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

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Photo of Beers-es
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap, pours dark with a dense tan head. Smell is raisins, chocolate, coffee and roasted grains. Taste follows, with a hint of hop bitterness. Medium feel, which comes off slightly thin if you're used to this type of big flavor in an imperial stout. Pretty great beer, deep and complex but at a manageable ABV.

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Photo of gregO59
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

this is the kind of beer that when you haven't had it in a while and then taste the first sip the overall impression is that there cannot be a more perfect libation and then the 2nd sip is even better

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Photo of patre_tim
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with a ruby tinge, topped with 1 finger of beige head. Slightly wine like.

Coffee, dark toasted notes, dark chocolate, tar, molasses, and tobacco.

Dark toasted notes, tar, molasses, tobacco, black coffee, and dark chocolate. Reminds me of the classic British style of porter.

Medium, thick, chewy body, with moderate, foamy carbonation.

Got online, drinking in Chiang Mai, Dec 11, 2016. Very classic, very fine, and it beckons me to taste more of it.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle,into a Prairie Artisan Ales snifter.

Beautiful,thick,creamy,2 finger,dark khaki head that retains well.The cascade coming off the pour is beautiful.After the head dissipates,it leaves a nice khaki ring around the glass,with beautiful lacing in the center.Jet black in color,with absolutely no light coming through the glass.Zero carbonation.

The nose is dark roasted coffee,and dark chocolate.I'm also getting some nice dark roasted malts in there.Also getting some caramel in there.As the beer warms you also start to get some dark fruit characteristics as well.This beer has a beautiful aroma.

The palate is mostly dark chocolate,backed by some roasted black coffee,and roasted dark malts.You get a nice smokey,chalky flavor in the aftertaste.Also getting some roasted nut characteristics in the aftertaste.

The body is heavy,very thick and silky.The finish is medium dry.This beer is very thick for a porter.It has a texture like molasses,or syrup.Very full bodied beer.

Overall I would say this is an outstanding porter.Beautiful in scent,and taste,as well as in feel,and appearance.This is a great beer,that I have enjoyed in the past,and will definitely continue to enjoy in the future.Once again,Founders does not disappoint!!!

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle with bottling date of the 4th October 2016 into stein glass.

L: Black, small bubbles help form the two finger head that lasts quite a long time, excellent lacing.

S: Roasted biscuit, coffee, woodsmoke.

T: Strong flavors here, starting with charred malts, slight hop bitterness and some smokiness as well. Complex and earthy.

F: Smooth and velvety on the tongue, medium body.

O: The best porter around, hands down. I could go on and on about how amazing this beer is but you wouldn't want to take the time to read it rather than go get yourself 6 of these.

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 12 oz bottle packaged on 7/12/16 poured into a pint glass.

Look: Black with a brown two finger head. Good head retention.

Smell: Deep malts up front followed by a trail of smoked malts .

Taste: A complex bed of malts is followed by smoked malts.

Feel: A little on the thin side for the style and lightly carbonated.

Overall: An excellent beer. It is hard to imagine that someone could pack more flavor into a brew and still have it remain as perfectly balanced as this one.

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Photo of haikureview
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

thick chocolate darkness
pleasant hop profile throughout
a smoldering log

Very delicious. I buy these whenever I can. I have tried brewing it a couple of times but can never quite get all of the subtle changes in flavor that the original displays. If you like dark beers and have not tried it, do yourself a favor and pick one up soon.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 10-4-16. Michigan craft pint.

A: pours a dark brown/black with ever so slight a glint of brown at the edge when held to the light. Just under 1 finger of tan head with loads of bubbles that lasts and lasts. Epic lacing.

S: heavy roasted malt, dark chocolate, sweetness, some fruitiness, like a Michigan dark cherry.

T: arrives deep, dark, and roasted. Coffee like on the arrival, turning sweeter, then smoky. The finish is a lingering smoky roastiness, with just a hint of that dark fruit. Bitterness - roast and hop - lingers and lingers some more.

M: heavier side of midweight, low to moderate carbonation, astringent finish.

