The authenticity of Timothy Taylor Porter could be doubted. The recipe was based on a Sweet Stout and it tasted like it. Far too sweet. I can remember being greatly disappointed when I first tried it.
Penrhos Court was closer, but still not quite right. At least it was somewhere near the classic pre-WW I Porter strength of 1050º.
A few other brewers released Porters in the 1980’s, with varying degrees of authenticity.
There were still only a handful of breweries producing Porter. Mostly in tiny quantities. The only established breweries in that list are Timothy Taylor and the Three Tuns. Neither of those was exactly a giant. The others are new micros and brewpubs.
For me, London Porter was reborn when Fullers released theirs. Brewed from the classic combination of pale, brown and black malt, the recipe closely resembles that of their pre-WW I Porter.
|Revived Porters 1979 - 1983|
|1981||Bragdy'r Defaid Du (Black Sheep Brewery)||Defaid Du||1045|
|1981||Bruce's (Portobello)||Portobello Porter||1040|
|1981||Pier Hotel||Pirate's Porter||1035|
|1981||Three Tuns||Castle Steamer||1045|
|1983||Royal Tunbridge Wells||Entire||1055|
|Good Beer Guide 1980, 1982 and 1984.|
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