Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: Robust 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 Rainintheface
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark brown, nearly black with a 0ne finger mocha head

S: dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and a hint of vanilla. awesome

T: espresso, some bitter chocolate and dark. roasted notes

M: rich. velvety smooth

D: great porter. Time to buy more.

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Photo of UA8
3.76/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours oily black with a huge Guinness esque head.

S- Scents of coffee and heavily roasted toffee malts. backed with a hint of coaled wood.

T- Leads and is dominated by a super smoky taste with a light charred malt backing.

M- Could be a bit heavier but meets the expectations of a solid porter.

D- I would only go for maybe one or two of these due to their very bold taste.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Solid black with 2 fingers of creamy mocha head that eventually settles to a skim of foam with webbed lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, roasted malt, espresso, and hints of pipe tobacco.

T - Slightly sweet but quickly changing to a lingering bitterness, milk chocolate mixed with dark chocolate, roasty malts and burnt coffee.

M - Silky smooth and creamy, feeling rich at times (almost making it a bit heavy to drink several in a row) with a lingering dry bitterness.

D - The strong flavors with the big mouthfeel might make it tought to drink a 6 pack but this is up there with the best American porters I have tried.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a dark black color with two finders worth of dark tan head. The head collapsed fairly quickly, but left decent spotty lacing on the walls of my pint glass.
Smell: Dark roasted malt and black malt dominate with chocolate, sorghum, and coffee present as well.
Taste: The flavor profile is a rich combination of the things in the nose with plenty of roasted grain, a touch of grassy hops, dark chocolate, and coffee combine into a wonderful drinking experience.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation with coats the mouth nicely, with the alcohol hidden quite well.
Drinkability: I will certainly be buying this beer again. This is pretty much everything I am looking for in a porter.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears pitch black in color aside from a ring of mahogany highlighting at the bottom of the glass. Nice creamy looking one inch head that sinks down to a centimeter thick cap. It sinks down a bit more as the session goes on but is always present. Moderate lacing is left behind.

Aroma is nice and chocolaty, more so of the milk variety than dark. There's a bit of a charred wood and roasty coffee smell as well.

Taste is very chocolaty from the start with a nice caramelly sweetness to it as well. Midway through a bit of a wet wood character comes through followed by some light roasted coffee tones in the finish. The chocolaty flavor seems to be much more prominent though.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and extremely creamy. It just floats on down your throat.

This is an excellent Porter, possibly the best I've had. It's almost like a cross between a Porter and Oatmeal Stout to me. That residual sweetness adds a nice dimension to it. I hope some of this stuff gets here soon so I can get more.

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Photo of wedge
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a "holy shit" dark opaque black topped with a creamy brown head. Aromas of dark roasted semi-sweet chocolate, espresso, and nuts. Huge flavor...6.5% for real? A thick, dark malty wall of flavor. Dark chocolate sweetness, roasted coffee, some fruity hops lingering into the finish. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. A tangy, dry fruitiness adds another element that reminds me of a younger Duck Rabbit Baltic.

A very rich porter. Feels like a much bigger beer.

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Photo of Riverwarrior
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S = Coffee and chocolate.

T = Dark chocolate is upfront with caramel quickly following. Coffee flavor comes in near the end making for a very balanced beer. The finish was excellent with just enough chocolate and coffee bitterness to almost replicate a cafe mocha.

MF = Body was medium with carbonation being just below moderate. Rich, creamy, and smooth.

Overall, this was an incredibly easy to drink solid porter and one of the best that I've tasted.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the botle into a pint glass. Pours a rich, dark black with a thin tan head. Smells of coffee, and good amount of chocolate along with a hint of burnt sugar. Taste is sublime. Lots of chocolate at first, the a bit syrupy. Slight bitter coffee finish. Huge full mouthfeel on this one. I love a rich porter and this may be the richest yet. Tons of flavor, not thin at all, yet very drinkable. One of the best porters, if not the best I have ever had.

