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Washington's Porter - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Washington's PorterWashington's Porter

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220 Ratings
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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
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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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
Photo of engagechad
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
Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

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

thebouch01, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of monarchs20
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
Photo of Eriktheipaman
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

oline73, Jun 12, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A friend picked up a sixer in Virginia for me (not available in DC) for about $8 I believe. Great value for my dollar. Poured into a DFH snifter for this review.

Appearance (3): Dark brown with ruby edges. Pours with a thick finger of cream colored head which quickly thins to just a layer on top and a ring around the edges. Not a lot of retention and nearly no lacing.

Smell (4.5): Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Powdered cocoa dominates but there is a touch of sweetness and definitely some roastiness. Very good.

Taste (4): Follows the nose at first but is also sweeter and the hops come through. Dark chocolate and cocoa powder is up front with a touch of bitterness. The middle has sweet chocolate and some pine from the hops. The finish is dominated by a lingering caramel finish and touch more bitterness. The bitterness is very subtle however and is hardly noticeable. The somewhat floral hoppiness sticks around along with the lingering sweetness; definitely doesn't overdo it with the residual sugars however.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Very, very creamy and smooth. The finish is like a milkshake or a root beer float; very soft and pleasant. The body is on the full side of medium and the carbonation is a little higher than expected. This gives a little bit of a liveliness on the back of the tongue that contributes to that soft feel.

Overall (4): I really like this porter. It is something that I sought out after having at Oktoberfest in Shirlington, then the Black Squirrel, and I will continue to pick up when I see it. For the low cost, there are not many better porters imo.

grover37, Jun 07, 2011
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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.

avalon07, May 20, 2011
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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.

NeroFiddled, Apr 25, 2011
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1.5/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours clear, dark brown with a bit of red in the light, 1/8-inch tan head. It's aroma is dark roasted malt with coffee and a hint of chocolate. The flavor is coffee with a fine bit of anise followed by a lasting coffee aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium. Williamsburg Alewerks Washingtons Porter is a strong cup of coffee with some alcohol. Not recommended.

B967ierhunter177, Apr 23, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Average looking for a porter. Very dark, mostly black with tinges of red and brown, with not a lot of head or lacing.

Smell is deep and darkly roasty, with a little coffee and chocolate.

Taste is smooth, deeply roasted, with coffee and chocolate accents.

Feel is very wet, relatively sweet, with low carbonation and medium body.

Drinks ok. Not my fav but not at all bad either.

AlCaponeJunior, Apr 17, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured dark brown with one finger head that dropped to a bit of bubbles slowly. Some lacing but nothing exceptional.

S: Huge fresh baked chocolate cake coming off this one. A bit of coffee but sweetness dominates. As it warms I get more and more roasted malt but nothing burnt. Now I get some "morning at the docks" scents...in a good way. Spice and salt.

T: Perfectly roasted malt gives way to brown sugar. Then waves of coffee, some cream, and ends with chocolate cake, chalkiness and a bit more bitterness.

M: Medium thick with a velvety texture.

O: This one impressed me. Again, a porter that wasnt overhopped. Thank you! Layers of flavor. A dream for chocolate and coffee lovers. I couldnt drink many of these because it seems so rich, but perfect for ending the night. A truly good porter.

legalpete19340, Apr 04, 2011
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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.

smakawhat, Apr 02, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (no date anywhere on bottle) poured into a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Opaque black beer except at the edges where some dark cola brown can be seen where the light manages to come in. Poured a very thin tan head upon pouring which died down to nothing across the top and a very thin tan ring of foam at the edge of the glass. With a swirl some of the lacing comes back as tiny islands, but it quickly disappears again. Nice color - just a bit disappointing in the lacing and head retention depts.

Smell: Chocolate, raisin, coffee, some cream-like sweetness, and some hints of molasses and smoke. Quite a lot going on here and quite appealing.

Taste: Chocolate/coffee/hop bitterness all mixed together at once up front, moving into a quick malt sweetness and then ending with some coffee-like bitterness combined with a bit of smoky char flavor...some hints of nicotine at the end. Tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: Quite flat - there is the barest hint of carbonation. I noticed that the beer didn't let off much of a noise when opening the cap - but so far every beer in the six pack has done this so I'm thinking this beer just isn't highly carbonated. Beyond the lack of carbonation, the beer is slick and goes down easy. Just a bit thicker than water, but not much.

Overall / Drinkability: Well this one went fast. Quite tasty and I definitely wanted more with each drink. Not a sipper - all the flavors don't show up on a sip, you need a good swig to catch everything. The lack of lacing and body is a bit of a bummer, but this beer makes up for it in smell and taste. I think this beer might be best with dessert, but by itself it's pretty good and I enjoyed it. Not the world's best American Porter, but definitely a good one.

damndirtyape, Mar 31, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep brown with ruby hues and a thick tan head that sits atop the beer, and sticks around with nice retention. Decent lacing.

S - Robust coffee and packed with roasted malt. Other aromas include chocolate and dry biscuit, maybe a sweet tart fruit.

T - Plenty of coffee, more roasted than the smell. Bordering on burnt but not overboard, this is how I like a Porter. Some chocolate, and then comes that tart cherry taste at the end.

M - Very smooth, velvety, but a bit thin.

O - Awesome "drinkable" porter, not as complex as bigger porters, but it's not a baltic and should be a decent session beer. Warm roast flavors, chocolatey, and the subtle fruits make this a winner.

This is a darn good beer with nice traditional flavor characteristics. The mouthfeel is just a touch light versus what I expect from the style, but everything else, and most importantly the flavor and aroma are on target.

chilly460, Mar 24, 2011
Washington's Porter from AleWerks Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.