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:
1,603
Ratings:
7,254
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
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Photo of hellbilly
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

multiple bottles of 2009 by way of emacgee.

pours viscous and nearly black. no light gets through and there is no color change at the edges. it's capped by a soft creamy purple tinted brown head.

the nose is full of green leafy hops, ash almost like spent charcoal (the real stuff), chocolate, roast, raisins and faint smoke.

the palate is malty and thick... a touch fudgey but in no way sweet. there's lots of ash and roast present along with flavors of chocolate, scalded vanilla cream, pale molasses and a pleasant lactic sourness throughout. medium full bodied with lots of substance. it's rich, creamy and smooth with the perfect carbonation yet almost parchingly dry and hoppy. i think it's those differences in texture which keep it interesting...

it is missing some depth, complexity and development of flavors but it's really effen good! i think i like how they shied away from the lux nutty, coffee and caramel characters and allowed the harsh bitter and dry stuff to come through! 8/5/8/5/18/4.4

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Photo of nickynick
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Founder's Porter poured almost black, a dark dark brown with a small tan head. The smell was of chocolate and a bit of hops. The taste was of bittersweet chocolate. Full of flavor. Finished with a bit of hops. Mouthfeel was a bit thick for me. Drinkability was good. This is an excellent porter, spot on for the style. A wonderful beer that I will purchase again.

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

Jet black pour with a thick, frothy tan head that formed and left some sticky lacing with each sip. Amazing smell, roasted coffee, milk chocolate and heath bar. I could pour this over vanilla ice cream and be in heaven...Taste follows suit with the smell, roasted malts pave the way for a minimal coffee flavor, dark chocolate, slight bitterness on the end of the sip that blends coffee and hops just right. Very smooth and creamy texture with a mild carb level, hops seem to linger around after each sip. Very earthy-mild hop character that is more pronounced than I have experienced in a porter, but it is pleasant. Biscuity consistency with each sip, malt forward with a heavy roasted presence. Overall, this a good porter, one that I will certainly indulge in again.

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- This beer pored out dark as motor oil and is dark as night except on the edges while held up to the light, which revealed a small amount of red. It poured out a small half finger head that looks creamy and has tinny little bubbles that dissipated rather quickly. Nice looking beer but wish the head was bigger and retained longer.

S- I can smell this beer from a few feet away. This one is really roasty and rich smelling. When the beer is swirled it releases a more creamy toffee smell that is soft on the nose. I get a slight black coffee smell followed by a real faint chocolate. Very nice smelling beer.

T- First thing I noticed is the nice dark malt flavor of the beer. Followed by a roastyness and a nice bitterness. I get a good amount of leftover flavor on my tongue that reminds me of a really dark coffee. There is a nice toffee note in the background to the roasted quality of this beer. Well done.

M- Nice medium bodied beer that is really smooth. Carbonation is right on for this one. It dries my mouth out on the finish. Makes me want to take another sip right away. The body of this beer is what reminds me of a porter. Tends to be thinner then a typical stout.

O- This is an excellent porter. I love the roasted quality along with how rich and smooth it is. I typically do not grab porters but this one will definitely be a regular in my fridge. Excellent beer!

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz Bottle poured into a lagunitas glass.Dark brown in color.The smell is a nice coffee and chocolate mix.The taste is a very nice blend of chocolate and coffee with neither one up front.This is my first Founders that I have tried being that they are just starting to get it in in southern California.I enjoyed this a lot.Very smooth and I can see buying this again in the future.Give it a try.

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Photo of 911CROFT
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355ml bottle into a snifter glass. Paid £2.70 for a single bottle.

Pours an opaque, dark, black body, that when held to the light displays lovely ruby tinges and a small amount of slow rising carbonation bubbles. A two-finger in height, dense, mocha coloured head reduces quickly to a thin film and foamy collar, leaving behind small amounts of spotty, soapy lacing on the glass.

