Porter - St. George Brewing Company, The

Not Rated.
PorterPorter

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

199 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 199
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 22
Gots: 12 | 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:
Beer added by: Murph on 07-18-2002

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (17) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Porter Alström Bros
Ratings: 199 | Reviews: 144
Photo of Retsinis
3.1/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

While I was on vacation visiting family in Woodbridge Virginia, I got a chance to go to a Total Wine in Springfield to pick up some local beers, or any that are distributed there that are not sent to California. Picked up one bottle of this as part of a make your own six pack.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Bruery tulip glass.

The beer pours a rich dark brown, almost black, but some light does break through. A light brown head rose about an inch, with slight lacing that lasted throughout.

The Aroma's are of light roasted malt, light chocolate, and of watered down coffee. A bit disappointing.

The flavors are stronger, but mirror the nose. Roasted malts, light chocolate notes, a dash of hops, and coffee. Not nearly as flavorful as other porters I've had, guess I've been spoiled and didn't know it.

The mouth feel was medium to light, slightly creamy and a bit dry on the finish.

An easy drinker of a beer, low ABV, but a boring beer for it's style. It lacked any brown sugar or toffee notes, and it's flavors were pretty muted. Maybe I got an old bottle. It's not distributed in my area, so not sure when I will get a chance to try it again. For now it was fore getable.

Photo of sholland119
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Blind Beer BIF, Round 4. Beer #2

A-Pours a ruddy dark brown with a quickly dissipating mocha head that settles nicely into a pool.

S-Bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee in about equal measure.

T-Quite bitter in the front with heavy roastiness. The bitterness really crowds out anything other flavors that may be lurking here and lasts all the way through.

M-Medium bodied with slightly prickly carbonation, maybe a bit thin.

D-Interesting but I would probably not seek this one out.

Photo of cmula
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very small slight creamy head, dark in the glass like midnight, slight hint of red at top and bottom of glass

S - nice roasted malt scent, hint of chocolate.

T - tasted like a dark roasted malt, slight chocolate flavor

M - coats the mouth in velvet

D - very drinkable, wouldn't want to drink too many as I feel the enjoyment would be lost after a few.

Wonderful Porter, fantastic after taste.

Photo of snaotheus
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours porterish -- dark, basically black, with a light beige head. Opaque with no carbonation that I can observe. Smell is sweet and woody, smokey.

Taste is not as sweet as I expected...it's a little mild, a little chocolatey, a little coffee, fairly dry (not too sweet, which is usually the biggest drawback for porters for me). It's quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is dry and a little bit grainy (not unpleasant), thick and fluffy feeling. Very drinkable porter.

Photo of GeoJ
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm no stranger to stouts, but I must admit this is my first tasting of a porter - I'll be sure to try more of the highly rated brands after this one.

12oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass. Almost black, no light getting through, 1-finger head that quickly settled down.

Aroma is wonderful, malt and slightly burnt coffee.

First sip was a revelation - I WILL be enjoying many more porters in the future. Dark chocolate, espresso, malt, very pleasant and not overpowering bitterness that settles into a mild sweetness on the tongue. So many different tastes at the same time - complex, indeed!

Very smooth mouthfeel, just enough carbonation. Goes down extremely easy. Very nice aftertaste. I can see this being a dessert beer.

Absolutely delicious brew that brought a smile to my face and warmed my belly just right.

Exceptional!

Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the No-Frills Grill in Virginia Beach. Served in an ice cold beer mug with little head (tan colored covering of the glass) and little lacing. Great dark color with hardly any light coming through.

Smell was mild coffee and chocolate.

Taste good. Mostly coffee and milk chocolate over a nice toasted malt background.

Mouthfeel is among the best features!!! Silky smooth with no bitterness or chalky or metallic aftertaste. Plenty rich as well.

Drinkability is very good as well. Rich and smooth, good flavor and 5.00% abv. A worthy session beer.

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.

Photo of biglite351
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - extremely tall tan head. Good bit of red around the edges.

S - very light roasted malt scent. Would have been great were it stronger.

T - tastes like a heath bar to a point. Roasted malts, chocolate, toffee.

M - good coating, tingle on front and sides of tongue.

D - I could drink a number of these before wanting less sweet.

Photo of drperm
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle enjoyed on 4 Sept 2010

Appearance in dark, almost solid black. A thin dark-tan tiara of foam rests atop.

On the nose, I'm offered elements of malty treacle, molasses, wheat toast, pecan pie filling, vanilla, cocoa, and coffee.

Tasting yields toasty bitterness with some chocolate-coffee bitterness to follow, chased by the perfect amount of malty sweetness to strike a balance. Much drier than the nose would suggest. A lovely floral-grassy finish appears whilst still maintaining an enjoyable roasted character.

On the palate, I was afraid it would be too watery, but I was happily proven wrong. A perfect amount of juiciness makes this wonderfully thirst-quenching.

Overall, very nice indeed. It does border on being almost too bitter, but manages to maintain its integrity and balance. For my tastes, it's ever so slightly coffee-centric, which would make it difficult to sustain as a session brew, but my single 12 oz was thoroughly enjoyable.

Photo of Beejay
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown pour, but black in the glass. A nice full tan head on top.

S: Some nice roasted malts, and a dusty grain scent. Something sweet in the back, and possible a little wood scent.

T: Nice roasty flavor, there is a little bit of a sweet kick in the back, possibly lacto? Nice but overall not amazing.

M: Medium bodied, with a good bit of carbonation.

D: Nice, but overall not very memorable. Clean finish and very nice over all. This is clearly well made but does not stand out above the rest.

Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the Dragon Pack sampler the bottle pours a deep brown body that is not quite opaque when held to light. Some spotty lace is left on the glass. Aroma has milk chocolate, a hint of coffee, earthy and fruity hops, and a note of molasses. Medium body and carbonation. Taste is mostly caramel and milk chocolate with an earthy hop bitterness that balances well. Hints of molasses and toffee underneath. Just a hint of dark roasty malt bitterness. A good, but not stellar, porter.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of MadTown1000
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours what appears to be black, looks a very dark nut brown on closer inspection, and turns out to be a very deep ruby red when held up to light. About an inch and a half of foam in a pint glass quickly recedes to about half an inch, and then stays there a while, leaving little visible lace.

Smell is dominated by molasses, almost sickly sweet. Taste, however, is just about right for a Porter - the molasses is still there, but is cut by some hop bitterness and more present roasted grain. It's dark, it's thick, it's heavy, and it's tasty.

I can't fully get over the molasses thing - it's just a little too syrupy, which diminishes its pleasantness to some degree. But all told, a very solid porter.

Photo of grub
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

found at the back of the fridge. i think biegaman brought this one over ages ago. thanks jan!

12oz bottle. sampled sept 20/09.

pours deep dark brown, not quite black or opaque. it shows a bit of reddish highlighting around the thinnest part of the glass. a small very fine light brown head forms, dropping quickly and leaving spotty lace.

aroma is good. dark and milk chocolate. coffee. whole wheat bread. bit of alcohol. caramel and a bit of toffee. light fruity character.

taste is nice. milk chocolate. bit of dark chocolate. light coffee. caramel. just a touch of sweetness. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. touch of biscuit. light sweetness, but it comes across mostly as chocolate and caramel and never gets anywhere near cloying. bit earthy.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. just under medium carbonation.

drinkability is good. alcohol is hidden pretty well. a solid english porter. good stuff.

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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of rye726
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut color with a nice tan head. Nose has roasty malts, molasses, cocoa, caramel and coffee. Taste has burnt malts, dark fruits, chocolate and espresso. Medium body is a bit thin, so is the carbonation. Good beer to wash down some fish and chips.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my buddy chaz over on realbeer for this. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my nonic pint glass. Appears a translucent deep chestnut color with about two fingers of ecru foam. I'm getting aromas of rich roasted grains, bittersweet chocolate, chocolate bread (grab a loaf from Wegmans), grassy bitter hops. Bordering full bodied for it's style and amply carbonated. Smooth, creamy and undeniably drinkable. A great porter.

Photo of Clydesdale
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Not-quite opaque dark brown, with some red around the edges. The light brown head is tall, creamy, and frothy, with very nice retention and lacing.

S: Heavy doses of roasted malt and chocolate. A slight leafy hop twang from what I can tell. Simple, but fairly robust.

T: As the nose suggests, roasted malt and dark chocolate are most prominent. A bit of a burnt or caramelized flavor is also present. Hints of charcoal and coffee are definitely noticeable. The hops start mild but consistently build into a leafy, perhaps piney bitterness. Something else is at work here as well - I'll call it vanilla even though that doesn't seem like a perfect fit.

M: Standard medium-full body. Carbonation is light, giving a somewhat creamy feel. A considerable dryness into the finish. It could stand to be a little thicker or chewier, but it's not bad at all.

D: A very nice offering. Chock full of roasted, chocolaty porter goodness. I'll be looking into more beers from St. George in the future.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark reddish brown, thick medium tan with orange tinge foam head, good retention, good lacing.

S = Hints of cocoa powder, fresh sawdust.

T = Cocoa powder, fresh whole wheat bread, mostly bitter finish.

M = Medium body, fair mouthcoating, foamy feel.

D = Goes down easily, a nice simple standard porter. It would be easy to drink a few of these while talking with friends.

Photo of Jwale73
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Poured two shades shy of black with ruby highlights around the edges and when backlit. Half inch tan-colored head dissipated into a star-shaped skim within seconds. Some lacing, but weak adhesion. Nose reveals cocoa and toffee. Taste indicates, cocoa, coffee and a roasted character, as well as a slightly metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel was between light-and medium-bodied and effervescent; a little too much carbonation for my liking. All and all, a decent and flavorful porter, but there are better examples of the style out there.

Photo of clayrock81
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown body with a mountainous head that left voluminous lacing. A mix of sweet malts that are more complex than me just saying cocoa or caramel (or gum, cotton candy or sugar) w/ some roasted and burnt malts as well. Medium-body, very smooth and creamy as the chocolate and other sweet malts dance all over the tongue but are kept in check with a drying sensation from the roasted and burnt malts. Finishes clean and dry, a perfect counterpoint to the beer's overall sweetness. A solid porter.

Photo of erosier
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a deep brown, almost black color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass nicely all the way down.
S: Smells of roasted barley, hints of black malt, some fruit in the aroma, and then a nice hoppy finish to the aroma.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted barley, hints of burnt black malt, then a slightly fruity/floral hoppiness at the end of the taste.
M: Sweet and slightly burnt, really nice amount of carbonation, and a nice amount of alcohol.
D: Very drinkable English style porter, I really enjoyed this.

Photo of soupermirl
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very nice color, brownish red and dark. Just a hint of hops for most porters. This beer was very solid. Scent had just a slight yeast smell. and the taste was good, more malty than hops. A very good solid beer and great to have a drink with the buds.

Photo of likethetaste
4.82/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this with a variety 6 pack from the brewery at Farm Fresh.
This beer poured a wonderful black color. Had a head that did not last long and the lacing disappeared quickly. But the smell of this porter was wonderful. Chocolate coffee smell that was fantastic. The taste is nice with chocolate flavors that are not too sweet. Has a very clean finish. This is an exceptional beer and cannot believe that it has not rated higher. Great beer that I will buy again and again.

Would buy again

Porter from St. George Brewing Company, The
90 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.