Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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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
Ranking:
#800
Reviews:
1,692
Ratings:
7,570
pDev:
9.18%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
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Ratings: 7,570 |  Reviews: 1,692
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured black with a small creamy head that dissipated instantly

S- Sweet chocolate and roasty notes

T- Big sweet milk chocolate notes, roasty notes, cocoa, and maybe a little vanilla

M- Thicker mouthfeel, creamy up front, but very highly carbonated especially on the finish. More carbonated than I would like but still a pretty good mouthfeel

O- A very robust and flavorful porter, very sweet and roasty. I actually made some great pancakes tonight with this beer.

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Photo of jcb7472
4.25/5  rDev 0%

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 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 Localdrinklax
5/5  rDev +17.6%

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 Benish
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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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Photo of MidwestBA
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Arsenal0328
4.25/5  rDev 0%

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 Gajo74
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown and nearly jet black opaque color. A thumbnail long dark tan mocca looking head is followed by a foamy lace that retains well. Roasted malt, coffee and cocoa in the aroma. The taste is similarly aligned with the aroma, however, there is the added element of a bold hops presence that is both moderately bitter as well as having a tangy and slightly citric feel. Fluffy in the mout, medium bodied, slightly crisp carbonation and with an espresso like dryness. This is a really good Porter overall.

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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

Photo of gobuccos
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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

Photo of neckbracesub
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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

Well, this is very, very good. I tried the Porter about 18 or so months ago, and literally just picked up two bottles the other day, reviewing my second now.

This was bottled on 12/24/12, and pours a delicious super dark brown/black coffee color.

Smell is more than appropriate; Roasty/toasty malt and barley. Tobacco, hint of leather and grass.

Taste is similar. Super balanced and nearly perfect taste for a porter. This is incredible creamy.

Feels almost like a milk stout. It's a tad bit sweet, balanced with hops and light carb on the end.

overall, this could be my favorite porter, very good. My impression is that it needs to be fresher but not necessarily within weeks -- I'm thinking within 6-8 months. This is very good. Cheers.

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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 craigbelly
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Gww1864
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NJB145
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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Porter from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 7,570 ratings