very dark, almost black. Very thin tan head. Pronounced coffee scent. Not at all unpleasant. Mine left no lacing.

Taste is similar to scent. Roasted coffee and roasted malts dominate the flavor. If that's what you are looking for, you'll find it here in abundance. Very smooth mouth feel. Actually felt thinner than it looked like it would be. Bitter aftertaste makes you thirsty for another drink.

This was not a bad porter by any means, but it wasn't necessarily what I was expecting . (526 characters)

Photo of iBeer16
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed In a tulip glass.

A: pours a very dark black color with about a one finger mocha colored head that dissipates fairly quick But leaves nice thick lacing.

S: very sweet chocolatey malt aroma also mixed with a strong roasted coffee scent.

T: strong roasted coffee and chocolate flavor. Very rich but not very complex. Flavor that I expect from a porter.

M: very smooth, very refreshing, great carbonation, great full body.

Overall, great porter. No crazy complex flavor but very rich, great flavor. Great beer, very simple great tasting porter. (558 characters)

Photo of mdr4669
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark with about a half a finger head, that receades quickly. Leaves good lacing around the glass with every sip.

Smell: Strong wafts of coffee, chocolate & vanilla.

Taste: Black coffee and chocolate has a bit of smokey finish which is surprisingly smooth.

Mouthfeel: The taste is richer than the feel, this porter would be great if it had a little more texture.

Drinkability: It's smooth, fresh and easily drinkable. (441 characters)

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

This starts off like your standard porter. It is a dark, opaque brew, almost black, with a minimal head that quickly fades to a light lacing on the glass. The smell is of toasted malts, with hints of chocolate and espresso. Very nice. But then the taste surprises with not only the chocolate and espresso notes, but with the IBUs as advertised on the bottle. And i find i like that subtle bitterness. As it warms, the bitterness becomes more pronounced, but still nice.

This is probably my favorite porter. Everything a porter should be with an extra hop twist. (562 characters)

Photo of lamarr04
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a mug

A: pours a very dark brown with an inch dark tan head

S: Aroma is roasted malt with dark chocolate and prune in the background. also a bit of vanilla/sweetness to the nose

T:First thing i notice is a nice bitterness followed by dark chocolate and prune at the back of the tongue. A nice malty sweetness balances the bitter chocolate

M: more carbonation than i was expecting although i kind of like that. medium smooth body. the finish is a bit slick and the beer coats the tongue (516 characters)

Photo of THANAT0PSIS
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founders Porter

Appearance: Founders only year-round dark beer offering pours pitch-black with a massive three fingers of deep tan head. This foam cap quickly dissipates into a crust reminiscent of espresso crema. The beer is too dark to note any carbonation, but, as Founders beers are unfiltered, quite a bit of sediment is noted. The beer leaves very little lacing while sliding down the glass. It honestly looks more like a stout than a porter, but coming from one of the kings of stouts and given the questionable divide between the two styles, this is not surprising or negative. Like the bottle proclaims, this beer looks “dark, rich, and sexy”; but the same could be said for your average porter or stout.

Aroma: Thick, creamy waves of darkly roasted malts suggesting chocolate, coffee, and just the slightest hint of oatmeal waft over the drinker’s nose. Strangely, there is a bit of an alcohol/liquor profile, even at a modest 6.5% ABV, which, while not negative, is unexpected and somewhat off-putting in such a small beer (by craft standards). Not a lot outside the norm going on here, either; it just smells like a basic porter/stout.

Taste: Essentially follows the nose, but with more of an emphasis on the coffee than chocolate, which strays from the very balanced aroma. The chocolate is more of a supporting actor to the coffee, rather than fighting for the spotlight. No real hop profile is present, but this is a malt-focused beer, so the malt-focused bill does not hurt the beer. The aftertaste lingers on forever, it seems, with a slight hint towards dark fruits highlighted in Belgian tripels and quads. Simple and effective is clearly what Founders was going for with this beer. That simplicity is a bit disappointing considering their other more complex (but not year-round) dark offerings.

Mouthfeel: This is the attribute that sets this brew apart from other porters (and Founders other stouts). This is one of the only beers in which “watery” can be used positively. The smooth and velvety nature of the beer make it incredibly drinkable and refreshing, which is in stark contrast to the flavors at play here. Typically, dark beers are thick and syrupy and sometimes need to be chewed, but this one is lighter than air and goes down with no problems at all. There is a slight alcohol warming as the glass empties, but it is pleasant and restrained, if surprising. There is very little carbonation to speak of, but that only emphasizes the velvety quality of the drink. Founders managed to drag this one out of the mediocrity of normal porters with this amazing mouthfeel.

Overall: While this beer is quite average in every aspect (except mouthfeel), it almost appears as if Founders meant it to be that way. There is nothing surprising, but also nothing to really dislike. Its drinkability and low ABV make it a great example of a session porter (if such a thing exists). This is also a great introduction to porters and stouts and could be used as a rubric on which to grade all other stouts and porters. Simplicity is sexy, apparently. 15.5/20 (3,087 characters)

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

A- Black with a mocha head that shrinks then persists.

S- Malts & coffee

T- Coffee (did i mention coffee?) then the malts with a hopy finish

M- Medium to rich body, very smooth

O- Coffee porter at its best. Good balance of malts, flavors, and hops.

Would Drink
Would Buy
Might Make (286 characters)

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. (1,022 characters)

Photo of Thingus
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live tasting 12 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip...

