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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: 24
Gots: 17 | 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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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 GeoJ
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm no stranger to stouts, but I must admit this is my first tasting of a porter - I'll be sure to try more of the highly rated brands after this one.

12oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass. Almost black, no light getting through, 1-finger head that quickly settled down.

Aroma is wonderful, malt and slightly burnt coffee.

First sip was a revelation - I WILL be enjoying many more porters in the future. Dark chocolate, espresso, malt, very pleasant and not overpowering bitterness that settles into a mild sweetness on the tongue. So many different tastes at the same time - complex, indeed!

Very smooth mouthfeel, just enough carbonation. Goes down extremely easy. Very nice aftertaste. I can see this being a dessert beer.

Absolutely delicious brew that brought a smile to my face and warmed my belly just right.


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Photo of RBorsato
4.82/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review for the newer version from the new brewery:

Black (with ruby red highlights) and a full brown head which leaves sporadic lace. Roasted malt aroma and a full roasty flavor. Medium-full bodied (leans medium) with a roasty dry finish.

Just as good as the original but not near as chocolately or strong.

ABV: 4.5% per bottle

($1.49 / 12 oz.)

Review for the older version from the old brewery:

Dark black with a dark brown head. Low head with little carbonation and sporadic lace. Chocolatey and roasty aroma with a light alcohol aroma. Strong chocolate flavor (reminiscent of Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout). Medium-full bodied with a long Imperial Stout like finish and light alcohol burn.

Note: This was the old porter (prob 2-3 years old) brewed at the old Brewery (Label states B.A. Brewmeister, Inc.) before it burned down. Label shows St. George slaying a Dragon ... much cooler than the new label.

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Photo of likethetaste
4.82/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this with a variety 6 pack from the brewery at Farm Fresh.
This beer poured a wonderful black color. Had a head that did not last long and the lacing disappeared quickly. But the smell of this porter was wonderful. Chocolate coffee smell that was fantastic. The taste is nice with chocolate flavors that are not too sweet. Has a very clean finish. This is an exceptional beer and cannot believe that it has not rated higher. Great beer that I will buy again and again.

Would buy again

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Photo of ElGeordie
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An excellent example of what a porter should be.
Good head great colo(u)r and flavo(u)rs to die for.
St George Brewing Co. have really done their homework and produced an authentic British style porter. Reminds me so much of my favourite beer: Youngers No.3 (RIP)
Tasty but not overpowering, complex but not confusing. A great beer that you can drink for a full sesh.
I bought a sixtel direct from the brewery and I'm going to get another very soon !

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Photo of Murph
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the blackest porters I have ever seen. Pours super black with a nice brownish head and decent clinging lace. Very nice roasted flavors combine with a nice smooth bittersweet chocolate flavor to make this a very interesting aroma. Taste starts off with some nice roasted malt flavors before going very chocolatey. Bitter, roasted coffee then comes back to combat the chocolate sweetness and balnce the brew. The extremely smooth and creamy mouthfeel of this beer make it exceedingly drinkable as well as one of my favorite porters to date.

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out black, with a brown head color, lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet chocolate, roasted coffee, slight hop apparent, and some smokiness. Tastes of sweet chocolate, with some bitterness, roast in the back of the mouth lingering, slight hops at start. Mouthfeel of creamy, nicely carbonated, although in Baltimare when the rep at the AHA conference gave me the bottle recommended that I open over sink known to spew six inch foam fountain. Then he demonstrated it. I did not have this problem. Body medium-full. Overall a really nice porter, one of the best that I have had. It is well balanced. Everyone should be lucky enough to get to have this porter.

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Photo of shapudding
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of Seanibus
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty, refreshing, and surprisingly light porter. I highly recommend.

Pours a rich black with a slight off-color head and medium lacing.

The aroma is powerful, with the rich bready, sweet and chocolatey character a good English porter should have. The flavor is sweet and bready, with raisins and chocolate throughout. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light, with a pleasant bite of carbonation on the back of the tongue.

This is a highly drinkable porter - light enough to enjoy in hot weather and heavy enough for cold weather sipping. The low alcohol content makes it one of those increasingly rare beers in this world of viscous Baltic Porters and Russian Imperial Stouts - a light, refreshing dark session beer.

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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 oelergud
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served in a brown bottle, regular cap. medivial looking brown label with a red and gold shield.
Beer is dark ruby and forms a nice chocolate brown head.

Smell: Spicy and bitter nose.

Taste: Sweet mild and a great bitter aftertaste, just like a good porter should be. Some roasted coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and smooth, leaves a slick feeling.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, doesn't get boring, pretty complex and interesting brew.


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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured black with ruby highlights. The head was off white and lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was coffee and chocolate with some slight caramel aroma. The aroma was very smooth.

The flavor was coffee and chocolate in concert. Very well done chocolate flavor and coffee balanced with enough subtle sweetness to create an excellent flavor.

The finish was dry coffee that only got better into the aftertaste. The body was medium to medium-full.

12 ounce bottle, no freshness dating.

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Photo of AleDrinkToThat
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: DEEP mahogany, near black hue under a 1-2 finger tan head, which dissipated not too rapidly, and laced a little down the sides.

Smell: Roasted chocolate, coffee malts, with a slight sweetness which, I think, was a hint of raisin.

