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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,438 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,438
Hads: 6,555
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 3.54%
Wants: 361
Gots: 1,169 | FT: 28
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 1,438 | Hads: 6,555
Photo of GSmithBeer
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had this from the bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: certainly looks the part.
S: really good rich aroma. you get the chocolate and roasted malts.
T: you get the flavors that go with the aroma. also a good amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: good carbonation but maybe a little thin.
O: very drinkable porter. one of my go-to porters. (339 characters)

Photo of Kisejohn
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:  Roasted malt, coffee, and hints of dark chocolate.

Appearance:  opaque black.  Half a finger of head.

Flavor:  Roaster malt, coffee, and chocolate flavors abound.  Hop bitterness balances well with the malt sweetness.  Finishes fairly dry with some hop bitterness lingering.

Mouthfeel:   full body mouth feel.  Almost creamy consistency.  Moderate carbonation.

Overall:  This is an excellent porter.  Nice roasty flavors with enough bitterness to balance the malt sweetness.  Very enjoyable overall. (523 characters)

Photo of theHoff77
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Jet black in color with a dense khaki head that eventually becomes a thin layer of fizz. Okay lacing.

S - Big notes of chocolate and a little coffee.

T - Maybe not as big as the smell but a great tasting chocolate, coffee, and malts. On the roasty-darker side.

M - Thicker bodied than a normal porter, which I'm digging a lot. Very smooth all around.

O - The first porter to me that gives Edmund Fitzgerald a run for its money, and I definitely like it more than black butte. I don't know if it has quite has big a chocolate taste, but it certainly holds up well in all other categories. In general though, another great offering from Founders. (680 characters)

Photo of SingularWalker
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: nice rich dark dark brown with minimal head

smell: chocolatey with a bit of coffee

taste: rich smooth chocolate flavor with a bit of coffee. nice maltyness

mouthfeel: smooth and velvety. not too thick and heavy and not too thin and watery, just right

overall: this is a great porter, all around a tasty drink that feels good on the mouth. nice bold flavors make this a very dinkable example, you cant go wrong with this one. (440 characters)

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

This is the best Porter I've had so far. Well balanced, nice gentle body, with a smooth and destinctive hint of chocolate, and so slight bitterness that works well with the caramel & cocoa aftertaste. (200 characters)

Photo of astrasday
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle has a gothic style portrait of a pale white woman wearing all black with the words, "Dark, Rich & Sexy". Pretty hilarious if you ask me. 6.5% ABV and 45 IBUs clearly marked. No freshness date. Poured this one into a tulip glass. Utter darkness. A foamy, tan head quickly dissipates with a nice sticky lacing.

Smell of raisins and heavy, fresh baked bread come through first. Roasted malts, coffee and dark, over-ripe fruit fall are all present as well. The scent is balanced and almost wholesome.

Taste. Roasted malts, coffee, raisins, chocolate and just a touch of hop bitterness to round out it out. Finish is very similar to a sip of nice dark coffee. Lovely.

The mouthfeel. Rich, full and deep. Exactly what I want from a porter. I find myself utterly content with this portion of the beer. I am left wanting nothing.

Drinkability. Does this beer define this word? It might. It's just a pleasure sipping on this brew. Relaxing, enjoying the lovely taste and it goes down so agreeably. More, please. (1,013 characters)

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

Pours black in the pint glass,a little brownish head remains,the chocolate notes hit ya up front but they are not overpowering the hop rounds this one out but leaves just enough dark maltiness,this is one fine porter,easy drinker,and a real deal for the price (259 characters)

Photo of Veillantif
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, approx. 55 F, poured into unchilled stange glass.

A: Dark but not the opaquest porter. A little dainty lacing on the edges; almost no head.

S: Quite the hit of roasted malt. Also hints of coffee and, I could swear, a note of cinnamon.

[After a few sips, I bump the smell from 4.0 to 4.5, because I found it to be an extremely rewarding experience as my nose went further into the half-empty glass.]

