Porter is probably one of the most famous beer styles worldwide. Dark malts give the Porter its characteristic roasted and aromatic taste. This beer combines intense aromas of coffee, cocoa, sweet and bitter chocolate or rye bread.
Beer style facts: Porter
- Appearance: Brown to jet black.
- Aroma: Roasted aromatic. With sometimes very strong notes of coffee, rye bread, burnt bread crust, cocoa, (bitter) chocolate. Full-bodied, partly hoppy, partly roasty bitter.
- Alcohol: 4-7%.
- Classic Beer: Fuller's London Porter
From Porter to Stout and back
The name "Porter" comes from the first group of customers in the early 18th century, with whom Porter beers became very popular: the porters on the streets and in the ports of London, known as "Porter". The use of many dark malts made porter beers an adequate source of calories for the workers to compensate for the hard physical work. Porter also had a longer shelf life and a more stable taste due to an increased hop content.
The name "Stout" is closely linked to the origin of the porter. A "Stout Porter" is simply a strong porter - and "Stout" is therefore a synonym for "strong". Only later did the Stout beer style develop from this connection.
Porter is still an incredibly popular beer style today. By the middle of the 19th century it was already available on six continents, either as an export product or as locally brewed beer. Porter is an integral part of what English and Irish pubs offer. Porter and Stout can coexist without any problems. And are used synonymously as style names in everyday life.
And what does Porter taste like?
The focus is on roasted aromatic malt flavors. Very common are notes of coffee, cocoa or dark chocolate. The body can vary depending on the alcohol content. Classic is a slight to distinct bitterness in the finish. Some breweries additionally brew porter with lactose or vanilla to give the beer a creamy and soft mouthfeel.
Porter are also particularly suitable for adding coffee, cocoa or chocolate. Porter with winter spices are also common, especially cinnamon or cardamom. In addition, berries or fruits are also found as ingredients in these beers. They expand the taste world of the porter and perfectly complement the dark malt flavor.
To intensify these aromas and flavors, many breweries store (Imperial) Porter in barrels. Bourbon, sherry or rum barrels are very common. Depending on the barrel, the characteristics of the respective beer change.
The Estonian brewery Põhjala is considered one of the breweries in Europe specializing in strong porter. Its core range porter Must Kuld is a Baltic Porter brewed with lactose (i.e. in contrast to the classic porter it is fermented with bottom-fermented yeast) and is already a classic in the field.
Besides you can find not only porter of the Estonian brewery at Beyond Beer, but also other beers of this style in our offer. Let us surprise you with the variety of this beer style!