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:
1,589
Ratings:
7,208
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
Wants:
418
Gots:
1,580
For Trade:
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Photo of mdr4669
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark with about a half a finger head, that receades quickly. Leaves good lacing around the glass with every sip.

Smell: Strong wafts of coffee, chocolate & vanilla.

Taste: Black coffee and chocolate has a bit of smokey finish which is surprisingly smooth.

Mouthfeel: The taste is richer than the feel, this porter would be great if it had a little more texture.

Drinkability: It's smooth, fresh and easily drinkable.

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

This starts off like your standard porter. It is a dark, opaque brew, almost black, with a minimal head that quickly fades to a light lacing on the glass. The smell is of toasted malts, with hints of chocolate and espresso. Very nice. But then the taste surprises with not only the chocolate and espresso notes, but with the IBUs as advertised on the bottle. And i find i like that subtle bitterness. As it warms, the bitterness becomes more pronounced, but still nice.

This is probably my favorite porter. Everything a porter should be with an extra hop twist.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holy cannoli ravioli! This beer is a blast of complex flavors. What I get from it is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and hops.

The appearance of this beer is outstanding. Pitch black! The smell is quite good for this style, and the taste is well balanced.

This isn't my type of beer. The people that I can imagine loving this beer are coffee drinkers, smokers, lumberjacks, people with thick beards, and unicyclists. This is the sort of beer you'd drink with a cigarette in the other hand , a donut (it would probably pair well with certain desserts), or an axe (psychopaths are not welcome to have this drink with an axe. no sir.)

I certainly could not drink more than one of these. It is so strong with its taste/flavor that I can still taste the roasted coffee even minutes after my last sip. Even Juan Valdez would think this coffee is strong.

This is certainly interesting! I haven't had a lot of porters but I can't imagine there being one better than this. Again, this isn't my style and I can't say that I really enjoy this beer, but you have to respect greatness. This beer is expertly crafted! If you are into the sort of flavor profiles listed above, this might be your new favorite drink! Coffee that gets you drunk. haha.

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Photo of lamarr04
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a mug

A: pours a very dark brown with an inch dark tan head

S: Aroma is roasted malt with dark chocolate and prune in the background. also a bit of vanilla/sweetness to the nose

T:First thing i notice is a nice bitterness followed by dark chocolate and prune at the back of the tongue. A nice malty sweetness balances the bitter chocolate

M: more carbonation than i was expecting although i kind of like that. medium smooth body. the finish is a bit slick and the beer coats the tongue

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Photo of Brubaker
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black with a mocha head that shrinks then persists.

S- Malts & coffee

T- Coffee (did i mention coffee?) then the malts with a hopy finish

M- Medium to rich body, very smooth

O- Coffee porter at its best. Good balance of malts, flavors, and hops.

Would Drink
Would Buy
Might Make

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Thick head, over an inch that is brown with big bubbles. Head dissipates slowly. Completely opaque with a reddish tint near the edges.

S - Malt, prunes, chocolate

T - Dark sweet fruits at the front. Chocolate in the middle. A mild hoppy bitter finish. No strong alcohol taste.

M - Minimal alcohol and carbonation burn.

O - A solidly good beer, but nothing exciting. Does what it needs to as a porter. Not too bitter, with a nice taste.

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Photo of Thingus
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live tasting 12 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip...

Appearance; pours a deep dark brown out of the bottle, that becomes black in the glass with cola edges... Single finger head falls exceptionally quickly, leaving nothing but a very thin ring of bubbles around the edges..

Smell; lots of roasty malt, coffee, caramel and chocolate...

Taste; quite similar to the smell, jumps right in with coffee and roasted malts, the caramel and chocolate are more subdued and quite nicely accent the roastiness... Medium finish with a nice lingering roasted malt/coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel; on the light side of full bodied, with a bit more carbonation than I would expect, but it definitely compliments the flavor and body of the beer... Slightly sticky, it hangs around a bit on the sides of the glass but nowhere near the extent of a beer like Ten Fidy...

