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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of garuda
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Thick, black liquid pours into the glass with a thick brown head that has great retention and coats the glass in sticky lacing. Never thought a porter would look this well.

S/T - Fresh roasted coffee up front mixed with hints of dark chocolate, and finishing with a robust, earthy roast bitterness.

M - Full body, low carbonation, thick and oily across the palate and smooth going down.

O - A quintessential example of a robust porter. Everything is spot on about this beer. I will definitely get this again.

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Photo of GJ40
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased at Triangle Wine in Morrisville, NC and bottled on 12/10/13.

A - A rich, deep brown with no light and minimal head.

S - Roasted coffee, cocoa, brown sugar and bread.

T - Roasted coffee and pumpernickel bread with a moderate bitterness that lingers. Generally dry with the slightest hint of sweetness.

M - A bit on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

O - Lots of flavor but also so accessible to the palettes of most beer drinkers.

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Photo of bum732
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick viscous black, nice creamy tan head. Smells of freshly ground coffee, cocoa powder, very roasty, some faint citrus, pineapple in particular. Tastes of bitter like coffee with a nice wave of dark cocoa like sweetness. Slightly citrus bitterness leads to some cocoa dryness and burnt roastiness. Very low carbonation, nice creamy texture.

A very solid robust porter, big and bold. My only qualm with this beer is the carbonation is a little too low, which is odd since i generally like my beers like that. I think a little more carbonation would bring the score even higher.

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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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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of jctribe25 (thanks!) - bottled mid-February I think (date is worn off); poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Seal brown liquid, opaque with a fawn collar. Light lacing, decent retention, despite the lack of a sizable head.

Roast malt, coffee with creamer, and a touch of licorice in the nose.

The flavor profile is much the same as the aroma, though with a nice depth of rich scalded malt, espresso, and a touch of molasses, though the finish is dry overall. Some cocoa comes across in the aftertaste.

Creamy, well carbonated...

One of the better porters out there actually - robust, flavorful, quite drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of nlmartin
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was served chilled and drank gradually as it warmed up. The beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beers body is black. No ruby opaqueness is noted to light. The head of the beer is light tan in coloration. The head resolves to a ring of foam.

Smell: The beers aroma is dark roasted, charred malts. The aroma of dark roasted coffee, chocolate, smokey nuttyness. In short it smells fantastic.

Taste: The flavor of the beer delivers very dark roasted espresso, a bit of chocolate dipped nuts, a pleasing tobacco smokeyness. The beer goes briefly malty sweet then finishes with smokey bitterness.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer has a full body. The carbonation is low but proper to the beer. This is a dam fine porter. It verges on being stoutish in my own mind. The beer was an easy drinker. Founders yet again brews a fantastic beer drinking experience.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours total black with a rocky tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Chunks of foam cling to the glass. Intense fresh roasted barley and dark chocolate in the nose, with piney hops and malt sweetness in the back. The taste immense chocolate and roastiness. Dark cocoa mixes with milk chocolate and coffee notes. Citrusy, piney hop flavors add more complexity to the mix. Roasted malt bitterness mixes with the solid hop bitterness tying everything down. The finish is thick and full bodied with a textured, creamy carbonation.

A benchmark example of an An American Porter. Rich, roasty, complex. Good hop presence too. A must try.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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