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Founders Porter | Founders Brewing Company

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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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Photo of scottfrie
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into AVBC snifter.

A: Pours almost black with about a half-finger of dark brown head that quickly turned into a thick film that left a spotty sheet of lacing down the glass.
S: Light notes of coffee with a touch of baking chocolate. The smell isn’t overpowering, but what’s there is nice.
T: Follows the nose with soft notes of coffee and bitter dark chocolate. There are definite undertones of grassy hops, and they add a delicious layer to complexity of the flavor. The aftertaste is lightly bitter and has a touch of smoke.
M: Medium body with a bit of chewiness to the mouth. Carbonation is pretty bubbly but not really sharp.
O: Definitely an above average porter and an above average beer. This goes down easy and smooth. Thanks to the generous BA who sent this to me!

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Photo of popery
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes, 6/15/11. Pours black with some brown at the edges. Light brown head. Good retention. Creamy dark chocolate. There are roast and coffee flavors, particularly in the finish, but this is a chocolatey treat. One of my favorite porters and an all-round fantastic beer. It’s lush and thick on the plate for the abv. Smell isn’t terribly strong, but the taste comes through big. Perfect malt sweetness for the beer. This is a real treat and probably my favorite dark beer from Founders, so far.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a tan head. In the aroma, a small roast and a nice sweetness. In the taste, roasty and rich, with a nice hop presence. A small bite and a medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry roasted malt in the aftertaste. What can I say, Founder's already said it...Dark - Rich - Sexy!!

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

Nice smooth and well bodied US porter. Great click of smell and palate.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Old fashion design around the portrait of a lady dressed in black and holding flowers, mixed with the Founders branding. Three word description as "dark, rich, and sexy". Shows date of bottling (06/11/09), IBUs (45), and Alc. (6.5%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Dark color with minimal brown translucency around the edges. Generous foamy dark head the dissipates smoothly to leave a persistent ring and minimal lacing..

S - Coffee, chocolate aromas with a characteristic smoked touch.

T - Great smoothness of those coffee and malt flavors in a rich roasted taste.

M - Medium to full bodied and quick in the lingering aftertaste.

D - Goes down well and does not overwhelm, easy to go after another one.

Notes: True, it may lack a final couple of notches to make it an outstanding beer. But it is still a great brew to keep handy, enjoy, and showcase the style.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick and oily black, waffer thin cocoa brown foam that sits thickly but quite thin even after a strong pour. Lacing sticks in strings.

Aroma is nice and darkly roasted with black malts, coffeeish notes, tangy molasses, dark caramel, and bittersweet chocolate.

Great taster, rich, dark, deep, and inviting flavors of heavily roasted barley and malts, nice chocolate tones meld within keeping an ever present bitterness of roasty/burnt qualities. Touches of coffee/espresso roast intermingle with all the other roasty things in the finish where the bittering ensues and drys out with a nice play of everything chocolate and roasty. Some burnt tinges and charred wood notes make their way in as well. Wow! Fantastic porter character in its flavors. Oh my is it yummy!

Feel is well rounded and creamy full with a fantastic finish of drying roasty/burntish chocolate bittering. I'm reminded of burnt chocolate cake or cookies at every sip. Fantastically good stuff.

This could be one to top Descutes Black Butte and Summit Great Northern in my book, something I never thought could be possible, but this stuff is wonderful! Yum times two.
A wowzaa yippee goes to trbeer for throwing this one in the mix!

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Photo of morimech
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark black color with a half inch of tan head that goes away quickly. Spotty lacing is left on the glass. I blame the glass I used as the poor effort of this beer. Previously I had poured one of these in a Sam Adams glass and it developed a very nice head. The aroma is what all American Porters should strive for. Cocoa, coffee, dark malt, a touch of smoke, and an American twist, some citrus hops. The flavor is likewise impressive. A lot of malt flavor and smoke with just a touch of citrus. The hops never overcome the malt but it is noted. Bitterness is also fairly high. The body is robust and filling. Carbonation is well suited to this beer. Nice soft, creamy texture. I think this is one of Founders best beers. I would take one of these over a FBS.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and burnt wood.
The taste is milk chocolate sweet, coffee bitter, dark chocolate, milk.
The texture is smooth.
It's an outstanding beer.

