Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,405
Reviews: 1,479
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 342
Gots: 1,074 | FT: 26
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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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Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich and thick, black in color with a one finger dark tan head.

Roasty malt with quite a bit of chocolate. Smells rich and robust.

Matches the nose quite well. Loads of roasty toasty malt goodness with a good amount of chocolate with coffee notes. A bit of bitterness in the form of cocoa nibs. Lingering roast and bittersweet chocolate in the aftertaste.

Full bodied and velvety mouthfeel. Very stout like. I've had imperial stouts with less body than this.

If Founders makes a bad beer, I have yet to find it. This has to be the benchmark for the style. Just awesome. Goes down really well and is extremely satisfying.

Photo of alexgash
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Ashley's.

Dark porter brown body. Light cannot penetrate. Finger of thick, light brown head. Robust roasted malt aromas, light chocolate, and pine/citrus hop bitterness on the nose. A bit like a jacked-up SN porter might be like. Big roasted malt flavors up front. Deliciously appetizing roastiness gives way to smooth, sweet chocolate and woody, peaty flavors. Hop bitterness dominates the finish. Good balance. Medium-full body with a creamy feel. One of the better porters I've had in a while!

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (I didn't realize this was re-released by Founders and thought I had stumbled upon a rare bottle...exciting nonetheless!) Pours black with a very small dark tan head that fades rapidly. Aroma of luscious coffee, roasted malt, and roasted nuts. Flavor is pretty much the same with lots of coffee, some bitter chocolate, and rich malt. Amazing mouthfeel. Full, yet completely drinkable. Definitely the best porter I've had to date. This is a luscious beer. Wow. I knew that it would be good but I didn't think it would be this good.
9/4/9/5/18 (4.5/5)

Photo of ADZA
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark used motor oil black hue with a chocolate laced two finger head that leaves sporadic clingy lacing here and there,the smell is dark roasted malts,liquorice,brown sugar,cherries and roasty coffee,the mouthfeel is light bodied,silky smooth and well carbonated with tastes of dark roasted chocolate malts,a nice smack of aromatic herbal hops,a hint if vanilla and finished with a roasty coffee bittersweetness and overall what can I say apart from that this is a fine example of how I like my porters with a nice smack of choc/coffee with enough hops to keep it sessionable and beautifully balanced will buy again cheers.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep black pour with a small ring of cream colored head. Robust roasty aroma with coffee, some mild currants, and light cocoa. Robust mouthfeel and nice mocha flavor that is prominent, and a bit of sweet dark fruits on the back end. Robust mouthfeel but not quite a stout, medium low carbonation. Very good porter, one of my favorites as with most any other Founders brew in every style

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful black with brown around the edges. There is a slight tan head that quickly dissipates. Some great lacing as it drinks.

S: Smells of roasted malt, toast, caramel, vanilla, smoke, and bacon.

T: Starts off sweet and malty, but a huge smoked meat flavor shines through right after. It's fantastic. The finish is smooth, silky, sweet, and savory. Wow.

M: Full bodied beer. Starts off sweet and smokey, and finishes super smooth. There is a bit of cloying, but nothing insane.

O: This beer is fantastic. It might be the perfect porter. It's sweet, salty, smooth, smokey, and incredible. I need more of this beer.

Photo of Brent
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a top-notch example of the style. Pitch black pour with thin mocha head. Bold, roasted malt flavors with distinct but not overdone coffee notes. Hopping is firm but appropriate for the American porter style. Founders understands that a porter is not a dumbed-down stout or pumped-up brown ale. The focus on roasted malt flavor is spot-on.

Photo of andrenaline
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black with a finger of mocha head, little retention and some spotty lacing.

S - Rich cocoa, sweet nutty malts, milk chocolate, and a hint of espresso.

T - Surprisingly sweet, more chocolate than espresso, but nicely balanced. Rich cocoa and milk chocolate linger on the palette alongside the roasted nutty espresso notes.

