Founders Porter

I love porters, I have said it before, and I’ll say it again.  Love drinking them and have crafted a couple of homebrew recipes around the style.  The Founder Porter is my latest stop on my Porter tour.  Coming from a good lineage of Founders dark beers, KBS, Breakfast Stout, and Imperial stout, I’m expecting this to be another good brew.founders_porter2

Appearance:

Dark, Dark, Dark!   Probably one of the darkest porters I’ve had.  I usually expect a slight red hue around the edges, but this beer is black with a mocha colored head.

Founders Porter

Founders Porter

Aroma:

This beer has a very decadent aroma, lush chocolaty caramel hits you up front, but there is some underlying coffee in there as well and a bit of roasted nuts.

Taste:

Like the aroma, this is a very lush beer.  It has a velvety smoothness.  Strong roasted malty character to this beer with a bit of chocolate.  I was expecting a somewhat dryer beer, but this one finishes moderately sweet with a bitter coffee flavor. Has a good amount of hops which, seems to be driving the bitterness that is accompanying the coffee.

Glassware: Nonic/Pint

Calories: At 6.5% abv this beer would have 200-230 Calories (Calorie Chart)

Overall Impression:

I enjoyed this beer, it wasn’t overly hopped or had a burnt end, nice mouthfeel, good aroma and flavor.  Like any beer you haven’t had, go try this.

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7 Responses to “Founders Porter”

  1. Mike - MikeLovesBeer.com Says:

    I have yet to have anything by Founders as they aren’t available down here but I have someone sending me some of their Red’s Rye and Celebration IPA soon. I have found myself really getting into Porters lately so this looks quite good to me.

  2. Scott-TheBrewClub Says:

    Sounds like a nice stout! Soon enough it will be my preferred beer style with the colder months approaching, so I’ll look for this one to try.

  3. Michael Reinhardt Says:

    I need to try this one. These guys are so hit and miss for me that I’m reluctant to drink it. For instance, I don’t care for their Breakfast Stout or KBS (at least not to the degree that beer advocate and others do). Of course, I know I shouldn’t discount this one based on some others. I do have to say that this is a very dark looking beer. The line between Porters and Stouts is being more and more blurred. I guess it’s just as well since they are of the same lineage.

  4. Simply Beer Says:

    @Mike – at least you guys have Victory Brewing now, you should try their Storm King.

    @Scott – me too, you’ll start seeing more big abv / dark beers from me (after I get through these New Glarus that came this week)

    @Micheal – a very blurry line indeed. This one really blurs that line. If you leave out the BJCP guidelines and muddling of the porter/stout line , this is a quality beer that really tastes good.

  5. Greg Says:

    Great beer from Grand Rapids, MI.

  6. miles2928 Says:

    My new favorite. Excellent beer.

  7. Lee Says:

    Just had this last night. Outstanding.


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