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Founders Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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 Sammy
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewer 3 months ago. Pours jet black with lots of brown foam in head, that leaves a spider lace trail. Aroma of roasted malts, and a hint of mollasses. As we drink through the pint, chocolate malts are noticed in aroma as well as taste. Drying in middle, a bit like an Irish dry stout. Carbonation is right there, and refreshing. Anise and chocolate in residual, along with roasted barley "coffee grounds".Great porter.Average mouthfeel, smooth drinking.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bobhits for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch khaki head that fades to a thin cap. Thin rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark roasted malts, coffee beans, cocoa powder, and an earthy note. Taste is very much like the smell with cocoa powder covered coffee beans being the main flavor of this beer. There is a very slight bitterness and acidity on the palate after each sip. The carbonation level is low which makes for a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good porter from Founders. It definitely deserves its place in the top 10 of the style.

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Photo of acurtis
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Second beer in a mini Porter tasting: Founders Porter poured into english pint glass.
Dark thick pour. Very dark brown head. Thicker, darker and smokier than the GLEFP. Sweet aroma of chocolate, coffee, dark malt, vanilla with some smoke. Smooth and creamy, taste of roasted malt, molasses, chocolate, coffee. Very different than GLEFP, not as drinkable but a more creamy full mouthfeel. Exceptional.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Half finger milk chocolate head with some lacing. dark black without light passing through.

A: lots of chocolate with dark roast and coffee notes. The smell is very sweet.

T: mostly dark roasted malt and coffee with the choclate in the sweet finish and less doimianting than in the aroma. A decent hop bitterness intermixed.

M: thick and full bodied, light to moderate carbonation, very smooth.

Overall: A very drinkable porter. Porter is one of my least favorite genres however this is a very good beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a good porter, if a tad over-hyped. pours a rich coffee color into a pint glass with a dark brown head ony half an inch tall. smells like coffee and chocolate, but not overly intense. more sort of blended in with all the roasted malts. flavor is very well balanced with only a touch of sweetness at the end. i also pick up some vanilla in this beer and some tea-like flavors, a little hard to place actually. mouthfeel is nice, plenty of body, more like a stout. i really liked the heavier feel of this one. the bold flavors demand it. carbonation is about average, works just fine. overall this is a delicious porter worthy of high praise, but i dont think its in my top five. i will have to revisit this one soon.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a deep brown color with a fast fading head on top. The head comes and goes just leaving a thin ring around the glass. The smell of the beer has a chocolatey roasted aroma with a very minimal hop aromas on the nose. The taste of the beer had a really nice deep and long lasting roasted flavor. There is a blend of chocolate in there too and even a hint of what I think tastes like roasted marshmallow. The mouthfeel is a moderate carbonation, but also has a creamy smooth body too. Overall this is really good, it's boarderline stout in my opinion but either way it's a great beer.

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Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured dark black with a small mocha head.
S: The aroma consists dark, roasted malts with faint hints of chocolate and coffee notes.
T: The flavors are very well balanced between dark roasted malts in the initial taste and bitter hops in the finish.
M: It feels relatively smooth and medium-bodied on the palate; the finish is slightly dry.
D: The drinkability is excellent.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Imaculately balanced and with the creamy malt textures expected from a great porter, but with the classic citrus hop bitterness that makes it uniquely American.

The pour delivers a handsome, firm appearance of dark, dark brown hue that can easily be confused with a stout. Great head formation crawls to the top of the class and laces beautifully as the beer fades. No real knock on the appearance at all.

Simple and pure aromas of dominant coffee and barley malt backbones. Quite light on the fruits with only a slight hint of cherries and licorice. Bittersweet cocoa also play a minor role. Hop aromas give a light grassy, piney freshness to the beer. Not overly complicated, just simple and near error free.

Again, coffee flavor dominates the mouth. Not quite espresso, but a good French Roast character. Cocoa powder and hops again show lesser roles and take a deep backseat to the coffee. Fruity esters fade far into the distance and are hardly worth mentioning to the taste. Hop flavors bring out a fresh piney, grassy flavor that affirm the hoppy aromas. Interesteingly enough, there is very little sweetness to the beer- no real caramel, residual sweetness, or confection quality.

