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Georgetown Porter | Georgetown Brewing Company

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Georgetown  PorterGeorgetown  Porter

Brewed by:
Georgetown Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly named 9LB Porter. Georgetown Porter is the same recipe as 9LB Porter - the beer has not changed. This change is the result of a trademark dispute with Magic Hat Brewing Co.

Added by dnichols on 10-10-2007

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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 86
Photo of jwc215
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Virginia Inn, Seattle, WA:

Pours very dark brown to black with a head that becomes wispy, leaving lacing.

The smell is of chocolate, coffee, some dark fruit, some anise.

The taste is of semi-sweet chocolate, roasted coffee, some dark fruit and a hint of anise. Roasty/smoky finish.

It hits medium-bodied. Pretty creamy.

Overall, a nice American porter.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Henry's Tavern, on to the beer:

A medium-full bodied beer that is also a great pre-gaming beer in the cool Pacific Northwest, this porter brings a smoky character with a note of molasses, and semi-sweet chocolate.

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Photo of gandres
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From Tap Growler to wine glass,
Appearance: Pours dark brown -black, lacing and minimal head
Aroma: Not a lot of aroma- hint of chocolate coffee
Taste: Balance, delicious, toasted malt
Mouth Feel: Slightly creamy
Overall: Very good beer, excellent for the price

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Photo of FlakyBiscuit
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap during a Seattle boat tour while vacationing in Seattle. Great mouthfeel, tasty chocolate and molasses. Very smooth and drinkable. Wish I could get this all the time

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Pours a very dark brown, appearing nearly black in the glass with a one finger off-white head with good retention and light lacing. Nice aroma of toasted malt with light chocolate and coffee. Hints of dark dried fruit and char. Medium bodied. This was somewhat underwhelming cold out the keg, but as it warmed, the flavors were robust and well balanced. Complexity of flavor is not obvious right away because of the good integration and balance. I will be happy to encounter this again. Georgetown is fairly widely distributed on tap in Seattle, and is underrated considering their quality. This was on-tap next to Lucille and I really wanted to drink Lucille again; I ended up drinking this a second time before having a taster of Lucille. Nice.

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Photo of JosephEllis
1.05/5  rDev -74.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Had this on tap at Pomegranate in Redmond.

This porter has a distinct similarity to every other porter out there. It is not a special beer by a long shot, and does not have a great deal going for it to make it unique from several of the other porters being produced in the pacific northwest.

Although porters aren't my favorite style, this one has to be the bottom of the heap.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this on tap at the Virginian Inn in seattle.
Appearance pours a very dark almost black supporting a light brown head leaving nice lace. Smell of rich roasted coffee malts. Taste of the roasted malt, dark coffee with a nice light blend of hops. mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation making go down smooth. A very enjoyable porter that one could sip on for awhile.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the 9lb hammer.

A pours a dark brown, with an off white head.

S lots of chocolate with some roast notes.

T lots of roast with some bakers chocolate.

M pretty smooth and medium bodied.

Overall a fairly standard Porter. Its good and very enjoyable to drink but nothing special.

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Photo of NWer
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours beautiful dark brown into my snifter. Aroma foretells the chocolate. Nice and pleasant.
Taste is malt and chocolate. Trying to place the smooth feel that seemed so familiar and it hit me that it tastes and feels a lot like Guinness Draft but better.
Very smooth aftertaste with absolutely no cloy or bitterness.
A winner.

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Photo of Lakes
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a conical pint glass at Post Falls Capone's.

Black with a nice tan head. Head lingered a bit.

Aroma is sweet slightly smoky malt.

Nice malty flavor. A bit of smoky anise and molasses. Balance is quite good and there's a hint of sweet chocolate on the back.

Mouthfeel is very full with a lingering roasted aftertaste. Pleasent, but perhaps a bit much for a Porter.

Nice beer. Ill have another.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Luna Park Cafe in West Seattle. Served in a regular pint glass. Slight head, and just a bit of lacing on the glass. Dark brown color with an opaque body. Smell had a nice dark chocolate aroma to it. Taste was rich with the flavors of cocoa and roasted malt. Mouthfeel was pretty good for a porter, but definitely not on the thick side. A smooth and easy beer to drink. A good local offering, but maybe not on par with some of the famous examples of the style.

