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Founders Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding
1,557 Reviews
Founders PorterFounders Porter
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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,557
Ratings:
7,078
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
19.81%
 
 
Wants:
408
Gots:
1,510
For Trade:
27
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Reviews: 1,557 | Ratings: 7,078
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one for a while, thanks to the awesome BA who included it as an extra whose name escapes me.

Pours a beautiful black color with a nice tan head that dissipates to a little in the middle. Reminds me of the exact opposite of my hairline.

This one smells surprisingly rich. Vanilla, coffee, sweet malts, and overall goodness abound. There is more perceptable vanilla in here than some other beers I've had with "vanilla" directly proceeding "porter".

Thankfully, the vanilla isn't absent in the mouth. Coffee and general sweet goodness are also hanging around.

Pretty good on body. Not too thin and not too thick.

This one is very drinkable. I'm a big fan of the dark and heavy when it pertains to beer and this one doesn't disappoint. Damn you Founder's for having an apparent disinclination to distribute in Florida!!

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Photo of 33nickadams
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black and completely opaque. About a finger of head dissipates to a lacing around the rim of glass. Smell is remarkable. Coffee, chocolate and roasty malts dominate. The taste also reflects the nose. This is what a porter should taste like. Mouthfeel is medium and perfectly carbonated. Overall, this is one of my favorite beers of all time and it's a benchmark of the style.

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Photo of DougT
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dated 11/17/13. Today is 1/5/14. Poured into a pint glass.

Black with a chocolate brown 2+ finger head. I saw some other reviews that didn't have the head or lace this one does. The initial foamy head was rich and thick. A nice layer left all the way through the bottle. The lacing sticks to the sides nicely.

Sweet smell of milk chocolate hits the nose first. A little roast in the middle. Slight hop aroma last. Smells delicious.

Taste of bitter hops and malt. There is a subtle chocolate flavor. Quite tasty.

A strong medium mouthfeel with nice effervescence that coats the whole mouth and dances on the tongue.

I drinkable, full on porter. Verging on a Stout. I like this very much. Founders hit another one.

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

Poured from a bottle received as a gift about 5 months ago into a Perfect Pint.

A=Extremely dark brown, dark tan head of 1"+ that lasted well over a minute...very appealing. Head seemed to have a slight greenish tint to it, which I found a bit off putting.

S=Molasses and brown sugar, with a hint of coffee.

T=Coffee flavor with a slight creaminess; hints of honey, clove, and banana...also a roasty smokiness; slight sweetness and slight bitterness...I enjoyed this complexity.

M=Medium body with very modest carbonation...could taste the alcohol a bit.

O=Excellent...my second favorite behind Great Lakes' Edmund Fitzgerald...I would definitely buy this on tap and will buy to compare head-to-head with Edmund Fitzgerald. Must try if you love porters.

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

355mL bottle into snifter
A - Pours an opaque very dark brown with minimal cream head
S - Coffee, chocolate, plums, nut
T - Roasted nuts with coffee and a hint of dark chocolate and plum. Moderately bitter.
M - Moderate mouthfeel with minor carbonation a long finish. Minor astringency is also present.
O - A good porter with a bold rich flavour and decent amount of bitterness, quite good.

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

had this from the bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: certainly looks the part.
S: really good rich aroma. you get the chocolate and roasted malts.
T: you get the flavors that go with the aroma. also a good amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: good carbonation but maybe a little thin.
O: very drinkable porter. one of my go-to porters.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled 03/29/12. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is great, it smells like roasted malt, chocolate, and some coffee. It tastes like roasted and burnt/charred malt, milk and bittersweet chocolate, and coffee. There's a nice mix between the sweet and bitter flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. This is a very good brew, it's certainly one of the best porters I've had. I know I'll be buying more of this beer, I don't know why I haven't tried it until now!

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Photo of fank2788
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
A shade lighter than black and nearly opaque in the glass with a light tan head that falls to a very thin layer of bubbles. The smell is of rich dark chocolate and high quality brown malts with a bit of coffee and a touch of blackstrap molasses. The dark roasted malts are evident in the taste which is reminiscent of coffee, bakers chocolate and a touch of licorice. It's bitter but not astringent, the bitterness seems to be from the malts with a bit of hop bite in there as well but it is definitely secondary to the malt. The body of the beer is medium along with the carbonation which makes it quite smooth and creamy. The finish of the beer is mostly clean with a touch of lingering dark malt character. Overall this is a top notch porter, probably one of the better examples out there actually, if you have the opportunity give it a try I doubt you'll be disappointed.

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

A - Poured a very deep drown, almost black, with a foamy coffee-coloured head that slowly disappeared. Darker than most porters.

S - The nose is full of coffee with some choclate in the background. No apparent hops.

