Porter | St. George Brewing Company, The

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

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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146
Ratings:
210
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
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Photo of Bighuge
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This dark ruby of a beer throws out a fair sized creamy brown head. Within a minute, a thin coating is all that remains. The aroma is of smok, meat, chocolate and burnt malt. The flavor profile pulls me in gradually. A nice backdrop of burnt malt and bitter hop flavor. The chocolate malt, smoke and roasted tones play some prominent roles. The bitterness is what I like the most about this porter. It's not shy at all in that category. The mouthfeel is nice, but not quite as velvety smooth as I prefer in porters. Body seems just a tad light as well. Mabye pushing medium at best.

Disregarding the minor nitpicking at the end of my review, this is a pretty solid porter.

Gotta thank the Shit for bringing me one from his trip out East.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.82/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review for the newer version from the new brewery:

Black (with ruby red highlights) and a full brown head which leaves sporadic lace. Roasted malt aroma and a full roasty flavor. Medium-full bodied (leans medium) with a roasty dry finish.

Just as good as the original but not near as chocolately or strong.

ABV: 4.5% per bottle

($1.49 / 12 oz.)


Review for the older version from the old brewery:

Dark black with a dark brown head. Low head with little carbonation and sporadic lace. Chocolatey and roasty aroma with a light alcohol aroma. Strong chocolate flavor (reminiscent of Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout). Medium-full bodied with a long Imperial Stout like finish and light alcohol burn.

Note: This was the old porter (prob 2-3 years old) brewed at the old Brewery (Label states B.A. Brewmeister, Inc.) before it burned down. Label shows St. George slaying a Dragon ... much cooler than the new label.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
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 ArrogantB
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of Dyan, thanks! I have never even heard of this brewery but I was impressed by this beer. Dark brown-black color with a nice coffee-latte colored head. The smell was my favorite part, roasted chocolate malted. The flavor deviates slightly from the aroma but is still in solid porter territory. Easy to drink, try it if you get a chance.

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Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thoroughly black, this beer has a slim tan head. It's aroma is a pleasant mix of dark roast coffee, ripe fruit, and dark bread. There is a fleeting chocolate smell as well. No real hop aroma. The taste is semi-sweet, with a nice balance of hops. Nice malt and grain favor...lots of roasted, coffee-like flavors. The beer has the feeling of a higher abv than it actually is...medium-full in mouthfeel, the body is great. Nice brew.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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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Photo of thagr81us
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to drabmuh for sending me this one as an extra in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured pitch black with a three finger very light tan head that subsided to a one finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and tobacco. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, and tobacco. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation (an almost creamy texture). Overall this was a pretty nice brew. It was almost spot on for the style it was targeting without a doubt. The flavors on it were very light and refreshing, which might have been its only downfall. I was really hoping for more robust flavors in this one going into it, but it did well with what it had. The mouthfeel on this one was quite excellent though. A definite must try if you get the chance.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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 DavoleBomb
3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a white wine glass (that's all that was available) at The Cheese Shop in Williamsburg.

A: 3.5
S: 3.0
T: 3.5
M: 3.0
D: 3.0

Dark brown, nearly black. Just a touch of light brown head. Average retention and little lacing. Dry, lightly roasty nose. Taste has a good bit graininess as well, with more neutral malt sweetness than I was expecting, but still rather dry overall. Roasty toastiness, but not a ton of flavor overall. Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could use more body. Good creaminess for how light it is. Better than some of their other beers, but still no treat.

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Photo of argock
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Very dark brown with fat tan head with a lot of lace retention.

S: Hot chocolate, coffee, toasted/burned malt, and a touch of dark fruit.

T: Delicious chocolate dominates the palate but there is plenty of coffee/espresso, slight burned sugar, and earthy hops bitterness.

M: Silky smooth with no astringent, acrid feel and long, soft chocolate aftertaste.

D: A wonderful porter, especially if you like them on the sweeter side. Low ABV makes this a great session beer for porter lovers.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.65/5  rDev -9%
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 blackie
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
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 merlin48
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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 tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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 brewdlyhooked13
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours opaque from a straight-on look, but when held up to light shows deep ruby hues. Not much to the head retention, a wisp of cocoa around the edge.

Aroma - roasted malt, a touch of char along with espresso. Fades slightly but still pretty good. Shows off a little chocolate as it warms.

Taste - good solid roasted malt. There is a little char flavor as in the nose, complements well. Good coffee/espresso flavor. Dry, a touch chalky on the swallow, good roastiness returning, even a modest hop nip.

Mouthfeel - crisply carbonated, an element of smoothness. Pretty much on par.

Drinkability - a tasty porter, worth a few more.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
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 JayQue
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the No-Frills Grill in Virginia Beach. Served in an ice cold beer mug with little head (tan colored covering of the glass) and little lacing. Great dark color with hardly any light coming through.

Smell was mild coffee and chocolate.

Taste good. Mostly coffee and milk chocolate over a nice toasted malt background.

Mouthfeel is among the best features!!! Silky smooth with no bitterness or chalky or metallic aftertaste. Plenty rich as well.

Drinkability is very good as well. Rich and smooth, good flavor and 5.00% abv. A worthy session beer.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black (or, perhaps super-super-dark brown) with a gorgeous tan head that's not too thick and thins to nearly nothing quickly. Ghostly traces of lace are left on the glass.

Aromas are nutty, roasty, even kind of rum-like. There's a dusty cocoa element in the background.

Flavors bring out the roast elements even further, with a pleasing nuttiness and some coffee/dark chocolate action too. The hops make their presence known, giving good balance to this verrry easy-sipping porter. The mouthfeel is just as it should be, a bit tingly while also being very creamy. Not terribly thick but hardly thin, just the right body for the style and flavor profile.

A really great porter that I would highly recommend to anyone favoring the darker, heavier, deeper end of the beer spectrum. Feels like a big beer without having a big ABV.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of hophugger
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful chocolate black color with average head, tan in color and good sticky lacing. Aroma is malt forward with a hint of chocolate elements. Taste is rich in chocolate and coffee, nice balance between the two. Mouthfeel is excellent, chewy, chocolatey with the right amount of carbonation..One of the better beers I have had from this brewery !

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. George- Porter

A- Dark deep reddish black with a small but tight foamy head. Moderate lacing down the glass.
S- Faint baking chocolate with toffee malt.
T- Creamy chocolate with sweet toffee malt. A light roasted coffee bean flavor comes through near the end.
M- Very creamy and light. Turns sweet in the end.

Overall- Very good without being to cloying or rich. Brought a 6er back from VB and happy I did so!

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Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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 Hojaminbag
4.29/5  rDev +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 grub
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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 snaotheus
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours porterish -- dark, basically black, with a light beige head. Opaque with no carbonation that I can observe. Smell is sweet and woody, smokey.

Taste is not as sweet as I expected...it's a little mild, a little chocolatey, a little coffee, fairly dry (not too sweet, which is usually the biggest drawback for porters for me). It's quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is dry and a little bit grainy (not unpleasant), thick and fluffy feeling. Very drinkable porter.

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Porter from St. George Brewing Company, The
89 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.
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