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Washington's Porter - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Washington's PorterWashington's Porter

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238 Ratings
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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
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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Photo of BZero007
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
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
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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.


Photo of jmdrpi
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

oddly, the bottle has a spot for a batch #, but it's blank.

very dark brown in color, with thin white head. roasty coffee aroma, but as it warms chocolate takes over as the dominant aroma.

rich chocolately flavor, one of the better tasting porters I have had. extremely smooth mouthfeel, but on the thinner side for the style.

a pleasant surprise, I'll be seeking out more of this beer.

Photo of Chaney
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark, dark brown with an eery translucence when held up to the light. Sure it's dark, but from the sight of it, it's not that thick. The head is about 1-1.5 fingers.

S: Faint smell of coffee, cocoa, and roastiness in general. I'm also getting a bit of a metallic quality that is not desirable.

T: A bit on the thin side, and the dark, roasty elements don't fill up the palate the way I was expecting. This is definitely the most bitter porter I've ever tasted. There is also kind of a funky sourness (which really isn't that bad).

M: The good news is that the sweetness is kept in check by the bitterness. The bad news is that all I'm getting is bitterness (and it's bitter in a low grade coffee sort of way). Where's the creaminess? This is kind of thin, almost to the point of being watery.

D: With Great Lakes Edmond Fitzgerald, Troegs Dead Reckoning, and Heavy Seas Letter of Marque readily available in my area, I don't think this one will find its way to my fridge any time soon.

Photo of Schmidts
4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a beer mug dark brown with little hints of red on the sides.
Small brownish white head that leaves qucikly.
Smells of sweet Roasted Malts and Chocolate candy with hints of Coffee.
Taste is deep and rich with Chocolate, sweet malt, hint of Coffee and little Hop bitterness,of just the right amount!
Mouth Feel is clean with a hit of Clear Clean Alcohol and a bitter sweet finish. Goes down oh so smoothly. I myself Really Like this Porter, I have always loved Edmond Fitzgerald Porter but this in some ways is more to my liking, it just makes drinking it a joy so to speak.
Give this one a try on a cold winter evening it will warm you up and cheer you up.
Easy drinking too.

Photo of maximum12
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After having the Rapadou & Barrel Aged porter from Wiliamsburg, I'm rapidly becoming a fan. Thanks to ksurkin who shot me this on the Pony Express...& thanks (not really!) to my talented co-manager at work who announced he is stepping down today. Thus the dark beer on a Friday afternoon when I should still be working...

Love the dating: 092410 (bottled on or drink by?). Pours dark, flinty red peering around the edges. Smells like teen porter, great roast, almost a milk stout thing going on, too.

Washington's Porter is hip-deep in roast goodness. Bitter chocolate, and singed hops, also tread lightly across the palate. Slingshot of sweetness barely keeps the more aggressive flavors in line. Lays up nicely for a porter. The scorched terrain & accompanying bitterness keep me coming back for more.

Very good porter. Nothing unique, nothing extreme, not dropping any names, just a solid, well-above-average porter. Well done.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a brownish-black body with a bubbly 2 finger tan head that quickly diminishes to a pin stripe. As the head dissipates, it creates a load fizzy sound, but leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

S: A rich chocolate malt aroma with hints of roasted coffee. A mild nose that you really have you put your nose in the glass. However, a very good smelling beer.

T: A much lighter flavor then I expected with a port. Nevertheless, an upfront roasted coffee flavor with bitter chocolate malts, then a light hoppy bitterness follows, and ends with a malty aftertaste. Overall, not bad, but an average tasting porter.

M: A lean and crisp texture with a medium body and medium carbonation. A light mouthfeel then expected with a porter.

D: Althought this is an average beer, it's extremely easy to drink due to the light mouthfeel. This one would be great to drink on a hot day, versus a more heavier porters out there, because of the good flavor and mouthfeel.

Photo of droomyster
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with one finger of a semi-frothy tan head. Aromas are predominately sweet, like milk chocolate, with a good amount of roastiness. Taste is consistent with the nose except that it's more complex, with a big smoky and woody element that is strong on the mid-palate and finish. The flavor intensity is bold to the point that it makes for nice sipping but not having more than one. Very enjoyable in small doses.

Photo of afordney
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Black and completely opaque. No light passed through, there was absolutely no head very little bubbling on the edge of the glass.

smelled like a very appetizing porter. Malty sweet with some roasted barley and coffee aromas.

milky sweet and a caramel/coffee finish.

a little tingle from the carbonation but this one sits heavy and syrupy. Not much bitterness

a good rendition of a porter. I'd drink it again.

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

Received this one as an extra in a recent trade. Poured into the glass a rich, dark brown color, with a fairly decent light brown cap of foam on top. Pretty standard porter stuff here, both on the nose and on the palate. Roasted malt, rich dark chocolate and a little coffee. However, I also get a little molasses, some root beer and a little bit of hops. A very nice porter.

Photo of biglite351
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - good bit of red around the edges, but dark through the center. Medium bubbly off white head that leaves no lacing.

S - roasted malts with minor coffee and chocolate.

T - bitterness and acidic. Malts and mild chocolate.

M - decent coating with tingles on both sides of the tongue.

D - not too bad, I could have a couple.

Photo of boatshoes
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this and a few others up at the Grape and Gourmet in VA Beach while doing an art show with my folks. Great shop too by the way!

Appearance- Pours an almost opaque black with a minimal sheet of tan head off an aggressive pour. Head dies back immediately to a ring.

Smell- Nose is much more muted than I would have liked but still managed to pick up notes of some mild roasted malt, a touch of coffee, and a touch of bitter chocolate. Could have stood to be more pronounced.

Taste- Palate is very mild, with just some mild roasted malt flavors and a little bit of bitter chocolate coming through. Somewhat of a disappointment here.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is rather thin and a touch watery for the style. Drinkability suffers somewhat from the thinness and lack of flavor.

Overall, not one of my favorite porters. This beer was alright but rather underwhelming in my opinion.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, rich black with ruby hues and a thin tan head that sits patiently atop the beer before dissolving to a thin lacing.

I am impressed; the smell is robust and packed with roasted malt. Other aromas include chocolate and biscuit and other sweet aromas I am having trouble identifying.

The flavor is much more roasted than the smell, packed with roasted coffee malt, bordering on burnt or smoky, with a faint hop bitterness kick toward the end and generous barley.

The mouthfeel is thinner than other porters, yet still adequate with medium carbonation.

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 billab914
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter. Poured dark brown in color with a thin tan head mostly clinging to the sides of the glass. A thin ring around the glass remained as I drank it, but it didn't leave much lacing to speak of.

The aroma has some bitter chocolate and coffee coming through with some moderate sweetness to it. It doesn't have that strong of an aroma to it, but what it has is pretty nice. it almost has a little bit of an earthy aroma coming through as well.

The first thing I notice in the taste is the bitter and roasted malts coming through. Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, cocoa and some caramel are all present. Some sweetness comes through a little to help balance it out a bit. It finishes wit ha long lasting coffee burntness to it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, I enjoyed the roasty flavors. I liked that it had a pretty strong roasted and burnt coffee and chocolate flavor to it, but at the same time had a sweetness coming through to help balance it out. That definitely made it a pretty nice drinking beer for me. A nice local brewed porter that I'm always happy to see around town, although that's unfortunately rarer then it should be.

Photo of JamesS
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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?...

Photo of likethetaste
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of Seanibus
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of Tiderion
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of yourefragile
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Washington's Porter from AleWerks Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.