Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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

Pours a dark black color with a thin light brown colored head, fades fairly quickly and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass, if the head and retention was better this would be a perfect looker.

Smell has a deep roasted malt aroma, touch of smokiness, the roasty toasty scent is very strong and more complex than your typical roasted malt nose, a bit of nuttiness really adds a nice layer.

Taste is huge on the roasted malt, slight burnt coffee-like flavor creeps in and adds some bitterness in the aftertaste, hop not really a factor here but the coffee bitterness replaces the need, carbonation is medium to high but closer to medium, adds a good creamy smoothness to it, touch of sweetness from a cocoa like presence but the roasted coffee flavors are the real star.

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Photo of HumanParaquat
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of DinoBlueShoes
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mack
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of pin
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Jlabs
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mpalestino
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of jpd026
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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

A - Pitch black, decent amount of head and lace on the glass. Love the pitch black chocolate cover

S - Burnt toast, sweet chocolate, and hints of alcohol.

T - Like the smell, burnt biscuit up front, but sweet chocolate towards the end and a nice hop kick for good measure. A damn tasty porter with a lot going on

M - Full body, nice bite at the end.

O - An excellent Porter. I wouldn't expect anything less in a "dark" beer from Founders, who seems to do it better than anyone

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally back in bottles! Pours into my glass a deep dark charcoal with a half inch of rich tan head on top that leaves some spotty lacing behind. Aromas of dense roasted malt accompanied by luscious dark chocolate and coffee. Almost like chocolate cake with a slight undertone of dark fruits and anise. Rich and robust, draws you in.

First sip brings dark roasted malts upfront with a tad bit of sweetness, quickly followed up by bitter dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Dark fruits and anise mingle with a caramel undertone. Slight burnt note on the way down with a touch of hops. Great aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is spot on. Not too heavy and not too light with the perfect creamy smoothness that makes it go down so easy. This is just a great drinking porter and one I could easily session at any time. I think this will make my list of beers to keep on hand for daily drinking. Well worth seeking out for fans of porters.

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Photo of goblue3509
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Chris-1911
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ColSanders123
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of tourdot
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of rbrefbeerman
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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


Looks the part tho the head fades quickly. Aromas are muted, but the taste is better. This sample highlighted roasts more than choc or coffee, and the roasts are bitter , almost burnt. Mouthfeel a little watery for ABV.

Well made beer obviously tho I am not sure if, given the fact that it is highly hopped, whether storage may be an issue. Little hop bitterness to this palate.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dental
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured unto a pint. Served again this time in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black, head comes off thick roughly 2 fingers length light tan.

Smell: This is not a the strongest aroma you would like, does it smell great absolutely, why don I rate it higher?, because it comes off slightly quick almost too quick.

Taste: comes off chocolately, not too heavy but feels like coffee is in the mix. After another sip....yes absolutely coffee is in the mix. Comes off strong but not on the alcohol side just pure flavor.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation, very easy to drink for the real beer drinker in you.

Overall: Well put together beer, full of incredible flavor and might be slightly complex but not to the point that you don't know what it is. Definitely a keeper in your fridge and pound for pound one of the best porters I have had....drink with love and enjoy, Salud!

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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

Pours out really black and lots of tan foam with nice lacing.
Fruity smell like raisin and grape skin. Coffee
and chocolate and toasted malts. No alcohol in the nose.
Taste is bitter coffee and malt. Not complicated by any stretch but still has enough going on to keep you holding on the the glass. Pretty nice porter here.
Mouthfeel is mostly coffee residue and malt sugars that stick around in the mouth for a good while.
Drinkability is good here. Great dark session beer.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BeerSox
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz twist-off bottle into nonic.

Pitch black, with a one finger light brown head that settles to a thin cap, along with a bubbly rim along the glass. Stringy lacing left behind.

Very robust roasted aromas along with a little black coffee and cocoa.

Heavy roastiness in the flavor, along with a contrasting creaminess. Very thick, smooth, and full bodied. The hops play a small part to add a slight bitterness.

A very solid porter. Definitely toward the stout range as well. Also complex. Recommended.

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Photo of budgood1
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out an opaque dark brown colour with a dense dark tan head reducing to some ample lace. espresso nose...dark roasted malts with soem char, cocoa and anise too. seriously smells like some fresh ground daark roasted coffee. my goodness. the flavour profile reveals a bevy of hearty goodness...almost more stout like than porter. plenty of charred maltiness, bits of astringency, and coffee mud. yeast and a bit of chalk. a slight alcohol sting and some hop bitterness also work there way up from the abyss. seemingly dry for such a hefty brew. the body is obviously super heavy, with a mouth crushing mouthfeel. big and brash this porter is. drinkability is a touch hurt for the fact that this is a sipper of a porter and my lips are sticking together with every sip.

overall i'm taken aback by the pure heft of this beer. if i didn't know any better i would guess this as a bad ass stout. but it's simply a porter bursting at the seems. good stuff here. worthy of an "uff da"!

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