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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
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1,577
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Avg:
4.24
pDev:
19.81%
 
 
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Photo of MaximalC
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*It should be noted that this bottle was 10 months old at the time of consumption.*

Pours nearly black with no noticeable highlights and a modest mocha head that settles rapidly. Smells of bittersweet chocolate and fresh ground coffee of the highest caliber--not overpowering, but delicious all the same. Simply sitting there and sniffing this brew is enjoyable in and of itself.

The taste is more muted than the nose would suggest, with the chocolate taking more of a back seat to the roasted tones of the malt. Letting it warm some is strongly advised to bring out the flavor. The hops assert themselves just enough to make their presence known while still blending seamlessly with the rest. The front end has a prickly acridity and slightly vegetal character that I don't recall in past experiences with this beer, so I suspect it may be a result of the excess age. The finish still has a pleasant, roasty musk to it.

Overall, not quite as good as I remember, but I fathom giving a fresh bottle a go may solve that. With that said, this was still a smooth, flavorful porter with a beautiful aroma and just the right amount of body.

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

Pours a very dark brown with a 1-finger tan head that falls to a cover with only dabs of lace.

The smell is a tangy, dark roasted malt aroma .

The taste is more of the tangy roasted malt with milky sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium/thick with good carbonation that fills your mouth quite pleasantly.

Drinkability: This is mostly what you want a porter to taste like so I recommend trying this one if you like a well-made porter. This goes down very nicely.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My last Founders bottle stashed away from my trip to Chicago, somehow... Purchased in late April, but I feel that this was bottled even earlier. I cannot tell, however, as the bottling date is smudged at this point. Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Pours a dark, nearly black color (with a bit of brown on the edges) with a modest finger of an off-khaki head. Recedes rather quickly, and probably due to the beer's age at this point. Not too many bubbles show, although they are present overall. No lacing or residue left behind with each sip, either. This is still a well presented beer, especially as far as porters go, but I'd really like to see it in its prime sometime.

Contains a solid aroma of roasted malty notes, balanced bitterness, and slight sweet flavor underneath. At first there are obvious notes of coffee and dark chocolate, as well as little bit of vanilla, nutmeg, and pepper. Then, there's an undeniably pleasant grassy aroma that keeps things interesting and cuts the initial malty bitterness and sweetness from the booze from ever becoming cloying. It opens up quite well as it warms, bringing out even more notes of coffee and nuttiness.

The flavor is also quite good, and while I wouldn't age it in the manner that I did, it still is very worthwhile at this point. Notes of brewed espresso beans combined with dark chocolate that provide a roasted sharp bitterness, and then there's a nutty earthiness that skids into the various spices I picked up earlier, ranging from vanilla to brown sugar. The hops linger at the finish, providing subtle notes of pine and citrus. The extra ABV definitely gives this porter its own unique mark in the plethora of versions available in the Midwest. Founders, as always, displays the creamy, bready qualities found in all of their maltier offerings, and while it's a little bit less syrupy than their stouts, it drinks lighter and is actually an easier drinking experience overall, if just a little less explosive in flavor than their stouts (not saying that this is a BAD thing - it's just an observation).

Great stuff from Founders once again. I hope to have this fresher or on tap one of these days and see more of the fresher malty and hoppy notes open up overall. I could definitely have this porter more than often if I could find a way to stock up more on it.

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

My son gave me this nice porter to try. It poured a little syrupy into a pint glass a very dark brown with a very small short lasting brown head.

Very strong aroma of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.

A nice taste of dark chocolate and coffee. Very smooth with a medium to heavy body.

This is a very enjoyable porter to drink, I wish there was another one in the frig to drink. Definitely on my buy list.

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

Pours black/dark brown with a slight reddish tinge. Thin brown head that becomes soapscum almost immediately. Maybe I should have poured a bit more aggressively?

Smells strongly of sweet roasted malts, lots of bittersweet chocolate and a significant dryness and some hoppiness. Very inviting aroma.

Tastes great. Lots of black patent malt, very dry, with a great roasty quality on the back of the tongue. A slight hoppiness tickles the tongue, and the aftertaste is filled with bittersweet chocolate. Some sweetness way down deep in the aftereffect.

Mouthfeel moderately thick, with a heavy dose of carbonation and the aforementioned dryness coating the palate.

Overall a drinkable beer. Definitely worth a try for those looking for a good porter. Does it match up with Edmund Fitzgerald or Fuller's London Porter, no, but it's definitely well above average for style.

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Photo of gregalobeer
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: dark, opaque, oily texture, firm head with good retention
S: dark coffee, carmel, earthy tones
T: coffee!! smooth porter richness nicely balanced with light hops
M: a bit thin for my taste but fits with the balance and delicacy of the flavor
D: balanced flavors and delicate mouthfeel make this a VERY drinkable porter; I definitely want another

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Photo of Jimmys
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into chalice. bottled on 07/12/12.

A: the darkest of dark brown pours. coffee hued head is bubbly. retention isnt great, nor the lacing.

S: i get a lot of chocolate on the nose. a lot. milk and dark. a little bit of vanilla. not much else, wouldnt hate for a bit more diversity.

T: dry roasted malt starts the body off in a good way. the body is flavorful but not over-the-top. the body slightly reminds me of motor oil. finish is dry and roasted goodness. bitter dark chocolate linger with plenty of coffee flavor as well.

M: moderate carbonation on a medium body.

D: this stuff is delicious. flavorful, not too heavy or too light. a really enjoyable and easy to find american porter.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - dark brown almost black with a nice foamy light brown head that recedes a little too quick but sticks well.

S - roasted coffee, malts and a bit of chocolate in the background.

T - chocolate is a bit more noticeable in the taste. again its roasted coffee and malts that are the main contenders here though. theres a good amount of bitterness at work here too but it seems to be the perfect level for a porter. a lot going on here but they come together well and it doesn't feel like this porter is trying too much at once.

M - decent coarseness to this. i find the carbonation to be just a bit too much but its not taking away too much from an otherwise great brew.

O - this is one fine porter and while its not perfect it definitely does a great job in all the most important areas.

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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.

Cheers!

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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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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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