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Robust Porter
Ranked #1
Ranked #959
4.27 | pDev: 9.13%
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Notes: No absence of hops gives Founders' robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect.

45 IBU
Reviews: 1,752 | Ratings: 7,817 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of just1cho
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

*Poured into a Teku glass from a 12oz bottle*

On first appearance, this beer looked pitch black but when you put it up against the light it appears a medium coffee dark brown. It has an attractive mocha colored head which was a finger thick, and had a medium retention.

The aroma wasn't very deep or complex, but it was still a good one none-the-less. The aroma was primarily dark chocolate, but there were also aromas of coffee, roasted barley, caramel, and a touch of citrus.

On the taste, there was a citrus-y grapefruit note from the hops and a medium coffee bitter taste upfront. This eventually develops into flavors of burnt caramel and sweet roasted malts. The taste then finishes with the same bitterness that I got on the front end that was coupled with a mung bean robustness and a ginseng eastern medicine aftertaste to it.

Creamy, full bodied, and a medium carbonation--this beer starts dry but finishes velvety smooth. These characteristics make this brew very quaff-able and more importantly, enjoyable.

Overall, I really liked this beer. It was smooth, flavorful, and robust without being too harsh on the palate. If you like flavors of dark chocolate, roasted malts/burnt caramel, and earthiness you'll definitely enjoy this beer.

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Photo of jkblr
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 01.29.20 (3 months ago) poured into a perfect pint glass at just above fridge temp 6.5% ABV 45 IBU. The beer pours dense black with slight brown edges if held to light. The head is mocha colored and settles to a thin ring and island. Partial lacing. The aroma is dark, but not really roasted, malt, chocolate and slight earthy hops. The taste is bittersweet dark chocolate & slight tang trailing off to earthy, moderate bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with just less than medium carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, excellent. A delicious, well constructed and reliable favorite, especially for cool weather. Recommended.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: opaque; very dark brown in color; 1 finger medium brown head that receded to a splotchy cap; OK lacing;

S: chocolate and vanilla;

T: deeply roasted grain with milk chocolate; mild to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: pretty easy drinking;

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Photo of OK_Denise
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm....drinking this right now. Surprisingly smooth for such a dark beer. Deep toasty flavor but nothing that is overpowering to the mouth and nose. Enjoyable porter.

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Photo of milkshakebeersucks
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Earthy aroma of roasted malts, coffee, caramel and dark fruit. Notes of tobacco and black licorice woven into the taste. Semi-sweet chocolate in the aftertaste. Full bodied moderately carbonated mouthfeel.

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Photo of MackT
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz. Bottle, 6 weeks from bottled on date, poured Into a snifter. Frothy tan head produced with a aggressive pour, with ample lacing. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, caramel. Taste of aforementioned aromas plus malts and hops.
Mouthfeel is silky smooth. Aftertaste is tangy, in a non offensive way. This is one fine offering from the Founders brewmasters. Good job, will buy again. This was a welcome introduction.

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Photo of Trailboss76
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Rich, very dark, deep brown pour with a medium head, tan-leathery in color. Aroma is giving off some dark chocolate - almost like baker's chocolate... maybe a hint of caramel in there. The taste is pulling in those aromas and melding, transforming to give off some coffee and general roasty-ness. The IBU's are up there for a Porter and it nearly bothers me but then it finishes with a certain silkiness. I'm torn between wanting it to be a little less bitter but then, at points, liking the bitter kick.

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Photo of akaizer
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a dense 1.5"+ darkish tan foam head that takes several minutes to even begin thinking of settling down. Color is pitch black with no light getting through. Scent comes across with maltiness, strong chocolates and a bit of roastiness. Some other sweet notes are also present on the nose. Taste matches with a bit more roastiness coming through, along with the chocolate. There is a slight malty bitterness to the aftertaste, which complements the smooth, full body well. All around a great porter.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black into a Spieglau stout glass with a cinnamon/mocha colored creamy head. Looks identical to breakfast stout except head dissipates quicker. Picking up a leather smell,mild hops,mild vanilla? Very muted,maybe too chilled. Taste is reminiscent of coffee,chocolate,toffee,some hop bite? It says "No absence of hops" which I assume means this Porter has a hop addition,which is not unusual for the style. The double negative is a weird way of saying it. Feels light bodied with a juicy finish.Ample carbonation. Creamy head remains for the entirety of the beer. Overall sometimes simple is better. This Porter really hits the spot. Well done.

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Photo of IronLover
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown to black in color. Poured with a moderate, dense, sticky, mocha brown foam with very good retention. Rich aromas of dark malt, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and earthy hops. Full bodied with medium light carbonation. Rich, creamy smooth feel with mellow warmth from the middle to the end. Dark malt and chocolate flavors up front followed by roasted coffee. Bitter coffee notes transition to medium earthy hop bitterness that sustains through the finish. Light coffee and dark malty flavors on the back end. Finished with earthy hop flavors and lingering herbal, spicy hop bitterness. Rich, aromatic, flavorful, fantastic.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- Ultra-dark, effectively black, not a photon gets through even a corner of the glass. The head is 3Cm of fat pillowy dark caramel brown. Overall unusually dark, even for porter/stout. [ps. Head holds really well, unusually very well].
S- Toasty and deeply fragrant malts with a molasses edge. It actually reminds me of crunching away at the core of Malteser sweets as a child.
T- Woah! Coffee, embers from a log fire, some smoke - quite a lot of it. This is notably pungent, actually for 6.5% this is unusually seriously pungently flavoured.
M- The intense flavour is balanced and supported by appropriate richness. The feel lends this to being a slow-sipping winter-warmer type beer. You could enjoy it instead of an after-dinner coffee, or while sitting back in front of a winter fire-place.
O- One of the more intensely flavoured beers I've ever had. Notable they built that upon a *relatively* light (for the style) 6.5% ABV and yet the balance of all the elements feels right. I'd suggest you need to really like coffee, and preferably espresso, for this to have a hope with you. You could suggest it's like a fusion of espresso and heavy black beer, it's that intense. Very well brought together, but might be just a touch OTT on the shear intensity of flavour for me.

