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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

230 Ratings
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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Coldsnack, Dec 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

DLS168, Nov 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Sonofalime, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of obywan59
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased on vacation at Wine Cheese & More at Chincoteague Island, VA

Very dark brown in color with a scant 2 finger tannish head that recedes to a ring around the glass.

Wow! First impression of the aroma is of hot chocolate with a hint of vanilla. Later on it's more like coffee and toasted malt.

Fairly tart at first taste, but it settled down to mainly rich black coffee and light toasted malt. Some whiffs of chocolate. A bit of caramel in the back. The tartness moderates, but lingers throughout with some sweet malt punching through now and then.

Moderate in feel with some peppery carbonation and light astringency. Warming.

Very good porter. Normally I like my porters sweeter than this, but I liked this rendition. It's got good balance and an interesting blend of flavors and aromas.

obywan59, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of Ri0
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Dark cola brown with a khaki head. Thin ring and some spotty lacing.

S - Coffee, cola, and charred wood notes.

T - Some roasted malt that gives it a coffee like flavor. There is a bit of sweet cola and a bit of charred wood. Not all that exciting.

M - Thin body, modest carbonation yet smooth.

O - Basic porter that is somewhat timid in flavor. I really enjoy porters and have some good ones to drink in WI. This just didn't do it for me.

Ri0, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of kevanb
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into an AleWerks snifter.

The beer pours a deep cola brown color, almost black, nice and opaque with a thick, soapy caramel head that has moderate retention and leaves a few spots of lace behind. The aroma is of dark, rich, malted grain, light cocoa, toasted coffee beans, very earthy ones at that and a bit of chalkiness. The aroma definitely straddles the line between earthy and sweet, but doesn't have a lot of depth or complexity. The same rings true for the flavors, lots of dark barley, burnt and bitter cocoa, toasted coffee bean is very light and faded, but brings out some earthiness and almost an ashiness that isn't out of place or unpleasant, but doesn't really congeal the beer that well. Again, it's lightly bitter, not too sweet, but straightforward and simple. The mouthfeel is okay, lots of carbonation but it's still quite smooth, a little lighter and thinner than I'd be prefer with an easy going finish that sits well.

Verdict: A nice rendition of an American Porter from AleWerks. I wish it was a bit more robust and richer in the mouth, but all in all, it achieves what it set out to do. I could definitely drink a few of these in the winter time.

kevanb, Sep 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

BMart, Sep 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

AngusOg, Sep 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

HattedClassic, Sep 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

PaulD, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of Jeffreysan
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours an inky black, completely opaque, with a full finger of chocolate colored head that quickly disappeared into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Lots of malt and freshly baked dark bread. Bitter-sweet dark chocolate and caramel. Slight coffee notes.

Taste: Lots of roasted malt and coffee and chocolate up front with some mild sweetness at the finish. Some slight tobacco flavors to, maybe from the roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium and slightly more than a little chewy. However, there’s practically no carbonation to the beer, zip, zero, nada.

Overall: This is a very, very good porter. I really enjoy the roastiness that this beer has. That being said, compared to the other Washington Porter, that being brewed by Yards, this porter comes in second best. However, I still look forward to having another of these.

Jeffreysan, Aug 29, 2013
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2/5  rDev -47.8%

StoutSeth, Aug 28, 2013
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4.04/5  rDev +5.5%

VBWharfRat, Aug 16, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -41.3%

DonFrap, Aug 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

mtnwesdew, Aug 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Rhettroactive, Jul 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

brendaniel, Jul 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Camjmorton, Jul 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Raiders757, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of Kendo
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is dark brown with a small greyish head that's gone quickly.

S: Coffee dominates - day-old coffee, or the kind that's been sitting in the pot a tad bit too long. Faint scent of char.

T: Again with the old coffee. Also roasted barley malt and some charcoal. Touch of earthy hops at the finish.

M: A little bit thin in feel; carbonation is modestly prickly.

O: OK for a porter; nothing particularly stands out, but it's not bad either.

Kendo, Jul 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

olbubba, Jul 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Molson2000, Jun 30, 2013
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3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pitch black color, with thin creamy tan head. No lacing.

Very faint aroma of toasted malts, caramel and cocoa-like flavors. Not too much on the nose.

Good medium mouth feel/body, low carbonation, if any. Nice flavors of roasted malt, barley, mild coffee. Very persistent tastes and very pleasing.

A very nice porter, as good as any out there.

happy4hoppybeer, Jun 24, 2013
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4.69/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First, the aroma is amazing. I get roasted malt like most porters, and some chocolate. Maybe some sweetness at the end. The taste is amazing as well. You get hit with roasted malt, followed by a little bit of chocolate. Not to much bitterness at the end. I would say that the mouthfeel is medium, leaning towards a little lower. Not too much though. Overall, this is my favorite porter to date!

mrbojangles115, Jun 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

CreightonSM, Jun 10, 2013
Washington's Porter from AleWerks Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.