M - Solid body carbonation, goes down silky smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty porter leaning more on the sweet side than it does the bitter, but nicely balanced nonetheless. Worth a try, offering up a solid dose of chocolate and espresso to satisfy your dark ale cravings.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #47 (Dec 2010):

Thick beading of tiny bubbles produces an amazing-looking head and sticky lacing; pitch-black color is saying it's a serious beer as well. Slightly burnt biscuit aroma is quickly followed by a sweeter mocha tone. A welcome hefty body here with just enough bubbles to get by. Slightly burnt choco maltiness has a firm grip on the taste buds. Hops give a quick sting of bitterness and an earthy flavor in the middle. Roastiness is well flexed and shows its range, from faint, smoky, charred wood to bitter dark chocolate to over-toasted bread. Some yeast and fruit in the end as well, as a sweetness lifts from the ashes. This Porter means business--one of the best robust Porters around.

Photo of FLima
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep black color with a one finger caramel head with low retention but leaving a constant ring.
Nice aroma with lots of dark chocolate and roasted coffee.
Bold and rich flavor of coffee, like the real thing. Notes of roasted and smoked malts and earthy hops. Hints of pine, licorice and dark chocolate. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a prolonged flavor of roasted and burnt malt and its earthy hops.
Full and thick body with low carbonation and a velvet sensation.
Incredibly balanced beer that is full of character with precise and assertive notes. Highly recommended for who digs dark beers. Let it warm up to fully enjoy this beauty.
Ps. it seems that an American Porter is almost equivalent to a Foreign Stout.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time trying Founders porter, never been let down with a founders beer, so lets see how this one goes Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a 5 ounce sampler mug.

A- Pours s deep dark black with one fingers worth of mocha head that dissapated to a thin layer that stayed till the end.

S- Full of dark rich roasted malts with some coffee and sweet caramel tones. Smells good.

T- Roasted coffee with coffee like bitterness at the end. Very true to the style, nothing very unique here just classic porter flavors done very well.

M- Medium body, very creamy with the right amount of carbonation.

D- For its style i find it pretty drinkable, if i had another one i would drink it.

Overall this another great beer by founders, one of the better porters i have had, will for sure be picking this one up again.

Photo of Stevedore
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Based on notes from previous consumption of 3x 12oz bottles over a span of 2 weeks in February 2013. All were poured chilled into a Bell's snifter.

Aroma: Smoky malt, mocha, dark chocolate malt and some sort of underlying sweetness that I can't put my finger on. It could be caramel, molasses or black licorice, but really smells like none of the above- perhaps its a combination of them all. The nose itself is somewhat pungent and is predominantly the smoky chocolate malt flavours. (4)

Colour: Pours a very dark cola brown, with a 2cm beige head that sticks around for a while. I usually hate waiting for a head to recede but it is a thing of beauty. When it dissipates, it does so into a thick beige collar and a thin brown film on the surface of the beer. The lacing is solid but nothing to write home about. (4)

Flavour: Definitely get a smokiness up front that colours the roast chocolate maltiness that follows. It finishes with a good bit of sweet spiciness- the same flavour I couldn't put a finger on in the aroma- I'm starting to think it was probably the hops and will have to consider this some more. Very pleasant smoky porter with a strong malt backbone makes for a good drinking experience. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: One of the thicker porters I've had the opportunity to try. A bit creamy and a bit dry but still thirst-quenching and drinkable. The body is thicker medium with decent carbonation. Aftertaste is roast chocolate maltiness tempered by the hops, again the flavours of which I can't put my finger on, but is quite pleasant. (4.25)

Overall: There are a lot of smells that suggests its complex, but they seem to blend together such that my overworked palate can't pick them out individually. Its a robust, full-flavoured porter that doesn't disappoint in any one department, but it doesn't amaze me in any one department either. Definitely a well-above average porter, but I prefer Black Butte and Eddy Fitz to this as a shelf porter. Definitely worth trying and a potential fridge staple should you prefer this to some of the other shelf porters out there. (4.25)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew in a trade with drgonzo3705, Thanks Paul!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black brew with a creamy tan head that fell after awhile leaving spots of lacing.

S - roasted espresso coffee and dark chocolate aroma.

T - rich roasted flavors of coffee and chocolate with a dry, bitter finish.

F - medium bodied, slightly chewy, creamy feel.

D - very easy drinking, good example of the style.

Photo of birchstick
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours like oil out of the bottle with a ½ finger, mocha head - dark, rich, and sexy, per the bottle

S - very sweet, milk chocolate - very sweet with a little bit of roasted malt

T - The taste pretty much follows the nose. It is very sweet and milk chocolately at first, which is then followed by a subtle burnt malt. Pretty good.

