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Porter - St. George Brewing Company, The

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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 21
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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St. George Brewing Company, The visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Riverwarrior

Texas

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

This was my first offering from the St. George Brewing Company...and it will not be my last.

This porter had a very nice chocolate malt smell that came through nicely in the taste. It had nice carbonation and there was some hop bitterness in the finish that balanced it perfectly. The bitterness quickly faded leaving a nice chocolate bread taste.

Overall, this was one very smooth and drinkable porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 13:06:37 | More by Riverwarrior
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PhageLab

Virginia

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

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Opaque black brew that produced a two tip head that stuck around for a while. Nice lacing. Good overall presentation.

S - Chocalate malts mostly but there is something a bit acrid that caused a hit here.

T - Very robust chocolate malt profile. Pretty sweet and a bit dry initially, but the finish has a perfect blend of tart and bitterness that balances this beer almost perfectly. Incredible.

M - Medium body, great carbonation level, slightly sticky.

D - Pretty good, this is easily an "anytime" porter, which is hard to find for me. Usually I have to be in the right mood for a porter, but this just sits so well I could see this being a regular for me. Very tasty and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 17:22:35 | More by PhageLab
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csmiley

Ohio

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

A - Dark, coffee like color. Got at least an inch of head that was gone pretty quick. Lacing was minimal.

S - Nice toasted scents are first on the nose. Those are backed up by coffee and alcohol. There is also a hint of honey. Not bad at all.

T - Slight burnt coffee flavor accompanies the alcohol and roasted malt. The honey just fades away in the flavor. Really packs in alot of flavor for a 5% abv English porter.

M - Gets a rating of medium bodied. Carbonation was good.

D - This was a flavorful beer that went down smooth and easy. I would have to give this one a thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 02:32:42 | More by csmiley
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 12:47:56 | More by Slatetank
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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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ElGeordie

Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An excellent example of what a porter should be.
Good head great colo(u)r and flavo(u)rs to die for.
St George Brewing Co. have really done their homework and produced an authentic British style porter. Reminds me so much of my favourite beer: Youngers No.3 (RIP)
Tasty but not overpowering, complex but not confusing. A great beer that you can drink for a full sesh.
I bought a sixtel direct from the brewery and I'm going to get another very soon !

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2007 19:10:14 | More by ElGeordie
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phisig137

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour yields a deep black body and a 3 finger head with great retention. Huge amounts of delicate lace and a thick foam cap are left in the glass. Lace lasts all the way to the bottom. Nice.

Aroma is quite well rounded. Roasted and toasted malts are there in abundance, leading to great coffee and biscuit aromas. Dark fruits soaked in dark rum are present, as well as a healthy dose of molasses. Almost smells like an imperial stout.

Flavor is much drier than expected, yet also well rounded. The coffee aroma turns to a more chocolaty flavor, with a lot of fruit background, particularly plums. Nice lingering hop flavor on the slightly bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel, although a bit thin. Drinkability is great.

Good all around, but just a tad watery in the middle. Perhaps just a touch more crystal malt would help boost the body. Overall very good though. It's always nice to see a brewery sticking with old world tradition, doing it well, and not making everything extreme. Well done St. George!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 00:15:54 | More by phisig137
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snowranger05

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This might be one of the best porters I've had in quite a while. It was last night, and I'd driven 12 hours from NH to my brother's in Virginia before being welcomed in with this fine brew. Anyhow, it's got a great flavor and mouthfeel. The flavor comes across as smooth and chocolately, along with some notes of roasted barley. There's a wonderful silky texture on the tongue. I didn't pour it into a glass, so I didn't get the full aroma or appearance, but nothing about this beer tells me I wouldn't want to have it again! I'd definitely recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 21:12:43 | More by snowranger05
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JamesS

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice porter! It has an excellent, dark coloring; very deep and robust aroma; it goes down very smooth; a very rich, smooth, mellow, and chocolatey flavor. I would recommend trying this. I wish I would have bought a six-pack of this, as well as the sampler pack when I was at the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2007 00:47:10 | More by JamesS
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with very little light getting through the glass. Slight tan edge layer around the glass. NOthing spectacular, but dead on in style.

Dark brown sugar aroma with a roasty maltiness. Some chocolate comes through as well. Most of the nose is the roast aroma, but honestly could be a bit more aromatic.

At first, i get the sense of black licorice at first, but it quickly turns to a brown sugar flavor with some roasty burnt chocolate. The finish is quite roasty still with a nice hop bitterness coming through to balance the sweetness. Very nice!

Average body for a porter. Prickly carbonation hits the tip of my tongue then gets smooth and even a bit dry on the finish. Nice.

One of the more pleasant porters I've had in recent memory. Nice flavor with nice body. No complaints here, and maybe the best of the offerings from St. George's that I've been able to try.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 01:06:56 | More by Fish113d
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 13:39:14 | More by BuckeyeNation
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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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atsprings

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark opaque black with a frothy off-white head that lasts and leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is of dark malts. The taste is of dark malts with some bitter dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, almost like a milk stout minus the roastiness. This would make for an excellent winter session beer, but is also enjoyable on a hot spring night. Likely the best beer St. George makes.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 05:19:37 | More by atsprings
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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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Flashy

Vermont

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

Appearance: Pours dark brown, almost light black(?).

Aroma: Strong malt with some chocolate. Smells like a strong alcohol porter, but it's not there in the taste (or in the beer). Get's me.

Taste: Like everyone else says, chocolate and malt with a nice bite in the end like the Baltic Porters.

Mouthfeel: Nice mouthfeel, silky they way it should be.

Drinkability: One of the best American Porters I've had, could be a bit more complex but I love this stuff.

[ serving type: bottle ]

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 20:16:54 | More by Flashy
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2007 04:16:59 | More by russpowell
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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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hopsaplenty

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle, no date information.

Solid cordovan tinged brown. Steady and short walnut hull cap that leaves a single ringlet of lace after it eventually vanished. Rich chocolate, molasses, light smoky coffee, and gentle English hop aromas waft enticingly from the glass. Opening with some chocolatey malt and a soft mouthfeel, the finish is slightly chalky, and English hop accented (Fuggles perhaps). There is a pleasing roasted note that also comes up in the finish. The soft hops infuse themselves into the roasted chocolate body. There is also just a touch of complimentary sour fruitiness. Medium-light body with fine carbonation, this finishes on the dry side. A nice representation of an English porter, and a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 14:45:04 | More by hopsaplenty
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
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%

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2007 00:03:34 | More by jdhilt
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arguemaniac

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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…

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2007 00:26:54 | More by arguemaniac
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Phocion

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 03:50:28 | More by Phocion
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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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bjohnson

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 02:28:56 | More by bjohnson
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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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phishgator

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2006 12:55:37 | More by phishgator
Porter from St. George Brewing Company, The
90 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.