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
Reviews:
1,590
Ratings:
7,214
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
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Photo of Buck1
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best robust porter I have found. Since I like stouts this is very close to a stout.
Dark color, roasty with chocolate smell and taste. Gets bette as it warms up. Veryn silky smooth feel for a porter. Does not have that bit of a sour finish some porters have. One of my favorite winter beers along with their Breakfast Stout .

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Photo of tiddilywink
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Black and opaque in color. Has a heavy head which diminishes in a few minutes leaving a nice lacing.

Smell - Smokey molasses aroma.

Taste - Light hops and molasses taste.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, light carbonation, hint of bitterness.

Overall - It's full body, smokey, and not too bitter flavor make for a satisfying and easy to drink porter. I highly recommend this beer!

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap served into a pint glass.

Hands down, this might be the best porter I have ever had. So rich and complex, but yet, easy to drink.

A- Dark black color, tan head about a quarter of an inch. Insane spider web lacing throughout- sticking to the glass without a problem.

S- Smell was like chocolate ice cream with a touch of vanilla followed by some caramel.

T- Lots going on here. Coffee, chocolate, cake batter like flavors, decent hop punch, all rolled into one and rounded out so perfectly. This one made my taste buds go crazy as there were so many flavors involved.

M- Mouthfeel was rich and creamy, sticky aftertaste.

D- This is a great porter, top notch. Easy to drink, not too heavy, although the flavors would usually indicate that this beer could make you tired.

Amazing stuff from Founders, once again.

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Photo of cthulu81
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Goodness me. Rich, Dark and Sexy indeed. Thanks for making further review reading obsolete you crazy-talented dudes at Founders. By that I don't mean others who post should not be read, I just mean that tthe rest of my review can simply be boiled down to...Rich, Dark and Sexy. Here is what I can add. Is it possible to liquify charcoal briquettes? If so, it looks like this porter pours. Not only is is truly black, even when held to the light, it seems to intimidate the rest of the illumination in the room. I think my screen just dimmed a bit. A rich mocha head crowns the glass. Aroma is redolent of roast, dry cocoa, hints of hazelnut, kahlua, earthy hops and a faint, faint hint of alcohol. Yeah, this is going to get good. Flavors mirror what the nostrils anticipated with coating dark malts, whisps of smoke, deep bittersweet chocolate, black coffee and simple deliciousness. This puppy finishes dry and roasty with a lightly lingering, taunting residual temptation to continue drinking it all night long. Forget Double Trouble, Devil Dancer and Breakfast Stout (all freakin' amazing too), why isn't Founder's better know for this year-round powerhouse?

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Photo of sweethome
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Midnight pour...so dark and mysterious for a porter. Big tan head lingers for some time. Great lacing right off the bat. As beer consumed - it just got better.

Nose is dominated by rich chocolate. Can almost taste a lush melted chocolate off the nose. A hit of roast malt and just a bit of floral hop aroma in the back. The roast came out more as the beer opened up.

Smooth entry - builds out with the chocolate malt, the roast is more pronounced in the taste. Perfect balance between the two...then the bittering hops add their own balance. No discernable bittering hops, just enought to help clean out the palate for the next sip. Tasting bittersweet chocolate on this long finish. A hint of musty yeast on the finish - but in a good way like the best british porters on cask.

A lovely complexity of flavor...when porter is done to this level, it is one of my favorite styles. Fantastic flavor development and perfect use of hops for the style. They don't take over the beer, rather compliment the underlying flavor and provides a cleansing to the palate.

My goodness, the roastiness develops more and more with each sip.

I put this up with a few of my favorite Porters - Smuttynose and Great Lakes Ed Fitz (on tap circa early 1990's). Those ad few tasty ones I had on cask in english pubs too long ago to remember the brewery...

This may be my favorite Founders beer to date, which is really saying something.

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Photo of Doerrijustmether
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

bottle to pint glass.

aggressive pour to 2 fingers of light khaki head.

great drink, outstanding stout/porter.

great flavor profiles. all clean, nothing bad to say, no wow factor to put it in world class. will drink again.

compared to other beers in this category, this may be my favorite.non - bourbon aged/vanilla/chocolate/java/ stout/porter

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Photo of Freethyhops
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint

A- pours almost pure black with a cm of light brown head which reduced to a collar and film quite quickly. fairly heavy lacing for the style. the head didn't stay around for long but it was exceptionally dark for a porter.

S- coffee and bitter chocolate. an evident sweetness from a heavy malt profile. dark and robust.

T- very much like the Breakfast stout I had earlier in the day. tons of chocolate and plenty of coffee. the bitterness does well to combat any sweetness that shows its face. still has that almost sour bitter bready finish that I always expect from a porter. I wish I could give it a 4.75 but I'm really liking this one so I'll bump it up to a 5.

