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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

Founders PorterFounders Porter

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

4,623 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4623
Reviews: 1284
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%


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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scinerd3000

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium pour into a traditional pint glass...Laid a low off-white head which dissipated quickly. No Lacing on the glass. Beer is almost black with slight amber highlights when held up to the light. It is clear in the areas I can discern when held up to light.

Aroma: Molasses, Chocolate and sweet coffee. No hops.

Taste: Chocolate and coffee right up front although the coffee flavor dominated my pallet. As beer starts to warm in the glass there is a touch of alcohol present. Strangely a taste of lemons...Seems well balanced and very sessionable. Bitterness is discernible however no specific hop flavors and no DMS. Very clean

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated (although leaves a poor head), clean flavor. Slightly thin The carbonation level is perfect for this style.

Overall: A very good beer and one which is very easy to consume. Would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 02:59:08 | More by scinerd3000
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gbbass16

Missouri

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Founders CBS snifter.

I have had this numerous times but this is the first time I have actually reviewed it. The pour is thick, dark drown with a thin layer of foam that dissipates to lacing around the edge. The smell is of chocolate and coffee. The taste is of dark, toasted coffee, dark woods, and absolutely no alcohol whatsoever. Smooth, smooth, smooth. Mouthfeel is viscous and foamy in the mouth, especially when swished around the tongue. That is where the real flavors come out. Overall, one of my favorite beers from my favorite brewery. Only have two left of these so I am hoarding them for cold dark snowy days. Hopefully I am home for one of those...

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 00:02:22 | More by gbbass16
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Shrews


3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served - Bottle poured into a Stein

Appearance
Dark pour with a slight 1/8 inch head that tapered off 15 seconds after pouring. Just a small amount of head remains on side of glass as you drink.

Smell
Rich, molasses, malty, almondy scent.

Taste
Can taste the molasses, coffee, chocolate, and malt flavor very well, however the taste of carbonation makes it seem a little flat.

Mouthfeel
Rich presence in your mouth. A nice warm feeling as you swallow. Slight carbonation.

Overall
A little bit underwhelming taste after a great smell. Not as rich as I had figured it would be. The chocolate after taste is excellent, however mine did seem a little flat.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 00:08:24 | More by Shrews
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Brubaker

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 12:42:07 | More by Brubaker
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usechopstix4soup

New York

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour into an English pub. No head, which was a little disappointing. Black coffee color, from the top there are hints of caramel, coca cola-like.

Smell is not blatantly obvious, underlining aroma of roasted coffee beans with malts and chocolate. The smell right before drinking reminds me of chocolate milk.

Taste isn't too bitter, definitely chocolate, espresso, kind of taste. I also taste the roasted malts and coffee beans.

Mouthfeel reminds me of drinking flat coca-cola and finishes with a smooth, rich after taste. Body isn't too full like most porters, which makes this beer's drinkability higher than most.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 03:12:13 | More by usechopstix4soup
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brandoncox

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pure black pour with a thick frothy head of tan and orange.

Aroma notes are of rich dark chocolate and coffee beans.

The character of this beer changes as it warms in the glass. First few sips are of chocolate but as the temperature rises my palate picks up vanilla and an attack of good hoppy bitterness.

Very chewy porter with a thick mouth-feel that will almost make you believe you are consuming a chocolate candy bar.

I don't think my stomach could hold more than a couple of these at a time but it is a very satisfying beer. Although not a seasonal this is a great porter for a fall evening or perhaps even a halloween party. I'm becoming very impressed with Founders as every beer I have tried has been exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 16:24:35 | More by brandoncox
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dafla67

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass.

A: dark black; a finger of frothy tan foam.

S: not a huge aroma but definitely some coffeee and chocolate.

T: complex. Starts with chocolate flavor and then moves to coffee/hops/malts before ending with a bitter taste. The transitions are perfect.

M: creamy and silky smooth; a bit heavy; flavors linger (that's a good thing).

O: Great American Porter. With so many distinctive flavors, the transitions are very important and this porter does it perfectly.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 14:29:45 | More by dafla67
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henryd30

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich dark porter. Brown frothy one thumb head - thick clingy lacing.

S: Not a lot there...what's there is sweet and rich.

T: Powerfully flavorful flavor. Coffie taste that transforms into a warm alcohol flavor, with a slightly bitter aftertaste that isn't unappealing.

M: Silky smooth with mild carbonation.

D: Typically heavy, and not a session beer by any means, but quite tastey and a nice treat.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 03:15:22 | More by henryd30
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nasty31

Indiana

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

Having this beer on tap adds so much to it.

This is trualy a well done porter has every part of it is well done. I keep going back to this all the time. Usually have a sixer in my fridge at all times its that good. Like I said having it on tap though does not compare to having it bottled, if you get the chance have a pint!

