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Best Porters

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

  1. HopCraverDave

    HopCraverDave Aficionado (185) Ohio Feb 20, 2013

    Actually you are the crazy one.

    Edmund is the best porter without a doubt.
  2. jtdolla911

    jtdolla911 Savant (420) Massachusetts Nov 18, 2011 Beer Trader

    Berkshire brewing coffeehouse and anything by Meantime in England
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  3. Ford

    Ford Advocate (570) Texas Sep 8, 2012 Beer Trader

    512 Pecan Porter
    Real Ale Coffee Porter
    Ballast Point Victory at Sea
    Deschutes Black Butte
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  4. because it isn't very good?
  5. Andygirl

    Andygirl Savant (280) Michigan Jan 3, 2013

    To you, I would guess not. :p
  6. fx20736

    fx20736 Advocate (685) New York Mar 7, 2009 Verified

    I have largely been turned off to Great Lakes brews due to the odd cocoa taste I get from their beers and their higher than normal abvs for the style which reduces sessionability but I still very much enjoy Eddy Fitz and Blackout Stout, perhaps because the cocoa taste either blends in to the flavor profile or it is not there.

    I've had all the other ones you mentioned but Black Butte and they are all excellent although the Original Flag is an odd bird, very light for the style, really almost a Brown Ale.
  7. Bang34

    Bang34 Savant (310) California Feb 6, 2003

    I like the list. Black Butte is one of my favs. Down here in SoCal we have Oil Piers Porter from Surf up in Ventura. One of the best porters I have ever had.
  8. lic217

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

    Samuel Smith taddy Porter

    Anchor Porter

    Smuttynose Robust Porter

    St. Peter's old style porter

    Entire Butt English Porter (Saopian Brewing Company)

    Founder's Porter
  9. WeisGuy

    WeisGuy Advocate (555) New York Apr 26, 2006 Verified

    Hill Farmstead Everett
    Russian River Porter
  10. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Champion (805) North Carolina Feb 16, 2011 Verified

    Im getting an Everett this weekend.
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  11. spitshaded

    spitshaded Savant (345) Virginia Nov 12, 2012

    Great Lakes
    Flying Dog Gonzo

    I have a bottle each of Alewerks Bourbon Barrel Porter & Boulevard Sea Legs I need to open & I really want to try Victory at Sea.
  12. fatsnowman22

    fatsnowman22 Savant (305) Nevada Feb 2, 2011 Beer Trader

    Uinta Sea Legs is worth checking out
  13. PorterLambic

    PorterLambic Advocate (640) Florida Nov 26, 2003

    Eddie Fitz, Founder's, Bell's and Anchor are great porters, for sure. But I need to add a few others. I won't be ranking them because my head would explode with the effort. Favorites I've had (and would gladly hurt people I like just to get a chance to drink them again):
    Puppy's Breath from Cigar City
    Entire Butt from Salopian
    Old Engine Oil Special Reserve (the name alone is great)
    Fade to Black Vol. 2
    Sinebrycoff (I'm a sucker for the Baltic style)
    Barrel-aged Gonzo Imperial
    Piiti Porter from Funky Buddha
    Last Snow from Funky Buddha (would seriously consider putting someone in hospital for this)
    And Stoney Creek (Detroit) made a Vanilla Porter many moons ago. Think they are out of business now. Speaking of Stone, sort of, Stone Smoked Porter is very good but not A+ material, more A- and damned hard to get around here for some reason.
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  14. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poobah (1,065) Wisconsin Nov 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    Eddy Fitz is the gold standard
    I also like Black Butte too, great mouthfeel. Founders is pretty nice as well, a little more hoppy than most.
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  15. Long Trail Imp Porter rocks
    Edmund Fitzgerald always is top notch
  16. Noodles

    Noodles Disciple (50) Ohio Mar 3, 2013

    I'm from Cleveland and can't stand Great Lakes beers but the Edmund Fitzgerald is the only one I can tolerate but it's definitely not my first choice.
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  17. Noodles

    Noodles Disciple (50) Ohio Mar 3, 2013

    Breckenridge Vanilla Porter is very good. Tommyknockers Cocoa Porter is also very good.
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  18. RochefortChris

