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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:
1,577
Ratings:
7,181
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
19.81%
 
 
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Photo of puboflyons
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on January 11, 2013.

It has a beautiful extra dark brown to practically black pour with a delicate, tan head bobbing on top and slowly diminishing.

The aroma is dark, smoky, and full of chocolate and coffee esters. It smells like a Porter should and invites me in.

The body is creamy and bold.

The taste is very much reflective of the aroma with an array of dark malts, yeast, chocolate, coffee grinds, and smoke. Topnotch.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on 9/7/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer appears black with a one finger light brown head and good retention.

The nose is roasted malt with some dark chocolate and a touch of coffee. Some earthy hop character is evident.

The flavor is bitter and roasted malt. Black coffee notes are strong and some dark chocolate is again present. The finish is dry and roasted with lingering bitterness. The flavor is pretty great.

The beer is full bodied with low medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is bit thin and watery. Aside from that this is a good Porter.

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Photo of dar482
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a very dark black with tinges of mahoghany coming in on the edges.

The aroma has robust porter qualities, roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate, hot chocolate, tinges of vanilla, hints of dark fruit.

The flavor hits in the front of a light hopppy bitterness. Medium plus roasted malt throughout the beer with bitter dark coffee, some vanilla, cocoa powder, a creamy milk chocolate.

A medium plus mouthfeel on this beer.

A very balanced beer with lots of robust quality. Highly recommend as it is one of the best in the style.

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

Pours a four finger brown head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Totally black color. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Burnt chocolate nose. Flavor is almost sweet chocolate with a baker's chocolate finish. $3.60 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of rudzud
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review for this beer must have gotten eaten over the years. Oh well. Jan 2014 bottle, poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a very nice dark dark brown pour with a thin quarter inch mocha head that fades to leave very light side lacing and a thin thin creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of deep, rich darker chocolate, light coffee, nice roasted malts, light burnt coffee, faint light metallic note though.

T - Taste is smooth, silky dark chocolate, rich roasted malts, bitter coffee, light hops, very nice chocolate notes.

M - Mouthfeel is silky creamy smooth. Quite nice.

O - Overall, this is a solid, no brainer go to porter when one needs a fix.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in New York, brought back to Sydney and shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a very deep, murky almost-black, frizzled brown at the edges. Head poured dark and solid to begin with, but settles to a mild film of chocolatey brown. Body is very pleasantly firm and thick, and forms some nice fine carbonation when tilted. Overall, it's a decent looking brew, but not a spectacular one.

It's all uphill from there though. Big roasted, sweet/savoury notes on the nose, giving dark coffee, brown bread crust and a hint of red wine tannins. This is all smoothed with a mild malt sweetness and the suggestion of vanilla. Lovely blend, and while still rather mild and subdued, it makes for a very pleasant aroma.

Taste is similarly pleasant. Roasted notes form the basis, but these are assuaged by a mild milk sweetness and more of those vanilla overtones. Slight hint of leather on the aftertaste, along with a cleansing, but not prominent hop bitterness. Smooth and luxurious on the palate, while maintaining fluidity.

A really nice beer, and probably a holotypical American Porter. It's well made and solidly believable. Great drop.

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Photo of PEIhop
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I poured this american-influenced porter, I noticed that it was much thinner than I anticipated. Its pitch-black color conjured up images of the darkest of nights. With all that I had heard about this porter, I was expecting a much fuller head, but the head was very thin and quickly receded leaving red-hued lacings along the glass.
The aroma is full of roasted malts. These roasted malts waft the smell of inviting coffee and/or espresso grinds. After allowing the beer to warm, caramel and dark chocolate notes began to enter into the aroma. Surprisingly, the hop presence in the aroma is almost non-existent.
The taste is very distinctive and can be broken down into two separate parts. The first part is full of delicious burnt or roasted coffee. The second part of the taste (back-end) is a coating of hops that are pleasant and well balanced with the tastefulness of the coffee.
The carbonation in this porter was very nice leading to light creaminess. The body was thin, but as the beer warmed, the carbonation weakened allowing the body to become fuller. At 6.5% ABV and composed with 45 IBUs, Founders Porter is an excellent interpretation of a hoppy porter.

