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 happenstance
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Nice and dark. Love it.

S: Again, nice. Makes one feel comfortable. Wish it had thicker, more-long-lasting head, but that's okay.

T: Probably my second favorite tasting beer (behind Avery's Czar). (EDIT: After tasting Lagunitas Imperial Stout, I have changed my mind: Founders Porter is my third favorite beer after Lagunitas Imp. Stout.)

F: Good. (Wish it was slightly thicker.)

Overall, ten times better than Left Hand's Black Sack Porter.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best porters I have had. The look was dark black with a finger foam head. it was silky smooth and had notes of coffee and chocolate. It had a thin mouthfeel and a soft finish. Will buy this one again.

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep dark brown that almost looks black, with a nice tan head that is full of small bubbles and has good retention and leaves acceptable lacing. Aromas and flavors are incredibly complex and perfectly balanced for a porter; there's chocolate and roasted malts, with a hint of sweetness (marshmallow, maybe) and plenty of toasted bread crust and a deep nuttiness. There's a slight hint of coffee as well, and some delicate smoke qualities. This would pair perfectly with smoked meats, roasted marshmallow smores, or would be perfectly fine on its own. An incredible, nearly perfect beer. With time I may bump this up to a perfect 5 for the style.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer. Dark, smooth, goth mouthfeel. Pours dark with a nice dark brown head. Chocolate notes with some nice roasted malt. Very very well done porter.

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Photo of KevCan
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6-pack of 12 oz. bottles from Whole Foods in Arlington, VA. Bottled on 01/05/16. Poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Dark with healthy medium-brown head. Visible large chunks of suspended sediment.

Smell: Delicious sweet chocolate maltiness.

Taste: Roasty, well-balanced.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: A good, solid porter. Have to ding it for the chunky sediment, though.

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a deep brown/black, and forms an opaque black pool in the glass, capped with a 1 finger thick mocha head, which recedes to leave beautiful lacing. Nose is toasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and a hint of Rauchbier-esqe smoke with threads of sweetness underneath. The palate leads with a hint of smoke, bitter chocolate and develops into a full malt body that is an excellent blend of bitterness and sweetness. The body is medium-to-thick, and matches the beer well, though is perhaps a touch thinner than I recalled. This beer, alongside the Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's defines the single Porter/Stout style in my mind. An outstanding beer.

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Photo of Raidersox
4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I've had this bottle in my cellar fridge (approx. 38 degrees) for about 7 months, originally bottled on 1/16/2015. It was part of a Founders variety case and I drank 4 bottles last summer and gifted one to a family member. I didn't hang on to this one for any particular reason, just sort of forgot about it. Brought upstairs, allowed to sit at room temp for about a half hour before opening, then poured into a large wine glass.

Look: Very dark brown to black color with a 1/2" tan head that dissipated quickly. Little lacing but a continuing thin foam remains, evidence of carbonation that is unseen in the darkness.

Smell: Strong coffee/espresso and roasted malt, hints of bread and undefined sweetness.

Taste: Coffe flavor dominates early, giving way to dark chocolate. Mild hop bitterness, no real discernible alcohol taste despite 6.5ABV

Mouthfeel: Creamy yet sharp bite from roasted malts. Medium body.

Overall: Having only sampled a few porters before this one, and keeping in mind I drank 4 bottles of the original 6 pack earlier, I am inclined to say this is the best of any that I've had and, for my taste anyway, I believe that this sets a standard for the qualities a Porter should exhibit. While not my go-to style of beer I could say that I would buy this one again to treat my family members and friends that want to try something different or for a nice alternative to an after dinner cup of coffee

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

Serving type: 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint

Pours very dark brown, essentially black. Smell is of roasted bread and coffee, bitter dark chocolate, slight charred scent, slight wet dirt earthiness, very nice. Taste reflects the smell. Initial roasted coffee and bread like tastes, ease into a slight dark chocolate flavor which finish with a mild charred flavor that lingers for a bit after the taste. The feel is medium plus which works with the heavier flavors of this porter. No alcohol taste, scent, or burn. Overall this is an extremely tasty beer that has found its way into my rotation of beers I keep at home. Recommend strongly.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown and nearly jet black opaque color. A thumbnail long dark tan mocca looking head is followed by a foamy lace that retains well. Roasted malt, coffee and cocoa in the aroma. The taste is similarly aligned with the aroma, however, there is the added element of a bold hops presence that is both moderately bitter as well as having a tangy and slightly citric feel. Fluffy in the mout, medium bodied, slightly crisp carbonation and with an espresso like dryness. This is a really good Porter overall.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampled on February 2016 from 16oz bottle in pint glass. Bottled on date of 10/2/2015 was on the bottle.

