High in alcohol and hops, this fully-loaded brew isn’t for the faint of heart. Its robust roasty, chocolate and toffee flavors matched with good malt character and assertive hop bitterness make it a favorite of Midwest porter lovers. A bittersweet finish keeps with the traditional porter style. Add vanilla bean for a twist. Go big or go home!
- Deep, rich brown color
- Chocolate and black malt aromas
- Medium-body with hints of chocolate and toffee with a bittersweet finish
- Ingredients include: 6 lb. of Dark malt extract, 3.15 lb. Gold malt extract, 4 oz. Black Patent malt, 4 oz. Chocolate malt, 8 oz. Caramel 120L. specialty grains, 1.5 oz. Tettnang hops, 1 oz. Willamette hops, muslin bag, priming sugar and yeast
- Deep, rich brown color
- Details & Instructions
4.9 / 5.061 ReviewsAWESOMEI added a pound of honey and a pound of brown sugar last 5 mins of the boil, turned out FANTASTIC!!!! OG 1.090 FG 1.010 ABV 10.48% THE HOLY GRAIL OF BIERS! THANK YOU MIDWEST!!!!!!! Will be doing this one over.August 16, 2010PLenty Of PunchStraight out of the box this is an awesome beer kit. Added 8oz. of malto-dextrin to thicken it up a bit so to distinguish the body and it turned out so well that I brew it often. What is so awesome about this Porter is how fast it conditions in the bottle, holds a head, and draws compliments while getting better with age. _x000D__x000D_10 days ferm at 65F Wyeast London Ale;_x000D_21+ days secondary;_x000D_2 weeks bottled at 68F is enough to enjoy._x000D__x000D_At 6 months it's like a delicacy. All-Star Rating!_x000D__x000D_April 28, 2010Good House BeerI brew a range of beers and probably brew at least two if not more batches a month. This beer is very malty and good. Some of my friends say it's the best one I've made. It's a toss up between This Porter and Midwest's Strong Ale. Not for the lite beer drinker. I will need to keep this one going..July 11, 2010Excellent/Have to give it timeThis was the second beer I have made (started with a Pale Ale). I got the kit in the summer and requested the liquid yeast. Unfortunately, I think the yeast went bad (too hot) during transit. Therefore, I had to pitch some Safale S-04 after 3 days of no activity. I left it in primary 10 days and then transferred to a secondary where I added two scraped vanilla beans 5 days before bottling (FG: 1.019)_x000D_My initial taste was a bit bitter (2 weeks in the bottle). I am now 6 weeks in the bottle and this beer is amazing! It has mellowed tremendously and is super smooth with a hint of vanilla and a great head. I can only imagine how this is going to get better with age. I would definitely brew this again!September 28, 2010Better than the store brandsOpened my first one today, after 1 month of bottle conditioning. Now, on my fourth, this porter is great will make again.April 7, 2010Better than the store brandsThis porter is excellent after a month in the bottle. Bet it will be better in another month if it can last that long. Used Wyeast smack pack.April 7, 2010wonderful porterTried the first one after 4 weeks and it was very good. After 6 weeks even better. I think it will keep getting better with age. Love this porter, smooth and great flavors. I did add vanilla to a gallon, it is a great touch. Can't wait to brew it again.April 25, 2010ExcellentFairly easy brew. Did have a boil over with hops. Added vanilla bean extract to secondary. ABV 5.75 Slight hoppy finish is quite refreshing. Not enough vanilla to taste or smell. Looks and pours just like the picture. Will brew againDecember 22, 2016Purchased
1 year agoA Porter that I'll re-orderI haven't brewed a Porter in many years as I am still riding the "Hop Head" wave._x000D_This kit produced one nice brew. I did split the batch and flavored half with blackberries and I now I wish I did the whole batch! Both flavored and straight up, this beer is true to form and only getting better with time. Impressive to say the least.May 10, 2010Best Porter so farThe batch I made reminded me of Imperial Stout in flavor and alcohol content. It will probably disappear too fast to age. I can imagine the whole grain version must be fantastic.May 31, 2010
- Customer Q&A
Browse 2 questions Browse 2 questions and 5 answersFlavor subjectivity aside, if I wanted to add some cherrywood smoked malts to this brew (to make it a bit smokier, naturally), would I substitute it for any of the included malts, or would I just add it along with the others?
Thanks!BEST ANSWER: I have not added a whole lot more to what the kits already provide. I don't think there would be too much of an impact if you substituted out one of the other malts. Happy brewing!From the extract kit brewed up the Power Pack Porter on Aug 11. Added 1 lb of Belgian Dark Candy during final 20 minutes of boil and had a OG of 1.075. Cooled with a wort chiller, aerated, added two packs of Burton Ale #023 yeast and had a very happy fermentation going for 2-3 days solid. Then slowly started to fall off for the next week. On Aug 28 had a reading of 1.044 and on Sept 2 it was stuck at 1.042. Anything i can do at this point to jump start the fermentation?BEST ANSWER: Was this reading done with refractometer? It would likely read much lower if tested with a hydrometer instead. With a refractometer, the alcohol present throws off the reading, and it needs to be re-calculated to allow for that, with a "Refractometer Calculator" like this: http://www.northernbrewer.com/learn/resources/refractometer-calculator/ It is probably fine, and is actually at a much lower gravity at this time. -Mike W, Midwest Supplies