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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: 7,140
Photo of FBarber
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black with a two finger tan head that dissipates slowly. Thin half finger head sticks around as you drink the beer with some nice tan lacing on the glass.

Smell has aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, and espresso with undertones of vanilla.

Taste is big and bold. Lots of dark chocolate and cocoa malts initially with undertones of vanilla and caramel peaking through. Finish is slightly bitter and dry coating your throat leaving a nice cocoa aftertaste.

Feel is thick and heavy for a porter - this is thicker than some american stouts. Dry, smooth, maybe a bit powdery on the throat.

Overall a phenomenal American porter. This is easily one of the best out there.

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Photo of dfavreau
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this porter during game 4 of the Caps vs Pens series. Another bad outcome for the game for me but this is a very good porter and will be hard to ignore for after the playoffs. Easy to drink with a very neutral taste. The color is a rich dark chocolate with a quarter inch head. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy and smooth going down. The aroma and has a toffe caramel smell with plum and anise notes. The taste is of chocolate, caramel and molasses with no real dominant flavor. A really nice combination of flavored. Not my favorite porter but a really strong one in my personal top 20 best Porter list.

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Photo of portwood
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smell: vanilla, sweet chocolate, hint of smoke & hops.
Taste: coffee, caramel, silky smooth, low carbonation.
Finish: burnt toast, dusty cocoa, soft bitterness. winner!
(bottled 11/20/15)

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured very dark with a full tan head that lasted awhile. Aroma of toasted malts. Very full flavor, with some hops and lots of toasted malt. The feel is full-bodied. This is a very enjoyable porter.

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Photo of josanguapo
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Gourmet Experience, after lunch with Pedro & David. In wine cup. Enjoyable but too much expensive for what it is (4.5€) Watery texture body but with a good hops background that compensates it

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brown bottle "BOTTLED 12/03/15" poured into a clear glass. Color: very dark brown, opaque, with nice dark khaki slightly variegated head, not too thick. Smell: some typical porter malty roasty notes with a bit of hoppiness also, but not too powerful. Taste: slow developing, opens in stages, with sharpness, then the malts, which seem lean somehow. Changes as the beer warms, getting slightly sweeter, but seems to remain more narrow than it might. Mouthfeel: dense without really being creamy. Personal preference: slightly more hoppy than I like porters, but only slightly. Smoothly constructed, no jarring notes.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Founders Porter pours a black color with a small tan lacing head. Big smokey and roasted aromas. Taste is slightly smokey, lots of roasted malt flavors, and a dry bitter finish. Good body and feel. Overall its a powerful bitter porter.

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Photo of Ferb
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is truly an American porter. In a blind test, it could be mistaken for a lighter stout. The color is black like the last inch of coffee still in the pot at 1:00pm, and the head is a gorgeous tan color that leaves a ring and oily lace. I also have a bit of sediment in floating in mine. I don't mind, but I don't remember my others having it. I do like bottle conditioning, though!

The taste is dominated by coffee/espresso, dark chocolate without actually being brewed with coffee or chocolate! It is hopped quite a bit, but it blends well with the malts and come off as more floral and slightly bitter, like dark chocolate, and finishes dry-ish with a touch of grain. This is a great porter for variety in your fridge and a readily available favorite of mine.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours practically jet black with half a finger of deep caramel head.
Aromas are classic porter incredibly deep roasted malt aromas, notes of coffee.
Flavors are complex with the proper amount of bitterness, roasted elements and bitter chocolate and coffee.
Mouthfeel is excellent.
Overall this beer is a classic, a great representation of the style.

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Photo of maltheaded
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look is nice and dark, Smell is sweet and roasty, Taste is chocolaty and complex, Feel is satisfyingly full bodied. This beer is a winner and would be great with rare red meat. A bourbon barrel might set this beer over the top.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Finally got around to enjoying this brew - bottled in January, purchased and consumed in April. What a treat to have such a fine example of the style readily available. Light black (dark brown?) body with a lingering head that responds to an aggressive pour. Aroma of roasted malt, oatmeal, coffee, baker's chocolate and damp earth. Taste is an impressively smooth mirror of the aroma with an emphasis on the velvet malt. Perfectly balanced with a soft and creamy mouthfeel that lingers. Outstanding porter that begs to be compared against the latest hype beasts. Similar in execution to its imperial stout-cousin Breakfast Stout. Founders killing it.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

bottled on 2/10/16
12oz bttl into pint
L- coal black with dark coffee color head slowly dissipates leaves lacing
S- Chocolate, rum balls. coffee and toasted malt
T- a blend of dark roast coffee beans along with alcohol, some sweet malt as well
F- medium bodied nice feel, alcohol-bite on finish
O- Nice coffee.........eh beer

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Founders Brewing Company's eponymous porter is black as sin; nearly impervious to light, it shows sullen orange highlights only at its base. Its large, pebbly light brown head shows little retention, but the lacing is good, consisting of spiky slabs and caverns. The aroma is light-medium in intensity: creamy coffee backed by cocoa, with hints of toffee, doughy malt and alcohol. The flavor is predominately bitter light chocolate and thin, tart, bright coffee; the palate lacks the depth predicted by the nose, and has none of its sweetness, landing distinctly on the bitter end of the scale. The finish is a mild hit of toffee, and is fairly dry; the linger is a mild chocolate flavor paired with a moderate earthy hop bitterness, both of which last for a good while. Mouthfeel is thinnish for the medium-full body, and the texture is medium-creamy and medium-peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. (12 oz bottle, 60 days after pkg)

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Photo of dee4maine
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

one of the best easily available porters with loads of dark fruits, mild chocolate, little coffee notes. awesome porter and definitely one the best ones around.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Founders Brewing pub glass

A: Pours dark brown, nearly black with a frothy chocolate brown head that settles to a nice layer that hangs around and leaves tome light lacing.