Taste: Again, roasted chocolate & coffee hit immediately, without much hops bitterness, and leveled out in a buttery, tangy sweet harmony of creamy coffee and raisin. The alcohol barely makes a showing.

Mouthfeel: VERY smooth. Luxuriously so. The rich flavor mutes the bitterness and acidity, without being particularly heavy. It's still on the light side in body.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable, and a great intro to the porter style for anyone who's uninitiated. You can sip on this one all evening, and it's still a worthy porter even after you've had some of the finer examples of the style.

As a bonus...it's great for grilling burgers as well. Whenever I've been able to get a hold of this, I saturate about 2 lbs of ground beef in 9 oz. or so of it, with a little bit of worcetershire and some garlic. It's bliss.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of StevieW
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Label has a shield with red cross, certainly the St. George crest. Cool Label.

Shiny deep black color. No way this is any shade of brown. Rich Foamy creamy beige head. Sheets of lace down the glass. Initial sour wierd smell, could have been my glass. Nice rich roasted chocolate, cocoa bean coffee smells emerge later. Great initial full chocolate malt flavor. Nutty hints also slip by. Just the right amount of roasted bitterness. Subtle shot of sweet milk chocolate sweetness slides by, like there are a few shots of Hershey's chocolate milk in the middle. Not every sip, but enough to keep you interested. Very creamy, full bodied feel. I probably couldn't drink alot of these at once, but I could drink it all the time. Therefore a high drinkability rating in my opinion. A great porter, right up there with the Great Lakes Edmund Fitergerald, but bigger flavors and different. This will give you a new appreciation of the style.
Cheers to Murph for picking this one out, and lugging it to Florida.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from pentathlete as part of the OneBox BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" brown head above the barely translucent dark brown brew, with reddish highlights. Head holds on well, with heavy, foamy, sticky lacing. Aroma is dark roasty malts, reminds me of a brewhouse on dark beer brewday. Taste is sweet dark grains, with a coffee bitterness close. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, and drinkability is not only nice, but the abv lets you revisit and revisit. This definitely one I could make a regular, if I could find it locally.

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Photo of cmula
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very small slight creamy head, dark in the glass like midnight, slight hint of red at top and bottom of glass

S - nice roasted malt scent, hint of chocolate.

T - tasted like a dark roasted malt, slight chocolate flavor

M - coats the mouth in velvet

D - very drinkable, wouldn't want to drink too many as I feel the enjoyment would be lost after a few.

Wonderful Porter, fantastic after taste.

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Photo of snowranger05
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This might be one of the best porters I've had in quite a while. It was last night, and I'd driven 12 hours from NH to my brother's in Virginia before being welcomed in with this fine brew. Anyhow, it's got a great flavor and mouthfeel. The flavor comes across as smooth and chocolately, along with some notes of roasted barley. There's a wonderful silky texture on the tongue. I didn't pour it into a glass, so I didn't get the full aroma or appearance, but nothing about this beer tells me I wouldn't want to have it again! I'd definitely recommend it.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours porterish -- dark, basically black, with a light beige head. Opaque with no carbonation that I can observe. Smell is sweet and woody, smokey.

Taste is not as sweet as I expected...it's a little mild, a little chocolatey, a little coffee, fairly dry (not too sweet, which is usually the biggest drawback for porters for me). It's quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is dry and a little bit grainy (not unpleasant), thick and fluffy feeling. Very drinkable porter.

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Photo of Morris729
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brownish ruby color with a short tan head that fades into a tight lace. Nose is sweet and chocolaty and is quite reminiscent of chocolate covered raisins. Medium to full in body and smooth and creamy in texture. Taste starts of with notes of sweet roasted malts and dark fruit followed by a dry and earthy nuttiness that gives way to notes of bitter-sweet chocolate and espresso. This is one fine porter that I’d happily recommend to anyone. Thanks to Loki for the sample!

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Photo of rabidawg
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours absolutely perfectly. Near-black garnet body with a creamy, thick tan head. Lacing literally paints the inside of the glass. I can't think of a nicer looking porter.

Smell: Nice aromas of French-roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Slightly sweet with minimal hop aroma.

Taste: Creamy and full in the mouth. Limited sweetness, with nice sharp, acidic kilned malt bite after the swallow. Drying hops bitterness in the finish gives way to roasty charcoal. Gentle dark chocolate in the end. Very nice porter.

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Photo of jakester
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an excellent looking near black colour with hints of ruby when held to the light. The head is a thick, creamy tan colour that leaves a heap of residue on the glass.

The aroma is a bold blend of chocolate, some coffee, hints of roasted malt and of course some caramel throughout.

The flavour is in line with the aroma: chocolate dominates and is inter cut with a healthy dose of coffee at the finish of each sip. Caramel sweetness is down a bit here and the malt seems to have a bit of a toasted quality along with more roasted notes picked up in the aroma. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy. It's nice that this one doesn't stray into heavy stout territory in terms of mouthfeel.

I really dug this one. It's hearty and flavourful but subdued at the same time. I can't get St. George brews at my local stores, but the next time I am in Delaware or Maryland I'll definitely take a look for some more of this stuff as well as some of their other brews. Recommended with ease.

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