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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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Photo of BigIrishman
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Porter's in Easton, PA

Poured into a pint glass. Very dark with little head, although you can clearly see some lively carbonation. Smell is fabulous, there is so much there, it's malty/sweet/bready/etc. Taste is a bit more subdued, but still very reminiscent of the smell. Mouthfeel is very heavy, very nice. I could easily down a few of these in a row and that incredible aroma and great taste would be awesome.

Overall a great representation of what I think of as being one of the toughest styles to pin down to a specific flavor.

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Photo of fropones
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice black with a thin mocha head that dissipates quickly.

S - Roasted malt, unsweetened chocolate, vanilla, molasses, a hint of bourbon.

T - A bit of hop bitterness up front followed by tons of roasted and caramel malt. Some sweetness to it. More chocolate as well as some grapefruit pith from the hops. Some darker fruits in here as well. Raisins, plums, and a hint of figs.

M - Nice low carbonation, creamy, medium bodied.

D - Nice and drinkable. An excellent brew for this cold December Illinois afternoons.

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Photo of bnes09
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep black in color. Not much head forms. No lacing. Color is nice though.

Big aroma of roasted chocolate, nuts and bold coffee. Also a floral hop character.

Roasted flavor is rich and dense for a porter. Almonds, coffee, and dark chocolate form a delicate trio. Assertive floral and pine hop character can be tasted through the malt. Sweet molasses and chocolate syrup flavors round it off. Overall, a bittersweet, savory porter.

Medium bodied and highly smooth. A bit chewy. High level of carbonation. Drying also.

Finishes ultra smooth with plenty of left over roasted character. Highly tasty and drinkable porter. Excellent.

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Photo of LI_PO12
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pint glass

Appearance- Black, no light coming through, 1 finger tanish head

Aroma- toasty malt, coffee, some chocolate, slight roast, some caramel sweetness, a bit of herbal hop punch

Flavor-some coffee, toasted malt, a little chocolate, caramel, nice bitterness but in balance, some pine in there as well

Mouthfeel- Medium, medium carbonation, a little creamy

Overall- Pretty much my go to American porter. There are probably slightly better ones out there but so far its the best one I've had. Great take on the style.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz stubby poured into a trusty pint glass.

Decadently dark. Nice 'glug-glug' out of the bottle. Rocked out a mere half a finger of head on a rather vigorous pour, but the body looks solid. Minimal lacing strands.

Nosing the beer first brings a semi-chalky milk chocolate and a pronounced roastiness from a bit of black malt. Smells sweet and sultry. Hints of bold coffee blends and lactic acid. A most superb aroma, indeed.

Big, bold taste. The roast comes through convincing me that what may have smelled like a milk stout is definitely a rather robust porter. Subdued earthy hop tags along in the finish, but the malt is the big attraction here. More chocolate notes (a little more bittersweet this time around), a little alkaline, and black coffee. 'Dark, Rich & Sexy' the bottle reads. Pretty much, spot on. This is one of the better porters I've had.

Nice bubbly presence doesn't detract from the medium body. I can use a little more girth (that doesn't sound right) on this one, but still a winner.

Not particularly one of my favorite styles anymore, but this bottle did me some serious convincin'! Here's to Founders--one of my favorite breweries. Cheers, ya'll!

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Photo of dasenebler
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz, bottled 9/23/11.

Pours a dark, dark brown. One-finger head with decent retention.

Aroma is fantastic, full of chocolate, with hints of licorice and dark fruits. Very big for a standard Porter.

Flavor is just as awesome, with loads of flavorful dark malt. Layered and complex: chocolate, roast and a touch of smoke. Pretty sweet, but the beer rounds itself out with a somewhat bitter and dark finish. The mouthfeel is pretty standard, slightly dextrinous with low carbonation.

Probably the best beer I've had from Founders, next to the Imperial Stout. Awesome Porter here.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very deep, dark brown, appearing nearly pitch black if you're in a room that isn't well lit - a very tiny amount of light is allowed to pass through this one. The head is nice and tan, made of tiny bubbles with a fine definition and moderate retention.

