Founders 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

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Photo of prdstmnky
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

*review from notes on 4/17/10*

Bottled on date: 2/2/10

Pours a very dark, coffee-colored body with a finger of mocha head that leaves nice lacing on my mug. This porter is fairly aromatic, with lots of coffee and roasted malts, as well as some dark chocolate and brown sugar. Really nice taste that follows right in line with the smell - rich coffee and roasted malts, and a hint of chocolate as it warms a bit. Great texture, smooth and silky in the mouth.

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Photo of mbrown26
3.12/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is my first American porter, so I may not be a fair judge to the style.

A: Beautiful and dark. I didn't get any head, but the lacing clumped together and stayed throughout the glass.

S: Rich and satisfying. Smelled toffee, chocolate, burnt malts and coffee.

T: I don't think I cared for the burnt malts, but this beer has plenty of big and bold flavors. It can be a little overwhelming. Even for 6.5% ABV the alcohol stayed in the background.

M: I like beers with lower carbonation and no hops, and this one fit the bill. Just went down extremely smooth. Would swirl the beer on my tongue without ill effect.

D: A fairly easy drinking beer, but the flavors are so bold that if you don't like them, you won't be able to take this beer.

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Photo of Spider889
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Winking Lizard.

This is a beer I see in nearly every store that carries Founders and recently at several bars. I finally gave it a shot last night.

Nice black color, dark brown around the edges. A dark khaki colored head of maybe a half inch or less. The head didn't last and I was left with no lacing.

Smelled pretty darn good. Lots of roasted coffee and charred toast in the nose. Really faint sweetness hidden beneath all of the malty goodness.

The taste is robust with lots of heavy chocolate malt flavor. Again, I was getting some roasted coffee notes which paired well with a mild hop bitterness present in the beer.

Fairly thin bodied, what would be expected out of a porter. Super carbonated, enough that I was wishing it were toned down some.

Really drinkable. You don't notice the alcohol and it's flavorful enough to keep you coming back.

Overall nothing amazing, but a really solid porter nonetheless.

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Photo of jellis00
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am a fan of porters, and this one is excellent. I would recommend this beer in a heart beat if one was desiring a strong satisfying dark beer.

Appearance: Very smooth.

Smell: The aromas of the mixtures really cut through.

Taste: Very smooth, not hoppy, really quite delicious.

Mouthfeel: Slightly more bitter than I hoped for, but still good.

Drinkability: When I am stuck in the mid west I drink this beer.

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

12oz bottle, New Belgium glass, bottled on 9/8/10.

This brew kills dark, this American Porter is darker than many Imperial Stouts. The mere suggestion that a highlight might be found even when holding a glass of this to a light makes the lady on the label turn up the corners of her mouth with a smirk. A cappuccino head gave some hope at first, looking thick, but mostly fades. It is sticky as a consolation.

The aroma here is pleasurably deep and dark; sweet caramel, burning marshmallow, caramelized sugar, and a large dose of roast.

Earthy, bitter dark baking chocolate, herbal earthy hops, espresso beans or grounds, and dark patent roast are a good start on what can be found once you get some in your mouth. Even though the abv isn't high, bitter alcohol can be tasted on the follow through. Bitter French roast and a warm presence after several minutes in the back of the throat. With every bottle and every sip I like this beer more and more, but that dark malt/bitter alcohol seems overdone.

Mouth is fairly thin but smooth, slick. Low carbonation.

Very nice savory American Porter. the dark caramel sweetness only balances the baker's chocolate and coffee to an acceptable point. Bordering on the smokey, this has a depth which suits it to the drinker who decries sweet beers or likes gamey and overall winter food pairings. Chocolate deserts would be an excellent pairing too. The comparison (and superiority?) to FBS is not lost on me.

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Photo of brandoncox
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pure black pour with a thick frothy head of tan and orange.

Aroma notes are of rich dark chocolate and coffee beans.

