American Porter and Stout

BJCP 2021:


The American Porter and Stout category encompasses a family of dark, robust beers that are modern adaptations inspired by traditional European porters and stouts but distinctly evolved with American ingenuity. These beers generally exhibit stronger hop character, both in bitterness and aroma, than their Old World counterparts, complemented by the liberal use of American-grown hops which impart unique floral, citrusy, or resinous notes. They often feature pronounced roasted malt flavors, showcasing a range from chocolate to coffee nuances without being overly harsh or burnt.

Within this category, there are different styles tailored to a variety of tastes. The spectrum includes the balanced and moderately strong American Porter, the more intense and boldly hopped American Stout, and the Imperial Stout – known for its high gravity and rich intensity. Each style within this category maintains a common thread through their deep coloration derived from dark malts while diverging in attributes such as body, alcohol strength, and flavor profiles. This makes the American Porter and Stout category stand out from others by embracing innovation while paying homage to traditional roots; it is celebrated for fostering diversity within its own ranks yet maintaining a cohesive identity as distinctly American creations.

Distinct beer styles within this category:



In Database
4.6 < 6.8 < 12.2 %


In Database
20 < 45 < 93 IBU


In Database
45 < 78 < 170 EBC
23 < 39 < 86 SRM

Original Extract

In Database
11.9 < 16.7 < 28.1 °P
1.048 < 1.069 < 1.122 OG

Final Gravity

In Database
2.2 < 4.4 < 8.5 °P
1.009 < 1.017 < 1.034 FG

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