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:
1,618
Ratings:
7,290
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
Wants:
428
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1,622
For Trade:
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Reviews: 1,618 | Ratings: 7,290
Photo of jkrich
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a stamped bottled on date on bottle.

Opaque black with a creamy, sustained tan head.

Spicy, wine-like with semi-sweet aromas; almost a pungent smell in a positive way.

Roasted, slightly bitter chocolate flavor followed by tangy sweetness.

Medium bodied and mildly carbonated with a silky, smooth mouthfeel. The bitter sweet chocolate lingers on the palatte.

A very flavorful and robust porter, yet very drinkable. Another quality product from Founders Brewing Co. More complex and slightly less quaffable than my favorite porter from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of King_KongDCO93
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice dark motor oil, small off white head quickly dissipates.

Smell: lots of coffee, dark cocoa and dark toasted malt aroma. I'm getting some vanilla as well.

Taste: taste has coffee, dark chocolate caramel, and bitterness of the malts used. taste a lot like a the breakfast stout with less coffee.

Mouthfeel: mouth feels a bit heavier, more full-bodied than other porters. Its creamy and has a little bit of tanginess to it. Not getting the bozziness as it a 6.5 abv but its well hidden.

Overall: Good porter.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass this beer is very dark brown/black. A thick, tan head sits atop very still with almost no movement in the bubbles. Nice lacing too.

Smells like chocolate covered raisins, roasted coffee, big dose of charred notes, almost smoky, deep malty aroma, earthy.

Taste follows the nose with malty mocha flavors chased by a charred bitterness.

Mouthfeel has just enough body to hold up to the flavors.

Great beer from Founders

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

A true porter indeed.
It pours dark black, nice tan head that cascades nice as you pour. The head maintains to lace somewhat from a moderate carbonated, full bodied brew. Though its not overly thick.

Aroma of dark roasted malts carry into the taste with dark chocolates, cocoa, charred wood, coffee and a toffee sweetness.

Easy on the mouth with a hop oil coat yet a slight burnt toast dryness.

A robust porter, well made.

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Photo of bjoyce12
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice brew. Bottle states the Founders Porter is a "sleek, sexy, and sultry" ale. So true. Nothing better than truth in advertising. Pours dark and inky, almost stout like, but taste is true Porter. Smooth, creamy, nice chocolate and roasted coffee overtones, not overdone but not subtle either. All this with only a 5.1% ABV is pretty remarkable. Better porters than this are few and far between; this one's a keeper.

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Photo of colts9016
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a 49 degrees.

Appearance: A monster 3 finger head that is foamy and creamy with good retention. The body of the beer is opaque and the clarity is nil. The head left some lacing on the glass.

Nose: There is a very rich malty dark aroma. The aromas of chocolate, espresso, biscuits, molasses, phenonls, and some solvents. There is a descent hop aroma with some grapefruits, pine, and floral.

Taste: A very deep rich porter with dark roasted malts. There are flavors of bittersweet chocolate, espresso, molasses, a toasty notes and some yeasty flavors. There in the background there is some slovents, phenols, grapefruit, pine and and floral esters.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is velvety, creamy and smooth. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. This is another wonderful example of how a really good porter should taste. I really enjoyed drinking it.

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

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Light brown head about a finger-thick. Darkest brown and opaque. Considering the modest size of the head, good lacing.

Smell: Mostly malt, with sweet caramel and blackened barley in good quantity. Smells a little charred. Some soft chocolate. Only traces of hops. It's very good, but something's a little off -- can't put my finger on it.

Taste: Immediately, the first taste is black patent malt. Charred and smoky, even ashy. I like the char, but it could certainly use some sweet or semi-sweet elements to balance it. Some black coffee, but nothing really in the way of chocolate or toffee until after drinking it for a while. Probably the darkest flavor range of any porter I've tried, more characteristic of a big coffee stout. Even with the 45 IBUs listed on the bottle, no apparent hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, fairly creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation is a little strong for my tastes, not very gentle. Finishes dry on the back of the tongue.

Overall: A good beer, but definitely not for the faint of heart. It avoids the banal soy sauce flavors of a lot of porters, but it could use a little balance.

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

A: This poured a nearly opaque black mahogany with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like dry roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate, with a little burnt barley and brown sugar.
T: It tasted like bitter coffee and dry dark chocolate, with some burnt barley and copper hops and brown sugar. It had a bitter earthy aftertaste that was a bit harsh.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Nice body.
D: This was a solid porter and a great example of the style, on par with Centennial IPA. The finish wasn't great, but it was otherwise easy to drink and an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Cresant
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a tulip pint. No date. The body was used oil color, a deep, opaque brown/black. There was a modest tan head which faded to zero and left no lace.

