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A dark brown beer, heavily-hopped, and coloured and flavoured with roasted malt. It was first brewed in London in the 1720"s, and was soon copied in provincial towns.
For a time, London porter was exported to Ireland; but the Irish started making their own, and it retained its popularity there, while losing it in England. Companies like Arthur Guinness, bequeathed their name to the Irish form of porter.