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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:
1,577
Ratings:
7,181
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
19.81%
 
 
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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark, rich brown, like baker's chocolate. Creamy, off white head.

Smell - alot of dark chocolate and coffee.

Taste - Alot of dark roast malt. Molasses, bittersweet chocolate, a bit of tobacco. A tiny bit of alcohol warmth in the finish. Very pleasant

Mouthfeel - Not as creamy as it looks, would be amazing on Nitro. Very delightful, yet too effervescent for the style.

Overall - This is always on the list of the most popular and best porters, and its obvious why. Great beer, a flagship of the style.

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

I poured the Founders Porter from a 12 oz bottle into a glass goblet at about 49 degrees. It poured a dark brown with minimal head and a little lacing.

The nose was raosted coffee and some smoke.

The taste had coffee like acidity with some subtle underlying notes of bakers chocolate. The porter finishes crisply with a bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is thin with moderate carbonation and a clean finish.

Overall this is a nice porter which is not overpowering and is easy to drink. Enjoy!!!

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Photo of BradenMK
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Appearance - This has the pitch-black color and foamy brown head of what most people would consider a stout. Which I think is awesome.

Aroma - Roasty. Dark, burnt toast, some coffee, a heavy dose of unsweetened cocoa powder. Extremely dank, but earthy hops. This stuff smells like darkness (and that's not all good, lol).

Taste - Bitter and very roasty upfront, there is only a little sweetness to tame the flavors of the dark malts, and yet there is great complexity in the form of something smoky. I would assume they use neither peated malt or smoked malt in this, but I could be wrong. The malt profile is that of ashy, smoky unsweetened cocoa. Doesn't that sound awesome. The hops bite rather hard too, with those earthy, herbal, bitter qualities.

Mouthfeel - Here's where this beer truly shines, agreeing with Tectactoe. This beer just feels luxurious in the mouth. I have had many beers, and the feeling doesn't get better than this (not for the style anyway). Like silk. Like if you can imagine silk turned into liquid and poured down your throat, that's how this beer feels. It's just tremendously smooth.

Overall - This is actually NOT my favorite porter (that honor goes to Smuttynose's Robust Porter, because the flavor they are able to capture is just amazing), but this has got to be one of the most well-crafted porters on the planet. It was the first time I drank a porter and was really wowed. This is heads and shoulders better than GL Edmund Fitz, in my opinion, it's just got so much more depth to it. If you like porters, this is one of the deepest, most nuanced options available, in my opinion. If you like non-Imperial stouts, this should be right up your alley as well, because this one blurs the lines.

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

APPEARANCE: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, produced a very nice 1.5" rocky medium-tan head that dissipated slowly with excellent lacing. The body was a murky very dark brown with no carbonation that I could see.

AROMA: Nice roasted coffee aroma along with inflections of oatmeal, espresso, caramel, dark chocolate and sweet molasses as well as fruit and vanilla.

TASTE: Moderate roasted malt flavor, light hops, with a very lightly burnt coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, nutty oatmeal and toffee overtone. Also tasted some dried fruit and vanilla.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied, very smooth on the palate with modest carbonation and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Initial flavor was moderately sweet with the finish being both sweet, lightly bitter and very lightly dry. Body lacing was good and dissipated slowly.

DRINKABILITY: This was a terrific beer that I could have consumed all night long. The complex taste was definitely a wow factor. I'd definitely buy it again.

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Photo of antique
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Dark brown color, slightly opaque, a 2/3-finger head that hangs around for a decent while before disappearing; the drink doesn't leave too much lacing behind.

Smells of nuts, firewood, some chocolates and caramels, a bit of zest or maybe dried fruits, and a rich syrupy smell that permeates now and again.

Decent carbonation. The initial taste is bitter like coffee or even grapefruit juice, but it immediately yields to an array of nice, very rich and warming dark chocolates and even a faint smokiness, coupled with hints of molasses and earthy tones. The medium-heavy feel of the drink begs to be swirled around in the mouth to absorb all of the flavors, and upon swallowing it simply explodes pleasantly. Aftertaste of something like a nutty bread with a continuation of the mild, smokey/firewood-esque flavors.