Smell was cookie dough-like. Dusty. Cocoa powder hints in the aroma.

Taste was coffee and bitter chocolate/cocoa powder. Roasted and burnt notes. There was a very long bittering aftertaste. Tangy and not too sweet.

Mouthfeel was zesty. Medium body and mouthfilling carbonation. Some slipperiness.

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Photo of kbeals
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours slightly syrupy, even for a porter. Dark black in color with about a finger of creamy, brown sugar head. Some head retention but very little lacing.

S- Dark, roasted coffee notes, a bit of a boozy smell but not much.

T- I can detect coffee but it seems that the dark chocolates really stand out more than anything else. Very sweet and very roasted.

M- Creamy smooth and very thick. Hardly any carbonation.

D- Easily drinkable, maybe I should have another...

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Photo of zrab11
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown, almost black color, has a nice 1 finger off white head

S- roasted malts and coffee come through, with some hints of chocolate

T- Has a nice mixture of coffee and chocolate at the beginning then finish's with a nice bitterness

M-Medium Bodied with decent carbontion

D-Overall this a great porter. Just what a porter should be. Not too sweet not too bitter. Just the right complexity. WIll get again

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Photo of Jesterr44
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid porter; nothing spectacular. Roasted malt with touches of chocolate, coffee, caramel & perhaps some fruit (plum?) Smooth but not overly full mouthfeel. Enjoyable but not amongst my favourite darks.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in New York, brought back to Sydney and shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a very deep, murky almost-black, frizzled brown at the edges. Head poured dark and solid to begin with, but settles to a mild film of chocolatey brown. Body is very pleasantly firm and thick, and forms some nice fine carbonation when tilted. Overall, it's a decent looking brew, but not a spectacular one.

It's all uphill from there though. Big roasted, sweet/savoury notes on the nose, giving dark coffee, brown bread crust and a hint of red wine tannins. This is all smoothed with a mild malt sweetness and the suggestion of vanilla. Lovely blend, and while still rather mild and subdued, it makes for a very pleasant aroma.

Taste is similarly pleasant. Roasted notes form the basis, but these are assuaged by a mild milk sweetness and more of those vanilla overtones. Slight hint of leather on the aftertaste, along with a cleansing, but not prominent hop bitterness. Smooth and luxurious on the palate, while maintaining fluidity.

A really nice beer, and probably a holotypical American Porter. It's well made and solidly believable. Great drop.

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Photo of corby112
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest hint of lighter color when held to a light and a one finger beige head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Nice roasted malt aroma with hints of bittersweet dark chocolate, oatmeal, toffee and roasted coffee/espresso bean. Smokey but not acrid or burnt smelling with subtle lactic/cream and even some hazelnut. Beautiful roasted coffee in the nose that isn't overly powerful, burnt or stale. Smells great!

Chewy medium body with lots of roasted malt, slight hops, sweet chocolate and a lingering dry finish. Deep roasted coffee/espresso bean flavor along with hints of chocolate, toffee and oatmeal. A bit more acrid/burnt tasting than the aroma suggested with bittersweet dark chocolate, toffee, oatmeal and nut. Subtle bitter dry hops toward the end of the palate with a dry finish. A bit too roasted for my preference with bitterness lingering throughout but still pretty drinkable with a nice lactic creamy flavor mid-palate that gives balance and adds to the mouthfeel. It could use a bit of sweetness to round things out but overall this is a very good representation of the style.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huhzubendah verbally assaulted me the other day once he realized that I had never reviewed this beer, that is because I have never had this beer. That is all about to change. At the time of this review, this is the #8 top American Porter on the beeradvocate.com best of lists. Served in a Bell's glass (which means I'm about to be verbally assaulted by Lunch for not having a Founders snifter).

Beer is dark, black, thin broken dark tan head of small bubbles, low carbonation, no lacing.

Aroma is roasty and chocolate, with a mild malt sweetness.

Beer is medium in body and a nice sweet finish that falls off quickly giving way to a mild bitterness and a moderate roastiness that fills the void of the palate. The lead off is a mild sweetness and some coffee. There isn't as much chocolate from the taste as there was in the aroma but it is a solid beer. I'd have it again.

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Photo of dave_t
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love Founders Beer!

Bottle Pour:
A - Pours opaque black, with a nice two finger milk chocolate colored head. Head thins out but lingers throughout drink.
S - Dark chocolate and roast coffee notes come forth.
T - Sweet chocolate and malty. Coffee and a slight bitterness on the back end. Nicely balanced between malt and hop character.
F - Nice bit of carbonation, smooth, creamy, medium bodied porter
O - Pretty solid porter. Makes great for the cold weather nights

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Photo of BeerJesus
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours nice and black with an half inch layer of tan head at the top which dissipates quickly leaving a thin film residue.

