Founders Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter

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 Phocion
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I recently picked this up, but it says bottled on "06/08." Not sure if it's three years old or from June 8th. Oh well.

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Surprisingly minimal dark tan head but moderate lacing. Pitch black.

Aroma is roasted malts, toffee, cocoa, coffee, and a hint of grapefruit hops... which is impressive if this is indeed three years old.

Flavor is roasted malts and coffee...but not as bitter and dark-roasted as the coffee flavor you get in many stouts and porters. Some hint of bitterness from the hops and dark chocolate, but overall very well balanced. Slight touch of caramel sweetness.

Medium-heavy bodied, fairly creamy but also moderately chewy with good carbonation.

Overall, definitely a solid and well above-average porter. Definitely worth picking up now that the weather's dropping.

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Photo of Brewsky29
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours pitch black almost like thin motor oil in a good way with quarter inch of tan head with plenty of lacing.

Smells of roasted malts slightly smokey.

Taste is similar to the nose malty roast smokey and sweet with minor hop bitterness.

This beer feels thick with very little carbonation, but it is very smooth.

Overall I really like this porter, it was part of a sample case, and would get this beer again.

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Photo of Mike_Moe
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: Dark beer with a light brown head.
Aroma: Rich toasted barely and coffee smell with molasses.
Flavor: Rich smooth coffee and molasses first layer, accented with a complex blend of spices. This brew is  hoppy thought out. It is a bold full bodied beer, with good carbonation.
Overall: This is a good Porter with its complex blend of spices. With an IBU of 45, the hoppiness of this Porter is quite pounced. This beer is more full bodied than most Porters.

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Photo of birchstick
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours like oil out of the bottle with a ½ finger, mocha head - dark, rich, and sexy, per the bottle

S - very sweet, milk chocolate - very sweet with a little bit of roasted malt

T - The taste pretty much follows the nose. It is very sweet and milk chocolately at first, which is then followed by a subtle burnt malt. Pretty good.

M - kind of watery, but good carbonation. Smooth and goes down nicely.

D - I really enjoyed this porter. Not saying that this is a bad-tasting porter in any but I tend to like a little bit more roastedness in my porters and stouts, though. I will definitely purchase this again...

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Photo of jm1229
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm back at school for my senior year, yet the most exciting part about being back on the east coast is the new selection of beer I get to try. After being (what I would say) well versed in the realm of west coast beer, I get to learn all over again over here.

12 oz bottle opened on 9/1/11 and poured into a pint glass. Served at 55 degrees. Bottle dated 6/8/11.

A- Black as night. Really surprised me how dark it was. One inch mocha head leaving thick lacing down the glass. Looks really nice.

S- I could smell this as soon as I poured it. Mostly smells of roasted chocolate, coffee, and sweet malts.

T- Follows the nose, but there's a lot more roasted flavor coming out. Nice bitter after taste of roasted malts and coffee.

M- Maybe a little much on the carbonation as it prickles my tongue slightly. I do prefer a smoother beer when it gets darker, but perhaps that's just the kind of stout lover I am (yes, I understand this isn't a stout). Nice and creamy, definitely satisfying beer.

O- The porter was my very first introduction to the craft beer scene. That being said, this is a great beer and I prefer it to the Anchor Porter (which was the said first beer). Great beer. Glad I bought a sixer.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a deep brown color with a fast fading head on top. The head comes and goes just leaving a thin ring around the glass. The smell of the beer has a chocolatey roasted aroma with a very minimal hop aromas on the nose. The taste of the beer had a really nice deep and long lasting roasted flavor. There is a blend of chocolate in there too and even a hint of what I think tastes like roasted marshmallow. The mouthfeel is a moderate carbonation, but also has a creamy smooth body too. Overall this is really good, it's boarderline stout in my opinion but either way it's a great beer.

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Photo of kshankar
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark and black with a thick brown foam. Good retention and lacing

Aroma is chocolatey, and coffee like. Not much else going for it.

Taste starts out with a chocolate profile, bitter from it as well. It develops into a toasty coffee flavor after that, and goes down with a coffee/chocolate fusion.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy

Drinkability is average for a porter, but the ABV is low. It is full bodied though, so that won't help. But then again, porters aren't meant to be drinkable beers.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Hotel glass
From: Whole Foods in Tempe, Ariz.
Price: $2.59
Purchased: May 15, 2014
Consumed: May 16, 2014
Misc.: Bottled April 25, 2014

Poured an almost pitch black color with 1-to-2 fingers of bubbly, tan head. Good layered, foamy, spiderweb lacing along the sides of the glass. Average retention.

Smelled dark chocolate fudge, smoky woodfire, dark roasted nuts, crayon, caramel, toffee, chocolate and some dark bitter coffee malts.

