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:
1,613
Ratings:
7,276
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
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Photo of zimm421
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Appears a dark brown to black with a decent tan head that leaves good lacing and constant bubbling around the edges of the glass. Not much lacing here.

The nose is smoky with dark chocolate, coffee and some earthiness. The combination is appealing, and draws you back in for more each time. The taste is very similar but has a nice bitterness to it. The flavors start pretty bitter but the sweet chocolate is noticeable as well. The coffee stands out pretty well but the hops come through as well. The smokiness hits in the end and sticks around through the aftertaste. There is a slight sting on the tongue after each sip.

The mouthfeel is pretty smooth, but not creamy. The body is medium, just about where it should be. The carbonation is fairly low. Overall, this is a great beer. Very interesting, fairly complex and definitely enjoyable. Not the best porter I've ever had, but it is very good.

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

I poured this far too cold into a snifter, and it seemed incredibly flat. Leaves nice lacing as it drinks, and a swirl of the glass produces great fizz.

Scents of sweet creamy mocha and roasted maltiness. Very nice and inviting.

Taste is great for a porter. Like a subdued Imperial Stout. Roasty, coffee, tons of cream, chocolate and deliciousness. Hardly any bitterness.

A bit thin for me, would have liked a little more coating.

A absolute stellar porter. Enjoyable to the last drip from the glass. Again, I wish Founders was available to me more often.

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Photo of vinicole
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, oily and thick. Tan head which remains.
Mild aroma of charred toast and sweet malt.
Tastes of slightly burnt malt loaf and 80% cocoa chocolate.
Very smooth with moderate carbonation. Decent viscosity.

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

Grabbed the last bottle of this at Capone's the other day. Into my snifter

A: Pours a VERY impressive jet black with a dark brown head that recedes to a wispy disk rather quickly.

S: Oh, the smell of uninfected beer is awesome! Solid, roasted malt aromas with a hint of chocolate and some cream. The balance is leaning towards the burnt/heavily roasted malt, the way I like it. Excellent

T: Solid. Biggish in body with plenty of heavily roasted/burnt malt present (almost a touch too much?) with an excellent dark chocolate bitterness. The big body does push things a bit into stout territory but the burnt malt character is definitely porter-like. Finishes sweet with a bit too much roastiness for my liking

M: Uncharacteristically big (enjoyable, though) with soft carbonation and a burnt-bitter finish

D: The biggish body and the bitterness on the finish don't make this a session porter but neither does the 6.5% I will definitely drink this again, though

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

A: Pours very dark, with just a hint of dark mahogany around the edges. The head was rich, brown froth, but it dissipated quickly and left nary a trace of lace on the glass.

S: Toasted bread. Dried fruit. molasses.

T: Sweet and burnt malt at first, coffee, diacetyl, and a brief hint of something fruity before transitioning to a very bitter, lingering finish.

M: Moist with good carbonation up front, but a little astringent in the finish.

O: The strong, bitter finish detracted from what would otherwise have been a fine porter. I'm not saying it wasn't good, just not exceptional.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours quite dark verging on black without a very large head, even with a vigorous pour.
Smells richly of roasted and toasted malts with a bit of coffee and espresso.
Tastes smokey with roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Some hops are present to give some bittering.
Thick full bodied beer. Smooth but with a little bit of grittiness.Tastes a bit watery too.
A good beer.

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

A - Pours pitch black with a finger of mocha head, little retention and some spotty lacing.

S - Rich cocoa, sweet nutty malts, milk chocolate, and a hint of espresso.

T - Surprisingly sweet, more chocolate than espresso, but nicely balanced. Rich cocoa and milk chocolate linger on the palette alongside the roasted nutty espresso notes.

M - Solid body carbonation, goes down silky smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty porter leaning more on the sweet side than it does the bitter, but nicely balanced nonetheless. Worth a try, offering up a solid dose of chocolate and espresso to satisfy your dark ale cravings.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Semi-thick, oily character. Color is deep brown, with tints of violet when you hold it to an incandescent bulb. Head is half-a-finger high, deep tan, subsides to nothingness.

Smell: Dark chocolate and sweet esters appear first. A stronger whiff includes some coffee, molasses, and maybe just a touch of some kind of vine fruit (grapes, plums, etc).

Taste/Mouthfeel: Bitter chocolate, noticeable hops in the mix as well. A little too oily in the mouthfeel for my taste; almost buttery. Not a lot from the nose in the actual taste, maybe just a touch of fruit in the foretaste.

Drinkablilty: Good enough to drink again, but powerful enough to savor.

Another good brew from a "local" brewery. (Home-state)

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Deep, dark, brown. When backlit a slight reddish hue comes through. The pour produces about one finger of wet sand colored head that receeds quickly, and leaves minimal, spotty, lace.

