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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 Retroman40
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap fresh at a friend's home after going with him to pick up the 1/4 keg.

A - Pours a deep dark black with an amazing and persistent head that never really quits. It just looks really good in the glass.

S - Coffee, roasted malts, chocolate.

T - In addition to coffee, malt and chocolate perhaps a hint of vanilla along with just the right amount of hops to balance out the sweetness.

M - Rich and thick - almost "chewy" with near perfect carbonation.

O - I am always skeptical to very highly rated beers but this one is well deserving. At 6.5% this is not a session beer and I still think this is a little on the stout side but who cares since it's a great beer anyway. My friend paid 120 bucks for the quarter but considered he should get well over 50 pints it's still a great deal.

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Photo of Roguer
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful black beer with just a hint of light making it through. One finger dark brown head from a turbulent pour; surprisingly good retention, fading to a thin remnant, and minimal lacing.

Aroma is dry cocoa behind black-but-not-burnt coffee.

Strong black coffee flavor, but it's mostly on the backend, mingling with some extremely dark cacao. Filling out the overall experience is a creamy milkiness, not unlike an oatmeal stout. Lovely bite to this porter. As it warms, it gains a smoky aspect, and some green hops start to come through.

Medium-full mouthfeel; not quite chewy. Lively with a bit of sting, but very smooth.

A very straight, to-the-point porter without any bells and whistles. You know what? It doesn't need them. It stands on its own quite well.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Served up black in color with a hint of light coming through and a thick frothy tan head that wanted to stick around a while.

S: Lots of roasted and burnt malt up front with some coffee ans peat smoke. Molasses and brown bread in the nose too with a bit of herbal and spicy hops. Not much though for the hops. Finish is a bit ashy in the nose.

T: Clean and roasty all the way with a good deal of burnt and smoky malt. Dark coffee and an earthy spicy hop not are the bittering flavors. Mostly chewy and bready malt goodness.

M: Pretty full body for a Porter with some chewiness to it and a crisp yet smooth carbonation.

D: Heavy for a Porter which is how I like it and it had some great balance to it making it easy to drink.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Stout-like blackness in color with a tan, thick, foamy head that produces large bubbles.

S - Very roasted malt, coffee tones, and a subtle sweetness in the background.

T - Mirrors the aroma with a nice malty backbone that is rich and roasted. A nice dark chocolate bitterness is detected and smoke towards the end.

M - Big foamy body that fills the palate and it somewhat chewy on the tongue. Nice carbonation and finishes neutral, making it easy to drink.

O - A well represented porter that is balanced correctly for the style, awesome roasted flavor, and easy to drink.

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Photo of Jenkster4
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black, with almost a fingers worth of chocolate colored head. It is a sexy one indeed.

Nose: Nice amount of chocolate, smooth roasted malt aroma. Not a very potent smelling brew, but it is pleasant.

Taste: Smooth milk chocolate, a little coffee bitterness, also some black licorice, and yummy roasted malts. It's damn good.

Mouth: Silky and smooth. There is hardly any aftertaste, just a nice bitterness factor that lingers for a few seconds and then it's gone.

Overall: Not the best, but it's up there with the best porters that I've had. It's just really tasty and rather simple, but that's what makes it nice. I would get this again, easily.

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Photo of Klgkenny
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A dark dark brown or black body supports a thin mocha/khaki head which slowly dissipates to a scum of tasty bubbles which guards the surface of this tasty beverage.

A nutty, creamy aroma of bitter chocolate and weak coffee. Not unpleasant, but I would love for it to be bigger.

A faint sweetness gives way to the aforementioned cacao and coffee. Very pleasant. I would love to see an imperial version of this. It seems like a younger version of terrapin's wake and bake. Very nice breakfast porter... Wait??? This IS a porter???...

I know that there have been complaints about this being thin and watery, but for a porter, this is creamy, thick, and beautiful. If this were a stout, it would be thin, but for a PORTER? Freakin' awesome! And where is the booze?

I could drink this all winter long. Not too much alcohol, great taste, not too filling. Again, freakin' awesome!

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Photo of chaz410
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle at the flying saucer in charlotte nc.
Pours a deep black body with mocha colored head.
Smells of deep chocolate, roasted barley, caramel and slight coffee notes. There's some rich fruit note too underlying the maltiness, it's almost banana like in character. The heaviest part of the smell is roasted grain and chocolate, not bitter smelling at all.
The taste is very silky and very sweet. It's got a great mocha-chocolate character with a roasty overlay and some caramel undertones. It has a slight hop presence at the finish and some dryness as well.
Very thick and even slightly bubbly mouthfeel.
Easy to drink even though it's remarkably complex!

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into stemless wine glass.
A - Deep deep brown color. Light brown head falls to a ring fairly quickly. A little lacing.
S - Roasted malt, a bit of chocolate and coffee.
T - Rich, chocolaty, with some coffee notes. A little hops on the end too.
M/F - Medium to full body. Silky smooth. Carbonation is light and delicate but still has a nice prickle. My favorite part of this beer for me!
D - The taste is very good - simple yet interesting and the mouthfeel is IMO wonderful. This is a no brainer.

