Porter | St. George Brewing Company, The

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

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Murph on 07-18-2002

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, picked while on vacation on the Delmarva peninsula. Poured chocolaty brown, a hard pour raised only a 1/2 inch dark tan head.Didnt stay long settling into a film, left minimal lacing.Faint Coffee in the nose. Medium bodied, cool and crisp. Coffee,Chocolate, with a bit of caramel and molasas notes. Soft carbonation, adds up to a nice mouthfeel. Sweetness becomes more evident after a few sips.finishes dry with a nice almond and bittersweet chocolate flourish. Respectable porter. Not flashy but worth a try.

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Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's been awhile since I had a brew from this brewery and man was it nice to try this one!Pours a deep brown with some ruby tints thru out with an of white head that was pretty thick for the style.A great aroma of fruit dark chocolates and earth very rich in aroma,Taste is buttery and fruity with some unswetend chocolate and great earthiness in the finish.An almost perfect porter big flavors easy to drink,awesome.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured black with ruby highlights. The head was off white and lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was coffee and chocolate with some slight caramel aroma. The aroma was very smooth.

The flavor was coffee and chocolate in concert. Very well done chocolate flavor and coffee balanced with enough subtle sweetness to create an excellent flavor.

The finish was dry coffee that only got better into the aftertaste. The body was medium to medium-full.

12 ounce bottle, no freshness dating.

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Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is chocolate, caramel and roasted malts. A medium bodied porter. Malts are nice and roasty with a nice chocolate and coffee flavor, Slightly spicy hops. Nicely balanced. Soft carbonation. Smooth flavor. Nice porter, this one surprised me, it was much better than I was expecting it to be. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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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 winomark
2.97/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a thin, dissapating head.

Aroma: Lots of chocolate in the nose, with some malty richness giving support.

Taste: Chocolate and roasted malts throughout. Somewhat short and dry on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Quite light and fleeting. No hops present. Dry and bland on the finish.

Drinkability: A boring porter, IMO. No character. Won't try again.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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 NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its extremely deep chestnut body appears almost black on the bar, and it reveals brilliant ruby highlights when held to the light. The creamy tan head drops slowly to a wide collar, and it leaves some very nice lace throughout most of the glass. The nose displays deeply kilned malts with a roasted edge and a deeply caramelized, almost burnt-sugar side; as well as some rich nuttiness that includes pistachio. The body is medium and it's gently crisp across the palate with a fine, moderate carbonation that softens as it warms. The flavor is slightly richer than the aroma indicates, but the character remains the same with the addition of a solid bitterness that takes the whole thing just a little bit further. A faint fruitiness appears upfront, coat-tailed by a rich nuttiness that's immediately jumped on by bitterness (think peanut skins). The caramelized sugars become apparent as it warms (caramel, molasses, burnt sugar); and its coffee-like roastiness develops towards the finish. Dark caramelized sugars, nuts, a touch of baker's chocolate, and bitterness linger in the aftertaste. Quite rich and enjoyable but without being heavy or cloying. Certainly worth trying!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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 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 oelergud
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served in a brown bottle, regular cap. medivial looking brown label with a red and gold shield.
Beer is dark ruby and forms a nice chocolate brown head.

Smell: Spicy and bitter nose.

Taste: Sweet mild and a great bitter aftertaste, just like a good porter should be. Some roasted coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and smooth, leaves a slick feeling.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, doesn't get boring, pretty complex and interesting brew.


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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours very dark for a porter this beer is comparable to the colore of Perkuno's from Heavyweight, and after a slow steady pour about an inch of tan creamy head forms on top of the body. Trickled lacing kicks this beer up another notch on the food chain and the aroma this beer has to offer is full of milk chocolate, coffe tones created from the dark roasts used in this brew. This is just a textbook porter, one that I would love to attempt to brew at home because the taste is just heavenly. Light carbonation carries this rich robust porter with silky chocolate tones and a espresso finish this beer may be one of the better porters I have tasted for all around drinkability. I would buy a sixer of this stuff in a heart beat medium body not heavy just incredibly drinkable, a go to brew wish I lived near the brewery so I could frequent this beer and even have a sample on tap.

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Photo of Morris729
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brownish ruby color with a short tan head that fades into a tight lace. Nose is sweet and chocolaty and is quite reminiscent of chocolate covered raisins. Medium to full in body and smooth and creamy in texture. Taste starts of with notes of sweet roasted malts and dark fruit followed by a dry and earthy nuttiness that gives way to notes of bitter-sweet chocolate and espresso. This is one fine porter that I’d happily recommend to anyone. Thanks to Loki for the sample!

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Photo of Loki
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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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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 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 RBorsato
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review for the newer version from the new brewery:

Black (with ruby red highlights) and a full brown head which leaves sporadic lace. Roasted malt aroma and a full roasty flavor. Medium-full bodied (leans medium) with a roasty dry finish.

Just as good as the original but not near as chocolately or strong.

ABV: 4.5% per bottle

($1.49 / 12 oz.)

Review for the older version from the old brewery:

Dark black with a dark brown head. Low head with little carbonation and sporadic lace. Chocolatey and roasty aroma with a light alcohol aroma. Strong chocolate flavor (reminiscent of Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout). Medium-full bodied with a long Imperial Stout like finish and light alcohol burn.

Note: This was the old porter (prob 2-3 years old) brewed at the old Brewery (Label states B.A. Brewmeister, Inc.) before it burned down. Label shows St. George slaying a Dragon ... much cooler than the new label.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep dark color which give way to a light brown head. The head turns to a film and lasted the whole ride to the bottom of the glass. The aroma of roasted malt and molasses is your first introduction to this porter. Taste is very, very good. Malt with a touch of earthy tones… coffee, maybe some chocolate? A very easy Porter to drink. I recommend this one to all!

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Photo of StevieW
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Label has a shield with red cross, certainly the St. George crest. Cool Label.

Shiny deep black color. No way this is any shade of brown. Rich Foamy creamy beige head. Sheets of lace down the glass. Initial sour wierd smell, could have been my glass. Nice rich roasted chocolate, cocoa bean coffee smells emerge later. Great initial full chocolate malt flavor. Nutty hints also slip by. Just the right amount of roasted bitterness. Subtle shot of sweet milk chocolate sweetness slides by, like there are a few shots of Hershey's chocolate milk in the middle. Not every sip, but enough to keep you interested. Very creamy, full bodied feel. I probably couldn't drink alot of these at once, but I could drink it all the time. Therefore a high drinkability rating in my opinion. A great porter, right up there with the Great Lakes Edmund Fitergerald, but bigger flavors and different. This will give you a new appreciation of the style.
Cheers to Murph for picking this one out, and lugging it to Florida.

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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 Murph
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the blackest porters I have ever seen. Pours super black with a nice brownish head and decent clinging lace. Very nice roasted flavors combine with a nice smooth bittersweet chocolate flavor to make this a very interesting aroma. Taste starts off with some nice roasted malt flavors before going very chocolatey. Bitter, roasted coffee then comes back to combat the chocolate sweetness and balnce the brew. The extremely smooth and creamy mouthfeel of this beer make it exceedingly drinkable as well as one of my favorite porters to date.

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