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Best Porters

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

  1. MDDMD

    MDDMD Advocate (635) Pennsylvania Jun 4, 2011 Beer Trader

    Twilight of the Idols
    Edmund Fitz
    Black Butte
  2. I love porters so hard for me to pick, but here are a few:

    Meantime (UK) London Porter
    NoDa's Coconut Porter (unfortunately only available in Charlotte NC)
    And my current must have...Rising Tide's Tempest Coffee Porter. It's only in MA, NH and ME.
  3. I've been hearing some reeeally good things about Rising Tide lately. Gonna hafta try them out soon!
  4. just had bell's porter for the first time, it was pretty good but definitely didn't come anywhere near founders or black butte, unfortunately :/
  5. Dirty25

    Dirty25 Savant (390) Germany Jan 22, 2012

    Black butte, bells, fullers porters are all good

    I like founders and Great Lakes but they have the roasted barley thing going on and are more like stouts IMO
  6. mellowmark

    mellowmark Advocate (630) Minnesota Mar 31, 2010 Beer Trader

  7. PWNtransplant

    PWNtransplant Aficionado (130) Ohio Sep 9, 2012 Beer Trader

    Willoughby Peanut Butter Cup Coffee
    Black Butte 24
    Victory at Sea
    Jackie O's Drawn and Portered
  8. anth0ny

    anth0ny Savant (260) Michigan Jan 5, 2012

    Ditto on Founders!
    Also Short's Publican...big and delicious.
  9. jlenik

    jlenik Savant (480) New Jersey Jan 22, 2009

    Sierra Nevada
  10. roostor07

    roostor07 Savant (390) Minnesota Jul 24, 2012 Beer Trader

    Surly smoke is a close second to Edmund Fitzgerald for me, although vastly different brews.
  11. cjoc83

    cjoc83 Advocate (515) Pennsylvania Jul 31, 2010 Beer Trader

    Victory at Sea not being on the OP's list is a crime! Boo this man! BOOOOO!!!

    But besides that glaring omission, I thought it was pretty solid.
  12. xxday4

    xxday4 Aspirant (25) Virginia Dec 5, 2012

    Not mentioned, but solid and not too far from OP, Willamsburg Alewerks Washington's Porter. Worth a road trip? Maybe not, but if you get to Richmond or Tidewater-absolutely pick it up.
  13. WickedSluggy

    WickedSluggy Advocate (530) Texas Nov 21, 2008

    My current favorites

    1. Ska Pocket Protector Porter
    2. Deschutes Black Butte Porter
    4. Anchor Porter

    These do not include porters that are "Imperial" or "Baltic" or "Smoked". That mixes apples with oranges (and other fruit)
  14. Edmund Fitzgerald
    Anchor Porter
    Founders Porter
    SN Porter
    Highland Oatmeal Porter
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  15. lic217

    lic217 Advocate (630) Connecticut Aug 10, 2010 Beer Trader

    Anchor porter
    Founders porter
    Entire butte English porter
    St. Peter's Old Style porter
    Taddy porter
  16. Kinsman

    Kinsman Advocate (660) California Aug 26, 2009

    Smuttynose Robust Porter
    HF Everett
    Founders Porter

    Fullers London Porter
    Meantime London Porter
    Sam Smith Taddy Porter

    Smuttynose Baltic
    HF Fear & Trembling (Smoked too!)
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  17. I had it over the weekend. Solid beer.
  18. Anchor Porter is the best I've ever had. It is so unique and complex. That roasted malt/robust coffee flavor is balanced perfectly with typical trappist notes of figs/dates. It's in my top 5 beers ever and is best at slightly under room temperature.
  19. Twilight of the Idols
    Fear and Trembling
    Victory at Sea
    Smuttynose Baltic
  20. Current list,

    Short's Publican Porter (new six pack today made this officially preferred to Founders Porter)
    Founders Porter
    Arcadia London Porter
    Most every Baltic Porter I have tried but can't recall the names immediately. (plus the prices on those are unbeatable and always surprising)

    Some popular popular porters that I do not like,

    Great Lakes Edmond Fitzgerald (I've had it at least a dozen times and I just don't get it)
    Deschutes Black Butte

