Washington's Porter - AleWerks Brewing Company

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very good

238 Ratings
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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
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:
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(Beer added by: Bleedingshrimp on 11-06-2006)
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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color with ruby highlights and a rocky tan head that leaves quite a few traces of lace

Smell: Smells like a dark chocolate bar, with a lot of char character that verges on the smokey side of things

Taste: Starts out with a fruity dark chocolate character that turns burnt and sour by mid-palate; after the swallow, the charred flavors persist more than the sour but there is a residual sour flavor that lingers

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very different flavor profile for a porter, and maybe this is how things tasted in Colonial times; I kind of liked the sour and char elements, regardless

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.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Pours a brown as dark as the pre-dawn at Valley Forge. Clearly, the smallish tan head is the harbinger of the coming dawn: Yes, it shall be day, but what will the sun bring? What fortunes, good or ill? A sniff of the air brings molasses, chocolate, coffee, and a faint hint of maple. These are the smells of hope, supplanting the dinge of sorrow and bland dank of hardship. These are the smells of home, of the local tavern. Ah, to see it once again: a reason to fight! Bring the men a taste: the heavy dose of coffee, the backbone of brown sugar, bitter dark chocolate, and molasses, the crisp, lingering aftertaste. They know what they're fighting for, and they know that they must press on. Inspiration arises from the strong body, austere effervescence, and mostly smooth feel. This day will bring the turn: We disencamp and march toward victory! Huzzah! Drink hardy, men!

..."Disencamp" IS a word, right?...

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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown. Nose is wacky. Super sugary sweet. Ack. Bad! Bad, bad, bad. No balance, too much odd caramel sweetness. Just weird. Feel is smooth and carbonation is okay, but who cares. This is a waste of time and should be avoided at all costs. If I weren't sitting at a bar for this one, it would have ended up getting poured.

Photo of oline73
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a little light coming through at the edges. Hardly any head at all.

Smell: Roasty with mild hints of dark chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Bitter and roasty but very smooth. Hints of dark chocolate and coffee. A very mild sweetness with a bitter roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation. The finish is a bit dry.

Overall: A very nice porter. The balance was good and it was very easy to drink

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with an almost four-finger thick, creamy-chocolate brown colored head that sits atop a blackened brown colored brew. The aroma is thick with dark malt aromatics; notes of dark chocolate, blackened malt sugars, toasted malt, lightly roasted coffee beans, some notes similar to burnt malt husks, and heavily toasted crusty bread are all quite prominent. The aroma really has a rich, dark malt character to it that is a mix of roast notes and rich, dark malt sugars; it is quite nice, if perhaps a little simplistic in its focus on dark malt driven aromatics.

Pretty well carbonated, though not overly so, it fizzes a bit as it first hits my tongue. It is not quite as rich as the aroma might suggest, but it is still a bit chewier than one might expect from your typical Porter. The finish has some lingering notes reminiscent of bitter espresso and roast grain husks. A solid malt sweetness is here, but is quite hidden by all of the roast flavors. Tastes something like a coffee, thickened with cream, but without the milk flavors, that has some solid dark chocolate flavors and is lightly sweetened by dark, but not quite burnt caramelized sugar. This really is a chewy, rich Porter and it is quite enjoyable. At times it seems there might be a touch of vegetal like flavor in the finish, though it is only noticeable at times

Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a black color with a 1/4" tan colored head.

Smell: chocolate and roasted malts are easiest tones picked up by the nose.

Taste: roasted malts, chocolate, hints of burnt coffee, raisins and a mild bitterness make up a straightforward version of the style.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp to start. Smooth at the finish. Aftertaste is short and mellow.

Drinkability: definite sessionable beer here. Nothing overly exciting, but decent.

Photo of yourefragile
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

Dark brown/chocolate body with a large fluffy tan that has great retention and leaves a mess of sticky webs of lacing. Mild aroma of roasted malt, milk chocolate, mild smokiness. Body is very creamy and smooth, minimal carbonation or bitterness. Starts off with a milk chocolate flavor with roasted malt and mild smokiness in the background. Finish is slightly fruity and watery, very clean with little aftertaste. No hop presence. Nice flavor, but not an exceptional porter.

Photo of woodychandler
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
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 Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly sweeter interpretation of Porter than most, but really quite nice. Pours a dark, slightly hazy brown, approaching black. Very little head, but what there is sticks around as a thin ring and leaves some scant lacing. Noticeable licorice in the nose with some cocoa and roasted grain notes. Fairly dry aromas. Sweeter in the mouth, with nice dark chocolate and cream notes with some vanilla and a touch of licorice, and a long bitter chocolate, cocoa, and lightly toasted grain finish. Very nice. Smooth and somewhat mouth coating, but somewhat gentle on the finish. A very pleasant beer.

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.

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.

Photo of billab914
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter. Poured dark brown in color with a thin tan head mostly clinging to the sides of the glass. A thin ring around the glass remained as I drank it, but it didn't leave much lacing to speak of.

The aroma has some bitter chocolate and coffee coming through with some moderate sweetness to it. It doesn't have that strong of an aroma to it, but what it has is pretty nice. it almost has a little bit of an earthy aroma coming through as well.

The first thing I notice in the taste is the bitter and roasted malts coming through. Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, cocoa and some caramel are all present. Some sweetness comes through a little to help balance it out a bit. It finishes wit ha long lasting coffee burntness to it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, I enjoyed the roasty flavors. I liked that it had a pretty strong roasted and burnt coffee and chocolate flavor to it, but at the same time had a sweetness coming through to help balance it out. That definitely made it a pretty nice drinking beer for me. A nice local brewed porter that I'm always happy to see around town, although that's unfortunately rarer then it should be.

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

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.

Photo of avalon07
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of tan-colored, long-lasting, foamy head. Good lacing.

S: A very underplayed aroma of chocolate, malt, and coffee.

T: Tasted of chocolate (more than anything), a hint of coffee, malt, and a little hops. A solid, but not overwhelming flavor. Generally well done.

M: An good amount of carbonation with a super smooth and dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Like a lot of Williamsburg Alewerks' beers, this is a solid brew, but not a stunner. Nonetheless, worth trying.

Photo of ccrida
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.

Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Cyberkedi
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.

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Washington's Porter from AleWerks Brewing Company
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