Founders Porter is an American Porter brewed by Founders Brewing Co. For the purposes of this craft beer review, the Porter was served in a nonic pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.
What You Need to Know
This Robust Porter is one of the original four beers Founders ever brewed (more on that below). This dark beer has a lovely roast character that’s complemented with a floral hopping and balanced by sweet notes of dark chocolate and caramel. The beer has won numerous awards and in 2013, it was rated the third best American Porter on RateBeer. I probably don’t have to tell you it’s good. But just the same, here’s the review.
The Porter pours a very dark brown and doesn’t show any light through the glass. The ale is topped by an inch-thick cap of dense, tan-colored foam that shows excellent retention. The head’s slow reduction leaves behind a nice lattice of sticky residue on the sides of the glass.
The aroma is strong as it is delightful. A scent of coffee roast dominates and is joined by a hints of sweet chocolate and carmael.
The palate is led by a taste of dark brown bread that transitions to an intense coffee roast flavor. It’s not quite burnt but the roast flavor is strong. A mild floral hopping follows and then the bitterness melts away with a lingering semisweet taste of dark chocolate. The sweetness of caramel asserts itself more prominently through the middle and finish as the beer warms.
The feel is smooth with a body that’s medium-full and moderate carbonation. The ale finishes dryly with a mild astringency.
The Founders Porter scores high marks all around. Strong head retention lends to a lovely appearance. The aroma is strong, persistent, and oh so enticing. The palate is superb with its balanced blend of roast, bready malt, and sweet chocolate. Its luscious feel only amplifies the tasting. Overall, the Founders Porter is nothing short of fantastic and is definitely deserving of its numerous accolades. It’s very much worth trying.