The character of this beer changes as it warms in the glass. First few sips are of chocolate but as the temperature rises my palate picks up vanilla and an attack of good hoppy bitterness.

Very chewy porter with a thick mouth-feel that will almost make you believe you are consuming a chocolate candy bar.

I don't think my stomach could hold more than a couple of these at a time but it is a very satisfying beer. Although not a seasonal this is a great porter for a fall evening or perhaps even a halloween party. I'm becoming very impressed with Founders as every beer I have tried has been exceptional.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Served up black in color with a hint of light coming through and a thick frothy tan head that wanted to stick around a while.

S: Lots of roasted and burnt malt up front with some coffee ans peat smoke. Molasses and brown bread in the nose too with a bit of herbal and spicy hops. Not much though for the hops. Finish is a bit ashy in the nose.

T: Clean and roasty all the way with a good deal of burnt and smoky malt. Dark coffee and an earthy spicy hop not are the bittering flavors. Mostly chewy and bready malt goodness.

M: Pretty full body for a Porter with some chewiness to it and a crisp yet smooth carbonation.

D: Heavy for a Porter which is how I like it and it had some great balance to it making it easy to drink.

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Photo of ratrod53
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Black black black wich a small brown head dose not last long with little lacing.

S- I smell coffee with some chocolate.

T- I tasted a realy nice and strong coffee bean (wich I could drink that at work in the mornings) wich just a hint of some chocolate, with some bitterness at the end.

M- It's a nice thick beer a really good body. Just a little bit of carbonation wich is what I like in a dark beer like this. It's a real smooth beer.

D- I could drink this all day every day.

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Photo of rrski198
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet Black, large mocha colored head, reduced quickly. Average lacing. This is the darkest porter I have seen.

S: Roasted caramel, dark chocolate, espresso malted milk balls.

T: Dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans. Great balanced bitterness at the end.

M: Average carbonation, again, the bitterness at the end is phenomenal. Great body.

D: Is this a porter or a stout? Best porter, and most balanced, i've ever had, PERIOD.

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

Founders hits the mark again!

In appearnece this Porter is like a very dark coffee to black in appearence, with a thin mocha head.

The smell is strong with coffee and hints of dark roasted malts and some chocolate.

The taste is first of coffee but quickly introduces chocolate and malasses. Much more appealing as it warms.

This beer has a medium to heavy body and is very smooth.

A great brew for the fall and winter. Very satisfying!

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Photo of Natural510
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Peach's in Yellow Springs, OH

Color is a dense, pitch-black with white head & lacing. Looks frightening enough for Halloween.
Scent is mostly coffee bean and some raw cocoa with a sweet edge.
Initial flavor is a mild coffee/cocoa combination which leads into heavier flavor of fennel & black licorice. As it warms the coffee & dark chocolate notes come further to the forefront. Sweet roasted malt with enough of a hop bite to balance it out.
Very full, thick body. Heavier than many stouts, let alone porters.
Delicious, but not something I would consume in quantity. Nice choice for a cool autumn or snappy winter day.

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

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black, no light coming through. Provides a one finger foam head that dissipates to a light film. Some spotty lacing.

S: Needs to warm some, but as it does there is some roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla.

T: Very rich malt character. The dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee blend together and hit the palate first. The sweetness intensifies in the middle and is balance out slightly on the back end with some hop character.

M: Very sweet and creamy taste on the palate.

D: This is a very nice Porter, good for a nice cool fall day. Very sweet in flavor, but balanced with some hop bitterness, makes this very easy to drink.

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

A - Looks like a stout with a thin tan head that sticks to the glass.

S - Roasty, chalky malts with a touch of cocoa and burnt toast. Slightly bitter smelling.

T - The malts in this are well roasted and caramelly. Hints of cocoa, coffee and dark fruits such as prunes. Very complex for what would seem on appearance a run-of-the-mill porter.

M - Medium to heavy, especially for the style. A little more carb than I'd like in a stout, but perfect in a porter.

D - Nearly the pinnacle of the style, easily drinkable while remaining very complex and tasty.

