Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: Robust 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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Photo of Sammy
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewer 3 months ago. Pours jet black with lots of brown foam in head, that leaves a spider lace trail. Aroma of roasted malts, and a hint of mollasses. As we drink through the pint, chocolate malts are noticed in aroma as well as taste. Drying in middle, a bit like an Irish dry stout. Carbonation is right there, and refreshing. Anise and chocolate in residual, along with roasted barley "coffee grounds".Great porter.Average mouthfeel, smooth drinking.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Half finger milk chocolate head with some lacing. dark black without light passing through.

A: lots of chocolate with dark roast and coffee notes. The smell is very sweet.

T: mostly dark roasted malt and coffee with the choclate in the sweet finish and less doimianting than in the aroma. A decent hop bitterness intermixed.

M: thick and full bodied, light to moderate carbonation, very smooth.

Overall: A very drinkable porter. Porter is one of my least favorite genres however this is a very good beer.

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

Second beer in a mini Porter tasting: Founders Porter poured into english pint glass.
Dark thick pour. Very dark brown head. Thicker, darker and smokier than the GLEFP. Sweet aroma of chocolate, coffee, dark malt, vanilla with some smoke. Smooth and creamy, taste of roasted malt, molasses, chocolate, coffee. Very different than GLEFP, not as drinkable but a more creamy full mouthfeel. Exceptional.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a good porter, if a tad over-hyped. pours a rich coffee color into a pint glass with a dark brown head ony half an inch tall. smells like coffee and chocolate, but not overly intense. more sort of blended in with all the roasted malts. flavor is very well balanced with only a touch of sweetness at the end. i also pick up some vanilla in this beer and some tea-like flavors, a little hard to place actually. mouthfeel is nice, plenty of body, more like a stout. i really liked the heavier feel of this one. the bold flavors demand it. carbonation is about average, works just fine. overall this is a delicious porter worthy of high praise, but i dont think its in my top five. i will have to revisit this one soon.

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4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bobhits for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch khaki head that fades to a thin cap. Thin rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark roasted malts, coffee beans, cocoa powder, and an earthy note. Taste is very much like the smell with cocoa powder covered coffee beans being the main flavor of this beer. There is a very slight bitterness and acidity on the palate after each sip. The carbonation level is low which makes for a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good porter from Founders. It definitely deserves its place in the top 10 of the style.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a deep brown color with a fast fading head on top. The head comes and goes just leaving a thin ring around the glass. The smell of the beer has a chocolatey roasted aroma with a very minimal hop aromas on the nose. The taste of the beer had a really nice deep and long lasting roasted flavor. There is a blend of chocolate in there too and even a hint of what I think tastes like roasted marshmallow. The mouthfeel is a moderate carbonation, but also has a creamy smooth body too. Overall this is really good, it's boarderline stout in my opinion but either way it's a great beer.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured dark black with a small mocha head.
S: The aroma consists dark, roasted malts with faint hints of chocolate and coffee notes.
T: The flavors are very well balanced between dark roasted malts in the initial taste and bitter hops in the finish.
M: It feels relatively smooth and medium-bodied on the palate; the finish is slightly dry.
D: The drinkability is excellent.

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4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of biboergosum
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, from a visit to Dearborn, Michigan a few weeks ago. At least now I know what the hell "Rouge" means for the Ford Motor Co.

This beer pours a solid black, with very slight cola edges, and two fingers of thick foamy, melted marshmallow tan head, which leaves some decent arching lace around the glass as it settles. The aroma is lightly roasted caramel malt, mild coffee grounds, and a bit of boozy chocolate candy. The taste is toasted, grainy malt, chocolate caramel, a mild creamy, sour milkiness, and soft earthy, piney hops. The carbonation is quite laid back, the body medium-full in weight, somewhat creamy, and decidedly smooth. It finishes resplendent in coffee/chocolate laden malt, assailed on both sides by a lingering lactic tang, and persistently understated hops.

