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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter

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1,474 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,474
Hads: 6,702
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 379
Gots: 1,271 | 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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Reviews: 1,474 | Hads: 6,702
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 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 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 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 cbutova
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very sexy beer. Pours pitch black with a nice two finger dark tan head (perfect color for a porter) that is nice and creamy and leaves me very thick lacing behind. A ring is left after the head dies down, the retention being the only lost points on the appearance. Smells like a good candy to me. There is a very nice cocoa aspect that blends beautifully with a roast malt backbone in the aroma. Earthy hops weave their way into the scent to add a nice balance to the roast. The great strength of the aroma allows me to sniff this one for a very extended period of time. There is also a touch of vanilla which finishes off this great aroma. The taste is similar to the nose. Huge roasted malts are the dominant flavor for me along with some cocoa and smokiness. There are definitely a good amount of roasted malts in this recipe, chocolate malt specifically. I get a smoky flavor but this is probably from something like black patent type malt. The vanilla is lost in the taste for me and the hops take a bigger step forward. The flavor does not come together as well as the aroma but is still a good example of the Porter. Mouthfeel consists of a nice medium body with lower carbonation than many beers. I prefer this low carbonation with such a rich flavor. Earthy hops and roast malts stay on the tongue long after the beer is swallowed. No alcohol or warming in this ale at all. I might want this to be a tiny bit thicker to get the perfect rating. Drinkability is very nice, I could session the crap out of this and the price is not bad. I will buy this one to session if it continues to come to my area.

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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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Photo of jmdrpi
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appears almost black, with a tan head that stays to the bottom of the glass. decent lacing. roasty espresso aroma.

great taste. flavors of coffee, bitter chocolate. smooth mouthfeel, thicker body.

its a very tasty brew. one of the better porters I've had.

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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 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 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 gford217
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of FtownThrowDown poured into a tulip.

This one poured dark, dark brown out of the bottle and settles in black with hints of mahogany around the edges. An aggressive pour produces a smallish tan head that recedes to a ring quickly and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is stunning on this one with everything you could ever want in a porter. It's got dark sweet malts, with lots of chocolate and hints of roasted coffee. It's also got plenty of sweet dark fruits and hints of caramel, vanilla, and even a hint of hops. One of the best aromas I've had on a porter.

The taste is only a small step behind the aroma in my book. It's definitely sweet with lots of dark chocolate malts and molasses sweetness. Tastes like a dessert with a splash of coffee infusion.

The mouthfeel is full-bodied with low, soft carbonation and just completely coats the mouth with the dark sweet malts. Decadent mouthfeel overall, especially for the style.

Quite simply, one of the best porters I've ever tasted. The nose is world-class and the taste and mouthfeel are pretty damn close. I'm not sure if I've ever had a beer with more flavor at this ABV level. Wonderful stuff.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful black with brown around the edges. There is a slight tan head that quickly dissipates. Some great lacing as it drinks.

S: Smells of roasted malt, toast, caramel, vanilla, smoke, and bacon.

T: Starts off sweet and malty, but a huge smoked meat flavor shines through right after. It's fantastic. The finish is smooth, silky, sweet, and savory. Wow.

M: Full bodied beer. Starts off sweet and smokey, and finishes super smooth. There is a bit of cloying, but nothing insane.

O: This beer is fantastic. It might be the perfect porter. It's sweet, salty, smooth, smokey, and incredible. I need more of this beer.

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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 laituegonflable
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown colour, mostly black except at the very edge. Head is beige, thin and dispersed, leaving specks of lace behind. Looks pretty standard, but not bad.

Smells roasty and a bit stouty. Plenty of espresso but a nice sweet edge with unsweetened chocolate providing some balance, and a touch of pecan towards the back. Again fairly pedestrian aromas, but decently put together.

Taste is also fairly nutty, with sweet pecan and hazelnut flavour pervading. Not a lot of roastiness except the sweet and nutty notes are slightly darkened, to an overall fairly chocolatey flavour. Hint of licorice on the back and maybe a whisper of leather. Quite decent porter, but again there's nothing really interesting here, and ultimately it's a bit sweet and a bit bland.

Decent texture for the style, really. Foamy and dries up quite well. Yeah, nice.

A fairly standard effort; could use more oomph from somewhere but it's decent drinking.

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

Based on notes from previous consumption of 3x 12oz bottles over a span of 2 weeks in February 2013. All were poured chilled into a Bell's snifter.

