About Porter

About Porter
Porters are red-brown to black in color and range from 4.5-6.5% in alcohol. They are medium to full-bodied and characterized by a flavor profile that varies from subtle dark malts to fully-roasted, smoky flavors. Although porter was the drink of the masses in 1700s London, it is no longer a significant factor in the British market today. However, porters are increasingly popular in today’s US market and often display the influence of hops in richer craft-brewed examples. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Fuller’s London Porter, Samuel Smiths Taddy Porter, Meantime London Porter and Flossmoor Station Pullman Brown Ale.

Top Picks for Porter

North Pier Brewing Company Old Shuck London Porter
93 points
Nearly opaque medium brown color. Roasted, savory aromas and flavors of dark roasted chestnuts, pumpernickel, hint of jerky, and fresh herbs in a clay pot with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-long finish that exhibits elements of chocolate pudding, creme brulee with coffee, roasted yams and carrots, and greens finish. A spot on, tasty porter with nice balance and drinkability.
Awards: 2017 Best Porter
McGuire’s Irish Pub & Brewery American Porter
92 points
Dark-Brown color. Aromas and flavors of melted chocolate cake and toasted hazelnuts with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, fruity full body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length finish with accents of dried fruits, cocoa, and watercress finish. A delicious satisfying porter with everything in its proper place.
Migration Brewing Heritage Barrel Aged Porter
91 points
Dark brown color. Attractive aromas and flavors of coconut chocolate bar, caramelized tangerine drizzled with balsamic, hazelnut nougat, and cherry brandy and pickling spices with a velvety, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, very long finish with notes of chocolate mousse, creme brulee, and delicate spices finish. A superb barrel aged porter with great flavor, drinkability and balance.
Yellowhammer Brewery Lickskillet Porter
91 points
Dark brown color. Toasty, attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee and dark toast with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish conveying accents of arugula, nuts, and hint of peppered citrus peels finish. A very crisp and lively session porter that is very clean and refreshing.
Stillmank Beer Co. Barrel Aged Porter
90 points
Nearly opaque brown color. Creamy, roasted aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, muffin and custard and latte with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long finish with accents of dried fruits, mocha creme brulee, and licorice and delicate spice finish. A tasty and warming barrel aged porter.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
87 points
Mahogany color. Aromas of cinnamon-raisin, elderflower, pumpernickel bread pudding, bombolone, and herb butter with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length grilled nuts, slightly charred cinnamon roll, chocolate malt, and cola finish. A palate-pleasing traditional porter with a dry, chocolatey appeal.
Delafield Brewhaus Pewaukee Porter
86 points
Medium brown color. Curious aromas and flavors of honeyed citrus, dried lavender and thyme, dark roasted nuts, and cocoa with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, quick finish with accents of chestnut honey, daikon, and toasted fruitcake finish. An interesting lightly spicy, fruity and herbal porter.
Quaff On Brewing Busted Knuckle Porter
85 points
Mahogany color. Nutty aromas of almond nougat, chocolate coated marzipan, jamón, dijon, and sea sponge with a silky, prickly, spritzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, cheery cola, black toast, and chocolate covered raisin finish. A nice dry, light bodied porter; good for a long session.
Deschutes Brewery Black Butte Porter
84 points
Nearly opaque brown black color. Roasted, savory aromas of funky farmers cheese and kefir, cacao nibs, rye toast with schmaltz, and vegemite with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a tingling, medium-long chocolate mousse, latte, burnt nuts, and peppered watercress finish. An astringent, snappy porter with a table friendly appeal, especially with grilled meats.
Bob Barley Rumble in the Jungle Almighty Porter
84 points
Hazy walnut color. Aromas and flavors of roasted chestnuts, dark cocoa, bbq woods and chips, and flat root beer with a soft, petillant, dryish light body and a tingling, brisk finish displaying impressions of fig bread crust, cooked greens, and root vegetables finish. A lightly smoky, chocolatey ale.