M/D- a full body, pleasantly low carbonation, and creamy feel make this a very nice drinking porter. it does have some heavy flavors that could weigh on you after having a few, but its delicious enough to keep you going

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Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Guinness Half & Half pint and the brew is a dark clear brown with a nice frothy 1 finger mocha colored head that receeds to cover the brew nicely. Nice heavy lacing on the glass.

The smell is of dark malted barley and a hint of dark chocolate.

The flavor follows the aroma with the chocolate being bitter sweet and the malts giving a roasted flavor. The bitterness is enough to keep the sweetness in check, giving way to a nice balance.

The mouth feel is smidge above medium with the alcohol well hidden. This is a very good straight up porter to me, no oatmeal, no coffee, and just some minor bitter sweet chocolate. I'd give it an A fer sure.

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Photo of hWordsmythe
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark, dark, DARK. I don't think I've seen a darker beer. You expect a porter to be dark, but typically you can see some reddish hues and light at the edges - not so here. Evenly opaque from the middle all the way to the side of the glass.

Smell: Probably the weakest quality of the beer, Not bad, but not as aromatic as I would like. Definite coffee and chocolate, but subdued. It doesn't jump out of the glass and punch you in the nose.

Taste: Burnt bitterness from the roasted malts. Perfect balance of coffee and chocolate - neither overwhelms the other. There is some sweetness, but it's at the back-end - you have to stop and think about it to notice. Carmel starts to come through as it warms a bit. I don't detect any vanilla, which is fine with me. The most balanced porter I've had, and I've had a few.

Mouthfeel: Perfect. On the heavy side of medium-bodied, with the ideal amount of carbonation to cut through the stickiness. Slides down smooth and easy.

Drinkability: Way up there. I could (and have) easily consume a full six-pack over the course of a long evening. I know a lot of IPA fans think of this as a winter beer, or something that you have one bottle of before moving on to your regular session brew. For me this is as "sessionable" as anything out there. But I feel that way about any beer I like. You can't have too much until you know it's time to stop drinking anyway.

This is my undisputed #1 favorite beer, of any style. Makes the much praised Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald seem clumsy by comparison. Porters are my favorite type of beer anyway, and this beer is so far above all the others that it's in a class of it's own. If you like dark ales, and you can get this where you live, you NEED to buy a six-pack at the earliest opportunity. As near perfection as it's possible to be.

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Photo of haikureview
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

thick chocolate darkness
pleasant hop profile throughout
a smoldering log

Very delicious. I buy these whenever I can. I have tried brewing it a couple of times but can never quite get all of the subtle changes in flavor that the original displays. If you like dark beers and have not tried it, do yourself a favor and pick one up soon.

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Photo of solargoat
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours nearly jet black, small quickly dissipating head.

Smells robust and delicious.

Roasted coffee, chocolate malts, nice balanced bittering.

Very smooth, Creamy, rich mouthfeel. Warm in my belly.

In my opinion this is the finest porter I have consumed. Love you

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Photo of TheBeerologist
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet

Pours a dark brown/black with a fairly thin (1/2 finger) tan head. This looks like a beautiful porter.

Smells of roasted malts and a bit of chocolate. A hint of coffee as well.

This is a very tasty beer, strongly flavored by the roasted malts. Some of the chocolate, but a very vice bitter finish with the hops. An all around great tasting porter that is full of flavor.

Nicely carbonated - with a fairly light mouthfeel for such a full flavored porter

Overall this is one of my favorite porters I have had. When living on the west coast my go to porter was Deschutes Black Butte, living in the Midwest this was my go to porter. Noe with a move to the east coast I need to find a replacement (though I was fortunate to find this on the shelves in RI)

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Photo of 50marathons
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not sure I've had a better porter. This is a great reminder of why this is my favorite style of beer. This particular beer has just the right blend of malt, smoke, coffee, chocolate. So good.

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Photo of kdoc8
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to KJK for getting this to me! Serving was in a bottle poured into a pint glass. Very dark black in color and a thin, brown, foamy head, with some nice lacing going on in the swirl. Taking a whiff of it the first thing that comes to mind is chocolate, but then there's also some cherry...some oaky-ness, some espresso and some just good old ethanol. When it first hits the palate it's very smooth with almost no taste. Then as it starts to sink in there's a lovely blend of smooth, rich chocolate, along with a pleasantly bitter roasty flavor and the coffee/espresso taste starts to come in a few moments after swallowing. Very smooth and very drinkable. Rich, dark and sexy indeed!

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Photo of beyah
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Really dark, dark tan head, less than 1 finger, slight lacing

Smell: Roasted Malts are in the forefront

Taste: A perfect balance between the Chocolate and Roasted Malts, earthy hops are there, but not overpowering, this beer is all about balance

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, only enough carbonation, perfect for the style.

