Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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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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Photo of bigfoot13
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First, I only review beers that I find exceptional.

This is my favorite Porter that can be found on tap year round at my Winkin Lizards bar close to my bowling alley. (Sadly, this is the only place I can find it)
I drink 1 or 2 of these while consuming a Italian Sub sandwich every week before bowling.
They help put me in the right "Frame" of mind.

I'm a home brewer and wish I could duplicate this kick butt beer.

Pours black with a one inch chocolaty head made of microscopic bubbles. YUM
The smell reminds me of eating chocolate while drinking black coffee.
Taste is a repeat of the smell.
For some reason I get a really good buzz off this beer.

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Photo of Ozakalwe
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally back in bottles! Pours into my glass a deep dark charcoal with a half inch of rich tan head on top that leaves some spotty lacing behind. Aromas of dense roasted malt accompanied by luscious dark chocolate and coffee. Almost like chocolate cake with a slight undertone of dark fruits and anise. Rich and robust, draws you in.

First sip brings dark roasted malts upfront with a tad bit of sweetness, quickly followed up by bitter dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Dark fruits and anise mingle with a caramel undertone. Slight burnt note on the way down with a touch of hops. Great aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is spot on. Not too heavy and not too light with the perfect creamy smoothness that makes it go down so easy. This is just a great drinking porter and one I could easily session at any time. I think this will make my list of beers to keep on hand for daily drinking. Well worth seeking out for fans of porters.

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Photo of sculls65
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Auraan
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep brown, almost black body with one finger of tan head that stuck around almost the entire glass. Overall impression of appearance is of a wonderful porter. Scents of black coffee, rich dark chocolate. roast malt and hints of coffee with cream, toffee, and a burnt character with light floral notes. Overall impression of aroma is of a deep, rich porter, very true to form and well done with an array of aromas on display. Flavor begins rich and deep with notes of roast malt, black coffee and bitter cocoa with light notes of toffee and very light fruity hints. Middle continues this flavor, adding bittersweet chocolate and light burnt caramel notes. Finish is roasty and bitter with notes of coffee with cream, black coffee and roast malt along with a light sweet caramel. Aftertaste is of burnt toast and roast malt. Overall impression of flavor is of a fantastic porter, deep and rich with a nice variety. Very good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with a moderate carbonation. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a very good porter. Overall this is an amazing American Porter, one of the finest examples of the style. All aspects are close to perfect and a wonderful example of the style. A truly wonderful porter.

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Photo of deansellers
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Poured into a 12 oz glass. Color is inky, coffee-esque black.

Smell is overpoweringly of roasted malts, almost burnt. Strong black coffee and chocolate notes.

Taste is extremely smooth. The exceptionally balanced roasted characteristics make for a very easy, yet quite rich, drink. Some nutty flavors were also in evidence. Taste was a bit more understated than the smell might suggest (which I'm okay with), but the coffee and chocolate were pleasantly noticable.

A very delicious porter; it'd be nearly impossible for me to drink more than a couple though. A perfect brew for a cold winter night (or morning). One of my favorites to date.

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

You know on my last run to the liquor store I grabbed a Founder’s product. I mean come on, everything they make is good, I’ve never had a bad Founders. It’s to the point of ridiculous now, but oh well. Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance – Pours a jet, oily black color with a thin tan head that leaves no lacing and disappears rapidly. It looks so tasty, I don’t even care about the lack of head or lacing. Doesn’t concern me in the slightest.

Smell – A powerful nose this one has….roasts, smoke, chocolate, a touch of coffee, everything you think when you think good porter. This is going to be an excellent beer.

Taste – A good roasted malt up front, followed by the smoke and chocolate at the back end of the sip. Excellently balanced, other porters dream about tasting this good. Just a hint of bitter at the very end. Outstanding, right on the money.

Mouthfeel – This is likely the best part of the brew. Creamy, silky, smooth, beautiful. I could easily put a sixer of this down in no time. It’s just so smooth and rich.

Overall – Best American porter I’ve had to date. All the elements combine to make a beer that is absolutely superior. Highly recommended, excellent brew, awesome brewery, I just can’t say enough good things about them. Good everyday porter, sessionable, etc. Just an excellent beer.

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Photo of jranson82
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 4/25/16. Poured from 12 oz bottle to 25cl snifter at 60F.
A:Dark! could easily be called a stout from appearances. Dark tan head with strong lacing that recedes to a thin layer over the beer.
S: Blended, with some coffee and charred notes meeting sweet malt notes.
T: Honestly, first thought was bacon, but subtle. Particularly, due to a moderate smokiness and a maple-like malt sweetness. Some burnt/astringent notes, some coffee/chocolate. Hop bitterness was hard to discern from strong burnt flavors but they seem to lend an earthy note. Burnt notes persist on the tongue.
M: Mouthfeel is appropriate with medium carbonation and a satisfying consistency without being overly thick.
O: Excellent beer, but powerful. Sometimes I see porters as a "stout light", this is not that porter.

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Photo of NorthernMichiganLogan
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of _Adam_
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheTaylorman
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Spaceman_Jer
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of owenbrau
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GregSemenza
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of possumfollower2
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Starts off with a great aroma of roasted taffey, if there is such a thing. My girlfriend says caramel. Head is thick and brown, good retention. Silky mouth feel, sticks to the roof of the mouth like again, some kind of candy. Washes quickly over the palate and finishes clean, very clean for a porter. Simply a roasty treat. I usually catergorize beers as to what I would be doing or where I would be while drinking them: the Founders Porter definitely up there with a hockey-match on the tube while it's 15degrees outside. Kind of like right now. Cheers.
Oh, and the label on my bottle says it's 6.5percent???

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Photo of Pouland77
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cannot understand America's obsession with fruity, hoppy IPAs when there are dark gems like this porter. What a great beer.

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Photo of RThomas436
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black as night, however it looked to almost have a slight purple tint in the head.

Smell: Chocolate / coffee / peat earthy - it's rich and deep

Taste: Complex yet simple. Lets see..chocolate / coffee with a creaminess that intermingles the two

Mouthfeel: Creamy and heavy with a clean finish

Drinkability: Fantabulous - great flavor not overally difficult to drink great beer for a brisk spring day

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

At Gourmet Experience, after lunch with Pedro & David. In wine cup. Enjoyable but too much expensive for what it is (4.5€) Watery texture body but with a good hops background that compensates it. Avg 4.

21 Oct 2017. From Bierkraft. In Teku glass. At lunch, after futsal match. With yellow rice with chicken + san Jacobos. 1 month after bbf. Very rich and complex for such a low abv, with a very adequate mix of roastyness and vanilla notes. Smooth and deep body

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Photo of cfitterer
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of denver10
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a nice mocha head. Aroma is a touch smokey, extremely roasty giving offf some nice chocolate and coffee tones. Flavor is a touch smokey as well, wonderfully roasty with some great dark chocolate and coffee and a touch of char, and a nice intrusion of some bitterness from some hops in the finish. A creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, an absolutely fantastic porter here. Just as good, just different, from my favorite porter, Odell's Cutthroat Porter. Loved it, will absolutely be drinking lots more of this one.

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Photo of Tjakester
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of RHorne
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of rabiddawg
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%

Porter from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 7,526 ratings