Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,931 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,931
Reviews: 1,370
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 284
Gots: 756 | 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 JRed
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Subtle black with cinnamon head that leaves chocolate lacing down the glass. Strong scent of chocolate, roast, tobacco, charcoal. Dark chocolate cream, coffee beans, roast, tobacco leaves, and spice in the taste. Heavy in body with slight carbonation that tickles the tongue. Highly enjoyable, each sip beckons for the next one to be taken. An instant classic among American Porters.

Photo of sludgegnome
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of aoampm
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Diomede
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Clydesdale
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nearly opaque black color with a faint ruby-brown tint when held up to light. The tall, foamy head has a light brown coloration and medium density, becoming a bit rocky after a few moments. Retention is good, and some sticky rings of lacing adhere nicely to the glass.

S: Dark and roasted malts are prominent in the nose, along with some smooth caramel/brown sugar sweetness. Hop notes are surprisingly noticeable (although still in the backseat), with some fruity notes that complement the soft dark fruitiness of the beer. There is a pleasant dark chocolate aroma, with fainter notes of coffee and a very mild smoky note.

T: A big dose of dark and roasty malt up front, although it stops short of any burnt flavor. There's a firm caramel/brown sugar sweetness up front, but it doesn't stick around for long before a robust dose of hop bitterness kicks in. A bit of leafy and dark-fruity flavor is definitely present. This comes across much more chocolatey than coffeelike to me, with a very pleasing dark chocolate/unsweetened cocoa character.

M: Fairly full-bodied. Carbonation and mouthfeel are smooth and creamy with just enough perkiness and roasted astringency to keep things balanced. The dry, roasty aftertaste lingers for quite some time.

D: This is a very good American Porter. It drinks very smoothly and deliciously despite being rather highly hopped for the style. I wonder how this would drink with the IBUs dialed back into the mid-30s. No matter though - this doesn't need messed around with. A boldly-flavored, dark chocolatey gem of a porter.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Beestin
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of TCgoalie
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from Founders on 5/9/10.

The pour is a beautiful two fingers of brown head. Pitch black in color with excellent lacing. This is what a porter should look like!

The scent is that of roasted toffee, coffee, and some chocolate malts.

Taste: Rich chocolate malts blend with roasty bitter nuts. There is a nice bitterness at the end which is well placed. I would prefer a little more in the middle of the taste, but overall it is solid.

The mouthfeel is medium to slightly full. There is also a nice smooth, creamy character.

This is as drinkable as a porter should be. A solid standard Porter with looks to brag about.

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Kevinpitts
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of afksports
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A week after guzzling down many Deschutes Black Butte porters, I'm happy to test the yield of this fine Founders Porter bottle. Yup, it's beer!

It looks inviting, just like that classy lady on the bottle that says dark and sexy. It's nearly black, with brown edges and a tan head that laces adequately as tiny bubbles cling to the glass. The smell hits you immediately with a malt hop mix that has a bit of almost chemical overtones, maybe soap, and then bitter chocolate. Taste is malt first, with coffee and chocolate in the middle. The bitterness of the 45 IBU's listed on the bottle is there in the finish. That helps it drink clean.

With the 6.5% alcohol, and the medium body that reminds me of a brown, this baby is one I can repeat. The only problem is the bottle cost in New York separates it from other comparable options that won't hurt the wallet as much.

That said, I'm still in love with Founders, and I want to see about this lady's phone number...

Photo of CarolinaKev
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Ngntjp
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of KalanM
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of akttr
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of dsauter
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of csmartin6
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Deep mahogany with ruby red tint when held up to light, with very small tan head that quickly resolves into a mere ring of bubbling around the edge of the glass.

S & T = A very coffee smelling porter, like a coffee with cream and sugar topped off with a chocolate frosted donut. Good bitterness shows up in the mid-palate and continues into the finish to keep this from being too sweet.

M = Medium body, good mouthcoating, clear strong carbonation present but in a tickling way, not in a biting way.

D = This is really a fine porter that I just love to drink. Great drinkability. I just wish the ABV were a little lower to enjoy more of them.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Roze
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of NonicPanic
5/5  rDev +17.4%

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

Thanks to xanok for this extra. Poured into my custom etched "dead man's hand' pint glass. Dark in color but I think I would call this deep dark brown, not black. Just a bit of light get's through at the edges. Head is a big two fingers and dark root beer float color and appearance.

Smell is roasted coffee with a bit of bread coming through and some chocolate nibs.

Taste is really good. Brown sugar sweet with roasted coffee and the bitterness or tartness from the chocolate or a cranberry/cherry??

The mouth is exactly what a porter should be. I know this is Founders and the "over the top-o-meter" is maxed out, but I am putting that aside. This is spot on for the style. It is rich and silky front and smooth late with just a bit of dryness.

Overall I really enjoyed this extra. I live in Deschutes distribution area and Black Butte has been my go to Porter for years, but if this was distributed here also I think I would have a new "go to" porter. Thanks again to xanok for this extra.

Photo of jriggins6
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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