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
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1,603
Ratings:
7,252
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
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Photo of bs870621345
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with an inch of mocha head. Fades to a collar that leaves nice lacing down the glass.

Smells like coffee, roast, caramel, and citrus/herbal hops.

Taste follows smell, a lot of coffee in the begining giving way to a rush of caramel and roasted flavors. Its really a beautiful thing.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, little low on carbonation for me, but its sticky, oily, and full.

Drinkability is good. I'm not usually one to have 2 of the same beers in 1 night, but this is one I could.

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

Poured a deep dark brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained good lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, cream. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a very good brew.

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

Reviewed from notes of 2/4/11
Received this fine 12 oz. bottle from my friend Kaman in a mixed 6 beer swap.

A = Dark brown color with a slight reddish hue in full light. 2 finger head. Mild liquor like lace.

S = Sweet carmel, molasses, and vanilla cream.

T = Good carbonation. Mild smoke, coffee, and molasses. Clean but not too earthy. Malt like qualties without being overpowering.

M = Tingly and energetic on the tongue at first taste. Dry bitter finish. Semi pithy but pleasing.

D = Great drinker! A real "guys" porter for the refined working man. Dieing to try this on tap!

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle graciously placed in my mix-a-six from Abe's of Bethlehem, PA.

A- Very dark and heavy viscosity.... Very nice tan head with moderate foamy head.

S- Rich dark roasted coffee and bittersweet cocoa....

T- Very hearty and very nice espresso profile... not too sweet like similar porters.

M- Very rich and dense.

D- This is a very top-notch porter in my book. i could drink these all night!

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Photo of plfahey
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Inky black, all but opaque. Moderate tan head with creamy, fine bead, moderately good retention, and some lacing.

Aroma-Smells like roasted malt, with notes of coffee, chocolate, and dark bread crusts. Very slight hint of smoke. Some earthy hop aromas are present in the background.

Flavor-Perfect for the style-quite roasty, but doesn't cross over into burnt malt flavors. Up front, the roast is very coffee like, though on the back end, a pleasant chocolate note shows through. Lightly sweet, though finishes moderately dry. Some earthy hop flavors appear alongside the roast in the finish, and a medium low hop bitterness emerges.No astringency.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body, moderate to moderately low carbonation. Smooth, creamy body. Awesome.

The flavor and aroma are quite good on this one, but it's the mouthfeel that makes this so damn drinkable. Silky smooth on the palate-it's the kind of beer that leaves you excited for the next sip.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another from excellent trader Brian44556. Cheers mate!

6.5% ABV and no idea how expensive...

The new Darkest Era album is spinning - YES!!!!

Pours silky black with only the faintest hint of deep ruby red at the edges. A short, creamy tan head disappears quickly. Lacing is sparse.

If the Founders guys have mastered one thing, it appears to be the aromas they can coax from their ingredients. The KBS is legendary...This porter is fantastic as well. Lots of roasted malt fills the room, not just your nostrils. It's everywhere...It smells like a cup of espresson, some dark chcolate and some fresh baked french bread all mixed together at once. I also get some cinnamon, a hint of molasses and a tiny faint hint of barrel-aging. Fabulous.

Um, holy cow wow! The flavor is...it's unreal...It's certainly a porter, but it's smoother. The initial hint is a blazing whip of malt tang - chocolate and espresso backing it up. But it quickly rounds out into something else. It's like a morning cup of coffee and a chocolate doughnut, but without too much, if any, sugar. The mouthfeel is rich and full, but not billowing or thin. It helps to enhance the flavors. Alcohol is masked completely, by the way. Finish is a wonderful mix of hops and chocolate covered espresso (not beans, just the espresso)...Long and bitter and excellent. An elite ale...I can hardly find fault in it. Like the Darkest Era album, it's fantastic and worth tracking down at all costs.

What I like most: Pretty much everything.

What I like least: Almost nothing, I can find fault only in that I'd like a slightly bigger, fuller head.

Verdict: World class version: unique, smooth, rich and wonderful. Get it.

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Photo of rings
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Big and dark brown, with a milk chocolate head, this thing checks in a little heavier than most, at 6.5 percent ABV. There's a full rounded mouthfeel and excellent head retention, indicating a nice protein body, with a generous and completely balanced hop finish.

Although not as well known as many of their offerings, this is an above average porter, an excellent winter warmer, and one well worth seeking out.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to brian44556 for sending me this one...

A-dark brown, almost black with a nice thick dark tan colored head

S-really thick scent of chocolate covered cocoa beans. smells amazing!

T-mmm Founders sure knows how to brew good beer. it comes in with a nice sweet chocolatey taste and ends with a great mocha after-taste. Its a strong after-taste that lasts quite a while. there is a bitterness that seems to stay throughout the taste. This is quite a great porter!

M-really thick and a good medium carbonation with slightly watery finish

D-a lot of flavor plus not a lot of alcohol makes this quite the drinkable beer. I could have this all night. I really hope to have this again!

