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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,052 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,052
Reviews: 1,398
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 303
Gots: 835 | 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:
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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of nataku00
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter. Beer pours a dark brown, bordering on black, with an initial half a finger of creamy chocolate brown head. Some minimal lacing as the head dissipates quickly to a thin collar and patchy film. Looks to have ample carbonation, very fine bubbles that cascades.

Nose is light milk chocolate, mild coffee, and some dark bread malts. Some molasses as I let the beer warm up. Aromas are somewhat muted, even after warming up a little.

Taste is better, rich milk chocolate, roasted coffee, and toasted malts. Some molasses sweetness and a lactic acid tang mid tongue, finishing dry with a lingering lactic sourness and roasted bitterness.

Medium body with a nice round mouthfeel from some light carbonation. Pretty creamy on the tongue.

Photo of bschinelli
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of yamar68
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As dark as a porter gets... near pitch black with a sliver of coffee clarity. Mocha brown head that fades fast (dirty glass). Still some good lacing though.

Milk chocolate, smooth generic coffee notes, very inviting, campfire aromas, balanced and approachable. Smells like the type of beer that might convert the BMC crowd.

Well executed, textbook porter flavors. Smokey coffee/chocolate, roasty dark malts, lovingly balanced, some nut notes, super smooth.

Can't complain. I walk by this beer more often than I should. Tasty stuff.

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of DucksFan16
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of ScaryEd
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Sarge3130
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of wiltznucs
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of CloudStrife
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 04/20/12.

A: Pours a deep black with a thick 1 finger khaki head. Leaves some lace as it dissipates over a few minutes. Can catch a little light around the edges.

S: Wow this hits you with a great coffee and chocolate. Has a dark fruit alcohol aroma as well. Good roasted malts. Actually a little hop at the end too.

T: Starts with a roasted coffee and chocolate and balances out with more hops than anticipated. A little bittering at the end but still leaves a great malt quality in the aftertaste.

M: Very nice and full bodied. Doesn't come off watery at all. On the low end in carbonation but that goes well.

Overall a porter that puts most others to shame. Has the best mouthfeel I have seen in a porter.

Photo of WVUbrew
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of ramrod666
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of TheRuss9585
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of JakeDebus
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of emottram
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of comfortablynirm
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of kevanb
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of PappyVans
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of crowsnest
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of kirok1999
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black with almost no head and just the slightest bit of wispy head.
Smells of dark burned malts, lots of coffee with a good mix of chocolate.
Nice rich malt character, dark and roasty especially in the finish. Nice mild chocolate character along with a nice amount of bitterness in the finish.
Rich and lush with a decent amount of carbonation. Very drinkable.

Photo of PeakedInHighSchool
3.75/5  rDev -12%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of djre4orm
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Giantspace
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of CHADMC3
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body is jet black allowing no light to shine through whatsoever below the deep tan, one inch head that patiently dissolves to a thin, but sticky lacing.

Massive roasted malt aroma, a bit smoky, some chocolate sweetness, caramel, and some mild earthy hops.

Rich roasted malt flavor, again featuring sweet chocolate, and roasted coffee. Secondary flavors include a touch of caramel and nuts as well as earthy or almost woodnotes.

Very smooth, almost silk like with medium to bold body and medium carbonation with a classic roasted wake up call towards the back of the palate.

This is one fine example of the Porter. Founders does another excellent beer. Tons of character and easy to enjoy.

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 6,052 ratings.