Porter | The St. George Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
212 Ratings
PorterPorter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The St. George Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
stgeorgebrewingco.com

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Murph on 07-18-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
212
Reviews:
146
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.45%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 212 |  Reviews: 146
Photo of vabeerguy
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic glass. A hard pour produced a decent head. The color was a very dark brown, almost black. Both the smell and taste are great. A very good porter.

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Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Scooter77
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’m so lucky that the Saint George brewery is just a hop, skip, and a jump down the road from me. This beer is always readily available. This exceptional brew pours a dark midnight black color with a tan, medium sized rocky head. The froth fades away slowly, leaving a sticky lace splattered on the glass. The aroma is rich with roasted malts, chocolate, and roasted nuts. Taste is full of roasted malts and coffee, with slightly nutty undertones. This is an extremely smooth and easy drinking beer. I highly recommend to anyone if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of abrand
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from a BIF poured into a pint glass.

This pours a deep brown almost black color with a 1/2 finger tan head that retains well. Smells of cocoa, coffee, and roasted malts. Nice smelling beer. Taste is similar to the smell with much more of the malts coming through. As it warms plenty of bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall a nice porter.

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Photo of derricksmalls
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ElGordo
3.98/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of drperm
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle enjoyed on 4 Sept 2010

Appearance in dark, almost solid black. A thin dark-tan tiara of foam rests atop.

On the nose, I'm offered elements of malty treacle, molasses, wheat toast, pecan pie filling, vanilla, cocoa, and coffee.

Tasting yields toasty bitterness with some chocolate-coffee bitterness to follow, chased by the perfect amount of malty sweetness to strike a balance. Much drier than the nose would suggest. A lovely floral-grassy finish appears whilst still maintaining an enjoyable roasted character.

On the palate, I was afraid it would be too watery, but I was happily proven wrong. A perfect amount of juiciness makes this wonderfully thirst-quenching.

Overall, very nice indeed. It does border on being almost too bitter, but manages to maintain its integrity and balance. For my tastes, it's ever so slightly coffee-centric, which would make it difficult to sustain as a session brew, but my single 12 oz was thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of Zraly
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this for the first time at Marker 20, on tap, for "Steal this glass!" night. So I scored a cool St. George Brewing Co. pint glass for my drinking efforts. Not so bad in my book.

This porter pours a deep ebony with a toasted tan head. It appears more dark than most porters, which I like and find attractive. Mild chocolate and malt smells. Nice lacing.

The flavor is a medium bodied chocolate malt lover's paradise. There is a slight "bright" note in the middle of the flavor, almost fruity in nature. The hops are mild and subdued, especially when compared to a NW porter. Slightly bitter, with a tiny espresso note in the finish. Overall a decent and enjoyable brew. Very drinkable. An easy "dark" beer to convert newbie beer folk with.

Fish n' chips with some malt vinegar would do nicely.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

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Photo of csmiley
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark, coffee like color. Got at least an inch of head that was gone pretty quick. Lacing was minimal.

S - Nice toasted scents are first on the nose. Those are backed up by coffee and alcohol. There is also a hint of honey. Not bad at all.

T - Slight burnt coffee flavor accompanies the alcohol and roasted malt. The honey just fades away in the flavor. Really packs in alot of flavor for a 5% abv English porter.

M - Gets a rating of medium bodied. Carbonation was good.

D - This was a flavorful beer that went down smooth and easy. I would have to give this one a thumbs up.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in flared glass

A: black 'n' tan; little head, but really good carbonation; decent lacing
S: sweet caramel; roasted grains
T: interesting dark roasted grain flavor; horehound; sweet; low hop profile; booze underplayed; mature and not overpowering

Overall, a good porter; esp. nice on a cooler evening.

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Photo of byrd
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good foamy tan head on top of a clear dark brown beer with garnet highlights around the edges. Head has good retention and a little stickiness that holds onto the sides of the glass. The aroma has lots of roasted caramel malts and chocolate with a slight hint of hops. The start is smooth with a slight sweetness. Lots of roasted malts then pick up with just a touch of chocolate in the background. The finish is dry and bitter sweet with a hint of smoke flavor. Some slight bit of sweet malt comes back again in the aftertaste. Not much hop bitterness to this brew. The hops seem to be tied together with the roasted/burnt bitterness in the finish that make for a nicely balance brew. Carbonation is somewhat low and the mouthfeel is light to medium. Definitely a good porter, but there are others that I’ve enjoyed more. I’ll certainly buy this again at some point (especially since it’s a very local brew), but probably won’t stock my fridge with it.

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Photo of fretlessman71
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Thanks to chazwicke for providing this brew for me. I know he’s been waiting very patiently for me to get to this one…

APPEARANCE: Black with brown notes toward the edge of the glass at the bottom. Semi-firm tan head, like a mostly melted root beer float. When I was pouring the beer, there was a purple quality to it that seems to coincide with my later experience…

AROMA: Wow! I could smell this before I even began to pour it. Red wine and dark fruit; malty sweetness with a little bit of pleasant sourness to it. Not your standard porter, but very nice, very nice indeed. Hops almost nonexistent so far.

FLAVOR: Bitter dark chocolate and roasty malt, with a bit of dark fruit and merlot in the middle and finish. Nice balance; lots here to keep me interested. Hops have arrived, albeit a bit late; just enough to balance the sweetness.

