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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 largadeer
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottles from Tyson. Thanks again.

Pours black, completely opaque in the glass with a huge three finger dark brown head that retains remarkably well, leaving webs of lace clinging to the glass.

The aroma is of chocolate and roasted grain, coffee and carob.

Roasty on the palate, dry and robust with flavors of coffee, burnt toast and carob showing up mid-palate. Medium-full in body, rich in flavor but impressively drinkable. It finishes semi-sweet with a lingering baker's chocolate bitterness. Exceptional stuff.

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Photo of jt31914
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle:

A: Very dark appearance; head was rusty brown. One of the darkest porters I've seen.

S: Smell was very creamy, but not entirely strong.

T: The taste was phenomenal; it was extremely creamy and smooth with a very nice aftertaste. The initial taste when the beer hits the palate is pretty good, but the taste going down is amazing.

M: Same as taste; it was pretty awesome due to the creamy smooth texture of the beer.

D: Very drinkable; I wish I would've bought a six pack.

My favorite porter to date.

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Photo of tatoodkelt
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 9/17/09- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Deep black, like black hole black. No light even at the edges. Very tight bubbled half finger mocha head that faded almost instantly. Virtually no lacing.

S- Very rich and roasty. Light coffee smell in there too.

T- Almost a perfect match to the smell, just bolder.

M- Very slick, a little thinner than it looks but still medium bodied.

D- Super sessionable, I was trying not to rush and it was gone in no time. I picked it up as a single but I'll be looking for a six pack next time!

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Photo of ibbjamin
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $1.99 for a 12oz bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Poured into a pint glass to review.

An aggressive pour leaves a very small tan head that dissipates quickly leaving little behind. Appears opaque black in color and leave no lacing.

Quite a pleasant and strong aroma, especially for a porter. This one actually reminds me of a bigger Baltic Porter or even an Imperial Stout. Simple yet quite robust and very effective; a perfect blend of sweet malts, dark chocolate and hints of coffee.

Taste brings the flavor as well. Similar in characteristic to the nose. Clean, robust, tasty and simple.

Medium full body and highly drinkable. Lightly carbonated with a long chocolaty sweet malt finish.

This is an excellent porter.

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Photo of throwthechaff
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally had the opportunity to get myself a six pack of this year round beer by founders. I can finally say that i have had all the year round beers and totally a place that knows how to make beer. Was not disappointed with the porter at all. Very dark brown color that is very smooth and easy to drink... tastes almost like chocolate milk. Its not that thick of a porter which i really do like, but still find myself having a hard time to drink more than 3 of them because they are so filling. Totally a good one.

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Photo of dismal
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle to a pint glass. Pours black with a very small tan head that quickly disappears. Leaves little to no lacing. The smell is mainly of roasted malts, hints of chocolate and coffee as well. Taste is roasted malts and coffee, pretty much what I was expecting from the style. Pretty low ABV at 6.5% making this one very drinkable. Like most porters I could do these almost all night. Drinkable and pretty good tasting. I don't know where this one ranks amongst the porters I've had but I'd say it's up there. Probably not the best but definitetly not bad at all. I'd pick it up again no problem.

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

Yummmm! Killer beer! Poured with a thick, foamy, frothy, tan head that didn't last too long and some lace. Color is an opaque brown. Aroma is rich, malty, roasty, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Flavor's 'bout the same but more intense. Excellent body and carbonation. Finish is surprisingly clean & short for what's here with just a little bitterness, ripe fruit, and leather. Sounds weird, but it works. Bit rich for a session.

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Photo of beeragent
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Poured a dark brown, almost black, forming a 1/4 inch mocha head. Very light lacing on the glass which fades rather quickly.

S - Roasted malts dominate the nose, with a hint of coffee mixed in.

T - Again, the roasted malts come through strong, coating the palate, with a noticeable coffee flavor mixed throughout. There is also a slight cocoa taste in the finish.

M - Medium bodied but with a thinner mouthfeel than expected. Very smooth and with very little carbonation.

D - Good flavor and sessionable ABV. Probably not as popular as other beers by Founders, this is a good porter nonetheless. Very clean and tasty.

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Photo of apbarwood
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black, nearly opaque. Generally good color but almost no head or lace. Bittersweet aroma, like dark chocolate and coffee. Tastes the same, pretty intense roasty bitterness for a porter. Also, heavier than usual, almost motor-oil thick. In some ways it seemed closer to a stout. Overall it was very good, not great, but definitely worth a try.

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

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a pitch black color with a respectable light brown to tan head that dissipated down to a light layer of bubbles.

(S)- Tons of roasted coffee dusted with cocoa with raisins. Smells really creamy with even some possible vanilla within.

(T)- Silky creamed coffee with delicate chocolate. Its like a mocha only without the normal amount of bitterness from espresso.

(M)- Very very smooth for a porter. Great carbonation level. A silky yet robust and incredibly easy drinking beer.