I'm now off to mix one of these with a Mayflower Porter!

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Founders Porter . . . Probably the only Founders beer not over rated, and I do mean that ! Terrific porter in every way. Hits all the right keys and sings in tune. Well done.

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Photo of acurtis
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Second beer in a mini Porter tasting: Founders Porter poured into english pint glass.
Dark thick pour. Very dark brown head. Thicker, darker and smokier than the GLEFP. Sweet aroma of chocolate, coffee, dark malt, vanilla with some smoke. Smooth and creamy, taste of roasted malt, molasses, chocolate, coffee. Very different than GLEFP, not as drinkable but a more creamy full mouthfeel. Exceptional.

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Photo of Gunslinger711
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Group tasting notes from 2-18-11
Poured out of a bottle.
Served in a goblet.

A- Pours out like dark coffee with dark head, sign of a good porter to me. Good amount of lacing as well.

S- You get a good whiff of burnt coffee.

M- Light mouthfeel for this dark of a beer.

T- Good malt on the front end of this, harsh coffee bite on the back end. My testers and I noticed this beer, like several other Founder's beers, has a "Founder's beer taste". The easiest way to explain it is go to Founder's brewpub (preferably on an emptier night) and get a whiff or three. The brewpub and by extension some Founder's beers all taste/smell like brewpub. You get a good taste/smell of Founder's Porter/Dirty Bastard/Breakfast stout.

D- Delicious porter, delicious Founder's beer. Infinitely drinkable.

Food - The Bacon Caramel Brownies and Dark Chocolate Truffles both cut down on the coffee bite on the end and make this beer better.

Overall- Drinkability section says it all.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Opaque black/brown - announces its density, and establishes an anticipation of great things to come.

S - Obvious coffee, but not an overwhelming nose (or I was out in the cold too long today)

T - Leads with hops; coffee trails behind, then the hops return for a nice bitter finish that lingers. Very nice balance between the flavors.

F - As full bodied as the appearance suggests.

O- A first-class porter that will definitely find its way into my beer fridge again.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a pint glass to a half inch of mocha head. It is very dark brown in color. The head leaves quickly, but there is some lacing on my glass. It has some coffee and roasted malt smell and maybe some milk chocolate. The taste is so much better than the other day when I was buzzed. The richness of the roasted malts really comes through. It reminds me a lot of Edmund Fitzgerald. It is a very drinkable porter.


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Photo of StoutHunter
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time trying Founders porter, never been let down with a founders beer, so lets see how this one goes Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a 5 ounce sampler mug.

A- Pours s deep dark black with one fingers worth of mocha head that dissapated to a thin layer that stayed till the end.

S- Full of dark rich roasted malts with some coffee and sweet caramel tones. Smells good.

T- Roasted coffee with coffee like bitterness at the end. Very true to the style, nothing very unique here just classic porter flavors done very well.

M- Medium body, very creamy with the right amount of carbonation.

D- For its style i find it pretty drinkable, if i had another one i would drink it.

Overall this another great beer by founders, one of the better porters i have had, will for sure be picking this one up again.

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Photo of david18
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So I've been hearing about Founders coming to New York for weeks and have been looking forward to the introduction since it was announced. I tried the Centennial and wasn't impressed. I had the pale ale and loved it! The porter is another one that impressed me greatly. Amazing malty and classic porter aroma. Great dark color and a perfect malty, portery flavor that, at the low abv makes it a great drinkable beer.

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Photo of WeimtimeBier
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Served out of a bottle this porter poured a rich tan mocha head. Creamy with good retention. Very thick with a dark brown mollasses body.

S- Smelled of strong roasted malts, some cocoa, and a strong hop pressence that was clean and bitter.

T- Roasted malts first, then a complex veriety of coffee, cocoa, and some added smokiness which was faint. Hops tasted like they smelled. strong clean and bitter. possibly a little herbal.Faint alcohol in back.

M- Heavy body, moderate carbonation, creamy, and thick. The creamy mouthfeel was enjoyable.

D- Good drinkability for a robust beer. I feel like this was brewed real well, like most founders beers. Dont start with this and then go to a lager.

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Photo of claminat420
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured into a pint glass. nice lil foamy head. looks like a bunch of pillows i could just sleep on.

S- a small hint of a coffee/chocolate kick. very roasty smell.

T- taste just how it smells.... delicious!

M- alil heavy bodied like a porter should. the alcohol is very well hidden.

D- with the 6.5abv a 6 pack will definitely do the job. doesn't get to overbearing after a couple.

Overall this is an excellent brew. founders did it right when they made this. i would have to put it right behind the great lakes edmund but it's up there. specially with the colder weather around the corner this brew is a must grab.

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Photo of Cavery
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was an extra courtesy of a generous BA, it was so long ago I can' remember who it was. Forgive me!

Bottle reads 5/19/11

Poured into a generic snifter.

A: Black coffee with some give towards roasty earthy browns. The bubbles are classically coffee with microscopic formations. Super fine off white bubbles layer the top of the glass in gradients of darker to lighter browns. Really nice looking, it even looks creamy from the bubbles.

