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 pwoods
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. stubby brown bottle poured into an imperial pint. Notes.

A: Pours darker than your average porter. About a finger and a half of dense, deep mocha head. Good retention and nice lacing.

S: Good sweetness, loads of chocolate and some cocoa powder. Light roastiness with a bit of dry chalkiness.

T/M: Pleasant sweetness from the milky chocolate and cocoa powder. The powdery side adds a bit to the dryness. Roastness is light and spot on. A touch of char or soot in the finish adds some depth. Body is medium full and creamy.

D: Smooth and drinkable. Very different from Eddy Fitz but damn near as good.

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Photo of wscaffe
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a BIF. Thanks to surlytwinsfan.

A - Black as night. Tan head that does not last long. Leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S - I get hints of dark fruit and chocolate. Some roast and pleasant burnt notes as well. An enjoyable smoke character is evident.

T - Coffee and chocolate flavors. I also get some dark fruit in the flavor as well. Some smoke/BBQ flavor. The hops are there but do not overpower.

M - Medium bodied. Pleasant amount of carbonation. Definitely well balanced. Very smooth. A bit of resin lingers on the tongue but it is enjoyable.

Overall - This is one of the best porters I have ever tasted. It is quite complex and at the same time extremely well balanced. I love the combination of smoke and hops and dark fruit.

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Photo of wingman14
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich black with a dark tan head. Smells sweet with chocolate and coffee, plenty going on here. This brew was thick and rich with flavor and a small burnt aftertaste. I enjoyed every sip of this one, a great porter with all the right notes and characteristics that I enjoy. The mouthfeel was good, a great balance of all the flavors and carbonation, it was a perfect pour. I could drink these any time, very good beer. Cheers!

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Photo of DrRambis
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Founders Porter, its tried, its true, its now about time for a review! Poured into a Guinness pint glass from 12 oz bottle dated 09/09/15. Pulled from the fridge about 20 minutes ago. Its still colder than I would prefer but this throat is dry. I will progress slowly to allow this sexy lady time to warm up to me.

Look: Pitch black, I mean zero light escapes this glass. Taupe creamy head that dissipates quickly into a light film.

Smell: Milk chocolate, dark raisin bread, lightly roasted espresso notes, citrus and grapefruit notes in the background.

Taste: Dark Coffee Beans, vanilla, and milk chocolate leap out at you with healthy helpings of orange zest, grapefruit juice, some tropical hop notes present, a nutty malts in the finish The taste really reminds me of eating an grapefruit while having an affogato.

Feel: Has substantial weight and body in the mouth for a beer of this gravity, exceeds expectations, smooth milky mouthfeel, with light astringent bitterness in the finish.

Overall: The lingering bitterness in this beer is key to keeping this beer in the range of porter. A style where I take "drinkability" (i.e. lack of palate fatigue and low to medium alcohol) to be key. A good porter must be one that can be enjoyed round after round, with food or without food, when its warm, when its cold, with bacon and eggs or with a fine steak, I could continue but the idea is apparent. Without the bitterness present in this beer its sweet dessert-like flavors could become cloying. This porter is most certainly on the decadent side but it retains the fundamental aspect I mentioned above. Its a beer I've had many times before and I'm glad to have had the time to finally review it. Its been a year since I had it last but its just as good as I remembered it (enter confirmation bias here). Pick one up but better yet pick up a case because that's the way its meant to be done! Prost!

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Photo of minterro
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Michigan make your own six pack

A & S: very pungent well at least at first, but not complex. Scents of sweet chocolates and coffee. A slight smell of caramel. The beer is a moonless night black with interesting tiny bubbles rising to the surface when you look while you sip. Tan head that pours about a fingernail and fades pretty quickly to a ring around the glass. Decent amount of lacing that doesn't cling very well.

T & M: similar to the nose. Smokey especially at the finish. Very robust (especially at first), smooth and creamy. Background of bitter hops that come out strong towards the finish. Full bodied, med-low carbonation, a bit of a watery finish. Easy to drink for being such a high bodied robust beer.

O: very balanced, very enjoyable, another well made brew from founders.

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Photo of papat444
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, bottled date not there.

Appearance: Pours a brown body, thick and opaque with a milk chocolate head that starts at 3 fingers and leaves spidery traces on the glass.

Smell: Rich aroma of dark chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Really rich flavors of strong coffee, bittersweet chocolate and also hops dance on the tongue in the finish. Flavors just linger after the sip. Some sweet chocolate as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Very well balanced with a decent amount of bitterness that is tempered by a strong malt backbone.

Overall: Rich, flavorful and a pleasure to drink. Get this one.

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Photo of psuKinger
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into one of my New Belgium snifters.

Bottled on date indicates that this was bottled on the 8th day of some month in 2012, but the month printed on the bottle is smudged and illegible.

A: Pours a "lighter shade of black", with a big thick rich tan head on top, 2 fingers worth.

S: Roasty, mild notes of coffee, and a surprising amount of chocolate in the nose.

