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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

202 Ratings
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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 10
Gots: 13 | 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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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nearly black - deep brown and not quite opaque. A moderately large, densely creamy brown head with solid retention and some nice lacing.

S: Dark, roasted malts. Definite dark chocolate along with some creamed coffee in the background. Some toffee and licorice, along with earthy hops. Faintly fruity alcoholic hints as well.

T: Roasted/burnt malts up front. Dark chocolate, coffee, and lactic sweetness are all present. Some charcoal, licorice, and black currant hints. A healthy dose of earthy hops provide quite a kick for the style - interesting. This, coupled with some more burnt malt flavor, really takes off into the finish.

M: Rather thick and chewy mouthfeel. Lightish carbonation. A dry, almost puckering finish and aftertaste due to the robust hopping.

D: This is my first beer from Williamsburg, but I'm impressed. Quite robust and aggressive. Granted, it's a little rough at times and a sipper, but they didn't hold anything back on this one and I can appreciate that.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 22:35:51 | More by Clydesdale
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 13:30:29 | More by avalon07
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claytri

Maryland

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

The beer pours a rich black with a tan head. The aroma is of toasted malt with a bit of coffee in the background. The taste is a full bodied toasted malt, with just a hint of dark cherry and coffee in the finish. There is no real hop character. The mouthfeel is heavy and dry. A very good toasted porter, I will be getting more.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 01:03:07 | More by claytri
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jpro

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a single in Williamsburg. Poured in a plastic cup...

A: Black, with a light mocha head; a few webs of lace stick to the plastic.

S: Chocolate malt; nice, roasted aroma; nice porter aroma.

T: Chocolate; brownie batter / light roasted coffee; nothing over the top; nice, even taste; dry, earthy hop finish - but not really bitter.

M: Full; high carbonation; nice texture.

O: A real nice, traditional porter!

*from notes 4.20.13

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 00:40:00 | More by jpro
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 23:17:59 | More by CHADMC3
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Jeffreysan

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 21:35:51 | More by Jeffreysan
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cliff1066

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-27-2012 03:11:54 | More by cliff1066
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GFish

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-11-2012 01:48:47 | More by GFish
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-31-2012 01:42:29 | More by mdillon86
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richbrew

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-15-2011 21:20:29 | More by richbrew
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Raiders757

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-14-2013 00:24:41 | More by Raiders757
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KevMo84

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-09-2014 02:44:30 | More by KevMo84
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

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

12-ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields an opaque ebony body capped with two fingers of rocky beige foam. The head recedes slowly to a fat ring that leaves drippy bands of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is darkly sweet and husky with notes of spicy molasses and chewy dark malts.

The taste is toasty with a bit of molasses-cola nut twang. Burnt grainy notes fade into smoky black dark roast coffee with unsweetened cocoa.

Simple, medium-bodied, and tasty, AleWerks' porter is smooth with fine carbonation and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 18:31:48 | More by cvstrickland
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-25-2011 17:45:31 | More by nmann08
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NumberNone

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-21-2012 13:11:01 | More by NumberNone
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engagechad

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 16:31:05 | More by engagechad
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raffy313

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-24-2012 01:37:39 | More by raffy313
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AWB3

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-20-2014 21:22:46 | More by AWB3
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bamadog

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 00:31:14 | More by bamadog
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emmasdad

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 04:26:01 | More by emmasdad
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 11:01:37 | More by micromaniac129
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Iamjeff6

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-19-2014 14:39:34 | More by Iamjeff6
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-15-2011 02:22:30 | More by thebouch01
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OldManRJM

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-03-2014 01:07:44 | More by OldManRJM
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shivtim

Georgia

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

Saw this at Chevy Chase in DC and bought a bottle because I'd never heard of the brewery. Nice to try something unique and different.
Pours out slightly translucent, brown with redish highlights. Nice tan head with good retention. Nose is creamy burnt coffee. Taste is heavily roasted malts, charcoal, and slightly sweet fruits. Mouthfeel is good and foamy. Dirnkability is up there. Solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2007 03:14:28 | More by shivtim
Washington's Porter from AleWerks Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.