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Founders Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
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1,576 Reviews
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
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7,181
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
19.81%
 
 
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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Dispenses an onyx black body sporting a tall, proud-looking, dark tan head with plenty of staying power and substantial lacing.

Smell: Rich malty nose of bold, roasty coffee beans, melty bittersweet chocolate bars, licorice sticks, and moist dark fruits. A delightfully sultry scent, indeed.

Taste: The firm roastiness leads in the taste, with a flavor of strong coffee unabashedly laced with chocolate sauce, licorice, and a hint of real vanilla bean. Amply sweet throughout. Dark fruitiness buried within the heady maltiness. Roasty, earthy bitterness. Shot of cream. Long, leisurely, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth, succulent creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It's really pushing at the boundary line between porters and stouts. A sterling, tasty robust porter from ole Founders and one I freely, even cheerfully recommend to others.

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

Raven's eye black with the slightest glimmer of sepia along the edges. Thanks to a barely audible escape of CO2 on crown cracking, the beer received a high-altitude pour. The end result was two fingers of dark caramel colored foam that is some kind of creamy. Nice lace too.

The label includes the tagline 'Dark, Rich & Sexy', which pretty much describes the aroma. It smells like there's a generous amount of black and/or roasted malt in here... and quite a few hops as well. 45 IBUs is pretty impressive for an American porter (if you're a hophead).

Founders never ever skimps on flavor. Porter is full to bursting with porterishness, which makes all the difference when compared with most other craft versions of the style. We aren't talking Edmund Fitzgerald good, but this is damn tasty beer that has the malt-hop yin-yang thing working like a dream.

What a tasty treat! These guys should seriously think about kicking up ingredients and the ABV. Then again, they have such an outstanding array of big-ass stouts that this offering is perfectly situated in the lineup. Never mind.

The flavor profile includes dark chocolate, dark caramel, a splash of black coffee and a big shot of grapefruit juice, courtesy of what must be a generous amount of Centennial hops (or something similar). Warming doesn't broaden, but it does deepen.

The mouthfeel falls *just* short of the next highest score. A fraction more silky creaminess would have gotten it there with no trouble at all. It's improving over time, but the beer is disappearing so fast that time is running out. Quickly.

Choosing between Bell's and Founders as the best brewery in Michigan is an impossible task for me. Having said that, Founders Porter puts quite a bit of ballast on the Grand Rapids end of route 131. Next time I'll go for the sixer, not just the single.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, Chicago, IL

Poured dark brown to black, with a minimal tannish head that recedes to a film. Dark chocolate and roasty malts in the aroma. Malty malty flavor, with notes of dark chocolate and cocoa and some caramel sugar. Medium to heavy mouthfeel, smooth, and very drinkable.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed a bottle of this at State Spirits the other week. One of the founders beers I had yet to try, I dove right in. Served cold and poured into a pint glass to warm up, this one was consumed on 03/31/2009.

What a pour. Black as night with a rich tan colored head that reached a height of at least two inches before settling down to a respectable inch of head that did not go away. Lots of chocolate and coffee leading the way here. Hints of molasses as well. Huge flavor here, maybe the best tasting porter I have come across. Lots of cocoa and chocolate, rich, huge flavor with a smooth creaminess that was second to none in my eyes. Really fantastic balance here as the chocolate really starts to come out as it warms. Lots of flavor here with a ton of mellow notes that were just all over the place. Nice tight, dry finish as it fades off into the night, this was a great way to end my evening.

Overall a very solid beer. One of the best i have had as a standard porter in a long, long time. I would have no issue going after thi one any day.

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

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation at the edges of the glass. The beer has a finger tall dark mocha head that reduces to a uniform thick film covering the entire surface of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with much lighter hints of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits.

T: This is a very well balanced beer - there is enough malt sweetness to accomodate the bitterness. Flavors of dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits. There is a light lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly dry in the finish.

O: Very easy to drink and very enjoyable. I really like the mouthfeel and if it was just a little lower in ABV, this would be a real session beer. I would definitely get this one again.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this bottle up at Al's of Hampden -poured cool into a willybecker.

A deep brown bordering on black with a tobacco color at the base and rocky med brown cap w/ tight bead. Lace clings decently in a web-like pattern, clarity is opaque and the head has some uneven very large bubbles and compresses to a small bead. The smell is heavy in the cocoa realm with some toast + vanilla in the nose w/ coffee accents. The sweet and roasted malt odor w/ caramel presence are balanced in the nose. The feel is a great smooth body with malt texture and yet moderately full body w/ slightly mild carbonation and mid-range bitterness w/ a hint of dark grain astringency and only mild alcohol in the semi-dry finish.

