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Founders Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter

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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Reviews: 1,569 | Ratings: 7,142
Photo of MarkLinton1
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Midnight black with thin tan head after agressive pour into a tulip glass. S: Dark chocolate, roasted malts, expresso and toffee. T: Dark chocolate, coffee, toasted malt, vanilla and spice. F: Silky smooth. O: Top of my list. World class Porter.

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Photo of dciBA
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night from the 12oz bottle into the usual tulip. No head whatsoever, hardly any lacing. Weird. Might be a glass wash/rinse issue on my end.

Smell holds a lot chocolate with plenty of coffee. Very aromatic and inviting. As it warms the coffee takes over the chocolate, in a good way.

The flavor is almost all chocolate. Milk chocolate and dark bitter chocolate both present. Some coffee mixes in nicely, as well as some caramel on the finish. Very full flavored, but easily palatable.

A full bodied beer for sure, with just enough carbonation. Nice and slick in your mouth with a fairly sweet finish. Flavor lingers for a while. One of the best porters I've had, too bad I only have the one.

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

A-Pitch black with small lacy brown head. Alot like a good coffee stout.

S-Good smokey, roasted nut scent.

T-Nice dark chocolate smoothness in the beginning and goes down with the bitterness of stout. Just wonderful

M-Sits slightly heavy with nice smoky taste as it sits. Low carbonation

O-Great porter, one of the best i have ever had, period.

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Photo of DrumKid003
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Don't have the best lighting at the moment, but this pours black in the middle, with a very dark brown around the edges. Half a finger of head that dissipated very quickly.

S: A hint of milk/dark chocolate which almost gets completely overtaken by a very heavy roasted malt and oats smell.

T: Taste follws the smell very closely. Dominated by roasted grain, chocolate and what I think is a dark french pressed coffee sandwhiched between the roast on the front and the sweet from the chocolate on the end.

M: Very smooth, creamy mouthfeel start to finish and the chocolate is what lasts to create that creamy feeling.

O: By far one of the best porters I've ever had and since it's a year-round beer for Founders, I will definitely by it again on a regular basis.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

look was deep brown almost opaque smell cocoa and coffee with a taste of the same, feel was deep with a lower carbonation than I expected. solid representation.

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Photo of JCBears
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App: nice dark almost coffee like nice head that settles quickly

Smell; rich coffee/toffee like little hints of spice around the edges

taste/MF: Highly coffeed taste that hits nicely. Bit thin mouthfeel but nice. good beer very nice coffee flavor great representation of the type.

overall: Loved it could drink this at breakfast or after coming in from a cold winter day. Drink warmer for nice effect

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Photo of Cmack15
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours dark with a creamy head and some lacing. Nice smoky malty aroma hints of mocha perhaps tinge of coffee. Medium body with appropriate carbonation. The label says dark rich and sexy seems to fit this beer. Nice well crafted porter would definitely seek this out again.

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Photo of DrewV
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (bottled on 3/17/11) at approx. 50 degrees F into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a chocolate/black liquid with a 1-finger tan head. Spotty lacing and nice "legs" on the glass, due to the relatively high ABV.

S: Sweet bakers chocolate, mild coffee, typical roasty aromas. A bit sweeter than most other porters. No hops detected in the aroma.

T: Roasty malts up front, a perfect blend of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Definite hop presence balances out the sweetness, fading to a full dry coffee finish. By comparison, I find Edmund Fitzgerald to decay to more of a chocolate finish. This is a nice change of pace for me. Very robust, smoky, heavy roast flavor.

M: Relatively high carbonation for this style, a bit bigger than most other porters I've had. Not as creamy as Edmund Fitzgerald, for example. Overall a good mouthfeel, but more akin to a "stout light" than a porter. Lowest marks here. (NOTE: I'm very surprised that most of the reviews indicate low carbonation. My particular bottle is well carbonated, if not overly so.)