MOUTHFEEL: Just a little on the sticky side, but it sure made me want to keep drinking it.

DRINKABILITY: Very nice – I could have another right now. Oh, wait… they’re 2,000 miles away…. * sigh *

OVERALL COMMENTS: Good to the last drop! Very interesting for a porter to have these fruit-like qualities, but that seems to be the trend in many east coast porters I’ve had. Maybe that’s the way they were intended to be once upon a time. Wish I could get this stuff around here!

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Photo of JamesS
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.

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Photo of Phocion
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to MotoRacerX36. Poured into 16 oz. tulip a very dark brown with just the slightest hint of amber when held up to the light. Very thin light brown head which quickly fades into a thin lace.

Aroma is rich, almost overpowering cocoa, along with roasted molasses malts and a hint of smokiness.

The dark chocolate isn't quite as strong as in the nose, but is still present, along with the roasted and somewhat burnt coffee. Mild bitter hoppiness in the background along with some smoky and sweet toffee-like tones.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for a porter, but still smooth and silky. Doesn't quite feel just as warm as it should, but this does help the drinkability. All in all not a bad offering and a solid English-style porter. I'd definitely recommend.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This dark ruby of a beer throws out a fair sized creamy brown head. Within a minute, a thin coating is all that remains. The aroma is of smok, meat, chocolate and burnt malt. The flavor profile pulls me in gradually. A nice backdrop of burnt malt and bitter hop flavor. The chocolate malt, smoke and roasted tones play some prominent roles. The bitterness is what I like the most about this porter. It's not shy at all in that category. The mouthfeel is nice, but not quite as velvety smooth as I prefer in porters. Body seems just a tad light as well. Mabye pushing medium at best.

Disregarding the minor nitpicking at the end of my review, this is a pretty solid porter.

Gotta thank the Shit for bringing me one from his trip out East.

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Photo of DuqTroops
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - dark brown in complexion; light brown head atop body.

Smell - lots of chocolate and malts to it. can sense a small amount of toffee (heath bar).

Taste - too much malt and a lot of burning of them. not that great as a porter, but decent.

Drinkability - not an avid fan. good, but not great. much better porters out there.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

presentation: 12oz. bottle with a stone-like label. text looks gaelic, with the word "porter" huge over a shield in the center of the label. "award winning craft brewed british style ales" whispered across top of label. abv is displayed at 5.0%. i wonder how old this bottle is because there is no freshness date which could explain some of the odd things going on.

appearance: pours a nice dark brown with ruby red-brown highlights into a tulip glass. i realize this should be in a pint glass, but lately, i've liked my stouts and porters in snifters or tulips for the more easily enjoyable aromas. the head is a light tan half inch even after pouring vigorously. dropped to just a ring within seconds. lacing is a little minimal.

smell: grassy hops and alcohol in first whiff. some chocolate, light coffee and a burnt sugar during the second. the second set of aromas dominate the rest of the drink. not sure why i got hops and alcohol in the first sniff. some dark fruits and a campfire aroma.

taste: coffee, chocolate and a woody campfire flavor. hint of metallic flavor. somewhat balanced with the hop flavors near the finish. i get a bitter-sweet finish with light hop bitters and some dark chocolate.

mouthfeel: despite a lackluster head, the carbonation is high. lots of prickles. light-medium body. more on the light side, however and i think a little too light. swallows a little harshly. but, like the aroma, the mouthfeel changes. becomes much smoother and carbonation calms down as the brew warms. unusual.

drinkability: drinkability is ok. i found myself taking bigger sips in the begining, but as the mouthfeel smoothed itself out, i was sipping towards the end. alcohol is noticible, but nowhere near over the top. depends on how you would like to enjoy it.

overall: this beer really goes through some changes from start to finish. aromas and mouthfeel definitely are affected as the brew warms. flavors remain pretty much constant. can be a session porter or a sipping porter.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.94/5  rDev -2%
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!

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Photo of Tikiri
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pbrian
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with dark ruby hues poking through. Rocky head with clinging lace. There are coffee notes all over this brew. Starbucks, not Dunkin Donuts. Fruity esters fight their way out and a bit of chocolate as well. Good mouthfeel, finishes dry. A good porter, but I couldn't see myself drinking a bunch of these. Nor do I drink a bunch of cups of coffee at a time either.

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Photo of phisig137
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour yields a deep black body and a 3 finger head with great retention. Huge amounts of delicate lace and a thick foam cap are left in the glass. Lace lasts all the way to the bottom. Nice.

Aroma is quite well rounded. Roasted and toasted malts are there in abundance, leading to great coffee and biscuit aromas. Dark fruits soaked in dark rum are present, as well as a healthy dose of molasses. Almost smells like an imperial stout.

Flavor is much drier than expected, yet also well rounded. The coffee aroma turns to a more chocolaty flavor, with a lot of fruit background, particularly plums. Nice lingering hop flavor on the slightly bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel, although a bit thin. Drinkability is great.

Good all around, but just a tad watery in the middle. Perhaps just a touch more crystal malt would help boost the body. Overall very good though. It's always nice to see a brewery sticking with old world tradition, doing it well, and not making everything extreme. Well done St. George!

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Porter from The St. George Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 212 ratings.
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