O: there is a night and day contrast between this and Bell's porter, respectively. This is really dark, really roasted, and fairly sweet. This is tho kind of beer you cozy up with on a February night. If you want full dark beer effect without drinking a RIS and getting your head wrecked, this is the beer. Still, it would be hard to pair with food- so powerful. Six pack worthy? Shucks, case worthy.

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Photo of blairnheatherbeerreviews
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - the beer is a midnight black with a nice foamy muffin top, about 2 inches high

Smell - A nice rustic chocolate with a bitter coffee aroma. You could throw some malty after smell as well.

Taste - an enriching essence is bottled within the opaque glass of this craft. The fizziness expands and multiplies upon contact with the tongue and spreads throughout the pallet to create a memorable, flavorful experience.

Feel- The mist of Poseidon, flowing throughout your mouth while ultimately being embraced by the taste buds. Heavenly yet tranquil.

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Photo of EMH73
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a one inch dark tan head that is well retained and leaves nice lacing. Smell is roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Tastes of roasted malts, dark chocolate with a little bitterness, coffee and a hint of sweetness. Medium bodied and carbonated, smooth, creamy mouth feel. Excellent porter.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a very dark brown with a two finger brown head. Good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate and roasted malts.

T - The taste is dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. The finish has a light lingering bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel with a nice crisp finish.

O - One of the best and most easily accessible porters. A perfect example of the style. A must try,

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Photo of drmeto
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a medium,foamy,beige head
-nutty,cinnamon,coffee,oats,licorice,slight coffee
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
-low to medium carbonation
-light to medium body
Very nice Porter.I wished this had more of a coffee note thogh.

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

My goto AmPot. The bar to which deviants are measured and often enjoyed. Balanced, with a bit of additional strength and feel, where the English style is traditionally more smooth and the elder east coast brethren AmPots nod to their German "pils" ancestor.

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Photo of BigH75
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased a 1/4 barrel for my home bar.

Pours a completely black color, with thick brown head. Instantly smell the dark roasted malt. Beautiful initial smell and appearance. Mouthfeel is lighter than the appearance would imply, appropriate for the style. Roasted flavor of chocolate or coffee without being too assertive. Easy drinking for such a deeply flavorful beer. Flavors on many levels, it is far from being one note. Left a ton of lacing on the glass.

Overall, the best porter I have ever had and one of the finest brews from a really top notch brewer. Doesn't get as much notoriety as the stouts from Founders (Breakfast, Imperial, KBS, CBS), but really holds its own. Given its year-round availability, it is really a shame if people don't take the opportunity to try this gem

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Photo of Vixie
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A nice deep black with an inch or so of tan head. The head leaves a lot of lacing along my glass as I drink it.

Nice smell, mainly chocolate with a hint of coffee

Dark chocolate at first, along with some sweetness. Also a decent hint of coffee, There is a lingering bitterness, but it is fairly subtle, so some of the sweetness follows into the finish.

Creamy and smooth going down, just a slight tingle from the carbonation.

Easily one of the better porters I have tried, although not sure how much I could drink at once. It has the feel of a much bigger beer, with a lot lower abv. It is a big full beer, yet restrained enough to be subtle. Well worth a try.

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Photo of stevoj
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with creamy beige head. Aroma is chocolate, espresso, and burnt toast. Taste is smooth, mouthfeel is silky, dark chocolate, oak barrel, brownies. Sweet bitterness lingers on the palate, slightly dry finish. This a real nice dessert beer.

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Photo of aleigator
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours as black as the night with a dark brown, medium sized, bubbly head.

Smells of sweet milk chocolate, toffee and leafy hops. Bakers chocolate and earthy cocoa nibs add to the well pronounced milk chocolate quality, with a flowery hint being able to cut through.

Has a lower carbonation and a pleasantly creamy, medium body, which screams chocolate all the way. Its finish though reveals a pungent dry and earthy crushed coffee bean appearance, which works incredibly well as an antagonist to the the initial chocolate sweetness.