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Photo of corby112
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest hint of lighter color when held to a light and a one finger beige head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Nice roasted malt aroma with hints of bittersweet dark chocolate, oatmeal, toffee and roasted coffee/espresso bean. Smokey but not acrid or burnt smelling with subtle lactic/cream and even some hazelnut. Beautiful roasted coffee in the nose that isn't overly powerful, burnt or stale. Smells great!

Chewy medium body with lots of roasted malt, slight hops, sweet chocolate and a lingering dry finish. Deep roasted coffee/espresso bean flavor along with hints of chocolate, toffee and oatmeal. A bit more acrid/burnt tasting than the aroma suggested with bittersweet dark chocolate, toffee, oatmeal and nut. Subtle bitter dry hops toward the end of the palate with a dry finish. A bit too roasted for my preference with bitterness lingering throughout but still pretty drinkable with a nice lactic creamy flavor mid-palate that gives balance and adds to the mouthfeel. It could use a bit of sweetness to round things out but overall this is a very good representation of the style.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown, blackish body that had a one-finger tan head and left a lace ring. Classic smell of roasted and sweet malts, more on the sweet side w/ some caramel and chocolate with very minor hops. Textbook porter that hits the spot; medium-body, smooth, creamy, passes over the tongue with a great sweetness of chocolate and caramel and then having a bready, coffeeish finish that is drying and thick. Little bit sticky as well. Could drink this porter any time as it is one of the best.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black brew with a medium brown head with regular retention, aroma is moderate sweet and moderate bitter with dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel and herbal hops, Medium bodied, smooth, well balanced, low carbonation, flavor is moderate sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a bitter finish and a bittersweet aftertaste. Delicious

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

(Served in a Nonic)

A- This beer pours a jet black body that is almost inky and supports a dark brown head that is thick and creamy lasting most of the beer. The beer is to dense to see much carbonation except for a few time bubbles sliding up the glass.

S- This beer has a full aroma of dark coffee roasted malt with some rich qualities to it and a finish of dark baker's chocolate that come through more when the beer warms. There is a silky quality to the roasted malt aswell.

T- The taste of dark roasted malt has a nice lighter roasted malt flavor underneath with a light cream flavor to support it. The finish has a soft hop prick with some roasted bitterness lingering a bit as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a very subtle fizz support in the finish.

D- This beer is great to the style. Good roasted flavors and just a touch of hop support. I would love to try this beer on cask and see how much the depth could grow even more.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!

Dark, Rich & Sexy. You have my attention.

That's a pitch black pour I'm seeing which looks great but the foam, what little there is of it to start with shrinks to a ring around the glass in an eye blink. Checking on the lacing..heck, there is some there so there's some redemption.

The smell is light but nice. Notes of roast, chocolate, sweet malt, and a strange but nice fruity nose.

The taste is much more assertive and is delicious. Light note of milk chocolate evolves in to some good dark chocolate bitterness with a hint of some dark fruits and now, the sweeter aspects of chocolate come back to the forefront.

Now I'm getting a sense of a coffee presence...very light but I doubt my palate is lying to me. A very tasty Porter and it will be a pleasure finishing the bottle.

Medium bodied, it has a light carbonation profile. A very nice mouthfeel is the result.

Drinkability? 6.5%abv isn't crazy strong..I guess that's why I'm looking at the last few ounces in my glass. A good drinker and I agree with the dark and rich but sexy? lol. Good stuff.

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

A 12 oz stubby bottle from a trade with mcallister.

A: The porter is heavily carbonated, erupting with a 3 plus finger head on initial pour and requiring 4 pours to empty the bottle into a standard pint glass. The porter's body is dark and murky, with no lighter colors emerging.

S: The nose has elements of chocolate, molasses, caramel and coffee, all mixing together to create a dry warming aroma.

T: Drinking the ale is like eating chocolate cake, rich and luxurious. The chocolate mixes with coffee flavors to create a sweet bitter body, full of dark notes. Molasses notes add a scorched-earth bitterness that leads to a nice finish.

