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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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1,477 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,477
Hads: 6,717
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 380
Gots: 1,276 | 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: 1,477 | Hads: 6,717
Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$2.29 at the Four Firkins. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a shitty hotel highball glass in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof. I love this brewery.

Served after a warming period following its removal from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beautiful tan colour head of very nice luscious cream, great thickness, and good retention for the relatively high ABV. Colour is a solid nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Assertive coffee, coffee bitterness, dark malts, cream, and caramel. Minimal detectable hops. A strong assertive aroma. Biting bitterness. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Strong assertive coffee bitterness, a dark malt foundation, cream up front, caramel, dark chocolate, mild hop bitterness (but in a balanced sense), and more of that chilled strong coffee. A well balanced if overly assertive flavour profile. I like it. One of the ballsier porters I've had in a long time.

Mf: Smooth, wet, a touch thin. Good if understated carbonation. Suits the flavours well.

Dr: A good beer for iced coffee lovers. And it's a porter for a reason; it doesn't drink like a senselessly smooth wannabe stout. Another solid brew from Founder's, and definitely one I'd have again - especially on draught. Well priced for the high quality. That said, Founders has better beers at this price point (namely Breakfast Stout).

I wouldn't age this. Drink fresh or fairly fresh.

Would pair well with bitter chocolate or mild nuts.


*I've adjusted the overall score to get the letter grade I want in order to keep my reviews fair and consistent. Please see my profile for more information.

02/19/14 Update: Retried it in a more proper setting.


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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coffee, chocolate and smoky roasted malts, with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very malty with strong & smoky flavors of black coffee, milk chocolate and dark fruits. There's just the right amount of sweetness and a mild but complimentary hops presence. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is very nice porter to drink for a long time.

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

I picked this bottle up at Al's of Hampden -poured cool into a willybecker.

A deep brown bordering on black with a tobacco color at the base and rocky med brown cap w/ tight bead. Lace clings decently in a web-like pattern, clarity is opaque and the head has some uneven very large bubbles and compresses to a small bead. The smell is heavy in the cocoa realm with some toast + vanilla in the nose w/ coffee accents. The sweet and roasted malt odor w/ caramel presence are balanced in the nose. The feel is a great smooth body with malt texture and yet moderately full body w/ slightly mild carbonation and mid-range bitterness w/ a hint of dark grain astringency and only mild alcohol in the semi-dry finish.

The flavor of Founders porter is wonderful with slight burnt malt under a sweet toasted and caramel flavor w/ light coffee tinges and mild hop bitterness. The malt astringency is very light and gives the toasted taste and light pine hop notes a chance to mingle in the subtle biscuit and dark roasted flavors w/ some malted milkball sweetness. The taste has a decent amount of dark cocoa and the finish is semi-sweet. Overall a high quality porter in the American Tradition. I think Founders has executed very well with this fine example -so easy to quaff, yet packed with flavor.

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

First had: on tap at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, Chicago, IL

Poured dark brown to black, with a minimal tannish head that recedes to a film. Dark chocolate and roasty malts in the aroma. Malty malty flavor, with notes of dark chocolate and cocoa and some caramel sugar. Medium to heavy mouthfeel, smooth, and very drinkable.

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Photo of russpowell
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mahogany hued ebony with 1 finger of rocky mocha colored head. Average head retention & good lacing

S: Coffee & dark chcolate, fades once warm

T: Pretty much follows the nose, very intense flavor up front along with some dryness. Charred wet grain & herbal hops blend in as well once this is warm. Finishes dry with intense coffee/charred grain flavors. A few years ago this wouldn't have impressed me as much, I am really starting to get into beers with coffee flavors more & more...

MF: Smooth, medium bodied & silky

This one drinks pretty darn easy, might have to hoard this one, not my favorite porter, but right up there!

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 5/8/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, roasted malt, coffee, toast, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt notes with light hop presence; and good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, toast, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Moderate coffee/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, caramel, light pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of roasted malt flavors with a light-moderate hop presence; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent porter! Great balance and robustness of flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.

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Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

undated 12 oz. bottle.

