Founders Brewing Company

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Porter - Robust
Ranked #1
Ranked #1,023
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: 1,786 | Ratings: 7,904 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pitch black with a tan one finger white head.
Aroma: Roasty
Taste: Robust roasted coffee, char, high hop bitterness for the style
Mouthfeel: full, higher carbonation than expected
Overall: A good Porter. Personally, too hoppy for me. Although I can see it growing on me because it’s obviously well-made.

May 01, 2021
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TheBricenator from Oregon

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

Look: Pitch black on the pour and my aggressive action brings about a huge and billowing tan head that eventually recedes to a pillow, leaving great lacing behind
Aroma: Roast, coffee, dark chocolate, wet earth/soil, toasted brown bread, and light wafts of licorice
Taste: Rich chocolate, coffee, and roasted barley come out swinging and after a bit, earthy hops weave in and out of the picture. As the initial hit subsides, a little licorice/anise comes through before the big three along with robust earthy hops close it out
Mouthfeel: Full, silky smooth throughout, medium-high carbonation, and a silky but bold and slightly dry finish
Overall: This is tasty stuff. I’ve always liked this beer not only because it is well made and good but also that it blurs the line between a porter and a stout [porter] in all the right ways for me. Awesome chocolate/roast/coffee notes but also noticeably prominent earthy hops and a dry finish really push this into the winner’s circle. Recommended

Apr 12, 2021
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spectru from Florida

4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

March 21, 2021 - Opaque coffee with a tan one-finger head, receding slowly, slight lacing; A rich pleasant aroma; Feels very good, tingly; The flavor is good, but mild; A good choice.

Mar 21, 2021
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klarcbarr3 from Michigan

4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Founders' Porter is a long time, everyday go to favorite of mine. I was shocked to notice that in the few years I have been reviewing, I have never written this one up. Well, that changes, right now. Pop the top, take a whiff.. a nice mixture of hoppiness and and maltiness wafts up. A pour reveals a deep dark brown color topped by a 1+ inch head of lovely medium brown texture, which laces beautifully, as you drink. The mouthfeel is good, full without being cloying or sticky. The taste is more robust than the nose.. a chocolatey, coffee blend with a prominent supportive hops, and a modest malt rounding things out nicely. This porter is eminently drinkable, satisfying, and a stalwart example of how good a porter can be. Thank you, Beer Advocate, for your list of 250 Beers that have stood the test of time, which uncovered this omission, and nine other beers I owe a review to.

Mar 21, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6.5%, 45 IBUs. Pitch black colour, big and lasting brown head. Moderate roasty aroma, notes of dark chocolate and coffee. The flavour is roasty and quite dry, with a hint of acidity. Notes of coffee and ashes. Roasty and hoppy bitterness in the afteraste.

Mar 19, 2021
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Reef from South Carolina

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

12 oz. bottle dated 7/31/20

Pours barely translucent mahogany with one finger of tan head. Full lacing curtains and resilient cap.
Pleasant chocolate, coffee, stone fruit hoppy aromas.
Light hop bitterness, nuts, char, coffee, cocoa nibs flavors.
Lasting carbonation, light smoke aftertaste, no alcohol, medium bodied. Light enough to enjoy several bottles in a session. Very good.

Mar 16, 2021
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Black with a mocha-colored head and fantastic lacing.

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, burnt sugar, cookie, and some herbal hops.

T/M: Firm bitterness, moves into rich dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, and toffee/caramel flavors with some herbal hops finding their way in as well. Full bodied and very lush mouthfeel, drying finish.

Overall: A truly outstanding porter, full of rich, chocolate and caramel flavors that really makes me appreciate Founders as a brewery. This style seems to be brewed less and less these days and yet Founders keeps theirs around. Highly recommended.

