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pashusa:
What is the real differance between a stout and a porter? ???

hamiltont:
Well, this topic will probably be debated to its death but here's my rendition.  A stout is a porter, a stout porter.  The porter style died off some years ago and has made a come back recently.  Generally, but not always, a stout will have more roasted barley than a porter and some porters will have no roasted barley.  Alcohol strength isn't a gauge either because some porters are higher ABV than stouts.  It's a bloody mixed up mess..... :o

lonnie mac:
One of the best descriptions I have read to date:

Everything over here is a stout. Everything over there is a porter!

:)

a10t2:

--- Quote from: hamiltont on November 15, 2009, 03:14:08 PM ---Generally, but not always, a stout will have more roasted barley than a porter and some porters will have no roasted barley.
--- End quote ---

IMHO that's about as close as you can come to a definition. To my way of thinking a porter *can* have roasted barley (I prefer black patent actually), but a stout *must*.

pashusa:
so how does a porter get its dark color with out roasted barley. and what is the lightest a porter is supposed to be? The guidelines say light brown to dark brown. seems pretty wide open.

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