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Washington's Porter - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Washington's PorterWashington's Porter

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very good

204 Ratings
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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 10
Gots: 14 | 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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Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 19:03:30 | More by Gavage
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North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a massive toasted light-brown head which leaves abundant lace in its wake. Liquid is a soupy midnight brown/black that light does not and cannot penetrate.

Robust chocolate and coffee notes jump right out of the glass, with fruity cherry-like sweetness making this a surprising and wonderful aroma. Even a little mineral kick in the background doesn't really hurt it, even lends another layer of depth. Can it possibly taste as good as it smells?

Pretty close. Right out of the gate, and even in the aroma, this reminds of Bell's Cherry Stout, and while it's not quite as sublime as that, it's got similarities. Sharp cherry sweetness borders on tart, with plenty of roasty coffee bitterness and chocolate chip sweetness supporting it. A little brash in the finish, with bitterness, sour citrus and a chalky mineral steeliness working its way in. The flavor is bold, and the finish appropriately matches it.

Texture is buttery, very slick, appropriate carbonation, with that thinness a good porter can have without being at all watery.

Man, this just hit all the right buttons tonight. It's big and bold in flavor, a delight to sip and I sure wish I had just one more (or six). Not at all your typical porter, and perhaps a bit to raw or brash for some, but I'd take it any day over the many run-of-the-mill porters out there. Will definitely by more.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 22:19:49 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of Pencible


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured an opaque dark ruby with dark tan head. It smelled like bitter coffee hops with cooking vanilla and molasses, and subtle sweet caramel malt. It tasted like bitter coffee hops with a bit of sweet roasted barley and raw cocoa malts. It was watery with no carbonation, and had a lasting bitter aftertaste. Overall this had a great, unique scent that was followed by an unimpressive taste. It was clean and easy to drink, but could have been better with more depth in the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 18:23:22 | More by Pencible
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North Carolina

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

12-ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields an opaque ebony body capped with two fingers of rocky beige foam. The head recedes slowly to a fat ring that leaves drippy bands of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is darkly sweet and husky with notes of spicy molasses and chewy dark malts.

The taste is toasty with a bit of molasses-cola nut twang. Burnt grainy notes fade into smoky black dark roast coffee with unsweetened cocoa.

Simple, medium-bodied, and tasty, AleWerks' porter is smooth with fine carbonation and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 18:31:48 | More by cvstrickland
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3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 09/01/08.

Pours a very dark brownish black color with about a finger and a half of tan head. Aromas of sweet toffee, caramel, and chocolate malt.

Taste is lots of dark chocolate with some caramel and toffee as well. Plenty of roasted malt with slight coffee and hops as well. Just a tad on the sour side, but not that noticeable. Feel is a bit thin and over-carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good. I could easily drink a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 01:29:58 | More by bkilpatr
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 19:25:51 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a rich black with a tan head. The aroma is of toasted malt with a bit of coffee in the background. The taste is a full bodied toasted malt, with just a hint of dark cherry and coffee in the finish. There is no real hop character. The mouthfeel is heavy and dry. A very good toasted porter, I will be getting more.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 01:03:07 | More by claytri
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North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 18:46:50 | More by brentk56
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Rhode Island

2.63/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance - dark color, had a amber tint to it if you look closed. Large tan head that over flowed when poured. I was too fast for it.

smell - Smells of toasted malts and some hops I think.

taste - Roasted malts , but has a sour taste to it at the same time seet too.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - At first I thought the beer was bad, but looking at other reviews I guess it does have a sour taste to it. I think you have to be acustom to it, because I dont like it. I'm sure if I am going to finish this either.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 00:00:08 | More by auxiliary
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3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed for Washington's Birthday, as was appropriate. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Brownish coloration so dark unless well lit you could swear it was pitch black. This brew produced more head than any other I believe I've ever seen! It took 3 grdual pours to get all of it into the glass, having to periodically pause to let it settle. Even after that a thick layer of froth stayed on top the whole ride down.

S - A bitter chocolate aroma, rather potent, yet nice.

T - Reminiscent of eating a chocolate candy bar. Super sweet and malty, almost too much so. The bitterness was a bit muted, unfortunately, because it could have offered some balance here.

