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Porters

Porters are a dark variety of ale, ranging in color from dark brown or red to opaque black. There is usually a fair amount of malty and roasted aroma and flavor. Modern porters are typically on the sweeter side of the flavor spectrum, smooth and creamy. Hop bitterness ranges from moderate to nearly non-existent.


They were originally brewed in England, particularly London as the “every-man” beer…kind of the Miller or Bud of the day. The Porter breweries were pioneers in mass production and truly engineered brewing processes.



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By Ben Alger

a picture of Lakefront Brewery's Dan Baltic PorterLakefront Brewery – ‘My Turn’ Series - Dan Baltic Porter
Price Range: $5/22 oz Bottle

First of all, if you haven’t been down to the Lakefront Brewery tour on Commerce Street yet, go do it right now. I’ll wait. The tour is a great way to learn about this 24-year-old Milwaukee treasure and to sample some of their fine craft beers. Lakefront’s line has been growing over the past few years and, with the recent introduction of the ‘My Turn’ series, shows no sign of slowing down.

The ‘My Turn’ series is a creative way to recognize the important people behind the beer by giving them the opportunity to brew their own. The first in the series is a Baltic porter by Dan, Lakefront’s Tax and Compliance and Transportation Manager. This is a full-bodied porter that pours dark with a mocha-colored head and a sweetness on the nose. The flavor is mildly hoppy up front with notes of chocolate and coffee, and it goes down smooth with a light smokiness on the back end. Dan’s Baltic Porter is a well-balanced and tasty way to kick off the ‘My Turn’ series. Dan, you done good!

 
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Summit Brewing Co.
St. Paul, MN


They Say:
"Porter was once the most popular beer in the British Empire. One taste of the dark, yet surprisingly light-bodied beer’s malty character and sweet finish will have you singing “God Save the Queen.”


We Say:
Alright, so this beer wasn’t one that blew my mind, but it was good. It’s a nearly opaque reddish-black beer with an aroma of roasted malts and spicy hops. It tasted lightly roasted with a light chocolate sweetness and a bit of bitter hops. It finished light and clean. There was absolutely nothing wrong with this beer. I would drink it again. So why was I struggling to categorize my feelings about this beer? As I contemplated this, my wife walked by and gave it a taste. She’s not a dark beer drinker but she loved it. She said it looked dark but didn’t taste like a dark beer. Then it hit me. At the end of the day, porters aren’t about being big and bold and in your face. They were designed to be the perfect every-man’s beer. That’s what Summit has crafted here: the perfect every-man’s beer. Truly what a porter should be.


Photo by: Joe Szebeni - True Image Photography



 
Night Train Porter PDF Print E-mail
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Oso Brewing Co.
Plover, WI


They Say:
"This complex Oatmeal porter is as black as coal that fueled locomotives for generations Made with judicious amounts of crystal and chocolate malt for a rich, smooth, creamy experience. Go ahead and jump on the night train. Enjoy!"


We Say:
Night Train is a black, opaque colored porter with a thick tan head that left great lacing in my glass. The mouth feel was creamy and smooth. Both the aroma and taste were dominated by roasted coffee notes. There is a subtle floral aspect to the aroma as well. The beer finishes with a light bite of hops and a surprising dryness. It’s a big beer that doesn’t really seem so big. It’s what being a porter is all about.


Photo by: Joe Szebeni - True Image Photography



 
Founders Porter PDF Print E-mail
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Founders Brewing Co.
Grand Rapids, MI


They Say:
"Pours silky black with a creamy tan head. The nose is sweet with strong chocolate and caramel malt presence. No absence of hops gives Founders robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect. Cozy like velvet. It’s a lover, not a fighter."


We Say:
This one poured out Black as coal with a deep, dark caramel colored head. This one was so creamy, smoky and malty I was starting to wonder why it wasn’t just categorized as a stout. Okay, I am still wondering. Maybe they really subscribe to the notion that there is no stout, only porter. It’s a damn good beer with plenty of roasted malts and light toffee flavor. It’s balanced with just a tiny taste of hops. Delicious!


Photo by: Joe Szebeni - True Image Photography

 
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