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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,446 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,446
Reviews: 1,334
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 257
Gots: 563 | 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 brownbeer
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Looks nice, black with a frothy brown head.

S- Mild nose overall. Mild coffee, chocolate, toast. I really had to try to pick things out of this one. Nice, but mild.

T- Some richness to the palate, the flavors meld together really well. Licorice, faint chocolate and smoke.

M&D- This is where the beer shined for me. Full bodied, yet silky smooth.

brownbeer, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark black color ,with some ruby tones if you hold it to a really strong light, thick lasting light brown head,with very nice lacing. Sweet aroma of coco powder,and fudge,very nice,a hint of the dark roasted barly as it warms.Flavor is awesome,like dark chocolate and good coffee in layers.A touch of the roast at the end ,and just slightly bitter. Medium body ,smooth creamy mouthfeel. The best Porter I have had to date and and maby the best beer. An honor to drink. Thank you Founders !

WakeandBake, Jan 19, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

denimdemon, Sep 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

bootdown21, Jul 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

mikefuski17, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle label says 6.5% ABV - Pours a beautiful pitch black with just a twinge of red highlights and a thick frothy caramel colored one inch head. Thick heavy lacing paints the glass. Smells of coocolate, coffee and rich dark roasted malts rule the nose. First sip is mostly coffee and chocolate combined with a prevalent nuttiness. The coffee bitterness is from start to finish. A creamy mouthfeel is welcomed but it does seem a little to the thin side.

ATLbeerDog, Feb 14, 2009
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

adamant1912, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

PhineasGage, Dec 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

AOShabaz, Aug 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Cubatobaco, Oct 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, Sep 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

jim_carignan, Oct 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

kjrod20, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of GregSVT
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark black with a medium dark brown head that fades to a ring and leaves no real lacing. Almost looks like an Imperial...

S: The nose is full of cocoa/chocolate and that's about it...pretty one dimensional but it smells great..

T: The taste is much different. The cocoa is up front but there's a hop presence in there as well that's kind of piney.

M: The feel is slightly creamy with a nice medium to full body.

D: Very solid brew with a decent ABV. I'd buy it if I could get it.

GregSVT, Apr 15, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Beezee, Mar 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Gushue3, Mar 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

moarmare, Dec 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Domvan, Aug 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Goldfishman, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of zimm421
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Appears a dark brown to black with a decent tan head that leaves good lacing and constant bubbling around the edges of the glass. Not much lacing here.

The nose is smoky with dark chocolate, coffee and some earthiness. The combination is appealing, and draws you back in for more each time. The taste is very similar but has a nice bitterness to it. The flavors start pretty bitter but the sweet chocolate is noticeable as well. The coffee stands out pretty well but the hops come through as well. The smokiness hits in the end and sticks around through the aftertaste. There is a slight sting on the tongue after each sip.

The mouthfeel is pretty smooth, but not creamy. The body is medium, just about where it should be. The carbonation is fairly low. Overall, this is a great beer. Very interesting, fairly complex and definitely enjoyable. Not the best porter I've ever had, but it is very good.

zimm421, Jul 10, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

juicebox, Jul 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

RayUF07, May 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

ohiobeer29, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of deebo
2.08/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Everything was ok except for the taste of this one. It's very heavy and dark but the taste was just too much-tasted burnt-more so than even the smokiest of rauchbiers. Surprised this beer scores so well. I thought it was just off-maybe I got a 6 pack that burnt on the bottom of the tank!

This is the only beer I've had from Founders and have heard lots of good things subsequent to this tasting so I guess it is surprising how much I didn't like it. Will give them another try but will pass on their porter-this one just didn't do it for me.

deebo, Mar 29, 2011
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,446 ratings.