Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company
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United Kingdom (Wales)
3.6/5 rDev -15.3%
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.
08-20-2011 00:53:27 | More by mothman
3.88/5 rDev -8.7%
12oz bottle poured into a plain pint glass
A- Just like the label suggests founders porter is dark and sexy looking. Very dark brown to black color with a strong tannish head with staying power. A nice amount of lace clings to the glass.
S- Smelling FP i get a lot of roasted/burnt maltiness with some hop presence leading to a undertone of caramel and cream. As with most dark beers from founders there is also chocolate and some coffee present.
T- This porter is very rich tasting with a focus on the chocolate and burnt malts but neither outweigh the other. Some coffee creeps in along with some molasses and carmel, while the hops keep everything in prespective.
M- Founders porter has a great mouthfeel to it. Medium to full bodied. The carbonation is present, prehaps a bit too much. The creamy nature of this porter is a delight to drink, making it easy to finish 12oz before you know it. Good thing i have extras.
D- I'm glad that this is only 6.5% because I can't stop drinking this porter. I could easily finish three of these, possibly four over a night without growing tired of it. Would love to pair this with some grilled meats on a cold winter day.
Another founders offering that i'm glad made it out of retirement and i hope to see it in the future. At a great price for such a tasty porter, you cant go wrong. GET SOME!
01-05-2009 19:41:30 | More by BARFLYB
3.98/5 rDev -6.4%
Thanks goes out to mcallister for this brew.
Pours a dark brown color, way too much carbonation, nice two-finger head when it settles down after about 10 mins or so (I do not like this), does leave some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some toffee/coffee notes. The taste is also malty, with toffee/coffee notes, there is a nice velvety texture to this brew. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, but because of the huge head and settling there of, I brought the score down.
07-13-2008 23:24:46 | More by Wasatch
4.13/5 rDev -2.8%
12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" of dark brown head over opaque dark, dark brown/black brew. Lacing is good. Aroma is full of deep dark malts, coffee and chocolate stand out, with even some nuttiness apparent. Taste is storngly of the dark malts, esp coffee, but a somewhat fruity flavor enters the middle of the mix as well. Adds to the interest, I guess. Mouthfeel good, oh so smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Wow, have to keep my eyes out for this, maybe it'll make the limited Founders selection that recently started becoming available in MA.
08-20-2004 01:37:10 | More by ppoitras
4.23/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
06-20-2013 04:40:08 | More by superspak
4.58/5 rDev +7.8%
Poured into a snifter from a 12 oz bottle. Pours a ruddy blackish brown with a light brown head that provides ample lacing.
In the nose is chocolate, moderate espresso.
The flavor follows the nose, a nice roasted malt character hints of smoke and coffee. Chocolate sweetness is just under the radar, and the earthy hop is there providing residual bitterness. Imagine waking up and eating oreos with your coffee and cigar, in liquid form.
Mouthfeel is superb. High carbonation with a smooth drying finish. Crisp on the palate, and is actually not as heavy as I would expect.
Drinkability is very good as well. A very tasty porter here that may be the benchmark for the style. I would reccommend buying a case of this lovely beer.
09-07-2009 14:51:31 | More by Stinkypuss
District of Columbia
4.53/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
07-26-2011 03:24:10 | More by Huhzubendah
4.33/5 rDev +1.9%
Founders Porter is black as midnight and has a surface as open and bare as the sea. There's little appearance-wise to distinguish it, except perhaps it's complete opacity which is marked - though by no means unheard of - for a porter. A broth of lacing is left on the glass but it's almost more gas than solid in composition.
The beer smells like a melted brick of dark bakers chocolate, garnished with leafy hops naturally (glad to see even Founders' darkest beers play to the brewery's strength). Subtle hints of caramel, cigar or wood might be noted but, to my nose, this bouquet showcases nothing but pure, tried-and-true roasted barley - and plenty of it!
Founders Porter has so much rich, decadent chocolate character that even the world's best bakers could stand to take a note or two. The beer has a tremendous cocoa-like flavor and bitterness with more than a splash of coffee as punctuation. But it's not all about the malts. Four varieties of hops make this a leafy, earthy bittersweet symphony.
The mouthfeel is thick yet velvety and eases over the palate despite a dark cocoa bitterness and considerable hoppiness. It is rich, muddy and bitter like a Greek coffee but with just a sprinkle of burnt sugar. Man, roasted barley's a hell of a thing! This aftertaste is lightly smoky but has a tinge of heavy cream. There are wonders in grain.
There's basic porters and then there's bold porters. This is definitely the latter, which I definitely prefer. Founders Porter towers over others like Muhammad Ali over Sonny Liston. It is an iconic beer, more than just an English porter in modern dress, it is a poster of the American microbrewing revolution. And it's a beer every dark beer lover should try.
01-30-2012 04:42:16 | More by biegaman
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
01-29-2011 01:01:33 | More by smakawhat
4.22/5 rDev -0.7%
On draft at The Atlantic Chip Shop, Brooklyn, NYC.
Poured a deep black hue with a trace white cap. There was little retention and decent lacing.
The smell featured a sweet chocolate and light caramel.
The taste was driven by sweet cocoa and featured a slight smoke and light caramel.
The mouthfeel was full for the style.
Overall a tasty full bodied English style porter.
04-16-2010 19:10:50 | More by plaid75
4.13/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
02-14-2009 20:08:11 | More by Viggo
4.38/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
09-25-2012 08:32:54 | More by tdm168
4.15/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
08-22-2011 01:35:49 | More by mdaschaf
4.38/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
02-20-2009 04:05:47 | More by Bighuge
4.3/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
05-12-2010 00:15:04 | More by billab914
4.38/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
01-08-2009 01:40:44 | More by DrJay
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,337 ratings.