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Porter | The St. George Brewing Company

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

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Murph on 07-18-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,724
Reviews:
146
Ratings:
215
pDev:
9.5%
Bros Score:
4.17
 
 
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Ratings: 215 |  Reviews: 146
Photo of PhageLab
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Opaque black brew that produced a two tip head that stuck around for a while. Nice lacing. Good overall presentation.

S - Chocalate malts mostly but there is something a bit acrid that caused a hit here.

T - Very robust chocolate malt profile. Pretty sweet and a bit dry initially, but the finish has a perfect blend of tart and bitterness that balances this beer almost perfectly. Incredible.

M - Medium body, great carbonation level, slightly sticky.

D - Pretty good, this is easily an "anytime" porter, which is hard to find for me. Usually I have to be in the right mood for a porter, but this just sits so well I could see this being a regular for me. Very tasty and highly recommended.

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Photo of arguemaniac
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this porter and I must say it lives up to the hype. A strong roasted grain character, with hints of burnt flavors, and a firm caramel malt sweetness balance each other nicely.

Basically, it has the richness and flavor of a stout but the smoothness of a porter. The assertive burnt bitterness isn’t too astringent and the malt sweetness isn’t to overbearing, and, to top it off, they blend well together. I can see why everyone has had good things to say about this porter…

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Photo of mtnwesdew
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of csmiley
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark, coffee like color. Got at least an inch of head that was gone pretty quick. Lacing was minimal.

S - Nice toasted scents are first on the nose. Those are backed up by coffee and alcohol. There is also a hint of honey. Not bad at all.

T - Slight burnt coffee flavor accompanies the alcohol and roasted malt. The honey just fades away in the flavor. Really packs in alot of flavor for a 5% abv English porter.

M - Gets a rating of medium bodied. Carbonation was good.

D - This was a flavorful beer that went down smooth and easy. I would have to give this one a thumbs up.

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Photo of pentathlete
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Retsinis
3.1/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

While I was on vacation visiting family in Woodbridge Virginia, I got a chance to go to a Total Wine in Springfield to pick up some local beers, or any that are distributed there that are not sent to California. Picked up one bottle of this as part of a make your own six pack.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Bruery tulip glass.

The beer pours a rich dark brown, almost black, but some light does break through. A light brown head rose about an inch, with slight lacing that lasted throughout.

The Aroma's are of light roasted malt, light chocolate, and of watered down coffee. A bit disappointing.

The flavors are stronger, but mirror the nose. Roasted malts, light chocolate notes, a dash of hops, and coffee. Not nearly as flavorful as other porters I've had, guess I've been spoiled and didn't know it.

The mouth feel was medium to light, slightly creamy and a bit dry on the finish.

An easy drinker of a beer, low ABV, but a boring beer for it's style. It lacked any brown sugar or toffee notes, and it's flavors were pretty muted. Maybe I got an old bottle. It's not distributed in my area, so not sure when I will get a chance to try it again. For now it was fore getable.

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Photo of Phocion
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to MotoRacerX36. Poured into 16 oz. tulip a very dark brown with just the slightest hint of amber when held up to the light. Very thin light brown head which quickly fades into a thin lace.

Aroma is rich, almost overpowering cocoa, along with roasted molasses malts and a hint of smokiness.

The dark chocolate isn't quite as strong as in the nose, but is still present, along with the roasted and somewhat burnt coffee. Mild bitter hoppiness in the background along with some smoky and sweet toffee-like tones.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for a porter, but still smooth and silky. Doesn't quite feel just as warm as it should, but this does help the drinkability. All in all not a bad offering and a solid English-style porter. I'd definitely recommend.

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Photo of biglite351
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
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 JohnnyM2002
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter at around 55-60 degrees. Part of the Dragon 6-pack.

A - Pours a beautiful black with a slight lacing that lasts for almost the entire glass.

S - Black licorice dominates the aroma with roasted cocoa. Maybe a hint of fruit?

T - Initially, the licorice taste is strong, but it gives way to a burnt dark mocha flavor. I almost want to say that there is a fruit background in the finish, but I just can't put my finger on it. Very powerful flavor.

M - Creamy, thick-bodied beer that finishes heavy. Not overly thick like a milkshake or anything - perfect match for the flavors.

D - Best beer from the Dragon pack. One of the top porters I've had in this young season. Overall, very enjoyable because of the lower ABV.

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Photo of VBWharfRat
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Erice78
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of PSUDREW
3.6/5  rDev -10%
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 abrand
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from a BIF poured into a pint glass.

This pours a deep brown almost black color with a 1/2 finger tan head that retains well. Smells of cocoa, coffee, and roasted malts. Nice smelling beer. Taste is similar to the smell with much more of the malts coming through. As it warms plenty of bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall a nice porter.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Rmbr2
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of phishgator
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. This is a deep mahoganey brew with a large foamy head. The head stays with the beer only dissipating after about five minutes. The beer is not transparent. The aroma is of toasted barley, coffee, and nutty. The taste is quite good. You can sense once the toasted barley, the hint of hops, almonds (or some other kind of nuts), and an astrigent taste of coffee. The body is medium and the coating of the mouth leaves a sticky film. It is a quite quaffable brew, but unfortunately with most porters I can't take much of the astringent flavor. If you like porters this is a must!

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle, no date information.

Solid cordovan tinged brown. Steady and short walnut hull cap that leaves a single ringlet of lace after it eventually vanished. Rich chocolate, molasses, light smoky coffee, and gentle English hop aromas waft enticingly from the glass. Opening with some chocolatey malt and a soft mouthfeel, the finish is slightly chalky, and English hop accented (Fuggles perhaps). There is a pleasing roasted note that also comes up in the finish. The soft hops infuse themselves into the roasted chocolate body. There is also just a touch of complimentary sour fruitiness. Medium-light body with fine carbonation, this finishes on the dry side. A nice representation of an English porter, and a good session beer.

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Photo of Loki
4.2/5  rDev +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 TechTriumph
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 03/01/12:
No freshness date; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - One inch of light tan creamy head with nice retention; Very dark brown in color with a subtle ruby glow when held to the light; Some lacing left around the glass

S - Nice aroma with notes of floral hops, roasted coffee with cream, chocolate, and brown sugar

T - Decent amount of anise up front that mellows quite a bit as the beer warms; Rounding out the taste are roasty, earthy, charred, chocolate, and caramel flavors; Touch of bitterness in the back end of the taste; Aftertaste is pleasant with a bit of chocolate and roast; Taste becomes even better as the beer warms

M - Just below moderate carbonation that's prickly, but ultimately gives way to a nice, smooth mouthfeel; Just over medium bodied

O - This is just a good all around beer that doesn't disappoint in any category. The aroma has a nice blend of hops with coffee and chocolate malts, and the flavor is just as enjoyable and seems to improve as the beer warms. This porter is my favorite offering from St. George thus far, and is one that I'd definitely grab a six pack of in the future.

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Photo of pbrian
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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 jakester
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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 bkilpatr
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Photo of winomark
2.97/5  rDev -25.8%
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 TappaKeggaBrew
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown, the color of black-walnut. Even an aggressive pour only produced 1/2 a finger of head, but it was a nice cappuccino color, and left a nice lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet and toasty malt, with powerful coffee notes. The more I sniff, the more coffee dominates.

T: Sweet, and again with the coffee. Also toasty malt, and some bitter chocolate.

M: Moist, ample crisp carbonation. Goes down very easily.

O: An excellent porter. Although porters aren't my favourite style of beer, I can see myself reaching for another of these in the future.

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