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Photo of n2185
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: HUGE head on this beer. It didn't gush out of the bottle, but it took a few minutes to get the entire beer poured even into my Duvel tulip. Pours black with 4 fingers or more of milk chocolate head. Head retention and lacing are both good. This probably is just a slightly overcarbonated batch, but the three I've drank out of the sixer have all done this. It's a bit of an inconvenience, but in a Duvel tulip it looks like a black and brown version of Duvel with that huge head.

S: Dark roasted malt and rich, sweet chocolate on the nose. Lots of sweet chocolate, which smells amazing.

T: Roasted malt followed by some chocolate flavors, though more subtle than expected. The finish is of dark roasted coffee with some bitterness.

M: Thick body with lots of carbonation, though it still manages to be fairly creamy textured. The carbonation accentuates the dark, roasted flavors well.

D: This beer is delicious and goes down very smoothly despite the carbonation.

Overall, a very good porter--definitely among the best I've had.

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Photo of Dope
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't read the date, pretty sure it says 2011 which is about right. Call it 2 years old.

A: Pours a nice dark brown with an enormous frothy light brown head. Head fades very slowly, leaving an island of foam behind. Heavy, fluffy walls of lacing left behind.

S: Lots of chocolate with some mild char and smoke. A bit creamy.

T: Smooth dark chocolate and smoke mixing together. Hints of char. Some creamy sweetness in the middle, leading into the finish.

M: Medium bodied, ultra smooth and creamy. Wonderful.

O: This is the benchmark of all porters, in my opinion. Even after two years this is still wonderful. Great chocolate notes, super creamy and smooth. One of the most drinkable beers around. Surprising strength and variety of flavors for such a low ABV brew too. Another great Founders brew.

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Photo of gford217
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of FtownThrowDown poured into a tulip.

This one poured dark, dark brown out of the bottle and settles in black with hints of mahogany around the edges. An aggressive pour produces a smallish tan head that recedes to a ring quickly and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is stunning on this one with everything you could ever want in a porter. It's got dark sweet malts, with lots of chocolate and hints of roasted coffee. It's also got plenty of sweet dark fruits and hints of caramel, vanilla, and even a hint of hops. One of the best aromas I've had on a porter.

The taste is only a small step behind the aroma in my book. It's definitely sweet with lots of dark chocolate malts and molasses sweetness. Tastes like a dessert with a splash of coffee infusion.

The mouthfeel is full-bodied with low, soft carbonation and just completely coats the mouth with the dark sweet malts. Decadent mouthfeel overall, especially for the style.

Quite simply, one of the best porters I've ever tasted. The nose is world-class and the taste and mouthfeel are pretty damn close. I'm not sure if I've ever had a beer with more flavor at this ABV level. Wonderful stuff.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled September 20, 2011.

Beer is black and a large tan head on top. Decent retention and quite a bit of lacing.

Smell contains coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, smoke.

Although I didn't really get any chocolate in the nose, it is there in the taste. Quite a smooth chocolate flavour, with the roasted malts just behind. Some vanilla, a bit of coffee. Finish is somewhat bitter.

Moderate carbonation made up of very small bubbles. Very smooth, rather silky feel. Full bodied. Very nice.

Overall, quite good. Close to going to 4.5 on taste, but not quite there for me. The 'overall' rating reflects this. Good beer for sure.

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Photo of Gmann
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a small dense tan head that quickly dissipates into a light ring.

The aroma is wonderful. Notes of toasted brown nut bread mix with light chocolate and light coffee. There is some bark scents and quite woody. Some lemon sourness pops through. Aroma reminds me of a brown ale.

The taste is much the same as the aroma. Toasted brown bread and nutty flavors give this a solid base to work from. Add in some hints of coffee and chocolate as well as some wet wood. Some lemony sourness breaks up the malty lovefest. A noticable hop bitterness rounds out the flavor. A very excellent porter.

The porter is well bodies with soft carbonation giving the brew a smooth feel. Starts sweet on the palate but transitions into a needed bitterness, though the bitterness lingers a bit too long.

