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:
1,618
Ratings:
7,290
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
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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 frozyn
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3 month old bottle into a tulip.

L -- Poured jet black, middle-of-the-glass pour created 2-finger thick, dark tan head. Reduced down to a ring, minor amount of lacing left behind.

S -- Roasted, slightly charred bready malts; slight chocolate notes.

T -- Roasted malts provides a lot of depth, spanning from slightly burnt to charred back to light roast. Bitterness adds balance to the light sweetness provided by malts.

F -- Full bodied with enough carbonation to keep it flowing. Rich, creamy, smooth.

O -- Go-to porter for me for now. Hard to beat in terms of value.

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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!..Ever...got 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 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 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 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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Photo of dciBA
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night from the 12oz bottle into the usual tulip. No head whatsoever, hardly any lacing. Weird. Might be a glass wash/rinse issue on my end.

Smell holds a lot chocolate with plenty of coffee. Very aromatic and inviting. As it warms the coffee takes over the chocolate, in a good way.

The flavor is almost all chocolate. Milk chocolate and dark bitter chocolate both present. Some coffee mixes in nicely, as well as some caramel on the finish. Very full flavored, but easily palatable.

A full bodied beer for sure, with just enough carbonation. Nice and slick in your mouth with a fairly sweet finish. Flavor lingers for a while. One of the best porters I've had, too bad I only have the one.

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

A-Pitch black with small lacy brown head. Alot like a good coffee stout.

S-Good smokey, roasted nut scent.

T-Nice dark chocolate smoothness in the beginning and goes down with the bitterness of stout. Just wonderful

M-Sits slightly heavy with nice smoky taste as it sits. Low carbonation

O-Great porter, one of the best i have ever had, period.

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Photo of DrumKid003
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Don't have the best lighting at the moment, but this pours black in the middle, with a very dark brown around the edges. Half a finger of head that dissipated very quickly.

S: A hint of milk/dark chocolate which almost gets completely overtaken by a very heavy roasted malt and oats smell.

T: Taste follws the smell very closely. Dominated by roasted grain, chocolate and what I think is a dark french pressed coffee sandwhiched between the roast on the front and the sweet from the chocolate on the end.

M: Very smooth, creamy mouthfeel start to finish and the chocolate is what lasts to create that creamy feeling.

O: By far one of the best porters I've ever had and since it's a year-round beer for Founders, I will definitely by it again on a regular basis.

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Photo of SovereignGood
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Founders finally hit SoCal; picked up at WF DTLA.

L: deep brown/black with a slight dark red hue when held up to the light. Finger head that seems to dissipate to a thin rim around the glass leaving plenty of dark colored lacing.

S: dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, some caramel.

T: chocolate, roasted malt, some smokiness in the back, hint of dark fruit?

M: thin to medium mouthfeel. Suits the style well - on the lighter side of dark beers.

Overall, glad I was able to try this. Picked up a 6 pack and will enjoy the rest.

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

App: nice dark almost coffee like nice head that settles quickly

Smell; rich coffee/toffee like little hints of spice around the edges

taste/MF: Highly coffeed taste that hits nicely. Bit thin mouthfeel but nice. good beer very nice coffee flavor great representation of the type.

overall: Loved it could drink this at breakfast or after coming in from a cold winter day. Drink warmer for nice effect

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Photo of Cmack15
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours dark with a creamy head and some lacing. Nice smoky malty aroma hints of mocha perhaps tinge of coffee. Medium body with appropriate carbonation. The label says dark rich and sexy seems to fit this beer. Nice well crafted porter would definitely seek this out again.
Cheers

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Photo of DrewV
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (bottled on 3/17/11) at approx. 50 degrees F into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a chocolate/black liquid with a 1-finger tan head. Spotty lacing and nice "legs" on the glass, due to the relatively high ABV.

S: Sweet bakers chocolate, mild coffee, typical roasty aromas. A bit sweeter than most other porters. No hops detected in the aroma.

T: Roasty malts up front, a perfect blend of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Definite hop presence balances out the sweetness, fading to a full dry coffee finish. By comparison, I find Edmund Fitzgerald to decay to more of a chocolate finish. This is a nice change of pace for me. Very robust, smoky, heavy roast flavor.

M: Relatively high carbonation for this style, a bit bigger than most other porters I've had. Not as creamy as Edmund Fitzgerald, for example. Overall a good mouthfeel, but more akin to a "stout light" than a porter. Lowest marks here. (NOTE: I'm very surprised that most of the reviews indicate low carbonation. My particular bottle is well carbonated, if not overly so.)

O: Good ABV for a porter, if not a bit high for the style, but it's completely hidden. This would be a welcome treat if I were in the mood for more of a stout-ish beer, but as a porter, it's a bit too "big" in my book. Extremely robust, smoky and roasty. This is ahuge porter. Nonetheless, a quality brew and worthy of a solid A-.

I have to say, there are a good number of quality American stouts and porters being produced these days. Founders is right up there with the best of them and you can't go wrong with many of their beers. If you find this one on tap somewhere, don't hesitate, just order a pint (or two).

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Photo of TheDinger
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to my mouth. At a campfire and had no available glass, so I'm not able to enjoy seeing this poured. Since it's a Founders brew, I will assume it has a good look with a nice head and good retention. Smell was quite surprising for a porter with lots of carmel and burnt sugar notes. Perhaps a touch of mocca which was a pleasant addition. Great smell overall. Taste followed the nose with the carmel and coffee/mocca thing. Picked up some molasses on the end with just enough hops/bitterness to round it out. Solid. Feel was nice and heavy like a good porter should feel. Not too chewy, but nice and hearty with some decent carbonation. Overall- A very enjoyable porter and good representation of the style. Strong aroma with a thick feel and complex taste. Will be having another at some point in the near future. Very tasty-

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Poured an inky black with very thin dark brown head that disipated quickly.

S- Coffee, roasty smell with an alcohol asrtingency. not unpleasent just unexpected.

T- big rich coffee and malt. a little bit of toffee and molasses But not too sweet. A delicate bitterness at the end that gives way to a mild alcohol warming.

M-I think this is where the beer shines. it's smooth and velvety. The thought of frosting comes to mind. Coats the tounge. Viscous. Has some of the mouth feel of a stout but its not.

O- I enjoy this beer, i wouldnt drink too many of them but its tasty without being heavy, strong but not too strong. It is described (accurately) as dark rich and sexy. Like Pam Grier!

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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