Founders Porter | Founders Brewing Company

1,618 Reviews
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 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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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the grolwer, it pours a light-bending black with a brown head, reducing in short order to a brown ring. Roasted malts and coffee in the nose. The mouth gets nailed by the roasted malt coffee flavor. Yum!

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Photo of bmorgan1989
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This porter should be the standard by which others are measured absolutely delicious
L very dark rich color
S hints of chocolate and malt
T chocolate malt coffee toasted to delicious perfection
F very slight carbonation makes this an easy beer to savor leaves a pleasant aftertaste
O if this is your first porter then all others may fall short

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Photo of vinicole
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, oily and thick. Tan head which remains.
Mild aroma of charred toast and sweet malt.
Tastes of slightly burnt malt loaf and 80% cocoa chocolate.
Very smooth with moderate carbonation. Decent viscosity.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, bordering on black with a tan head. Smells of dark chocolate and coffee. Tastes of chocolate, coffee and almonds with an aftertaste of tobacco. Medium carbonation, but also quite smooth. Really an all around excellent beer.

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Photo of James954
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a porter that makes you wonder what some other companies are thinking when they label a brew as "Stout".

Pitch black appearance with brown lacing

Smell of rich and sweet toasted malts and coffee

Taste of Black coffee, sweet toasted malt, molasses, dark chocolate

F: medium carbonation that is harder to achieve for some other brewers for such a rich brew. No syrupy feel.

Overall: The best Porter in its class that I have tried.

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

Founders Porter, 6.5% ABV, 45 IBU. Pours thick and dark brown, excellent stiff 5 finger head that lasts, excellent lacing. Nose is chocolate, malt, and alcohol. Taste is malt, chocolate, and nuts, slight bitter close, has a burnt aftertaste. Good mouthfeel, an overall excellent offering. This is very stout-like, unlike many porters which I find watery and bland.

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Photo of jranson82
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 4/25/16. Poured from 12 oz bottle to 25cl snifter at 60F.
A:Dark! could easily be called a stout from appearances. Dark tan head with strong lacing that recedes to a thin layer over the beer.
S: Blended, with some coffee and charred notes meeting sweet malt notes.
T: Honestly, first thought was bacon, but subtle. Particularly, due to a moderate smokiness and a maple-like malt sweetness. Some burnt/astringent notes, some coffee/chocolate. Hop bitterness was hard to discern from strong burnt flavors but they seem to lend an earthy note. Burnt notes persist on the tongue.
M: Mouthfeel is appropriate with medium carbonation and a satisfying consistency without being overly thick.
O: Excellent beer, but powerful. Sometimes I see porters as a "stout light", this is not that porter.

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Photo of ThemThangs
3/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours very dark, even the head is pretty dark.
Taste notes: The main thing I'm getting out of this is a roasty char like taste, maybe some hints of dark chocolate or coffee in the background. I'm not super excited about this one, but I can see and appreciate that it is a high quality beer.

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Photo of qrazvan
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very dark look. The coffee taste is strong and it has a thick sensation when drinking. Chocolate hints also.
A true black porter, recommended for the fans and not only.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza J in Providence, served in a tulip glass;

Appearance: pours deep, dark brown, with a super thick and sudsy khaki head. Lingers for a loooooooong time, leaving some nice lace on the glass as well. Beer itself is totally opaque, with no visibility through the glass.

Aroma: lots and lots of roast, some bakers chocolate, maybe a little bitterness. Smells mostly malt, though carries a touch of subtle hops that I don't always detect in porters.

Taste: super true to the style, it's all roasty malt, with some bitter chocolate and coffee notes. Not super potent like you might get out of Breakfast Stout, for example, but they are there, especially as the beer warms. Rich, bold flavors.

Feel: silky smooth and super creamy, this is an easy drinker for a porter.

Overall: one of the best widely available porters on the market. Yum yum yum.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nicely interesting malty caramel taste with a hint of chocolate and a malty aftertaste. This could be considered a "desert" beer, but (don't worry) it's not sweet. My wife -- who is not usually a beer drinker -- thinks it is "delicious".

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Photo of jonb5
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Quarter of a litre at the Celle Bierfest. Almost jet black, opaque, extreme tanned head.Lots of lacing, clung to the glass. S: More hops than other porters but not overly pronounced, gave way to a some fruits. T: High on sweetness and molasses, dwarfed the dark chocolate and espresso, finished like a Belgian dubbel. M: Thick texture, really smooth, silk in a glass. O: Good desert beer, really slid down well.

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Photo of FBarber
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black with a two finger tan head that dissipates slowly. Thin half finger head sticks around as you drink the beer with some nice tan lacing on the glass.

Smell has aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, and espresso with undertones of vanilla.

Taste is big and bold. Lots of dark chocolate and cocoa malts initially with undertones of vanilla and caramel peaking through. Finish is slightly bitter and dry coating your throat leaving a nice cocoa aftertaste.

Feel is thick and heavy for a porter - this is thicker than some american stouts. Dry, smooth, maybe a bit powdery on the throat.

Overall a phenomenal American porter. This is easily one of the best out there.

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Photo of dfavreau
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this porter during game 4 of the Caps vs Pens series. Another bad outcome for the game for me but this is a very good porter and will be hard to ignore for after the playoffs. Easy to drink with a very neutral taste. The color is a rich dark chocolate with a quarter inch head. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy and smooth going down. The aroma and has a toffe caramel smell with plum and anise notes. The taste is of chocolate, caramel and molasses with no real dominant flavor. A really nice combination of flavored. Not my favorite porter but a really strong one in my personal top 20 best Porter list.

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Photo of portwood
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smell: vanilla, sweet chocolate, hint of smoke & hops.
Taste: coffee, caramel, silky smooth, low carbonation.
Finish: burnt toast, dusty cocoa, soft bitterness. winner!
(bottled 11/20/15)

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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