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Photo of TheSarge
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With a vigorous pour, this brew makes about a finger and a half thick head of dark khaki, and has a pitch black colored body that allows absolutely no sunlight through it.

The aroma is light with metallic hops, and a good coffee fragrance too.

Taste wise it's more than on par with semisweet chocolate, coffee.

Feel wise it's on the creamy side with a little oily slickness, which is a bit surprising since this isn't loaded with hops.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle.

A very dark walnut colored body with a large four finger head. Dark cocoa colored at first of head bubbles but seems to settle down and get lighter in color as time goes on. Some lacing. She looks good.

Great cream smell, roast, fresh brewed coffee, and some sweet malt. This smells just great a mish mash of many things which all get a turn. I can't get over how creamy this smells with a grain husk like sense.

Taste is a great chocolate at first, with good malt chew. Aftertaste has some hop finish with honey. Lots of flavors that come out throughout the tasting. THe honey on finish is surprising where did that come from. Not too wet either, just right, hardly noticeable alcohol content.

This is a great American Porter what can I say, really like it alot.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Black pour. Big tightly, beaded head with a lovely creamy foam atop. Clingy lace. Great aroma of a mixture of roast and hops with underlying cocoa and vanilla. Light, oily texture. Very creamy. Upfront a good mixture of chocolate malt and hops. Tasteful roastiness,and more slick malts follow. Finish is sweet,with roasty notes, then lingering hop, chocolate, and mocha notes. Little under mid glass this has lost a little body. Overall though, a great mixture of hop, chocolate, and mocha flavors. Loses some points as the sweet taste was not there to complement the sweet aroma I picked up. Nice spotty lace all over the empty glass. Tasty stuff.

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Photo of afksports
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A week after guzzling down many Deschutes Black Butte porters, I'm happy to test the yield of this fine Founders Porter bottle. Yup, it's beer!

It looks inviting, just like that classy lady on the bottle that says dark and sexy. It's nearly black, with brown edges and a tan head that laces adequately as tiny bubbles cling to the glass. The smell hits you immediately with a malt hop mix that has a bit of almost chemical overtones, maybe soap, and then bitter chocolate. Taste is malt first, with coffee and chocolate in the middle. The bitterness of the 45 IBU's listed on the bottle is there in the finish. That helps it drink clean.

With the 6.5% alcohol, and the medium body that reminds me of a brown, this baby is one I can repeat. The only problem is the bottle cost in New York separates it from other comparable options that won't hurt the wallet as much.

That said, I'm still in love with Founders, and I want to see about this lady's phone number...

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Photo of LacquerHead
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour was rather thick. It had a very dark brown color. The pour produced a roasted looking head, but with little formation.

The aroma had some cool things working for it. It had a roasted coffee smell, a liquorish aroma at times, and an overall malty goodness.

As I expected the taste had a thickness to it. The taste was similar to the aroma. This had a really good robust flavor that was really smooth. It had a dry chocolate flavor, but not sweet. There was also a smooth roasted coffee flavor with a slight bitterness. A liquorish flavor showed up now and again along with dark fruits.

Conclusion: A good sipping porter. I had this while smoking a cigar and it was a great paring. This was an elegant porter and the price was very reasonable.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single 12oz bottle (no date) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pitch black beer - I'm not even seeing any light getting through the sides. Head dies down to a dark tan ring around the edge and a thin film across the top. Some lacing here and there - strands and sheets. The label says "Dark, Rich & Sexy". Definitely the darkest porter I've ever had.

Smell: When first poured and cold, it smells of raisins and rich sweet malt. As it warms up, the fruitiness goes away a bit and is replaced with a richness of mild chocolate and roasted malts. Nicely appealing.

Taste: Definitely a rich brew here. The best I can describe this beer is like sipping a scoop of rich bittersweet chocolate ice-cream that has been put into a stout. That stout bitterness end is there, but the chocolate shines through with a milk-like creaminess. As it warms up the bitterness at the end becomes more pronounced - a mix of coffee-like bitterness and some hints of citrus hops. Very tasty porter this one.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with some carbonation along for the ride. Pretty good.

Drinkability: Yep, I could have another one, and I can see this beer pairing with so many things. It did really well with Welsh Rabbit, and I think it would be fantastic with a steak or a burger, and with dessert as well. The alcohol is well hidden and I'm not noticing it at all by the end of the glass. A dark, rich, and sexy beer indeed.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting beer from Founders. I've never been so up an down in categories on any beer before!

The pour is great, super lacing and a black hue with flashes of brown on the sides, the head is a khaki color. Beautiful.

Smell is not so beautiful since I barely even get any aroma off this tapped beer at all. Roasted nuts, flutters of yeast...roasted malt and some chocolate maybe, just a very disappointing aroma from a super solid brewery.

Taste is a huge improvement in the smell. A Big fudgy beer with charred malt, hop bitters, and an overall trail mix like taste that all compliment each other.

