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Founders Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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1,545 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,545
Ratings:
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Avg:
4.24
pDev:
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Founders PorterFounders Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No absence of hops gives Founders' robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect.

45 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2003

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Reviews: 1,545 | Ratings: 7,038
Photo of ZAP
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love a good porter but they are hard to find. This one is a great example of the style and what a good porter can taste like.

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights.

Highly aromatic but complex...big strong notes of dark chocolate, espresso, and smoked woods.

Body is creamy and full....

Flavor is big on the espresso, dark cocoa, and char....finishes with a burnt matliness that is a little out of bounds for the style...

Excellent porter with some big characteristics...just a little too much char on the finish...

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a sixer purchased at a general store in Derry, NH. Dark black color. Roasty aroma, nice malts. Flavor is roasty, mild touch of those desired porter aspects of chocolate and coffee. Extremely drinkable, I htink I had five in one night and paid the price the next morning.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The sample I got fizzed like crazy, so have a towel handy if opening a bottle! It pours a beautiful midnight sable with a very thick, fluffy, persistent tan head. Smoky, oily aroma has tones of molasses, caramel and fine coffee. Rich flavor has firm smoky overtone and coffee, nutty, molasses and caramel components as well as a hint of hop bitterness. Texture is smooth with a subtle fizz and leaves a nice smoky and slightly sweet finish.

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Photo of Rutager
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Msquared2!!

Appearance. Pours a deep, dark brown ...almost black with a thin tan head.

Smell. Roasty dark malts, chocolate and tobacco.

Taste. Roasted dark malts, coffee, chocolate. Light sweetness. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Nice flavourful porter.

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Photo of Durge
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A solid brown-black color with a reasonable but thin tan cover that generates respectable lacing. The aroma comes on pretty strong with prune charcoal and milk chocolate nuances but the charcoal dominates. The flavor follows suit with a brown bread charcoal and some muted dark fruits. Light herbal hop presence beautifully blended into a medium plus body brew that offers a silky smooth feel and modest carbonation. Luxurious stuff with a subtle dark fruit edge. A defining porter from one of the best.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very deep, dark brown, appearing nearly pitch black if you're in a room that isn't well lit - a very tiny amount of light is allowed to pass through this one. The head is nice and tan, made of tiny bubbles with a fine definition and moderate retention.

The aroma is full of milky chocolates and roasted malts; it gives off a very nutty and woodsy smell as well, reminding me of roasting marshmallows over a campfire. Very robust, powerful, and commanding. Slight hints of char and smoked goodness wrap this one up. Between some of the sweet malts and smoky characters, this makes for one of the more complex and unique porter aromas out there.

The flavor follows the nose profile right along, super nutty and toasty from the get-go. A slight hint of coffee beans sits in the immediate background, along with a nice dose of creamy chocolates and cocoa powder. This one has a very low to moderate floral essence to it, imparting a tiny bit of extra bitterness midway through to balance out the sweetness - it works very well.

Other bitterness is mainly contributed from some of the darker malts, in the form of ashy, burnt wood and bittersweet cocoa. The beer ends with an obviously malt-heavy finish, leaning more towards the sweet chocolate and dry nuttiness side. Medium-heavy body - the mouth feel on this porter is one of the best ever. Silky, smooth, creamy, fluffy - carbonation is just right, letting the flavors pop without being astringent.

This porter is pretty amazing. The best one I've had to date. Even better than Eddy Fitz in my opinion (although that is some righteous shit, too). Great smell, amazing flavor profile, orgasmic mouth feel - and still only around 9-10$ for a sixer. You can't beat that.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with an off-white head.
Nose shows nutty, bready and roasted malt sith some soft coffee notes.
Flavours include soft roasted malt, toasty notes, a little bit of sweet malt and a chestnut character.

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Photo of Brenden
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours black with hues of nothing. Just thick, inky blackness. The head pours about two fingers but doesn't take very long to dissipate, though a very slight, thin head remains. Nice lacing clings all over the glass.

The smell is what I've come to expect from a good porter. Coffee, hints of dark chocolate, a slight alcoholic tinge and a little bitterness.

The taste is likewise what I've come to expect from a good porter. All of the above with a smoky grain flavor and balanced light bitterness.

The mouthfeel is thick and rich, very nice and smooth. Carbonation is light and it's medium-bodied.

All in all I found myself in agreement with the claim on the bottle that this is "dark, rich and sexy."

