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Founders Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No absence of hops gives Founders' robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect.

45 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2003

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Reviews: 1,569 | Ratings: 7,141
Photo of jdskinns
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one in a bottle. Poured a dark brown/black color with no light coming through and a brown head. Smelled and tasted of heavy roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Kind of a thick mouthfeel but very pleasant. This beer has definitely got me re-trying a lot of porters right now.

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

bottle from Slater1313 (extra)

A- Wow this is black with a mocha colored head, looked fairly thick and dense for a porter, very stout like.

S- Coffee and roasted malts with some chocolate in there, once again on the border of a stout.

T- more of the same here, tons of roasted coffee and chocolate. very flavorful. I usaully go for stouts over porters but this one change that thought.

M- Good, slightly thick with medium carbination.

D- I had 2 of these back to back and wanted more. Supreme Drink considering there is no lack of flavors here..

I have had several offerings from founders lately and they are climbing up my list of favorite breweries. So far all are good, some overhyped but still good. yet to be disappointed by them.

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Photo of quirkzoo
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdiggitydawg for a great locals for locals trade.

pours straight black with one finger of khaki head that recedes to nice thin layer. The aroma is really strong with roasted malts. Lots of chocolate and coffee, some roastiness, some dark fruits with a touch of alcohol. Taste is a like the nose with a really strong chocolate and coffee with just enough bitterness to balance it out. The mouthfeel is appropriate for the style. Definitely a nice porter, wish it was distributed to my area.

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Photo of GoldenVIKE
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Not a lot of head--suggest splashing the beer right away to bring out the head a bit--I poured too much down the side of the glass, so this may have been my fault. The minimal head that did exist was a pleasing mocha color, but the overall lack of head was the only problem I had with this otherwise great beer. The body was rich, black, and sexy as advertised :-) Not much light will penetrate this stuff except perhaps around the edge.

S-sweet, coffee, biscuit with a nice subtle roastiness

T-wow this is a full-flavored, sweet, roasty, amazing beer. obvious flavors are chocolate and coffee with perhaps some hints raisin and biscuit. Alcohol is blended in nicely and doesn't stand out too much.

M-nice full body. average carbonation for a porter.

O-reminds me of drinking hot chocolate as a kid. nice smooth and flavorful, sweet drink. Gives you a warm feeling despite the low ABV. One of the best porters around.

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Photo of mdvatab
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into imperial stout glass
No bottled-on date

Aroma: Milk chocolate, malted milk, molasses, a hint of coconut, and a faint smokiness.

Appearance: Thick viscosity when pouring, and an opaque espresso black body. Very black for a porter. (Founders' Porter is most breweries' stout!) 1.5 finger light brown head settles to a creamy foam cap. Beautiful brown lacing. The most I've commented on a beer's appearance in a while (possibly ever...)

Flavor: Smoky roasted chocolate malt. Earthiness, slight pepper from the alcohol, and a mild hoppy bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy carbonation. Has noticeably less body than Founders Breakfast Stout (which it should), but still has more to "chew on" than many others. Somewhat of a dry finish.

Overall: Probably the best porter I've ever had. This beer combines the best qualities of a tasty stout with the sessionability of a brown ale. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Thur123
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a heavy black with moderate carbonation and coffee foam colored head that fades rather quickly. The smell is rich without being overwhelming; it smells of chocolate and bitter hops with dark fruits and just a bit of mellow coffee notes. All of this is balanced well in the nose.

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The taste is smooth and creamy with a slightly bitter hop edge at the end of the profile. Overall the chocolate is both sweet and bitter chocolate. The roasted coffee flavor shows up more in the flavor but is never harsh or abrasive, which is nice. The dark fruit flavor shows up under all of this and towards the back of the profile, its taste like berry preserves and plums. Overall a really robust and full porter with a tasty balance of the traits within this style. A little heavy on the mouth feel so the drinkability lacks a bit but not because of the flavor.

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Photo of Sharkophile
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass, appears pitch black with some dark reddish-orange colors at the bottom of the glass. Big beige head has decent retention and leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Smells terrific, with tons and tons of chocolate and coffee notes, maybe a bit of hops and a tingly sensation of alcohol. Very inviting.

T: Begins with a dark fruitiness and some sweetness, then comes a terrific onslaught of roasted flavor, mainly espresso and bitter chocolate, which climaxes to a lingering, dry finish with some floral hop character, charcoal, and a bit of residual sweetness. A bit minerally too, which enhances the dryness. Alcohol becomes more apparent as the beer warms, as does the initial sweetness, which suggests brown sugar.

M: Medium body, actually feels relatively light for a porter. Great dryness and moderate carbonation are all nice though. Bittersweet maltiness coats the entire mouth, along with a bit of the hop and mineral flavor.

O: A very good porter. Not quite my favorite, but a good example of the style and probably has the best finish out of any porter I've had.