M - kind of watery, but good carbonation. Smooth and goes down nicely.

D - I really enjoyed this porter. Not saying that this is a bad-tasting porter in any but I tend to like a little bit more roastedness in my porters and stouts, though. I will definitely purchase this again...

Photo of rlee1390
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Black with a one finger deep tan/almost brown head with some lacing.

S-Coffee, roasted malt and some chocolate.

T-Roasted malt with some chocolate, good deal of coffee.

M-Medium bodied and very creamy.

O-A nice porter, one of the best I've had. In the future a blind tasting of this and Black Butte would be a good idea.

Photo of prototypic
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a dark chocolate fudge color. It's opaque and nearly black. A very nice dark mocha colored cap sits atop. It's only about a finger deep and it receded pretty quickly. A light sticky coat of lace clung to the glass.

Smell: The nose is nice, but a little underpowered initially. I'm hoping it opens up more as it warms. Edit: No such luck. It is a tad weak. It does feature an excellent chocolate and roasted malt aroma. The roasted variety seems a little stronger, but there's plenty of chocolate to go around. There's a very nice, slightly smoked smell to it that carries the day. It's a wonderful addition. There's some light roasted coffee notes. On the tail, there's a slightly yeasty scent. No alcohol is noted.

Taste: It's chocolaty and sweet up front. Roasted malts kick in and give it a very well rounded, malty flavor. It really gives it an excellent backbone. It's tougher to tell here which of the malts is predominant. I actually can't tell. Suffice it to say, it has a damn fine malty flavor. Light roasted coffee and smoky notes add depth. The smoky flavor really gives it some character and does much for the flavor. It's a tad yeasty. Apparently, there's a nice little infusion of hops giving it a little bit of buzz toward the end. No alcohol is noted.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and very smooth. Carbonation is light and restrained giving it a creamy feel. Very impressive. Drinkability is very high. It's got an excellent and deep flavor. At 5.6%, its abv is modest and lends itself to high drinkability.

Founders Porter is excellent beer. I had high hopes, but they've actually been exceeded. The only small flaw is that the nose is a little weak. Other than that, it's a very nice, well rounded Porter that impresses on all other fronts. Very nice addition to Founders regular lineup. Easily recommended.

Photo of argock
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.80.

A: Dense dark brown with 1-finger chocolate brownie head with decent retention but no lacing.

S: Delicious sweet malty chocolate and espresso aromas blend with light licorice, dark bread, and floral hops notes

T: A lush flavor profile of dark and milk chocolate, espresso, molasses, and dark malts are met delicately with floral, spicy hops to form a remarkably flavorful brew.

M: One of the chewiest porters I've tasted, very much like a stout. Aftertaste is like a strong mocha with a light hops note.

D: Easily my new favorite porter. If their Breakfast Stout is above this, I can't wait. Founders Porter is an exceptional example of the style with complex, nicely blended flavors and superior mouthfeel, and a good value to boot.

Photo of david18
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So I've been hearing about Founders coming to New York for weeks and have been looking forward to the introduction since it was announced. I tried the Centennial and wasn't impressed. I had the pale ale and loved it! The porter is another one that impressed me greatly. Amazing malty and classic porter aroma. Great dark color and a perfect malty, portery flavor that, at the low abv makes it a great drinkable beer.

Photo of Dope
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't read the date, pretty sure it says 2011 which is about right. Call it 2 years old.

A: Pours a nice dark brown with an enormous frothy light brown head. Head fades very slowly, leaving an island of foam behind. Heavy, fluffy walls of lacing left behind.

S: Lots of chocolate with some mild char and smoke. A bit creamy.

T: Smooth dark chocolate and smoke mixing together. Hints of char. Some creamy sweetness in the middle, leading into the finish.

M: Medium bodied, ultra smooth and creamy. Wonderful.

O: This is the benchmark of all porters, in my opinion. Even after two years this is still wonderful. Great chocolate notes, super creamy and smooth. One of the most drinkable beers around. Surprising strength and variety of flavors for such a low ABV brew too. Another great Founders brew.

