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

BEER STATS
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1,562
Ratings:
7,093
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
19.81%
 
 
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Photo of tatoodkelt
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 9/17/09- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Deep black, like black hole black. No light even at the edges. Very tight bubbled half finger mocha head that faded almost instantly. Virtually no lacing.

S- Very rich and roasty. Light coffee smell in there too.

T- Almost a perfect match to the smell, just bolder.

M- Very slick, a little thinner than it looks but still medium bodied.

D- Super sessionable, I was trying not to rush and it was gone in no time. I picked it up as a single but I'll be looking for a six pack next time!

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Photo of Sensaray
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a frothy robust brown head. Dark brown body. A bit of lace down the glass.

Smells of hops, chocolate, coffee. The chocolate is most notable to me. It smells very good.

The chocolate and roasted coffee come out first. The finish does have some hoppy bitterness to it, but is always kept at bay the sweet malt flavors im getting. Hop spice up front.

Mouthfeel is creamy medium to heavy body with a dry finish. Spiciness is present.

Overall this smelled really good but I wasn't really feeling it. Worth a try.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bottle into tulip

appearance: solid black, tan 1 finger head, some lacing

smell: roasted malt, intense smokiness, some espresso/coffee aroma, dark chocolate, caramel, subtle vanilla

taste: dark chocolate, espresso, earthy hop bitterness on the tail end. For a Porter, this is pretty hoppy. This is very well balanced, smokiness and coffee flavors come out when it warms. Very, very smooth.

mouthfeel: full bodied and thick, lots of carbonation

overall: A very smoky, hoppy porter, this is another amazing brew from Founders. Did a blind test with Bells Porter and Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, this one wasn't as smooth as the Edmund, but hands down better than Bells. If you like dark, hoppy beer, you will enjoy this, very drinkable and lots of flavor complexities.

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Photo of natasharai
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured with a tan bubbly foamy head that dissipated quickly leaving very little lacing. The beer is completely black and lets no light through on the edges.

Smell: Strong roasted malt, chocolate, roasted coffee, and a slight fruity/berry sweetness.

Taste: Strong roasted flavor, chocolate, berry and plum flavors, ending with a slightly smokey wood flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thick body, low carbonation, sweet and sticky, small dry feeling.

Overall: Good drinkability, really big flavors, strong roasted malt balanced by the big sweetness. Great porter, a little bigger in flavor than most but not overwhelming.

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

Thanks to hopdiggitydawg for a great locals for locals trade.

pours straight black with one finger of khaki head that recedes to nice thin layer. The aroma is really strong with roasted malts. Lots of chocolate and coffee, some roastiness, some dark fruits with a touch of alcohol. Taste is a like the nose with a really strong chocolate and coffee with just enough bitterness to balance it out. The mouthfeel is appropriate for the style. Definitely a nice porter, wish it was distributed to my area.

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

Stars should be afraid of this beer, as Im sure if they get to close they will be sucked into its black void. Inky black, with a nice dark tan head that retains beutifully. Aroma is of dark chocolate and woody hops hops. Bitter, chalky bakers chocolate up front with a smooth sweetness in the middle. Finishes with a smooth roast and firm bitterness. Slight earthy hop flavour as well. Medium bodied and very smooth. Big on the chocolate flavour and very smooth. Another stellar Founders beer that I wish I didnt have to drive an hour round trip to get.

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Photo of nickadams2
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours a thick viscous black with a thick tan head with nice retention. Some lacing.

S_Dark chocolate , espresso,roasted malt. Picking up some hops.

T_Bitter chocolate and coffee.Creamy vanilla too. Pretty roasty. Little hoppy in the after taste. Nice dry finish.

M_Thick,creamy smooth, and full bodied goes down nicely.

D_Great session beer or sipper depending on your mood. Very nice porter overall.

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Photo of bareju
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lots of chocolate notes, a hint of coffee, with a bitter finish. Not your typical porter - reminds me of a chocolate stout, with a pretty full mouthfeel, though not as creamy or thick or sweet as a chocolate stout. The lack of sweetness makes this fairly easy drinking, and probably would be an excellent go-to winter beer.

