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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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95
world-class

5,607 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,607
Reviews: 1,343
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 268
Gots: 630 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

prisdefer, Jan 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

ThinkAgain, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of mscudder
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

mscudder, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

JellyJacket, Mar 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

rdooley, Nov 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

stephensinner, Oct 25, 2013
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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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

schmidtmattsays, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. An aggressive pour gets you a good 2" pillowy tan head, floating on an impenatrable dark pool. The head reduces to a thin slick, with thick lacing down the side as the beer is consumed.

Smells of espresso, roasted caramel, hints of chocolate and malt. Very appealing, and makes me want to ensure this one is warm enough before I drink.

Tastes delicious! The espresso is what you first notice, followed by toasted malt. There's almost a faint taste of cherry or some other tanic fruit that hits you mid-tongue followed by slight hops bitterness as it goes down the throat.

Very creamy and smooth, and very drinkable. As it warms, it becomes even smoother. I'd say of the porters I've had, only Great Lakes' Edmund Fitzgerald is better. I'm disappointed I only have one in the fridge!

TheHoppiest, Apr 29, 2010
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3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No bottle or label date that I can find. Poured into a Duvel tulip. One finger mocha head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving some minor lacing. The body is dark brown, nearly black, with some light red hue around the edges.

Good, rich aroma. Dark fruit, primarily raisin, with light amounts of chocolate, toffee, roasted malt, and a hint of tangy hops. Very nice.

The dominant flavors follow the aroma, but I was pleasantly surprised by the hop bitterness which is muted but definitely present.

The mouthfeel is smooth, but thin. Very drinkable. One of the better porters I've had.

FanofHefe, Mar 11, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

WritersBlock, Nov 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Ristaccia, Aug 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

fuzzcherry, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Booner818, Apr 16, 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%

RMoeNay, Jul 15, 2012
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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4.22/5  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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4.18/5  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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Casey3236, Feb 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Hypersomnia, Jan 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

MrVonzipper, Aug 29, 2012
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,607 ratings.