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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 shapudding
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch chocolatey, root-beer dark... can't see through it. Bit of khaki head that was not much to begin with, then kept reducing down to only a dusting and then a tiny ring. Nice sherry, port, and chocolate scents. Good amount of carbination going on, but not too much. Just enough to foam up a bit in your mouth-but not enough to make it feel champagne-like. Tastes of roasted malts, black coffee, dark toast... nice. Goes down very well. Not too heavy, very drinkable for those of us that enjoy the porters and stouts. Enjoyed this as my first beer in Duck/Outer Banks!

shapudding, Oct 21, 2004
Photo of engagechad
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased in the Dragon Pack from World Market in Charlottesville, VA - tulip

Pours a deep dark black with a soapy, thin and quick falling head. Smells of licorice and molasses. Tastes vaguely of hop bite with some roasted malt flavors. Mouthfeel is thin and quite un-porter like in my opinion.

Overall it's a decent, quaffable porter however it is not at all what I look for in a porter and I will not buy again.

Hopefully the rest in the pack will be good.

engagechad, May 04, 2011
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 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.

drperm, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of discdueler
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

discdueler, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of TechTriumph
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 03/01/12:
No freshness date; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - One inch of light tan creamy head with nice retention; Very dark brown in color with a subtle ruby glow when held to the light; Some lacing left around the glass

S - Nice aroma with notes of floral hops, roasted coffee with cream, chocolate, and brown sugar

T - Decent amount of anise up front that mellows quite a bit as the beer warms; Rounding out the taste are roasty, earthy, charred, chocolate, and caramel flavors; Touch of bitterness in the back end of the taste; Aftertaste is pleasant with a bit of chocolate and roast; Taste becomes even better as the beer warms

M - Just below moderate carbonation that's prickly, but ultimately gives way to a nice, smooth mouthfeel; Just over medium bodied

O - This is just a good all around beer that doesn't disappoint in any category. The aroma has a nice blend of hops with coffee and chocolate malts, and the flavor is just as enjoyable and seems to improve as the beer warms. This porter is my favorite offering from St. George thus far, and is one that I'd definitely grab a six pack of in the future.

TechTriumph, Mar 05, 2012
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 TappaKeggaBrew
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown, the color of black-walnut. Even an aggressive pour only produced 1/2 a finger of head, but it was a nice cappuccino color, and left a nice lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet and toasty malt, with powerful coffee notes. The more I sniff, the more coffee dominates.

T: Sweet, and again with the coffee. Also toasty malt, and some bitter chocolate.

M: Moist, ample crisp carbonation. Goes down very easily.

O: An excellent porter. Although porters aren't my favourite style of beer, I can see myself reaching for another of these in the future.

TappaKeggaBrew, Dec 09, 2011
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 syntheticwings
4.25/5  rDev +6%

syntheticwings, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Rocketman2013
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Rocketman2013, Aug 16, 2014
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 DamienI
2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

DamienI, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of derricksmalls
4/5  rDev -0.2%

derricksmalls, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Rmbr2
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Rmbr2, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of fountainofyouth
2.68/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This one is infected, unfortunately. I can taste the underlying English porter flavors I want, but it's masked by sourness. The nose is similarly off, reminding me more of sour milk than dark ale. I'm willing to try another one at some point, but this was one I poured out.

fountainofyouth, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of rabidawg
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours absolutely perfectly. Near-black garnet body with a creamy, thick tan head. Lacing literally paints the inside of the glass. I can't think of a nicer looking porter.

Smell: Nice aromas of French-roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Slightly sweet with minimal hop aroma.

Taste: Creamy and full in the mouth. Limited sweetness, with nice sharp, acidic kilned malt bite after the swallow. Drying hops bitterness in the finish gives way to roasty charcoal. Gentle dark chocolate in the end. Very nice porter.

rabidawg, Jul 08, 2004
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 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
Photo of Scooter77
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’m so lucky that the Saint George brewery is just a hop, skip, and a jump down the road from me. This beer is always readily available. This exceptional brew pours a dark midnight black color with a tan, medium sized rocky head. The froth fades away slowly, leaving a sticky lace splattered on the glass. The aroma is rich with roasted malts, chocolate, and roasted nuts. Taste is full of roasted malts and coffee, with slightly nutty undertones. This is an extremely smooth and easy drinking beer. I highly recommend to anyone if you can get your hands on it.

Scooter77, Mar 26, 2003
Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 12 oz. bottle a very dark, cola-ish reddish brown with a large rocky beige head. Too dark to tell what kind of bubble action is occurring in the darkness. Aroma is of roasted, smoky malt. 1st sip brings to mind dark unsweetened chocolate and black coffee. Mouthfeel is on the light side. Overall, a tasty, refreshing Porter that I would not mind having again.

CJfromPhilly, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of Riverwarrior
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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.

Riverwarrior, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of JJStout83
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

JJStout83, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of byrd
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good foamy tan head on top of a clear dark brown beer with garnet highlights around the edges. Head has good retention and a little stickiness that holds onto the sides of the glass. The aroma has lots of roasted caramel malts and chocolate with a slight hint of hops. The start is smooth with a slight sweetness. Lots of roasted malts then pick up with just a touch of chocolate in the background. The finish is dry and bitter sweet with a hint of smoke flavor. Some slight bit of sweet malt comes back again in the aftertaste. Not much hop bitterness to this brew. The hops seem to be tied together with the roasted/burnt bitterness in the finish that make for a nicely balance brew. Carbonation is somewhat low and the mouthfeel is light to medium. Definitely a good porter, but there are others that I’ve enjoyed more. I’ll certainly buy this again at some point (especially since it’s a very local brew), but probably won’t stock my fridge with it.

byrd, Oct 23, 2003
Photo of jhu1995
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

jhu1995, May 12, 2007
Porter from St. George Brewing Company, The
89 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.