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

Nice smooth and well bodied US porter. Great click of smell and palate.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Old fashion design around the portrait of a lady dressed in black and holding flowers, mixed with the Founders branding. Three word description as "dark, rich, and sexy". Shows date of bottling (06/11/09), IBUs (45), and Alc. (6.5%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Dark color with minimal brown translucency around the edges. Generous foamy dark head the dissipates smoothly to leave a persistent ring and minimal lacing..

S - Coffee, chocolate aromas with a characteristic smoked touch.

T - Great smoothness of those coffee and malt flavors in a rich roasted taste.

M - Medium to full bodied and quick in the lingering aftertaste.

D - Goes down well and does not overwhelm, easy to go after another one.

Notes: True, it may lack a final couple of notches to make it an outstanding beer. But it is still a great brew to keep handy, enjoy, and showcase the style.

Photo of jsh420
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled 3/4/09

pours pitch black with a 1 finger coco brown head. smells of chocolate. tastes of roasted malt and chocolate with a nice hop bite in the finish. mouthfeel is creamy and light when compared to stouts which this beer kicks ass over lots of stouts. this beer is almost a mirror image of breakfast stout without the coffee and is a tad lighter body. when you run out of breakfast stout this is your next best year round option and is half the price. this is in my top 5 of all time porters

Photo of merlin48
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours thicker and darker than many stouts. Small khaki head diminishes into some curtains of lace.

Aroma is bold and heady. Cocoa, scalded coffee, nuttiness, toasted caramel, vanilla, and dark chocolate vie for attention here. A trace of dark fruits underneath.

Mouthfeel is on the thick side of medium. Plenty of creaminess. Soft carbonation adds a layer of velvet.

Taste is bitter and roasty. Roasted Kenya coffee beans, cocoa, dark chocolate, and some roasted almond nuttiness. Hints of earthy and citrusy hops underneath. Dark fruits, mostly figs, add even more complexity. Just a touch of alcohol is noticed, but it feels appropriate here. Bitter roasty finish that lingers.

This is a very impressive porter.

Photo of Vancer
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap, black as night with a good ivory head, at the Stables for the Founders coming out party in STL, Mo. Poured into a Founders pint glass for the occasion.

Aroma and taste is pure porter, malty with a small pop of coffee beneath the sour ale backbone. Rich and thick, there is no hint of any alcohol to be found; I could drink these all night easily. Except I had to make room for a few pints of the Centennial.

Another fine brew from Founders, I'm glad they're in MO; but I've been savoring these on the IL side for years.

Photo of Sean9689
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with very little head, tan in color, into my nonic. Coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted nuts on the nose. Tastes of coffee, bitter chocolate, with a very faint kick of hops. Mouthfeel is medium, very nice rich/think, a nice and enjoyable feel. A good porter that I would drink again and could probably have a couple more after the first.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nothing cute nor fancy about the name ('Porter'), but a classy-looking label nonetheless. I honestly don't recall who handed this one over, but suffice to say it was one of a short list of OH/MI-residing BAs I've met since spring; this 12 oz. twist-capped bottle has stayed in the fridge since the day it arrived; poured to pint glass tonight.

A: A deep ebony, but without over-scrutinizing we'll call it 'black'. Topped with a finger of creamy tan, short-lived retention before reducing to a dimpled film. Good lace, clinging in broken sheets.

S: Oh, baby! Excellent aroma, a deep fudgy-chocolate. Vanilla-laced coffee, ample nutty roast.

T: If you know the wonders of coffee from a french press, then you understand the essence of this beer: silky chocolate, burnished java beans, sugars and light spices co-mingling. Just when a borderline 'too-sweet' sweetness builds, a balancing backlash of bittering roast ropes it back in. With each sip, this interplays beautifully. Toyed with a '5' here, one of the best-flavored porters I've ever encountered.

M: Velvety-smooth creaminess, a bit low on carbonation (may be a result of extra months of age - date unknown). The silky texture means more bitter chocolate coating is held on the cheeks and tongue...the aftertaste lasts an eternity.

D: Founders knocks another robust ale outta the park! After multiple tries of their venerated Breakfast Stout(s) and Imperial Stout, this Porter is in the same league. Big flavor, terrific aroma, decent drinkability ABV-wise (6.5%) and impossible to get on the West Coast without benefit of the trading community - all equate to a highly drinkable beer that's undeniably worth seeking. To call it 'exceptional' seems right...

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 6,405 ratings.