Founders Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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

Pours practically jet black with half a finger of deep caramel head.
Aromas are classic porter incredibly deep roasted malt aromas, notes of coffee.
Flavors are complex with the proper amount of bitterness, roasted elements and bitter chocolate and coffee.
Mouthfeel is excellent.
Overall this beer is a classic, a great representation of the style.

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

Look is nice and dark, Smell is sweet and roasty, Taste is chocolaty and complex, Feel is satisfyingly full bodied. This beer is a winner and would be great with rare red meat. A bourbon barrel might set this beer over the top.

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

Finally got around to enjoying this brew - bottled in January, purchased and consumed in April. What a treat to have such a fine example of the style readily available. Light black (dark brown?) body with a lingering head that responds to an aggressive pour. Aroma of roasted malt, oatmeal, coffee, baker's chocolate and damp earth. Taste is an impressively smooth mirror of the aroma with an emphasis on the velvet malt. Perfectly balanced with a soft and creamy mouthfeel that lingers. Outstanding porter that begs to be compared against the latest hype beasts. Similar in execution to its imperial stout-cousin Breakfast Stout. Founders killing it.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

bottled on 2/10/16
12oz bttl into pint
L- coal black with dark coffee color head slowly dissipates leaves lacing
S- Chocolate, rum balls. coffee and toasted malt
T- a blend of dark roast coffee beans along with alcohol, some sweet malt as well
F- medium bodied nice feel, alcohol-bite on finish
O- Nice beer

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Founders Brewing Company's eponymous porter is black as sin; nearly impervious to light, it shows sullen orange highlights only at its base. Its large, pebbly light brown head shows little retention, but the lacing is good, consisting of spiky slabs and caverns. The aroma is light-medium in intensity: creamy coffee backed by cocoa, with hints of toffee, doughy malt and alcohol. The flavor is predominately bitter light chocolate and thin, tart, bright coffee; the palate lacks the depth predicted by the nose, and has none of its sweetness, landing distinctly on the bitter end of the scale. The finish is a mild hit of toffee, and is fairly dry; the linger is a mild chocolate flavor paired with a moderate earthy hop bitterness, both of which last for a good while. Mouthfeel is thinnish for the medium-full body, and the texture is medium-creamy and medium-peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. (12 oz bottle, 60 days after pkg)

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Photo of dee4maine
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

one of the best easily available porters with loads of dark fruits, mild chocolate, little coffee notes. awesome porter and definitely one the best ones around.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Founders Brewing pub glass

A: Pours dark brown, nearly black with a frothy chocolate brown head that settles to a nice layer that hangs around and leaves tome light lacing.

S: Roasty malt, a little smokey, dark chocolate, coffee, a bit earthy, and faint dark fruity notes.

T: Roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee, a little burnt toast, faint smoke, earthy, fading into mild dark fruit on the finish.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, creamy smooth.

O: My benchmark for porters.

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Photo of nerdboy19
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appear : Black, brown foamy head.
Aroma : Roasted, little bit of burnt, chocolate, coffee, some earthy hops.
Mouthfeel : Medium body, Medium-high carbonation.
Taste : Soft chocolate, coffee taste first, and then roasted, burnt, hop bitter finish.
Overall : Great stout, soft but strong. This beer is like a "American Stout 101", the malt characteristic is so well-presented.

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Photo of jaketaz
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's easy to understand why some use this as a yardstick by which to measure other porters. All I can smell is pure nutmeg, it's totally black with a small amount of tan head that reduces fast. Thick as muddy coffee at the bottom of the pot, only lightly carbonated and exceedingly smooth and balanced. As reliable as Rogue's mocha porter or Stone's smoked porter, but thicker than either and a darker roast. Hearty flavor but light enough to be a session.

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

L: Nice and dark. Love it.

S: Again, nice. Makes one feel comfortable. Wish it had thicker, more-long-lasting head, but that's okay.

T: Probably my second favorite tasting beer (behind Avery's Czar). (EDIT: After tasting Lagunitas Imperial Stout, I have changed my mind: Founders Porter is my third favorite beer after Lagunitas Imp. Stout.)

F: Good. (Wish it was slightly thicker.)

Overall, ten times better than Left Hand's Black Sack Porter.

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

This is one of the best porters I have had. The look was dark black with a finger foam head. it was silky smooth and had notes of coffee and chocolate. It had a thin mouthfeel and a soft finish. Will buy this one again.

