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
Reviews:
1,604
Ratings:
7,256
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
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Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4.25.14. Drank 10.17.14. Poured into a 16oz Shaker.

A: Hell yes, this beauty pours a rich opaque ebony with faint glimpses of ruby around the curvature of the glass, while forming a deep mocha head so pillowy I just want to take a nap in it. Two fingers, recedes slowly, and leaves smooth lacing all over the place.

S: I'd like to meet the man at Founders who when formulating this porter spoke up and said "what if we hop it?", because that man is a goddamn genius and should be recognized for his contribution to mankind. Molasses, caramel, bready malt, bitter bakers chocolate, smokey...all that usually good porter business, but wait! HOPS! Incredibly unique, incredibly delightful.

T: Dark roasted goodness. Heavy on the coffee...black, molasses, chocolate, and those goddamn hops.

M: Light creamy body, just the right amount of carbonation, no trace of alcohol, no lingering bitterness...despite the 45IBU, finishes with a little stickiness and a pleasant lingering roast.

O: In a category all its own.

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Photo of stercomm
4.75/5  rDev +12%

A - Pours an extremely dark brown, almost tar colored, nice small tan head, sticks to the glass very nicely.

S - Getting lots of roasted, toasty malts, some coffee, slight hint of baker's chocolate, some smokiness.

T - Out of this world good, creamy chocolate and coffee with the coffee more pronounced on the finish, smoky and toasty malts.

O - One of my favorite porters, a very sessionable beer as well

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

A: Deep dark black and thick looking. Mine didn't pour with a large head, but I've had this before when it gushed. This was recently bottled so I'm fairly sure it's not an age thing.

S: Rich milk chocolate, some really rich molasses aromas. Really pleasant.

T: Lots of cocoa, baker's chocolate or dark chocolate. Some toasted malts and coffee beans.

M: Thick and full bodied. Almost syrupy. Really creamy texture with enough carbonation to really make the flavors pop.

O: An excellent porter, especially for the dark chocolate lovers out there. I'm not sure what to make of the inconsistency in carbonation, but I'll overlook that since on both occasions, this brew was exceptional, with and without a head.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a tan head. Looks creamy!

S: Cocoa and coffee with some nuttiness.

T: Roasted chocolate, cocoa, toasted bread, caramel, and malt. Nice taste, but honestly I don't see what the hype is about. It is a very tasty beer, but there are an abundance of porters of just the same quality or better.

M: Medium to full. Velvety with a bubbly feel to it. Nice.

O: A good brew, but as said above: not anything super special. An awesome beer regardless!

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Photo of nerdboy19
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appear : Black, brown foamy head.
Aroma : Roasted, little bit of burnt, chocolate, coffee, some earthy hops.
Mouthfeel : Medium body, Medium-high carbonation.
Taste : Soft chocolate, coffee taste first, and then roasted, burnt, hop bitter finish.
Overall : Great stout, soft but strong. This beer is like a "American Stout 101", the malt characteristic is so well-presented.

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

If someone were to ask you what an American robust porter is, wordlessly handing them a bottle of this beer would be an answer that is hard to beat. Solid black beer with ruby highlights and a fine-bubbled cocoa head. Nose dominated by chocolate and coffee-ish roasted grain. Body is heavy, striking a nice balance between the malt sweetness and roast bitterness. lots of complex flavors of dark fruit, nuts, and caramel to keep your interest and reaching for the next round. Very much a "to-style" beer, it shows how much can be done while staying inside the lines.

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

Pours a nice black brown with a thin mocha head. This looks like what some lesser breweries would call their stout. Pours with a nice body and some viscosity.

Smells of toffee, roasted coffee beans, bits of charred wood, dry cocoa powde, some vanilla and oak characteristics as well.

Bitter dark chocolate, smoky tobacco, definite roasted malt characteristics. Unknown sweetness in the middle, with a mild bitter finish.

