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
Reviews:
1,603
Ratings:
7,251
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
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Photo of Shumista
3.59/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Found one of these hiding in the back of my fridge from a while ago. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my pilsener glass

A- Founders Porter pours a pitch black with a small frothy brown head. Tons of lacing is left on the sides of the glass after each sip.
S- Lots of chocolate and roasted malt.
T- chocolate coffee and malts, with a light bitterness in the background. Nothing groundbreaking but very solid flavors.
M- I ranked this as a two, not because the mouthfeel is unpleasant or bad, but because for a porter it is way to heavy and thick I think. This beer looks, tastes and feels more like a stout to me.
D- I could drink a few more. The low abv is nice considering all the flavor that is here.

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Photo of Scrapss
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured into the bottle into a Turbinator.

A: Black. Brooding. some carbonation. Leads to 1.5 finger head down to a 1-2 mm disk. Nice lacing.

S: some bacon, smoky notes. Choco-malt. Smoked mild fish. Phenolics. This is definitely a smoky porter end of beer. This is definitely not Class of 88 deschutes/GLBC levels of smoked putridness. Subtle levels.

T: Bacon, smoked fish and the nose exactly and has that bitter smoked meat and porter character. Smooth. It's definitely on the verge of Rauchbier but smoother.

M: Creamy as all hell. Not as dry as I would expect, some creaminess offsets it. puckery smoke at ultimate finish. Out-breath is rough smoke and bitter campfire. It's robust!

O: I like milder porters but this brings the bacon so to speak. This stuff is definitely interesting and certainly world class.

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Photo of amphion1065
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. pour into a pint glass at Lord Hobo. Reviewed from notes.

Pours black, though the dim lighting in the bar may well have obscured a subtle cocoa shade. A really tight, quarter-finger brown head won't quit.

Pure, unadulterated milk chocolate. There's a hint of roast, and a touch of cola, but the chocolate is king here.

The taste is very milky and quite sweet. I can't help but be reminded of Hershey's chocolate milk, though there is a slight roasted bitterness that adds a pleasant complexity. Absent from this package is the metallic flavor that I often find creeps into porters. This is a treat.

Mouthfeel is great, full and velvety. It's lush, with an appropriately low level of carbonation.

A total win for me. Founders has made a beer that is totally approachable and inoffensive, but delicious enough to warrant repeat visits. A great example of the style.

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Photo of rodney45
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Completely opaque, with garnet outlines on the sides. Espresso foam colored head.

S: Slightly savory, almost meaty, no joke. Big malt and smokey aroma as well.

T: The first tastes are wood smoke, burnt oak, walnut and deep espresso. Charred or burnt meat is also present. Slightly bitter for a Porter with a nice hop profile. Light dry finish with a taste of semi sweet chocolate cookies.

M: lightly carbonated, but bitter for a porter.

O: Unique example of a porter. I can imagine drinking this in any industrial revolutionary wine sink in london. I like the burnt smoky flavor, but it might be a little bit over-done.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a opaque obsidian with two fingers of mocha colored head. Solid retention and lacing.

S: Coffee, dark roasted malts, caramel, dark fruits, and earthy hops.

T: Coffee, molasses, caramel, roasted malts, chocolate, and some slight bitterness from the earthy hops.

M: Full bodied, lightly carbonated, smooth and creamy like a porter should be.

O: A fantastic brew. Easily one of the best readily available American Porters. I frequently enjoy this brew and would recommend anyone to do the same.

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

Dark brown almost black color. Very thin carbonation on the pour with trace amounts of lacing down the line. Smells predominantly of chocolate with some prune-ish fruit and brown sugar in the background. Tastes very rich with chocolate and espresso really coming forward. The initially warm and toasty flavor grows even deeper as the the beer warms towards the end of the glass. Very creamy mouthfeel, almost lacking in carbonation for my taste. The richness is not spoiled by heaviness or syrup like some beers this heavy. An excellent porter. One of my favorite styles, and this is a winner.

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Photo of waldoiverson
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz into nonic

A: dark brown, slight ruby tone, silky looking brown foam with great lacing

S: chocolate, cola, toasted nuts and dark cherry

T: sweet, licorice, unsweetened cocoa, hint of smoke and char

M: medium body, nice carbonated bite, dry finish

O: this is exceptional.

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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 Marty30
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at 45 degrees into a pint glass.

