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Porter - St. George Brewing Company, The

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90
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181 Ratings
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 21
Gots: 4 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Murph on 07-18-2002)
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rudolphjacksonm

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -3%

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

11-07-2011 04:08:39 | More by rudolphjacksonm
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oberon

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%

It's been awhile since I had a brew from this brewery and man was it nice to try this one!Pours a deep brown with some ruby tints thru out with an of white head that was pretty thick for the style.A great aroma of fruit dark chocolates and earth very rich in aroma,Taste is buttery and fruity with some unswetend chocolate and great earthiness in the finish.An almost perfect porter big flavors easy to drink,awesome.

06-05-2004 17:08:33 | More by oberon
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sdsimkins

Virginia

3.71/5  rDev -7.7%

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

04-21-2013 00:39:45 | More by sdsimkins
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +10.7%

Pitch chocolatey, root-beer dark... can't see through it. Bit of khaki head that was not much to begin with, then kept reducing down to only a dusting and then a tiny ring. Nice sherry, port, and chocolate scents. Good amount of carbination going on, but not too much. Just enough to foam up a bit in your mouth-but not enough to make it feel champagne-like. Tastes of roasted malts, black coffee, dark toast... nice. Goes down very well. Not too heavy, very drinkable for those of us that enjoy the porters and stouts. Enjoyed this as my first beer in Duck/Outer Banks!

10-21-2004 00:16:20 | More by shapudding
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +4%

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A- Easy two fingers of tan head off of the moderate pour, deep brown color ... nearly black.

S- Charcoal, iced espresso, burnt sugar ... faint blackberry.

T- Rich burnt malt character, just enough to pucker the tasted buds but not even close to being astringent. Faint charred wood, earthy with a balanced hop among the mild sweetness of the malt. Dark chocolate cover espresso beans come to mind.

M- Exceptionally smooth, perhaps the smoothest porter I have ever had.

D- Lighter in alcohol than most, very flavorful ... put those two together and you get a very drinkable brew.

08-02-2005 01:28:49 | More by Jason
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

From the Dragon Pack sampler the bottle pours a deep brown body that is not quite opaque when held to light. Some spotty lace is left on the glass. Aroma has milk chocolate, a hint of coffee, earthy and fruity hops, and a note of molasses. Medium body and carbonation. Taste is mostly caramel and milk chocolate with an earthy hop bitterness that balances well. Hints of molasses and toffee underneath. Just a hint of dark roasty malt bitterness. A good, but not stellar, porter.

07-18-2010 16:25:17 | More by merlin48
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Billolick

New York

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%

12 ounce bottle, picked while on vacation on the Delmarva peninsula. Poured chocolaty brown, a hard pour raised only a 1/2 inch dark tan head.Didnt stay long settling into a film, left minimal lacing.Faint Coffee in the nose. Medium bodied, cool and crisp. Coffee,Chocolate, with a bit of caramel and molasas notes. Soft carbonation, adds up to a nice mouthfeel. Sweetness becomes more evident after a few sips.finishes dry with a nice almond and bittersweet chocolate flourish. Respectable porter. Not flashy but worth a try.

07-07-2004 02:41:33 | More by Billolick
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jakester

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

I bought this sixer at Food Lion on the Outer Banks of N.C.
Bottle says British Style Ales. No date!

Pours a very dark ruby/mahogany with a 1 finger head of tan foam. Drops to islands and a ring in 3-4 minutes. Lacing at first, then none.

Smells of dark chocolate, cherries, vanilla flowery hops, and just a hint of coffee. Very pleasant.

Tastes of sweet chocolate, cherries, vanilla, very smooth. Nice flowery hops. Appropriate level of bittering. This is a good beer. Finishes with long, fruity, chocolatey cherries.

Mouthfeel is real smooth. Slightly sweet, good carbonation on the tongue, very smooth finish.

A very good representation of the style. I would drink this all day anytime!

07-21-2005 14:24:17 | More by jakester
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +10.7%

Beer pours very dark for a porter this beer is comparable to the colore of Perkuno's from Heavyweight, and after a slow steady pour about an inch of tan creamy head forms on top of the body. Trickled lacing kicks this beer up another notch on the food chain and the aroma this beer has to offer is full of milk chocolate, coffe tones created from the dark roasts used in this brew. This is just a textbook porter, one that I would love to attempt to brew at home because the taste is just heavenly. Light carbonation carries this rich robust porter with silky chocolate tones and a espresso finish this beer may be one of the better porters I have tasted for all around drinkability. I would buy a sixer of this stuff in a heart beat medium body not heavy just incredibly drinkable, a go to brew wish I lived near the brewery so I could frequent this beer and even have a sample on tap.

07-29-2003 10:18:57 | More by WVbeergeek
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Loveyourbeer

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-23-2012 01:31:34 | More by Loveyourbeer
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%

St. George- Porter

A- Dark deep reddish black with a small but tight foamy head. Moderate lacing down the glass.
S- Faint baking chocolate with toffee malt.
T- Creamy chocolate with sweet toffee malt. A light roasted coffee bean flavor comes through near the end.
M- Very creamy and light. Turns sweet in the end.