    Porters that interest me but I have still yet to try,

    Fullers London Porter (no idea why I haven't had this yet)
    Hill Farmstead Twilight of the Idols (lots of reasons why I haven't had this one yet, but very intrigued)
    Smuttynose Baltic Porter
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  21. Hopsiam14

    Hopsiam14 Advocate (540) Minnesota Jan 23, 2013 Beer Trader

    Victory at Sea
    Flat Earth Dreamline
    Flat Earth Grand Design
    Edmund Fitzgerald
  22. bnuno

    bnuno Aficionado (200) California Feb 8, 2011 Beer Trader

    Heretic shallow grave is pretty good. But A little high on the abv for a traditional porter
  23. beercanman

    beercanman Savant (485) Ohio Dec 17, 2012

    Victory at sea
  24. GuzzLah

    GuzzLah Savant (445) Illinois Mar 2, 2013

    The only thing good about Black Butte Porter is the name. I like robust, malty porters. BBP was weak and reminded me of a really thin chocolate milkshake. I've been very underwhelmed with Deschutes with a sample size of three different six packs. I wanted to like them, but didn't.
  25. BeastLU

    BeastLU Advocate (595) Virginia Dec 20, 2012

    Not be the GOAT or anything but Port City Porter is a real legit local brew.
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  26. Why drink porters when you can drink a stout?
  27. MetalMountainMastiff

    MetalMountainMastiff Savant (440) California Oct 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    Meantime Naval porter
    Uinta Sea Legs
    Victory at sea
    My Personal favorite
  28. BeastLU

    BeastLU Advocate (595) Virginia Dec 20, 2012

    Very questionable statement, sir.
  29. It seems that porters are generally less roasty than stouts, which gives presence to a whole host of other flavors. A good porter can bring out dark fruit and other flavors that often get masked by stouts.
  30. cbozInTheMitten

    cbozInTheMitten Aficionado (125) Michigan Mar 10, 2013 Beer Trader

    Shorts Publican Porter and Founders Porter are my two favs.
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  31. Catchy_Name

    Catchy_Name Advocate (520) California Dec 21, 2011 Beer Trader

    Bottled - toss up for me between VaS and Alaskan Baltic Porter.

    Special/limited - Double Sumatra Victory at Sea. This was life altering good.
  32. Eddy Fitz was the beer that converted me to craft, and it's probably my go to beer to this day. Funny, I really want to go buy some now.
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  33. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (730) Iowa Jan 12, 2013 Beer Trader

    Surprised nobody has mentioned "Lil B" from Evil Twin. That's my favorite.
  34. InVinoVeritas

    InVinoVeritas Advocate (645) Wisconsin Apr 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    You missed the boat with your options, Tyranena end thread . . .
  35. Bobheed

    Bobheed Savant (355) Texas Dec 27, 2010

    Black Butte XXIII to me is probably my favorite. Others I really enjoy though are Anchor Porter, Firestone Reserve, Victory at Sea, Founders Porter, and Baltic Thunder. I have never tried Edmund Fitzgerald, but that seems to be a favorite around here, so I may have to try to get one.
  36. Anchor porter is world-class. It is the best porter I've ever had. So complex but so delicious. It's like a Belgian dubbel crossed with an American porter.
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  37. Prh27

    Prh27 Savant (370) Virginia Apr 24, 2012

    I might get stoned for this, but I recently went to NV and finally got around to Black Butte Porter. Wow, I was disappointed. Thin body and very cola like. Not even remotely close to my current favorite, Founders.
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  38. DingleHouse

    DingleHouse Initiate (0) Ohio Jul 18, 2009

    Nice to see Caldera get some love.
  39. DingleHouse

    DingleHouse Initiate (0) Ohio Jul 18, 2009

    Keep an eye out this Spring...Great Lakes (Edmund Fitzgerald) & Deschutes (Black Butte) are collaborating on a new Smoked Porter.
  40. I gravitate toward baltic/imperial porters.

    Flying Dog Gonzo
    Ballast Point Victory at Sea
    Smuttynose Baltic Porter
    Les Trois Mousquetaires Grand Cuvee Porter Baltique