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2011 16:58:47 | More by nasty31
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TuffNut87

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first Founders brew. In a pint glass it was obsidian and opaque. The lacing was good and there was a thin cocoa film of head. The taste was good, and it was silky smooth on my palate. The taste was not as complex as I expected, but it left that satisfying bitterness that porter fans love. I will try other porters before returning to this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 03:04:32 | More by TuffNut87
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JKuras

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark brown, nearly pitch black in color even when held to the light. ½ an inch of creamy tan-ish head quickly dies down. Looking thick and creamy, and some nice suds upon swishing the glass around a bit.

Smell: Lots of sweet chocolate and coffee on the nose, with some creamy hazelnut. Smells almost like a dessert.

Taste: The bittersweetness of the chocolate/coffee hits you twice, once upon first taste and then again on the swallow. The aftertaste lingers on for a while, which is not a bad thing. A good creaminess mellows things out throughout. Very nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation present, with a sizeable mouthfeel. This beer definitely has some mass to it, but goes down smooth.

Overall: A great porter from a brewery I am became more a fan of this past year. Can’t really say anything negative about this one. A great brew for riding out hurricane Sandy!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 01:01:38 | More by JKuras
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Tomhet

Illinois

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

The look of this thing is almost like a really dark root beer; verging on complete and utter blackness yet with a hint of brown that anticipates some of the overt sweetness that comes in with the aroma. The slightly tan/mocha head augments this, though in my case the head dissipated almost immediately and left next to no lacing. The first thing that hits the nose is a very sweet sort of coffee and dark chocolate hybrid, which is then followed by a remarkably well mix of sweet caramel malts and definite earthy hops.

The taste is far more roasted coffee than I anticipated; and this dominates the front with an iron fist. However, near the middle of the tongue that sweet caramel/toffee hybrid sneaks its way in, and the end is a bit of that earthy hop with a slight boozy tinge that is just distant enough to be pleasant. In terms of carbonation, I would say this is middle-of-the-road; there's a bit of a bite on the front of the tongue but nothing too strong. As this warmed, the very smooth finish gained a bit of an elevated meaning as a nice way to counteract the fierce blast of roasted coffee-ish malts that hits you at first. Overall, this is yet another example of why Founders is such a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 06:51:31 | More by Tomhet
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MaduroMike

New Jersey

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

A- Thick, oily black. Thin beige head. Fantastic lacing down the glass.

S- A nose full of chocolate, nuts, vanilla, and toffee. Not to mention all that dark roasted malt.

T- Roasted malts roll across the tongue accompanied by chocolate toffee and vanilla. Finished off by bitter espresso and a touch of alcohol on top.

M- Smooth, heavy, decently carbonated.

D- Tasty. Very enjoyable! The combination of the roastyness and the alcohol make this a great beer for a cold windy day. Could see my self drinking this again.

Side note: Bottle states that it is 6.5 ABV.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 06:16:58 | More by MaduroMike
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jagoffyinzer

Pennsylvania

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

Pours dark hard to tell its exact.color in the light. A very tan head fades to a nice layer. Tremendous tan lacing coats the glass on the way down. The smell is malty with a nice roast that stands behind it. Great chocolate notes in there at the end that work well. Tasting at first there is a smooth cocoa flavor finishes roasty and warm. Malt shines through ever flavor. This is smooth and creamy but not too heavy. Pretty drinkable. Founders never disappoints.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2010 00:58:08 | More by jagoffyinzer
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jellis00

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am a fan of porters, and this one is excellent. I would recommend this beer in a heart beat if one was desiring a strong satisfying dark beer.

Appearance: Very smooth.

Smell: The aromas of the mixtures really cut through.

Taste: Very smooth, not hoppy, really quite delicious.

Mouthfeel: Slightly more bitter than I hoped for, but still good.

Drinkability: When I am stuck in the mid west I drink this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 02:00:05 | More by jellis00
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brewcifix

Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I poured this from a bottle into a proper Porter tulip glass. It pours black, with a beautiful tan head. There's decent lacing.

Smell: The nose boasts caramel, sweet bread, and cereal, roasted coffee and malts. It’s a very pleasant aroma that, unfortunately, fades soon after the pour.

Taste: I taste roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, and a little smoke. This porter finshes nicely with grassy espresso hops and the faint memory of bakers cocoa (and maybe a little raisin?).

Mouthfeel: I don’t get the Brewer’s claim of a "silky" mouth feel. This beer is somewhat watery (medium to light tongue weight), with moderate carbonation affecting the back of my tongue.

Overall: This is a very nice porter with very drinkable appeal. I just wish the bouquet held out a litttle longer. Other than that, it's very tasty with rich flavor. I'd love to find this stuff on tap somewhere to REALLY get the full experience! This certainly is a "dark, rich, & sexy" porter that I wouldn't kick out of bed! Founders does it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 21:51:53 | More by brewcifix
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bakeller

California

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

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours jet black with a two finger mocha head. Head retention is pretty good but finally dies down with some thick lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Get a mix of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

T: Rich roasted malts, slight hint of dark chocolate with a robust, semi-bitter coffee backbone. Flavors mingle really well together. Not overly complex.

