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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter

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1,477 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,477
Hads: 6,715
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 379
Gots: 1,275 | 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: 6,715
Photo of corby112
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest hint of lighter color when held to a light and a one finger beige head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Nice roasted malt aroma with hints of bittersweet dark chocolate, oatmeal, toffee and roasted coffee/espresso bean. Smokey but not acrid or burnt smelling with subtle lactic/cream and even some hazelnut. Beautiful roasted coffee in the nose that isn't overly powerful, burnt or stale. Smells great!

Chewy medium body with lots of roasted malt, slight hops, sweet chocolate and a lingering dry finish. Deep roasted coffee/espresso bean flavor along with hints of chocolate, toffee and oatmeal. A bit more acrid/burnt tasting than the aroma suggested with bittersweet dark chocolate, toffee, oatmeal and nut. Subtle bitter dry hops toward the end of the palate with a dry finish. A bit too roasted for my preference with bitterness lingering throughout but still pretty drinkable with a nice lactic creamy flavor mid-palate that gives balance and adds to the mouthfeel. It could use a bit of sweetness to round things out but overall this is a very good representation of the style.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The small thin head on this beer disappears quickly, leaving it looking almost like a glass of coke; black, opaque, bubbly.

Moderately aromatic; not a super strong smell here but nicely roasty with hints of chocolate. Right on target.

I like the flavor better than the aroma of this beer; it has an excellent balance of roast malt, hops, coffee and to a lesser extent, chocolate. Medium bitterness.

Excellent mouthfeel that mixes effervescent carbonation that stimulates the tongue with a pleasing creaminess.

Very effectively done. The aroma isn't exactly exceptional, just good, while the taste is very nice, but on the bitter side of the style. This bitterness may slightly dominate the other flavors. It's not as vivid as I had hoped, lacks huge chocolate or coffee notes. Drinks very well and the mouthfeel is trult excellent.

As good an example of a porter as I have had recently but still not the pinnacle for me, I suppose.

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Photo of tone77
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am drinking this at Brasserie Zentral from a bottle while eating foie gras – the lable on the bottle goes surprisingly well with the restaurant.
A: Brilliant chestnut body topped with a 1” finely bubbled light tan collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: A chocolate caramel nose hides an assertive bitter finish.
T: Sweet caramel chocolate culminates in a balancing bitter hop accent.
F: Silky smooth, medium full body, very fine soft carbonation.
O: Amazed at how well this goes with foie gras.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

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Photo of spinrsx
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a pitch black color with a respectable light brown to tan head that dissipated down to a light layer of bubbles.

(S)- Tons of roasted coffee dusted with cocoa with raisins. Smells really creamy with even some possible vanilla within.

(T)- Silky creamed coffee with delicate chocolate. Its like a mocha only without the normal amount of bitterness from espresso.

(M)- Very very smooth for a porter. Great carbonation level. A silky yet robust and incredibly easy drinking beer.

(D)- A superb porter that ranks up there as one of the best! Seek this out if you are looking for the perfect porter. Creamy and silky smooth; slightest sweetness and bittering roastedness. A for sure winner on those chilling Fall nights.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown, blackish body that had a one-finger tan head and left a lace ring. Classic smell of roasted and sweet malts, more on the sweet side w/ some caramel and chocolate with very minor hops. Textbook porter that hits the spot; medium-body, smooth, creamy, passes over the tongue with a great sweetness of chocolate and caramel and then having a bready, coffeeish finish that is drying and thick. Little bit sticky as well. Could drink this porter any time as it is one of the best.

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Photo of glid02
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of barczar
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque deep brown/black with a frothy inge inch cappuccino head that lingers.

Roast malt, coffee, and milk chocolate meet up with citrus and resin in the initial aroma. Notes of grapefruit and pine provide am interesting contrast to the roast malt backbone.

Slightly sweet chocolate and roast malt underlie the flavor profile, with coffee bitterness reigning in the finish. Notes of grapefruit at the beginning again provide contrast to the sweet malt notes. Malted milk balls and toasted nut flavors add complexity. There's a charred note in the aftertaste.

Body is smooth and moderate, with low carbonation and a hint of alcohol warmth.

Great notes of chocolate, and a decent balance of roast malt and coffee that are not overly bitter or acrid. The hop notes accent the malt character well. The balance is on the sweet side, but that's fine with me.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black brew with a medium brown head with regular retention, aroma is moderate sweet and moderate bitter with dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel and herbal hops, Medium bodied, smooth, well balanced, low carbonation, flavor is moderate sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a bitter finish and a bittersweet aftertaste. Delicious

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a deep, dark black, with a 1 inch mocha colored head, and some good globs of lacing down the glass.

Smells like chocolate, dark roasted malts, and slight coffee.

The taste is similar, and very full and flavorful. Tastes a bit like a smaller version of their imperial stout. Lots of chocolate and coffee, and nicely roasted malt. Hop flavor is noticed with a slight bit of bitterness.

Medium bodied, but very full for a porter. Thick creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

A definite winner from Founders, one that goes under the radar.

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