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Porter - St. George Brewing Company, The

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 21
Gots: 6 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

DamienI, Monday at 12:46 AM
Photo of fountainofyouth
2.68/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

fountainofyouth, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of MrMegaton09
2.93/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

MrMegaton09, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of winomark
2.95/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

winomark, Jan 19, 2004
Photo of Retsinis
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Retsinis, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of avisong
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

avisong, May 08, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

DavoleBomb, May 12, 2011
Photo of dmmcginnis
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

dmmcginnis, Jan 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

bigred89, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of randomjazzr
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

randomjazzr, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of rderedin
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

rderedin, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of sholland119
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

sholland119, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of obywan59
3.31/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

obywan59, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of engagechad
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

engagechad, May 04, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.45/5  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.

BlackHaddock, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of rye726
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

rye726, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of qcitydarkstar
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

qcitydarkstar, Dec 14, 2005
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

bcseda, Aug 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

keywestgourmet, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of speedvagen
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

speedvagen, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

AndrewMichael, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of duff247
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

duff247, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of Beejay
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Beejay, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
3.55/5  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.

thagr81us, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of PSUDREW
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

PSUDREW, Mar 12, 2005
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Porter from St. George Brewing Company, The
90 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.