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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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581 Ratings
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Ratings: 581
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 26
Gots: 39 | 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: SixpointJMH on 09-30-2003)
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Reviews by jockstrappy:
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3.53/5  rDev -7.6%

Pours a rich, murky brown/black color with a 1/4" tan head. Aroma is roasted coffee, caramel malts, and molasses. Flavor starts off with a nice blend of coffee and molasses, with notes of roasted malt and caramel evident mid-sip, before it all rinses away for the cleanest finish I've ever seenin a porter, with a little alcohol warmth present afterwards. Mouthfeel is very full, and thick, but it's finish adds to it's drinkability. This beer is probably better kept for the winter though....which is when I'll seek it again!

08-19-2006 23:43:20 | More by jockstrappy
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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +6%

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.

02-23-2006 02:50:41 | More by oberon
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4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

12-30-2003 04:13:01 | More by RoyalT
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

02-04-2013 00:43:52 | More by aszatk01
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

07-30-2014 16:21:11 | More by jackplane
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

05-22-2013 02:42:43 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

05-22-2013 23:00:23 | More by megamass
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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

10-20-2004 22:17:35 | More by merlin48
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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

09-21-2004 04:38:07 | More by Billolick
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3.38/5  rDev -11.5%

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

05-08-2009 05:38:33 | More by bl400315
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

11-04-2012 00:49:25 | More by tripelz
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

11-24-2012 23:20:40 | More by reitzbrewing
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

08-23-2014 18:37:03 | More by Mealy58
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3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

02-12-2005 01:36:25 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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1.93/5  rDev -49.5%

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.

09-28-2005 18:02:28 | More by jakester
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3.6/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

10-06-2004 22:12:29 | More by far333
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

10-20-2010 06:51:05 | More by Soonami
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

08-07-2014 01:03:28 | More by gunnerlincoln
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3.18/5  rDev -16.8%

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?

07-11-2011 16:53:31 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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West Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

02-29-2004 21:01:02 | More by WVbeergeek
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

12-27-2011 16:06:25 | More by SPRichard
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3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

01-14-2010 02:56:26 | More by glid02
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

02-26-2012 14:27:33 | More by testch09
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

01-13-2014 17:01:22 | More by jferrara35
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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

12-31-2012 19:57:12 | More by ianjsullivan
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General Washington's Tavern Porter from Yards Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 581 ratings.