    RochefortChris Champion (845) North Carolina Oct 2, 2012 Beer Trader

    Moerke Pumpernickel Porter is quite good if you seek it out.
  19. bdtva

    bdtva Aficionado (190) Virginia Feb 18, 2013

    Maui Coconut Porter and Avery New World Porter are both solid.
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  20. CasanovaCummins

    CasanovaCummins Savant (465) Nevada Jan 10, 2012 Beer Trader

    Showing some love for Smuttynose Baltic Porter here. But Black Butte tops my all time fav list. Hands down.
  21. mrcraft

    mrcraft Poobah (1,010) California Dec 15, 2012 Beer Trader

    I've had the heavyweights, but our local Beachwood Mocha Machine is wonderful too.
  22. rdilauro

    rdilauro Savant (385) Connecticut Mar 8, 2010

    My two favorite are
    • Stones Smoked Porter
    • Founders Porter
    Why? Because they have exactly what I am looking for when I dont want a stout
  23. czfreeman

    czfreeman Savant (465) California May 22, 2007

    the one your drinking at the time imo
  24. djaeon

    djaeon Champion (755) California Oct 2, 2006

    Victory At Sea
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  25. prock180

    prock180 Savant (355) Arizona Mar 9, 2013

    Walkers reserve, black butte, cutthroat porter, stone smoked porter are some of my fav's.
  26. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Champion (805) North Carolina Feb 16, 2011 Verified

    Dont they Barrel age it?
  27. BB1313

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

    Which one? Arcadia barrel ages their Shipwreck Porter, bit not their London Porter. I'm pretty sure O'Fallon barrel ages their Smoke too.
  28. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Champion (805) North Carolina Feb 16, 2011 Verified

    Shipwreck, thats what I was thinking of. I really liked that one. Sadly, the BA Cereal Killer was a disappointment.
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  29. Dan269605

    Dan269605 Savant (335) Connecticut Jul 10, 2013

    Founders is my favorite


    Smuttynose Robust
    Otter Creek Stovepipe
  30. jcb7472

    jcb7472 Advocate (545) Florida Jul 13, 2011 Beer Trader

    Favorites that I've had:

    Funky Buddha Last Snow
    Founders Porter
    Cigar City Jose Marti

    I keep passing up Victory at Sea at the beer store because it's kind of expensive ($10.99 a bomber) but I plan to try it soon.
  31. TequilaSauer

    TequilaSauer Savant (400) Florida Dec 31, 2006

    Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter
    Funky Buddha Last Snow
    Black Butte Anny
    Victory at Sea

    Nothing beats that Buddha MBCP though. For me, there's THAT beer, and there's the rest.
  32. BadgerBrewer16

    BadgerBrewer16 Aficionado (215) Wisconsin Jan 7, 2012 Beer Trader

    Founders, central waters mud puppy porter, and of course black butte
  33. BBAVUSO21

    BBAVUSO21 Savant (395) New York Jan 25, 2013

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  34. kerry4porters

    kerry4porters Champion (755) Arizona Dec 31, 2012 Beer Trader

    Kona's Pipeline Porter is pretty tasty Deschutes Black Butte Porter also awsome
  35. 1fJef

    1fJef Aficionado (175) Maryland May 4, 2013

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  36. Chinon01

    Chinon01 Savant (485) Pennsylvania Jan 23, 2007

    Class of '88 Dechutes and Great Lakes Imperial Smoked Porter (if you like smoke) is amazing. Just wonderful.
  37. Ilovelampandbeer

    Ilovelampandbeer Advocate (715) New York Aug 25, 2013 Beer Trader

    smuttynose robust porter.....sweet blonde hair, blue eyed baby jesus...
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  38. For US porters:
    Edmund Fitzgerald
    Black Butte

    For imports:
    Nogne O - I think this is best ever. Even better than my own homebrew
    Samuel Smith Taddy Porter
    Fuller's London Porter
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  39. TurkeyFeathers

    TurkeyFeathers Advocate (675) New York Jun 22, 2014 Verified

    Ballast Point Victory at Sea comes to mind
  40. Wiffler27

    Wiffler27 Advocate (670) New Jersey Aug 16, 2009 Beer Trader

    Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald
    River Horse Chocolate Porter

    drinking Black Butte right now, i like it but i've had better