Founders Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter

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 bgildea
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very nice dark black brown color. Slight tan head, that looks very appealing but fades. Slight lacing as well.

S: Good smell with some earthy/coffee notes.

T: The taste is a dark rich coffee flavor. I'm surprised that it's not called a coffee porter for the amount of coffee flavor that the beer has.

M: Thin mouthfeel with a slight alcohol taste. Not much thickness to the beer.

D: It's drinkable, but the coffee flavor might be too overwhelming to have several of them.

Overall: I enjoyed the beer, but the coffee flavor overwhelmed the other notes in the beer. I was satisfied, but I think Founder's has better beers out there.

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Photo of TheBeerologist
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet

Pours a dark brown/black with a fairly thin (1/2 finger) tan head. This looks like a beautiful porter.

Smells of roasted malts and a bit of chocolate. A hint of coffee as well.

This is a very tasty beer, strongly flavored by the roasted malts. Some of the chocolate, but a very vice bitter finish with the hops. An all around great tasting porter that is full of flavor.

Nicely carbonated - with a fairly light mouthfeel for such a full flavored porter

Overall this is one of my favorite porters I have had. When living on the west coast my go to porter was Deschutes Black Butte, living in the Midwest this was my go to porter. Noe with a move to the east coast I need to find a replacement (though I was fortunate to find this on the shelves in RI)

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours black cola color.

Overall: This a world-class American Porter. It has the perfect combination of roasted coffee, grain, and chocolate. This is a wonderful beer and a perfect porter. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Riverwarrior
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S = Coffee and chocolate.

T = Dark chocolate is upfront with caramel quickly following. Coffee flavor comes in near the end making for a very balanced beer. The finish was excellent with just enough chocolate and coffee bitterness to almost replicate a cafe mocha.

MF = Body was medium with carbonation being just below moderate. Rich, creamy, and smooth.

Overall, this was an incredibly easy to drink solid porter and one of the best that I've tasted.

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Photo of LI_PO12
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pint glass

Appearance- Black, no light coming through, 1 finger tanish head

Aroma- toasty malt, coffee, some chocolate, slight roast, some caramel sweetness, a bit of herbal hop punch

Flavor-some coffee, toasted malt, a little chocolate, caramel, nice bitterness but in balance, some pine in there as well

Mouthfeel- Medium, medium carbonation, a little creamy

Overall- Pretty much my go to American porter. There are probably slightly better ones out there but so far its the best one I've had. Great take on the style.

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Photo of jfmorey
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into stemware glass.

Appearance: Head disappeared quickly; almost black in color.

Smell: roasted malts nice but faint.

Taste: Not bad, but I like a porter with a little hop crispness at the end, which I did not get here. This is more like a stout.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin , low on carbonation.

Drinkability: If the goal was to create a good "session" porter then this just right.

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Photo of neophilus
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark, with a mocha colored head. Great lacing leaves layers between sips. Scents of mildly spicy and acrid roasty grain. Rich slightly sweet malt aroma underneath.

Flavor brings good bitterness balanced between hops and roasted grain. Rich, complex dark grain bread taste envelops the palate. Silky smooth body with a kick from the bitterness. Hints of espresso and semi-sweet chocolate.

This brew brings the malt bomb heavy and hard but keeps it well in check with ample roasted grain that stops well short of overpowering the taste buds.

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Photo of Cheesemoose
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12oz snifter.

Oil black, with a fine watery edge when shown through light. Foamy head with 3 fingers that dissipates slowly, leaving a nice layer on top. Great lacing, with clinging lines the whole way through.

Earthy roasted malts brings bittersweet cocoa and mild coffee aromas. Pleasant.

Nose is deceiving, as when it warms, the roasted malts come through rather strong on the palate. Unsweetened chocolate / coffee flavors predominate with a spicy hop finish balanced against a nutty return.

Watery mouthfeel in the beginning, though lingers through the mid taste and into the finish. Alcohol is off course absent in the taste, though you get a nice warming effect towards the end of the glass. With a mid-high abv, one or two is enough.

A very very nice porter, and a new favorite in my book. Honestly, a top notch porter, nutty and complex though drinkable

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

Poured from a bottle into a Samuel Adams glass renders a 2 " chocolate malt head that lasts a couple of minutes. Smell is like black coffee, then chocolate. Mouth feel is balanced with a slight alcohol presence, not overpowering. Taste follows smell, a little bitterness that dissipates. Over all an excellent porter that I will enjoy again.

