Founders Porter | Founders Brewing Company

1,618 Reviews
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: 1,618 | Ratings: 7,290
Photo of Jesterr44
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid porter; nothing spectacular. Roasted malt with touches of chocolate, coffee, caramel & perhaps some fruit (plum?) Smooth but not overly full mouthfeel. Enjoyable but not amongst my favourite darks.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark with a light brown head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is chocolate, toasted malt and coffee. Flavor is similar, with a bit of tartness. Dry finish with some cocoa bitterness in the aftertaste. Not a bad porter, but not what I expected based on the hype.

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For the record. Pours almost opaque. No head, great lacing. Aroma is malt, some slight dark fruit. A little wet bread.

Taste is a surprisingly robust porter. Roast (but not burnt), chocolate, coffee, slight hops, bit of tobacco. I'm getting no bitter really. Has the body of a stout without the chewiness. Cola consistency, per style.

ABV completely hidden (it is only 6.5). Lots of subtlety, nothing overpower. A great porter and at about $11 a 6-pack, great for porter fans.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Now this is a delicious porter, it even makes me wonder if I should replace my favorite year round (black butte) with this one. Tons of coffee and chocolate and toastiness. Incredible.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Jet black color, one finger brown head, superb lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Dark chocolate, coffee.

T: Dark chocolate, coffee. The definition of an American porter.

F: Very smooth and drinkable.

O: World class American porter, no doubt. Highly recommended.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Black with a nice thin mocha head across the top

S: Dark and roasty malts, caramel, slight chocolate smell, coffee, good smelling beer

T: Roasted malts, hints of dark chocolate, coffee, not too sweet, more on the bitter side, As the beer warms the taste becomes sweeter.

F: A full-bodied dark beer with a nice amount of carbonation. Quite smooth and very drinkable.

O: I enjoyed this beer a lot. A well executed stout that is perfect for a night cap.

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Photo of SnowyPersephone
1.56/5  rDev -63.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

My sister and I have both vomited after drinking this beer on separate occasions despite not overindulging. I see others have rated it well so I wonder if there was a quality issue or if there may be an unusual ingredient in this porter that caused just both to have a reaction. Prior to the nausea, I thought the beer looked and tasted only OK but definitely not a fan of the aftereffects.

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Photo of Coolguy_chris
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Dark brown, very thin dark tan head that left quickly. Plenty of lacing though. Didn't pick up much on smell. Taste was a little malty, slightly bitter coffee taste. Very carbonated feel. Overall a decent beer, not sure I'd go out of my way to buy it again.

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

Pours jet black with a tan head that leaves minimal but nice lacing. Aroma is not very strong but is somewhat astringent and of burnt bread. Taste is balanced between roasty and sweet. Moderate hop presence.

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - nearly black in color with a two-finger mocha head and great retention/lacing.
Smell - big time roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, and a subtle but ever-present aroma of bitter coffee.
Taste - roasted malts hit hardest on the palate too, but there are sweet undertones of chocolate and caramel and it finishes with notes of bitter earthy coffee (a little too much at times).
Feel - great carbonation, creamy body, smooth finish.

I haven't had this in a few years. I used to absolutely love it. I don't know if my tastes have changed or the recipe has been altered, but I would prefer less of the bitter coffee notes and more rich chocolate and caramel. With that said, it's still a fantastic example of the style that I would recommend to anyone that likes dark, robust beer.

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Photo of Marcoxx626
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First time trying a porter!!!

Look - dark, almost black color with brown 1-2 finger head. Head dissipates relatively quickly and a bit of lacing

Aroma - coffee, Malts and chocolate for sure

Taste - follows the nose pretty well. Very balanced taste with just the right amount of maltiness for a beer that packs this much flavor. Tastes like coffee and dark chocolate but not too toasty which is perfect

Feel - has a very nice feel to it. Not as thick/syrupy as Founders imperial but has just the right amount of that thickness to it.

Overall - I was pleasant surprised by how much I liked this beer. I tried founder imperial stout which was wayyy too bitter and burnt tasting for me. I'd say this is a lighter version of their imperial in terms of the toasted flavor and also the texture. I very much enjoyed this beer and I'll definitely be picking it up again.

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Photo of IsaacCraft
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown nearly black. Light barely peeks through. Tan head with great retention.

Fist thing to the nose is chocolate quickly followed by coffee and a roasted malt smell.

The taste is layered and complex. Mix of chocolate, coffee, sweet malt, and there is a toasty character as well. There are hops at the finish. Well balanced and complex... Awesome.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

Great beer. Very happy I found it in Seoul.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served fairly cold into a chalice. Purchased while visiting the US a couple of weeks ago.

Appearance - pours a near black coloured beer with a half finger of quickly receding tan head. Not much in the way of lacing.

Smell - plenty of fresh coffee, hints of dark chocolate and a pervasive earthy aroma. Hints of popcorn as it warms,

Taste - astringent coffee, plenty of tobacco, loads of earthy bitterness. Leafy hops. Some subtle dark chocolate flavors too, but well hidden. Fairly bitter even for the style. Sweetness starts to emerge as it warms.

Mouthfeel - smooth and medium bodied, carbonation is above average in fizziness.

Overall - certainly a good porter but not quite a great porter. A little too much on the tobacco and bitterness end for my liking. I understand the reputation though.

