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Ask a Cicerone: Your Favorite Porters and Stouts

This may be the time when you can find spiced Christmas beers and hearty winter warmers on the shelves of your local beer shop, but it's also the season to really enjoy the rich, chocolaty flavor of porters and stouts...and their Imperial big siblings. But which are the best of the bunch? And what should you eat with this style of beer? More

Beer Mythbusting: The Truth About Porter and Stout

There are many myths swirling around the origins and evolution of porter and stout. First there is the notion that stout and porter refer to quite different styles; another holds that these beers were always dark, while a third tradition relies on the 'three threads' story to give porter an origin myth. All these tales are largely—and in some cases entirely—untrue. More

Bottom Shelf Beer: International Porters and Stouts

Given my affinity for holidays that downplay god and family in favor of beer and whiskey, you might think that I go all out for St. Patrick's Day. And for a few years in my late teens and early 20s I did try to get into the full swing of things with lavish celebrations featuring pots of gold and religious intolerance and green puke, but these days St. Paddy's doesn't even crack my top 10 list of favorite holidays. More

Serious Beer: American Porters

American breweries have put their own stamp on the style, experimenting with dark roasted (or even smoked) barley, helpings of piney hops, and extra ingredients such as coffee and chocolate. While some of these beers could still be good for a long drinking session, American porters are often stronger and more intensely flavored than their English cousins. More

Serious Beer: English Porter

Though dark in color, English porters aren't very high in alcohol. They have a hint of coffee-like bitterness from black, chocolate, or smoked brown malted barley, but not as much big roasted flavor as most stouts. A good porter is creamy and drinkable—if you think you don't like dark beers, you should give porters a chance. More

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