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 AllFineThings
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin caramelized looking head. Has a heavy smell of toffee, chocolate and coffee.

Tastes better and better as it warms, thick black body that let's you know this a real porter. The taste is the same as the smell.

By far my favorite porter and second favorite beer overall.

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Photo of DerekStek
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color: The beer pours a very dark brown color. A thick two finger mocha colored head settles nicely on top.

Smell: Coffee, vanilla, malts, and chocolate combine to make an excellent smell.

Taste: There is a real malty, mocha, vanilla taste that sits pretty heavily on the tongue.

This is a beer that is best suited by itself or one other. Very drinkable but very filling.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Seductive lady on the label

Paired with a strip steak. Poured very black, with a nice dark tan head that stuck around. The smell was malty paradise. The taste was very nice, just a ton of roasty malts, cocoa, and a bit of caramel and toffee. The finish was mellow and nutty. Very smooth drinker.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at lunch at Kieran's Pub in Minneapolis. Very pleased to see it on the menu. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Founder's Porter pours a very dark brown color, almost black, with about a finger of mocha colored head. Lacing is a moderate layer of fine film after it reduces.

Smell: Lots of roasted malts, some chocolate, and just a touch of smoke. It smells very rich.

Taste: I've got to say this is one of the richest porters I've ever tried. Lost of roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla. Classic porter taste, just great.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with a little carbonation. Viscous, very smooth and creamy on the palate. Delightful. This is absolutely an awesome tasting porter. My favorite of the style that I've had.

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Photo of ccrida
4.87/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into my Delirium snifter, Founders Porter is black with a massive foamy brown head. Between the pressure released when I cracked it, along with the overly foamy head, I feared infection, but none was found. The foamy leaves heavy chunks, rocky really, a bit Belgianesque.

Smell is caramel, almost nougat like. Really delicious.

Taste is very rich, this is a big ass porter, which I dig. Loads of cocoa, a little milk chocolate really, with a touch of caramel as well. Outstanding, wow.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonation but not overly so, medium bodied.

Drinkability is great, this a fantastic porter. The only frustration is the large head slows down the drinking! This is the best porter I've ever had, period.

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Photo of JLeege
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a deep brown with a 2 finger mocha colored head. Great head retention and excellent lacing.

Smell- Roasted malts, caramel, coffee, subtle chocolate.

Taste- The flavor comes together very nicely in this one. Coffee and sweet chocolate notes right up front. Caramel and a nuttyness in the middle. The finish is dry and lingering with some bitter coffee. This beer is hard to put down!.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, I wish this was just a tad thicker.

Overall- Solid porter, I don't think Founders can make a bad beer! -DARK RICH SEXY-

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Photo of stingrayvr6
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I will start by saying that I can not imagine a better example of the style. Poured into a porter glass, incredibly dark brown/black, faintly red on the edges where light can pass through. Creamy tan head, great retention and lacing. Massive roasted smell some coffee grinds, chocolate and toffee. Faint burned popcorn as well. Smooth on the tongue with the roasty dryness dominating the front, then sweetens out with the chocolate and toffee notes, then back to dry coffee like finish. Some alcohol warming as you get deep into this. New favorite porter.

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Photo of acurtis
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Second beer in a mini Porter tasting: Founders Porter poured into english pint glass.
Dark thick pour. Very dark brown head. Thicker, darker and smokier than the GLEFP. Sweet aroma of chocolate, coffee, dark malt, vanilla with some smoke. Smooth and creamy, taste of roasted malt, molasses, chocolate, coffee. Very different than GLEFP, not as drinkable but a more creamy full mouthfeel. Exceptional.

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Photo of Betmore
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured the darkest shade of brown possible and formed a beautiful mocha head that slowly faded into a resilient foam cap. Lacing was heavy.

The initial bouquet is heavy with rich, almost burnt, roasted malts. Secondary aromas include coffee, liquorice, vanilla, and sweet candied fruits. Theres a lot going on here so I'm pretty excited about tasting this badboy.

Oh, man, this stuff is good. Dark malts, coffee, slightly burnt toast, and chocolate are the predominant flavors here and they're balanced quite nicely as well.

Mouthfeel is fine. No suprises here. Its of medium to thin body with soft carbonation. Its a pleasure to have in my mouth. (Thats what she said!)

I'm pleasantly suprised at how drinkable this brew is. It would go with just about any meal and is amazingly refreshing. While it has a boatload of flavors, they're not overbearing. I don't feel like my face is being ripped off by huge malts or massive hops. This beer just "works". I'll definitley buy this again.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears black with a frothy tan khaki head that laces well.

Smells of chocolate, and woodys-smelling malts with a touch of smoke. Almost smells soft and cabin-like.

Wow. So delicious tasting - Cocao podwer, earthy malts, roasted grains, and a touch of bright hops.

Noticeable carbonation gives an edge to otherwise super smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability is dangerously good.

