Best Porters

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  1. elgiacomo

    elgiacomo Meyvn (1,044) Jun 28, 2007 Georgia

    Founders Porter & Smuttynose Robust Porter are my two favorites, giving Founders a slight edge.

    For Baltic/Imperial Porters:
    - Smuttynose Baltic Porter
    - Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter (this latest batch is fantastic)
    - Sinebrychoff Porter
    - Ballast Point Victory At Sea
    - Olfabrikken Porter (if you can find any, don't think they're around anymore)
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  2. hopsputin

    hopsputin Meyvn (1,263) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    I enjoy Alaskan Baltic Porter, Alaskan Smoked Porter, Gonzo, Victory at Sea.

    Stone smoked porter ain't bad either
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  3. stealth

    stealth Zealot (509) Dec 16, 2011 Minnesota
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    I feel like there's something wrong with me because I love porters, but absolutely despise Edmund Fitzgerald (and pretty much every great lakes brew Ive tried).

    My votes go for Fullers London Porter, Black Butte, Original Flag Porter, Smuttynose Robust, Taddy Porter, Founders Porter
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  4. ColdPoncho

    ColdPoncho Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2009 Ohio

    I have to agree with Ed Fitz as #1...I have loved that beer for as long as I've known it, and I will give props to Founders and Mayflower, those are also two very good porters. I believe I read someone say something about the FW porter. That's a shitty beer.
  5. Spaghett

    Spaghett Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2011 California

    Anchor Porter and Samuel Smith Taddy Porter are too top notch brews. Especially Anchor, unique and dank as shit brah.
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  6. IamMe90

    IamMe90 Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2012 Wisconsin

    1. founders porter
    2. black butte
    3. stone smoked

    edmund fitzgerald: overrated, thin bodied boring. just IMO :slight_smile:
  7. GardenWaters

    GardenWaters Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2012 Illinois

    Samuel Adams Maple Pecan Porter surpassed my expectations. No Ed Fitzy, but for what it was, I really enjoyed it.
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  8. Jason311

    Jason311 Initiate (0) Dec 18, 2012 Virginia

    I also enjoy Breckenridge Vanilla Porter
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  9. tobelerone

    tobelerone Poo-Bah (2,187) Dec 1, 2010 New York
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    Lots of good choices listed here and I'd have trouble ranking my favorites. Not as big a fan of the very popular Eddy Fitz or Black Butte. In no particular order"

    HF Everett
    Anchor Porter
    Victory at Sea
    Alaskan Smoked
    Maui Coconut
    Firestone Walker

    Surprised no one's mentioned Alpha Klaus yet, it's a good one. Oh, and Jose Marti is excellent; Duck Rabbit is somewhat unheralded, and Stovepipe from Otter Creek is underrated. As is Wolaver's Alta Gracia.

    Imperial Biscotti Break is technically a porter and technically delicious. Willoughby Peanut Butter Cup Porter, Mikeller's BA Texas Ranger...jeez there's a lot of good ones. And I still haven't cracked my lone bottles of Birth of Tragedy and Twilight of the Idols.
  10. ledzeppelin4

    ledzeppelin4 Initiate (0) May 18, 2011 Illinois

    I agree with the Edmund Fitzgerald statement. (Looks like you have a companion with you at the gallows pole lol). And the porters you listed are great as well (though I would replace the stone with fullers.)
  11. Michigan

    Michigan Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2012 Michigan

    I'll toss in Short's Publican Porter. One of my favorite's!

    And Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter from Arcadia
  12. ledzeppelin4

    ledzeppelin4 Initiate (0) May 18, 2011 Illinois

    Why hasn't Barrel Aged Gonzo been mentioned? (Also according to this site that brew is now "retired". FML. )
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  13. jman005

    jman005 Aspirant (258) Jan 21, 2013 Kentucky

    I agree with Edmund Fitzgerald 100%. but Sixpoint 3Beans Baltic Porter is excellent too.
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  14. KelsoSaaz

    KelsoSaaz Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2013 Maine

    IMO Best:
    American Porters: Edmund Fitzgerald, then Anchor
    English Porters: Samuel Smith Taddy, Fuller's
  15. colonel_bathtub

    colonel_bathtub Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2013

    Yup, Cut Throat is great. As for another solid, unlimited release porter not yet mentioned, shout out to Eugene from Revolution.
  16. marquis

    marquis Crusader (775) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    As porters and stouts became inseparable a long time ago (except in the minds of some guide writers) it's as well to include stouts in the mix.All stouts of course are de facto porters anyway.
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  17. beercanman

    beercanman Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

    Rouge makes some.good beers. No hate from me.
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  18. diamondc

    diamondc Defender (603) May 30, 2006 Texas

    Meantime London Porter ... very best I've tasted, it's just so darn expensive.
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  19. bismarksays

    bismarksays Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2008 Iowa

    Founder's Porter
    Edmund Fitzgerald
    Smuttynose Robust Porter

    I was really let down by Black Butte. It was just not in the same class at all for the three I have listed above. Honestly, I would rather have a Bell's Porter, a Sam Smith Taddy, or a Rogue Mocha.
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  20. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Disciple (351) Mar 13, 2010 Wisconsin
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    In no particular order.