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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 donkeyrunner
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"She'll fill you with whiskey and porter until you're unable to stand." - The Dropkick Murphys, Black Velvet Band

I don't know if Founder's is being brewed elsewhere or if they changed their facility but these bottles came dated and with a bottle opener needed cap. I love bottle dating. Opaque black with a thing rocky road colored head. Good retention and some lacey smatterings.

Aroma is char, wet soil, subtle leafy hop, dark roast coffee and dark chocolate. Smells like a winner!

Great balance between malty sweetness and roasted malts with a supportive hoppy background. Dark chocolate and coffee amid the roasty goodness. Some mesquite-ish type smoke hither and thither as well.

Like the Mona Lisa's smile I'm intrigued by the mysterious woman on Founder's porter. I imagine her the troublesome lass from Dropkick Murphys "Black Velvet Band."

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Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin brown head that decends to wisps, leaving spots of lacing. Very dark, but a bit lacking in retention/lacing.

The smell is of coffee, chocolate, smoky/roasty a but nutty and toffeeish with earthy, even citric, bitterness. A dark malt aroma with a hop backing and roast/ash.

The taste is rich - roasty/ashy with coffee and sweet chocolate. There is a bittering and roasty balance. There's a touch of astringency and some alcohol in the taste. My bottle says 6.5 abv and while not overwhelming, it shows. It finishes warm and dry. Not crazy about the aftertaste.

Reaches full-bodied, but not overly thick. A bit solvent. Sharp though with some creaminess. I had two bottles - the first of which I let warm longer before drinking. It had a bit of a fuller body, though neither one convinced me to push the score of the mouthfeel higher.

It is rich and dark with a nice balancing bitterness to the sweetness. It has a great aroma. Drinkable - but alcohol shows and something of a cardboard-ish coffee aftertaste lingers.

Bottom line - A rich American porter with a great aroma. I liked it much, though not too crazy about the aftertaste. Drinkable, though only borderline "sessionable", esp. with richness, alcohol of 6.5 showing a bit, and not the greatest of aftertastes. Still, a nice example of a rich American porter!

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Photo of Paincane
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, almost black in appearance with a khaki head that leaves behind a thin rim of lace. Poured into my Founders imperial pint glass.
S: Malt, bread, coffee
T: Malt, biscuity flavors with roasted coffee undertone.
M: Full bodied with mild carbonation.
O: Very tasty and rich. Extremely enjoyable. Will definitely have more of these.

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Photo of Tone
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with slight amber hues along the bottom of the glass. 5/4 inch head of a dark tan color. Good retention and lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, hops, and a slight hint of spice. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and bitter with an average carbonation. Tastes of roasted malt, strong hops, sweet malt, coffee, and slight hint of alcohol. Overall, a good looking, smelling, and great tasting brew.

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Photo of mountsnow1010
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brown black with a thin head. Poured aggressively and got a teensy head that disappeared pretty quickly.
S - Earthy and delicious. Reminds me of leaves during the fall, with some roasted coffee and a distinct sweet tone as well. Unidentifiable spicy notes as well. Citrusy hoppy presence as well.
T - Toasted nuts at first, followed by a surprisingly strong resinous hoppiness; very pleasant but also unexpected.
MF - Quite heavy and chewy etc. Nice. Surprising carbonation bite especially as the head was so hard to form. A slight alcohol warmth, considering the lower ABV I find this surprising.
O - Very solid beer, extremely tasty but not overpowering, could also drink several. Nice ABV.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 4.25 - Dark brown-black w finger of off white head, which leaves nice lacing.
S - 4.0 - coffee, espresso, chocolate, cocoa, roasty malts
T - 4.25 - roasted coffee, espresso beans, chocolate
M - 4.0 - Medium-heavy, aftertaste is roasted coffee, alcohol is covered.
O - 4.0 - Good porter. I like the fact that it has a little bit more body and abv than a lot of porters.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good looking porter. Dark, almost black. Opaque. Decent half finger tan head formed on a pretty aggressive pour, and displayed ok retention, although it has since receded to the thinnest of collars, and leaves no lace.

Some mild lactic sourness and pleasant milk chocolate aroma with a touch of more roasted malts. Rootbeer like aroma from some caramel and the roasted malts. Also some hazelnut and earthiness. Nice.

A pretty tasty brew, roastiness favours chocolate and espresso, with just a hint of char. Underlying nuttiness and soured lactic note adds balance and complexity, which is rounded out by the earthy and leafy hop note. Good stuff.

A nice feel. Medium bodied and silky smooth.

Pretty tasty and drinkable. More good stuff from Founders, suppose that isnt a real surprise. Not overly robust, this one celebrates smoothness and balance. Highly recommended to fans of the style.

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Photo of SykDoc
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a very dark brown and forms a 1/8 brown head that modestly reduces leaving almost no lacing. Opaque when held to the light.

The aroma is a great blend of coffee and milky sweetness. Some dark chocolate hints and just maybe a bit of hops, but very minimal.

The taste blends with the aroma wielding similar roasted malt chocolate and coffee, as well as some milk-like components. Simple but effective.

