Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,938 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,938
Reviews: 1,370
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 285
Gots: 765 | FT: 23
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 PatrickJR
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Deep dark brown, we might as well just call it black. Opaque. Massive 3-4 finger head rises, a creamy, rich, mocha brown color. Retention is great before falling to a moderate cap. Moderate to high lacing.

S - Distinct but restrained coffee in the nose; more like coffee being brewed nearby rather than the common stick-your-nose-in-a-bag-of-beans aroma. Dark chocolate is well represented as well. Small element of roastiness. Not as complex as I would've guessed, but solid and aromatic.

T - Things start off with an amazing balance between mild coffee and dark chocolate. It's very difficult to tell where one begins and the other ends. Some mild to moderate sweetness kicks in with a creaminess that moves the dark chocolate into slight milk chocolate territory. Mid to late palate roastiness begins growing steadily and overriding much of the sweetness. Roastiness peaks late palate and the brew finishes with an acrid, burnt coffee taste with moderate bitterness. The aftertaste literaly reminds me of getting to the bottom of a pot of coffee and ingesting the grounds. Founders Porter would've scored half a point higher if not for the harsh finish/aftertaste.

M - On the light side of full bodied with a rich creaminess. Moderate to low carbonation. Very nice.

D - A great beer all around. I'm not a huge fan of the coffee taste and don't expect to find it in a porter, but despite this it's balanced well. I'm not wild about the aftertaste but overall this is a fine brew.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an eighth inch chocolate malt head which vanished almost immediately. The body is a dark burnt umber brown, almost coffee. Smells of cocoa, coffee, and roasted malt. The taste matches the smell but is actually far milder than I was expecting. Finish is quite long featuring the roasted malt. Certainly a very good porter, but not necessarily the king of them all.

Photo of Prospero
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of JizackFH
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Sunswick 35/35 on 2/27/11.

Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color. It has a 1-finger light tan head on it. The head leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S - It smells roasty and sweet. There are also notes of vanilla, coffee, caramel, and molasses. It also smells a bit grainy.

T - It tastes of dark roasty malt up front. There are notes of vanilla, caramel, molasses, and dark fruit. There a nice roasty bitterness here as well, that lingers a bit in the finish.

M - The body is on the lighter side of medium, and it has average carbonation. This beer goes down easy, and there is a slightly lingering bitterness in the finish.

D - The drinkability is good. It has great flavor and quite easy to drink. This is another solid beer from founders. I recommend trying this one. Cheers.

Photo of AlexChillton
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of damndirtyape
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single 12oz bottle (no date) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pitch black beer - I'm not even seeing any light getting through the sides. Head dies down to a dark tan ring around the edge and a thin film across the top. Some lacing here and there - strands and sheets. The label says "Dark, Rich & Sexy". Definitely the darkest porter I've ever had.

Smell: When first poured and cold, it smells of raisins and rich sweet malt. As it warms up, the fruitiness goes away a bit and is replaced with a richness of mild chocolate and roasted malts. Nicely appealing.

Taste: Definitely a rich brew here. The best I can describe this beer is like sipping a scoop of rich bittersweet chocolate ice-cream that has been put into a stout. That stout bitterness end is there, but the chocolate shines through with a milk-like creaminess. As it warms up the bitterness at the end becomes more pronounced - a mix of coffee-like bitterness and some hints of citrus hops. Very tasty porter this one.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with some carbonation along for the ride. Pretty good.

Drinkability: Yep, I could have another one, and I can see this beer pairing with so many things. It did really well with Welsh Rabbit, and I think it would be fantastic with a steak or a burger, and with dessert as well. The alcohol is well hidden and I'm not noticing it at all by the end of the glass. A dark, rich, and sexy beer indeed.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased a single bottle of this at Julios in Westboro today. Lately I have been a bit bored with Porters, as they have not been impressing me all that much. Alas, if any brewery could do it right, it is Founders. Black coloring, with a fingers worth of tan heading. Smell is very nice, with cool dark malts that give off impressions of milk chocolate and fresh cream. Taste has more of the same, with a hint of butterscotch underneath. Mouthfeel is bigger and bolder than most Porters; very slick body that goes down very easily. They were right on their label when they said this beer was dark and sexy. This is a lovely Porter that I will surely be getting a six pack of in the future. Expectations were exceeded.

Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of GRPunk
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- A regular pour left about a finger's worth of a murky brown head that dropped to a full lace that left a bunch of rings on the glass. The body was nearly black with hints of carbonation making their way to the surface.

S- I was met with a distinct aroma of dark chocolate and roasty malts.

T- The chocolate and roasted notes from the aroma were definitely present. They were matched with some raisin-like flavor, smoked accents, and some citrus hops.

M- The mouthfeel was pretty solidl. The carbonation wasn't overpowering, but there seemed to be plenty of it. Its finish was pretty dry.

D- It's an easy drinker. I could have a few in a single sitting and it's good enough that I'd pick it over many other American porters when given the choice.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of davey101
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: 05/29/12. 12 oz bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A - Pours a dark brown body, almost bordering on black. Not as dark or thick as a stout as some light gets through the edges. One finger light mocha head with excellent lacing and retention.

S - The thing I thought of was...Founders Imperial Stout. It has an eerily similar nose, albeit a bit toned down. Rich and roasty malts which almost border on smoked, cocoa powder, and coffee beans. Excellent aroma.

T - Roasty and slightly smoky malts, milk chocolate, and espresso beans. There is a bit of a piney hop presence given the 45 IBU'S, but the beer is a few months old so its mostly just present in a light bitterness.

M - Silky and smooth, well carbonated.

O - The imperial stout is a great beer, and this does come off as a lighter version of that beer. This is one of the of the best readily available shelf porters on the market!

Photo of FanofHefe
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No bottle or label date that I can find. Poured into a Duvel tulip. One finger mocha head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving some minor lacing. The body is dark brown, nearly black, with some light red hue around the edges.

Good, rich aroma. Dark fruit, primarily raisin, with light amounts of chocolate, toffee, roasted malt, and a hint of tangy hops. Very nice.

The dominant flavors follow the aroma, but I was pleasantly surprised by the hop bitterness which is muted but definitely present.

The mouthfeel is smooth, but thin. Very drinkable. One of the better porters I've had.

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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