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Photo of tylernim
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark and foreboding. Tan head about two fingers tall, webs the entire glass as you go.

S - Huge burnt chocolate notes hit you right away.

T - Follows the smell, although a bit more subdued. Chocolate, coffee, burnt malts.

M - Carbonation on the tongue. Medium.

D - Good for such a dark one.

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

This is one amazing brew. This porter poured a very black and dark, bold chocolate color. This was a very viscous pour. It had a very nice brownish/tan head that hung around for a view moments that faded away. Leaving a wonderful wall of tanish/brown lacing.

The aroma from this brew is also amazing. A really strong, but crisp aroma of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and a bit of toasted nuts.

Taste sticks out on this one. The front of this brew has a strong coffee flavor that is muddled together with a great bitter dark chocolate and roasted malts that just give this beer a nice smokey finish.

Mouthful is wonderfully creamy. Low carbination helps this brew go down very easy, even with such a high ABV. With how visicous this brew is, it isn't as think as you would expect.

Drinkablity on this one is pretty good. For a porter, you sometimes expect to have a very heavy, overbearing kind of brew, but this one is right on. With great roasted flavors without the heavy load. Great job by Founders on this one.

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Photo of mirish72
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really psyched to start seeing this more often in MA. Pours black with a nice chocolately head. Lots of delicious roasted malts going on from start to finish. The taste is nicely balanced and hides the sneaky ABV pretty well. A really solid and tasty porter, definitely going to be a go to beer this fall and winter.

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Photo of thecarster1
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a tulip, viscous pour, one finger tan bubbly head, dark brown black coloring.

s- bready nose, lots of roast and toast here, bit of a hop presence in there as well.

t- mmm, smooth, rich and tasty. lots of roast, some black coffee notes, dark bitter chocolate with a hint of hops in teh end, bready, some nuttyness as well.

m- full bodied, coating, creamy, smooth.

d- great, this is a flavorful, tasty porter that i would definately drink again. you really can't go wrong with founders.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TCGoalie for purchasing this bottle for me.

This porter pours a seriously dark brown that is completely opaque to my eyes. It does not seem as dark as some stouts I have seen, but it is definitely the darkest porter I have ever laid eyes on. The head is a mocha color and generously whipped. It fades ever so slowly, gaining dimples and clinging to the edges of the glass like crazy. This is an amazing looking beer.

The aroma is roasty and chocolaty, but not overly aggressive. There is a definite chalkiness in there that I always enjoy in my porters and stouts. Some rich maltyness also makes its way into my nostrils.

The flavor is much more robust than the nose, and is very Founders like. Rich roasted malts that have wonderful flavors of coffee and bitter chocolate, brown sugar and molasses. There is a nice citrusy hop thing going on as well, and this beer has a good amount of bitterness that really brings out the roasty flavors. The malt character is supple and enjoyable.

The body of this beer is on the heavier side of medium. It is actually approaching stout like thickness, and the mouthfeel is smooth and coating, leaving a bit of roasty stickiness on the palate.

The stout like nature of this porter hurts the drinkability somewhat. I really don't care though; this is a super satisfying beer. What founders did here, and what they do so well, is take a classic style and make it their own. This is definitely one of the best porters I have ever had, and I highly recommend it.

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

Had this on tap at Duckworth's in Charlotte...

A: Served in a standard shaker pint, this one was pretty dark / close to black, with a light brown, rocky head; the head kind of reminded me of chocolate chip cookie dough (without the chocolate chips); lots of sticky, mocha lace coats the glass on this one.

S: First and foremost... coffee... lots of it; robust, roasted malts; chocolate / baker's cocoa; some nuttiness; this beer smells delicious!

T: Again, coffee - characterized by a full-flavored, rounded roastiness - rich; cocoa; a light hop bitterness on the finish that's just enough to provide balance.

M: Medium bodied, creamy and very smooth.

D: Very drinkable and quite enjoyable; a good cool / cold weather brew.

