For comparison, you can often expect porters to contain lesser amounts of burnt coffee or bitter roast flavours as the presence of heavily roasted malted barley is often kept to a minimum.
Instead, these beers are often sweeter in character than stouts, with common flavours including toffee, caramel, sweet chocolate, and nuts, all in a creamy and silky textured brew.
In addition to these flavours, most porters are medium to heavy bodied in their character, slight to moderate in their amounts of carbonation, and low to moderate in their overall hop profile.
When exploring this style of ale, the sub-styles that are most important to consider are:
This article offers further insights into porter ales for those who want to explore, in greater depth, the general attributes of the style beyond this quick guide.