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep dark brown that almost looks black, with a nice tan head that is full of small bubbles and has good retention and leaves acceptable lacing. Aromas and flavors are incredibly complex and perfectly balanced for a porter; there's chocolate and roasted malts, with a hint of sweetness (marshmallow, maybe) and plenty of toasted bread crust and a deep nuttiness. There's a slight hint of coffee as well, and some delicate smoke qualities. This would pair perfectly with smoked meats, roasted marshmallow smores, or would be perfectly fine on its own. An incredible, nearly perfect beer. With time I may bump this up to a perfect 5 for the style.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer. Dark, smooth, goth mouthfeel. Pours dark with a nice dark brown head. Chocolate notes with some nice roasted malt. Very very well done porter.

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Photo of KevCan
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6-pack of 12 oz. bottles from Whole Foods in Arlington, VA. Bottled on 01/05/16. Poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Dark with healthy medium-brown head. Visible large chunks of suspended sediment.

Smell: Delicious sweet chocolate maltiness.

Taste: Roasty, well-balanced.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: A good, solid porter. Have to ding it for the chunky sediment, though.

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Photo of LAp
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a deep brown/black, and forms an opaque black pool in the glass, capped with a 1 finger thick mocha head, which recedes to leave beautiful lacing. Nose is toasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and a hint of Rauchbier-esqe smoke with threads of sweetness underneath. The palate leads with a hint of smoke, bitter chocolate and develops into a full malt body that is an excellent blend of bitterness and sweetness. The body is medium-to-thick, and matches the beer well, though is perhaps a touch thinner than I recalled. This beer, alongside the Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's defines the single Porter/Stout style in my mind. An outstanding beer.

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Photo of Raidersox
4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I've had this bottle in my cellar fridge (approx. 38 degrees) for about 7 months, originally bottled on 1/16/2015. It was part of a Founders variety case and I drank 4 bottles last summer and gifted one to a family member. I didn't hang on to this one for any particular reason, just sort of forgot about it. Brought upstairs, allowed to sit at room temp for about a half hour before opening, then poured into a large wine glass.

Look: Very dark brown to black color with a 1/2" tan head that dissipated quickly. Little lacing but a continuing thin foam remains, evidence of carbonation that is unseen in the darkness.

Smell: Strong coffee/espresso and roasted malt, hints of bread and undefined sweetness.

Taste: Coffe flavor dominates early, giving way to dark chocolate. Mild hop bitterness, no real discernible alcohol taste despite 6.5ABV

Mouthfeel: Creamy yet sharp bite from roasted malts. Medium body.

Overall: Having only sampled a few porters before this one, and keeping in mind I drank 4 bottles of the original 6 pack earlier, I am inclined to say this is the best of any that I've had and, for my taste anyway, I believe that this sets a standard for the qualities a Porter should exhibit. While not my go-to style of beer I could say that I would buy this one again to treat my family members and friends that want to try something different or for a nice alternative to an after dinner cup of coffee

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

Serving type: 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint

Pours very dark brown, essentially black. Smell is of roasted bread and coffee, bitter dark chocolate, slight charred scent, slight wet dirt earthiness, very nice. Taste reflects the smell. Initial roasted coffee and bread like tastes, ease into a slight dark chocolate flavor which finish with a mild charred flavor that lingers for a bit after the taste. The feel is medium plus which works with the heavier flavors of this porter. No alcohol taste, scent, or burn. Overall this is an extremely tasty beer that has found its way into my rotation of beers I keep at home. Recommend strongly.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown and nearly jet black opaque color. A thumbnail long dark tan mocca looking head is followed by a foamy lace that retains well. Roasted malt, coffee and cocoa in the aroma. The taste is similarly aligned with the aroma, however, there is the added element of a bold hops presence that is both moderately bitter as well as having a tangy and slightly citric feel. Fluffy in the mout, medium bodied, slightly crisp carbonation and with an espresso like dryness. This is a really good Porter overall.

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

Sampled on February 2016 from 16oz bottle in pint glass. Bottled on date of 10/2/2015 was on the bottle.

Appearance: Pitch black, dark color, with a thick dark tan head. The head lasted a long time, and left a nice lacing on the glass, but not a lot.

Smell: There are roasted malt aromas, along with some strong coffee and sweet caramel aromas. Some hops in the aroma. Nice combination and balance between the various flavors.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt and hops. There is a hint of sweetness and caramel flavors that may be due to the malts, but it is balanced nicely with pronounced hops flavor. Overall it has an excellent taste. The combination of strong hops and roasted malts and strong alcohol give this drink powerful flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but very smooth. Very creamy. Medium alcohol which matches with the 6.5% on the label.

