Porter | The St. George Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
The St. George Brewing Company
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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2.66/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This one is infected, unfortunately. I can taste the underlying English porter flavors I want, but it's masked by sourness. The nose is similarly off, reminding me more of sour milk than dark ale. I'm willing to try another one at some point, but this was one I poured out.

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3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a one finger mocha shade. Retention isn't very good, sadly, but at least it tries to leave some lacing on the glass. Not a lot, though.

S: There's a good chocolate note to the aroma, even more prevalent than a lot of (average) examples of the style. Beneath that is some subtle roast, brown sugar, coffee, and even a faint fruitiness. This has a really nice mocha-esque nose which I really enjoy. If the nose were a little more intense, the nose would be propelled to the stratosphere.

T: This does a good job of bringing the coffee-tinged roast typical of a good porter, but with the added bonus of a subtle yet prevalent chocolate flavor. To a lesser extent, there's a slight fruity tone near the finish. There's a strong mineral component to this beer - which some might mistake for metallic notes, but I don't. These brewers did a good job of giving this a load of chocolate flavor without the ridiculous sweetness (Choklat, I love you to death, but you're still a sugary fucker!)

M: Like most porters, it's thin. I won't go so far as to call it too thin, simply because it's only 5%. The carbonation is prickly and the finish is rather dry, and you know what that means. CHUG CITY. Wait, no, the chocolate flavors are too nice for me to chug this one.

O: I was surprised to see that this has a 90. After drinking it, let's just say I'm not. I'd even say it's top 10 among the style. This has great chocolate flavors, yet the roasted/hoppy bitterness balances it beautifully. A classic example of an under-the-radar gem.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a fairly vigorous head that is a tan color. The beer itself is an opaque dark brown color that borders on black. However, the color appears to be too light for a black. The overall appearance is pretty nice and represents the beer style well.

The smell is fantastic and is easily the best feature of this beer. The smell has a nice mixture of roasted notes and caramel/toffee notes that combine to give it a slight nutty smell. The floral hops still come out of the beer very well but are obviously overwhelmed by the malt notes.

The taste is pretty good but not as good as the smell. The taste has all the same toffee/caramel and lightly roasted malts that give it a nutty character as well as a nice floral hop bitterness underlying all of it. However, it doesn't taste as strong as the notes were in the smell.

The feel is okay. It has a heavy body but feels much lighter and fluffier because of the carbonation. Not bad but doesn't seem to mesh well with the style.

Overall, a pretty good porter worth getting. The smell and taste makes it worthy enough to drink and the feel is more than tolerable. Go for it.

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3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Purchased on vacation at Wine Cheese & More at Chincoteague Island, VA

Almost black with a ruby ring around the base of the glass. A near 3 finger tannish head that receded quickly, but left some thick, clingy lacing.

Aroma of sweet chocolatey caramel with a whiff of metallics.

Even more metallics in the taste. Dark burnt and bitter malt. Only a hint of sweetness.

Full and creamy smooth in body, with a substantial prickle of carbonation. Warming.

This beer was better than the St. George IPA I reviewed last, but apparently it was also past it's prime. Hopefully I will get a chance to try them both again with fresher versions.

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Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 216 ratings