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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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620 Ratings
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Ratings: 620
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 28
Gots: 59 | 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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1.24/5  rDev -67.5%

MrStickboy, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of jakester
1.93/5  rDev -49.3%
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.

jakester, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of RBorsato
2/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Mahogany/brown color with a full pillowy light brown head and highly carbonated. Oxidized/Infected overcarbonated aroma and flavor -- very much like the TJ Tavern Ale. No hints of molasses comes thru the infection.... Very surprising considering the Best By date. Bubbly light bodied due to overcarbonation/infection.

A bit pricey to take the chance of trying it again... Sorry Yards -- Once Again, bone up on the Quality Assurance!! There should be a revolution against these poor "Beers of the Revolution"..

Label States: "Brewed with Molasses" & "Authentic Recipe" & "Bottle Conditioned"

Best Before: 04/03/06 (lasered on neck)
Tasted: 12/28/04

($1.79 / 12 oz.)

RBorsato, Jan 03, 2005
Photo of chooch5
2/5  rDev -47.5%

chooch5, Apr 14, 2014
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2/5  rDev -47.5%

moot2142, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of klewis
2.1/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to leftmindedrighty for this one.

A: Pours a lighter than average brown (per the style) with a miniscule head and little lacing.

S: Sweet smell of caramel and molasses.

T: Stale, vegetal taste - corn, celery, etc. Bitter with no typical porter flavors at all. Tastes slightly oxidized. Where's the molasses?

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily, slick texture.

D: Sorry George, this one's a dump.

klewis, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of Brent
2.2/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a nice dark color with a long-lasting mocha head. Surprisingly little aroma - what there was seemed to hint at sweet chocolate. Flavor profile was puzzling - almost no roasted malt flavors other than the barest coffee at the very end. The predominant flavor was an oddly wine-like flavor, both sweet and tart. The combination did not harmonize well. Bottle notes that the beer is brewed with molasses. Perhaps I'm simply too acclimated to beers brewed in the traditional English style and the American interpretations to be able to appreciate this reincarnation of the Colonial "Philadelphia" style.

Brent, May 23, 2005
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2.25/5  rDev -40.9%

ChrisPratz, Mar 23, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -40.9%

Sovietfox, Aug 10, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -40.9%

newbeeraday, Nov 15, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -40.9%

blameo, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of Dithyramb
2.4/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Saw the interesting labels for this and the other "revolutionary" ales during my last trip for the first time.
Pours a fizzy dark brown with red highlights.Ringlets of bubbles, but not much of a head or lacing was evident.
Faint malt in the nose and a bit of earthiness.
Tasted like a fountain cola. Extremely light mouthfeel, with some overboard carbonation on the tongue, really detracted from any of the flavor profile. Acidic, but not ver bitter, with only a hint of the roasted malts. Finishes clean and not very enjoyable.

I don't think I'll be drinking the second one I had.

Dithyramb, Feb 01, 2005
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2.44/5  rDev -36%

MayorOfMayfair, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of TongoRad
2.45/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a translucent blackish brown color with a temporary one-finger soda-like head.

Aroma is unusual- there is an overriding character that I can only describe as 'wet plaster'. Underneath that is some acidic roast malt notes and some resiny/floral hops. I don't get sufficient malt to make it work.

Flavor is way too roast-malt acidic. Yes- there are other beer-like characteristics and some coffee and chocolate-like qualities, but the acid dominates to the point of being a real detriment. Something could have gone wrong with the bottle conditioning, but I just didn't enjoy this beer.

TongoRad, Jul 14, 2005
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

TobinMitnick, Jan 30, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

OriolesFan1008, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
2.65/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep deep amber color with noticeable clarity for the darkness. Big 2 finger off white head. Nose has those classic english scents. Very earthy with touches of barnyard, slight minty hop presence. Head eventually subsides to a half finger lace with pretty good lacing.

Tastes of peat barley and coffee with a very minor hop presence. Beer starts big and malty but thins out kind of watery on the back end. Flavors dont linger too long which is good cause they arent fantastic. Like a weird thin smokey chocolatiness. Like having a BBQ in london on a misty day.

Theres a bright fruit sweetness somewhere in here if you look for it. Eh.

jtierney89, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of ppvora
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Poured from a chilled 12 oz. bottle into a lager glass.
Dark brown color, only 1/2 finger of head.

Aroma: molasses, molasses, and more molasses.
Taste: A solid malt and porter taste with lots of coffee, some chocolate. I'm naive about how some of these porters are made, but I won't be surprised if a dark coffee is blended in with this porter. My experience with porters is limited, but I was somewhat disappointed with this one as it appears to try too hard to be a porter. I hope that makes sense.

ppvora, Sep 23, 2014
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2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark brown in color with a small tan head. A distinict vanilla aroma dominates the smell. The taste has none of the afore mentioned vanilla charactistic. It starts out hinting at a roasted malt but quickly goes away from that to an almost sour finish. I know that vanilla flavors in beer are not high on alot of peoples list but I think if it had a little of that in the flavor to match the aroma it might have increased my enjoyment of this beer.

ybnorml, Feb 15, 2004
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Beezee, Mar 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

dailyminefield, Jun 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

chim52chim, Dec 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

B33RGI25, Jul 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

mikerems, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of antott0523
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, with a thin light brown head that completely disappeared. No lace.

Nose: Some sweeter malt notes of caramel. Some alcohol on the nose. Earthy notes of mushroom and moss,

Taste: Sweeter malt notes of toasted bread.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with mild carbonation

Overall: A decent porter that is not complex, but has a good flavor. Would not seek out again, but glad I tried, based on how much I liked the Chocolate Love Stout from the same brewery.

antott0523, Apr 28, 2014
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General Washington's Tavern Porter from Yards Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 620 ratings.