What’s The Difference Between Porter And Stout?
If you have ever wondered about the difference between a Porter and a Stout, you are not alone. Surf the web about this question and you can read hundreds of links that debate the answer. Instead of spending your precious time doing all that reading, we did the work for you. Read on for a short answer to the question.
Many of the websites we visited and read quote English writer Thomas Mortimer’s A Dictionary of Commerce, Trade and Manufactures published in 1810. In that book Mortimer said Porter could be divided into two classes: “brown-stout” and “porter.” He also said, “brown-stout is only a fuller-bodied kind of porter.”
Porters came into existence in England around 1750. Around 1810, “Stout” meant strong. So, what is the answer to the question?
According to Jay Brooks, a beer historian and aficionado (brookstonbeerbulletin.com), Porter and Stout are related. And in our humble opinion, after making some tasty Stouts and Porters, we think a Stout is simply a strong Porter. We welcome your comments.