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Porter - St. George Brewing Company, The

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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 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 winomark
2.97/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a thin, dissapating head.

Aroma: Lots of chocolate in the nose, with some malty richness giving support.

Taste: Chocolate and roasted malts throughout. Somewhat short and dry on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Quite light and fleeting. No hops present. Dry and bland on the finish.

Drinkability: A boring porter, IMO. No character. Won't try 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 Retsinis
3.1/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

While I was on vacation visiting family in Woodbridge Virginia, I got a chance to go to a Total Wine in Springfield to pick up some local beers, or any that are distributed there that are not sent to California. Picked up one bottle of this as part of a make your own six pack.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Bruery tulip glass.

The beer pours a rich dark brown, almost black, but some light does break through. A light brown head rose about an inch, with slight lacing that lasted throughout.

The Aroma's are of light roasted malt, light chocolate, and of watered down coffee. A bit disappointing.

The flavors are stronger, but mirror the nose. Roasted malts, light chocolate notes, a dash of hops, and coffee. Not nearly as flavorful as other porters I've had, guess I've been spoiled and didn't know it.

The mouth feel was medium to light, slightly creamy and a bit dry on the finish.

An easy drinker of a beer, low ABV, but a boring beer for it's style. It lacked any brown sugar or toffee notes, and it's flavors were pretty muted. Maybe I got an old bottle. It's not distributed in my area, so not sure when I will get a chance to try it again. For now it was fore getable.

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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 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 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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Photo of sholland119
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Blind Beer BIF, Round 4. Beer #2

A-Pours a ruddy dark brown with a quickly dissipating mocha head that settles nicely into a pool.

S-Bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee in about equal measure.

T-Quite bitter in the front with heavy roastiness. The bitterness really crowds out anything other flavors that may be lurking here and lasts all the way through.

M-Medium bodied with slightly prickly carbonation, maybe a bit thin.

D-Interesting but I would probably not seek this one out.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 12 oz bottle flown over to me by a Virginia based BA. Poured into a Westmalle chalice glass, one of my favourite tasting glasses.

Deep, dark browny/red body with (sadly) a small wisp of a tan half head which soon turned into a thin collar around the glass.

Intense dark chocolate aroma, then dry roasted coffee and toasted chocolate malts.

The taste copied the smells, only a drier hint to everything and the hops coming in to add a bitterness that bit into my tongue and cheeks.

Well carbonated and a good richness considering its alcohol content isn't trying to rip your head off like some Porters attempt to do.

All in all a very pleasant beer and glad it came my way.

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Photo of qcitydarkstar
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours a thick, beefy black that cannot be seen through even when held up next to a light source. Very little carbonation on this one, barely any head at all. Scents of toffee, sweet caramel, and roasted malts dominate this beer. The taste is of cold coffee, black cherries and bittersweet chocolate. A very nice flavor, although the aftertaste is a bit grainy.

This beer is readily available at most upscale grocery stores in the Carolinas and for less than $7 a six-pack, I would recommend this as a good everyday Porter.

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Photo of rye726
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut color with a nice tan head. Nose has roasty malts, molasses, cocoa, caramel and coffee. Taste has burnt malts, dark fruits, chocolate and espresso. Medium body is a bit thin, so is the carbonation. Good beer to wash down some fish and chips.

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Photo of Beejay
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown pour, but black in the glass. A nice full tan head on top.

S: Some nice roasted malts, and a dusty grain scent. Something sweet in the back, and possible a little wood scent.

T: Nice roasty flavor, there is a little bit of a sweet kick in the back, possibly lacto? Nice but overall not amazing.

M: Medium bodied, with a good bit of carbonation.

D: Nice, but overall not very memorable. Clean finish and very nice over all. This is clearly well made but does not stand out above the rest.

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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 PSUDREW
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Solid, Solid brew by St. George's. Nice, meduim pitch color, some head and lot's of lacing. Nice roasted malt profile, followed by a slight malty-sweet finish, Aroma matches the roasted flavor and texture to perfect degree. Over-all a good brew to enjoy any time of the year.

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Photo of MadTown1000
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours what appears to be black, looks a very dark nut brown on closer inspection, and turns out to be a very deep ruby red when held up to light. About an inch and a half of foam in a pint glass quickly recedes to about half an inch, and then stays there a while, leaving little visible lace.

Smell is dominated by molasses, almost sickly sweet. Taste, however, is just about right for a Porter - the molasses is still there, but is cut by some hop bitterness and more present roasted grain. It's dark, it's thick, it's heavy, and it's tasty.

I can't fully get over the molasses thing - it's just a little too syrupy, which diminishes its pleasantness to some degree. But all told, a very solid porter.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a four finger light tan head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Hints of deep mahogany color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Chocolate/coffee nose. Starts sweet, a chocolate/roasted coffee flavor, some bitterness at finish. 12oz bottle gift from Vintage Cellars Blacksburg, VA Label puts ABV at 5.0%

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a cola brown, maybe a little darker, with a thin tan head that doesn't linger for too long.

Smell is interesting: it's kind of earthy, with a little bit of a soil/peat scent coming through, some chocolate, dark malt, a little bit of dark maltiness, and some fairly clear tart scents coming through, just a little bit sweet.

Flavor is kind of problematic. It's really earthy on the front end; parts of it almost taste like dirt. Kind of unusual for a porter. It settles out after a few drinks into a kind of smoke and nut flavor that's pretty solid. Buttressed well by a chocolate that's slightly grainy and a light coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and suits the flavor well.

Overall: Not perfect, and the first couple of sips were a little tough, but overall, a drinkable porter with some interesting flavors.

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Photo of soupermirl
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very nice color, brownish red and dark. Just a hint of hops for most porters. This beer was very solid. Scent had just a slight yeast smell. and the taste was good, more malty than hops. A very good solid beer and great to have a drink with the buds.

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Photo of biglite351
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - extremely tall tan head. Good bit of red around the edges.

S - very light roasted malt scent. Would have been great were it stronger.

T - tastes like a heath bar to a point. Roasted malts, chocolate, toffee.

M - good coating, tingle on front and sides of tongue.

D - I could drink a number of these before wanting less sweet.

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Photo of MrHolland
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black as night with nice ruby highlights around the endges when held to the light, has a nice thick tan head.
Smell is of strong roasted scents.
Taste is kinda light with roasted malts and a little bit of coffee in there as well.
Has plenty of carbonation and feels silky smooth going down.
Decent porter but a lot others I would pick over this one.

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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 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 blackie
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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