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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Reviews: 126 | Ratings: 301
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong, smoky aroma has an overtone of cocoa and hints of licorice and miso. It pours an opaque warm sable with a fairly thick tan head that is not overly persistent but leaves some generous lacing. Flavor has a core of roast malt and subtle notes of caramel, molasses and licorice. Texture is a bit on the thin side and not overly fizzy. If not outstanding, still a decent porter.

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Photo of likethetaste
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured an almost black color with a good head that was not long lasting. Had good lacing.

Had rich smell of chocolate and coffee.

Wooa, this is pretty rich and sweeter then I expected. Good but leaves a sweet taste that lingers too long in the mouth. Too sweet and rich for me.

Mouthfeel is pretty heavy.

This is a very rich beer that is almost too much. But it is good. I prefer the local St George's English Porter that is nearby in Hampton, Va.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color; it isn't entirely opaque. The head is a one finger light cream shade. Not very impressive looking to start, it fades rather quickly and doesn't leave much lacing behind.

S: This has a good chocolate presence, and it's also backed by some roasted nuts, coffee, and cream. Nice aroma, yet nothing groundbreaking.

T: At first I notice some dry chocolate, ultimately giving way to notes of caramel, brown sugar, and even tangy fruit esters. There's also a slight finishing mineral component.

M: Very creamy, yet at the same time, quite dry and clean. Not over-carbonated like some porters, too. Drinkability is fantastic.

O: This is a fine example of an everyday beer. It inspires simple, easy going drinkability, yet doesn't blow away the palate (nor does it attempt to). But I could easily put down 2 or 3 of these in a sitting with no complaints - I'm even a bit sad I only bought a single, so yes, this one is indeed very good.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pitch black color, with thin creamy tan head. No lacing.

Very faint aroma of toasted malts, caramel and cocoa-like flavors. Not too much on the nose.

Good medium mouth feel/body, low carbonation, if any. Nice flavors of roasted malt, barley, mild coffee. Very persistent tastes and very pleasing.

A very nice porter, as good as any out there.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Poured into a pint glass. Bottle.

3.25 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention was poor though I admit that the glass went through the dishwasher (against my will).

3.75 S: Roasted malts with sweet chocolate. Lots of caramel. Sweet overall, but not overly so. Quite nice.

3.5 T: Tastes good, but not quite as good as the nose. Roasty with chocolate again, but a lot less sweet than the nose suggests. Mild hop bitterness with a touch of earthy flavor. Caramel and a hint of molasses.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A touch of creaminess and super smooth.

3.5 D: Solid beer overall.

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Photo of just_n_thomas
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very drinkable porter with a deep opaque color. Smells consist of dark malt and burnt espresso with flavorings hinting at chocolate. A short lived espresso head which turns quickly to lacing on the glass.

I enjoyed the growler fill over the bottle (I'm lucky enough to live just down the road from this brewery).

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Photo of JWU
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass

A- Very, very dark brown/black. Light only penetrates at the very edges. Little bit of a light khaki head, dissipates quicker than I would expect.

S- Some coffee, cocoa, and almost a lactose sweetness (don't think there's lactose in this though...)

T- some light roast malt, coffee, and cocoa. It's good, I just want more flavor.

M- medium. with more carbonation that I would expect.

O- a good, but not great porter.

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Photo of Ri0
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Dark cola brown with a khaki head. Thin ring and some spotty lacing.

S - Coffee, cola, and charred wood notes.

T - Some roasted malt that gives it a coffee like flavor. There is a bit of sweet cola and a bit of charred wood. Not all that exciting.

M - Thin body, modest carbonation yet smooth.

O - Basic porter that is somewhat timid in flavor. I really enjoy porters and have some good ones to drink in WI. This just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of wingman14
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a frothy tan head. The smell is somewhat odd, a sweet roasted malt smell with some odd acidic notes. Taste starts sweet with the burnt flavor and a strong malt presence. Then the odd sweet weird tones finish, then a somewhat strong burnt flavor comes through in an aftertaste. The mouthfeel is nice, decent carbonation, smooth, the balance is a bit off. This one is an ok drinker, once you get past the different flavors this is decent brew.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 09/01/08.