Overall: Overall, this is an excellent beer and one of the best porters I have tasted. Another great beer from Founders. The more I drink it, the more I like it. I will definitely look for this and buy it again.

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Photo of davidperez
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter, it pours black with a one-finger head with low retention, but it leaves a thin layer of foam. Awesome lacing.

Nice bouquet. It smells of chocolate, slight roastiness and caramel. An earthy character comes out if you swirl the glass energetically. A vanilla note also appears the beer starts warming up.

Fully flavored, an invasion of chocolate grabs hold of your palate. Immediately afterwards the roastiness becomes present too, flirting with coffee notes but not quite getting there. The bitterness starts growing until it becomes omnipresent in your mouth. Earthy hoppiness adds to that bitterness, along with some smokiness that start drying your mouth, delivering such a pleasant sensation.
The finish is long and semi-dry. Good carbonation, medium to full body and silky.

Awesome porter.

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Photo of moodenba
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle packaged 1/5/16. Tasted 2/22/16 at about 45F.

Great dense head leaves lacing during tasting. A mild aroma.

Taste and mouthfeel are nice, a little less full bodied than anticipated. The aftertaste of roasted malt and hops lingers, and is very pleasant.

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Photo of JakeMegabyte
3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

The damn beer is a perfect porter, but... Too perfect. It looks great, smells of solid chocolate notes, but the taste is so... expected. There's no "ah" moment , no surprising feeling when you taste something perfect... It's a really good beer, but in the sense that it is a classic American porter, setting the standard for an all around good beer, without making itself particularly special. I feel, as a home brewer, if you're going to make a Porter you should use this to cleanse your pallet and compare your brew. It really looks and feels a 5 but the taste isn't 5 special. If you're looking for a good Porter this is definitely it.

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 1/5/16 and poured into a pint glass.

A: Opaque black with a 1 finger cap of tan foam. After a few minutes the cap fades to a thin film, leaving behind multiple streaks of lacing.

S: Mild aromas of roast with some chocolate coming out as the beer warms.

T: Rich, bittersweet flavors of roastiness and caramel malts, with a faint bit of chocolate. The roastiness is subtle and not overwhelming. Some hop bitterness with a slightly dry finish. Very well done.

M: Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation leading to a crisp finish.

O: Overall I thought this was an excellent porter. Where it is hard to differentiate some porters from stouts, Founders did a good job of making this flavorful but not crossing into stout category. It is like a "restrained" stout, if you will. Creamy smooth mouthfeel and very drinkable. In my opinion it is the perfect porter, and my go to beer for the style. My only complaint is that ugly old woman on the label, hahaha.

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Photo of Christoffer91
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Starting to see Founders show up in CA, which is exciting. Had this right after an Oscar Blues Death by Coconut, honestly just starting to understand the difference between stouts and porters here. This is decidedly more bitter, and has an intense earthy hop character on the back end. Smooth round malt flavors with a touch of roast. Great beer.

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

So my local Whole Foods finally started getting some Founders brews and I could not be more stoked.

L: The bottle looks gorgeous--great coloring. Looks like a statement: "I like my beers like I like my women." Dark, rich, sexy, and apparently with a velvety black body and a good amount of great head. Poured into a sniffer with exactly two fingers of relatively dark brown foam and lots of lacing that lasts incredibly well.

S: Smells like a cappuccino sitting next to a coffee cake. It pains me to have a stuffy nose right now, because this beer probably smells much better than I can currently detect while still getting over this cough.

T: At least I can taste it. God damn this is fantastic. I had high hopes, and they were thoroughly fulfilled. Opens with raisins, sea salt caramel, chocolate and whole grain crackers, filling up quickly with a whole lot of high-quality dark roast coffee drizzled over with a sweet strawberry marmalade. Finishes with a perfect blend of that strawberry sweetness, coffee, chocolate, and roast, each peaking in that order. I'm impressed they managed to keep the ibu's down to 45 in such a flavorful and strong beer (not super high, but solid at 6.5). I have to add that the aftertaste starts off more sweet, but the more you sip it, the more that roast flavor builds, growing from cracker and coffee to burnt french bread with a bit of rosemary.

F: A tad thin for my taste, but quite decent. Slightly creamy, slightly syrupy, like a caramel macchiato made with 2% milk. Nice and zangy on the tongue.

O: This is a phenomenal beer. Definitely deserving of the A rating--I'd honestly give it a 97 or a 98. Reminds me a lot of Sierra Nevada's Coffee Stout. I bet this one is made with cold-brewed coffee too. Makes me crave a cup of chamomile right now for some reason.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 7,276 ratings.
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