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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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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +30.5%

11-24-2012 23:20:40 | More by reitzbrewing
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jferrara35

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +30.5%

01-13-2014 17:01:22 | More by jferrara35
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troegaarden

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +30.5%

02-25-2013 00:11:51 | More by troegaarden
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Tweekers237

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +30.5%

08-03-2012 15:48:34 | More by Tweekers237
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yuenglingfan101

Indiana

5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into glass. Head was about 2 fingers and the color was dark and rich not quite yet black. Taste was smooth and malty. Overall mouthful, this beer went down really smooth and was no after taste to it. Overall a good beer just the way General Washington intended it to be. Thumbs up and Bottoms Up

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 16:11:03 | More by yuenglingfan101
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Jeff74


5/5  rDev +30.5%

10-24-2012 23:33:12 | More by Jeff74
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mquinn919

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +30.5%

01-21-2012 22:44:40 | More by mquinn919
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jrutigs

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +30.5%

11-18-2011 05:16:24 | More by jrutigs
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spedprof

West Virginia

5/5  rDev +30.5%

12-13-2011 04:55:03 | More by spedprof
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anyhoodle

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +30.5%

11-28-2011 02:54:31 | More by anyhoodle
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Uniobrew31

Pennsylvania

4.94/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Porter is one of my favorite style's. This one is a standout. Perfect porter profile, sweet chocolate and coffee notes. Subtle hop profile. Nice head and great finish TRY THIS BEER!!!! Its a great…nay the best porter in PA. I would put this up against founders and great lakes for the best representation of the style. I am glad I bought this case. I will be savoring it this winter!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 02:47:37 | More by Uniobrew31
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GWC

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +24%

07-06-2012 23:20:27 | More by GWC
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domnalbrecc

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +24%

05-29-2013 10:03:58 | More by domnalbrecc
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WissBrauSean

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a very dark brown where if you look at the base of the pint in my picture it is actually quite clear with a tan one finger head that remains as a full ring and center cap on top of the beer and leaves a very nice wet lacing pattern on the glass.

The aroma is of molasses, caramel malts, milk chocolate, vanilla, a hint of bread and sweet dark fruit with not much in the way of hops, maybe something piney, but so distant that I can't make it out.

The taste is a very similar profile as it's nose. In fact, just reread what I wrote above and add in a mild bitter finish that balances the beer almost perfectly if not perfect (to keep it from being overly sweet) and leaves you slightly dry and in complete anticipation of the next sip! A slight peppery tastes lingers as well and there is no hint of the high 7% ABV content of this beer.

Mouthfeel is definitely creamy, smooth, slightly sweet and very full in body. The carbonation is just under moderate and refreshing. Mildly dry finish.

Overall, I would like to say that this beer is world class. I think that some may argue with that assessment on the grounds that it may be too sweet with too much molasses or somehow doesn't completely fit with the grain bill. But it seems to me that this is a pretty broad category in beers and allows for such differences. I'm going out on a limb here and calling this 5 out of 5. It's so very complex, sweet yet dry, balanced with the only hint of the ABV being the warming feeling in my stomach. World Class!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 00:37:21 | More by WissBrauSean
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AntLeatherface

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +24%

01-08-2013 04:11:47 | More by AntLeatherface
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very deep brown color with reddish highlights. Moderate creamy off-white head that left slight lacing as the glass. emptied. Smell is toasty with very strong notes of dark bitter chocolate. Taste is reminicent of strong black slightly bitter coffee. Some nice ripe dark fruit taste is also present. The alcohol is slightly present, but really compliments the other flavors in the beer. Finish slows a moderate bitterness, mixed with coffee and chocolate and leaves a truly excellent taste in the mouth. Nice and creamy. A perfectly balanced beer. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2006 01:20:57 | More by tgbljb
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loveingminor

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice dark amber color. Definitely "porter" colored. Has a nice head.

Smell: Nice rich, roasted, porter smell.

Taste: Complex, rich, roasted. I don't really taste chocolate, but then again I'm not much for chocolate in my beer.

Mouthfeel: Not overly carbonated, but has a smooth feel.

Overall: I'm glad I picked this one. Can't have more than 2 in one night, but that just makes my stock last longer.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 02:32:18 | More by loveingminor
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MichaelMeister

Georgia

4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at the City Tavern in historic Philadelphia. I think the fact that my wife and I sampled this brew in such a significant historic setting may have influenced my review of this beer quite a bit. Still, we both loved this porter.

The bartender at the tavern showed us the original recipe copied from the original book written over 200 years ago. It was very interesting to see how it was described. One could not try to clone this brew from the ancient formula, but it was interesting to see the wort to molasses ratio involved. The molasses had much to do with it's smoothness and sweetness.

Another historic fact about this particular beer is that it's original ABV was 17%!

We spoke with chef/proprietor Walter Staib who told us it took quite a few trials and errors to reduce the ABV down to its present 7% and get the taste right. That, they certainly did! Very good porter!

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2006 02:32:44 | More by MichaelMeister
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testch09

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

02-26-2012 14:27:33 | More by testch09
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Loveyourbeer

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

12-04-2011 00:02:05 | More by Loveyourbeer
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Lanstrum

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

06-24-2013 00:47:06 | More by Lanstrum
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Clanceykid

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

10-23-2013 17:10:16 | More by Clanceykid
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jjd315

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

09-24-2012 20:41:55 | More by jjd315
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bigeyedfish89

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

12-20-2013 14:05:03 | More by bigeyedfish89
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OMGTheyKilkenny

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: A thin caramel colored head with a rich, dark chocolate body. This is how a porter is supposed to look.

S: Strong aroma of coffee grounds. Heavy chocolate notes with very toasty malts. Through all that, you can still smell the alcohol. This should be fun.

T: Very nice classic porter. Bold toasted malt flavor hits up front. Semi-sweet chocolate with a bit of coffee. Nice little bite on the finish.

MF: Surprisingly crisp. Solid body, but lighter than you'd think. Lingers a bit on the back. Medium carbonation with just enough body.

D: Excellent, given the strength. No wonder we won the Revolution. If you’re ever in a war and one side’s drinking this while the other is drinking tea, bet on the side fueled by this beer every time. Big flavor, but surprisingly light body makes for solid drinkability. Much lighter than the flavor would suggest. Overall, very nice composition. I love it when a “novelty beer” delivers above and beyond expectations.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 21:20:15 | More by OMGTheyKilkenny
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General Washington's Tavern Porter from Yards Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 543 ratings.