Originally Posted by PolishStout
my beer brewing guide mentions that the stout style came about when patrons at english pubs would ask for pints mixed of whatever barrels were open (usually a bitters and a porter were somewhere in the mix). so IMHO hopping up a porter would be a tribute to its origins.
I'd heard the same thing about the origins of a porter. I'd also heard that it is derivative of the stronger brown ales in 1700's England:
Porter is first mentioned in writings in the early 1700′s, and the name Porter is derived from its popularity with Londons river and street porters. There are many stories surrounding the origins of Porter, such as one about it being a blend of three other beers, but more likely Porter was derived from strong brown ales of the period. Original porters were substantially stronger than modern versions. Wikipedia mentions that hydrometer measurements on 18th century Porters indicate original gravities near 1.071, or 6.6% ABV about twice the alcohol of a modern beer.
But who knows. There's probably truth to both stories.
Yeah, it should be interesting to dry hop it. Again, the Sweet Water Happy Ending came out so well, albeit unusual, for a strong dark ale dry hopped, I think it could work with a porter. So long as the hops are chosen well. Like perhaps a Fuggles, or Columbus maybe...