O: Good ABV for a porter, if not a bit high for the style, but it's completely hidden. This would be a welcome treat if I were in the mood for more of a stout-ish beer, but as a porter, it's a bit too "big" in my book. Extremely robust, smoky and roasty. This is ahuge porter. Nonetheless, a quality brew and worthy of a solid A-.

I have to say, there are a good number of quality American stouts and porters being produced these days. Founders is right up there with the best of them and you can't go wrong with many of their beers. If you find this one on tap somewhere, don't hesitate, just order a pint (or two).

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

Poured from a bottle to my mouth. At a campfire and had no available glass, so I'm not able to enjoy seeing this poured. Since it's a Founders brew, I will assume it has a good look with a nice head and good retention. Smell was quite surprising for a porter with lots of carmel and burnt sugar notes. Perhaps a touch of mocca which was a pleasant addition. Great smell overall. Taste followed the nose with the carmel and coffee/mocca thing. Picked up some molasses on the end with just enough hops/bitterness to round it out. Solid. Feel was nice and heavy like a good porter should feel. Not too chewy, but nice and hearty with some decent carbonation. Overall- A very enjoyable porter and good representation of the style. Strong aroma with a thick feel and complex taste. Will be having another at some point in the near future. Very tasty-

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Poured an inky black with very thin dark brown head that disipated quickly.

S- Coffee, roasty smell with an alcohol asrtingency. not unpleasent just unexpected.

T- big rich coffee and malt. a little bit of toffee and molasses But not too sweet. A delicate bitterness at the end that gives way to a mild alcohol warming.

M-I think this is where the beer shines. it's smooth and velvety. The thought of frosting comes to mind. Coats the tounge. Viscous. Has some of the mouth feel of a stout but its not.

O- I enjoy this beer, i wouldnt drink too many of them but its tasty without being heavy, strong but not too strong. It is described (accurately) as dark rich and sexy. Like Pam Grier!

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Photo of dee4maine
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

one of the best easily available porters with loads of dark fruits, mild chocolate, little coffee notes. awesome porter and definitely one the best ones around.

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Photo of bamojr
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like Founders, all of the beers I have had from them are good.
This beer is a thick black color . Very malty and sweet to the nose.
sweet to the taste . Some chocolate notes. Nice and think. One of the better porters I've had. As I don't generally consider myself a porter man, if I keep having porters like this, I may have to change that.

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Photo of Roke87
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at a little cooler than cellar temperature.

Appearance - Pours almost a dark black, no light penetrating even when held up to a light, poured with about one finger of brown head that quickly dissipates to a very thin lacing

Smell - The smells are a little muted on this one right of the bat, but a little bit of coffee and chocolate shine through eventually. Personally didn't get much hop smell out of this one, but you can definitely smell some roasted malts in there.

Taste - The taste also seemed rather muted (but mind you this came after drinking an imp stout and there's not much comparison between the two, a whole different animal with the imp stout). You do definitely get the usual porter/stout taste of roasted malts, chocolate, and a bit of coffee taste, again I didn't really get the hops.

Mouthfeel - Is rather light but smooth none the less, a little thin for my liking but not over the top, definatly fits right in on the porter scale.

Overall - An amazing porter, and a great representation of the genre. Nothing bad to say about this one but when drinking it directly after an Imp Stout there's just no comparison.

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Photo of Evocatus
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark opaque coffee color with a thick dark beige head. Aroma is a mix of roasted malts heavy on cocoa/bittersweet chocolate. Taste was the same as the aroma, although there was a little kick to it. The beer was really thick, reminded me of an expedition stout from Bells when pouring. However, the carbonation was pretty weak, so it felt like i was drinking a thin syrup rather than a beer. However, given it's taste and price, a great drinkable beer.

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

12 ounce pour..

A: Dark chocolate black. Thin head ample lacing

S: Delicious chocolate and coffee , par for the course. Roasty and malty.

T: Taste follows the smell. Creamy rich coffee and chocolate. A bit watery tasting.

M: Medium creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth easy drinking.

