Washington's Porter | AleWerks Brewing Company

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Washington's PorterWashington's Porter

Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.35%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bleedingshrimp on 11-06-2006

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.56/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours clear, dark brown with a bit of red in the light, 1/8-inch tan head. It's aroma is dark roasted malt with coffee and a hint of chocolate. The flavor is coffee with a fine bit of anise followed by a lasting coffee aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium. Williamsburg Alewerks Washingtons Porter is a strong cup of coffee with some alcohol. Not recommended.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Average looking for a porter. Very dark, mostly black with tinges of red and brown, with not a lot of head or lacing.

Smell is deep and darkly roasty, with a little coffee and chocolate.

Taste is smooth, deeply roasted, with coffee and chocolate accents.

Feel is very wet, relatively sweet, with low carbonation and medium body.

Drinks ok. Not my fav but not at all bad either.

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Photo of legalpete19340
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured dark brown with one finger head that dropped to a bit of bubbles slowly. Some lacing but nothing exceptional.

S: Huge fresh baked chocolate cake coming off this one. A bit of coffee but sweetness dominates. As it warms I get more and more roasted malt but nothing burnt. Now I get some "morning at the docks" scents...in a good way. Spice and salt.

T: Perfectly roasted malt gives way to brown sugar. Then waves of coffee, some cream, and ends with chocolate cake, chalkiness and a bit more bitterness.

M: Medium thick with a velvety texture.

O: This one impressed me. Again, a porter that wasnt overhopped. Thank you! Layers of flavor. A dream for chocolate and coffee lovers. I couldnt drink many of these because it seems so rich, but perfect for ending the night. A truly good porter.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I asked the guy behind the bar what this Aleworks one was, was it a Pale Ale, Wheat Ale? He then says... yah it's a wheat ale so I say ok (it didn't matter I just needed to identify it) I'll have one. And out comes this dark looking, roasty smelling beer. Yeah this is a wheat ale ... NOT... poured on tap into a silver tankard. Whatever..

Regardless of the serving item this was a nice off light brown and very creamy head. Real nice foamy and tight bubbles, sitting on a dark brown amber body. Good lacing even on the tankard. I would say more but I can't.

First smell is actually a root beer like smell. Faint malt and roast. Very nice actually.

Taste is like a milk stout and sweet, creamy root beer like. Hints of sharp cigarettes with a slight cola and coffee finish. A little wet bodied though, and a mish mash of milk stout like quality.

This pretty much screams porter but I have to say it's a good one, real easy drinking off the tap here.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (no date anywhere on bottle) poured into a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Opaque black beer except at the edges where some dark cola brown can be seen where the light manages to come in. Poured a very thin tan head upon pouring which died down to nothing across the top and a very thin tan ring of foam at the edge of the glass. With a swirl some of the lacing comes back as tiny islands, but it quickly disappears again. Nice color - just a bit disappointing in the lacing and head retention depts.

Smell: Chocolate, raisin, coffee, some cream-like sweetness, and some hints of molasses and smoke. Quite a lot going on here and quite appealing.

Taste: Chocolate/coffee/hop bitterness all mixed together at once up front, moving into a quick malt sweetness and then ending with some coffee-like bitterness combined with a bit of smoky char flavor...some hints of nicotine at the end. Tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: Quite flat - there is the barest hint of carbonation. I noticed that the beer didn't let off much of a noise when opening the cap - but so far every beer in the six pack has done this so I'm thinking this beer just isn't highly carbonated. Beyond the lack of carbonation, the beer is slick and goes down easy. Just a bit thicker than water, but not much.

Overall / Drinkability: Well this one went fast. Quite tasty and I definitely wanted more with each drink. Not a sipper - all the flavors don't show up on a sip, you need a good swig to catch everything. The lack of lacing and body is a bit of a bummer, but this beer makes up for it in smell and taste. I think this beer might be best with dessert, but by itself it's pretty good and I enjoyed it. Not the world's best American Porter, but definitely a good one.