Pours a very dark mahogany, looking nearly black in the glass. The thick tan head has a red tinge and good durability.

Aroma: roast malt with hints of dark chocolate and spicy hops.

Plenty of rich roast malt flavor. Predominantly dark toasted malt but without a burnt quality. A tingling note of spicy hops in the flavor and in the lasting aftertaste. Ample coffee and a bit of smoke in the finish. Good bitter/sweet balance.

Smooth; full body; good carbonation.

O - a rich porter; a tad too smokey/expresso for my taste.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm so glad Founders decided to bottle this brew again, another kick ass porter out of the Great Lakes region. Definitely pours pitch black no traces of ruby highlights around the edges, I'm guessing alot of black patent malt. Large creamy textured dark mocha tan head rises well above the rim of my imperial pint glass. Impressive layered lacing sticks to the glass with each sip.

Aromatics are blended nicely, big acidic coffee notes burst through with a mild cocoa presence, and evident hops backing up the party. Dark burn roasted malt notes have creamy edges as well, what a big succulent porter. Hop nose comes off like an herbal mint experience, very refreshing.

Tastes like strong coffee with heavy cream sweetness, dark acidic nearly burnt flavors collide coming off almost metallic. Dispersed hop burps bring back the herbal mint fresh finish, low alcohol burn noticed on the palate. Black licorice notes really nice expressive porter.

Mouthfeel is big and chewy but doesn't weigh me down, carbonations is slow bubbled with a great bitter dry finish on the palate. Very comparable to a lighter version of the breakfast stout, I'm pleased.

Drinkability is great no trouble throwing a few of these down in one session, it's up there with the best porters I've come across go out and seek it. I paid 10.99 for a six of this way worth it.

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Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moderate tan head, but it lasts. Leaves generous lace on the glass. So dark (brown, near black), I could not see any light shine through.

Chalky, chocolate milk aroma. Light bitterness in the background.

My first impression is "rustic". There's a little bit of everything here without the smoothness of a well-blended brew. I like that. Lots of hop finish that does blend nicely with bitter black patent malt. Good body, almost chewy, but lots of balancing carbonation. A complex porter, worthy of each sip while wondering each nuance of flavor. Another winner from the guys at Founders.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Fire Works in Arlington, VA tonight.

a - Pours a dark brown color with an inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of strong roasted malts, smokey, chocolate, and vanilla.

t - Tastes of light chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, coffee, toasted malts, and smokey.

m - Medium to full body and light to medium carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

d - A very good smokey, roasted porter that at 6% you can def have a few of. Will definitely have again.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, rich, coffee bean color, near opacity,, with a creamy tan head nestled above, a nice 1/4" that assuredly slims, but not too swiftly.
Aroma: bittersweet espresso from sniff #1...roasty, toasty, deep, and inviting.
Lush mouthfeel, big chocolatey malt character hits first in the flavor, nice and thick, then it rounds out and quits the mouth on a happy note. And urges further sips and swallows. Fills the mouth happily with the cocoa/coffee quality all good porters must have, but never too bitter, very, very smooth, and not at the sacrifice of flavor and body.
I really like this one. Actually, I really, really like this one, this is truly my kind of porter, and I know them when I find them.
Ful bodied, long, flavorful finish, lush texture...this is one porter I'd be happy to call me own, and would have caseloads on hand at at time, were I the Michigan type...cheers to you who are, for having this fine brew!

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

Served on-tap at Shady McGrady's during a recent Happy Hour trip.

A - Pours dark brown, bordering on black, with a nice one and a half finger tall tan head leaving spotty patches of lace down most of the glass.

S - Smells of robust dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, coffee grounds, dark fruits and some black licorice. Nothing too over the top here, very nice balance.

T - Starts off with plenty of dark roast - both from the malt and the coffee - slowly giving way to some sweetness from the chocolate and dark fruits. The balance of sweet to roast is fairly well done, the roast does become a bit overbearing as it warms but not too bad. Finish is roasty, lingering on the pallet long after consumption.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The dark flavors are strong in this one, lingering on the pallet long after the finish.

