Founders Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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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:
7,369
Reviews:
1,642
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
Wants:
437
Gots:
1,659
For Trade:
22
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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

Founders Porter
Founders Brewing Company, MI
---from bottle to stemmed porter/stout glass---

Appearance
Pours a dark mahogany brown but sits in the glass pitch black. Good tan head settles to a thin cap with good lacing.

Smell
Chocolate birthday cake. Caramel and licorice. Iced mocha. Slight grassy hop.

Taste
Sweet caramel malts, roasted coffee. Mocha. Finishes with bitter dark chocolate. Hops play an integral role in the background of this beer, though you may not notice right away.

Mouth-feel
Silky smooth. Perfect carbonation level. A little sticky from all the sweet. Dark chocolate lingers…

Overall
Very creamy/silky. This is the first Porter I have agreed with. Not overly burnt. Very well balanced. Gets better as it warms up – contemplating putting this baby in the microwave… kidding… kinda…

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid black in color, capped with a one-finger khaki head. Good retention and lace formation. Cocoa is the primary component of the aroma along with some toasted grain. Some citric American hop aroma on the back end.

Predominantly dry with a mocha-like flavor. Mild bitterness that picks up a bit toward the finish. Mouthfeel is very good, bordering on silky, and it complements the flavor profile exceedingly well. Robust and tasty with no alcohol presence on the palate.

Founders has a very nice porter here, though that's not surprising given the overall quality of their lineup. Count this among the benchmarks for the style.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark, with a quickly fading creamy head, minimal lacing.
S: Dark chocolate, coffee and malted loveliness.
T: Coffee, chocolate with a late hitting bitterness, in a good way.
M: Limited bitterness, overall good mouthfeel
O: Enjoyed this beer. Paired it with a filet mignon, green beans and rice. The combination made for an enjoyable experience.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful black beer with just a hint of light making it through. One finger dark brown head from a turbulent pour; surprisingly good retention, fading to a thin remnant, and minimal lacing.

Aroma is dry cocoa behind black-but-not-burnt coffee.

Strong black coffee flavor, but it's mostly on the backend, mingling with some extremely dark cacao. Filling out the overall experience is a creamy milkiness, not unlike an oatmeal stout. Lovely bite to this porter. As it warms, it gains a smoky aspect, and some green hops start to come through.

Medium-full mouthfeel; not quite chewy. Lively with a bit of sting, but very smooth.

A very straight, to-the-point porter without any bells and whistles. You know what? It doesn't need them. It stands on its own quite well.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, black color, with brownish-tan head, not as creamy as I'd like it, but a fine looking beer. Smell is nice toasted malt, some chocolate and a tad of booziness that I could do without, but I'm being pretty picky here. The taste is fantastic; lots of malt, lots of chocolate, a bit of hops... I'd say the most notable aspect is the perfect amount of chocolate. Mouthfeel is great, glad it's not more carbonated and has some body to it.
Overall, it's just what you want in a porter. Minor details could be improved on, but it's one of the best!

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 7,369 ratings.
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