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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
86
very good

220 Ratings
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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
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%

whallgren, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black and opaque in the glass but with a fine looking reddish mahogany at the edges. The tan head is small with limited retention, although a partial top coat and ring last on and on, and irregular sticky lacing is left on the sides of my glass.

Aroma: Not strong, but has some depth and complexity,. Caramel and dark roasted malt with hints of dark fruit, coffee and a light touch of spicy hops.

Taste: The flavor amplifies the aromas, especially the coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Meanwhile, the dark fruit is minimal, but that’s OK, there’s plenty to enjoy here and some nice dynamics from start to aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Soft, with a near medium body and enough carbonation to add life and make it seem a bit lighter. Only a touch of dryness in the finish.

Overall: I love some porters and fine others unappealing. This is one of the good ones. It is so much better than the 961 Porter that preceded it. Flavorful but very well balanced and not at all challenging. Worth seeking out.

chinchill, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of damndirtyape
3.98/5  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.

damndirtyape, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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

oline73, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of farrago
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Peaks around one finger’s worth of deep brown foam, many larger bubbles, disappears very quickly with only a thin ring around the edges, the lacing is equally thin to nonexistent. The liquid is a fully opaque brownish to black color, once in awhile you’ll see a tiny bubble break the surface, barely any sign of an orange or yellow tint. The nose lays it all on the table immediately, fully loaded with malty chocolate, coffee ice cream, vanilla, marshmallow, caramel scents, challah bread too, there’s good roastiness to it too but not really texturally sharpening the sweetness, no citrus, no earthy qualities, it’s a one trick pony but it nails that trick. Medium-bodied, surprisingly focused and dry in texture, the carbonation is strong and full of pinpricks across the palate. At times you do get a light minerally aspect along with mixed sweet grains. Besides that it’s back to the cocoa, coffee, cola, vanilla bean, whipped cream and so on. Monochrome yet has very good length, the flavors persist for some time. It does not overreach, does not good unduly sweet, it’s just a friendly, malt driven porter, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

farrago, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

smakawhat, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Beer-A-Lot, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of Proteus93
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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 +3.1%
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 barleywinebrewer
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - almost black with a hint of red at the edges when held to the light. Super foamy thick tan head. Not a bottle erupter but a heavy foaming pouring beer.
S - classic porter - roasted grains, coffee, chocolate and sweet rich malts.
T - similar to the nose but with a rising hop note to balance out the brew.
M - medium bodied, a touch over carbonated, smooth and dry finish.
D - a welcoming complimentary porter. Invites you back to have another gladly!.

barleywinebrewer, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of arguemaniac
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a creamy tan head that’s very well retained. Toasty, sweet aroma. Heavily roasted palate with loads of caramel malt sweetness, bitter chocolate, and burnt coffee character.

One solid porter with great roasted flavors and good amount of sweetness.

Recommended…

arguemaniac, May 13, 2007
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.

maximum12, Oct 08, 2010
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.

billab914, May 13, 2010
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 rrski198
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

rrski198, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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 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.

Tiderion, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of tone77
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

tone77, Mar 05, 2011
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.

droomyster, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of KVNBGRY
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle that was a fun trade extra. Thanks, Iamjeff6!

Ap - Very deep brown with an almost red hue around the edges. There was a quickly fading mocha head, that settles to a minimal ring. No lacing is detected.

Ar - Vanilla cola. There's a hint of roast and chocolate. But I smell a malty version of a famous vanilla cola..

T - It doesn't taste like the nose would have you believe. It's more muddled, and a little more bitter chocolates. The cola aroma is nowhere in the taste. A touch of vanilla finds its way towards the middle-end. This is a tasty treat, but nothing to call home about.

M - A little dry, bordering the light to medium body. I wish it had that classic porter "sourness" mid-palate, and maybe a bit thicker body.

KVNBGRY, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of magine
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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.

magine, May 04, 2012
Washington's Porter from AleWerks Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.