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Washington's Porter - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Washington's PorterWashington's Porter

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BA SCORE
85
very good

223 Ratings
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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 11
Gots: 19 | 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 JamesS
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an excellent dark brown with a bit of nice, initial head. Good deep scent, lots of roasted grains with a deep coffee aroma. Very deep roasty flavor, nice hop balance to the dark grain sweetness. Very dry mouthfeel, though, almost dry enough to make you thirsty for a different drink.

JamesS, May 05, 2010
Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 3/25/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours the darkest brown with deep mahagony/ruby highlights when held to the light; starts with a 1 and 1/2 finger milky/creamy head that's tan and fades to an uneven skim; spotty brown lacing here and there and the body is largely opaque.

Smell: Deep roasty malts, slightly burnt coffee; a near bitter and cola-like sweet presence as well.

Taste: Solid and pretty much just like the smell; dark roasty coffee bitterness and a slightly earthy/dirty aspect; slightly bittersweet chocolate and a cola-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy; solid carbonation that matches the style as it keeps the moderately thicker body lively; a nice stickiness is left all over the mouth; finishes a little dry and cottony.

Drinkability: Overall, it's a really solid porter and if I get the opportunity to pick it up again, I will gladly do so. The flavors are great and I think this would be a nice beer for the late fall or throughout the winter. Pretty manageable at 6.35% so I would feel OK about working through a couple.

bamadog, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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?...

TMoney2591, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of likethetaste
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured an almost black color with a good head that was not long lasting. Had good lacing.

Had rich smell of chocolate and coffee.

Wooa, this is pretty rich and sweeter then I expected. Good but leaves a sweet taste that lingers too long in the mouth. Too sweet and rich for me.

Mouthfeel is pretty heavy.

This is a very rich beer that is almost too much. But it is good. I prefer the local St George's English Porter that is nearby in Hampton, Va.

likethetaste, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of Seanibus
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty and smooth porter, if not entirely unique.

Pours deep brown, almost black, with a dense off color head that falls to a curtain of lace and big blowzy bubbles. The aroma is strong - roasted grain, wood, chocolate, a little cream. The flavor is wonderfully roasty, with bitter chocolate and plum. There is a deep, woody bitterness on the back of the tongue, with a lingering essence of cocoa. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but it winds up finishing very dry, which highlights the bitter chocolate character.

Seanibus, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: 12 oz poured into a Guinness glass

A: Not much of a head, it lingers at the sides of the glass leaving mere mist on the top. Black in color with a slight red hue at the bottom of the glass. When held to the light the red hue takes over more of the beer.

S: Smoke, roasted malt, coffee. It does not have a strong smell.

T: Strong roasted malt, smoke, and coffee. The taste mirrors the smell. It has a nice finish, the taste lingers, though it is not to strong.

M: Heavy-bodied, creamy with a lighter finish.

D: Heavier beer, however, it does not have as strong a finish as many porters I have had which allow the tongue a break.

Overall: One of the better porters I have had mostly due to the finish. It gives smoke, roast, and coffee, but, it does not overdue it.

ianjsullivan, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

glid02, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of Tiderion
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, opaque even held up to light. Thin head, might have been the pour but very little foam in general.

S: Deep smell customary of porters, hint of chocolate perhaps.

T: Dry flavor, little bit of cocoa coming out here, hard to distinguish some of the subtleties. Overall, a great flavor though mysterious.

M: Little grainy but to be expected. Low carbonation.

D: Porters are hard to have a lot of but this one is a good one. I bet it'd go great with chocolate ice cream.

Tiderion, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of yourefragile
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

yourefragile, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a trade with adamharbaugh, Thanks Adam!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Black brew with a beige/khaki head that remained a layer and left some pretty heavy lacing.
The smell is sweet and roasty, nice!
The taste is good for the style (my favorite style). Blend and balance of sweet roasted malt, molases and a good shot of bitter espresso coffee near the finish.
Medium/full bodied, very creamy feel.
This brew is quite tasty and quite drinkable.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of rye726
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a chocolate brown with a thick tan head. Good lacing and retention. Nose has a big roasted malt character along with cocoa, coffee, molasses, vanilla and dark fruits. Taste is also quite roasty along with fudge, burnt espresso beans and some bitter hops in the finish. Crisp body is well carbonated.

rye726, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of Proteus93
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Intense, chocolatey brown with a nice tan head. Quite a sticky lacing, leaving that khaki colour all over the glass. Nice stuff.

S: Rather soft aroma for the style - some of the usual suspects are noted: roasted and caramel malts, some coffee aromas.

T + M: Taste is not what I'd call soft! It's more robust with a lingering malt roast flavour that hangs out on the back of the tongue for quite some time. The body is rather full and helps that out by leaving behind a bit of a film over the palate. A good level of carbonation - not aggressive, not too light... and consistent through the mouth.