Pours a very dark brownish black color with about a finger and a half of tan head. Aromas of sweet toffee, caramel, and chocolate malt.

Taste is lots of dark chocolate with some caramel and toffee as well. Plenty of roasted malt with slight coffee and hops as well. Just a tad on the sour side, but not that noticeable. Feel is a bit thin and over-carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good. I could easily drink a few of these.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed for Washington's Birthday, as was appropriate. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Brownish coloration so dark unless well lit you could swear it was pitch black. This brew produced more head than any other I believe I've ever seen! It took 3 grdual pours to get all of it into the glass, having to periodically pause to let it settle. Even after that a thick layer of froth stayed on top the whole ride down.

S - A bitter chocolate aroma, rather potent, yet nice.

T - Reminiscent of eating a chocolate candy bar. Super sweet and malty, almost too much so. The bitterness was a bit muted, unfortunately, because it could have offered some balance here.

M - Heavy medium body, close to full. Chewy, sticky feel, low carbonation, near stout like qualities.

D - Pretty good brew overall, but a bit too sweet for me, I highly doubt I could stomach more than one in a sitting. I did enjoy this one in President Washington's honor though. Worth a try.

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Photo of HowardTheDuck
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured aggressively into a snifter. This poured with very minimal head that completely dissipated within about 5 seconds. The nose is in line with what you'd expect, but the flavor is pretty lacking. Its very dry, but there's not enough roastiness to compliment that. The thin body doesn't help make up for the lack of flavor either. This is very drinkable but mostly, it seems, because everything about it is very muted.

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Photo of boatshoes
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this and a few others up at the Grape and Gourmet in VA Beach while doing an art show with my folks. Great shop too by the way!

Appearance- Pours an almost opaque black with a minimal sheet of tan head off an aggressive pour. Head dies back immediately to a ring.

Smell- Nose is much more muted than I would have liked but still managed to pick up notes of some mild roasted malt, a touch of coffee, and a touch of bitter chocolate. Could have stood to be more pronounced.

Taste- Palate is very mild, with just some mild roasted malt flavors and a little bit of bitter chocolate coming through. Somewhat of a disappointment here.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is rather thin and a touch watery for the style. Drinkability suffers somewhat from the thinness and lack of flavor.

Overall, not one of my favorite porters. This beer was alright but rather underwhelming in my opinion.

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Photo of devilben02
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The appearance is in line with other solid porters, with a dark chestnut-brown color beneath a nice, foamy beige head. The aroma is largely a light milk chocolate with only a little bit of roast, although it is all a bit muted until the beer warmed up a bit. The flavor is again dominated by sweet, milky, chocolate malts, which is even a little too sweet for my liking, but there is also a slight astringency that detracts from the taste. The smooth, light carbonation doesn't get in the way. Overall, this beer has good color and aroma, and it has a decent depth of flavor despite being a bit over-sweet, making it a solid, slightly above-average porter.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is dark dark brown with good carbonation, The head is 1.5 fingers of dark mocha foam that fades leaving some lace.

The smell is slightly sweet malt, I wish I was getting more roasty toasty notes.

The taste is a bit off, a bit sweet and a tad sour, Some burnt toast with a hint of chocolate and coffee in the finish.

The mouthfeel is ok. medium body and ok carbonation.

The drinkability is not so great, I will look for this again in a newer batch to see if it improves. MK

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Photo of Firkin-Bunghole
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review taken from notes
12 oz bottle
Thanks to my mom & dad for this one. Got this beer as a surpise 6 pack from my parents. They stopped by Williamsburg Alewerks brewery a month back and brought me back a mixed 6
A: medium brown with small head that doesnt last long
S: roasted and chocolate malts
T: Chocolate with only slight roastiness. Pretty easy to drink and low IBUs
M: Light mouthfeel and carbonation
O: This beer is a decent porter-definitely the best bottle from the mixed 6, but I'm not really a Pale Ale or Lager guy. It was pretty cool of my parents to support my craft beer experience.