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Photo of chilly460
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep brown with ruby hues and a thick tan head that sits atop the beer, and sticks around with nice retention. Decent lacing.

S - Robust coffee and packed with roasted malt. Other aromas include chocolate and dry biscuit, maybe a sweet tart fruit.

T - Plenty of coffee, more roasted than the smell. Bordering on burnt but not overboard, this is how I like a Porter. Some chocolate, and then comes that tart cherry taste at the end.

M - Very smooth, velvety, but a bit thin.

O - Awesome "drinkable" porter, not as complex as bigger porters, but it's not a baltic and should be a decent session beer. Warm roast flavors, chocolatey, and the subtle fruits make this a winner.

This is a darn good beer with nice traditional flavor characteristics. The mouthfeel is just a touch light versus what I expect from the style, but everything else, and most importantly the flavor and aroma are on target.

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Photo of tone77
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a small head. Smell is of chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is good, lots of roasted malts, a definate chocolate presence, some notes of coffee, lots going on here. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a very good beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have been advised to keep my bottle numbers in line with my CAN numbers so as not to seem TOO obsessed. Hey, your wishes are my commands, fellow BAs! I got this in a CAN for bottle trade, which is kind of a rarity for me.

Holy Deep & Dark, Batman! My aggro pour resulted in a densely thick two fingers' worth of deep-brown head that sat and defied gravity. The beer's color was an inky dark-brown, allowing zero light to penetrate. Black as night, it was! The nose had a definite cocoa powder cast to it, very chocolaty with just a hint of smokiness. Mouthfeel was thick and creamy and coupled with the chocolaty taste, if I closed my eyes, I could have been drinking an Arby's Jamocha shake. Lots of sticky lacing throughout. I drank this down very quickly as evidence of its being very quaffable. Finish had a smooth chocolaty-smoky quality that lingered. A very nice beer.

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Photo of Isles0206
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up in the create your own six pack from their microbrewery. This one wasn't on tap during the tasting, so figured I should give it a try. Poured into Sam Adams perfect glass.

A: Deep red, chestnut color around edges, dark throughout; very nice. Very little beige head with minimal lacing and poor retention (surprised given how carbonated this beer seemed on tasting).

S: Sweet malt, but chocolate is the dominant here (though not too aggressive like other chocolate stouts. Hints of burnt hickory and also a bit of coffee that I enjoyed.

T: Taste similar to smell. The chocolately sweetness is counterbalanced by some bitterness after swallow and alcohol lingers.

M: Smooth. Not as creamy as other porters I've had; was hoping for a bit more. Still enough to warm you up.

D: Overall, a very drinkable porter. Could only see myself drinking one or two a night. I think its a little overcarbonated for the style, but overall I think its pretty solid. I would seek this out again next time I'm in the area in the winter season.

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Photo of haazer
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at the Philly Winter Beer Fest. Served in the plastic goblet.

A- Light brown head sits a top a viscous dark brown brew. Ruby highlights shine on the outer edges.

S- Very roasty dry malt profile upfront. Has a smokeyness in it, and burnt marshmellows over a woodfire. Ending aroma is fresh coffee beans. Great smells in this.

T- Mostly a chocolate assault. Nice and sweet with a distinct sugar taste. Coffee is there too but takes a backseat to the chocolate.

M- Rich and creamy feel to this brew, but it is on the lighter side of medium bodied.

D- Interesting porter, very tasty and great aromas. Low enough ABV do have a few of these, almost but not quite sessionable.

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Photo of rrski198
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: almost opaque. small off white head that dissapeared quickly. little to no lacing.

S: This is absolutely the best part. Heavy dark chocolate scent. I have had so called "chocolate" beers that didn't smell this heavily of chocolate.

T: toasted malt. slight bitterness at the back end. slight metalic taste.

M: A little thin for me but the carbonation is balanced nicely. the roasted malt sticks around onthe back of my tongue.

D: This is quite nice. I have had better porters in terms of flavor and body, but few measure up to the scent.