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Photo of 33nickadams
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black and completely opaque. About a finger of head dissipates to a lacing around the rim of glass. Smell is remarkable. Coffee, chocolate and roasty malts dominate. The taste also reflects the nose. This is what a porter should taste like. Mouthfeel is medium and perfectly carbonated. Overall, this is one of my favorite beers of all time and it's a benchmark of the style.

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Photo of mountsnow1010
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brown black with a thin head. Poured aggressively and got a teensy head that disappeared pretty quickly.
S - Earthy and delicious. Reminds me of leaves during the fall, with some roasted coffee and a distinct sweet tone as well. Unidentifiable spicy notes as well. Citrusy hoppy presence as well.
T - Toasted nuts at first, followed by a surprisingly strong resinous hoppiness; very pleasant but also unexpected.
MF - Quite heavy and chewy etc. Nice. Surprising carbonation bite especially as the head was so hard to form. A slight alcohol warmth, considering the lower ABV I find this surprising.
O - Very solid beer, extremely tasty but not overpowering, could also drink several. Nice ABV.

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Photo of JustinAniello
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a one finger head, which dissipates to a minimal, but sticky, lacing. Almost no cap to speak of.

S - Nicely roasted malt gives an aroma of heavy dark chocolate and coffee, with a hint of sweetness.

T - Sweet on the tip of the tongue, chocolate just showing through. Turns to black coffee with a nice bitterness that lasts into the aftertaste. Almost a little smokiness, like a roasted espresso bean.

M - Medium body and light carbonation, good, but could be a little heavier. Goes down smoothly, not syrupy like many porters.

O - Definitely a good porter. Nice coffee and chocolate notes in both flavor and smell as you would expect, with a nice bitter hint. Could use a something more than just the basic porter qualities, but still one of the best I have had. Worth trying if you are a dark beer drinker.

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Photo of cadizkyguy
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass from refrigerator temperature bottle, and the pour left a three inch malty head that dissipates to a half inch head within minutes of the initial pour. I figure it's too cold to take a first taste, since it was a chilled bottle and i figure to get the best taste as it starts to warm. But the Smell is magical. The appearance and smell are perfect 5.0s, it's that wonderful....
The first taste is simply mind blowing with burnt chocolate overtones. In fact, I taste more chocolate in this brew than I found in Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Go figure. I could drink this one all night. I probably should wait for this one to warm up before consuming but the anticipation is killing me, so I indulge. Wow ! When I visited The Liquor Stop in Highland, IN on a recent roadtrip, I had the opportunity to purchase several Founder's brews -- Breakfast Stout, Double Trouble, etc. -- but I was glad I purchased the Founder's Porter because it's a wonderful concoction. I will gladly buy again. If you have the chance to try this Founder's offering, I say go for it.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

bottled on 2/10/16
12oz bttl into pint
L- coal black with dark coffee color head slowly dissipates leaves lacing
S- Chocolate, rum balls. coffee and toasted malt
T- a blend of dark roast coffee beans along with alcohol, some sweet malt as well
F- medium bodied nice feel, alcohol-bite on finish
O- Nice beer

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Photo of ryanmextorf
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Overall one of the better porters out there but I am just not the biggest fan of the style. Certainly not a knock against Founders as the beer is still very enjoyable. The mouthfeel is just a little to thin and carbonated and overall its a little "roasty" for me. Still nice to drink on a cold snowy night!

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Photo of jstilwell
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders does not disappoint! it!? I do!

During our recent Porter tasting, I was beginning to think that this style just was not for me. To date my favorite porter is from Smuttynose, and boy is their Baltic porter a brew eh? But aside from a few decent examples, I've been struggling to find anything to write about.

Now, my pen is out with a porter to add to the A list. Dark Black, no light getting through, darker and thicker than the others. The Head is strong as is the lacing, and the lacing lasts, which I love.

We have roasted malt, mild smoke and nuts mixed with cream. This is bursting with flavor and balance! It is quite seriously silky smooth.

Mouthfeel is also a winner and swirling emphasizes the silk and chewiness. I would love to try this on tap, preferably a pitcher with friends!

