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
Reviews:
1,563
Ratings:
7,116
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
19.81%
 
 
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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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Photo of JoePat
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a tulip shaped glass.
This beer pours a very dark brown if not black with a dark tan 1.5-2 finger head.
The smell is of roasted malts and dark chocolate.
You get a lot of bitter chocolate roasted malt in the flavor as well.
The beer is so smooth creamy mouth feel and is extremely drinkable. This is by far my favorite porter.

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

Poured into a pint glass

A: Dark Brown, almost black with a tiny tan head that gives way instantly

S: Big roast aroma, similar to an iced coffee. Hints of chocolate as well, but the roastiness domintaes.

T: Big dark chocolate characteristics in the taste. Slight bitterness from the chocolate, with a perfectly balanced roasted malty backbone

M: Very smooth, and thinner than the appearance. No hint of alcohol to be found.

O: Excellent interpretation of style. Extremely well balanced flavor, with just the right amount of roast and bitterness from the chocloate.

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Photo of Steamer
4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The pour produces a two fingered khaki colored head. This dissipates slowly taking on a pillowy appearance. The liquid is completely opaque. A strong expresso aroma. Tastes of burnt toast, sweet coffee, a little maltiness.... exceptionally well balanced. Silky smooth mouthfeel with just a little carbonation. One of the best porters I've had the pleasure of sampling. This will be a regular!

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

served in a snifter

Pours black with a half finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving nothing but a rim of tiny bubbles after a few moments. The main thing I get from the nose is rich sweet caramel malt, with coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and a faint herbal hop presence. A delicious-smelling porter. The taste also has big sweet caramel malt notes but the coffee comes out a lot more and combines with it. It's moderately to highly carbonated to make every flavor note pop, and it finishes dry with a lingering but subtle bitterness from the hops. An exquisite beer!

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

Had on tap at Porter's in Easton, PA

Poured into a pint glass. Very dark with little head, although you can clearly see some lively carbonation. Smell is fabulous, there is so much there, it's malty/sweet/bready/etc. Taste is a bit more subdued, but still very reminiscent of the smell. Mouthfeel is very heavy, very nice. I could easily down a few of these in a row and that incredible aroma and great taste would be awesome.

Overall a great representation of what I think of as being one of the toughest styles to pin down to a specific flavor.

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

This is one amazing brew. This porter poured a very black and dark, bold chocolate color. This was a very viscous pour. It had a very nice brownish/tan head that hung around for a view moments that faded away. Leaving a wonderful wall of tanish/brown lacing.

The aroma from this brew is also amazing. A really strong, but crisp aroma of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and a bit of toasted nuts.

Taste sticks out on this one. The front of this brew has a strong coffee flavor that is muddled together with a great bitter dark chocolate and roasted malts that just give this beer a nice smokey finish.

Mouthful is wonderfully creamy. Low carbination helps this brew go down very easy, even with such a high ABV. With how visicous this brew is, it isn't as think as you would expect.

Drinkablity on this one is pretty good. For a porter, you sometimes expect to have a very heavy, overbearing kind of brew, but this one is right on. With great roasted flavors without the heavy load. Great job by Founders on this one.

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Photo of Yagman3000
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz. bottle into a fluted pint glass.

Appears a really rich deep brown with a tiny touch of rosy glow. There's a cool thin creamy head resting on top.

Smells of dark chocolate with dark roasted coffee.

Tastes of coffee with some boozy notes. A little darker and more stout like than what I had imagined.

Mouthfeel is ok. The head doesn't bring out too much creaminess and there's a little bit of a booze burn.

Overall a pretty good beer but not at the great level. I imagine this might lose some of it's warmth if given some time to rest.

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Photo of paxchristi
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first Founders brew. Yeah, it was worth the wait.

Appearance: Pours an intense jet black with chocolate brown, frothy head that looks a bit creamy near the top of the class. Pretty good looking porter. I wish the head would have stayed longer and left just a bit more lacing. But it was

Smell: Some very deep, creamy semi-sweet chocolates, moderately medium-bodied coffees, and some very smooth malts. If I could dream of what a porter should smell like, it should smell like this. Moderately dark flavors balanced by medium malts to create a dangerously smooth porter. Totally full aroma that leaves a bit of a hop sting in the nostrils.

Taste: The mighty nose is a mighty palate with a slightly bitter finish. It always ends to a very nutty aftertaste that sums of the mastery of this brew. THe slight dryness presented by the hops complements the slight bitter finish of the coffees and malts. Damn good.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and appropriately carbonated for a porter. Totally silky smooth.

Overall: Brilliant brew. Balanced, thoughtful, rich, dark, and sexy! This brew is as advertised. Will seek out again and again and again!

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice thick black with a dark brown 3/4 inch head and some residue from the bottom. Nice fairly sweet smell. You can taste the alcohol. Has a nice thickness to it and typical porter taste. Great mouthfeel. This one competes with the best from Europe.

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

Poured into a pint glass
A-Dark black creamy mocha head 1/2 inch good lacing that quickly dissolves
S-Chocolate, coffee
T-Roasty coffee, with some chocolate,little black licorice
M-Good, some carbonation not as thick and creamy as your might think given the aroma and the appearance of the head
O-Fine tasting beer on a cool fall evening

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Photo of legalpete19340
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a thick black viscous liquid with a big sticky head that clung to the glass.

S: Big dark chocolate with cappuccino and dark roasted malt.

T: Rich flavors of mocha, dark chocolate, dark roasted malt flow in and out then a smack of bitterness and earthiness from hops. Not overly chocolatey. Roasty.

M: Big and velvety with the right amount of noticeable carbonation.

