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Washington's Porter - AleWerks Brewing Company

Washington's PorterWashington's Porter

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BA SCORE
86
very good

192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.32%


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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just_n_thomas


3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very drinkable porter with a deep opaque color. Smells consist of dark malt and burnt espresso with flavorings hinting at chocolate. A short lived espresso head which turns quickly to lacing on the glass.

I enjoyed the growler fill over the bottle (I'm lucky enough to live just down the road from this brewery).

Serving type: growler

04-29-2012 20:13:35 | More by just_n_thomas
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farrago

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 23:56:57 | More by farrago
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obywan59

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 02:24:30 | More by obywan59
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Ri0

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 00:04:58 | More by Ri0
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kevanb

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 23:40:57 | More by kevanb
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Jeffreysan

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 21:35:51 | More by Jeffreysan
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Kendo

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 02:24:16 | More by Kendo
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happy4hoppybeer

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 19:59:00 | More by happy4hoppybeer
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mrbojangles115

Indiana

4.69/5  rDev +22.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 05:26:09 | More by mrbojangles115
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jpro

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 00:40:00 | More by jpro
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devilben02

North Carolina

3.19/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 16:50:58 | More by devilben02
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.56/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 20:38:05 | More by ThisWangsChung
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chinchill

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 23:55:00 | More by chinchill
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hornsup

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 07:07:53 | More by hornsup
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ckollias

Maryland

4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 02:26:52 | More by ckollias
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FleetwoodMatt

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter.

A: Very dark, not quite black but still extremely dark brown. Small amount of dark tan head that faded quickly to a ring.

S: Really nice malt/coffee/chocolate mixture in that order of presence.

T: Pretty solid porter malt into coffee taste.

M: Mouthfeel seems just right for my liking. Definitely on the thin side of medium but still really nice. Fair amount of carbonation but not too much.

O: I really liked this one and will definitely have again. Nothing really overwhelming in terms of impressiveness but still just a really good porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 04:42:42 | More by FleetwoodMatt
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ccrida

Oregon

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into my large Duvel tulip, Washington's Porter is a dark cola brown with a tam head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is sweet malt and ethanol, with a little char.

Taste is malty, a little fruity, grape. There's some acrid black patent to balance it, which lingers on the bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick.

Drinkability is pretty good, this is a solid porter, nice balance, nothing jarring, well made.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 01:07:54 | More by ccrida
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first rule of beer tasting: Never chew gum before drinking beer.
The second rule of beer tasting: NEVER chew gum before drinking beer.
This beer got better as it went along. (Obviously, the gum wore off.) Nice color with brownish/off-white head. Not a lot of chocolately taste; instead more of a peppery taste to me (Gum?) Versy satisfying aftertaste. I don't feel "boozed up" after drinking. The only shortcoming is I wish it had a bit more to it in the feel, but that's less important than the taste. Will have again without the gum.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 22:48:34 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong, smoky aroma has an overtone of cocoa and hints of licorice and miso. It pours an opaque warm sable with a fairly thick tan head that is not overly persistent but leaves some generous lacing. Flavor has a core of roast malt and subtle notes of caramel, molasses and licorice. Texture is a bit on the thin side and not overly fizzy. If not outstanding, still a decent porter.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 03:44:13 | More by Cyberkedi
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magine

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a becker.

Pours a dark brown with some mahogany on the edges. Light brown head. Good pillow of head settles. Head settles to a patchy layer. Decent lace clings. Pretty good looks.

Brew smells of mild malts, roasted nuttiness, caramel. Some tofee perhaps and chocolate for sure. Decent nose.

Brew is a little thin initially, good carbonation leads the way to sessioning, good drinkability. Good roasted flavors; nutty, dark chocolates, sweet dark fruity yeasts. Very good flavors. As it warms it seems to fill out a bit more. Very solid porter.

I like the flavors and the higher abv here. A nice porter to session and would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 01:14:43 | More by magine
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Firkin-Bunghole

New York

3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review taken from notes
12 oz bottle
Thanks to my mom & dad for this one. Got this beer as a surpise 6 pack from my parents. They stopped by Williamsburg Alewerks brewery a month back and brought me back a mixed 6
A: medium brown with small head that doesnt last long
S: roasted and chocolate malts
T: Chocolate with only slight roastiness. Pretty easy to drink and low IBUs
M: Light mouthfeel and carbonation
O: This beer is a decent porter-definitely the best bottle from the mixed 6, but I'm not really a Pale Ale or Lager guy. It was pretty cool of my parents to support my craft beer experience.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 01:22:19 | More by Firkin-Bunghole
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littlelorib

Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown to black opaque brew with a half inch of cafe au lait colored head, thinning quickly to lacing on glass. Smell is of roasted malts and alcohol. Taste is of chocolate and burnt coffee with the alcohol making itself known. Funny, its not that high of an ABV for the alcohol to be so visible. Moderate mouth feel with maybe a little too much carbonation.

Overall, a drinkable porter but without much to set it apart from the pack of other drinkable porters.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 00:09:54 | More by littlelorib
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teromous

Virginia

2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: There's barely a head to speak of, and it goes away instantly. There is carbonation that I can see popping through the surface and sticking to the side of the glass. It closely resembles cola. It's a dark brown color, but appears mostly black. Zero lacing.

S: It has a nice smell to it. It is very chocolaty with notes of toasted coffee. There's a light yeast smell to it which adds a nice character.

T: It tastes like a light roast of coffee. There are hints of cocoa and it has a familiar porter malt taste. It's not too sweet but the malt definitely comes through. I don't pick up any hop flavor or bitterness. Overall the taste is about average for a porter.

M: The mouthfeel is very lackluster. There is almost no carbonation in the mouth and it feels very flat. I wouldn't say it's the worst beer, because the beer itself sits alright in the mouth...but it's like driving a car without gas. You can have a decent ride, but you're not going anywhere.

O: Overall I'd say this beer is below average. It smells nice, and tastes pretty good but it doesn't feel like much of a beer at all. I wouldn't recommend it as a porter to others, and won't be drinking it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 17:35:52 | More by teromous
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TechTriumph

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 10/31/11:
Bottled: 07/27/11; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Very dark beer that approaches black - darker than cola; No light penetration; Thin layer of dark, hot chocolate colored head; No lacing at all

S - Notes of dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans; As the beer warms, the dark chocolate becomes more pronounced

T - Lots of malty goodness as expected; Initially, there's dark chocolate and fresh coffee flavors; Afterwards comes a more earthy and roasted taste; Roasted malts are more noticeable as the beer warms

M - Medium bodied; Light carbonation; Slightly dry and bitter finish

O - This is actually a very drinkable and lighter-feeling porter with very enjoyable flavors. It seemed to get even better as it warmed up a bit. I could easily have a few more of this beer and will certainly pick up some more for the upcoming holiday season.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 00:30:49 | More by TechTriumph
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engagechad

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single - tulip

Pours a healthy looking dark brown with some ruby egdges. Smells delightfully malty and spicy, brown sugar dominates in a good way. Taste follows, this was an extremely enjoyable porter that I would totally recommend.

This brewery never disappoints.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 16:31:05 | More by engagechad
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Washington's Porter from AleWerks Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.