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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:
1,565
For Trade:
25
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Reviews: 1,577 | Ratings: 7,181
Photo of Mcastaneda224
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like others are mentioning, Founders has hit SoCal. Perhaps it's because I absolutely love Breakfast Stout, but this beer was a bit underwhelming for me. Pours your typical stout color with a small tan head that dissipates quickly. Smell is your typical porter smell, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Taste is pretty typical as well -- nothing outstanding here, slight bitterness from the hops and the chocolate/coffee portion is well done. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated.

Overall, pretty average IMO. Breakfast Stout any day over this one. Not disappointed by this, but not impressed either.

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Photo of SovereignGood
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Founders finally hit SoCal; picked up at WF DTLA.

L: deep brown/black with a slight dark red hue when held up to the light. Finger head that seems to dissipate to a thin rim around the glass leaving plenty of dark colored lacing.

S: dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, some caramel.

T: chocolate, roasted malt, some smokiness in the back, hint of dark fruit?

M: thin to medium mouthfeel. Suits the style well - on the lighter side of dark beers.

Overall, glad I was able to try this. Picked up a 6 pack and will enjoy the rest.

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Photo of Owlish1
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Poured a beautiful black with a thick tan head. After a few minutes the head settled down to a thin cover. Smell - dark roast. Taste - The smoothness of malt combined with the bitterness of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. The finish is a hoppy bitterness, but the aftertaste lightens and mellows. Feel - smooth and creamy. Medium carbonation. Overall - a delightful American Porter. I'm a fan!

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Photo of CNoj012
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a jet black with a one finger light brown head that fades very quickly to a microfilm ring around the edge. There are also light spots of lacing. Smell is amazing. Very strong chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Taste is the same with a nice amount bitterness on the back end. Feel is medium side of full, coats the whole mouth and has good carbonation. Overall an excellent beer. Not normally the biggest fan of porters, but this is the best one I've ever had.

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

Pours a midnight black with a chocolate milkshake two finger head that dissipates to a thin film. Nose is like a chocolate malt. Tastes of chocolate, roasted malt a hint of black pepper. This has a dry slightly hoppy finish that leaves quickly. This beer has a medium and creamy body with moderate carbonation. Very nicely balanced brew that could be mistaken for a stout.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Definitely one of my favorite porters. A smooth, dark as night winter delight that tastes of chocolate, coffee, and a hint of tobacco. Nice carbonation. It's difficult to settle for only one.

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Photo of NateDyk47
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- dark brown with a thin brown head
S- sweet espresso, hint of chocolate
T- chocolate coffee flavor, faint bitterness fades quickly
F- medium light bodied, medium carbonation

Another really good beer from Founders.

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Photo of ViciousFishes
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep ruby, almost black. Thick, tan head that settles to a nice ribbon. Fresh, clean, but understated hop aroma. First taste is enormous, oppulent chocolate. Appears to finish dry, but chocolate and toasty malt lingers forever. Mild bitterness provides balance.

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Photo of ccg
3.43/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Jet black but just a little bit translucent. Lacing has a bit of that gritty, sugary look. Leaves only a few wisps of head.
The smell is roasty and also savory. It has kind of a soy sauce thing going on. Not great.
Flavor has hints of chocolate and malt. There's some hoppy bite too and a bit of a coffee taste in the background. Nothing much happening on the finish.
I realize that it's a porter, not a stout, but it still comes across a bit thin.
Overall: Founders makes some of my favorite beers, but I'm afraid this one was a disappointment.

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

Yum, yum, yum. Not very descriptive, but very true. I've always been a huge fan of GLBC Fitzgerald, but this one almost takes its place. Excellent balance, great bite. Can't wait to visit the brewery and have this out Breakfast Stout right from the source!

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the bottle an opaque and deep, dark brown with a medium-tan long lasting head that leaves spotty lacing.
The aroma is all roasty. Chocolate, nuts, smoky char, a hint of sweet vanilla.
The taste is medium-dark chocolate up front with with a bitter and dark mocha middle, a lingering and pleasantly bitter, roast coffee finish. Just a hint of sweetness.
Mouthfeel is medium and smoooth.
Damn good.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Deep brown with thick creamy head. Roasty chocolate aroma. Chocolaty roasty taste with some smoke and a touch of sweetness. Dry finish with some bitterness lingering. Mouthfeel very creamy n soft. Excellent porter.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I could come up with a clever metaphor about how black this beer is, but I didn't. Suffice to say, it's dark.

I hate that porters are served so cold. Really kills that aroma.

Mouth is clean, with some lingering coffee notes.

Just a great example of an American Porter.

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Photo of Tele
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle (dated 9.21.15)
Consumed: 12.15.15

A: 4.75 Pours black with a one-inch, khaki head. Good retention and leaves lots of lace in the glass.

S: 4.25 Aromas are really nice as the beer warms. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, coconut, and even some peanut butte. The sweeter aromas do a nice job of balancing out the fairly strong roasted malt and coffee elements.

T: 4.25 Good roasted malt quality up front delivering flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco, and earthy pepper. The beer moves into a moderate level of bitterness, which seems to come from both malt and hops, until finishing with more roast and coffee.

M: 4.75 Really substantial feel and excellent carbonation. Still very drinkable though. Not sure how they made it so satisfying and crushable.

