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:
7,317
Reviews:
1,622
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
Wants:
431
Gots:
1,629
For Trade:
22
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Ratings: 7,317 |  Reviews: 1,622
Photo of KLHBB
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark toasted malt, sour roasted coffee bean, stout bitterness. Pours opaque back, tan head, silky mouthfeel. As the beer warms, a sweetness emerges.

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Photo of Sam1991
3.17/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of kkazemi
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hephaestos
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of muswellbeerbelly
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

-tap pour to glass,-1 cm of puffy foam that persists. Aroma of caramel and a touch of coffee, not burnt. The flavor is dominated by roasted malt with a hint of cocoa. The real treat is the mouthfeel and finish. This is exceptionally, and consistently, rich and smooth.

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

Photo of tgf17
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roelleke1986123inkijk
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

5 out of 5, does Founders actually have bad stuff?

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

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.39/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Best Porter I've had to this point and that includes Deschutes. Thick and rich and very "stout-like".

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Photo of _Adam_
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

355ml bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

The showcase is majestic with very deep brown to opaque black body and massive creamy tan head that quickly builds up and long-lastingly withstands with remarkable retention before slowly subsiding to a thick eternal layer of silky crown and leaving plenty of lacing web, spot, and patch all along the way.

Rich creamy chocolate, coffee, cocoa, roasted coffee bean, some sweet caramel, dark bread, a hint of husk, a bit smoky, charred wood and nut, some earthy and citrusy hop too, the aroma is much more mellow and inviting once the beer starts to warm and more open.

The taste is very rich of roasted malt and toasted biscuit as well as coffee, chocolate, and cocoa powder. There is only just slight astringency while it is mostly focused on all those creamy chocolate and mocha. The sourness of roasted coffee bean and citrusy hop is in the middle together with some sweet caramel, dark bread, a hint of husk, a bit smoky, charred wood, burnt nut and some earthy hop. The finish is wrapped up and dominated by roasted profile together with a suggestion of hop bitterness that is also lasting well as the aftertaste.

Medium body with velvety smooth mouthfeel and some lively carbonation to generate crisp feeling through the palate, finish is very dry. This brew is the benchmark of how American Porter should be. Still pretty easy to drink even there is a lot of thing going on and developing upon the drink.

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

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a fine half finger light brown head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, coffee, molasses and oddly a bit boozy, which is odd for a porter of this ABV. Flavor is dark toasted malt with a light char, coffee, cocoa. Finishes with light char and mild hop bitterness with residual dark malt and coffee. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A great, full bodied porter with a remarkable smoothness considering the char and coffee flavors. Balanced and flavorful. The fine malt flavor blends fully into the finish. This is definitely one of the best porters I've had. Founders has finally made it to the West Coast market and this one is a real winner; it lives up to its fine reputation.

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

Photo of Holderness
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with a handsome two finger deep tan head that dissipates quickly. The aromas are gentle and nuanced -- lots of smokiness, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, barley malts, and sugar. Tastes like a cup of hot chocolate cooled down and made into a beer. Thick, chewy, perfect for chocolate lovers.

85/100

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

Photo of Dzu
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 0.355l bottle into chalice.
L: Very dark brown with a soft coffee colour foam head.
S: Coffee, chocolate.
T: Pleasant bitterness, roasted malts.
F: Tight body, soft carbonation.
O: Great balanced porter. Definitely I'll buy it again.

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Photo of CervezaNY
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EMV
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip

L: Inky black pour with a good finger and a half of creamy brown head. Lovely lacing.

S: Coffee and roasted sugars. Cocoa beans and char.

T/F: Taste is roast forward.. with lots of darkened grains and malts. Rich French roast coffee and dark chocolate. Earthy. Nice bitterness towards the finish as a fairly aggressive hop profile shines through. A little hoppier than usual for the style and I like it. Medium to rich in mouthfeel. Great carbonation.

O: A fantastic porter and one of the first that comes to mind when I think of the style. This one will always have a place in my fridge.

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Photo of Jerk_Store
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/1/16 Poured out into a Dogfish Head signature glass on 1/2/17

Pretty much totally black liquid, opaque with a bubbling, dark tan foam cap.

A roasty yet, sweet malt aroma, graham cracker, Hershey's chocolate, dark fruits, Quaker Oats, roasted nut assortment and some earthy, herbal, dry hop thing.

A very smoooth and lush mouthfeel, starts out medium bodied finishes full, smooth, then drt. Very nice feel overall.

The chocolate and roasted nuts malt flavor is pretty awesome. Rolled oats, graham cracker, dry-earthy, semi bitter hops are in the most excellent balance. Subtle caramel pops out as the liquid warms, becoming a tad sweeter.

A top-shelf Porter.

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Photo of Sublime89
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dohedan
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 7,317 ratings.
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