O: Overall, this tastes like a light version of their Imperial Stout. I suppose it is a bit disappointing and slightly watery tasting in comparison, even though its not a thin beer, and is a robust 6.5 APV. All in all, a nice easy drinking porter, but in comparison to their Imperial Stout, not quite as exciting.

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Photo of CoffeePorter
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Midnight black with a frothy tan head.
S: Roasted malt, raisins, dried fruit, a hint of sweetness.
T: Toasted bread, nutty, slight bitterness combined with a hint of chocolate like sweetness. Had a nice dry finish with a slight kick of alcoholic warmth and some smokiness.
M: Medium body, medium carbonation.
O: Very good porter. Was enjoyable from the first to the last sip.

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Photo of joshstevens87
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a jet black with an enormous dirty tan head with a nice amount of staying power
S-a nice roasted malt with nice notes of chocolate and dark fruit a bit timid though
T- a great blend of roasted malt with nice sweet and chocolate undertones maybe even a bit of coffee with a little bit of aromatic/bitter hops to compliment the taste overall a great porter
M-a medium body with a sort of hidden but strong carbonation that makes the beer rather light and refreshing even with its body and great tase
D-a great porter one of the better ones i've had and can easily drink it all night

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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 whendeathsleeps
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours black as night with a two finger soapy tan head, great lacing throughout.
S- Dark Chocolate, roasted coffee.
T- Rich robust coffee, dark fruits, a little bitter dark chocolate.
M- Smooth, a little overly carbonated, but not bad. Not too thick, a great drinker.

Great overall Porter, will definitely buy this one again. Hard to find much wrong with this beer.

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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 jaypaul522
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured very dark with a full tan head that lasted awhile. Aroma of toasted malts. Very full flavor, with some hops and lots of toasted malt. The feel is full-bodied. This is a very enjoyable porter.

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Photo of bjoyce12
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice brew. Bottle states the Founders Porter is a "sleek, sexy, and sultry" ale. So true. Nothing better than truth in advertising. Pours dark and inky, almost stout like, but taste is true Porter. Smooth, creamy, nice chocolate and roasted coffee overtones, not overdone but not subtle either. All this with only a 5.1% ABV is pretty remarkable. Better porters than this are few and far between; this one's a keeper.

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Photo of Martin2D
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black with a carbonate type tan head that fades and barely laces

S - Alcoholy, roasty

T - Huge roasty with notes of alcohol. Hints of coffee and chocolate.

M - Medium carbonation and full in body. Some alcohol heat.

D - Fairly drinkable for a huge porter. Great flavor and nice roasty balance for the style.

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Photo of TMB0424
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Body pours black as anything with a half inch, very creamy looking tan head. Reduces into a wispy cap. Some lacing. Looks a little less than average, by Founder's standards.

Smell is nice - dark malts everywhere. Roasted coffee, melted dark chocolate. Even little hints of vanilla are here and there. A tiny bit of yeast also.

Tastes of burnt coffee, roasted malts and dark, dark chocolate. A yeasty, earthy hop finish backs this all up. Aftertaste is a nice blend of everything - bittersweet goodness. Everything is so perfectly balanced it's great.

Mouthfeel is nearly full-bodied and creamy as anything. Smooth, but the carbonation is lacking in the tiniest bit, in my opinion. Still, this is very drinkable. The bittersweet aftertaste is great and all of the elements of this brew are blended together in damn near perfection.

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Photo of frozyn
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3 month old bottle into a tulip.

L -- Poured jet black, middle-of-the-glass pour created 2-finger thick, dark tan head. Reduced down to a ring, minor amount of lacing left behind.

S -- Roasted, slightly charred bready malts; slight chocolate notes.

T -- Roasted malts provides a lot of depth, spanning from slightly burnt to charred back to light roast. Bitterness adds balance to the light sweetness provided by malts.

F -- Full bodied with enough carbonation to keep it flowing. Rich, creamy, smooth.

O -- Go-to porter for me for now. Hard to beat in terms of value.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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