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Photo of mountsnow1010
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with a thin tan head that dissipates fast.
S - Not much going on, a bit of roasty coffee, hard to pick out any specifics
T - Nutty roasty coffee flavors followed by a roasty astringency. interesting but relatively plain.
MF - Pleasant carbonation, leaves a nice aftertaste without an overwhelming coating.
DB - 3 of these would be nice.

Definitely worth trying, would by again, but wouldn't actively seek out in bottled form. Would like to try on tap.

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Photo of KidsDoc
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle (batch code 10 15 10) poured into snifter

A: Deep brown, near-black with lighter brown hues towards the edges; very small beige, loose head. minimal lacing. small edge hugging collar

S: huge dark roast aroma, chocolate coffee, floral hops

T: cocoa and dark chocolate starts it off. The middle hits hard with roasted malt and slight coffee notes; closes with crips floral hops and a bitter edge

M: this was a full bodied porter that drinks heavy. The finish is wildly sticky, coating the tongue. The sweetness of the chocolate malt sits and lingers on lips. The carbonation was a little excessive

D: a mouthful and belly full experience which was great. A little full feeling. This would be a great slow sipper night cap beer (wish I hadn't started my evening off with it).

I will certainly keep this beer in mind for my rotation of porters/souts

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Photo of BZero007
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is pretty much my go to porter as I feel it covers the basic of a porter excellently.

Pours a med body dark colored brew and forms a greatl looking brown/chocolate head. Head formation is great, though it does not stick around to long. Which is fine for this style to me. Aroma is of a light sweet/roasty dark malt with a chocolate undertone to it. The undertones are complex and welcome as they push the wanted flavor threw greatly. The flavor is well balanced and peaks for me as it warms. The body is med on this brew with a minimal carbonation, just enough to add that umph and push the aroma and flavor threw. Drinkability is high with this beer as the 6.3% is well hidden and but shines threw slightly in the flavor.

I love to add this beer in as a trade extra and hope other people enjoy it as much as I did.

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Photo of Russellmania
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bottle i have differs from the bottle in the picture given. It just has a picture of General Washington himself. I do not know if it is just a newer batch?

This beer has a rich dark brown color. Only a little white head when poured into my glass. First smell i sensed chocolate and even a little coffee.

Big chocolate in flavor with a coffee finish. A very nice and smooth mouth feel. Maybe a little too carbonated just a tad but not a great head that I would like.

All in all I just wish the carbonation/head ratio was better.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a thick chocolate body with a tan head with a thin lace.

S- Smell of molasses and caramel and chocolate from the malts.

T- Taste of caramel and chocolate from the malts. Sweet molasses and mild hops.

M- Velvety and creamy and smooth. Heavy from the thickness to the pallet with nice rich sweet flavors lingering through out sip.

D- Very good Porter. I like how this beer smell and taste. Worth a try.


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Photo of jmdrpi
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

oddly, the bottle has a spot for a batch #, but it's blank.

very dark brown in color, with thin white head. roasty coffee aroma, but as it warms chocolate takes over as the dominant aroma.

rich chocolately flavor, one of the better tasting porters I have had. extremely smooth mouthfeel, but on the thinner side for the style.

a pleasant surprise, I'll be seeking out more of this beer.

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Photo of Chaney
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark, dark brown with an eery translucence when held up to the light. Sure it's dark, but from the sight of it, it's not that thick. The head is about 1-1.5 fingers.

S: Faint smell of coffee, cocoa, and roastiness in general. I'm also getting a bit of a metallic quality that is not desirable.

T: A bit on the thin side, and the dark, roasty elements don't fill up the palate the way I was expecting. This is definitely the most bitter porter I've ever tasted. There is also kind of a funky sourness (which really isn't that bad).

M: The good news is that the sweetness is kept in check by the bitterness. The bad news is that all I'm getting is bitterness (and it's bitter in a low grade coffee sort of way). Where's the creaminess? This is kind of thin, almost to the point of being watery.