T: Maybe I'm crazy, but there's the cinnamon again. And recollections of chocolate-covered espresso beans. Upon swallowing and inhaling through the nose, I definitely get a butter-toffee like finish. (In spite of my analogies, it is not sweet at all.)

This is robust enough to please stout lovers, but I wouldn't call it a stout-lover's stout. It's a stout for the gourmand.

M: Again, good for the gourmands: amuses you and then leaves you alone. Clean. Polite.

D: If you're looking for a stout that'll really kick your ass, this isn't it. This dances on the palate, rather than stomp on it. It's interesting w/o being overwhelming. (1,050 characters)

Photo of Honisbygonis
3.41/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appetizer: black and syrupy, with nominal carbonation and a moderately sweet inviting aroma

Entree: smooth initial taste, (full-bodied comes to mind), with a lingering but surprisingly, a mild unsavory aftertaste (compared to Deschutes Black Butte I'd sampled a week or so prior)--again, not a brewmaster / judge.

Dessert: would I have again? probably. Does it live up to the hype I long heard / read / saw ? not really, considering I have been sampling several porters lately, and to me, not a "craving" type that I had hoped.

Ch33rs!! (539 characters)

Photo of sheeley
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

Appearance: Dark, heavy, and thick when poured. Looks beautiful with a dark, creamy head.
Smell: Smells of malt, some coffee, and oats.
Taste: Very strong coffee flavors. Notes of malt and oatmeal. Quite dark and creamy.
Overall, very pleasant. As a stout fan, this beer is a very solid choice. Compare to Sierra Nevada Stout. Very much enjoy this beer, but it was not a standout compared to some of my favorites. (416 characters)

Photo of nasty31
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Having this beer on tap adds so much to it.

This is trualy a well done porter has every part of it is well done. I keep going back to this all the time. Usually have a sixer in my fridge at all times its that good. Like I said having it on tap though does not compare to having it bottled, if you get the chance have a pint! (326 characters)

Photo of wscaffe
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a BIF. Thanks to surlytwinsfan.

A - Black as night. Tan head that does not last long. Leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S - I get hints of dark fruit and chocolate. Some roast and pleasant burnt notes as well. An enjoyable smoke character is evident.

T - Coffee and chocolate flavors. I also get some dark fruit in the flavor as well. Some smoke/BBQ flavor. The hops are there but do not overpower.

M - Medium bodied. Pleasant amount of carbonation. Definitely well balanced. Very smooth. A bit of resin lingers on the tongue but it is enjoyable.

Overall - This is one of the best porters I have ever tasted. It is quite complex and at the same time extremely well balanced. I love the combination of smoke and hops and dark fruit. (753 characters)

Photo of JWearda
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S - In a pint glass poured from the bottle

A - Very heavy looking pour. Extremely dark brown in color. Thicker and darker than many of the stouts. About one finger thick, a nice tan colored head with decent retention. Awesome lacing.

S - Charred malt and barley aroma upfront. Slight amount of hops. Aroma is still very much like a porter. Very well balanced. Overall strength is mild to medium strong just like a good porter.

T - It has burnt up malts shining throughout. Slight coffee flavor. Good mix of hops though it's not bitter; it provides a good balance. Some cocoa taste. Dry finish with no sweetness whatsoever. Not boozy.

M - On the thicker and more full bodied side. Low to moderate carbonation which is very likable. No astringency only the lingering taste of burnt up malts.

O - This is how a porter should be. (830 characters)

Photo of beermemarge
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served from bottle into glass. Good amount of foam, head was cream in color, beer was opaque brown black. Smell had fruity, coffee, and caramel notes. Tasted had deep coffee flavor, slightly smoky, sweet chocolate, strong hops, and good bitterness level. Mouth feel had a good body. Overall a great porter, had it before and will have it again. (344 characters)

Photo of Pedro07
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been lucky enough to have this amazing brewery only 10 minutes from me for a while now. In my opinion, this is one of the most amazing porters anywhere.