On the nose it is sweet overall, with mild aromas of toasted malts, milk chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, dark fruits, and a subtle smokiness hidden away in the background. The taste mimics the nose but as a bolder more intense and complex version. Upfront, rich, roasted dark malts, burnt toast, and roasted coffee are followed by lighter, sweeter malts, along with a touch of milk chocolate and tangy dark fruits. The body has a satisfyingly generous amount of weight and heft for a porter, which combined with fittingly low but not flat carbonation give it a deliciously smooth, creamy and silky mouth feel. A combination of charred, roasted dark malts and crisp bitter hops give a smooth, complex, dry, earthy, smoky finish that lingers on the palate.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Incredibly well balanced, easily drinkable, and reasonable value for money, I would certainly recommend it to a friend and will looking to try it again in the near future.

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

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black with ruby highlights around the edges. Poured with a small tan head.

Smell: Coffee, Roast, Dark Chocolate,

Taste: Starts with a nice malt sweetness. Chocolate and some dark fruit in the middle. Ends with a roasted coffee flavor. This is very well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could have a few of these in a sitting.

Another great beer from Founders. Definitely a great American Porter. Keep up the great work!!

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Photo of CPeterson
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A -- Deep black brew that leaves little if no light to come through. A nice heads that settles into a light skim.

S -- Coffee, toffee, dark chocolate, a hint of caramel and smoke.

T -- Roasty malts, a hint of coffee and chocolate up front, lightly bitter. Fades into a rich caramel / dark fruit sweetness that nicely balances the smoke and lends a very smooth, well balanced beer.

M -- Full bodied, almost creamy, medium carbonation, lightly drying.

D -- Very nice. Worth the buy and the repeat and regular rotation especially if you are a fan of the style.

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Photo of MrStark
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is bordering on black with a nice two-finger light brown head with nice retention and sticky lacing.

Smell is a nice mix of coffee and chocolate. There is some roasted malt in there as well making it a nice roasted and fairly sweet aroma.

Taste up front is a nice bitter roasted coffee followed by some mildly sweet dark chocolate. A bit of hops in the end make if a nicely flavored and balanced brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice silky smooth feel to it with what seems to be just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is very good! Certainly one of the best porters I've had. Goes down nice and smooth with great flavor. Perfect candidate for a session porter and I plan to have many more. I must say I am quite pleased with Founders! They make some great stuff!

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Photo of porter_collie
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured bottle into pint glass.

A - Pours thick, black, and viscous. When pint glass was held up to a light, it was completely opaque. About a half inch of toffee-colored head formed on top.

S - Roasty and sweet - kind of like a chocolate cake cut with the slightest hop aroma.

T - First, a bit of astringency from the roasted malt and carbonation. Then, the palate opens up with the sweetness from the rest of the malts. The aftertaste is of roasted coffee. Slight northwest-style hop biterness lingers on the tip of the tongue, too. Yeast esters open up as the beer get warmer.

M - Thick and glutinous. Delightful.

O - One of the best takes on the American style porter, up there with Black Butte and Smuttynose Robust Porter. Comes of as not too boozy or bitter for dinner, mid-afternoon, or, hell, even a breakfast beer.

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Photo of templar316
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Shocked that I've never reviewed this with as many cases as I've poured over the year! Pours deep and dark, with nice khaki head. A nice roasty nose has me imagining cashews and toffee with hints of figgy goodness. The flavor is subtler smooth cola body faded into a bitter cocoa finish. You could drink this all night.

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Photo of gunnerlincoln
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This has clearly become my favorite porter over the past few years. The first time I had this porter was from a bottle and I fell in love instantly.

When I learned that my local distributor carried 1/4 barrels all year long I switched to the porter on tap. What a wonderful difference...on tap it is very creamy, smooth, and tasty with a thick, foamy head that leaves you with a beer mustache. Wonderful blend of coffee and chocolate hits you right away with a noticeable hop kick on the back end.

Founder's hits another home run with this delicious brew. You will not be disappointed!

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Photo of Dikfour
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Two fingers of Brown creamy head. Opaque and black in color. Mild carbonation keeps a small island of foam at the top of the glass. No lacing really.

Smell: Mocha and roasted cocoa. Very rich.

