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Founders Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter
BA SCORE
4.25/5
Outstanding
7,462 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
Ranking:
#763
Reviews:
1,662
Ratings:
7,462
pDev:
9.18%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
449
Gots:
1,711
Trade:
22
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 7,462 |  Reviews: 1,662
Photo of rmank
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JDW4195
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of CDTDubstep
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

By far the best beer I have ever had. Definitely the best American porter there is hands down. Silky smooth, luscious mouth feel that is absolutely perfect combined with dark enticing flavors of roasted coffee, grain, and chocolate. This is now my go to beer.

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Photo of far333
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany brown and opaque with a half inch of frothy light brown foam. Aroma of cocoa and toasty malt, hints of smoke and leather.

Rich and complex flavors of richly roasted malt, not bitter, hints of smoke and leather, espresso and charred bark. Full and creamy mouthfeel. Really nice beer.

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Photo of NaziBeerHunter
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. Very nice rich mouthfeel with pretty tasty coffee notes. The hop flavor still really comes through in this beer, and it's got great flavor

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Photo of Delucano
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of TBonez477
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Stronger licorice flavor than expected but otherwise a nice smooth, full-bodied porter.

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Photo of Kevin67
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Cmoore8241
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nate8822
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 98green
3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of mlockman
3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very roasty; not bad, just not my favorite expression of the style.

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Photo of nnoollaannn
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of doktorhops
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Well. Founders Porter. It has taken me a while to get to you hasn’t it? As the saying goes: “The longer the wait, the sweeter the reward.” And you Founders do make some of the sweetest rewards there are to be had in the Beerosphere (aka Earth). I guess for me the biding of time has been a result of hearing not the greatest things about this Porter, and little did I want to see the mighty Founders fall from grace, however having seen other reviews on this Porter and the decent aggregate score on BeerAdvocate I guess there really is little for me to fear - and I do love Stouts, whoops; Porters dearly.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Look we all know what to expect: Opaque obsidian body, rich caramel coloured half centimetre head... and Founders delivers with a beer that is as black as my black heart (I am after all an ivory trader). The head does hang around very long but who cares with that delightful inky black body inviting us to sup on its roasty nectar? 9/10.

S: Charred coffee bean, hints of ripe red coffee bean, light caramel (yes caramel, not chocolate) malts and a wild forest berry background all ties together and presents a formidable Stout Porter aroma. There is very little to fault here - it’s dark, it’s roasty, it’s wild, I’m loving it so far. 9/10.

T: Damn it, those Founders bastards have done it again (how do they keep making great beers!?) with a flavour profile that is every bit of the above aromas combined with a sublime balance between the sweet (more molasses than caramel) malts and that slight smoky charred coffee bean that provides ample enough bitterness to carry through to the finish. The aftertaste leaves a bitter note on the tongue that makes you go back for another sip... it’s almost perfect... almost. 9/10.

M: Smooth, Founders mid to heavy bodied, and did I mention smooth? It’s no Marvin Gaye smooth but it is indeed a respectable Barry White. 9/10.

D: Well I was not disappointed by this Stout Porter [what’s the deal with Stouts and Porters Doc?] if you want to know google “stout porter history” and you will learn that a Stout is a Porter - the style began as “Stout Porter” or a heavier version of a Porter, which this Founders really is at 6.5% ABV. Now we come to the crux of it with this brew, for me at least, it’s a redundant beer: between FBS and FIS I see little reason to buy this brew, and that is a shame. 7/10.

Food match: I’m going to go Medieval banquet on this brew - or chargrilled steaks.

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Photo of Godfatherbob
4.76/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just the right amount of heaviness, satisfying but it doesn't leave you feeling stuffed.

Sweet, but not too sweet.

Very malty, but not overwhelming, and a very smooth after taste.

Not much else to say, this is just one delicious beer. Definitely the best porter I've ever had.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Doonzman
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great porter! I'm actually very surprised that the class 6 here on ft polk carries such high quality beer. I guess they figure some soldiers actually want top notch beverages. Anyways, I recommend it to anyone who loves beer.

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Photo of ALLISON01
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Ryan4120
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L - Deep black with a dark tan head - minimal lacing
S - malt, hops, earth, and bittersweet chocolate on the nose
T- earthy throughout with a nice amount of malt and bittersweet chocolate as well as hops to round out the taste
F - Full body with medium carbonation
O - A very solid stout with a great robust earthy, hoppy, malty porter with bittersweet chocolate notes throughout

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LittleMurphyDog
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

All of the elements are there for a great porter

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Photo of Eman17
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 7,462 ratings
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