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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

543 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 543
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 24
Gots: 20 | 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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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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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.

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12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color. The head is a finger high, and pale yellow in shade. Texture-wise, it's not quite as uber-creamy as some porters. While retention isn't the best, a nice ring of lacing is left on the glass.

S: I really pick up a nice molasses note, mainly. Smoke, chocolate, and aniseed lie beneath. There are also nice touches of roasted coffee and dark fruit. The (relative) complexity of the nose is catching me off guard, in a good way; but it's a bit on the mild side in terms of intensity.

T: Molasses is the predominant note here, with stewed dark fruits secondary. Some licorice, herbaceous, and grape flavors help finish it off. The roasty/chocolaty notes are sadly muted, but this is otherwise a nice porter that's on the sweet side.

M: Since this one is on the sweeter side, I'm left wishing for a bit more body to help support it. Even with its more slender feel, it's not extremely drinkable. Another problem: it's overcarbonated. Nonetheless, it goes down fairly easily.

O: I cannot tell a lie: this is a fine porter. It's not up there in the elite tier by any means, but it's certainly not gross, either. Personally, I think it's a bit too licorice-y. Oh well, still worth trying.

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General Washington's Tavern Porter from Yards Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 543 ratings.