Episode #23: Historical Porters

London porter was once the most famous beer style in the world. Despite this, very few historically accurate examples survive today. Chris tastes two attempts to recreate porters as they tasted during the height of their popularity.

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Breweries and Beers

tootiMeantime London Porter
Meantime London Porter
tooti New Glarus Olde English Porter
New Glarus Olde English Porter

Comments 7 

  1. From "ChrisQ" :

    Hi Ryan,

    My scale is a rough interpretation of the “Parker Scale” used for scoring wine, and is technically a scale that goes from 50-100 although I do very much stay within 80-90. I judge on appearance, aroma, taste, mouthfeel, and ‘overall’, per the BJCP guidelines.

    A beer that would be below 80 would be a beer that I felt was simply not good at all, and one I would avoid in the future. Anything below 70 would be beers with significant brewhouse defects in them, and not fit to be sold commercially in my mind.

    As far as the high side of things, I must admit that I judge on a harder scale than most beer judges. Were I doing competitive judging, I would most likely have to increase my scoring a bit to keep from skewing the outcomes. I’ve rated as few 97 and 98’s, but never a 100.

    It’s just hard for me to say “a beer can’t be better than this”, which I think is a flaw in my judging. But like I said, I’m just giving casual ratings, so I don’t consider it a big deal that my scale most likely only goes to 99!

    Thanks for the comment. I hope this helps.

  2. From "Ryan Crundwell" :

    yep, thanks.

  3. From "Daniel Butchart" :

    Thanks for the breakdown of the scaling, was wondering myself.
    I just finished a Garibaldi Honey Pale Ale from Howe Sound Brewing Co. Out of Squamish B.C. Can.
    Nice beer! Really hard for me to pic out the honey flavor. Perhaps you could narrow it down by tasting some honey ales in future casts. Cheers

  4. From "Daniel P. Rojas" :

    Hello Mr. Quinn. You mentioned in the historically accurate porters episode that Yuenglings was brewing the only porter in the world and kept the style alive. I have heard the Anchor Steam folks claim they kept the porter alive. Actually the Anchor Steam folks kind of act as if they revitalized every British beer. Do you know if this is true or not? Anyways keep up the good work I enjoy all of your episodes.

    • From "ChrisQ" :

      Yuengling has been brewing their Porter since the 60’s I believe, which would predate Anchor Porter by at least a few years. That said, both Anchor and Yuengling helped to keep the style alive.

  5. From "MikeS" :

    Hi Chris,

    I recently started following your podcast for itunes. I enjoyed the history of the porter; very concise and informative. It has always been one of my favorite styles so it was nice to get a brief history of it. I’m really enjoying the podcasts so far and have been able to take note on glass styles, how to hold, taste etc. Keep up the good work! Cheers!


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