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Porter - St. George Brewing Company, The

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90
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144 Reviews
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Reviews: 144
Hads: 200
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 7.2%
Wants: 23
Gots: 12 | 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

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Beer added by: Murph on 07-18-2002

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Photo of rye726
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (263 characters)

Photo of sholland119
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Buffalo Wild Wings in Harborview 10/9
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours an opaque dark brown, just the slightest hint of lighter brown edges when held to the light. A one finger of foamy, light brown head that leaves sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is roasted and toasted malts, minor caramel notes.

T: Taste starts with a lot of toffee in the forefront. Some caramel also comes through. Bready notes and roasted malts fill the middle. Finish has a touch of milk chocolate to it.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp and clean body.

O: Goes down easy, relatively tasty, not filling, minor kick, ok representation of style. This isn't a blow your mind porter, but it's worth sitting with for a while. (741 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Mampton, VA 5.0 % ABV British styled ales. Ing: Water, malted barley, hops and yeast. Medieval motif shield label. 12 FLVID OUnCES.

Opaque black with ahogany eggplant skin purple glints escape through the bottle bottom under rather dark khaki coffee ‘n cream hued uneven craggy head.

Butterscotch malt head. Some vanilla but buried. Woody. Beef jerky worchestershire sauce, so much so that my kitchen got an untimely visit and yup, that’s it! Cocoa.

First Swigs: Powder dry but refreshing. Fine bakers chocolate and chocolate ice cream. Malts are burnt, toasted and espresso. This is a cough inducing dry. [Did someone just blow dust off of an antique painting?] Someone left the malts in the oven a hair too long to my liking. Nutty fine grain sharpnes.

Plenty of foamy roasted cushion. Burnt flavor and feel. A bit chalky in the dregs.

Last Swigs: Burnt malts and espresso. Now for the most esoteric comparison ever used for a review. Ever eat snow? That is what this tastes like. When I was a kid, my friend’s father let us try some dehydronated chocolate candy from the military. Saliva moisture brought the flavor out. That is what this tastes like. Reminds me an awful lot of Young’s 2X chocolate. Thanks to fellow BA Shapudding for the bottle. Goes to show ya that you can’t judge a book by its cover or a beer by its simple plain cap. Up there with local legend Yuengling Porter.

Beer is good. Happy porter beering. (1,478 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black, with mahogany translucent edging and a half inch head of beige. Retention is short lived and a placid surface quickly developes with zero lacework.

Aromatics lead off with dark chocolate, roasted malt, espresso, and char.
Hints of fudge, caramel, and brownie batter follow through.

Medium bodied, crisp and a bit chewy. A bit on the low side of medium carbonation.

Roasted malt, coffee beans, and bakers chocolate start the pallet. Embers and dry cocoa give a nod, followed by a bit of caramel.

Finishes with a drying bitterness, mildly tannic char, and fading chocolate.

A very nice Porter on the robust side of the tracks. It gets slightly thinner as the glass goes, and some additional carbonation would be good.

Big ups to BA EriktheRed for a pretty sweet bonus brew! (798 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Almost completely opaque black except for some highlights at the bottom of the glass. A tin tan head slowly settles to a thin rim along the glass. Stringy lacing along the glass.

Light roasty grains with some sweet creamy cocoa in the aroma. Reminds me of what my mom used to make.

Roasty grains again with a little bit of coffee and chocolate. Full bodied with good carbonation. Very little hop bitterness. The chocolate flavors linger for a while after each sip.

St. George brewing company seems to be more geared toward making English style Ales, this particular beer being an English Porter. I like it. It's malty without trying to reinvent the style with dry hopping. Slightly complex with some good cocoa flavors, very enjoyable. Recommended. (782 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful chocolate black color with average head, tan in color and good sticky lacing. Aroma is malt forward with a hint of chocolate elements. Taste is rich in chocolate and coffee, nice balance between the two. Mouthfeel is excellent, chewy, chocolatey with the right amount of carbonation..One of the better beers I have had from this brewery ! (348 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely deep brown/black with a lightly foamy, coffee-colored head. Minimal lacing. Aroma of deep roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. Palate is rich with more dark malt, chocolate, molasses, and mocha. Finishes dry with a sweet mocha aftertaste. My girlfriend says it tastes like coffee and fish (2.0), but I disagree. I likes it. (343 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Almost black, with just the littlest bit of light breaking through the brew. About a finger tall head, light brown, pretty sticky.

S: Nice, roasted malt, some deep coffee aromas, light coffee.

