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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter

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1,474 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,474
Hads: 6,707
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 380
Gots: 1,274 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
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: 1,474 | Hads: 6,707
Photo of woosterbill
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
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.


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Photo of scottfrie
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into AVBC snifter.

A: Pours almost black with about a half-finger of dark brown head that quickly turned into a thick film that left a spotty sheet of lacing down the glass.
S: Light notes of coffee with a touch of baking chocolate. The smell isn’t overpowering, but what’s there is nice.
T: Follows the nose with soft notes of coffee and bitter dark chocolate. There are definite undertones of grassy hops, and they add a delicious layer to complexity of the flavor. The aftertaste is lightly bitter and has a touch of smoke.
M: Medium body with a bit of chewiness to the mouth. Carbonation is pretty bubbly but not really sharp.
O: Definitely an above average porter and an above average beer. This goes down easy and smooth. Thanks to the generous BA who sent this to me!

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Photo of papat444
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, bottled date not there.

Appearance: Pours a brown body, thick and opaque with a milk chocolate head that starts at 3 fingers and leaves spidery traces on the glass.

Smell: Rich aroma of dark chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Really rich flavors of strong coffee, bittersweet chocolate and also hops dance on the tongue in the finish. Flavors just linger after the sip. Some sweet chocolate as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Very well balanced with a decent amount of bitterness that is tempered by a strong malt backbone.

Overall: Rich, flavorful and a pleasure to drink. Get this one.

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Photo of blackie
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
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

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Photo of andrenaline
4.07/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Holland
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black as the night - holding up to the light shows a bit of brown on the edges. At first there was no head, but there was lacing. As it warmed, some fine foam came to rest on the top for good. Very sticky looking and viscous.

S: coffee, heavily roasted malts, chocolate - this is like a good stout.

T: tastes the same, but it doesn't have the heavy feel of a stout. I also sense the bitterness in the taste, and the finish is malty and coffee like.

M: The carbonation came as it warmed. This is smooth at first, then crisp. Impressive for a porter. However, I'd like to have more gravity to it. It's not perfect.

O: so far this is one of my favorite porters of the style if not the best that I've had. Comparable to Bells porter, but better I'd say. It's standard $10 or so for a 6 pack, so pick one up if you get the chance. I think I got this one at Meijer for $8 or $9. A steal.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and burnt wood.
The taste is milk chocolate sweet, coffee bitter, dark chocolate, milk.
The texture is smooth.
It's an outstanding beer.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My god, this pours like an imperial stout. From the thickness to the color and texture of the head. Even how the head slowly forms from the bottom reminds me of an Imperial stout. Gorgeous looking beer. 2 finger thick and creamy tan head with nice retention . Black thick looking beer. The head does eventually settle to a firm tan cap and there is plenty of sticky lacing.

Aroma is a touch musty with some cocoa powder. Light spice nature as well.

Flavor is fantastic. I immediately thought nice dark chocolate. Then some notes of coffee. A touch of mineral flavor at the end. A bitterness lingers, but it appears to be more from the malts vs. hops.. A real dark roasted flavor.

Creamy and silky mouth feel. Very nice.

Really enjoyable and drinkable... I like this one....

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of birchstick
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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...

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to (busternuggz) for this!!

Look is phenomenal; dark, opaque, sexy, with a light mocha fingers worth of bubbly head.

The smell is perfect. Mild, roasted coffee, toffee, roasted, burnt malts with sultry dark chocolate and mild sweetness.

Taste is upfront dark roasted coffee. Some bitterness next, mostly from the coffee, and bittersweet chocolate...could be some very subtle hops.

The feel is a bit creamy, definitely smooth, but more medium bodied. I personally prefer a heavier feel to my porters, but do feel that this is a touch too thin.

Easy to put down, and immensity enjoyable the whole way through.

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Photo of tpd975
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark black hue with a nice mocha colored head. Good retention and a nice smattering of lace.

S: Bold roasted malt with lots of chocolate and coffee character.

T: Bold roast up front the semi sweet chocolate and coffee power through as well. Subtle notes of licorice round things out.

M: Medium to full in body, rich, and smooth.

D: Good, but this one is as much a stout as it is a porter.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Sam Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark (not quite pitch black) reddish black color. There's a one finger tan colored head, and it doesn't have much retention, or lacing. Still looks nice, though.

S: This has a lot of chocolate on the nose. There's some roasty coffee as well, but it almost smells like a melted chocolate bar to me.

T: There's more coffee in the taste than there is on the nose; likewise, it isn't as chocolaty as the nose would suggest. Lots of coffee (not too much), hints of smoke and chocolate, roastiness, and a hint of a hoppy finish. It does a good job of not being overtly vegetal in its texture (usually my least favorite part of a porter), and has some nice complexity to it, as well.

M: Medium bodied, dry finish, low carbonation, smooth, hint of astringent coffee on the back end - basically, everything a good porter should feel like.

O: All things told, it's quite good. Not my absolute favorite dark beer of all time, but it's an excellent choice in the future when I feel like a dark beer that isn't a stout.

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Photo of alexgash
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
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)

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Photo of ADZA
4.24/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Dope
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of argock
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Brent
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of prototypic
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled September 20, 2011.

Beer is black and a large tan head on top. Decent retention and quite a bit of lacing.

Smell contains coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, smoke.

Although I didn't really get any chocolate in the nose, it is there in the taste. Quite a smooth chocolate flavour, with the roasted malts just behind. Some vanilla, a bit of coffee. Finish is somewhat bitter.

Moderate carbonation made up of very small bubbles. Very smooth, rather silky feel. Full bodied. Very nice.

Overall, quite good. Close to going to 4.5 on taste, but not quite there for me. The 'overall' rating reflects this. Good beer for sure.

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Photo of jsh420
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,474 ratings.