About Flavored Porter

About Flavored Porter
Flavored porters are brown to dark brown and average between 5.5-8.5% in alcohol with variations depending on the interpretation of the style. They can be sweet or dry and commonly derive their flavor from dark fruits, coffee, and chocolate added during the brewing process in addition to the standard malt, hops, yeast and water. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Caldera Mogli Imperial Porter, Kona Pipeline Porter and Rogue Mocha Porter.

Top Picks for Flavored Porter

Vancouver Island Brewing Nanaimo Bar Imperial Porter
92 points
Nearly opaque dark brown color. Attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts and fruit cake dipped in rum with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long finish with nuances of artisan dark chocolate bar with golden raisins and espresso beans, delicate spice, and cherry pipe tobacco finish. A rich, warming and deliciously chocolatey porter in the imperial vein.
City Lights Brewing Co. Coconut Porter
92 points
Walnut color. Confected aromas of mounds bar, snickerdoodle cookies, hazelnut cappuccino, and highlander grog with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, quick seven layer bar, fried ice cream shell, toasted coconut syrup, and roasted almonds finish. A sweet and flavorful coconut porter that makes for a fun twist on favorite style.
Awards: 2018 Best Flavored Porter
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Barrel Aged Imperial Smoked Porter
89 points
Bright bronze color. Smoky, inviting aromas and flavors of smoked jerky and woods, toasted pumpernickel with smoked cheddar and onion marmalade, and band-aid with hint of iodine with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, bittersweet medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, long finish with notes of artisan dark chocolate, dulce du leche, grilled radicchio, and mixed peppercorns finish. A powerfully delicious smoked porter with a wonderful waves of flavor.
Vancouver Island Brewing Nanaimo Bar Porter
88 points
Mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of Dr. Pepper, cannabis, buttered popcorn, and waffles with syrup with a supple, crisp, spritzy, dryish light body and a smooth, relaxed finish with accents of roasted nuts, peppercorn muffin, black toast, and cocoa puffs in milk finish. A smooth and slightly herbal flavored porter.
Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. Kentucky Blackberry Barrel Porter
88 points
Mahogany in color, with bright aromas of chocolate mousse, raspberry liqueur, cherry cola, and buttered pumpernickel toast. On the palate, vibrant acidity brings in satiny flavors of berry soufflé, chocolate, cake, and caramel to a smooth, medium-length finish. A spicy-sweet, chocolatey porter that’s lifted by bright notes of berry mousse.
Hoppin’ Frog Brewery Infusion A Coffee Porter
88 points
Dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate peanut butter bar with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a medium-long finish conveying overtones of cappuccino and dark roasted nuts finish. A solid, nutty coffee flavored porter.
Awards: 2017 Best Flavored Porter
Amelia Island Brewing Co. Laura Joe Coffee Porter
87 points
Light mahogany color. Roasted aromas of drip coffee, chocolate croissant, and mixed nut danish with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed chocolate covered espresso bean, whole wheat scone, and tea leaves finish. A coffee-flavored stout with a natural bitter-coffee appeal that drinks effortlessly.
Church Street Brewing Company Cronenbier Vanilla Porter
87 points
Dark reddish mahogany color. Aromas of roasted brussels sprouts with lardons, pork jerky, and hint of pencil eraser with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, complex, long chocolate bacon bar, smoked nuts, and creme brulee finish. A delicious and layered smoked porter with great nuance and balance.
Deschutes Brewery Black Butte XXIX Birthday Reserve Flavored Porter
86 points
Dark brown color. Spicy aromas and flavors of spiced chocolate, mango anise chutney, pink peppercorn, and nut butter on dry toast with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, appealing, medium-length finish displaying suggestions of root beer float with rocky road ice cream, balsamic drizzled dried fruit and roasted nuts, rum raisin cake, and chili pepper finish. A spicy, peppery, warming flavored porter.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Barrel Aged Alberta Clipper Flavored Porter
85 points
Murky dark brown color. Interesting aromas and flavors of black licorice, raspberry dark chocolate bar, carob yogurt, and coffee grounds with a chewy, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish that presents suggestions of toffee and peppered greens finish. A nice chocolatey porter with pleasant fruit and even balance.