Founders Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter
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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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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1,562
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Avg:
4.24
pDev:
19.81%
 
 
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Photo of ElGordo
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown, almost black, with a nice, small, creamy head. Aroma of roasted dark and chocolate malts, with some chicory and a bit of a nutty character.
Palate is big on roasted malt up front, with notes of chocolate and mocha. A rich, nuttiness emerges mid-palate, and the roasted character becomes tempered by a good dose of hoppy bitterness.
Body is creamy and full, just thick enough to hold the robust flavor. This beer goes down pretty easily for being so strong and full of flavor. It's one of my first experiences with Founders' brews, and I'm looking forward to trying many more.

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Photo of seh410
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, dark brown, bordering on black with a slight reddish tint and two-fingers of super foamy dirty white head. I'm a big fan of a nice head on craft beer and this definitely fits the bill.

Aroma: Dark chocolate, roasted malts and some coffee and caramel. Really rich, really tasty smelling.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Coffee up front with some chocolate lingering close behind. Coffee bitterness dominates the after-taste. This is a good beer, I think it represents the style very well. There's definitely a heavy roasted malt taste but also nice chocolately and coffee notes that remind me a bit of a stout. Mouthfeel is super creamy and medium bodied with nice carbonation.

Notes: Drinkability is pretty good but this is a relatively heavy, bitter, and flavorful beer. Therefore I'd probably stop at just one of these, but the one is really good.

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Photo of clarkm04
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Very dark and robust. Forms a nice creamy head that dissipates

Smell- Definite notes of the roasted and chocolate malts. Very inviting.

Taste- Has a bittering taste upfront that transitions to a very smooth aftertaste. Very light and creamy on the palate for the last 2/3 of a drink. Lots of chocolate malt notes in the taste. Very full favored yet with an easy after taste.

Mouthfeel- A little harsh and ever so slightly unbalanced. Probably the low point for me on this either wise outstanding porter.

Drinkability- Very good. You can easily drink two or three of these in one session.

Overall - Very good example of this style. Definitely a little more bittering then some examples of porter but I really like the overall experience. Another very good beer from the Founders folks.

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Photo of larryi86
4.84/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle dated 2/22/10 poured into a snifter

A- Black with a huge tan head.

S- Chocolate, roasted coffee, roasted malts, and a hint of caramel and hops.

T- Rich, complex, and balanced. A great blend of roasted coffee and chocolate with a great malt backbone, and had a nice bitter bit in the finish.

M- Thick, creamy, and silky smooth.

D- This is a great beer, one of the best I have had. With how big the taste is I would really only have one as a dessert, I could not drink more than one in a sitting. I got this in a Founders variety pack with Centennial IPA, Dirty Bastard, and Red's Rye PA, and this is the best out of the four.

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Photo of CooperEllis
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First review, figured I'd start with something I like generally (porter) but a brewery I had never had before.

The color is near perfect, in the pour and head. The growlers from Bierkraft are counter pressure filled; the head on the first pour was three quarters of an inch and coated the sides of the glass nicely as it settled.

Initially, it smelled like when you open a fresh tin of nesquick or hershey's (the powder kind) and there's that dry smell of slightly bitter chocolate dust. It did not hold a distinctive aroma with drinking, but disappeared or faded into the background of the taste.

The tast is very good, I mean, it taste's how I expected (or hoped!) it would taste. I did thinks it was a little one-demensional.

This porter is slightly watery in mouthfee, but with a little attention to 'chewing' the flavors released nicely. While I'm loathe to say 'it tasted like chocolate' the aftertaste is distinctly that sourtaste that I always associate with a very high quality piece of dark chocolate. I have to imagine pairing this with a nice chipotle chocolate treat would be amazing for a dessert but I have to say this was light enough for a porter that I could see pouring four or five over the course of an afternoon bbq and enjoying each.

***

I poured a second glass of this and let it sit for a while, the rise in temperature completely changed the mouth feel and flavor. This beer became more complex in flavor, with a creamy texture.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Porter
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a deep and dark brown, borderline black in appearance. Some areas are opaque while the very bottom of the glass showcases some nice ruby highlights.

