Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,431
Hads: 6,516
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
Wants: 355
Gots: 1,132 | FT: 28
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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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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first porter and it was a great experience. Was impressed by its jet black appearance. The nose was sweet yummy chocolateness. The taste followed with a lingering coffee aftertaste. Went down smoother than I expected. Great porter by Founders. (246 characters)

Photo of ratrod53
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Black black black wich a small brown head dose not last long with little lacing.

S- I smell coffee with some chocolate.

T- I tasted a realy nice and strong coffee bean (wich I could drink that at work in the mornings) wich just a hint of some chocolate, with some bitterness at the end.

M- It's a nice thick beer a really good body. Just a little bit of carbonation wich is what I like in a dark beer like this. It's a real smooth beer.

D- I could drink this all day every day. (484 characters)

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

The look of this thing is almost like a really dark root beer; verging on complete and utter blackness yet with a hint of brown that anticipates some of the overt sweetness that comes in with the aroma. The slightly tan/mocha head augments this, though in my case the head dissipated almost immediately and left next to no lacing. The first thing that hits the nose is a very sweet sort of coffee and dark chocolate hybrid, which is then followed by a remarkably well mix of sweet caramel malts and definite earthy hops.

The taste is far more roasted coffee than I anticipated; and this dominates the front with an iron fist. However, near the middle of the tongue that sweet caramel/toffee hybrid sneaks its way in, and the end is a bit of that earthy hop with a slight boozy tinge that is just distant enough to be pleasant. In terms of carbonation, I would say this is middle-of-the-road; there's a bit of a bite on the front of the tongue but nothing too strong. As this warmed, the very smooth finish gained a bit of an elevated meaning as a nice way to counteract the fierce blast of roasted coffee-ish malts that hits you at first. Overall, this is yet another example of why Founders is such a great brewery. (1,218 characters)

Photo of Doonzman
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great porter! I'm actually very surprised that the class 6 here on ft polk carries such high quality beer. I guess they figure some soldiers actually want top notch beverages. Anyways, I recommend it to anyone who loves beer. (225 characters)

Photo of BeerJesus
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours nice and black with an half inch layer of tan head at the top which dissipates quickly leaving a thin film residue.

S: Coffee, cocoa, dark roasted malty aroma.

T: Lots of dark malts. Also has a nice dark chocolate coffee flavor to it, almost tastes like a Coffee Stout but not as heavy. I let it sit in my mouth for a minute to get the full experience of this beers aromatic flavor.

M: Not as heavy as one might imagine. Thin and very smooth in the mouth.

O: it's hard to give any Founders beer a bad overall review. If you're in the mood for a nice aromatic Porter with rich flavor on a cold winters night, I think its a great choice. Overall rating is a 4. But it is definitely something I will continue to drink. (729 characters)

Photo of mbrown26
3.12/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is my first American porter, so I may not be a fair judge to the style.

A: Beautiful and dark. I didn't get any head, but the lacing clumped together and stayed throughout the glass.

S: Rich and satisfying. Smelled toffee, chocolate, burnt malts and coffee.

T: I don't think I cared for the burnt malts, but this beer has plenty of big and bold flavors. It can be a little overwhelming. Even for 6.5% ABV the alcohol stayed in the background.

M: I like beers with lower carbonation and no hops, and this one fit the bill. Just went down extremely smooth. Would swirl the beer on my tongue without ill effect.

D: A fairly easy drinking beer, but the flavors are so bold that if you don't like them, you won't be able to take this beer. (745 characters)

Photo of Nuke77
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great balance, crisp mouthfeel. Near black color in the glass with a tan head. The aromas consists of rich coffee. Lighter in body than it's color or aroma suggest this is a very smooth drinker. This compares favorable in enjoyability with the more limited available Breakfast Stout. Excellent pour. This one is a true keeper. (326 characters)

Photo of hike20
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a very thin tan head the disappears really quick. Aroma is coffee and vanilla with a little earthiness. Wow, the flavor is very intense and well balanced. Very enjoyable. I get coffee, a bit of chocolate, a touch of smoke, with a citrus and a little bitter in the finish. I agree with others that this is more like a top notch stout than most porters I've had, but definitely enjoyable in it's own right. (421 characters)

Photo of smallbatchbrewer
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Founders is changing my life one batch at a time. They are becoming the new all around favorite in the sessions I have here.
A- Deep coffee color with chocolate milk colored head that has nice body but dissipates quickly

S- Nutty coffee breakfast in a bottle

T- Matches the smell to a tee. Also has a malty oak finish. Not too sweet, not too dry. I might have to get a 6er for just yours truly

M- Above average but not stellar. A little puckering from its bitterness.