Tastes of creamy milk chocolate from the get go, together with some dusty earth and a metallic hint, resulting from the initially noteable carbonation. Adds a toffee hint, as well as powdery bakers chocolate, remaining pleasantly balanced on the tongue, due to its gentle creaminess. Then there is suddenly absolutely nothing going on, but a totally calm ending which does not even turn watery, just producing a subtle dry hint. This is the part I love most about this beer. Its coffee finish, which picks up on all the prominent chocolate flavors, while adding the most creamy and dry long lasting aftertaste you can imagine. It truly takes it time to become recognizable, but once its there, it completely redefines the beer. In a good way.

Man this is lovely, what an overlooked gem on my end with so many hyped beers getting released on a daily basis nowadays. This features actually everything which made me interested in craft beer years ago. It is way different than your industrial brewed Lager, well balanced and features an enigmatic thumbprint. It remains easy drinkable throughout, while providing such a satisfying depth, with a world class twist between chocolate and coffee.

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Photo of mklmcgrew
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Ale Arsenal in San Carlos

L: Dark, dark pour, as in a black hole. You know, like no light gets out. Thin head with decent lacing.

S: Strong notes of chocolate, with some malts and coffee.

T/F: Follows the nose with the chocolate and malts. A little bitterness at the end. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

O: Very tasty! I'm just getting into the Porters, and this seems like a great example.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.66/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

My first Founders - A good and solid porter.

Unlike the dark beers I've been partaking of lately, this porter has not only a beautifully dark, practically black color, it has really good lacing down the glass. There were distant hints of chocolate malts and coffee - the usual, so nothing out of the ordinary. Though it definitely more carbonated than I prefer, it was not so much as others I have had. I did enjoy the difference in taste than most other porters - a bit more bitter than others, but still very enjoyable. Overall, a good beer, definitely will partake of more.

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Photo of porters4life
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was my favorite beer for the longest time up until I tried Founders breakfast stout. This porter pours a pitch black/dirty motor oil color with no light coming through at all and a average head that disappears quickly. The smell is coffee and lots of it with chocolate coming through as well. The taste is the same as the smell with a little bit of hops coming through also. Overall another great beer from my favorite brewery.

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Photo of BonzaiZymurgist
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

L - almost midnight in a coal mine, I need a brighter light to see what gets through
S - Baker's chocolate sitting on a bed of barley
T - nice dark roast with just enough bitterness to add interest
F - slightly more fizzy than I prefer, but it works
O - Founders is one of those companies that bring it every time.

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Photo of flaskman
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I purchased 3 bottles out of the .99 cent bin of broken cases at my ghetto bottle shop. It was poured into a tulip glass. Very dark brown with a creamy tan head. Smells like toasted malt and coffee. It tastes like any number of high end stouts (it's a porter). It tastes wonderful. Coffee and dark bitter chocolate that works well with the toasted malts but does not overpower them. The mouth feel was perfect and the mouth retention was wonderful. I love it. It was a very pleasant surprise.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown with a thin beige head.

Smell: Malts and coffee.

Mouthfeel/ Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter coffee and a hint of sweet Malts.

Overall: Wasn't really "wowed" by this one, it was ok. Not my first choice.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black body, creamy light brown head that fades to a ring. Smells like dark chocolate, oats, a bit of coffee, and a bit of bitter earthy hops. Flavor is wonderful- milk and dark chocolate, some lactose sweetness, a touch of piney hops that teams with the bitterness of the roasted malt to give a good, dry finish. Body is creamy, thick, soft, with fine but sharp carbonation.
Huge flavor, dark and bitter but with havens of sweetness. The lactose-like sweetness was unexpected but hugely enjoyable, and probably responsible for the soft, creamy feel. Great beer.

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Photo of Beerdrinkin88
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Founders Porter from a 12fl oz bottle. It pours heavy silky smooth, a very dark brown with a light brown foam head. The smells of dark chocolate, espresso, and roasted malts. The taste is quite the same. The beautiful smells come to life on my taste buds. The flavors of coffee, chocolate, malts, vanilla with bitter hop end finish. Very smooth silk feeling when you take a sip brings you back for another. This is an outstanding porter. Founders has a full grasp on this style. And like they say it is " Dark, Rich and Sexy". Yes, I will be having another.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 7,290 ratings.
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