English Porter originated in London and has a history as rich as the malt aromas and flavors that characterize the style. Porter either ushered in—or was the product of—a period in England when consumer tastes and preferences changed. Those tastes moved away from the astringent harshness of brown malts in young (freshly brewed) beer and the sour and staleness of aged (old) beer—both of which were essentially the only beer choices for centuries—toward a more balanced middle ground of flavor.
At one time on the verge of extinction, Porter beer has had tremendous influence up to this day on brewing and the type of beer consumed in many countries throughout the Old and New Worlds. In fact, Porter eventually spawned the Stout style (see Stout category).
Porter deserves exploration, beginning with those who have not yet experienced beers with rich, dark roasty character, all the way to those who may have skipped the style and headed directly to the massive Imperial Stouts of the world.
With Porter a favorite libation among England’s working class citizens, the historical drinking vessel would have been something straight forward and functional. Similar to Brown Ale styles, a pint or nonic glass suits Porter beers smartly. A beer mug is another terrific option. For especially complex Baltic or Imperial versions, opt for a beer snifter or stemmed tulip if available.
The best Porter experience comes from drinking Porter from a glass, rather than drinking from the bottle or plastic cup. Give the beer a firm pour to activate a foamy head and release the aromas.
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