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Photo of liamt07
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of TMoney2591, via the Support Your Team BIF. Thanks dude. Bottle dated May 7/2010. Into a tulip, poured a little too aggressively initially, and it foamed up quite quick. Might've lost a quarter of the bottle, but oh well. On with the review.

Pours almost pitch black with a couple of fingers of mocha brown head. Incredible lacing and retention. Really doesn't get better than this. Aroma is a rich mix of milk and dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and roasted malts. Gotta get my mouth on this. Some roasted and smoky malt notes hit first and then the chocolate and coffee (less so) come out to play. Hop notes are some what present in the finish, adding a different bitterness than what I would've garnered from coffee although I'm sure it contributes a bit as well. Hint of the alcohol in the end. Mouthfeel is full, creamy and smooth; medium carbonation. Goes down astonishingly smooth. Very sessionable even at the ABV.

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Photo of Bonis
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Quite possibly the darkest porter I've had, this one is borderline black. A nice two fingers of pillowy tan head settle after several minutes. This one could definitely pass as an imperial stout, by the looks of things. Lacing is superb with this porter, but not like Breakfast Stout.

S - Roasted malts, burnt sugar, nutty, earthy, and a hint of smoke. A touch of bitter chocolate is also notable, and alcohol has stayed behind.

T - Taste follows along the lines of the smell. Very rich and robust with a dark malt profile which comes to be perfectly balanced by a small dose of citrus hop qualities. An earthy sweet chocolate explodes in the mouth. Roasted coffee and a faint smokiness finish things off. As with the smell, I don't get much alcohol. I obviously can tell I am drinking a beer, but the complexities of this one really mask the alcohol. Quite nice.

M - Surprisingly full bodied for the abv, yet creamy and easy to go down at the same time. Carbonation low.

D - This seems a little rich for the abv, but an awesome beer all around. Reminds me more of a porter/stout hybrid, and definitely could pass as a stout in blind tastings. This is a beer I have only had one time before now, and I have to say I am pumped to have a few more in the fridge.

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Photo of klink40
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- black chocolate color with minimal head

S-Smokey, coffee, cocoa, somewhat nutty

T- Taste explosion of smokey chocolate balance with a smooth

M-lighter than you'd expect from a Founder's Porter (but this is what I like)

D-extremely drinkable due to the smooth character and 6.5% ?? Very smooth for this and therefore a perfect choice for any Porter lover like me.

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Photo of NODAK
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma on here...wow. Very rich, even for a porter. Full of espresso, bitter chocolate and all things malt. Just like sniffing a cold mocha.

Mouthfeel here is very creamy. Body is a thick mix of coffee and dark chocolates (but mostly coffee) in harmony with one another. This doesn't turn exceptionally bitter until the finish. There, the finish features a moderate hop bite and some bitter coffee to give a somewhat astringent ending to the swallow. The coffee certainly hangs around a while afterwards.

This is a very aggressive porter. I respect it for that. Drinkability will be harmed for that reason, at least for me. Those who want a thick, punch you in the face porter should turn to this one.

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

Founders Porter on tap at Brews Cafe in Granville, Ohio.

Appearance: Solid black like the midnight dark out here in Central Ohio. Barely any head. Nice lacing! Looks like an Imperial Stout.

Smell: Coffee, faint chicory. Some hops.

Taste: White liquor, like gin or vodka. Some sweetness. Bitterness all around, hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, satisfying. Close-to-perfect carbonation.

Drinkability: Low for a porter, but great if it were an Imperial Porter or Imperial Stout! Sip it, but don't miss it!

Incredibly delicious, my review does not appropriately convey how good this beer is.

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Photo of Agold
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours very dark with about a half inch of tan head. The nose is of coffee and roasted malts with a little bit of coco. The taste matches the nose, with a bit of bitterness from patent malt and the coco taking a more prominent place. The mouthfeel is smooth, but a bit over carbonated. Very good porter, one of my favorites.

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