(D)- A superb porter that ranks up there as one of the best! Seek this out if you are looking for the perfect porter. Creamy and silky smooth; slightest sweetness and bittering roastedness. A for sure winner on those chilling Fall nights.

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a jet black color with a small, brown colored head. Quite inviting.

Smell: A strong roasted malt smell, that is reminiscent of coffee.

Taste: Has a nice subdued but flavorful coffee taste with hints of chocolate in the background.

Mouthfeel: This was a little thinner than expected. It has a nice body, but I was expecting more.

Drinkability: Fantastic. I could drink this beer over and over again.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on 9/7/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer appears black with a one finger light brown head and good retention.

The nose is roasted malt with some dark chocolate and a touch of coffee. Some earthy hop character is evident.

The flavor is bitter and roasted malt. Black coffee notes are strong and some dark chocolate is again present. The finish is dry and roasted with lingering bitterness. The flavor is pretty great.

The beer is full bodied with low medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is bit thin and watery. Aside from that this is a good Porter.

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Photo of oneeye
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. Poured into a snifter from a bottle. Pours dark, cola like with moderate carbonation. Condensation sweats on the outside of the snifter as a creamy tan head forms with a frothy ring of lace.
S. The aroma of freshly cut wood. A whiff of smoked malts and burnt sugar. It smells like black coffee thats been on the burner for a while. Dark chocolate and roasted nuts with a faint hint of alcohol. The slight aroma of a smoldering campfire.
T. Founders Porter is a fantastic tasting Porter. Upfront it's smokey, earthy bitter and sweet. The taste of rich dark chocolate and almonds. Burnt sugar, caramel with a hint of vanilla. Bready like pumpernickel. Espresso like bitterness with a warmth of alcohol.
M. A medium body feel. Creamy slick and oily. Slightly dry at the end.
D. A slow sipper with everything you could ask for in a Porter. It has a big taste for a little beer. The very last sip was as good as the first.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 12 oz bottle. Pours a ruddy blackish brown with a light brown head that provides ample lacing.

In the nose is chocolate, moderate espresso.

The flavor follows the nose, a nice roasted malt character hints of smoke and coffee. Chocolate sweetness is just under the radar, and the earthy hop is there providing residual bitterness. Imagine waking up and eating oreos with your coffee and cigar, in liquid form.

Mouthfeel is superb. High carbonation with a smooth drying finish. Crisp on the palate, and is actually not as heavy as I would expect.

Drinkability is very good as well. A very tasty porter here that may be the benchmark for the style. I would reccommend buying a case of this lovely beer.

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

Nice smooth and well bodied US porter. Great click of smell and palate.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Old fashion design around the portrait of a lady dressed in black and holding flowers, mixed with the Founders branding. Three word description as "dark, rich, and sexy". Shows date of bottling (06/11/09), IBUs (45), and Alc. (6.5%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Dark color with minimal brown translucency around the edges. Generous foamy dark head the dissipates smoothly to leave a persistent ring and minimal lacing..

S - Coffee, chocolate aromas with a characteristic smoked touch.

T - Great smoothness of those coffee and malt flavors in a rich roasted taste.

M - Medium to full bodied and quick in the lingering aftertaste.

D - Goes down well and does not overwhelm, easy to go after another one.

Notes: True, it may lack a final couple of notches to make it an outstanding beer. But it is still a great brew to keep handy, enjoy, and showcase the style.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.43/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours opague black with a heavy thick looking coffee colored heading. Leaves some good rings around the glass.

Smell is a bit ridiculous. Holy roasted coffee beans!!! Slight smokiness.

Taste again is insane with roasted coffee beans,again a slight smokiness but this time in the mouth I taste slight chocolate and some wood comes out.

Mouth is full bodied with good carbonation and decent velvet-like texture.Bland taste destroys the palate with coffee beans.

Drink is good. I had my hopes up about this brew but this is simply not to my liking not bad tasting but not great either as I am not a coffee drinker and this tastes exactly the same.

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Photo of bsp77
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Pure black (the blackest Porter I have ever seen), with very thin tan head and just a touch of lacing.

Smell: Chocolate galore, with some licorice, roasted malt and coffee.

Taste: Very chocolaty and rich. Noticeable licorice and maybe some fruitiness. Somewhat bitter finish; seems to be more from roasted malts than hops.

Feel: Exceedingly smooth full body, slightly chewy, low carbonation.

Drinkability: Despite the richness of the beer, it is quite easy to sip. Delectable.

The body definitely seems more like a Stout, but I guess the lower levels of roasted barley keeps things in Porter territory. Kind of a hybrid, as if there wasn't enough confusion between Porters and Stouts already.

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Photo of claminat420
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured into a pint glass. nice lil foamy head. looks like a bunch of pillows i could just sleep on.

S- a small hint of a coffee/chocolate kick. very roasty smell.

T- taste just how it smells.... delicious!

M- alil heavy bodied like a porter should. the alcohol is very well hidden.

D- with the 6.5abv a 6 pack will definitely do the job. doesn't get to overbearing after a couple.