O: Big, dark and sexy just like the bottle says. Very drinkable.

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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 T100Mark
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Classy label/bottle.

Appearance - Pitch black color (a bit of a ruby color if held up to the light). Big, course, lumpy, tan colored head. Big lace. A feast for the eyes!

Smell - Big. Toasty. Chocolate.

Taste - Sweet malt flavor up front. Charred steak. Semi-sweet chocolate. A moderate hop bitterness that complements, perfectly, the big malt taste. Dry finish. Wow!

Mouth - Oily. Good carbonation.

Overall - A very good American Porter! Big and bold but not completely over-the-top. Founders is making a big splash out here on the west coast!

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

This was a 12oz beer I got on sale, at nearly a year old (dated 10/28/2014). Pours a jet black, with a slight amount of head that is light-brown in color. Aroma is more chocolate than dark malts. Flavor is very smooth, velvety, and I can get some dark malts and chocolate (it is a bit bitter on the finish).

Although I am not a big fan of porters, this is one of the best I have ever had: it is beautiful in appearance, and although the aroma is somewhat mild, it is wonderful, and the flavor is enjoyable and very palatable. This beer is very easy to drink.

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Photo of Wheelinb
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Founders pouring at The Stable. Every time I have something from Founder I always end up happy and this was no exception.

Great dark color and the aroma was pure goodness. Nice malt and coffee aromas. The taste was rich, but not overly so. I could taste a combination of chocolate and coffee. What's not to like. I am glad Founders is now being offered on this side of the river.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I will start by saying that I can not imagine a better example of the style. Poured into a porter glass, incredibly dark brown/black, faintly red on the edges where light can pass through. Creamy tan head, great retention and lacing. Massive roasted smell some coffee grinds, chocolate and toffee. Faint burned popcorn as well. Smooth on the tongue with the roasty dryness dominating the front, then sweetens out with the chocolate and toffee notes, then back to dry coffee like finish. Some alcohol warming as you get deep into this. New favorite porter.

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Photo of brian44556
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Bell's Pint Glass. Couldn't find a date on the bottle.

Pours a thin, pitch black with little head. Maybe I should have been more aggressive on the pour. The retention around the sides of the glass is very nice. Strong coffee smell, a hint of chocolate, roasted barley, and a tiny hint of hops. Very great balance of bitterness from the hops and sweetness from the malts. Leaves a good coffee aftertaste with each drink. Mouthful is a bit thin, but works for the style. Carbonation is a bit on the low side, but doesn't take away from the overall rating of the beer. Overall this porter is top notch in my book. If you are looking for a good porter and have access to Founder's, don't sleep on this one or you will be missing out on a great beer.

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

From the bottle to a pint glass. Pours black with a very small tan head that quickly disappears. Leaves little to no lacing. The smell is mainly of roasted malts, hints of chocolate and coffee as well. Taste is roasted malts and coffee, pretty much what I was expecting from the style. Pretty low ABV at 6.5% making this one very drinkable. Like most porters I could do these almost all night. Drinkable and pretty good tasting. I don't know where this one ranks amongst the porters I've had but I'd say it's up there. Probably not the best but definitetly not bad at all. I'd pick it up again no problem.

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Photo of slym
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This tastes exactly like coffee to me. That isn't a bad thing, I am just not picking up anything else. Add cream & sugar & I'd be having this with my breakfast tomorrow morning. Maybe leave out the cream and make an ice out of that.

Overall, a good porter & a really good beer - but there are better for the money IMHO.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, purchased from a reputable distributer 7/2011, well stored.

Poured into a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Poured rather aggressively into the glass produces very little head which rapidly reduces to a thin film.

The smell starts off with a blast of distinct French Roast black coffee, followed by heavily roasted malt, some hints of dark caramel, rather powerful, lasts from the first opening to the end.

The taste is dominated by distinct, aggressive, black roasted malt, and black coffee, some elusive hop flavors, crisp acidity adds balance, wonderful carbonation that is not overdone and compliments this brew. Seems to be at its best at about 55 degrees.

Very long finish of coffee and deep roasted malt, coats the mouth.

I have to say that Porter’s are not one of my favorite styles of beer. That being said, I will say that while there is nothing overly complex here, it is a very distinctly flavored brew and you have to admire what Founders is doing.
Founders never seems to fail in producing “black beers”, and this is no exception. It is unquestionably the best Porter I have ever tasted. A pleasant experience and one that I appreciate the opportunity to have had.

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours into a Duvel tulip super dark with a caramel/crema looking head. The head dissipates quickly but leaves a film over the top. A short swirl brings out more head and emphasizes the thick and sticky lacing. A really good looking porter.

The predominant aromas are dark roasted malt, smoke and coffee. The taste is bittersweet chocolate, espresso with some smoke if you really concentrate. Not too sweet at all due to a bitter finish. As the ale warms the sweetness recedes and the espresso bitterness comes forward making this a really enjoyable experience.

The mouth feel is slightly thicker than medium, but not by much. Thank goodness there's no wateriness (my kiss of death for a porter) like Bell's Porter or even to some extent Sierra Nevada Porter.

Not as drinkable as some other porters, but the qualities that make it less drinkable make it a better porter, if that makes sense. It's thicker and more filling. Also, more than one can seem decedent and glutinous.

I'll be honest, this was not a porter that I've always liked that much. I knew it was a good one, but I struggled to really appreciate some of its qualities. I didn't give up (I love most Founder's beers), and now I'm now far more likely to order it out and pick up a sixer. I struggled to rate the taste 4.0 or 4.5, but eventually went with the higher rating.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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