The flavor of Founders porter is wonderful with slight burnt malt under a sweet toasted and caramel flavor w/ light coffee tinges and mild hop bitterness. The malt astringency is very light and gives the toasted taste and light pine hop notes a chance to mingle in the subtle biscuit and dark roasted flavors w/ some malted milkball sweetness. The taste has a decent amount of dark cocoa and the finish is semi-sweet. Overall a high quality porter in the American Tradition. I think Founders has executed very well with this fine example -so easy to quaff, yet packed with flavor.

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

Thanks for this bottle, Jeff. And thanks to Derek for the matching Founders glassware.

A: The beer pours an almost black color with a finger of mocha colored head.

S: Roasted malts dominate the aroma. There is an intense coffee aroma to the beer that is quite pleasant. Lots of bitter, cocoa powder notes with a light sweetness of toffee. A slight earthy character underneath it all.

T: Lots of roast and coffee flavors all the way through. Perhaps just as much bitter dark chocolate and cocoa powder with a light hop bitterness. Earthy tones, a bit of espresso, and some light caramel on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a smooth, medium carbonation.

O: An outstanding porter, one of the best I've had, come to think of it.

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Photo of russpowell
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mahogany hued ebony with 1 finger of rocky mocha colored head. Average head retention & good lacing

S: Coffee & dark chcolate, fades once warm

T: Pretty much follows the nose, very intense flavor up front along with some dryness. Charred wet grain & herbal hops blend in as well once this is warm. Finishes dry with intense coffee/charred grain flavors. A few years ago this wouldn't have impressed me as much, I am really starting to get into beers with coffee flavors more & more...

MF: Smooth, medium bodied & silky

This one drinks pretty darn easy, might have to hoard this one, not my favorite porter, but right up there!

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

"Dark, rich, and sexy." Indeed. Our eyes met from across the brewpub. She stood at the bar, all decked out in righteous finery. It was when she peered over her shoulder that her beauty took hold of me: those dark brown, nearly black eyes; those burnt ochre tresses, somehow simultaneously thick and light, that she nonchalantly brushed away from those aforementioned eyes; she certainly appeared nearly perfect. I had to speak to her. As I neared, her perfume caught my nose, sending me further over the edge before we've even met. It was dark, it was roasty, it reminded me of a chocolatier's workshop. Finally, I made it to the pinnacle: I old-fashionedly cleared my throat loudly, springing the trap. I thought she'd bite, but instead she ended up trapping me within those dark eyes, which in turn were reinforced by that rich, creamy skin. I was stunned. Luckily, she took the lead. As we spoke, grew closer, her very essence dove into my senses, recalling and complimenting her perfume. The sweetness, the roast; the chocolate, the molasses, the brown sugar (how come it tastes so good!?), the nutmeg, the coffee, the subtle vanilla. I don't know how I survived the encounter. In fact, she was so rounded, such a complete package, full of energy yet more than willing to slow down and savor the moment, that we talked, nay connected, far after the doors were closed. I had fallen hard. And we've been together ever since. Now, Dean-o, THAT's amore!

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

A: Pours a deep black with a one finger tan head on top. Pretty good retention, slowly reducing to a thin layer of bubbles on top. Decent lacing that forms around the edge, but disappears within a few moments.

S: A rich aroma, lots of roasted malt with some coffee beans, chocolate, and a little bit of dark fruit. Very inviting.

T: Quite roasty with an equal amount of coffee and chocolate, with a slight sweetness near the finish. Very earthy, with a little bit of cream. Slightly roasty finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinks smooth with a slight creamy texture.

O: Very easy drinking with a a great flavor profile. Very classic porter. Glad I have another bottle of this one.

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Photo of orangesol
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Shady McGrady's during a recent Happy Hour trip.

A - Pours dark brown, bordering on black, with a nice one and a half finger tall tan head leaving spotty patches of lace down most of the glass.

S - Smells of robust dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, coffee grounds, dark fruits and some black licorice. Nothing too over the top here, very nice balance.

T - Starts off with plenty of dark roast - both from the malt and the coffee - slowly giving way to some sweetness from the chocolate and dark fruits. The balance of sweet to roast is fairly well done, the roast does become a bit overbearing as it warms but not too bad. Finish is roasty, lingering on the pallet long after consumption.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The dark flavors are strong in this one, lingering on the pallet long after the finish.

O - Definitely one of the better American Porters out there. This one packs plenty of flavor and was very easy to drink. Glad I got this one.

