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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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very good

586 Ratings
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Ratings: 586
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 26
Gots: 43 | 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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2.25/5  rDev -41.1%

ChrisPratz, Mar 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

alwaysintense, Mar 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

rprinz22, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of jwhancher
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

Bought a variety case of Yards' Ales of the Revolution. Have had this one before, but it's been a few years and I wanted to try this lineup once again. Poured this into a snifter glass.

A: Pours what seems like a solid black. Once held up to the light, it appears somewhat like a muddy dark brown. Has a nice decent quarter inch off-white head. Label art on the bottle is great.

S: Smells of molasses with a bit of some spicy hop character. The molasses lends a sweet syrup character. Also, some roast malt & perhaps some black malt. Smells a tad bit solventy from perceived alcohol.

T: Tastes dry with noticeable molasses notes. Has some faint roast & black malt notes as picked up in the nose. Perhaps the faintest of chocolate or crystal malts in the background. The dark malts lend themselves to the perception of some dark fruit: fig, dark cherry, and maybe plum.

M: Feels medium to medium full. Dry and somewhat bitter. Carbonation seems fine.

O: I really appreciate what Yards has done with this brew. It takes me back in time and makes me wonder what the founding fathers must have drank. I think Yards executed this one flawlessly and it's a fine interpretation. Being in Philly, I also can't help the fact that I can find this one real fresh.

jwhancher, Mar 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Beezee, Mar 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

testch09, Feb 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

cynical1027, Feb 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

turdadactyl, Feb 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

jkara27, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of ummswimmin
3.4/5  rDev -11%

I really enjoy porters. My favorite is Ballast Point's Victory at Sea. That is an amazing beer.

I poured Yard's Tavern Porter into a pint glass. It looks pretty good. The core is black with brown tint at the edges. The foam was minimal with a light brown coloring. This head recedes to a scum quickly that holds on. The scum left some very nice lacing in the glass.

Off the top I smell a bunch of roasty qualities. You also get a bunch of malt presence. I also pick up a little bit of sweetness. This is almost like a light coffee roast.

The flavor is less complicated than the smell. I just get some coffee in each sip. I wish that the smell transferred better to the taste.

This is a good beer. There is very little differentiation between this porter and the average porter from many other breweries. It was good to have this after a very long day, but on it's own I wouldn't go out of your way to find a bottle.

ummswimmin, Feb 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

muskiesman, Feb 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

jgebauer110, Feb 03, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

TobinMitnick, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

JeffTheJuice, Jan 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass from a 12 ounce bottle with no freshness date.

A: Almost opaque clear garnet with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates.

S: Licorice is heavy, very fruity on the nose with hints of molasses. Smells good!

T: Slightly roasty with a black licorice slightly coming through. Slight molasses and fruits coming through. This is a bit confusing really. It's okay but I'm not thrilled over it.

M: Full bodied with light carbonation.

O: This is an okay beer, I won't buy it again, but it's very cool to try an old historic recipe!

keanex, Jan 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

cfh64, Jan 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

mquinn919, Jan 21, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +13.9%

This brew pours dark, almost black with a large head which takes several minuets to dissapate and lacing which remains in the glass throught.

There is the strong smell of coffee, chocolate and molasses. With a "smoky" quality.

The taste is pretty much like the smell with the chocolate and the coffee alternating for attention on your taste buds. There is only slight bitterness, much less than most porters.

The mouthfeel is a little thin and malty.

The taste that is left in the mouth after swallowing is that of chocolate and coffee with a "smoky" quality with a hint of bitterness.

This is an excellent porter for a cold winter night. If Washington did brew a beer similar to this it was definitely worth fighting for.

microbrewlover, Jan 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

oldsmuggler, Jan 15, 2012
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2.65/5  rDev -30.6%

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
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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

A: blackish brown/crimson shimmers
trace tan head, patchy lacing

S: nutty, caramel, malt

T: roasted malt/mild bitter finish

M: med/heavy body, smooth/mild chewy

O: Yards has done it again!
I need to try all of their beers.
Love the historical angle and wide
variety of styles.


BeerLover99, Jan 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

acurtis, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

GreatPumpkin, Jan 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Giantspace, Jan 07, 2012
General Washington's Tavern Porter from Yards Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 586 ratings.