Initially malty-rich textures lighten just a touch to make the beer easier to drink. Otherwise dry, powdery, and hoppy bitter. At times the roasted grains play a little harshly on the throat but disquise themselves nicely in the hop bitterness.

The beer is very well attenuated and malty. No real flaw to the beer but it seems to lack that 'it' quality that ranks it among the best. A bit more chocolatey, caramelly sweetess would help to offset the bitterness from the sharp coffee, cocoa, and hops.

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Photo of largadeer
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottles from Tyson. Thanks again.

Pours black, completely opaque in the glass with a huge three finger dark brown head that retains remarkably well, leaving webs of lace clinging to the glass.

The aroma is of chocolate and roasted grain, coffee and carob.

Roasty on the palate, dry and robust with flavors of coffee, burnt toast and carob showing up mid-palate. Medium-full in body, rich in flavor but impressively drinkable. It finishes semi-sweet with a lingering baker's chocolate bitterness. Exceptional stuff.

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks like a stout, with an obsidian colored liquid topped by a creamy beige head that sticks and laces

Smell: Rich and roasty, with an espresso character and a smokey element

Taste: Burnt bread and chocolate, up front, with a dart in the direction of espresso and pithy bitterness by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors blend together but the finish is decidedly hoppy, though a touch of roast lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Rich, full-bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Really pushes the line on what I would call a porter, but I really like it

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a nice thick foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate is quite powerful and interesting. Taste is a nice mix between some black chocolate notes with medium roasted malt notes though the overall mix is balanced by just enough sweetness. Body is full and has a super nice creamy texture with good carbonation. Very well brewed and something I wouldn’t mind having on a regular basis.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, from a visit to Dearborn, Michigan a few weeks ago. At least now I know what the hell "Rouge" means for the Ford Motor Co.

This beer pours a solid black, with very slight cola edges, and two fingers of thick foamy, melted marshmallow tan head, which leaves some decent arching lace around the glass as it settles. The aroma is lightly roasted caramel malt, mild coffee grounds, and a bit of boozy chocolate candy. The taste is toasted, grainy malt, chocolate caramel, a mild creamy, sour milkiness, and soft earthy, piney hops. The carbonation is quite laid back, the body medium-full in weight, somewhat creamy, and decidedly smooth. It finishes resplendent in coffee/chocolate laden malt, assailed on both sides by a lingering lactic tang, and persistently understated hops.

An enjoyable American porter, big all around, and with a nod to London Porters of old. Dark, rich, and sexy? Sure, why not, you've earned it.

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Photo of emerge077
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 14 oz. tumbler and the head rose exactly to the rim. About a finger of dark tan mocha foam, with a sticky ringed web of lace. After a few minutes it settled to a skim with groups of larger bubbles here and there. The head could have used more staying power, but it wasn't a big deal. Light couldn't seem to penetrate the inky darkness of this Porter.

Warm roasty aroma, dark Belgian chocolate, dark roast coffee, and pipe tobacco. Rich and silky feel, mild bitterness, earthy char, layered espresso and dark chocolate that fans out in waves. Pretty rich, one or two should just about do it. Very tasty, and probably among the top 1-2 American Porters i've tasted.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jampics2 for sending a bottle of this my way.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a beautiful tan head and plenty of lacing as it makes its way down.

S: Loads of roasted malt alongside a fair amount of chocolate.

T: Roast and sweet malt combine together with chocolate and hints of coffee.

M: Very nice. A bit dry; nice and full.

D: One of the better porters that I've had; I would expect nothing less from Founders.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$2.29 at the Four Firkins. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a shitty hotel highball glass in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof. I love this brewery.

Served after a warming period following its removal from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beautiful tan colour head of very nice luscious cream, great thickness, and good retention for the relatively high ABV. Colour is a solid nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Assertive coffee, coffee bitterness, dark malts, cream, and caramel. Minimal detectable hops. A strong assertive aroma. Biting bitterness. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Strong assertive coffee bitterness, a dark malt foundation, cream up front, caramel, dark chocolate, mild hop bitterness (but in a balanced sense), and more of that chilled strong coffee. A well balanced if overly assertive flavour profile. I like it. One of the ballsier porters I've had in a long time.

