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Porter - St. George Brewing Company, The

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very good

145 Reviews

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Reviews: 145
Hads: 202
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 23
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
St. George Brewing Company, The visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Murph on 07-18-2002

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Reviews: 145 | Hads: 202
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a deep, rich, mahogany highlighted brown coloring, with a foamy, low profile, clingy, light tan head. Aromas of roasted nut sweet, chocolate, subtle bitterness and earthy undertones, and cream highlights. Very balanced and rich nose. Flavors are rich and sweet forward, a blend of nut and cream, with a mocha backbone, some bittersweet chocolate highlights, and subtle earthy tones. Mild bodied, with a dry undertone, all very true to style. The aftertaste is more of the cream and nut sweetness, with hints of bitterness from the chocolate and coffee notes. The finish is light and dry, with a bitter and roasted linger. Very solid English Porter.

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Photo of hophugger
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful chocolate black color with average head, tan in color and good sticky lacing. Aroma is malt forward with a hint of chocolate elements. Taste is rich in chocolate and coffee, nice balance between the two. Mouthfeel is excellent, chewy, chocolatey with the right amount of carbonation..One of the better beers I have had from this brewery !

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Photo of fountainofyouth
2.66/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This one is infected, unfortunately. I can taste the underlying English porter flavors I want, but it's masked by sourness. The nose is similarly off, reminding me more of sour milk than dark ale. I'm willing to try another one at some point, but this was one I poured out.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a one finger mocha shade. Retention isn't very good, sadly, but at least it tries to leave some lacing on the glass. Not a lot, though.

S: There's a good chocolate note to the aroma, even more prevalent than a lot of (average) examples of the style. Beneath that is some subtle roast, brown sugar, coffee, and even a faint fruitiness. This has a really nice mocha-esque nose which I really enjoy. If the nose were a little more intense, the nose would be propelled to the stratosphere.

T: This does a good job of bringing the coffee-tinged roast typical of a good porter, but with the added bonus of a subtle yet prevalent chocolate flavor. To a lesser extent, there's a slight fruity tone near the finish. There's a strong mineral component to this beer - which some might mistake for metallic notes, but I don't. These brewers did a good job of giving this a load of chocolate flavor without the ridiculous sweetness (Choklat, I love you to death, but you're still a sugary fucker!)

M: Like most porters, it's thin. I won't go so far as to call it too thin, simply because it's only 5%. The carbonation is prickly and the finish is rather dry, and you know what that means. CHUG CITY. Wait, no, the chocolate flavors are too nice for me to chug this one.

O: I was surprised to see that this has a 90. After drinking it, let's just say I'm not. I'd even say it's top 10 among the style. This has great chocolate flavors, yet the roasted/hoppy bitterness balances it beautifully. A classic example of an under-the-radar gem.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a fairly vigorous head that is a tan color. The beer itself is an opaque dark brown color that borders on black. However, the color appears to be too light for a black. The overall appearance is pretty nice and represents the beer style well.

The smell is fantastic and is easily the best feature of this beer. The smell has a nice mixture of roasted notes and caramel/toffee notes that combine to give it a slight nutty smell. The floral hops still come out of the beer very well but are obviously overwhelmed by the malt notes.

The taste is pretty good but not as good as the smell. The taste has all the same toffee/caramel and lightly roasted malts that give it a nutty character as well as a nice floral hop bitterness underlying all of it. However, it doesn't taste as strong as the notes were in the smell.

The feel is okay. It has a heavy body but feels much lighter and fluffier because of the carbonation. Not bad but doesn't seem to mesh well with the style.

Overall, a pretty good porter worth getting. The smell and taste makes it worthy enough to drink and the feel is more than tolerable. Go for it.

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Photo of obywan59
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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

Almost black with a ruby ring around the base of the glass. A near 3 finger tannish head that receded quickly, but left some thick, clingy lacing.

Aroma of sweet chocolatey caramel with a whiff of metallics.

Even more metallics in the taste. Dark burnt and bitter malt. Only a hint of sweetness.

Full and creamy smooth in body, with a substantial prickle of carbonation. Warming.

This beer was better than the St. George IPA I reviewed last, but apparently it was also past it's prime. Hopefully I will get a chance to try them both again with fresher versions.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a full inch of light brown head that retains very well before eventually becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing slowly crawls down the glass.

S- Very chocolate-forward aroma with some coffee and nuttiness. There's also a small note of vanilla.

T- Standard porter flavor of subdued dark roast, some chocolate and a hint of metallic taste. Easy to drink as there's little alcohol to get in the way. Not bad, but not great. Minimal hop bitterness.

M- Once again, standard for a porter if not even a bit thin for the style. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Not sure why this has such a high BA score since it's pretty much like every other average porter I've had. The only thing that makes it stand out is the aroma.

