Founders Porter | Founders Brewing Company

Founders PorterFounders Porter
BA SCORE
94.3%
Liked This Beer
4.25 w/ 7,391 ratings
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
Ranking:
#739
Reviews:
1,648
Ratings:
7,391
Liked:
6,973
Avg:
4.25/5
pDev:
9.41%
Alströms:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
441
Gots:
1,675
Trade:
22
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 7,391 |  Reviews: 1,648
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of SerialTicker
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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 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 chefhatt
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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 JDizzle
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A:dark brown black with a dark brown head

S: chocolate and coffee!! Great smelling porter that is the norm of a good stout.

T: chocolate, hoppy, and malty, really one of the best porters on the market:in any market! This rivals many stouts of the same ABV and is the best porter I have had.

D: semi-thick with a good amount of carbination that pleases the mouth.

Overall, one of the best Porters I have had. A great chocolate flovor that dominates the competition.

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Photo of Rihup
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of retry4z
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drone
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of brewskifan55
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.25/5  rDev 0%
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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of brystmar
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of RickS95
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours coal black, syrupy; with a thin brown head.

Subtle flavors in the nose. Coffee, chocolate and hops are noticeable.

Malt and chocolate on the tongue.

It's creamy and buttery in the mouth, with only a hint of bitter in the finish. Despite a reasonably high IBU rating, it's only slightly bitter and not for very long; balanced by the malty flavors.

This would make a great dessert beer, and trust me, you'd want seconds.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into chalice. bottled on 07/12/12.

A: the darkest of dark brown pours. coffee hued head is bubbly. retention isnt great, nor the lacing.

S: i get a lot of chocolate on the nose. a lot. milk and dark. a little bit of vanilla. not much else, wouldnt hate for a bit more diversity.

T: dry roasted malt starts the body off in a good way. the body is flavorful but not over-the-top. the body slightly reminds me of motor oil. finish is dry and roasted goodness. bitter dark chocolate linger with plenty of coffee flavor as well.

M: moderate carbonation on a medium body.

D: this stuff is delicious. flavorful, not too heavy or too light. a really enjoyable and easy to find american porter.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94.3% out of 100 with 7,391 ratings
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