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Photo of apbarwood
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black, nearly opaque. Generally good color but almost no head or lace. Bittersweet aroma, like dark chocolate and coffee. Tastes the same, pretty intense roasty bitterness for a porter. Also, heavier than usual, almost motor-oil thick. In some ways it seemed closer to a stout. Overall it was very good, not great, but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of dougfur
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, black color, with brownish-tan head, not as creamy as I'd like it, but a fine looking beer. Smell is nice toasted malt, some chocolate and a tad of booziness that I could do without, but I'm being pretty picky here. The taste is fantastic; lots of malt, lots of chocolate, a bit of hops... I'd say the most notable aspect is the perfect amount of chocolate. Mouthfeel is great, glad it's not more carbonated and has some body to it.
Overall, it's just what you want in a porter. Minor details could be improved on, but it's one of the best!

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here's a beer that really inspires. Courageous enough to push limits and satisfy boundaries.

Appearance: poured into one of those ugly American beer glasses. Last fall I enjoyed this beer in a pint glass... no beer should be disgraced by serving it in a wide-brimmed American pint glass. British pint glasses facilitate better head on top and lacing!

Dark, but not fully opaque. Clearly thinner than your standard stout.

Nose: sharp roasted quality. Something just came off the oven burnt... but its not foul. Sweet malt follows after.

Taste: sweet malt, finishing with an astringent burnt taste. Yes, sir! We have a Porter! Wish it were a bit dryer.

Mouthfeel: its a porter, not a stout, but I wish it were fuller bodied. Is feel like those flavors were more compacted and o could chew on them longer. It finishes kinda sweet... can't decide if I like that or not.... any dryer and it might finish tasting too much like a cigarette butt.
It's wet, but also a punch of big flavor... weird.

Not the greatest beer I've ever had, bit one that I wish were a local staple. It packs a punch, but drinks like something quite a bit smaller. If you like roasty flavors, you'll love this dark little girl!

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

It's often a lesson in subtlety that differentiates between a porter and a stout. Founders porter is one that I believe crosses that line into stout territory. It pours nice and dark with slight tan lacing and only minimal carbonation. It smells of burnt umber and dark fruits, and tastes of roasted malts, coffee, sugary plum and raisin and charcoal. The taste is exactly what you expect on the smell with maybe a hint of chocolate tossed in to boot. It drinks easily with some oat additions and is chewy, rich and smooth. Overall, it's a solid effort but in a blind tasting with all of it's depth and flavor, i'd grade this one as a stout.

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Photo of The_1084
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The appearance is a near black. There wasn't much of a head after I poured it into a glass.

S - The smell consists of vanilla at first, then comes a hint of caramel and chocolate. Smells great!

T - The taste is a reminder of coffee, with chocolate and a hint of vanilla. The after taste leaves an aroma in the mouth near iced coffee.

M - It is not a heavy beer, although it looks like it would be. It is light in the mouth considering the taste.

O - Overall this beer can be enjoyed by any drinker. It is a great porter and I plan on drinking it again.

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Photo of thlayli87
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A - Dark brown with a half-inch of dark tan head that quickly dissipates.

S - Chocolate malt, roasty notes, and a prominent underlying sweet aroma.

T - Roasted malt, coffee, pleasantly bitter finish. The sweetness present in the nose is not evident in the taste.

M - Full bodied, somewhat syrupy mouthfeel.

O - Very tasty porter, and a good example of the style. I'd gladly enjoy this beer again.

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Photo of davidperez
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter, it pours black with a one-finger head with low retention, but it leaves a thin layer of foam. Awesome lacing.

Nice bouquet. It smells of chocolate, slight roastiness and caramel. An earthy character comes out if you swirl the glass energetically. A vanilla note also appears the beer starts warming up.

Fully flavored, an invasion of chocolate grabs hold of your palate. Immediately afterwards the roastiness becomes present too, flirting with coffee notes but not quite getting there. The bitterness starts growing until it becomes omnipresent in your mouth. Earthy hoppiness adds to that bitterness, along with some smokiness that start drying your mouth, delivering such a pleasant sensation.
The finish is long and semi-dry. Good carbonation, medium to full body and silky.

Awesome porter.

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Photo of mikeborglum
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in a dimpled mug: very complex aroma chocolate, coffee, toast, spruce, earthy, soy sauce, smoke: pitch black color, minimal head, brown foam; medium sweetness, salty, lightly bitter; full body, soft carbonation, oily feel, an abrupt burn then sweet burnt finish; great beer with meal and just finishing a long hard day.

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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Midnight black with thin tan head after agressive pour into a tulip glass. S: Dark chocolate, roasted malts, expresso and toffee. T: Dark chocolate, coffee, toasted malt, vanilla and spice. F: Silky smooth. O: Top of my list. World class Porter.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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