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Porter - St. George Brewing Company, The

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

180 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 21
Gots: 4 | 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.

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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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duff247

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

10-01-2013 02:23:46 | More by duff247
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cliff1066

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-11-2012 02:37:13 | More by cliff1066
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-25-2013 00:59:59 | More by Gatordaddy
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 15:21:53 | More by ClockworkOrange
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rye726

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 03:10:28 | More by rye726
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a full inch of light brown head that retains very well before eventually becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing slowly crawls down the glass.

S- Very chocolate-forward aroma with some coffee and nuttiness. There's also a small note of vanilla.

T- Standard porter flavor of subdued dark roast, some chocolate and a hint of metallic taste. Easy to drink as there's little alcohol to get in the way. Not bad, but not great. Minimal hop bitterness.

M- Once again, standard for a porter if not even a bit thin for the style. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Not sure why this has such a high BA score since it's pretty much like every other average porter I've had. The only thing that makes it stand out is the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 23:32:34 | More by Immortale25
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 21:15:01 | More by Jayli
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JayQue

Virginia

4.03/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2010 00:03:12 | More by JayQue
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2004 05:41:14 | More by blitheringidiot
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 03:17:04 | More by sholland119
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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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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev -1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 00:28:09 | More by brewandbbq
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BeerSox

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 00:46:00 | More by BeerSox
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

02-01-2012 02:28:08 | More by AndrewMichael
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a one finger mocha shade. Retention isn't very good, sadly, but at least it tries to leave some lacing on the glass. Not a lot, though.

S: There's a good chocolate note to the aroma, even more prevalent than a lot of (average) examples of the style. Beneath that is some subtle roast, brown sugar, coffee, and even a faint fruitiness. This has a really nice mocha-esque nose which I really enjoy. If the nose were a little more intense, the nose would be propelled to the stratosphere.

T: This does a good job of bringing the coffee-tinged roast typical of a good porter, but with the added bonus of a subtle yet prevalent chocolate flavor. To a lesser extent, there's a slight fruity tone near the finish. There's a strong mineral component to this beer - which some might mistake for metallic notes, but I don't. These brewers did a good job of giving this a load of chocolate flavor without the ridiculous sweetness (Choklat, I love you to death, but you're still a sugary fucker!)

M: Like most porters, it's thin. I won't go so far as to call it too thin, simply because it's only 5%. The carbonation is prickly and the finish is rather dry, and you know what that means. CHUG CITY. Wait, no, the chocolate flavors are too nice for me to chug this one.

O: I was surprised to see that this has a 90. After drinking it, let's just say I'm not. I'd even say it's top 10 among the style. This has great chocolate flavors, yet the roasted/hoppy bitterness balances it beautifully. A classic example of an under-the-radar gem.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 21:42:45 | More by ThisWangsChung
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avisong

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

05-08-2012 02:33:30 | More by avisong
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ElGordo

Oregon

4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2004 05:28:28 | More by ElGordo
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Proteus93

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 01:39:20 | More by Proteus93
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2005 03:02:59 | More by mmmbeer
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asabreed

New York

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 23:17:57 | More by asabreed
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Westsidethreat

California

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 05:20:10 | More by Westsidethreat
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rderedin

Maine

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

11-09-2013 19:38:27 | More by rderedin
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erosier

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 11:50:38 | More by erosier
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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
Porter from St. George Brewing Company, The
90 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.