Appearance: Pitch black, dark color, with a thick dark tan head. The head lasted a long time, and left a nice lacing on the glass, but not a lot.

Smell: There are roasted malt aromas, along with some strong coffee and sweet caramel aromas. Some hops in the aroma. Nice combination and balance between the various flavors.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt and hops. There is a hint of sweetness and caramel flavors that may be due to the malts, but it is balanced nicely with pronounced hops flavor. Overall it has an excellent taste. The combination of strong hops and roasted malts and strong alcohol give this drink powerful flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but very smooth. Very creamy. Medium alcohol which matches with the 6.5% on the label.

Overall: Overall, this is an excellent beer and one of the best porters I have tasted. Another great beer from Founders. The more I drink it, the more I like it. I will definitely look for this and buy it again.

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

Served in a snifter, it pours black with a one-finger head with low retention, but it leaves a thin layer of foam. Awesome lacing.

Nice bouquet. It smells of chocolate, slight roastiness and caramel. An earthy character comes out if you swirl the glass energetically. A vanilla note also appears the beer starts warming up.

Fully flavored, an invasion of chocolate grabs hold of your palate. Immediately afterwards the roastiness becomes present too, flirting with coffee notes but not quite getting there. The bitterness starts growing until it becomes omnipresent in your mouth. Earthy hoppiness adds to that bitterness, along with some smokiness that start drying your mouth, delivering such a pleasant sensation.
The finish is long and semi-dry. Good carbonation, medium to full body and silky.

Awesome porter.

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Photo of moodenba
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle packaged 1/5/16. Tasted 2/22/16 at about 45F.

Great dense head leaves lacing during tasting. A mild aroma.

Taste and mouthfeel are nice, a little less full bodied than anticipated. The aftertaste of roasted malt and hops lingers, and is very pleasant.

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Photo of JakeMegabyte
3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

The damn beer is a perfect porter, but... Too perfect. It looks great, smells of solid chocolate notes, but the taste is so... expected. There's no "ah" moment , no surprising feeling when you taste something perfect... It's a really good beer, but in the sense that it is a classic American porter, setting the standard for an all around good beer, without making itself particularly special. I feel, as a home brewer, if you're going to make a Porter you should use this to cleanse your pallet and compare your brew. It really looks and feels a 5 but the taste isn't 5 special. If you're looking for a good Porter this is definitely it.

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 1/5/16 and poured into a pint glass.

A: Opaque black with a 1 finger cap of tan foam. After a few minutes the cap fades to a thin film, leaving behind multiple streaks of lacing.

S: Mild aromas of roast with some chocolate coming out as the beer warms.

T: Rich, bittersweet flavors of roastiness and caramel malts, with a faint bit of chocolate. The roastiness is subtle and not overwhelming. Some hop bitterness with a slightly dry finish. Very well done.

M: Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation leading to a crisp finish.

O: Overall I thought this was an excellent porter. Where it is hard to differentiate some porters from stouts, Founders did a good job of making this flavorful but not crossing into stout category. It is like a "restrained" stout, if you will. Creamy smooth mouthfeel and very drinkable. In my opinion it is the perfect porter, and my go to beer for the style. My only complaint is that ugly old woman on the label, hahaha.

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Photo of Christoffer91
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Starting to see Founders show up in CA, which is exciting. Had this right after an Oscar Blues Death by Coconut, honestly just starting to understand the difference between stouts and porters here. This is decidedly more bitter, and has an intense earthy hop character on the back end. Smooth round malt flavors with a touch of roast. Great beer.

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

So my local Whole Foods Finally started getting some Founders brews and I could not be more stoked.

L: The bottle looks gorgeous--great coloring. Looks like a statement: "I like my beers like I like my women." Dark, rich, sexy, and apparently with a velvety black body and a good amount of great head. Poured into a sniffer with exactly two fingers of it and lots of lacing that lasts incredibly well.

S: Smells like a cappuccino sitting next to a coffee cake. It pains me to have a stuffy nose right now, because this beer probably smells much better than I can currently detect while still getting over this cough.

T: At least I can taste it. God damn this is fantastic. I had high hopes, and they were thoroughly fulfilled. Opens with chocolate and whole grain crackers, filling up quickly with a whole lot of roasty, high-quality dark coffee paired with earthy, grainy hops all drizzled over with a distinctly strawberry marmalade flavored malt. Finishes with a perfect blend of sweetness, coffee, chocolate, and roast each peaking in that order. I'm impressed they managed to keep the ibu's down to 45 in such a flavorful and strong beer (not super high, but solid at 6.5). I have to add that the aftertaste starts off really sweet, but the more you sip it, the more that roast flavor builds, growing from toasted coffee to burnt black french bread with a bit of rosemary.

