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Founders Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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1,577 Reviews
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
Reviews:
1,577
Ratings:
7,181
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
19.81%
 
 
Wants:
420
Gots:
1,564
For Trade:
25
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Reviews: 1,577 | Ratings: 7,181
Photo of CHickman
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black with a 1/2 inch creamy chocolate shake like head with incredible lacing; the head floated on top like a malted the entire beer.

Smells of coffee, toasted malt, chocolate, and faint burnt wood chips. Very nice aroma, with the robust coffee odor of a stout.

Tastes of roasted malt, toasted coffee or espresso, sweet malt, light caramel, chocolate, toffee, grains, yeast, lemon, a slight hop bitterness and smoky finish - a nice complex taste combo. Tastes delicious like the coffee beans or cocoa could be floating in the beer.

Very tasty and smooth, this beer has a heavy body yet feels light and crisp. Mouthfeel is crisp and on the silky smooth side, with a smoky overall feel that's got very little to no carbonation.

A very enjoyable porter that has an earthy hoppy feel and goes down with ease. Highly drinkable and very tasty, I recommend this beer. It was so good that I ordered a second...with lunch.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark black color with brown tinges, a creamy tan head with great retention and creamy walls of lace. The smell is of char, dark chocolate, and coffee. Full, robust aromas of roasted malts. The taste follows with roasted malts, burnt sugar, coffee, dark chocolate, and caramel with earthy notes of hops peeking through. Thick for a porter. Bold body, creamy mouthfeel, and smooth drinking. Very enjoyable, roasty goodness.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DT tulip.

A: Pours a dense, anthracite coal black. No lighter shades of brown or ruby at the edges. This is pure black. Capping this is a creamy, one-finger, mocha colored layer of foam that sports excellent retention and leaves some gorgeous looking layers of lace in the glass.

S: Immediately as the cap left the bottle I had to take a sniff. Layer upon layer of dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roast coffee, milk chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, chocolate covered cherry, heavily blackened malt, and a hint of citrus hops.

T: My tongue was assaulted with a heavenly combination of bakers chocolate, flourless chocolate cake, dark chocolate drenched cherry, french press dark roast coffee, blackened malt, cocoa, black pepper, tangy dark fruit, milk chocolate, fudge brownies, citrus-y hops, and vanilla.

M: Prickly and peppery from beginning to end with a slick oiliness that plastered itself to my palate. Elements of sweet, bittersweet, tangy, roasty, dry/chalky, and hoppy.

D: I'd forgotten how great this beer was! This was a regular in the Killers' beer closet, way back when, and was sorely missed when it became brewpub only. Welcome back Founder's Porter, maybe Black Rye can come out to play again?

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Photo of atr2605
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours black with a foamy tan head with excellent retention
S-roasted malt and cocoa powder
T-unsweetened chocolate with a roasted/hint of smoke flavor in that carries through
M-medium bodied
O-Excellent beer that is full flavored and very well balanced. Great representation of the style

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Photo of Bonis
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Quite possibly the darkest porter I've had, this one is borderline black. A nice two fingers of pillowy tan head settle after several minutes. This one could definitely pass as an imperial stout, by the looks of things. Lacing is superb with this porter, but not like Breakfast Stout.

S - Roasted malts, burnt sugar, nutty, earthy, and a hint of smoke. A touch of bitter chocolate is also notable, and alcohol has stayed behind.

T - Taste follows along the lines of the smell. Very rich and robust with a dark malt profile which comes to be perfectly balanced by a small dose of citrus hop qualities. An earthy sweet chocolate explodes in the mouth. Roasted coffee and a faint smokiness finish things off. As with the smell, I don't get much alcohol. I obviously can tell I am drinking a beer, but the complexities of this one really mask the alcohol. Quite nice.

M - Surprisingly full bodied for the abv, yet creamy and easy to go down at the same time. Carbonation low.

D - This seems a little rich for the abv, but an awesome beer all around. Reminds me more of a porter/stout hybrid, and definitely could pass as a stout in blind tastings. This is a beer I have only had one time before now, and I have to say I am pumped to have a few more in the fridge.

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Photo of classixIII
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thick dark pour, minimal head, nothing on the glass. Hearty with minimal, perfect carbonation. Chocolate, mocha etc. etc. A hop bite at the end that stays for a while along with a wee bit more alcohol than you would imagine for a 6.5 ABV. Very Nice!

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Photo of Nuke77
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great balance, crisp mouthfeel. Near black color in the glass with a tan head. The aromas consists of rich coffee. Lighter in body than it's color or aroma suggest this is a very smooth drinker. This compares favorable in enjoyability with the more limited available Breakfast Stout. Excellent pour. This one is a true keeper.

