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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#803
Reviews:
1,692
Ratings:
7,570
pDev:
9.18%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
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Ratings: 7,570 |  Reviews: 1,692
Photo of Bierguy5
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown liquid with no highlights. Thick, tan creamy, fluffy head that stayed for a while and left some nice lace work on the glass. Smells of mocha, slight roast coffee. Taste is a rich, roasty flavor with a moderate amount of bitterness. Coffe-like in the finish, which was just a bit harsh. Mouthfeel was very creamy, medium body with low carbonation. Something about the creamy feel did not sit well with me. Overall, a decent porter, with some good characteristics.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, rich, coffee bean color, near opacity,, with a creamy tan head nestled above, a nice 1/4" that assuredly slims, but not too swiftly.
Aroma: bittersweet espresso from sniff #1...roasty, toasty, deep, and inviting.
Lush mouthfeel, big chocolatey malt character hits first in the flavor, nice and thick, then it rounds out and quits the mouth on a happy note. And urges further sips and swallows. Fills the mouth happily with the cocoa/coffee quality all good porters must have, but never too bitter, very, very smooth, and not at the sacrifice of flavor and body.
I really like this one. Actually, I really, really like this one, this is truly my kind of porter, and I know them when I find them.
Ful bodied, long, flavorful finish, lush texture...this is one porter I'd be happy to call me own, and would have caseloads on hand at at time, were I the Michigan type...cheers to you who are, for having this fine brew!

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Photo of ppoitras
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" of dark brown head over opaque dark, dark brown/black brew. Lacing is good. Aroma is full of deep dark malts, coffee and chocolate stand out, with even some nuttiness apparent. Taste is storngly of the dark malts, esp coffee, but a somewhat fruity flavor enters the middle of the mix as well. Adds to the interest, I guess. Mouthfeel good, oh so smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Wow, have to keep my eyes out for this, maybe it'll make the limited Founders selection that recently started becoming available in MA.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.23/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Seems a bit one dimensional to me. Lots of bitterness, not unpleasant, just boring. Coffee and burt malt flavors overpower it and cover up everything else. Very slight chocolate flavor sneaks in, buit it's too little too late. Nice looking opaque black body with a thin, fast fading tan head. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of winomark
3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep dark brown, almost black with a creamy medium brown head. Aromas of chocolate malt and mocha, with a mild alcohol sweetness. Lots of roasted malts balance a slight sourness. Not as smooth as I expected. Mouthfeel is coating, but not too heavy. Slightly sour finish. Overall, a solid beer. Would like to see a little more roundness and less of the sour/acidic flavors. Give it a try if you want.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick and oily black, waffer thin cocoa brown foam that sits thickly but quite thin even after a strong pour. Lacing sticks in strings.

Aroma is nice and darkly roasted with black malts, coffeeish notes, tangy molasses, dark caramel, and bittersweet chocolate.

Great taster, rich, dark, deep, and inviting flavors of heavily roasted barley and malts, nice chocolate tones meld within keeping an ever present bitterness of roasty/burnt qualities. Touches of coffee/espresso roast intermingle with all the other roasty things in the finish where the bittering ensues and drys out with a nice play of everything chocolate and roasty. Some burnt tinges and charred wood notes make their way in as well. Wow! Fantastic porter character in its flavors. Oh my is it yummy!

Feel is well rounded and creamy full with a fantastic finish of drying roasty/burntish chocolate bittering. I'm reminded of burnt chocolate cake or cookies at every sip. Fantastically good stuff.

This could be one to top Descutes Black Butte and Summit Great Northern in my book, something I never thought could be possible, but this stuff is wonderful! Yum times two.
A wowzaa yippee goes to trbeer for throwing this one in the mix!

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep black color with one finger of dark tan head. There is just a touch of lacing left on the glass. The smell is full of burnt malt, coffee, caramel, and molasses. A nice strong smell. The taste starts with espresso and roasted malt, some sweetness like caramel and toffee. Only a hint of hops on a slightly dry finish. The mouthfeel is just a little light for the style. The drinkability is good though. A nice solid porter.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.86/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautifully, flat opaque black with a thick chocolate milk-colored head that dissipated but not too quickly. Nice thick lacing too. The aroma is strong coffee and roasted malt. Medium-bodied, and unfortunately the flavor is not as robust as the look and smell. Bitter coffee and burnt malt flavors dominate, but the balance is a little too much on the bitter side. The finish is fairly bitter with coffee and some chocolate. Overall a pretty good Porter, it just needs better balance.

