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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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

555 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 555
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 24
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  7.00% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: guinness33 on 09-30-2003)
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Dantes

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Package: 12 oz. longneck, crowned brown bottle. No date information. ABV indicated at 7%. Blurb claims this is part of a line of “beer reproductions,” and tagged “Bottle Conditioned” and “Authentic Recipe.” Prominent portrait of George Washington centered on the label.

Cost: $12 per 6-pack at Total Wines

Presentation: Poured into a Shaker pint glass at ~45º

Appearance: Presents a Coca-Cola like brown, with ruby hints when held to the light. Not opaque nor clear, this admits some light through its somewhat murky body. A few particles detectable floating in the liquid. No large-gauge bubbles as with the Jefferson Ale. Formed a very moussey, dense, off-white head that had good retention.

Smell: This smelled to me like a cross between a brown ale and a porter. There were some sweet, nutmeat aromas layered above a fairly dense layer of coffee and roasted malts. Little hops presence in the bouquet. Gains a degree of sweetness and breadiness as it warms.

Taste: Again, this was sort of a hybrid. It doesn’t exhibit the bitter astringency of many porters, nor the light nutty sweetness of many nut brown ales. This falls somewhere in between; with some woody notes; a moderate, non-assertive roastiness, a moderate hopping level, and a touch of malt sweetness. I didn’t really detect the fruitiness that many describe. This ale finished nicely, with a moderate duration, a medium concentration, and some drying notes.

Mouthfeel: Expressed the same smooth, finely-grained, creamy consistency as the Jefferson Ale does. The bottle-conditioning really works here. Body is moderate for a porter, but more substantial than a brown ale.

Drinkability: A quaffable beer, that doesn’t demand a great deal of attention. The alcohol is barely noticeable at all. I even question whether it’s as strong as stated. Even a few of these yielded little effect.

Backwash: I wasn’t nearly as impressed with this as with the Jefferson Ale. While not a bad beer, it lacked the punch and complexity that the Jefferson Ale did. Maybe I expected too much from this after having the ale, but this was a bit of a disappointment. I can’t really find anything to fault, nor can I single out any particularly salient aspects (except perhaps the mouthfeel and carbonation). However, I’ll definitely give this another try, and will look forward to enjoying the rest of the series.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2004 00:32:24 | More by Dantes
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2014 12:59:34 | More by Ozzylizard
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3.79/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into the only available non-paper vessel, a ceramic mug.

a: Black with a thick tan head which receded to thin surface foam an dense lacing.

s: Slight dark malt.

t: Mild dark sweetness, hints of coffee and dark chocolate and some smoke. Sweet to dry finish.

m: medium with good body.

o: A tasty and easy drinking porter with a slight muskiness reminiscent of old-time taverns. Or am I just imagining the latter? No, and I like it.

Serving type: bottle

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General Washington's Tavern Porter from Yards Brewing Co.
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