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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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 20 oz dimpled beer mug.

A- Dark body, light frothy 2 finger head

S- Sweet roasted aroma, mocha, cocoa, and chocolate aromas stick out in this rich brew.

T- Big bit to it. The hops stick out, coffee and cocoa taste right way, sweet bitter taste but very subtle. Smooth Smokey flavors as it warms up.

M- Well carbonated, bitter after taste, rich and creamy mouth feel.

D- Solid brew, founders never fails. Solid porter, easy drink and fills you up. This one is great to enjoy on a cold winter day. Very drinkable.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a pint glass. Lucky enough for to have some in stock.

Pours a dark white colour with a strong creamy and foamy off-white/tan head.

Smells lovely of rich dark but not quite burnt malts, caramel/dark chocolate too.

Taste is a bit of a let down, first of all very very fizzy on the tongue adversely affecting the taste, and hard to determine what is there. Alcohol is there, quite strongly, followed by quite a determined bitter hop presence. Some malts there trying to balance it out but they're very strong too and not quite achieving their goal. Most of the true flavours seem to be muddled up with the fizziness and alcohol.

Overall quite a disappointment from the wonderbeer I had heard so much about. Still a pleasure to drink though but I wonder if mine might have been out of date or something wrong with the batch as there's not best before shown anywhere on the bottle.

EDIT: Improves somewhat as it warms up, so my advice would be to serve this beer at room temperature.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark cola brown with a small mocha head. Fairly straightforward roasty aroma with coffee and a cocoa.

Moderate carbonation and an extremely creamy, full mouthfeel. Gentle caramel sweetness with dark cocoa and some roasty coffee on the finish. Leans more towards sweetness than bitterness.

The flavors aren't huge or adventurous, but this is one well-balanced and easy-drinking porter.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Ommegang tall sniffer. Pours very dark/black, semi-thick and almost instant creamy, yet small tan head. Head is a little frothy and simmers to a small ring of tan on the surface.
Aroma is a little bitter at first with notes of dark/semi-sweet chocolate.
Flavor is very good. Soft and creamy, sweet and bitter...again notes of dark chocolate, maybe even coffee.
Not too thick, so easy to drink, and mouhtfeel is medium body. Founders just makes good beer!

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Photo of EMV
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip

L: Inky black pour with a good finger and a half of creamy brown head. Lovely lacing.

S: Coffee and roasted sugars. Cocoa beans and char.

T/F: Taste is roast forward.. with lots of darkened grains and malts. Rich French roast coffee and dark chocolate. Earthy. Nice bitterness towards the finish as a fairly aggressive hop profile shines through. A little hoppier than usual for the style and I like it. Medium to rich in mouthfeel. Great carbonation.

O: A fantastic porter and one of the first that comes to mind when I think of the style. This one will always have a place in my fridge.

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Photo of seh410
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, dark brown, bordering on black with a slight reddish tint and two-fingers of super foamy dirty white head. I'm a big fan of a nice head on craft beer and this definitely fits the bill.

Aroma: Dark chocolate, roasted malts and some coffee and caramel. Really rich, really tasty smelling.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Coffee up front with some chocolate lingering close behind. Coffee bitterness dominates the after-taste. This is a good beer, I think it represents the style very well. There's definitely a heavy roasted malt taste but also nice chocolately and coffee notes that remind me a bit of a stout. Mouthfeel is super creamy and medium bodied with nice carbonation.

Notes: Drinkability is pretty good but this is a relatively heavy, bitter, and flavorful beer. Therefore I'd probably stop at just one of these, but the one is really good.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Half finger milk chocolate head with some lacing. dark black without light passing through.

A: lots of chocolate with dark roast and coffee notes. The smell is very sweet.

T: mostly dark roasted malt and coffee with the choclate in the sweet finish and less doimianting than in the aroma. A decent hop bitterness intermixed.

M: thick and full bodied, light to moderate carbonation, very smooth.

Overall: A very drinkable porter. Porter is one of my least favorite genres however this is a very good beer.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: roasted coffee, smoke, mocha, molasses, and more burnt aroma.

Taste: There is a balance of above mentioned flavors as the beer warmed up. A bit smoky and burnt, but it doesn't last long.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, bitter, full bodied, smoky, and medium carbonation.

Overall: As good as it gets. Pretty solid porter and happy to have finally had the chance to try it.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes, 1/14/12.

