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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.

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JohnnyM2002

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter at around 55-60 degrees. Part of the Dragon 6-pack.

A - Pours a beautiful black with a slight lacing that lasts for almost the entire glass.

S - Black licorice dominates the aroma with roasted cocoa. Maybe a hint of fruit?

T - Initially, the licorice taste is strong, but it gives way to a burnt dark mocha flavor. I almost want to say that there is a fruit background in the finish, but I just can't put my finger on it. Very powerful flavor.

M - Creamy, thick-bodied beer that finishes heavy. Not overly thick like a milkshake or anything - perfect match for the flavors.

D - Best beer from the Dragon pack. One of the top porters I've had in this young season. Overall, very enjoyable because of the lower ABV.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 00:09:26 | More by JohnnyM2002
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 12 oz bottle from a Dragon Pack (mixed six) served in a Troegenator seidel.

A: The porter is a deep brown color with softer brown hints at the edge. There is a tiny ring of head and no lacing.

S: The ale has a lactose component and comes across as stale and old (that is good).

T: Taste has roasted chocolate notes and a slightly stale taste that adds a nice element. The beer, when held in the mouth finishes with a hint of raspberry.

M: A true winner, the roasted malts, the slightly sour/stale flavor, the raspberry hints, all combine to give a great mouthfeel.

D: Very drinkable, well worth a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 11:57:40 | More by akorsak
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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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Westsidethreat

California

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - dark brown in complexion; light brown head atop body.

Smell - lots of chocolate and malts to it. can sense a small amount of toffee (heath bar).

Taste - too much malt and a lot of burning of them. not that great as a porter, but decent.

Drinkability - not an avid fan. good, but not great. much better porters out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2006 16:40:48 | More by DuqTroops
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jameaterblues

New York

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- This beer poured a dark dark brown color, with hints of dark red. The head was a light espresso color and rose about a 1/3rd of an inch.
S-Sweet roasted toasted malt. Rich dark chocolate, coffee, and a hint of creaminess.
T- There was just a touch of hops at the tip of each sip. The body was sweet and chocolaty, and the after taste reminded me of bitter dark chocolate.
M/D- Med-heavy body,moderate carbonation for a porter. This beer was really good...better than I expected from the mix six of beers that looked like it came out of a harry potter movie....its hit or miss in the six pack, but the porter is definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2006 02:29:17 | More by jameaterblues
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MrHolland

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 00:08:26 | More by MrHolland
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amatuerbeerguy

Oklahoma

4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 03:16:35 | More by amatuerbeerguy
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asabreed

New York

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Almost opaque, but the slightest light can be seen through, especially at the edges of the roundness of the glass. Head fades fairly quickly, but there's some spotty lacing down the glass.

Smell: Dark berry-like fruit. Dark, burnt, and toasted malt. Slight hops to balance it. Lots of roastiness. And some coffee also in the nose.

Taste: Sweet, roasted malt as the backbone, with some slight dark fruit after that. Then some bitter chocolate, coffee, and ending with some hops and a nice balance of everything at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, crisp, and creamy. Perfect carbonation. Everything's right on.

Drinkability: An excellent porter and another winner from St. George. I'm not a porter session drinker, but if you are you should definitely try this, as it's complex enough not to be overbearing, but always remains interesting, and is fairly low in alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 23:17:57 | More by asabreed
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wingnutter

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have a feeling mheckman and I will be rating similar beers over the next year...

Pours a nice dark color, much like a stout. Tan head dissapears after a spell. Notes of chocolate and coffee. Very nice.

Taste: Excellent roasted malt flavor. Bitter chocolate and coffee jump out in front. This is tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: This beer is good and thick, and has a chewy mouthfeel. Would probably go great with a chocolate dessert. Or skip the dessert and just drink 2 of these. Finished on the dry side, which I like.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. This is a good porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 04:55:26 | More by wingnutter
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2006 23:03:09 | More by ppoitras
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Zorro

California

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Oz bottle Sampled through the efforts of Boxing Day BIF and Pentathlete.