D- Again, above average, a little dark for my usual session taste buds but like I said earlier, founders is proving to expand my pallet exponentially so I could give it a go (645 characters)

Photo of Klgkenny
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A dark dark brown or black body supports a thin mocha/khaki head which slowly dissipates to a scum of tasty bubbles which guards the surface of this tasty beverage.

A nutty, creamy aroma of bitter chocolate and weak coffee. Not unpleasant, but I would love for it to be bigger.

A faint sweetness gives way to the aforementioned cacao and coffee. Very pleasant. I would love to see an imperial version of this. It seems like a younger version of terrapin's wake and bake. Very nice breakfast porter... Wait??? This IS a porter???...

I know that there have been complaints about this being thin and watery, but for a porter, this is creamy, thick, and beautiful. If this were a stout, it would be thin, but for a PORTER? Freakin' awesome! And where is the booze?

I could drink this all winter long. Not too much alcohol, great taste, not too filling. Again, freakin' awesome! (878 characters)

Photo of getgetgettleman
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes of 2/4/11
Received this fine 12 oz. bottle from my friend Kaman in a mixed 6 beer swap.

A = Dark brown color with a slight reddish hue in full light. 2 finger head. Mild liquor like lace.

S = Sweet carmel, molasses, and vanilla cream.

T = Good carbonation. Mild smoke, coffee, and molasses. Clean but not too earthy. Malt like qualties without being overpowering.

M = Tingly and energetic on the tongue at first taste. Dry bitter finish. Semi pithy but pleasing.

D = Great drinker! A real "guys" porter for the refined working man. Dieing to try this on tap! (583 characters)

Photo of REGreenBTRB
4.62/5  rDev +9%

Bottles on 05/08/14. Poured into a snifter.

A:4.75 - Beautiful beer! Pours VERY dark, you can't see any light through it. A dark tan, creamy head sits nicely on top, maybe about one finger. It leaves a little lacing.

S: 4.5 - A delicious smelling beer, it has a dark roasted malt scent backed up by some dark chocolate and hints of coffee.

T: 4.5 - The smell prepares you quite nicely for the taste. It's all there; the roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel. It's awesome.

M: 4.75 - Not too thin like some porters I have had. This seems like the perfect medium between a porter and a stout. There's a creaminess to it that you don't get with other porters, but not as "thick" as some of the stouts. Very smooth, very drinkable, very nice.

O: 4.62 - This is the best porter I've had to date. Thank god Founders distributes to Arkansas - they make some awesome stuff. Just as the label states, this is dark, rich and sexy. Very sexy. The Kate Upton of porters. (975 characters)

Photo of Lordhelmit
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Just about jet black. Poured looking like oil or syrup. Thin, non-persistent dark tan head and quickly fading lace

S - Sweet and roasted nut. Maybe some spice somewhere in there. Some coffee notes as well.

T - Pretty good. Taste like a good dark chocolate mixed with roasted...something. I don't want to say roasted nut again but pretty much. Starts off as a burst of dark chocolate and finishes nice and bitter. Burnt dark chocolate is the best way I can describe it.

M - Not much to say. Medium bodied, average carbonation. Pretty drinkable.

O - Overall this is a good porter. A tad bit too bitter for my liking, but still real good. Reminds me very much of Guinness Extra Stout. (690 characters)

Photo of ufellc
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good chocolate and coffee smell and taste. Nice maltiness that accompanies the chocolate and coffee. Good but not too heavy mouthfeel that gives back note chocolates. Chocolate is in the forefront and backend tastes. Good sweetness and little bitterness (253 characters)

Photo of tds101
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

A very straight forward porter. Roasted malt smell, sweet. Slight taste of toasted malt, coffee, bit of bitter chocolate. Very good beer. When I'm in the mood for a nice tasting American style porter this is it. (211 characters)

Photo of frozyn
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3 month old bottle into a tulip.

