Washington's Porter - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Washington's PorterWashington's Porter

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Reviews: 125
Hads: 278
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 17.4%
Wants: 13
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
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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Reviews: 125 | Hads: 278
Photo of ckollias
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue with a thin, 2-finger, tan head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving a partial trail down the side.

S: Great toasted malt aroma with hints of coffee and chocolate.

T: Sweet and slightly bitter toasted malt flavor with a slightly astringent coffee and chocolate background similar to the aroma.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: I really liked this porter – great aromas and flavors and went down easy.

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Photo of FleetwoodMatt
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter.

A: Very dark, not quite black but still extremely dark brown. Small amount of dark tan head that faded quickly to a ring.

S: Really nice malt/coffee/chocolate mixture in that order of presence.

T: Pretty solid porter malt into coffee taste.

M: Mouthfeel seems just right for my liking. Definitely on the thin side of medium but still really nice. Fair amount of carbonation but not too much.

O: I really liked this one and will definitely have again. Nothing really overwhelming in terms of impressiveness but still just a really good porter.

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Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into my large Duvel tulip, Washington's Porter is a dark cola brown with a tam head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is sweet malt and ethanol, with a little char.

Taste is malty, a little fruity, grape. There's some acrid black patent to balance it, which lingers on the bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick.

Drinkability is pretty good, this is a solid porter, nice balance, nothing jarring, well made.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first rule of beer tasting: Never chew gum before drinking beer.
The second rule of beer tasting: NEVER chew gum before drinking beer.
This beer got better as it went along. (Obviously, the gum wore off.) Nice color with brownish/off-white head. Not a lot of chocolately taste; instead more of a peppery taste to me (Gum?) Versy satisfying aftertaste. I don't feel "boozed up" after drinking. The only shortcoming is I wish it had a bit more to it in the feel, but that's less important than the taste. Will have again without the gum.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong, smoky aroma has an overtone of cocoa and hints of licorice and miso. It pours an opaque warm sable with a fairly thick tan head that is not overly persistent but leaves some generous lacing. Flavor has a core of roast malt and subtle notes of caramel, molasses and licorice. Texture is a bit on the thin side and not overly fizzy. If not outstanding, still a decent porter.

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Photo of magine
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a becker.

Pours a dark brown with some mahogany on the edges. Light brown head. Good pillow of head settles. Head settles to a patchy layer. Decent lace clings. Pretty good looks.

Brew smells of mild malts, roasted nuttiness, caramel. Some tofee perhaps and chocolate for sure. Decent nose.

Brew is a little thin initially, good carbonation leads the way to sessioning, good drinkability. Good roasted flavors; nutty, dark chocolates, sweet dark fruity yeasts. Very good flavors. As it warms it seems to fill out a bit more. Very solid porter.

I like the flavors and the higher abv here. A nice porter to session and would seek out again.

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Photo of just_n_thomas
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very drinkable porter with a deep opaque color. Smells consist of dark malt and burnt espresso with flavorings hinting at chocolate. A short lived espresso head which turns quickly to lacing on the glass.

I enjoyed the growler fill over the bottle (I'm lucky enough to live just down the road from this brewery).

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Photo of Firkin-Bunghole
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review taken from notes
12 oz bottle
Thanks to my mom & dad for this one. Got this beer as a surpise 6 pack from my parents. They stopped by Williamsburg Alewerks brewery a month back and brought me back a mixed 6
A: medium brown with small head that doesnt last long
S: roasted and chocolate malts
T: Chocolate with only slight roastiness. Pretty easy to drink and low IBUs
M: Light mouthfeel and carbonation
O: This beer is a decent porter-definitely the best bottle from the mixed 6, but I'm not really a Pale Ale or Lager guy. It was pretty cool of my parents to support my craft beer experience.

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Photo of littlelorib
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown to black opaque brew with a half inch of cafe au lait colored head, thinning quickly to lacing on glass. Smell is of roasted malts and alcohol. Taste is of chocolate and burnt coffee with the alcohol making itself known. Funny, its not that high of an ABV for the alcohol to be so visible. Moderate mouth feel with maybe a little too much carbonation.

Overall, a drinkable porter but without much to set it apart from the pack of other drinkable porters.

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Photo of teromous
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: There's barely a head to speak of, and it goes away instantly. There is carbonation that I can see popping through the surface and sticking to the side of the glass. It closely resembles cola. It's a dark brown color, but appears mostly black. Zero lacing.

S: It has a nice smell to it. It is very chocolaty with notes of toasted coffee. There's a light yeast smell to it which adds a nice character.

T: It tastes like a light roast of coffee. There are hints of cocoa and it has a familiar porter malt taste. It's not too sweet but the malt definitely comes through. I don't pick up any hop flavor or bitterness. Overall the taste is about average for a porter.

M: The mouthfeel is very lackluster. There is almost no carbonation in the mouth and it feels very flat. I wouldn't say it's the worst beer, because the beer itself sits alright in the mouth...but it's like driving a car without gas. You can have a decent ride, but you're not going anywhere.

O: Overall I'd say this beer is below average. It smells nice, and tastes pretty good but it doesn't feel like much of a beer at all. I wouldn't recommend it as a porter to others, and won't be drinking it again.

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Photo of TechTriumph
4.12/5  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.

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Photo of engagechad
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of IronLover
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of dafizzif
4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of dtivp
4.39/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of oline73
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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

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Photo of grover37
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.56/5  rDev -59.5%
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.

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Washington's Porter from AleWerks Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.