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Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moderate tan head, but it lasts. Leaves generous lace on the glass. So dark (brown, near black), I could not see any light shine through.

Chalky, chocolate milk aroma. Light bitterness in the background.

My first impression is "rustic". There's a little bit of everything here without the smoothness of a well-blended brew. I like that. Lots of hop finish that does blend nicely with bitter black patent malt. Good body, almost chewy, but lots of balancing carbonation. A complex porter, worthy of each sip while wondering each nuance of flavor. Another winner from the guys at Founders.

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Photo of billab914
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured dark brown in color with a thin mocha colored head. The head retreated to the edges of the glass after a few minutes where it left a little lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a nice coffee ground and bitter sweet chocolate presence to it. It has a bit of sweet creamy flavors coming through as well helping to add some balance. Very nice aroma for a porter, I liked the darker roasted coffee flavors it's giving off.

The taste also has a roasted, burnt, coffee flavor to it that I enjoyed. Bitter sweet chocolate comes through as well along with some cocoa in the finish. Like the nose it has a little sweet creaminess to help balance out the bitter roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is a little above medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed this beer tonight. The darker coffee and chocolate flavors made it a good choice for an after dinner drink tonight.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Fire Works in Arlington, VA tonight.

a - Pours a dark brown color with an inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of strong roasted malts, smokey, chocolate, and vanilla.

t - Tastes of light chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, coffee, toasted malts, and smokey.

m - Medium to full body and light to medium carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

d - A very good smokey, roasted porter that at 6% you can def have a few of. Will definitely have again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is jet black, with a thick, beige head. A thick sheet of lacing coats the pint glass. No room for improvement here.

The aroma...ahh. Roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. What a welcoming scent.

The beer tastes fantastic as well. Teeming with flavor, this is one of the finest porters I have ever had. Chocolate and roast in beautiful harmony.

The feel is medium to full bodied, and silky smooth.

I highly recommend this beer. When it comes to stouts and porters, Founders Brewing Co. is simply world class.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with light brown head. Aroma is really intense with milk chocolate and sweet, roasted malts. Taste follows, sweet, chocolatey with a bitter finish and coffee flavor. Body is really smooth with soft carbonation. This might be the best porter I ever had. Creamy, tasty but really easy to drink.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm so glad Founders decided to bottle this brew again, another kick ass porter out of the Great Lakes region. Definitely pours pitch black no traces of ruby highlights around the edges, I'm guessing alot of black patent malt. Large creamy textured dark mocha tan head rises well above the rim of my imperial pint glass. Impressive layered lacing sticks to the glass with each sip.

Aromatics are blended nicely, big acidic coffee notes burst through with a mild cocoa presence, and evident hops backing up the party. Dark burn roasted malt notes have creamy edges as well, what a big succulent porter. Hop nose comes off like an herbal mint experience, very refreshing.

Tastes like strong coffee with heavy cream sweetness, dark acidic nearly burnt flavors collide coming off almost metallic. Dispersed hop burps bring back the herbal mint fresh finish, low alcohol burn noticed on the palate. Black licorice notes really nice expressive porter.

Mouthfeel is big and chewy but doesn't weigh me down, carbonations is slow bubbled with a great bitter dry finish on the palate. Very comparable to a lighter version of the breakfast stout, I'm pleased.

Drinkability is great no trouble throwing a few of these down in one session, it's up there with the best porters I've come across go out and seek it. I paid 10.99 for a six of this way worth it.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Pours pitch black with no head at all. A slight ring of tan foam encircles a body with slight, whispy lace that comes and goes as you drink it.

Smell - Nice aroma. Heavy on the roasted malts. It smells as if coffee was added, really. Dark chocolate behind the coffee. Nary a hint of sweetness.

Taste - Not far behind the aroma, but a bit lacking. Not a lot of flavor in the front of the sip. The flavor comes as a roasted malt bitterness and a slight hop bitterness. A few flavors going on, but all at the end. It doesn't really develop through the drink.

Mouthfeel - This is where I think I just don't like porters. I'm not looking for a stout "lite" but that's always what porters seem to be for me. It's got good carbonation, but a thin body that doesn't hold the rich flavors for long. It's there, then it's gone, with only a hint of lasting flavor.

Overall - Good flavor, if not a bit uninspired in its development through the drink. Not enough body to make me think it's a really great beer.