Overall: One of the best Porters out there, a must try, give one to a friend who isn't sure about Porters, they will be presently surprised.

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Photo of blairnheatherbeerreviews
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - the beer is a midnight black with a nice foamy muffin top, about 2 inches high

Smell - A nice rustic chocolate with a bitter coffee aroma. You could throw some malty after smell as well.

Taste - an enriching essence is bottled within the opaque glass of this craft. The fizziness expands and multiplies upon contact with the tongue and spreads throughout the pallet to create a memorable, flavorful experience.

Feel- The mist of Poseidon, flowing throughout your mouth while ultimately being embraced by the taste buds. Heavenly yet tranquil.

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Photo of Pukstopper
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent porter pours a dark malty color into a mason jar. ( thats all the glasses they had left)
Nice flavor of roasted malts. Head didn't last long maybe it was the glass. And to top off this great beer it was on special for 2.95 a bottle.

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Photo of ViciousFishes
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep ruby, almost black. Thick, tan head that settles to a nice ribbon. Fresh, clean, but understated hop aroma. First taste is enormous, oppulent chocolate. Appears to finish dry, but chocolate and toasty malt lingers forever. Mild bitterness provides balance.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Amazing! The appearance was dark brown, almost black with a thick coffee colored head. The smell had a great amount of malt with hints of coffee in the nose. The taste was extraordinary with coffee, dark chocolate, and molasses. The sweetness wasn't overpowering though with a mellow malty finish. Highly refreshing and even though it's summer, I found this beer goes great with bbq or any kind of meat. This was a great beer all around. If you're a fan of the dark stuff, this is a great next try.

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Photo of delta490
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep brown, almost black with almost no head. Aromas is coffee, caramel and notes of citrus. Taste is very strong coffee but is just perfect as it is. Maybe a little hint of chocolate. Very smooth with almost no carbonation. A great porter with great depth.

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Photo of ufellc
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good chocolate and coffee smell and taste. Nice maltiness that accompanies the chocolate and coffee. Good but not too heavy mouthfeel that gives back note chocolates. Chocolate is in the forefront and backend tastes. Good sweetness and little bitterness

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Photo of MargotDarko
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Single bottle from my local supermarket. Poured in my new dimpled mug. Such a lovely, solid beer. So well balanced and easy to drink. A rare one that tastes even better than it smells to me.

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Photo of gshak
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 12/15, sampled 12/16, with about a year spent in the cellar, aka a cardboard box set in the hall at room temperature in NorCal for the better part of the year.
A - Visually this beer screams a stout. An opaque black body that rejects any mention of light, a tan-colored head that is just as stubborn, faint lacing observed around my dimpled mug. Well, a stout is a porter technically...or is it the other way around!? Well, who gives a lump of charcoal, this thing is one dark beauty to look at.
S - Roast through and through. Charred grains, charred bread, throw in some spent coffee beans, and torch up that concoction, that's what we've got here. Chocolate, coffee and roast are all the flavors I'm pulling, and honestly, those are all the notes I need for a porter.
T - Oooh mama. Dark bitter chocolate that hates to be a labeled sweet. Eearthy, sturdy hops that stand by her majesty's side faithfully, Burnt grains that deceive me into thinking that there's some coffee involved (no, no no, there's no coffee here - move right along). I'm smacking my lips, and licking my chops at the end of every sip. Sure there is some hefty malt in here somewhere, but the heavy roast do well to keep it subdued.
M - A medium rich mouthfeel that is just perfect for this beer.
O - Hearty! Yes, this is one hearty porter that will proudly hold its own in any battle. For a year-round offering I doubt there could be many contenders that could out-do this porter from Founders.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

one of the best easily available porters with loads of dark fruits, mild chocolate, little coffee notes. awesome porter and definitely one the best ones around.

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Photo of gfreed
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To say that this beer is black is like saying it's dark inside the isolation tank in Ken Russell's "Altered States." This beer isn't black; it's not even BLACK-- it's void. And to top it off (literally), it has the darkest head I've ever seen on a beer, plus the head is tenacious and huge. I haven't enjoyed watching a head fade this much since my first glass of Berkshire Drayman's Porter. The aromas of vanilla, toast, chocolate, lemon and... is that banana?... form a cloud that you can smell from across the room, yet none are very aggressive. They play very nicely together in both the smell and the taste. The vanilla takes an early lead but is quickly caught by the roastiness, then the chocolate swings in from the left and slams it home to the light hops, which very dryly remind you that you're drinking a very, very fine beer.

I didn't wash the glass until the next morning so I could get one last aroma hit before going to work.

The label says this thing is dark, rich and sexy. The first two adjectives are absolutely true; the third suggests it *might* compete with an Ayinger Hefeweizen in the correct glass. It's very close.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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