English Porter

Recipes:
4,305
BJCP 2021:
13C
Era:
Traditional
Origin:
🇬🇧 Great Britain
Fermentation:
Top
Color:
Dark
Strength:
Normal
Taste:
Malty

Profile

English Porter is a classic beer style rich in history and flavor. It emerged in London in the early 18th century, becoming immensely popular among the city's working class, particularly the porters who handled goods at markets and docks – hence the name. Seen by some as a precursor to the stout, it was originally a blend of old (stale or sour), new (Brown Ale), and mild ales until brewers began to craft them as standalone beers.

In terms of appearance, English Porters are dark brown in color and may showcase ruby highlights when held to light. They typically have a moderate tan head with good retention, creating an inviting visual for those about to imbibe. English Porters greet the palate with mild roasted grain notes accompanied by chocolate and caramel tastes without significant burnt or harsh tones. They may also present hints of biscuit or coffee, contributing to their depth without dominating the overall balance. Hoppiness is generally low but can sometimes offer a modest earthy or floral character due to traditional hop varieties used in brewing. The finish typically leans toward dryness with medium-low to medium bitterness which allows for both early robust malt flavors and later more refined thresholds highlighting their sweeter aspects.

This style has low to moderate carbonation with a generally smooth mouthfeel that can occasionally edge toward creaminess, depending on individual brews' characteristics. While related styles such as Baltic Porters or Robust Porters exhibit higher alcohol content and more intense roasted flavors respectively, English Porters maintain more restraint – preferring balance over potency.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
4.0 – 5.4 %

In Database
3.8 < 4.9 < 5.8 %

Bitterness

Specification
18 – 35 IBU

In Database
16 < 27 < 40 IBU

Color

Specification
39 – 59 EBC
20 – 30 SRM

In Database
36 < 51 < 64 EBC
18 < 26 < 33 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
10.0 – 12.8 °P
1.040 – 1.052 OG

In Database
9.8 < 12.3 < 15.2 °P
1.039 < 1.050 < 1.063 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
2.1 – 3.6 °P
1.008 – 1.014 FG

In Database
1.8 < 3.3 < 5.0 °P
1.007 < 1.013 < 1.020 FG

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