S: Charred oak chips with some very bitter chocolates and tobacco. There's a really nice cutting smell of coffee that overwhelms all other scents with lively roasted malts. Bitter chocolates return in the linger and dance with the coffees for a potent espresso-like bitterness. This is a really alive porter with avoidance of generic smokiness.

T: Very clean coffee notes that give into richer notes of espresso and ash. It caps off its bitterness in a realm somewhere between char and ashtray. The tobacco-like qualities don't ever intrude to the point of tasting like an old cigarette, no this is a fancy earthy delight. Bitterness that is mellowed with a woodiness that refines the roasts. A nice cup of Joe.

M: This is a medium-full if not full bodied beer. I think this has more body than a lot of single stouts. The flavor is very clear and light enough to be identifiably a porter. I really appreciate the way the bubbles hold up the flavors just long enough for the bitterness to transport you into the world of coffees. This has a very fancy wet/dry mouth that never really dries out. Leaves the mouth feeling like a humid cave. Well done here.

O: This is a really solid porter, I would say that this one really delivers in every way that a porter should. A fairly by the book porter that is given some identity in the way that it avoids cliche smokiness. Solid notes of woods, roasts, and tobacco make this a perfect transition beer. Bridge your IPAs to your stouts with this offering and you won't be sorry. Palate cleansing, but with big clean flavors. A very solid offering in style.

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Photo of morris786
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This porter is black with a nice one inch head. Very full flavored and complex. Nice coffee, roasted malts and light carmel forward with a residue of earthy hops in the back end. Much more hops with this than many porters which leaves nothing lacking. Solid brew, great sipping beer.

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Photo of orangesol
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Shady McGrady's during a recent Happy Hour trip.

A - Pours dark brown, bordering on black, with a nice one and a half finger tall tan head leaving spotty patches of lace down most of the glass.

S - Smells of robust dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, coffee grounds, dark fruits and some black licorice. Nothing too over the top here, very nice balance.

T - Starts off with plenty of dark roast - both from the malt and the coffee - slowly giving way to some sweetness from the chocolate and dark fruits. The balance of sweet to roast is fairly well done, the roast does become a bit overbearing as it warms but not too bad. Finish is roasty, lingering on the pallet long after consumption.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The dark flavors are strong in this one, lingering on the pallet long after the finish.

O - Definitely one of the better American Porters out there. This one packs plenty of flavor and was very easy to drink. Glad I got this one.

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Photo of Shakesbeere
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty dark pour with a tan head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate malt. Flavor is of roasted malts and chocolate cafe coffee. The very balanced flavor leads to a potent palate -- initially creamy, which morphs into a lively, more interactive experience. It is very dark -- there is a minute hint of dark fruit against the dark chocolate coffee --, and its merit in being so is its exact balance. Smoky with some subtle hops. Very rich, very "sexy".

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Photo of Yagman3000
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz. bottle into a fluted pint glass.

Appears a really rich deep brown with a tiny touch of rosy glow. There's a cool thin creamy head resting on top.

Smells of dark chocolate with dark roasted coffee.

Tastes of coffee with some boozy notes. A little darker and more stout like than what I had imagined.

Mouthfeel is ok. The head doesn't bring out too much creaminess and there's a little bit of a booze burn.

Overall a pretty good beer but not at the great level. I imagine this might lose some of it's warmth if given some time to rest.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear very dark brown color without highlights when held to the light, producing 2+ fingers of frothy, variously bubbled, moderately lasting, mocha head that leaves only a a few wisps & strings of lace. Aroma is roasted malt, bittersweet & Hershey's chocolate & a little creamed coffee. Taste is dark & bittersweet chocolate, roast with burnt bread undertone, roasted nuts & hints of molasses/toffee, an earthy mustiness, woody vanilla & herbal hops. Smooth, sweet start transitions to a dry, peppery feel in the finish, leaving a spicy, very dry, burnt chocolate & astringently bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, low carbonation, silky & creamy with a lively finish & tongue numbing aftertaste. A nice brew that in a blind taste-test I would call a stout. I realize there is a narrow set of differences separating the two styles but this is just too rich to be a porter.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Dark brownish black with light foamy lace on top.
A sweet raisin-like smell..

Thick and creamy chocolate and coffee flavors abound.

Not overly strong... very pleasant and drinkable.

This is not the "extreme" type of beer I have become used to, but a well balanced and drinkable dark porter. In any case I enjoyed it.

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Photo of olympicgatorade
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black and chocolate brown, gorgeous lacing.

S: Coffee, burnt toast, faint chocolate. Very enticing.

T: Bready start into a magnificent bitter coffee finish. Coffee and hops hang around for a satisfying aftertaste. Really well built; flavors come through very nicely.

M: Drinkable, though carbonation seems a bit high.

O: Care was taken here to showcase a variety of flavors and it pays off. A very good domestic porter and should be exemplary of the style - done right. The coffee flavor here dominates in a good way; I'll be having my next with breakfast.

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