I actually prefer a more complex flavor profile than this delivered, although what it did it did very well.

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Photo of pvsob
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown, basically black color with a one-finger tan head. The head fades slowly leaving average lacing and a thin film.

S- Charred malt, smoke, coffee, caramel, chocolate, earthy hops, and just a touch of alcohol. There's a faint fruitiness to it as well.

T- Deep roasted malts in the beginning give way to a nice coffee flavor in the middle. Earthy hops mix with some alcohol spiciness in the finish. Touches of smoke and caramel show up post swallow.

M- Has a Stout-like feel to it. Very smooth with a medium level of carbonation.

D/O- This is a really good take on an American style Porter. This is, in fact, one of my all-time favorite Porters. Founders did one hell of a job on this one. I will definitely buy this again. Recommended. Cheers.

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

From tasting notes on 9-6-11
Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance: Pitch black, with a two-finger creamy toasted mallow head that settles very slowly and has heavy retention--thin an sticky all the way down the glass.

Smell: Chocolate, roasty malts, woody undertones.

Taste: Coffee, dark chocolate, big roasty character-almost smoky taste. The coffee taste comes on stronger near the finish, along with a roasted nut (peanut) aftertaste. The balance is exceptional, and the beer has a nice big malty complex flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Thick, heavy beer with mild to moderate carbonation, thick and smooth. There is great balance and feel to this beer.

Overall: A truly exceptional and robust porter, one that is a must-try and to which I will soon return!

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Photo of dmfrench
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A huge, balanced, stoutlike American Porter.

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A: Opaque black with burgundy edges when held to a light.

S: Quite a nosefull... lots of deeply charred malt, coffee, prune, cocoa... much like a stout.

T: Matches the nose well with perfectly balanced sweet burnt malt and fruity hops.

M: Pretty much perfect... creamy, heavy, like a stout.

D: As drinkable as can be... glides down easy and sits like a meal.

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

A: Pitch black with a dark brown head. Excellent head and lacing. It looks Dark, Rich and Sexy!

S: Deep roasted chocolate malts with some coffee and smoke notes. There is a slight boozyness to it as well.

T: Bitter-sweat chocolate. The flavour is incredibly smooth, creamy and balanced flavour. Perfect example of the style.

M: It has a very smooth and silky body, I would prefer it to have a bit more carbonation though.

D: I wish there was a little more depth to the flavor. However, I can't really think of a better example of a porter than this. For me, it is on par with Black Butte. You can't really get a better porter.

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

Near black, with a dark tan, one-finger head. Not much lacing.

Smells of sweet, mellow chocolate, mellowed still by some caramel. But mostly chocolate. Beautiful.

Taste is very chocolatey as well but it's a milk chocolate. Very mellow. Full bodied. Dried by some caramel. Bit of coffee roast to bitter it up.

Nicely blended. The taste just keeps developing after each sip. It encourages you to take time between sips to soak up all the layers. Well done.

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

A- bottle poured into a pint glass. Poured dark and had small amounts of amber on the sides. Not much thought. Pretty black. Nice lacing with a nice tan head about a finger.

S- Love the smell. Coffee and roasted malts with a hint of chocolate. Very nice smell!

T- Sweet coffee with hints of chocolate but not much. The coffee really comes through but not overwhelming. I get a bread taste near the backside. This is how a porter should be!

M- The feel is prefect. Smooth and thick! No much carbonation in which i actually love from a porter.

O- Everything a porter should be. Its my favorite drinkable founders beer. I can take a 6 pack and just drink it all night. Once again founders has done it. Perfection!

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Photo of fropones
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice black with a thin mocha head that dissipates quickly.

S - Roasted malt, unsweetened chocolate, vanilla, molasses, a hint of bourbon.

T - A bit of hop bitterness up front followed by tons of roasted and caramel malt. Some sweetness to it. More chocolate as well as some grapefruit pith from the hops. Some darker fruits in here as well. Raisins, plums, and a hint of figs.

M - Nice low carbonation, creamy, medium bodied.

D - Nice and drinkable. An excellent brew for this cold December Illinois afternoons.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Black, Black, Black, with a great mocha hued
head.

