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Washington's Porter - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Washington's PorterWashington's Porter

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BA SCORE
86
very good

215 Ratings
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 11
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.35% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bleedingshrimp on 11-06-2006)
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

GFish, Nov 11, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiderion
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, opaque even held up to light. Thin head, might have been the pour but very little foam in general.

S: Deep smell customary of porters, hint of chocolate perhaps.

T: Dry flavor, little bit of cocoa coming out here, hard to distinguish some of the subtleties. Overall, a great flavor though mysterious.

M: Little grainy but to be expected. Low carbonation.

D: Porters are hard to have a lot of but this one is a good one. I bet it'd go great with chocolate ice cream.

Tiderion, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of boatshoes
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this and a few others up at the Grape and Gourmet in VA Beach while doing an art show with my folks. Great shop too by the way!

Appearance- Pours an almost opaque black with a minimal sheet of tan head off an aggressive pour. Head dies back immediately to a ring.

Smell- Nose is much more muted than I would have liked but still managed to pick up notes of some mild roasted malt, a touch of coffee, and a touch of bitter chocolate. Could have stood to be more pronounced.

Taste- Palate is very mild, with just some mild roasted malt flavors and a little bit of bitter chocolate coming through. Somewhat of a disappointment here.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is rather thin and a touch watery for the style. Drinkability suffers somewhat from the thinness and lack of flavor.

Overall, not one of my favorite porters. This beer was alright but rather underwhelming in my opinion.

boatshoes, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black and opaque in the glass but with a fine looking reddish mahogany at the edges. The tan head is small with limited retention, although a partial top coat and ring last on and on, and irregular sticky lacing is left on the sides of my glass.

Aroma: Not strong, but has some depth and complexity,. Caramel and dark roasted malt with hints of dark fruit, coffee and a light touch of spicy hops.

Taste: The flavor amplifies the aromas, especially the coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Meanwhile, the dark fruit is minimal, but that’s OK, there’s plenty to enjoy here and some nice dynamics from start to aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Soft, with a near medium body and enough carbonation to add life and make it seem a bit lighter. Only a touch of dryness in the finish.

Overall: I love some porters and fine others unappealing. This is one of the good ones. It is so much better than the 961 Porter that preceded it. Flavorful but very well balanced and not at all challenging. Worth seeking out.

chinchill, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of Zonian1
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Zonian1, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the Brickskeller in Washington DC.

Pours one shade from black with a two-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of strong roasted malts with hints of dark chocolate and lighter hints of charred black malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust roasted malt flavors up front are joined by semi-sweet chocolate flavors midway through the sip. The ending makes room for a bit of ashy malt flavors before a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and could have a few more.

Overall this was a porter that had a lot of roasted malt character without coming off as astringent. At the (relatively) low ABV I was a fan and would like to revisit this in the future. Worth a shot.

glid02, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: 12 oz poured into a Guinness glass

A: Not much of a head, it lingers at the sides of the glass leaving mere mist on the top. Black in color with a slight red hue at the bottom of the glass. When held to the light the red hue takes over more of the beer.

S: Smoke, roasted malt, coffee. It does not have a strong smell.

T: Strong roasted malt, smoke, and coffee. The taste mirrors the smell. It has a nice finish, the taste lingers, though it is not to strong.

M: Heavy-bodied, creamy with a lighter finish.

D: Heavier beer, however, it does not have as strong a finish as many porters I have had which allow the tongue a break.

Overall: One of the better porters I have had mostly due to the finish. It gives smoke, roast, and coffee, but, it does not overdue it.

ianjsullivan, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of Jeffreysan
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours an inky black, completely opaque, with a full finger of chocolate colored head that quickly disappeared into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Lots of malt and freshly baked dark bread. Bitter-sweet dark chocolate and caramel. Slight coffee notes.

Taste: Lots of roasted malt and coffee and chocolate up front with some mild sweetness at the finish. Some slight tobacco flavors to, maybe from the roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium and slightly more than a little chewy. However, there’s practically no carbonation to the beer, zip, zero, nada.

