Founders Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
7,317
Reviews:
1,622
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
Wants:
431
Gots:
1,629
For Trade:
22
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Ratings: 7,317 |  Reviews: 1,622
Photo of SnowyPersephone
1.56/5  rDev -63.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

My sister and I have both vomited after drinking this beer on separate occasions despite not overindulging. I see others have rated it well so I wonder if there was a quality issue or if there may be an unusual ingredient in this porter that caused just both to have a reaction. Prior to the nausea, I thought the beer looked and tasted only OK but definitely not a fan of the aftereffects.

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Photo of Coolguy_chris
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Dark brown, very thin dark tan head that left quickly. Plenty of lacing though. Didn't pick up much on smell. Taste was a little malty, slightly bitter coffee taste. Very carbonated feel. Overall a decent beer, not sure I'd go out of my way to buy it again.

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Photo of Jodio
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Satorn
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of devilmakesthree
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a tan head that leaves minimal but nice lacing. Aroma is not very strong but is somewhat astringent and of burnt bread. Taste is balanced between roasty and sweet. Moderate hop presence.

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Photo of Jacob17
3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Look - nearly black in color with a two-finger mocha head and great retention/lacing.
Smell - big time roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, and a subtle but ever-present aroma of bitter coffee.
Taste - roasted malts hit hardest on the palate too, but there are sweet undertones of chocolate and caramel and it finishes with notes of bitter earthy coffee (a little too much at times).
Feel - great carbonation, creamy body, smooth finish.

I haven't had this in a few years. I used to absolutely love it. I don't know if my tastes have changed or the recipe has been altered, but I would prefer less of the bitter coffee notes and more rich chocolate and caramel. With that said, it's still a fantastic example of the style that I would recommend to anyone that likes dark, robust beer.

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Photo of rarigney
4.87/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Marcoxx626
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First time trying a porter!!!

Look - dark, almost black color with brown 1-2 finger head. Head dissipates relatively quickly and a bit of lacing

Aroma - coffee, Malts and chocolate for sure

Taste - follows the nose pretty well. Very balanced taste with just the right amount of maltiness for a beer that packs this much flavor. Tastes like coffee and dark chocolate but not too toasty which is perfect

Feel - has a very nice feel to it. Not as thick/syrupy as Founders imperial but has just the right amount of that thickness to it.

Overall - I was pleasant surprised by how much I liked this beer. I tried founder imperial stout which was wayyy too bitter and burnt tasting for me. I'd say this is a lighter version of their imperial in terms of the toasted flavor and also the texture. I very much enjoyed this beer and I'll definitely be picking it up again.

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

Photo of IsaacCraft
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown nearly black. Light barely peeks through. Tan head with great retention.

Fist thing to the nose is chocolate quickly followed by coffee and a roasted malt smell.

The taste is layered and complex. Mix of chocolate, coffee, sweet malt, and there is a toasty character as well. There are hops at the finish. Well balanced and complex... Awesome.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

Great beer. Very happy I found it in Seoul.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served fairly cold into a chalice. Purchased while visiting the US a couple of weeks ago.

Appearance - pours a near black coloured beer with a half finger of quickly receding tan head. Not much in the way of lacing.

Smell - plenty of fresh coffee, hints of dark chocolate and a pervasive earthy aroma. Hints of popcorn as it warms,

Taste - astringent coffee, plenty of tobacco, loads of earthy bitterness. Leafy hops. Some subtle dark chocolate flavors too, but well hidden. Fairly bitter even for the style. Sweetness starts to emerge as it warms.

Mouthfeel - smooth and medium bodied, carbonation is above average in fizziness.

Overall - certainly a good porter but not quite a great porter. A little too much on the tobacco and bitterness end for my liking. I understand the reputation though.

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Photo of PGAdrunkDUCK
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JLK7299
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of goblue30
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of flgimp
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick and dark with a robust head. Settled into the glass, pitch black in color with a two finger head. Light lacing on the glass while drinking. Aroma is malt, roasted biscuits and chocolate. Taste is distinct and crisp. Good balance of roasted malts, chocolate and slight coffee flavor. Stays with you. Feel is medium with light carbonation. An awesome porter!

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Photo of SuomenAmerikkalainen
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmcquirk
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buddance
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of duffman02
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A nice pour with a lot of lacing on the glass. Tobacco sticks out the most to me. Very easy to drink and can definitely have more than a few of these at once.

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

Look: Pours a dark mahogany with a creamy tan head, which can be slight or thick depending on the pour. Laces the glass as expected.

Smell: nothing is dominates the smell, chocolate, caramel, vanilla notes are present as well as slight hint of coffee. Smell is awesome.

Taste: The taste is very similar to the smell, with notes of chocolate, caramel and vanilla and coffee with none being more dominant. Very balanced and taste is as the smell - awesome. Gets even better as it warms!

Feel: Silky and medium in mouthfeel, it right where it needs to be. Just the right amount of carbonation give it a sense of lightness.

Overall: Very easy drinker with outstanding balance. This is easily one my favorite beers, the best Porter out there in my opinion.

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

Photo of Mojo771
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of AaronChevard
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 7,317 ratings.
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