Pours a clear, very deeply dark brown beer with red highlights. An attractive light brown head forms but does not last long. Very nearly a 5 in appearance.

From the very moment I cracked this one open there was a wonderful sweet chocolate aroma. Actually sniffing the glass that same scent is there and more. Pleasant bready malt backbone and cappuccino aromas are in here too. Lightly fruity too mostly fig aromas.

Taste is dry and bready and bitter at the beginning. Mildly sweet but the flavor here is mostly. Not a lot of subtly here just a good flaw free Porter.

Mouthfeel is good.

A very nice and tasty Porter but a little bit disappointing in the flavor department. From the look and smell I thought I had a World Class Porter in my glass, but it just isn't quite THAT good. This is a very good Porter however. Outstanding looks and aroma that just doesn't make it to the flavor. Still I do like this and it is absolutely worth trying.

Addendum: From Jason's Review "faint blackberry." I did a re-sniff, yep I smell it too.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2006 04:15:55 | More by Zorro
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qcitydarkstar

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2005 21:17:07 | More by qcitydarkstar
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. with no freshness date - served chilled in a nonic. Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a 1 inch tan head that leaves a few rings of lace. Smells of roasted/burnt malts, coffee, chocolate, some sweetness and dark fruits, and some sort of earthy notes. The flavor is dominated by burnt malts, but there's also coffee, bitter chocolate and hops, and a sweetness akin to an oatmeal stout. The body is medium and coats the mouth nicely and it is a fairly drinkable porter. Could be a bit more balanced perhaps.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2005 03:02:59 | More by mmmbeer
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whartontallboy

New York

3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 03:35:15 | More by whartontallboy
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bradybeer

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visited St. George today and had this beer on tap-nice color, not much a head, smooth with a nice body. Some porters can be over the top-and to me-much closer to a stout. This porter is not one of those. As I review this beer I am having a bottle-and I struck by its drinkability. As other reviewers note-the balance is very good.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2005 22:42:44 | More by bradybeer
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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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Px2GrafX

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A- Easy two fingers of tan head off of the moderate pour, deep brown color ... nearly black.

S- Charcoal, iced espresso, burnt sugar ... faint blackberry.

T- Rich burnt malt character, just enough to pucker the tasted buds but not even close to being astringent. Faint charred wood, earthy with a balanced hop among the mild sweetness of the malt. Dark chocolate cover espresso beans come to mind.

M- Exceptionally smooth, perhaps the smoothest porter I have ever had.

D- Lighter in alcohol than most, very flavorful ... put those two together and you get a very drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2005 01:28:49 | More by Jason
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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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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
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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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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

beer entered the glass as a depp brown almost opaque color with a moderate tan head that fell to a slight ring. Smell is a tantalizing mixture of chocolate, roasted grains, and an exuberance of coffee. Very nice. Taste is roated coffee with a background bitterness. Mouthfeel slowly grows to tangy dryness that continues to improve as you delay the next sip. A very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 23:55:36 | More by tgbljb
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Stimack

New York

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours to what I would call a extremely dark brown color hedging on black with an adequate dark tan head that broke down somewhat quickly but left a nice amount of lacing through out. The aromas that I notice first are roasted/burnt malts that seem to lead to an earthiness smell mixed with a sweet like scent. I am also able to pick up some chocolate like aromas mixed with a nutty scent; over all this is a very pleasant smelling brew. Has a pronounced roasted malt flavor that highlights coffee along with chocolate tastes. Finishes with a slight sweet flavor that seems like it would be expected based on the overall flavors of the brew. Hard to pick up hops but am able to notice a slight bitter taste but it is far in the background. Over all this is a fantastic brew, very happy to uncover it while in North Carolina! Will have to look for this one when I get home.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2005 00:20:36 | More by Stimack
Porter from St. George Brewing Company, The
90 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.