Workhorse Porter | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Workhorse PorterWorkhorse Porter

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-25-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by WilliamPhilaPa:
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with faint ruby highlights, it holds a medium sized beige head which is very creamy and dense. On the nose dark chocolate is noticed right way, roasted malts, and coffee. The mouth feel is super creamy and slick. On the palate the flavors consisted of bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, hint of caramel, peanuts, touch of hop bitterness balances thing out…finishes smooth and a bit dry. A very tasty porter.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body is a clear, very deep mahogany with ruby/crimson highlights. It's capped by a densely creamy light tan head that holds quite well and leaves some nice lace. The aroma is very lightly fruity over a bittersweet-chocolate and caramel malt (with a touch of roasty coffee) that's backed by some grassy hops. The body is medium with a very fine and moderate carbonation which leaves it quite creamy, and very smooth in the mouth. The flavor expresses a combination of light caramel, dark malt acidity, roastiness, bittersweet chocolate, grassy/spicy/floral hops against a bold bitterness. It's exceptionally well balanced (in both pH and bitterness) and clean; and it finishes dry with a short lingering note of bitterness, acidity, roastiness and dark chocolate. An exceptionally well brewed and very enjoyable pint.

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Photo of maybrick
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Preety good example of the style I'd say. Color is dark brown, like a brown hole rather than black - not much light escapes through it. Good carbonation with a nice head. Somewhat lacey. I get hints of Choclate Malt and some coffee in it. Really smooth too.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Smooth, Dark, and roasty! Firkin selection at the 4/5 BA event at the brewery. Slight roast nose with a hint of sweetness but not huge.. Excellent smooth creamy mouth. The taste is doiminated by cocoa and sweet malt. Silk smooth mouth. Quite rounded. I enjoyed this fresh smooth, sweet, inviting treat.

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Photo of Gasp100
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really don't drink heavier porter's or stout's too often, but I grabbed a growler from Victory (one of the cool German 68oz ones) for a test taste. The color was black with tan highlight's and a puffy tan head with nice lacing. The smell was great; coffee, chocolate, toffee, light hops, bittersweet. The taste was more of the same. I felt like the body was a little watery compared with the initial smell, but like I said I'm not a porter "guy". This was fairly drinkable, I think you'd have to be in a porter mode, but it was not cloyingly sweet or too thick and overdone. Overall, I nice porter and another great brew to try from Victory.

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Photo of leeenglewood
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fresh from the source, Victory brew pub, this beer was exceptional. Nice head sat atop a jet black body and faded to a nice wring of lace around the glass. Smells heavily of chocolate malts. Tasted smooth and creamy almost like a desert mousse made of chocolate couldnt stop thinking about drinking some more. While not in balance the beers overall maltiness is exceptional. Could drink this all day every day. The single best porter ive ever had.

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Photo of aracauna
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I have to admit that this was a bit of a disappointment. I was expecting a little more from one of my favorite breweries. The color was a dark brown. The aroma was light toffee and cocoa, a slight bitterness, but the flavor was a little weak and the body a little thin. Not bad and quite drinkable, though.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Filled a growler of this brew at the pub.
Poured into a pint glass chilled.
The beer pours a deep mahogany color and gives of a fluffy beige head that dissipates slowly. Aroma is chocalatey, with some light caramel hits too. First sip reveals light carbonation that rolls across my tongue and a creamy, silky textured brew.
Flavor is similar to the nose, with chocolate, and some caramel, also a bit of grassy hops hit breifly and then are overwhelmed by the rich chocolatey malt. Very easy to drink and quite tasty and balanced. A great beer for the fillup!

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Photo of garthwaite
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled cask-conditioned at the brewpub. In the glass its near black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of deep roasted malts, cocoa, & toasted almonds. Extremely smooth with more of an herbal bitter hop bite than I anticipated. This bitterness is overwhelmed, however, by the roasted malts which allows all kinds of pleasant flavors to invade the mouth...I'm enjoying the toffee, cocoa, & hazelnut coffee hints quite a bit. Not particularly robust or meaty, but a highly drinkable, well-balanced porter. Tough to drink just one.

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Photo of jreitman
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Victory 12/27/2002. The workhorse shares a lot of the the characteristics I tend to look for in porters, particularly the big, rounded dark malt flavors. Brew was a transparent-slightly opaque dark brown with some reddish hues. Nose was full of malt character with chocolate, toffee, and hints of roasted coffee and enough hop character to give the aroma a "cleanness". Lots of flavors compete for space on your tongue but they all balance well, a trait common to Victory brews. If this beer were available in bottles, I would not hesitate to pick it up in bulk.

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Photo of stirgy
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was brought home from the brewery in a growler. It poured a deep dark brown with copper highlights and was topped off with a rich and dense creamy head. Small hints of roasted grains from the aroma. Goes down dry and has a perfect bitterness. Thin bodied but flavorful. There’s a slightly sweet roasted malt flavor, almost like roasted pumpernickel bread. I detect a bitter citrus tang in there too. Mellow, flavorful, drinkable. A very nice porter.

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Photo of dwarbi
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a deep dark purple, with a thing white head that sticks to the glass while you drink it down. Pleasant, but mild aroma. Tastes strongly of dark chocolate. It had a slightly metallic aftertaste. I enjoyed my pint and will have another sometime, but this is neither the best beer from Victory, nor the best porter I've had.

