Founders Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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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
Reviews:
1,589
Ratings:
7,211
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
Wants:
420
Gots:
1,582
For Trade:
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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 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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Photo of flipper2gv
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a bit darker than expected from a porter. Almost pitch black with mocha head with decent amount of lacing. Retention is ok.

S: It does smell like a typical porter though. You get milk chocolate, some very sweet coffee notes, a tiny bit of cigar and leather. There is not much of a strong roasted smell in this. This seems like a very sweet, easy to drink porter.

T: Oh boy, you do feel the hoppiness quite well in this. 45 IBU is most definitely above average for a porter. The beer is a strong milk chocolate bomb. Quite sweet, with a good amount of leahter, pepper, cigar smoke and vanilla. Almost seems like it was bourbon aged, even though it's not. It all get together with the resinous hops that cuts the beer. Really great stuff.

M: A bit too sticky for my taste in a porter, but still very decent. I usually like a silky smooth porter, but whatever.

O: I think we have a winner here. Although it doesn't feel really great, it is still a very good beer that is worthy of the praise it gets and should be tried by all porter lovers.

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Photo of Martin2D
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black with a carbonate type tan head that fades and barely laces

S - Alcoholy, roasty

T - Huge roasty with notes of alcohol. Hints of coffee and chocolate.

M - Medium carbonation and full in body. Some alcohol heat.

D - Fairly drinkable for a huge porter. Great flavor and nice roasty balance for the style.

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

On tap, black as night with a good ivory head, at the Stables for the Founders coming out party in STL, Mo. Poured into a Founders pint glass for the occasion.

Aroma and taste is pure porter, malty with a small pop of coffee beneath the sour ale backbone. Rich and thick, there is no hint of any alcohol to be found; I could drink these all night easily. Except I had to make room for a few pints of the Centennial.

Another fine brew from Founders, I'm glad they're in MO; but I've been savoring these on the IL side for years.

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

Pours thick, dark black. Not much to the smell aside from a general roastiness. The taste, however, has far more to it. The roast malt is also sweet at the same time, giving it a cocoa-powder like chocolatey roasty taste. Also a bit of toffee. The chocolatey flavors just linger on the palate. Carbonation is fairly low, but it works to this beer's advantage and flavor profile. It's fairly thick and chewy, but not overly coating. Drinkability is pretty high, not chalky or abrasive at all. Despite the short review, this is a great sessionable porter that I'll be sure to try again.

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

Pours completely jet black with a dark brown head of mixed bubble size and above average lacing, pretty much looks like a stout. Big time roast to the nose, caramelized dark chocolate, cocoa bean slather the grape, raisin, date fruit scents, mixes in grilled nuts and oatmeal, very difficult to tease out any scent evocative of hops. Medium-bodied, quite firm and would be more so were it not for the in-your-face carbonation which continually churns things up. The toasty, roasty chocolate, cocoa, mocha still in effect, here there's a fried fresh butter element as well. The nuttiness more penetrating while the grape, cherry, fig flavors pull back a notch. Drying texture may be the reason for difference, tactile trumps the olfactory. The finish needs more of an exclamation point, not clean per se but has lifted off the palate by then.

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

Thanks to brian44556 for sending me this one...

A-dark brown, almost black with a nice thick dark tan colored head

S-really thick scent of chocolate covered cocoa beans. smells amazing!

T-mmm Founders sure knows how to brew good beer. it comes in with a nice sweet chocolatey taste and ends with a great mocha after-taste. Its a strong after-taste that lasts quite a while. there is a bitterness that seems to stay throughout the taste. This is quite a great porter!

M-really thick and a good medium carbonation with slightly watery finish

D-a lot of flavor plus not a lot of alcohol makes this quite the drinkable beer. I could have this all night. I really hope to have this again!

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

The porter was a really dark brown color, bordering on pitch black, with a nice one finger off-white/mocha colored head that dissipated fairly quickly.
Aroma was a mild blend of chocolate, cocoa and some roasted coffee malts.
Taste on the other hand was much more complex than the aroma. A very strong, yet subtle smoky backbone with hints of sweet chocolate malt notes upfront with hints of fruity esters (vanilla-like notes) in the middle with a nice bitterness in the finish. The bitterness does not linger in the finish.
The lacing left behind all along the insides of the glass is visually very appealing and attractive.
Good mouthfeel, almost full-bodied and very easy to drink.
This is one of the best American Porter's out there.
Do not miss it, if you ever come across this porter.
It is an absolute 'must-try' beer, and comes highly recommended.

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

Pours a deep, deep brown, nearly motor oil bodied with chocolate colored medium head.
Smells got some great chocolate and coffee beans here and a great roasted malt.
Flavor is just as it smells. Less coffee and more roasted/chocolate notes.
Finish is a bit muddy, but our after-taste is decent with some coffee bean flavor.
Drinks very well, the body is pretty smooth.

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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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