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Give me that delicious Porter!

Our Journey

When it comes to porters, I’m addicted.  I can admit this quite freely, as the many delicious porters on the market draw me in like a moth to a flame.  With that said, I’ve come across quite a few great porters since I started writing for West Palm Beach Brewery and Wine Vault in West Palm Beach, Florida.  Before starting here, I had no idea about the difference between a stout, porter, IPA, double IPA, or pilsner.  All I knew was that beer came in a can and usually had the words Bud Lite printed on the label.  Since then, I’ve learned quite a bit and have fallen in love with each delicious porter I’ve found.

Why a delicious porter and not a stout or IPA?

While I have gained quite the fondness for several stouts out there I have yet to find one that really hits me the way a porter does.  Something in the flavor profile of most porters strikes me in a way that really takes me on a journey.  Sure, many stouts and IPAs evolve in very mature manners in the glass, but my porters always show that finish that I really love.

That isn’t to say that there aren’t any other brews I’ve taken to.  For example, I absolutely adore Shock Top Brewing’s Shockolate Wheat beer.  And Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company is a permanent fixture here as well.  In fact, my husband and I tend to play rock, paper, scissors over who gets the last bottle when we run low.  But this isn’t about other brews.  This is about porters and I’ve compiled a list of some of the great craft beers I’ve come across for you to try.

What has made it to your list for a delicious porter I can try?

While I could wax on for days about each brew, I’ll try to keep it short.  Here is my top ten list of porters that you really need to grab a taste of.

  1. Founders Brewing – Porter
    1. This is my go-to porter.  We keep this stuff around because it’s great.  Nothing kicks the chips off of a hard day like sitting back and enjoying a glass of this porter and having a great conversation.
  2. Funky Buddha – Last Snow Porter
    1. I have to give FB a huge high-five for this porter.  They really pulled it off with this one and the coconut and coffee blend turned out great.  Although I wouldn’t normally do so, this was a staple in the house for a while.  I was even willing to give up chocolate for a month to buy plenty of this brew and that usually requires some pretty awesome beer being involved.
  3. Great Lakes Brewing – Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
    1. My cocoa-coffee addiction in a glass.  It’s really that simple.  GLB makes outstanding craft beer and this porter is a testament to that fact.  The finish is perfect on this beer and the roasted barley and bittersweet chocolate flavor are great for relaxing.  We bow our heads for the namesake of this brew every time we open one up.
  4. Deschutes Brewery – Black Butte Porter
    1. Deschutes had been on our “must-try” list for a while, so when we had the chance to pick up this porter we couldn’t resist.  We’re really glad we did it, as it turned out to be just as great as others had told us it was.  If you didn’t guess, you’re looking at roasted coffee and chocolate, with a hint of hops that barely teases the taste buds.  The malty roasted finish is perfect on this delicious porter.
  5. Six Point Brewery – Beast Mode
    1. This porter will surprise you.  Bitter on the front end, creamy smooth on the back end with just a hint of bite that won’t linger.  Try it as soon as you can to find out why we want to perma-stock this one in the house.
  6. Rogue Brewing – Mocha Porter
    1. The name should say quite a bit, but you’ll be shocked at the layers of flavor on this one.  Let is rest a few minutes between sips and check out how many different flavor notes you can find.  With 12 listed ingredients, we are still arguing over whether they left out a few.
  7. Stone Brewing – Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean
    1. This is a must-try porter.  Stone Brewing’s Smoked Porter was already a masterpiece, but when they added vanilla beans it transformed into an epic brew.  The flavor profile evolves well past what is expected and the vanilla bean blends perfectly into this delicious porter.
  8. Breckenridge Brewery – Vanilla Porter
    1. I’m not usually really big on vanilla in my brews, but after having checked out Stone Brewing’s version, I figured it was only fair to try Breckenridge’s.  I was not disappointed one bit, as this delicious porter offers a flavor profile that really works.  It still shows off the roasted nutty hints, but the vanilla addition blends into it perfectly and the result is delightful.
  9. Boulevard Brewing – Bully! Porter
    1. I fell for this brew due to its perfect blending.  The hint of hops crossed with the classic roasted malt flavor profile really works out great and I’ve managed to successfully pair it with nearly every meal I’ve thought to try it with.  You really can’t go wrong with a brew that is so versatile.
  10. Yuengling Brewing – Yuengling Porter
    1. When I poured this beautiful black brew into my glass, I had no idea how great it would be.  Yuengling is known for outstanding craft brews, but this one really tops the charts.  Every single sip had hints of roasted malt and chocolate and it was great paired with our dinner of asparagus tips, tri-tip steak, and garlic sauteed sliced potatoes.  It made a really great surprise for us, as the dinner was arranged by our kids.  We’re glad they thought this one out, because they even broke into the “brew stash” to choose the beer.  It leaves me wondering if they have a future in pairing.

Overall, every single one of these porters was great in some way.  Whether it was the super creamy texture or the perfect finish, they all had something that really struck me.  That is how they ended up on my top ten and I hope they make it onto yours as well.  Happy tasting!

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Feb 16, 2017