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Washington's Porter - AleWerks Brewing Company

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125 Reviews
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Reviews: 125
Hads: 278
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 13
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 125 | Hads: 278
Photo of Zraly
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a mocha head. Excellent ground coffee and chocolate notes. On tap at Park Lane.

Really tasty, slightly sweet porter. Deep roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of licorice. Earthy and smooth. Mouthfeel is round and soft. Medium-bodied.

Great example of a porter. Such a solid beer for their standard lineup. Alewerks is way under the radar in my opinion. (372 characters)

Photo of BigGold
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

First had at DoG Street Pub, Williamsburg, Virginia, poured from 12-oz. bottle into nonic pint. Doubtful that Washington or any other revolutionaries enjoyed porter this tastefully sophisticated. (196 characters)

Photo of JWU
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass

A- Very, very dark brown/black. Light only penetrates at the very edges. Little bit of a light khaki head, dissipates quicker than I would expect.

S- Some coffee, cocoa, and almost a lactose sweetness (don't think there's lactose in this though...)

T- some light roast malt, coffee, and cocoa. It's good, I just want more flavor.

M- medium. with more carbonation that I would expect.

O- a good, but not great porter. (466 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a sixer at the Food Lion in Williamsburg on Saturday for $9.49. Bottled on 4-17-15.

Beer poured dark brown with a nice tan head.

Nose had hints of lightly roasted malts and hints of northwest hops.

Taste is reminiscent of Anchor Christmas as I am catching hints of allspice and ginger and less hopping than what I would expect from the style.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and not overly smooth.

Overall a pretty good beer that is worthy of a shot. (464 characters)

Photo of HowardTheDuck
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured aggressively into a snifter. This poured with very minimal head that completely dissipated within about 5 seconds. The nose is in line with what you'd expect, but the flavor is pretty lacking. Its very dry, but there's not enough roastiness to compliment that. The thin body doesn't help make up for the lack of flavor either. This is very drinkable but mostly, it seems, because everything about it is very muted. (433 characters)

Photo of uvachief
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at brewery. Full 2 fingers of lingering head with nice lacing. Dark chocolate brown but lighting isn't the best. Smells of slight chocolate, malts and heavy sugar maybe caramel or brown sugar. Tastes like a traditional porter. Malted with chocolate, caramel and I'm guessing roasted barley. Medium fullness in the mouth. Just the right amount of complexity. Would have guessed more than 6.35% abv. Didn't burn but drank like a stout. Liked it very much. Would love to see a barrel aged version of this. Excellent. (531 characters)

Photo of MECove
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Poured into a pint glass. Bottle.

3.25 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention was poor though I admit that the glass went through the dishwasher (against my will).

3.75 S: Roasted malts with sweet chocolate. Lots of caramel. Sweet overall, but not overly so. Quite nice.

3.5 T: Tastes good, but not quite as good as the nose. Roasty with chocolate again, but a lot less sweet than the nose suggests. Mild hop bitterness with a touch of earthy flavor. Caramel and a hint of molasses.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A touch of creaminess and super smooth.

3.5 D: Solid beer overall. (655 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%

One of those "not bad, but not good" beers. Smells roasty like your grandpa's garage - even though he told your grandma he quit - while there is slight chocolate/toffee notes. A bit thin, a bit bland, a bit I wouldn't want to try ever again.

One and done, my peeps. (266 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4/5  rDev +3.1%

I was recently on a vacation with my wife and her family visiting some of her extended family in Virginia and there was a Wegman's located close to the hotel we were staying at so I went in there and grabbed some singles of beers from breweries that I have never seen in Cleveland before (or anywhere else that comes to mind for that matter). This is one of the ones I grabbed and is in fact that last bottle from this batch of beers I brought back home with me from that recent trip. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a very dark brown color that is not interested in any light. Has a nice tan head that is about 1/2 or so of an inch thick when first poured that settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass and a nice crescent shaped cluster of a surface film layer of foam. Needs more lacing. Aromas of malty caramel sweetness, some chocolate, and nice hints of roasted coffee, slight hints of dark fruit such as raisin or plum, and a bit of earthy hops. Tastewise this baby has a caramel malty sweetness upfront followed by hints of chocolate (1,105 characters)

Photo of KVNBGRY
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle that was a fun trade extra. Thanks, Iamjeff6!