A wonderful porter, big bold flavors. Definitely a bit heavy and the bitterness stays a touch too long but still this is a top notch porter.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown, almost completely black. Lots of rising bubbles and a solid three finger tan head with good retention and a good amount of sticky lacing.

Smell: A big aroma with a good mix of sweet dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, strong notes of coffee beans, and a bit of mocha and milk. Also has a light aroma of earthy, grassy hops. A very appealing, sweet, and toasty aroma.

Taste: Sweet dark roasted malts with hints of caramel are followed by a rush of mocha and dark chocolate and a fairly sharp coffee bitterness that lingers through the finish and aftertaste. Also some hints of earthy hops in the finish that add to the bitterness. Very full and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy like you would expect from a porter. Fairly bitter but very smooth.

Overall: A very good take on a porter. Probably the best American version I've had yet. Lots of malty chocolate sweetness is very well balanced by a bitter chocolate and hop presence.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into wine glass.
Pours a deep coffee color, with slightly red hue. A bit of tan head sits on top.
Great coffee and roasted malt aromas with a hint of sweetness. Also sence a bit of bitter hops.
Taste is fantastic; again, roasted malts complements the bitter coffee and sweet chocolate flavors. Nice balance of hops and grains here making it very smooth and satisfying. One of the best porters I ever had.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown colour, mostly black except at the very edge. Head is beige, thin and dispersed, leaving specks of lace behind. Looks pretty standard, but not bad.

Smells roasty and a bit stouty. Plenty of espresso but a nice sweet edge with unsweetened chocolate providing some balance, and a touch of pecan towards the back. Again fairly pedestrian aromas, but decently put together.

Taste is also fairly nutty, with sweet pecan and hazelnut flavour pervading. Not a lot of roastiness except the sweet and nutty notes are slightly darkened, to an overall fairly chocolatey flavour. Hint of licorice on the back and maybe a whisper of leather. Quite decent porter, but again there's nothing really interesting here, and ultimately it's a bit sweet and a bit bland.

Decent texture for the style, really. Foamy and dries up quite well. Yeah, nice.

A fairly standard effort; could use more oomph from somewhere but it's decent drinking.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass. Pours dark black, completely opaque. Tan foam with some lacing. Rich roasted coffee smell - very forward. Burnt edges. Smooth creamy taste with a late charging bitter hop that closes quick. Milky. Reminds me of an ice coffee. Solid.

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Photo of argock
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.80.

A: Dense dark brown with 1-finger chocolate brownie head with decent retention but no lacing.

S: Delicious sweet malty chocolate and espresso aromas blend with light licorice, dark bread, and floral hops notes

T: A lush flavor profile of dark and milk chocolate, espresso, molasses, and dark malts are met delicately with floral, spicy hops to form a remarkably flavorful brew.

M: One of the chewiest porters I've tasted, very much like a stout. Aftertaste is like a strong mocha with a light hops note.

D: Easily my new favorite porter. If their Breakfast Stout is above this, I can't wait. Founders Porter is an exceptional example of the style with complex, nicely blended flavors and superior mouthfeel, and a good value to boot.

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

A - pours like oil out of the bottle with a ½ finger, mocha head - dark, rich, and sexy, per the bottle

S - very sweet, milk chocolate - very sweet with a little bit of roasted malt

T - The taste pretty much follows the nose. It is very sweet and milk chocolately at first, which is then followed by a subtle burnt malt. Pretty good.

M - kind of watery, but good carbonation. Smooth and goes down nicely.

D - I really enjoyed this porter. Not saying that this is a bad-tasting porter in any but I tend to like a little bit more roastedness in my porters and stouts, though. I will definitely purchase this again...

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #47 (Dec 2010):

Thick beading of tiny bubbles produces an amazing-looking head and sticky lacing; pitch-black color is saying it's a serious beer as well. Slightly burnt biscuit aroma is quickly followed by a sweeter mocha tone. A welcome hefty body here with just enough bubbles to get by. Slightly burnt choco maltiness has a firm grip on the taste buds. Hops give a quick sting of bitterness and an earthy flavor in the middle. Roastiness is well flexed and shows its range, from faint, smoky, charred wood to bitter dark chocolate to over-toasted bread. Some yeast and fruit in the end as well, as a sweetness lifts from the ashes. This Porter means business--one of the best robust Porters around.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brewster DeCicco's, en route to CBS.

