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:
28
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
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Photo of biglite351
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - extremely tall tan head. Good bit of red around the edges.

S - very light roasted malt scent. Would have been great were it stronger.

T - tastes like a heath bar to a point. Roasted malts, chocolate, toffee.

M - good coating, tingle on front and sides of tongue.

D - I could drink a number of these before wanting less sweet.

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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 Beejay
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown pour, but black in the glass. A nice full tan head on top.

S: Some nice roasted malts, and a dusty grain scent. Something sweet in the back, and possible a little wood scent.

T: Nice roasty flavor, there is a little bit of a sweet kick in the back, possibly lacto? Nice but overall not amazing.

M: Medium bodied, with a good bit of carbonation.

D: Nice, but overall not very memorable. Clean finish and very nice over all. This is clearly well made but does not stand out above the rest.

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Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the Dragon Pack sampler the bottle pours a deep brown body that is not quite opaque when held to light. Some spotty lace is left on the glass. Aroma has milk chocolate, a hint of coffee, earthy and fruity hops, and a note of molasses. Medium body and carbonation. Taste is mostly caramel and milk chocolate with an earthy hop bitterness that balances well. Hints of molasses and toffee underneath. Just a hint of dark roasty malt bitterness. A good, but not stellar, porter.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in DFH shaped pint.

Following the pour, a very dark brown brew resides, with a thick head of ecru cream that lingered for a few minutes before mostly abating. A syrupy smell issues forth, though enough roast comes through to keep the nose from getting too sticky. The taste brings things back to Porter Reality, with more body, more roast, with that nice licking of molasses. As heavy as it initially feels, it lightens over the course of the drink, leaving an impression of medium body that allows for good drinkability.

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Photo of MadTown1000
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours what appears to be black, looks a very dark nut brown on closer inspection, and turns out to be a very deep ruby red when held up to light. About an inch and a half of foam in a pint glass quickly recedes to about half an inch, and then stays there a while, leaving little visible lace.

Smell is dominated by molasses, almost sickly sweet. Taste, however, is just about right for a Porter - the molasses is still there, but is cut by some hop bitterness and more present roasted grain. It's dark, it's thick, it's heavy, and it's tasty.

I can't fully get over the molasses thing - it's just a little too syrupy, which diminishes its pleasantness to some degree. But all told, a very solid porter.

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

found at the back of the fridge. i think biegaman brought this one over ages ago. thanks jan!

12oz bottle. sampled sept 20/09.

pours deep dark brown, not quite black or opaque. it shows a bit of reddish highlighting around the thinnest part of the glass. a small very fine light brown head forms, dropping quickly and leaving spotty lace.

aroma is good. dark and milk chocolate. coffee. whole wheat bread. bit of alcohol. caramel and a bit of toffee. light fruity character.

taste is nice. milk chocolate. bit of dark chocolate. light coffee. caramel. just a touch of sweetness. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. touch of biscuit. light sweetness, but it comes across mostly as chocolate and caramel and never gets anywhere near cloying. bit earthy.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. just under medium carbonation.

drinkability is good. alcohol is hidden pretty well. a solid english porter. good stuff.

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

Thanks to biegaman for this one.

Pours an opaque dark brown, black almost, medium sized tan head forms, quickly settles down to a thick ring around the glass, with a thin layer, some lace spots stick to the glass. Smell is nice, malt balls, very roasty, chocolate, dark fruit, lightly milky, toffee, raisin, very bready and earthy, a bit musty, vanilla, very malty, pretty nice aroma. Taste is similar, very dry and bready, chocolate wafers, coffee grounds, malt balls, chocolate milk, dark fruit, biscuits, graham crackers, very dry and roasty in the finish, but a light fruit/raisin character lingers a bit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, very dry and roasty finish, quite nice.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 12 oz bottle flown over to me by a Virginia based BA. Poured into a Westmalle chalice glass, one of my favourite tasting glasses.

Deep, dark browny/red body with (sadly) a small wisp of a tan half head which soon turned into a thin collar around the glass.

Intense dark chocolate aroma, then dry roasted coffee and toasted chocolate malts.

The taste copied the smells, only a drier hint to everything and the hops coming in to add a bitterness that bit into my tongue and cheeks.

Well carbonated and a good richness considering its alcohol content isn't trying to rip your head off like some Porters attempt to do.

All in all a very pleasant beer and glad it came my way.

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Photo of rye726
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut color with a nice tan head. Nose has roasty malts, molasses, cocoa, caramel and coffee. Taste has burnt malts, dark fruits, chocolate and espresso. Medium body is a bit thin, so is the carbonation. Good beer to wash down some fish and chips.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.1/5  rDev +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 Clydesdale
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Not-quite opaque dark brown, with some red around the edges. The light brown head is tall, creamy, and frothy, with very nice retention and lacing.