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Photo of sdsimkins
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark body but almost clear dark brown when held up to a light, thin consistent beige head, light lacing

S - Immediate hints of coffee, chocolate, nutty

T - Quick hit with slight sweetness, roles into roasted malts, nuts, masks the alcohol well

M - Lightly carbonated, just enough to compliment the flavors but not enough to drawn attention

O - Overall a great example of a porter. Will most definitely get a few more after Summer

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Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 12 oz. bottle a very dark, cola-ish reddish brown with a large rocky beige head. Too dark to tell what kind of bubble action is occurring in the darkness. Aroma is of roasted, smoky malt. 1st sip brings to mind dark unsweetened chocolate and black coffee. Mouthfeel is on the light side. Overall, a tasty, refreshing Porter that I would not mind having again.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head that stayed around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and some caramel. It tastes like roasted malt, milk and bittersweet chocolate, caramel, cream, and a bit of burnt/charred malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think this is a pretty good brew. One of my friends picked up a single bottle of this for me on a recent trip, and if it was available in my area I would certainly buy this beer again.

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Photo of MrMegaton09
2.99/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Serving Type: Tall Pilsner

On first pour this beer has a pale/amber head that for me was abundant. Decent to average lacing. Head dicipated withing a moderate time period.

For aroma, this is a great smelling beer. Floral hops up front with almost a clove note at times(in the slightest form). Definately an ale as the title entails.

For taste, a bit bitter for my taste's on the back end. Up front a nice rich malt soon taken over by a strong hop bitterness. Definately a Fuggle feel to me at least.

Overall, if you like English style ales with a great hop aroma, this is a good choice, however the taste was a little lacking for me. But still not a bad choice.

Out of all of the St George Brews that I have had this is my least favorite, but going up against many of their other choices is a hard contest. I look forward to all the options this brewer has to offer.

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Photo of TechTriumph
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 03/01/12:
No freshness date; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - One inch of light tan creamy head with nice retention; Very dark brown in color with a subtle ruby glow when held to the light; Some lacing left around the glass

S - Nice aroma with notes of floral hops, roasted coffee with cream, chocolate, and brown sugar

T - Decent amount of anise up front that mellows quite a bit as the beer warms; Rounding out the taste are roasty, earthy, charred, chocolate, and caramel flavors; Touch of bitterness in the back end of the taste; Aftertaste is pleasant with a bit of chocolate and roast; Taste becomes even better as the beer warms

M - Just below moderate carbonation that's prickly, but ultimately gives way to a nice, smooth mouthfeel; Just over medium bodied

O - This is just a good all around beer that doesn't disappoint in any category. The aroma has a nice blend of hops with coffee and chocolate malts, and the flavor is just as enjoyable and seems to improve as the beer warms. This porter is my favorite offering from St. George thus far, and is one that I'd definitely grab a six pack of in the future.

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Photo of abrand
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from a BIF poured into a pint glass.

This pours a deep brown almost black color with a 1/2 finger tan head that retains well. Smells of cocoa, coffee, and roasted malts. Nice smelling beer. Taste is similar to the smell with much more of the malts coming through. As it warms plenty of bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall a nice porter.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in flared glass

A: black 'n' tan; little head, but really good carbonation; decent lacing
S: sweet caramel; roasted grains
T: interesting dark roasted grain flavor; horehound; sweet; low hop profile; booze underplayed; mature and not overpowering

Overall, a good porter; esp. nice on a cooler evening.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown, the color of black-walnut. Even an aggressive pour only produced 1/2 a finger of head, but it was a nice cappuccino color, and left a nice lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet and toasty malt, with powerful coffee notes. The more I sniff, the more coffee dominates.

T: Sweet, and again with the coffee. Also toasty malt, and some bitter chocolate.

M: Moist, ample crisp carbonation. Goes down very easily.

O: An excellent porter. Although porters aren't my favourite style of beer, I can see myself reaching for another of these in the future.

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Photo of rudolphjacksonm
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard (16 oz.) pint glass on 11/6/11.

A - Nice tan, one-finger head with little carbonation. Very dark brown to almost black with a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. Not too much carbonation, so there's always a little bit of marbling in the center. 4.0

S - Malts, charcoal, coffee and hazelnut. Somewhat faint but pleasant. 3.5

T - Very smooth and rich. Roasted malt flavor really comes out on the first sip and is very rich. Somewhat bitter at the end, but it's just enough to get you to crave another sip. 4.0

M - Ridiculously smooth. Without much carbonation it glides right over your tongue and coats it with flavor. 4.0

O - St. George Brewing Co. has done a good job with this porter. While I don't drink a lot of Porters, I think this is a fine example of what a Porter should be. 4.0

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Photo of Jayli
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Buffalo Wild Wings in Harborview 10/9
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours an opaque dark brown, just the slightest hint of lighter brown edges when held to the light. A one finger of foamy, light brown head that leaves sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is roasted and toasted malts, minor caramel notes.

