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dave ziegler
04-11-2009, 13:04
I love a good Porter and lately I have been trying everyone I can get my Hands on. Here are Some of them By Brewer and Name of Porter

1. Yards --General Washington's Tavern Porter
2. Tommy Knocker Cocoa Porter
3. Fullers London Porter
4. Anchor Porter
5. Segmaier Porter
6. Yuengling Porter

I am waiting to get my hands on some Narragansett Porter verysoon to try it

The First 3 are my very Favorites and I am always looking for a new on.
When I was a Kid I was told that Poter was medicine for your Health and I will never forget the first Poter I ever drank which was Kaiers Special Porter Made in Mohanoy City Pa the coal reagions.
Dave Z
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funknik
04-11-2009, 13:30
They are all local, but . . .

1) Coal Porter, Bar Harbor Brewing
2) Black Bear Porter, Sunday River Brewing Co.
3) Midnight Porter, Sebago Brewing (I also had a whiskey cask conditioned version of this that kicked ass).

Oh, and, of course, Taddy Porter by Samuel Smith -- that stuff is second to none.

I like my porters rich and sweet rather than acidic & smoky . . . although some roasted coffee flavor is definitely required.

ratcheer
04-11-2009, 13:42
The only labeled porter I've had was Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter. Michael Jackson has proclaimed it to be the world's best commercially produced beer. I suppose it was ok, but not exactly my cup of tea.

Actually, I did think of some other porter I've had - it was in a Sam Adams holiday assortment for Christmas, 2007.

Finally, as all "stout" is also porter, I have had a few others labeled as stout. I had an infatuation with Guinness when I was a college upper classman, but looking back, I think that was just snobbery.

I really don't care much for porter. I am much more into lagers, pilsners, and pale ales.

Tim

jesskidden
04-12-2009, 04:46
The only labeled porter I've had was Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter. Michael Jackson has proclaimed it to be the world's best commercially produced beer.

Are you sure about that quote and/or the beer in question? (Or maybe which "Michael Jackson"? :grin: ). Doesn't sound like something he'd say about any one beer.

Jackson rated SS Taddy Porter 3 1/2 stars (out of 5) in his first Pocket Guide and, in later editions, it was rated as 3 (out of 4) = "Worth Seeking Out". He also often mentioned that, while called "Porter" for the US market, the beer was known as "Samuel Smith's Nourishing Strong Stout" in the UK (a name that wouldn't get by the TTB in the US) and said about the difference in terminology "it is arguably dry enough, but surely too full-bodied for that designation".

Perhaps you're thinking of his "endorsement" of Sri Lanka's Lion Stout (right down to his photo on the six-pack cardboard)? Tho' even that beer he only rated 3 stars in most of his Pocket Guides and, in an article archived on his website (http://www.beerhunter.com/documents/19133-001402.html), called it "pretty good".

ratcheer
04-12-2009, 07:02
I am 100% sure that I read it, but unfortunately I cannot recall where I read it. I was also very surprised when I read it because I read it after having drank the beer and, as you can probably tell from my first post, I wasn't overwhelmed by it.

Tim

jesskidden
04-12-2009, 07:51
I am 100% sure that I read it, but unfortunately I cannot recall where I read it. I was also very surprised when I read it because I read it after having drank the beer and, as you can probably tell from my first post, I wasn't overwhelmed by it.

Tim

Yeah, I only asked because I've read similar quotes attributed to MJ about Samuel Smith's Porter (like this one (http://www.merchantduvin.com/pages/5_breweries/samsmith_taddy.html) - “One of the world’s five best beers.”—Michael Jackson) and I've always wondered exactly where and when he said that- considering that his World Guide doesn't mention Samuel Smith's at all (at least that I can see by a quick review of the indexes of two editions), and several of his other books (Companion, Ultimate Beer, Beer) that do mention the SSTP aren't quite as complimentary as calling it "one of the world's best", etc.

Just always seemed strange to me for him to be calling a beer he'd rated at 3 1/2 stars as "best" - if that's the case, then what the heck were those handful of beers he'd rated as ***** back in 1982? :confused:

nor02lei
04-13-2009, 07:06
Here are 3 different porters from different countries that I like a lot.
Närkes stormaktsporter (Swedish)
Ölfabrikkens porter (Danish)
Gonzo (American)

Leif

texascarl
04-14-2009, 16:02
My 3 favorite porters

Black Butte Porter from Deschutes (Bend, Oregon)
http://tinyurl.com/62mkwh

Anchor Porter from Anchor (San Francisco, California)
http://tinyurl.com/2nkhv4

Bully! Porter from Boulevard (Kansas City, Missouri)
http://tinyurl.com/c8owho

Josh
04-15-2009, 11:49
Of non-stout porters probably my favorite is Arcadia's (of Battle Creek, MI) London Porter, with Winston Churchill on the label. Best porter I've ever had. Bell's porter and Anchor Porter are distant seconds.