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Photo of Suds
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very dark, black brew. It sports a full, tan-colored head and leaves a thin lace. Roasted malt aroma...almost smokey and burnt with some chocolate-milk scents in the background. Not much of a hop scent. Solid porter smell. The taste is reminiscent of robust coffee. Some sweetness, but mostly a very roasted, bitter/burnt malt and grain flavor. Full in body...almost creamy at times. I really enjoyed this porter. Well done.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled served in a nonical glass

A - Black with 2 finger tan head with good retention and moderate lacing

S - Herbal hops, choc, espresso, malt

T - Immediately hit with complex malt and hops flavors but major impression of chocolate, strong espresso, and burnt tobacco. Someone reviewed it is similar to drinking cigarettes and I have to agree to some extent.

M - Full body, moderate carbonation, chewy.

O - Like a fine cigar.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate black with rocky sepia head that fades to film.
Chocolate, espresso and smoke on the nose with some wood, earth and licorice - deep.
Good coffee, dark cocoa, a bit of black berry and brown sugar then some subtle green herbal hops.
Truffle finish and dry linger.
Medium, way smooth, lots of cling.

I was a sceptic but there's a lot going on here: nose rewards repeated visits, lots of choc + a real roundness to the coffee notes, and silky body. Goes down reeeal easy; no hint of 6.5%. Roast is not prominent and body is not full, so this is rightly called a porter. Only knock would be that the hops don't really show up - sweetness never gets out of control but I'd never guess 45 IBUs and no hint of aroma; Crystal is a mild hop apparently - though this is reasonably fresh.

Right up there with Anchor and Edmund Fitz.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Black with a one finger deep tan/almost brown head with some lacing.

S-Coffee, roasted malt and some chocolate.

T-Roasted malt with some chocolate, good deal of coffee.

M-Medium bodied and very creamy.

O-A nice porter, one of the best I've had. In the future a blind tasting of this and Black Butte would be a good idea.

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Photo of FLima
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep black color with a one finger caramel head with low retention but leaving a constant ring.
Nice aroma with lots of dark chocolate and roasted coffee.
Bold and rich flavor of coffee, like the real thing. Notes of roasted and smoked malts and earthy hops. Hints of pine, licorice and dark chocolate. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a prolonged flavor of roasted and burnt malt and its earthy hops.
Full and thick body with low carbonation and a velvet sensation.
Incredibly balanced beer that is full of character with precise and assertive notes. Highly recommended for who digs dark beers. Let it warm up to fully enjoy this beauty.
Ps. it seems that an American Porter is almost equivalent to a Foreign Stout.

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Photo of gtermi
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a very dark brown, almost black with a nice thin tan head.

S: There is a lot going on with the smell. I am getting a lot of roasted malt, espresso and chocolate.

T: This is the best part of this beer. Just like the smell, I am getting chocolate, roasted malt and espresso. It is just amazing.

M: It is actually pretty crisp with a tingle on the tongue and the back of the throat. It is very nice and adds a lot of the beer.

O: This is an amazing beer and I want to have it all the time. This is a must buy!

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep black pour with a small ring of cream colored head. Robust roasty aroma with coffee, some mild currants, and light cocoa. Robust mouthfeel and nice mocha flavor that is prominent, and a bit of sweet dark fruits on the back end. Robust mouthfeel but not quite a stout, medium low carbonation. Very good porter, one of my favorites as with most any other Founders brew in every style

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Photo of Pencible
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque black mahogany with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like dry roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate, with a little burnt barley and brown sugar.
T: It tasted like bitter coffee and dry dark chocolate, with some burnt barley and copper hops and brown sugar. It had a bitter earthy aftertaste that was a bit harsh.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Nice body.
D: This was a solid porter and a great example of the style, on par with Centennial IPA. The finish wasn't great, but it was otherwise easy to drink and an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of papat444
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, bottled date not there.

Appearance: Pours a brown body, thick and opaque with a milk chocolate head that starts at 3 fingers and leaves spidery traces on the glass.

Smell: Rich aroma of dark chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Really rich flavors of strong coffee, bittersweet chocolate and also hops dance on the tongue in the finish. Flavors just linger after the sip. Some sweet chocolate as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Very well balanced with a decent amount of bitterness that is tempered by a strong malt backbone.