Aroma: Smoky malt, mocha, dark chocolate malt and some sort of underlying sweetness that I can't put my finger on. It could be caramel, molasses or black licorice, but really smells like none of the above- perhaps its a combination of them all. The nose itself is somewhat pungent and is predominantly the smoky chocolate malt flavours. (4)

Colour: Pours a very dark cola brown, with a 2cm beige head that sticks around for a while. I usually hate waiting for a head to recede but it is a thing of beauty. When it dissipates, it does so into a thick beige collar and a thin brown film on the surface of the beer. The lacing is solid but nothing to write home about. (4)

Flavour: Definitely get a smokiness up front that colours the roast chocolate maltiness that follows. It finishes with a good bit of sweet spiciness- the same flavour I couldn't put a finger on in the aroma- I'm starting to think it was probably the hops and will have to consider this some more. Very pleasant smoky porter with a strong malt backbone makes for a good drinking experience. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: One of the thicker porters I've had the opportunity to try. A bit creamy and a bit dry but still thirst-quenching and drinkable. The body is thicker medium with decent carbonation. Aftertaste is roast chocolate maltiness tempered by the hops, again the flavours of which I can't put my finger on, but is quite pleasant. (4.25)

Overall: There are a lot of smells that suggests its complex, but they seem to blend together such that my overworked palate can't pick them out individually. Its a robust, full-flavoured porter that doesn't disappoint in any one department, but it doesn't amaze me in any one department either. Definitely a well-above average porter, but I prefer Black Butte and Eddy Fitz to this as a shelf porter. Definitely worth trying and a potential fridge staple should you prefer this to some of the other shelf porters out there. (4.25)

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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 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 Gmann
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a small dense tan head that quickly dissipates into a light ring.

The aroma is wonderful. Notes of toasted brown nut bread mix with light chocolate and light coffee. There is some bark scents and quite woody. Some lemon sourness pops through. Aroma reminds me of a brown ale.

The taste is much the same as the aroma. Toasted brown bread and nutty flavors give this a solid base to work from. Add in some hints of coffee and chocolate as well as some wet wood. Some lemony sourness breaks up the malty lovefest. A noticable hop bitterness rounds out the flavor. A very excellent porter.

The porter is well bodies with soft carbonation giving the brew a smooth feel. Starts sweet on the palate but transitions into a needed bitterness, though the bitterness lingers a bit too long.

A wonderful porter, big bold flavors. Definitely a bit heavy and the bitterness stays a touch too long but still this is a top notch porter.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #47 (Dec 2010):

Thick beading of tiny bubbles produces an amazing-looking head and sticky lacing; pitch-black color is saying it's a serious beer as well. Slightly burnt biscuit aroma is quickly followed by a sweeter mocha tone. A welcome hefty body here with just enough bubbles to get by. Slightly burnt choco maltiness has a firm grip on the taste buds. Hops give a quick sting of bitterness and an earthy flavor in the middle. Roastiness is well flexed and shows its range, from faint, smoky, charred wood to bitter dark chocolate to over-toasted bread. Some yeast and fruit in the end as well, as a sweetness lifts from the ashes. This Porter means business--one of the best robust Porters around.

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Photo of morimech
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark black color with a half inch of tan head that goes away quickly. Spotty lacing is left on the glass. I blame the glass I used as the poor effort of this beer. Previously I had poured one of these in a Sam Adams glass and it developed a very nice head. The aroma is what all American Porters should strive for. Cocoa, coffee, dark malt, a touch of smoke, and an American twist, some citrus hops. The flavor is likewise impressive. A lot of malt flavor and smoke with just a touch of citrus. The hops never overcome the malt but it is noted. Bitterness is also fairly high. The body is robust and filling. Carbonation is well suited to this beer. Nice soft, creamy texture. I think this is one of Founders best beers. I would take one of these over a FBS.

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

Served at 60°F into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured very dark brown, like a 90% cocoa dark chocolate, with a thick and frothy sandy head. Retention is excellent, lasted nearly the entire time of consumption. Large islands of lace adorn the glass. 4.5

S - Rich coffee, roasted barley, hint of cereal-like biscuits, lighter tones of chocolate. Touch of charcoal/ash maybe? 4.5

T - Rich expresso and vanilla cream followed closely by blackberries, currants, and cocoa powder. Finishes somewhat brief, but the mild touch of astringency or ash lingers with the chocolate. 4.0

M - Rich and velvety. Carbonation is perfect for this beer. Although quite a robust body, it is neither oily or syrupy. I find nothing to improve in this department. 5.0

D - Extremely. Glad I finally got around to trying this. 4.5

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,474 ratings.