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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bleedingshrimp on 11-06-2006

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Reviews: 126 | Ratings: 300
Photo of neenerzig
4/5  rDev +3.9%

I was recently on a vacation with my wife and her family visiting some of her extended family in Virginia and there was a Wegman's located close to the hotel we were staying at so I went in there and grabbed some singles of beers from breweries that I have never seen in Cleveland before (or anywhere else that comes to mind for that matter). This is one of the ones I grabbed and is in fact that last bottle from this batch of beers I brought back home with me from that recent trip. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a very dark brown color that is not interested in any light. Has a nice tan head that is about 1/2 or so of an inch thick when first poured that settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass and a nice crescent shaped cluster of a surface film layer of foam. Needs more lacing. Aromas of malty caramel sweetness, some chocolate, and nice hints of roasted coffee, slight hints of dark fruit such as raisin or plum, and a bit of earthy hops. Tastewise this baby has a caramel malty sweetness upfront followed by hints of chocolate

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

12-ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields an opaque ebony body capped with two fingers of rocky beige foam. The head recedes slowly to a fat ring that leaves drippy bands of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is darkly sweet and husky with notes of spicy molasses and chewy dark malts.

The taste is toasty with a bit of molasses-cola nut twang. Burnt grainy notes fade into smoky black dark roast coffee with unsweetened cocoa.

Simple, medium-bodied, and tasty, AleWerks' porter is smooth with fine carbonation and very drinkable.

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

Purchased as a single - tulip

Pours a healthy looking dark brown with some ruby egdges. Smells delightfully malty and spicy, brown sugar dominates in a good way. Taste follows, this was an extremely enjoyable porter that I would totally recommend.

This brewery never disappoints.

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

Review is from notes taken on 3/25/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours the darkest brown with deep mahagony/ruby highlights when held to the light; starts with a 1 and 1/2 finger milky/creamy head that's tan and fades to an uneven skim; spotty brown lacing here and there and the body is largely opaque.

Smell: Deep roasty malts, slightly burnt coffee; a near bitter and cola-like sweet presence as well.

Taste: Solid and pretty much just like the smell; dark roasty coffee bitterness and a slightly earthy/dirty aspect; slightly bittersweet chocolate and a cola-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy; solid carbonation that matches the style as it keeps the moderately thicker body lively; a nice stickiness is left all over the mouth; finishes a little dry and cottony.

Drinkability: Overall, it's a really solid porter and if I get the opportunity to pick it up again, I will gladly do so. The flavors are great and I think this would be a nice beer for the late fall or throughout the winter. Pretty manageable at 6.35% so I would feel OK about working through a couple.

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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 micromaniac129
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich brown color with ruby high lites when held up to some light.
Head was thin, tan with little retention. No lacing and just a minimal collar.

Very nice aroma of rich, comple malts. Chocolate seems to be the most predominate aroma here followed by hints of coffee and roasted malts.

Taste is very quite nearly as it taste: rich malts and dark chocolate. Roasted malts and espresso, too. A surprizing bit of floral hops come through at the end lending a slight bitterness to the end.

Mouthfeel is thick and grainy, or course. Hops lend a pleasent bitterness in the aftertaste.
Carbonation is unk here.

Mostly this summer I've been sticking to low abv's and light beers, but this is a welcome change of pace.
Definitly something I'd like to get more of for the fall.
Case worthy.

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

Saw this at Chevy Chase in DC and bought a bottle because I'd never heard of the brewery. Nice to try something unique and different.
Pours out slightly translucent, brown with redish highlights. Nice tan head with good retention. Nose is creamy burnt coffee. Taste is heavily roasted malts, charcoal, and slightly sweet fruits. Mouthfeel is good and foamy. Dirnkability is up there. Solid brew.

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

12 oz bottle poured into my large Duvel tulip, Washington's Porter is a dark cola brown with a tam head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is sweet malt and ethanol, with a little char.

