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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,179 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,179
Reviews: 1,317
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 234
Gots: 480 | FT: 24
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 GeezLynn


4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black, with a generous brown head that coats the edges of the glass. Excellent retention.

S: Dark roasted malt, coffee and pungent lactic sourness. Impressive!

T: Intense. Lots of coffee and smoky flavors. Also some baker's chocolate and a little dark fruit. Bitter roasted flavors linger throughout a lengthy finish.

M: Thick and creamy with fine carbonation. A little sticky, but acceptably so for such a huge porter.

That is without a doubt, the most robust porter I have ever experienced. Almost a stout/porter hybrid and just the type of take on the style that you would expect from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 03:47:49 | More by GeezLynn
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

01-09-2013 04:52:13 | More by jjheinrichs
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-04-2012 03:56:46 | More by ohtheguilt
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New York

4.25/5  rDev 0%

02-25-2013 00:57:12 | More by brentblack1
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown a big brown head that reduces down to a still-substantial height with dimples dotting the foam. Aromas are predominately roasty with strong notes of dark chocolte truffles and tantalizing garnache. Big taste of sweetened cocoa up front, tons of expresso and roastiness on the midpalate. Finishes long on burnt sugar and a faint note of something like burnt fish (but maybe I'm just crazy). Leaves the mouth with a smoky taste minutes later. Body fills the mouth and saturate the senses. A wise choice for a luxurious digestive or a decadent nightcap.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 03:53:09 | More by droomyster
Photo of beermanbrian


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a case of this on a whim. Hope it's worth it.

Black color with fine foamy tan head. Sticky rings of lace. Smell of expresso that slides into cocoa and then that burnt malt that you expect in a porter. So far this is looking like a winner. Taste starts with slightly bitter cocoa up front with some coffee notes and it all slips into a nice burnt malt finish. Nice full body affirms that this one is going to give you plenty to chew on. Nice mix of flavors makes this an excellent brew. Compares favorable to edmund fitz from great lakes which i always considered the benchmark. Another well done brew by Founders.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 01:44:57 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of KickbacksSteve


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle pured into Efes tulip. Dark dark brown with beige head, lowish retention. Clear, oily lacing. Aroma includes roasted coffee, slight chocolate, slight alcohol. Taste mainly dominated by coffee, no alcohol in the taste. Smooth, not too thick. Easy to drink, slightly warming. Very nice porter, not sure if its sexy.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 06:00:31 | More by KickbacksSteve
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

01-21-2012 00:53:09 | More by tripledbrew
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-27-2013 09:48:37 | More by hellhammermario
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

03-26-2013 21:52:12 | More by Prospero
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-07-2012 05:34:13 | More by Bdel34
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-20-2013 17:47:38 | More by jim_carignan
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4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Dark brownish black with light foamy lace on top.
A sweet raisin-like smell..

Thick and creamy chocolate and coffee flavors abound.

Not overly strong... very pleasant and drinkable.

This is not the "extreme" type of beer I have become used to, but a well balanced and drinkable dark porter. In any case I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 01:06:20 | More by webmanspidey
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-23-2012 19:56:56 | More by sammo
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

10-29-2012 21:11:11 | More by seplo
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4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at lunch at Kieran's Pub in Minneapolis. Very pleased to see it on the menu. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Founder's Porter pours a very dark brown color, almost black, with about a finger of mocha colored head. Lacing is a moderate layer of fine film after it reduces.

Smell: Lots of roasted malts, some chocolate, and just a touch of smoke. It smells very rich.

Taste: I've got to say this is one of the richest porters I've ever tried. Lost of roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla. Classic porter taste, just great.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with a little carbonation. Viscous, very smooth and creamy on the palate. Delightful. This is absolutely an awesome tasting porter. My favorite of the style that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 21:54:32 | More by zhanson88
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

04-11-2014 23:09:45 | More by Filabee
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 02:09:02 | More by deebo
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New York

4.25/5  rDev 0%

04-19-2013 06:03:02 | More by Googs
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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A - Black with some hints of dark brown. One finger of creamy chocolate head.

S - Roasted coffee, sweet chocolate, caramel. Lots of roasted character.

T - Lots of sweet chocolate and caramel, along with roasted coffee and a slight bitterness.

M - Moderately thick with very smooth and creamy carbonation. It's got a nice stickiness to it, with a lingering presence of chocolate and coffee on the aftertaste.

O - A fantastic porter that hits all the right notes

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 03:47:55 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

12-29-2012 08:20:18 | More by zenithberwyn
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-15-2011 19:23:49 | More by twowheelssoar
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

01-08-2012 06:36:34 | More by EricCioe
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-17-2013 05:33:37 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

04-13-2014 02:25:13 | More by Lynn
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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