This is a medium/full bodied beer that starts out with a forward carbonation that seems to fall a little flat. It leaves a pleasant dry sensation with a long lasting flavor.

Overall, this is a solid porter. I'm not sure why I don't think it should be rated higher but something seems to drop while I'm sitting back and thinking about it. Either way, very good and quite drinkable.

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Photo of stakem
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in color with a finger of darkly tanned head. Decent retension and a nice layer of lace all around the glass. Nose is burnt grains with chocolate and coffee notes. End of the aroma has a bit of citrus hops. Taste is drying bitter chocolate upfront with a nice burnt grain profile throughout the really smooth feel/body. Light feel and low moderate carbination with this porter. Lingering taste of burnt grain and bitter chocolate is left in the mouth that forces you to dive right back in for another sip. Little bit of citrus hop bitterness is hidden behind the bitterness of the burnt grain. The warmth of the alcohol starts to hit you about half way through the glass. Somewhat of a dry finish to this but overall a really good porter.

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Photo of bahumutx
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black with ruby highlights around the edges. Poured with a small tan head.

Smell: Coffee, Roast, Dark Chocolate,

Taste: Starts with a nice malt sweetness. Chocolate and some dark fruit in the middle. Ends with a roasted coffee flavor. This is very well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could have a few of these in a sitting.

Another great beer from Founders. Definitely a great American Porter. Keep up the great work!!

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Photo of beerbully
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass
A-Dark black creamy mocha head 1/2 inch good lacing that quickly dissolves
S-Chocolate, coffee
T-Roasty coffee, with some chocolate,little black licorice
M-Good, some carbonation not as thick and creamy as your might think given the aroma and the appearance of the head
O-Fine tasting beer on a cool fall evening

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Photo of TheMistler
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour reveals a surprisingly creamily textured concoction, though I wouldn't really go so far as to say viscous. Opaque, of course. It might as well be black, but for some reason I want to say really, really dark brown.

A nice nose. Sweet cream. Coffee. Dark, bitter chocolate - you can smell some hops.

Dark, bitter chocolate and heavily roasted notes up front. Bran. Notable hop presence presents itself towards the end. Sweet but roasted notes evidence themselves at the tail end, but the aftertaste is again rather hoppy.

Very creamy, medium to full bodied, with a slightly subdued carbonation rendered crisp by the slightly bitter, coffee notes. A very nice porter.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aromas of caramel and roasted malts hit me right away as I poured the bottle into a tall mug.

This beer had brilliant head retention and lacing. Carbonation was light.

The mouthfeel was good and heavy, perfect for winter.

This dark as night brew is pretty hard to beat. I'll definitely have it again.

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Photo of kegger22
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am very happy with Founders porter. I had sampled Bell's porter earlier today and Great Lakes Eddie Fitz two days ago, the Founders was easily the best. Nice and creamy. The head was nothing special. Chocolate and coffee taste with the coffee lingering on the tongue after the swallow. This is what a porter should be. The second Founders effort that has not disappointed (Breakfast Stout), can hardly wait to try another one.

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Photo of JustinAniello
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a one finger head, which dissipates to a minimal, but sticky, lacing. Almost no cap to speak of.

S - Nicely roasted malt gives an aroma of heavy dark chocolate and coffee, with a hint of sweetness.

T - Sweet on the tip of the tongue, chocolate just showing through. Turns to black coffee with a nice bitterness that lasts into the aftertaste. Almost a little smokiness, like a roasted espresso bean.

M - Medium body and light carbonation, good, but could be a little heavier. Goes down smoothly, not syrupy like many porters.

O - Definitely a good porter. Nice coffee and chocolate notes in both flavor and smell as you would expect, with a nice bitter hint. Could use a something more than just the basic porter qualities, but still one of the best I have had. Worth trying if you are a dark beer drinker.

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Photo of bluHatter
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep dark black and thick looking. Mine didn't pour with a large head, but I've had this before when it gushed. This was recently bottled so I'm fairly sure it's not an age thing.

S: Rich milk chocolate, some really rich molasses aromas. Really pleasant.

T: Lots of cocoa, baker's chocolate or dark chocolate. Some toasted malts and coffee beans.

M: Thick and full bodied. Almost syrupy. Really creamy texture with enough carbonation to really make the flavors pop.

O: An excellent porter, especially for the dark chocolate lovers out there. I'm not sure what to make of the inconsistency in carbonation, but I'll overlook that since on both occasions, this brew was exceptional, with and without a head.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a black color with a thin layer of a tannish colored head that left a nice layered lacing down the side of the glass.

S- Aroma is nice and darkly roasted malts, coffeeish notes, tangy molasses, dark caramel, and bittersweet chocolate.

T- Very nice and solid. Roasted malts, nice chocolate tones, bitterness of roasty/burnt qualities. Touches of coffee and some smoke tastes.

M- Just like you'd expect from a Porter.

D- Very solid brew and easy to drink.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 7,141 ratings.
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