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Photo of Steaks
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

i picked a sixer of this guy up at jungle jim's recently along with some imperial stout. this pours black as hell and smells awesome. the mouthfeel is awesome. it is thick as hell and you can feel it expand as soon as you taste it, but it goes down silky smooth. i think this is my new favorite porter. i just need to get some more...

it goes great with Slayer and cold weather

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Photo of bcostner1
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very, very dark. Almost black. Just barely shy of looking like a stout. Thick, rich 2 finger tan head.

S: Dark roasted malts. Chocolate. Coffee. Roasted nuts. Decadent. Love the aroma.

T: Much like the nose. Dark roasted malts, chocolate, hint of coffee. Great balance between sweet and bitter. In my opinion, while FBS still reigns supreme over the Porter, this one is a great substitute as far as flavor profile goes. Also, it's a little more sessionable with the lower ABV.

M: Very drinkable. Smooth. Perfect carbonation. As I said before, I could have a number of these in one sitting without problem.

Overall, this is really an awesome beer and one that I will seek out again and again (every time I go to Atlanta since I can't get it in TN). Definitely recommended.

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Photo of Holland
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black as the night - holding up to the light shows a bit of brown on the edges. At first there was no head, but there was lacing. As it warmed, some fine foam came to rest on the top for good. Very sticky looking and viscous.

S: coffee, heavily roasted malts, chocolate - this is like a good stout.

T: tastes the same, but it doesn't have the heavy feel of a stout. I also sense the bitterness in the taste, and the finish is malty and coffee like.

M: The carbonation came as it warmed. This is smooth at first, then crisp. Impressive for a porter. However, I'd like to have more gravity to it. It's not perfect.

O: so far this is one of my favorite porters of the style if not the best that I've had. Comparable to Bells porter, but better I'd say. It's standard $10 or so for a 6 pack, so pick one up if you get the chance. I think I got this one at Meijer for $8 or $9. A steal.

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured Founders Porter into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours black as midnight with a finger of mocha head with a aggressive pour.

S - Roasted malts, with smooth coffee. Light chocolate notes in there as well.

T - Bitter coffee and roasted malts. Some baker's chocolate mid palate with bitter coffee on the after taste.

M - Smooth for a porter, medium carbonation, with medium on the mouthfeel. This is smoother than most stouts.

O - A outstanding porter, it could be most brewery's stout, its just that good. Highly recommended. Cheers!

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Photo of doughanson78
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Huge thanks to thabigmp for this want.

A: Pitch black. Nice tan one finger head, with good retention and great lacing.

S: Roasted coffee is the major aroma with good traces of milk chocolate. Exactly how a good porter should smell.

T: Roasted chocolate coffee from start to finish. Never wavers. Solid taste.

M: Medium bodied on the light side. Very light creaminess. Medium high carbonation.

O: Don't know if side by side I could tell this from a Black Butte. An amazing porter indeed. Should be very happy to be drinking either of these.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours the same color, except with a caramel head. Smells more bitter and even more roasty. Holy lord the taste is robust. Very roasted and sensuous. Much more of a focus on the bitter and dark side than Great Lakes. Alot of bitter black coffee and even more malts that feel hop-like in their bitterness. In spite of that, it has milk stout creaminess and smoothness. The aftertaste is very much full of powdered espresso roast coffee and roasted oats. A chewiness lingers from the malt.

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Photo of thirtysixbelow
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - black with creamy dark tan head, excellent lacing

s - rich nutty smell with chocolate and coffee, also quite hoppy

t - sweet and very interesting taste that is a mix of chocolate, nuts, burnt malt, and hops. Most of the time these flavors separate well but for me this has a solid mix throughout. Has just the right amount of hops and roasty burnt flavor profile for a porter. amazing how the complexity of flavors manage to blend together so well.

m - full and smooth mouthfeel

d - a fantastic porter. definitely towards the very top of the list for me.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

So this is the red headed step child of the beer world. I don't understand why porters aren't more popular and this beer is exactly why I say it. It pours like a stout, dark, tan head with decent but not great lace. There really isn't much of a smell but I really don't expect much from a porter other than a little of a roasted burnt smell. The taste is outstanding. It's a sipper, its a gulper, whatever you want from it. The porters are the most misunderstood category and this porter is the king of the porter world.

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Photo of Puddintane
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oily black pour with a tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, hazlenut, roasted malt, earthy hops, toffee and coffee. Flavors of rich dark chocolate, booze soaked dark fruits, coffee, caramel, bitter/earthy undertones. Thick body, rich/roasty/bittersweet and satisfying throughout with a bitter/roast finish. Overall, there are two porters that tie for my favorite. This and Edmund Fitzgerald. They both kind of go beyond of what I usually get from this style. This is one amazing brew, there’s lots of beers double in strength that fail to capture its focus and flavor.