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Photo of TyBeerMe
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For an American style porter, I can't think of anything better.

It pours somewhere between a burnt brown and dark black and is thick. It smells almost like chocolate mousse soaked in brandy smothered in baked malt.

Tastes smooth with a wonderful balance of sweetness and bitterness with strong chocolate malt flavors. Taste changes considerably as it warms.

Extremely drinkable but with noticeable complex flavors and a good amount of alcohol. Great beer.

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Photo of ccrida
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at the Dog & Pony, 9 lb. Porter is black with a small light tan head that leaves light, scattered lace.

Smell has some black malt char, a little sweetness.

Taste is very nice, some bakers chocolate with a lactose finish that's only semi-sweet at best, it's just a smooth, satisfying and tasty beer that goes down easily and satisfies my constant urge for full flavored beers.

Mouthfeel is fairly soft and smooth, medium bodied.

Drinkability is good, a nice porter for sure. Normally lactose is something I abhor, and while I'm not saying they necessarily added it here, there is a milky creaminess about this porter that I absolutely love.

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Photo of katan
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Old Chicago

A- pours a very very dark amber,brownn to almost black. Light head - off white in color. Just a film retained.

S- light chocolate backed up by some bready yeast notes. Overall it is subdued.

T-starts off with light chocolate notesnthat are matched to some roasted burnt notes. Hops are light, just enough earthy bite to find balance. Finishes very clean, light burnt notes and bittersweet chocolate.

m- thick and creamy. Light carbonation on the palette. Finishes clean, with a light burnt barley note hanging around.

D- very drinkable Porter. Flavors are smooth, no palette fatigue. Not filling. Chocolate is plesant as an after dinner drink.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice dark thick looking beer. I watched this being poured and it was coming out thick. Very popular as lots of people were ordering it.

S- Smell of roasted malts with some coffee and chocolate mixed in.

T- This beer tasted great. Solid porter to say the least. Good coffee, chocolate taste with the roasted malts mixed in. This didn't have burnt taste to it which some porters have. Very much on the wet side instead of dry burnt side which was enjoyable.

M- Thick yet had the carbination to help pull it though.

D- Very drinkable. Must be why I ordered two and so did many others around me.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark, dark brown with a small brown head. Nose is big roasted malt, cocoa and coffee. taste is wow. BIG. Almost like an Imp Porter to me. Big taste of roasted malt, cocoa, coffee and light booze. very heart and thick. Mouthfeel is burnt, coffee, chocolate with tinge of booze. This porter is very well made and a treat to drink. Best one I have had in a long while.

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Photo of blackc5
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap here around town at a few places. This beer always delivers.

A - An inky brown, near black. Nice chocolate colored head and good lacing as well.

S - Chocolate and coffee intertwined with the roasted malts. Could be a bit stronger IMHO, but nice.

T - A really well-balanced porter - one of my favorites thus far. It has perfect balance of roasted coffee and dark chocolate mocha, a touch of sweet caramel, and just a hint of fruitiness. Lots of roasted malts, and very minor burnt notes.

M - Very smooth, medium-bodied. Nice moderate carbonation. Would enjoy this just a touch thicker...

D - Sky high - this is sessionable and easy to down and enjoy the whole way while doing it. Top notch.

Also - not sure why this is noted here as a 'Limited - Brewed Once' beer since it is a Georgetown regular.

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Photo of spencerw
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am a huge fan of Georgetown Brewery and have never disliked one of their beers. I typically don't drink Porters but certainly don't pass up on an opportunity to try one. As usual-

A -This brewski pours a very dark, almost black color, not cloudy at all with a nice 1-2 inch head that lingered nicely. Moderate lacing.

S- Extremely deep roasted, nutty, chocolate malt. Smells very good.

T- Great beer and just how it smells. You can taste the blatant rich chocolate, nutty flavor with a nice subtle hop finish.