Taste is malty, a little fruity, grape. There's some acrid black patent to balance it, which lingers on the bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick.

Drinkability is pretty good, this is a solid porter, nice balance, nothing jarring, well made.

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Photo of farrago
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Peaks around one finger’s worth of deep brown foam, many larger bubbles, disappears very quickly with only a thin ring around the edges, the lacing is equally thin to nonexistent. The liquid is a fully opaque brownish to black color, once in awhile you’ll see a tiny bubble break the surface, barely any sign of an orange or yellow tint. The nose lays it all on the table immediately, fully loaded with malty chocolate, coffee ice cream, vanilla, marshmallow, caramel scents, challah bread too, there’s good roastiness to it too but not really texturally sharpening the sweetness, no citrus, no earthy qualities, it’s a one trick pony but it nails that trick. Medium-bodied, surprisingly focused and dry in texture, the carbonation is strong and full of pinpricks across the palate. At times you do get a light minerally aspect along with mixed sweet grains. Besides that it’s back to the cocoa, coffee, cola, vanilla bean, whipped cream and so on. Monochrome yet has very good length, the flavors persist for some time. It does not overreach, does not good unduly sweet, it’s just a friendly, malt driven porter, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

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

Poured from bottle into a snifter.

A: Very dark, not quite black but still extremely dark brown. Small amount of dark tan head that faded quickly to a ring.

S: Really nice malt/coffee/chocolate mixture in that order of presence.

T: Pretty solid porter malt into coffee taste.

M: Mouthfeel seems just right for my liking. Definitely on the thin side of medium but still really nice. Fair amount of carbonation but not too much.

O: I really liked this one and will definitely have again. Nothing really overwhelming in terms of impressiveness but still just a really good porter.

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Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black and opaque in the glass but with a fine looking reddish mahogany at the edges. The tan head is small with limited retention, although a partial top coat and ring last on and on, and irregular sticky lacing is left on the sides of my glass.

Aroma: Not strong, but has some depth and complexity,. Caramel and dark roasted malt with hints of dark fruit, coffee and a light touch of spicy hops.

Taste: The flavor amplifies the aromas, especially the coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Meanwhile, the dark fruit is minimal, but that’s OK, there’s plenty to enjoy here and some nice dynamics from start to aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Soft, with a near medium body and enough carbonation to add life and make it seem a bit lighter. Only a touch of dryness in the finish.

Overall: I love some porters and fine others unappealing. This is one of the good ones. It is so much better than the 961 Porter that preceded it. Flavorful but very well balanced and not at all challenging. Worth seeking out.

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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 oline73
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a little light coming through at the edges. Hardly any head at all.

Smell: Roasty with mild hints of dark chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Bitter and roasty but very smooth. Hints of dark chocolate and coffee. A very mild sweetness with a bitter roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation. The finish is a bit dry.

Overall: A very nice porter. The balance was good and it was very easy to drink

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Photo of lwcreasy
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Half an inch of light tan head that collapses quite quickly. Very dark brown with garnet hues when put to the light. No visible carbonation and o.k lacing around the glass.

Strong chocolate, burnt sugar, and toffee from the get-go. Coffee tones become more apparent. Hop aroma isn't perceptible.

Very rich and smooth malt flavor- light roast coffee and cocoa powder, with a pleasant sweetness. Sugary aftertaste without any residual bitterness. Very agreeable.

Medium-full body with very low carbonation. No astringency or bitterness whatsoever, very smooth.

A delectable Porter. Like coffee with creamer. A brew for the winter or dessert by a fireplace.

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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 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 Beer-A-Lot
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first rule of beer tasting: Never chew gum before drinking beer.
The second rule of beer tasting: NEVER chew gum before drinking beer.
This beer got better as it went along. (Obviously, the gum wore off.) Nice color with brownish/off-white head. Not a lot of chocolately taste; instead more of a peppery taste to me (Gum?) Versy satisfying aftertaste. I don't feel "boozed up" after drinking. The only shortcoming is I wish it had a bit more to it in the feel, but that's less important than the taste. Will have again without the gum.

