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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,291 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,291
Reviews: 1,324
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 246
Gots: 510 | 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 rdooley


4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-19-2013 00:41:32 | More by rdooley
Photo of Roguer


4.11/5  rDev -3.3%

Beautiful black beer with just a hint of light making it through. One finger dark brown head from a turbulent pour; surprisingly good retention, fading to a thin remnant, and minimal lacing.

Aroma is dry cocoa behind black-but-not-burnt coffee.

Strong black coffee flavor, but it's mostly on the backend, mingling with some extremely dark cacao. Filling out the overall experience is a creamy milkiness, not unlike an oatmeal stout. Lovely bite to this porter. As it warms, it gains a smoky aspect, and some green hops start to come through.

Medium-full mouthfeel; not quite chewy. Lively with a bit of sting, but very smooth.

A very straight, to-the-point porter without any bells and whistles. You know what? It doesn't need them. It stands on its own quite well.

12-17-2013 02:36:55 | More by Roguer
Photo of scxcrunner


4.25/5  rDev 0%

08-25-2013 00:48:43 | More by scxcrunner
Photo of M_C_Hampton


4.34/5  rDev +2.1%

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, rich dark brown almost black with a short brown head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: caramel, toffee, light roasted coffee, toast, malt

T: toasty malt, sweeter but not syrupy, big malt flavor with a slight hop bitterness towards the end

M: creamy with nice body

O: a really good beer that focuses on the flavor of toasted malt without having a burnt character

04-05-2013 00:45:33 | More by M_C_Hampton
Photo of RedHaze


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

12oz bottle.

Pours a deep dark brown, nearly black. The head peaks around one and a half fingers tall, then fades slowly to a thin spotty cap. Lacing is thin, but sticks decently.

Smell; dark roasted malts, coffee and a faint hit of molasses. A surprising amount of hops come through in the aroma, but it's of the earthy/floral variety. They actually work really well with the roast malt and coffee.

Taste; rich chocolate malts, slight touch of char, coffee beans all hit you right at once, then the earthy hops come out and play. It's all topped of with a little sweet molasses that's just enough to keep this from being overly roasty and bitter.

Mouthfeel/drinkability; as with all Founders beers, it seems, this has a really nice smooth texture in the mouth, which just seems to increase the drinkability. Very nice.

11-17-2009 00:11:07 | More by RedHaze
Photo of Giggy


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-26-2013 00:28:04 | More by Giggy
Photo of PGVG


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-06-2013 06:08:59 | More by PGVG
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-24-2012 10:40:54 | More by jrfehon33
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-21-2013 16:10:47 | More by leedorham
Photo of magine


4.63/5  rDev +8.9%

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a near black with some ruby edges. Has a dark tan fluffy head that settles to a layer on top with minimal lacing. Good looks.

Brew smells of roasted malts, big roasted nose; coffee, dark cocoa molasses. Very good nose.

Brew is velvety smooth, creamy head and mouthfeel. Full bodied brew here. Sweet cocoa, roasted notes picked up in the drying semi bitter finish. A bit of milk chocolate as well. Great feel and flavors here. Tremendous.

Wow - may be the best porter I have had. I would like to sample this next to some of my favorites of this style. This is certainly a world class stand out brew here.

07-28-2012 02:44:23 | More by magine
Photo of MNBeer1017


4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-30-2013 00:49:24 | More by MNBeer1017
Photo of Jeffrey2310


3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

07-24-2013 03:39:38 | More by Jeffrey2310
Photo of bobhits


3.38/5  rDev -20.5%

Black, coffee colored head.

Smokey roasted, burnt dark chocolate, softened by hops.

Sweet up front, the burnt flavor comes next. The hops try to finish but the sweet flavors end it.

Soft drinkable, clean, medium body, marginal carbonation,

Better than average porter, but it's still a porter.

09-21-2010 03:00:59 | More by bobhits
Photo of ninaturner


4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

01-02-2014 00:50:29 | More by ninaturner
Photo of dedrinker


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Black beer, deep tan, light brown head. This is all dark chocolate and black coffee with that almost vanilla-like toasty note - aroma and flavor. Full bodied. Roasty finish. I love it because it is all the flavor you really need from a porter/ stout without being an imperial. Lets' be honest - it's a robust porter - a "stout" porter, and it will eat your hamburger and drink your milkshake.

01-24-2010 07:14:42 | More by dedrinker
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New York

4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-17-2013 01:27:43 | More by kbnooshay
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

08-23-2013 15:52:03 | More by GuttaMane138
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

09-28-2013 19:49:51 | More by EB1
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

06-30-2014 02:19:41 | More by Stum-pub
Photo of tewaris


4/5  rDev -5.9%

Darker than most within its style and ABV range with a medium head etc. Smells faintly of chocolate and roast. Tastes chocolaty and roasty with a long charred and somewhat nutty finish. There is some acidity as well. Mouthfeel is medium with carbonation a little higher than my preferred level.

Overall a great beer that's tough to beat at its price point. Founders has a really good regular lineup with this one, Dirty Bastard, Centennial and Red's Rye. This reminds me why it is one of my favorite breweries.

07-09-2012 09:29:27 | More by tewaris
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev 0%

09-03-2012 03:42:38 | More by jnardone235
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.9%

08-07-2013 07:48:23 | More by KalanM
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

04-28-2014 00:51:28 | More by tclipse
Photo of aubuc1


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

12 oz bottle poured in to a glass.

Pours a rich black with a dark tan thick head.

Smell is smooth roasty and coffeeish. Big smells, but nothing overpowering.

Taste is a little sweeter than the smell, but still has a very roasty taste with a little bitter finish.

Very easy drinking beer that has a great mouthfeel- not too big or thin.

08-06-2009 00:19:17 | More by aubuc1
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-27-2012 23:56:41 | More by mixed_master7
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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