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Photo of zeff80
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, foamy, caramel colored head. It left soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, tons and tons of chocolate. Some roasted malt and floral aromas, too.

T - This beer has a great chocolate taste with a slight coffee taste. Nice roasted malt flavor, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a subtle creaminess. A medium-bodied beer.

D - I love this porter. Great chocolaty flavor.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite American porter. Unsweetened chocolate, dark roast coffee are prominent but wonderfully balanced and delicate. Earthy, woody and sophisticated. the hops offer a nice balance. the alcohol peeks through a bit and there is a slight espresso like bitterness in the finish. Creamy body. Not watery but not heavy. Beckons one to have two.

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Photo of AlejandroDodds
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving Type: Purchased a 12oz. bottle from the Beer Trappe in Lexington poured into a Maudite tulip glass.

Appearance: This porter is a pitch black color that when held up to the light still doesn't let it through. Lacing is only apparent when tipping the beer back in the form of tiny bubbles.

Smell: I have always had a tough time describing porters in terms of taste and smell but here goes. In the nose is a great mix bag of dark chocolate and smokey unsweetened espresso.

Taste: Upfront is bitterness that is followed by an intensified version of the nose combining dark chocolate and smokey unsweetened espresso that all closes sharply.

Mouthfeel: The mouth begins with a light carbonation that closes the taste but leaves a light oily coating.

Overall: One of the best porters I have had. Very complex yet drinkable. I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of Doonzman
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great porter! I'm actually very surprised that the class 6 here on ft polk carries such high quality beer. I guess they figure some soldiers actually want top notch beverages. Anyways, I recommend it to anyone who loves beer.

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Photo of Or80rowley
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A. Dark, almost opaque, thin mocha colored head

S. Delightful, sweet light roasted coffee, dark chocolate

T. Taste is slightly bitter coco, coffee, very nice balance between the two, into roasted earthy tones

M. It is smooth & creamy, medium mouth coat, fairly dry finish, nice grain aftertaste

O. Between this one & black butte porter, I can't choose, but both my favorite porter, must try!

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pitch black with a dark brown head. Excellent head and lacing. It looks Dark, Rich and Sexy!

S: Deep roasted chocolate malts with some coffee and smoke notes. There is a slight boozyness to it as well.

T: Bitter-sweat chocolate. The flavour is incredibly smooth, creamy and balanced flavour. Perfect example of the style.

M: It has a very smooth and silky body, I would prefer it to have a bit more carbonation though.

D: I wish there was a little more depth to the flavor. However, I can't really think of a better example of a porter than this. For me, it is on par with Black Butte. You can't really get a better porter.

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Photo of merlin48
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours thicker and darker than many stouts. Small khaki head diminishes into some curtains of lace.

Aroma is bold and heady. Cocoa, scalded coffee, nuttiness, toasted caramel, vanilla, and dark chocolate vie for attention here. A trace of dark fruits underneath.

Mouthfeel is on the thick side of medium. Plenty of creaminess. Soft carbonation adds a layer of velvet.

Taste is bitter and roasty. Roasted Kenya coffee beans, cocoa, dark chocolate, and some roasted almond nuttiness. Hints of earthy and citrusy hops underneath. Dark fruits, mostly figs, add even more complexity. Just a touch of alcohol is noticed, but it feels appropriate here. Bitter roasty finish that lingers.

This is a very impressive porter.

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Photo of mjtiernan
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a straight sided pint glass. Bottled 6/20/12.

A: Gave me nearly a finger of mocha brown head. Very deep brown body...might actually be black, but I’ve always thought of it as brown. Tough call.

S: Lots of coffee, some light chocolate, and wonderful smoky aromas.

T: A balance of earthy hops, caramel and chocolate notes. The roastiness of the malt is perfect for this style.

M: Pretty much spot on for the style. Carb adds some welcome creaminess that enhances the entire experience.

O: To me, the signature of this brew is its smokiness. It invokes the umami sensation that I get from the Maillard reaction in barbecue or pan-seared foods. So nice.

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Photo of The_1084
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The appearance is a near black. There wasn't much of a head after I poured it into a glass.

S - The smell consists of vanilla at first, then comes a hint of caramel and chocolate. Smells great!

T - The taste is a reminder of coffee, with chocolate and a hint of vanilla. The after taste leaves an aroma in the mouth near iced coffee.

M - It is not a heavy beer, although it looks like it would be. It is light in the mouth considering the taste.

O - Overall this beer can be enjoyed by any drinker. It is a great porter and I plan on drinking it again.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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