Founders Porter | Founders Brewing Company

BA SCORE
94
outstanding
7,317 Ratings
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
Ratings:
7,317
Reviews:
1,622
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
Wants:
431
Gots:
1,629
For Trade:
22
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 7,317 |  Reviews: 1,622
Photo of Mojopin88
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mcpat1993
3/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty decent beer not exactly my favorite though.

50 characters

Photo of Premo88
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into vertical snifter
(bottled on 1/11/17)

L: looks thick pouring out of bottle, thick as a big stout and clear ... dark brown, claret, dark orange, purple; black in the glass, hard to see light passing through it, pushes up 4/5-inch tall of tan foam ... tan is almost brown it's so dark; head is sticky on top; keeps a soapy-bubbled collar of lighter colored foam, very loose bubbles; does not lace much

S: dark and sweet, brown sugar, molasses, raisins, raisin bread ... as it warms, oak wood, sweet but toasted oak wood; last 1/3, warmed quite a bit, vanilla and milk chocolate along with the darker notes

T: earthy toasted wood, bitter finish ... bitterness has both an earthy hop flavor and a charred-wood flavor; as it warms, a bit more sweetness peeks in, but it's still dominated by darker earth/wood flavor; the hop flavor has hints of dead pine/tropical fruit and always at least a bit bitter; burnt molasses; the very last swallows have some chocolate flavor, sweet milk chocolate and darker baker's chocolate

F: soft; light carbonation, approaching midweight, feels flatish but there is enough carbonation to help fill out the back end of each swallow; seems to "grow" as it warms ... feels a little firmer, even has more carbonation

O: a great beer with the best nose you'll ever find; the flavor is a bit out of balance with the nose, a lot more earthy with very little of the great dark-malt sweetness in the aroma, but it's still tasty with great toasted wood notes and earthy/floral/piney bitterness from the hops; tastes like it could handle as much as a year to 18 months of age but doesn't necessarily need it

 1,660 characters

Photo of Strohm
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

12.29.16 bottling

dark rich beer with that produces a foamy tan head
plenty of lacing.
sweet chocolate notes.
roasty chocolate tastes.rich, good balance
of malts and hops
creamy mouthfeel, chewy. great porter
that you can enjoy more than one of.

 247 characters

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

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of BeersIsTheName
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jason_nwx
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jrsqc7
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The colour is certainly a opaque deep brown. the head is ok but not great. No real lacing.

Flavor is layered. Cola is definitely present, followed by various smoky flavors - which are seemingly multiplied by the carbonation, which is both aggressive and gentle.

Pretty good.

 282 characters

Photo of seedyone
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Big maltiness on all fronts. Matched with a measured sweetness & we have a pint of bliss with just enough bitterness o keep it adult & interesting. The 6.5 ABV is managabel for the amout of return visits this blend inspires.

 253 characters

Photo of Den7854
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WhiteHendrix
3.17/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Almost as dark as coffee......and it is in the taste as well.. along with some sweet toffee in there. I love these dark brews. This is as good as any of them out there.

 170 characters

Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

An incredible staple porter from Founders. Dark black beer, tan head - pretty standard for the style but robustly so. Smell is a bit bitter for a porter, a little smoky and roasted as well. Taste is on point, extremely palatable without being overbearing. Light mouth feel allowing for the norms of a good porter to come through - that malty chocolate is absolutely fire. Greaat beer, wish they would've turned up the alcohol on this one so I could get a bit drunker to be honest haha.

 485 characters

Photo of BJB13
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11/18/16
12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic style pint glass.

Pours black and opaque with a nice fluffy light brown head with good sticky lacing. My pour yielded 2 fingers of head that slowly decreased but easily regenerated with a swirl of my glass. The nose is fairly robust, malty and sweet with chocolate and caramel aromas. The taste matches the nose, chocolate, caramel and coffee. Slightly sweet with roasted malts and moderate bitterness. Finishes mostly clean with a quick burn and a little bitterness. Medium bodied, smooth rich and creamy, it is a pleasure to drink.

In my opinion a great American Porter. My favorite and one I always recommend.

 669 characters

Photo of GFD400
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cyber_phoenix
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a tulip glass. Best by 04/06/17.

A: The body is pitch black. The head, when not poured aggressively, created a 3 finger thick beige to brown head. After a while, it got to a 1 finger thickness but this is showing an awesome retention. Lots of lacing.
S: There's a very well balanced mix between roasted malts, sweet coffee and dark chocolate. It's very well balanced aroma for such 3 prominent profiles.
T: The taste is a very balanced sweetness for coffee, toffee and roasted malts, having just the bitterness of the hops and from the dark chocolate in the back. It's really a very sophisticated flavour.
M: The body is medium. Sweetness is high, bitterness is mild, alcohol is unfortunately a bit noticeable.
O: I'd never expected to find such a sophisticated beer, it's really cool.

 796 characters

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

Photo of StevenMilligan
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jferg007
3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of -steve-
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 7,317 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe