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Porter - St. George Brewing Company, The

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

181 Ratings
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93
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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.

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fretlessman71

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Thanks to chazwicke for providing this brew for me. I know he’s been waiting very patiently for me to get to this one…

APPEARANCE: Black with brown notes toward the edge of the glass at the bottom. Semi-firm tan head, like a mostly melted root beer float. When I was pouring the beer, there was a purple quality to it that seems to coincide with my later experience…

AROMA: Wow! I could smell this before I even began to pour it. Red wine and dark fruit; malty sweetness with a little bit of pleasant sourness to it. Not your standard porter, but very nice, very nice indeed. Hops almost nonexistent so far.

FLAVOR: Bitter dark chocolate and roasty malt, with a bit of dark fruit and merlot in the middle and finish. Nice balance; lots here to keep me interested. Hops have arrived, albeit a bit late; just enough to balance the sweetness.

MOUTHFEEL: Just a little on the sticky side, but it sure made me want to keep drinking it.

DRINKABILITY: Very nice – I could have another right now. Oh, wait… they’re 2,000 miles away…. * sigh *

OVERALL COMMENTS: Good to the last drop! Very interesting for a porter to have these fruit-like qualities, but that seems to be the trend in many east coast porters I’ve had. Maybe that’s the way they were intended to be once upon a time. Wish I could get this stuff around here!

04-21-2005 06:00:14 | More by fretlessman71
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JamesS

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

Very nice porter! It has an excellent, dark coloring; very deep and robust aroma; it goes down very smooth; a very rich, smooth, mellow, and chocolatey flavor. I would recommend trying this. I wish I would have bought a six-pack of this, as well as the sampler pack when I was at the brewery.

09-10-2007 00:47:10 | More by JamesS
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Phocion

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

Thanks to MotoRacerX36. Poured into 16 oz. tulip a very dark brown with just the slightest hint of amber when held up to the light. Very thin light brown head which quickly fades into a thin lace.

Aroma is rich, almost overpowering cocoa, along with roasted molasses malts and a hint of smokiness.

The dark chocolate isn't quite as strong as in the nose, but is still present, along with the roasted and somewhat burnt coffee. Mild bitter hoppiness in the background along with some smoky and sweet toffee-like tones.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for a porter, but still smooth and silky. Doesn't quite feel just as warm as it should, but this does help the drinkability. All in all not a bad offering and a solid English-style porter. I'd definitely recommend.

01-19-2007 03:50:28 | More by Phocion
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

This dark ruby of a beer throws out a fair sized creamy brown head. Within a minute, a thin coating is all that remains. The aroma is of smok, meat, chocolate and burnt malt. The flavor profile pulls me in gradually. A nice backdrop of burnt malt and bitter hop flavor. The chocolate malt, smoke and roasted tones play some prominent roles. The bitterness is what I like the most about this porter. It's not shy at all in that category. The mouthfeel is nice, but not quite as velvety smooth as I prefer in porters. Body seems just a tad light as well. Mabye pushing medium at best.

Disregarding the minor nitpicking at the end of my review, this is a pretty solid porter.

Gotta thank the Shit for bringing me one from his trip out East.

03-27-2003 20:25:38 | More by Bighuge
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Westsidethreat

California

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

A: Very dark brown body, medium beige head has fallen before it's time.

S: Chocolately, fresh roasted coffee grounds, sponge cake and a bit of chewing tobacco.

T: Slice of liquid chocolate cake with coffee icing. Very chocolaty upfront then a swish of lactose crosses the tongue. Coffee flavors rise then the roasted/bitterness flashes then rounds everything out. Good.

M Medium bodied and smooth. Could be a bit chewier, but with the alcohol content it suits fairly well.

D: Yummy porter. Recommend for all porter drinkers. Contact your resindent Virgina BA for a trade!

07-06-2006 05:20:10 | More by Westsidethreat
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pbrian

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours black with dark ruby hues poking through. Rocky head with clinging lace. There are coffee notes all over this brew. Starbucks, not Dunkin Donuts. Fruity esters fight their way out and a bit of chocolate as well. Good mouthfeel, finishes dry. A good porter, but I couldn't see myself drinking a bunch of these. Nor do I drink a bunch of cups of coffee at a time either.

