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    Porters....

    So I've found that I really enjoy porter beer. In fact, I find myself enjoying Yuengling Porter almost exclusively these days. I dislike the hoppy beers it seems everyone is making these days and I like the thickness that porter has. I love that coffee/chocolate/caramel flavor that comes from the dark grains. I also don't care much for the overly-malty tasting porters and stouts. I think this is why I've gravitated to the Yuengling Porter. It's not very malty, and the majority of the flavor comes from the grains. It is not overpowered or too-bittered by hops, and it's not terribly thick, nor thin as even their lager. It just strikes the right balance for me.

    This all being said, what other dark beers should I try? Would Newcastle Brown Ale be a good one? I see it around often and I've been tempted to try it. Are there other good porters out there that are inexpensive and readily available?
    If you have anything Michter's or Pennco and would like to sell it or share it with me, please let me know.

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    Re: Porters....

    Quote Originally Posted by ethangsmith View Post
    So I've found that I really enjoy porter beer. In fact, I find myself enjoying Yuengling Porter almost exclusively these days. I dislike the hoppy beers it seems everyone is making these days and I like the thickness that porter has. I love that coffee/chocolate/caramel flavor that comes from the dark grains. I also don't care much for the overly-malty tasting porters and stouts. I think this is why I've gravitated to the Yuengling Porter. It's not very malty, and the majority of the flavor comes from the grains. It is not overpowered or too-bittered by hops, and it's not terribly thick, nor thin as even their lager. It just strikes the right balance for me.

    This all being said, what other dark beers should I try? Would Newcastle Brown Ale be a good one? I see it around often and I've been tempted to try it. Are there other good porters out there that are inexpensive and readily available?
    While Newcastle is a readily available and something I drink if no better option is handy I would say it is a middling brown ale at best. I think it has gotten a bit commercial and isn't what it used to be.

    I like Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale and it is often available at a store with a decent selection.

    The porter category is a bit broad and while brown ales, old ales, barley wines and porters all kind of evolved from the same general line the porters are a bit darker and heavier than brown ales but don't quite reach the level of a stout.

    Samuel Smith again has a decent taddy porter style that is often available and you can sometimes find Fullers porter. Founder's isn't bad for an American version. Not sure what is regularly available in PA given the state liquor store limitations.
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    Re: Porters....

    Newcastle, certainly, but for a couple of natives Shiner Bock or Abita Turbo Dog.

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    Re: Porters....

    I love porters and stouts too, although I like them malty. One of my favs, and I just had one tonight on the beach on Kauai, is Maui Coconut Porter. I also like Stone Smoked Porter, they put out one with vanilla bean that is extra good.

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    Re: Porters....

    I'm right there with you, porters are some of my favorite beers. I was enjoying some Yuengling Porter on vacation last month. Not sure what's available in your area but I like Founders, Anchor Porter, and Great Lakes Brewing has a really good one called the Edmund Fitzgerald.

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    Re: Porters....

    Quote Originally Posted by trader1974 View Post
    Great Lakes Brewing has a really good one called the Edmund Fitzgerald.
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    probably the best porter I've ever had

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    Re: Porters....

    Word on the Ed Fitz. Founders Porter is solid too. If I were looking to avoid hops and searching for roasty beers, I'd look at oatmeal stouts as well.

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    Re: Porters....

    Thanks for all the suggestions guys. I'll have to make the rounds at the beer distributors and see what I can find!
    If you have anything Michter's or Pennco and would like to sell it or share it with me, please let me know.

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    Porters....

    Ed fitz from Great Lakes and founders porters are both solid year round offerings.

    I love flying dogs gonzo imperial porter but it is a hoppy porter when fresh.

    We have some mikkeller mexas ranger aged in tequila barrels. It is unbelievable but not cheap.

    Stone makes an imperial smoked porter that is tasty. But be ready for smoked flavor.

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    Re: Porters....

    A benchmark porter (at least IMHO) is Hill Farmstead Porter. Very narrow distribution but worth the effort to try and trade for on BA or RB. Taddy Porter by Samuel Smith's is another one to consider and is more widely available. It's a very good representative of the style.
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