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Photo of flgimp
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick and dark with a robust head. Settled into the glass, pitch black in color with a two finger head. Light lacing on the glass while drinking. Aroma is malt, roasted biscuits and chocolate. Taste is distinct and crisp. Good balance of roasted malts, chocolate and slight coffee flavor. Stays with you. Feel is medium with light carbonation. An awesome porter!

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Photo of duffman02
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A nice pour with a lot of lacing on the glass. Tobacco sticks out the most to me. Very easy to drink and can definitely have more than a few of these at once.

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Photo of mclugnut
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours a dark mahogany with a creamy tan head, which can be slight or thick depending on the pour. Laces the glass as expected.

Smell: nothing is dominates the smell, chocolate, caramel, vanilla notes are present as well as slight hint of coffee. Smell is awesome.

Taste: The taste is very similar to the smell, with notes of chocolate, caramel and vanilla and coffee with none being more dominant. Very balanced and taste is as the smell - awesome. Gets even better as it warms!

Feel: Silky and medium in mouthfeel, it right where it needs to be. Just the right amount of carbonation give it a sense of lightness.

Overall: Very easy drinker with outstanding balance. This is easily one my favorite beers, the best Porter out there in my opinion.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark toasted malt, sour roasted coffee bean, stout bitterness. Pours opaque back, tan head, silky mouthfeel. As the beer warms, a sweetness emerges.

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

-tap pour to glass,-1 cm of puffy foam that persists. Aroma of caramel and a touch of coffee, not burnt. The flavor is dominated by roasted malt with a hint of cocoa. The real treat is the mouthfeel and finish. This is exceptionally, and consistently, rich and smooth.

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

355ml bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

The showcase is majestic with very deep brown to opaque black body and massive creamy tan head that quickly builds up and long-lastingly withstands with remarkable retention before slowly subsiding to a thick eternal layer of silky crown and leaving plenty of lacing web, spot, and patch all along the way.

Rich creamy chocolate, coffee, cocoa, roasted coffee bean, some sweet caramel, dark bread, a hint of husk, a bit smoky, charred wood and nut, some earthy and citrusy hop too, the aroma is much more mellow and inviting once the beer starts to warm and more open.

The taste is very rich of roasted malt and toasted biscuit as well as coffee, chocolate, and cocoa powder. There is only just slight astringency while it is mostly focused on all those creamy chocolate and mocha. The sourness of roasted coffee bean and citrusy hop is in the middle together with some sweet caramel, dark bread, a hint of husk, a bit smoky, charred wood, burnt nut and some earthy hop. The finish is wrapped up and dominated by roasted profile together with a suggestion of hop bitterness that is also lasting well as the aftertaste.

Medium body with velvety smooth mouthfeel and some lively carbonation to generate crisp feeling through the palate, finish is very dry. This brew is the benchmark of how American Porter should be. Still pretty easy to drink even there is a lot of thing going on and developing upon the drink.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a fine half finger light brown head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, coffee, molasses and oddly a bit boozy, which is odd for a porter of this ABV. Flavor is dark toasted malt with a light char, coffee, cocoa. Finishes with light char and mild hop bitterness with residual dark malt and coffee. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A great, full bodied porter with a remarkable smoothness considering the char and coffee flavors. Balanced and flavorful. The fine malt flavor blends fully into the finish. This is definitely one of the best porters I've had. Founders has finally made it to the West Coast market and this one is a real winner; it lives up to its fine reputation.

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Photo of Holderness
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with a handsome two finger deep tan head that dissipates quickly. The aromas are gentle and nuanced -- lots of smokiness, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, barley malts, and sugar. Tastes like a cup of hot chocolate cooled down and made into a beer. Thick, chewy, perfect for chocolate lovers.

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Photo of Dzu
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 0.355l bottle into chalice.
L: Very dark brown with a soft coffee colour foam head.
S: Coffee, chocolate.
T: Pleasant bitterness, roasted malts.
F: Tight body, soft carbonation.
O: Great balanced porter. Definitely I'll buy it again.

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Photo of EMV
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip

L: Inky black pour with a good finger and a half of creamy brown head. Lovely lacing.

S: Coffee and roasted sugars. Cocoa beans and char.

T/F: Taste is roast forward.. with lots of darkened grains and malts. Rich French roast coffee and dark chocolate. Earthy. Nice bitterness towards the finish as a fairly aggressive hop profile shines through. A little hoppier than usual for the style and I like it. Medium to rich in mouthfeel. Great carbonation.

O: A fantastic porter and one of the first that comes to mind when I think of the style. This one will always have a place in my fridge.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/1/16 Poured out into a Dogfish Head signature glass on 1/2/17

Pretty much totally black liquid, opaque with a bubbling, dark tan foam cap.

A roasty yet, sweet malt aroma, graham cracker, Hershey's chocolate, dark fruits, Quaker Oats, roasted nut assortment and some earthy, herbal, dry hop thing.

A very smoooth and lush mouthfeel, starts out medium bodied finishes full, smooth, then drt. Very nice feel overall.

The chocolate and roasted nuts malt flavor is pretty awesome. Rolled oats, graham cracker, dry-earthy, semi bitter hops are in the most excellent balance. Subtle caramel pops out as the liquid warms, becoming a tad sweeter.

A top-shelf Porter.

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

Single bottle from my local supermarket. Poured in my new dimpled mug. Such a lovely, solid beer. So well balanced and easy to drink. A rare one that tastes even better than it smells to me.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 7,290 ratings.
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