Mouth is a little over carbonated for me and medium in feel. A mostly solid beer, I'm just surprised Founders would produce a beer with such a weak aroma and not awesome feel.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- deep onyx black, trace head on top, nice lacing.

S- chocolate, coffee, licorice, mild roasted scent.

T- licorice, dark chocolate, hint of coffee.

M- heavy body, goes down smooth.

D- This is THE porter in my opinion. Try it, but it is a sipper and makes any fireplace or campfire a spiritual experience.

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Photo of stewart124
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark red color with ruby highlights. Little to no head.

Huge burnt caramel notes and some coffee in the nose.

Syrupy and sweet right off the bat. This leans more towards raisin and prune in character with a subtle but spicy hop note. The syrupy sweetness really pushes this beer and the style. Quite good and bold with a warming finish that just rounds out this delicious porter.

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Photo of Pellinore1
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very nearly black into a pint glass, producing a finger of light brown head. This quickly fades to some lacing.

Deep malts and roasted barley define the aroma, and a hint of bitter chocolate or coffee lurks in the back. Not too complicated, but this is just what I like to smell in a porter.

Fantastic malt roastiness, some of the coffee hinted at by the aroma, and a bit of toasted bread. Like the smell, the flavors are fairly simple, straightforward, and very close to my ideal for a porter.

This beer is smooth, almost creamy, and very pleasant. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black in color with a fluffy head that leaves lacing as it dissipates.

S- Chocolate offerings right up front with coffee as well

T- Similar to the scent. Very robust and roasty. Sweet chocolate with a bitter cocoa backbone. Very pleasant.

M- Full mothfeel that covers the palate

D- Smooth and fulfiling. Ill drink it all day

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Photo of tburus
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark caramel colored liquid. Minimal carbonation. One-finger tan head that dissolved into lacing quickly, staying think around the glass.

Smell: Primarily coffee aroma, with a bit of chocolate as it warms.

Taste: Again coffee dominates, but there are more complexities to it. Refreshing tingle on the tongue as it enters, followed by coffee on the palate, and chocolate on the sides. Reminiscent of the Breakfast Stout, but sufficiently unique and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Heavy bitter coffee aftertaste. Typically I am not a fan of this, but bitter coffee as a flavor in beer is something that's growing on me. More coffee aftertaste than the Breakfast Stout. Complex.

Drinkability: This is an excellent porter. Great dimension to the beer's flavor. And being on of the cheaper Founders offerings (~$10 per 6 pack), it is very much worth buying.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Haymarket into a 4oz tasting glass, first beer of the night, a good one for sure...Dark pour for porter, a nice black color with a really nice dark tan head that has good retention and lacing...The aroma is unique, lots of coffee but with a bite of hops, nuts and chocolate come through as well, slightly acetone note. I like this...The taste matches the aroma a coffee porter with some hops, yummy and balanced, and drinkable. This is a winner.

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Photo of JCBears
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App: nice dark almost coffee like nice head that settles quickly

Smell; rich coffee/toffee like little hints of spice around the edges

taste/MF: Highly coffeed taste that hits nicely. Bit thin mouthfeel but nice. good beer very nice coffee flavor great representation of the type.

overall: Loved it could drink this at breakfast or after coming in from a cold winter day. Drink warmer for nice effect

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 12/28/2010:

45 IBUs. 12 oz. bottle at 45 degrees into a pint glass.

A: It pours a completely opaque black color with a finger of khaki head that shows excellent retention and lacing.

S: Tangy medium and dark fruits, intense roasty coffee notes, some nuttiness, and mild notes of dark chocolate.

T: Strong coffee, bitter-sweet chocolate, and hazelnut early with sweet dark fruits and caramel taking over the palate, and edning in a dry grain taste.

M: It is oily slick and creamy with a medium body.

D: This is undoubtedly one of the best American porters.

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

A: Classic stout/porter appearance, not quite the head retention of a good porter, thus the 4.

S: Roasted malt, light smoke.

T: Very balanced on the roasted malt, slight coffee with a mellow finishing note.

M: Perfect carbonation, light on the ABV, so not gradely highly on the M.

D: Worth a taste, got as an extra...thx Spdkilz, represents Porters very well...a worthy pursuit as a throw in. Would drink again.

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Photo of DannyDan
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours out a dark brown body with a nice foamy brown head that has really good retention and excellent lacing.
S. A very pleasant aroma of roasted dark chocolate and roasted coffee along with some caramel and toffee with a smoke flavor.
T. The taste is roasted dark chocolate followed by some hops, some smoke flavor and some coffee flavor with more dark chocolate along with a toffee and caramel sweetness at the end.
The after taste is chocolate, but not too bitter.
M. The mouthfeel is a nice smooth and creamy feel that makes you want more.
D. This is a nice enjoyable drink and since this is a full bodied beer with good carbonation you might be satisfied with just one, but if you feel you can drink more than one i'd highly recommend it.
This porter is my #2 american porter behind Edmund Fitzgerald.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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