A: Glinting dark brown body with a solid finger of dense light-brown head. Terrific retention, solid lace. Gorgeous Porter.

S: Sweet chocolate, bitter roast. Coffee + licorice on the back side. Simple, intense, and terrific.

T: Creamy chocolate, bitter coffee, slight char, and some caramel + licorice on the tail end. Bitter finish, but without much hop flavor, leaving the emphasis entirely (and wonderfully) on the complex specialty malts.

M: Creamy medium body; slightly stick and well-carbonated. Solid.

O: Terrific Porter, hands down. I can't wait to do a showdown between this, Black Butte, and Edmund Fitzgerald.


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

A-dark brown opaque clor with a solid tan head with good lacing

S-coffee and chocolate with some toasted bread

T-roasted malts abound with nice chocolate and coffee flavors and a nice bitter finish

F-medium body with medium to light carbonation

O- an excellent porter with good depth and balance

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

Served at 60°F into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured very dark brown, like a 90% cocoa dark chocolate, with a thick and frothy sandy head. Retention is excellent, lasted nearly the entire time of consumption. Large islands of lace adorn the glass. 4.5

S - Rich coffee, roasted barley, hint of cereal-like biscuits, lighter tones of chocolate. Touch of charcoal/ash maybe? 4.5

T - Rich expresso and vanilla cream followed closely by blackberries, currants, and cocoa powder. Finishes somewhat brief, but the mild touch of astringency or ash lingers with the chocolate. 4.0

M - Rich and velvety. Carbonation is perfect for this beer. Although quite a robust body, it is neither oily or syrupy. I find nothing to improve in this department. 5.0

D - Extremely. Glad I finally got around to trying this. 4.5

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Photo of jsh420
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled 3/4/09

pours pitch black with a 1 finger coco brown head. smells of chocolate. tastes of roasted malt and chocolate with a nice hop bite in the finish. mouthfeel is creamy and light when compared to stouts which this beer kicks ass over lots of stouts. this beer is almost a mirror image of breakfast stout without the coffee and is a tad lighter body. when you run out of breakfast stout this is your next best year round option and is half the price. this is in my top 5 of all time porters

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

12 oz. bottle. Bottled on 02/21/2012, so this beer has been chillin in the bottle for about ten months now. Poured into a Boulevard tulip.

A - Pours black as the night with a thin wispy mocha colored foam which disappears within seconds.

S - Chocolate / coffee notes, but I am getting more whiskey booze smell coming out of this than anything else. Faint hint of smoke.

T - A nice robust smoked chocolate coffee taste. Almost reminds me of a very tame beef jerky flavor of some kind, which sounds bizarre, but it's definitely some kind of spice flavor. Very light body, and I'm glad to report that it goes down nice and smooth and doesn't sit heavy in the stomach. There is some kind of hop bitterness buried in there, but this beer is on the old side and it was probably faint to begin with.

M - Doesn't really linger around for too long. Nice palatable hydrated tastes don't dry you out, nor do they leave you drooling. Rather, they leave you wanting another sip of beer before it's all gone.

As the beer warms, it begins to emerge as a more smokey chocolately porter, with maybe even some dark cherry in there somewhere. Overall, I will definitely try this again, as it isn't overly harsh or heavy-hitting. This has been the ideal porter for me so far, so if you aren't big on porters or stouts to begin with, give this beer a shot.

Founders Porter ---4/5.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My god, this pours like an imperial stout. From the thickness to the color and texture of the head. Even how the head slowly forms from the bottom reminds me of an Imperial stout. Gorgeous looking beer. 2 finger thick and creamy tan head with nice retention . Black thick looking beer. The head does eventually settle to a firm tan cap and there is plenty of sticky lacing.

Aroma is a touch musty with some cocoa powder. Light spice nature as well.

Flavor is fantastic. I immediately thought nice dark chocolate. Then some notes of coffee. A touch of mineral flavor at the end. A bitterness lingers, but it appears to be more from the malts vs. hops.. A real dark roasted flavor.

Creamy and silky mouth feel. Very nice.

Really enjoyable and drinkable... I like this one....

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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