About Stouts and Porters

Stouts and porters are very dark, almost black in color, and feature heavily roasted flavors and aromas. This is achieved when brewers use malt that has been heavily kilned until it resembles burnt toast. These beers use top-fermenting yeasts and are members of the ale family. Originally, the term “porter” was used to describe an English dark beer that was the drink of the masses long before lagers were conceived or modern ales were fashionable. In the heyday of porter, during the eighteenth century, the term "stout" was used to denote the strongest and weightiest beers in a brewer’s portfolio. The same holds true today, with porters generally being lighter in body and color than stouts. Stouts and porters are enormously popular among craft brewers, with virtually all brewpubs and regional microbrewers producing one or both year round.

Top Picks for Stouts and Porters

Great Divide Brewing Co. Yeti Imperial Stout
94 points
A rich and regal old school Russian imperial stout that eschews the overt barrel-aged notes in favor of roasted, chocolatey malt.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Gold Medal - Best Imperial Stout
Pagosa Brewing Company Soakers Stout
94 points
a delightful acid edge adds depth and balance to this terrific example of the style
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Gold Medal - Best Export Stout
Fremont Brewing Dark Star Imperial Oatmeal Stout
91 points
A rich, malty beer that leads with a silky-sweet nose and finishes with pleasingly dry and bitter length.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Gold Medal - Best Oatmeal Stout
Island Brewing Company Starry Night Stout
90 points
A full-flavor export stout; an autumn camping trip in a glass.
Lift Bridge Brewery The Warden Vanilla Milk Stout
89 points
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Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Silver Medal - Best American Style Stout
Eight & Sand Beer Company Coffee Porter
88 points
The coffee dominates, unapologetically so, but it all leads to an excellent coffee beer that drinks with ease.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Silver Medal - Best Specialty Porter
Saint Patrick’s Brewing Company Midnight Mocha Stout
88 points
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A dense and roasty Oatmeal Stout that warms the soul.
Brewhouse And Kitchen Bambi Imperial Stout
87 points
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Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Silver Medal
The Guardian Brewing Co. Five Dots Vanilla Porter
87 points
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Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Silver Medal - Best Flavored Porter
Damm Brewery Equilater Imperial Stout
87 points
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A high octane, brooding Imperial Stout with flavor that doesn't quit.