Ap - Very deep brown with an almost red hue around the edges. There was a quickly fading mocha head, that settles to a minimal ring. No lacing is detected.

Ar - Vanilla cola. There's a hint of roast and chocolate. But I smell a malty version of a famous vanilla cola..

T - It doesn't taste like the nose would have you believe. It's more muddled, and a little more bitter chocolates. The cola aroma is nowhere in the taste. A touch of vanilla finds its way towards the middle-end. This is a tasty treat, but nothing to call home about.

M - A little dry, bordering the light to medium body. I wish it had that classic porter "sourness" mid-palate, and maybe a bit thicker body. (733 characters)

Photo of slusk
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: This beer pours a very dark brown, just shy of black with a short dark tan head.

S: Chocolate and sweet caramel dominate this beer with a bit of toast and some roasted coffee. I bit if dark fruit is underlying, Very little discernible earthy hop aroma

T: Nice burst of chocolate and coffee with some dark fruit underpinning. It is fairly sweet which is OK for the style. It has fairly low bitterness, just enough to support the big malt flavor. Roasted coffee lingers on the palate and finishes somewhat semi-dry.

M: Medium body with a silky mouthfeel. Low to medium low carbonation, suits the English version of the style well with a tiny bit of astringency in the finish. little alcohol warmth.

O: Overall, this is a nice porter, a little on the sweet side for my taste but not cloying. It drinks very smooth, like a light bodied stout. It definitely suits the style. Very well done IMO. (898 characters)

Photo of farrago
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Peaks around one finger’s worth of deep brown foam, many larger bubbles, disappears very quickly with only a thin ring around the edges, the lacing is equally thin to nonexistent. The liquid is a fully opaque brownish to black color, once in awhile you’ll see a tiny bubble break the surface, barely any sign of an orange or yellow tint. The nose lays it all on the table immediately, fully loaded with malty chocolate, coffee ice cream, vanilla, marshmallow, caramel scents, challah bread too, there’s good roastiness to it too but not really texturally sharpening the sweetness, no citrus, no earthy qualities, it’s a one trick pony but it nails that trick. Medium-bodied, surprisingly focused and dry in texture, the carbonation is strong and full of pinpricks across the palate. At times you do get a light minerally aspect along with mixed sweet grains. Besides that it’s back to the cocoa, coffee, cola, vanilla bean, whipped cream and so on. Monochrome yet has very good length, the flavors persist for some time. It does not overreach, does not good unduly sweet, it’s just a friendly, malt driven porter, which is not necessarily a bad thing. (1,163 characters)

Photo of obywan59
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased on vacation at Wine Cheese & More at Chincoteague Island, VA

Very dark brown in color with a scant 2 finger tannish head that recedes to a ring around the glass.

Wow! First impression of the aroma is of hot chocolate with a hint of vanilla. Later on it's more like coffee and toasted malt.

Fairly tart at first taste, but it settled down to mainly rich black coffee and light toasted malt. Some whiffs of chocolate. A bit of caramel in the back. The tartness moderates, but lingers throughout with some sweet malt punching through now and then.

Moderate in feel with some peppery carbonation and light astringency. Warming.

Very good porter. Normally I like my porters sweeter than this, but I liked this rendition. It's got good balance and an interesting blend of flavors and aromas. (801 characters)

Photo of Ri0
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Dark cola brown with a khaki head. Thin ring and some spotty lacing.

S - Coffee, cola, and charred wood notes.

T - Some roasted malt that gives it a coffee like flavor. There is a bit of sweet cola and a bit of charred wood. Not all that exciting.

M - Thin body, modest carbonation yet smooth.

O - Basic porter that is somewhat timid in flavor. I really enjoy porters and have some good ones to drink in WI. This just didn't do it for me. (483 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into an AleWerks snifter.

The beer pours a deep cola brown color, almost black, nice and opaque with a thick, soapy caramel head that has moderate retention and leaves a few spots of lace behind. The aroma is of dark, rich, malted grain, light cocoa, toasted coffee beans, very earthy ones at that and a bit of chalkiness. The aroma definitely straddles the line between earthy and sweet, but doesn't have a lot of depth or complexity. The same rings true for the flavors, lots of dark barley, burnt and bitter cocoa, toasted coffee bean is very light and faded, but brings out some earthiness and almost an ashiness that isn't out of place or unpleasant, but doesn't really congeal the beer that well. Again, it's lightly bitter, not too sweet, but straightforward and simple. The mouthfeel is okay, lots of carbonation but it's still quite smooth, a little lighter and thinner than I'd be prefer with an easy going finish that sits well.

