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General Washington's Tavern Porter | Yards Brewing Co.

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General Washington's Tavern PorterGeneral Washington's Tavern Porter

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Detailed in a letter from the General to his officers during the war, Washington’s recipe employed molasses to aid fermentation and give rich caramel notes to this robust, roasty ale. The recipe reflected his admiration for Philadelphia-style porters, especially those brewed by Robert Hare (whose original brewery stood just blocks from where ours is now). Our Tavern Porter, inspired by Washington’s, is dark, smooth, and complex with just a hint of dried fruit in the finish.

Added by SixpointJMH on 09-30-2003

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Reviews: 280 | Ratings: 750
Photo of q33jeff
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at City Tavern, Philadelphia.
Look: Dark brown / black pour.
Taste: Carmel, coffee notes with a late bitterness
Feel: light carbonation
A hearty porter.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled on 1/13/16.

Deep brown color with ruby highlights. A creamy, light tan head sticks around for a while and leaves good lacing on the glass. Roasted malt and light chocolate with ample sweetness in the aroma. I wouldn't be able to pick out molasses if I didn't know it was used as an ingredient, but it is noticeable. I would probably guess more along the lines of honey or brown sugar. Mild roasted malt and chocolate flavor without becoming too bitter. A little bit of a cola flavor to it as well. Prominent earthiness from the hops. Medium-full bodied.

Really nice porter here. Nothing that will "wow" you, but good flavor and balance. Yards is such a solid brewery, I really haven't had anything by them that I have disliked.

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Photo of TheNightlyPint
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An impressively dark brew that reveals garnet highlights when held aloft. I wish the tan head had lasted longer. Notes of molasses, roasted malt on the nose. Molasses, , malt toastiness, a whisp of cocoa nib and very faint trace of fig. A style-appropriate body, with a touch of crispness. There's a touch more lingering roast than I would like. Overall, a fine porter.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours dark tan body with light tan head with nice retention and lacing.
S: sweet, roasted and meaty notes
T: sweet, roasted taste with meaty undertones
M: full bodied and pretty smooth
D: nice mouthfeel and taste; pretty good beer. Great Porter!

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Photo of MikeRa
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A Dark cloor with no head.
S: Smells of molasses.
T: Tastes like a good chocolate bar and does have a good after taste.
F: this beer has a nice rich feel
O: This is a porter that I will have again

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Photo of lastmango
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rich brown, almost opaque, with a tan 2 finger head that quickly dissipated to a thin film. Very light lacing. Nose was a hint of toasty malt. Taste was of toasted malt and a bit of bitter dark chocolate A little bitter on the tip of the tongue and more pronounced bitterness on the tail. Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown pour, flimsy head. Plenty of malt and molasses in the aroma.

Taste was smooth. Malt runs around without a bunch or roasty bitterness. Earthy feels. Expensive.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the brewery itself. Looks dark and inviting, but not pitch black where you can't shine a light through it. Smells pretty mild and nonchalant. Tastes like a typical porter, one of my favorite styles so I like it of course, but it doesn't sway strongly in taste in any direction. It's standard but good. The feel is also good, fairly heavy but not obnoxiously so. Overall this is a good porter. Not the best I've had but a good example of the style.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured in to a Libbey Craft Stout glass.
Look - Slightly translucent rich brown Head was light brown in color. Faded very fast. No lacing.
Smell - I get sweet ... molasses sweet. That's pretty much it. No coffee. A slight hint of roasted malt barley perhaps.
Taste - I can see why this would have been a popular beer back In President Washington's day. Molasses, little hit of roasted finish. No bitterness.
Feel - Lightly carbonated, a little bit of a cola feel, may a tad thicker.
Overall - A really good porter. I would like to try a fresher version of this. If I do, I will revisit this review. It's a very solid porter. I wish Yard's could be found in my area.

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Photo of PhillyRiver
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. This was the second beer of the evening, but I did rinse the glass and nibble some crackers in between. Still, the transition from an outstanding Shipyard Prelude Special Ale (which I also reviewed tonight) to this was a bit sad. Still, it's a pretty good beer and I would order it in a bar; like to support my local breweries.
Look: Black color, unimpressive head/lacing
Smell: strong molasses smell, halfway through the smell changes from molasses to burnt timbers in the Pine Barrens
Taste: taste is the above two things plus something very familiar... asphaltum from the etching studio? A kind of tar. Not unpleasant, though.

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Photo of Urk1127
2.52/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

-Brown with red hints, tannish head
-Molasses everywhere, dark chocolate, heavy dark malts, some dark fruit
-Heavy molasses, sweet, but biting dark chocolate, some raisin
-heavy, thick, robust

-not a fan because of a heavy caramel/molasses character.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, molasses, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, char, earth, molasses, and dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting molasses and dark fruit presence in the aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: A deep dark brown color. Slightly transparent. Kind of looks like a less fizzy coca cola.

Smell: Roasted malts and Christmas parties. Subtle hints of dark chocolate.

Taste: Roasted chocolate and nutty flavors. Actually rather sweet.

Feel: Medium bodied. Just right for a porter.

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Photo of KinkyEconomist
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My absolute favorite beer I've ever tried. This porter puts Guinness to absolute shame.

Look: IT pours a very dark brown with a rich head bubbling up- no "gizmo" required. Head is thick and a light brown color, not white. Lingers forever.

Smell: Smells like hints of coffee and chocolate and wonder. And a moderate alcohol smell.