Overall: This is a very, very good porter. I really enjoy the roastiness that this beer has. That being said, compared to the other Washington Porter, that being brewed by Yards, this porter comes in second best. However, I still look forward to having another of these.

Jeffreysan, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of asabreed
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: There's not a lot of light going through this sucker at all, and the rich, mocha-colored head clings beautifully to the glass. Nice combination of rings and spotty lacing gracing the presence of the side of the glass as I drink.

Smell: Roasted malts and nice background hint of dark berries, along with some dark bread crust, a hint of rye, and a hint of sourness with mocha at the backbone.

Taste: Again, roasted malts with dark bread, black coffee, slight rye, slight citrus hops curbing any sweetness, some charcoal, and a long and savory finish of citrus hops, blackened unsweetened chocolate, and dark berries. Very solid and original stuff here.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, rich, and creamy without feeling like you couldn't session it, which I certainly could. Initially coating without being cloying, which I also love about it.

Drinkability: This was certainly a surprise, and a great example of a micro doing good things. A great session brew for the winter with enough flavor, balance, and singularity to make it something I could make a staple. The reviews below me were very high, and now I'm glad there's a legitimate reason for it.

asabreed, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a massive toasted light-brown head which leaves abundant lace in its wake. Liquid is a soupy midnight brown/black that light does not and cannot penetrate.

Robust chocolate and coffee notes jump right out of the glass, with fruity cherry-like sweetness making this a surprising and wonderful aroma. Even a little mineral kick in the background doesn't really hurt it, even lends another layer of depth. Can it possibly taste as good as it smells?

Pretty close. Right out of the gate, and even in the aroma, this reminds of Bell's Cherry Stout, and while it's not quite as sublime as that, it's got similarities. Sharp cherry sweetness borders on tart, with plenty of roasty coffee bitterness and chocolate chip sweetness supporting it. A little brash in the finish, with bitterness, sour citrus and a chalky mineral steeliness working its way in. The flavor is bold, and the finish appropriately matches it.

Texture is buttery, very slick, appropriate carbonation, with that thinness a good porter can have without being at all watery.

Man, this just hit all the right buttons tonight. It's big and bold in flavor, a delight to sip and I sure wish I had just one more (or six). Not at all your typical porter, and perhaps a bit to raw or brash for some, but I'd take it any day over the many run-of-the-mill porters out there. Will definitely by more.

Metalmonk, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of dafizzif
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Very dark brown with ruby around the edges. Very little head and lots of bubbles. Could probably pass for a cola, looks-wise.

Smell- Lots of dark chocolate with hints of lighter milk chocolate as well. A bit of sweetened coffee shows up in the nose as it warms. Absolutely love the smell.

Taste- Lots of chocolate with a little coffee and roasted malts. Some bitterness comes in as the initial sweetness leaves the mouth. Gets more well developed bitter notes as the beer warms/is consumed.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with, despite a lot of bubbles, only mild carbonation. Very creamy and tongue-coating as well.

Overall- I am in love with Washington's Porter. It was one of my first beers after turning 21 and I have loved it ever since. I have yet to encounter a porter that I like more than this one. Highly recommended to everyone, especially when in the Williamsburg area.

dafizzif, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Williamsburg AleWerks Washington's Porter

Appearance: A bit of a rough pour produces an opaque black body beneath a creamy head of dark tan. Very good head retention and lacing.

Smell: Remarkably chocolate-like. Very rich. Soft (not sharp) roastiness. Very welcoming.

Taste: As the nose suggests, it's very chocolatey - almost fudge-like. But there's also some roastiness, and I get a lot of dark chocolate; a hint of fruitiness from the yeast; and a bit of coffee, especially in the finish. There's a sweetness to it but it's balanced by the dark malt and roastiness, and the firm, underlying bitterness. It's nicely rounded. Additionally, there's no acidic bite to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full with a dextrinous edge. It's moderate carbonation lends a gentle zest to the tongue.

Overall: Really well-crafted and nicely balanced. It's a little rich and filling to have more than one or two, but it's definitely satisfying.

NeroFiddled, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark reddish brown, thin, off white head.