Pleasant aroma with chocolate and coffee notes.

Wow, what a delicious porter. I love the silky smoothness and sharp complexities of dark roasted malts, espresso bitterness and Hershey's syrup goodness.

This is one hell of a porter and clearly the best porter I've had since Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter in Buffalo a couple of months ago.

Founders has gotta be one of my favorite breweries out there. Every beer I've tried from them is awesome and this is yet another example.

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Photo of NittanyNation
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Cocoa, coffee with a slight hint of almond.

Appearance: Pours black and thick. Maintained a 1/8 head through with a slight carmel/roasty coloring. Looked superb off the pour.

Flavor: Dark chocolate and cocoa again. Slightly roasted, but finishes clean and smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall impression: A great, dark porter with great taste/smell and extremely drinkable. Makes for a good sipper but easily can be turned to a session beer, taste retains value one after the other.

Serving type: Bottle

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Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich and thick, black in color with a one finger dark tan head.

Roasty malt with quite a bit of chocolate. Smells rich and robust.

Matches the nose quite well. Loads of roasty toasty malt goodness with a good amount of chocolate with coffee notes. A bit of bitterness in the form of cocoa nibs. Lingering roast and bittersweet chocolate in the aftertaste.

Full bodied and velvety mouthfeel. Very stout like. I've had imperial stouts with less body than this.

If Founders makes a bad beer, I have yet to find it. This has to be the benchmark for the style. Just awesome. Goes down really well and is extremely satisfying.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Dry cocoa and semi-sweet chocolate notes up front. Roasted barley notes as the beer opens up. Mild earthy hop aromas. Clean yeast character.

Appearance: Chocolate brown with ruby edging. Thin and wispy tan head.

Flavor: Dark chocolate and cocoa again. Big roasty profile with dark, toasty supporting flavors. Balance is firmly bitter and roasty. A slight mineral quality to it. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. A slight dark grain astringency.

Overall impression: A dark, roasty porter. Very dry and has some stout-like features. The roastiness borders on one-dimensional but maybe some age would tone it down a bit. Nicely done.

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

Pretty dark pour with a tan head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate malt. Flavor is of roasted malts and chocolate cafe coffee. The very balanced flavor leads to a potent palate -- initially creamy, which morphs into a lively, more interactive experience. It is very dark -- there is a minute hint of dark fruit against the dark chocolate coffee --, and its merit in being so is its exact balance. Smoky with some subtle hops. Very rich, very "sexy".

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Photo of Soonami
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out like motor oil, much darker and thicker than I expected from a porter, more stout-like in character. The color was pitch black, with very little khaki head on the beer. It was not flat, but definitely on the lower end of carbonation, as I was rough to stir up the beer and bring out some aroma. The nose was all burnt malt: coffee, chocolate, roasted barley; and a bit of caramel sweetness. The taste was roasty and bitter like espresso, but clean, without too much fruity esters or sweetness. The porter was dry, but with good body to keep this drinkable.

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

Growler our from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours dark, dark mahogany with dark ruby highlights. The head is puny, and fairly short lived, going to a loose and bubbly thicker collar, very dark tan. :eaves fine and widely scattered fields of lacing. Dark chocolate infuses the nose, dusty and slightly chalky. Densely flavorful and aggressively styled porter. Plenty of dark chocolate, figs and other ripe dark fruits, woody/whiskey/smokey chords are also lightly hit. Big and brawn, full flavor porter, good stuff.

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Photo of SykDoc
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a very dark brown and forms a 1/8 brown head that modestly reduces leaving almost no lacing. Opaque when held to the light.

The aroma is a great blend of coffee and milky sweetness. Some dark chocolate hints and just maybe a bit of hops, but very minimal.

The taste blends with the aroma wielding similar roasted malt chocolate and coffee, as well as some milk-like components. Simple but effective.

This is a medium/full bodied beer that starts out with a forward carbonation that seems to fall a little flat. It leaves a pleasant dry sensation with a long lasting flavor.

