Simon and Schuster
Handbook of Porters and Stouts: the Ultimate, Complete and Definitive Guide, Josh Christie and Chad Polenz
Some of the leading edges of the new craft beer revolution have found their expression in unique stouts and porters. Big, round, and roasty, these are huge, brawny beers that have gathered a following. Imperial stouts in porters barrel aged, highly hopped, or aged in bourbon, whiskey, and wine barrels. The history and development of stout and porter and intertwined.
Porter was originally an English dark beer style, made popular by street and river porters of London in the 18th century. Because of its huge popularity, London brewers made them in a variety of strengths, and the term “stout” was used for the stronger, fuller bodied porters. They were labeled as “stout porters” but eventually, porter was dropped from the label and stout became its own unique dark brew, distinctively made with roasted barley. Porters are conceived as sweeter on the nose and palate and remain firmly in the brown spectrum.