A heavy, dark-brown, strongly flavored beer. The dark color and strong flavor come from the addition of roasted malt. Originally brewed in a bitter style, some of today's porters are slightly sweet. Porters are usually higher in alcohol than regular lager beers. See also beer.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.