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Best Porters

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by VncentLIFE, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. These lists come up often, but I recently had a porter that shook my current list. A friend brought me a porter from Mayflower Brewing, and holy shit. lots of bitter powdered chocolate and amazingness. I had to rethink my best porter list (which is that style I hold close).

    1) Edmund Fitzgerald (it would take more than God to dethrone this)
    2) Mayflower Porter
    3) Founders Porter
    4) Thirsty Dog Old Leghumper
    5) Highland Oatmeal Porter
    6) Slumbrew Square Porter
    7) Deschutes Black Butte

    Im wondering If im crazy or whatnot.
  2. brewbetter

    brewbetter Savant (420) Nauru Jun 2, 2012

    Funky Buddha Nib Smuggler
    Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee
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  3. Victory at sea is really good
  4. Edmund Fitzgerald
    Zywiec Porter (Baltic porter)
  5. mwar

    mwar Savant (390) Kentucky Jun 15, 2012

    I definitely enjoy porters, but for the life of me, all brands taste amazingly similar. Is this my insinuative palate?
  6. BB1313

    BB1313 Poobah (1,010) Ohio Jul 16, 2009

    Edmund Fitzgerald and Founders Porter is really all I need. But O'Fallon Smoke is awesome. So is Rogue Mocha Porter, but it usually gets no love because it's Rogue.

    I need to revisit Smuttynose Robust Porter again because I've always been underwhelmed by it.

    Arcadia London Porter is phenomenal, but it's an English-style porter..
  7. JxExM

    JxExM Savant (490) New York Mar 5, 2012

    Hill Farmstead Everett.

    PORTerCITY Zealot (85) California Feb 9, 2013

    Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter by Arcadia
    Walkers Reserve Porter by Firestone
    Founders Porter by Founders
    Edmund Fritzgerald by Great Lakes

    In that order!!
  9. My faves are Founders, Mayflower, and Smuttynose Robust. Mayflower Porter is an awesome beer and very sessionable too.
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  10. Only 6 replies until Everett..what took so long?
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  11. Andygirl

    Andygirl Savant (280) Michigan Jan 3, 2013

    Edmund Fitzgerald
    Kuhnhenn's Penetration Porter
    Founders Porter
    Victory at Sea
    Meantime London Porter (why no one else likes this, I have no idea)
  12. Mayflower Porter is unreal, glad you got a chance to try it. It totally flies under the radar here on the BA forums.
  13. Took a chance on some Avery New World Porter and it's great!
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  14. Roger85

    Roger85 Advocate (695) Illinois Aug 24, 2012 Beer Trader

    Victory at Sea, Founders, Black Butte, and Edmund Fitzgerald are all awesome. Can't go wrong with any of those beers.
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  15. brikelly

    brikelly Savant (480) Massachusetts Apr 11, 2010 Beer Trader

    HF Twilight of the Idols
  16. dap325

    dap325 Aficionado (200) New York Apr 2, 2009

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  17. I've had these porters recently and rank them:

    1. Founders
    2. Smuttynose Robust
    3. Edmund Fitzgerald
    4. Deschutes Black Butte
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  18. Kopfschuss

    Kopfschuss Advocate (560) Oregon Aug 19, 2009

    For me,

    1. Cascade Full-Figured Porter (with figs)
    2. Kulshan Brewery Porter
    3. Deschutes Black Butte Porter


    1. Alaskan Baltic Porter 2009
    2. Smuttynose Big Beer Series Baltic Porter
    3. Elysian Dark o' the Moon (this may be a stout)

    Have yet to try some of the previously mentioned porters but am looking forward to trying more from this style.
  19. Cee-Poe

    Cee-Poe Savant (285) Wisconsin Feb 12, 2013 Beer Trader

    Founders Porter
    Central Waters Mudpuppy Porter

    and the beers that turned me on to what a beer should be and proud of my Polish roots...
    Black Boss
    Zywiec Porter
  20. not crazy, mayflower porter is awesome.

    Smuttynose Robust porter has gotta be in there somewhere. Narrangansett porter is a solid winter seasonal as well.

    Sam adams holiday porter gets an honorable mention.

