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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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Ratings: 301 |  Reviews: 126
Photo of MECove
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

When the bottle is poured into a glass, it is richly dark with no head or lacing. The smell is more roasted than the actual taste. The feel is slightly more carbonated than I prefer. The flavor, however, is just warm and sweet enough, making it easy to drink awhile with a lingering pleasurable aftertaste. For such a dark porter with a stronger content, it is amazingly not heavy.

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Photo of blackwhe03
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to show up with enough people to spark a tour of the brewery and sample a few of their beers. This is one that stuck with me. Thick, milky brown head, and dark brown color. Not a very strong smell, but the flavors came together nicely. I noticed chocolate, coffee, and nutty notes. Clean aftertaste that doesn't stay on the tongue. Not heavy and very drinkable, wouldn't be too filling for a stout if you wanted to have more than one.

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Photo of Gtwreck45
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nriech
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pretty dark brown, a few steps down from dark. Good light brown head. Ok lacing.

Smell: Coffee and dark chocolate. Malty

Taste: Tastes like it smells. Toasty malts, chocolate and coffee. Good mouthfeel, not too thick but it doesnt just slide down the gullet. No alcohol apparent. Long aftertaste that is very pleasant.

Overall a great brew from a local VA brewery. I think this would be a great brew to those outside of the area as representing a relatively unknown brewery. Will definately drink again.

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Photo of rye726
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a chocolate brown with a thick tan head. Good lacing and retention. Nose has a big roasted malt character along with cocoa, coffee, molasses, vanilla and dark fruits. Taste is also quite roasty along with fudge, burnt espresso beans and some bitter hops in the finish. Crisp body is well carbonated.

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Photo of legalpete19340
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
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 bubseymour
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jimpyle48
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Kaiyotee
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of ShepardCommander
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Russellmania
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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 ChrisKayler
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of ncaudle
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of brocktune
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of olbubba
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Cyrano41
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Williamsburg AleWerks Washington's Porter

Appearance: A bit of a rough pour produces an opaque black body beneath a creamy head of dark tan. Very good head retention and lacing.

Smell: Remarkably chocolate-like. Very rich. Soft (not sharp) roastiness. Very welcoming.

Taste: As the nose suggests, it's very chocolatey - almost fudge-like. But there's also some roastiness, and I get a lot of dark chocolate; a hint of fruitiness from the yeast; and a bit of coffee, especially in the finish. There's a sweetness to it but it's balanced by the dark malt and roastiness, and the firm, underlying bitterness. It's nicely rounded. Additionally, there's no acidic bite to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full with a dextrinous edge. It's moderate carbonation lends a gentle zest to the tongue.

Overall: Really well-crafted and nicely balanced. It's a little rich and filling to have more than one or two, but it's definitely satisfying.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass at the J. Clyde. From notes. Reviewed 24 October 2011.

A: Very dark, with a light head immediately dissipating. Impenetrable even in direct light.

S: Loads of dark chocolate and almost as much roasted malt. Yum!

T: This beer is pretty damn good -- AleWerks has yet to disappoint. The smell is a good indication of what to expect; this is a robust, roasty/chocolatey beer. Traces of coffee bitterness. A superb porter.

M: Light carbonation complements a full-bodied beer.

O: Delicious. If you're a fan of porters, or 'dark beer' in general, this is a must-try. I will drink again; one of my favourite porters.

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Photo of BZero007
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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 jmdrpi
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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 aforbes10
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle brought from DC by shivtim. Pours dark brown/red with a puffy/pillowy brown head. Heavy malt odor with hints of cherries or prunes. Taste is burnt, burnt, burnt malts, dripping with coffee and that same vague fruit flavor. sweet and chewy and thick and a very solid porter.

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Photo of IronLover
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearly black with brownish hues. Poured with a short beige head that quickly reduces to a ring around the edge of the glass. Sweet dark chocolate aromas are dominant with well defined dark roasted malt. Oak aromas start to sneak in as this warms a bit. Thick and smooth feel with dry finish. Sweet chocolate up front with dark roasted malt through the middle and smooth chocolate flavors returning at the end and through the finish. An earthy, oak flavor lies beneath from beginning to end.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly sweeter interpretation of Porter than most, but really quite nice. Pours a dark, slightly hazy brown, approaching black. Very little head, but what there is sticks around as a thin ring and leaves some scant lacing. Noticeable licorice in the nose with some cocoa and roasted grain notes. Fairly dry aromas. Sweeter in the mouth, with nice dark chocolate and cream notes with some vanilla and a touch of licorice, and a long bitter chocolate, cocoa, and lightly toasted grain finish. Very nice. Smooth and somewhat mouth coating, but somewhat gentle on the finish. A very pleasant beer.

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Washington's Porter from AleWerks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 301 ratings
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