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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,586 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,586
Reviews: 1,342
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 267
Gots: 622 | 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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

stephensinner, Oct 25, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

fuzzcherry, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of sukwonee
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque black, half a finger head, decent amount of lacing

S: I don't think I get much smell out of this beer, but what I do get is roasted coffee. Maybe a bit of chocolate.

T: It's got that Founder's signature coffee flavor, followed by some chocolate, roasted malt. It tastes a lot better than it smells. A bit sweeter than most American porter.

M: It has such the right amount of carbonation, medium body. It's a bit sticky at the end and the taste lingers a little while.

O: Excellent porter from Founders. I enjoyed it a lot!

sukwonee, May 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

tclipse, Apr 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Ristaccia, Aug 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

RMoeNay, Jul 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

MaddDogg84, Friday at 02:08 AM
Photo of SheepNutz
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep black color with one finger of dark tan head. There is just a touch of lacing left on the glass. The smell is full of burnt malt, coffee, caramel, and molasses. A nice strong smell. The taste starts with espresso and roasted malt, some sweetness like caramel and toffee. Only a hint of hops on a slightly dry finish. The mouthfeel is just a little light for the style. The drinkability is good though. A nice solid porter.

SheepNutz, May 23, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Skunkdrool, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of Vdubb86
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Stella glass.

I needed to give this one another go because the last time that I consumed it, the entire six pack was all bottle bombs. This beer poured a blackness with a tan foam. The smell off the bat was pretty damn amazing. There was peat smoked malts and roasted malts similar to a strong coffee aroma. The taste was greatly similar to the smell, though the smoke was toned down really nicely felt that there was almost too much roast in the flavor, which is something that I thought I'd never say. There was a good chocolate flavor to tie everything together. The mouthfeel was a tad on the astringent side, but with that much roast it was rather expected. This is insanely easy to drink, I must admit I'm rather fond of this beer and am truly happy that I gave it a second chance.

Vdubb86, Jan 02, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

prisdefer, Jan 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

schmidtmattsays, Apr 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

ninaturner, Jan 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Sazz9, Jul 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Booner818, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of GRPunk
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- A regular pour left about a finger's worth of a murky brown head that dropped to a full lace that left a bunch of rings on the glass. The body was nearly black with hints of carbonation making their way to the surface.

S- I was met with a distinct aroma of dark chocolate and roasty malts.

T- The chocolate and roasted notes from the aroma were definitely present. They were matched with some raisin-like flavor, smoked accents, and some citrus hops.

M- The mouthfeel was pretty solidl. The carbonation wasn't overpowering, but there seemed to be plenty of it. Its finish was pretty dry.

D- It's an easy drinker. I could have a few in a single sitting and it's good enough that I'd pick it over many other American porters when given the choice.

GRPunk, Jan 25, 2009
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Diomede, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Clydesdale
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nearly opaque black color with a faint ruby-brown tint when held up to light. The tall, foamy head has a light brown coloration and medium density, becoming a bit rocky after a few moments. Retention is good, and some sticky rings of lacing adhere nicely to the glass.

S: Dark and roasted malts are prominent in the nose, along with some smooth caramel/brown sugar sweetness. Hop notes are surprisingly noticeable (although still in the backseat), with some fruity notes that complement the soft dark fruitiness of the beer. There is a pleasant dark chocolate aroma, with fainter notes of coffee and a very mild smoky note.

T: A big dose of dark and roasty malt up front, although it stops short of any burnt flavor. There's a firm caramel/brown sugar sweetness up front, but it doesn't stick around for long before a robust dose of hop bitterness kicks in. A bit of leafy and dark-fruity flavor is definitely present. This comes across much more chocolatey than coffeelike to me, with a very pleasing dark chocolate/unsweetened cocoa character.

M: Fairly full-bodied. Carbonation and mouthfeel are smooth and creamy with just enough perkiness and roasted astringency to keep things balanced. The dry, roasty aftertaste lingers for quite some time.

D: This is a very good American Porter. It drinks very smoothly and deliciously despite being rather highly hopped for the style. I wonder how this would drink with the IBUs dialed back into the mid-30s. No matter though - this doesn't need messed around with. A boldly-flavored, dark chocolatey gem of a porter.

Clydesdale, Oct 13, 2011
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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.

kevanb, Oct 04, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

MrVonzipper, Aug 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

mkennedy119, Jan 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Zonian1, Dec 22, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A week after guzzling down many Deschutes Black Butte porters, I'm happy to test the yield of this fine Founders Porter bottle. Yup, it's beer!

It looks inviting, just like that classy lady on the bottle that says dark and sexy. It's nearly black, with brown edges and a tan head that laces adequately as tiny bubbles cling to the glass. The smell hits you immediately with a malt hop mix that has a bit of almost chemical overtones, maybe soap, and then bitter chocolate. Taste is malt first, with coffee and chocolate in the middle. The bitterness of the 45 IBU's listed on the bottle is there in the finish. That helps it drink clean.

With the 6.5% alcohol, and the medium body that reminds me of a brown, this baby is one I can repeat. The only problem is the bottle cost in New York separates it from other comparable options that won't hurt the wallet as much.

That said, I'm still in love with Founders, and I want to see about this lady's phone number...

afksports, Jan 23, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

CarolinaKev, May 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Casey3236, Feb 25, 2014
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,586 ratings.