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Beer Styles

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English-Style Brown Porter

Brown porters have no roasted barley or strong burnt/black malt character. Low to medium malt sweetness, caramel and chocolate is acceptable. Hop bitterness is medium. Softer, sweeter and more caramel-like than a robust porter, with less alcohol and body. Porters are the precursor style to stouts.

Category: Porters

Food Pairings

  • Roasted or Grilled Meats
  • Gruyere
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Glassware & Serving Temperature

Nonic Pint
50-55 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Dark Brown (may have red tint) to Very Dark

Clarity

Opaque

Carbonation (Visual)

Slow to Fast Rising Bubbles

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Mild

Hop

Hop aroma and flavor are not perceived to medium. Hop bitterness is medium

Malt

Nutty, Chocolate, Caramel, Bready, Toffee

Esters

Fruity esters may be present

Phenols

Not common to style

Sensations

Body

Mouth-Coating

Carbonation

Low to High

Finish Length

Medium to Long

Attenuation

Medium - High

Ingredients

Hops

Fuggles

Malt

British Pale Ale, Brown, Crystal, Chocolate

Water

Moderate carbonate water

Yeast

Ale

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