Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,407 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,407
Reviews: 1,479
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 341
Gots: 1,075 | 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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Ratings: 6,407 | Reviews: 1,479
Photo of Duff27
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark as night. Hardly a head or lacing at all.

S- Roasty/Chocolaty.

T- Coffee-like bitterness. Agree with the smokey finish comment.

M- Heavy, not much carbonation.

D/O- As delicious as this beer is, as with all porters, it's not something that your going to want to drink all night.

Photo of Tone
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with slight amber hues along the bottom of the glass. 5/4 inch head of a dark tan color. Good retention and lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, hops, and a slight hint of spice. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and bitter with an average carbonation. Tastes of roasted malt, strong hops, sweet malt, coffee, and slight hint of alcohol. Overall, a good looking, smelling, and great tasting brew.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: completely black with a murky body and a thick finger of frothy tan foam. Looks good.

Smell: rich, creamy, chocolatey aroma which is rather smooth for a porter. There is also a light and earthy hop component. I like it!

Taste: rich, creamy, chocolatey and smooth flavor; after a few seconds the coffee comes out. Bitterness is smooth at the end and well-balanced; what a great porter.

Mouthfeel: medium body with an exceedingly well-integrated carbonation. Super silky smooth and very creamy. Wondrous!

Overall: just a wonderful tasting porter and an all-round pleasant drinking experience.

Photo of DrJay
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Michigan over the holidays. Looks a little viscous during the pour. This is a black beer, no highlights, no appreciable edges. 1/2 inch brown cap of fine bubbles, good head retention, spotty lacing. The dark grains in the nose really hit you head on, a combination of roast and burnt with chocolate and malt further back. A bit nutty, some coffee. Really nice. Moderate hop bitterness, definitely some hop flavour up front, grassy and leafy, but the dark malts take over here too. More dark chocolate, milder roast than in the aroma, licorice, sour cherry and malted milk finish. The carbonation was creamy, very fine bubbles. Quite a full bodied porter. A bit of dry astringency from the dark grains. Really drinkable. It's a solid beer, very tasty, and I'm glad I picked up a 6-pack.

Photo of tone77
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, roasted malts, a touch of coffee. Taste is a good balance of chocolate and coffee, some maltiness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer worth seeking out.

Photo of Viggo
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle picked up at Founders a couple months ago.

Pours a deep and opaque dark brown, no light gets through, very dark brown head forms, chocolate milk coloured, settles to a very thick layer, great retention, drops some lines of lacing on the glass. Smell is nice, quite sweet, brown sugar and caramel, light chocolate milk, espresso roast, raisins, toast and biscuit, a bit chaulky, some light fruity sweetness, not as roasty as I like my porters but still smells dope. Taste is great, all sorts of flavours at once, chocolate milk and molasses, big roastiness, coffee, raisins, berry sweetness, brown sugar and caramel, buttered toast in the finish, light lacto sweetness in the finish, quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly oily, with medium carbonation, pretty smooth stuff, great flavour.

Photo of Bighuge
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black body. Thick, dense cap of dark brown froth. Lace covers the glass completely as I drink. Nice aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. A little chalk in there as well. This is a bold tasting porter, that's for sure. Some greasy and smoky char like notes accent the richly roasted malt character. I really like the oily anise like flavor in this porter. Really gives it some character. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Quite easy to drink, as it should be, and very flavorful.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my HotD tulip.
Bottled 2.15.11 Damn black ink!!!

A- Deep brown, almost not head at all. Some dark tan on the edges.

S- Malts and coffee.

T- Coffee, Chocolates, burnt sugars.

D- Mild, no bitterness.

O- Nicely smooth for a Porter. I would say this is a good example of the style.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!

Dark, Rich & Sexy. You have my attention.

That's a pitch black pour I'm seeing which looks great but the foam, what little there is of it to start with shrinks to a ring around the glass in an eye blink. Checking on the lacing..heck, there is some there so there's some redemption.

The smell is light but nice. Notes of roast, chocolate, sweet malt, and a strange but nice fruity nose.

The taste is much more assertive and is delicious. Light note of milk chocolate evolves in to some good dark chocolate bitterness with a hint of some dark fruits and now, the sweeter aspects of chocolate come back to the forefront.

Now I'm getting a sense of a coffee presence...very light but I doubt my palate is lying to me. A very tasty Porter and it will be a pleasure finishing the bottle.

