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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Photo of wingnutter
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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 ppoitras
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from pentathlete as part of the OneBox BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" brown head above the barely translucent dark brown brew, with reddish highlights. Head holds on well, with heavy, foamy, sticky lacing. Aroma is dark roasty malts, reminds me of a brewhouse on dark beer brewday. Taste is sweet dark grains, with a coffee bitterness close. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, and drinkability is not only nice, but the abv lets you revisit and revisit. This definitely one I could make a regular, if I could find it locally.

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Photo of Zorro
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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 qcitydarkstar
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours a thick, beefy black that cannot be seen through even when held up next to a light source. Very little carbonation on this one, barely any head at all. Scents of toffee, sweet caramel, and roasted malts dominate this beer. The taste is of cold coffee, black cherries and bittersweet chocolate. A very nice flavor, although the aftertaste is a bit grainy.

This beer is readily available at most upscale grocery stores in the Carolinas and for less than $7 a six-pack, I would recommend this as a good everyday Porter.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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 whartontallboy
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a cola brown, maybe a little darker, with a thin tan head that doesn't linger for too long.

Smell is interesting: it's kind of earthy, with a little bit of a soil/peat scent coming through, some chocolate, dark malt, a little bit of dark maltiness, and some fairly clear tart scents coming through, just a little bit sweet.

Flavor is kind of problematic. It's really earthy on the front end; parts of it almost taste like dirt. Kind of unusual for a porter. It settles out after a few drinks into a kind of smoke and nut flavor that's pretty solid. Buttressed well by a chocolate that's slightly grainy and a light coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and suits the flavor well.

Overall: Not perfect, and the first couple of sips were a little tough, but overall, a drinkable porter with some interesting flavors.

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

Visited St. George today and had this beer on tap-nice color, not much a head, smooth with a nice body. Some porters can be over the top-and to me-much closer to a stout. This porter is not one of those. As I review this beer I am having a bottle-and I struck by its drinkability. As other reviewers note-the balance is very good.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I believe the first beer I ever reviewed was the last time I tried a St. George (IPA, I believe). This one may have been cask conditioned at the World Beer Festival, but I wasn't sure about this. Great example of a good, but not fantastic porter. Balanced with robust flavors of chocolate and caramel. Easy to drink and enjoy more of in the future. I think this one is found around here but since I didn't enjoy my first St. George's, I never took this one into consideration. Will probably pick up a six pack of this soon.

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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 Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown, almost black in color. A one finger tan head lasted a bit before falling to a surface foam. Lovely lace develops during the drink. The aroma was a very pleasant combo of roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, and coffee.

The flavor followed the nose and the beer was a well balanced. Roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and molasses was balanced with a nice bitterness and some sweet ripe plum.

Crisp at the start, and smooth at the finish. Roasted tones last long into the finish. This is a big, bold and flavorful porter. Great drinkability, and this is one I will be seeking out in the future.

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Photo of Jason
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Bleedingshrimp
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I live about 15 minutes from the St. James brewery and ashamed to note that although I only recently started taking a serious interest in beer, I never knew this brewery existed. Surprisingly, I found that ALOT of people who lived aroud this area were unaware of it as well. That all changed thanks to the Beer Diretory on this site and I was quickly on my way to try the St. James Porter. I can be pretty damn sure that I got a fresh sixer, being only about 7 miles away from the brewery, and it was from a well lit, well rotated grocer.

This beer on a medium pour produced a nice one finger head that lasted for about a minute or so before dissipating into a ring and island. The lace clung nicely all over the glass as if fearing for it's life. It had a nice burnt brown look with deep ruby undertones. The nose was deep bodied, smelling of freshly roasted coffee and a nice cherry, dark berry hint. Only upon taste do you find the nice dark chocolate over fresh coffee taste. The roasted malt dominating and a very slight fruitiness that fights off any hop taste. At the end, you have the tiniest taste of hops that just slightly sours your mouth but quickly fades away, begging you to come back to it quickly.The mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, yet creamy smooth and crisp. I would prefer it just a bit heavier on the mouth, and just a bit less carbonation though. The nice smooth aftertaste lends quite well to the drinkability and I would easily be able to have it as a session beer or even just with dinner. This is a great example of American porter that balances complexity with drinkability. It's easily right up there with your Anchor and Sierra Nevada porters.

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Photo of pentathlete
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just had a pint at County Ale House and it was as good or better than the bottled version. Ebony, sticky lace, coffee, chocolate, toasted malts in the nose and taste. Just an all around excellent and quaffable brew. One of my favorite Virginia beers. If you make a drive down the I95 corridor, then this is one to pick up.

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Photo of jakester
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this sixer at Food Lion on the Outer Banks of N.C.
Bottle says British Style Ales. No date!

Pours a very dark ruby/mahogany with a 1 finger head of tan foam. Drops to islands and a ring in 3-4 minutes. Lacing at first, then none.

Smells of dark chocolate, cherries, vanilla flowery hops, and just a hint of coffee. Very pleasant.

Tastes of sweet chocolate, cherries, vanilla, very smooth. Nice flowery hops. Appropriate level of bittering. This is a good beer. Finishes with long, fruity, chocolatey cherries.

Mouthfeel is real smooth. Slightly sweet, good carbonation on the tongue, very smooth finish.