Overall- Very good without being to cloying or rich. Brought a 6er back from VB and happy I did so!

04-02-2008 20:03:11 | More by NJpadreFan
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asabreed

New York

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Almost opaque, but the slightest light can be seen through, especially at the edges of the roundness of the glass. Head fades fairly quickly, but there's some spotty lacing down the glass.

Smell: Dark berry-like fruit. Dark, burnt, and toasted malt. Slight hops to balance it. Lots of roastiness. And some coffee also in the nose.

Taste: Sweet, roasted malt as the backbone, with some slight dark fruit after that. Then some bitter chocolate, coffee, and ending with some hops and a nice balance of everything at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, crisp, and creamy. Perfect carbonation. Everything's right on.

Drinkability: An excellent porter and another winner from St. George. I'm not a porter session drinker, but if you are you should definitely try this, as it's complex enough not to be overbearing, but always remains interesting, and is fairly low in alcohol.

01-24-2006 23:17:57 | More by asabreed
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syntheticwings

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-24-2012 03:16:16 | More by syntheticwings
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +5%

Pours an opaque black (or, perhaps super-super-dark brown) with a gorgeous tan head that's not too thick and thins to nearly nothing quickly. Ghostly traces of lace are left on the glass.

Aromas are nutty, roasty, even kind of rum-like. There's a dusty cocoa element in the background.

Flavors bring out the roast elements even further, with a pleasing nuttiness and some coffee/dark chocolate action too. The hops make their presence known, giving good balance to this verrry easy-sipping porter. The mouthfeel is just as it should be, a bit tingly while also being very creamy. Not terribly thick but hardly thin, just the right body for the style and flavor profile.

A really great porter that I would highly recommend to anyone favoring the darker, heavier, deeper end of the beer spectrum. Feels like a big beer without having a big ABV.

08-02-2006 21:47:09 | More by Metalmonk
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JGrummell

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-18-2013 05:23:03 | More by JGrummell
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%

Its extremely deep chestnut body appears almost black on the bar, and it reveals brilliant ruby highlights when held to the light. The creamy tan head drops slowly to a wide collar, and it leaves some very nice lace throughout most of the glass. The nose displays deeply kilned malts with a roasted edge and a deeply caramelized, almost burnt-sugar side; as well as some rich nuttiness that includes pistachio. The body is medium and it's gently crisp across the palate with a fine, moderate carbonation that softens as it warms. The flavor is slightly richer than the aroma indicates, but the character remains the same with the addition of a solid bitterness that takes the whole thing just a little bit further. A faint fruitiness appears upfront, coat-tailed by a rich nuttiness that's immediately jumped on by bitterness (think peanut skins). The caramelized sugars become apparent as it warms (caramel, molasses, burnt sugar); and its coffee-like roastiness develops towards the finish. Dark caramelized sugars, nuts, a touch of baker's chocolate, and bitterness linger in the aftertaste. Quite rich and enjoyable but without being heavy or cloying. Certainly worth trying!

11-18-2003 22:48:20 | More by NeroFiddled
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ElGordo

Oregon

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a lovely deep brown/black with a lightly foamy, coffee-colored head. Minimal lacing. Aroma of deep roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. Palate is rich with more dark malt, chocolate, molasses, and mocha. Finishes dry with a sweet mocha aftertaste. My girlfriend says it tastes like coffee and fish (2.0), but I disagree. I likes it.

01-24-2004 05:28:28 | More by ElGordo
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bcseda


3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

08-08-2012 21:25:42 | More by bcseda
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avisong

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

05-08-2012 02:33:30 | More by avisong
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cliff1066

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-11-2012 02:37:13 | More by cliff1066
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StoutItOutLoud

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

10-12-2013 01:24:29 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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tabascosigned

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-19-2013 17:42:36 | More by tabascosigned
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours mahogany with 1" of tan colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Faint roasted malt

T: Chocolate, roasted malt, & a touch of iron as this warms. Finishes with rich chocolate & roasted grains

MF: Slick, well-balanced with pretty good carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, a real straight-forward English Porter

04-05-2007 04:16:59 | More by russpowell
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Backer2004

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%

I believe the first beer I ever reviewed was the last time I tried a St. George (IPA, I believe). This one may have been cask conditioned at the World Beer Festival, but I wasn't sure about this. Great example of a good, but not fantastic porter. Balanced with robust flavors of chocolate and caramel. Easy to drink and enjoy more of in the future. I think this one is found around here but since I didn't enjoy my first St. George's, I never took this one into consideration. Will probably pick up a six pack of this soon.

10-10-2005 00:29:06 | More by Backer2004
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Riverwarrior

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

This was my first offering from the St. George Brewing Company...and it will not be my last.

This porter had a very nice chocolate malt smell that came through nicely in the taste. It had nice carbonation and there was some hop bitterness in the finish that balanced it perfectly. The bitterness quickly faded leaving a nice chocolate bread taste.

Overall, this was one very smooth and drinkable porter.

01-13-2008 13:06:37 | More by Riverwarrior
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Porter from St. George Brewing Company, The
90 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.