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
Ratings:
7,317
Reviews:
1,622
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
Wants:
431
Gots:
1,629
For Trade:
22
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Photo of Modernrickk
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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

Photo of memphischas
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of kevindp9
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of mmulebarn
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Beer4B
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of jmarsh123
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small chocolate head that fades quickly.

Some chocolate and roasted malts. Not much hop presence in the aroma.

Some chocolate and coffee in the flavor. A little bit of bitter roasted malt comes through in the finish along with some earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is just a touch thin for a porter and carb level is good.

Solid beer, but far from the best of the normal Founders offerings.

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Photo of nebula1999
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of ricecracker420
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of bbadger
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black. That's all there is. Mild carbonation, and no light gets through, there's no lacing, and there's also just a very small head that quickly dissipates. Of course, if you do an aggressive pour, you'll get a really nice tan head. I recommend doing so.

Smell: Espresso. Roast. Maltiness. Mmm. It's rather light though.

Taste: It smells a bit better than it tastes... the initial taste is mostly just roastiness, but after it sits on your tongue for a bit, I get some dark coffee bitterness, with a hint of dark chocolate in there as well. There's the warming of alcohol at the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: It's definitely rich, but not nearly as creamy as I was expecting it to be. Sort of surprising, but not a huge deal.

Overall, it's an incredibly big, robust beer. The thing about it is, I feel sort of goofy drinking this in August. This to me screams winter, in front of a warm fire place, or maybe even as a substitute on a cool morning for warm coffee. This isn't my type of beer to casually drink -- I tend to prefer lighter beers for every day drinking -- but there's no denying its quality. It smells phenomenal, and its taste is one that I feel can surely grow on me as I get older. I don't feel it's as fantastic as the rating suggests, but it's undoubtedly a well made beer. I'm very interested to see just how my taste buds change when I get another sixer in a couple years.

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Photo of Budlum
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours a dark as night body with a thin tan head
aroma is of chocolate and roasted malt.
taste is chocolate up front followed by some roasty notes.
mouthfeel is good and overall a damm good beer.

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Photo of Mack
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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

A-pour is almost black with a dark tan head that leaves a layer of lacing around the top

S-lots of roasted malt, espresso, dark chocolate, and a light tobacco scent

T-Roasted malt and coffee, big hop bitterness, and dark chocolate

M-medium to full body, low to medium carbonation, leaves a roasted dryness in the mouth

Overall I really like the roastiness and full mouthfeel. Really great example for the style.

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Photo of DelicateDelirium
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle reads, “Dark, rich and sexy.” That is immediate bonus points in my book. Sexy on a bottle makes everything

Appearance: Pours thick, dark, and has no head on it. It’s still and thick. Darker and heavier than other porters I’ve encountered. Some dark brown and reds line the edges when held to direct light.

Smell: Full of roasted coffee and chocolate malts with a touch of smokiness under everything. There’s some sweetness as well. Caramel with a touch of something darker and heavier underneath (maybe creeping toward molasses). A deeper inhale brings a faint alcohol touch in the back. Nice roasted compliment with a lingering cocoa notes. Chocolaty.

Taste: Deep roasted notes come through strong. A burnt coffee taste lingers on the tongue. Seriously burnt. The smokiness plays on top of the burnt coffee. Some dark cocoa notes are there as well. Brownie batter sweetness at times. Loaded with coffee and the chocolate spectrum. Warming brings out a stronger roasted characteristic and enhances the smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body pushing toward heavy. Nice and smooth with a well-balanced carbonation. Creamy at times, especially as it warms.

Overall: This is an enjoyable porter, or as enjoyable as I can find a porter. It’s got some solid roasty and burnt notes coupled with some dark cocoa and minor fruits. Founders scores another +1 in the larger scheme of things.

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Photo of brystmar
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/20/2011, so it’s almost a year old. Deep, dark brown pour with dark tan head and sticky lace. Dry roasted malts, strong notes of tobacco, and hops in the nose. Everything from the aroma plus chocolate malts hit my tastebuds. Dry finish.

A clean, crisp porter that nails the style. Can't wait to try a fresh bottle!

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Photo of tclipse
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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

appearance: "Silky Black" according to the Founders site, but through light it seems a very deep red. Pretty brew in any case. Slight tan head, little lacing.
smell: That burnt porter edge but balanced with caramel sweetness.
taste: As the nose portends. burnt but balanced well.
overall: This may go in regular rotation.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany color with a tight, mocha head that leaves nice chunks of lacing.

Smells of coffee, cocoa, and some earthiness.

Tastes of the deep roasted notes layered over earthy hops. Malts lead off with notes of cocoa, brown sugar, and coffee with a moderate amount of sweetness. This gives way to roasted and earthy bitterness which balances the sweetness. Finishes with another slight bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty, well done porter.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter

A: Black with a tan one finger head that dissipates pretty quickly, leaving bubbles in its wake. Curtainy lacing.

S: Chocolate, anise, coffee and vanilla. Divine.

T: Smooth and robust. Velvety. Semi-sweet chocolate. Like drinking a latte. Comes on like an Imperial Russian Stout. Like the label says, the taste is sexy.

M: Medium to heavy with creamy carbonation.

O: A really outstanding porter. Wish I had picked up more in Birmingham. Bet it goes well with chocolate chip cookies. Highly recommended.

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

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 7,317 ratings.
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