Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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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Ratings: 7,561 |  Reviews: 1,688
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of TBonez477
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Stronger licorice flavor than expected but otherwise a nice smooth, full-bodied porter.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark cola brown with a small mocha head. Fairly straightforward roasty aroma with coffee and a cocoa.

Moderate carbonation and an extremely creamy, full mouthfeel. Gentle caramel sweetness with dark cocoa and some roasty coffee on the finish. Leans more towards sweetness than bitterness.

The flavors aren't huge or adventurous, but this is one well-balanced and easy-drinking porter.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was served chilled and drank gradually as it warmed up. The beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beers body is black. No ruby opaqueness is noted to light. The head of the beer is light tan in coloration. The head resolves to a ring of foam.

Smell: The beers aroma is dark roasted, charred malts. The aroma of dark roasted coffee, chocolate, smokey nuttyness. In short it smells fantastic.

Taste: The flavor of the beer delivers very dark roasted espresso, a bit of chocolate dipped nuts, a pleasing tobacco smokeyness. The beer goes briefly malty sweet then finishes with smokey bitterness.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer has a full body. The carbonation is low but proper to the beer. This is a dam fine porter. It verges on being stoutish in my own mind. The beer was an easy drinker. Founders yet again brews a fantastic beer drinking experience.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Braz
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours total black with a rocky tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Chunks of foam cling to the glass. Intense fresh roasted barley and dark chocolate in the nose, with piney hops and malt sweetness in the back. The taste immense chocolate and roastiness. Dark cocoa mixes with milk chocolate and coffee notes. Citrusy, piney hop flavors add more complexity to the mix. Roasted malt bitterness mixes with the solid hop bitterness tying everything down. The finish is thick and full bodied with a textured, creamy carbonation.

A benchmark example of an An American Porter. Rich, roasty, complex. Good hop presence too. A must try.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of ckeegan04
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark brown in color with a one inch thick espresso like cap of foam. Head slowly fades to a thin cap on top. Thick rings of lace are left behind.

S - Rich dark chocolate and big roasted malts are the dominant aromas. A light hint of American hops comes through as the beer warms.

T - The taste presents more bitter sweet chocolate with a nice backing of citrusy American hops. A very clean bitternes matched with a strong chocolate taste. The underlying taste of roasted malt carries throughout.

M/D - Medium bodied, rich, and creamy. Very easy drinking. The bitterness lingers long after the beer is gone. Not near as acrid of taste as some big roasted malts provide in other beers.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of gonzo000
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bluntedboywonder
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of delta490
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep brown, almost black with almost no head. Aromas is coffee, caramel and notes of citrus. Taste is very strong coffee but is just perfect as it is. Maybe a little hint of chocolate. Very smooth with almost no carbonation. A great porter with great depth.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown bottle, served in a nonic.

Bottled on 03/31/2011.

Nearly opaque maple in color with an oaken hue. Creamy, light brown head that hugs the nonic's sides. Condensed lacing with decent strength.

Mildly unsweetened, dark chocolate with notes of rich caramel. Intense, unrefined espresso with a prominent licorice spice. Stiff, dried almond and hazlenut.

Chewy, roasted malt highlighted by bitter dark chocolate and espresso. Virtually no sweetness throughout flavor profile of this American Porter. The nutty dryness accentuates the bitter, roasted malt flavors. Floral hop bitterness at mid-sip is followed by notes of espresso and dried hazlenut in the aftertaste.

Full bodied; chewy and dry on the palate. The textures match perfectly with the bold, bitter flavors.

A very bold and flavorful Porter that certainly highlights the dark, chewy, and bitter qualities. Maybe not the most drinkable of the style, but certainly a must try.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely black, with a small, dark caramel colored head. Very little lacing. The smell is roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Flavors upon sipping start out as a bit of roasted malts with chocolate, and then fading into a more chocolaty coffee taste. Mouth feel is good. Overall, very good beer right here.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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