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Photo of DrJay
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Michigan over the holidays. Looks a little viscous during the pour. This is a black beer, no highlights, no appreciable edges. 1/2 inch brown cap of fine bubbles, good head retention, spotty lacing. The dark grains in the nose really hit you head on, a combination of roast and burnt with chocolate and malt further back. A bit nutty, some coffee. Really nice. Moderate hop bitterness, definitely some hop flavour up front, grassy and leafy, but the dark malts take over here too. More dark chocolate, milder roast than in the aroma, licorice, sour cherry and malted milk finish. The carbonation was creamy, very fine bubbles. Quite a full bodied porter. A bit of dry astringency from the dark grains. Really drinkable. It's a solid beer, very tasty, and I'm glad I picked up a 6-pack.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. into a Coronado Brewing Company pint glass...

Pours with a dark maple, root beer float-colored head - about 2 fingers thick but slims to 1 quickly with decent lacing. Body color is espresso dark with sparse carbonation at bottom. Enticing.

Slight bicarb and metallic tinge at first but it goes quickly and reveals a deep dark-roasted nuttiness - hazelnuts and peanuts mostly. Mild hoppiness of grass with a nuttier edge. Roasted malt really shines through.

Wow - nice slate-ish BBQ char up along with some mild licorice - bitter French roasted coffee brings about some nice cinnamon/brown sugar sweetness. Finish is very slatish with big chicory bitterness and hop grass.

There's a fair amount of cleanliness to this even though it's so damn robust. Smooth dark-roasted malt works well with the bitter coffee notes and quiet hop grass as well as the good slate an char. Slight alcohol sweetness - nice finish.

Some Porter examples feel too thin and metallic compared to a session stout. Not this one - this one can pee in the tall weeds with the big dogs - it stands well on its own with great flavor and depth, and it sessions up nicely.

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

Brought back from Indy during Xmas. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. It had a notch on the bottom of the front label but no way of telling what that means. However, this one just got re-released so fresh. It was black in color with carb bubble fountain in center and slight lacing. It had a small to average dark brown head that quickly settled into a collar with a carb spot in center.

The aroma was coffee, roasted and chocolate malts. Really good. Was worried that the coffee would dominate but it blended into rather quickly after the initial hit of it upon pouring. The taste was really good as well. It was a bit on the bitter side for me so that keeps it down in my taste score a little. Here the coffee is too present for my taste. Mouthfeel had good carbonation but was a little dry.

Overall, a really good beer that I recommend. Not top tier porter for me but close. Would try again next time in an area that carries it.

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Photo of emerge077
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 14 oz. tumbler and the head rose exactly to the rim. About a finger of dark tan mocha foam, with a sticky ringed web of lace. After a few minutes it settled to a skim with groups of larger bubbles here and there. The head could have used more staying power, but it wasn't a big deal. Light couldn't seem to penetrate the inky darkness of this Porter.

Warm roasty aroma, dark Belgian chocolate, dark roast coffee, and pipe tobacco. Rich and silky feel, mild bitterness, earthy char, layered espresso and dark chocolate that fans out in waves. Pretty rich, one or two should just about do it. Very tasty, and probably among the top 1-2 American Porters i've tasted.

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Photo of luciusgilmer
3.47/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a bottle into a tulip glass; disappointed by the lack of head and generally uniform color

S: decent smell, a coffee or chocolate laced porter

T: tasted a bit thick, like unsweetened chocolate or bitter coffee, but I didn't think it was very subtle.

M: not much carbonation (maybe an older bottle?), but fine

D: I drink porter regularly, but this wouldn't be my first or 2nd choice. It's a quality beer, like all Founder's I've had, but not top notch compared to others, and it didn't make me want to grab another.

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Photo of Steaks
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

i picked a sixer of this guy up at jungle jim's recently along with some imperial stout. this pours black as hell and smells awesome. the mouthfeel is awesome. it is thick as hell and you can feel it expand as soon as you taste it, but it goes down silky smooth. i think this is my new favorite porter. i just need to get some more...

it goes great with Slayer and cold weather

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Photo of kels
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've got a bottle waiting for me in the fridge but was lucky enough to try it on tap first at The Comet last night.