M - Heavy medium body, close to full. Chewy, sticky feel, low carbonation, near stout like qualities.

D - Pretty good brew overall, but a bit too sweet for me, I highly doubt I could stomach more than one in a sitting. I did enjoy this one in President Washington's honor though. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 17:04:47 | More by PhageLab
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3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is dark dark brown with good carbonation, The head is 1.5 fingers of dark mocha foam that fades leaving some lace.

The smell is slightly sweet malt, I wish I was getting more roasty toasty notes.

The taste is a bit off, a bit sweet and a tad sour, Some burnt toast with a hint of chocolate and coffee in the finish.

The mouthfeel is ok. medium body and ok carbonation.

The drinkability is not so great, I will look for this again in a newer batch to see if it improves. MK

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 06:06:06 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very deep reddish-brown color with massive head that escaped the top of the glass while only part of the bottle was poured.over carbonated.
Smell is notable for dark fruits.
Taste is too sweet for my kiling with an over abundance of over ripe fruit with sugar sweetness added to it.
Finishes with more sweetness.
This beer did not excite me. Average at best.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 00:17:44 | More by tgbljb
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New Hampshire

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

A - almost black with a hint of red at the edges when held to the light. Super foamy thick tan head. Not a bottle erupter but a heavy foaming pouring beer.
S - classic porter - roasted grains, coffee, chocolate and sweet rich malts.
T - similar to the nose but with a rising hop note to balance out the brew.
M - medium bodied, a touch over carbonated, smooth and dry finish.
D - a welcoming complimentary porter. Invites you back to have another gladly!.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 19:55:54 | More by barleywinebrewer
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3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jet black with a nice head. Very little lace.

Agitation produces a quite nice aroma. Bakers chocolate and coffee. Alcohol is noticeable in the aroma which I didn't expect in a porter.

Nice deep roasted flavor. Probably the best beer I've had so far from the Williamsburg Ale Works. As it warmed a bit of hops came through in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2007 00:29:34 | More by HugoGrim
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South Carolina

1.6/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I'm very saddened by the difference between the rest of the reviews and mine. I've had this one in the fridge for a few days and have been looking forward to it.
All I can suppose is that they have issues with sanitation, leading to issues with consistency.

A- Pours a dense black color with very faint ruby highlights when held up to the light. Luxurious, pillowy tan head caps with about two fingers, that end up settling to some lace, both on top of the beer and on the glass.

S- Some roastiness, barley, a hint of currant, molasses, cane sugar. malt. Very good nose. A hint of an almost grapefruity sourness in the end... interesting, but way out of line for a porter.

T- Oh no. I'm reliving the last experience I had with this brewery. A bit roasty and some hints of grain up front, but then it's completely overturned by vinegar, sauerkraut, and old bread flavor. No sweet malt at all, and the finish is that of white vinegar. Simply awful.

M- Too high on carbonation. By a long shot. Body is good for the style, but that's it. Very astringent finish, almost puckering. ouch.

D- As I said, it's awful. I think this brewery must have some serious sanitation issues, because this would seem to be the second infected beer I've had by them... off to the sink.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 23:01:57 | More by khiasmus
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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

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 03:47:17 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to SwillBilly for this very generous gift and others. Your are a good friend sir and this is a very tasty porter. I am a fan.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous black chocolate brown that is opaque and reflects a little bit of reddish mahogany around the edges when back lit. The head rises quickly to three proud fingers of solid frothy foam. Very tight and great retention. Lasts a good 5 minutes or more when it reaches a nice light brown cap. Droopy sporadic spots and steaks of lace can be found scattered randomly over the walls of my glass. This is just what a noble porter should look like. Very nice.

Smell: Caramel malt hits the nose senses first. A roasty chocolate and some dark fruit follows. A touch of dark leaf tobacco, coffee with cream, and wood and some sweetness that almost resembles a malted milk ball candy with the light touch of confection sugar and vanilla that disappears and quickly as it arrives.