Overall this is an excellent brew. founders did it right when they made this. i would have to put it right behind the great lakes edmund but it's up there. specially with the colder weather around the corner this brew is a must grab.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Sam Adams 'Perfect Pint' Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours a deep, dark, black color....as it should be, with a porter. Almost three-fingers of dark brown, thick and creamy foam sits on top. Retention is great. Lacing is very thick and quite sticky.

Big notes of fresh ground, dark roasted, coffee hit first. A nice presence of dark chocolates follows, closely behind. Mild hints of roasted malt finish out the smell. Not much more here, but it's certainly enough, for the style.

The taste follows the nose, very well. Huge notes of roasted malt flavor lead the charge. A big dark coffee presence is close behind. Some notes of dark chocolates and bittersweet chocolates are here, also. A mild presence of milk chocolate sweetness provides a nice touch of balance. Mild hints of smokiness keep it interesting.

A great full-bodied brew, to be sure. Low to medium carbonation level, which is damn near perfect. Almost thick, yet smooth and delightfully creamy.

Highly drinkable. At 6.5%abv, this would easily be my go-to Porter, if I had regular access to it. Delicious.
Founders makes some of the most amazingly delicious, yet highly drinkable beers to be found, anywhere.

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

This is a kissin cousin to the Founders great lineup of stouts.

Oily black pour with burgundy edges, thin tan head and lacing that's just mmm k.

Richer smell than expected, featuring roasted barley, frozen coffee beans, and hint of campfire.

Little sweetness comes thru in the flavor, with iced starbucks up front, dark chocolate in the middle, and finishing with a bitter hoppy bark bite.

Complex MF for a porter, with the nice astringent bite.

Solid drinkability - I wouldn't hesitate to enjoy a couple/few of these in a row. Another winner from Founders.

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

Pours a very deep rich black, nearly opaque. Minimal mocha colored head slowly disperses leaving little lacing.

Aroma is very full and inviting. A strong espresso aroma welcomes you and is soon followed by a very apparent roasted and slightly smoky smell. Slight whiffs of chocolate and toffee are noticed but rather subtle.

Bold and assertive roasted notes are as evident in the flavor as they were in the aroma. Smooth dark roasted coffee flavors meld with a smoky slightly char flavored roasted malt. Chocolaty sweetness offsets the large roasted flavor creating a needed second dimension of flavor.

Mouthfeel is full but not thick. Though the fullness of the taste is more similar to that of a stout the body thins out a bit falling nicely into the realm of American Porters. Very smooth and slightly creamy.

Incredibly enjoyable and very easy to drink. While sitting at 6.5% the alcohol is not huge but is certainly while hidden amongst the abundance of character in this beer. Drinkability is outstanding.

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Photo of birchstick
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours like oil out of the bottle with a ½ finger, mocha head - dark, rich, and sexy, per the bottle

S - very sweet, milk chocolate - very sweet with a little bit of roasted malt

T - The taste pretty much follows the nose. It is very sweet and milk chocolately at first, which is then followed by a subtle burnt malt. Pretty good.

M - kind of watery, but good carbonation. Smooth and goes down nicely.

D - I really enjoyed this porter. Not saying that this is a bad-tasting porter in any but I tend to like a little bit more roastedness in my porters and stouts, though. I will definitely purchase this again...

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

This beer is single-handedly trying to prove right those of us who say a lot of porters could just as easily be classified as a stout.

This is stout to me. Thick and luscious. Roasted as much as you can stand. A kick of hops at the end (on some sips) which tries to provide balance. But the balance is really between the sweetness and roasted flavors.

I'm not sure exactly how to rate the taste. It is pretty strong. As it warms, it graps a Russian Imperial like red wine flavor in the background. Again, hops are noticeable but you have to be looking for them.

A robust porter, i.e. stout in a dress. But I'm not sure if this is in a dress. More like a pants suit.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another 12 ozer from Founders with a weird picture on it. It says "dark, rich, and sexy."

Appearance: Holding up to the claim on the bottle. Wow. Pitch black with a thick foamy brown head. Decent retention until about halfway down the perfect pint glass. Some nice lacing too.

Smell: Burnt coffee and a little chocolate. Kinda smoky. Very nice.

Taste: Burnt roasty malt flavor with more chocolate taste than I smelled. Coffee is there. A little sweet. Some hoppiness lends a little additional bitterness, but it all finishes very clean. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Very full for a porter. Almost creamy. Very smooth.

Drinkability: This stuff is pretty amazing. What a solid beer. I dont know if its sexy, but its definitely dark and rich.

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Photo of u2carew
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz stubby.
A) Opaque. Pours with a brown, thin bubbled head. Lacing is tight and sticky.
S) Roasted grain. Coffee. Chocolate. Smoky. Woodsy.
T) Dark Chocolate. Bread. Mellow smokiness. Just a remnant of hops in the finish.
M) Full bodied. Gritty. Thick. Smooth.
D) I would definitely have another one. Fantastic concoction from Founders. Well crafted.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 7,143 ratings.
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