Appearance: Poured a dark, chocolately black with ruby highlights. The short, dark tan head disappeared quickly and left only thin spots of foam on the top and along the glass here and there.

Smell: The clear coffee and chocolate come through with great compliments of cream and burnt caramel that gives it a nuttiness. Pretty strong smell for a beer with no head.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The smell is perfectly echoed and amplified in the taste. The bitterness and roasted flavors of the malts and coffee come through and are tamed well by the subtle sweetness of the cream and caramel. It is well carbonated, which really spreads the taste throughout the palate and gives it a little spiciness.

Drinkability: Very high. The alcohol is barely detectable, and the carbonation keeps it going down easily.

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Photo of drxandy
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz to standard pint, pours a dark opaque slightly reddish brown with a creamy tan head, mmmm

smell is of coffee, chocolate, nice roasty malt, yeast smells good

taste is of smooth sweet chocolate! Wow, super chocolatey, coffee, roasty malt, slight bitter hops hide in the back, good medium body, tastes of the head taste way thicker, reminds me of a toned down breakfast stout, a little thicker tasting from the bottle than on tap, yum yum

mouthfeel is slick, oily, coffee, chocolate, bitter, lingering hop presence comes out after the coffee and chocolate fade, creamy, smooth, sessionable at abv and extremely drinkable - loaded with flavor.

wonderful!

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (I didn't realize this was re-released by Founders and thought I had stumbled upon a rare bottle...exciting nonetheless!) Pours black with a very small dark tan head that fades rapidly. Aroma of luscious coffee, roasted malt, and roasted nuts. Flavor is pretty much the same with lots of coffee, some bitter chocolate, and rich malt. Amazing mouthfeel. Full, yet completely drinkable. Definitely the best porter I've had to date. This is a luscious beer. Wow. I knew that it would be good but I didn't think it would be this good.
9/4/9/5/18 (4.5/5)

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Photo of malcontent
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of those porters that tell the history of the beverage; it's easy to see the evolution of the classic porter into the stout style by looking at this inky black brew from which light has little chance of escaping. Thin, tan head say "espresso" more than it does "beer." Excellent.

Strong roast characteristic dominates with fresh-ground coffee being the effect achieved. Rich, almost creamy undertones with the standard dark cocoa aroma delivered in a manner anything but average.

Man, this is bittersweet chocolate wrapped in Colombian coffee sprinkled with cinnamon and sent off by a farewell hop-kiss. Roasty, deep and satisfying.

Smooth with carbonation in the moderate to low range. Full-bodied with an aftertaste that lingers. This is the complete package; if I had everyday access to this it would be my standard. Love this beer.

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

A - Poured into a standard pint. Pours and impenetrable deep brown with a faint ruby tinge when held up to a window. The head is a 1 finger puff of tan foam that sticks around for a while. Lacing. Ew. Are those floaties? Gross.

S - A nice roasty vibe. Coffee affects without being in your face. Bits of chocolate. Basically a standard, robust porter. Nothing off.

T - Starts off with a very nice, slightly sweet roasted malt, and finishes dry, with a hoppy, chocolatey bitterness. Well-made and a nice addition to Founders already good lineup.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, even carbonation.

D - Not particularly sessionable, but nice to have in the fridge.

Notes: This won't necessarily replace Edmund Fitzgerald for me but at least it gives me another good choice.

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

12oz bottle poured into a plain pint glass

A- Just like the label suggests founders porter is dark and sexy looking. Very dark brown to black color with a strong tannish head with staying power. A nice amount of lace clings to the glass.

S- Smelling FP i get a lot of roasted/burnt maltiness with some hop presence leading to a undertone of caramel and cream. As with most dark beers from founders there is also chocolate and some coffee present.

T- This porter is very rich tasting with a focus on the chocolate and burnt malts but neither outweigh the other. Some coffee creeps in along with some molasses and carmel, while the hops keep everything in prespective.

M- Founders porter has a great mouthfeel to it. Medium to full bodied. The carbonation is present, prehaps a bit too much. The creamy nature of this porter is a delight to drink, making it easy to finish 12oz before you know it. Good thing i have extras.