S: Coffee, cocoa, dark roasted malty aroma.

T: Lots of dark malts. Also has a nice dark chocolate coffee flavor to it, almost tastes like a Coffee Stout but not as heavy. I let it sit in my mouth for a minute to get the full experience of this beers aromatic flavor.

M: Not as heavy as one might imagine. Thin and very smooth in the mouth.

O: it's hard to give any Founders beer a bad overall review. If you're in the mood for a nice aromatic Porter with rich flavor on a cold winters night, I think its a great choice. Overall rating is a 4. But it is definitely something I will continue to drink.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into New Belgium snifter...

A: a pitch black brew with a light brown head. pours a decent head and leaves small amounts of lacing

S: dark chocolate covered cherries and coffee

T: cocoa, dark chocolate, cherry finishes with roasted nuts, citrus, coffee and dusty cocoa

M: a full bodied beer with a silky smooth entry. finishes dry

Overall, Founders Porter is "dark, rich, and sexy". A dark, very roasted brew that also delivers a refreshing fruitiness. However, The full-body of the brew lessens the drinkability.

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Photo of redadevil74
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Porter

A- This is a Very Dark black porter. A thin laced tan head with some bubbles

S- Definitely a lot of roast going on here with a little sweetness

T- Super Robust sorta roasty toasty porter going on here. The malt is just about perfect. The Roast lingers with the aftertaste.

M- Medium Body with a nice light carbonation kick.

O- This is a very good porter. Perfect roast and drinkability. Not too boozy and not very sweet.

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Photo of RJIV
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle on 4/4/15
Pours a dark black with a slight dirty brown head. Smells of a robust roastiness. The body is a tad thin for the style. A slight, sweet richness hits upfront followed by a fully roasted malt flavor. There are hints of caramel and toffee. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of thlayli87
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A - Dark brown with a half-inch of dark tan head that quickly dissipates.

S - Chocolate malt, roasty notes, and a prominent underlying sweet aroma.

T - Roasted malt, coffee, pleasantly bitter finish. The sweetness present in the nose is not evident in the taste.

M - Full bodied, somewhat syrupy mouthfeel.

O - Very tasty porter, and a good example of the style. I'd gladly enjoy this beer again.

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Photo of ken3c
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is very dark brown. It struggles to form a head and recedes to a thin ring with wisps. No lacing. I was disappointed in the appearence and losing hope that this would be a good beer.

I shouldn't have worried. The aroma was great. A good blend of Coffee and carmel with a hint of vanilla. I just couldn't stop smelling this beer.

Very slightly sweet, a little tart, with a crescendo of bitterness. It starts with coffee and then the hops kick in. Dry finish.

Full bodied and lightly carbonated. It could use a little more carbonation.

I like this beer. It's got it where it counts.

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Photo of JT534
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours black with a thick tan head that dissipated slowly. The only thing visible through this dark brew are tiny bubbles raising around the edges of the glass.

Aroma: I smell toasted chocolate and and burnt coffee malts in a big way.

Taste: The first thing I noticed was a wave of hops making their presence known. In the back of my mouth I am tasting caramel and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: There is refreshing carbonation hitting you right in the mouth with each sip. I was surprised with the amount of carbonation coming through with this one.

Overall: Overall, this is a solid porter. Great way to introduce yourself to porters and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Deep brown/black under a medium brown head. Good lace and retention.

S: Roasted malt with chocolate and coffee. A bit nutty. Not a whole lot going on, but enough to let you know you're about to sip a tasty, balanced porter.

T: More of the same. Roasted malt, sweet, finish is of bitter chocolate and coffee. Little bit of espresso. Nothing in you face, just good solid porter.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation is every so prickly, bit slick. Drinkability is excellent. I could drink this porter all night long. Never overwhelming, just a solid, balanced porter.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. bottled on 5/29/12.

pours out pretty much opaque black with one fingers worth of tan/ biege colored head that after a minute or so faded to a thin ring. poor retention, and no lace, but a nice blackness that you dont often find in most porters.

roasted malt dominates which lends some nice bitter cocoa and coffee aromas. just the slightest hint of sweet toasted grain as well.

rich roasted, almost burnt malt again is the main player giving way to bitter cocoa and coffee. a nice dose of earthy hops mingles with the bitter roast in the finish and makes for a nice bitter dark chocolate that lingers.

rich, creamy, and very easy drinking.

a top notch porter, prolly number 3 on my list of best "straight- up" porters. i would definatly come back to this.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 7,290 ratings.
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