Mf: Smooth, wet, a touch thin. Good if understated carbonation. Suits the flavours well.

Dr: A good beer for iced coffee lovers. And it's a porter for a reason; it doesn't drink like a senselessly smooth wannabe stout. Another solid brew from Founder's, and definitely one I'd have again - especially on draught. Well priced for the high quality. That said, Founders has better beers at this price point (namely Breakfast Stout).

I wouldn't age this. Drink fresh or fairly fresh.

Would pair well with bitter chocolate or mild nuts.

B

*I've adjusted the overall score to get the letter grade I want in order to keep my reviews fair and consistent. Please see my profile for more information.

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02/19/14 Update: Retried it in a more proper setting.

B-

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Photo of zeff80
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, foamy, caramel colored head. It left soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, tons and tons of chocolate. Some roasted malt and floral aromas, too.

T - This beer has a great chocolate taste with a slight coffee taste. Nice roasted malt flavor, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a subtle creaminess. A medium-bodied beer.

D - I love this porter. Great chocolaty flavor.

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Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always good to get my hands on new stuff from my home state.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep near black dark brown with some ruby highlights thruought,a thinner but well sustained mocha colored head atop.A mix of earth,roasted nut,and dark chocolate in the nose with lingering fruit.Alot of complexity and nuance on the palate,starting out with some sweeter chocolate and dark fruit melding into big earth and some rawness in the finish with a bit of espresso roast coffee.Wow for a "standard" porter this is hella top notch,awesome.

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

A - pours with two fingers of tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles slowly and leaves moderate lace.

S - a strongly roasty aroma with coffee and a bit of chocolate.

T - smoky coffee and some dark chocolate up front. A little bit of spice comes out in the middle with notes of chicory and licorice. Finishes with lots of coffee and moderate malt bitterness.

M - a fairly thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - nicely done, this is a bit on the thick side for a porter, but very well balanced and flavorful.

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

Pours black with a dark tan head which yields sheet lace. Roast, dark chocolate and cocoa powder aroma. Taste follows nose with some faint coffee notes. Overall a solid porter.

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Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founders is one of my fav breweries, just gotta get around to review more of their beers. Can't wait to try this one.

A: A thick almost black 1/2 finger head rises and sticks around for a while over a pitch black luscious looking beer.

N: Lots of malts on the nose. Some chocolate, lots of roast, some luscious dark chocolate malts, slight sweet malts, and just overall darkness. A very slight hop aroma as well.

T: Lots of luscious malts. Mostly roasted and chocolate malts, and lots of coffee. A nice bitterness with some spicy hops. A chewy malt composition adds lots of dark malts, chocolate, and slightly bitter acidic earthy charred malts. A slight salty soy sauce flavor comes through as well. It is smooth and slightly velvety with a slight chocolate milk feel.

M: Semi thick, luscious, velvety, spicy acidic, lower but OK carbonation.

F: Semi bitter with lots of roast and charred malts, and some nice hop flavors to help. Lingering salty soy sauce though. Some Hoppy bitterness blends with more roasted charred coffee earthy bitterness that linger a bit. Some more coffee lingering. A nice finish for a humbling porter, out of all the Founders beers, not one of the best, but still a great beer as Founders has some amazing beers.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Raven's eye black with the slightest glimmer of sepia along the edges. Thanks to a barely audible escape of CO2 on crown cracking, the beer received a high-altitude pour. The end result was two fingers of dark caramel colored foam that is some kind of creamy. Nice lace too.

The label includes the tagline 'Dark, Rich & Sexy', which pretty much describes the aroma. It smells like there's a generous amount of black and/or roasted malt in here... and quite a few hops as well. 45 IBUs is pretty impressive for an American porter (if you're a hophead).

