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Porter - St. George Brewing Company, The

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90
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180 Ratings
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Ratings: 180
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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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled in a 12 oz. bottle.

Poured a deep, dark brown that is almost black with a 1/8 inch tan head that faded to credit card thickness that remained through out the tasting. Incredible lacing that left spots on the glass near the top when the beer was 1/3 finished and I was slowly enjoyed this brew.

Aromas of roasted malt with faint hints of chocolate wafted from the glass.

The front of the taste was pure malt, then bitter hops, and some coffee or espresso. Medium-high body that was very smooth and creamy. A Slight bitterness coating lingered in the mouth for quite some time.

Very good porter and a great price. An overall great line so far.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2003 15:40:22 | More by Loki
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in DFH shaped pint.

Following the pour, a very dark brown brew resides, with a thick head of ecru cream that lingered for a few minutes before mostly abating. A syrupy smell issues forth, though enough roast comes through to keep the nose from getting too sticky. The taste brings things back to Porter Reality, with more body, more roast, with that nice licking of molasses. As heavy as it initially feels, it lightens over the course of the drink, leaving an impression of medium body that allows for good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 20:38:36 | More by TMoney2591
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours opaque from a straight-on look, but when held up to light shows deep ruby hues. Not much to the head retention, a wisp of cocoa around the edge.

Aroma - roasted malt, a touch of char along with espresso. Fades slightly but still pretty good. Shows off a little chocolate as it warms.

Taste - good solid roasted malt. There is a little char flavor as in the nose, complements well. Good coffee/espresso flavor. Dry, a touch chalky on the swallow, good roastiness returning, even a modest hop nip.

Mouthfeel - crisply carbonated, an element of smoothness. Pretty much on par.

Drinkability - a tasty porter, worth a few more.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 18:59:51 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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gpcollen1

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark chocolate into my tasting glass as I had to split this with the wife. Results in a thin whiispy head. Aromas are mild as compared to some but has a nice even roastiness that has me intrigued.

This brew has a nice light mouthfeel with a bit of carbonation. The roastiness comes through nicely on the palate and gets really deep with hints of roasted coffee and toffee as it warms.

I could drink a few of these, especially if I could get them down the street. Thanks phisig137 for sending this my way.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2007 17:30:36 | More by gpcollen1
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head that stayed around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and some caramel. It tastes like roasted malt, milk and bittersweet chocolate, caramel, cream, and a bit of burnt/charred malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think this is a pretty good brew. One of my friends picked up a single bottle of this for me on a recent trip, and if it was available in my area I would certainly buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 22:33:03 | More by bluejacket74
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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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syntheticwings

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-26-2013 05:58:58 | More by HattedClassic
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Mattyb79

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-02-2013 12:02:43 | More by Mattyb79
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jhu1995

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours almost black with little head and no lacing. Poured it vigorously to try and get a head but didn't work. Smell was roasted malts and lots of chocolate. Taste followed smell with the chocolate flaovrs very much at the front and the roasted/burnt malt flavor being very subtle. A light-bodied brew but very smooth and rich. One of the easiest drinking brews I've had. A good, tasty session brew. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2007 00:44:08 | More by jhu1995
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BNEBobl

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

01-02-2013 21:53:47 | More by BNEBobl
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Backer2004

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2005 00:29:06 | More by Backer2004
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Proteus93

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Almost black, with just the littlest bit of light breaking through the brew. About a finger tall head, light brown, pretty sticky.

S: Nice, roasted malt, some deep coffee aromas, light coffee.

T + M + D: Roast malts, a nice and modest coffee + chocolate profile. A dash of hops for balance, just right for the style. This is a particularly clean and smooth porter: refreshing, flavourful, clean, and smooth. This was very nice during a tasting, and even better from a full bottle to get the total experience. Quite nice, and a recommended try.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 01:39:20 | More by Proteus93
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FenwaySquid

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle, no dating of any kind, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown color, almost black. the head formed 1-2 fingers thick and faded quickly into some thick lacing.

Aroma: Strong coffee

Taste: Again, mostly coffee but a little bitter as well. There's a slight hoppiness to it. The finish is chocolate and coffee, a little bitter but not very.

Mouthfeel: Thick, but very smooth. The carbonation was light and fit in quite well.

Overall: I'm not a big fan of porters, but I like this one a lot.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 03:03:50 | More by FenwaySquid
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argock

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Very dark brown with fat tan head with a lot of lace retention.