A very good representation of the style. I would drink this all day anytime!

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Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +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 Stimack
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours to what I would call a extremely dark brown color hedging on black with an adequate dark tan head that broke down somewhat quickly but left a nice amount of lacing through out. The aromas that I notice first are roasted/burnt malts that seem to lead to an earthiness smell mixed with a sweet like scent. I am also able to pick up some chocolate like aromas mixed with a nutty scent; over all this is a very pleasant smelling brew. Has a pronounced roasted malt flavor that highlights coffee along with chocolate tastes. Finishes with a slight sweet flavor that seems like it would be expected based on the overall flavors of the brew. Hard to pick up hops but am able to notice a slight bitter taste but it is far in the background. Over all this is a fantastic brew, very happy to uncover it while in North Carolina! Will have to look for this one when I get home.

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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 PSUDREW
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Solid, Solid brew by St. George's. Nice, meduim pitch color, some head and lot's of lacing. Nice roasted malt profile, followed by a slight malty-sweet finish, Aroma matches the roasted flavor and texture to perfect degree. Over-all a good brew to enjoy any time of the year.

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

The body is a dark brown color with a small tan head on top. Scattered lacing was left around the glass as this was consumed. Roasty malts and dark chocolate fill the nose of this. There are mild hints of ripe dark fruits in the background as well as notes of caramel and coffee. Flavor starts out with a big roasted malt kick before leading into a bitter sweet dark chocolate. Very deep roasted flavors all through the taste leading into the lingering chocolate roasted malt after taste. Body is medium with a nice creamy smooth feel to it. Great drinkability as this is very smooth to go down. This is one beer I should make my session beer a bit more often. Great solid example of the style.

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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 blitheringidiot
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Mampton, VA 5.0 % ABV British styled ales. Ing: Water, malted barley, hops and yeast. Medieval motif shield label. 12 FLVID OUnCES.

Opaque black with ahogany eggplant skin purple glints escape through the bottle bottom under rather dark khaki coffee ‘n cream hued uneven craggy head.

Butterscotch malt head. Some vanilla but buried. Woody. Beef jerky worchestershire sauce, so much so that my kitchen got an untimely visit and yup, that’s it! Cocoa.

First Swigs: Powder dry but refreshing. Fine bakers chocolate and chocolate ice cream. Malts are burnt, toasted and espresso. This is a cough inducing dry. [Did someone just blow dust off of an antique painting?] Someone left the malts in the oven a hair too long to my liking. Nutty fine grain sharpnes.

Plenty of foamy roasted cushion. Burnt flavor and feel. A bit chalky in the dregs.

Last Swigs: Burnt malts and espresso. Now for the most esoteric comparison ever used for a review. Ever eat snow? That is what this tastes like. When I was a kid, my friend’s father let us try some dehydronated chocolate candy from the military. Saliva moisture brought the flavor out. That is what this tastes like. Reminds me an awful lot of Young’s 2X chocolate. Thanks to fellow BA Shapudding for the bottle. Goes to show ya that you can’t judge a book by its cover or a beer by its simple plain cap. Up there with local legend Yuengling Porter.

Beer is good. Happy porter beering.

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Photo of shapudding
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch chocolatey, root-beer dark... can't see through it. Bit of khaki head that was not much to begin with, then kept reducing down to only a dusting and then a tiny ring. Nice sherry, port, and chocolate scents. Good amount of carbination going on, but not too much. Just enough to foam up a bit in your mouth-but not enough to make it feel champagne-like. Tastes of roasted malts, black coffee, dark toast... nice. Goes down very well. Not too heavy, very drinkable for those of us that enjoy the porters and stouts. Enjoyed this as my first beer in Duck/Outer Banks!

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby-tinged brown-black with a thin, tan head. Aroma is rich, sweet, dark malts, chocolate milk, molasses and burgundy. The nose is the best part!

Taste is sweet cocoa and malted milk, not as sweet as Hershey's, just malty sweet. Rich, dark roast, Viennese coffee, faint vinous elements. Dry, nutty malted flavors near the end, at the back of the mouth. Towards the end of the glass, the flavor turns out less like malted milk and more like a slightly sweet dark-roast espresso.

Mouthfeel is medium, lots of body, finish is smooth and clean with a mild black (no cream, sugar) coffee aftertaste. A little sweeter than I think it should be but otherwise very good. Many thanks to meathookjones for BIFing this to me.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with an espresso brown color but a fairly modest tan head; decent lacing, however

Smell: Chocolate malt with some toffee underneath

Taste: Starts out with a brown bread, toffee and chocolate character that adds a fruity element by mid-palate; after the swallow, the chocolate returns to prominence though the finish is well-balanced with some coffee in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A lot of subtle elements in this porter, with the chocolate dominant and the fruit and toffee adding another dimension

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Photo of rabidawg
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours absolutely perfectly. Near-black garnet body with a creamy, thick tan head. Lacing literally paints the inside of the glass. I can't think of a nicer looking porter.

Smell: Nice aromas of French-roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Slightly sweet with minimal hop aroma.

Taste: Creamy and full in the mouth. Limited sweetness, with nice sharp, acidic kilned malt bite after the swallow. Drying hops bitterness in the finish gives way to roasty charcoal. Gentle dark chocolate in the end. Very nice porter.

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