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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,765 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,765
Reviews: 1,352
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 272
Gots: 680 | 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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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
Photo of Vdubb86
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
Photo of crowsnest
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

crowsnest, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of brewskifan55
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Black with a tan one finger head that dissipates pretty quickly, leaving bubbles in its wake. Curtainy lacing.

S: Chocolate, anise, coffee and vanilla. Divine.

T: Smooth and robust. Velvety. Semi-sweet chocolate. Like drinking a latte. Comes on like an Imperial Russian Stout. Like the label says, the taste is sexy.

M: Medium to heavy with creamy carbonation.

O: A really outstanding porter. Wish I had picked up more in Birmingham. Bet it goes well with chocolate chip cookies. Highly recommended.

brewskifan55, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of Quackus
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Quackus, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of WVUbrew
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

WVUbrew, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of probert
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

probert, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of mwar
2.5/5  rDev -41.2%

mwar, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of OldhouseRecs
4.25/5  rDev 0%

OldhouseRecs, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of dsshuck
4.25/5  rDev 0%

dsshuck, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of ScaryEd
4/5  rDev -5.9%

ScaryEd, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of juicebox
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

juicebox, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of emottram
4/5  rDev -5.9%

emottram, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of Diomede
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
Photo of mkennedy119
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

mkennedy119, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of spw109
4.25/5  rDev 0%

spw109, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of JRed
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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 MrVonzipper
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

MrVonzipper, Aug 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

fehrminator, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of afksports
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
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%

CarolinaKev, May 17, 2012
Photo of MNBeer1017
4/5  rDev -5.9%

MNBeer1017, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev 0%

SkiBum22, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of speedvagen
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

speedvagen, Feb 24, 2013
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,765 ratings.