Appearance; pours a deep dark brown out of the bottle, that becomes black in the glass with cola edges... Single finger head falls exceptionally quickly, leaving nothing but a very thin ring of bubbles around the edges..

Smell; lots of roasty malt, coffee, caramel and chocolate...

Taste; quite similar to the smell, jumps right in with coffee and roasted malts, the caramel and chocolate are more subdued and quite nicely accent the roastiness... Medium finish with a nice lingering roasted malt/coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel; on the light side of full bodied, with a bit more carbonation than I would expect, but it definitely compliments the flavor and body of the beer... Slightly sticky, it hangs around a bit on the sides of the glass but nowhere near the extent of a beer like Ten Fidy...

Overall; a damn good beer! My second Founders experience, I've got a few more in the fridge and I can't wait to get into them!! (972 characters)

Photo of jsolack
3.67/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance:
Very dark brown... almost like chocolate syrup. Pours thick and head is a heavy dark tan.

Smell:
Smooth and creamy scent. Has a nice sweet smell.

Taste:
A rich and flavorful beer. A bit bitter in the finish. A hint of spice and a dark coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel:
Not as thick in mouth as I would expect but still a good feel.

Drinkability:
A full bodied beer. Strong flavor and bitter coffee like aftertaste is a little much for me. (459 characters)

Photo of ob_carr
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

This beer is bite-your-knuckle sexy, just as the bottle claims. It has a dark, dark brown body close to a muddy black and a short-lived but beautiful head the color of a cup of coffee with 1 cream that disappears right before you've been able to fully appreciate it. It's silky smooth, but not thick, and subtly sweet with a killer, sticky and slightly bitter finish and an aftertaste that gently nibbles at your conscience. It's like eating a tiny piece of mildly dark chocolate and no more. It's like a tauntingly gentle kiss on the lips from your high school crush who's also wearing the perfect, creamy chocolate lip-gloss and (for some reason) holding an open cup of coffee beans and standing in a dewy field. Every time I have one, my eyes pop out like Eddie Valiant ogling Jessica Rabbit then settle back in as the potent but manageable 6.5% ABV washes over. (866 characters)

Photo of machostacos
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from chilled bottle into pint glass.

A: Deep mahogany - completely opaque with a 1/4 inch creamy chocolate head that dissipated quickly, leaving a tiny collar. Light lacing.

S: Lots of chocolate (blend of dark/semi-sweet), blended with rich dark roasted coffee, hints of vanilla and smoky charred wood, with a light touch of dark fruit sweetness (cherry, prune).

T: Very full, rich - much like the nose; dark chocolates and dark roasted coffee galore up front followed by a mild chocolately sweetness. Finishes with a mild bitterness reminiscent of grapefruit and dark chocolate. Quite tasty, though not terribly complex. Bitterness lessens and sweetened chocolate flavors shine through more as beer warms.

M: Rich and full but a little thin. Good carbonation.

D: Goes down so smoothly - could easily put 2 or 3 of these away. Delicious pairing with blueberry pie - fantastic dessert or sipper beer. (911 characters)

Photo of BPudd
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: A hard pour that resulted in black bodied brew with a large inch of coco colored head that slowly faded.

S: Not overly complex but coffee notes were strong at first, followed by a semi-sweet chocolate.

T: More complex than smell as coffee flavors are bold at first then a vanilla note precedes the semi-sweet chocolate malts. . Dark fruits made their presence as the beer settled.

M: Medium bodied, rich & creamy

O: One of the best porters I've had recently. Rarely does Founders disappoint.

Serving type: bottle (559 characters)

Photo of Fluke828
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Murphy's Imperial Tulip-esque Pint/Pub Glass.
Bottle says it was bottled on "03/31/11"

A-> Pours black as night and looks quite thick. Aggressive pour yields just about a full finger of coffee/mocha colored head that quickly fades but still leaves a thin layer of lace/bubbles on the glass as well as across the top terminus of liquid in the glass.

S-> Smell is dominated by chocolate and coffee with some bitter notes in there as well. Burnt biscuit alt smells are also present. Getting a bit of toffee and roasted bread also. Some faint chocolate molasses is detectable as well. Really a lot going on here.

T-> Definitely get the roasted malt/burnt biscuit/breads up front which is quickly followed by a refreshing bitter kick. Smoky dark chocolate makes itself known in the middle and becomes ever more prevalent as I let this brew warm a bit. Going to see if anything else comes through with some more warmth...Really getting an earthy, woody smokiness coupled with bitter and sweet notes in the middle as this goes down. Really a complex brew that isn't effing around....

M-> I want to say full bodied but wonderfully balanced and not thick at all (like I thought it looked from the pour). Not thin by any means yet carbonated enough to be pleasant and refreshing yet smooth and silky enough to retain its robustness. Really admirable...

O-> This is one fine porter. Not that I expected anything less from Founders and at the risk of sounding like a Founders fanboy, this brew is really quite drinkable/enjoyable. Borderline quaff-able. Smooth and crisp, I could drink this as a nightcap or as a dessert beer or with dessert or all at the same time. Wonderfully complex and delicious with a lot going on. Really liked the earthy, woody, smoky flavors that came through that were married beautifully with a mild bitterness that made this exceptionally smooth and drinkable. Founders Porter has solidified a spot in my fridge no matter what season it is.... (2,007 characters)

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,431 ratings.