Medium bodied with the carbonation of an aged beer. Smooth, rich, almost creamy, and just a bit thinner than a stout.

This is on another level of most other porter's I have had. A perfect example of what a porter was many decades ago and needs to become again. Another top notch style representation from Founders.

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

The pour was rather thick. It had a very dark brown color. The pour produced a roasted looking head, but with little formation.

The aroma had some cool things working for it. It had a roasted coffee smell, a liquorish aroma at times, and an overall malty goodness.

As I expected the taste had a thickness to it. The taste was similar to the aroma. This had a really good robust flavor that was really smooth. It had a dry chocolate flavor, but not sweet. There was also a smooth roasted coffee flavor with a slight bitterness. A liquorish flavor showed up now and again along with dark fruits.

Conclusion: A good sipping porter. I had this while smoking a cigar and it was a great paring. This was an elegant porter and the price was very reasonable.

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

A - Pitch black with next to no head. Just a thin lacing of tan bubbles.

S - Very chocolate-y. Deep roasted chocolate with some coffee undertones. Nice balance of dark malts.

T - Same tastes as the aromas suggest, just balanced a little different. Roasted malts and coffee are the dominant flavor. Chocolate is still highlighted but pushed to the side.

M - Fairly thin-bodied. A lot thinner than I expected with the full aroma. Finish is slightly sweet and a little wet. Nice chocolate/vanilla aftertaste lingers for a while.

O - Very well balanced beer, sticks to what the aroma hints towards as far as taste. Overall, a very drinkable porter. Very sessionable as well, just don’t let it sit for too long. It becomes cloyingly sweet after it warms too much.

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Photo of Humulus85
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz bottle into my Darkness snifter. Bottled on 3/8/12

Pours an almost black with a one finger khaki head. Decent retention with little lacing.

Robust nose. Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, burnt caramel. An earthiness from the hops, but not strong hop aromas. A hint of booze.

This is a full flavored porter. Tons of dark chocolate, caramel and coffee upfront. A surprising amount of bitterness come through in the middle to end. A don't know if this is from the malt or hops but it's tasty, and keeps the sweeter malts in check. Balanced finish lingers with a kind of bitter chocolate flavor.

Full bodied and silky smooth. Modest carbonation helps coat the mouth well. Heavy, but still highly drinkable for the amount of flavor.

Overall this is a fabulous Porter. While slightly strong and bitter for the style it is still very drinkable. I like the extra IBUs, but I also like my beers on the bitter side too. I would definitely try this if you have access to it. Cheers!

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Photo of TheFlern
4.94/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks MaxSpang

Appearance: A very dark brown, almost black. A light brown head that dissipates to a thin layer. Decent lacing still.

Smell: Coffee, light chocolate. Very pleasant, not overwhelming. Very good for the style.

Taste: Follows the nose. The chocolate is slightly more abundant. The taste packs a punch and is yet still mellow and drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. I like how drinkable it is.

Overall: I'm a fan. Its too bad I don't have easier access to this beer. I highly recommend if you have the chance.

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Photo of keanex
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Deep brown almost completely opaque beer, literally only the tiniest light goes through the edges. Thin caramel colored head that dissipates to a lacing that lasts the length of the beer.

S: Bitter dark chocolate and espresso flavors, in a good way. Reminds me of a fine mocha espresso.

T: The bitter taste of good dark chocolate mixed well with an espresso shot, just as it smells. Heck even my girlfriend who dislikes beer likes it, that's how good it is, without being overly sweet at all. Leaves a bitter taste in mouth.

M: Thick and medium carbonation make this an easy drink.

O: I've not drank many porters, but this is my favorite. Great job founders for making a very robust beer that's easy to drink.

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

Poured into a pint glass
A-Dark black creamy mocha head 1/2 inch good lacing that quickly dissolves
S-Chocolate, coffee
T-Roasty coffee, with some chocolate,little black licorice
M-Good, some carbonation not as thick and creamy as your might think given the aroma and the appearance of the head
O-Fine tasting beer on a cool fall evening

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

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Nice 2 finger caramel head which quickly dissipated with a moderate amount of lacing.