Overall; a damn good beer! My second Founders experience, I've got a few more in the fridge and I can't wait to get into them!!

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Photo of jsolack
3.67/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance:
Very dark brown... almost like chocolate syrup. Pours thick and head is a heavy dark tan.

Smell:
Smooth and creamy scent. Has a nice sweet smell.

Taste:
A rich and flavorful beer. A bit bitter in the finish. A hint of spice and a dark coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel:
Not as thick in mouth as I would expect but still a good feel.

Drinkability:
A full bodied beer. Strong flavor and bitter coffee like aftertaste is a little much for me.

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Photo of ob_carr
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

This beer is bite-your-knuckle sexy, just as the bottle claims. It has a dark, dark brown body close to a muddy black and a short-lived but beautiful head the color of a cup of coffee with 1 cream that disappears right before you've been able to fully appreciate it. It's silky smooth, but not thick, and subtly sweet with a killer, sticky and slightly bitter finish and an aftertaste that gently nibbles at your conscience. It's like eating a tiny piece of mildly dark chocolate and no more. It's like a tauntingly gentle kiss on the lips from your high school crush who's also wearing the perfect, creamy chocolate lip-gloss and (for some reason) holding an open cup of coffee beans and standing in a dewy field. Every time I have one, my eyes pop out like Eddie Valiant ogling Jessica Rabbit then settle back in as the potent but manageable 6.5% ABV washes over.

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Photo of machostacos
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from chilled bottle into pint glass.

A: Deep mahogany - completely opaque with a 1/4 inch creamy chocolate head that dissipated quickly, leaving a tiny collar. Light lacing.

S: Lots of chocolate (blend of dark/semi-sweet), blended with rich dark roasted coffee, hints of vanilla and smoky charred wood, with a light touch of dark fruit sweetness (cherry, prune).

T: Very full, rich - much like the nose; dark chocolates and dark roasted coffee galore up front followed by a mild chocolately sweetness. Finishes with a mild bitterness reminiscent of grapefruit and dark chocolate. Quite tasty, though not terribly complex. Bitterness lessens and sweetened chocolate flavors shine through more as beer warms.

M: Rich and full but a little thin. Good carbonation.

D: Goes down so smoothly - could easily put 2 or 3 of these away. Delicious pairing with blueberry pie - fantastic dessert or sipper beer.

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Photo of BPudd
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: A hard pour that resulted in black bodied brew with a large inch of coco colored head that slowly faded.

S: Not overly complex but coffee notes were strong at first, followed by a semi-sweet chocolate.

T: More complex than smell as coffee flavors are bold at first then a vanilla note precedes the semi-sweet chocolate malts. . Dark fruits made their presence as the beer settled.

M: Medium bodied, rich & creamy

O: One of the best porters I've had recently. Rarely does Founders disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Fluke828
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Murphy's Imperial Tulip-esque Pint/Pub Glass.
Bottle says it was bottled on "03/31/11"

A-> Pours black as night and looks quite thick. Aggressive pour yields just about a full finger of coffee/mocha colored head that quickly fades but still leaves a thin layer of lace/bubbles on the glass as well as across the top terminus of liquid in the glass.

S-> Smell is dominated by chocolate and coffee with some bitter notes in there as well. Burnt biscuit alt smells are also present. Getting a bit of toffee and roasted bread also. Some faint chocolate molasses is detectable as well. Really a lot going on here.

T-> Definitely get the roasted malt/burnt biscuit/breads up front which is quickly followed by a refreshing bitter kick. Smoky dark chocolate makes itself known in the middle and becomes ever more prevalent as I let this brew warm a bit. Going to see if anything else comes through with some more warmth...Really getting an earthy, woody smokiness coupled with bitter and sweet notes in the middle as this goes down. Really a complex brew that isn't effing around....

M-> I want to say full bodied but wonderfully balanced and not thick at all (like I thought it looked from the pour). Not thin by any means yet carbonated enough to be pleasant and refreshing yet smooth and silky enough to retain its robustness. Really admirable...

