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  1. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    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 Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2012 Nauru

    Funky Buddha Nib Smuggler
    Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee
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  3. JoeyDankNug

    JoeyDankNug Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2011 New York

    Victory at sea is really good
  4. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,131) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Edmund Fitzgerald
    Zywiec Porter (Baltic porter)
  5. mwar

    mwar Initiate (0) Jun 15, 2012 Kentucky

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

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (2,509) Jul 16, 2009 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..
  7. JxExM

    JxExM Disciple (360) Mar 5, 2012 New York

    Hill Farmstead Everett.

    PORTerCITY Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2013 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!!
  9. Dools9

    Dools9 Zealot (518) Jul 5, 2011 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 Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2012 Georgia

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

    Andygirl Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 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 Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 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.
  13. FMPLover24

    FMPLover24 Initiate (143) Dec 1, 2011 Kansas

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

    Roger85 Devotee (413) Aug 24, 2012 Illinois
    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 Aspirant (269) Apr 11, 2010 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    HF Twilight of the Idols
  16. dap325

    dap325 Initiate (151) Apr 2, 2009 New York

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  17. TorsHammer

    TorsHammer Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2012 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 Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2009 Oregon

    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 Initiate (0) Feb 12, 2013 Wisconsin
    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. BigCheese

    BigCheese Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2009 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 Devotee (482) Dec 18, 2009 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 Aspirant (212) Apr 16, 2010 South Dakota

    Boulevard Bully! Porter is severely underrated IMO. Great beer.
  23. jwheeler87

    jwheeler87 Aspirant (226) Oct 27, 2011 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 Meyvn (1,064) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
    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 Meyvn (1,480) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    HF Twilight Of The Idols.
  26. PatriotsRule

    PatriotsRule Aspirant (257) Sep 25, 2012 Massachusetts

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

    jplopez21 Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2012 Illinois
    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.
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  28. Cugabuh

    Cugabuh Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2012 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 Initiate (0) Sep 5, 2012 California
    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 Initiate (0) Oct 28, 2011 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 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 Initiate (0) Aug 24, 2012 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 Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2010 Oklahoma

  34. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Meyvn (1,004) Apr 4, 2009 Pennsylvania

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

    teamwiggum Champion (862) Nov 30, 2008 Wisconsin
    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 Initiate (0) May 25, 2005 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 Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2011 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

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

    MichPaul Zealot (597) Jan 28, 2012 Michigan
    Beer Trader

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

    Beefytits4 Initiate (0) Nov 2, 2011 Illinois

    Edmund Fitzgerald
    Black Butte Porter
    SN Porter
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  40. afrokaze

    afrokaze Zealot (580) Jun 12, 2009 Arizona
    Industry 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.
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