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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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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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 Hopheadhiker
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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

Photo of NEhophead
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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bschmidt_37
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisMon02
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a very dark brown with a two finger brown head. Good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate and roasted malts.

T - The taste is dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. The finish has a light lingering bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel with a nice crisp finish.

O - One of the best and most easily accessible porters. A perfect example of the style. A must try,

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Photo of mcrawford
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of csfcmitchell
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ajzy
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of BeersAndBears
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Stillyman11
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of snowmageddon
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of soju6
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a virtual black color with a off-white head and nice lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt with coffee and a hint of caramel.

T: Taste of roasted malt and coffee with some bittersweet chocolate. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and somewhat creamy.

O: Good porter nice example of the style. Could put a few of these away with no trouble.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of adamette
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken about one hour ago at Winking Lizard in Mentor, Ohio. Poured from tap into a standard clean, clear pint glass. I missed this one on my trip to Founders this past fall and I was glad to find it on tap here at the Winking Lizard.

A Great light brown, creamy head that leaves great lacing on the inside of the glass after repeated sips over an absolute black body. If it can be improved, I am not aware of how. 5.0

S Not a strong, flavorful smell at all. I had to sniff several times to pick up some dark roast malt. This, to me, is typical of porters in that they do not have a strong smell. 3.5

T Dark roasted malt, grain like taste which has great depth. As I repeatedly sipped the beer (while watching the Lakers/Knicks game) I thought to myself, "This is what a porter should taste like." Founders always has done the darker beers the right way and this one is no exception. 5.0

M Smooth but also chunky, chewy in an absolutely great feel. Again, this beer is my new standard for porters. 5.0

D Fair drinkability due to the bigness, darkness of the beer. That is consistent with most beers in the style. 3.0

Notes: This is better than Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter (my previous standard bearer for the style). Everyone reading this should seek this beer out (especially if it can be found on tap I suspect!).

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Photo of Rick778
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. bottled on 5/29/12.

pours out pretty much opaque black with one fingers worth of tan/ biege colored head that after a minute or so faded to a thin ring. poor retention, and no lace, but a nice blackness that you dont often find in most porters.

roasted malt dominates which lends some nice bitter cocoa and coffee aromas. just the slightest hint of sweet toasted grain as well.

rich roasted, almost burnt malt again is the main player giving way to bitter cocoa and coffee. a nice dose of earthy hops mingles with the bitter roast in the finish and makes for a nice bitter dark chocolate that lingers.

rich, creamy, and very easy drinking.

a top notch porter, prolly number 3 on my list of best "straight- up" porters. i would definatly come back to this.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of MacMalt
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been enjoying this beer for quite some time but never rated it. Poured into pisner glass. The color is jet black with very thin white head and minimal lacing. This is a very aromatic beer with a strong smell of burnt coffee and chocolate. The taste is similar to the smell: burnt coffee, chocolate, and a hint of caramel but finishes with a distinct bitterness. Nice, thick mouth feel. Overall, this is one terrific porter, especially for one available year round. I'm prejudiced because this is the first Founders beer I tried but it is really good!

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