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Washington's Porter - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Washington's PorterWashington's Porter

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230 Ratings
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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
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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campfirebrew, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

antique, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of teromous
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.

teromous, Dec 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

whallgren, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

bacher468, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of TechTriumph
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.

TechTriumph, Nov 17, 2011
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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.

engagechad, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

richbrew, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

derricksmalls, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

thebouch01, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

monarchs20, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of IronLover
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearly black with brownish hues. Poured with a short beige head that quickly reduces to a ring around the edge of the glass. Sweet dark chocolate aromas are dominant with well defined dark roasted malt. Oak aromas start to sneak in as this warms a bit. Thick and smooth feel with dry finish. Sweet chocolate up front with dark roasted malt through the middle and smooth chocolate flavors returning at the end and through the finish. An earthy, oak flavor lies beneath from beginning to end.

IronLover, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass at the J. Clyde. From notes. Reviewed 24 October 2011.

A: Very dark, with a light head immediately dissipating. Impenetrable even in direct light.

S: Loads of dark chocolate and almost as much roasted malt. Yum!

T: This beer is pretty damn good -- AleWerks has yet to disappoint. The smell is a good indication of what to expect; this is a robust, roasty/chocolatey beer. Traces of coffee bitterness. A superb porter.

M: Light carbonation complements a full-bodied beer.

O: Delicious. If you're a fan of porters, or 'dark beer' in general, this is a must-try. I will drink again; one of my favourite porters.

AgentMunky, Oct 26, 2011
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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 02, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Eriktheipaman, Sep 26, 2011
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.

Georgiabeer, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich brown color with ruby high lites when held up to some light.
Head was thin, tan with little retention. No lacing and just a minimal collar.

Very nice aroma of rich, comple malts. Chocolate seems to be the most predominate aroma here followed by hints of coffee and roasted malts.

Taste is very quite nearly as it taste: rich malts and dark chocolate. Roasted malts and espresso, too. A surprizing bit of floral hops come through at the end lending a slight bitterness to the end.

Mouthfeel is thick and grainy, or course. Hops lend a pleasent bitterness in the aftertaste.
Carbonation is unk here.

Mostly this summer I've been sticking to low abv's and light beers, but this is a welcome change of pace.
Definitly something I'd like to get more of for the fall.
Case worthy.

micromaniac129, Jul 23, 2011
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 dtivp
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

dtivp, Jun 20, 2011
Washington's Porter from AleWerks Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.