L -- Poured jet black, middle-of-the-glass pour created 2-finger thick, dark tan head. Reduced down to a ring, minor amount of lacing left behind.

S -- Roasted, slightly charred bready malts; slight chocolate notes.

T -- Roasted malts provides a lot of depth, spanning from slightly burnt to charred back to light roast. Bitterness adds balance to the light sweetness provided by malts.

F -- Full bodied with enough carbonation to keep it flowing. Rich, creamy, smooth.

O -- Go-to porter for me for now. Hard to beat in terms of value. (577 characters)

Photo of jdskinns
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one in a bottle. Poured a dark brown/black color with no light coming through and a brown head. Smelled and tasted of heavy roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Kind of a thick mouthfeel but very pleasant. This beer has definitely got me re-trying a lot of porters right now. (285 characters)

Photo of chasebrownyeah1
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Founders Porter ABV: 6.5

A: Pours a black coffee fluid with a tan head. The head of the beer takes up most of the glass and you have to wait a little bit for it to fall. Looks very appealing and after about 5-10 minutes it falls to a half inch head.

S: The smell is very malty with almost a coffee hint. Also, has kind of a sweet smell that lingers in the nose along with the other smells.

T: Taste like coffee beans, chocolate, and malts. leaves a bitter taste on the tongue along with the chocolate flavor.

M-D: the fluid in the mouth turns to foam almost instantly. However, it does go down the palate rather smoothly. Very thick consistency. Will have again, but I would have to have it with Wesbrownyeah. (713 characters)

Photo of tgorgz
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P/A: On draft at Fuel & Fuddle in Pittsburgh, PA.
Very dark chocolate- think 80%, with a milk chocolate head.

S: Good amount of coffee. Not as much chocolate as expected.

T: It kind of seemed to run together a little. More coffee than anything else.

M: Think, chewy, excellence.

O: Well done, folks. Not my fave from Founder's, but an excellent beer. (359 characters)

Photo of tylernim
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark and foreboding. Tan head about two fingers tall, webs the entire glass as you go.

S - Huge burnt chocolate notes hit you right away.

T - Follows the smell, although a bit more subdued. Chocolate, coffee, burnt malts.

M - Carbonation on the tongue. Medium.

D - Good for such a dark one. (298 characters)

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

Poured this fresh porter into my snifter and it yeilded about 2" of nice tan froath over a dark looking brew. lots of lace

smell hits me with roasted coffee notes and chocolate malts.

Taste follows with the roasted coffee/choc and hits with a nice hop bite in the middle somewhere, finishing up with more burnt and roasted charactoristics.

Quite a light bodied beer for all the flavor and ABV it is packin', at least in my opinion.

Overall I'm glad a grabed this random 6'er to pair with the porkchops going on the grill shortly. I knew it has a good reputation and Im backing that up. (589 characters)

Photo of AllFineThings
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin caramelized looking head. Has a heavy smell of toffee, chocolate and coffee.

Tastes better and better as it warms, thick black body that let's you know this a real porter. The taste is the same as the smell.

By far my favorite porter and second favorite beer overall. (282 characters)

Photo of SFrankBrew
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained good lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, cream. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a very good brew. (349 characters)

Photo of Sconnie25
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This poured a very dark appearance with just a bit of head. The aroma gave me hints of roasted malt and chocolate. Taste wise I detect hints of chocolate and the roasted malts and the overall feeling is very smooth. This is probably the best Porter I have had so far. (267 characters)

Photo of luciusgilmer
3.47/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a bottle into a tulip glass; disappointed by the lack of head and generally uniform color

S: decent smell, a coffee or chocolate laced porter

T: tasted a bit thick, like unsweetened chocolate or bitter coffee, but I didn't think it was very subtle.

M: not much carbonation (maybe an older bottle?), but fine

D: I drink porter regularly, but this wouldn't be my first or 2nd choice. It's a quality beer, like all Founder's I've had, but not top notch compared to others, and it didn't make me want to grab another. (527 characters)

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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