S: Hot chocolate, coffee, toasted/burned malt, and a touch of dark fruit.

T: Delicious chocolate dominates the palate but there is plenty of coffee/espresso, slight burned sugar, and earthy hops bitterness.

M: Silky smooth with no astringent, acrid feel and long, soft chocolate aftertaste.

D: A wonderful porter, especially if you like them on the sweeter side. Low ABV makes this a great session beer for porter lovers.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 05:32:01 | More by argock
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guinness33

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2007 01:32:21 | More by guinness33
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown to black body with ruby hints around the edges. A slight tan head that doesn't leave behind a lot of lacing.

Smells delightful. Chocolate, coffee, some raosted malts.

Taste is great also. Sweet milk chocolate with some more bitter roasted type flavor and some fruitiness. Tasty porter with a good mouthfeel.

Pretty drinkable for a porter, great brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 00:08:00 | More by Hojaminbag
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Bleedingshrimp

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I live about 15 minutes from the St. James brewery and ashamed to note that although I only recently started taking a serious interest in beer, I never knew this brewery existed. Surprisingly, I found that ALOT of people who lived aroud this area were unaware of it as well. That all changed thanks to the Beer Diretory on this site and I was quickly on my way to try the St. James Porter. I can be pretty damn sure that I got a fresh sixer, being only about 7 miles away from the brewery, and it was from a well lit, well rotated grocer.

This beer on a medium pour produced a nice one finger head that lasted for about a minute or so before dissipating into a ring and island. The lace clung nicely all over the glass as if fearing for it's life. It had a nice burnt brown look with deep ruby undertones. The nose was deep bodied, smelling of freshly roasted coffee and a nice cherry, dark berry hint. Only upon taste do you find the nice dark chocolate over fresh coffee taste. The roasted malt dominating and a very slight fruitiness that fights off any hop taste. At the end, you have the tiniest taste of hops that just slightly sours your mouth but quickly fades away, begging you to come back to it quickly.The mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, yet creamy smooth and crisp. I would prefer it just a bit heavier on the mouth, and just a bit less carbonation though. The nice smooth aftertaste lends quite well to the drinkability and I would easily be able to have it as a session beer or even just with dinner. This is a great example of American porter that balances complexity with drinkability. It's easily right up there with your Anchor and Sierra Nevada porters.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2005 02:19:20 | More by Bleedingshrimp
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jakester

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a pitch black color with a small tan head that recedes. Mild, speckled lacing on the glass.

Aroma is roasted malts with some coffee and a nice breadiness.

Taste is dark roasted upfront leading into espresso and dark cocoa flavors. A fresh breadiness is present at the finish, as it has just a slight lingering roastedness.

Medium body, mild carbonation.

This is one tasty and well balanced English porter. I think I will try to get his into the regular rotation. Porter fans shoud seek out one of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 04:59:13 | More by MaltyGoodness
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rabidawg

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2004 02:27:07 | More by rabidawg
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown, almost black in color. A one finger tan head lasted a bit before falling to a surface foam. Lovely lace develops during the drink. The aroma was a very pleasant combo of roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, and coffee.

The flavor followed the nose and the beer was a well balanced. Roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and molasses was balanced with a nice bitterness and some sweet ripe plum.

Crisp at the start, and smooth at the finish. Roasted tones last long into the finish. This is a big, bold and flavorful porter. Great drinkability, and this is one I will be seeking out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2005 11:40:48 | More by Gavage
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with an espresso brown color but a fairly modest tan head; decent lacing, however

Smell: Chocolate malt with some toffee underneath

Taste: Starts out with a brown bread, toffee and chocolate character that adds a fruity element by mid-palate; after the swallow, the chocolate returns to prominence though the finish is well-balanced with some coffee in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A lot of subtle elements in this porter, with the chocolate dominant and the fruit and toffee adding another dimension

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2004 12:38:13 | More by brentk56
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pentathlete

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just had a pint at County Ale House and it was as good or better than the bottled version. Ebony, sticky lace, coffee, chocolate, toasted malts in the nose and taste. Just an all around excellent and quaffable brew. One of my favorite Virginia beers. If you make a drive down the I95 corridor, then this is one to pick up.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2005 01:54:35 | More by pentathlete
Porter from St. George Brewing Company, The
90 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.