A- Dark, rich, creamy! The head is a deep, deep tan, and creamy. Very unusual for a porter, porters always seemed thinner to me.

S- Good smell. Coffee, cocoa, roasted wonderfulness! Molasses?? Oh yes.

T- WOW. Everytime I sip this brew it amazes me. Rich, chocolatey, coffee, roasted nuts...there's the molasses.

M- Creamy and full. No runniness, thinness, and never oxidized.

D- At 6%, I can run through quite a few pints of Founder's Porter. The quality of this porter is what sets it apart from the masses. Please bottle this again Founder's! (712 characters)

Photo of brundo4
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my first go-round with the porter. Not a big porter drinker, but Founders is easily one of my favorite breweries so I'm looking forward to this one.

12 oz'er with no freshness date. Purchased as a single.

A- Pours a thick dark brown/black, not unlike a sludgy coffee. Thick head forms, but dissipates fairly quickly. Good lacing left.

S- Real smokiness and nice roasted malt. Coffee comes through next with a little carmel in there. Hint of chocolate. Serious mocha scent.

T- At first, quite bitter, but a nice nutty sweetness comes through. Very malty but also with a nice hop presence (not a lot though). Carmel, some molasses, smoked wood. Almost a hint of fruit at the end, seems more like an illusion, or allusion maybe.

M- Very silky, but also a nice carbonation comes through.

D- Super drinkable and smooth. For someone who doesn't typically reach for it, this is a really, really nice porter. As the bottle contends, "Dark, rich + sexy," indeed. Go get you some. (990 characters)

Photo of scinerd3000
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium pour into a traditional pint glass...Laid a low off-white head which dissipated quickly. No Lacing on the glass. Beer is almost black with slight amber highlights when held up to the light. It is clear in the areas I can discern when held up to light.

Aroma: Molasses, Chocolate and sweet coffee. No hops.

Taste: Chocolate and coffee right up front although the coffee flavor dominated my pallet. As beer starts to warm in the glass there is a touch of alcohol present. Strangely a taste of lemons...Seems well balanced and very sessionable. Bitterness is discernible however no specific hop flavors and no DMS. Very clean

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated (although leaves a poor head), clean flavor. Slightly thin The carbonation level is perfect for this style.

Overall: A very good beer and one which is very easy to consume. Would drink again. (864 characters)

Photo of twoheadedboy
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12 oz glass. Color is inky, coffee-esque black.

Smell is overpoweringly of roasted malts, almost burnt. Strong black coffee and chocolate notes.

Taste is extremely smooth. The exceptionally balanced roasted characteristics make for a very easy, yet quite rich, drink. Some nutty flavors were also in evidence. Taste was a bit more understated than the smell might suggest (which I'm okay with), but the coffee and chocolate were pleasantly noticable.

A very delicious porter; it'd be nearly impossible for me to drink more than a couple though. A perfect brew for a cold winter night (or morning). One of my favorites to date. (644 characters)

Photo of usechopstix4soup
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour into an English pub. No head, which was a little disappointing. Black coffee color, from the top there are hints of caramel, coca cola-like.

Smell is not blatantly obvious, underlining aroma of roasted coffee beans with malts and chocolate. The smell right before drinking reminds me of chocolate milk.

Taste isn't too bitter, definitely chocolate, espresso, kind of taste. I also taste the roasted malts and coffee beans.

Mouthfeel reminds me of drinking flat coca-cola and finishes with a smooth, rich after taste. Body isn't too full like most porters, which makes this beer's drinkability higher than most. (627 characters)

Photo of 911CROFT
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle into a snifter glass. Paid £2.70 for a single bottle.

Pours an opaque, dark, black body, that when held to the light displays lovely ruby tinges and a small amount of slow rising carbonation bubbles. A two-finger in height, dense, mocha coloured head reduces quickly to a thin film and foamy collar, leaving behind small amounts of spotty, soapy lacing on the glass.