T: Big, bold, spicy notes up front. I'm not sure if the spice I'm picking up on is a hint of pepper, a touch of alcohol, or something else. Notes of chocolate arrive next, and they're presence isn't negligible. A moderate amount of hop bitterness and grapefruit make their presence known on the back end, to balance this beer out and give it another dimension of character.

M: Great carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Dry finish. This is playing all the right notes.

D/O: This brew smoothed out as I worked through the pint. And as it warmed, the chocolate became more and more pronounced. Definitely repeatable. I would definitely consider getting this by the keg.

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Photo of Durtdiggler
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black oil pour with massive mocha brown head with alot of retention.

Sweet, burnt mocha and molasses aroma fills the nostrils.

Taste is well balanced with sweetness and bitterness of the hops . Flavor very much like it smells. slight burnt roastiness but not enough to lose the sweetness for porter style.

Creamy, balanced mouthfeel with back end hops and clean finish.

Tastes like a bigger beer than the 6.5 Abv implies. Very easy drinking but full of flavor. Not overpowering. Satisfy the imperial craving with friends without the big alcohol effect.

I love this beer and about every style from Founders. Lucky to have them close in distribution.

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Photo of zdk9
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Wow, this one comes out black and slick- Am I pouring a beer or motor oil? Just less than a finger of head tops the beer- also darker than expected. And some very nice lacing- walls on one side and thick lines on the other.

S- Another Wow, strong wiffs of roasted boozy aroma comes across. There's brown sugar combined with maple syrup. Dark rich espresso. Slight cherry. And there's hints of bourbon- I'm not sure if it's vanilla flavors, or otherwise oaked flavors, or simply flavorful alcohol. But this smells delicious.

T- Roasted grain, dark chocolate covered chocolate beans. Once again some bourbon deliciousness. Not a lot of hop flavor but some nice bitterness regardless. Delicious.

M- This mouthfeel is perfect for the look, smell, and taste of this beer. Just carbonated enough to break things up on the tongue and let me enjoy the deep complexity of it. And syrupy enough that it lingers and keeps me tasting it.

D- Wow I wish I had more of these. I have been incredibly impressed by the Founders stout and I should've had higher expectations for this one. It is great! Really great!

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Abv 6.7

This beer is absolutely amazing. This is my number one porter, my golden example. I have tried as many beers as I can get my hands on from founders and they have become my top 3 favorite brew co. I have yet to find a beer that they make that isn't good and they seem to have a knack for blowing my mind away.

A= 5.0 Engine oil black with a very small head that is dark brown and medium lasting

S= 4.5 The smell is like a fresh cup of coffee and the finest dark German chocolate you can find

T= 4.5 First you get smooth melted chocolate then hit with afternoon dark French roasted coffee followed up by a mild bitter dark chocolate after taste

M= 4.0 It feels like the marriage of dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee

D= 4.0 Great beer that I could probably drink a few.

I just wanted to take the time to express my love for Founders brewery again. There centennial IPA is one of the beers that got me into the great world of micro brewing. I just climbed the beer-a-myd with their red rye p.a. to their pale ale to their porter. This is a true beauty of a beer and it makes me nothing but happy. I hope others can get the joy I get from this beer. Long live Founders, long live craft beer!

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Photo of rfgetz
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark near pitch black, letting in some minimal hints of light on the edges of the glass. Thin, yet dense creamy khaki head, leaving decent lacing. Scent is of cocoa, dark roasted malt, light touches of fruit and coffee. Taste brings a nice cocoa and milk chocolate taste along with the dark roasted malts. Light touches of nuts and a definite presence of hops add an ever so faint fruity and bitterness to it outside of the dark malts. Medium bodied yet smooth and creamy. The malts never cross into the overly charred or burnt side and coupled with the creamy yet not heavy mouthfeel makes this a wonderously drinkable beer.

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Photo of Samuel906
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours absolutely pitch black with a pillow dark khaki head with strong retention. Very little light or color shines through even in direct light. Smell is fairly mild actually, but lots of roasty malts, chocolate. Faint hazelnut. Taste is pretty much everything you'd ever want out of a porter; toasted malt, dark chocolate, bitter coffee, and brown sugar. Feel is pretty much perfect for a porter: rich, smooth and full with moderate carbonation, but not to full that it is difficult to drink. Overall, great porter, one of the best of the style.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Definitely one of my favorite porters. A smooth, dark as night winter delight that tastes of chocolate, coffee, and a hint of tobacco. Nice carbonation. It's difficult to settle for only one.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Dark chocolate brown color, nearly black. Dark and dense, with a malty-mocha head that leaves big brown lacing.

S- Chocolate, coffe, dark roasty malts, and some alcohol.

T- Good dark chocolate bitterness, coffee, roasted malts.

M-Rich feel, fuller than many porters. Very good carbonation and the alcohol takes a back seat after it passes the nose.

O- It's flavor forward and tuned-up just enough so it doesn't come on too strong. A good 'un.

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Photo of dafla67
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass.

A: dark black; a finger of frothy tan foam.

S: not a huge aroma but definitely some coffeee and chocolate.

T: complex. Starts with chocolate flavor and then moves to coffee/hops/malts before ending with a bitter taste. The transitions are perfect.

