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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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5,602 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,602
Reviews: 1,342
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 267
Gots: 628 | FT: 25
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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Steve78, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of Steaks
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

i picked a sixer of this guy up at jungle jim's recently along with some imperial stout. this pours black as hell and smells awesome. the mouthfeel is awesome. it is thick as hell and you can feel it expand as soon as you taste it, but it goes down silky smooth. i think this is my new favorite porter. i just need to get some more...

it goes great with Slayer and cold weather

Steaks, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of Pullen
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Black.. with a tan head that disappears rather quickly.

Smell - Roast and chocolate notes none of the aromas out shine the other..

Taste - Awesome! The chocolate and roast aroma carries into the flavor of this beer. This beer is perfectly balance.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, yet border line viscous. Carbonation is not too heavy.

Drinkability - I can drink several pints of this beer easily..

Overall - This is one of the best porter's I've ever tasted. This is the last of my stash until I travel (or order) out of state for another beer haul.

Pullen, Jan 10, 2010
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4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from a 12oz bottle to a Sam Adams glass.
This beer was pitch black with not a shimmer of light breaking through. A nice dark tan head that sticks around all the way to the bottom.
I could smell the combination of coffee and chocolate as soon as I started to pour.
The strong flavor of coffee and chocolate come through in this robust porter, with a some coffee bitterness towards the end. Founders has one of the most flavorful Porters around.

jduffy21, Sep 21, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Starts off with a great aroma of roasted taffey, if there is such a thing. My girlfriend says caramel. Head is thick and brown, good retention. Silky mouth feel, sticks to the roof of the mouth like again, some kind of candy. Washes quickly over the palate and finishes clean, very clean for a porter. Simply a roasty treat. I usually catergorize beers as to what I would be doing or where I would be while drinking them: the Founders Porter definitely up there with a hockey-match on the tube while it's 15degrees outside. Kind of like right now. Cheers.
Oh, and the label on my bottle says it's 6.5percent???

possumfollower2, Feb 21, 2009
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3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been hitting porters now that the weather's turned a little chilly. Founder's was a new one for me, so I thought I would give it a try. Nice dark color with no light coming through. Not much head on the beer and disappeared quickly. Smells of malts, coffee, with a noticeable whiff of alcohol. Taste followed the smell, including the alcohol which was a little potent early in the beer.

ash111, Oct 30, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark with a nice frothy tan head.

S: Roasty, coffee beans and chocolate.

T: Roasted malt, strong but nicely balanced coffee and chocolate with a bit of hoppiness on the aftertaste.

M: Creamy with light carbonation.

O: Definitely one of the best porters around! This is so delicious I could drink it all day.

mrkun, Jun 04, 2011
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3.13/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

The beer was well received however a few people thought it to be too hoppy for a porter, almost like a mix between an IPA and a porter. This can be great, but when someone expects a porter they do not expect a heave hop taste. It was great, but a little bitter for someone trying to order a porter.

dogma46an2, Oct 20, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had to purchase online at www.france44.com. Not available in AZ

Quite simply this beer is doppel bock meets american porter.

a - Pours a blsck coffee color with an inch of tan head with light carbonation.

s - Smells of strong roasted malts, smokey, chocolate, and vanilla. The aroma is breath takingly good.

t - When i started drinking this the taste mimicks a doppel bock. Tastes of light chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, coffee.

m - Medium to full body and light to medium carbonation. Great balance in the mouth.

d - This is definitely a autumn to winter beer for me. Highly recommend!

ncredible1, Sep 07, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark, black body that allows no hint of light to pass through, with a very thin, brown/mocha head that films on the glass when sipped.

A simple sniff offers a smokey aroma mixed with chocolate and coffee.

A rich, bitter taste of dark chocolate and coffee that leaves a tingling sensation on the tongue and entices the pallet awaits each sip.

This beer flows smoothly from the bottle and even more smoothly past the lips and down the throat, making it very easy and fun to drink.

I love dark beers and to me this one was very satisfying!

StoutKing0104, Sep 21, 2010
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4.79/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

moosejaw7, Tuesday at 03:53 AM
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4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Nice looking head, about a finger, small bubbles, fades quickly but leaves sticky lacing. Dark, black, opaque. Aroma - sweet, roasted, with a bit of alcohol and sourness, a little bit of fruit, like prunes or like the sourness you get from very dark chocolate. Taste - classic big American porter - strong, deep, dark, burnt, carmelized flavors up front, with a slight sweetness in the finish. Roasty and a little smoky aftertaste. The bitterness of the hops is mostly overwhelmed by the flavor of the roasted malt, but at 45 IBUs it's present and it's there from start to finish. Overall a great example of an American porter, but not mindblowing or terribly original. Would be happy to drink again on a cold night.

taulpepper, Aug 23, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a pint glass.
Nice frothy head. Light brown. Head dissipated and is leaving fairly good lacing.
Smell is rich with coffe chocolate and a little vanilla.
Tastes like it smells. Roasted malts chocolate and coffee with just enough vanilla to balance it out.
Mouth feel is good. Not overly carbonated.
This beer is really good. I would recommend this beer to anyone and I'll be drinking this again.

Wtbrooks, Sep 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Gladius270, Mar 03, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was a deep dark brown with a scarlet reflection and exceptional clarity. A dark tan head had good retention and laced the glass to the end. Nicely bottle conditioned with great carbonation. Aromas of roasted malt weren't as present on nose as it was in the flavor to come. First taste immediately releases coffee notes with a hint of chocolate and a bitterness (maybe from some Black Patent malt) that stays on the back side of the tongue for 15 to 30 seconds. Hop presence is slight but seems to be of the noble variety and contribute to the moderate bitterness. An excellent example of the style and one I will revisit again. REALLY WELL DONE.

Hoperator, Dec 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

ClassicDaniel, Mar 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Goatsy, Jul 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

gonemicrophishing, Oct 16, 2012
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4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

I did a taste comparison late last summer with different porters and this one came out on top. So I am biased towards this beer. Imagine doing a comparison in the summer by the pool with Porters. Crazy.

Nice head with small tight carbonation bubbles. Dark almost amber. Medium to heavy lacing that stands up well.

Heavy coffee to a non coffee drinker. Has the sTrong "Porter" smell. A little chocolate hint to me.

A nice complex mix with coffee and little sweet chocolate aftertaste.

A smooth mouthfeel, the best of the comparison I did. Very satisfying and smooth.

A recommended Porter. I did not realize this was so highly rated, but I would recommend this to anyone looking for a Porter. I buy this one when in the local store and look forward to getting it on draught or a growler. Cudos Founders.

jacket_fan, Jan 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

rpmehling, Mar 18, 2013
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4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can smell the alcohol. Chocolate and coffee, really smells and tastes good. A little hoppy with a great mouth feel, smooth, and delicious. I love porters and this is a very good example.

O: Can really smell the hops and malt, with a hint of chocolate.

T: A little creamy, great mouthfeel, smooth, but with a little bitter chocolate.

A: Beautiful!. I would like a larger head, and almost no lacing on the glass. Has that swirl that is nice.

Dr_Q, Mar 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

NellyZ, Jan 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

WwLoganxX, Jul 08, 2014
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4.48/5  rDev +5.4%

hall_matthew_bruce, Oct 09, 2014
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2.52/5  rDev -40.7%

Matt_Lutz, Aug 15, 2014
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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