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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Ratings: 684
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 31
Gots: 107 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SixpointJMH on 09-30-2003

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.
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Photo of CarlosRuizsChauffeur
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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

Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep crimson with deep brownish tint with a thin light brown head that didnt stick around long,black strap molasses is big in the aroma along with bursting fruitiness,very effervescent.Molasses and bitter chocolate notes hit up front maybe a touch of orange finishing with light earthiness to keep things in check.My only complaint and its a small one is that it seems a bit thin but the alc% is hidden well and is quite drinkable.I bought it on Presidents day for the fact it was GW but it is a real fine beer what ever day you buy it.

Photo of RoyalT
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Murky brown in color with a little carbonation and not much of a head.

Smell – Man, what a nose. This is heavy duty chocolate cocoa here along with some molasses and brown sugar. I’m sure there’s more to it, but the cocoa is overwhelming.

Taste – Much more balanced at the taste. The lightly-roasted malt comes out nicely along with a deeper chocolate and some winey characteristics. There’s a lot of fruit going on in this one. The red grapes especially kick things up a notch.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and medium in the body. I thought the balance on this one was very unique and helped it pass through the cheeks with ease.

Drinkability – This was much different than other examples of the style that I have tasted. I enjoyed it very much, but others looking for a heavier porter or something bitter or even a NW hop monster version should stay away.

Comments – I received this gem as part of the Christmas Exchange put on my xlperro this year. I was fortunate enough to draw jcalbi, and this is just one of many terrific bottles that he sent my way. A big BA thanks for this Porter.

Photo of merlin48
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark brown, nearly opaque, body with a small, beige head that retains well, and coats the glass with sheet and patch lace.
Aroma has the expected, dark roasted malts with hints of cocoa, but an interesting fruitiness of pear and apple aromas suggests that this is not your average porter.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy, with low to medium carbonation.
Taste is unusual for a porter. Dark roasted malts are suggestive of mild chocolate and a hint of coffee, but there is no burnt bitterness. Pear and apple fruitiness play as prominent a role as the dark malt flavors. Finish has a hint of coffee, but it's not a burnt or bitter note. The 7% abv is not in evidence.
The hidden alcohol, and lack of bitterness combine with the fruity flavors to lend this a pleasant drinkability. Very offbeat for a porter, but this is said to be modeled after 18th century recipes. The Founding Fathers imbibed well, if this brew is a true indication of their favorites.

Photo of Billolick
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, lacking any freshness dating, Boo. Pours dark chocolaty amber, light for a porter. Tan head, with decent retention. leaves long stringy lacing. Nose is maple syrup. Medium bodied and fairly chewy. Malt sweetness upfront, more maple, caramel and some light coffee notes.Sweetness linger and leads to a dry and slightly bitter finish, with some chalkyness in the mouth. Eh, so so porter

Photo of bl400315
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

poured dark with thick tan head. smelled of roasted hops and chocolate, fairly complex. thick body/heavy feel, again can really taste roasted hops with suble hints of the molasses. finished a bit dry. drinkability is the only downside to this satisfying porter

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle courtesy of AKSmokedPorter. Thanks, dude!

Poured a bold-looking deep and dark, dark brown, almost black in color with a nice-looking dark tan head that not only lasted but also managed a good ring of lace multiple times on the pint glass. Aromas are heavenly...all sorts of requisite porter scents: cocoa, dark & bitter chocolate, toasted malt, coffee beans fresh from the grinder. Flavor sees the same profile as the nose, but there's a sweet twang that I would attribute to the molasses. Not as big as I'd expected, but still flavorful. Ends with a dry and bitter chocolate-red wine flavor. A little on the thin side but still drinkable.

Photo of jakester
1.97/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I got this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a pilsner glass. It looks like an attempt was made to put a date on the bottle, but it was mostly rubbed off when I bought it.

Pours a slightly hazy deep garnet with a brown tint. A two finger head of tan foam forms on top. The head eventually drops to a good coating and a ring, with great lacing on the glass.

Why is it that everything from Yards has the same off smell? Every damn one! It's an odd, cardboardy fruit type smell, not real pleasant. I can also pick out a citrus hop aroma in the back, and maybe a little chocolate as well.

It has the same off flavor all their beers have, too. It's a hot cardboard, band-aid taste that is in all of their beers. There is some chocolate and roasted flavor in there, but it is just overwhelmed by the cardboard. This could be hard to finish.

Mouthfeel is kind of smooth, semi-sweet, with a weird metallic finish.

This could be the last Yards beer I ever try. Almost every one I've had has the same damn off characteristics. Someone at Yards needs to completely dismantle the brewery and sterilize everything. They've got bugs in the works. If, for some reason, these are the flavors and smells they are seeking, they need a new recipe writer, or a new yeast, or something. Their stuff is just weird.