M: The body, despite the plethora of bigger flavors, is smooth and creamy. It is surprisingly light on the palate.

D: The low abv and well-meshed flavors make this a surprisingly good drink, one that won't overwhelm the tastebuds but will leave you satisfied.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from good ta go beer store in PA for 1.99 - thanks to jfam for this

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size frothy brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, roasted nuts/smoke

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, coffee, chocolate, and a nuttiness. There is also a bit of a smokiness. It ends with a rich dark chocolate aftertaste with a bit of lingering bitterness.

Overall - One of the better porters that I have had the pleasure of drinking. I'd make this one of my go to's if it was available locally. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am drinking this at Brasserie Zentral from a bottle while eating foie gras – the lable on the bottle goes surprisingly well with the restaurant.
A: Brilliant chestnut body topped with a 1” finely bubbled light tan collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: A chocolate caramel nose hides an assertive bitter finish.
T: Sweet caramel chocolate culminates in a balancing bitter hop accent.
F: Silky smooth, medium full body, very fine soft carbonation.
O: Amazed at how well this goes with foie gras.

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

A-Pours stout black with only the tiniest hint of burnt ruby highlights. Modest tan head sits and recedes leaving some nice lacing around the glass as it slowly exits the glass.

S-Bittersweet chocolate notes are quite easy to detect. This is one of the more aromatic porters I have come across (my experience is limited). Coffee notes and some lactic milkiness as well. No alcohol to speak of in the scent. Deep sugars and a bit of smoke.

T-Rich chocolate notes sweep over the tongue. Coffee flavors and some milky lactose here. Leaves a lasting burnt coffee flavor. Tastes like rich cocoa. A twinge of hop bitterness is here too. A perfect example of a great tasting porter. Has all the elements one would want in a beer representative of the style.

M-Creamy, smooth, luscious. Exceptional mouthfeel for a beer that isn't too high on the ABV scale. Awesome mouthfeel.

D-Like many of Founders' dark beers this one drinks like a dream. Not an extremely high ABV combines with great taste and feel. Absolutely drinkable.

Have heard that this Founders Porter is arguably one of the best out there. I concur.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" of dark brown head over opaque dark, dark brown/black brew. Lacing is good. Aroma is full of deep dark malts, coffee and chocolate stand out, with even some nuttiness apparent. Taste is storngly of the dark malts, esp coffee, but a somewhat fruity flavor enters the middle of the mix as well. Adds to the interest, I guess. Mouthfeel good, oh so smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Wow, have to keep my eyes out for this, maybe it'll make the limited Founders selection that recently started becoming available in MA.

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Photo of barczar
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque deep brown/black with a frothy inge inch cappuccino head that lingers.

Roast malt, coffee, and milk chocolate meet up with citrus and resin in the initial aroma. Notes of grapefruit and pine provide am interesting contrast to the roast malt backbone.

Slightly sweet chocolate and roast malt underlie the flavor profile, with coffee bitterness reigning in the finish. Notes of grapefruit at the beginning again provide contrast to the sweet malt notes. Malted milk balls and toasted nut flavors add complexity. There's a charred note in the aftertaste.

Body is smooth and moderate, with low carbonation and a hint of alcohol warmth.

Great notes of chocolate, and a decent balance of roast malt and coffee that are not overly bitter or acrid. The hop notes accent the malt character well. The balance is on the sweet side, but that's fine with me.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled 03/29/12. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is great, it smells like roasted malt, chocolate, and some coffee. It tastes like roasted and burnt/charred malt, milk and bittersweet chocolate, and coffee. There's a nice mix between the sweet and bitter flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. This is a very good brew, it's certainly one of the best porters I've had. I know I'll be buying more of this beer, I don't know why I haven't tried it until now!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks pretty good! Color of deep dark amber brown with a half inch of foam that sticks around to a great looking ring.

S - Smells mostly of sweet chocolates and roasted coffee. Maybe a bit of hops but it's faint.

T - Wow that's pretty smooth! The bitterness is surprisingly low for a porter but is still their so its not a stout. Somewhat creamy coffee with just a touch of dark chocolates.