The aroma is full of milky chocolates and roasted malts; it gives off a very nutty and woodsy smell as well, reminding me of roasting marshmallows over a campfire. Very robust, powerful, and commanding. Slight hints of char and smoked goodness wrap this one up. Between some of the sweet malts and smoky characters, this makes for one of the more complex and unique porter aromas out there.

The flavor follows the nose profile right along, super nutty and toasty from the get-go. A slight hint of coffee beans sits in the immediate background, along with a nice dose of creamy chocolates and cocoa powder. This one has a very low to moderate floral essence to it, imparting a tiny bit of extra bitterness midway through to balance out the sweetness - it works very well.

Other bitterness is mainly contributed from some of the darker malts, in the form of ashy, burnt wood and bittersweet cocoa. The beer ends with an obviously malt-heavy finish, leaning more towards the sweet chocolate and dry nuttiness side. Medium-heavy body - the mouth feel on this porter is one of the best ever. Silky, smooth, creamy, fluffy - carbonation is just right, letting the flavors pop without being astringent.

This porter is pretty amazing. The best one I've had to date. Even better than Eddy Fitz in my opinion (although that is some righteous shit, too). Great smell, amazing flavor profile, orgasmic mouth feel - and still only around 9-10$ for a sixer. You can't beat that.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle graciously placed in my mix-a-six from Abe's of Bethlehem, PA.

A- Very dark and heavy viscosity.... Very nice tan head with moderate foamy head.

S- Rich dark roasted coffee and bittersweet cocoa....

T- Very hearty and very nice espresso profile... not too sweet like similar porters.

M- Very rich and dense.

D- This is a very top-notch porter in my book. i could drink these all night!

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Photo of blackie
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: one-finger mocha foam head over a deep, dark, liquid chocolate colored beer, good retention

s: well charred barley carries aromas of dark chocolate covered caramels and oily espresso beans, very rich range of roasts, German chocolate cake, licorice, earthy hop aromas

m: thick and creamy on the tongue, smooth carbonation and medium-full body

t: complex roast structure produces espresso and dry dark cocoa underneath charred barley malts, licorice, bittersweet chocolate caramels, earthy hops impart a moderate bitterness, astringent roast finish with burnt barley and espresso grounds lingering, a beautiful porter

d: very enjoyable; good for a few and worthy of a sixer purchase

pushes some boundaries, but they dry roast structure keeps this decidedly on the porter side of the stout-porter divide

single from Grape & Gourmet, Virginia Beach, VA

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Photo of cbutova
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very sexy beer. Pours pitch black with a nice two finger dark tan head (perfect color for a porter) that is nice and creamy and leaves me very thick lacing behind. A ring is left after the head dies down, the retention being the only lost points on the appearance. Smells like a good candy to me. There is a very nice cocoa aspect that blends beautifully with a roast malt backbone in the aroma. Earthy hops weave their way into the scent to add a nice balance to the roast. The great strength of the aroma allows me to sniff this one for a very extended period of time. There is also a touch of vanilla which finishes off this great aroma. The taste is similar to the nose. Huge roasted malts are the dominant flavor for me along with some cocoa and smokiness. There are definitely a good amount of roasted malts in this recipe, chocolate malt specifically. I get a smoky flavor but this is probably from something like black patent type malt. The vanilla is lost in the taste for me and the hops take a bigger step forward. The flavor does not come together as well as the aroma but is still a good example of the Porter. Mouthfeel consists of a nice medium body with lower carbonation than many beers. I prefer this low carbonation with such a rich flavor. Earthy hops and roast malts stay on the tongue long after the beer is swallowed. No alcohol or warming in this ale at all. I might want this to be a tiny bit thicker to get the perfect rating. Drinkability is very nice, I could session the crap out of this and the price is not bad. I will buy this one to session if it continues to come to my area.

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Photo of budman619
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Digging founders right now! Everyone was telling me to try breakfast stout so i got one and a porter and enjoyed the porter a little more. Both are fantastic!!

