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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,145 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,145
Reviews: 1,313
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 230
Gots: 470 | 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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francisweizen

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-03-2013 20:25:40 | More by francisweizen
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Gobzilla

California

4/5  rDev -5.9%

03-20-2014 09:03:02 | More by Gobzilla
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4/5  rDev -5.9%

01-25-2012 00:59:16 | More by bsuedekum
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-30-2013 01:20:33 | More by mrfrancis
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From notes.

A - Nice black pour with one finger of light brown head. Decent carbonation. Frilm retention and spotty lace.

S - Nice aroma right away. Chocolate and roast interplay well. Nice dark malt. Not too roasty but more smooth and, i hate to use this term, luscious.

T - Chocolate, mild roast that falls off in the finish. Again a really nice sweetness with chocolate and roast playing together properly. No artificial cola sweetness present. Quite good.

M - Very smooth, mild carbnoation, medium body. Not too bitter.

O/D - Very solid porter. Tasty and easy to drink with a good combo of properly nailed down flavours. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 00:55:17 | More by tbeckett
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cjgator3

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.9%

03-20-2014 02:33:33 | More by cjgator3
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Durge

Connecticut

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

A solid brown-black color with a reasonable but thin tan cover that generates respectable lacing. The aroma comes on pretty strong with prune charcoal and milk chocolate nuances but the charcoal dominates. The flavor follows suit with a brown bread charcoal and some muted dark fruits. Light herbal hop presence beautifully blended into a medium plus body brew that offers a silky smooth feel and modest carbonation. Luxurious stuff with a subtle dark fruit edge. A defining porter from one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 04:16:32 | More by Durge
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popery

California

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes, 6/15/11. Pours black with some brown at the edges. Light brown head. Good retention. Creamy dark chocolate. There are roast and coffee flavors, particularly in the finish, but this is a chocolatey treat. One of my favorite porters and an all-round fantastic beer. It’s lush and thick on the plate for the abv. Smell isn’t terribly strong, but the taste comes through big. Perfect malt sweetness for the beer. This is a real treat and probably my favorite dark beer from Founders, so far.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 07:35:15 | More by popery
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DmanGTR

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served at 60°F into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured very dark brown, like a 90% cocoa dark chocolate, with a thick and frothy sandy head. Retention is excellent, lasted nearly the entire time of consumption. Large islands of lace adorn the glass. 4.5

S - Rich coffee, roasted barley, hint of cereal-like biscuits, lighter tones of chocolate. Touch of charcoal/ash maybe? 4.5

T - Rich expresso and vanilla cream followed closely by blackberries, currants, and cocoa powder. Finishes somewhat brief, but the mild touch of astringency or ash lingers with the chocolate. 4.0

M - Rich and velvety. Carbonation is perfect for this beer. Although quite a robust body, it is neither oily or syrupy. I find nothing to improve in this department. 5.0

D - Extremely. Glad I finally got around to trying this. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 03:04:08 | More by DmanGTR
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on January 11, 2013.

It has a beautiful extra dark brown to practically black pour with a delicate, tan head bobbing on top and slowly diminishing.

The aroma is dark, smoky, and full of chocolate and coffee esters. It smells like a Porter should and invites me in.

The body is creamy and bold.

The taste is very much reflective of the aroma with an array of dark malts, yeast, chocolate, coffee grinds, and smoke. Topnotch.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 22:09:52 | More by puboflyons
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev -5.9%

01-01-2012 01:08:06 | More by whartontallboy
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wrightst

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-11-2014 02:44:47 | More by wrightst
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown colour, mostly black except at the very edge. Head is beige, thin and dispersed, leaving specks of lace behind. Looks pretty standard, but not bad.

Smells roasty and a bit stouty. Plenty of espresso but a nice sweet edge with unsweetened chocolate providing some balance, and a touch of pecan towards the back. Again fairly pedestrian aromas, but decently put together.

Taste is also fairly nutty, with sweet pecan and hazelnut flavour pervading. Not a lot of roastiness except the sweet and nutty notes are slightly darkened, to an overall fairly chocolatey flavour. Hint of licorice on the back and maybe a whisper of leather. Quite decent porter, but again there's nothing really interesting here, and ultimately it's a bit sweet and a bit bland.

Decent texture for the style, really. Foamy and dries up quite well. Yeah, nice.

A fairly standard effort; could use more oomph from somewhere but it's decent drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 22:12:13 | More by laituegonflable
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Brenden

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours black with hues of nothing. Just thick, inky blackness. The head pours about two fingers but doesn't take very long to dissipate, though a very slight, thin head remains. Nice lacing clings all over the glass.

The smell is what I've come to expect from a good porter. Coffee, hints of dark chocolate, a slight alcoholic tinge and a little bitterness.

The taste is likewise what I've come to expect from a good porter. All of the above with a smoky grain flavor and balanced light bitterness.

The mouthfeel is thick and rich, very nice and smooth. Carbonation is light and it's medium-bodied.