Taste: This is where it really knocks it out of the park. VERY rich flavors. The coffee, coco, and the malt of the beer are perfectly bouqueted but offset enough to not be cloying. Pleasant aftertaste that lingers.

Feel: Thick and rich, in a good way. The carbonation is just right to avoid it feeling like oil, but no more.

Overall: Try this beer. This is another fantastic offering from my new favorite brewery.

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Photo of 57md
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color with dark golden edges. The nose is slightly sweet - the molasses is evident. The roast in the flavor profile is not terribly strong but this beer is hearty nonetheless. There is a mild hoppy bitterness on the finish which is very nice.

This beer paired very well with my pulled pork sandwich.

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Photo of scootny
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Twelve ounce bottle. Clear dark brown with a light n brown head. Good lacing. Nose has molasses, dark brown bread. Fruity yeast. Taste is rich with malt and molasses. Fruity yeast flows into mild hoppiness. A bit of mineral, no alcohol anywhere. Smooth full carbonation with moderate weight. One of my my favorite porters.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a fairly strong, dark porter with a nice, rugged brownish head and good lacing. I liked the maltiness and full body. Not a bad choice, served on tap for Valentine's Day (and on Presidents' Day weekend). I would definitely get it again.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into glass

A: blackish brown with a slight reddish tinge, minimal head
S: some coffee and spice on the nose. Just had Heavy Seas Deep Six the other day (same style category). in comparison, the Yards one isn't as complex or assertive.
T: surprisingly refreshing for how heavy it is. Sweet from the molasses with long bitter finish. Sweet/bitter combination reminiscent of slightly flat tonic water.
M: decent amount of carbonation to cut through the heaviness.
O: Not as unique as Deep Six but more refreshing; solid and enjoyable all-around.

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Photo of Anthony21014
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Wasnt a big fan of the taste. Tasted almost like somebody poured a shot of whiskey in my beer. Had the other 2 revolutionary ales and this was by far the worst one. Usually love Yards beer but this wasnt my cup of tea

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Photo of wattoclone
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Pours a medium dark brown with huge tan head and chocolate aroma.

Taste is surprisingly sweet from the molasses. Almost as sweet as a milk stout. Notes of coffee on the palate but the sweet chocolate predominates. Drinks like a light milk stout. The finish is bitter dark chocolate. No wonder we won the war.

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Photo of ppvora
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a chilled 12 oz. bottle into an ale glass.
Appearance: Dark brown color, 1 finger of head, some aeration and lacing.

Aroma: Malts, molasses, molasses, and caramelized sugar.

Taste: Caramelized sugar in the background, smoky molasses and lots of malt. My previous review of this beer was "meh" but I had it again yesterday and loved it. I don't think they've changed the beer (but maybe they have) so it could be that my tastes are changing. But this one belongs in my beer harem.

Mouthfeel: Very clean taste, no lingering bitterness or sweetness.

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Photo of CarlosRuizsChauffeur
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a slight red hue. Virtually no head, maybe a millimeter of white.
S: Smells of dark coffee, rich cocoa, roasted pecans and walnuts, toffee
T: Tastes like it smells with a deep coffee flavor coming through in the beginning (with the help of the nose) and the after taste. Even a faint taste of butterscotch within the java flavor along with dark syrup notes
M: I was almost worried that my beer was flat because there was almost no head or lacing to the beer, but once you taste it you realize there is a carbonated bite to the porter that makes it refreshing and deep and flavorful. Still wish there was a little more fullness to this porter
O: Other porters I have had are either too strong in the coffee, chocolate and other complex flavors. This beer is very drinkable and has more simple flavors than many other porters. But, this beer still has a delicious balance of more simple ingredients that makes it very drinkable but still tasty

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Photo of slusk
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep clear garnet with a thin tan head. God lacing

S: Light coffee and cream with some dark fruit, currant or raisin. A bit of vanilla.

T: Chocolate, coffee and toffee are in the forefront. Nice complex malt profile. There's some dark fruit, mostly raisin. low hop flavor but a decent amount of hop bitterness, just enough to balance the big malt profile. Some dark bread crust Starts sweet but finishes somewhat dry with a bright bitter aftertaste on the back of the tongue.

M: Not as full bodied as a stout but a medium full body, creamy. A definite astringent character is present in the finish. Low carbonation but there's a bit of an acidic bite to this. Not overwhelming but enough to let you know its not a stout.

O: This is quite a nice porter. I would recommend this to someone who doesn't want the chewy flavor and mouthfeel of a stout. It's essentially a mini stout, Good complex flavor in the malt and nice balance that leans toward the malty side.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated 12 oz bottle at 35 degrees into 12 oz standard pint
Aroma - weak aroma of roasted malt
Head small (2 cm), light brown, creamy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing excellent covers the entire surface
Body very dark brown, chill haze
Flavor begins with roasted malt and sweet molasses; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

I last had this in 2008 and don’t remember the circumstances, but I will upgrade the rating in my database. This is a very pleasant porter with a definite molasses flavor and sweetness but is not cloying. The appearance is enticing, the aroma is weak, and the flavor and palate are very good.

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Photo of sommersb
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 07-05-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Received in a trade

Dark brown beer with red highlights. The big, tan head has very good retention and good lacing.

Smells have caramel malts and brown bread. Also aromas of toasted grains.

The roasted malts have some coffee like bitterness in the taste, with notes of cocoa and slight sweetness of molasses.

Mouthfeel is thick, and finishes with coffee flavors and an earthy bitterness.

Overall a good, well-rounded porter that I enjoyed.

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General Washington's Tavern Porter from Yards Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.