Verdict: A nice rendition of an American Porter from AleWerks. I wish it was a bit more robust and richer in the mouth, but all in all, it achieves what it set out to do. I could definitely drink a few of these in the winter time. (1,191 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (905 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is dark brown with a small greyish head that's gone quickly.

S: Coffee dominates - day-old coffee, or the kind that's been sitting in the pot a tad bit too long. Faint scent of char.

T: Again with the old coffee. Also roasted barley malt and some charcoal. Touch of earthy hops at the finish.

M: A little bit thin in feel; carbonation is modestly prickly.

O: OK for a porter; nothing particularly stands out, but it's not bad either. (488 characters)

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pitch black color, with thin creamy tan head. No lacing.

Very faint aroma of toasted malts, caramel and cocoa-like flavors. Not too much on the nose.

Good medium mouth feel/body, low carbonation, if any. Nice flavors of roasted malt, barley, mild coffee. Very persistent tastes and very pleasing.

A very nice porter, as good as any out there. (345 characters)

Photo of mrbojangles115
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
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! (394 characters)

Photo of jpro
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a single in Williamsburg. Poured in a plastic cup...

A: Black, with a light mocha head; a few webs of lace stick to the plastic.

S: Chocolate malt; nice, roasted aroma; nice porter aroma.

T: Chocolate; brownie batter / light roasted coffee; nothing over the top; nice, even taste; dry, earthy hop finish - but not really bitter.

M: Full; high carbonation; nice texture.

O: A real nice, traditional porter!

*from notes 4.20.13 (441 characters)

Photo of devilben02
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The appearance is in line with other solid porters, with a dark chestnut-brown color beneath a nice, foamy beige head. The aroma is largely a light milk chocolate with only a little bit of roast, although it is all a bit muted until the beer warmed up a bit. The flavor is again dominated by sweet, milky, chocolate malts, which is even a little too sweet for my liking, but there is also a slight astringency that detracts from the taste. The smooth, light carbonation doesn't get in the way. Overall, this beer has good color and aroma, and it has a decent depth of flavor despite being a bit over-sweet, making it a solid, slightly above-average porter. (656 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color; it isn't entirely opaque. The head is a one finger light cream shade. Not very impressive looking to start, it fades rather quickly and doesn't leave much lacing behind.

S: This has a good chocolate presence, and it's also backed by some roasted nuts, coffee, and cream. Nice aroma, yet nothing groundbreaking.

T: At first I notice some dry chocolate, ultimately giving way to notes of caramel, brown sugar, and even tangy fruit esters. There's also a slight finishing mineral component.

M: Very creamy, yet at the same time, quite dry and clean. Not over-carbonated like some porters, too. Drinkability is fantastic.

O: This is a fine example of an everyday beer. It inspires simple, easy going drinkability, yet doesn't blow away the palate (nor does it attempt to). But I could easily put down 2 or 3 of these in a sitting with no complaints - I'm even a bit sad I only bought a single, so yes, this one is indeed very good. (993 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (1,089 characters)

Photo of hornsup
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

bottle from Nov 2012 poured into a Mother Earth pint glass

A: Pours a murky brown color. Not anything special here, kind of unappealing until you see the beautiful khaki head that sits around for a little.

S: Smell is bland, little metallicy, some cheap chocolate notes, coffee, and tobacco leaves

T: Taste is much better than the smell. A smooth milky chocolate flavor with some toasted malts and vanilla notes. No fruit flavors at all, but a unique blend of dark sweetness.

M: Medium to light bodied with hardly any carbonation

O: Dont drink this after you've consumed a true world class stout because it will make you not appreciate it. This is a great session stout and isnt intended to rock your world like a FBS, FIS, Sexual chocolate, etc. Very simple flavors with alot of malt that makes this beer a solid go-to. Worth a shot, but wont ever crack your top 20 (871 characters)

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Washington's Porter from AleWerks Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.