T: Taste starts with a lot of toffee in the forefront. Some caramel also comes through. Bready notes and roasted malts fill the middle. Finish has a touch of milk chocolate to it.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp and clean body.

O: Goes down easy, relatively tasty, not filling, minor kick, ok representation of style. This isn't a blow your mind porter, but it's worth sitting with for a while.

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Photo of jellis00
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a good beer. I have been drinking a lot of back-to-back Porters lately, and this one is top 2. It is my first "local" beer I have had since relocating to the Hampton Rds area, I think I am going to have to seek out this brewery.

A: Dark/Tan

S: very full smelling. Hard to explain, but it smells like a Porter (Malts, espresso, a hint of a berry).

T: The taste is excellent. Very filling, not abrasive. Leaves a nice after taste.

M: Very satisfying. Leaves a nice resin of espresso.

Great beer. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to drabmuh for sending me this one as an extra in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured pitch black with a three finger very light tan head that subsided to a one finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and tobacco. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, and tobacco. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation (an almost creamy texture). Overall this was a pretty nice brew. It was almost spot on for the style it was targeting without a doubt. The flavors on it were very light and refreshing, which might have been its only downfall. I was really hoping for more robust flavors in this one going into it, but it did well with what it had. The mouthfeel on this one was quite excellent though. A definite must try if you get the chance.

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Photo of YumYumGumGum
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Great looking dark porter, very little head, good looking tan head. almost no lacing. Very low carbonation which was surprisingly pleasant. Black as night, great show of the porter style with low alc 5%.

S - Nice slightly burnt malt smell. A little sulfury, maybe bottle aging will fix that in the next 10 - 12 months.

T - Very good. If you want an easy day-drinking beer that's not and IPA, this is your beer. Not too hearty, and most of the color and consistency seems like an extracts doing.

M - the missing carbonation is great, i've had a few other beer's pull it off. very pleasant experience and only 9$ 6-pack here in DT richmond. Nice Job St. George.

O - Worth every penny, try some, store some.

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Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thoroughly black, this beer has a slim tan head. It's aroma is a pleasant mix of dark roast coffee, ripe fruit, and dark bread. There is a fleeting chocolate smell as well. No real hop aroma. The taste is semi-sweet, with a nice balance of hops. Nice malt and grain favor...lots of roasted, coffee-like flavors. The beer has the feeling of a higher abv than it actually is...medium-full in mouthfeel, the body is great. Nice brew.

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Photo of mactrail
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich, deep flavored, chocolatey brew.

Typical stout color in the 10 oz glass, black with a sunburn around the edges. Nice roast malt nose with grainy flavors. Bare touch of sweetness, but enough to offset the burnt malt. Seems richer and less sharp than many stouts. For a 5.0% beer it's a flavor powerhouse.

Very drinkable, great dark roasted malt, and avoids the sour taste of more austere versions. Enjoyed at Capital Ale House in downtown Fredericksburg, VA.

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Photo of starkystark
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at County Grill & Smokehouse in Yorktown, VA.

Appearance: Very dark brown, but not quite black. Neat 2.5 finger khaki head that dissipated rather quickly.

Smell: Best part of this beer for me. I smelled chocolate on dark fruit. Smelled like sticking my nose in a box of raisinettes.

Taste: Melted chocolate & sweet, dark malts on the front of the tongue. Fades into darker chocolate & coffee flavors on the back of the tongue. Light hoppy finish gives this a decent balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Could drink a few of these easily. Complimented my bbq ribs very well.

Overall, a very nice porter. It's not one of my favorite styles, but I enjoyed this on. Not quite the most complex porter I've ever had, but it was extremely drinkable. I had two of them with dinner.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a white wine glass (that's all that was available) at The Cheese Shop in Williamsburg.

A: 3.5
S: 3.0
T: 3.5
M: 3.0
D: 3.0

Dark brown, nearly black. Just a touch of light brown head. Average retention and little lacing. Dry, lightly roasty nose. Taste has a good bit graininess as well, with more neutral malt sweetness than I was expecting, but still rather dry overall. Roasty toastiness, but not a ton of flavor overall. Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could use more body. Good creaminess for how light it is. Better than some of their other beers, but still no treat.

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Photo of engagechad
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased in the Dragon Pack from World Market in Charlottesville, VA - tulip

Pours a deep dark black with a soapy, thin and quick falling head. Smells of licorice and molasses. Tastes vaguely of hop bite with some roasted malt flavors. Mouthfeel is thin and quite un-porter like in my opinion.

Overall it's a decent, quaffable porter however it is not at all what I look for in a porter and I will not buy again.

Hopefully the rest in the pack will be good.

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Porter from St. George Brewing Company, The
89 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.