A. Pours a thick black body with about a 1.5 inch mocha colored head. Nice carbonation. Head dissapates fairly quickly very little lacing.

S. Tons of roasted malts followed by milk chocolate and some cocoa. Brown sugar in there also.

T. Much like the smell, lots of roasted malts and milk chocolate get some coffee in there also, taste a little alchohol in the end. getting some earthy after taste. Very rich.

M. Very nice medium heavy mouth with good carbination.Coats the mouth all over.

D. This is an awesome Porter easily one of my favorites! This is my go to porter, could easily take down a sixer in a sitting. Every Porter fan must try this beer!

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Photo of MrOH
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black with brown highlights. Thick darkish tan head. Spotty lacing.

Lots of earthy cocoa upfront, with a caramel backbone, and dark fruit and vinous notes underneath. Some alcohol smells, but it works with everything.

Much the same as the nose, but the vine and fruit takes on a bigger role. Nice bitter hop bite in the middle, with the cocoa lingering in the finish. Some sweetness.

Smooth, full bodied, and lightly carbonated. Perfect.

One of my favorite porters, so I really can't say much more.

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

Served at cellar temperature in a Chimay goblet. Bottled 4/28/11

A = pours dark brown, 1/2 finger of quickly-dissipating head, little carbonation

S = chocolate, coffee, malt all with an overarching roasted theme

T = again, coffee and chocolate lead the way, hint of bitter hops in the end

M = very smooth, light on the carbonation

D = very drinkable, obviously not as big as their stouts but a nice beer overall, I will keep this in my rotation.

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Photo of Trevor11
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decent porter, better developed than most. Worth a shot, but I would recommend drinking it fresh as possible as mine was somewhat aged and possible oxidized a tad

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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 techfed87
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice mocha-colored head. Color is stark black as you would expect from a porter of this statute. Smell is a bit hoppier than I would expect a porter. Still a very dark malt scent on it, which is encouraging.

First sip is very well-rounded, turning out to be one of the bigger porters that I've had. Taste is dark and has many of the coffee/chocolate bitter qualities that make porter such a robust beer style that it is.

Mouthfeel is powerful without being over-powering. Aftertaste settles the beer nicely and confirms the overall smoothness.

Another great from Founders, try it sometime!

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Photo of stckhndlr
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Wow! This is a stout cunningly disguised as a porter. Super dark brown, almost black. 1 inch tan head on top. Only a pinch of light gets through this giving it dark ruby highlights around the edges.

S- Coffee up front. toasted chocolate and smokey.

T- Coffee and roasted hops. Good toasted flavor. Light caramel. Leaves a warm bitter coffee finish on your tongue. Complex flavors though.

M- This think has a very dry finish, like a red wine. Great body to it.

O- This is one of the best porters I have had. Great coffee flavor and wonderful sipper.

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4.25.14. Drank 10.17.14. Poured into a 16oz Shaker.

A: Hell yes, this beauty pours a rich opaque ebony with faint glimpses of ruby around the curvature of the glass, while forming a deep mocha head so pillowy I just want to take a nap in it. Two fingers, recedes slowly, and leaves smooth lacing all over the place.

S: I'd like to meet the man at Founders who when formulating this porter spoke up and said "what if we hop it?", because that man is a goddamn genius and should be recognized for his contribution to mankind. Molasses, caramel, bready malt, bitter bakers chocolate, smokey...all that usually good porter business, but wait! HOPS! Incredibly unique, incredibly delightful.

T: Dark roasted goodness. Heavy on the coffee...black, molasses, chocolate, and those goddamn hops.

M: Light creamy body, just the right amount of carbonation, no trace of alcohol, no lingering bitterness...despite the 45IBU, finishes with a little stickiness and a pleasant lingering roast.

O: In a category all its own.

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Photo of stercomm
4.75/5  rDev +12%

A - Pours an extremely dark brown, almost tar colored, nice small tan head, sticks to the glass very nicely.

S - Getting lots of roasted, toasty malts, some coffee, slight hint of baker's chocolate, some smokiness.

T - Out of this world good, creamy chocolate and coffee with the coffee more pronounced on the finish, smoky and toasty malts.

O - One of my favorite porters, a very sessionable beer as well

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Photo of bluHatter
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep dark black and thick looking. Mine didn't pour with a large head, but I've had this before when it gushed. This was recently bottled so I'm fairly sure it's not an age thing.