    I assume we are leaving out baltic porters.
  21. LiquidCucumber

    LiquidCucumber Savant (370) Ohio Dec 18, 2009 Subscriber

    I enjoy Maui Coconut Porter quite a lot. It's with toasted coconut, so a little more earthy than sweet in that sense.
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  22. darky

    darky Savant (270) South Dakota Apr 16, 2010

    Boulevard Bully! Porter is severely underrated IMO. Great beer.
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  23. Ballast Point Victory at Sea
    Mayflower Porter
    Founders Porter
    Smuttynose Robust Porter
    BBC Coffeehouse Porter
    Samuel Smith Taddy Porter
    Fuller's London Porter
    The Bruery Smoking Wood
    Mikkeller Texas Ranger
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  24. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Champion (800) Colorado Jan 20, 2012 Beer Trader

    Really? No odell love?
    Cut throat porter
    Twilight of the idols
    ranger creek mesquite smoked porter
    Brekenridge vanilla proter
    Left hand blackjack porter
    eppCOS, PalatePilot, denver10 and 2 others like this.
  25. nc41

    nc41 Champion (855) North Carolina Sep 25, 2008 Beer Trader

    HF Twilight Of The Idols.
  26. Anchor Porter, and Wolavers/Otter Creek's Stovepipe Porter!
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  27. jplopez21

    jplopez21 Advocate (660) Illinois Nov 14, 2012 Beer Trader

    as much as I like edmund fitzgerald and founders porter I have to throw a bone to Left Hand Black Jack. Surprisingly good.
    tmm313 and PorterLambic like this.
  28. BBC Drayman's Porter is actually very good and holds its own against the other big-gun craft breweries. Highly recommend it if you are in the New England Area. Very affordable too!
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  29. Gregfalone

    Gregfalone Savant (375) California Sep 5, 2012 Beer Trader

    Some of my favorite Americans are:

    Twilight of the idols-
    Victory at sea
    Black butte
    Black butte anniversaries
    Alesmith robust porter
    Alaskan smoked porter

    For the imported my favorites are:

    Samuel smith taddy porter (England)
    Fullers London porter. (England)
    D Carnegie porter. (Sweden)
    Olfabrikken (No longer brewed) Denmark
    Nogne O (Norway)
    St. Peter's (England)
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  30. LostTraveler

    LostTraveler Savant (395) Maine Oct 28, 2011

    Edmund Fitzgerald was always my #1 but now its Smuttynose Robust Porter, its become my session beer lately. Love that so much. Prob would be Ed Fitz if I had it regularly available.
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  31. GSX1250FA

    GSX1250FA Initiate (0) Jul 25, 2012

    Foothills Brewing People's Porter is awesome

    Also excellent are:
    Smuttynose Robust Porter
    Highland Oatmeal Porter
    Bell's Porter
    Sierra Nevada Porter

    Not excellent but still good are:
    Founders Porter
    Samuel Smith Taddy Porter
  32. Kerrie

    Kerrie Advocate (565) Michigan Aug 24, 2012

    Try Flying Dog's Gonzo Imperial Porter if you get a chance (I'm surprised that no one mentioned that yet). Also, I had a Big Eddy Baltic Porter on tap last week without knowing it was a Leinenkugal's brand. I loved it, so blind tasting is always good.
  33. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Advocate (745) Oklahoma Oct 22, 2010

  34. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Champion (955) Pennsylvania Apr 4, 2009 Beer Trader

    You need some more Duck Rabbit on that list.
  35. teamwiggum

    teamwiggum Advocate (710) Wisconsin Nov 30, 2008 Beer Trader

    I don't have very much experience with porters (maybe half a dozen) but I really dug CCB's Jose Marti.
  36. patpbr

    patpbr Savant (485) Ohio May 25, 2005

    Edmund Fitzgerald has always been one of my go to porters. Founders is really good. But trying Smuttynose Robust for the first time tonight and am impressed.
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  37. Anker13

    Anker13 Savant (295) New Jersey Feb 14, 2011 Beer Trader

    Yards General Washington's Tavern Porter, Port City Porter
  38. MichPaul

    MichPaul Champion (780) Michigan Jan 28, 2012 Beer Trader

    Dude, you crazy...
    3) > 1)!!!
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  39. Beefytits4

    Beefytits4 Savant (495) Illinois Nov 2, 2011

    Edmund Fitzgerald
    Black Butte Porter
    SN Porter
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  40. afrokaze

    afrokaze Advocate (685) Arizona Jun 12, 2009 Beer Trader

    can't believe only one person said Anchor Porter! it set the standard for American porters, and rightly so. Crazy good with a few drops of your favorite whiskey too.