Founders Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
7,336
Reviews:
1,630
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
Wants:
435
Gots:
1,640
For Trade:
22
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Photo of augustgarage
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of jctribe25 (thanks!) - bottled mid-February I think (date is worn off); poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Seal brown liquid, opaque with a fawn collar. Light lacing, decent retention, despite the lack of a sizable head.

Roast malt, coffee with creamer, and a touch of licorice in the nose.

The flavor profile is much the same as the aroma, though with a nice depth of rich scalded malt, espresso, and a touch of molasses, though the finish is dry overall. Some cocoa comes across in the aftertaste.

Creamy, well carbonated...

One of the better porters out there actually - robust, flavorful, quite drinkable.

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Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Served up black in color with a hint of light coming through and a thick frothy tan head that wanted to stick around a while.

S: Lots of roasted and burnt malt up front with some coffee ans peat smoke. Molasses and brown bread in the nose too with a bit of herbal and spicy hops. Not much though for the hops. Finish is a bit ashy in the nose.

T: Clean and roasty all the way with a good deal of burnt and smoky malt. Dark coffee and an earthy spicy hop not are the bittering flavors. Mostly chewy and bready malt goodness.

M: Pretty full body for a Porter with some chewiness to it and a crisp yet smooth carbonation.

D: Heavy for a Porter which is how I like it and it had some great balance to it making it easy to drink.

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Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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

12oz bottle (bottled xx/31/11) received via trade - forget who sent it; sorry. Poured into a weizen glass because I'd already been using it.

Dark brown/black color with mahogany edges where the light shines through. Thin tan head.

Aroma is rich chocolate, dark roasty malt, and a hint of vanilla.

Taste is rich and roasty, sharply bitter, with some chocolate.

The balance is good in this porter and it's rich and flavorful. Far less watery than some other porters I've tried lately. This is one of the best porters I've had, although admittedly it's never been my favorite style.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown/black, opaque, with a minimal head of light tan. Minor lacing as you drink.

S - Roasted malts, with slight mineral notes. Coffee and chocolate are manifest.

T - A strong hit of coffee and burnt toast, roasty goodness on a malt backbone. Sweet chocolate and bitter nibs are delicious counterpoints. Some bitter hops comes through, as well, and it fades slowly through the close.

M - Low carbonation, silky coating, but the dry finish clears things and makes sure the beer does not become cloying.

O - This is exactly the kind of drinking experience I look for in a porter. Without the heaviness of a stout, this remains smooth and drinkable, with the chocolate and coffee notes I enjoy most. The hops are a reasonable counterpoint, and do not become overly aggressive. I'll be picking up a 6 pack the next time I'm looking for a porter.

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Photo of TastyIsBeer
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of rkarimi
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Bottled on 12/21/11. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours nearly black with deep reddish-brown hues when held to light, produces a finger of tan head, fades quickly but leaves good lacing.

S- Charred malts and powdery dark chocolate.

T- Dominated by big roasted malts with some chocolate and char, solid dose of hops provides a nice bitter finish with more sweet chocolate and a bit of fruit.

M- Full-bodied, smooth and creamy with the right amount of carbonation to keep it highly drinkable.

O- A new contender in my list of favorite porters, I'd be happy drinking this all day.

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Photo of meanmutt
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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 swanfungus
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pin
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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

Photo of GeoffreyM
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of emottram
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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

Photo of ALC82
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JKV96
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of GOBLIN
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Founders Porter . . . Probably the only Founders beer not over rated, and I do mean that ! Terrific porter in every way. Hits all the right keys and sings in tune. Well done.

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Photo of KJ2013
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of granger10
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Everything about this beer screamed that it was a good, solid porter but probably nothing more. It had a lighter dark purple/red color to it. The aroma gave me little and the taste didn't knock me back either. It seemed well balanced with a chocolate flavor at the beginning, a creamy texture in the middle, and a little hoppiness in the finish. Good but nothing spectacular. The porter also went down easily but very rich when warmed up a bit. This beer is rich, dark, and sexy.

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Photo of BUNZILLA
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 7,336 ratings.
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