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Washington's Porter - AleWerks Brewing Company

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260 Ratings
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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 12
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.35% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bleedingshrimp on 11-06-2006

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Ratings: 260 | Reviews: 123
Photo of Saunapoika
4.92/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Porter. This one is a nice, clear, extremely dark brown color. Poured from the bottle, a thick, light brown, creamy head erupts. A clingy ring stays with the brew till the end.

S: Fresh, dark roasted coffee with chocolate undertones. A coffee shop in a bottle. I can't smell any hops in the aroma.

T: This has got to be one of my favorite beers, if not the favorite. The dark roasted malty taste is indeed the highlight. Coffee and chocolate accent the experience. This is just plain and simple...outstanding.

M: Smooth and silky. Not over-carbonated.

D: Overall, I would pick this out of a beer lineup. There is an exceptional amount of flavor in this beer. I realize a "5" should be rare. Well, this is one of those "rare" cases. Undeniably the best porter I have ever had. This would take the "Best in show" at the Saunapoika beer festival.

Photo of Braudog
4.78/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The most recent of the bottled adventures I sampled from WAW. It was very dark brown with a firm but thin light brown head. The aroma was big, roasty and chocolatey. The flavors are equally robust -- dark chocolate, cherries, hint of oak and whiskey, incredibly complex and lucious. Outstanding beer from an outstanding brewer.

Photo of oelergud
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Opaque deep ruby body topped with a creamy tan head. Good retention and decent lace.
Delicious roasted scent of coffee, earth, sweet black licorice and extra dark rye.
Sweet malts up front in a pure and simple way lasting well into the at first mild sweet aftertaste but evolving into a well balanced wave of malts and hops. Smoke and earth and so good.
Good robust body without too much coating.
Excellent drinkability and a perfect winter session beer.


Photo of beerking1
4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This porter is fantastic, with a somewhat unique character of both roast and caramel in the flavor and the aroma. It pours deep brown, almost an opaque beer, with a generous brown head. Finish is big caramel, and the beer has a lingering body and sweetness.

Photo of mrbojangles115
4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First, the aroma is amazing. I get roasted malt like most porters, and some chocolate. Maybe some sweetness at the end. The taste is amazing as well. You get hit with roasted malt, followed by a little bit of chocolate. Not to much bitterness at the end. I would say that the mouthfeel is medium, leaning towards a little lower. Not too much though. Overall, this is my favorite porter to date!

Photo of Schmidts
4.67/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a beer mug dark brown with little hints of red on the sides.
Small brownish white head that leaves qucikly.
Smells of sweet Roasted Malts and Chocolate candy with hints of Coffee.
Taste is deep and rich with Chocolate, sweet malt, hint of Coffee and little Hop bitterness,of just the right amount!
Mouth Feel is clean with a hit of Clear Clean Alcohol and a bitter sweet finish. Goes down oh so smoothly. I myself Really Like this Porter, I have always loved Edmond Fitzgerald Porter but this in some ways is more to my liking, it just makes drinking it a joy so to speak.
Give this one a try on a cold winter evening it will warm you up and cheer you up.
Easy drinking too.

Photo of woodychandler
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have been advised to keep my bottle numbers in line with my CAN numbers so as not to seem TOO obsessed. Hey, your wishes are my commands, fellow BAs! I got this in a CAN for bottle trade, which is kind of a rarity for me.

Holy Deep & Dark, Batman! My aggro pour resulted in a densely thick two fingers' worth of deep-brown head that sat and defied gravity. The beer's color was an inky dark-brown, allowing zero light to penetrate. Black as night, it was! The nose had a definite cocoa powder cast to it, very chocolaty with just a hint of smokiness. Mouthfeel was thick and creamy and coupled with the chocolaty taste, if I closed my eyes, I could have been drinking an Arby's Jamocha shake. Lots of sticky lacing throughout. I drank this down very quickly as evidence of its being very quaffable. Finish had a smooth chocolaty-smoky quality that lingered. A very nice beer.

Photo of KurtBinVA
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of dhabersetzer
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of RodSmith
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of rhhjr
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of dafizzif
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of sherlockholmez
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of dtivp
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very deep dark brown with ruby highlights, no head just a dark tan thin cap with moderate lacing.

Aroma of dark chocolate and roasted malt.