T - Dark roasted coffee with some chocolate. This one is full of flavour.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is an exceptional porter, especially if you like coffee. I will definitlely keep this one in my fridge at all times.

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Photo of devilben02
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My review of Founder's Porter using only three-word sentences:

Color is stout-like. Darkest, deepest brown. Thin, bubbly head. Quintessential porter aroma. Chocolate and coffee. Roasty but smooth. Wonderful, comforting flavor. Bittersweet chocolate first. Roasted malt sweetness. Flavorful without heaviness. Bitterness lingers slightly. Light-bodied yet satisfying. Finished too fast. New favorite porter.

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

Appearance: Pitch black. Pours a light to medium head that recedes fairly quickly, but looks nice and creamy, almost like on espresso.

Aroma: Sweet, roasted malts, chocolate. Lots of malt, but also some aromas that I'd associate with an oatmeal stout. Very nice.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate and a touch of caramel, the malt and the hops are well balanced, although there is more bitterness than I expected from the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Round and creamy at first, but the hops kick in at the back of the throat. Medium bodied.

Overall: One to be sipped slowly and enjoyed. It's not an easy beer by any means. I thought it would be a dessert type beer from the aroma, but it's rather bitter actually. Perhaps you could compare it to very dark, 98% cocoa chocolate, or even raw chocolate nibs.

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

From a bottle to a nonic pint glass. Pours very dark brown with light ruby coloring. One finger tan head that quickly shrinks. Nice lacing. Aroma is smoked malt, coffee, and roasted barley. Flavor is rich coffee and chocolate, smoke, roasted barley, and a slight hop balance. Medium mouthfeel and flavor clings to your tongue. This beer is in my top 3 porters easily.

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

A- This beer pored out dark as motor oil and is dark as night except on the edges while held up to the light, which revealed a small amount of red. It poured out a small half finger head that looks creamy and has tinny little bubbles that dissipated rather quickly. Nice looking beer but wish the head was bigger and retained longer.

S- I can smell this beer from a few feet away. This one is really roasty and rich smelling. When the beer is swirled it releases a more creamy toffee smell that is soft on the nose. I get a slight black coffee smell followed by a real faint chocolate. Very nice smelling beer.

T- First thing I noticed is the nice dark malt flavor of the beer. Followed by a roastyness and a nice bitterness. I get a good amount of leftover flavor on my tongue that reminds me of a really dark coffee. There is a nice toffee note in the background to the roasted quality of this beer. Well done.

M- Nice medium bodied beer that is really smooth. Carbonation is right on for this one. It dries my mouth out on the finish. Makes me want to take another sip right away. The body of this beer is what reminds me of a porter. Tends to be thinner then a typical stout.

O- This is an excellent porter. I love the roasted quality along with how rich and smooth it is. I typically do not grab porters but this one will definitely be a regular in my fridge. Excellent beer!

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

Pours a dark, oily brown color with a small tan head. A lively, somewhat smoky aroma is present, with notes of coffee, toasted malt, chocolate, and a hint of fresh hops. There is a strong roasted flavor and a touch of sweetness that really coats the mouth. This medium bodied porter has a crisp, fresh taste and is one of the best I've had!

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Photo of dar482
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a very dark black with tinges of mahoghany coming in on the edges.

The aroma has robust porter qualities, roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate, hot chocolate, tinges of vanilla, hints of dark fruit.

The flavor hits in the front of a light hopppy bitterness. Medium plus roasted malt throughout the beer with bitter dark coffee, some vanilla, cocoa powder, a creamy milk chocolate.

A medium plus mouthfeel on this beer.

A very balanced beer with lots of robust quality. Highly recommend as it is one of the best in the style.

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Photo of do_ob
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Pours a very dark brown and settles as black as coal in the glass. A semi-aggressive pour yielded a thin lacing, tan in color. Decent carbonation. Fairly strong aroma (for a single porter) of roasted malt, chocolate, and oak. Notes of cinammon, molasses, caramel, and vanilla present as well. Medium weight, and fairly creamy on the mouthfeel while reamaining carbonated. A spike of sweet, roasted malt up front on the taste with a chocolate backdrop introduces this beer to the palate. A slight hoppiness in the background as well as it warms. Moderate chocolate on the back end with a smooth, creamy finish. Leaves a dry, coffee-forward aftertaste in its wake.

Overall, very good. I've never been a fan of non-imperial porters, or stouts, for that matter. But this beer is quite the exception. Just about everything you could ask for in an American Porter without crossing that line into the big boys.

Keeping in mind what this beer really is, it's a monster of a porter. Absoloutely delicious.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank a bottle of this, dated from December, decanted into my KBS glass (holla!). Pours an opaque brownish-black. The slightest hint of head. Head is off-white. Aromas of coffee and chocolate. Tastes of espresso, dark chocolate. Strong malty center with a bitter finish (again the dark chocolate). Medium thickness to it. This is an excellent drinkable porter. Dynamic aromas and flavors, without that hard, watery bitterness that comes with a lot of porters.