S: Heavy doses of roasted malt and chocolate. A slight leafy hop twang from what I can tell. Simple, but fairly robust.

T: As the nose suggests, roasted malt and dark chocolate are most prominent. A bit of a burnt or caramelized flavor is also present. Hints of charcoal and coffee are definitely noticeable. The hops start mild but consistently build into a leafy, perhaps piney bitterness. Something else is at work here as well - I'll call it vanilla even though that doesn't seem like a perfect fit.

M: Standard medium-full body. Carbonation is light, giving a somewhat creamy feel. A considerable dryness into the finish. It could stand to be a little thicker or chewier, but it's not bad at all.

D: A very nice offering. Chock full of roasted, chocolaty porter goodness. I'll be looking into more beers from St. George in the future.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark reddish brown, thick medium tan with orange tinge foam head, good retention, good lacing.

S = Hints of cocoa powder, fresh sawdust.

T = Cocoa powder, fresh whole wheat bread, mostly bitter finish.

M = Medium body, fair mouthcoating, foamy feel.

D = Goes down easily, a nice simple standard porter. It would be easy to drink a few of these while talking with friends.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Poured two shades shy of black with ruby highlights around the edges and when backlit. Half inch tan-colored head dissipated into a star-shaped skim within seconds. Some lacing, but weak adhesion. Nose reveals cocoa and toffee. Taste indicates, cocoa, coffee and a roasted character, as well as a slightly metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel was between light-and medium-bodied and effervescent; a little too much carbonation for my liking. All and all, a decent and flavorful porter, but there are better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.1/5  rDev +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 erosier
4.1/5  rDev +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 soupermirl
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very nice color, brownish red and dark. Just a hint of hops for most porters. This beer was very solid. Scent had just a slight yeast smell. and the taste was good, more malty than hops. A very good solid beer and great to have a drink with the buds.

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

Got this with a variety 6 pack from the brewery at Farm Fresh.
This beer poured a wonderful black color. Had a head that did not last long and the lacing disappeared quickly. But the smell of this porter was wonderful. Chocolate coffee smell that was fantastic. The taste is nice with chocolate flavors that are not too sweet. Has a very clean finish. This is an exceptional beer and cannot believe that it has not rated higher. Great beer that I will buy again and again.

Would buy again

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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 blackie
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: served in a standard pint, the beer is a dark brown in color, nearly black, with a thick, well retained khaki head and heavy lacing

s: bittersweet cocoa and medium roasted barley upfront, with a very earthy hop aroma to the side, smells good but just a tad timid for my preferences

m: carbonation way on the low side, medium body, very smooth

t: starts with smooth roast and bitter chocolate and a mild sweetness, turning towards more dry, astringent roasts in the finish, hops earthy with a moderate bitterness, no part of the beer really stands out, but it's a good porter for sure

d: quite easy

pint at Taphouse on Queensway, Hampton, VA

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

This is a tasty, refreshing, and surprisingly light porter. I highly recommend.

Pours a rich black with a slight off-color head and medium lacing.

The aroma is powerful, with the rich bready, sweet and chocolatey character a good English porter should have. The flavor is sweet and bready, with raisins and chocolate throughout. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light, with a pleasant bite of carbonation on the back of the tongue.

This is a highly drinkable porter - light enough to enjoy in hot weather and heavy enough for cold weather sipping. The low alcohol content makes it one of those increasingly rare beers in this world of viscous Baltic Porters and Russian Imperial Stouts - a light, refreshing dark session beer.

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Photo of jordoo
4.1/5  rDev +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 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 Hojaminbag
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown to black body with ruby hints around the edges. A slight tan head that doesn't leave behind a lot of lacing.

Smells delightful. Chocolate, coffee, some raosted malts.

Taste is great also. Sweet milk chocolate with some more bitter roasted type flavor and some fruitiness. Tasty porter with a good mouthfeel.

Pretty drinkable for a porter, great brew.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 07/22/08.

Pours a very dark brown with hints of ruby around the edges. Two fingers of tan head slowly fade to a thin layer, leaving some nice lacing behind. Aroma is mostly milk chocolate and roasted malt, with just a hint of cherry.

Taste starts with sweet milk chocolate and malt flavor, then finishes with bitter dark chocolate and a bit of roasted coffee. Just the right balance of bitter and sweet. Very nice flavor, very nice.

Feel is also quite nice. Nice full body, just the right amount of carbonation. Not thin and bubbly like some porters tend to be. It's also super-drinkable. The taste is great, and it's so smooth going down.

This is easily my favorite St. George brew, and one of my favorite porters. Definitely worth a try.

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Porter from The St. George Brewing Company
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