M- Light to medium body...more on the lighter side with a very smooth finish

D- This is a great beer. Great flavor and offers enough complexity to certainly give it a try. It's a light porter so I could absolutely foresee sitting down for a session with Georgetown's 9 Pound Porter.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap in a pint glass at the eponymous 9lb Hammer in Seattle, Georgetown Brewery's de facto brewpub.

Appearance: black with a thin white head with attractive lacing.

Smell: served a bit too cold initially to get the full aroma, as the pint warmed up I got some good roasted coffee and chocolate aromas.

Taste: subtle but evident hops; nice chocolate and coffee flavors. The finish is dry with a big coffee character. A nicely bitter brew as well.

Mouthfeel: medium body and slightly creamy; I like this aspect a lot.

Drinkability: this beer is great stuff I could drink all night.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I went right to the source to drink this ale at its namesake Nine Pound Hammer Saloon, just across the street from the brewery. The trip was worth it. Though the 9 Pound serves it too cold, this ale is one of the best porters going and the local flavor only enhanced my appreciation of it.

9 Pound has a prolific porter profile with elegant and affirmed properties all around. Assertive bittering offsets eager-to-please roasted qualities on an opaque brown ale with a light sandy head. There's also plenty of chocolate malt goodness to go around. You even exhale it on your breath after drinking it awhile. Yet it doesn't scorch or falter.

Put this beer down long enough for your palate's memory to recalibrate and it's suddenly startling to re-experience so much flavor. It's infused with a graceful complexity, a note of vanilla, and wise restraint. All told, it's hard to find a better porter anywhere.

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Photo of DoShek
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - poured with a finger-and-a-half of light mocha colored head, color is a deep coffee brown, very sticky lacing and rings mark the beer's progress down the glass

Smell - coffee comes through strongly with some light chocolate, small touch of hops as well

Taste - coffee and chocolate are coming through prominently, some hop bitterness upfront and coffee-like bitterness on the back end

Mouthfeel - creamy and smooth, full-bodied, coats the inside of the mouth

Drinkability - neither too heavy nor too light, a very drinkable porter

Another "darn tasty beer" from Georgetown Brewing.

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Photo of jkdrummer
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice tan colored head that disappears into a thin edge lace. Nice roasted aroma. Initial is a little burnt but a fine example of a porter. Roasted malt and very good body too. Some coffee tones but very mellow. Nice brew. I recommend it.


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Photo of erikm25
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Picked up a six dollar growler from the fine folks at Georgetown and poured into a pint glass. This pours a heavy dark walnut brown. It is almost black licorice in coloring but when held up into the light a ruby tint becomes apparent. After an aggressive pour the head was a nice medium with ashy and smoked bronze caramel color. Lacing draped the glass.

S: Heavy on smoked chocolate with warm roasted malt aromas. A very slight pinch of hops thrown into the mix. I was very impressed with the complexity and richness of the smell.

T: A great heavy toasted chocolate with sweet brown sugar and cocoa flavorings. There is the perfect balance of smoked dark fruits, grains, and minimal, but noticeable, hops. The taste even seems to give a slight nod to bourbon and vanilla. Overall, roasted mocha and charcoal coffee tastes make this a very warming treat on a cool fall day.

M: This is a solid medium body. Rich yet drinkable.

D: Being new to the Seattle area I found this brewery on a whim. Not only were they very kind when I stopped in, their prices on growlers and kegs are amazing. This porter is great and I plan on having many growlers in the future. Threw on the the new Santeria album Year of the Knife and I have no complaints with life.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hilltop Pub. This is a black ass porter with almost no head. The nose is coffeeish with some burnt notes. However , this is real drinkable porter with enough punch in the midbody to avoid the dreaded thin disease. Tasty and worth seeking out.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Elk Public House, served in a pint glass.

A nice black, slightly transparent brew, with a garnet red hue through light. Smallish tan head, is quite sticky and produced good lace on the glass.

Smell is faint, with a smoky coffee aroma I guess.

Taste is a mild bitter coffee flavor, with a dry chocolate presence.

Mouthfeel is average, perhaps a bit thin and watery.

A very drinkable sessionable porter. I would have this again.

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