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
Ratings:
7,355
Reviews:
1,637
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
Wants:
436
Gots:
1,650
For Trade:
22
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Ratings: 7,355 |  Reviews: 1,637
Photo of jrsqc7
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The colour is certainly a opaque deep brown. the head is ok but not great. No real lacing.

Flavor is layered. Cola is definitely present, followed by various smoky flavors - which are seemingly multiplied by the carbonation, which is both aggressive and gentle.

Pretty good.

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Photo of seedyone
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Big maltiness on all fronts. Matched with a measured sweetness & we have a pint of bliss with just enough bitterness o keep it adult & interesting. The 6.5 ABV is managabel for the amout of return visits this blend inspires.

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Photo of Den7854
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WhiteHendrix
3.17/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Almost as dark as coffee......and it is in the taste as well.. along with some sweet toffee in there. I love these dark brews. This is as good as any of them out there.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

An incredible staple porter from Founders. Dark black beer, tan head - pretty standard for the style but robustly so. Smell is a bit bitter for a porter, a little smoky and roasted as well. Taste is on point, extremely palatable without being overbearing. Light mouth feel allowing for the norms of a good porter to come through - that malty chocolate is absolutely fire. Greaat beer, wish they would've turned up the alcohol on this one so I could get a bit drunker to be honest haha.

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Photo of BJB13
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11/18/16
12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic style pint glass.

Pours black and opaque with a nice fluffy light brown head with good sticky lacing. My pour yielded 2 fingers of head that slowly decreased but easily regenerated with a swirl of my glass. The nose is fairly robust, malty and sweet with chocolate and caramel aromas. The taste matches the nose, chocolate, caramel and coffee. Slightly sweet with roasted malts and moderate bitterness. Finishes mostly clean with a quick burn and a little bitterness. Medium bodied, smooth rich and creamy, it is a pleasure to drink.

In my opinion a great American Porter. My favorite and one I always recommend.

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Photo of GFD400
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a tulip glass. Best by 04/06/17.

A: The body is pitch black. The head, when not poured aggressively, created a 3 finger thick beige to brown head. After a while, it got to a 1 finger thickness but this is showing an awesome retention. Lots of lacing.
S: There's a very well balanced mix between roasted malts, sweet coffee and dark chocolate. It's very well balanced aroma for such 3 prominent profiles.
T: The taste is a very balanced sweetness for coffee, toffee and roasted malts, having just the bitterness of the hops and from the dark chocolate in the back. It's really a very sophisticated flavour.
M: The body is medium. Sweetness is high, bitterness is mild, alcohol is unfortunately a bit noticeable.
O: I'd never expected to find such a sophisticated beer, it's really cool.

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Photo of Strigiform_Witness
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StevenMilligan
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jferg007
3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Jarudy
2.22/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Dms844
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of -DF-
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ObstinateOutcast
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled
Drank: 03.07.17
L: Thin, tan head with poor retention. The body was a thick, dark chocolate color with light carbonation.
S: Smelled of chocolate with slight notes of coffee, malty, and faint hoppiness.
T: Tasted of mostly chocolate with a slight bitterness. It was full bodied and hoppier than I anticipated it being. A slight coffee aftertaste was noted.
F: The overall mouthfeel was smooth and thick.
I throughly enjoyed this beer. I feel as though its a good beer to settle down with when it's cold and blustery outside. The slight bitterness seemed to fade as the beer warmed.

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

Photo of toscanoigor
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of RichieRich1812
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of heady_drank
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Founders is steady crushing it. I get the majority of my packs south of $6, so maybe I'm not as particular as your average reviewer here on B.A. but this porter is smoothe, rich in flavor and highly drinkable. In my opinion this brew is snifter-worthy.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jesterr44
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid porter; nothing spectacular. Roasted malt with touches of chocolate, coffee, caramel & perhaps some fruit (plum?) Smooth but not overly full mouthfeel. Enjoyable but not amongst my favourite darks.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark with a light brown head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is chocolate, toasted malt and coffee. Flavor is similar, with a bit of tartness. Dry finish with some cocoa bitterness in the aftertaste. Not a bad porter, but not what I expected based on the hype.

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