On the nose it is sweet overall, with mild aromas of toasted malts, milk chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, dark fruits, and a subtle smokiness hidden away in the background. The taste mimics the nose but as a bolder more intense and complex version. Upfront, rich, roasted dark malts, burnt toast, and roasted coffee are followed by lighter, sweeter malts, along with a touch of milk chocolate and tangy dark fruits. The body has a satisfyingly generous amount of weight and heft for a porter, which combined with fittingly low but not flat carbonation give it a deliciously smooth, creamy and silky mouth feel. A combination of charred, roasted dark malts and crisp bitter hops give a smooth, complex, dry, earthy, smoky finish that lingers on the palate.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Incredibly well balanced, easily drinkable, and reasonable value for money, I would certainly recommend it to a friend and will looking to try it again in the near future. (1,348 characters)

Photo of JKuras
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark brown, nearly pitch black in color even when held to the light. ½ an inch of creamy tan-ish head quickly dies down. Looking thick and creamy, and some nice suds upon swishing the glass around a bit.

Smell: Lots of sweet chocolate and coffee on the nose, with some creamy hazelnut. Smells almost like a dessert.

Taste: The bittersweetness of the chocolate/coffee hits you twice, once upon first taste and then again on the swallow. The aftertaste lingers on for a while, which is not a bad thing. A good creaminess mellows things out throughout. Very nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation present, with a sizeable mouthfeel. This beer definitely has some mass to it, but goes down smooth.

Overall: A great porter from a brewery I am became more a fan of this past year. Can’t really say anything negative about this one. A great brew for riding out hurricane Sandy! (901 characters)

Photo of brandoncox
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pure black pour with a thick frothy head of tan and orange.

Aroma notes are of rich dark chocolate and coffee beans.

The character of this beer changes as it warms in the glass. First few sips are of chocolate but as the temperature rises my palate picks up vanilla and an attack of good hoppy bitterness.

Very chewy porter with a thick mouth-feel that will almost make you believe you are consuming a chocolate candy bar.

I don't think my stomach could hold more than a couple of these at a time but it is a very satisfying beer. Although not a seasonal this is a great porter for a fall evening or perhaps even a halloween party. I'm becoming very impressed with Founders as every beer I have tried has been exceptional. (729 characters)

Photo of dafla67
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass.

A: dark black; a finger of frothy tan foam.

S: not a huge aroma but definitely some coffeee and chocolate.

T: complex. Starts with chocolate flavor and then moves to coffee/hops/malts before ending with a bitter taste. The transitions are perfect.

M: creamy and silky smooth; a bit heavy; flavors linger (that's a good thing).

O: Great American Porter. With so many distinctive flavors, the transitions are very important and this porter does it perfectly. (473 characters)

Photo of hctap00
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First ever review on BA.

Poured from 12 oz bottle into wine glass. No bottling date. This one has several months on it.

A weak pour resulted in almost no head. Thin tan lacing that lingers. Near pitch black, a hint of translucent brown at the edges.

Dark chocolate on the nose first. Roasted malt bitterness. Maybe a hint of coffee. Smell approaches Breakfast Stout but with less coffee and oatmeal. Now that it warms, some dark fruit aromas breaking through.

Dark, rich, and sexy indeed. A great balance of flavors. Blend of chocolate and roasted barley throughout. Hops hit early and again at the end, but always secondary. Coffee towards the end. Lingering bitterness from the malt. Every time I drink this beer, I expect a sweeter finish. Then I remember it is a porter, not an imperial stout.

Creamy and smooth. For me, this is what separates Founders Porter from many others.

Overall, a delight. Never overpowering and does not try to do too much. Very drinkable. (976 characters)

Photo of Muscatjo
3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not my favorite by Founders. Maybe I just prefer stouts to porters but this didnt go down as smooth as I liked and had very intense dark flavors. It was very strong and had a long finish. (187 characters)

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,438 ratings.