Reviving the reign of Porter

1926 was a special year for Great Britain – a certain Princess Elizabeth was born. On the occasion of her 90th birthday, we went back through our old brew books to find a recipe from her birth year – and we found a Porter fit for a Queen.

Regaining its crown

Porters reigned supreme in London until the early part of the 20th century, and this one from our archives was well worth reviving.

The hand-written recipe called for Warrior and Centennial hops from America, a blend of Golden Promise and black malts, and, somewhat unusually, flaked oats – but our brewing forefathers rarely got things wrong. Sure enough, the oatmeal addition yields a smooth, special Porter, ready to be crowned a capital favourite once again.

Brewer's notes

This distinguished Porter pours a rich, dark colour, with the black malt making its presence felt in a deliciously dry bitterness. Notes of coffee and dark chocolate emerge amid fruitiness from the American hops, while Northumbrian oats contribute to a surprisingly smooth mouthfeel.

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The Oatmeal Porter recipe features the traditional No3 invert sugar syrup – a throwback to a time when sugar was cheaper than pale ale malts.