Founders Porter | Founders Brewing Company

Founders PorterFounders Porter
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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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Ratings: 7,387 |  Reviews: 1,647
Photo of JMScowcroft
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Brewing Company - Founders Porter, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours a rich oily brown-black and settles black with a small soapy head that retains for a bit. Great lacing.

Smell - Sweet caramel and chocolate. Roasted malts as well take up the rear. Some coffee. Faint hops.

Taste - Sweet and malty, some roast and coffee. Hop profile is slight but detectable.

Mouthfeel - Sits sweet with roasted malts and dry. Great drinkability. Medium to moderate carbonation. Medium-bodied.

Overall - Super drinkable porter, another Founders win. No complaints on this terrific brew.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of hopsolutely
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Strange to have never checked this in before, and sadly only picked up a 6 pack in last week-end's Michigan visit, but this is an excellent American porter.

Pours a dark and silky near-black with a dense chocolate coloured head that leaves less lacing than I 'd expect given the creamy mouthfeel of this beer. Aroma of roasted dark chocolate malts and freshly ground coffee, with a dark chocolate backbone. The rich initial malt sweetness has elements of chocolate milk before it transitions to a coffee and hop bitterness, that lingers nicely into the extended finish of this beer.

Surprised to see a trademark symbol on the bottle's tag line, but can't disagree at all with their description : "dark, rich & sexy" sums it up nicely.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of starrdogg
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #200, figured I'd make it an old favorite.

Beer pours a dark brown/almost black with a fluffy brown head. Smell is chocolate, roasted malts and also a bit of caramel malt in there as well. Flavor follows the nose, but takes it up a notch. This beer has an incredible balance of flavors - the roast malts don't take over the beer like they do in a lot of porters, instead it's got a little bit of sweetness to it and an incredible dark chocolate cookie-ish flavor (it reminds me of the chocolate crunchies on a Carvel ice cream cake). The mouthfeel of this beer, at least on tap, is what really makes this beer. It's very full-bodied and robust, unlike most porters which I find too thin. It's also got high carbonation which keeps it from being too heavy despite the larger feel. Overall, this is one of the best porters out there, and maybe THE best porter not made by Hill Farmstead (Everett and Twilight of the Idolts reign supreme). It's a hell of a lot easier to get than the HF beers, so it's my go-to porter. An excellent beer.

I will say that this beer is still great, but maybe not quite as amazing out of the bottle as it is on tap or on cask. The mouthfeel especially tends to lose a little something.

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of DCon
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 6-pack of this from the Wine & Cheese Place in Ballwin, MO for $8.99. Poured one of the 12oz Bottles with “DARK, RICH, SEXY” labeled beneath Porter, a Heart underneath it all, & an old classic portrait of a women I would see normally at my grandparents house in a frame into a 16oz Dewey's Pizza Pint Glass. Does not have a BOTTLED date on the bottle, maybe on the 6-pack though.

Aroma- A great and strong aroma starting with malt, roast, and grain. There is a light coffee aroma also that seems to be blended with some chocolate.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger, dark brown head that has great retention (for what is there)! Has a deep brown colored body that is opaque. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- Has the most pleasant roast and grain in the taste. A slight burnt flavor leads into the roastiness and mild coffee flavors. There are medium hops that are evident and has a medium-high bitterness at the finish (definitely led on by the roasted malts).

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Thick ingredients but not viscous, and flavorful.

Overall Impression- One of my top 5 Porters! I especially enjoyed how long this brew lasted in front of me. Can't get enough. If I were to recommend a porter to someone, this guy would be it! Many others that are in front of Founder's Porter but I give Founders a big pat on the back for this one too! This brewery can't go wrong can they?

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4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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

Photo of kawilliams81
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours black with a 2" dark tan heat. Big wall and trailing of lacing remains on the glass.

S- big roast, dark chocolate, and some coffee.

T- semi-sweet dark chocolate, roasted malts, and some bitter coffee.

M- medium body and carbonation. Nice creamy and smooth feel.

O- very good porter and I am not a big porter fan. Nice roast with just a touch of sweetness, and very creamy feel.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 6 oz. snifter. Bottled on 02/10/2012, reviewed on 09/01/2012.

A-Dark black with a light tan head that dissipated quickly.

S-Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, leather.

T/M-BIttersweet chocolate, roasted malts, coffee. Not overly sweet. Coats the mouth with the unsweetened chocolate and a mild carbonation.

O-A great porter from Founders! Not too heavy with a balanced sweetness to a little bitter bite.

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Photo of lochef81
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This exquisite porter pours a near black color with a two finger tan head that gives way to a nice tan film and generous lacing. The nose is deep and rich with roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and a pleasant (and unexpected) hop bitterness. The flavor lives up to everything the nose promises. It is incredibly deep and rich and delicious. Bitter coffee gives way to sweet roasted malts to dark smoky chocolate to a finish of bitter hops and roasted goodness. The body coats the palate and lingers with the deliciousness of the ale. This seems much closer to a stout than a porter. I tasted this along side GLBC Edmund Fitzgerald and Bell's porter, overall this one won out. Well done, founder's, very well done.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94.4% out of 100 with 7,387 ratings
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