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Photo of turnerk3
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark walnut brown hew with a feeble tan, chocolatey color head. Appears almost true black once fully settled. Excellent retention that keeps true to the style.

S: Outstanding chocolatey, toffee, caramel, coffee, roasty aromas enthrall the nose. The essence is like walking between a Starbucks and a Hershey's factory.

T: A complexion of sweet chocolate and bitter coffee notes coat the palate exceptionally well. The hops are utilized admirably by bring out the coffee bitterness.

M: A pleasant amount of carbonation that does well at delivering the flavors throughout the mouth. A minor dry feel that leaves one wanting more. However, there's a unique sticky, chewy type of feel that seems to be more imagined than real due to the chocolate and coffee flavors.

O: An exemplary brew that serves well to represent the style. Founder's is a superb brewery and this is just another one of their impressive products. Even though I am a hop-head, this was a delicious beer.

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Small dark brown head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing. the beer is a dark brown almost black color.

S- Burnt toast, roasted nuts and light smoke aromas are noticeable right away. Then I get some chocolate and and light sweetness.

T- Lots of roasted malt, dark chocolate and some smokiness. Light hop presence, and some herbal spice and black liquorice.

M- Light and silky smooth with a little bite in the middle then finishes smooth and silky. Good carbonation and great balance.

Overall this is one of the most drinkable porters I have ever had, and it is definitely not lacking in flavor or complexity. Great beer!

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

Black body with a mocha head.

Dark, roasty, smoky chocolate and very dark coffee.

Damn that's an amazing Porter. Reminds me of a chocolate chocolate chip cookie. Dark chocolate, dark coffee, roasty, toasty, smoky, even a little vanilla. Despite all that dark, roasted malt character and even a little hop flavor, Founders Porter isn't overwelmed with bitterness. Plenty of it for balance, but not too much. Makes for a really excellent, drinkable beer.

Medium body, but low carbonation produce a smooth, creamy beer.

Up there with Americas best porters. One hell of a beer.

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Photo of goalie33
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz pint glass. No best by date.
A) Aggressive pour yields a thin layer of straight up brown head which fades quickly. Pitch black body doesn't let any light through. Virtually no lacing left on the sides of the glass.
S) Very rich, chocolaty aroma with lots of roasted notes and some coffee. Smells more like an Imperial Stout then a Porter.
T) Roasted malts and chocolate in the beginning, dark fruits across the middle of the tongue, and a nice coffee finish. This is a really nice porter.
M) Medium body that is very soft and smooth.

This is a wonderful example of a Porter. Easily one of the best 2 or 3 I've had. Great aroma and flavors, nice body and mouthfeel. I have nothing negative to say about this beer.

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

Served from a bottle in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a thick caramel colored head.

Smell: Tons of roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate aromas.

Taste: Follows the aroma with a lovely chocolate flavor and a bitter roasted malt/coffee finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with low to medium carbonation. An easy drinker.

Overall: I had never had this beer before and I picked up a single just to give it a try. Holy crap! Now I know what I have been missing. Next time I am at the liquor store I will be picking up a six pack.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at refrigerator temperature.

L – Deep brown color with a 1-finger tan bubbly head. Dissipates quickly into a tan, bubbly slick on top of the surface of the beer. Not much lacing. I’ll blame the lack of head characteristics on temperature.

S – Lots of roasted malt with chocolate, coffee, and vanilla notes. Some dark fruits like plums show up a little bit, but this is mostly roasted goodness. Smells awesome.

T – Starts with big roasted flavors of coffee and dark chocolate, builds to a pleasant sweetness with milk chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruity notes, and finishes with a mildly bitter roasted barley and coffee finish. Delicious.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with moderate carbonation, a creamy and velvety mouthfeel, and a moderately bitter and dry finish. Roasted coffee bitterness lingers for a nice amount of time.

O – This is a very drinkable and delicious porter. All of the dark and roasted flavors and aromas are there, as well as a subtle and pleasant sweetness. It is everything a porter should be. Founders can do no wrong in my book.

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

Poured into a pint glass

A: Dark Brown, almost black with a tiny tan head that gives way instantly

S: Big roast aroma, similar to an iced coffee. Hints of chocolate as well, but the roastiness domintaes.

T: Big dark chocolate characteristics in the taste. Slight bitterness from the chocolate, with a perfectly balanced roasted malty backbone

M: Very smooth, and thinner than the appearance. No hint of alcohol to be found.

O: Excellent interpretation of style. Extremely well balanced flavor, with just the right amount of roast and bitterness from the chocloate.

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