Porters are largely responsible for the brewery scene we know today. Thanks to its incredible popularity in England, brewing exploded from small scale pubs to the enormous breweries we're familiar with now. Porter beer continues on today, albeit slightly tweaked. A porter has a dark brown hue that's slightly lighter than stouts. British styles have flavors of caramel, toffee and a mild hint of malt. American porters, on the other hand, can incorporate almost anything into their taste, including malt, hops, fruits, chocolate, coffee and whatever else happens to be on the mind of the brewer that day.