A relatively complex porter that falls apart elegantly on the tongue, managing to offer a lot without assaulting the palette. Balanced and nuanced. Deceptively sweet at first, but that overarching coffee bitterness steals the show in a very nice, warming way.

This is what I come for in a porter. Complex but not overpowering; it's not much to look at, but the taste and feel alone clearly earn this brew top marks. Certainly one of the best porters I've ever had.

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Photo of Pukstopper
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent porter pours a dark malty color into a mason jar. ( thats all the glasses they had left)
Nice flavor of roasted malts. Head didn't last long maybe it was the glass. And to top off this great beer it was on special for 2.95 a bottle.

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Photo of klink40
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- black chocolate color with minimal head

S-Smokey, coffee, cocoa, somewhat nutty

T- Taste explosion of smokey chocolate balance with a smooth

M-lighter than you'd expect from a Founder's Porter (but this is what I like)

D-extremely drinkable due to the smooth character and 6.5% ?? Very smooth for this and therefore a perfect choice for any Porter lover like me.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottled poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 8/01. Consumed on 11/13.

A - Brown approaching black. No light passes through. Light cinnamon colored head. Leaves very little lacing on sides of glass. Low to moderate carbonation.

S - Smells nice, but not overly fragrant. Anise, roasted coffee, and dark chocolate.

T - Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, some coffee acidity, cream and vanilla, with a touch of bitterness. Completely hides ABV.

M - Delightful. Carbonation perfect for slightly thicker texture. Leaves a very nice tingle throughout mouth, complements acidity very well. Much of the flavor of an Imperial Stout, yet light and very drinkable. Some stickiness.

O - Very pleasant. Solid throughout. Mouthfeel is phenomenal. Highly recommended.

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Photo of KevCan
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6-pack of 12 oz. bottles from Whole Foods in Arlington, VA. Bottled on 01/05/16. Poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Dark with healthy medium-brown head. Visible large chunks of suspended sediment.

Smell: Delicious sweet chocolate maltiness.

Taste: Roasty, well-balanced.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: A good, solid porter. Have to ding it for the chunky sediment, though.

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Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark, dark brown, almost black but not quite. Beautiful, long-lasting reddish mocha head that recedes to a collar with little lacing, although some legs.

S - Nice and very roasty, with a bit of chocolate. A hint of something like licorice that I just can't figure out.

T - A damn fine porter. Roasted malts dominate, with some subtle notes of chocolate and even a dash of hops. Definitely very malt forward.

M - Very smooth and creamy, nice carbonation lightens it up perfectly.

D - Great porter, but I've been spoiled by many others. As a regular offering its wonderful, and would pick up more often if a) it were regularly available in NYC and b) I was a fan of porters.

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

From a bottle to a nonic pint glass. Pours very dark brown with light ruby coloring. One finger tan head that quickly shrinks. Nice lacing. Aroma is smoked malt, coffee, and roasted barley. Flavor is rich coffee and chocolate, smoke, roasted barley, and a slight hop balance. Medium mouthfeel and flavor clings to your tongue. This beer is in my top 3 porters easily.

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

Pours a voluptuous looking black with a light chocolate colored head, about 1 finger, recedes to a ring and cap. Splotchy lacing throughout. Smell is coffee, malts, and chocolate all the way, blended nicely. Taste is chocolate and malt up front with a big lingering chocolaty finish. Goes very nicely with the silky smooth mouthfeel, very delicious. Great porter, one of the best I've had.

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

A- Pours dark brown with a medium sized light brown head. Starts to reside after a few minutes leaving light lacing down the glass.

S- Toasted malts with a slightly coffee scent.

T- Taste the toasted somewhat burnt malts with a little bit of the coffee flavor coming through. A good taste of the hops at the finish makes for a good balance of flavors

M- Thick full bodied beer, low carbonation with a nice creaminess as you drink it.

D- Nice drinkability, one of the better porters that I have drank, Founder's is rarely a plain brewery and this is no exception, good beer with nice flavor to it.