A: Dark chocolate malts, some small coffee, dried fruit, and vanilla. I get a very nice earthiness from the grassy hops.

T: Again I get dark chocolate, sour dried fruit, earthy hops, biscuit and dark malts. The beer finishes dry with absolutley no hint of alcohol.

M: Light to Medium body and a good amount of carbonation. Almost too thin for a Porter IMO.

D and overall impression: This gets some pretty high marks on drinkability, due to the low ABV and the thinness of the mouthfeel. Overall a very solid Porter from Founders, these guys continue to impress. Skal.

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Photo of mjurney
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Pitch black color. Brown head, very creamy.

Aroma:
Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, a little dark fruit.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Deep roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, woody, burnt caramel, with some black licorice. Finish is very bitter, dry and smoky. Body is thick, a little syrupy, smooth, dry.

Overall:
It's a very good porter.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. The color is black with a small medium tan head.

There is a nice robust malty aroma with notes of coffee.

The taste is dry and malty, with a nice bitter finish, with just a touch of zesty hops.

The mouthfeel is light to medium with nice crisp carbonation.

This is a really good; straight-forward porter.

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Photo of Christoffer91
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Starting to see Founders show up in CA, which is exciting. Had this right after an Oscar Blues Death by Coconut, honestly just starting to understand the difference between stouts and porters here. This is decidedly more bitter, and has an intense earthy hop character on the back end. Smooth round malt flavors with a touch of roast. Great beer.

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

Poured from a bottle (bottled on 3/17/11) at approx. 50 degrees F into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a chocolate/black liquid with a 1-finger tan head. Spotty lacing and nice "legs" on the glass, due to the relatively high ABV.

S: Sweet bakers chocolate, mild coffee, typical roasty aromas. A bit sweeter than most other porters. No hops detected in the aroma.

T: Roasty malts up front, a perfect blend of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Definite hop presence balances out the sweetness, fading to a full dry coffee finish. By comparison, I find Edmund Fitzgerald to decay to more of a chocolate finish. This is a nice change of pace for me. Very robust, smoky, heavy roast flavor.

M: Relatively high carbonation for this style, a bit bigger than most other porters I've had. Not as creamy as Edmund Fitzgerald, for example. Overall a good mouthfeel, but more akin to a "stout light" than a porter. Lowest marks here. (NOTE: I'm very surprised that most of the reviews indicate low carbonation. My particular bottle is well carbonated, if not overly so.)

O: Good ABV for a porter, if not a bit high for the style, but it's completely hidden. This would be a welcome treat if I were in the mood for more of a stout-ish beer, but as a porter, it's a bit too "big" in my book. Extremely robust, smoky and roasty. This is ahuge porter. Nonetheless, a quality brew and worthy of a solid A-.

I have to say, there are a good number of quality American stouts and porters being produced these days. Founders is right up there with the best of them and you can't go wrong with many of their beers. If you find this one on tap somewhere, don't hesitate, just order a pint (or two).

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Photo of cjgiant
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Need a re-review, but had on tap:
Dark brown towards black with minimal head or apparent carbonation.
Nose is dark roasted coffee, tobacco, and even some smokiness-this component almost smells a bit like a Slim Jim.
Taste interests me more with the smokiness than the other flavors that are more prevalent: tobacco, astringent coffee, some chocolate.
Feel is quite smooth, but carbonation missing from sight is present. Medium body.
Enjoyed this beer, but was stealing sips to do this review. Definitely need another shot at this one to mail it down more.

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Photo of CurtFromHershey
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - pours pitch black with a root beer float head which quickly dwindles to some thin lacing around the edges.
S - bitter chocolate with just a hint of coffee
T - similar to the nose but also with some caramel toffee notes.
M - thick, creamy, a bit wet. Would rather it a bit drier.
O - one of my favorite American porters. Hard to beat it for the price. If the finish was a bit drier, I'd have a hard time drinking anything else.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a near black, baker's chocolate brown with cola brown edging. Powdered cocoa colored head attains only a half finger of thickness with sub-par retention. Lacing is small and spotty.

Smell - A fair, sweet chocolate aroma with subtle bitterness sitting beneath.

Taste - Starts with sweet milk chocolate, backed by lesser notes of bitter dark chocolate nibs. Moderate earth and coffee character mid-taste, then finishes with more milk chocolate sweetness. Subtle berry and just a hair of smokey bitterness lingers long into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Somewhat silky with good smoothness on the finish.

Overall - A strong example of an American Porter, right up there with Black Butte. Could prove an excellent dessert beer, as I imagine it pairing well with strawberry cheesecake. So glad Founders has hit NorCal, as this isn't a beer I'd have likely traded for again, but will instead be an occasional purchase now that it's readily available.

