Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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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
Ranking:
#768
Reviews:
1,672
Ratings:
7,512
pDev:
9.18%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
452
Gots:
1,739
Trade:
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HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 7,512 |  Reviews: 1,672
Photo of Kurzman
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of TWStandley
4.25/5  rDev 0%

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

Bottled on 12/21/11. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours nearly black with deep reddish-brown hues when held to light, produces a finger of tan head, fades quickly but leaves good lacing.

S- Charred malts and powdery dark chocolate.

T- Dominated by big roasted malts with some chocolate and char, solid dose of hops provides a nice bitter finish with more sweet chocolate and a bit of fruit.

M- Full-bodied, smooth and creamy with the right amount of carbonation to keep it highly drinkable.

O- A new contender in my list of favorite porters, I'd be happy drinking this all day.

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Photo of MKrauss
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Gemini6
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of eldoctorador
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GeoffreyM
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of JKV96
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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

Photo of ALC82
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KJ2013
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of granger10
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Everything about this beer screamed that it was a good, solid porter but probably nothing more. It had a lighter dark purple/red color to it. The aroma gave me little and the taste didn't knock me back either. It seemed well balanced with a chocolate flavor at the beginning, a creamy texture in the middle, and a little hoppiness in the finish. Good but nothing spectacular. The porter also went down easily but very rich when warmed up a bit. This beer is rich, dark, and sexy.

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Photo of BUNZILLA
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of von_kaiser
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of neenerzig
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass. This beer is a very dark brown, almost black color. Tan head about an inch thick when poured, settles quickly to a nice surface coating and tan ring lining the inside of the glass. Good lacing. Has a roasted malty, coffee and chocolate aroma with hints of vanilla. Very strong bitter, black coffee taste upfront, followed by roasted malt and sweeter chocolate and malt notes, capped off with a bit of vanilla. Despite the very bitter coffee flavor, I didn't detect much of a hop flavor. Has a crisp, frothy, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink in the was well brewed beer ought to be. A winner here indeed!

Eric

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Photo of Bf_89
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Localdrinklax
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of LukeGude
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of albern
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This porter is so creamy that it borders on a milk stout. It pours an inky black color, and it is thick coming out of the bottle. There is a dark head to the beer that doesn't retain that well. It does lace around the glass. The nose is a coffee lovers delight. This is mocha, dark roasted coffee, chocolate and roasted and charred grains.

The taste is in line with the nose, although there is more complexity beyond the coffee notes. The beer is low carbonation, silky smooth, charred, roasted dark malts, some chocolate, and of course the dark roasted coffee flavors. There is a touch of leafy hop in there but to keep the beer honest, but the modus operandi of this beer is the silky smoothness and low ABV. This beer is a very delightful creamy porter that leaves an oily feel in the mouth and deep roasted chocolatey aftertaste.

Update 12-2010: There is a slight cocoa powder, chalkiness in the background. The beer is a touch more carbonated than originally reviewed, but still very creamy.

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Photo of jrfehon33
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ocelot2500
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Arsenal0328
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Porter from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 7,512 ratings