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
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.
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.
Etna Brewing Co. Old Grind Porter
85 points
Medium walnut color. Aromas and flavors of cola, Tootsie Rolls, dried fruit, and cinnamon with a supple, soft, petillant, dry medium body and a polished, momentary finish with nuances of gouda finish. A friendly, mild and easy-going porter; a nice introduction to the category.
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.