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Porter - St. George Brewing Company, The

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BA SCORE
89
very good

187 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 21
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of jdhilt
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
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%

jdhilt, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of arguemaniac
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this porter and I must say it lives up to the hype. A strong roasted grain character, with hints of burnt flavors, and a firm caramel malt sweetness balance each other nicely.

Basically, it has the richness and flavor of a stout but the smoothness of a porter. The assertive burnt bitterness isn’t too astringent and the malt sweetness isn’t to overbearing, and, to top it off, they blend well together. I can see why everyone has had good things to say about this porter…

arguemaniac, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of Phocion
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Phocion, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of gpcollen1
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

gpcollen1, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of bjohnson
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to JahNoth for allowing me to try this on a blistery New England early winter evening.

A: Pours a see yourself reflection jet black with a half finger caramel colored head. Slight retention on the walls of the glass.
S: Dark fruit and fig notes blend well with deep cocoa and burnt chocolate aromas. Almost smells like a RIS. Slight metallic notes also.
T/M: Slight chocolate and sweet caramel notes, but nothing like the aromas at all--very subdued. Smooth milk chocolate mouthfeel with a slightly bitter finish and bitter coffee bean aftertaste. Thin mouthfeel. Again the aromas trick you into thinking this one has more bang for it's buck than it really does. Gets more milk chocolately smooth as it warms.
D: A good porter, but a tad thin. The trickery of the aroma to taste doesn't sit well with me. Glad I got the chance to try this offering though.

bjohnson, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of FenwaySquid
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

FenwaySquid, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of phishgator
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. This is a deep mahoganey brew with a large foamy head. The head stays with the beer only dissipating after about five minutes. The beer is not transparent. The aroma is of toasted barley, coffee, and nutty. The taste is quite good. You can sense once the toasted barley, the hint of hops, almonds (or some other kind of nuts), and an astrigent taste of coffee. The body is medium and the coating of the mouth leaves a sticky film. It is a quite quaffable brew, but unfortunately with most porters I can't take much of the astringent flavor. If you like porters this is a must!

phishgator, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

JohnnyM2002, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

akorsak, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Metalmonk, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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!

Westsidethreat, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of DuqTroops
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

DuqTroops, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of jameaterblues
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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.

jameaterblues, May 31, 2006
Photo of MrHolland
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

MrHolland, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of amatuerbeerguy
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

amatuerbeerguy, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of asabreed
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

asabreed, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of wingnutter
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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.

wingnutter, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

ppoitras, Jan 19, 2006
Photo of Zorro
4.13/5  rDev +3%
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.

Zorro, Jan 04, 2006
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.

qcitydarkstar, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of mmmbeer
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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.

mmmbeer, Nov 22, 2005
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.

whartontallboy, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of bradybeer
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

bradybeer, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of Backer2004
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Backer2004, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of Px2GrafX
3.93/5  rDev -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.

Px2GrafX, Sep 02, 2005
Porter from St. George Brewing Company, The
89 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.