S: Roasty malt, a little smokey, dark chocolate, coffee, a bit earthy, and faint dark fruity notes.

T: Roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee, a little burnt toast, faint smoke, earthy, fading into mild dark fruit on the finish.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, creamy smooth.

O: My benchmark for porters.

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Photo of nerdboy19
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appear : Black, brown foamy head.
Aroma : Roasted, little bit of burnt, chocolate, coffee, some earthy hops.
Mouthfeel : Medium body, Medium-high carbonation.
Taste : Soft chocolate, coffee taste first, and then roasted, burnt, hop bitter finish.
Overall : Great stout, soft but strong. This beer is like a "American Stout 101", the malt characteristic is so well-presented.

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Photo of jaketaz
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's easy to understand why some use this as a yardstick by which to measure other porters. All I can smell is pure nutmeg, it's totally black with a small amount of tan head that reduces fast. Thick as muddy coffee at the bottom of the pot, only lightly carbonated and exceedingly smooth and balanced. As reliable as Rogue's mocha porter or Stone's smoked porter, but thicker than either and a darker roast. Hearty flavor but light enough to be a session.

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Photo of happenstance
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Nice and dark. Love it.

S: Again, nice. Makes one feel comfortable. Wish it had thicker, more-long-lasting head, but that's okay.

T: Probably my second favorite tasting beer (behind Avery's Czar). (EDIT: After tasting Lagunitas Imperial Stout, I have changed my mind: Founders Porter is my third favorite beer after Lagunitas Imp. Stout.)

F: Good. (Wish it was slightly thicker.)

Overall, ten times better than Left Hand's Black Sack Porter.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best porters I have had. The look was dark black with a finger foam head. it was silky smooth and had notes of coffee and chocolate. It had a thin mouthfeel and a soft finish. Will buy this one again.

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep dark brown that almost looks black, with a nice tan head that is full of small bubbles and has good retention and leaves acceptable lacing. Aromas and flavors are incredibly complex and perfectly balanced for a porter; there's chocolate and roasted malts, with a hint of sweetness (marshmallow, maybe) and plenty of toasted bread crust and a deep nuttiness. There's a slight hint of coffee as well, and some delicate smoke qualities. This would pair perfectly with smoked meats, roasted marshmallow smores, or would be perfectly fine on its own. An incredible, nearly perfect beer. With time I may bump this up to a perfect 5 for the style.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer. Dark, smooth, goth mouthfeel. Pours dark with a nice dark brown head. Chocolate notes with some nice roasted malt. Very very well done porter.

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Photo of KevCan
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6-pack of 12 oz. bottles from Whole Foods in Arlington, VA. Bottled on 01/05/16. Poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Dark with healthy medium-brown head. Visible large chunks of suspended sediment.

Smell: Delicious sweet chocolate maltiness.

Taste: Roasty, well-balanced.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: A good, solid porter. Have to ding it for the chunky sediment, though.

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Photo of LAp
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a deep brown/black, and forms an opaque black pool in the glass, capped with a 1 finger thick mocha head, which recedes to leave beautiful lacing. Nose is toasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and a hint of Rauchbier-esqe smoke with threads of sweetness underneath. The palate leads with a hint of smoke, bitter chocolate and develops into a full malt body that is an excellent blend of bitterness and sweetness. The body is medium-to-thick, and matches the beer well, though is perhaps a touch thinner than I recalled. This beer, alongside the Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's defines the single Porter/Stout style in my mind. An outstanding beer.

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Photo of Raidersox
4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I've had this bottle in my cellar fridge (approx. 38 degrees) for about 7 months, originally bottled on 1/16/2015. It was part of a Founders variety case and I drank 4 bottles last summer and gifted one to a family member. I didn't hang on to this one for any particular reason, just sort of forgot about it. Brought upstairs, allowed to sit at room temp for about a half hour before opening, then poured into a large wine glass.

Look: Very dark brown to black color with a 1/2" tan head that dissipated quickly. Little lacing but a continuing thin foam remains, evidence of carbonation that is unseen in the darkness.

Smell: Strong coffee/espresso and roasted malt, hints of bread and undefined sweetness.

Taste: Coffe flavor dominates early, giving way to dark chocolate. Mild hop bitterness, no real discernible alcohol taste despite 6.5ABV

Mouthfeel: Creamy yet sharp bite from roasted malts. Medium body.

Overall: Having only sampled a few porters before this one, and keeping in mind I drank 4 bottles of the original 6 pack earlier, I am inclined to say this is the best of any that I've had and, for my taste anyway, I believe that this sets a standard for the qualities a Porter should exhibit. While not my go-to style of beer I could say that I would buy this one again to treat my family members and friends that want to try something different or for a nice alternative to an after dinner cup of coffee

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Photo of Reema
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint

Pours very dark brown, essentially black. Smell is of roasted bread and coffee, bitter dark chocolate, slight charred scent, slight wet dirt earthiness, very nice. Taste reflects the smell. Initial roasted coffee and bread like tastes, ease into a slight dark chocolate flavor which finish with a mild charred flavor that lingers for a bit after the taste. The feel is medium plus which works with the heavier flavors of this porter. No alcohol taste, scent, or burn. Overall this is an extremely tasty beer that has found its way into my rotation of beers I keep at home. Recommend strongly.

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