O - Definitely one of the better American Porters out there. This one packs plenty of flavor and was very easy to drink. Glad I got this one.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at Armanetti's - nice to see this in bottles.

A - Black, with a one-fingered chocolate mocha head that dissipates to a thick attractive lace. It looks like a good porter should.

S - Coffee with cream, burnt malt, bitter chocolate, and unfortunately a tiny hint of soy sauce. Very potent smell - I can even smell this holding the glass away from my face.

T - Chocolate with a coffee aftertaste. There's some floral hop flavor in the middle of this, and some bitterness right at the front (not sure if it's the hops, as it's kind of smoky). Something about this tastes kind of rough - like all the flavors aren't coexisting peacefully.

M - Great creamy viscous texture. Goes down smooth, not overly carbonated with a good tingle that complements the smoky taste. It's not stout thick but it's on the heavier side of porters, which is a good thing in my opinion.

D - It's good, but it's not going to replace Edmund Fitzgerald as my session porter of choice, as the taste here is a little more raw and a little less refined. The carbonation might also impede more than a few bottles worth.

Another solid Founder's brew - bring on the Imperial Stout!

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Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin brown head that decends to wisps, leaving spots of lacing. Very dark, but a bit lacking in retention/lacing.

The smell is of coffee, chocolate, smoky/roasty a but nutty and toffeeish with earthy, even citric, bitterness. A dark malt aroma with a hop backing and roast/ash.

The taste is rich - roasty/ashy with coffee and sweet chocolate. There is a bittering and roasty balance. There's a touch of astringency and some alcohol in the taste. My bottle says 6.5 abv and while not overwhelming, it shows. It finishes warm and dry. Not crazy about the aftertaste.

Reaches full-bodied, but not overly thick. A bit solvent. Sharp though with some creaminess. I had two bottles - the first of which I let warm longer before drinking. It had a bit of a fuller body, though neither one convinced me to push the score of the mouthfeel higher.

It is rich and dark with a nice balancing bitterness to the sweetness. It has a great aroma. Drinkable - but alcohol shows and something of a cardboard-ish coffee aftertaste lingers.

Bottom line - A rich American porter with a great aroma. I liked it much, though not too crazy about the aftertaste. Drinkable, though only borderline "sessionable", esp. with richness, alcohol of 6.5 showing a bit, and not the greatest of aftertastes. Still, a nice example of a rich American porter!

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

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation at the edges of the glass. The beer has a finger tall dark mocha head that reduces to a uniform thick film covering the entire surface of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with much lighter hints of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits.

T: This is a very well balanced beer - there is enough malt sweetness to accomodate the bitterness. Flavors of dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits. There is a light lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly dry in the finish.

O: Very easy to drink and very enjoyable. I really like the mouthfeel and if it was just a little lower in ABV, this would be a real session beer. I would definitely get this one again.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep black with a one finger tan head on top. Pretty good retention, slowly reducing to a thin layer of bubbles on top. Decent lacing that forms around the edge, but disappears within a few moments.

S: A rich aroma, lots of roasted malt with some coffee beans, chocolate, and a little bit of dark fruit. Very inviting.

T: Quite roasty with an equal amount of coffee and chocolate, with a slight sweetness near the finish. Very earthy, with a little bit of cream. Slightly roasty finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinks smooth with a slight creamy texture.

O: Very easy drinking with a a great flavor profile. Very classic porter. Glad I have another bottle of this one.

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Photo of mothman
3.62/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head. Fades down. Color is a deep brown, nearing black.

Aroma: A bit roasted malt profile. Coffee, chocolate, and cocoa. It also has a slight grassy bitterness.

Taste: Bitter coffee, chocolate, and cocoa. Grassy hops. Very roasted. Lots of malts.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and bitter. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasted (big surprise).

Overall, this was a solid porter, but a bit too roasty for me. Easy drinking however and a quality product.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huhzubendah verbally assaulted me the other day once he realized that I had never reviewed this beer, that is because I have never had this beer. That is all about to change. At the time of this review, this is the #8 top American Porter on the beeradvocate.com best of lists. Served in a Bell's glass (which means I'm about to be verbally assaulted by Lunch for not having a Founders snifter).