Taste: Mocha, cocoa, dark chocolate, vanilla, a little nuttiness, Fresh cracked coffee bean bitterness. Rich lingering chocolates. A little bit of alcohol is present, but not much.

Feel: Medium body. A little creamy. I had some watery porters in the past and this one certainly is not that.

Overall: Pretty dang awesome. Rich wonderful porter utilizes every ounce of flavor to bring a complex, balanced beer. Picked this one up in a trip to Ohio and if Founders ever makes its way to Colorado I will squeal like a little girl.

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Photo of drgonzo3705
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Black color with a tan head that recedes to a thin film with a ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

S: Sweet smokey malts with a hint of coffee.

T: Lots of the smokey malts going on with a little bit of hoppiness too.

M: Pretty full bodied here. I was surprised given the ABV at how big this beer was.

D; I'll have another please!

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Photo of jman892
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark as night, black, with a mocha colored head which doesn't hang around too long

S - Very nice aroma of bakers chocolate, dark malts

T - Follows the nose as there is chocolate, also some mild lactose character, and some noticeable coffee bitterness. Very well balanced

M - Very smooth and creamy, with a gentle carbonation. Full bodied and delicious

O - The best porter that I have had, hands down. Complex taste, great mouthfeel, just overall fantastic

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Photo of Casedogg43
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big fan of this one. At beer geeks in Highland Indiana.
Lined up in a flight of stouts/porters.

A: A dark brown. Decent tan head.

S: Mocha. More milk chocolate than coffee.

T: Lots of dark chocolate and roasted malts and dark roast coffee. Smooth as silk.

M,: Very solid feel. I like them thick and creamy. This is mid level and smooth.

Overall: terrific beer. Ordered a pint after the flight. Beat out the others!

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 06-05-2012 01:52:29
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Photo of capeannbass36
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Heavy handed pour into a pint glass. Very, very dark brown...almost black. Definitely not seeing through this one. Half inch tan head that hung around for awhile....leaving decent lacing throughout the drink.

S- Roasted coffee and chocolate.

T- Sweet roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee.

M- Creamy with light carbonation. Silky smooth on palate.

O- Very delicious and drinkable. Definite keeper. Without a doubt..definitely buying again.

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Photo of THANAT0PSIS
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founders Porter

Appearance: Founders only year-round dark beer offering pours pitch-black with a massive three fingers of deep tan head. This foam cap quickly dissipates into a crust reminiscent of espresso crema. The beer is too dark to note any carbonation, but, as Founders beers are unfiltered, quite a bit of sediment is noted. The beer leaves very little lacing while sliding down the glass. It honestly looks more like a stout than a porter, but coming from one of the kings of stouts and given the questionable divide between the two styles, this is not surprising or negative. Like the bottle proclaims, this beer looks “dark, rich, and sexy”; but the same could be said for your average porter or stout.

Aroma: Thick, creamy waves of darkly roasted malts suggesting chocolate, coffee, and just the slightest hint of oatmeal waft over the drinker’s nose. Strangely, there is a bit of an alcohol/liquor profile, even at a modest 6.5% ABV, which, while not negative, is unexpected and somewhat off-putting in such a small beer (by craft standards). Not a lot outside the norm going on here, either; it just smells like a basic porter/stout.

Taste: Essentially follows the nose, but with more of an emphasis on the coffee than chocolate, which strays from the very balanced aroma. The chocolate is more of a supporting actor to the coffee, rather than fighting for the spotlight. No real hop profile is present, but this is a malt-focused beer, so the malt-focused bill does not hurt the beer. The aftertaste lingers on forever, it seems, with a slight hint towards dark fruits highlighted in Belgian tripels and quads. Simple and effective is clearly what Founders was going for with this beer. That simplicity is a bit disappointing considering their other more complex (but not year-round) dark offerings.

