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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:
1,576
Ratings:
7,181
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
19.81%
 
 
Wants:
420
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1,564
For Trade:
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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 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 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 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 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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Photo of leokbelo
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep black into a pint glass with an inch mocha head that lingers.
Deep chocolate, vanilla and coffee on the nose, some raisins too.
Smooth in the palate, with the chocolate/coffee notes coming in after the subtle hop kick.
Very balanced, very drinkable beer.
Excellent porter, highly recommended. Great session brew.

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

Poured in a pint glass

A - Black with a little brown head

S - Dark Malts and Rich Chocolate, very nice

T - Lots of roasted malts and very similar to a stout, little carbonation, and chocolate.

M - Full and Creamy, I liked it alot

D - Prolly couldn't put more than 1 of these down in a night but great beer overall.

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Photo of bskrtz
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 Ounce bottle served very cold in pint beer glass

A) Black paint. No color passes through. Short puffy beige helmet dissolves quickly to leave a lacy cover

S) Black licorice, mild hop spice, burnt bread, coriander

T) Burnt coffee, pure dark chocolate, raisons and cooked dark fruit.

M) Consistency of root beer. Ample carbonation, sticky, full bodied

O) A very good example of the classic English porter

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

A - Gorgeous beer. Pours a deep, dark brown, nearly black. The head is dark brown and is very aggressive and lasts quite a while, eventually subsiding to large bubbles.

S - Smell is roasted malts, lots of espresso, some chocolate. Can't wait to taste it.

T - Taste is very similar to the smell. Very espressoy, and the chocolate comes out more. A bit smoky in the finish. Fantastic taste. This beer is much like Founders other offerings, which appeals to me.

M - Thick and rich, just as it should be. Absolutely unbelievable beer, and the mouthfeel matches it. Stays on the palate for a long time after the swallow, much like a nice cup of coffee.

Overall, an alarmingly good offering from Founders. I have yet to be disappointed by them.

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Photo of Freethyhops
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint

A- pours almost pure black with a cm of light brown head which reduced to a collar and film quite quickly. fairly heavy lacing for the style. the head didn't stay around for long but it was exceptionally dark for a porter.

S- coffee and bitter chocolate. an evident sweetness from a heavy malt profile. dark and robust.

T- very much like the Breakfast stout I had earlier in the day. tons of chocolate and plenty of coffee. the bitterness does well to combat any sweetness that shows its face. still has that almost sour bitter bready finish that I always expect from a porter. I wish I could give it a 4.75 but I'm really liking this one so I'll bump it up to a 5.

M/D- a full body, pleasantly low carbonation, and creamy feel make this a very nice drinking porter. it does have some heavy flavors that could weigh on you after having a few, but its delicious enough to keep you going

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Photo of AEK
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

355ml brown bottle poured into a Young's pint pot.

A. Deep black coloured ale with a coffee coloured, tightly packed bubbly head. Head retention is excellent.

S. Coffee, dark chocolate,charred wood, molasses, dark sugar, liquorice, treacle and raisins.

T. Milky , bitter chocolate, smoky, cured ham, liquorice.

M. Full bodied.

D. A beautiful porter, very drinkable and so pleased it is better than the Pale Ale I had. Caresses your taste buds and throat.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - opaque dark brown/black with a nice small tan creamy head

S - chocolate, deep roasted malt, smoke, coffee, grassy hops, smells very enticing. Mild fruitiness.

T - taste is a nice sweet malt, black malt, wet, smokey, and chocolate. Very prevalent but not overwhelming roasted malt character. A little maybe grassy piney hop flavoring however hops are mostly in the end providing ample bitterness, it does finish a little sweet, but lingering bitterness quells the sweetness. Very tasty.

M - very drinkable, on the heavier side of mouthfeel for a porter, velvety I would say.

O - very solid porter, a little on the sweeter heavier side, but well executed and in good balance.

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

pours an oily opaque black. frothy tan one finger. smells dominated by chocolate with backrounds of toffee, raisins, and figs. tastes robust. creamy and milky. dark, rich, and sexy. a bit sweet and ends sour. i love it. for the price ($10.99) it's world class.

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Photo of lastmango
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a midnight black with a chocolate milkshake two finger head that dissipates to a thin film. Nose is like a chocolate malt. Tastes of chocolate, roasted malt a hint of black pepper. This has a dry slightly hoppy finish that leaves quickly. This beer has a medium and creamy body with moderate carbonation. Very nicely balanced brew that could be mistaken for a stout.

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Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks like a stout with a thin tan head that sticks to the glass.

S - Roasty, chalky malts with a touch of cocoa and burnt toast. Slightly bitter smelling.

T - The malts in this are well roasted and caramelly. Hints of cocoa, coffee and dark fruits such as prunes. Very complex for what would seem on appearance a run-of-the-mill porter.

M - Medium to heavy, especially for the style. A little more carb than I'd like in a stout, but perfect in a porter.

D - Nearly the pinnacle of the style, easily drinkable while remaining very complex and tasty.

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Photo of berpwillie
3.35/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours an opaque dark brown with spare fizzy tan head, spare lacing and soft to flat carbonation. which was weird because the taste had a bit of a soda like feel to it.nutty roasted coffee like smell with a taste much the same but has a bit of a harsh bitterness to it. medium to full body with a slick oily texture. finish is bitter with a bit of spicyness to it and average flavor duration. not really impressed.

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Photo of msolar
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a small head that fades into an even and minimal lacing. The aroma has strong coffee notes with a hint of chocolate. The flavor is almost the opposite - predominant chocolate notes with a hint of espresso. It's amazing - and gives their Breakfast Stout a run for the money. Minimal carbonation and a very balanced beer (sweet for a porter) make this a very drinkable beer.

I'd probably buy this over the Breakfast stout since it was (I think) $12 for 6, vs. $14 for 4 breakfast stouts. I'd very highly recommend this beer.

*It's going to be difficult to save a couple bottles for my beer-buddies!

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Photo of RussBecker1
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very dark brown almost completely opaque, but does give off a very rich chocolate hue. The head is small but there as it falls between either 1/2 to 1 finger tall. Nice color on the head with a burnt toffee, but the head dissipates quickly leaving the inky body behind. Very carbonated for a porter.

S-Nicely complex. The malts are the first thing that hit you followed by the roasting process. The malts are a but too smokey however as the note is pleasant to begin with, but there does not appear to be enough sweetness in the undertones to cut through. Coffee is strong as well with a bit of tangy molasses to round it out.

M-As mentioned before, the body is very carbonated which I felt took away from a number of the flavors. Certainly this is not a stout, but any sort of body would have been appreciated.

T-The first note that hits the palate are the malts, but as detailed in the nose the smoke proves to be too much. The roast hits the tip of the tongue and proceeds to flow throughout the palate. There are a number of sweet and savory undertones, mostly coffee and \maybe vanilla bean, but having the malts hit the palate first, they mask far too many of the undertones leaving something to be desired.

O-About average to me despite the popularity.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 7,181 ratings.
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