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Photo of raszputini
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Founder's just doesn't mess around. Definitely one of my favorite breweries. Primed up for a 12 tap takeover in around a week at the Thirsty Monk. Pours a thick dark brown with a tan creamy head. Nose is burnt malts and cocoa. Taste is surprisingly clean with roasted malts, cocoa, a little coffee and a blast of caramel that surprises. A very nice porter.

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

A: Poured into a pint glass, appears pitch black with some dark reddish-orange colors at the bottom of the glass. Big beige head has decent retention and leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Smells terrific, with tons and tons of chocolate and coffee notes, maybe a bit of hops and a tingly sensation of alcohol. Very inviting.

T: Begins with a dark fruitiness and some sweetness, then comes a terrific onslaught of roasted flavor, mainly espresso and bitter chocolate, which climaxes to a lingering, dry finish with some floral hop character, charcoal, and a bit of residual sweetness. A bit minerally too, which enhances the dryness. Alcohol becomes more apparent as the beer warms, as does the initial sweetness, which suggests brown sugar.

M: Medium body, actually feels relatively light for a porter. Great dryness and moderate carbonation are all nice though. Bittersweet maltiness coats the entire mouth, along with a bit of the hop and mineral flavor.

O: A very good porter. Not quite my favorite, but a good example of the style and probably has the best finish out of any porter I've had.

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Photo of angelogarcia3
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent beer with a very dark color that allowed no light to passthrough it. The dark tannish head reveals aromas of chocolate and molasses. Slight carbonation but still thick in body reminds me of a Belgian dark chocolate thick shake in body and flavor. The Belgian dark chocolate finishes with a slight espresso bitterness. Went well with the pulled pork sliders at Ginger Man in NYC.

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Photo of Jenkster4
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black, with almost a fingers worth of chocolate colored head. It is a sexy one indeed.

Nose: Nice amount of chocolate, smooth roasted malt aroma. Not a very potent smelling brew, but it is pleasant.

Taste: Smooth milk chocolate, a little coffee bitterness, also some black licorice, and yummy roasted malts. It's damn good.

Mouth: Silky and smooth. There is hardly any aftertaste, just a nice bitterness factor that lingers for a few seconds and then it's gone.

Overall: Not the best, but it's up there with the best porters that I've had. It's just really tasty and rather simple, but that's what makes it nice. I would get this again, easily.

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

appearance- Looks perfect. Solid pitch black with a beautiful creamy head on top.

smell- Smells potent. Coffee, chocolate, a little vanilla, a little alchohol.

taste- Same as the smell, delicious. Its sweet but its got some bite as well. Very full flavored.

mouthfeel- Full bodied as well. Its got some carbination but that doesnt take away from the smoothness.

overall- Overall this is a fantastic beer, Id reccommend trying it if you haven't yet. Founders never seems to dissapoint.

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Photo of RJIV
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle on 4/4/15
Pours a dark black with a slight dirty brown head. Smells of a robust roastiness. The body is a tad thin for the style. A slight, sweet richness hits upfront followed by a fully roasted malt flavor. There are hints of caramel and toffee. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of JWD
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle from Slater1313 (extra)

A- Wow this is black with a mocha colored head, looked fairly thick and dense for a porter, very stout like.

S- Coffee and roasted malts with some chocolate in there, once again on the border of a stout.

T- more of the same here, tons of roasted coffee and chocolate. very flavorful. I usaully go for stouts over porters but this one change that thought.

M- Good, slightly thick with medium carbination.

D- I had 2 of these back to back and wanted more. Supreme Drink considering there is no lack of flavors here..

I have had several offerings from founders lately and they are climbing up my list of favorite breweries. So far all are good, some overhyped but still good. yet to be disappointed by them.

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Photo of camp0474
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Nonic Pint Glass

A: Pours very dark brown caramel/coffee color. Dark tan head with fine carbonation.

S: Strong malt coffee smell. Hints of roasted malt, slight smokiness.

T: Strong roasted malt flavor, somewhat smokey. Very close to a dark roast coffee. A slight sweet taste of vanilla to balance to the malt.

