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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,237 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 6,237
Reviews: 1,432
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 321
Gots: 949 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2003

No absence of hops gives Founders' robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect.

45 IBU
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Ratings: 6,237 | Reviews: 1,432
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured unto a pint. Served again this time in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black, head comes off thick roughly 2 fingers length light tan.

Smell: This is not a the strongest aroma you would like, does it smell great absolutely, why don I rate it higher?, because it comes off slightly quick almost too quick.

Taste: comes off chocolately, not too heavy but feels like coffee is in the mix. After another sip....yes absolutely coffee is in the mix. Comes off strong but not on the alcohol side just pure flavor.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation, very easy to drink for the real beer drinker in you.

Overall: Well put together beer, full of incredible flavor and might be slightly complex but not to the point that you don't know what it is. Definitely a keeper in your fridge and pound for pound one of the best porters I have had....drink with love and enjoy, Salud!

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of neenerzig
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass. This beer is a very dark brown, almost black color. Tan head about an inch thick when poured, settles quickly to a nice surface coating and tan ring lining the inside of the glass. Good lacing. Has a roasted malty, coffee and chocolate aroma with hints of vanilla. Very strong bitter, black coffee taste upfront, followed by roasted malt and sweeter chocolate and malt notes, capped off with a bit of vanilla. Despite the very bitter coffee flavor, I didn't detect much of a hop flavor. Has a crisp, frothy, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink in the was well brewed beer ought to be. A winner here indeed!

Eric

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

appearance: "Silky Black" according to the Founders site, but through light it seems a very deep red. Pretty brew in any case. Slight tan head, little lacing.
smell: That burnt porter edge but balanced with caramel sweetness.
taste: As the nose portends. burnt but balanced well.
overall: This may go in regular rotation.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Pahn
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled 5/29/12, drank 8/18/12.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1 inch frothy tan head that dissipates slowly leaving a thick ring of lacing. Pours a solid black with translucent light red brown edges. Leaves a few arches and spots of lacing.

Smell: Sweet coffee, roasted malt, bready malt, all very deep (as in the smell keeps on going as you sniff; high magnitude, and develops as it lasts). Slight piny / woody aroma. A little bit of cookie dough underneath it all.

Promises a really robust, flavorful porter.

Taste: Delivers on that promise. Tons of dark malt and hop goodness. Sweetish coffee and caramel malt up front, giving way steadily to a growing taste of nutty roasted malt that lasts long into the aftertaste. Great moderate bitterness from the hops and roasted malt. Woody Willamette hop highlights throughout.

You don't get this much flavor in a 6.5% stout/porter every day (unless you drink Founders Porter every day, I suppose). Really exceptional. Great balance, bold, rich flavors held in check by appropriate bitterness, with a creamy mouthfeel that matches them perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Very creamy. Very slight dryness in the finish. Never chalky or chewy.

Overall: Well, I've finally found a "normal strength, no bells and whistles" porter to surpass Mayflower Porter and Anchor Porter. Easily the best stout/porter between 5%~8% ABV I've ever had.

Not much else to say. If you happen to be in Founders distribution area, like stouts/porters, and haven't tried Founders Porter yet, you should do so. You'll probably end up drinking a lot of it.

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: a stumpy 355mL brown bottle with a semi-stylish old-school label.

Appearance: pours an intense dark brown tending towards oily black, with a small amount of sediment evident on the final pour. An impressive tan head settles to a solid half-finger Minimal lacing.

Aroma: considering the reviews I have seen on this beer, I assume this has suffered a bit on the way to Australia. Smells only of light molasses and an unfortunate off malt. Not sure about that.

Taste: really picks up on the palate - plenty of unsweetened chocolate and roast malts, a touch of dark fruits. Very nice, particularly when the chill has left the glass.

Aftertaste: the malt profile drops away, leaving heavier dark fruits and some hop bitterness. Very nice.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a moderate carbonation that brings the flavour through nicely - if you decide to let it warm enough.

Overall: a very nice American Porter - not overly flavoursome, but a fantastic mid-slow sipper once it has warmed sufficiently. Alternatively, at the right price (we get majorly ripped off in Australia) this could be a great sessional beer.

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4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a kissin cousin to the Founders great lineup of stouts.

Oily black pour with burgundy edges, thin tan head and lacing that's just mmm k.

Richer smell than expected, featuring roasted barley, frozen coffee beans, and hint of campfire.

Little sweetness comes thru in the flavor, with iced starbucks up front, dark chocolate in the middle, and finishing with a bitter hoppy bark bite.

Complex MF for a porter, with the nice astringent bite.

Solid drinkability - I wouldn't hesitate to enjoy a couple/few of these in a row. Another winner from Founders.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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