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Photo of jjhbrfdds
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours black in the pint glass,a little brownish head remains,the chocolate notes hit ya up front but they are not overpowering the hop rounds this one out but leaves just enough dark maltiness,this is one fine porter,easy drinker,and a real deal for the price

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown/black, opaque, with a minimal head of light tan. Minor lacing as you drink.

S - Roasted malts, with slight mineral notes. Coffee and chocolate are manifest.

T - A strong hit of coffee and burnt toast, roasty goodness on a malt backbone. Sweet chocolate and bitter nibs are delicious counterpoints. Some bitter hops comes through, as well, and it fades slowly through the close.

M - Low carbonation, silky coating, but the dry finish clears things and makes sure the beer does not become cloying.

O - This is exactly the kind of drinking experience I look for in a porter. Without the heaviness of a stout, this remains smooth and drinkable, with the chocolate and coffee notes I enjoy most. The hops are a reasonable counterpoint, and do not become overly aggressive. I'll be picking up a 6 pack the next time I'm looking for a porter.

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Photo of sheeley
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

Appearance: Dark, heavy, and thick when poured. Looks beautiful with a dark, creamy head.
Smell: Smells of malt, some coffee, and oats.
Taste: Very strong coffee flavors. Notes of malt and oatmeal. Quite dark and creamy.
Overall, very pleasant. As a stout fan, this beer is a very solid choice. Compare to Sierra Nevada Stout. Very much enjoy this beer, but it was not a standout compared to some of my favorites.

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Photo of ACon204
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The beer pours black with a tiny bit of a caramel colored head. Head dissipates quickly into a ring of caramel bubbles.

Smell: Chocolate, dark roasted coffee.

Taste: Bitter dark chocolate dominates the taste with hints of espresso and milk chocolate lagging behind.

Mouthfeel: Full, smooth, creamy.

Overall: This porter shines with its ability to balance flavor with drinkability. It's outrageously smooth but far from watery. Overall it was a very pleasant experience.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Solid black with 2 fingers of creamy mocha head that eventually settles to a skim of foam with webbed lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, roasted malt, espresso, and hints of pipe tobacco.

T - Slightly sweet but quickly changing to a lingering bitterness, milk chocolate mixed with dark chocolate, roasty malts and burnt coffee.

M - Silky smooth and creamy, feeling rich at times (almost making it a bit heavy to drink several in a row) with a lingering dry bitterness.

D - The strong flavors with the big mouthfeel might make it tought to drink a 6 pack but this is up there with the best American porters I have tried.

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Photo of stimulus
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Jet black with a thin caramel head.

S: Smells heavily of chocolate.

T: Here's where the beer really comes through in value. Mild carbonation with delicious caramel, coffee, and chocolate flavors powering through the taste buds.

M: Pretty smooth and hits the back of the throat nicely.

D: This is pretty great for a session beer, even if 6.5% is a bit high.

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Photo of ratrod53
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Black black black wich a small brown head dose not last long with little lacing.

S- I smell coffee with some chocolate.

T- I tasted a realy nice and strong coffee bean (wich I could drink that at work in the mornings) wich just a hint of some chocolate, with some bitterness at the end.

M- It's a nice thick beer a really good body. Just a little bit of carbonation wich is what I like in a dark beer like this. It's a real smooth beer.

D- I could drink this all day every day.

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Photo of backfat
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours an oily opaque black. frothy tan one finger. smells dominated by chocolate with backrounds of toffee, raisins, and figs. tastes robust. creamy and milky. dark, rich, and sexy. a bit sweet and ends sour. i love it. for the price ($10.99) it's world class.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #200, figured I'd make it an old favorite.