O-> This is one fine porter. Not that I expected anything less from Founders and at the risk of sounding like a Founders fanboy, this brew is really quite drinkable/enjoyable. Borderline quaff-able. Smooth and crisp, I could drink this as a nightcap or as a dessert beer or with dessert or all at the same time. Wonderfully complex and delicious with a lot going on. Really liked the earthy, woody, smoky flavors that came through that were married beautifully with a mild bitterness that made this exceptionally smooth and drinkable. Founders Porter has solidified a spot in my fridge no matter what season it is....

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Photo of MickeyBeer
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours very dark with a minimal tan head. Almost entirely opaque when held up to the light.

S- Not as aromatic as I would have hoped. Mild coffee notes are present.

T- Coffee and chocolate flavors come forward. Alcohol at 6.5% is hardly noticeable. This is a great session porter in my opinion. Perfect for those cold winter months.

M- Very drinkable with coffee flavor and certainly no absence of hops. Carbonation is light.

O- One of the best porters that I have had in a while. Did not disappoint in any way and I will definitely be picking up another 6-pack of it.

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Black in color. One finger caramel-colored head (vanished quickly/poured from a bottle) Mild carbonation keeps a small island of foam at the top of the glass. zero lacing

Smell: Rich mocha and chocloate.

Taste: Mocha and chocolate...a little caramel

Feel: Medium body. A little creamy. Good carbonation

Overall: Mmmmm...a good Porter that I would buy regularly. The smell alone gets me.

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Photo of James954
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a porter that makes you wonder what some other companies are thinking when they label a brew as "Stout".

Pitch black appearance with brown lacing

Smell of rich and sweet toasted malts and coffee

Taste of Black coffee, sweet toasted malt, molasses, dark chocolate

F: medium carbonation that is harder to achieve for some other brewers for such a rich brew. No syrupy feel.

Overall: The best Porter in its class that I have tried.

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Photo of solargoat
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours nearly jet black, small quickly dissipating head.

Smells robust and delicious.

Roasted coffee, chocolate malts, nice balanced bittering.

Very smooth, Creamy, rich mouthfeel. Warm in my belly.

In my opinion this is the finest porter I have consumed. Love you

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Photo of ihazabucket7
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark as night chocolate color with little to no head.

Smell: Lots of chocolate smells, mild roast very rich.

Taste: Rich, chocolate flavors. Paired it with some caramel chocolate and it went nicely with this balanced beer.

Feel: Felt plain in the mouth didn't wow me but wasn't very heavy either.

Overall: This beer surprised me. Tried to compare this to Sierra Nevada's porter and this one takes it for sure.

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

I poured this far too cold into a snifter, and it seemed incredibly flat. Leaves nice lacing as it drinks, and a swirl of the glass produces great fizz.

Scents of sweet creamy mocha and roasted maltiness. Very nice and inviting.

Taste is great for a porter. Like a subdued Imperial Stout. Roasty, coffee, tons of cream, chocolate and deliciousness. Hardly any bitterness.

A bit thin for me, would have liked a little more coating.

A absolute stellar porter. Enjoyable to the last drip from the glass. Again, I wish Founders was available to me more often.

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Photo of Durtdiggler
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black oil pour with massive mocha brown head with alot of retention.

Sweet, burnt mocha and molasses aroma fills the nostrils.

Taste is well balanced with sweetness and bitterness of the hops . Flavor very much like it smells. slight burnt roastiness but not enough to lose the sweetness for porter style.

Creamy, balanced mouthfeel with back end hops and clean finish.

Tastes like a bigger beer than the 6.5 Abv implies. Very easy drinking but full of flavor. Not overpowering. Satisfy the imperial craving with friends without the big alcohol effect.

I love this beer and about every style from Founders. Lucky to have them close in distribution.

