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Founders Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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 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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Photo of WAN2RIDE
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into red wine glass.

Appearence is as advertised, dark and rich. No light is getting through this baby, even during the pour the stream was opaque with barely a hint of burgundy. The head is not huge, but has a nice brown color and leaves a few spotty suds along the glass as it recedes.

The smell is subtle but consists mainly of dark roasted malts a hint of coffee, and a hint of cacao. A good swirl brings up a vague earthy hint presumably from the hops.

Speaking of the hops, with 45 IBUs listed on the bottle I expected it to have a little more bitterness to it. Surprisingly the balance is perfect! The malts, while well roasted, impart a nice sweetness that those hops balance to perfection bringing about a well balanced porter that stops just shy of stout territory. There's a slight alcohol warming if sipped across the tongue with a good amount of air, but otherwise not noticeable. Not as complex as one of my favorite porters Lone Riders Dead Eye Jack, but excellent nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is spot on. Just right for a full bodied porter or an average stout. Smooth and lightly carbonated.

Very drinkable I could go through several of these over a cool afternoon or a cold evening with friends or at home with a good book.

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

"Dark, rich & sexy" sez the label. Righto, then...

The pop of the cap released an extraordinarily vigorous and audible wave of gas (no fart jokes, please) and without pouring aggressively I got an enormous cap that stuck around forever, like sea foam meets ice cream float. The liquid is not only "dark" but pretty much black hole BLACK. Lace webs cling to the glass all around, as the head very, very slowly dissolves.

Nose is an unsubtle blast of char, somewhere between broiled meat, burnt coffee grounds and stony mineral stiffness. That sounds unpleasant, but it's really just a way to describe how utterly fried, burnt, charred and grilled this smells.

I'm glad the flavor is more attractive and balanced than the aroma. While it definitely leans heavily toward the charred grain side of things (explains the color, anyway), there's some balancing elements here--steamed milk, dark fruits (fig, raisin, date), bittersweet dark baking chocolate. There's a greenness to the hops that adds a bit of an earthy bit to the whole thing. Healthy smoke, coffee and chocolate mixture in the finish.

Could be smoother and less carbonated, but then I usually always want a little less carbonation in any given beer. It's smooth enough though, the bubbles caress the tongue more than they bite it, and it's just fine for the aggressive, bold flavor.

I don't usually think about food pairings when reviewing, but I can't help but think this would go super well with a slice of mincemeat pie. Or smoked cheese. Or replace your morning coffee with this, if you're that rugged...

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pitch black with a dark brown head. Excellent head and lacing. It looks Dark, Rich and Sexy!

S: Deep roasted chocolate malts with some coffee and smoke notes. There is a slight boozyness to it as well.

T: Bitter-sweat chocolate. The flavour is incredibly smooth, creamy and balanced flavour. Perfect example of the style.

M: It has a very smooth and silky body, I would prefer it to have a bit more carbonation though.

D: I wish there was a little more depth to the flavor. However, I can't really think of a better example of a porter than this. For me, it is on par with Black Butte. You can't really get a better porter.

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

An overall very good porter. Nice aroma of roasted coffee with a hint of chocolate. The bitterness is there but not noticeably detectable yet has hop flavor you can find if you searched for it. Alcohol is pretty much hidden. Certainly has a light roasted flavor to it with the consistent coffee/chocolate back. Recommended to those who prefer porters of a traditional fashion, no over the top hops, chocolatiness, coffee coffee flavors but still very enjoyable.

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

*review from notes on 4/17/10*

Bottled on date: 2/2/10

Pours a very dark, coffee-colored body with a finger of mocha head that leaves nice lacing on my mug. This porter is fairly aromatic, with lots of coffee and roasted malts, as well as some dark chocolate and brown sugar. Really nice taste that follows right in line with the smell - rich coffee and roasted malts, and a hint of chocolate as it warms a bit. Great texture, smooth and silky in the mouth.

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Photo of mbrown26
3.12/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is my first American porter, so I may not be a fair judge to the style.

A: Beautiful and dark. I didn't get any head, but the lacing clumped together and stayed throughout the glass.

S: Rich and satisfying. Smelled toffee, chocolate, burnt malts and coffee.

T: I don't think I cared for the burnt malts, but this beer has plenty of big and bold flavors. It can be a little overwhelming. Even for 6.5% ABV the alcohol stayed in the background.

M: I like beers with lower carbonation and no hops, and this one fit the bill. Just went down extremely smooth. Would swirl the beer on my tongue without ill effect.

