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Washington's Porter - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 12
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.35% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bleedingshrimp on 11-06-2006

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Ratings: 260 | Reviews: 123
Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
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 micromaniac129
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of dafizzif
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of dtivp
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of oline73
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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 grover37
4.11/5  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.

Photo of avalon07
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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 NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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 B967ierhunter177
1.56/5  rDev -59.4%
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.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of legalpete19340
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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 damndirtyape
3.99/5  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.

Photo of chilly460
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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 woodychandler
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
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 Isles0206
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up in the create your own six pack from their microbrewery. This one wasn't on tap during the tasting, so figured I should give it a try. Poured into Sam Adams perfect glass.

A: Deep red, chestnut color around edges, dark throughout; very nice. Very little beige head with minimal lacing and poor retention (surprised given how carbonated this beer seemed on tasting).

S: Sweet malt, but chocolate is the dominant here (though not too aggressive like other chocolate stouts. Hints of burnt hickory and also a bit of coffee that I enjoyed.

T: Taste similar to smell. The chocolately sweetness is counterbalanced by some bitterness after swallow and alcohol lingers.

M: Smooth. Not as creamy as other porters I've had; was hoping for a bit more. Still enough to warm you up.

D: Overall, a very drinkable porter. Could only see myself drinking one or two a night. I think its a little overcarbonated for the style, but overall I think its pretty solid. I would seek this out again next time I'm in the area in the winter season.

Photo of haazer
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at the Philly Winter Beer Fest. Served in the plastic goblet.

A- Light brown head sits a top a viscous dark brown brew. Ruby highlights shine on the outer edges.

S- Very roasty dry malt profile upfront. Has a smokeyness in it, and burnt marshmellows over a woodfire. Ending aroma is fresh coffee beans. Great smells in this.

T- Mostly a chocolate assault. Nice and sweet with a distinct sugar taste. Coffee is there too but takes a backseat to the chocolate.

M- Rich and creamy feel to this brew, but it is on the lighter side of medium bodied.

D- Interesting porter, very tasty and great aromas. Low enough ABV do have a few of these, almost but not quite sessionable.

Photo of rrski198
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: almost opaque. small off white head that dissapeared quickly. little to no lacing.

S: This is absolutely the best part. Heavy dark chocolate scent. I have had so called "chocolate" beers that didn't smell this heavily of chocolate.

T: toasted malt. slight bitterness at the back end. slight metalic taste.

M: A little thin for me but the carbonation is balanced nicely. the roasted malt sticks around onthe back of my tongue.

D: This is quite nice. I have had better porters in terms of flavor and body, but few measure up to the scent.

Photo of mountsnow1010
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with a thin tan head that dissipates fast.
S - Not much going on, a bit of roasty coffee, hard to pick out any specifics
T - Nutty roasty coffee flavors followed by a roasty astringency. interesting but relatively plain.
MF - Pleasant carbonation, leaves a nice aftertaste without an overwhelming coating.
DB - 3 of these would be nice.

Definitely worth trying, would by again, but wouldn't actively seek out in bottled form. Would like to try on tap.

Photo of KidsDoc
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle (batch code 10 15 10) poured into snifter

A: Deep brown, near-black with lighter brown hues towards the edges; very small beige, loose head. minimal lacing. small edge hugging collar

S: huge dark roast aroma, chocolate coffee, floral hops

T: cocoa and dark chocolate starts it off. The middle hits hard with roasted malt and slight coffee notes; closes with crips floral hops and a bitter edge

M: this was a full bodied porter that drinks heavy. The finish is wildly sticky, coating the tongue. The sweetness of the chocolate malt sits and lingers on lips. The carbonation was a little excessive

D: a mouthful and belly full experience which was great. A little full feeling. This would be a great slow sipper night cap beer (wish I hadn't started my evening off with it).

I will certainly keep this beer in mind for my rotation of porters/souts

Photo of BZero007
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is pretty much my go to porter as I feel it covers the basic of a porter excellently.

Pours a med body dark colored brew and forms a greatl looking brown/chocolate head. Head formation is great, though it does not stick around to long. Which is fine for this style to me. Aroma is of a light sweet/roasty dark malt with a chocolate undertone to it. The undertones are complex and welcome as they push the wanted flavor threw greatly. The flavor is well balanced and peaks for me as it warms. The body is med on this brew with a minimal carbonation, just enough to add that umph and push the aroma and flavor threw. Drinkability is high with this beer as the 6.3% is well hidden and but shines threw slightly in the flavor.

I love to add this beer in as a trade extra and hope other people enjoy it as much as I did.

Photo of Russellmania
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bottle i have differs from the bottle in the picture given. It just has a picture of General Washington himself. I do not know if it is just a newer batch?

This beer has a rich dark brown color. Only a little white head when poured into my glass. First smell i sensed chocolate and even a little coffee.

Big chocolate in flavor with a coffee finish. A very nice and smooth mouth feel. Maybe a little too carbonated just a tad but not a great head that I would like.

All in all I just wish the carbonation/head ratio was better.

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a thick chocolate body with a tan head with a thin lace.

S- Smell of molasses and caramel and chocolate from the malts.

T- Taste of caramel and chocolate from the malts. Sweet molasses and mild hops.

M- Velvety and creamy and smooth. Heavy from the thickness to the pallet with nice rich sweet flavors lingering through out sip.

D- Very good Porter. I like how this beer smell and taste. Worth a try.


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