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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,157 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,157
Reviews: 1,315
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 230
Gots: 474 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

03-26-2013 21:52:12 | More by Prospero
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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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New York

4.25/5  rDev 0%

02-25-2013 00:57:12 | More by brentblack1
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-20-2013 17:47:38 | More by jim_carignan
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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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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%

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

11-17-2013 05:33:37 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

02-28-2014 04:00:51 | More by Petey_the_Quiet
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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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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

12-08-2013 21:05:41 | More by Sturmthis
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

05-12-2013 23:41:56 | More by BeastLU
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

06-30-2014 02:19:41 | More by Stum-pub
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New York

4.25/5  rDev 0%

01-15-2013 20:10:26 | More by SkiBum22
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

04-13-2014 02:25:13 | More by Lynn
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

04-02-2013 01:38:13 | More by Hallertau
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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very nearly black into a pint glass, producing a finger of light brown head. This quickly fades to some lacing.

Deep malts and roasted barley define the aroma, and a hint of bitter chocolate or coffee lurks in the back. Not too complicated, but this is just what I like to smell in a porter.

Fantastic malt roastiness, some of the coffee hinted at by the aroma, and a bit of toasted bread. Like the smell, the flavors are fairly simple, straightforward, and very close to my ideal for a porter.

This beer is smooth, almost creamy, and very pleasant. I could drink this all night.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 03:45:13 | More by Pellinore1
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

09-30-2012 17:29:52 | More by slim2043
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

12-29-2012 08:20:18 | More by zenithberwyn
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3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DrewOSU, newtonty and I decided to make an impulse beer run to Dayton, Ohio last Friday night. Among the gems we picked up, I snagged a couple singles of these. I never saw this beer from Founders, so needless to say - I must try it!

The 12 ounce brown bottle has a gorgeous, dark renaissance-style portrait of a woman wearing a feathered cap. No freshness date on the bottle, but I know it was a recent delivery at Belmont Party Supply.

Pours a cloudy dark brown with a ½ inch dark, mocha head with great, stringy lacing on the side of my imperial pint glass. The head has nice, creamy and textured craters.

Light nose with a mix of heavily roasted malts, caramel and hints of dry and unsweetened baker's chocolate. A slight, earthy hops presence exists, as well.

Medium bodied and medium flavor with high carbonation throughout. Predominant flavor is chocolate and heavily roasted malts. The same, dry/unsweetened baker's chocolate follows through. Finishes semi-dry with a floral hop, almost bitter finish.

This is a nice example of an American porter. Nothing fantastic or awe inspiring, but solid and enjoyable, none the less.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 23:57:49 | More by beachbum1975
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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