Overall: Rich, flavorful and a pleasure to drink. Get this one.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautifully, flat opaque black with a thick chocolate milk-colored head that dissipated but not too quickly. Nice thick lacing too. The aroma is strong coffee and roasted malt. Medium-bodied, and unfortunately the flavor is not as robust as the look and smell. Bitter coffee and burnt malt flavors dominate, but the balance is a little too much on the bitter side. The finish is fairly bitter with coffee and some chocolate. Overall a pretty good Porter, it just needs better balance.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.84/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours an opaque dark brown color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is roasted malt, milk chocolate, and smores. It is very aromatic, and quite complex. The taste is like the aroma. Nothing over the top, and nothing far out there. It simply has all the qualities a good porter should have. Lots of roasted malt, ample chocolate, and an overall smores like quality. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a great porter that is sure to become a mainstay in my refrigerator. It reminds me of a slightly more robust Bell's Porter in that it isn't over the top in any one area, but is balanced in everything a porter should be.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Sam Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark (not quite pitch black) reddish black color. There's a one finger tan colored head, and it doesn't have much retention, or lacing. Still looks nice, though.

S: This has a lot of chocolate on the nose. There's some roasty coffee as well, but it almost smells like a melted chocolate bar to me.

T: There's more coffee in the taste than there is on the nose; likewise, it isn't as chocolaty as the nose would suggest. Lots of coffee (not too much), hints of smoke and chocolate, roastiness, and a hint of a hoppy finish. It does a good job of not being overtly vegetal in its texture (usually my least favorite part of a porter), and has some nice complexity to it, as well.

M: Medium bodied, dry finish, low carbonation, smooth, hint of astringent coffee on the back end - basically, everything a good porter should feel like.

O: All things told, it's quite good. Not my absolute favorite dark beer of all time, but it's an excellent choice in the future when I feel like a dark beer that isn't a stout.

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Photo of popery
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes, 6/15/11. Pours black with some brown at the edges. Light brown head. Good retention. Creamy dark chocolate. There are roast and coffee flavors, particularly in the finish, but this is a chocolatey treat. One of my favorite porters and an all-round fantastic beer. It’s lush and thick on the plate for the abv. Smell isn’t terribly strong, but the taste comes through big. Perfect malt sweetness for the beer. This is a real treat and probably my favorite dark beer from Founders, so far.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh (growler fill was within the hour) 64oz growler into an Ommegang tulip.

A - Poured a silky oil black with a thin tan head that didn't hang around all that long.

S - Vanilla and caramel malts lead the nose. Has a touch of an earthy smell, but not as intense as say New Belgium brews.

T - Very roasted. Roasted nuts and malts dominate the flavor with some undertones of wood and caramel...perhaps even a touch of cocoa.

M - Very bready and oaty. Has a nice malty after-vibe and is cooling. Pretty thick, but not overly.

D - Really drinkable porter. If I have any complaint, it is the richness and fullness of the beer which might make this one that you wouldn't want to drink all evening. Really great porter though.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a tan head. In the aroma, a small roast and a nice sweetness. In the taste, roasty and rich, with a nice hop presence. A small bite and a medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry roasted malt in the aftertaste. What can I say, Founder's already said it...Dark - Rich - Sexy!!

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Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich and thick, black in color with a one finger dark tan head.

Roasty malt with quite a bit of chocolate. Smells rich and robust.

Matches the nose quite well. Loads of roasty toasty malt goodness with a good amount of chocolate with coffee notes. A bit of bitterness in the form of cocoa nibs. Lingering roast and bittersweet chocolate in the aftertaste.

Full bodied and velvety mouthfeel. Very stout like. I've had imperial stouts with less body than this.

If Founders makes a bad beer, I have yet to find it. This has to be the benchmark for the style. Just awesome. Goes down really well and is extremely satisfying.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick and oily black, waffer thin cocoa brown foam that sits thickly but quite thin even after a strong pour. Lacing sticks in strings.

Aroma is nice and darkly roasted with black malts, coffeeish notes, tangy molasses, dark caramel, and bittersweet chocolate.

Great taster, rich, dark, deep, and inviting flavors of heavily roasted barley and malts, nice chocolate tones meld within keeping an ever present bitterness of roasty/burnt qualities. Touches of coffee/espresso roast intermingle with all the other roasty things in the finish where the bittering ensues and drys out with a nice play of everything chocolate and roasty. Some burnt tinges and charred wood notes make their way in as well. Wow! Fantastic porter character in its flavors. Oh my is it yummy!

Feel is well rounded and creamy full with a fantastic finish of drying roasty/burntish chocolate bittering. I'm reminded of burnt chocolate cake or cookies at every sip. Fantastically good stuff.

This could be one to top Descutes Black Butte and Summit Great Northern in my book, something I never thought could be possible, but this stuff is wonderful! Yum times two.
A wowzaa yippee goes to trbeer for throwing this one in the mix!

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,545 ratings.