D- I'm glad that this is only 6.5% because I can't stop drinking this porter. I could easily finish three of these, possibly four over a night without growing tired of it. Would love to pair this with some grilled meats on a cold winter day.

Another founders offering that i'm glad made it out of retirement and i hope to see it in the future. At a great price for such a tasty porter, you cant go wrong. GET SOME!

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Photo of jwinship83
3.33/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- black body with a coffee colored head that became non-existant in a matter of a few minutes. not even a crown

S- roasted malt and alot of chocolate. tons of coffee in the nose also.

T- intensely dark and roasted. lots of chocolate, and a massive blast of coffee at the end.

M- the first thing i noticed about the mouthfeel is how smooth it is. decently thick too. upon the finish, the mouth is left very dry.

D- easy enough to finish. a bit too intense on the coffee to consider having more than one of these right now. im glad to see founders increasing their year round line up.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased a single bottle of this at Julios in Westboro today. Lately I have been a bit bored with Porters, as they have not been impressing me all that much. Alas, if any brewery could do it right, it is Founders. Black coloring, with a fingers worth of tan heading. Smell is very nice, with cool dark malts that give off impressions of milk chocolate and fresh cream. Taste has more of the same, with a hint of butterscotch underneath. Mouthfeel is bigger and bolder than most Porters; very slick body that goes down very easily. They were right on their label when they said this beer was dark and sexy. This is a lovely Porter that I will surely be getting a six pack of in the future. Expectations were exceeded.

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Photo of jmalex
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good for Founders for bringing this one back so I could finally try it. Looking forward to warming up with one this afternoon before an awesome tasting tonight.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Sam Adams glass black in color with a one finger tan head. It dissipates very quickly leaving behind a sturdy thick collar with some bubbly haze across the surface.

SMELL: A decent bit of roastiness pairs with some chocolate and a decent bit of caramel to form a well-rounded aroma. Black malt adds much more a bitter aroma than any hops do, as any aroma from them is pretty much non-existent.

TASTE: Black malt stands out quite a bit, but the beer is missing some of the more chocolaty flavors I've come to expect. It's got a light caramel quality to it, but a smoky nuttiness if much more prevalent. Hop flavor is there for balance, but doesn't take on many actual flavor characteristics.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is nice and medium-full without any sort of syrupy quality. Carbonation is definitely on the lower end, which isn't completely unheard of.

DRINKABILITY: Quite good. No alcohol to get in the way, and I'm nearly finished my beer already.

Not bad at all, but quite different than I'm used to. Definitely seek it out if you're a lover of porters like I am. Or even if you can appreciate all beers from a great brewery like Founders. Not a bad choice.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was served chilled and drank gradually as it warmed up. The beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beers body is black. No ruby opaqueness is noted to light. The head of the beer is light tan in coloration. The head resolves to a ring of foam.

Smell: The beers aroma is dark roasted, charred malts. The aroma of dark roasted coffee, chocolate, smokey nuttyness. In short it smells fantastic.

Taste: The flavor of the beer delivers very dark roasted espresso, a bit of chocolate dipped nuts, a pleasing tobacco smokeyness. The beer goes briefly malty sweet then finishes with smokey bitterness.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer has a full body. The carbonation is low but proper to the beer. This is a dam fine porter. It verges on being stoutish in my own mind. The beer was an easy drinker. Founders yet again brews a fantastic beer drinking experience.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz shortboy bottle into a pint glass. Pitch black with a stiff, rocky, creamy, tan head of about two fingers in size. Tons of lacing. Very pretty.

Aroma is superbly roasty and full of coffee goodness. Hints of vanilla and chocolate and a subtle fruitiness as well.

This one is damn good. Lots of coffee in the flavor. Plenty of other roasted cereals as well with a touch of choclate. Tastes just like Breakfast Stout with less alcohol.

I love this beer. Maybe closer to a stout than a porter, but damn is this beer delicious. Whatever category this is in, it is in a class of its own. Easily the best drining porter I have had. A bit pricey at over $11 for a six, so this cant be a standard offering in my house, but this was an really good beer.

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Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 7,642 ratings