augustgarage
04-15-2009, 19:43
Among those I've had I really enjoy:

Cole Porter (Cask beer from Magnolia Pub (http://www.magnoliapub.com/) in San Francisco)
Rogue Mocha Porter (http://www.rogue.com/beers/mocha-porter.php)
Deschuttes Black Butte Porter
Anchor Porter
Bridgeport Porter (though, their Blackstrap Stout (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/43/469) is my favorite thing they brew)
Stone Smoked Porter (http://www.stonebrew.com/porter/)

I've yet to try any porters from outside the U.S. (I might have had Fuller's at some point, but don't remember). It looks like there are some in Michigan and New York worth hunting down as well...

HipFlask
04-18-2009, 10:50
MeanTime London Porter is mighty tasty and bottle conditioned. Great Lakes Brewery's Edmund Fitzgerald is another very complex porter. Fuller's London Porter is also very good.

bigtoys
06-08-2009, 18:30
Great Lakes Brewing Co. (Cleveland) Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
http://www.greatlakesbrewing.com/beerProfile.php?beer_id=5

augustgarage
06-30-2009, 19:56
Grabbed a 4-pack (cans!) of CoCoNut PorTeR from Maui Brewing Co. out of Hawaii. I am very impressed with this, and like it almost as much as Deschutes Black Butte Porter (though it is a little slick/sweet in comparison).

Definitely worth picking up if you see it...

bvscfanatic
02-27-2010, 11:20
I love porters and oatmeal stouts.

So far, best porter I've had is probably "Edmund Fitzgerald" from Great Lakes Brewing.

Stegmaier is the least expensive I've seen and it IS drinkable, but nothing to write home about.

However, do NOT allow a prejudice or snobbery against Anheuser-Busch to keep you from trying Michelob Porter. I found it to be surprisingly good. It will be a regular purchase for me (along with the Bud American Ale).

And if you like the stuff that pours like spent motor oil, Wild Goose Oatmeal Stout and Brooklyn Brewery's Black Chocolate Stout (10% ABV)are both worth a try.

Gillman
02-27-2010, 12:25
Porter is perhaps the most complex and storied of all beer styles. Its origins are still debated and I could cite you (something I love) comments from around 1810 saying porter isn't as good as it used to be. Nothing ever is, right? :)

The keynote flavour in porter and stout (which are the same thing, basically, except in strength) is a roasted malt quality. In the early days, that often reflected a smoky palate - the malts were kilned over wood or coal - but today that is fairly rare; still there are some great porters around. Porter is like eating bread toasted. Also, it should be fairly well-hopped. The Brits and Irish used hops that were bitter but not aromatic. The Americans have tended often (the craft brewers) to use aromatic hops, e.g., in Black Butter porter, creating almost a new style.

I like all the ones Dave mentioned and good to hear old Stegmaier is still around. I like very bitter porters because the bitterness off-sets the malty and roasted quality. Most porters could take more hops, in fact. I also like them with an aged element, porter used to be long-aged and some is made in a way to reflect that, e.g., a winy old porter will be blended with a young new one.

Porter was a London beer style, and it migrated to Ireland famously in the form of Guinness. Now it can be found in many parts of the world. Raise a glass to old London Porter, one of the world's great beers and taste of circa-1720 London (even with all the changes).

Gary

dave ziegler
03-10-2010, 12:06
Great Lakes Brewing Co. (Cleveland) Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
http://www.greatlakesbrewing.com/beerProfile.php?beer_id=5
This too is my alltime favorite Porter it does not get any better. I just discovered it a couple of months ago and it is just so very flavorful and complex what a great drink after a hard day at the office! Gary have you had this one?
Dave Z

Gillman
03-10-2010, 13:07
Yes I have Dave, once or twice. Excellent product, I agree.

Gray

unclebunk
03-10-2010, 14:50
Of non-stout porters probably my favorite is Arcadia's (of Battle Creek, MI) London Porter, with Winston Churchill on the label. Best porter I've ever had. Bell's porter and Anchor Porter are distant seconds.

I recently saw Arcadia's porter on the shelf, so now I'll have to track it down and hoist a few. My favorites remain Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter and Fullers London Porter though here in Chicagoland, with our huge population of immigrants from eastern Europe, we have many fine Polish and Lithuanian porters (among others) and they're uniformly excellent (and dirt cheap too). Okocim Porter is a nice drink in the cold weather months, that's for sure. I used to love Anchor Porter too but it's been many years since I've had one.