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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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95
world-class

5,593 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,593
Reviews: 1,342
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 267
Gots: 625 | 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 afksports
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
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
Photo of CarolinaKev
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

CarolinaKev, May 17, 2012
Photo of Casey3236
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Casey3236, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of csmartin6
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

csmartin6, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of Giggy
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Giggy, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of mwar
2.5/5  rDev -41.3%

mwar, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of Hallertau
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Hallertau, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of Traquairlover
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Deep mahogany with ruby red tint when held up to light, with very small tan head that quickly resolves into a mere ring of bubbling around the edge of the glass.

S & T = A very coffee smelling porter, like a coffee with cream and sugar topped off with a chocolate frosted donut. Good bitterness shows up in the mid-palate and continues into the finish to keep this from being too sweet.

M = Medium body, good mouthcoating, clear strong carbonation present but in a tickling way, not in a biting way.

D = This is really a fine porter that I just love to drink. Great drinkability. I just wish the ABV were a little lower to enjoy more of them.

Traquairlover, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of Quackus
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Quackus, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of damndirtyape
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single 12oz bottle (no date) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pitch black beer - I'm not even seeing any light getting through the sides. Head dies down to a dark tan ring around the edge and a thin film across the top. Some lacing here and there - strands and sheets. The label says "Dark, Rich & Sexy". Definitely the darkest porter I've ever had.

Smell: When first poured and cold, it smells of raisins and rich sweet malt. As it warms up, the fruitiness goes away a bit and is replaced with a richness of mild chocolate and roasted malts. Nicely appealing.

Taste: Definitely a rich brew here. The best I can describe this beer is like sipping a scoop of rich bittersweet chocolate ice-cream that has been put into a stout. That stout bitterness end is there, but the chocolate shines through with a milk-like creaminess. As it warms up the bitterness at the end becomes more pronounced - a mix of coffee-like bitterness and some hints of citrus hops. Very tasty porter this one.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with some carbonation along for the ride. Pretty good.

Drinkability: Yep, I could have another one, and I can see this beer pairing with so many things. It did really well with Welsh Rabbit, and I think it would be fantastic with a steak or a burger, and with dessert as well. The alcohol is well hidden and I'm not noticing it at all by the end of the glass. A dark, rich, and sexy beer indeed.

damndirtyape, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of speedvagen
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

speedvagen, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of KalanM
4/5  rDev -6.1%

KalanM, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of chilidog
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A true porter indeed.
It pours dark black, nice tan head that cascades nice as you pour. The head maintains to lace somewhat from a moderate carbonated, full bodied brew. Though its not overly thick.

Aroma of dark roasted malts carry into the taste with dark chocolates, cocoa, charred wood, coffee and a toffee sweetness.

Easy on the mouth with a hop oil coat yet a slight burnt toast dryness.

A robust porter, well made.

chilidog, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of DavidHume
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

DavidHume, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of probert
3.75/5  rDev -12%

probert, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of oelergud
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stubby 12oz brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap. The label shows a fine lady from last century.
Black opaque body with a nice brown head. Good retention and lace.
Cocoa bean and vanilla scent, very inviting.
Great cocoa flavor with vanilla bean. Hops are strong and gives the aftertaste long life.
Full body and lots of residual sugars.
Excellent drinkability.

-Oelergud

oelergud, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black, no light coming through. Provides a one finger foam head that dissipates to a light film. Some spotty lacing.

S: Needs to warm some, but as it does there is some roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla.

T: Very rich malt character. The dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee blend together and hit the palate first. The sweetness intensifies in the middle and is balance out slightly on the back end with some hop character.

M: Very sweet and creamy taste on the palate.

D: This is a very nice Porter, good for a nice cool fall day. Very sweet in flavor, but balanced with some hop bitterness, makes this very easy to drink.

IronCitySteve, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

SkiBum22, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of Mark000
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Mark000, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of Domvan
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Domvan, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of brpendergast85
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

brpendergast85, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of ScaryEd
4/5  rDev -6.1%

ScaryEd, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of OldhouseRecs
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

OldhouseRecs, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of JRed
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Subtle black with cinnamon head that leaves chocolate lacing down the glass. Strong scent of chocolate, roast, tobacco, charcoal. Dark chocolate cream, coffee beans, roast, tobacco leaves, and spice in the taste. Heavy in body with slight carbonation that tickles the tongue. Highly enjoyable, each sip beckons for the next one to be taken. An instant classic among American Porters.

JRed, May 24, 2009
Photo of andrewinski1
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. The color is black with a small medium tan head.

There is a nice robust malty aroma with notes of coffee.

The taste is dry and malty, with a nice bitter finish, with just a touch of zesty hops.

The mouthfeel is light to medium with nice crisp carbonation.

This is a really good; straight-forward porter.

andrewinski1, Mar 17, 2012
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,593 ratings.