Overall, this is a solid porter. I'm not sure why I don't think it should be rated higher but something seems to drop while I'm sitting back and thinking about it. Either way, very good and quite drinkable.

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Photo of nickadams2
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours a thick viscous black with a thick tan head with nice retention. Some lacing.

S_Dark chocolate , espresso,roasted malt. Picking up some hops.

T_Bitter chocolate and coffee.Creamy vanilla too. Pretty roasty. Little hoppy in the after taste. Nice dry finish.

M_Thick,creamy smooth, and full bodied goes down nicely.

D_Great session beer or sipper depending on your mood. Very nice porter overall.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a gorgeous dark dark oily black with a nice thick viscosity and a nice 1 inch tan head that is very dense with some bigger bubbles in the center. The head recedes slowly and leaves some minimal lacing.

S - Delicious chocolate and roasted malt. Wow! Burnt and smokey aromas, smooth and not too sever. Chocolate powder and some mild vanilla spice as well. Coffee.

T - Smooth and very delicious mocha flavors. Chocolate powder sweetness from the malt with a nice burnt character to it. Very mildly bitter especially at the end. Great flavor profile, starting with the burnt flavor then the sweetness and finishing off dry.

M & D - Oily, smooth, thick and creamy. Full bodied and Extremely drinkable. Great offering from Founders. I cant believe it took me this long to try their Porter.

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Photo of n00tz
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Dark body, mocha brown head, and an undetectable carbonation.

S - Dark fruits, molasses, roasted-toasty woodiness. Light scent of walnuts.

T - Roasted coffee and nuts with a dry alcohol backing. Light chocolate and biscuity malts are present and welcomed warmly for a Porter.

M - Carbed wonderfully - slight tingle. Sits heavy on the palate, more than a typical porter.

D - Dark and heavy, would go great with a chocolate cake with a walnut genache.

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Photo of jsanford
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a very dark brown, thin tan head that quickly disappeared, leaving a slight film.

S - Dark roasted malt, sweet milk chocolate, roasted nuts, expresso. Slight alcohol whiff.

T - Pretty much follows the nose, as expected. Dark chocolate malt, roasted nuts, coffee. Great balance.

M - Creamy with a medium-heavy body. Medium carbonation, maybe a bit higher then expected. This is not a bad thing.

D - Great, textbook example of a chocolatey porter. Go-to beer when I want something dark, but not to the degree of a RIS. Another home run from Founder's!

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Photo of smibroncos
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. Poured a bard tawney brown with an amber tan two finger head. Good lacing on the glass.

S. Cocoa, Coffee, Cereal, Toasted malts.

T. Rich chocolate coffee goodness. This is a great porter. Earthy, Dark roasted grains good sweetnes, with a nice bitter balance. Yummy.

M. Rich and robust, good carbonation.The flavor lasts on the tongue.

D. A great after dinner drink. Rich and roasted coffee flavors, sweet and bitter.

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Photo of Pabs311
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice, rich, dark black with very thin mocha head. very minimal lacing coats the glass as i drink this beer.

S- not overpowering but on the aroma is mainly of chocolate and molasses.

T- similar to the nose, altough more potent. chocolate, molasses, caramel and sweet roasted malts all play an integral part in the flavor of this beer. nice.

M/D- medium bodied and creamy in texture with minimal carbonation. great for this style of beer and very silky. great drinking porter, not my favorite of all but up there on my list

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Photo of philosobeer
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If you want a heavier porter, this one is well worth a try. A little heavy, but it is a very tasty beer.

A: One very dark brown pint that on first glance I was tempted to call black. The head is a good medium-creamy foam. Settling as you drink it, those who compared it to the crema of an espresso were quite right. It's an ornament of heavy brown cream which really does draw an appropriate and favorable comparison to coffee. The half point it lost was for being dark enough to make me wonder if I ordered the stout.

S: Roasted barley is very evident here, as are the chocolate malts. One good swirl and sniff brought alcohol, chocolate, coffee, and grilled foods to mind. At the smell, you know it's a beer and get a whiff of its strength. The chocolate coffee compels a sip.

