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Porter - St. George Brewing Company, The

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

191 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.48%
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 brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +8%
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

brentk56, Sep 10, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black cherries dipped in chocolate. I love the fiery, ember-like edges where beer meets glass. The golden beige cap is all sorts of attractive. It's thickly creamy, persistent and is a lace generator of the highest order. I like my porters to look more like stouts (as this one does) than brown ales.

The nose is chock full of chocolate. I doubt it, but it almost smells like real chocolate was added rather than just chocolate malt. There's a generous shot of roasted barley as well. If there's a 'rich malt base', as the brewery claims is present in all their beer, we're in business.

St. George Porter is a well-brewed porter, no doubt about it. The flavor profile matches the appearance and the aroma in that it's dark and rich (for the style). I've had quite a few stouts that weren't this bold and full of flavor. Thankfully, hops have not been forgotten.

Bittersweet chocolate and black coffee saturate the taste buds with every large gulp. Very close to being equally as prominent is a tantalizing hoppiness that favors spruce and citrus fruit, although I won't attempt to guess specific varieties. It's a nice balancing act if you're a hophead and is arguably unbalanced if you aren't.

While the mouthfeel is perfectly fine for a porter, that doesn't stop me from wishing for more chewiness. I detect a hint (okay, maybe a suggestion) of viscosity as the beer warms, but it would be so much better if it was bigger.

Porter is my first foray into the world of St. George beer. I'm impressed. I like the fact that it favors the more substantial end of the style spectrum. All those hops don't hurt either. Jolly good show.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another night of epic tastings before i have to take a forced long break. i decided to go with six more new beers last night and had a really fun time with them. served in pint glass and consumed on 11/05/2010.

what a great pour here with a thick dark brown color and a nice light head of tan that reached a height of around two inches before settling down nicely into a pillow with thorough lacing around the sides of the glass.

aroma is nice roasted malts, hints of nice cocoa, brown sugar, touch of smoked and a nice earthy and well rounded touch of sweet vanilla in the finish. smooth, really well done taste and flavor as the malts really become very sweet and a really well defined vanilla touch comes through. nice and viscous but not terribly filling a good session porter.

overall very solid and a nice treat in the end.

mikesgroove, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of oberon
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's been awhile since I had a brew from this brewery and man was it nice to try this one!Pours a deep brown with some ruby tints thru out with an of white head that was pretty thick for the style.A great aroma of fruit dark chocolates and earth very rich in aroma,Taste is buttery and fruity with some unswetend chocolate and great earthiness in the finish.An almost perfect porter big flavors easy to drink,awesome.

oberon, Jun 05, 2004
Photo of largadeer
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mocha colored, largely opaque with some clearish amber highlights. A nice frothy head forms and retains for the first half of the glass, leaving a nice bit of lace as it falls.

Smell: Roasted malt, cream, chocolate, a bit on the sweet side for a porter.

Taste/mouthfeel: More sweet and chocolatey than bitter, though a bit signature roasted malt flavor is present. Some nice milky flavors in the middle, followed by a bit of nougat. Light/medium in body. Moderate dryness in the finish with just a hint of bittering hops.

Notes: Really nice stuff, quite mild and sessionable.

largadeer, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

TMoney2591, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its extremely deep chestnut body appears almost black on the bar, and it reveals brilliant ruby highlights when held to the light. The creamy tan head drops slowly to a wide collar, and it leaves some very nice lace throughout most of the glass. The nose displays deeply kilned malts with a roasted edge and a deeply caramelized, almost burnt-sugar side; as well as some rich nuttiness that includes pistachio. The body is medium and it's gently crisp across the palate with a fine, moderate carbonation that softens as it warms. The flavor is slightly richer than the aroma indicates, but the character remains the same with the addition of a solid bitterness that takes the whole thing just a little bit further. A faint fruitiness appears upfront, coat-tailed by a rich nuttiness that's immediately jumped on by bitterness (think peanut skins). The caramelized sugars become apparent as it warms (caramel, molasses, burnt sugar); and its coffee-like roastiness develops towards the finish. Dark caramelized sugars, nuts, a touch of baker's chocolate, and bitterness linger in the aftertaste. Quite rich and enjoyable but without being heavy or cloying. Certainly worth trying!

NeroFiddled, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Jason, Aug 02, 2005
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours very dark for a porter this beer is comparable to the colore of Perkuno's from Heavyweight, and after a slow steady pour about an inch of tan creamy head forms on top of the body. Trickled lacing kicks this beer up another notch on the food chain and the aroma this beer has to offer is full of milk chocolate, coffe tones created from the dark roasts used in this brew. This is just a textbook porter, one that I would love to attempt to brew at home because the taste is just heavenly. Light carbonation carries this rich robust porter with silky chocolate tones and a espresso finish this beer may be one of the better porters I have tasted for all around drinkability. I would buy a sixer of this stuff in a heart beat medium body not heavy just incredibly drinkable, a go to brew wish I lived near the brewery so I could frequent this beer and even have a sample on tap.