Medium bodied, it has a light carbonation profile. A very nice mouthfeel is the result.

Drinkability? 6.5%abv isn't crazy strong..I guess that's why I'm looking at the last few ounces in my glass. A good drinker and I agree with the dark and rich but sexy? lol. Good stuff.

Photo of glid02
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours black with a 1.5-finger brown head. One of the darkest porters I've seen in a while. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts and well-integrated bitter dark chocolate flavors. There's not a whole lot going on here but every bit of it is rich.

Tastes very good. Robust roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by dark chocolate. Midway through the sip very light hints of citrus hop flavors enter into things before fading into a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was very impressed with this - one of the better-done, widely-available porters out there. Well worth a shot.

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

I found this available in 6-packs ($9.99) at Bello Vino in Ann Arbor last week. I chickened out and bought a single 12oz for $1.69. The beer looks spectacular, dark brown with a milk chocolate colored foam, tons of tan lacing on the glass. The smell is malty with lots of chocolate, really good. The taste is roasted malt, less chocolate than in the aroma but still there, hardly any bitterness in the aftertaste. Really thick body, more than I usually see in porters, this crosses the line to stout or double stout. Really good, Founders is just a solid choice for any style you care to get.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled 03/29/12. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is great, it smells like roasted malt, chocolate, and some coffee. It tastes like roasted and burnt/charred malt, milk and bittersweet chocolate, and coffee. There's a nice mix between the sweet and bitter flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. This is a very good brew, it's certainly one of the best porters I've had. I know I'll be buying more of this beer, I don't know why I haven't tried it until now!

Photo of puboflyons
4.56/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from good ta go beer store in PA for 1.99 - thanks to jfam for this

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size frothy brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, roasted nuts/smoke

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, coffee, chocolate, and a nuttiness. There is also a bit of a smokiness. It ends with a rich dark chocolate aftertaste with a bit of lingering bitterness.

Overall - One of the better porters that I have had the pleasure of drinking. I'd make this one of my go to's if it was available locally. Worth seeking out.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks pretty good! Color of deep dark amber brown with a half inch of foam that sticks around to a great looking ring.

S - Smells mostly of sweet chocolates and roasted coffee. Maybe a bit of hops but it's faint.

T - Wow that's pretty smooth! The bitterness is surprisingly low for a porter but is still their so its not a stout. Somewhat creamy coffee with just a touch of dark chocolates.

M - Medium bodied and ABV is well concealed.

D - Wow it's kind of like a lighter version of breakfast stout. Still so more bitter so it's true to the style. I do like it though and would drink it again. Sad to see this is more available than the breakfast stout but I would pick it up again.

Photo of jrallen34
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Haymarket into a 4oz tasting glass, first beer of the night, a good one for sure...Dark pour for porter, a nice black color with a really nice dark tan head that has good retention and lacing...The aroma is unique, lots of coffee but with a bite of hops, nuts and chocolate come through as well, slightly acetone note. I like this...The taste matches the aroma a coffee porter with some hops, yummy and balanced, and drinkable. This is a winner.

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

reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger off white head

smell: roast, coffee, chocolate, malts,

taste: roasted malts, some coffee / chocolate flavors

mouthfeel: medium to full body, mild carbonation,

overall: decent porter, I prefer some others in the style over this one but still a very good beer.

cheers,
the CPJ

Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, $1.89 at Steve's - University. surprised i've never reviewed this one

appearance: poured into tyranena pint glass - very dark body with garnet hues, creamy chocolate cap but light retention

smell: very rich, heavy roast - french roast coffee, smoke/char, dark chocolate

taste: great porter - rich dark chocolate, strongly roasted coffee, char/smoke, vibrant dark fruits, espresso bean, earthy and woody. just an all around strong porter - one of the best

mouthfeel: rich, but could be creamier

drinkability: rich and heavy, but very tasty

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick texture. There was a half inch of tan-colored head and some good lacing.

S: Smelled of coffee, chocolate and malt.

T: A nicely done flavor of coffee and chocolate up front and malt and hops going down. Balanced and tasty.

M: A well carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Like most Founders beers, this is a drinkable, well-constructed beer with a lot of character.