Thanks to Steve for this one, 12oz bottle dated 10/24/11 poured into a Snake River pint glass and shared with the wife.

A: Pretty dark and opaque, some creamy tan lacing left behind from an unimpressive head.

S: Lots of chocolate sweetness, hints of an oaty quality and dark malt sweetness. Robust without being roasty.

T: Dominated by creamy chocolate, rich dark malts. Light hopping here, really letting the creamy milk chocolate shine. Hints of dark fruit and a lactose sugar. Semi sweet but definitely not cloying.

MF: Creamy moderate body, so so smooth. Very nice.

O: An enjoyable porter. I prefer more roast & coffee-like flavors but its impossible not to like this offering.

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Photo of jmerloni
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Creamy black with creamy and frothy huge head that is sticky and laces thick. Recedes very slowly.

S - Extreme. Very intense aroma of toffee, some vanilla cream, chocolate. Great!

T - Pretty good. Follows the nose but there's no vanilla detectable. Warming and bittersweet in the swallow. But overall not as intense as the aroma suggests which is a bit of a let down. But this is still good.

M - Definitely full bodied and creamy with a low amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

D - Moderately drinkable but its extremely thick and i can feel it in my stomach after just one. Not that I would have it any other way, but you probably can't drink much more than 2 or 3 of these at very most. A good beer overall though that I would get again.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very, very dark brown, small tan head leaves to ring. Not much lace.

S - Roasted malt is the predominant smell.

T - Sweet malt nestled in bitter toasted malt. Do not discern much else. Pretty simple but tasty.

M - A little bitter, chalky, but it balances out the sweet. Finish is clean.

D - Pretty good. I would drink it for awhile.

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Photo of donspublic
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark as motor oil. On tap poured in shaker. Maybe 1 inch mocha head. I have had sooo many flavored porters it is somewhat refreshing. Faint dark coffee/dark chocolate taste. Very smooth going down. Very little bitterness. Good mouthfeel, not too light not to heavy, well rounded Porter. Would gladly finish a meal with this

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Photo of brewcifix
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I poured this from a bottle into a proper Porter tulip glass. It pours black, with a beautiful tan head. There's decent lacing.

Smell: The nose boasts caramel, sweet bread, and cereal, roasted coffee and malts. It’s a very pleasant aroma that, unfortunately, fades soon after the pour.

Taste: I taste roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, and a little smoke. This porter finshes nicely with grassy espresso hops and the faint memory of bakers cocoa (and maybe a little raisin?).

Mouthfeel: I don’t get the Brewer’s claim of a "silky" mouth feel. This beer is somewhat watery (medium to light tongue weight), with moderate carbonation affecting the back of my tongue.

Overall: This is a very nice porter with very drinkable appeal. I just wish the bouquet held out a litttle longer. Other than that, it's very tasty with rich flavor. I'd love to find this stuff on tap somewhere to REALLY get the full experience! This certainly is a "dark, rich, & sexy" porter that I wouldn't kick out of bed! Founders does it again.

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - nearly black in color with a two-finger mocha head and great retention/lacing.
Smell - big time roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, and a subtle but ever-present aroma of bitter coffee.
Taste - roasted malts hit hardest on the palate too, but there are sweet undertones of chocolate and caramel and it finishes with notes of bitter earthy coffee (a little too much at times).
Feel - great carbonation, creamy body, smooth finish.

I haven't had this in a few years. I used to absolutely love it. I don't know if my tastes have changed or the recipe has been altered, but I would prefer less of the bitter coffee notes and more rich chocolate and caramel. With that said, it's still a fantastic example of the style that I would recommend to anyone that likes dark, robust beer.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased a single bottle of this at Julios in Westboro today. Lately I have been a bit bored with Porters, as they have not been impressing me all that much. Alas, if any brewery could do it right, it is Founders. Black coloring, with a fingers worth of tan heading. Smell is very nice, with cool dark malts that give off impressions of milk chocolate and fresh cream. Taste has more of the same, with a hint of butterscotch underneath. Mouthfeel is bigger and bolder than most Porters; very slick body that goes down very easily. They were right on their label when they said this beer was dark and sexy. This is a lovely Porter that I will surely be getting a six pack of in the future. Expectations were exceeded.

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Photo of McLush
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Jet black body with a short khaki head.

Smell- Rich coffee, slight smoke, sweet fudge and just a hint of sour.