The nose to me was almost all malt and coffee, strong coffee which to me is very pleasant. The flavor followed up with predominate coffee along with many lesser notes, mallt, chocolate, earthy, and perhaps a hint of vanilla. Mouthfeel is good, very smooth and creamy.

I had this beer without food, but I believe it would be even better with a good steak or perhaps ribs. Drank alone, there was just a hint more bitterness that I would prefer.

Overall a good brew, I look forward to having a couple of the remainder of my 6 pack with a good steak.

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

Look - nearly black in color with a two-finger mocha head and great retention/lacing.
Smell - big time roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, and a subtle but ever-present aroma of bitter coffee.
Taste - roasted malts hit hardest on the palate too, but there are sweet undertones of chocolate and caramel and it finishes with notes of bitter earthy coffee (a little too much at times).
Feel - great carbonation, creamy body, smooth finish.

I haven't had this in a few years. I used to absolutely love it. I don't know if my tastes have changed or the recipe has been altered, but I would prefer less of the bitter coffee notes and more rich chocolate and caramel. With that said, it's still a fantastic example of the style that I would recommend to anyone that likes dark, robust beer.

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

B.A. lists this bottle at 5.10%, yet the bottle lists it at 6.5%. Curiouser, and curiouser.

Thanks to tburkhart for this one. Much appreciated.

Pours dark black, with a frothy mocha head. Looks damn inviting, and I can smell it from arms length.

Smells of chocolate, and some toasted aroma. Strong chocolate scent, seems like it's going to be rich tasting brew. Let's see...

Chocolate is strong, with a toasted/roasted undercurrent that lengthens the flavor immensely. I'm looking at the label as I review, and it reads: "dark, rich, & sexy." I couldn't agree more. A full bodied, full flavored porter, bordering on a cream/american style stout. Some mild hop bitterness, but Founders porter is all about the dark side. Malt prevails here, in abundance.

As stated above, this is a full bodied beauty. Chewy, with a long dry, and somewhat astringent (in a good way) long finish.

Overall, one of the finest porters I've tasted. Seek this one out. Open bottle, pour, drink, repeat.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into the Sam Smith Pint...
Bottle said it is 6.5% alcohol, not 5.1% as noted above.

A - Deep brown with mocha head. Good lacing and a solid three fingers of head from an assertive pour.

S - Nice and roasty with semi-sweet chocolate notes in the finish. Light hops with no esters. Smells like a good, sessionable winner.

T - Sweet and chocolaty at the entry, with a faint esters in the background. Starts to dry out towards the swallow, the sweeter chocolate becoming more of a bakers chocolate. Finishes nice and dry, with lots of coffee, baker's chocolate & pine. No off flavors that I could detect.

M - Full and creamy, with carbonation that seems spot on for its style.

D - This is a fine American Porter. Not too dry, not too sweet, pretty straight forward, with no off flavors. Might not be the most complex, but a solid session beer. Good deal and an enjoyable sixer.

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Photo of meich75
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Dark brown, almost black color. Nice full flavor but still easy to drink. Coffee and chocolate malt flavors but neither are overpowering. This was my first beer from Founder's brewery but I will definitely try more based on this one.

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Photo of ncfranklin
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to a tulip.

A: A fairly aggressive pour results in a finger tall tan head atop a solid black brew. Some lacing.

S: Plenty of chocolate, toasty to burnt malt and notes of coffee bean. Very rich in smell.

T: Big sugary sweetness up front that caves to coffee and bitter burnt notes in the middle, but remains very sweet. Chocolate is not prominent as it was in the smell, as simple sugar reigns. Finish returns to a roasty layer.

M: Very smooth and rich, only the lightest bits of dryness on the roof of the mouth in the swallow.

