Founders Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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7,355 Ratings
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
Ratings:
7,355
Reviews:
1,637
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
Wants:
436
Gots:
1,650
For Trade:
22
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Photo of Jtshepherd1
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter

Look: Charcoal, jet black. Almost a dark brown in the light. Pours with a one finger nut brown head

Smell: Dark chocolate and roasted/burnt malt

Taste: big coffee flavor with roasted malt. slight acidity. Finished with a dark chocolate note. Nice balance between bitter and sweet

Feel: Nice and silky. Medium carbonation

Overall: Not a huge fan of porters, but this is a nice beer. Nice after dinner beer or would mind drinking it while reading next to my wood stove in the late fall

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Photo of Btip1969
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance has a black colored body that leaves a two finger tan/off white head that dies to a film within a minute. The smell has coffee up front with strong side notes of chocolate and even as the beer warms up more some light vanilla comes out. The taste has all of these previously mentioned flavors and becomes bitter and sweet in different ways. The palate, its light and smooth, and is really creamy. Since the ABV is moderate -Id say this is sesessionable. Overall, I’m mostly impressed in this for its style and for me.

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

Pours a pitch black with no light at the bottom of my tulip glass and has two fingers of a thick brown head. Nice lacing leaving a layering all down the glass. Also saw some particles floating about upon closer examination.

Very nice and heavy aromas of roasted malts. Some smaller but just as nice notes of vanilla and bakers chocolate on the nose.

Taste is of nicely roasted, and very roasted, malts. A lot of coffee and some bitter chocolate as well. detecting someting like a smoky flavor as well.

Mouth feel is bordering on medium with a slick finish yet a very nice smooth sipper. The mouth feel tells the person to slow down and enjoy the beer but does not get in the way of drinkability.

A very nicely done porter that almost seems as if it wants to be a stout. If I were blindfolded, given a glass of this, and told to review this "stout", I may call it a somewhat light for style stout. So it seems to sit somewhere in between the best of two beer worlds for this reviewer. I look forward to enjoying more, much more of this fine offering from Founders. Thank you guys and gals so much for such a nice beer! Cheers!

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Photo of dcsmart65
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of dddyyy1223
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Trboley
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Sayb
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Aaashhh
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Very dark brown with a thick tan head
The smell is very subtle
Chocolate at the forefront
Feel is light for a porter methinks

When I want a porter, this is my go to.

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Photo of JavierGC
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hunter
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Outstanding. Vigorous pour into a Guinness pint glass reveals an opaque, midnight black brew with a generous head of dense tan foam that manages to endure. Lovely tracing.

Smell: Mild notes of smoke, coffee, dark caramels, maple

Taste: A long pull lives up to the promise of the nose. More subtle initially than you might expect, but the coffee, chocolate, and smoke are there. Burnt malt/roast in the aftertaste.

Feel: Not as cloying as a stout, but just as creamy smooth. Finishes light with some lingering after effects; remains substanital.

Overall this is highly drinkable, and a decent gateway for those who might be put off by the heaviness of some stouts and darker ales. Definitely a must have for porter fans.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pitch black with an immense and creamy light brown head. Retention is near-perfect and tons of gloppy lacing is left behind.

S: Milk chocolate, roasted grains, burnt toast, coffee candy, almost maple and toffee-like with vanilla. It's roasted, creamy, bittersweet throughout.

T: Roasted grains, dark chocolate, burnt toast, and lightly sweetened black coffee in spades. Creamy with hints of caramel and vanilla. There's some lingering coffee roast into the finish.

F: Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy upfront. Gets light on the swallow, but never turns watery. Remains very drinkable.

O: One of the best American porters I've ever had. It's "Rich, Dark, & Sexy" for sure. Complex, flavorful, and endlessly drinkable.

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Photo of uncleotis
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Black as night under an oatmeal blanket. Spotted sheets of lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate and roasted malts.

Tastes of bitter dark chocolate, oats, slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry.

Overall, dry and chocolatey with a solid weight about it which makes it very drinkable. The mouthfeel ties it all together.

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Photo of beergoot
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unique bottle info: BOTTLED ON 09/23/16 16:28:47

Inky black body topped with a rich, creamy, light brown head. Charred grain and dark chocolate aroma. Bitter and sweet chocolate flavors; cocoa; vanilla; sharp bitterness counteracts the sweetness. Heavy body; smooth and silky; sweet finish tempered with a husky grain dryness.

This is a superior porter, rich and flavorful. There is a well-rounded sweetness and body, perhaps due to lactose sugar? However the sweetness and body come about, the bottom line is this is one fine, pleasant drinking porters on the market.

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

Tasted in a pint glass from draft at Kuma's on May 18, 2017.

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

Photo of DDrugg
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ABabbidge
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: About as black as a beer can be. Dark brown head.

S: Brunt malt and dark chocolate.

T: Starts with with dark chocolate and dark coffee notes. Burnt bread in the middle and finishes with a little bit of sweetness.

F: Fairly heavy body and moderate carbonation. Silky smooth texture.

O: Wow now that is a porter. Can't think of a porter I have ever had that is better than this.

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

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Photo of brutalist
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joshautry
2.11/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Photo of Bruno74200
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one might be the best american style porter that I've the chance to try yet (I'm talking about real porters not some 12%ABV stuff, like the -by the way wonderful- Lil' B from Evil Twin).
Like every Founder's beer I've the chance to try : it's perfectly balanced. First good point. It's bold but controlled. It's a porter no doubt, it's not a fucking roasted bomb, it's on the chocolate and dark berries mostly. Plus, what might make it exquisite, a great hop presence. It's mostly piney and candied citrus (bergamote? Tangerine?).
Anyway it's a wonderful session beer. I could drink that every day

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 7,355 ratings.
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