Tasted better than the smell, but still pretty similar. Got dark chocolate, fudge, smoky fire, crayon, toffee, rich, smoky roasted nuts, caramel and smooth coffee notes.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. Was great all the way down.

A very good porter. This one grew on me as it went down. I might of underrated this a bit.

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Photo of moodenba
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle packaged 1/5/16. Tasted 2/22/16 at about 45F.

Great dense head leaves lacing during tasting. A mild aroma.

Taste and mouthfeel are nice, a little less full bodied than anticipated. The aftertaste of roasted malt and hops lingers, and is very pleasant.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Founders Porter is a delicious American porter that is perfect for drinking on a cold winter's night. It's not tooo alcoholic, so have a couple. Lovely!

A: Black colour and a 3 mm head that fades pretty fast. 3.5

S: Dark, burnt malt and strong coffee aroma. 4.5

T: Dark, sweet malt with hints of chocolate and some bitterness in the finish. The finish tasted a tiny bit metallic to me, for some reason. Still delicious! 4

M: Small bubbles that stick to the edge of the tongue. 3.5

O: 4

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Photo of SovereignGood
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Founders finally hit SoCal; picked up at WF DTLA.

L: deep brown/black with a slight dark red hue when held up to the light. Finger head that seems to dissipate to a thin rim around the glass leaving plenty of dark colored lacing.

S: dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, some caramel.

T: chocolate, roasted malt, some smokiness in the back, hint of dark fruit?

M: thin to medium mouthfeel. Suits the style well - on the lighter side of dark beers.

Overall, glad I was able to try this. Picked up a 6 pack and will enjoy the rest.

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Photo of Hophead717
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle

A: Deep black, with a thin head that quickly dissipates. The tiniest amount of lacing remains atop the beer. Very nice color.

S: Chocolate roasted malts with hints of coffee. It's really a wonderful smell. Tiny hints of dark, sweet fruits also.

T: Roasted malts upfront, with nice, light hints of coffee and chocolate. I'm picking up hints of dark fruits as well. Overall, the flavor is good, though a touch light. Light bitterness from the hops complements the roasted malt quite well.

M: Fairly thin, but this isn't one of the RIS that I've been drinking recently. Moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Definitely a winner. I love Founders dearly and theirs may be my favorite porter, though I tend to lean toward higher ABV stouts.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice porter of a dark color with some purple on it. Unfortunately, it doesn't make a good foam.
Nice smell, full of coffe and some dark chocolate.
Taste is similar, with some roasted malts. it begins with the chocolate and then comes a bitter taste with coffe notes.
Mouthfeel is the awesome thing here; it's like a liquor and it's delightful. Not much in the body or carbonation, but nevertheless mouthfell is perfect.
Another thing I shoud say is, except for the smell, there are some resemblances with wine, quite interesting.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a syrupy dark dark brown, looks quite thick for a porter. Just a smidge of light-coffee-colored head (really, where's the head?).

Smell is a great concoction of dark roasted malts, with espresso, dark rum, and some strong dark fruits (cherries probably the best fit). A bit of smokiness there, too.

Taste... quite good. Tastes mostly like it smells, except that the smoky flavor is more pronounced, and there's a tangy bitterness in the finish, like a bunch of citrus hops trying to fight their way through. Decently complex, though the finish throws the balance off a bit.

Mouthfeel is, as expected, heavy and syrupy. This stuff IS thick for a porter. The carbonation is much more present than I expected based on the lack of head, which lightens it up.

I definitely enjoyed this beer. It's a very solid porter, though I wouldn't say it's one of the best. It's quite tasty, but lacking the balance and subtle flavors that the better ones have.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

look was deep brown almost opaque smell cocoa and coffee with a taste of the same, feel was deep with a lower carbonation than I expected. solid representation.

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Photo of scotorum
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

a: Pitch black. Half finger high brown head dissipated quickly to thin surface foam.

s: Mild dark malt.

t: Mild dark malt, coffee, chocolate and smoky finish.

m: Light to moderate. Smooth with a lingering chocolate/coffee smokiness and hop bite.

o: Exceptionally drinkable porter without being watery or feeling cheap. Had as a dessert but should go well with beef and other red meat.

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Photo of IPAdams
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours completely black with a one inch off white head that leaves moderate lacing.

Smell- Strong but not overpowering smell of dark chocolate and Columbian coffee. Some sweetness in the nose.

Taste-Very similar to the nose, dark chocolate and bitter coffee with a bit of dark fruits as it warms. Good amount of bitterness without leaving an excessive dry feeling. Very little hop presence.

Mouthfeel- Very creamy with good carbonation for the style. Not excessively dry.

