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Washington's Porter - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Washington's PorterWashington's Porter

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86
very good

260 Ratings
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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 12
Gots: 23 | 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:
Beer added by: Bleedingshrimp on 11-06-2006

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Ratings: 260 | Reviews: 123
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the Brickskeller in Washington DC.

Pours one shade from black with a two-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of strong roasted malts with hints of dark chocolate and lighter hints of charred black malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust roasted malt flavors up front are joined by semi-sweet chocolate flavors midway through the sip. The ending makes room for a bit of ashy malt flavors before a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and could have a few more.

Overall this was a porter that had a lot of roasted malt character without coming off as astringent. At the (relatively) low ABV I was a fan and would like to revisit this in the future. Worth a shot.

Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: slight mocha head over a deep, brown-black colored beer, average retention

s: simple roasted malt nose backed with a little dark cocoa, shifts between dry roast and a light sweetness, moderate earthy hop presence

m: carbonation on the lighter side of medium, medium body

t: full roasted barley throughout, just a touch of sweetness and maybe a dusting of cocoa power leaving the roast dominant, earthy hop balance, dry finish with powerful lingering notes of charred wood and burnt barley husk

d: highly drinkable and a quality porter overall that's dead-on for the style, will purchase again

single bottle from Total Wine, Newport News, VA

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Pours a brown as dark as the pre-dawn at Valley Forge. Clearly, the smallish tan head is the harbinger of the coming dawn: Yes, it shall be day, but what will the sun bring? What fortunes, good or ill? A sniff of the air brings molasses, chocolate, coffee, and a faint hint of maple. These are the smells of hope, supplanting the dinge of sorrow and bland dank of hardship. These are the smells of home, of the local tavern. Ah, to see it once again: a reason to fight! Bring the men a taste: the heavy dose of coffee, the backbone of brown sugar, bitter dark chocolate, and molasses, the crisp, lingering aftertaste. They know what they're fighting for, and they know that they must press on. Inspiration arises from the strong body, austere effervescence, and mostly smooth feel. This day will bring the turn: We disencamp and march toward victory! Huzzah! Drink hardy, men!

..."Disencamp" IS a word, right?...

Photo of chilly460
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep brown with ruby hues and a thick tan head that sits atop the beer, and sticks around with nice retention. Decent lacing.

S - Robust coffee and packed with roasted malt. Other aromas include chocolate and dry biscuit, maybe a sweet tart fruit.

T - Plenty of coffee, more roasted than the smell. Bordering on burnt but not overboard, this is how I like a Porter. Some chocolate, and then comes that tart cherry taste at the end.

M - Very smooth, velvety, but a bit thin.

O - Awesome "drinkable" porter, not as complex as bigger porters, but it's not a baltic and should be a decent session beer. Warm roast flavors, chocolatey, and the subtle fruits make this a winner.

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.

Photo of uvachief
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at brewery. Full 2 fingers of lingering head with nice lacing. Dark chocolate brown but lighting isn't the best. Smells of slight chocolate, malts and heavy sugar maybe caramel or brown sugar. Tastes like a traditional porter. Malted with chocolate, caramel and I'm guessing roasted barley. Medium fullness in the mouth. Just the right amount of complexity. Would have guessed more than 6.35% abv. Didn't burn but drank like a stout. Liked it very much. Would love to see a barrel aged version of this. Excellent.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a trade with adamharbaugh, Thanks Adam!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Black brew with a beige/khaki head that remained a layer and left some pretty heavy lacing.
The smell is sweet and roasty, nice!
The taste is good for the style (my favorite style). Blend and balance of sweet roasted malt, molases and a good shot of bitter espresso coffee near the finish.
Medium/full bodied, very creamy feel.
This brew is quite tasty and quite drinkable.

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Isles0206
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up in the create your own six pack from their microbrewery. This one wasn't on tap during the tasting, so figured I should give it a try. Poured into Sam Adams perfect glass.

A: Deep red, chestnut color around edges, dark throughout; very nice. Very little beige head with minimal lacing and poor retention (surprised given how carbonated this beer seemed on tasting).

S: Sweet malt, but chocolate is the dominant here (though not too aggressive like other chocolate stouts. Hints of burnt hickory and also a bit of coffee that I enjoyed.

T: Taste similar to smell. The chocolately sweetness is counterbalanced by some bitterness after swallow and alcohol lingers.

M: Smooth. Not as creamy as other porters I've had; was hoping for a bit more. Still enough to warm you up.

D: Overall, a very drinkable porter. Could only see myself drinking one or two a night. I think its a little overcarbonated for the style, but overall I think its pretty solid. I would seek this out again next time I'm in the area in the winter season.

Photo of Traquairlover
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Very dark almost black and impenetrable except for a slight amount of ruby red tint at the edges. Form almost no head, has light bubbles around rim of surface.

S = Very pleasing smell. Lots of sweetness of syrup, light vanilla, caramel, toasted wheat bread, but still well balanced, with definite hints of cocoa nibs or tree bark.

T = Tastes closely align with the smells, decently balanced malt flavors of toasted bread with honey, light vanilla and caramel are offset by a medium but continuous bitterness and taste of lightly burnt toast that lasts well into a decently long finish.

M & D = Carbonation stings a little more than I would like, has good medium body but mouthcoating, while medium, is a little less than I would have preferred. Overall a drinkable beer, probably not one I would want several of at a siting, but definitely one to keep on the list of preferred porters.

Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of Clydesdale
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of avalon07
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of misternebbie
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VBWharfRat
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of CHADMC3
4.04/5  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.

Photo of claytri
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of jpro
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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

Photo of Jeffreysan
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Washington's Porter from AleWerks Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.