07-31-2002 19:32:03 | More by pbrian
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Px2GrafX

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%

presentation: 12oz. bottle with a stone-like label. text looks gaelic, with the word "porter" huge over a shield in the center of the label. "award winning craft brewed british style ales" whispered across top of label. abv is displayed at 5.0%. i wonder how old this bottle is because there is no freshness date which could explain some of the odd things going on.

appearance: pours a nice dark brown with ruby red-brown highlights into a tulip glass. i realize this should be in a pint glass, but lately, i've liked my stouts and porters in snifters or tulips for the more easily enjoyable aromas. the head is a light tan half inch even after pouring vigorously. dropped to just a ring within seconds. lacing is a little minimal.

smell: grassy hops and alcohol in first whiff. some chocolate, light coffee and a burnt sugar during the second. the second set of aromas dominate the rest of the drink. not sure why i got hops and alcohol in the first sniff. some dark fruits and a campfire aroma.

taste: coffee, chocolate and a woody campfire flavor. hint of metallic flavor. somewhat balanced with the hop flavors near the finish. i get a bitter-sweet finish with light hop bitters and some dark chocolate.

mouthfeel: despite a lackluster head, the carbonation is high. lots of prickles. light-medium body. more on the light side, however and i think a little too light. swallows a little harshly. but, like the aroma, the mouthfeel changes. becomes much smoother and carbonation calms down as the brew warms. unusual.

drinkability: drinkability is ok. i found myself taking bigger sips in the begining, but as the mouthfeel smoothed itself out, i was sipping towards the end. alcohol is noticible, but nowhere near over the top. depends on how you would like to enjoy it.

overall: this beer really goes through some changes from start to finish. aromas and mouthfeel definitely are affected as the brew warms. flavors remain pretty much constant. can be a session porter or a sipping porter.

09-02-2005 02:40:01 | More by Px2GrafX
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phisig137

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%

A vigorous pour yields a deep black body and a 3 finger head with great retention. Huge amounts of delicate lace and a thick foam cap are left in the glass. Lace lasts all the way to the bottom. Nice.

Aroma is quite well rounded. Roasted and toasted malts are there in abundance, leading to great coffee and biscuit aromas. Dark fruits soaked in dark rum are present, as well as a healthy dose of molasses. Almost smells like an imperial stout.

Flavor is much drier than expected, yet also well rounded. The coffee aroma turns to a more chocolaty flavor, with a lot of fruit background, particularly plums. Nice lingering hop flavor on the slightly bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel, although a bit thin. Drinkability is great.

Good all around, but just a tad watery in the middle. Perhaps just a touch more crystal malt would help boost the body. Overall very good though. It's always nice to see a brewery sticking with old world tradition, doing it well, and not making everything extreme. Well done St. George!

10-08-2007 00:15:54 | More by phisig137
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largadeer

California

3.9/5  rDev -3%

Appearance: Mocha colored, largely opaque with some clearish amber highlights. A nice frothy head forms and retains for the first half of the glass, leaving a nice bit of lace as it falls.

Smell: Roasted malt, cream, chocolate, a bit on the sweet side for a porter.

Taste/mouthfeel: More sweet and chocolatey than bitter, though a bit signature roasted malt flavor is present. Some nice milky flavors in the middle, followed by a bit of nougat. Light/medium in body. Moderate dryness in the finish with just a hint of bittering hops.

Notes: Really nice stuff, quite mild and sessionable.

07-01-2008 00:45:13 | More by largadeer
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -3%

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. No dates to be found anywhere on the bottle.

Appearance: Vigorous pour gave a dark black beer (hints of cola brown at the edges when held up to the light) with a 1/4" tan head. This died down shortly after pouring to a thin skin across the top and a ring at the edges. Persistent strands of lacing.

Smell: With a swirl - big hit of tasty orange citrus with a hint of fresh-cut grass, but this dies down to give nothing in the way of smell. I mean it - I literally smell nothing after the swirl. Very weird. I finally got a hint of something else (roasted malts) after I let it warm all the way too room temp, but even then it was still incredibly faint - but the orange citrus came back up with a swirl of the beer.

Taste: Burnt (with a hint of smoke) malts with roasted black coffee bitterness. Hints of that orange citrus at the end in the finish. Simple in its flavor, but just right for an English porter. In fact....I think it could switch hit for an American porter as well. Some of that citrus hop comes out more once its fully warmed up.

Mouthfeel: Quick carbonation on the tongue, and I know I'm saying this due to the strong coffee flavor, but it feels like a cup of cold coffee, even with the cling on the teeth. It's exactly what it reminds me of, minus the carbonation of course. With the taste, the mouthfeel pairs quite well.

Overall / Drinkability: Despite the singularity of coffee-like bitterness in this one, I rather like it, but then I also like my coffee black so I think that has something to do with it. I can drink this by itself, and I think it would go really well with beef or pork. Not really a sipper, and indeed, it went rather fast - but - I think it becomes better once fully warmed up and a mix of American and English porter styles comes out. Other than the lack of smell - a good beer.

04-11-2011 22:38:46 | More by damndirtyape
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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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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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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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Traquairlover

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark reddish brown, thick medium tan with orange tinge foam head, good retention, good lacing.

S = Hints of cocoa powder, fresh sawdust.

T = Cocoa powder, fresh whole wheat bread, mostly bitter finish.

M = Medium body, fair mouthcoating, foamy feel.

D = Goes down easily, a nice simple standard porter. It would be easy to drink a few of these while talking with friends.

03-25-2009 23:30:09 | More by Traquairlover
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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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CJfromPhilly

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

08-10-2012 23:12:09 | More by CJfromPhilly
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Poured two shades shy of black with ruby highlights around the edges and when backlit. Half inch tan-colored head dissipated into a star-shaped skim within seconds. Some lacing, but weak adhesion. Nose reveals cocoa and toffee. Taste indicates, cocoa, coffee and a roasted character, as well as a slightly metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel was between light-and medium-bodied and effervescent; a little too much carbonation for my liking. All and all, a decent and flavorful porter, but there are better examples of the style out there.

02-20-2009 00:15:53 | More by Jwale73
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%

12oz bottle courtesy of Dyan, thanks! I have never even heard of this brewery but I was impressed by this beer. Dark brown-black color with a nice coffee-latte colored head. The smell was my favorite part, roasted chocolate malted. The flavor deviates slightly from the aroma but is still in solid porter territory. Easy to drink, try it if you get a chance.

06-13-2008 23:24:14 | More by ArrogantB
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Mampton, VA 5.0 % ABV British styled ales. Ing: Water, malted barley, hops and yeast. Medieval motif shield label. 12 FLVID OUnCES.

Opaque black with ahogany eggplant skin purple glints escape through the bottle bottom under rather dark khaki coffee ‘n cream hued uneven craggy head.

Butterscotch malt head. Some vanilla but buried. Woody. Beef jerky worchestershire sauce, so much so that my kitchen got an untimely visit and yup, that’s it! Cocoa.

First Swigs: Powder dry but refreshing. Fine bakers chocolate and chocolate ice cream. Malts are burnt, toasted and espresso. This is a cough inducing dry. [Did someone just blow dust off of an antique painting?] Someone left the malts in the oven a hair too long to my liking. Nutty fine grain sharpnes.

Plenty of foamy roasted cushion. Burnt flavor and feel. A bit chalky in the dregs.

Last Swigs: Burnt malts and espresso. Now for the most esoteric comparison ever used for a review. Ever eat snow? That is what this tastes like. When I was a kid, my friend’s father let us try some dehydronated chocolate candy from the military. Saliva moisture brought the flavor out. That is what this tastes like. Reminds me an awful lot of Young’s 2X chocolate. Thanks to fellow BA Shapudding for the bottle. Goes to show ya that you can’t judge a book by its cover or a beer by its simple plain cap. Up there with local legend Yuengling Porter.

Beer is good. Happy porter beering.

11-17-2004 05:41:14 | More by blitheringidiot
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

01-11-2014 21:42:45 | More by ThisWangsChung
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ncaudle

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

10-13-2012 15:28:27 | More by ncaudle
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discdueler

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

07-03-2012 00:35:29 | More by discdueler
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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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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -8%

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.

06-30-2013 23:32:34 | More by Immortale25
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blackie

California

3.7/5  rDev -8%

a: served in a standard pint, the beer is a dark brown in color, nearly black, with a thick, well retained khaki head and heavy lacing

s: bittersweet cocoa and medium roasted barley upfront, with a very earthy hop aroma to the side, smells good but just a tad timid for my preferences

m: carbonation way on the low side, medium body, very smooth

t: starts with smooth roast and bitter chocolate and a mild sweetness, turning towards more dry, astringent roasts in the finish, hops earthy with a moderate bitterness, no part of the beer really stands out, but it's a good porter for sure

d: quite easy

pint at Taphouse on Queensway, Hampton, VA

09-09-2008 04:01:41 | More by blackie
Porter from St. George Brewing Company, The
90 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.