Beer is dark, black, thin broken dark tan head of small bubbles, low carbonation, no lacing.

Aroma is roasty and chocolate, with a mild malt sweetness.

Beer is medium in body and a nice sweet finish that falls off quickly giving way to a mild bitterness and a moderate roastiness that fills the void of the palate. The lead off is a mild sweetness and some coffee. There isn't as much chocolate from the taste as there was in the aroma but it is a solid beer. I'd have it again.

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Photo of stakem
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in color with a finger of darkly tanned head. Decent retension and a nice layer of lace all around the glass. Nose is burnt grains with chocolate and coffee notes. End of the aroma has a bit of citrus hops. Taste is drying bitter chocolate upfront with a nice burnt grain profile throughout the really smooth feel/body. Light feel and low moderate carbination with this porter. Lingering taste of burnt grain and bitter chocolate is left in the mouth that forces you to dive right back in for another sip. Little bit of citrus hop bitterness is hidden behind the bitterness of the burnt grain. The warmth of the alcohol starts to hit you about half way through the glass. Somewhat of a dry finish to this but overall a really good porter.

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Photo of tdm168
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - almost pitch black with a quarter of an inch of brown, soft, short-lived head

S - huge coffee aroma, some roasted malt

T - roasted malt, big coffee, some chocolate, faint hops, mildly bitter finish

M - medium to full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a delicious beer. It's full flavored and almost full bodied. It's got its complexities and its subtleties. All around delicious. I'll definitely pick this up again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is jet black, with a thick, beige head. A thick sheet of lacing coats the pint glass. No room for improvement here.

The aroma...ahh. Roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. What a welcoming scent.

The beer tastes fantastic as well. Teeming with flavor, this is one of the finest porters I have ever had. Chocolate and roast in beautiful harmony.

The feel is medium to full bodied, and silky smooth.

I highly recommend this beer. When it comes to stouts and porters, Founders Brewing Co. is simply world class.

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Photo of billab914
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured dark brown in color with a thin mocha colored head. The head retreated to the edges of the glass after a few minutes where it left a little lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a nice coffee ground and bitter sweet chocolate presence to it. It has a bit of sweet creamy flavors coming through as well helping to add some balance. Very nice aroma for a porter, I liked the darker roasted coffee flavors it's giving off.

The taste also has a roasted, burnt, coffee flavor to it that I enjoyed. Bitter sweet chocolate comes through as well along with some cocoa in the finish. Like the nose it has a little sweet creaminess to help balance out the bitter roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is a little above medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed this beer tonight. The darker coffee and chocolate flavors made it a good choice for an after dinner drink tonight.

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

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich, roasted scent that boasts of both black and chocolate malts. It's dry and bitter with an excellent chocolate sweetness; very balanced. The taste is good as well. It has a dry, roasted flavor that's deep in black malt bitterness. It has a nice mix of chocolate malts and non malted roasted barley. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good porter. I love the complexity; just a well brewed ale.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to RBlaszak for sending this beer as an extra. This had been on my wants for a long time.

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is milk chocolate, coffee and some roasted malt. The chocolate is dominant.

The flavor is heavy on the roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate. The malt is very heavily roasted and has some burnt qualities to it.

Creamy, medium to thick mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

An excellent porter. One of the best that I have had.

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

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle.

A very dark walnut colored body with a large four finger head. Dark cocoa colored at first of head bubbles but seems to settle down and get lighter in color as time goes on. Some lacing. She looks good.

Great cream smell, roast, fresh brewed coffee, and some sweet malt. This smells just great a mish mash of many things which all get a turn. I can't get over how creamy this smells with a grain husk like sense.

Taste is a great chocolate at first, with good malt chew. Aftertaste has some hop finish with honey. Lots of flavors that come out throughout the tasting. THe honey on finish is surprising where did that come from. Not too wet either, just right, hardly noticeable alcohol content.

This is a great American Porter what can I say, really like it alot.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,477 ratings.