According to Wikipedia:
"Porter is a dark style of beer developed in London from well-hopped beers made from brown malt. The name was first recorded in the 18th century and is thought to come from its popularity with street and river porters, who carried objects for others.
The history and development of stout and porter beer types are intertwined. The name "stout", used for a dark beer, is believed to have come about because strong porters were marketed under such names as "extra porter", "double porter", and "stout porter". The term stout porter would later be shortened to just stout. For example, Guinness Extra Stout was originally called "Extra Superior Porter" and was only given the name "Extra Stout" in 1840."
Cool, but what do the local brewers say? We contacted Chantelle Webb from Lunn's Mill Brewing, who make arguably one of the best porters in the province, Anvil Porter.
Chantelle says, "At Lunn's our Anvil Porter has been one of the most popular brews since putting it on tap in 2017. Gone is the adage that dark beers are for winter only. We like it dark with those hints of chocolate and coffee roastiness especially in the heat of this perfect summer we've been having in Nova Scotia. Our customers love the malty body and smoothness and we have been told that it is one of the best examples of porter in the province by our peers in the brewing industry. Most surprisingly are the folks who shy away from dark beers because of their perceived heaviness and thickness on the palate but find Anvil balanced with its malty sweetness and deceptively light and totally smooth finish."
We have to agree! If you like coffee, chocolate, and toasted malt rather than hop bombs, but still enjoy a lighter beer, you'll probably love a Porter. And once you get a taste for Porters, look for interesting tastes such as:
Garrison Maple Porter
Propeller Coffee Porter
Nine Locks Vanilla Porter
Roof Hound Pumpkin Spice Latte Porter
Tatamagouche Smores Porter
And many more small batch and seasonal offerings.
As an interesting side note, here's a link to immigration records for Canada for 'Porters and Domestics'
As befits the history of Porters, Carry On!