Mar 15, 2021
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Elemental19xx from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very good porter, with a large head. Sweet but not overly sweet. The mild bitterness from the hops balances this beer quite nicely and makes this a beer you could drink a few of before getting tired of. It would pair well which a rich chocolatey dessert like fudge or a brownie. As long as you don't absolutely hate hops, I would recommend trying this beer.

Mar 06, 2021
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backblast from Alaska

3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I noticed the biscuit first in the taste then followed by bitterness and then dark malt. Dark chocolate sweetness followed up then there is a lingering bitterness with and ashy earthiness in the finish.

Feb 28, 2021
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BNSlums from Washington

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

This will be the highest rated beer I have had the chance to review. Bottled exactly two months ago. A midnight black pour, 40+, fully opaque. A stubby mousse tan head that has a tiny bit not amber to it. There are a lot of small, quick rising bubbles, Short attenuation. For certain hops on the nose with secondary dark chocolate and slight booze. I am getting pretzel and hazelnut as well. Smoky and toasty. On the palate, bold and bitter. Initial hop-heavy gives way to dark chocolate covered salted nuts. Maltier undertones. A bready-booze aftertaste. Incredibly smooth, the high carbonation cuts through its density. Sticky and sweet with a medium length.
I can support the hype behind this brew after contemplating, myself. If I had to put it simply, dark chocolate covered nuts. There is no shyness of hops and a subtle salty element. The flavor notes are sweet but this is not a super sweet beer. I would gladly pair with a German chocolate cake or peanut butter balls.

Feb 15, 2021
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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

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

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. Look is rich, black with a tan head that falls to a cap, then to a loose covering. Some lacing left behind. Smell is cocoa, some roast coffee, and hops. The floral hops really shine through here, more than I've noticed in other porters. Taste is malty and sweet up front. The middle releases some bitterness and flavors from the hops. The finish is bitter cocoa and roast coffee. Feel is medium bodied with a light, tight carbonation. It's very smooth. Overall, a great beer that has a lot of flavor. To my taste, this porter is hoppier than most, but it works well with the rest of the flavor profile. It's well balanced.

Feb 02, 2021
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stosh66 from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into goblet.
A: Black through and through. No light visible through the glass. Small tan head that fades away.
S: Espresso, Dark chocolate.
T: Espresso, roasted coffee, dark chocolates, hops on the back end.
M: medium body, velvety smooth,
O: Great representation of the style. Very drinkable.

Jan 31, 2021
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RobertB412 from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle (12/8/20) poured into a pint glass with an opaque black color, 1 inch tan head and lasting lacing. The aroma is roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and some coffee. Taste is similar to the smell with roasted & caramel malts, dark chocolate, mild coffee and earthy hops. Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium to full body, light carbonation and dry finish. This is a very good beer, the perfect example of a robust porter! Nicely balanced and very drinkable for 6.5% beer.

Jan 13, 2021
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vi11am from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice and dark, founders primary color, smell is light, alcohol slight roasted hops. Taste is strong hops nice mouth feel clean and crisp hoppy on the finish.

Dec 24, 2020
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LongIslandBrews from New York

4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a fantastic porter. Notes of chocolate, coffee and hazelnut come through for me. Rich, dark and creamy. This is an easily slammable beer for how heavy it is. I had 4 one night and was feeling good. Great job Founders

Dec 24, 2020
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marcbosch from Netherlands

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

L: deep black, tan head, good lacing. As expected.
S: Roasted malt, coffee, liquorice, a bit of dark caramel.
T: Rich, deep, roasty porter, with plenty of chocolate, liquorice and coffee.
F: Medium body with a dry finish.
O: Textbook porter, what I look for in this kind of beer.

Dec 13, 2020
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Jeez from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

These go for a pretty reasonable price at the liquor store near where I live. Pours a dense jet black with a small tan head. Smells strongly of chocolate and coffee - no milk in either. The taste is not as nuanced as the smell. It is more malt-forward with a moderate bitter aftertaste and only minor notes of chocolate. The mouthfeel is a little more thin than I would expect from a beer of such an imposing appearance. I'd have this again.

