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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,640 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,640
Reviews: 1,344
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 267
Gots: 639 | 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:
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 rapidsequence
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another 12 ozer from Founders with a weird picture on it. It says "dark, rich, and sexy."

Appearance: Holding up to the claim on the bottle. Wow. Pitch black with a thick foamy brown head. Decent retention until about halfway down the perfect pint glass. Some nice lacing too.

Smell: Burnt coffee and a little chocolate. Kinda smoky. Very nice.

Taste: Burnt roasty malt flavor with more chocolate taste than I smelled. Coffee is there. A little sweet. Some hoppiness lends a little additional bitterness, but it all finishes very clean. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Very full for a porter. Almost creamy. Very smooth.

Drinkability: This stuff is pretty amazing. What a solid beer. I dont know if its sexy, but its definitely dark and rich.

rapidsequence, Aug 19, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

richbrew, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

JohnQVD, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of Gtreid
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Deep, dark, brown. When backlit a slight reddish hue comes through. The pour produces about one finger of wet sand colored head that receeds quickly, and leaves minimal, spotty, lace.

A: Dark chocolate malts, some small coffee, dried fruit, and vanilla. I get a very nice earthiness from the grassy hops.

T: Again I get dark chocolate, sour dried fruit, earthy hops, biscuit and dark malts. The beer finishes dry with absolutley no hint of alcohol.

M: Light to Medium body and a good amount of carbonation. Almost too thin for a Porter IMO.

D and overall impression: This gets some pretty high marks on drinkability, due to the low ABV and the thinness of the mouthfeel. Overall a very solid Porter from Founders, these guys continue to impress. Skal.

Gtreid, Jul 31, 2009
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sourdog, May 30, 2014
Photo of stewart124
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark red color with ruby highlights. Little to no head.

Huge burnt caramel notes and some coffee in the nose.

Syrupy and sweet right off the bat. This leans more towards raisin and prune in character with a subtle but spicy hop note. The syrupy sweetness really pushes this beer and the style. Quite good and bold with a warming finish that just rounds out this delicious porter.

stewart124, Jan 16, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

scxcrunner, Aug 25, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby brown bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Fast forming and fluffy mocha head perches its inch thick body over this wonderully deep concoction. Coming out of the bottle I was surprised by how thick this beer looked, the consistency of ink with only the faintest of dark brown highlights to differentiate it from blackness. Mild lattice work lacing going on, clinging to the sides of the glass above a now thin, soapy looking, cap.

Certainly well hopped but roasty enough to stand on its own. Dark earthy fruits give way to a thicker, smokier, tobacoo like and almost meaty/bacony combination coupled with a charred malt bittersweetness. Good but nothing I haven't experienced before. Reminds me a bit of Edmund Fitzgerald.

At first almost too sweet, a cloying, magic marker kind of sweetness that thankfully lasts an instant or less and moves quickly away from this and then into and bitter chocolate and scorched coffee combination. Finish is long, hops ravage the center of the tongue and the back of the throat while wrapping like an anaconda around your tastebuds. This beer is dry dry dry, no real fruit flavors to pick up on as I thought the aroma would lead me to. Not saying that this is a bad thing necessarily, its just not what I was expecting. I am however really diging the smokier aspects of this beer, again I swear I can pick up just the slightest bit of cured meat in here and I really are enjoying picking such a flavor up.

I do wish though that the beer was a bit more complex, had a bit more of and underscored flavor profile. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy this beer and am looking forward to the rest of the sixer and at 8bucks it is one of the cheaper ones I've picked up recently. You could do far far worse than this beer. I would say you could also probably use this beer as a gateway for those that want to try rachbiers but are affraid of commiting to an entire bottle without knowing what they are getting into.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,640 ratings.