Founders never ever skimps on flavor. Porter is full to bursting with porterishness, which makes all the difference when compared with most other craft versions of the style. We aren't talking Edmund Fitzgerald good, but this is damn tasty beer that has the malt-hop yin-yang thing working like a dream.

What a tasty treat! These guys should seriously think about kicking up ingredients and the ABV. Then again, they have such an outstanding array of big-ass stouts that this offering is perfectly situated in the lineup. Never mind.

The flavor profile includes dark chocolate, dark caramel, a splash of black coffee and a big shot of grapefruit juice, courtesy of what must be a generous amount of Centennial hops (or something similar). Warming doesn't broaden, but it does deepen.

The mouthfeel falls *just* short of the next highest score. A fraction more silky creaminess would have gotten it there with no trouble at all. It's improving over time, but the beer is disappearing so fast that time is running out. Quickly.

Choosing between Bell's and Founders as the best brewery in Michigan is an impossible task for me. Having said that, Founders Porter puts quite a bit of ballast on the Grand Rapids end of route 131. Next time I'll go for the sixer, not just the single.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a glass.

Pours a nice deep black with several fingers of chocolate brown foam. This settles down into a thin creamy retention that skims the surface, leaving a nice looking thick coating of spotty lacing and brown oils behind. This was definitely one of the darkest Porter pours that I've ever seen. Just a great look here. The aroma is quite dark and toasty smelling, with a dominate roasted malt presence and coffee notes adding a definite bite to the nose. Thick chocolate and caramel sweetness form a beefy smelling undercurrent that raises this bouquet up.

The taste is very similar to the aroma, with an even balance between the roast and sweetness in this. Dark roasted chocolate malt character imparts both a toasty bitterness AND thick sweetness to the profile, while accents of acrid coffee and sweetened caramel adding an extra layer to the taste while still evening each other out. Finishes with a trailing mix of malt and bitterness that hangs lovingly on the palate. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied with a lower feeling but still smooth carbonation that gives off a nice thick feel in the mouth. Wow, the lingering roastiness of this is just great!

Wow, what a fantastic Porter! Hugely full flavored and tasty, with a great drinkibility for a 6.5% beer. This is probably one of the best in the style that I've had and it's awesome that Founders has put this out in bottles now. I need to keep more of this around!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Dispenses an onyx black body sporting a tall, proud-looking, dark tan head with plenty of staying power and substantial lacing.

Smell: Rich malty nose of bold, roasty coffee beans, melty bittersweet chocolate bars, licorice sticks, and moist dark fruits. A delightfully sultry scent, indeed.

Taste: The firm roastiness leads in the taste, with a flavor of strong coffee unabashedly laced with chocolate sauce, licorice, and a hint of real vanilla bean. Amply sweet throughout. Dark fruitiness buried within the heady maltiness. Roasty, earthy bitterness. Shot of cream. Long, leisurely, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth, succulent creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It's really pushing at the boundary line between porters and stouts. A sterling, tasty robust porter from ole Founders and one I freely, even cheerfully recommend to others.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed a bottle of this at State Spirits the other week. One of the founders beers I had yet to try, I dove right in. Served cold and poured into a pint glass to warm up, this one was consumed on 03/31/2009.

What a pour. Black as night with a rich tan colored head that reached a height of at least two inches before settling down to a respectable inch of head that did not go away. Lots of chocolate and coffee leading the way here. Hints of molasses as well. Huge flavor here, maybe the best tasting porter I have come across. Lots of cocoa and chocolate, rich, huge flavor with a smooth creaminess that was second to none in my eyes. Really fantastic balance here as the chocolate really starts to come out as it warms. Lots of flavor here with a ton of mellow notes that were just all over the place. Nice tight, dry finish as it fades off into the night, this was a great way to end my evening.

Overall a very solid beer. One of the best i have had as a standard porter in a long, long time. I would have no issue going after thi one any day.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coffee, chocolate and smoky roasted malts, with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very malty with strong & smoky flavors of black coffee, milk chocolate and dark fruits. There's just the right amount of sweetness and a mild but complimentary hops presence. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is very nice porter to drink for a long time.

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