One of the best porters I've ever had.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Thin half-finger head. Light leather brown and dense, but dissipates quickly, leaving a thin ring around the glass. Coffee black and opaque.

S - Roasted malt, dark chocolate cake, subtle grapefruit hops in the background. Really needs to warm up before much aroma presents itself in the glass, and even then it takes work to get a nose.

T - Melted dark chocolate, black coffee, touch of caramel and butterscotch. Hops throw some citrus into the mix, but sweetness, then well-defined chocolate dominate. The roast is also well-defined.

M - Smooth and creamy, little carbonation, thin structure. Decent finish, but it fades more quickly than I've experienced with this style.

D - Tastes more like a chocolate stout than a porter, both in terms of thinness and amount of malt roasting. I understand why a number of people like this beer, but I see getting my porter fix elsewhere. A good example for me of a product with clearly quality ingredients that are put together in a manner I don't find desirable. Back off on the roast, beef up the structure, and bring the caramel more forward and this would be a quite a porter.

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Photo of nkersten
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into pint glass. Liquid is brownish black with a thin tan head, no retention or lacing. Smells of roasted caramel, very traditional porter, some slightly floral and spicy hops. Taste is a perfect balance of spicy hops and roasted malts with a bit of caramel sweetness. Finish has a bit of a smokey flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and medium carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer, as I think most porters should be. This is a bit heavier in body then most traditional porters I have had, but overall an excellent example of the style.

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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 Arbitrator
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. A generous extra from boatshoes. Thanks!

A: Pours a pitch black body with a nice finger of mocha head. That long-lastin', lace-leavin' sumbitch takes his sweet time before moseyin' off into the-... oh, sorry. Anyway, this beer is a reminder that dark beers can have a nice head. I think I'm grading too leniently on some stouts and porters that lose their foam immediately.

T: Roasted malt and chocolate up front; this doesn't have that over-roasted, slightly burnt flavor I find off-putting in similar beers. Coffee grounds, a touch of anise and smoke. Slightly bitter cocoa. While this isn't a hoppy beer, it's evident that some earthy hops went into it. A very balanced, flavorful taste. I can't help but be thoroughly impressed.

M: Founders typically does a good job with the mouthfeel. I'm surprised at how thick this beer feels for a relatively light ABV, but I suppose that attests to a nice presence of residual sugar. It certainly feels sweet and heavy, though not cloying. In fact, it finishes with a drying presence.

D: An excellent example of a style that seems to be forgotten in favor of EXTREME!!! imperial porters with adjuncts. It's nice to revisit the basics. I think there are one or two I'd rank ahead of this one, but it's up there.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Black with a very large brown head. Great retention, thick and sticky lacing. Small bubbles of carbonation race to the top of the glass in an incessant stream.

S: Coffee grounds, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, moist chocolate cake, a touch of earthiness, and some mild citric hops.

T: Roasted malt taste assaults the palate. Lots of chocolate: dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and devil's food cake. Bitter coffee surfaces momentarily. Faint hints of plum. Quick citric hop bite comes to the forefront, but recedes as quickly as it hit. Vanilla comes out a bit as the beer warms. Finish is semi-dry and never-ending and showcases rich malt tastes of chocolate cake and some woody/smokey notes.

M: Thick, creamy, and smooth. Crisp carbonation and a mild warming alcohol sensation are also apparent. Very slightly astringent.

D: On the bigger side of the style, but oh-so drinkable.

Notes: A shining example of the style. Delicious and very technically sound, from what I can tell. The label says it all: Dark, rich, and sexy. An excellent beer.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours an almost midnight black with a layer of coffee colored head, fading into some nice film, leaving a bit of lacing around the glass.

A nice flair of coffee in the nose with hints of mocha, chocolate, molasses, and a light touch of smoke.

Begins with some roasted malts and robust mocha coffee flavor. Semi-sweet chocolate and a light splash of vanilla hide underneath. A bit of molasses, hop bitterness, and more robust dark malt towards the end. Finishes with some sweetness, hops, and a faint warmth.

Medium bodied, feels a little thinner than it should, higher carbonation. Nice flavor and solid drinking, alcohol is masked well too.

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Photo of Cheesemoose
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12oz snifter.

Oil black, with a fine watery edge when shown through light. Foamy head with 3 fingers that dissipates slowly, leaving a nice layer on top. Great lacing, with clinging lines the whole way through.

Earthy roasted malts brings bittersweet cocoa and mild coffee aromas. Pleasant.

Nose is deceiving, as when it warms, the roasted malts come through rather strong on the palate. Unsweetened chocolate / coffee flavors predominate with a spicy hop finish balanced against a nutty return.

Watery mouthfeel in the beginning, though lingers through the mid taste and into the finish. Alcohol is off course absent in the taste, though you get a nice warming effect towards the end of the glass. With a mid-high abv, one or two is enough.

A very very nice porter, and a new favorite in my book. Honestly, a top notch porter, nutty and complex though drinkable

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Photo of twoheadedboy
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
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 soze47
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I love all the Founder's brews I've tried so far and have been on a porter kick lately. Looking forward to trying this one for the first time.