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

Pours black in color with a finger of darkly tanned head. Decent retension and a nice layer of lace all around the glass. Nose is burnt grains with chocolate and coffee notes. End of the aroma has a bit of citrus hops. Taste is drying bitter chocolate upfront with a nice burnt grain profile throughout the really smooth feel/body. Light feel and low moderate carbination with this porter. Lingering taste of burnt grain and bitter chocolate is left in the mouth that forces you to dive right back in for another sip. Little bit of citrus hop bitterness is hidden behind the bitterness of the burnt grain. The warmth of the alcohol starts to hit you about half way through the glass. Somewhat of a dry finish to this but overall a really good porter.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a really dark brown almost black color with a creamy mocha head that sticks around for a while. Smells of chocolate, roast, a touch of alcohol. Smells almost like a stout. Taste is creamy roasty chocolate. Has a touch of hops and alcohol burn in the finish but leaves you salivating for more of its roasty goodness. Very Creamy mouthfeel, crisp carbonation, thick body. Great brew! Could be a stout could be a porter, frankly I don't care I've just got to get me some more. One of the best porters ever.

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Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin brown head that decends to wisps, leaving spots of lacing. Very dark, but a bit lacking in retention/lacing.

The smell is of coffee, chocolate, smoky/roasty a but nutty and toffeeish with earthy, even citric, bitterness. A dark malt aroma with a hop backing and roast/ash.

The taste is rich - roasty/ashy with coffee and sweet chocolate. There is a bittering and roasty balance. There's a touch of astringency and some alcohol in the taste. My bottle says 6.5 abv and while not overwhelming, it shows. It finishes warm and dry. Not crazy about the aftertaste.

Reaches full-bodied, but not overly thick. A bit solvent. Sharp though with some creaminess. I had two bottles - the first of which I let warm longer before drinking. It had a bit of a fuller body, though neither one convinced me to push the score of the mouthfeel higher.

It is rich and dark with a nice balancing bitterness to the sweetness. It has a great aroma. Drinkable - but alcohol shows and something of a cardboard-ish coffee aftertaste lingers.

Bottom line - A rich American porter with a great aroma. I liked it much, though not too crazy about the aftertaste. Drinkable, though only borderline "sessionable", esp. with richness, alcohol of 6.5 showing a bit, and not the greatest of aftertastes. Still, a nice example of a rich American porter!

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Photo of tdm168
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - almost pitch black with a quarter of an inch of brown, soft, short-lived head

S - huge coffee aroma, some roasted malt

T - roasted malt, big coffee, some chocolate, faint hops, mildly bitter finish

M - medium to full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a delicious beer. It's full flavored and almost full bodied. It's got its complexities and its subtleties. All around delicious. I'll definitely pick this up again.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle.

A very dark walnut colored body with a large four finger head. Dark cocoa colored at first of head bubbles but seems to settle down and get lighter in color as time goes on. Some lacing. She looks good.

Great cream smell, roast, fresh brewed coffee, and some sweet malt. This smells just great a mish mash of many things which all get a turn. I can't get over how creamy this smells with a grain husk like sense.

Taste is a great chocolate at first, with good malt chew. Aftertaste has some hop finish with honey. Lots of flavors that come out throughout the tasting. THe honey on finish is surprising where did that come from. Not too wet either, just right, hardly noticeable alcohol content.

This is a great American Porter what can I say, really like it alot.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, rich, coffee bean color, near opacity,, with a creamy tan head nestled above, a nice 1/4" that assuredly slims, but not too swiftly.
Aroma: bittersweet espresso from sniff #1...roasty, toasty, deep, and inviting.
Lush mouthfeel, big chocolatey malt character hits first in the flavor, nice and thick, then it rounds out and quits the mouth on a happy note. And urges further sips and swallows. Fills the mouth happily with the cocoa/coffee quality all good porters must have, but never too bitter, very, very smooth, and not at the sacrifice of flavor and body.
I really like this one. Actually, I really, really like this one, this is truly my kind of porter, and I know them when I find them.
Ful bodied, long, flavorful finish, lush texture...this is one porter I'd be happy to call me own, and would have caseloads on hand at at time, were I the Michigan type...cheers to you who are, for having this fine brew!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at a free Founders tasting. Special thanks to Big Z’s in Huntington.

A – Dark cola that fades into mud-brown highlights. Khaki head sits low but leaves a nice lace.

S – Roast coffee and dark malt wrap around the sweetness of burnt caramel and molasses.

T – Soft, medium roast coffee and medium roast malt up front, with very little burnt bitterness. Pine note peaks out from the chewy dark bread in the middle and backend of the profile. I didn't get as much chocolate as I did in the bottle, but it could be related to serving temperature - my sample was gone before it had a chance to warm :)

M – Silky, medium/full body. Lingering malty sweetness and roast bitter note in the finish.

O – One of my favorite porters.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 7,181 ratings.
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