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

  1. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Member

    Location:
    North Carolina
    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 Member

    Location:
    Nauru
    Funky Buddha Nib Smuggler
    Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee
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  3. JoeyDankNug

    JoeyDankNug Member

    Location:
    New York
    Victory at sea is really good
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  4. keithmurray

    keithmurray Member

    Location:
    New York
    Edmund Fitzgerald
    Zywiec Porter (Baltic porter)
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  5. mwar

    mwar Member

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

    BB1313 Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    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..
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  7. JxExM

    JxExM Member

    Location:
    New York
    Hill Farmstead Everett.
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  8. PORTerCITY

    PORTerCITY Member

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


    In that order!!
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  9. Dools9

    Dools9 Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    My faves are Founders, Mayflower, and Smuttynose Robust. Mayflower Porter is an awesome beer and very sessionable too.
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  10. MrHolland10

    MrHolland10 Member

    Location:
    Georgia
    Only 6 replies until Everett..what took so long?
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  11. Andygirl

    Andygirl Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    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. Providence

    Providence Member

    Location:
    Rhode Island
    Mayflower Porter is unreal, glad you got a chance to try it. It totally flies under the radar here on the BA forums.
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  13. FMPLover24

    FMPLover24 Member

    Location:
    Kansas
    Took a chance on some Avery New World Porter and it's great!
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  14. Roger85

    Roger85 Member

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

    brikelly Member

    Location:
    New Hampshire
    HF Twilight of the Idols
  16. dap325

    dap325 Member

    Location:
    New York
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  17. TorsHammer

    TorsHammer Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    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 Member

    Location:
    Oregon
    For me,

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

    Imperial/Baltic:

    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 Member

    Location:
    Wisconsin
    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. BigCheese

    BigCheese Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    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 Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    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 Member

    Location:
    South Dakota
    Boulevard Bully! Porter is severely underrated IMO. Great beer.
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  23. jwheeler87

    jwheeler87 Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    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 Member

    Location:
    Colorado
    Really? No odell love?
    Cut throat porter
    Twilight of the idols
    ranger creek mesquite smoked porter
    Brekenridge vanilla proter
    Left hand blackjack porter
  25. nc41

    nc41 Member

    Location:
    North Carolina
    HF Twilight Of The Idols.
  26. PatriotsRule

    PatriotsRule Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Anchor Porter, and Wolavers/Otter Creek's Stovepipe Porter!
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  27. jplopez21

    jplopez21 Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    as much as I like edmund fitzgerald and founders porter I have to throw a bone to Left Hand Black Jack. Surprisingly good.
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  28. Cugabuh

    Cugabuh Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    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 Member

    Location:
    California
    Some of my favorite Americans are:

    Everett-
    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 Member

    Location:
    Maine
    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 Member

    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 Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    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 Member

    Location:
    Oklahoma
    Taddy
    Fullers
    Founders
  34. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Member

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

    teamwiggum Member

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

    patpbr Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    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 Member

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

    MichPaul Member

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

    Beefytits4 Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    Founders
    Edmund Fitzgerald
    Smuttynose
    Black Butte Porter
    SN Porter
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  40. afrokaze

    afrokaze Member

    Location:
    California
    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.

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