Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company
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4.08/5 rDev -4%
On tap at Haymarket into a 4oz tasting glass, first beer of the night, a good one for sure...Dark pour for porter, a nice black color with a really nice dark tan head that has good retention and lacing...The aroma is unique, lots of coffee but with a bite of hops, nuts and chocolate come through as well, slightly acetone note. I like this...The taste matches the aroma a coffee porter with some hops, yummy and balanced, and drinkable. This is a winner.
01-08-2011 01:11:45 | More by jrallen34
4.38/5 rDev +3.1%
Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: completely black with a murky body and a thick finger of frothy tan foam. Looks good.
Smell: rich, creamy, chocolatey aroma which is rather smooth for a porter. There is also a light and earthy hop component. I like it!
Taste: rich, creamy, chocolatey and smooth flavor; after a few seconds the coffee comes out. Bitterness is smooth at the end and well-balanced; what a great porter.
Mouthfeel: medium body with an exceedingly well-integrated carbonation. Super silky smooth and very creamy. Wondrous!
Overall: just a wonderful tasting porter and an all-round pleasant drinking experience.
05-17-2012 14:35:32 | More by flagmantho
3.9/5 rDev -8.2%
Another bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!
Dark, Rich & Sexy. You have my attention.
That's a pitch black pour I'm seeing which looks great but the foam, what little there is of it to start with shrinks to a ring around the glass in an eye blink. Checking on the lacing..heck, there is some there so there's some redemption.
The smell is light but nice. Notes of roast, chocolate, sweet malt, and a strange but nice fruity nose.
The taste is much more assertive and is delicious. Light note of milk chocolate evolves in to some good dark chocolate bitterness with a hint of some dark fruits and now, the sweeter aspects of chocolate come back to the forefront.
Now I'm getting a sense of a coffee presence...very light but I doubt my palate is lying to me. A very tasty Porter and it will be a pleasure finishing the bottle.
Medium bodied, it has a light carbonation profile. A very nice mouthfeel is the result.
Drinkability? 6.5%abv isn't crazy strong..I guess that's why I'm looking at the last few ounces in my glass. A good drinker and I agree with the dark and rich but sexy? lol. Good stuff.
01-30-2010 18:47:25 | More by Bitterbill
4.08/5 rDev -4%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick texture. There was a half inch of tan-colored head and some good lacing.
S: Smelled of coffee, chocolate and malt.
T: A nicely done flavor of coffee and chocolate up front and malt and hops going down. Balanced and tasty.
M: A well carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.
D: Like most Founders beers, this is a drinkable, well-constructed beer with a lot of character.
02-09-2009 13:57:02 | More by avalon07
4.43/5 rDev +4.2%
A - Poured a very deep drown, almost black, with a foamy coffee-coloured head that slowly disappeared. Darker than most porters.
S - The nose is full of coffee with some choclate in the background. No apparent hops.
T - Dark roasted coffee with some chocolate. This one is full of flavour.
M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.
D- This is an exceptional porter, especially if you like coffee. I will definitlely keep this one in my fridge at all times.
04-11-2010 02:40:45 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.1/5 rDev -3.5%
A - Looks pretty good! Color of deep dark amber brown with a half inch of foam that sticks around to a great looking ring.
S - Smells mostly of sweet chocolates and roasted coffee. Maybe a bit of hops but it's faint.
T - Wow that's pretty smooth! The bitterness is surprisingly low for a porter but is still their so its not a stout. Somewhat creamy coffee with just a touch of dark chocolates.
M - Medium bodied and ABV is well concealed.
D - Wow it's kind of like a lighter version of breakfast stout. Still so more bitter so it's true to the style. I do like it though and would drink it again. Sad to see this is more available than the breakfast stout but I would pick it up again.
12-26-2010 01:54:53 | More by DrDemento456
3.83/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
05-13-2004 14:21:57 | More by Dogbrick
4.43/5 rDev +4.2%
12 ounce bottle, bottled 03/29/12. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is great, it smells like roasted malt, chocolate, and some coffee. It tastes like roasted and burnt/charred malt, milk and bittersweet chocolate, and coffee. There's a nice mix between the sweet and bitter flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. This is a very good brew, it's certainly one of the best porters I've had. I know I'll be buying more of this beer, I don't know why I haven't tried it until now!
09-01-2012 22:55:26 | More by bluejacket74
3.73/5 rDev -12.2%
Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, roasted malts, a touch of coffee. Taste is a good balance of chocolate and coffee, some maltiness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer worth seeking out.
01-30-2013 01:18:23 | More by tone77
4.23/5 rDev -0.5%
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!!
02-27-2012 17:42:49 | More by OWSLEY069
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
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!
07-12-2004 18:55:14 | More by tavernjef
4.58/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
08-24-2010 02:04:49 | More by Cyberkedi
4.48/5 rDev +5.4%
Sampled at a free Founders tasting. Special thanks to Big Z’s in Huntington.
A – Dark cola that fades into mud-brown highlights. Khaki head sits low but leaves a nice lace.
S – Roast coffee and dark malt wrap around the sweetness of burnt caramel and molasses.
T – Soft, medium roast coffee and medium roast malt up front, with very little burnt bitterness. Pine note peaks out from the chewy dark bread in the middle and backend of the profile. I didn't get as much chocolate as I did in the bottle, but it could be related to serving temperature - my sample was gone before it had a chance to warm :)
M – Silky, medium/full body. Lingering malty sweetness and roast bitter note in the finish.
O – One of my favorite porters.
05-01-2011 20:51:20 | More by vfgccp
4.05/5 rDev -4.7%
Grabbed the last bottle of this at Capone's the other day. Into my snifter
A: Pours a VERY impressive jet black with a dark brown head that recedes to a wispy disk rather quickly.
S: Oh, the smell of uninfected beer is awesome! Solid, roasted malt aromas with a hint of chocolate and some cream. The balance is leaning towards the burnt/heavily roasted malt, the way I like it. Excellent
T: Solid. Biggish in body with plenty of heavily roasted/burnt malt present (almost a touch too much?) with an excellent dark chocolate bitterness. The big body does push things a bit into stout territory but the burnt malt character is definitely porter-like. Finishes sweet with a bit too much roastiness for my liking
M: Uncharacteristically big (enjoyable, though) with soft carbonation and a burnt-bitter finish
D: The biggish body and the bitterness on the finish don't make this a session porter but neither does the 6.5% I will definitely drink this again, though
01-22-2009 05:05:59 | More by DefenCorps
4.18/5 rDev -1.6%
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...
04-08-2009 05:32:54 | More by ZAP
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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