F: A tad thin for my taste, but quite decent. Slightly creamy, slightly syrupy, like a caramel macchiato made with 2% milk. Nice and zangy on the tongue.

O: This is a phenomenal beer. Definitely deserving of the A rating--I'd honestly give it a 97 or a 98. Reminds me a lot of Sierra Nevada's Coffee Stout. I bet this one is made with cold-brewed coffee too. Makes me crave a cup of chamomile right now for some reason. In the bottom half of my range of preferred ABV, so this would honestly be my idea of a session beer, alongside the less bitter single IPAs and heavy lagers.

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Photo of Slowjamcdub
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

What a great beer. Founders brewing man you just can't say anything bad about them! Great beers great cool labels and names for their beers I mean wow. This beer is chocolate, nutty, hoppy I mean what more can you want. Solid A beer 8.9/10 great beer.

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

A beer black as the night. Cappuccino head that dissipates fast. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, dark sugars. The taste is dominated by coffee notes but well balanced with a sweetness typical of molasses. This is how I imagine a porter should taste like from 1800. The mouthfeel is thick but not quite chewy. Awesome beer.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a sixer purchased at a general store in Derry, NH. Dark black color. Roasty aroma, nice malts. Flavor is roasty, mild touch of those desired porter aspects of chocolate and coffee. Extremely drinkable, I htink I had five in one night and paid the price the next morning.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black in color with a tan colored foamy head that seems to stick around for a while.

S: Rich and roasty. Simple, yet extremely nice.

T: A complex roastiness overwhelms the flavor profile. Smokey, earthy, toasted, dark, roasted malts. There isn't much else that shows up here... however the beer tastes so good I'm not counting that as a bad thing.

F: It's definitely a full-bodied porter. They didn't leave anything out in terms of mouthfeel.

O: A true, full bodied porter. Exactly what I hoped it would be. Thanks Founders!

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Photo of Auraan
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep brown, almost black body with one finger of tan head that stuck around almost the entire glass. Overall impression of appearance is of a wonderful porter. Scents of black coffee, rich dark chocolate. roast malt and hints of coffee with cream, toffee, and a burnt character with light floral notes. Overall impression of aroma is of a deep, rich porter, very true to form and well done with an array of aromas on display. Flavor begins rich and deep with notes of roast malt, black coffee and bitter cocoa with light notes of toffee and very light fruity hints. Middle continues this flavor, adding bittersweet chocolate and light burnt caramel notes. Finish is roasty and bitter with notes of coffee with cream, black coffee and roast malt along with a light sweet caramel. Aftertaste is of burnt toast and roast malt. Overall impression of flavor is of a fantastic porter, deep and rich with a nice variety. Very good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with a moderate carbonation. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a very good porter. Overall this is an amazing American Porter, one of the finest examples of the style. All aspects are close to perfect and a wonderful example of the style. A truly wonderful porter.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Classy label/bottle.

Appearance - Pitch black color (a bit of a ruby color if held up to the light). Big, course, lumpy, tan colored head. Big lace. A feast for the eyes!

Smell - Big. Toasty. Chocolate.

Taste - Sweet malt flavor up front. Charred steak. Semi-sweet chocolate. A moderate hop bitterness that complements, perfectly, the big malt taste. Dry finish. Wow!

Mouth - Oily. Good carbonation.

Overall - A very good American Porter! Big and bold but not completely over-the-top. Founders is making a big splash out here on the west coast!

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Photo of Bennybgood7
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow...great porter! I love this traditional flavor: dark, toasty, chocolate notes. The breakfast stout's strong coffee flavor is a bit off-putting for my taste, but this porter hits a home run. The creamy mouthfeel with the incredible head retention is amazing. I love it!

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

35 cl bottle. Pours a very dark ruby with a light espresso head. Smells like smoke, roasted malts and dark chocolate. Bitter-sweet taste, lots of dark chocolate, roasted grains, a bit of lactose. Very well balanced, not too sweet, not too bitter, not too sharp. Smooth mouthfeel and a nice aftertaste.

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

Pours a lovely black, with a small, dark caramel colored head. Very little lacing. The smell is roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Flavors upon sipping start out as a bit of roasted malts with chocolate, and then fading into a more chocolaty coffee taste. Mouth feel is good. Overall, very good beer right here.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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