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Photo of mechamifune
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into an imperisl pint glass a not quite pitch black, but very dark for a porter.

Starts with a .5 in light brown head that quickly gives to about .25 that never really goes away. Very nice and obvious lacing. A good looking beer.

Smell is mostly chocolate and dark malts. I find it somewhat muted though, but by that note I don't really think of porters as being vrey aromatic. Anyway, its a good smell, but not really a standout aspect of this beer.

Taste is very rich up front. The chocolate notes come through in the beginning and give way to a slight bitter kick by the end. A very "stout" like porter IMO, but still to style. Taste feels complex though I admit I am having a hard time describing it in any additional meaningful detail.

Mouthfeel is a standout, as it is with so many of Founders beers. Very rich, smooth, and velvety. More so than some imperial stouts i've had. Remarkably smooth and easy to drink.

Overall this is an underappreciated gem of a beer, and i feel slightly guilty for going so long between purchasing it. In terms of founders "regular" lineup, this might be the best beer they make.

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from Founders on 5/9/10.

The pour is a beautiful two fingers of brown head. Pitch black in color with excellent lacing. This is what a porter should look like!

The scent is that of roasted toffee, coffee, and some chocolate malts.

Taste: Rich chocolate malts blend with roasty bitter nuts. There is a nice bitterness at the end which is well placed. I would prefer a little more in the middle of the taste, but overall it is solid.

The mouthfeel is medium to slightly full. There is also a nice smooth, creamy character.

This is as drinkable as a porter should be. A solid standard Porter with looks to brag about.

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Photo of Mojo
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this is a beer that knows how to get your attention. It pours a deep opaque black with little to no head and not much lacing. The smell is pretty powerful and I think I detected a hint of alcohol (which I can't always smell). Mouthfeel is full and complex. Not so much carbonation, but a malty hoppy goodness that finishes perfectly with a coffee and chocolatey backend. Good stuff, but not for the AAL timid crowd.

Founders scores again!!!!

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a gentle dark brown close to black color-ed body with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated nicely letting off some speckled lacing roaming around the glass.
The smell started off with a robust piney hoppiness when this beer is fresh and then in age, this one lets the roastiness become the leading aroma with the piney-ness sliding into the background.
The taste was mainly robustly sweet with a profound bitterness of the hops embracing the flavors to combine eloquently. The aftertaste lends a hand to the blend between the bitterness and the sweetness.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a charging bitter harshness over my tongue. Carbonation feels good and does end up allowing the roastier side of the house pronouncing its power as the beer ages.
Overall, to me, I've always loved this American styled porter though through its life it changes a lot in its age. I'd still have again.

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Photo of Brenden
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours black with hues of nothing. Just thick, inky blackness. The head pours about two fingers but doesn't take very long to dissipate, though a very slight, thin head remains. Nice lacing clings all over the glass.

The smell is what I've come to expect from a good porter. Coffee, hints of dark chocolate, a slight alcoholic tinge and a little bitterness.

The taste is likewise what I've come to expect from a good porter. All of the above with a smoky grain flavor and balanced light bitterness.

The mouthfeel is thick and rich, very nice and smooth. Carbonation is light and it's medium-bodied.

All in all I found myself in agreement with the claim on the bottle that this is "dark, rich and sexy."

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Photo of ElGordo
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown, almost black, with a nice, small, creamy head. Aroma of roasted dark and chocolate malts, with some chicory and a bit of a nutty character.
Palate is big on roasted malt up front, with notes of chocolate and mocha. A rich, nuttiness emerges mid-palate, and the roasted character becomes tempered by a good dose of hoppy bitterness.
Body is creamy and full, just thick enough to hold the robust flavor. This beer goes down pretty easily for being so strong and full of flavor. It's one of my first experiences with Founders' brews, and I'm looking forward to trying many more.

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Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Abe's Cold Beer. This is a heck of a porter, reminds me of a slightly drier Anchor Porter (which I also love). This beer just blasts dry, dark, rich chocolate, with a coffee roast edge to it. There's a cocoa liquor accent in the background, along with a undercurrent of dark bread and whole grain crust. There's nothing small about this porter, though that holds back the drinkability of the brew. As much as I dig this beer, I probably couldn't drink more than a few in one session. Still, go find this beer and drink it.

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Photo of jables7
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- this beer could blot out the sun. very dark with a little bit of tan head. decent lacing.

S- roasted malt in the forefront lets you know it's there. not as strong of a smell as I have come to expect from a Founders beer but still solid for the style.

T- follows closely along with the smell. the roasted malt is by far the most prominent feature with some caramel notes to follow.

M- a very thick beer for the style that coats the mouth completely. one of the better versions of this style that I've had in this category.

O- a quality representation of the style from one of the best breweries around.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 7,276 ratings.
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