D: Certainly no problems with the taste. With the bigger body to it, it's one to be taken with a bit of time and savoured, but it's one I wish I had another of!

Proteus93, May 22, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again to chaz from realbeer for this bottle. Poured into a nonic pint glass, this porter appears a clear deep chestnut color with about two fingers of fluffy ecru foam. Rather sweet smelling and tasting, but not at all overpowering. Notes of caramel, a hint of vanilla, milk chocolate, slightly bitter, medium roasted grains. Pretty tasty. Satisfying mouthfeel and adequately carbonated. Worth a try.

ClockworkOrange, May 19, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a blackish body with offwhite head that died slowly and left lace patches. A heavy malt smell with roasted, coffee and chocolate notes along with hints of caramel. A medium-bodied porter that is a little more dry than sweet but still somewhat creamy and smooth. The roasted and coffee notes do make for an interesting blend/taste, and there is still some minor sweetness. Finishes dry and clean w/o overpowering the tastebuds. A good porter that is worth a shot to any porter fans out there.

clayrock81, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: slight mocha head over a deep, brown-black colored beer, average retention

s: simple roasted malt nose backed with a little dark cocoa, shifts between dry roast and a light sweetness, moderate earthy hop presence

m: carbonation on the lighter side of medium, medium body

t: full roasted barley throughout, just a touch of sweetness and maybe a dusting of cocoa power leaving the roast dominant, earthy hop balance, dry finish with powerful lingering notes of charred wood and burnt barley husk

d: highly drinkable and a quality porter overall that's dead-on for the style, will purchase again

single bottle from Total Wine, Newport News, VA

blackie, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of wingman14
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a frothy tan head. The smell is somewhat odd, a sweet roasted malt smell with some odd acidic notes. Taste starts sweet with the burnt flavor and a strong malt presence. Then the odd sweet weird tones finish, then a somewhat strong burnt flavor comes through in an aftertaste. The mouthfeel is nice, decent carbonation, smooth, the balance is a bit off. This one is an ok drinker, once you get past the different flavors this is decent brew.

wingman14, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of Traquairlover
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Very dark almost black and impenetrable except for a slight amount of ruby red tint at the edges. Form almost no head, has light bubbles around rim of surface.

S = Very pleasing smell. Lots of sweetness of syrup, light vanilla, caramel, toasted wheat bread, but still well balanced, with definite hints of cocoa nibs or tree bark.

T = Tastes closely align with the smells, decently balanced malt flavors of toasted bread with honey, light vanilla and caramel are offset by a medium but continuous bitterness and taste of lightly burnt toast that lasts well into a decently long finish.

M & D = Carbonation stings a little more than I would like, has good medium body but mouthcoating, while medium, is a little less than I would have preferred. Overall a drinkable beer, probably not one I would want several of at a siting, but definitely one to keep on the list of preferred porters.

Traquairlover, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nearly black - deep brown and not quite opaque. A moderately large, densely creamy brown head with solid retention and some nice lacing.

S: Dark, roasted malts. Definite dark chocolate along with some creamed coffee in the background. Some toffee and licorice, along with earthy hops. Faintly fruity alcoholic hints as well.

T: Roasted/burnt malts up front. Dark chocolate, coffee, and lactic sweetness are all present. Some charcoal, licorice, and black currant hints. A healthy dose of earthy hops provide quite a kick for the style - interesting. This, coupled with some more burnt malt flavor, really takes off into the finish.

M: Rather thick and chewy mouthfeel. Lightish carbonation. A dry, almost puckering finish and aftertaste due to the robust hopping.

D: This is my first beer from Williamsburg, but I'm impressed. Quite robust and aggressive. Granted, it's a little rough at times and a sipper, but they didn't hold anything back on this one and I can appreciate that.

Clydesdale, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.28/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Beer emerges black with black currnat colored highlights along the bottom edges. Topped by a large and frothy cappucino colored head of about two fingers in size. Generous lacing as well.

Aroma is roasty and somewhat burnt but without any chocolate or real coffee aromas. Slightly sour aromas with the coffee falling well behind.

Funky sour taste immediately up front. Twangy and tart. Coffee and roasted grains follow with bready flavors. This one was twangy and tart and slightly chalky and I dont like any of those in a porter. However, there were some coffee and roastiness that slightly redeemed this one.

Really dry and tart on the finish. Overall, subpar. Not really all that good with the tanginess and slight sour flavors. Not a favorite of mine for sure. Gets much worse as it warms so drink it fast, if you can.

SaCkErZ9, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Gavage, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of Metalmonk
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Metalmonk, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of Pencible
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Pencible, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

cvstrickland, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of bkilpatr
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

bkilpatr, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 12, 2008
Washington's Porter from AleWerks Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.