M: creamy and silky smooth; a bit heavy; flavors linger (that's a good thing).

O: Great American Porter. With so many distinctive flavors, the transitions are very important and this porter does it perfectly.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark - yes, Rich - yes, Sexy - depends on the night. Regardless, this is the best porter I have ever had. This is a beer that I will restock as soon as I run out. Sip this one and don't be afraid to let it warm a bit.

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Photo of number1bum
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with two fingers of creamy tan head. Keeps a thick and full lace with lots of sticky webbing on the sides of the glass.

Smell consists of some chocolate and coffee notes, plus some roasted malt. Definitely a hoppy porter as there is some citrus and earthy notes here.

Taste is roasty and chocolaty with some coffee in there as well. More coffee than the nose in fact, and I think that flavor actually puts this over the top from very good to damn near great. Lots of malt character, and on top of that there is some citrusy and leafy hop flavor here too. Really tasty stuff and very smooth.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick and quite creamy. Very smooth as I said before; soft and very pleasant.

I honestly don't have any idea why it has taken me so long to arrive at Founders Porter. I love Founders; one of my 5 favorite breweries, and this is another top notch beer from them. An excellent porter and one of the best out there.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Brewing Company - Founders Porter, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours a rich oily brown-black and settles black with a small soapy head that retains for a bit. Great lacing.

Smell - Sweet caramel and chocolate. Roasted malts as well take up the rear. Some coffee. Faint hops.

Taste - Sweet and malty, some roast and coffee. Hop profile is slight but detectable.

Mouthfeel - Sits sweet with roasted malts and dry. Great drinkability. Medium to moderate carbonation. Medium-bodied.

Overall - Super drinkable porter, another Founders win. No complaints on this terrific brew.

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks like a stout, with an obsidian colored liquid topped by a creamy beige head that sticks and laces

Smell: Rich and roasty, with an espresso character and a smokey element

Taste: Burnt bread and chocolate, up front, with a dart in the direction of espresso and pithy bitterness by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors blend together but the finish is decidedly hoppy, though a touch of roast lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Rich, full-bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Really pushes the line on what I would call a porter, but I really like it

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled Feb 2, 2010, this is quite fresh. Served cool room temp into a Duvel tulip. Pours thick very dark brown/black with a one and a half finger dense brown head that maintains a light cap and leaves some spotty lacing.

Aroma is very very roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, some smoke, roasty toasty. Can pick up a touch of earthy hops.

Flavor is smooth milk chocolate, dark roasted malts, coffee, some bitterness on the finish along with some lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel is full, velvety, and rich, medium carbonation. Thicker and richer than many other regular porters.

This is one of the best, if not the best porter out there. Excellent.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 04/20/12

A: Pours a near pitch black color with a fingers worth of mocha head that fades to almost nothing within a minute

S: Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, some caramel. Very light hops as well, but they take a back seat to the roasted malts

T: Follows the nose, with a slightly acrid coffee and chocolate at first, followed by roastiness and caramel malts. Hops provide a slightly bitter finish

M: Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Silky smooth

O: By far one of the best porters I've ever had. Everything is so balanced and easy to pick out yet blend together perfectly. Definitely worth picking up. Hell, I was only going to get a single but opted for the whole 6'er. Good choice on my part

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Photo of Tele
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle (dated 9.21.15)
Consumed: 12.15.15

A: 4.75 Pours black with a one-inch, khaki head. Good retention and leaves lots of lace in the glass.

S: 4.25 Aromas are really nice as the beer warms. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, coconut, and even some peanut butte. The sweeter aromas do a nice job of balancing out the fairly strong roasted malt and coffee elements.

T: 4.25 Good roasted malt quality up front delivering flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco, and earthy pepper. The beer moves into a moderate level of bitterness, which seems to come from both malt and hops, until finishing with more roast and coffee.

M: 4.75 Really substantial feel and excellent carbonation. Still very drinkable though. Not sure how they made it so satisfying and crushable.

O: 4.5 This is a great example of a porter and may have taken over as my favorite of the style. I’ll have to do a side-by-side with black butte so see which wins out, but based on my ratings, I’d give it to Founders.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum, yum, yum. Not very descriptive, but very true. I've always been a huge fan of GLBC Fitzgerald, but this one almost takes its place. Excellent balance, great bite. Can't wait to visit the brewery and have this out Breakfast Stout right from the source!

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Photo of yourefragile
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a syrupy, almost black opaque liquid with a thick, retentive coffee colored head that leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma is very rich, dark chocolate, roast malt, coffee, etc. Body is light, but syrupy, with a high amount of carbonation and similar flavors as aroma, dark chocolate, light coffee, roasted malt and a strong hop presence in the finish. Compares very well to Edmund Fitzgerald, one of my favorites porters and offerings from Founders.

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Photo of wcintula
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Exemplary of its style, this porter has a pitch black body with a chocolate brown head that leaves great lacing. The smells range from roasted to charred variations of chocolate and coffee flavors with taste just as complex with a nice balance of hop bitterness. Sweet and enjoyable. Strong but not too strong. The boldest porter I've encountered.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 7,258 ratings.
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