Taste: The flavor replicates the aromas. The only difference in the mouth I pick out a bit more glorious coffee and bittersweet chocolate at the back end. It again starts with the caramel and toffee and then transition right into bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, oak and just a small glimmer of alcohol showing through. It finishes sweet and smooth but shortly after the swallow there is a gentle campfire dryness on the cheeks that lets you know it is come and gone. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Velvety soft. It has a solid malt medium body with perfect hop balance and roasty dryness making it a treat across the tongue.

Drinkability: I am a huge fan of porters. This is a porter I would love a 6 of. I could spend an entire evening sipping Washington's Porter. It is a very nice drinking beer. Not a pound-em-down beer but certainly one-after-another will do nicely.

Hope this is helpful.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2007 05:44:02 | More by Phatz
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4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to show up with enough people to spark a tour of the brewery and sample a few of their beers. This is one that stuck with me. Thick, milky brown head, and dark brown color. Not a very strong smell, but the flavors came together nicely. I noticed chocolate, coffee, and nutty notes. Clean aftertaste that doesn't stay on the tongue. Not heavy and very drinkable, wouldn't be too filling for a stout if you wanted to have more than one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2007 15:33:40 | More by blackwhe03
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South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 00:30:31 | More by mikesgroove
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this at Chevy Chase in DC and bought a bottle because I'd never heard of the brewery. Nice to try something unique and different.
Pours out slightly translucent, brown with redish highlights. Nice tan head with good retention. Nose is creamy burnt coffee. Taste is heavily roasted malts, charcoal, and slightly sweet fruits. Mouthfeel is good and foamy. Dirnkability is up there. Solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2007 03:14:28 | More by shivtim
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4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle brought from DC by shivtim. Pours dark brown/red with a puffy/pillowy brown head. Heavy malt odor with hints of cherries or prunes. Taste is burnt, burnt, burnt malts, dripping with coffee and that same vague fruit flavor. sweet and chewy and thick and a very solid porter.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2007 14:23:18 | More by aforbes10
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3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a creamy tan head that’s very well retained. Toasty, sweet aroma. Heavily roasted palate with loads of caramel malt sweetness, bitter chocolate, and burnt coffee character.

One solid porter with great roasted flavors and good amount of sweetness.


Serving type: bottle

05-13-2007 22:51:35 | More by arguemaniac
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4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pretty dark brown, a few steps down from dark. Good light brown head. Ok lacing.

Smell: Coffee and dark chocolate. Malty

Taste: Tastes like it smells. Toasty malts, chocolate and coffee. Good mouthfeel, not too thick but it doesnt just slide down the gullet. No alcohol apparent. Long aftertaste that is very pleasant.

Overall a great brew from a local VA brewery. I think this would be a great brew to those outside of the area as representing a relatively unknown brewery. Will definately drink again.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 13:21:56 | More by nriech
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New York

4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: There's not a lot of light going through this sucker at all, and the rich, mocha-colored head clings beautifully to the glass. Nice combination of rings and spotty lacing gracing the presence of the side of the glass as I drink.

Smell: Roasted malts and nice background hint of dark berries, along with some dark bread crust, a hint of rye, and a hint of sourness with mocha at the backbone.

Taste: Again, roasted malts with dark bread, black coffee, slight rye, slight citrus hops curbing any sweetness, some charcoal, and a long and savory finish of citrus hops, blackened unsweetened chocolate, and dark berries. Very solid and original stuff here.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, rich, and creamy without feeling like you couldn't session it, which I certainly could. Initially coating without being cloying, which I also love about it.

Drinkability: This was certainly a surprise, and a great example of a micro doing good things. A great session brew for the winter with enough flavor, balance, and singularity to make it something I could make a staple. The reviews below me were very high, and now I'm glad there's a legitimate reason for it.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2007 02:27:46 | More by asabreed
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4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Opaque deep ruby body topped with a creamy tan head. Good retention and decent lace.
Delicious roasted scent of coffee, earth, sweet black licorice and extra dark rye.
Sweet malts up front in a pure and simple way lasting well into the at first mild sweet aftertaste but evolving into a well balanced wave of malts and hops. Smoke and earth and so good.
Good robust body without too much coating.
Excellent drinkability and a perfect winter session beer.


Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 01:39:03 | More by oelergud
Washington's Porter from AleWerks Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.