Photo of wattoclone
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

Photo of far333
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Looks more like a dark ale than a porter. Thin-looking body, light showing through the liquid at the edges of the glass. Beige head doesn't really rise, but dissipates quickly. Aroma is toasted malt and cocoa, plus some hops shining through. Mouthfeel is full and round, leading to a quick initial roasted malt and cocoa flavor, but morphing almost immediately into bitter coffee and a cherry tang. Cherry flavor lingers, as does a tannic talc feel. With each successive sip, the cherry builds and adds a bit of raisin. The tangy flavor unfortunately overwhelms the malt profile.

Photo of Soonami
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yard's George Washington Tavern Porter is a really nice English Porter. It is a dark brown, almost black with just some transparency when held up to the light. The beer smells very roasty with definite coffee and chocolate notes with some malt toastiness that is almost like a mocha with a bowl of oatmel. The beer has a molasses, caramel sweetness, medium roast flavor and a subtle bitterness. There is a jammy fruit character from the English yeast that melds well with the coffee. This is well balanced, without any dominating flavors allowing this beer to be easily enjoyed and many flavors to come through.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown appearance, not much in the way of head on it. Aroma was molasses and malt bomby.

Taste, pretty smooth. Velvet dark malt without a heavy roast presence. Alcohol seemed a little noticeable. More molasses. Sweetness tamed by the heavy malt bill. Surprising bitterness at times, didn't think the hopping would be anything more than nuanced. Despite the prevalence of molasses, the viscosity isn't way up there. Maybe some tobacco and leather to it.

The cost of this stuff is atrocious, what, is Washington's family getting royalties or something?

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep ruby amber brown with a huge creamy tan head leaves behind thick even patches of lacing, nice. Aroma: Some sharp fruit sweetness wrapped with the dark roasted malts that breed some chocolate and mild coffee tones with a kiss of alcohol noticeable. Taste: Creamy edge with chocolate roasts and alcohol infused plums or something of that nature, very robust porter nice offering from our friends at Yard's. Mouthfeel: A medium bodied ale but a bit thin for a porter, decent carbonation. Drinkability: Decent overall nice robust flavor solid in the aromatics, I just want a little more body to chew on.

Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at a random bar in West Chester, PA.

Pours a dark brown color with a half-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light roasted malts with hints of dark chocolate and good amounts of dark molasses. As the beer warms hints of nondescript fruit come out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light roasted malt flavors up front are soon overtaken by brown sugar and molasses. Midway through the sip hints of dark chocolate enter into things and carry through to a mildly bitter ending. As with the smell, fruit flavors come out as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is solid. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass however I'm not sure how much I want another.

Overall I thought this was a decent porter that was a bit on the sweet side and suffered a bit from the fruitiness as it warmed. Don't avoid but don't seek out.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark, almost black, brown with a half-a-fingernail off brown head. Leaves a solid ring of lacing as the beer is consumed.

S: Roasted malt with a hint of coco and coffee bean.

T: Sweet roasted malt meets bitter coco and espresso bean with a hint of vanilla.

M: Medium (though light) and creamy with a dryer finish.

O: While the body could have a bit more heft, this is a very good porter. The aroma is decent, but the beer shines in its flavor. It almost seems too sweet at first sip, but the bitter finish balances the beer nicely.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: pours a pitch black color with a three fingers of an oatmeal-colored head that quickly dissolved into a finger of head that covered the entire top of the beer in luscious foam.

Aroma: Lots and lots of roasted malt and coffee beans, dancing with some faint dark chocolate aromas. Also present, but in more slight amounts are vanilla and caramel. Beautiful!

Taste: Very malty up front with some nice dark bread flavors. This is a serious malt bomb which is perfect for a malt fiend like me. The beer is very roasty too, with some nice sweetness in the middle, of caramel or molasses, before being replaced with more roasted malty goodness.

Mouthfeel: very, very creamy and smooth, like roasted chocolate milk. Very silky and luxurious on the palate. The beer clocks in at 7% ABV, which results in a slight alcohol presence on the palate.

Overall: Damn this is a great beer! One of the better porters I’ve had in fact. According to Yards, this beer was created using George Washington’s own recipe. If that’s accurate, our (I’m American) first President made a damn great beer! I’m continuing to be impressed with the Yards Brewing Company. I'd love to see what the bourbon barrel-aged version of this beer is like!

Photo of Ryanm1
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The 3rd of the Three of my reviews of the 'Ales of the Revolution'.

Although this is in that pack it tastes nothing like the other two. This is dark and a bit heavier although maintianing the median ABV of the group. Nothing is transparent when poured into a glass and the foam is white. My least favorite of the 3 AOR but can be found on draught at the City Tavern.