S: Rich milk chocolate, some really rich molasses aromas. Really pleasant.

T: Lots of cocoa, baker's chocolate or dark chocolate. Some toasted malts and coffee beans.

M: Thick and full bodied. Almost syrupy. Really creamy texture with enough carbonation to really make the flavors pop.

O: An excellent porter, especially for the dark chocolate lovers out there. I'm not sure what to make of the inconsistency in carbonation, but I'll overlook that since on both occasions, this brew was exceptional, with and without a head.

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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 MillRat
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If someone were to ask you what an American robust porter is, wordlessly handing them a bottle of this beer would be an answer that is hard to beat. Solid black beer with ruby highlights and a fine-bubbled cocoa head. Nose dominated by chocolate and coffee-ish roasted grain. Body is heavy, striking a nice balance between the malt sweetness and roast bitterness. lots of complex flavors of dark fruit, nuts, and caramel to keep your interest and reaching for the next round. Very much a "to-style" beer, it shows how much can be done while staying inside the lines.

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

Pours a nice black brown with a thin mocha head. This looks like what some lesser breweries would call their stout. Pours with a nice body and some viscosity.

Smells of toffee, roasted coffee beans, bits of charred wood, dry cocoa powde, some vanilla and oak characteristics as well.

Bitter dark chocolate, smoky tobacco, definite roasted malt characteristics. Unknown sweetness in the middle, with a mild bitter finish.

Medium bodied with the carbonation of an aged beer. Smooth, rich, almost creamy, and just a bit thinner than a stout.

This is on another level of most other porter's I have had. A perfect example of what a porter was many decades ago and needs to become again. Another top notch style representation from Founders.

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

The pour was rather thick. It had a very dark brown color. The pour produced a roasted looking head, but with little formation.

The aroma had some cool things working for it. It had a roasted coffee smell, a liquorish aroma at times, and an overall malty goodness.

As I expected the taste had a thickness to it. The taste was similar to the aroma. This had a really good robust flavor that was really smooth. It had a dry chocolate flavor, but not sweet. There was also a smooth roasted coffee flavor with a slight bitterness. A liquorish flavor showed up now and again along with dark fruits.

Conclusion: A good sipping porter. I had this while smoking a cigar and it was a great paring. This was an elegant porter and the price was very reasonable.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a tan head. Looks creamy!

S: Cocoa and coffee with some nuttiness.

T: Roasted chocolate, cocoa, toasted bread, caramel, and malt. Nice taste, but honestly I don't see what the hype is about. It is a very tasty beer, but there are an abundance of porters of just the same quality or better.

M: Medium to full. Velvety with a bubbly feel to it. Nice.

O: A good brew, but as said above: not anything super special. An awesome beer regardless!

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Photo of GarrettMD
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black with next to no head. Just a thin lacing of tan bubbles.

S - Very chocolate-y. Deep roasted chocolate with some coffee undertones. Nice balance of dark malts.

T - Same tastes as the aromas suggest, just balanced a little different. Roasted malts and coffee are the dominant flavor. Chocolate is still highlighted but pushed to the side.

M - Fairly thin-bodied. A lot thinner than I expected with the full aroma. Finish is slightly sweet and a little wet. Nice chocolate/vanilla aftertaste lingers for a while.

O - Very well balanced beer, sticks to what the aroma hints towards as far as taste. Overall, a very drinkable porter. Very sessionable as well, just don’t let it sit for too long. It becomes cloyingly sweet after it warms too much.

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Photo of Humulus85
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz bottle into my Darkness snifter. Bottled on 3/8/12

Pours an almost black with a one finger khaki head. Decent retention with little lacing.

Robust nose. Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, burnt caramel. An earthiness from the hops, but not strong hop aromas. A hint of booze.

This is a full flavored porter. Tons of dark chocolate, caramel and coffee upfront. A surprising amount of bitterness come through in the middle to end. A don't know if this is from the malt or hops but it's tasty, and keeps the sweeter malts in check. Balanced finish lingers with a kind of bitter chocolate flavor.

Full bodied and silky smooth. Modest carbonation helps coat the mouth well. Heavy, but still highly drinkable for the amount of flavor.

Overall this is a fabulous Porter. While slightly strong and bitter for the style it is still very drinkable. I like the extra IBUs, but I also like my beers on the bitter side too. I would definitely try this if you have access to it. Cheers!

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