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

Thanks again to chaz from realbeer for this bottle. Poured into a nonic pint glass, this porter appears a clear deep chestnut color with about two fingers of fluffy ecru foam. Rather sweet smelling and tasting, but not at all overpowering. Notes of caramel, a hint of vanilla, milk chocolate, slightly bitter, medium roasted grains. Pretty tasty. Satisfying mouthfeel and adequately carbonated. Worth a try.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Intense, chocolatey brown with a nice tan head. Quite a sticky lacing, leaving that khaki colour all over the glass. Nice stuff.

S: Rather soft aroma for the style - some of the usual suspects are noted: roasted and caramel malts, some coffee aromas.

T + M: Taste is not what I'd call soft! It's more robust with a lingering malt roast flavour that hangs out on the back of the tongue for quite some time. The body is rather full and helps that out by leaving behind a bit of a film over the palate. A good level of carbonation - not aggressive, not too light... and consistent through the mouth.

D: Certainly no problems with the taste. With the bigger body to it, it's one to be taken with a bit of time and savoured, but it's one I wish I had another of!

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a creamy tan head that’s very well retained. Toasty, sweet aroma. Heavily roasted palate with loads of caramel malt sweetness, bitter chocolate, and burnt coffee character.

One solid porter with great roasted flavors and good amount of sweetness.


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

A - almost black with a hint of red at the edges when held to the light. Super foamy thick tan head. Not a bottle erupter but a heavy foaming pouring beer.
S - classic porter - roasted grains, coffee, chocolate and sweet rich malts.
T - similar to the nose but with a rising hop note to balance out the brew.
M - medium bodied, a touch over carbonated, smooth and dry finish.
D - a welcoming complimentary porter. Invites you back to have another gladly!.

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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 billab914
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter. Poured dark brown in color with a thin tan head mostly clinging to the sides of the glass. A thin ring around the glass remained as I drank it, but it didn't leave much lacing to speak of.

The aroma has some bitter chocolate and coffee coming through with some moderate sweetness to it. It doesn't have that strong of an aroma to it, but what it has is pretty nice. it almost has a little bit of an earthy aroma coming through as well.

The first thing I notice in the taste is the bitter and roasted malts coming through. Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, cocoa and some caramel are all present. Some sweetness comes through a little to help balance it out a bit. It finishes wit ha long lasting coffee burntness to it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, I enjoyed the roasty flavors. I liked that it had a pretty strong roasted and burnt coffee and chocolate flavor to it, but at the same time had a sweetness coming through to help balance it out. That definitely made it a pretty nice drinking beer for me. A nice local brewed porter that I'm always happy to see around town, although that's unfortunately rarer then it should be.

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Photo of obywan59
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased on vacation at Wine Cheese & More at Chincoteague Island, VA

Very dark brown in color with a scant 2 finger tannish head that recedes to a ring around the glass.

Wow! First impression of the aroma is of hot chocolate with a hint of vanilla. Later on it's more like coffee and toasted malt.

Fairly tart at first taste, but it settled down to mainly rich black coffee and light toasted malt. Some whiffs of chocolate. A bit of caramel in the back. The tartness moderates, but lingers throughout with some sweet malt punching through now and then.

Moderate in feel with some peppery carbonation and light astringency. Warming.

Very good porter. Normally I like my porters sweeter than this, but I liked this rendition. It's got good balance and an interesting blend of flavors and aromas.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a blackish body with offwhite head that died slowly and left lace patches. A heavy malt smell with roasted, coffee and chocolate notes along with hints of caramel. A medium-bodied porter that is a little more dry than sweet but still somewhat creamy and smooth. The roasted and coffee notes do make for an interesting blend/taste, and there is still some minor sweetness. Finishes dry and clean w/o overpowering the tastebuds. A good porter that is worth a shot to any porter fans out there.

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