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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

600 Ratings
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Ratings: 600
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 26
Gots: 52 | 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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Ratings: 600 | Reviews: 261 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

jgebauer110, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of TobinMitnick
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

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

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

JeffTheJuice, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of keanex
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of cfh64
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

cfh64, Jan 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

mquinn919, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of microbrewlover
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 -21.3%

oldsmuggler, Jan 15, 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 BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 -8.1%

acurtis, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

GreatPumpkin, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Giantspace
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Giantspace, Jan 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

AWS2111, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

shockrocker65, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, buck 99 from the Village Pump.

Near black with a dense, brown head that falls off to a ring rather fast, leaving patchy foam. The nose is decent. Moderately hoppy with a rather herbal and mildly floral nose, there's some roast, a mild grainy acidity, some cocoa, coffee grounds and some vanilla. Moderately fruity as well (in a yeasty way), with a nose suggestive of toffee and peaches, this aspect is interesting.

The palate opens with rather excellent flavors ruined by excessive carbonation. Robustly roasty with a pleasing blend of grainy bitterness and acidity, complemented by flavors of cocoa, a little caramel and fruity yeast, this is quite an enjoyable porter. Very dry, this beer has flavors of unsweetened cocoa. Drying on the finish with a mild bitterness, this beer is light in body, quite excessively carbonated, leading to a not wholly welcome carbonic acid bite and lightening the body to the point of wateriness. Despite it, though, there's a nice fruitiness that also lingers. The alcohol is fairly well hidden too. All told, a pretty decent and enjoyable porter. Allowing the carbonation to settle down greatly enhances the moutfeel, and I'm adjusting my score up by half a point to reflect this improvement.

DefenCorps, Jan 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

IdrinkGas, Jan 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

whartontallboy, Jan 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

InspectorBob, Jan 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

SPRichard, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%

DerekP, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of WMEugene
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a thick black with a thin tan head (with excellent retention) and significant lacing.

S - Sweet bready smell. Molasses. Some roasted malts with coffee and cocoa flavors present. Some alcohol is noticeable as well.

T - Sweet bready flavors and roasted malts. Molasses and brown sugar are present. An interesting taste for a porter.

M - Thinner in feel than I expected, but still medium bodied. Smooth drinker. Nice carbonation.

O - I found the Tavern Porter to be an interesting take on a porter. It's sweeter than most normal porters, which is probably attributable to the molasses. An interesting colonial recipe that is timeless.

WMEugene, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

michaelmatters, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%

ShemRahBoo, Dec 23, 2011
General Washington's Tavern Porter from Yards Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 600 ratings.