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.
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.
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.
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!