Beer pours a dark brown/almost black with a fluffy brown head. Smell is chocolate, roasted malts and also a bit of caramel malt in there as well. Flavor follows the nose, but takes it up a notch. This beer has an incredible balance of flavors - the roast malts don't take over the beer like they do in a lot of porters, instead it's got a little bit of sweetness to it and an incredible dark chocolate cookie-ish flavor (it reminds me of the chocolate crunchies on a Carvel ice cream cake). The mouthfeel of this beer, at least on tap, is what really makes this beer. It's very full-bodied and robust, unlike most porters which I find too thin. It's also got high carbonation which keeps it from being too heavy despite the larger feel. Overall, this is one of the best porters out there, and maybe THE best porter not made by Hill Farmstead (Everett and Twilight of the Idolts reign supreme). It's a hell of a lot easier to get than the HF beers, so it's my go-to porter. An excellent beer.

I will say that this beer is still great, but maybe not quite as amazing out of the bottle as it is on tap or on cask. The mouthfeel especially tends to lose a little something.

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Photo of gpioski
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

6.5% ABV- 45 IBU

A- Jet black with milk chocolate colored head. Very frothy out of the bottle, had to pour for a few minutes with breaks. Tons of carbonation.

S- malt, milk chocolate, coffee, espresso. smells good.

T- Wow! Mellow malt flavors. Nice temperature 55'. A bit of spices, but heavy on the coffee and chocolate flavors. smoky finish.

M- thicker than expected. Nice mouthfeel. Rich and creamy like a milkshake.

D- Excellent drinkability. lower ABV makes it easy to have a couple, but I probably wouldn't want more than 2.

Founders gets a winner again.

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Photo of amphion1065
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. pour into a pint glass at Lord Hobo. Reviewed from notes.

Pours black, though the dim lighting in the bar may well have obscured a subtle cocoa shade. A really tight, quarter-finger brown head won't quit.

Pure, unadulterated milk chocolate. There's a hint of roast, and a touch of cola, but the chocolate is king here.

The taste is very milky and quite sweet. I can't help but be reminded of Hershey's chocolate milk, though there is a slight roasted bitterness that adds a pleasant complexity. Absent from this package is the metallic flavor that I often find creeps into porters. This is a treat.

Mouthfeel is great, full and velvety. It's lush, with an appropriately low level of carbonation.

A total win for me. Founders has made a beer that is totally approachable and inoffensive, but delicious enough to warrant repeat visits. A great example of the style.

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Photo of Dikfour
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Two fingers of Brown creamy head. Opaque and black in color. Mild carbonation keeps a small island of foam at the top of the glass. No lacing really.

Smell: Mocha and roasted cocoa. Very rich.

Taste: Mocha, cocoa, dark chocolate, vanilla, a little nuttiness, Fresh cracked coffee bean bitterness. Rich lingering chocolates. A little bit of alcohol is present, but not much.

Feel: Medium body. A little creamy. I had some watery porters in the past and this one certainly is not that.

Overall: Pretty dang awesome. Rich wonderful porter utilizes every ounce of flavor to bring a complex, balanced beer. Picked this one up in a trip to Ohio and if Founders ever makes its way to Colorado I will squeal like a little girl.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A - Black with some hints of dark brown. One finger of creamy chocolate head.

S - Roasted coffee, sweet chocolate, caramel. Lots of roasted character.

T - Lots of sweet chocolate and caramel, along with roasted coffee and a slight bitterness.

M - Moderately thick with very smooth and creamy carbonation. It's got a nice stickiness to it, with a lingering presence of chocolate and coffee on the aftertaste.

O - A fantastic porter that hits all the right notes

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Photo of MrBluto
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this Porter a few times but thought I'd finally put in a review. Porters are my absolute favorite beer, and I have to say this one is right up there with the best...a very solid entry!

A - Pours a rich black with a medium head (about 1/4 inch) that dissipates somewhat quickly. A little lacing.

S - The aroma is light but there are slight hints of coffee and roasted malt.

T - I think this is where this Porter excels. The taste is wonderful and as a good Porter should be. Nice roasted malt flavors well balanced with the hops. Slightly sweet with a strong coffee flavor. Possibly a little chocolate. Subtle bitter yet clean finish. Well done!

M - Another strong category. Somewhat chewy, but not overly so. Perfectly matched with the flavors with extremely pleasant "micro bubbles".

Overall...great! A superb beer worth drinking again (and again).

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 7,140 ratings.
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