An enjoyable American porter, big all around, and with a nod to London Porters of old. Dark, rich, and sexy? Sure, why not, you've earned it.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$2.29 at the Four Firkins. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a shitty hotel highball glass in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof. I love this brewery.

Served after a warming period following its removal from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beautiful tan colour head of very nice luscious cream, great thickness, and good retention for the relatively high ABV. Colour is a solid nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Assertive coffee, coffee bitterness, dark malts, cream, and caramel. Minimal detectable hops. A strong assertive aroma. Biting bitterness. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Strong assertive coffee bitterness, a dark malt foundation, cream up front, caramel, dark chocolate, mild hop bitterness (but in a balanced sense), and more of that chilled strong coffee. A well balanced if overly assertive flavour profile. I like it. One of the ballsier porters I've had in a long time.

Mf: Smooth, wet, a touch thin. Good if understated carbonation. Suits the flavours well.

Dr: A good beer for iced coffee lovers. And it's a porter for a reason; it doesn't drink like a senselessly smooth wannabe stout. Another solid brew from Founder's, and definitely one I'd have again - especially on draught. Well priced for the high quality. That said, Founders has better beers at this price point (namely Breakfast Stout).

I wouldn't age this. Drink fresh or fairly fresh.

Would pair well with bitter chocolate or mild nuts.

B

*I've adjusted the overall score to get the letter grade I want in order to keep my reviews fair and consistent. Please see my profile for more information.

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02/19/14 Update: Retried it in a more proper setting.

B-

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

Imaculately balanced and with the creamy malt textures expected from a great porter, but with the classic citrus hop bitterness that makes it uniquely American.

The pour delivers a handsome, firm appearance of dark, dark brown hue that can easily be confused with a stout. Great head formation crawls to the top of the class and laces beautifully as the beer fades. No real knock on the appearance at all.

Simple and pure aromas of dominant coffee and barley malt backbones. Quite light on the fruits with only a slight hint of cherries and licorice. Bittersweet cocoa also play a minor role. Hop aromas give a light grassy, piney freshness to the beer. Not overly complicated, just simple and near error free.

Again, coffee flavor dominates the mouth. Not quite espresso, but a good French Roast character. Cocoa powder and hops again show lesser roles and take a deep backseat to the coffee. Fruity esters fade far into the distance and are hardly worth mentioning to the taste. Hop flavors bring out a fresh piney, grassy flavor that affirm the hoppy aromas. Interesteingly enough, there is very little sweetness to the beer- no real caramel, residual sweetness, or confection quality.

Initially malty-rich textures lighten just a touch to make the beer easier to drink. Otherwise dry, powdery, and hoppy bitter. At times the roasted grains play a little harshly on the throat but disquise themselves nicely in the hop bitterness.

The beer is very well attenuated and malty. No real flaw to the beer but it seems to lack that 'it' quality that ranks it among the best. A bit more chocolatey, caramelly sweetess would help to offset the bitterness from the sharp coffee, cocoa, and hops.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 5/8/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, roasted malt, coffee, toast, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt notes with light hop presence; and good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, toast, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Moderate coffee/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, caramel, light pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of roasted malt flavors with a light-moderate hop presence; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent porter! Great balance and robustness of flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.

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Photo of emerge077
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 14 oz. tumbler and the head rose exactly to the rim. About a finger of dark tan mocha foam, with a sticky ringed web of lace. After a few minutes it settled to a skim with groups of larger bubbles here and there. The head could have used more staying power, but it wasn't a big deal. Light couldn't seem to penetrate the inky darkness of this Porter.

Warm roasty aroma, dark Belgian chocolate, dark roast coffee, and pipe tobacco. Rich and silky feel, mild bitterness, earthy char, layered espresso and dark chocolate that fans out in waves. Pretty rich, one or two should just about do it. Very tasty, and probably among the top 1-2 American Porters i've tasted.

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