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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1,618
Ratings:
7,291
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
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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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Photo of CPeterson
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A -- Deep black brew that leaves little if no light to come through. A nice heads that settles into a light skim.

S -- Coffee, toffee, dark chocolate, a hint of caramel and smoke.

T -- Roasty malts, a hint of coffee and chocolate up front, lightly bitter. Fades into a rich caramel / dark fruit sweetness that nicely balances the smoke and lends a very smooth, well balanced beer.

M -- Full bodied, almost creamy, medium carbonation, lightly drying.

D -- Very nice. Worth the buy and the repeat and regular rotation especially if you are a fan of the style.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this again on 2012-04-24 in Columbia, PA

A - Almost opaque dark brown with a 1.5-finger head and moderate lacing.

S - Medium roasted grain, milk and dark chocolate, molasses, light dried plum. Rich smelling although not very strong.

T - Dark roasted/burnt grain and dark chocolate, chalk, roasted and hop bitterness that lingers but is balanced by a nice toasty and spicy sweet malt presence. Very robust and flavorful.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Smooth and creamy but not as thick as their FBS.

O - Impressive. When you want a roasty and robust porter with a good mouthfeel but want to keep the ABV on the lower side, this fits the bill. I'll have this again.

Initial review from 2010-06-10 in Lynchburg, VA (from tasting notes)

A - Dark brown with a short brown head 4.0

S - Coffee, chocolate, plum 4.0

T - Mocha sweetness, mild astringent coffee, dark chocolate. Good balance between the sweetness and bitterness with a touch of sour in the lingering aftertaste. 4.0

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Creamy. 4.0

D - A couple of these would be enjoyable. The ABV isn't that high and it doesn't feel heavy. 4.0

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Stella glass.

I needed to give this one another go because the last time that I consumed it, the entire six pack was all bottle bombs. This beer poured a blackness with a tan foam. The smell off the bat was pretty damn amazing. There was peat smoked malts and roasted malts similar to a strong coffee aroma. The taste was greatly similar to the smell, though the smoke was toned down really nicely felt that there was almost too much roast in the flavor, which is something that I thought I'd never say. There was a good chocolate flavor to tie everything together. The mouthfeel was a tad on the astringent side, but with that much roast it was rather expected. This is insanely easy to drink, I must admit I'm rather fond of this beer and am truly happy that I gave it a second chance.

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark black in my pint glass with a brownish-white head. The head is minimal and dies fast. Moderate carbonation. Some mahogany hues on the sides.

S: Nice porter aromas with some dark chocolate, charred grain, and caramel notes. There is some hints of smokiness too. The chocolate seems most prominent, but is very inviting. Light sweetness in the end.

T: A bevy of dark flavors here with beautiful dark chocolate flavors, melding with hints of roastiness and smokiness. Finishes with a rich, caramel-toffee sweetness. This is quickly followed in the aftertaste by more dark chocolate and roasted flavors. Not overly roasty like a stout. The flavors in this beer balance out to make this ever-so flavorful. The hops are there to balance it out and maybe add a hint of citrus, but they are definitely not overtaking the beautiful malt flavors.

M: Nice, medium bodied ale with an overall smooth mouthfeel. Finishes clean. Moderate carbonation really fits the style.

D: This is an exceptional Porter. One of the best Porters I have ever had. Beautiful balance of flavors overall. Unlike some other Porters, this one has a ton of flavor. At the same time, it is extremely drinkable. I'm not sure if I can call this my favorite yet, but it is damn close.

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Photo of stephens101
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The thin dark tan head dissipates quickly with no residual lace to speak of. Pure black core with dark brown edges when held to the light.

Some malt sweetness is noticed initially to the nose, followed by some almond nuttiness and mocha. Taste is more involved than the smell with a big malt sweetness, cocoa and a nice smokey graininess up front. Licorice and faint hops bring up the rear.

Almost heavy mouth-feel with a super-creamy core but a little dry at the edges which helps with the drinkability. A very faint alcohol heat exists in the aftertaste.

Perfect Porter for this winter's eve.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks pretty good! Color of deep dark amber brown with a half inch of foam that sticks around to a great looking ring.

S - Smells mostly of sweet chocolates and roasted coffee. Maybe a bit of hops but it's faint.

T - Wow that's pretty smooth! The bitterness is surprisingly low for a porter but is still their so its not a stout. Somewhat creamy coffee with just a touch of dark chocolates.

M - Medium bodied and ABV is well concealed.

D - Wow it's kind of like a lighter version of breakfast stout. Still so more bitter so it's true to the style. I do like it though and would drink it again. Sad to see this is more available than the breakfast stout but I would pick it up again.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours quite dark verging on black without a very large head, even with a vigorous pour.
Smells richly of roasted and toasted malts with a bit of coffee and espresso.
Tastes smokey with roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Some hops are present to give some bittering.
Thick full bodied beer. Smooth but with a little bit of grittiness.Tastes a bit watery too.
A good beer.

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours into a Duvel tulip super dark with a caramel/crema looking head. The head dissipates quickly but leaves a film over the top. A short swirl brings out more head and emphasizes the thick and sticky lacing. A really good looking porter.

The predominant aromas are dark roasted malt, smoke and coffee. The taste is bittersweet chocolate, espresso with some smoke if you really concentrate. Not too sweet at all due to a bitter finish. As the ale warms the sweetness recedes and the espresso bitterness comes forward making this a really enjoyable experience.

The mouth feel is slightly thicker than medium, but not by much. Thank goodness there's no wateriness (my kiss of death for a porter) like Bell's Porter or even to some extent Sierra Nevada Porter.

Not as drinkable as some other porters, but the qualities that make it less drinkable make it a better porter, if that makes sense. It's thicker and more filling. Also, more than one can seem decedent and glutinous.

I'll be honest, this was not a porter that I've always liked that much. I knew it was a good one, but I struggled to really appreciate some of its qualities. I didn't give up (I love most Founder's beers), and now I'm now far more likely to order it out and pick up a sixer. I struggled to rate the taste 4.0 or 4.5, but eventually went with the higher rating.

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Photo of Franz4
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours dark with no light passing through, no head at all.

S- Toasted chocolate & graham cracker, chocolate covered coffee beans.

T- simple clean taste of chocolate covered coffee beans. Nice and roasty, well balanced.

M- light bodied for this dark of a beer, just the right amount of carbonation.

D- Very approachable dark beer for the evenings when you want that stout but something's keeping you from it. Very solid.

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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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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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