Porter | The St. George Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
214 Ratings
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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:
214
Reviews:
146
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
9.48%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
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Photo of wingnutter
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have a feeling mheckman and I will be rating similar beers over the next year...

Pours a nice dark color, much like a stout. Tan head dissapears after a spell. Notes of chocolate and coffee. Very nice.

Taste: Excellent roasted malt flavor. Bitter chocolate and coffee jump out in front. This is tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: This beer is good and thick, and has a chewy mouthfeel. Would probably go great with a chocolate dessert. Or skip the dessert and just drink 2 of these. Finished on the dry side, which I like.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. This is a good porter.

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Photo of MEANxOLDxTOM
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- This beer poured a dark dark brown color, with hints of dark red. The head was a light espresso color and rose about a 1/3rd of an inch.
S-Sweet roasted toasted malt. Rich dark chocolate, coffee, and a hint of creaminess.
T- There was just a touch of hops at the tip of each sip. The body was sweet and chocolaty, and the after taste reminded me of bitter dark chocolate.
M/D- Med-heavy body,moderate carbonation for a porter. This beer was really good...better than I expected from the mix six of beers that looked like it came out of a harry potter movie....its hit or miss in the six pack, but the porter is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. with no freshness date - served chilled in a nonic. Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a 1 inch tan head that leaves a few rings of lace. Smells of roasted/burnt malts, coffee, chocolate, some sweetness and dark fruits, and some sort of earthy notes. The flavor is dominated by burnt malts, but there's also coffee, bitter chocolate and hops, and a sweetness akin to an oatmeal stout. The body is medium and coats the mouth nicely and it is a fairly drinkable porter. Could be a bit more balanced perhaps.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle, no date information.

Solid cordovan tinged brown. Steady and short walnut hull cap that leaves a single ringlet of lace after it eventually vanished. Rich chocolate, molasses, light smoky coffee, and gentle English hop aromas waft enticingly from the glass. Opening with some chocolatey malt and a soft mouthfeel, the finish is slightly chalky, and English hop accented (Fuggles perhaps). There is a pleasing roasted note that also comes up in the finish. The soft hops infuse themselves into the roasted chocolate body. There is also just a touch of complimentary sour fruitiness. Medium-light body with fine carbonation, this finishes on the dry side. A nice representation of an English porter, and a good session beer.

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Photo of atsprings
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark opaque black with a frothy off-white head that lasts and leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is of dark malts. The taste is of dark malts with some bitter dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, almost like a milk stout minus the roastiness. This would make for an excellent winter session beer, but is also enjoyable on a hot spring night. Likely the best beer St. George makes.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown color, with reddish edges, and a thick, solid, brownish head that lasts and lasts.
Aroma: rich and chocolatey, a little coffeeish, beautiful, dark, roasty, perfect.
Taste: smooth, but slightly bittersweet on the tongue. Ably fits the perfect flavor profile for a porter, bitter, rich , tasty, full-bodied, marvelous mouthfeel, never-ending finish, this is truly a porter done right!

Thanks to DrewS. for the sample!

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Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with 1" of tan colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Faint roasted malt

T: Chocolate, roasted malt, & a touch of iron as this warms. Finishes with rich chocolate & roasted grains

MF: Slick, well-balanced with pretty good carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, a real straight-forward English Porter

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Photo of erosier
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a deep brown, almost black color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass nicely all the way down.
S: Smells of roasted barley, hints of black malt, some fruit in the aroma, and then a nice hoppy finish to the aroma.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted barley, hints of burnt black malt, then a slightly fruity/floral hoppiness at the end of the taste.
M: Sweet and slightly burnt, really nice amount of carbonation, and a nice amount of alcohol.
D: Very drinkable English style porter, I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

beer entered the glass as a depp brown almost opaque color with a moderate tan head that fell to a slight ring. Smell is a tantalizing mixture of chocolate, roasted grains, and an exuberance of coffee. Very nice. Taste is roated coffee with a background bitterness. Mouthfeel slowly grows to tangy dryness that continues to improve as you delay the next sip. A very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of godawgs
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jordoo
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poored into a pint glass.