Overall- Pretty good porter. Not a lot of complex flavors but a good example of the style.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into nonic. Finger of tan head settles to a cap on top of near black opaque liquid. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, mocha, burnt toast. Taste is all kinds of roasty/burnt malt bitterness, a little cocoa sweetness, a touch of late hoppy bitterness and maybe some veggies and dark fruit sweetness. On the low end of full bodied, slick and creamy texture, low carbonation, abrupt bitter finish.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A= pours a dark jet black somewhat thick looking with a thin tan head that falls so fast you can barely get a glimpse with no lacing.
S= tons of coffee in it with a lot of toasted malts and thin traces of dark chocolate.
T= nice coffee flavor with a lot of toasted malt and some smokyness. Really has a slightly burn toast kind of taste.
M= kinda prickly. Not too impressed.
D= pretty good. Reminds me of the breakfast stout but not as amazing. Still a very good beer.

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Photo of jwchestnut
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

to be honest i am pretty disappointed by most porters and wasn't expecting much from this one and boy was i wrong. pours pitch black with brownish-cola edges and a dark khaki head. the nose is rich and deep - dark chocolates, dark almost burnt toast, coffee, milk chocolate raisins and the slight burnt/smoky notes that are common to many porters but are much more intense here. the taste follows - lots of sweet and bittersweet chocolate, campfire smoke, dark toasted almonds - a little booze heat at the end. the mouthfeel is great - rich and smooth, chewy but not cloying, and for such a sweet beer finishes dry. all in all i really enjoyed this and might even get it again, which is rare for me and porters. i would recommend.

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Photo of endincolorado
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Thick black pour with opaque body and tan head. Good sticky dark lace.

Smell- Rich roasty aromas of coffee and chocolate- little hop character- slight aroma of overripe fruit.

Taste- Rich malt, sweet with chocolate and roasted coffee, more ripe fruit, fig, hop-bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- Thick and syrupy, almost chewy.

Drinkability- Reminds me of a subdued breakfast stout, which helps make for a highly drinkable porter.

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Photo of bkrueger
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Zeller1 for sending this my way. My second Founders experience tonight after trying their breakfast stout.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Russian River "tion" glass.

The appearance is dark black with a hazy creamy brown one finger head that starts to dissipate almost immediately. Before my first sip can be taken the only remnant of the head is left around the edges of the glass.

The smell is of coffee with hints of sweet cream and milk chocolate. After smelling the breakfast stout I feel like the smells on this are more muted and one sided with the coffee coming through most of all.

The tastes start off silky and smooth with cream and a well integrated balance of dark chocolate and roasted espresso. Roasted malts with burnt cocoa hit the mouth leading to an overall taste that is slightly bitter but smoother after each sip.

In the mouth it is a smooth experience with a slightly bitter aftertaste that lingers and produces a dry bitterness in the back of the mouth. This is a beer that I am sipping without going too fast and is definitely not something to rush.

Overall this is a very solid beer. Very porteresque in taste with the traditional burnt coffee/espresso and chocolate profile with a very mild but noticeable bitterness and a hint of hops. This works out nicely for those cold autumn nights where you hopefully have a fireplace and warm socks.

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Photo of shroompod
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a mocha head , some lacing.

Slight aroma of sweet caramel. Faint roasted malts.

Roasted dark chocolate and coffee predominate with a nice sharp bitterness.

Mouthfeel is dry , light. Good carbonation.

Overall a very sessionable porter.

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Photo of Roke87
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at a little cooler than cellar temperature.

Appearance - Pours almost a dark black, no light penetrating even when held up to a light, poured with about one finger of brown head that quickly dissipates to a very thin lacing

Smell - The smells are a little muted on this one right of the bat, but a little bit of coffee and chocolate shine through eventually. Personally didn't get much hop smell out of this one, but you can definitely smell some roasted malts in there.

Taste - The taste also seemed rather muted (but mind you this came after drinking an imp stout and there's not much comparison between the two, a whole different animal with the imp stout). You do definitely get the usual porter/stout taste of roasted malts, chocolate, and a bit of coffee taste, again I didn't really get the hops.

Mouthfeel - Is rather light but smooth none the less, a little thin for my liking but not over the top, definatly fits right in on the porter scale.

Overall - An amazing porter, and a great representation of the genre. Nothing bad to say about this one but when drinking it directly after an Imp Stout there's just no comparison.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle bought online from

Poured a deep dark burgundy red / almost completely black colour... Dirty tan head poured very fairly thick and foamy with a meringue like top.. this faded slowly to good one finger covering... some decent lacing clings to the glass throughout...

Aroma - Lots of good strong toasted bread malts mixed with strong biscuit notes... butterscotch, good roasted nuttiness, dark brown sugar / molasses sweetness, light fruits (blackcurrents, apples, prunes), earthy, some sooty traces...

Taste - Pretty much as above only slightly toned down... hops more noticeable - some grassy and peppery notes... good bitterness coming through from the roasted malts...

Feel - Sharp and dry with a little creaminess underneath... medium bodied... at 6.5% this is a very drinkable brew...

Overall - A supremely well balanced porter... definitely recommended...

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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