Founders Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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7,322 Ratings
Founders PorterFounders Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,322
Reviews:
1,625
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
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431
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Ratings: 7,322 |  Reviews: 1,625
Photo of Jessid92198
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of tekstr1der
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black pours with thin tan head. Rich aromas of chocolate and roast are strong and inviting. The palate is malty and strong with slightly sweet chocolate notes. Hopped for balance, but not hoppy per se. This is about as good as porter gets.

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Photo of rrski198
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet Black, large mocha colored head, reduced quickly. Average lacing. This is the darkest porter I have seen.

S: Roasted caramel, dark chocolate, espresso malted milk balls.

T: Dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans. Great balanced bitterness at the end.

M: Average carbonation, again, the bitterness at the end is phenomenal. Great body.

D: Is this a porter or a stout? Best porter, and most balanced, i've ever had, PERIOD.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mooseisloose
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yeah Baby, found a liquor store that stocks Founder's, not even TW has Founder's down here so that being said, this is the first of the current score, lets give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a smell of cocoa and roasted malts. Pours to an opaque jet black with a dark tan multi sized bubble head. Head clings wickedly as it slowly recedes. On the taste, heavenley roasted malt is the first wallop followed by a solid offset of bitterness transitioning to a nutty clingingly bittersweet finish. This my friends is a brew to be savored or swilled, whatever your pleasure. ABV is respectable to session at will.Finally into the club! Prost!

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Photo of Benh777
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of iliotib
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Stouts and porters look amazing to me. The richness of the brew is so evident in the appearance, even in the most pedestrian examples of the type. The Founder's version was beautifully opaque with the tiny-bubbled head forming at around a millimeter or two. Great lacing almost all the way to the bottom.

It smelled of nearly burnt chocolate and slightly of coffee and prunes or raisins. The aroma was only slightly surpassed by the taste: chocolate, light wood (oak?) and dried cherries. The finish was dry and only slightly hoppy; roasted malt is prevalent up front and at the end and lingers for just the right amount of time.

The mouthfeel was perfect. Silky and lush. I wanted to hold it my mouth like the Chinese Brother who could swallow the sea. Is this a stout or porter? Now that I've tried several of both, I find the ABV on porters to be generally lower. One thing is for sure, Founder's Porter has the balls--serious mouthfeel, opacity, richness--of many of the stouts I've tried.

Going to get it again and again...

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Photo of infestaxion
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours think and black. Or should I say dark, rich and sexy? Nice dark brown head. Beautiful.

S - That is so nice. Roasted malt and coffee and that unmistakable "porter" smell.

T - Very, very roasty with bitter coffee and a bit of sweet. Some mild hop to compliment it. The lingering taste is a great mix of the roasted and sweet malt.

M - So smooth. It may just be that RIS is my favorite style but this is amazing going down.

D- I know that the %6+ ABV is too high for the sessionable police but I'd say this is the most sessionable beer I've ever had.

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Photo of Bossman20
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great full flavored porter. Nice roasted malty flavor. Tasteful without an overbearing smokiness.

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Photo of recerex
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of drgonzo3705
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Black color with a tan head that recedes to a thin film with a ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

S: Sweet smokey malts with a hint of coffee.

T: Lots of the smokey malts going on with a little bit of hoppiness too.

M: Pretty full bodied here. I was surprised given the ABV at how big this beer was.

D; I'll have another please!

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Photo of johnscooper
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Thereformedtheo
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of IreRican
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$1.79 per bottle from Siciliano's

A: deep, dark color, brown/tan rocky head
S: incredible deep roasted malt, treacle, toffee
T: deep roasted malt, with good hop bitterness that could be a bit less but still very good
M: incredible depth, great roasted malt

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Photo of jbarry3238
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SeanVonMorrison
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OhDavidBowie
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Darker than many stouts, nice chocolate brown color. Would like a little more foamy head.

S - Smells lovely. Smoky, earthy, chocolate with a faint hop aroma.

T - Not quite as good as Founders Breakfast Stout, but very very tasty.

M - Clean and smooth. Wanted a little thicker/creamier texture. Might just be my expectation/perception based on the really dark color...

O - Stouts and porters seem to be dominated by Founders. Great beer for a cold rainy day, or anytime you want to enjoy a good porter.

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Photo of rdilauro
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

WOW
I've been waiting to taste this one.
The pour was beautiful, a dark, almost pitch black nightfall into the glass. The head was creamy, slightly brownish but held up pretty long in the glass.

The nose was coffee all the way, not as pronounced as some others, but for a Porter it was pretty full.

The mouthful was smooth like silk, I can find NOTHING wrong with the taste. In fact, this tasted more like a stout than a porter There was coffee, but also hints of bitter sweet chocolate, with a touch of a pepper, leaving just a dab of spiciness.

The finish was smooth and lingering, leaving me knowing that I will go back to this one again

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Photo of imanidiot777
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours so dark of a brown that it is essentially black, completely opaque; not a hint of light gets through. The head is dark cream and stays for a long time and leaves cream lacing on the glass. Best looking beer I ever poured so far.

S: Heavy on the chocolate even with my bad nose, some coffee and malt as well.

T: Chocolate and coffee come through strong, malty, and a little bitter from hops as well.

M: Smooth and well crafted, good carbonation level.

D: The one and only thing that I don't like about this beer is how heavy it sits in the stomach. It won't stop me from drinking it though and otherwise it is utterly amazing.

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Photo of Foley67
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Delta0619
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TinkerToys
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid portion comes out cola brown during the pour and dark brown to black as it rises up in the glass. Brown highlights on the sides when you hold it up to the light. Slightly darker than tan head with pretty much small bubbles, sticks around a little while but trickles away, ok lacing.

Smell is really good. Often times porters have the word "robust" on the label. Founder's doesn't but this would be a decent adjective in my opinion. Plenty of dark roasted (or even burned) malts here providing the classic dark chocolatey and black coffee aromas. Also some haylike aromas from the grains and the fairly generous amount of hops (for this style). Not a hop bomb, but if you're a hophead that likes porters too, this would be a good choice.

Pretty standard that Founders doesn't skimp in the taste department, and there is no exception on their porter. Plenty of over roasted to heavy toasted chocolate malts providing a nice balance of bitter and sweetness on this porter. Big flavors of more bitter than sweet chocolate, some dark caramel/toffee and a bit of a dark roasted black coffee. Pretty big and bold, I've had some stouts that try to pull themselves off as "imperial" that aren't as big and bold as this one. Just a good beer all around.

Mouthfeel is really good. Medium bodied, flavor will linger a little bit. Great carbonation level. It's pretty silky smooth with a nice clean slightly bitter finish. Drinkability is there bigtime, this is a fast drinking porter. The label on the bottle says "Dark, Rich, & Sexy." I can attest to the first two descriptors, this beer doesn't turn me on, but it's a pretty well done porter from the crew there in Grand Rapids.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 7,322 ratings.
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