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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,184 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,184
Reviews: 1,317
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 234
Gots: 484 | 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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Photo of stewart124


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark red color with ruby highlights. Little to no head.

Huge burnt caramel notes and some coffee in the nose.

Syrupy and sweet right off the bat. This leans more towards raisin and prune in character with a subtle but spicy hop note. The syrupy sweetness really pushes this beer and the style. Quite good and bold with a warming finish that just rounds out this delicious porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 20:21:57 | More by stewart124
Photo of VaTechHopHead

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Stout-like blackness in color with a tan, thick, foamy head that produces large bubbles.

S - Very roasted malt, coffee tones, and a subtle sweetness in the background.

T - Mirrors the aroma with a nice malty backbone that is rich and roasted. A nice dark chocolate bitterness is detected and smoke towards the end.

M - Big foamy body that fills the palate and it somewhat chewy on the tongue. Nice carbonation and finishes neutral, making it easy to drink.

O - A well represented porter that is balanced correctly for the style, awesome roasted flavor, and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 03:48:17 | More by VaTechHopHead
Photo of kevanb


4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This porter has a nice deep brown color that borders on black, hints of caramel and burgundy come through when held to the light. A thin tan colored head sits atop the beer, but doesn’t last long, a gentle flick of the beer does generate a layer of film along the top of the beer however, not much lacing here either. A bit of a weak nose, definitely from the lack of head and lacing, but there is a nice prickly hop presence at first, but chocolate takes over quickly, while some roasted coffee and toasted malt plays with some charred wood. The flavors are nice and robust, big smooth chocolate flavors leap out, coffee is definitely there although relative to the nose, a bit smoother and mellower, much less roast. Some woody flavors highlight some earthy hop flavors as well while some fruity sweetness, like dark cherries or sweet plums, finishes out a surprisingly complex palate. The body is nice and rich yet silky and smooth, perfect carbonation level.

Verdict: Awesome porter from Founders. The nose is a bit of a weak spot, but the flavors are wonderful and it stays really drinkable despite the richness and complexity on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 05:53:48 | More by kevanb
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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at refrigerator temperature.

L – Deep brown color with a 1-finger tan bubbly head. Dissipates quickly into a tan, bubbly slick on top of the surface of the beer. Not much lacing. I’ll blame the lack of head characteristics on temperature.

S – Lots of roasted malt with chocolate, coffee, and vanilla notes. Some dark fruits like plums show up a little bit, but this is mostly roasted goodness. Smells awesome.

T – Starts with big roasted flavors of coffee and dark chocolate, builds to a pleasant sweetness with milk chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruity notes, and finishes with a mildly bitter roasted barley and coffee finish. Delicious.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with moderate carbonation, a creamy and velvety mouthfeel, and a moderately bitter and dry finish. Roasted coffee bitterness lingers for a nice amount of time.

O – This is a very drinkable and delicious porter. All of the dark and roasted flavors and aromas are there, as well as a subtle and pleasant sweetness. It is everything a porter should be. Founders can do no wrong in my book.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 22:31:12 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a midnight black hue, nice creamy mocha head

Smell - Nice hints of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, smoke, peat, campfire

Taste - Big rich coffee and espresso flavors right up front, so gorgeous. I am getting vanilla, milk chocolate, toasted almonds, roasted barley, tobacco. It tastes so rich.

Mouthfeel - This thing is silky smooth, perfect.

Overall - Founders makes the best dark stouts ever, its no doubt i would love their porter just as much. This thing is the tastiest damn drinkable thing I've ever had and EASILY MY FAVORITE PORTER. wow founder, wow.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 23:56:20 | More by aorloski
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

11-30-2013 03:36:32 | More by Houser
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-22-2011 15:55:11 | More by wdarcy77
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

02-22-2014 18:53:50 | More by Skunkdrool
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

11-28-2012 02:13:24 | More by wyatt13
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-06-2013 14:57:00 | More by browniewithnuts
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

03-17-2013 00:54:06 | More by JellyJacket
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South Carolina

4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass
no bottling dates

A: Pours an opaque black with browning on the edges when held to light and 1/2 fingers width of mocha colored head. Head dissipates down quickly and leaves effectively zero lacing.

S: Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malt, char, subtle dark fruits. Lots of char, but pretty mild aroma overall.

T: Follows the nose, but better. Char, roasted malt, oak, heavy cream, chocolate, subtle hop bitterness. Excellent.

M/D: Fairly smooth, carbonation on the higher end for the style, drinkability is great. The only downside is it leaves this weird filmy feeling coating my mouth, and its very distracting.

O: Overall, aroma is a bit lacking but a really tasty beer. I dont drink standard porters all that often, but if I were to drink one this would be near the top of my list of choices.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 23:12:27 | More by zac16125
Photo of Agold


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours very dark with about a half inch of tan head. The nose is of coffee and roasted malts with a little bit of coco. The taste matches the nose, with a bit of bitterness from patent malt and the coco taking a more prominent place. The mouthfeel is smooth, but a bit over carbonated. Very good porter, one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 05:24:18 | More by Agold
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

06-13-2014 23:31:31 | More by Mark000
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-21-2013 20:28:39 | More by Sazz9
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-05-2014 13:58:04 | More by johnyb
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3/5  rDev -29.4%

08-25-2013 21:29:42 | More by Kaveman
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

04-06-2013 22:01:53 | More by ItsBeer4Me
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

11-11-2013 15:42:58 | More by fionn13
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

06-25-2013 02:43:21 | More by Fargrow
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

04-25-2014 12:18:54 | More by Lucnifter
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

02-24-2013 21:21:32 | More by speedvagen
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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass...

A: Very dark brown, almost black, with a thin tan head that sits gracefully on top. Very fine carbonation.

S: Roated malt is dominant, with hints of coffee and chocolate. The nose also expresses an earthy quality I haven't experienced in many porters.

T: Nice roasty malt flavors, with hints of toast, chocolate, and earth. A pleasant hop bitterness finishes it off.

M: Full bodied and viscous, with a silky texture.

D: Very smooth. Another excellent example of this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 02:04:38 | More by WYVYRN527
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

06-19-2014 03:50:52 | More by tykechandler
Photo of Gtreid


4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Deep, dark, brown. When backlit a slight reddish hue comes through. The pour produces about one finger of wet sand colored head that receeds quickly, and leaves minimal, spotty, lace.

A: Dark chocolate malts, some small coffee, dried fruit, and vanilla. I get a very nice earthiness from the grassy hops.

T: Again I get dark chocolate, sour dried fruit, earthy hops, biscuit and dark malts. The beer finishes dry with absolutley no hint of alcohol.

M: Light to Medium body and a good amount of carbonation. Almost too thin for a Porter IMO.

D and overall impression: This gets some pretty high marks on drinkability, due to the low ABV and the thinness of the mouthfeel. Overall a very solid Porter from Founders, these guys continue to impress. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 23:06:32 | More by Gtreid
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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