Dec 05, 2020
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Iamaskier from Idaho

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous coffee creme head. Taste is a coffee and extra dark chocolate, with a very slight hoppy aftertaste. I take my coffee black and my chocolate dark, and this beer does both. No surprise that a dark beer from Founders is this good.

Nov 22, 2020
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JRybacki from Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into stem glass.
Two-finger head appeared after initial pour but dissipated within minutes. Good lacing left on glass. Dark black-brown color- totally opaque.
Aroma is full of coffee roastiness.
Taste of bitter coffee, hints of chocolate, and smooth maltiness that comes in a the finish.
Mouthfeel is bright in the beginning, creamy and smooth in the middle and at finish.
Overall, complex and satisfying porter that leaves you wanting more after your first drink. Really well done.

Nov 01, 2020
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SimplySinister from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A Restrained pour into a Goblet producing a jet black, opaque brew, This porter pours with a small 1" head, quickly dissipating. Light carbonation. Some lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, coffee, espresso. Definite mocha coffee notes. Beef bullion cubes?

T - Mocha coffee porter. Very nice. Malty.

M - On the thin to moderate side. Some lingering on the palate.

D - Very good. I would have this one again. Solid brew.

Oct 26, 2020
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Gr8tefuldawg from Virginia

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

Bottled jun2020

The price is a little much, but this is a treat porter and not a daily drink for me. I enjoy the rich chocolate and caramel flavors and smell, with some hints of coffee, pour is dark but has a nice tan head. What a great evening pint while enjoying a pipe and a book.

Oct 09, 2020
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: This beer is dark rich & sexy to say at the least. Pours a bitch black with a nice 1/2 inch espresso head.
Sl: Smells rich of caramel & roasted malts, has some earthy hops & dark chocolate as well.
T: The malts hit you first followed by a little hoppy bite, there is a very good dark chocolate aftertaste.
F: Medium-bodied with an exceptionally smooth finish that warms as you consume.
O: A truly bitchin porter.

Oct 08, 2020
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saintvouxdoux from Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One word--Yup! Drinking a cold Founders Porter and listening to Duke Robillard play the blues is indeed good for my soul. A great porter, but most definitely not an all-day type beer. You take a swallow and it just stays with you. Chocolately, nutty, and heavy. A great sipping beer while cooking dinner. Cheers, Y'all!!

Oct 03, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 3/4/20

As far as robust porters go, this one is my first. Also coincidentally the top rated in the style, which has actually happened to me a few times, twice even with Founders! I won't lie, I bought this a while back and have neglected it until now, but tonight is time for this one to (hopefully) shine

Pours nearly pitch black with 3 fingers of dense espresso colored head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves plenty of lacing

The aroma is standard fare for a porter, a subtle roast, rich chocolate, coffee, and light earthy hops. Nothing mind blowing here but it is certainly done well. There's a bit more of a malt presence in the nose than usual which I enjoy

This beer is all about balance it seems. Starting the sip off, I get light roast paired with delicately grassy hops. This really comes alive after the swallow, with notes of cocoa powder, vanilla, and caramel malts pairing with a steady but gentle dose of hops. Really an incredible flavor here

With a mostly full body and very subtle carbonation, this drinks somewhere between smooth and decadent. Not overly sweet in feel, but it definitely coats the tongue

Let me just say that I am way more impressed than I expected to be with this one. Founders obviously makes solid (and usually fantastic) beer, but I've had this one just sitting in my fridge for quite some time, and I never was really drawn to it until tonight, but I'm glad this is what I reached for. I could see this becoming a staple porter for me

Sep 28, 2020
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hankp59 from New York

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Goldilocks Porter beer. The phrase that works is balance. Hops without bitterness. Malt without cloying sweetness. A nice mouthfeel that coats the tongue without any off flavors. About as nice a Porter as you will find.

Sep 12, 2020
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