Photo of dacrza1
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date: 17 January 2013...Glassware: Yuengling pint...Occasion: The Blind Side on NetFlix--probably the last football fan to see this film (call it a Ravens aversion)...Appearance: dark burgundy body and a thick brown head; fits the bill for a porter, and an old-school one at that...Aroma: fragrant, lactic scent with a hint of peat that is indicative of a deeper flavor--rum and spices (nutmeg?)...Taste: malty, pleasant, smooth and lightly smoked--easily a win when considering the weighty 7% abv this beer's pushing...Palate: thick, creamy, full-bodied porter--much creamier than expected...Overall: Nice to know that goodbeer doesn't change much in terms of its recipes; this is my favorite of the the Ales of the Revolution sampler--and that is a Hancock-sized compliment! This takes its place among the Yuengling, Samuel Smith and Victory's offerings...

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

General Washington's Tavern Porter.

Appearance- dark red/ black with a thick tan head.
Smell- cocoa and chocolate.
Taste- delicious. I guzzled it down in a few gulps. Taste of cocoa and roasted hops with no bitterness. a little sweet but good!
Mouthfeel- crisp with a slight dryness. very flavorful.

Overall, a damn good porter. I'll buy this the nex time I'm at Jon Ron's in Wall Township. I highly recommend!!!

Photo of jmz62565
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This looks good, a nice dark brown color,and the carbonation is crazy.I know this is bottle conditioned and the head is like four fingers.The smell is alittle slight,but with fruit and some roasted malt .The taste is OK,some roasting flavor,it almost tastes like coffee with prunes or raisins.This doesn't taste bad,but it is very different for a porter. I'm a little intrigued.Every time I take a sip I taste a different flavor.Sometimes medicinal,some chocolate,fruit, and some coffee.The label says this is an old recipe.I'm going to give this another try,maybe I'll grow to like it more and more.

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Value beer. A simple porter, black, roasty, headless, bit of carbonation. Medium or less mouthfeel. Molasses as it warms. I could still drink a bunch of this. A touch of chocolate malt. Coca-cola aftertaste, more sweet than bitter, which arrives in the finish.

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Very nice thick dark chocolate color with fluffy tan head.
S- Thin, alcohol present. Sweet malt and rich roasty flavors.
T- Sweet with molasses and chocolate, however balanced and restrained. Bourbon similarities.
M- Kind of thin for a porter and does not have a very heavy mouthfeel. Nice carbonation and smooth bubbles.
D- Smooth and easy. Alcohol notes are not masked as well as I would prefer, but this is nice for a cool night to warm up!

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy, very deep chestnut body appears almost black on the bar but reveals russett highlights when held to the light; and it maintains its creamy, light tan head throughout almost the entire glass. Beautiful creamy rings and short sheets of lacing eventually deteriorate to wide splashes but also add greatly to its appearance. The nose displays dark cocolate and yeasty fruitiness over a touch of lightly roasted malt and just a slight hint of hops in the background. Some alcohol is evident but never detracts from its appeal. The body is medium; and its very fine and natural (bottle conditioned) carbonation leaves it exceptionally creamy in the mouth. The flavor sets forth a balanced combination of light yeasty fruitiness, chocolate, caramel, and a cusp of delicate roastiness. It finishes drying with a quick note of alcohol followed by some roasty dryness and a clear caramel and molasses flavor. It's not really complex, but there's enough going on that you might miss some of it the first few times around; and it is rich and inviting, calling you back for another sip. A decent beer that deserves a try although I think its alcohol might be a bit limiting in overall drinkability.

Photo of socon67
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark black pour with a white foam that settles quickly to a trhin line. Clumps of lacing on the glass.

S - Scent of dark chocolate and a slight hint of smoke in the smell. Latent roasted malt notes.

T - Sweet falvors of sugary chocolate and some notes of toffee. Finish has a nice malty flavor and some refined smoky feel.

M - Feels lighter than its ABV; almost a tad thin. Minor carbonation and a slick feel on the taste buds.

O - I like many of Yards offerings and htis is another goodie. a mild porter for those who like the dark malt flavors without a heavy bodied beer. Pretty enjoyable.

Photo of tempest
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty stuff here. Appear dark brown without much head. Medium body and carbonation. Fairly sweet and dessert like. Finishes with a dry roast and fruity, chocolatey sweetness. This beer is big on the chocolate flavors. It tastes like milk chocolate on a ligtly burnt chocolate chip cookie - in a good way. It reminds me of another sweet porter favorite of mine, Middle Ages Duke of Winship, a must try if you like this beer.

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General Washington's Tavern Porter from Yards Brewing Co.
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