M: Medium Body. Good carbonation and smooth overall. Dryc finish from the roasted malt flavor.

D: Overall pretty good, a bit dry on the finish for my taste. Well balanced with the bitter malt and sweet undertones. But a solid porter.

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

Rich deep black color. small milk chocolate colored head. Smells like roasted malt, coffee, semi-sweet chocolate. Sweet roasted malt taste. slightly fruity. sweetened coffee. smooth milk chocolate notes. slight warming alcohol in the finish. rich, filling mouthfeel, but not thick bodied. low carbonation level doesn't get in the way. A very delicious, full flavored porter. definitely on the more intense end of the spectrum, and one of the better examples i've tried. highly recommended.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter

A- Pours black with tan head. The head spreads to the sides of the glass and forms an array of bubbles. Nice golden brown hue that radiates from the body.

S- Smells of heavy roasted malts and milk chocolate. Some coffee in the nose as well. Very full and robust. Minimal hop presence in the nose.

T- Very much the same as the smell. Heavy chocolate malt and quite roasty. Bittersweet flavor that reminds me of baker's semi-sweet chocolate. Hints of coffee and vanilla round out the flavor which makes this a world class porter. Hops are much more present in the taste and create a wonderful balance.

M- On the thicker side and very creamy. Not too heavy on the palate. or going down. Medium carbonation. Exactly right for the style.

D- Fantastic porter. Would have no problem knocking back a few. Rich, creamy and incredibly smooth. Definitely one of the best American porters on the market. Yet again, Founders blows me away.

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 1/5/16 and poured into a pint glass.

A: Opaque black with a 1 finger cap of tan foam. After a few minutes the cap fades to a thin film, leaving behind multiple streaks of lacing.

S: Mild aromas of roast with some chocolate coming out as the beer warms.

T: Rich, bittersweet flavors of roastiness and caramel malts, with a faint bit of chocolate. The roastiness is subtle and not overwhelming. Some hop bitterness with a slightly dry finish. Very well done.

M: Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation leading to a crisp finish.

O: Overall I thought this was an excellent porter. Where it is hard to differentiate some porters from stouts, Founders did a good job of making this flavorful but not crossing into stout category. It is like a "restrained" stout, if you will. Creamy smooth mouthfeel and very drinkable. In my opinion it is the perfect porter, and my go to beer for the style. My only complaint is that ugly old woman on the label, hahaha.

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Photo of Tomdee74
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a tulip glass and was blown away.. Very nice head that hung around for a bit.. Pours a dark brown/black like a stout. Excellent lacing.

S - Smells delicious. Not overpowering. Has a chocolate and coffee smell but not too crazy.

T - Wow again. Founders is very impressive. Reminds me of the breakfast stout and imperial stout! Almost can't believe this is a porter as it tastes very much like a stout.

M - Excellent taste great mouthfeel. Do not taste any alcohol. This is a special treat.

D - Low abv's and no alcohol taste sure make this one deadly. Too bad I only have one. Was able to grab it at Table in Vine in MA. They only had one and that really stinks..

I am really impressed with Founders! I have been fortunate enough to get this in MA as we can't get it in CT. I loved the bfast stout, the imperial stout, this porter!! I have double trouble but believe it is spoiled so I am definitely holding out on a review of that.

---edit on 7/24/2010

I've had this a few times. After having some pretty good porters from all around I still consider this a great porter but i have to take it down just a notch.

A - Pours pretty black... poured into a tulip glass to see an inch head that dissipated quickly.. but good lacing was left behind..

S - definitely get the chocolate notes in here. alcohol is well hidden.. smells sweet and malty. very good here.. smells like a dessert!

T - Actually a little hop profile i think here.. very sweet but i like the little tang and punchy hopness i think.. maybe it's just too sweet and i got it wrong... but a very well balanced treat here..

M - Not too thick... would like it thicker but then it would prob be more like a stout.. this is a great porter.. i will pick this up again if i can get some singles...

D - I like the drinkability here.. i could slug down a few of these.. my favorite porter is probably smuttynose robust porter but this is up there....

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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