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

Pours a dark brown. Nose is wacky. Super sugary sweet. Ack. Bad! Bad, bad, bad. No balance, too much odd caramel sweetness. Just weird. Feel is smooth and carbonation is okay, but who cares. This is a waste of time and should be avoided at all costs. If I weren't sitting at a bar for this one, it would have ended up getting poured.

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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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Photo of littlelorib
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown to black opaque brew with a half inch of cafe au lait colored head, thinning quickly to lacing on glass. Smell is of roasted malts and alcohol. Taste is of chocolate and burnt coffee with the alcohol making itself known. Funny, its not that high of an ABV for the alcohol to be so visible. Moderate mouth feel with maybe a little too much carbonation.

Overall, a drinkable porter but without much to set it apart from the pack of other drinkable porters.

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Photo of teromous
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: There's barely a head to speak of, and it goes away instantly. There is carbonation that I can see popping through the surface and sticking to the side of the glass. It closely resembles cola. It's a dark brown color, but appears mostly black. Zero lacing.

S: It has a nice smell to it. It is very chocolaty with notes of toasted coffee. There's a light yeast smell to it which adds a nice character.

T: It tastes like a light roast of coffee. There are hints of cocoa and it has a familiar porter malt taste. It's not too sweet but the malt definitely comes through. I don't pick up any hop flavor or bitterness. Overall the taste is about average for a porter.

M: The mouthfeel is very lackluster. There is almost no carbonation in the mouth and it feels very flat. I wouldn't say it's the worst beer, because the beer itself sits alright in the mouth...but it's like driving a car without gas. You can have a decent ride, but you're not going anywhere.

O: Overall I'd say this beer is below average. It smells nice, and tastes pretty good but it doesn't feel like much of a beer at all. I wouldn't recommend it as a porter to others, and won't be drinking it again.

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Photo of auxiliary
2.71/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance - dark color, had a amber tint to it if you look closed. Large tan head that over flowed when poured. I was too fast for it.

smell - Smells of toasted malts and some hops I think.

taste - Roasted malts , but has a sour taste to it at the same time seet too.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - At first I thought the beer was bad, but looking at other reviews I guess it does have a sour taste to it. I think you have to be acustom to it, because I dont like it. I'm sure if I am going to finish this either.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.32/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Beer emerges black with black currnat colored highlights along the bottom edges. Topped by a large and frothy cappucino colored head of about two fingers in size. Generous lacing as well.

Aroma is roasty and somewhat burnt but without any chocolate or real coffee aromas. Slightly sour aromas with the coffee falling well behind.

Funky sour taste immediately up front. Twangy and tart. Coffee and roasted grains follow with bready flavors. This one was twangy and tart and slightly chalky and I dont like any of those in a porter. However, there were some coffee and roastiness that slightly redeemed this one.

Really dry and tart on the finish. Overall, subpar. Not really all that good with the tanginess and slight sour flavors. Not a favorite of mine for sure. Gets much worse as it warms so drink it fast, if you can.

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Photo of khiasmus
1.71/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I'm very saddened by the difference between the rest of the reviews and mine. I've had this one in the fridge for a few days and have been looking forward to it.
All I can suppose is that they have issues with sanitation, leading to issues with consistency.

A- Pours a dense black color with very faint ruby highlights when held up to the light. Luxurious, pillowy tan head caps with about two fingers, that end up settling to some lace, both on top of the beer and on the glass.

S- Some roastiness, barley, a hint of currant, molasses, cane sugar. malt. Very good nose. A hint of an almost grapefruity sourness in the end... interesting, but way out of line for a porter.

T- Oh no. I'm reliving the last experience I had with this brewery. A bit roasty and some hints of grain up front, but then it's completely overturned by vinegar, sauerkraut, and old bread flavor. No sweet malt at all, and the finish is that of white vinegar. Simply awful.

M- Too high on carbonation. By a long shot. Body is good for the style, but that's it. Very astringent finish, almost puckering. ouch.

D- As I said, it's awful. I think this brewery must have some serious sanitation issues, because this would seem to be the second infected beer I've had by them... off to the sink.

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Washington's Porter from AleWerks Brewing Company
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