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Photo of marcellaproust
3.47/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dense, dark dark brown with a modest tan head that disappears before you have a seat. Smells absolutely delicious: roasted barley, roasted nuts, and milk chocolate. Mouthfeel errs a little on the nearly syrupy smoothness. Tastes exactly like it smells, with the addition of mocha java or some cocoa-coffee blend and malt with a bit of a burnt edge to it. Most interesting aspect of this porter is a consistent bitter silhouette that accompanies the rich flavors from start to finish. Perhaps if the carbonation was elevated and the body reduced, this beer would be even better.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color is black with a wispy beige head. The smell is chocolatey sweet. The taste starts with the chocolate sweetness and then warms in the mouth to a coffee/hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is nice and thick. As for drinkability, could have quite a few of these.

Thanks to trbeer for this beer as part of BIF 4.0. Another solid porter, mixing the coffee bitter and chocolate sweet natures of porter quite nicely. Quite good, and I'd have one again.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A decent porter from a good brewery. This little porter has a deep brown to black body and a nice tan head that creates lace down most of the glass.

The nose is malty with a good portion of coffee to add interest. In the flavor we also get a few choclate notes that liven the overall experience. The feel is exceptional for a porter with more than a little body. The drinkability is good since the flavor and body are nicely matched.

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Photo of Wildman
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured as black as the night and formed a nice dark tan foamy head that left cirular lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, chocolate and coffee are present, with an emphasis on the coffee, but not thwarting the chocolate aroma. It had a flavor of malt, coffee and chocolate, with more of a chocolate note in the finish. The body was fairly light and the finish was bitterswett like a bittersweet chocolate. Not a bad porter, but with the over the top ones lately, I think it suffers. As a standard example of style, I think it is fine.

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Photo of jsolack
3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance:
Very dark brown... almost like chocolate syrup. Pours thick and head is a heavy dark tan.

Smell:
Smooth and creamy scent. Has a nice sweet smell.

Taste:
A rich and flavorful beer. A bit bitter in the finish. A hint of spice and a dark coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel:
Not as thick in mouth as I would expect but still a good feel.

Drinkability:
A full bodied beer. Strong flavor and bitter coffee like aftertaste is a little much for me.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/black with some minor red highlights. Relatively big dark tan head with large carbonation bubbles and great lace on teh pint glass.
Aroma of bitter coffee grinds, chocolate and some caramel/toffee are most notable. almost a nutty type of profile in the background.
Flavor is bitter coffee smoothed somewhat by a hint of sweet chocolate up front and then finished with a little bit of sweet malt.
Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant although the transition from bitter to sweet is a little clumsy.
Drinakability is fairly high and once the palate adjusts to the heavy bitter start it really goes down easily. Serve cold to assure that the bitterness does not overpower.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a medium brown colored head settling over deep dark ruby liquid. The nose gives aromas of dark chocolate, roasted barley and some coffee. The taste is a lip-smackingy jolting blend of roasted barley bitterness mixed with coffee and chocolate highlights, and some malt sweetness as an afterthought. Not too much in the way of hop bitterness, the highly roasted barley seems to mask it all. It all finishes rich and mainly dry with further lingering chocolate notes, a substantial porter.

Thanks to CRJMellor.

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Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black in color with lots of yeast floating around, small and creamy tan head that leaves a good lacing, roasty chocolaty malty aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and coffee flavors, nice dry burnt bitterness in the finish, a good porter I would like to try again.

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Photo of proc
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Porters need more respect and I think its time to spread the word.

This offering from Founder's is a fine example of the style. Pours out to a dark as night black as a porter should be. Aroma is that of coffee and malt with the taste featuring roated malts that border not on burnt or highly roasted, but a slight sweetness.

You could drink this porter all night. And I just may do that...

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Photo of jcalabre
3.1/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I originally sampled this beer on 12 January 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
Aroma: This has some burnt/roasted notes on the nose;
Mouthfeel: It is dry & bitter on the palate.
Overall Impression: This is a nice middle of the road porter.

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Photo of granger10
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Everything about this beer screamed that it was a good, solid porter but probably nothing more. It had a lighter dark purple/red color to it. The aroma gave me little and the taste didn't knock me back either. It seemed well balanced with a chocolate flavor at the beginning, a creamy texture in the middle, and a little hoppiness in the finish. Good but nothing spectacular. The porter also went down easily but very rich when warmed up a bit. This beer is rich, dark, and sexy.

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Photo of Mitchster
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat cloudy jet-black brew forms a frothy, whipped dark tan head atop medium-small bubbles with adequate sheets of lace. Mild to moderate carbonation. Aroma is of cocoa powder, dark semisweet chocolate, medium roast coffee, roasted grains, and a subtle chalkiness. Smells good, but not really anything unique going on here. Mouthfeel is soft with a medium body and roasty, dry finish. Taste starts with some spicy, green flavor hops, melts into rich roasted barley/black patent malt and coffee, followed by a pleasant lingering sweetness in the back of the throat which comes from out of nowhere and balances well with a lightly astringent grainy finish. No noted alcohol presence or off flavors. The acidity brightens as it warms. Quite nice.

Update: $20 for a case direct from the brewery. Whoohoo. Yummy stuff.

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Porter from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 7,570 ratings