Two fingers of moca colored head top this very dark porter. I can see some red when held up to the light. First sniff is dominated by chocolate and molassas. I also get some toasted malts and a hint of fruityness. Taste is pretty much as advertised in the nose, dark bitter chocolate flavor is the mainstay but there is a noce almost citrus like hop flavor and a little bitter finish. It was just a hair thin for my liking but I prefer very thick porters. I will probably pick up a 6pack of this wonderful porter next time I see it.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown body with a mountainous head that left voluminous lacing. A mix of sweet malts that are more complex than me just saying cocoa or caramel (or gum, cotton candy or sugar) w/ some roasted and burnt malts as well. Medium-body, very smooth and creamy as the chocolate and other sweet malts dance all over the tongue but are kept in check with a drying sensation from the roasted and burnt malts. Finishes clean and dry, a perfect counterpoint to the beer's overall sweetness. A solid porter.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my buddy chaz over on realbeer for this. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my nonic pint glass. Appears a translucent deep chestnut color with about two fingers of ecru foam. I'm getting aromas of rich roasted grains, bittersweet chocolate, chocolate bread (grab a loaf from Wegmans), grassy bitter hops. Bordering full bodied for it's style and amply carbonated. Smooth, creamy and undeniably drinkable. A great porter.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Opaque black brew that produced a two tip head that stuck around for a while. Nice lacing. Good overall presentation.

S - Chocalate malts mostly but there is something a bit acrid that caused a hit here.

T - Very robust chocolate malt profile. Pretty sweet and a bit dry initially, but the finish has a perfect blend of tart and bitterness that balances this beer almost perfectly. Incredible.

M - Medium body, great carbonation level, slightly sticky.

D - Pretty good, this is easily an "anytime" porter, which is hard to find for me. Usually I have to be in the right mood for a porter, but this just sits so well I could see this being a regular for me. Very tasty and highly recommended.

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Photo of phishgator
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. This is a deep mahoganey brew with a large foamy head. The head stays with the beer only dissipating after about five minutes. The beer is not transparent. The aroma is of toasted barley, coffee, and nutty. The taste is quite good. You can sense once the toasted barley, the hint of hops, almonds (or some other kind of nuts), and an astrigent taste of coffee. The body is medium and the coating of the mouth leaves a sticky film. It is a quite quaffable brew, but unfortunately with most porters I can't take much of the astringent flavor. If you like porters this is a must!

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Photo of Zorro
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Oz bottle Sampled through the efforts of Boxing Day BIF and Pentathlete.

Pours a clear, very deeply dark brown beer with red highlights. An attractive light brown head forms but does not last long. Very nearly a 5 in appearance.

From the very moment I cracked this one open there was a wonderful sweet chocolate aroma. Actually sniffing the glass that same scent is there and more. Pleasant bready malt backbone and cappuccino aromas are in here too. Lightly fruity too mostly fig aromas.

Taste is dry and bready and bitter at the beginning. Mildly sweet but the flavor here is mostly. Not a lot of subtly here just a good flaw free Porter.

Mouthfeel is good.

A very nice and tasty Porter but a little bit disappointing in the flavor department. From the look and smell I thought I had a World Class Porter in my glass, but it just isn't quite THAT good. This is a very good Porter however. Outstanding looks and aroma that just doesn't make it to the flavor. Still I do like this and it is absolutely worth trying.

Addendum: From Jason's Review "faint blackberry." I did a re-sniff, yep I smell it too.

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Photo of codyw
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark mahogany, approaching stout darkness. Nice two finger head.

S: Smells strongly of chocolate, at times almost like chocolate syrup. Also hints of coffee.

T: Very strong presence of chocolate. If I could imagine a "chocolate beer", this would be it. Almost too much chocolate at times. I feel like it could have used a little more hopping to balance out the taste. At times it felt like they put chocolate syrup in the brew. If you like smooth chocolate, then this is it.

M: Very lush and velvety. Very smooth with little dryness. Very nice.

D: Very nice porter, with definite chocolate character. A good session beer.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter at around 55-60 degrees. Part of the Dragon 6-pack.

A - Pours a beautiful black with a slight lacing that lasts for almost the entire glass.

S - Black licorice dominates the aroma with roasted cocoa. Maybe a hint of fruit?

T - Initially, the licorice taste is strong, but it gives way to a burnt dark mocha flavor. I almost want to say that there is a fruit background in the finish, but I just can't put my finger on it. Very powerful flavor.

M - Creamy, thick-bodied beer that finishes heavy. Not overly thick like a milkshake or anything - perfect match for the flavors.

