1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Washington's Porter - AleWerks Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Washington's PorterWashington's Porter

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

205 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 205
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 10
Gots: 14 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 205 | Reviews: 115 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of farrago
farrago

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 23:56:57 | More by farrago
Photo of smakawhat
smakawhat

Maryland

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2011 00:10:21 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Beer-A-Lot
Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 22:48:34 | More by Beer-A-Lot
Photo of Proteus93
Proteus93

Virginia

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 05:14:16 | More by Proteus93
Photo of ClockworkOrange
ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 16:30:16 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of barleywinebrewer
barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

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!.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 19:55:54 | More by barleywinebrewer
Photo of arguemaniac
arguemaniac

Virginia

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…

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2007 22:51:35 | More by arguemaniac
Photo of maximum12
maximum12

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 20:39:07 | More by maximum12
Photo of billab914
billab914

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 00:20:27 | More by billab914
Photo of obywan59
obywan59

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 02:24:30 | More by obywan59
Photo of rrski198
rrski198

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 23:59:17 | More by rrski198
Photo of clayrock81
clayrock81

Virginia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2009 17:25:18 | More by clayrock81
Photo of Tiderion
Tiderion

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 03:28:54 | More by Tiderion
Photo of tone77
tone77

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 16:24:14 | More by tone77
Photo of droomyster
droomyster

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 05:24:13 | More by droomyster
Photo of KVNBGRY
KVNBGRY

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2014 02:12:30 | More by KVNBGRY
Photo of magine
magine

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 01:14:43 | More by magine
Photo of hornsup
hornsup

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

bottle from Nov 2012 poured into a Mother Earth pint glass

A: Pours a murky brown color. Not anything special here, kind of unappealing until you see the beautiful khaki head that sits around for a little.

S: Smell is bland, little metallicy, some cheap chocolate notes, coffee, and tobacco leaves

T: Taste is much better than the smell. A smooth milky chocolate flavor with some toasted malts and vanilla notes. No fruit flavors at all, but a unique blend of dark sweetness.

M: Medium to light bodied with hardly any carbonation

O: Dont drink this after you've consumed a true world class stout because it will make you not appreciate it. This is a great session stout and isnt intended to rock your world like a FBS, FIS, Sexual chocolate, etc. Very simple flavors with alot of malt that makes this beer a solid go-to. Worth a shot, but wont ever crack your top 20

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 07:07:53 | More by hornsup
Photo of KidsDoc
KidsDoc

California

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 22:03:47 | More by KidsDoc
Photo of JamesS
JamesS

Indiana

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2010 17:07:13 | More by JamesS
Photo of mountsnow1010
mountsnow1010

Vermont

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 02:07:22 | More by mountsnow1010
Photo of Zonian1
Zonian1

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

10-21-2012 12:49:15 | More by Zonian1
Photo of JasonTaverner
JasonTaverner

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-19-2013 03:58:16 | More by JasonTaverner
Photo of HattedClassic
HattedClassic

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

09-01-2013 18:06:58 | More by HattedClassic
Photo of PaulD
PaulD

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-31-2013 03:23:05 | More by PaulD
Washington's Porter from AleWerks Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.