T + M + D: Roast malts, a nice and modest coffee + chocolate profile. A dash of hops for balance, just right for the style. This is a particularly clean and smooth porter: refreshing, flavourful, clean, and smooth. This was very nice during a tasting, and even better from a full bottle to get the total experience. Quite nice, and a recommended try. (550 characters)

Photo of asabreed
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (941 characters)

Photo of mmmbeer
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
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! (583 characters)

Photo of erosier
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (991 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty, refreshing, and surprisingly light porter. I highly recommend.

Pours a rich black with a slight off-color head and medium lacing.

The aroma is powerful, with the rich bready, sweet and chocolatey character a good English porter should have. The flavor is sweet and bready, with raisins and chocolate throughout. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light, with a pleasant bite of carbonation on the back of the tongue.

This is a highly drinkable porter - light enough to enjoy in hot weather and heavy enough for cold weather sipping. The low alcohol content makes it one of those increasingly rare beers in this world of viscous Baltic Porters and Russian Imperial Stouts - a light, refreshing dark session beer. (726 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body is a dark brown color with a small tan head on top. Scattered lacing was left around the glass as this was consumed. Roasty malts and dark chocolate fill the nose of this. There are mild hints of ripe dark fruits in the background as well as notes of caramel and coffee. Flavor starts out with a big roasted malt kick before leading into a bitter sweet dark chocolate. Very deep roasted flavors all through the taste leading into the lingering chocolate roasted malt after taste. Body is medium with a nice creamy smooth feel to it. Great drinkability as this is very smooth to go down. This is one beer I should make my session beer a bit more often. Great solid example of the style. (694 characters)

Photo of bjohnson
4/5  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. (872 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. No dates to be found anywhere on the bottle.

Appearance: Vigorous pour gave a dark black beer (hints of cola brown at the edges when held up to the light) with a 1/4" tan head. This died down shortly after pouring to a thin skin across the top and a ring at the edges. Persistent strands of lacing.

Smell: With a swirl - big hit of tasty orange citrus with a hint of fresh-cut grass, but this dies down to give nothing in the way of smell. I mean it - I literally smell nothing after the swirl. Very weird. I finally got a hint of something else (roasted malts) after I let it warm all the way too room temp, but even then it was still incredibly faint - but the orange citrus came back up with a swirl of the beer.

Taste: Burnt (with a hint of smoke) malts with roasted black coffee bitterness. Hints of that orange citrus at the end in the finish. Simple in its flavor, but just right for an English porter. In fact....I think it could switch hit for an American porter as well. Some of that citrus hop comes out more once its fully warmed up.

Mouthfeel: Quick carbonation on the tongue, and I know I'm saying this due to the strong coffee flavor, but it feels like a cup of cold coffee, even with the cling on the teeth. It's exactly what it reminds me of, minus the carbonation of course. With the taste, the mouthfeel pairs quite well.

Overall / Drinkability: Despite the singularity of coffee-like bitterness in this one, I rather like it, but then I also like my coffee black so I think that has something to do with it. I can drink this by itself, and I think it would go really well with beef or pork. Not really a sipper, and indeed, it went rather fast - but - I think it becomes better once fully warmed up and a mix of American and English porter styles comes out. Other than the lack of smell - a good beer. (1,874 characters)

Photo of Morris729
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brownish ruby color with a short tan head that fades into a tight lace. Nose is sweet and chocolaty and is quite reminiscent of chocolate covered raisins. Medium to full in body and smooth and creamy in texture. Taste starts of with notes of sweet roasted malts and dark fruit followed by a dry and earthy nuttiness that gives way to notes of bitter-sweet chocolate and espresso. This is one fine porter that I’d happily recommend to anyone. Thanks to Loki for the sample! (491 characters)

Photo of Stimack
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours to what I would call a extremely dark brown color hedging on black with an adequate dark tan head that broke down somewhat quickly but left a nice amount of lacing through out. The aromas that I notice first are roasted/burnt malts that seem to lead to an earthiness smell mixed with a sweet like scent. I am also able to pick up some chocolate like aromas mixed with a nutty scent; over all this is a very pleasant smelling brew. Has a pronounced roasted malt flavor that highlights coffee along with chocolate tastes. Finishes with a slight sweet flavor that seems like it would be expected based on the overall flavors of the brew. Hard to pick up hops but am able to notice a slight bitter taste but it is far in the background. Over all this is a fantastic brew, very happy to uncover it while in North Carolina! Will have to look for this one when I get home. (881 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in flared glass

A: black 'n' tan; little head, but really good carbonation; decent lacing
S: sweet caramel; roasted grains
T: interesting dark roasted grain flavor; horehound; sweet; low hop profile; booze underplayed; mature and not overpowering

Overall, a good porter; esp. nice on a cooler evening. (318 characters)

Photo of Clydesdale
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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. (997 characters)

Porter from St. George Brewing Company, The
90 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.