Taste started with slight dark chocolate sweetness, balanced by a roasty malt and a mild coffee finish.

Mouthfeel was medium body with light carbonation, smooth with a nice semi-dry finish.

Overall this was a very nice porter, i hope I will be able to enjoy again, not overally sweet with a nice balance of roasted malt.

Photo of asabreed
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of Phatz
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to SwillBilly for this very generous gift and others. Your are a good friend sir and this is a very tasty porter. I am a fan.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous black chocolate brown that is opaque and reflects a little bit of reddish mahogany around the edges when back lit. The head rises quickly to three proud fingers of solid frothy foam. Very tight and great retention. Lasts a good 5 minutes or more when it reaches a nice light brown cap. Droopy sporadic spots and steaks of lace can be found scattered randomly over the walls of my glass. This is just what a noble porter should look like. Very nice.

Smell: Caramel malt hits the nose senses first. A roasty chocolate and some dark fruit follows. A touch of dark leaf tobacco, coffee with cream, and wood and some sweetness that almost resembles a malted milk ball candy with the light touch of confection sugar and vanilla that disappears and quickly as it arrives.

Taste: The flavor replicates the aromas. The only difference in the mouth I pick out a bit more glorious coffee and bittersweet chocolate at the back end. It again starts with the caramel and toffee and then transition right into bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, oak and just a small glimmer of alcohol showing through. It finishes sweet and smooth but shortly after the swallow there is a gentle campfire dryness on the cheeks that lets you know it is come and gone. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Velvety soft. It has a solid malt medium body with perfect hop balance and roasty dryness making it a treat across the tongue.

Drinkability: I am a huge fan of porters. This is a porter I would love a 6 of. I could spend an entire evening sipping Washington's Porter. It is a very nice drinking beer. Not a pound-em-down beer but certainly one-after-another will do nicely.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of Bleedingshrimp
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I gotta say, I'm not a huge porter drinker...but this one really does it for me. Smell is coffee and dark chocolate Taste is similar, nice burned biscuit malts and just enough hops to balance it out on the tongue. Real roasty coffee taste too. Nice hearty mouthfeel and alcohol is well hidden. I could definitely drink quite a few of these especially on these cold nights. Definitely look forward to more of these...maybe a trip to the brewery is in order.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very black with little khaki head.

The smell is of burnt toffee and a slight coffee note.

The taste is similar but much heavier on the roasted coffee and chocolate. The toffee comes in again on the back.

The mouthfeel is fairly thick and leaves your tongue a little sticky.

Overall it is a pretty great porter. It reminds me a little of Black Butte which is one of my favorites.

Photo of ckollias
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue with a thin, 2-finger, tan head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving a partial trail down the side.

S: Great toasted malt aroma with hints of coffee and chocolate.

T: Sweet and slightly bitter toasted malt flavor with a slightly astringent coffee and chocolate background similar to the aroma.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: I really liked this porter – great aromas and flavors and went down easy.

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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.


Photo of MECove
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

When the bottle is poured into a glass, it is richly dark with no head or lacing. The smell is more roasted than the actual taste. The feel is slightly more carbonated than I prefer. The flavor, however, is just warm and sweet enough, making it easy to drink awhile with a lingering pleasurable aftertaste. For such a dark porter with a stronger content, it is amazingly not heavy.

Photo of blackwhe03
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to show up with enough people to spark a tour of the brewery and sample a few of their beers. This is one that stuck with me. Thick, milky brown head, and dark brown color. Not a very strong smell, but the flavors came together nicely. I noticed chocolate, coffee, and nutty notes. Clean aftertaste that doesn't stay on the tongue. Not heavy and very drinkable, wouldn't be too filling for a stout if you wanted to have more than one.

Photo of nriech
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pretty dark brown, a few steps down from dark. Good light brown head. Ok lacing.

Smell: Coffee and dark chocolate. Malty

Taste: Tastes like it smells. Toasty malts, chocolate and coffee. Good mouthfeel, not too thick but it doesnt just slide down the gullet. No alcohol apparent. Long aftertaste that is very pleasant.

Overall a great brew from a local VA brewery. I think this would be a great brew to those outside of the area as representing a relatively unknown brewery. Will definately drink again.

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Washington's Porter from AleWerks Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.