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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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95
world-class

5,608 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,608
Reviews: 1,343
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 268
Gots: 631 | FT: 25
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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3/5  rDev -29.4%

Kaveman, Aug 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

jriggins6, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of fionn13
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

fionn13, Nov 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

mecmd, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Lynn
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Lynn, Apr 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Artjsantos, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass...

A: Very dark brown, almost black, with a thin tan head that sits gracefully on top. Very fine carbonation.

S: Roated malt is dominant, with hints of coffee and chocolate. The nose also expresses an earthy quality I haven't experienced in many porters.

T: Nice roasty malt flavors, with hints of toast, chocolate, and earth. A pleasant hop bitterness finishes it off.

M: Full bodied and viscous, with a silky texture.

D: Very smooth. Another excellent example of this style.

WYVYRN527, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of Samp01
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle pours a thick black with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted caramel malt, roasted espresso beans, cacao, with some dark fruity tones of plums. Taste is the same as aroma with some bitter cacao and hops. Palate is a full bodied, creamy, oily texture with moderate carbonation. Finish is roasted caramel malt and espresso ending with a sweet bitter cacao, and some lingering notes of dark fruit and caramel malt. Has a nice rustic burnt flavor. Overall an excellent porter. Very much enjoyed this brew.

Samp01, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
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

ExaltedNecrosis, Nov 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

ThreeFishes, Feb 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

ChipMurray, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of mwilbur
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours black as a starless night...completely opaque with 1/2 thick dark tan head that recedes fairly quickly. Very nice.
S: Sweet roasted malt and dark chocolate. Straight-forward, but good.
T: Follows aroma well, but lacks the intensity that it was promising. Still above average for style.
M: Smooth with a hint of dry bitterness.
D: Quite drinkable. Not as complex as many brews, but good for style.

mwilbur, Jul 04, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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

Denzo, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to younger35, may you get a job soon.

This beer pours dark, rich, and sexy baby. Dark brown with mocha head, like I bet Candi gives in 48 hours.

Smells roasty, espresso coffee grounds sparged over hot chocolate milk.

Very complex porter, more creamy than others, not harsh, nice roasted, cocoa, and burnt dark sugars. Darkness Charlie Murphy.

What did the five fingers say to the face? Slap! This beer is damn good.

Murchmac, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of wattoclone
4.86/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours deep black with medium brown head that persists. Initial aroma is fragrant flowery but this quickly disappears after tasting to become intense chocolate, roasted coffee and malt. Full bodied mouthfeel. Taste is well balanced with a strong, yet not overwhelming, coffee flavor. The hops were not evident even though the IBU stated on label implies a high level of 45.

wattoclone, Nov 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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

ohiobeer29, Mar 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Hopheadhiker, Apr 25, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, Sep 12, 2013
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4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid portion comes out cola brown during the pour and dark brown to black as it rises up in the glass. Brown highlights on the sides when you hold it up to the light. Slightly darker than tan head with pretty much small bubbles, sticks around a little while but trickles away, ok lacing.

Smell is really good. Often times porters have the word "robust" on the label. Founder's doesn't but this would be a decent adjective in my opinion. Plenty of dark roasted (or even burned) malts here providing the classic dark chocolatey and black coffee aromas. Also some haylike aromas from the grains and the fairly generous amount of hops (for this style). Not a hop bomb, but if you're a hophead that likes porters too, this would be a good choice.

Pretty standard that Founders doesn't skimp in the taste department, and there is no exception on their porter. Plenty of over roasted to heavy toasted chocolate malts providing a nice balance of bitter and sweetness on this porter. Big flavors of more bitter than sweet chocolate, some dark caramel/toffee and a bit of a dark roasted black coffee. Pretty big and bold, I've had some stouts that try to pull themselves off as "imperial" that aren't as big and bold as this one. Just a good beer all around.

Mouthfeel is really good. Medium bodied, flavor will linger a little bit. Great carbonation level. It's pretty silky smooth with a nice clean slightly bitter finish. Drinkability is there bigtime, this is a fast drinking porter. The label on the bottle says "Dark, Rich, & Sexy." I can attest to the first two descriptors, this beer doesn't turn me on, but it's a pretty well done porter from the crew there in Grand Rapids.

AndyAvalanche, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Williaar, Mar 09, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours a deep dark brown, nearly black. The head peaks around one and a half fingers tall, then fades slowly to a thin spotty cap. Lacing is thin, but sticks decently.

Smell; dark roasted malts, coffee and a faint hit of molasses. A surprising amount of hops come through in the aroma, but it's of the earthy/floral variety. They actually work really well with the roast malt and coffee.

Taste; rich chocolate malts, slight touch of char, coffee beans all hit you right at once, then the earthy hops come out and play. It's all topped of with a little sweet molasses that's just enough to keep this from being overly roasty and bitter.

Mouthfeel/drinkability; as with all Founders beers, it seems, this has a really nice smooth texture in the mouth, which just seems to increase the drinkability. Very nice.

RedHaze, Nov 17, 2009
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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

mcdsports, Monday at 03:23 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

ethanmc12, Jan 08, 2014
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,608 ratings.