S - very rich chocolate, reminiscent of chocolate cake batter.

T - Roasty, but not as much as I like in a porter. Chocolaty and smooth. A hint of bourbon in the background brings a unique flavor that goes very well here.

M - Creamy, with a dry finish. Quite nice

O - Decent beer. Not like any other porters I've had.

RocPorterFanatic, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of avisong
3/5  rDev -21.7%

avisong, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev +4.4%

cliff1066, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is dark dark brown with good carbonation, The head is 1.5 fingers of dark mocha foam that fades leaving some lace.

The smell is slightly sweet malt, I wish I was getting more roasty toasty notes.

The taste is a bit off, a bit sweet and a tad sour, Some burnt toast with a hint of chocolate and coffee in the finish.

The mouthfeel is ok. medium body and ok carbonation.

The drinkability is not so great, I will look for this again in a newer batch to see if it improves. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a thick chocolate body with a tan head with a thin lace.

S- Smell of molasses and caramel and chocolate from the malts.

T- Taste of caramel and chocolate from the malts. Sweet molasses and mild hops.

M- Velvety and creamy and smooth. Heavy from the thickness to the pallet with nice rich sweet flavors lingering through out sip.

D- Very good Porter. I like how this beer smell and taste. Worth a try.

Cheers..

SamuelJackson45, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of tone77
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a small head. Smell is of chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is good, lots of roasted malts, a definate chocolate presence, some notes of coffee, lots going on here. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a very good beer.

tone77, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of Sanchezrox23
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Sanchezrox23, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +4.4%

mdillon86, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of wingman14
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a frothy tan head. The smell is somewhat odd, a sweet roasted malt smell with some odd acidic notes. Taste starts sweet with the burnt flavor and a strong malt presence. Then the odd sweet weird tones finish, then a somewhat strong burnt flavor comes through in an aftertaste. The mouthfeel is nice, decent carbonation, smooth, the balance is a bit off. This one is an ok drinker, once you get past the different flavors this is decent brew.

wingman14, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.5/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours clear, dark brown with a bit of red in the light, 1/8-inch tan head. It's aroma is dark roasted malt with coffee and a hint of chocolate. The flavor is coffee with a fine bit of anise followed by a lasting coffee aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium. Williamsburg Alewerks Washingtons Porter is a strong cup of coffee with some alcohol. Not recommended.

B967ierhunter177, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I asked the guy behind the bar what this Aleworks one was, was it a Pale Ale, Wheat Ale? He then says... yah it's a wheat ale so I say ok (it didn't matter I just needed to identify it) I'll have one. And out comes this dark looking, roasty smelling beer. Yeah this is a wheat ale ... NOT... poured on tap into a silver tankard. Whatever..

Regardless of the serving item this was a nice off light brown and very creamy head. Real nice foamy and tight bubbles, sitting on a dark brown amber body. Good lacing even on the tankard. I would say more but I can't.

First smell is actually a root beer like smell. Faint malt and roast. Very nice actually.

Taste is like a milk stout and sweet, creamy root beer like. Hints of sharp cigarettes with a slight cola and coffee finish. A little wet bodied though, and a mish mash of milk stout like quality.

This pretty much screams porter but I have to say it's a good one, real easy drinking off the tap here.

smakawhat, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had never heard of this brewery before, and was very pleasantly suprised when I saw the bottle upon opening a box. Poured a fantastic dark brown with a small tan head which faded leaving behind a nice thin film of lace on the top and long sticky strands down the glass. Smell was a tad light, but came through more as it warmed. Roasted malts, caramel, perhaps a touch of coffee were present. Maybe even a hazelnut as it warmed. Taste was great. First off the feel was silky smooth, almost shake like with perfect carbonation that just floated in your mouth. Smooth feel gave way to a full taste, lots of roasted malts and caramel, slight burnt coffee in the back and a dry hop like finish. Overall this was awesome, an extremely enjoyable, sessionable porter, something that I am appreciating more and more these days, definatly a winner.

mikesgroove, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of campfirebrew
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

campfirebrew, Jan 09, 2012
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Washington's Porter from AleWerks Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.