D: The bottle calls this one "Dark, Rich, and Sexy". I agree wholeheartedly with the first two, but this beer doesn't arouse me as much as I had hoped.

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Photo of dwren89
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: black, opaque, with dark tan small head

Aroma: bold and roasty, stout like but with a little more fruity ness, strong and pleasant aroma

Taste: bold, roasty, a little dark fruit flavor to add depth, with a balanced and medium finish. Very drinkable

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, with medium-low carbonation, sits well in the mouth and is very drinkable

Overall: A definite winner. I highly suggest this porter to anyone looking for a great session porter with all the flavor you want.

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Photo of tmzl
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours with large, mocha head, fine small bubbles with some bigger ones in the middle. Good, steady, slow, creamy retention with sticky lacing. Nice, fat layer stays on top. Surprisingly some carbonation visible. Dark, dark with brown hue. Very nice, especially the retention.

Smell: Dark, milk chocolate mix, roast and light coffee. Hint of caramel and some noble freshness. Fat, rich on the nose receptors. There is one note i can't really put my finger on, like a bit too oily (olive) burned bread crust you put on salad, in soups and shit like that.

Taste: Smell roughly translates. Roasted, very solid middle malt medium sweetness. Dark and milk chocolate and very light caramel. Good roast bitterness goes into coffee with a hint of hops and sweetness - a nice touch at the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, full body. Very nice. Carbonation noticeable but just the right amount. One of the biggest traits of this beer.

Overall: Sexy. Yea, why not. Mouthfeel is exceptional, the dark malt character is well developed and rich enough and that hint of fresh sweetness makes it a superb brew.

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Photo of flyers1980
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug...great chocolatey head on this one. No real coffee hints for me, just a straight ahead classic, working mans porter. Would recommend for a pairing with pulled pork. Heaviness makes not extremely sessionable but a great full porter with a chocolatey taste for me!

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Founders Brewing Company - Founders Porter. 6.5% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into standard pint glass. Bottled on 10/2/15

Look: Body is pitch black. Small fizzy light tan head from aggressive pour; dissipates into trace amounts of lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate, dark malt, roasted coffee, toffee, and toasty bread with a hint of smokiness.

Feel: Heavy bodied, with fair amount of carbonation. Thick and creamy.

Taste: Bitter chocolate, roasted coffee, and dark malts up front. Towards the back end, the toasty bread and smokey flavors appear, and settle into the aftertaste. Very rich flavors.

Overall: One of the first Porters I tried, and liked it ever since. Very nice combination of rich flavors, and creamy body make this truly enjoyable to drink.

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

Founders: Porter (No date) (Tasted 01/25/10)
12 oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours out dark brown, bordering on black, with a fluffy khaki head that leaves a blotchy stripe of lace on the side of the glass. Looks description on the label is very apt. Dark, rich and sexy.
Odor: Soft, subtle milk chocolate, freshly roasted espresso beans.
Consistency: Full body, very smooth. Gentle carbonation keeps things lively without being overbearing.
Flavor: Full, rich malt palate of espresso with milk in the front, dark chocolate in the rear. There's a solid, non-descript hop bitterness teaming up with the roasted malts to maintain some sembelance of balance, though sweetness definitely prevails. Finish is roasty and quick, leaving dark chocolate/espresso behind.

This is a supremely drinkable porter. Judging on body alone, I'd say this beer is encroaching on stout territory, but the flavor is all porter. I'll seek this out whenever it's around.

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

Stars should be afraid of this beer, as Im sure if they get to close they will be sucked into its black void. Inky black, with a nice dark tan head that retains beutifully. Aroma is of dark chocolate and woody hops hops. Bitter, chalky bakers chocolate up front with a smooth sweetness in the middle. Finishes with a smooth roast and firm bitterness. Slight earthy hop flavour as well. Medium bodied and very smooth. Big on the chocolate flavour and very smooth. Another stellar Founders beer that I wish I didnt have to drive an hour round trip to get.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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