Mouthfeel: This is the attribute that sets this brew apart from other porters (and Founders other stouts). This is one of the only beers in which “watery” can be used positively. The smooth and velvety nature of the beer make it incredibly drinkable and refreshing, which is in stark contrast to the flavors at play here. Typically, dark beers are thick and syrupy and sometimes need to be chewed, but this one is lighter than air and goes down with no problems at all. There is a slight alcohol warming as the glass empties, but it is pleasant and restrained, if surprising. There is very little carbonation to speak of, but that only emphasizes the velvety quality of the drink. Founders managed to drag this one out of the mediocrity of normal porters with this amazing mouthfeel.

Overall: While this beer is quite average in every aspect (except mouthfeel), it almost appears as if Founders meant it to be that way. There is nothing surprising, but also nothing to really dislike. Its drinkability and low ABV make it a great example of a session porter (if such a thing exists). This is also a great introduction to porters and stouts and could be used as a rubric on which to grade all other stouts and porters. Simplicity is sexy, apparently. 15.5/20

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Photo of BelgiumBill
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Are you kidding me? I've recently discovered Founders (yeah, I'm new to this) and is there anything Founders doesn't do well?

Anyway, I paid $1.99 for a single 12 oz bottle at Total Wine.

This poured nearly black into my Guinness pint glass and produced a thin medium beige head which lingered for a minute the receded to leave some islands and a ring.

The smell was strong and loaded with roasted malts, coffee, and molasses.

When drinking, there was a great balanced complexity to the brew highlighted by the roasted malts which progressed into coffee, then revealing some hop bite to the side of the tongue and finishing with some mineral notes. Again, this was complex so my description doesn't do it justice.

There was good carbonation which was in balance with the thick, chewy feel this porter exhibited. Reasonably priced for this quality.

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Photo of Boggdogg
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a jet black color and a very thick frothy wonderfully brown colored head that lasts and lasts. The lacing is soooo thick! This is exactly what a world class porter should look like.

S - malt and coffee nice and simple.

T - fairly straight forward classic porter taste bitter coffee bean but it's a good bitter like high quality ingrediqnce where used.

M - outstanding full bodied yet smooth and creamy. A little dry.

O - well brewed, looks amazing, tastes great. I would like some vanilla or something like that added. highly recommended great quality porter!

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Photo of n00tz
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Dark body, mocha brown head, and an undetectable carbonation.

S - Dark fruits, molasses, roasted-toasty woodiness. Light scent of walnuts.

T - Roasted coffee and nuts with a dry alcohol backing. Light chocolate and biscuity malts are present and welcomed warmly for a Porter.

M - Carbed wonderfully - slight tingle. Sits heavy on the palate, more than a typical porter.

D - Dark and heavy, would go great with a chocolate cake with a walnut genache.

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Photo of rwf08
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Black
Head: full head that subsides quickly
Flavor: roasted coffee, chocolate, and cocoa nibs
Smell: roasted coffee, toffee, and roasted grains
Mouth-feel: creamy and velvety

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Photo of manahansf
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and opaque black with a thin and creamy tan head. There is a light aroma of roasted malt but the boldness of the beer is in the drink. Smooth coffee flavors and a gentle hint of chocolate flow with a mildly thick and viscous brew. Low carbonation slows the drink even more and fades gracefully into a sweet malty finish. It ends smoothly and crisply.

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Photo of ken3c
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is very dark brown. It struggles to form a head and recedes to a thin ring with wisps. No lacing. I was disappointed in the appearence and losing hope that this would be a good beer.

I shouldn't have worried. The aroma was great. A good blend of Coffee and carmel with a hint of vanilla. I just couldn't stop smelling this beer.

Very slightly sweet, a little tart, with a crescendo of bitterness. It starts with coffee and then the hops kick in. Dry finish.

Full bodied and lightly carbonated. It could use a little more carbonation.

I like this beer. It's got it where it counts.

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Photo of youngblood
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark brown with small tan head.
S- Strong espresso and dark chocolate coming off of this. Bit of a burnt toast nose to it also.
T- Espresso, Chocolate, bit of creamy sweetness also. Follow the smell, there is a bit of a burnt aftertaste.
M- Creamy and quite smooth, leaves mouth satisfied
D- Easily put back. Goes down rather easy.

This is a really great example of what a Porter should be.

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