O: 4.5 This is a great example of a porter and may have taken over as my favorite of the style. I’ll have to do a side-by-side with black butte so see which wins out, but based on my ratings, I’d give it to Founders.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz, bottled 05/17/2015
A - creamy light brown head slowly fades atop a near black ale
S - dark chocolate, roasted barley, cocoa, charcoal, earthy hops
T - big chocolate flavors with roasted barley and roasted coffee, faint caramel and bread crust with some earthy hops for bitterness
M - medium body, ample carbonation, finishes well balanced
O - I always love this beer, but for me it drinks more like a stout than a porter. Either way, it's very good!

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz Bottle poured into a lagunitas glass.Dark brown in color.The smell is a nice coffee and chocolate mix.The taste is a very nice blend of chocolate and coffee with neither one up front.This is my first Founders that I have tried being that they are just starting to get it in in southern California.I enjoyed this a lot.Very smooth and I can see buying this again in the future.Give it a try.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Opaque black/brown - announces its density, and establishes an anticipation of great things to come.

S - Obvious coffee, but not an overwhelming nose (or I was out in the cold too long today)

T - Leads with hops; coffee trails behind, then the hops return for a nice bitter finish that lingers. Very nice balance between the flavors.

F - As full bodied as the appearance suggests.

O- A first-class porter that will definitely find its way into my beer fridge again.

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Photo of cipherbreak
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

L - Pours dark brown with a finger-wide head that quickly dissipates, allowing you to look into it's deep and dark eyes.
S - Perfumed of nuts, caramel, medium-roast coffee.
T - Bitterness reminiscent of espresso followed by a hint of caramelized brown sugar make for the perfect balance. Excellent. Full of hops like Kobe Bryant in his prime.
F - Smooth and well carbonated.

O - A classy and elegant porter. Not compatible with trendy frames or hippity hoppity whatevers.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.23/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Nearly black, with an understated head. less than 1 finger.

Smell: Roasty coffee, smoke, dark-dried fruit.

Taste: Some mild fruit sweetness and alcohol that melds into a dark roasted bitter
coffee finish that lingers.

Feel: Smooth

Overall: Close, but alas no cigar. Kept trying to find a bit more sweetness buried within
the mix, but just could not sustain enough of it to adequately counterbalance all
the roasted coffee bitterness.

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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Midnight black with thin tan head after agressive pour into a tulip glass. S: Dark chocolate, roasted malts, expresso and toffee. T: Dark chocolate, coffee, toasted malt, vanilla and spice. F: Silky smooth. O: Top of my list. World class Porter.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Founders Brewing Company - Founders Porter. 6.5% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into standard pint glass. Bottled on 10/2/15

Look: Body is pitch black. Small fizzy light tan head from aggressive pour; dissipates into trace amounts of lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate, dark malt, roasted coffee, toffee, and toasty bread with a hint of smokiness.

Feel: Heavy bodied, with fair amount of carbonation. Thick and creamy.

Taste: Bitter chocolate, roasted coffee, and dark malts up front. Towards the back end, the toasty bread and smokey flavors appear, and settle into the aftertaste. Very rich flavors.

Overall: One of the first Porters I tried, and liked it ever since. Very nice combination of rich flavors, and creamy body make this truly enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**
11/20/2012
Bottle to Pint Glass
Aroma: Light Chocolate Coffee Dark Black Pour. Foamy Tan Head. Medium sized chunk's of a light colored sediment. Some lacing. Taste has a nice sharp sweetness. Yeast, Chocolate, Coffee, Tea. Light weight, with natural carbonation. A really nice beer. A bit light and weak, but very drinkable without being wimpy.
**

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Photo of bwood06
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a very tall, dark tan colored head that is frothy in appearance with a very slight creaminess. Head stays tall for a very long time. Some carbonation clinging to the sides to the glass. Beer itself is black and opaque with just a slight hint of brown at the very edge of the glass. Some fast rising carbonation visible at the very edge of the glass. 4.5/5

S - Dark toasted bready malt up front which is underscored by a bit of toffee, cereal, and vanilla. Espresso and dark chocolate also make their respective appearances. Very earthy but sweet as well. There is a bit of grassy hops as well. 4/5

T - Espresso up front is followed by a rich dark maltiness, vanilla, and toffee. This is quickly followed by dark chocolate and cereal (Grape Nut O's). More roasted than toasted in terms of flavor profile. There is a bit of leather and a doughy characteristic to the middle. The beer finishes out with a grassy hop note as well as a bit of woodiness that contributes to the earthy character of the beer. Light lingering bitterness but not much. 4.25/5

M - Very full bodied beer that is perfect for a cold day. Light on carbonation and has a bit of a milky/creamy characteristic to it. Slightly drying on the back end but not overly so. U[on swallowing the palate is cleansed and ready for another sip. 4.5/5

O - Very well rounded porter that balances between sweet, earthy, bitter nicely. Very good porter offering from Founders that is worthy of being repeatedly imbibed. 4.25/5

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a gentle dark brown close to black color-ed body with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated nicely letting off some speckled lacing roaming around the glass.
The smell started off with a robust piney hoppiness when this beer is fresh and then in age, this one lets the roastiness become the leading aroma with the piney-ness sliding into the background.
The taste was mainly robustly sweet with a profound bitterness of the hops embracing the flavors to combine eloquently. The aftertaste lends a hand to the blend between the bitterness and the sweetness.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a charging bitter harshness over my tongue. Carbonation feels good and does end up allowing the roastier side of the house pronouncing its power as the beer ages.
Overall, to me, I've always loved this American styled porter though through its life it changes a lot in its age. I'd still have again.

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Photo of GStone899
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Completely black with dark tan head. Chocolate, coffee and oak notes. Very creamy. As most dark brews, this one gets better as it warms. Really solid.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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