Bought from Beerhawk/UK, 'Bottled on 03/08/19'. There is some form of code laser-etched into the base of the 355ml bottle but I can't find a BB date anywhere on the bottle/lable/cap etc.

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Photo of entheos
2.99/5  rDev -30%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

This is one of a Founders’ worst! It’s a chocolate mess with a bunch of unfinished coffee grinds. I’d rather drink gunpowder tang than this swill. Mrs Winchester should demand a refund for having her image plastered on this!

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Photo of tzbel013
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Truly one of the most outstanding porters out there. Sweet but not too much so. Chocolate malts hit on the initial taste then follows the coffee chicory notes then the nice hop bite on the finish. Not as robust as a stout and doesn't need to be.

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Photo of MNAle
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep black, impenetrable even with a backlight. 1 inch+ thick, creamy, bubbly khaki head, which develops a rocky, pitted surface as it slowly recedes, leaving strings of lacing circling the glass.

Mild aroma: dark fruit with coffee, roasted malts, hints of chocolate.

Feel is silky, but a bit thin.

Taste is roasted malts and coffee front and center, some fruit flavor - plums, perhaps - underneath. Bitterness begins right away and continues and lingers into the aftertaste, but it is not overpowering. Finish is moderately dry.

The overall is a well-done porter, with a stereotypical taste, which is in the end relatively simple.

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Photo of Buckeye55
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black color with full head.
Smells of coffee and chocolate which follows to the taste along with a full mouthfeel of bread tones. Aftertaste starts with coffee bitter and mellows with chocolate. Outstanding

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark mahogany with a caramel colored head.

Smells of dark fruit plumb, raisin, and backed by caramel with coffee and chocolate notes.

Taste is more savory than sweet with big flavor of hearty bread, dark fruit plumb, raisin finishing dry with bitter coffee and chocolate notes.

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Photo of Brook82
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bold, dark appearance with inch thick head. Lacing is prominent in pint glass. Taste follows aroma, coffee leaning taste with well balanced malt and a lingering slight bitter aftertaste. IMO, bitter/dry aftertaste lingered around too long. Founder's isn't one to shy away from hoppy brews and their porter is no exception. None the less, an excellent beer with an overall relaxing, silky smooth, yet complex taste. A beer well done. Will purchase again.

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Photo of SAUbrewcrew
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, Just wow! This is one hell of a chocolaty sensation of a brew. All over the notes of wood, coffee, and chocolate just blend together so perfectly in this porter. Founder’s sure makes a damn good porter and it is really hard to find anything wrong with this dark brew. So many powerful blended flavors, but so very drinkable in the same token. I really recommend grabbing a 6 pack next time you’re out!

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Photo of nizzle8287
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Founders makes an absolutely outstanding porter. Looks and tastes almost like a stout, but it is definitely lighter feeling, while at the same time darker and more flavorful than some stouts that I have tried. Very delicious and not too filling- I still love it even during scorching Texas summers. Highly recommended.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle poured into a nonic glass

dark brown liquid, no light passes thru here, pencil thin bib bubble brown bubbles, settles to a solid brown layer, some lacings

roasted malt aroma, semi sweet chocolate

taste is roasted malts, char, hint of roasted coffee, full flavor indeed

low to medium sudsing, roastiness lingers on the tongue

good beer

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Photo of EnderFett11
3.62/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad porter, fairly strong roast flavor that gets stronger as the beer warms. Very dark. Not bad in a pinch, but probably not something I would personally buy again.

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Photo of muchos
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L. Black. Looks opaque and thick-ish on the pour. Big and fluffy tan head recedes super slowly and laces the vessel.
S. Semisweet to dark chocolate, dark berry, deeply roasted to charred malts, coffee.
T. Coffee, berry, chocolate malt, a hint of citrus in the midst of it all, bitter and sweet chocolate. Piney, grassy, zesty bitterness in the end.
F. Fuller than a medium body, a bit rich and smooth, resinous.
O. Founders is one of the best. Cheers!

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Photo of addylo
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Almost black in color with little to no head at all but lots of cabonation in the mouth. Creamy on the tongue with a medium to heavy body. Very nice!

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/7/14; drank 1/4/15 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown hue.

Big dark khaki head; frothy lace. Cream, dark chocolate & mild citrus nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Creamy oatmeal & dark chocolate flavor up front, with a hint of orange citrus on the finish.

A touch hoppy for me but enjoyable.

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Photo of jmc65267
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great porter ! The flavor is fantastic but honestly the smell would be my favorite part it’s very smooth. First time having it and I like it and would most definitely buy again !

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