Founders Porter | Founders Brewing Company

7,371 Ratings
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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of bpasquini
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black, you can't stop staring into it, it's like looking into a black hole which is very appealing to me, left a small head after a heavy pour, the head looked like fluffed chocolate milk, leaves a minimal amount of lacing on the glass, this beer presents itself very well

S: I'm a bit congested so the smell seems slightly faint so I am basing this on what I can smell, the initial smell I get is booze, not expecting this considering the low ABV, but then I am greeted with anise, some chocolate, both milk and dark, and a very slight hint of caramel, then finally the beer overall gives off a creamy smell to it, very nice combination of smell here, only downside to it is the boozy smell is a bit over powering

T: Initial flavor I get is an anise, hop, and booze flavor combination which gives it a strong flavor with some bitterness upfront, but then some of the sweet milk chocolate comes in and calms the initial punch of flavor that you get, then finishes with a creamy and slightly caramel taste which is really nice, solid flavor profile to it overall, I just feel that something is missing to it, like coffee or a little more sweetness would really support this beer in my opinion

M: Usually porters are too thick and creamy for me and it makes it hard for me to drink them, but this has a very good balance between the two, not too thick and not too creamy, it is very smooth as well, the booze does not affect the ability to drink this beer which is fantastic

O: I give it a 4.5, it needs some minor tweaks to make it just that much better, but what is really shocking me, is how much the booziness to this beer actually compliments it, the booziness seems to balance the beer, didn't expect a whole lot from this brew and it surpassed what I expected from it, first brew from founders and I need to get my hands on more of their brews

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Photo of jburd19
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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

330ml bottle served in snifter glass.

A: Pours a deep brown color forming a small beige to brown head. Low retention and only few small spotty lacings left in the glass. A thin layer remains for long time on the top

S: Chocolate, roasted malts and oak. Quite biscuity, it reminds Oreo biscuits. Some earthy yeasts and some notes of flowery hops

T: Slight sweet upfront. Strong notes of dark chocolate, chocolate malts, brown sugar and wood. Reminds Oreo biscuits in taste too :). Nice roast bitterness in the end. Nice bittersweet balance

M: Medium, creamy and very smooth body. Medium carbonation. Biscuity and roasted aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. Perfect Porter. My 8th Founders. Always excellent quality beer

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of arizcards
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single in late September from the Downtown Wine & Gourmet while visiting Harrisonburg VA for $1.79. bottled i believe on 06/24/13 though it was not a clean bottle date.

Beer poured black with a nice brown head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is roasted malts and cocoa.

Taste is chocolate, roasted malts with a nice amount of hopping to balance this to near perfection. Finish has a nice dry hopping.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is a very tasty brew. Again would love to try this when it is fresh. Definitely a world class porter!

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -64.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of cambabeer
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a great porter. Founders doesn't disappoint with this one. Nice head and lace on the glass, deep black color, looks great. The nose and taste mimic each other well, burnt espresso beans and chocolate, with some nice hop character as well. The maltiness is more dominant than the hops but they do their work to give some cleanliness to the middle character. A little fruity and bready towards the end, just really good all around. Thick body, not too strong on the carbonation. Delicious.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of polloenfuego
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 oz bottle to a snifter.

A: deep dark brown/black with a thin one finger root beer colored head. The head dissipates quickly leaving little in the way of lacing or cap.

S: coffee, espresso, roast malts

T: coffee, roasted malts, some cocoa as well.

M: medium to full feel, good carbonation and smooth.

O: I have to say that I really enjoyed this beer. It is easy to drink and very flavorful. I would put it right up there with Breakfast Stout as one of my favorites from Founders.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 7,371 ratings.
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