Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Robust Porter
Ranked #1
Ranked #1,934
4.25 | pDev: 9.41%
Tuesday at 12:16 AM
Feb 11, 2003
No absence of hops gives Founders' robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect.

45 IBU
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Reviewed by p-hil

4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Appearance - Dark brown, with a light tan head
Smell - Smells like the dark malt as well as a bit of coffee
Taste - Wow. Tastes like coffee and dark chocolate, but the finish is has a tobacco smoke note that lingers for a bit. Its pretty bitter too, much like a black coffee, but still quite smooth.
Feel - medium body and carbonation.
Overall - Really liked this beer and the smokiness was a surprise, but maybe its not hard to please a black coffee drinker
Tuesday at 12:16 AM
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Reviewed by SippinMartin92 from Illinois

2.61/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
I honestly am a little puzzled to Founders tremendous rating on here. I've tried a few of their beers and each one is as boring as the last. And to be frank I am not expecting the most notable flavor to be "bitter" in a beer. I'm fairly new to porters, but I roast my own coffee and have for ages. And this has a beautiful tan head and some black coffee coloration. But that's where the coffee stops and bitter begins. In my eyes your better off just avoiding porters. So much better stuff out lately they need to up their game!
Dec 01, 2023
Rated: 4 by Nyoder

Nov 26, 2023
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Rated by Jule17 from Ohio

3.59/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Not bad, a little bitter
Nov 23, 2023
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Reviewed by BrandonD325 from Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Dark brown with a creamy, tan head. Notes of dark chocolate, roasty malt, and subtle caramel. On the dry side, not very sweet. A medium body that doesn't feel too thin or too thick. Overall great for the style, but I find myself reaching for stouts over porters most days
Nov 09, 2023
Rated: 4.08 by Iggy88 from Ohio

Nov 07, 2023
Rated: 4.35 by Howierl from Wisconsin

Nov 05, 2023
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Reviewed by Braunmeister_1943 from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Purchased as part of a “build your own “ 6 pack of bottles from Wegmans on 10/23/23.

L- Dark amber brown almost black.

S- Very faint roasted malt.

T- Smoky, tangy almost burnt flavor, but in
a good porter way!

F- Light mouthfeel with moderate

O- An outstanding Porter!
Oct 27, 2023
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Reviewed by Bitburger from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Wow! I don´t like porter normally. I prefer bitters. But this one convinced me to start a new Odissey...This porter has hops and i need them. Great beer!
Oct 26, 2023
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Reviewed by reynoldsmc75 from Minnesota

2.66/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
I love Founders (who doesn’t), but they missed on this one. This tastes like I’m drinking cold coffee. It looks beautiful, and the initial taste is pleasing, but the aftertaste is very bitter. Overall this beet was/is a letdown. However, it’s better than industrial production bs any day.
Oct 07, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by BLVBBERGIXLL from Arizona

Oct 06, 2023
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Reviewed by doclh from North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Has become my go-to beer lately. Pours dark and foamy. The rich darkness in the glass is followed up by a full barley experience. The body is just thick enough to let you know you’re drinking a nice brew. Not overly sweet, but enough caramel in the mix to let you know this beer is more than a quick gulp and needs a little appreciation. The finish is nice, but not long. It’s a great beer for sipping out of a cold glass on the porch while watching the leaves turn.
Sep 29, 2023
Rated: 4.13 by rajreddy from Tennessee

Sep 14, 2023
Rated: 4.24 by rfreed from Washington

Sep 02, 2023
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Reviewed by mcm180 from Ohio

3.26/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours darkest brown into my Guinness glass. Tall head that shrinks to about 1/3 inch and stays.

No strong smell to me.

Tastes more bitter than I expected it would. LOTS of roast, coffee, dark cocoa flavors, no real sweetness. I’m not getting the graham cracker that the label tells me about. Lots of dark chocolate still.

Feels good. Medium body, not light at all, but not heavy. Not much carbonation sting. A little on the top at the front, but it fades before the swallow.

Overall: good, if you want to drink unsweetened cocoa and get a buzz.
Aug 25, 2023
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Reviewed by whynot44 from Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Very dark, black coffee color with ruby highlights, moderate but lasting milk chocolate colored creamy head and some decent lacing.
The aroma is dark roasted malt, coffee, burnt toast, dark chocolate, some hints of caramel and vanilla.
The taste is all of that, with a bit more emphasis on the burnt toast and dark roast coffee, giving a pleasant bitterness.
The body is medium/full, moderate carbonation, creamy smooth, very drinkable and inviting. Altogether, this is an outstanding example of a robust porter, incredibly smooth, moderate bitterness, very enjoyable, even better as it warms up a little.
Aug 20, 2023
Rated: 4.17 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Aug 14, 2023
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Not had in a few years - this is a classic done right.
Pours just short of black with a finger of creamy tan coloured head.
Nose strikingly chocolate, some vanilla and coffee, roasty but the chocolate shines.
The palate is attacked more with the roasty notes - coffee, a bit of char; hint of vanilla and a dark chocolate bitterness that betrays the more milk chocolate nose.
Medium mouthfeel - creamy with a lasting cafe au lait bittersweetness. Smooth as heck.
Aug 13, 2023
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Rated by Tylergodin from Massachusetts

4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Very good porter
Jul 27, 2023
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Reviewed by mpruden from Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap at the brewery.

Appearance: Very dark brown, nearly black. Small tan head lingered and left moderate lacing.

Nose: Rich roast.

Mouthfeel: Medium, enough carbonation.

Attack: Omigoodness — roasted malt dominates, deep flavor — the beer shines here. Just the slightest smokiness.

Finish: Gentle bitterness from the malt — perfect.

Overall: Outstanding flavor —clearly deserves its #1 rating in its category.
Jul 04, 2023
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