Photo of rudzud
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review for this beer must have gotten eaten over the years. Oh well. Jan 2014 bottle, poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a very nice dark dark brown pour with a thin quarter inch mocha head that fades to leave very light side lacing and a thin thin creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of deep, rich darker chocolate, light coffee, nice roasted malts, light burnt coffee, faint light metallic note though.

T - Taste is smooth, silky dark chocolate, rich roasted malts, bitter coffee, light hops, very nice chocolate notes.

M - Mouthfeel is silky creamy smooth. Quite nice.

O - Overall, this is a solid, no brainer go to porter when one needs a fix.

Photo of ccrida
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into my Delirium snifter, Founders Porter is black with a massive foamy brown head. Between the pressure released when I cracked it, along with the overly foamy head, I feared infection, but none was found. The foamy leaves heavy chunks, rocky really, a bit Belgianesque.

Smell is caramel, almost nougat like. Really delicious.

Taste is very rich, this is a big ass porter, which I dig. Loads of cocoa, a little milk chocolate really, with a touch of caramel as well. Outstanding, wow.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonation but not overly so, medium bodied.

Drinkability is great, this a fantastic porter. The only frustration is the large head slows down the drinking! This is the best porter I've ever had, period.

Photo of xnicknj
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours an almost midnight black with a layer of coffee colored head, fading into some nice film, leaving a bit of lacing around the glass.

A nice flair of coffee in the nose with hints of mocha, chocolate, molasses, and a light touch of smoke.

Begins with some roasted malts and robust mocha coffee flavor. Semi-sweet chocolate and a light splash of vanilla hide underneath. A bit of molasses, hop bitterness, and more robust dark malt towards the end. Finishes with some sweetness, hops, and a faint warmth.

Medium bodied, feels a little thinner than it should, higher carbonation. Nice flavor and solid drinking, alcohol is masked well too.

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

Grabbed the last bottle of this at Capone's the other day. Into my snifter

A: Pours a VERY impressive jet black with a dark brown head that recedes to a wispy disk rather quickly.

S: Oh, the smell of uninfected beer is awesome! Solid, roasted malt aromas with a hint of chocolate and some cream. The balance is leaning towards the burnt/heavily roasted malt, the way I like it. Excellent

T: Solid. Biggish in body with plenty of heavily roasted/burnt malt present (almost a touch too much?) with an excellent dark chocolate bitterness. The big body does push things a bit into stout territory but the burnt malt character is definitely porter-like. Finishes sweet with a bit too much roastiness for my liking

M: Uncharacteristically big (enjoyable, though) with soft carbonation and a burnt-bitter finish

D: The biggish body and the bitterness on the finish don't make this a session porter but neither does the 6.5% I will definitely drink this again, though

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Founders imperial pint.
6.5% ABV, 45 IBUs, Bottled 01/20/14

A - The clear pour to the bottom of the glass resulted in a monumental tan head with dribbles of beer slowly filtering through the foam creating a sexy cascading. Despite the large head it dropped to a clumpy pile rather quickly but, above the black beer, multiple rings of dense lace were left behind.

S - You'd swear you walked into an old confectionery with a whiff of this beer as dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and melted caramel come together to add silky smoothness to the mildly gritty ground coffee nose. Notes of old, earthy wood paneling give the beer a faint nostalgia!

T - Dark roasted malts pull the chocolate and cocoa nunaces from the nose but add a singed bread crust-like burnt flavor that goes well with the French-pressed coffee taste on the finish.

M - This thick porter is full-bodied and creamy to the point of being as smooth as black velvet. The silky texture is almost chewy since there is little carbonation feel to it but it's not syrupy by any means. A lightly dry and roasted bitter on the finish, it provides the perfect balance to keep it from being too sweet or rich.

O - While the average beer drinker might be wrongly afraid of "dark beer", I've had many a thinner stout than this porter making it one of those "heavy" beers I might caution the uninitiated against. Full-flavored and full-bodied, Founders Porter is a magnificent beer packed with roasted malt character but I think the beer's label sums it up the best; "dark, rich, and sexy."

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The sample I got fizzed like crazy, so have a towel handy if opening a bottle! It pours a beautiful midnight sable with a very thick, fluffy, persistent tan head. Smoky, oily aroma has tones of molasses, caramel and fine coffee. Rich flavor has firm smoky overtone and coffee, nutty, molasses and caramel components as well as a hint of hop bitterness. Texture is smooth with a subtle fizz and leaves a nice smoky and slightly sweet finish.

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 6,407 ratings.