D - Best beer from the Dragon pack. One of the top porters I've had in this young season. Overall, very enjoyable because of the lower ABV.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark but not quite opaque brown with a medium thin beige head. Thin and quick lacing. The aroma consists of roasted coffee, milk chocolate and malt. Medium-bodied with a nice blend of chocolate, malt, coffee and hops in the flavor, and there was a nice underlying roasted malt aftertaste throughout the glass. The finish is lightly bitter hops. Overall this is an enjoyable Porter, maybe not quite as good as Edmund Fitzgerald or Fuller's but solid all around.

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

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A- Easy two fingers of tan head off of the moderate pour, deep brown color ... nearly black.

S- Charcoal, iced espresso, burnt sugar ... faint blackberry.

T- Rich burnt malt character, just enough to pucker the tasted buds but not even close to being astringent. Faint charred wood, earthy with a balanced hop among the mild sweetness of the malt. Dark chocolate cover espresso beans come to mind.

M- Exceptionally smooth, perhaps the smoothest porter I have ever had.

D- Lighter in alcohol than most, very flavorful ... put those two together and you get a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Well's Discount Liquors in Baltimore, MD.
Poured from a cool brown 12oz into a Guinness Nonic.

A - Deep brown, almost black w/ garnet highlights w/ a slow cascade of tan that measures 2.5 fingers. The head is frothy and sinks quickly making a film of lace.

S - Malty crisp, milkball w/ cream and vanilla on top of a bed of dark roast coffee w/ a light sweet hop note.

M - Roasted coffee w/ a hint of smoke and moderate carbonation. The feel has a sweet smooth quality that ends slightly dry.

T - A rich creamy caramel malt w/ coffee and toasted notes. Roasted barley w/ a touch of sweet vanilla. The herbal hop flavor complements the cocoa-like sweet quality of this porter. It has the right combination of Dry and sweet, Malted and roasty.

D - I could drink these often, I found this to be very drinkable, a quaffer at only 5%, yet full of flavor and many tasty textures. The ale is missing the overroasted chalkiness that is common in some porters.

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Photo of asabreed
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Almost opaque, but the slightest light can be seen through, especially at the edges of the roundness of the glass. Head fades fairly quickly, but there's some spotty lacing down the glass.

Smell: Dark berry-like fruit. Dark, burnt, and toasted malt. Slight hops to balance it. Lots of roastiness. And some coffee also in the nose.

Taste: Sweet, roasted malt as the backbone, with some slight dark fruit after that. Then some bitter chocolate, coffee, and ending with some hops and a nice balance of everything at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, crisp, and creamy. Perfect carbonation. Everything's right on.

Drinkability: An excellent porter and another winner from St. George. I'm not a porter session drinker, but if you are you should definitely try this, as it's complex enough not to be overbearing, but always remains interesting, and is fairly low in alcohol.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black (or, perhaps super-super-dark brown) with a gorgeous tan head that's not too thick and thins to nearly nothing quickly. Ghostly traces of lace are left on the glass.

Aromas are nutty, roasty, even kind of rum-like. There's a dusty cocoa element in the background.

Flavors bring out the roast elements even further, with a pleasing nuttiness and some coffee/dark chocolate action too. The hops make their presence known, giving good balance to this verrry easy-sipping porter. The mouthfeel is just as it should be, a bit tingly while also being very creamy. Not terribly thick but hardly thin, just the right body for the style and flavor profile.

A really great porter that I would highly recommend to anyone favoring the darker, heavier, deeper end of the beer spectrum. Feels like a big beer without having a big ABV.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head that stayed around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and some caramel. It tastes like roasted malt, milk and bittersweet chocolate, caramel, cream, and a bit of burnt/charred malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think this is a pretty good brew. One of my friends picked up a single bottle of this for me on a recent trip, and if it was available in my area I would certainly buy this beer again.

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Photo of Loki
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled in a 12 oz. bottle.

Poured a deep, dark brown that is almost black with a 1/8 inch tan head that faded to credit card thickness that remained through out the tasting. Incredible lacing that left spots on the glass near the top when the beer was 1/3 finished and I was slowly enjoyed this brew.

Aromas of roasted malt with faint hints of chocolate wafted from the glass.

The front of the taste was pure malt, then bitter hops, and some coffee or espresso. Medium-high body that was very smooth and creamy. A Slight bitterness coating lingered in the mouth for quite some time.

Very good porter and a great price. An overall great line so far.

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Porter from The St. George Brewing Company
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