Taste- Bitter coffee up front with sweet chocolate following close behind. Roasted malt gets stronger towards the end. Aftertaste is dry and smokey.

Mouthfeel- Between medium and full bodied. Carbonation is low. Rich and creamy, perfect for a porter.

Overall- Delicious full bodied porter, recommended if you love dark beers.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle with bottling date of the 4th October 2016 into stein glass.

L: Black, small bubbles help form the two finger head that lasts quite a long time, excellent lacing.

S: Roasted biscuit, coffee, woodsmoke.

T: Strong flavors here, starting with charred malts, slight hop bitterness and some smokiness as well. Complex and earthy.

F: Smooth and velvety on the tongue, medium body.

O: The best porter around, hands down. I could go on and on about how amazing this beer is but you wouldn't want to take the time to read it rather than go get yourself 6 of these.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle, Brewers Droop, Bristol, UK - Pours dark,dark brown. No lasting head. Medium carbonation. Smell - Smoky, toffee, coffee. Taste - rich smoky coffee, caramel, dry malty finish. Well balanced brew.

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Photo of socon67
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Black pour with a brown foam that settles to a 1/4" and retains well. Decent lacing streaks the glass.

S - Robust smell of dark malts, roasted coffee beans, and semisweet chocolate. This rivals many of the big stouts in complextiy.

T - Rich taste with notes of chocolate to go with toasted coffee beans & caramel. Malt profile on this is big. Again, this could easily pass off as one of the big stouts. One of the beers that further blurs the lines between the two styles.

M - Awesome sessionability on this beer. Never tires out. The one thing that I'd prefer is for this porter to be a bit more mellow to allow for pairing with food. It tends to dominate the taste buds.

O - An iconic porter and benchmark for the American versions of the style. Hard to separate this from GL Edmund Fitzgerald. Another elite beer from Founders.

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Photo of bum732
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick viscous black, nice creamy tan head. Smells of freshly ground coffee, cocoa powder, very roasty, some faint citrus, pineapple in particular. Tastes of bitter like coffee with a nice wave of dark cocoa like sweetness. Slightly citrus bitterness leads to some cocoa dryness and burnt roastiness. Very low carbonation, nice creamy texture.

A very solid robust porter, big and bold. My only qualm with this beer is the carbonation is a little too low, which is odd since i generally like my beers like that. I think a little more carbonation would bring the score even higher.

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

Aroma: Cocoa, coffee with a slight hint of almond.

Appearance: Pours black and thick. Maintained a 1/8 head through with a slight carmel/roasty coloring. Looked superb off the pour.

Flavor: Dark chocolate and cocoa again. Slightly roasted, but finishes clean and smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall impression: A great, dark porter with great taste/smell and extremely drinkable. Makes for a good sipper but easily can be turned to a session beer, taste retains value one after the other.

Serving type: Bottle

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

Bottled 3.3.12

A: midnight black in color with a nice Caramal head that sticks and lacing to back it up.

S: chocolate, molasses, coffee bean, vanilla

T: robust tones of coffee and roasted malt. The chocolate plays stellar in the back and finishes it off perfectly.

M: medium body, nicely carbonated, clings to the palate

O: great porter sums that up quickly. Comes recommended

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Photo of fightingwords
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-- DARK black coffee color with a muddy two finger head. a massive appearence. good lacing, and a gentle spin of the glass kept the head strong.

S--impressive fresh roasted coffee and dark chocolate nose. some earthy hops show up as the beer mellows towards ambient temps. Complex and complete.

T-- dessert sweet chocolate with a balace of toasty malts. slight caramel flavors and a dirty hop character keep the beer interesting

M-- smooth, rich, medium to heavy bodied.

D-- for a complex beer it drinks okay. A thinking mans porter that I probably would put on repeat in the same session.

Great porter, but almost a bit too sultry. I love the big flavors and attitude, it's packed with both. I prefer my porters a little more subdued and session friendly, but even so this is a must try.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep deep brown color with a nice tight tan head that really clings to the sides of the glass. Some roasted aromas-slightly earth-like and coffeeish. Whoa-what a porter this is-great roast flavor. Theres a huge,well balanced mix of coffee,chocolate and a touch of roasted malt. Serious liquid bread here. Big malty body-great velvety feel to it. A killer porter-has to be one of the best I have had-recently or ever. First Founders beer I have ever had-give me more.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 7,273 ratings.
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