M - Medium bodied and ABV is well concealed.

D - Wow it's kind of like a lighter version of breakfast stout. Still so more bitter so it's true to the style. I do like it though and would drink it again. Sad to see this is more available than the breakfast stout but I would pick it up again.

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Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick texture. There was a half inch of tan-colored head and some good lacing.

S: Smelled of coffee, chocolate and malt.

T: A nicely done flavor of coffee and chocolate up front and malt and hops going down. Balanced and tasty.

M: A well carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Like most Founders beers, this is a drinkable, well-constructed beer with a lot of character.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Based on notes from previous consumption of 3x 12oz bottles over a span of 2 weeks in February 2013. All were poured chilled into a Bell's snifter.

Aroma: Smoky malt, mocha, dark chocolate malt and some sort of underlying sweetness that I can't put my finger on. It could be caramel, molasses or black licorice, but really smells like none of the above- perhaps its a combination of them all. The nose itself is somewhat pungent and is predominantly the smoky chocolate malt flavours. (4)

Colour: Pours a very dark cola brown, with a 2cm beige head that sticks around for a while. I usually hate waiting for a head to recede but it is a thing of beauty. When it dissipates, it does so into a thick beige collar and a thin brown film on the surface of the beer. The lacing is solid but nothing to write home about. (4)

Flavour: Definitely get a smokiness up front that colours the roast chocolate maltiness that follows. It finishes with a good bit of sweet spiciness- the same flavour I couldn't put a finger on in the aroma- I'm starting to think it was probably the hops and will have to consider this some more. Very pleasant smoky porter with a strong malt backbone makes for a good drinking experience. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: One of the thicker porters I've had the opportunity to try. A bit creamy and a bit dry but still thirst-quenching and drinkable. The body is thicker medium with decent carbonation. Aftertaste is roast chocolate maltiness tempered by the hops, again the flavours of which I can't put my finger on, but is quite pleasant. (4.25)

Overall: There are a lot of smells that suggests its complex, but they seem to blend together such that my overworked palate can't pick them out individually. Its a robust, full-flavoured porter that doesn't disappoint in any one department, but it doesn't amaze me in any one department either. Definitely a well-above average porter, but I prefer Black Butte and Eddy Fitz to this as a shelf porter. Definitely worth trying and a potential fridge staple should you prefer this to some of the other shelf porters out there. (4.25)

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Photo of tigg924
3.2/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark brown, small head, medium carbonation

Smell: expresso, some chocolate, malt

Taste: expresso, light chocolate, malt

Mouthfeel: bitter heavy and thick

Drinkability: Not as impressed with this one as some of Founder's other offerings. The bitterness to this porter really struck me. I would have it again if I saw it, but would look for other porters first.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Had this beer many times, cant believe that it took me so long to sit down and review it...

Appearance: black boided beer with a big and thick dark brown head. The head has decent staying power and coats the side of the glass with fairly thick lacing. Sexy looking beer!

Smell: A roasty, smoky, and chocolatey smelling porter. It smells robust and lets you know this beer is packing big flavor just by the nose on this beer!

Taste: Starts off just like the nose. Nice notes of roasty malts and some coffee. Its also chocolatey and hints of smoke. Has a little bit of bitterness to it, but man this beer is soo well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. Chewy, yet quite smooth mouthfeel on this beer.

Overall: I really have a tough time finding a better example for this beer style. You really feel like a man when you drink this dark beer! The best part its a year around offering by Founders and its easy to get your hands on a 6er! Everybody wins!

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

Pours a deep dark near pitch black, letting in some minimal hints of light on the edges of the glass. Thin, yet dense creamy khaki head, leaving decent lacing. Scent is of cocoa, dark roasted malt, light touches of fruit and coffee. Taste brings a nice cocoa and milk chocolate taste along with the dark roasted malts. Light touches of nuts and a definite presence of hops add an ever so faint fruity and bitterness to it outside of the dark malts. Medium bodied yet smooth and creamy. The malts never cross into the overly charred or burnt side and coupled with the creamy yet not heavy mouthfeel makes this a wonderously drinkable beer.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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