Appearance: Pours like black coffee. A creamy brown head fizzes up then out rather quickly.

Aroma: Chocolate and an almost coffee bitterness are in the nose. No hints at sweetness in the nose as all the malt here comes across more as deeply roasted. Good smell, but somewhat subtle.

Taste: Cocoa bitter chocolate and dark roasted maltiness are the first things that come out. A nice earthiness from the hops, almost a grassy spiciness, comes into play too. Very slight boozy heat helps things along and adds depth to the other flavors in play.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This one tastes and looks like a stout, but the body is definitely a porter's. Feels creamy in the mouth, almost like half & half heavy coffee.

Overall: Great porter here. Robust flavor, pretty looking, and great body/drinkability. I can see this one making a more frequent appearance in my rotation this winter.

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Photo of chasebrownyeah1
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Founders Porter ABV: 6.5

A: Pours a black coffee fluid with a tan head. The head of the beer takes up most of the glass and you have to wait a little bit for it to fall. Looks very appealing and after about 5-10 minutes it falls to a half inch head.

S: The smell is very malty with almost a coffee hint. Also, has kind of a sweet smell that lingers in the nose along with the other smells.

T: Taste like coffee beans, chocolate, and malts. leaves a bitter taste on the tongue along with the chocolate flavor.

M-D: the fluid in the mouth turns to foam almost instantly. However, it does go down the palate rather smoothly. Very thick consistency. Will have again, but I would have to have it with Wesbrownyeah.

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Photo of cratez
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle purchased at Wolverine Market in Port Huron, MI.

Pours a dense black hue with a thin mocha cap and lots of webbed lacing on the Duvel glass.

Smell is rich dark chocolate, big deep roastiness, table cream, coffee grounds, black licorice, floral and resiny hops, alcohol, and a hint of smoke.

Flavour is velvety roasted malt, fig-like sweetness, cocoa powder, balanced hop bitterness, nice toasty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is creamy, full side of medium, low carbonation with a roasted-chalky finish.

Overall, this is spot on for a porter, though lacking the hop character that I expect from American/Robust takes. Still a great beer though and one that I would return to often if it was available locally.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to RBlaszak for sending this beer as an extra. This had been on my wants for a long time.

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is milk chocolate, coffee and some roasted malt. The chocolate is dominant.

The flavor is heavy on the roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate. The malt is very heavily roasted and has some burnt qualities to it.

Creamy, medium to thick mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

An excellent porter. One of the best that I have had.

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Photo of BBP
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours jet black with a mocha brown head. It receeded slowly and held at a thin head. The black is so thick it's really unfair to judge the carbonation at this point. I'd guess it to be about average. Good lacing.

S- A mix of roasted malts and burnt malts from the beginning. A bit smoky and smells pretty bitter. Notes of molasses and cocoa.

T- Roasted malts, burnt malts, dark malts; very complex. Also had a lot of hop bitterness underneath it. Has a rich cocoa taste to it. A bit more bitter chocolate than average. Subtle coffee flavor as well which doesn't take the spotlight but stays backstage. All in all more of a bitter stout than most, but the bitterness doesn't drown all the malt character. It begins sweet and has a bitter finish. There's subtle molasses notes in this as well as the slightest bubblegum flavor. Fresh it tastes intense, and with a little bit of age on it it gets smooth fast. You can't lose either way.

M- Extremely creamy. Medium full body. Carbonation that works well by not being harsh in the mouthfeel, but still keeping the feel full and smooth. It has a dryer finish to it which makes you want another sip right after.

D- A great drink, and a solid porter. I came into it knowing Founders makes superb stouts, so I expected their porter to be great as well, and I wasn't disappointed. It offers a lot of similarities to FBS, but is a fair bit more drinkable with it's lesser ABV. The Alcohol is there and you can find it, but with all the flavor it's far from your mind. For 6.5% it packs an incredible punch flavor-wise, and is yet another great offering from Founders.

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Photo of pvsob
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown, basically black color with a one-finger tan head. The head fades slowly leaving average lacing and a thin film.

S- Charred malt, smoke, coffee, caramel, chocolate, earthy hops, and just a touch of alcohol. There's a faint fruitiness to it as well.

T- Deep roasted malts in the beginning give way to a nice coffee flavor in the middle. Earthy hops mix with some alcohol spiciness in the finish. Touches of smoke and caramel show up post swallow.

M- Has a Stout-like feel to it. Very smooth with a medium level of carbonation.

D/O- This is a really good take on an American style Porter. This is, in fact, one of my all-time favorite Porters. Founders did one hell of a job on this one. I will definitely buy this again. Recommended. Cheers.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appears almost black, with a tan head that stays to the bottom of the glass. decent lacing. roasty espresso aroma.

great taste. flavors of coffee, bitter chocolate. smooth mouthfeel, thicker body.

its a very tasty brew. one of the better porters I've had.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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