    1) Silver Creek Baltic Porter
    2) O'so Night Train
    3) Black Boss Porter
    4) Deshutes Black Butte
    5) Tyrannena "The Devil Made Me do it" (technically an imperial coffee porter but I put it on any list I can with the word "best" in it)
    6) Flying Dog Gonzo (again not a normal porter but it'd be a crime not to put it on the list)
    7) Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald
  21. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2010 New York

    Victory Baltic Thunder
    Founders Porter
    Naragannsett Porter
    Black Boss
  22. imperialbeerdude

    imperialbeerdude Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2012 Colorado

    bruery smoking wood
  23. Crusader

    Crusader Aspirant (224) Feb 4, 2011 Sweden

    Anchor Porter was terrific the one time I had it, a couple of years ago by now but given the solid quality of Anchor's other beers I've had since I can't imagine it being a let down. Fuller's London Porter is easily accessible here and it's my go-to porter, it's got everything I want from the style. I think both of those top a beer like Flying Dog Gonzo and prove that it isn't necessary for a beer to be "imperial" strenght to be delicious.
  24. beerserks

    beerserks Initiate (0) Oct 19, 2010 Texas

    From my favorites that I've had are, Deshutes Black Butte, Odell Cutthroat, Sam Smith Taddy, SN Porter, Anchor, Rogue Mocha, Alaskan Smoked, and Maui Coconut. Hell theres probably some I'm missing I'm sure. I haven't had the pleasure of trying Edmund Fitz, Founders, or even Victory at Sea. But I know I'd definitely love them, Porter is one of the first styles that got me into craft! Cheers to them!
  25. VitoFerrante

    VitoFerrante Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    That is easy. Topless Wytch by 3 Floyds and Victory at Sea by Ballast Point. End of story!
  26. BladeRunner

    BladeRunner Aspirant (210) Apr 4, 2007 Illinois
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    I actually prefer Founders and Anchor Porter over Edmund Fitzgerald.
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  27. Brenden

    Brenden Poo-Bah (3,822) Feb 25, 2008 Ohio
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    Thank you for all of this, except that, yes, you should revisit Smuttynose. Fantastic stuff.
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  28. socon67

    socon67 Poo-Bah (1,692) Jun 18, 2010 New York

    Edmunnd Fitz and Founders Porter are the standard that I judge all good porters by.
  29. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,536) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    A 2nd on Foothills BA Peoples Porter, I drank cases of bombers last year.
  30. 5thOhio

    5thOhio Zealot (523) May 13, 2007 South Carolina

    Waiting for the inevitable

    "(name of beer) /end thread."
  31. joeebbs

    joeebbs Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I had a Dogfish Head Chicory Stout the other day and that was very enjoyable.
  32. Hockey_Fan

    Hockey_Fan Zealot (507) Jan 13, 2013 Maryland

    Anchor Porter! I remember the first one I ever had; it was one of those "holy shit!" experiences.
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  33. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2013 New York

    Everyone should try Wolavers Alta Gracia Coffee Porter. Amazing porter. Beyond that, my faves are Fullers and Eddy Fitz.
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  34. burgundysmoke

    burgundysmoke Initiate (145) Sep 11, 2012 California
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    Gotta throw shipyard out there. I remember being pleasantly surprised by that one.
  35. XpensiveBieros

    XpensiveBieros Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2013 New Hampshire
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    HF Everett Porter
    Maine Beer Co. Titus
    Smuttynose Robust Porter
    Deschutes Black Butte
  36. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    Three come to mind-

    George Washington tavern from Yards
    Gonzo from Flying Dog
    Annchor Porter

    oh, and Stovepipe from Otter Creek. 4.
  37. burgundysmoke

    burgundysmoke Initiate (145) Sep 11, 2012 California
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    Oh and tsarina esra was pretty great
  38. coreyfmcdonald

    coreyfmcdonald Savant (953) Nov 13, 2008 Georgia
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    My favorites:
    HF Everett
    Olfabrikken Porter (I stocked up on this before it left shelves)
    Founders Porter
    Bell's Porter
    Edmund Fitz
    Yazoo Sue
    Smuttynose Baltic Porter
  39. Drew26

    Drew26 Aspirant (218) Nov 2, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Founders Porter...also, a local I know, but Central Waters Mudpuppy Porter is very good.
  40. Matty_Monster

    Matty_Monster Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2013 California

    Everett.. & Victory at Sea.
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