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Photo of John
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid porter all the way around. Dark brown, semi-transluscent liquid. Good sized tan head with intricate lace decorating the glass. Aroma is big on chocolate malt, caramel, medium roasted is the flavor. Hops are subdued. Medium bodied and super smooth. Very drinkable porter.

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Photo of Jarod
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was available to us as a FIRKIN on 4/5/03, at the great BA Philly Gathering.
This beer came to me a dark chocolate color with a ruby hue about the edges. The head was creamy in color but only half the size as the regular tap version but just as dense and still left some lace behind. The most noticeable thing was the temperature that is was served at. WARM. Strong aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, floral hops and some yeast were present. The taste was a little drier then I would have thought. Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, some bitter chocolate, floral hops and yeast were the flavors of the day. This was my first Firkin, and the first beer of the day, it kind of surprised me. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Boto
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was at first taken aback by the color of the beer: It wasn't as dark as you would expect: you could actually see through it. The taste certainly wasn't lighter at all. There was the rich roastiness and full flavor that you would expect from a good porter. Maybe it even leaned more to being a stout!

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Photo of francisweizen
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark cola brown with a nice cascading cask head that settles to a small film of light espresso. Aromas are intense and consist of chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, slightly citric hops, and more. The taste is all chocolate and roasted malt up front, slightly hoppy in the middle, and caramel-like and slightly sweet in the finish. Mouthfeel is cask awesomeness and drinkability is very good. Another nice one from the big V.

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Photo of PSUDREW
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The overwhelming flavor is is nice toasted coco.

Nice dark brown pour, great head retention. I has a easy light body, which gives it it's drinakablity. I think this has the chance to become an every-day, if it is ever widely distributed. Creamy body works very well with it's chocolate style taste. very interesting and I think this needs some further review. an extremely good example of the style, go get yourself one.

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Photo of rotsaruch
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Victory on 12/3/02. Dark opaque in color with a head that quickly dissipates. The British styrian goldings hops give it that authentic British porter style and taste.The style of this brew tends more toward the Northern British type of porter with its lush, dark malt character. Its definitely not a robust porter. The nose is of a subtle bittersweet chocolate and tofee with a gentle hops finish. It is a deliciously complex, but a very drinkable ale. Session quality brew.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler purchased at the 4/5 Philly Gathering

Sticky, frothy, lively tan head tops brown/ruby body. Excellent lacing. Nose is a lot of cocoa, some roasted, some toasted malts, and a hint of smoke. Taste adds a bit of coffee to the mix. Mouthfeel is an oily slick running across the tongue and done the throat. Delightful if I'm not getting that accross. Drinkability? I'm not sure this growler will survive the night. A wonderful example of the style.

Even better from the firkin.
Why the hell don't they bottle this stuff?

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very dark amber brown brew topped in a thick covering of tannish foam that eventually dies down to a thin layer of lace coating the glass. Roasty malts with hints of chocolate hit the nose as they are accompanied by a deliteful hop character that really adds complexity.

Very smooth and rich, the body is pretty full, but not quite there. The cask offering has a lot more body. Flavor has sufficient complexity with a nice bitterness from the hops. Chocolate flavors as well as sweet notes of caramel balance the roastiness to near perfection. Even though it has a bit of body, it is not heavy at all. It is extrememly drinkable, and I would imagine that it would not take a dark beer lover to sip on a few. This is a great brew from Victory, but I can't wait to see it on cask, as that was the better of the 2 so far.

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Photo of jfcaa193
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of nomad
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler straight from Victory, drank right away...

Pour many a deep brown pint with ruddy edges. A nice head tends to stay from a bulbous pour, but the best part is that there is always lattice stain and full lace. A healthy-looking porter, indeed.

Smells of dark-roasted coffee beans, small bits of chocolate, and the floral/herbal touch of English hops. The taste is supremely smooth, as it is roasty enough to tempt your mouth with savory flavor, but not punish you with toasty acridness. Bits of bitter chocolate float around, and, again, these flavors are fortifying and pleasing, not just bitter, supported by a quiet and sweet dark malt.Opens to a medium-to-dark roasted coffee flavor without much tongue drying, while soft herbal hops light wash over in the finish. This beer has a full mouthfeel sliding slick but soft, aiding in creating the definition of drinkable. I killed the growler in no time without a blink.

Please put this in bottles! A session porter without punishing hops, acrid too-much-roastiness, or other burdening flavors, it has the balance of hearty flavor and drinkability. Not overly robustly roasty or Americanized hoppy or too similar to a stout - I've been searching high and low for a porter that doesn't try to be one or more of the above. Finally, a quaffable porter to reward a hard day's work, and a very British and personable styling at that. Endearing.

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Photo of bmills1608
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color was a deep brown with some red highlights. Nose was muted, slight roasted aromas and some bready malts. Taste was a bit light I thought, seemed like it could have used just a bit more oompf. Lighter flavors of cocoa, malt and dried fruits. Very smooth and drinkable rounded flavors. Nothing jumping out however. All flavors seemed to be very blended and integrated. Finished clean, a bit dry with some dried fruit making a reappearance.

Overall a solid brew, but not a world beater. It was pleasant enough, but nothing about it really capture my interest.

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Workhorse Porter from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 23 ratings