D: A fairly easy drinking beer, but the flavors are so bold that if you don't like them, you won't be able to take this beer.

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Photo of Spider889
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Winking Lizard.

This is a beer I see in nearly every store that carries Founders and recently at several bars. I finally gave it a shot last night.

Nice black color, dark brown around the edges. A dark khaki colored head of maybe a half inch or less. The head didn't last and I was left with no lacing.

Smelled pretty darn good. Lots of roasted coffee and charred toast in the nose. Really faint sweetness hidden beneath all of the malty goodness.

The taste is robust with lots of heavy chocolate malt flavor. Again, I was getting some roasted coffee notes which paired well with a mild hop bitterness present in the beer.

Fairly thin bodied, what would be expected out of a porter. Super carbonated, enough that I was wishing it were toned down some.

Really drinkable. You don't notice the alcohol and it's flavorful enough to keep you coming back.

Overall nothing amazing, but a really solid porter nonetheless.

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Photo of jellis00
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am a fan of porters, and this one is excellent. I would recommend this beer in a heart beat if one was desiring a strong satisfying dark beer.

Appearance: Very smooth.

Smell: The aromas of the mixtures really cut through.

Taste: Very smooth, not hoppy, really quite delicious.

Mouthfeel: Slightly more bitter than I hoped for, but still good.

Drinkability: When I am stuck in the mid west I drink this beer.

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

12oz bottle, New Belgium glass, bottled on 9/8/10.

This brew kills dark, this American Porter is darker than many Imperial Stouts. The mere suggestion that a highlight might be found even when holding a glass of this to a light makes the lady on the label turn up the corners of her mouth with a smirk. A cappuccino head gave some hope at first, looking thick, but mostly fades. It is sticky as a consolation.

The aroma here is pleasurably deep and dark; sweet caramel, burning marshmallow, caramelized sugar, and a large dose of roast.

Earthy, bitter dark baking chocolate, herbal earthy hops, espresso beans or grounds, and dark patent roast are a good start on what can be found once you get some in your mouth. Even though the abv isn't high, bitter alcohol can be tasted on the follow through. Bitter French roast and a warm presence after several minutes in the back of the throat. With every bottle and every sip I like this beer more and more, but that dark malt/bitter alcohol seems overdone.

Mouth is fairly thin but smooth, slick. Low carbonation.

Very nice savory American Porter. the dark caramel sweetness only balances the baker's chocolate and coffee to an acceptable point. Bordering on the smokey, this has a depth which suits it to the drinker who decries sweet beers or likes gamey and overall winter food pairings. Chocolate deserts would be an excellent pairing too. The comparison (and superiority?) to FBS is not lost on me.

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Photo of brandoncox
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pure black pour with a thick frothy head of tan and orange.

Aroma notes are of rich dark chocolate and coffee beans.

The character of this beer changes as it warms in the glass. First few sips are of chocolate but as the temperature rises my palate picks up vanilla and an attack of good hoppy bitterness.

Very chewy porter with a thick mouth-feel that will almost make you believe you are consuming a chocolate candy bar.

I don't think my stomach could hold more than a couple of these at a time but it is a very satisfying beer. Although not a seasonal this is a great porter for a fall evening or perhaps even a halloween party. I'm becoming very impressed with Founders as every beer I have tried has been exceptional.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Served up black in color with a hint of light coming through and a thick frothy tan head that wanted to stick around a while.

S: Lots of roasted and burnt malt up front with some coffee ans peat smoke. Molasses and brown bread in the nose too with a bit of herbal and spicy hops. Not much though for the hops. Finish is a bit ashy in the nose.

T: Clean and roasty all the way with a good deal of burnt and smoky malt. Dark coffee and an earthy spicy hop not are the bittering flavors. Mostly chewy and bready malt goodness.

M: Pretty full body for a Porter with some chewiness to it and a crisp yet smooth carbonation.

D: Heavy for a Porter which is how I like it and it had some great balance to it making it easy to drink.

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Photo of ratrod53
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Black black black wich a small brown head dose not last long with little lacing.

S- I smell coffee with some chocolate.

T- I tasted a realy nice and strong coffee bean (wich I could drink that at work in the mornings) wich just a hint of some chocolate, with some bitterness at the end.

M- It's a nice thick beer a really good body. Just a little bit of carbonation wich is what I like in a dark beer like this. It's a real smooth beer.

D- I could drink this all day every day.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,557 ratings.
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