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Photo of viverlee
3.15/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Too often in a fit of “oh shit the baby’s going to wake up, poop everywhere and need to be changed, fed and played with” I don’t let the beer mellow, to come down a few degrees. I started this review in haste before deciding to take my own advice. Glad I did.

STYLE: American Porter

ABV: 6.5%

LOOK: Unremarkable, the midpoint between oily and soda. An appalling lack of lacing. What head?

NOSE: We’re off to a rather good start. Over a foot away, I can smell the chocolate and red fruits as it pours. Better as it warms. Smoother too. We’ve gone from metallic to mid-range coffee.

MOUTH: It settles into coffee and lightly burnt malts. Not the extraordinary failure I thought it was at first. Medium body, dirty, barn doors, green pear. It has to be sessionable, but not because the ABV is relatively low. It simply lacks something robust, be it flavor or texture.

Beeradvocate Rating: 95

ratebeer Rating: 100

Hayward Abbey Rating: 82

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Photo of FlakyBiscuit
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12ounce bottle into pint glass. Opaque black body with about half inch of coffee cream colored head. Aroma of coffee and dark chocolate. Thick mouthfeel which reminds me of an Imperial stout. Very slight alcohol bite. The flavors starts of dark chocolate and black coffee . Hints of licorice and more chocolate as it finishes semi dry on the palate. This beer represents an exceptional porter. Please let this warmup to about 50 degrees or so as the chocolate flavors become even more pronounced. A real decadent treat.

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Photo of Landfill21
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into my flying dog glass and pours into a dark brown/black color that lets no light through. Has a fingernail head that follows the drink down.

Has a very nice smell of roasted malts, toffee and a hint of coffee. Very nice complex taste with very little carbonation and a nice finish of malts.

Has a nice mouthfeel but a decent drinkibility. THis is still a nice porter that I would recommend to any porter lover.

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Photo of Bennettrox
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - About as brown as a beer can be without being black. Looks gorgeous. Tried to be aggressive with a head but didn't get much. Half a finger espresso head, goes away fast.

S - Toasted malts and a fine chocolate.

T - More chocolate and a roasted character. The taste has a great balance of flavors, can really pull all kind of elements from this beer but the roasted notes shine.

M - The high point of the beer for me. My local bottle shop labels this as 'Sexy, Silky, and Smooth'. I couldn't think of a better description, esp silky. Feels so great in your mouth with just the right carbonation.

O - Just picked up several six packs of this. When I'm looking for a balanced porter this is my go to.

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Photo of jm1229
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm back at school for my senior year, yet the most exciting part about being back on the east coast is the new selection of beer I get to try. After being (what I would say) well versed in the realm of west coast beer, I get to learn all over again over here.

12 oz bottle opened on 9/1/11 and poured into a pint glass. Served at 55 degrees. Bottle dated 6/8/11.

A- Black as night. Really surprised me how dark it was. One inch mocha head leaving thick lacing down the glass. Looks really nice.

S- I could smell this as soon as I poured it. Mostly smells of roasted chocolate, coffee, and sweet malts.

T- Follows the nose, but there's a lot more roasted flavor coming out. Nice bitter after taste of roasted malts and coffee.

M- Maybe a little much on the carbonation as it prickles my tongue slightly. I do prefer a smoother beer when it gets darker, but perhaps that's just the kind of stout lover I am (yes, I understand this isn't a stout). Nice and creamy, definitely satisfying beer.

O- The porter was my very first introduction to the craft beer scene. That being said, this is a great beer and I prefer it to the Anchor Porter (which was the said first beer). Great beer. Glad I bought a sixer.

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Photo of darkstar12
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: pitch black. thin one-finger tan-colored head that dissipated quickly down to a thin layer that remained throughout. No lacing.

S: strong coffee and malt tones. Very pleasant.

T: strong coffee and malt tones. Interesting and enjoyable mix of bitter and sweet elements.

M: good thick chewy mouthfeel. Carbonation is pronounced and appropriate to the beer.

O: Great porter. Well worth having again.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 7,208 ratings.
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