Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,429
Hads: 6,487
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
Wants: 351
Gots: 1,123 | FT: 28
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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: 1,429 | Hads: 6,487
Photo of The_Snow_Bird
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice looking dark beer. It came with a very thin caramel head. Had a nice roasted malty smell. Could taste a hint of chocolate. No over powering taste, but was still pretty good. (188 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 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 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)

Photo of henryd30
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich dark porter. Brown frothy one thumb head - thick clingy lacing.

S: Not a lot there...what's there is sweet and rich.

T: Powerfully flavorful flavor. Coffie taste that transforms into a warm alcohol flavor, with a slightly bitter aftertaste that isn't unappealing.

M: Silky smooth with mild carbonation.

D: Typically heavy, and not a session beer by any means, but quite tastey and a nice treat. (406 characters)

Photo of TuffNut87
3.52/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first Founders brew. In a pint glass it was obsidian and opaque. The lacing was good and there was a thin cocoa film of head. The taste was good, and it was silky smooth on my palate. The taste was not as complex as I expected, but it left that satisfying bitterness that porter fans love. I will try other porters before returning to this one. (355 characters)

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

A- Thick, oily black. Thin beige head. Fantastic lacing down the glass.

S- A nose full of chocolate, nuts, vanilla, and toffee. Not to mention all that dark roasted malt.

T- Roasted malts roll across the tongue accompanied by chocolate toffee and vanilla. Finished off by bitter espresso and a touch of alcohol on top.

M- Smooth, heavy, decently carbonated.

D- Tasty. Very enjoyable! The combination of the roastyness and the alcohol make this a great beer for a cold windy day. Could see my self drinking this again.

Side note: Bottle states that it is 6.5 ABV. (568 characters)

Photo of jellis00
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am a fan of porters, and this one is excellent. I would recommend this beer in a heart beat if one was desiring a strong satisfying dark beer.

Appearance: Very smooth.

Smell: The aromas of the mixtures really cut through.

Taste: Very smooth, not hoppy, really quite delicious.

Mouthfeel: Slightly more bitter than I hoped for, but still good.

Drinkability: When I am stuck in the mid west I drink this beer. (415 characters)

Photo of jagoffyinzer
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark hard to tell its exact.color in the light. A very tan head fades to a nice layer. Tremendous tan lacing coats the glass on the way down. The smell is malty with a nice roast that stands behind it. Great chocolate notes in there at the end that work well. Tasting at first there is a smooth cocoa flavor finishes roasty and warm. Malt shines through ever flavor. This is smooth and creamy but not too heavy. Pretty drinkable. Founders never disappoints. (463 characters)

Photo of chopp02
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm not a Porter fan (for the most part) but I am a big fan of this beer! It has a tremendous bold flavor and the color and smell of this beer are full of flavor as well. (170 characters)

Photo of bakeller
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours jet black with a two finger mocha head. Head retention is pretty good but finally dies down with some thick lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Get a mix of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

T: Rich roasted malts, slight hint of dark chocolate with a robust, semi-bitter coffee backbone. Flavors mingle really well together. Not overly complex.

M: This is a heavy porter. The mouth feel is creamy and thick. Goes down really smoothly with minimal carbonation

D: Due to the heavy weight of this, I could not drink it too quickly but did not mind. Could drink a couple of these on a night in. Very tasty porter. (666 characters)

Photo of MBABJJ
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - It's got a nice thick head on the pour with a sweet lacing left behind to decorate the interior of my imbibing device.

S - Smoky chocolate velvet nummy

T - Sweet, choco, tobacco nutty, pretty much the gambit of good shit that can exist in a darker beer. No overwhelming alchy or any noticeable off flavors. Could use more choco or one dominant flavor.

M - Yup, I fee it

D - All night long. I be sippin this syrup with smores or truffles any night. Nothing for the daytime or summer love though

Great beer. Solid all around and probably my favorite of the porters that I have tasted. Not a huge fan of the style and I believe in the simplicity of it. That is the only fall back of this beer as I feel it gets a little lost in its simple porter-ness and tries to be too complex. (785 characters)

Photo of WeimtimeBier
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Served out of a bottle this porter poured a rich tan mocha head. Creamy with good retention. Very thick with a dark brown mollasses body.

S- Smelled of strong roasted malts, some cocoa, and a strong hop pressence that was clean and bitter.

T- Roasted malts first, then a complex veriety of coffee, cocoa, and some added smokiness which was faint. Hops tasted like they smelled. strong clean and bitter. possibly a little herbal.Faint alcohol in back.

M- Heavy body, moderate carbonation, creamy, and thick. The creamy mouthfeel was enjoyable.

D- Good drinkability for a robust beer. I feel like this was brewed real well, like most founders beers. Dont start with this and then go to a lager. (702 characters)

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,429 ratings.