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Founders Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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4.25/5
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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
Ranking:
#765
Reviews:
1,662
Ratings:
7,463
pDev:
9.18%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
449
Gots:
1,711
Trade:
22
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 7,463 |  Reviews: 1,662
Photo of Boston_Steve
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ElGordo
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown, almost black, with a nice, small, creamy head. Aroma of roasted dark and chocolate malts, with some chicory and a bit of a nutty character.
Palate is big on roasted malt up front, with notes of chocolate and mocha. A rich, nuttiness emerges mid-palate, and the roasted character becomes tempered by a good dose of hoppy bitterness.
Body is creamy and full, just thick enough to hold the robust flavor. This beer goes down pretty easily for being so strong and full of flavor. It's one of my first experiences with Founders' brews, and I'm looking forward to trying many more.

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Photo of lunarbrew
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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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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 Urk1127
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown. Tan head.
Smell is chocolate, sugar. Sweet smell.
Taste is sweet, dark chocolate.
Feel is soft, medium thick. Low carbonation.

Will buy again.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Dirtinabottle
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of zac16125
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass
no bottling dates

A: Pours an opaque black with browning on the edges when held to light and 1/2 fingers width of mocha colored head. Head dissipates down quickly and leaves effectively zero lacing.

S: Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malt, char, subtle dark fruits. Lots of char, but pretty mild aroma overall.

T: Follows the nose, but better. Char, roasted malt, oak, heavy cream, chocolate, subtle hop bitterness. Excellent.

M/D: Fairly smooth, carbonation on the higher end for the style, drinkability is great. The only downside is it leaves this weird filmy feeling coating my mouth, and its very distracting.

O: Overall, aroma is a bit lacking but a really tasty beer. I dont drink standard porters all that often, but if I were to drink one this would be near the top of my list of choices.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Surprisingly hoppy compared to a lot of porters out there. You get some roasted malt & bitter cocoa up front but then a punch of hops bitterness. A bit of a clash for my personal taste, but still a solid beer. Founders always makes well balanced brews so even if one or two notes are a bit unexpected they never overpower the rest of the beer.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black, and forming a very light, yet creamy head with a fairly assertive pour. Nice and sticky, it leaves rings of lace behind and a slow-to-fall layer of it after each sip.

S + T: Coffee and chocolate scents and flavours are not massive, but robust. Rich roasted malt scents, which come across as a little stronger on the nose than the palate, but it's still tasted.

M + D: Medium to full, with a nice creaminess. Softer carbonation, but just enough to complement the body feel. A nice porter, and a good session candidate. Nicely done, solid, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of brbrocc
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Sazz9
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Pitch black with a 1 finger head that hangs around for just a bit. Head is creamy and dark mocha in color. Delightful lacing.

S- Dry coffee bean, unsweetend chocolate, powdered cocoa, mocha, earthy hops and caramel.

T- Love the flavor of this porter. Totally follows nose. Pine hops come out from underneath the dry, roasted goodness. Woodsy, slight charcoal, rich.

M- A little let down by the feel. not horrible, but somewhat thin for the style imo. Mid body. Dry and fairly drinkable.

O- I love a great porter, and that's exactly what this one is. Not real sweet, but delightfully earthy. One of the best in the country. Would most certainly have another!

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Photo of warpedrevolution
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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

Photo of TurboBrew
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of TWStandley
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of yesyouam
4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Founders Porter is an opaque, brown-black beer with a brown sugar-colored froth that stays put. It has an aroma of roasty malts, caramel or brown sugar and zesty hops. Wow. It has a very American smell. It's pretty full bodied and soft. It vanishes from the mouth quickly and leaves the tongue a bit scratchy. It has flavors of dark malt, roastiness and maybe chocolate. A sort of lemon peel bitterness and some sort of grass or hay and spice seem to come from the hops. It's balanced perfectly. It's bold and delicious. This shows everyone what a porter is all about.

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Photo of Schlafly33
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of speedvagen
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Ultimate
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Stum-pub
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of jp32
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black in color with a tan colored foamy head that seems to stick around for a while.

S: Rich and roasty. Simple, yet extremely nice.

T: A complex roastiness overwhelms the flavor profile. Smokey, earthy, toasted, dark, roasted malts. There isn't much else that shows up here... however the beer tastes so good I'm not counting that as a bad thing.

F: It's definitely a full-bodied porter. They didn't leave anything out in terms of mouthfeel.

O: A true, full bodied porter. Exactly what I hoped it would be. Thanks Founders!

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 7,463 ratings
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