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St. Paul Porter Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains


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An assertive black ale dominated by roast-coffee and chocolate character and hop bitterness.

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NB's hometown gives its name to our robust porter kit - an assertive black ale dominated by roast-coffee and chocolate character and hop bitterness. Toffee-like maltiness and citrusy hop flavor are in there as well, with a medium-full body and lingering roast malt/hop bitterness before a bittersweet finish. We like spiking barbecue sauce with a splash of this porter; it's also great with strong cheese like sharp cheddar or Stilton.
Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for St. Paul Porter Extract Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleUSA
Original Gravity1052
Total Time to Make6 weeks
4.8 / 5.0
86 Reviews
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Great Porter
Primary for eight weeks, no secondary. After two weeks in the bottle, this porter is already well balanced with a nice chocolate smoothness complemented with a subtle bitterness. As the beer ages, the bitterness recedes. This is a kit I'm adding to my regular rotation; it's easy to brew and is a big crowd pleaser.One note on the recipe, however. This, and other NB kits, suggest five ounces of priming sugar for a five gallon batch. This is just too much in my experience, especially for a porter. Use four ounces, and you'll be glad you did.
January 12, 2013
I brewed this ages ago. I put it in the secondary, gave it a d-rest, and let it age. Finally moved it to the keg and "Wow." It's simply delicious. Complex yet balanced. It's not a "gimmick" beer, but an excellent porter... plain and simple. I'm ordering another kit today to brew this weekend.
November 2, 2010
Coconut Porter!
Inspired by Maui Brewing Companys Coconut Porter, i set out to try to dupe it. After fermentation, i racked this Porter and dry hopped 1 1/2 pounds of cocnut for seven days. Turned out great, sipping on it now, smokey, roasted coconut flavor. I think i am back in MAUI!
January 5, 2011
Great porter
I went 2 weeks primary, 2 weeks secondary, and its finally showing well after 3 weeks in the bottle. Let this one warm up a bit from the fridge and the flavors shine through. A bit smoky, with toffee and coffee nuances. Very good. May brew again, but I'd like to add a bit of hop character somehow. FG only got down to about 1.020 for me but it seems OK for this style. Another great kit from NB. Far smoother and easy drinking compared to my commercial porter examples.
April 9, 2012
Very good porter
Very good beer. After 3 weeks in the bottle it tastes great. I could use a little more body. It will probably get better as it conditions. I will be brewing this again.
March 4, 2012
Great Taste
I am new to brewing. This is my second batch. It is amazing. I let it set in primary for 2 weeks, secondary for 2 weeks and bottled for 2 weeks. Tried my First one... and second. It is GREAT. If you want a good beer this is it. I think it could be better if I let it set but it is so good that might not happen.
April 4, 2011
I am not really into porters and stouts. I decided I needed to expand my horizons a bit during the winter months and so made a batch of St Paul Porter. I let it sit in the primary for 3 weeks before transfering it into a keg. When I tasted the gravity sample I was really disappointed, it was bitter in a burnt way and seemed "thin". I let it sit for another 8 weeks or so in my unheated mudroom with a CO2 tank on it. Now it is incredible! It is kind of creamy and bitter, without a huge alcohol bite to it. The lace it leaves on the glass is nice to look at as well. I have to brew this one earlier this year so it is ready for the dark washington winter months.
March 6, 2011
Best beer I have ever brewed, hands down. (AG)
I brewed this about 6 months ago. I believe, and my friends agree, that this is the best beer I have ever brewed. Maybe I was particularly good about my process, or maybe its just the kit, but it came out exceptionally clean and had a really commercial feel to it. Awesome beer, and I am not even a stout/porter guy.
June 14, 2013
rich and rewarding
I brewed this in September 2010 specifically for an elk and deer hunt I had in October. After only five weeks from brew to drink it was awesome! Shared it with my hunting partners and this beer inspired one of them to purchase a brew kit from NB. Great aroma, head and coffee/chocolate finish.
December 17, 2010
fantastic porter
I brewed this one a few months ago. I tried it at 6 weeks and did not care much for it, it was drinkable, but not great. The roasted coffee hits you up front and then it was abruptly followed by the bitter hops, and not in a good way. I set it aside for another 6 weeks and wow! Is this one good. I did a blind taste comparison of it with Summit Great Northern Porter and people had a hard time picking which one they thought was better. Definitely brew this one, but give it 10 - 12 weeks before you try it.
March 22, 2010
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What is the average ABV?
David M on Sep 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I did this NB kit back in 2015. Total time in fermentation was 6 weeks. Another month in bottle before we started enjoying them. My ABV came out at 6.1%. We're porter and stout fans and this is a good porter kit.
Would it be possible to add coconut to this recipe during fermentation to add a little bit of that flavor? I don't want to ruin it, but would love the coconut flavoring.
A shopper on Jun 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can but do not go overboard. I get a hint of coconut flavor I would recommend 2 to 4 oz shredded coconut. Good luck and have fun.
Hi, I've never used a kit like this before, but I would like to get one for my boyfriend who is interested in learning how to brew. I may be missing something on this page, but I'm wondering what all is included in the base kit when it comes to physical items (bag, hydrometer, fermenter etc)?

Also, does anyone have any tips or suggestions? (ie, which kit from northern brewer might be a better start?) ~Thanks!
S K on Dec 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: the only items included are the ingredients for the brew -- like a cake mix. In addition to the Extract kit, you will need to purchase brewing and fermentation equipment (brew pot, fermenters pail, siphon, hydrometer, cleaning and sanitation materials, bottles, caps). Alot of this is included in the delux starting kit (http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing/beer-equipment-starter-kits/deluxe-beer-brewing-starter-kit), but not all. Well worth the purchase. my husband and i really enjoy brewing :)
I've seen many positive reviews for this beer, but some claim that it's not as substantial of a porter as they'd prefer. Has anyone here added malto-dextrin, to add body and more mouth feel to this kit, and if so, how would you rate the result? Thank you.
A shopper on Mar 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have added MD and it adds body. In my opinion this is an excellent porter that actually borders on stout territory. One of the best beers i make and everyone loves it. Sometimes I add Cocoa nibs to the fermentor and it also makes the flavor more robust. But only if you like nuances of cocoa.

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