Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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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
Ranking:
#789
Reviews:
1,682
Ratings:
7,542
pDev:
9.18%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
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Photo of CtLiEgMeSrOsN
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Half-full
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Euphoria69
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Donbeerlvr
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A very good beer!

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Photo of BennyProfane
3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aubaldman85
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of opierce
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of goalie35
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dawon
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerGlassesCollector
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Aegelis
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark rich colour and a deep mocha froth that has root beer float-like staying power. It's difficult to not compare to Guinness Stout being the staple for such dark brews, but I'd say this is smoother going down with a slight bite at the nutty, hoppy finish. Very good overall, though Dirty Bastard and Oatmeal Stout are the more impressive brews in the Founders line-up.

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Photo of hairnic
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of bplabernie
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Casey_L
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonkeyLord
3.62/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrc1093
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OldIrishHermit
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look
Rich dark brown with slight ruby undertone. Head gradually disippates immediatly after
pouring and emits wide range of oranges and browns, with a high lacing potential.
Slight carbination rustling beneath the otherwise immaculet head and keeps this porter
well behaved.

Smell
Well balanced aroma with equal parts coffe, hops, roasted malts, and oakiness.
Chocolate is faint with little to no vanilla present. Airation exposed
more of the coffee essence and increased bitterness.

Taste
Again, well balanced with the hops coming out on top. Bitterness
is more reminiscent of an imperial stout. IPA fans would find
this bitter natured porter appealing, makeing it well suited
for cold late-summer nights and/or mornings. The chocolate is faint,
but becomes richer as this porter warms - radiant of a high cocoa
grade. The bitterness sticks with you long after
this porter leaves your glass, which I found somewhat off-putting.

Feel
Superb. This is the one area where this albeit American porter
shines. Silky entree that encoumpasses both presence and density.
Little to no oilly residue left behind by this one, making it polite on exit.
Sits comfortably and warms the body appropriatly - making for a successful
back-to-back winter brew.

Overall
For me this porter, although American styled, is more reminiscent of a stout. Hops ridden
it may be, but its bitterness makes this rich delicacy more robust than its more
polite brethren. Still, a worthwhile brew that commands a closer look.

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Photo of Gsimons08
3.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Snowcrash000
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pitch black coloration with a medium, creamy head. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate and a hint of coffee. Taste follows the nose with a rich, roasted malt character and hints of chocolate, coffee and slight earthy hops. Finishes with a dry, medium bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel with a light body and medium carbonation. This is quite simple and one-dimesnsional, to be honest, with a light, slightly watery body, but nice roasted malt character complemented by the usual, but not very pronounced, coffee and chocolate notes, plus a certain earthy hop note as well. Considering Founders other, quite excellent stouts, I had expected more of this. It's nice enough, I guess, but nothing remotely special at all.

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Photo of Vandelay1863
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Dark, khaki head of finger-width over rich, impenetrably black body
S: Malty, chocolatey odor; not too strong
T: Rounded, black coffee-taste with hard, malty finish
F: Thick, and sits on the palate nicely
O: A great sipping porter to especially enjoy after a meal

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Photo of Secret
3.33/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's just as advertised. It does have a robust flavor with plenty of hops. It's quite good, deep roasted flavor, wheat, barley. What "steveh" has to say is pretty much spot on for me. But for my tastes, given its flavor profile, I'd prefer the IBU a little lower. Not a lot lower, I just found the bitterness to overwhelm all of the other great things going on here. I'd take it if it was the only dark beer around, like I wouldn't snub it, but I won't be picking it up again on a shopping trip.

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Photo of MGoeltz
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beertunes
3.3/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in shaker pint glass. Poured a nearly solid black, just a bit of light shone through, with less than a quarter-inch of of tan head that had good retention and light lacing.

The aroma had a nice roast upfront, with some light grain showing through in the back.

The flavors were the same, and I was hoping for a bit bolder taste.

The body was a bit on the thin side, for what I look for in the style.

Drinkability was good, the beer went down easily and quickly. Overall, a solid version of the style. Not up to the levels of say Black Butte or Edmund Fitzgerald, but not too far behind them either. Worth trying if you see it.

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Porter from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 7,542 ratings