S: Coffee, chocolate toastiness with the malt
and hop in perdfect balance.

T: Deep rich malt flavors with understated cocoa
coffee, and a slight hop finish

D/M: Rich and creamy with a body that allows
for service at breakfast, lunch, or dinner

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Photo of jtingue
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance. Dark brown in color, impossible to see through. Pours with a finger and a half of tan head. This dissipates to a nice layer on top of the brew. Nice lacing left on the side of the glass.

Smell. Chocolate malt and roasted coffee intoxicate the nostrils. The smell is so strong and thick that it starts to burn the inside of your nose. A slight hint of berries mixes with the chocolate and roasted scents, making for a quite enjoyable experience.

Taste. Malty bitterness is the first flavor to hit the palate. Sweet, latte or cappuccino like coffee comes next. Another round of malty bitterness separates the coffee form great bittersweet chocolate flavors which come along with that hint of berry that was picked up in the smell. Yet another round of bitterness occurs just before a more sweet chocolatey finish.

Mouthfeel. Surprisingly thick body for a porter, but not yet to the level of a stout. This is helped quite a bit by a moderate to high level of carbonation. Overall it is really light, yet creamy.

This brew is in a heated competition for my favorite porter with the great Edmund Fitzgerald... Awesome

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Photo of Carolvs
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

A Top 10% Porter for sure, although not as silky smooth as its Anchor Brewery counterpart. Anunmistakable malty-chocolate bite soaks through the membranes in your mouth leaving a strong yet pleasant aftertaste. Pitch-black in appearance although not much of a head and lacing (at least not from the bottle I poured).

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

Has all the standard properties of a porter/stout, except that it is a bit sweeter than most. A very smooth brew, easy to drink, with very little hop bite. What I find missing in this and many of the high quality porters/stouts is uniqueness. They all seem to taste about the same to me. Nice balance, blah, blah, blah. I'm continually searching for one that dares to be different. Unfortunately, very few of them.

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Photo of greybeardloon
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on April 7, 2011.

A: Black with a thick head that retains well. Significant lacing.

S: Chocolate and a touch of char. The smell is somewhat subdued, but when I swirl the glass, I get a very strange smell I can't place.

T: Again, sweet roasted, chocolaty malt followed and offest by a faint burned and smokey bitterness. I pick up some earthy and maybe minty hops.

M: Medium full and terrifically creamy.

O: This is a well balanced and very drinkable beer. It's hot and sticky out, yet I'm still

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Photo of kdoc8
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to KJK for getting this to me! Serving was in a bottle poured into a pint glass. Very dark black in color and a thin, brown, foamy head, with some nice lacing going on in the swirl. Taking a whiff of it the first thing that comes to mind is chocolate, but then there's also some cherry...some oaky-ness, some espresso and some just good old ethanol. When it first hits the palate it's very smooth with almost no taste. Then as it starts to sink in there's a lovely blend of smooth, rich chocolate, along with a pleasantly bitter roasty flavor and the coffee/espresso taste starts to come in a few moments after swallowing. Very smooth and very drinkable. Rich, dark and sexy indeed!

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

poured into tulip from bottle.

This is as black a porter as I have seen. Head is deep brown, almost a deep reddish hue. Sticky lacing as well.

Smell is heavy on the roasted malts, a bit nutty, earthy quality and malty but also get a definite piny hop aroma, not used to that in most porters (excluding Alpha Klaus).

Taste is all dark chocolate to start, then coffee and malt kicks, with some hops to make for bitter finish. There is a smoky quality as well, even reminiscent of bacon.

Heavier than others I've tried, a bit thick. As much as I love Great Lakes porter, at first blush, this is every bit it's equal. Another exceptional Founders beer. Would love to try this fresh on tap.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

This guy pours almost pitch black... I can't really get any light to come through the glass! A nice creamy mocha colored head.

Nose is sweet, roasty, and creamy with slight hints of red berry and vanilla.

Low carbonation with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and light, sweet finish.

Overall a very pleasant porter. Slightly sweet, but clean and well-rounded. Will drink again.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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