WVbeergeek, Jul 29, 2003
Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Well's Discount Liquors in Baltimore, MD.
Poured from a cool brown 12oz into a Guinness Nonic.

A - Deep brown, almost black w/ garnet highlights w/ a slow cascade of tan that measures 2.5 fingers. The head is frothy and sinks quickly making a film of lace.

S - Malty crisp, milkball w/ cream and vanilla on top of a bed of dark roast coffee w/ a light sweet hop note.

M - Roasted coffee w/ a hint of smoke and moderate carbonation. The feel has a sweet smooth quality that ends slightly dry.

T - A rich creamy caramel malt w/ coffee and toasted notes. Roasted barley w/ a touch of sweet vanilla. The herbal hop flavor complements the cocoa-like sweet quality of this porter. It has the right combination of Dry and sweet, Malted and roasty.

D - I could drink these often, I found this to be very drinkable, a quaffer at only 5%, yet full of flavor and many tasty textures. The ale is missing the overroasted chalkiness that is common in some porters.

Slatetank, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with 1" of tan colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Faint roasted malt

T: Chocolate, roasted malt, & a touch of iron as this warms. Finishes with rich chocolate & roasted grains

MF: Slick, well-balanced with pretty good carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, a real straight-forward English Porter

russpowell, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown color, with reddish edges, and a thick, solid, brownish head that lasts and lasts.
Aroma: rich and chocolatey, a little coffeeish, beautiful, dark, roasty, perfect.
Taste: smooth, but slightly bittersweet on the tongue. Ably fits the perfect flavor profile for a porter, bitter, rich , tasty, full-bodied, marvelous mouthfeel, never-ending finish, this is truly a porter done right!

Thanks to DrewS. for the sample!

feloniousmonk, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of mactrail
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich, deep flavored, chocolatey brew.

Typical stout color in the 10 oz glass, black with a sunburn around the edges. Nice roast malt nose with grainy flavors. Bare touch of sweetness, but enough to offset the burnt malt. Seems richer and less sharp than many stouts. For a 5.0% beer it's a flavor powerhouse.

Very drinkable, great dark roasted malt, and avoids the sour taste of more austere versions. Enjoyed at Capital Ale House in downtown Fredericksburg, VA.

mactrail, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +8%
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.

Gavage, Aug 11, 2005
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.45/5  rDev -14%
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 Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, picked while on vacation on the Delmarva peninsula. Poured chocolaty brown, a hard pour raised only a 1/2 inch dark tan head.Didnt stay long settling into a film, left minimal lacing.Faint Coffee in the nose. Medium bodied, cool and crisp. Coffee,Chocolate, with a bit of caramel and molasas notes. Soft carbonation, adds up to a nice mouthfeel. Sweetness becomes more evident after a few sips.finishes dry with a nice almond and bittersweet chocolate flourish. Respectable porter. Not flashy but worth a try.

Billolick, Jul 07, 2004
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 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 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 BillRoth
4/5  rDev -0.2%

BillRoth, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -0.2%

brandoman63, Nov 20, 2011
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 Viggo
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to biegaman for this one.

Pours an opaque dark brown, black almost, medium sized tan head forms, quickly settles down to a thick ring around the glass, with a thin layer, some lace spots stick to the glass. Smell is nice, malt balls, very roasty, chocolate, dark fruit, lightly milky, toffee, raisin, very bready and earthy, a bit musty, vanilla, very malty, pretty nice aroma. Taste is similar, very dry and bready, chocolate wafers, coffee grounds, malt balls, chocolate milk, dark fruit, biscuits, graham crackers, very dry and roasty in the finish, but a light fruit/raisin character lingers a bit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, very dry and roasty finish, quite nice.

Viggo, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of Bighuge
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This dark ruby of a beer throws out a fair sized creamy brown head. Within a minute, a thin coating is all that remains. The aroma is of smok, meat, chocolate and burnt malt. The flavor profile pulls me in gradually. A nice backdrop of burnt malt and bitter hop flavor. The chocolate malt, smoke and roasted tones play some prominent roles. The bitterness is what I like the most about this porter. It's not shy at all in that category. The mouthfeel is nice, but not quite as velvety smooth as I prefer in porters. Body seems just a tad light as well. Mabye pushing medium at best.

Disregarding the minor nitpicking at the end of my review, this is a pretty solid porter.

Gotta thank the Shit for bringing me one from his trip out East.

Bighuge, Mar 27, 2003
Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Rhettroactive, Dec 09, 2011
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Porter from St. George Brewing Company, The
90 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.