D: With Great Lakes Edmond Fitzgerald, Troegs Dead Reckoning, and Heavy Seas Letter of Marque readily available in my area, I don't think this one will find its way to my fridge any time soon.

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Photo of Schmidts
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a beer mug dark brown with little hints of red on the sides.
Small brownish white head that leaves qucikly.
Smells of sweet Roasted Malts and Chocolate candy with hints of Coffee.
Taste is deep and rich with Chocolate, sweet malt, hint of Coffee and little Hop bitterness,of just the right amount!
Mouth Feel is clean with a hit of Clear Clean Alcohol and a bitter sweet finish. Goes down oh so smoothly. I myself Really Like this Porter, I have always loved Edmond Fitzgerald Porter but this in some ways is more to my liking, it just makes drinking it a joy so to speak.
Give this one a try on a cold winter evening it will warm you up and cheer you up.
Easy drinking too.

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Photo of maximum12
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After having the Rapadou & Barrel Aged porter from Wiliamsburg, I'm rapidly becoming a fan. Thanks to ksurkin who shot me this on the Pony Express...& thanks (not really!) to my talented co-manager at work who announced he is stepping down today. Thus the dark beer on a Friday afternoon when I should still be working...

Love the dating: 092410 (bottled on or drink by?). Pours dark, flinty red peering around the edges. Smells like teen porter, great roast, almost a milk stout thing going on, too.

Washington's Porter is hip-deep in roast goodness. Bitter chocolate, and singed hops, also tread lightly across the palate. Slingshot of sweetness barely keeps the more aggressive flavors in line. Lays up nicely for a porter. The scorched terrain & accompanying bitterness keep me coming back for more.

Very good porter. Nothing unique, nothing extreme, not dropping any names, just a solid, well-above-average porter. Well done.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a brownish-black body with a bubbly 2 finger tan head that quickly diminishes to a pin stripe. As the head dissipates, it creates a load fizzy sound, but leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

S: A rich chocolate malt aroma with hints of roasted coffee. A mild nose that you really have you put your nose in the glass. However, a very good smelling beer.

T: A much lighter flavor then I expected with a port. Nevertheless, an upfront roasted coffee flavor with bitter chocolate malts, then a light hoppy bitterness follows, and ends with a malty aftertaste. Overall, not bad, but an average tasting porter.

M: A lean and crisp texture with a medium body and medium carbonation. A light mouthfeel then expected with a porter.

D: Althought this is an average beer, it's extremely easy to drink due to the light mouthfeel. This one would be great to drink on a hot day, versus a more heavier porters out there, because of the good flavor and mouthfeel.

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Photo of droomyster
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with one finger of a semi-frothy tan head. Aromas are predominately sweet, like milk chocolate, with a good amount of roastiness. Taste is consistent with the nose except that it's more complex, with a big smoky and woody element that is strong on the mid-palate and finish. The flavor intensity is bold to the point that it makes for nice sipping but not having more than one. Very enjoyable in small doses.

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Photo of afordney
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Black and completely opaque. No light passed through, there was absolutely no head very little bubbling on the edge of the glass.

smelled like a very appetizing porter. Malty sweet with some roasted barley and coffee aromas.

milky sweet and a caramel/coffee finish.

a little tingle from the carbonation but this one sits heavy and syrupy. Not much bitterness

a good rendition of a porter. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of emmasdad
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this one as an extra in a recent trade. Poured into the glass a rich, dark brown color, with a fairly decent light brown cap of foam on top. Pretty standard porter stuff here, both on the nose and on the palate. Roasted malt, rich dark chocolate and a little coffee. However, I also get a little molasses, some root beer and a little bit of hops. A very nice porter.

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Photo of biglite351
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - good bit of red around the edges, but dark through the center. Medium bubbly off white head that leaves no lacing.

S - roasted malts with minor coffee and chocolate.

T - bitterness and acidic. Malts and mild chocolate.

M - decent coating with tingles on both sides of the tongue.

D - not too bad, I could have a couple.

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