All in all I found myself in agreement with the claim on the bottle that this is "dark, rich and sexy."

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 12:11:39 | More by Brenden
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased on 1/29/09 at Marty's in Newton. Served in a nonic. Poured an inky black with deep red highlights around the edges. Quarter inch, loose head quickly dissipated into a soapy skim with a bubbly band around the bowl. Some webs of lacing adhered during the tasting. Nose was predominantly chocolate malt with an indication of the hops bittering to be revealed in the mouth, but somewhat subdued for the most part. Taste consistent with nose, but chocolate really comes out, and a roasty character is also revealed. Also detected a creamy/lactose-like flavor towards the finish. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, lively and a little prickly, but a creaminess comes out towards the finish. Outstanding - extremely flavorful porter with a low abv; if the mouthfeel was a little less prickly, it would really enhance the experience. A top notch porter nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 20:50:11 | More by Jwale73
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brewster DeCicco's, en route to CBS.

A: Glinting dark brown body with a solid finger of dense light-brown head. Terrific retention, solid lace. Gorgeous Porter.

S: Sweet chocolate, bitter roast. Coffee + licorice on the back side. Simple, intense, and terrific.

T: Creamy chocolate, bitter coffee, slight char, and some caramel + licorice on the tail end. Bitter finish, but without much hop flavor, leaving the emphasis entirely (and wonderfully) on the complex specialty malts.

M: Creamy medium body; slightly stick and well-carbonated. Solid.

O: Terrific Porter, hands down. I can't wait to do a showdown between this, Black Butte, and Edmund Fitzgerald.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2011 02:51:43 | More by woosterbill
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blackie

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: one-finger mocha foam head over a deep, dark, liquid chocolate colored beer, good retention

s: well charred barley carries aromas of dark chocolate covered caramels and oily espresso beans, very rich range of roasts, German chocolate cake, licorice, earthy hop aromas

m: thick and creamy on the tongue, smooth carbonation and medium-full body

t: complex roast structure produces espresso and dry dark cocoa underneath charred barley malts, licorice, bittersweet chocolate caramels, earthy hops impart a moderate bitterness, astringent roast finish with burnt barley and espresso grounds lingering, a beautiful porter

d: very enjoyable; good for a few and worthy of a sixer purchase

pushes some boundaries, but they dry roast structure keeps this decidedly on the porter side of the stout-porter divide

single from Grape & Gourmet, Virginia Beach, VA

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 03:42:46 | More by blackie
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Yummmm! Killer beer! Poured with a thick, foamy, frothy, tan head that didn't last too long and some lace. Color is an opaque brown. Aroma is rich, malty, roasty, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Flavor's 'bout the same but more intense. Excellent body and carbonation. Finish is surprisingly clean & short for what's here with just a little bitterness, ripe fruit, and leather. Sounds weird, but it works. Bit rich for a session.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 22:23:58 | More by drpimento
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aasher

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev 0%

02-15-2013 00:44:51 | More by aasher
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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-08-2013 02:00:34 | More by pathman
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FosterJM

California

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1070th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
12 oz

Not sure vintage

Thanks to MrHirschybars for the tasting and sharing this one.

App- Almost black but still one of the darkest porters I have seen. A very dense pour and looked a bit oily. A small tan head left very quickly and only left a couple dots of cling.

Smell- A very interesting porter. A lot more full on the nose than most I have smelled. It was rich with some chocolate and cocoa powder.

Taste- Much more like a small coffee or espresso stout. A bit bitter with some inviting chocolate notes and then a bit of roasted peanut note. Definitely balanced between the layers of the chocolate and the roast without being to far forward in either direction.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a good dose of medium amounts of carbonation. Leaves residual dryness with a bit of chocolate powder flavors.

Drink- A very good porter. Would like to grab another 4pk next time on vacation if I can find any. Would love to age a couple bottles.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 22:09:38 | More by FosterJM
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a pitch black color with a respectable light brown to tan head that dissipated down to a light layer of bubbles.

(S)- Tons of roasted coffee dusted with cocoa with raisins. Smells really creamy with even some possible vanilla within.

(T)- Silky creamed coffee with delicate chocolate. Its like a mocha only without the normal amount of bitterness from espresso.

(M)- Very very smooth for a porter. Great carbonation level. A silky yet robust and incredibly easy drinking beer.

(D)- A superb porter that ranks up there as one of the best! Seek this out if you are looking for the perfect porter. Creamy and silky smooth; slightest sweetness and bittering roastedness. A for sure winner on those chilling Fall nights.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 19:31:54 | More by sweemzander
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Lare453

Florida

4.25/5  rDev 0%

02-05-2013 09:49:24 | More by Lare453
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Boone757

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-10-2013 20:49:44 | More by Boone757
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KAF

Iowa

4/5  rDev -5.9%

01-18-2012 22:17:51 | More by KAF
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,145 ratings.