Porter | The St. George Brewing Company

very good
212 Ratings

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

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Murph on 07-18-2002

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