T: The first taste is sweet and malty with english hops just drying out the head. This tastes rich enough to be satisfying and just dry enough to not be overwhelming. I think the alcohol, and highly kilned and roasted grain brought up the end.

M: This was heavy for a porter even, something that I've noticed with Founder's other beers. Here that feels a bit better than it did in many of their others and I'll accept it. Its effervescence is present, not overwhelming and really what it should be.

D: The heaviness and alcohol feel detract here, but not by enough to make me turn on it. It's heavy, yes, it's got noticeable alcohol, yes -- it is not too much to keep you from considering a second. A third is really pushing it, but of mostly from its heaviness. This goes well with fish.

This is at one of the local favorite bars in Chicago's pilsen neighborhood. And now that two of my favorites are gone, when I am looking for a good darker beer there, this is one I assure you I will order again. Not elevated to my favorite porter by any means, but probably my favorite Founder's.

Cheers.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: this porter is black and opaque. The pour didn't really engender a head, but a thin mocha colored film tops this black beauty.

S: bouquet is a tad faint, but suggests that this will be chocolatey porter.

T: semi-sweet and super rich, Founders Porter boasts molasses, chocolate, and caramel. This is one of the best porters I've had to date.

M: thick and creamy, the mouthfeel holds up to the indulgent theme set by the flavor.

D: I don't know if I like this or the oatmeal stout better. They are both delicious in there own way. My only conclusion is that both must be ordered. This is definitely worth a shot, as it has all of my favorite attributes of a good RIS.

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Photo of jminsc76
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Relaxing at my sister's barber shop in North Royalton, Ohio, and decided to crack open a Founders' porter as a busload of Marines walk in.

Into a coffee cup (no pint glasses available at my siblings' barber shop, *wah!*), pours a dark espresso head atop a black, nearly impenetrable body. Fading legs as I tilt the cup; still exhibits a lot of thickness. Almost forms an espresso head like a good cup of, um, espresso.

Aromas are a bit medium-strength and include espresso, oak, and coffee beans.

The flavors are stupendous, with notes of bitter coffee, oak, and a slight quantity of sweetness coming through. Incredibly well-balanced, with the smiles on the faces of the Marines I am sharing this with confirming my delight.

Mouthfeel is thick and ebullient. Me likey.

Overall, this is an excellent porter, with a great balance and roastyness that literally has me believing - if only for a second or two - that I am drinking coffee that intoxicates you rather than caffeine-ates. Excellent job Founders.

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Photo of joshstevens87
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a jet black with an enormous dirty tan head with a nice amount of staying power
S-a nice roasted malt with nice notes of chocolate and dark fruit a bit timid though
T- a great blend of roasted malt with nice sweet and chocolate undertones maybe even a bit of coffee with a little bit of aromatic/bitter hops to compliment the taste overall a great porter
M-a medium body with a sort of hidden but strong carbonation that makes the beer rather light and refreshing even with its body and great tase
D-a great porter one of the better ones i've had and can easily drink it all night

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Dispenses an onyx black body sporting a tall, proud-looking, dark tan head with plenty of staying power and substantial lacing.

Smell: Rich malty nose of bold, roasty coffee beans, melty bittersweet chocolate bars, licorice sticks, and moist dark fruits. A delightfully sultry scent, indeed.

Taste: The firm roastiness leads in the taste, with a flavor of strong coffee unabashedly laced with chocolate sauce, licorice, and a hint of real vanilla bean. Amply sweet throughout. Dark fruitiness buried within the heady maltiness. Roasty, earthy bitterness. Shot of cream. Long, leisurely, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth, succulent creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It's really pushing at the boundary line between porters and stouts. A sterling, tasty robust porter from ole Founders and one I freely, even cheerfully recommend to others.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Just got a big amount of Founders beers in a trade, and this is the first I'm trying. This beer is amazing at the get-go! Huge brown frothy chocolate head. This beer has a delicious, sweet scent to it. Sweet chocolatey notes hit the back of your tongue...followed by a subtle smokiness. This is one of the best Porters I've ever tasted. I could drink this beer dangerously too much.

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