Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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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:
#798
Reviews:
1,687
Ratings:
7,559
pDev:
9.18%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
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460
Gots:
1,770
Trade:
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Ratings: 7,559 |  Reviews: 1,687
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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 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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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 Lantern
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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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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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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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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3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CNoj012
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a jet black with a one finger light brown head that fades very quickly to a microfilm ring around the edge. There are also light spots of lacing. Smell is amazing. Very strong chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Taste is the same with a nice amount bitterness on the back end. Feel is full side of medium, coats the whole mouth and has good carbonation. Overall an excellent beer. Not normally the biggest fan of porters, but this is the best one I've ever had.

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4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.
awesome extra sent by jctribe25.

Pours a completely opaque black with a thick tan head. Pretty standard, but still quite nice looking.

The aroma is much more rich and full than I was expecting. It is a very pleasant blend of roasty coffee and cocoa

The taste is again of coffee and cocoa, though it is just a bit lighter in strength than the aroma. There is a pleasant roastiness throughout the beer as well.

Medium body, with just enough carbonation to keep it from becoming too heavy.

This was one of the better porters I have had and is just yet another reason why I really wish Founder's distributed to Oregon. It has robust and full flavors, while still maintaining the easy drinking I expect from a porter.

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

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

Photo of Gatch
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, dark black. Medium brown, fluffy head that builds and fades quickly leaving behind no lace or retention.

S: Big nose. Dark chocolate, booze, dark fruit, molasses, smoke, roasted malt.

T: Big, roasty malt with chocolate and espresso notes. Great body, meaning it isn't watered down like some Porters. Has the flavors of a Stout with the body of a Porter. Chocolate dominates. Surprisingly, some hops in the finish.

M: Super smooth, rich, and roasty. Great flavors. A bit cloying at the end but nothing bad.

O: One of the more flavorful and enjoyable Porters I've had in a long time. Delicious stuff. But what else would you expect from Founders?

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4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Porter from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 7,559 ratings