M: This is a heavy porter. The mouth feel is creamy and thick. Goes down really smoothly with minimal carbonation

D: Due to the heavy weight of this, I could not drink it too quickly but did not mind. Could drink a couple of these on a night in. Very tasty porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 02:43:38 | More by bakeller
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MBABJJ

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - It's got a nice thick head on the pour with a sweet lacing left behind to decorate the interior of my imbibing device.

S - Smoky chocolate velvet nummy

T - Sweet, choco, tobacco nutty, pretty much the gambit of good shit that can exist in a darker beer. No overwhelming alchy or any noticeable off flavors. Could use more choco or one dominant flavor.

M - Yup, I fee it

D - All night long. I be sippin this syrup with smores or truffles any night. Nothing for the daytime or summer love though

Great beer. Solid all around and probably my favorite of the porters that I have tasted. Not a huge fan of the style and I believe in the simplicity of it. That is the only fall back of this beer as I feel it gets a little lost in its simple porter-ness and tries to be too complex.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 03:31:46 | More by MBABJJ
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WeimtimeBier

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Served out of a bottle this porter poured a rich tan mocha head. Creamy with good retention. Very thick with a dark brown mollasses body.

S- Smelled of strong roasted malts, some cocoa, and a strong hop pressence that was clean and bitter.

T- Roasted malts first, then a complex veriety of coffee, cocoa, and some added smokiness which was faint. Hops tasted like they smelled. strong clean and bitter. possibly a little herbal.Faint alcohol in back.

M- Heavy body, moderate carbonation, creamy, and thick. The creamy mouthfeel was enjoyable.

D- Good drinkability for a robust beer. I feel like this was brewed real well, like most founders beers. Dont start with this and then go to a lager.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 13:47:47 | More by WeimtimeBier
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jongullotti

Massachusetts

4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle purchased on 2/26/11 one day after it arrived at the store. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass at cellar temperature (about 55 degrees.)

Pour reveals a very dark brown beer with a perfect tan head which dissipates to thin lacing which sticks to the edge of the glass from beginning to end (which didn't take long.)

Aroma of deep dark toasted malts. I smell chocolate milk. A hint of mocha. This is what I want to smell when I pour a porter.

Rich creamy malt flavor engulfs my whole palate. finish of semi-sweet chocolate and bitterness work together beautifully. A little coffee flavor too. Toasted raw barley flavor with the alcohol at the very end. Great balance of flavors.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Smooth with a medium carbonation that a porter should have.

Drinkable? Hell yea! Smooth as silk. Didn't take long for me to get through this one. Could hardly wait for each next sip.

This is a perfect porter. I'll be buying another six pack asap.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 21:40:16 | More by jongullotti
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olympicgatorade

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black and chocolate brown, gorgeous lacing.

S: Coffee, burnt toast, faint chocolate. Very enticing.

T: Bready start into a magnificent bitter coffee finish. Coffee and hops hang around for a satisfying aftertaste. Really well built; flavors come through very nicely.

M: Drinkable, though carbonation seems a bit high.

O: Care was taken here to showcase a variety of flavors and it pays off. A very good domestic porter and should be exemplary of the style - done right. The coffee flavor here dominates in a good way; I'll be having my next with breakfast.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 04:48:26 | More by olympicgatorade
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cragus

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355mL bottle into snifter
A - Pours an opaque very dark brown with minimal cream head
S - Coffee, chocolate, plums, nut
T - Roasted nuts with coffee and a hint of dark chocolate and plum. Moderately bitter.
M - Moderate mouthfeel with minor carbonation a long finish. Minor astringency is also present.
O - A good porter with a bold rich flavour and decent amount of bitterness, quite good.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 02:29:13 | More by cragus
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gangstafaceclay

Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance is black with a nice tan head that dissipates quickly

Smell is a nice roasted coffee and chocolate

The taste is rich chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, nuts, hints of Carmel and smokey wood. It is phenomenal!


Mouthfeel is a nice full bodied creamy feel. Drinks almost like a stout would.

Overall, another amazing brew by founders. This is my favorite porter out there! And one of my favorite brews. I highly recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 13:39:14 | More by gangstafaceclay
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wscaffe

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a BIF. Thanks to surlytwinsfan.

A - Black as night. Tan head that does not last long. Leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S - I get hints of dark fruit and chocolate. Some roast and pleasant burnt notes as well. An enjoyable smoke character is evident.

T - Coffee and chocolate flavors. I also get some dark fruit in the flavor as well. Some smoke/BBQ flavor. The hops are there but do not overpower.

M - Medium bodied. Pleasant amount of carbonation. Definitely well balanced. Very smooth. A bit of resin lingers on the tongue but it is enjoyable.

Overall - This is one of the best porters I have ever tasted. It is quite complex and at the same time extremely well balanced. I love the combination of smoke and hops and dark fruit.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 00:02:23 | More by wscaffe
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flyers1980

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug...great chocolatey head on this one. No real coffee hints for me, just a straight ahead classic, working mans porter. Would recommend for a pairing with pulled pork. Heaviness makes not extremely sessionable but a great full porter with a chocolatey taste for me!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 02:13:22 | More by flyers1980
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