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 granger10
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Everything about this beer screamed that it was a good, solid porter but probably nothing more. It had a lighter dark purple/red color to it. The aroma gave me little and the taste didn't knock me back either. It seemed well balanced with a chocolate flavor at the beginning, a creamy texture in the middle, and a little hoppiness in the finish. Good but nothing spectacular. The porter also went down easily but very rich when warmed up a bit. This beer is rich, dark, and sexy.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: January 18, 2015... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... OCCASION: AFV watching with the fam... APPEARANCE: jet black body; thick, creamy brown head that laces attractively; impressive screen of head is left behind... AROMA: some fragrant hops suggest a somewhat sophisticated premium lager; however, doughy malts make clear the beer's style... PALATE: whoa--high IBUs make for quite a blunt force impact at the teeth; a medium-balanced beer with a bold finish suggests more than 6.5% ABV...TASTE: the label suggests dark and rich--sweet and sour is perhaps may be a better hashtag; some whiskey or scotch...OVERALL: an intense porter, one that cannot be taken lightly; a mouthful of hop and malts, for sure...

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of powdersoldier
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Localdrinklax
5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of albern
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This porter is so creamy that it borders on a milk stout. It pours an inky black color, and it is thick coming out of the bottle. There is a dark head to the beer that doesn't retain that well. It does lace around the glass. The nose is a coffee lovers delight. This is mocha, dark roasted coffee, chocolate and roasted and charred grains.

The taste is in line with the nose, although there is more complexity beyond the coffee notes. The beer is low carbonation, silky smooth, charred, roasted dark malts, some chocolate, and of course the dark roasted coffee flavors. There is a touch of leafy hop in there but to keep the beer honest, but the modus operandi of this beer is the silky smoothness and low ABV. This beer is a very delightful creamy porter that leaves an oily feel in the mouth and deep roasted chocolatey aftertaste.

Update 12-2010: There is a slight cocoa powder, chalkiness in the background. The beer is a touch more carbonated than originally reviewed, but still very creamy.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany color with a tight, mocha head that leaves nice chunks of lacing.

Smells of coffee, cocoa, and some earthiness.

Tastes of the deep roasted notes layered over earthy hops. Malts lead off with notes of cocoa, brown sugar, and coffee with a moderate amount of sweetness. This gives way to roasted and earthy bitterness which balances the sweetness. Finishes with another slight bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty, well done porter.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of colts9016
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a 49 degrees.

Appearance: A monster 3 finger head that is foamy and creamy with good retention. The body of the beer is opaque and the clarity is nil. The head left some lacing on the glass.

Nose: There is a very rich malty dark aroma. The aromas of chocolate, espresso, biscuits, molasses, phenonls, and some solvents. There is a descent hop aroma with some grapefruits, pine, and floral.

Taste: A very deep rich porter with dark roasted malts. There are flavors of bittersweet chocolate, espresso, molasses, a toasty notes and some yeasty flavors. There in the background there is some slovents, phenols, grapefruit, pine and and floral esters.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is velvety, creamy and smooth. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. This is another wonderful example of how a really good porter should taste. I really enjoyed drinking it.

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Photo of MisterKilderkin
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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

appearance: "Silky Black" according to the Founders site, but through light it seems a very deep red. Pretty brew in any case. Slight tan head, little lacing.
smell: That burnt porter edge but balanced with caramel sweetness.
taste: As the nose portends. burnt but balanced well.
overall: This may go in regular rotation.

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Photo of JDizzle
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A:dark brown black with a dark brown head

S: chocolate and coffee!! Great smelling porter that is the norm of a good stout.

T: chocolate, hoppy, and malty, really one of the best porters on the market:in any market! This rivals many stouts of the same ABV and is the best porter I have had.

D: semi-thick with a good amount of carbination that pleases the mouth.

Overall, one of the best Porters I have had. A great chocolate flovor that dominates the competition.

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Photo of jwswigs
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of neckbracesub
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of chossboss
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Westyn
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gww1864
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of emptyglassagain
3.64/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Cresant
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a tulip pint. No date. The body was used oil color, a deep, opaque brown/black. There was a modest tan head which faded to zero and left no lace.

Smell was cookie dough-like. Dusty. Cocoa powder hints in the aroma.

Taste was coffee and bitter chocolate/cocoa powder. Roasted and burnt notes. There was a very long bittering aftertaste. Tangy and not too sweet.

Mouthfeel was zesty. Medium body and mouthfilling carbonation. Some slipperiness.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of drmeto
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a medium,foamy,beige head
-nutty,cinnamon,coffee,oats,licorice,slight coffee
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
-low to medium carbonation
-light to medium body
Very nice Porter.I wished this had more of a coffee note thogh.

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Porter from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 7,526 ratings