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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86
very good

266 Reviews
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Reviews: 266
Hads: 692
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 31
Gots: 109 | 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:
Beer added by: SixpointJMH on 09-30-2003

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.
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Photo of NODAK
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma here is predominately of roasted malts, with a touch of cocoa and sweetness. Definitely predominately roasted, however.

Taste follows the nose quite well...pretty big roasted notes fill the body of the beer in a rich way...there are dark chocolate notes as well alongside the roasted malts...with a hint of sweetness there as well.

Pretty good porter...robust but not too roasted or bold. Solid offering. (413 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Black with a three finger tan head head.

S- Nutty, roasted malts, cocoa, some coffee, touch of dark fruits.

T- Roasted nuts, coffee, roasted malts, some cocoa, touch of fruits.

M- Light to medium body, somewhat creamy.

O- This a great porter and the best beer I have tried Yards. Nice complexity. Would love try this on cask. Definitely will pick this up again! (407 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark color with a huge rocky white head, looks appealing.

Aromas are light, some cream, cocoa, and roasted nuts.

Taste is full flavored, nutty, with notes of cream, cocoa, and coffee. Finish is earthy, crisp and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is nice, plenty of body, smooth, with nice carbonation.

Overall, a solid porter, well worth trying, (355 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Nonic Pint glass]

The pour was a murky dark brown with a slight ruby hue and a large (2-3 finger) tan frothy head that possessed awesome retention, finally reducing to a thick cap which produced excellent streaky lacing.

The aroma was bold and roasty with some dark bread malts and a pungent leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, molasses and dark roasted coffee.

The taste was a malty, roasty and bitter-sweet with a big molasses note early on, then progressed into a much bitterer taste with a large dose of roasted coffee and a creamy chocolate presence towards the finish. The flavor lasted an extremely long time proceeding the swallow with a rich creamy bitter-sweet taste left to linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a solid medium in body with an extremely creamy texture and a moderate carbonation.

Overall a very tasty straight forward Porter, with a ton of creamy roasty flavor...

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Photo of OMGTheyKilkenny
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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. (1,002 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany in the tall glass. An attractive head on the beer. More of a highly roasted brew than the burnt black of many Porters. Aroma of dark caramel with a hint of licorice in the nose.

A little of the sweet malt greets the lips, followed by a lot of dark malt and a dry finish. The hops give a pleasant bitterness to the aftertaste. Fairly rich mouthfeel and full of flavor. Some dark fruits, a touch of prune and blackberry along with the lightly charred barley. Rather grainy in a pleasing way.

This whole series of "Ales of the Revolution" are far from gimmicky, and the three I've tasted are each excellent in their own way. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Food and Friends. (687 characters)

Photo of Ryanm1
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The 3rd of the Three of my reviews of the 'Ales of the Revolution'.

Although this is in that pack it tastes nothing like the other two. This is dark and a bit heavier although maintianing the median ABV of the group. Nothing is transparent when poured into a glass and the foam is white. My least favorite of the 3 AOR but can be found on draught at the City Tavern. (367 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interestingly this is one of the few beers I much preferred from the bottle than from the tap, and I’ve had it on draft at the brewery more than a few times. Not sure why that should be but the bottle opened my eyes a bit after feeling a little disappointed in the tap version after each sampling.

Pours like a good porter should; rich black color, a decent-sized off-white head with good retention and lace. Roasted malt aroma with subtle coffee and bittersweet chocolate notes. Mild floral hoppiness buried somewhere underneath it all.

The flavor pretty much follows the nose, with perhaps a deeper chocolate malt and molasses taste and overall sweetness than the aroma lets on. Good bitterness and char aspects as well, some coming from the hops and more from the roasted malt flavor. Very balanced and tasty. Semi-dry finish.

Medium bodied and carbonated with surprisingly, a smoother, creamier feel than I recall the tap having. I’m not a fan of overly carbonated, prickly porters and this one was smooth and soft enough in the mouth to be very pleasing. (1,067 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown/bl ack body with Coca- Cola highlights. Four fingers of bubbly light tan foam. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is lightly roasted coffee with a good shot of milk in it (the coffee that is).

Taste follows the nose. Big coffee, cut with milk, and an undercurrent of chocolate. Earthy hops. Good balance.

Medium-plus mouthfeel. Smooth, a little slick.

A tasty solid porter. Another impressive item for Washington's resume. (424 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle states that it's color is a deep garnet... and I find that I rather agree! You can see the light coming through towards the bottom of the glass... a beautiful color, and it has a mountainous, pillowy head that sticks around for quite a while, never fully receding. Aroma - Roasted malt, toffee, vanilla cream, milk chocolate, and perhaps the faintest bit of hops. In the flavor I am picking up coffee, molasses, and definitely some hop bitterness in there. The beer coats the mouth very well and tingles as it goes down. The ABV is imperceptible, however. Overall I would recommend this. The bitterness to the finish adds a ruggedness to the character of what would have been an average porter. (705 characters)

Photo of mooseo
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A - Dark black with a thin tan head.

S - Potent aroma of coffee, cocoa, roasted malt, and a touch of dark fruit.

T - Roasted malt and sweet molasses up front, followed by notes of coffee, dark fruit, and earthy hops. The hop profile is stronger than the nose suggests. Finishes with bitter chocolate and burnt malt.

M - Medium bodied and creamy with low carbonation.

O - Nice complexity and balance to this porter. The alcohol is hidden well. Overall, an excellent sipping beer that only gets better as it warms. (548 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, molasses, some notes of coffee, a touch of alcohol. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this is a pretty good beer. (254 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,257 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (920 characters)

Photo of keanex
3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
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! (565 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (728 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
2.65/5  rDev -30.6%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

YUMMY, TRY SOME! (299 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (1,239 characters)

Photo of WMEugene
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

General Washington's Tavern Porter
Yards Brewing Co.

Appearance: Very dark brown with a mocha cream head with good retention. This beer has legs, and lace...hey now...

Smell: Molasses, dark breads, alcohol. Alittle bit of cocoa. Roasted malts. Coffee.

Taste: In the flavor, brown sugar, maple syrup, molasses, coffee, faint spruce note. Astringent roasted malt mixes well with the sugars. Chocolate emerges again. If one was a simple town-person in Washington's time, I can see the quality of this beer developing an army of loyal followers. Hell, I want to grab a pitchfork and hit the streets right now! This beer is delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, creamy feel. Carbonation is solid. Flavors of coffee and vanilla linger into the glorious finish.

Overall: This is impressive porter. If Washington brewed a similar beer, he truly was the right man to lead this newborn nation. I wonder if he sold six packs? (926 characters)

Photo of Morey
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with "Bottled on 081211" stamped on the back neck of the bottle. Hooray for Yards!

Pours a very dark brown (almost black color). The beer is topped by one fingers worth of cream colored head following a fairly aggressive pour. Foam has now settle to a very thin layer with some bubbles remaining around the edges of the glass. Pretty decent stick.

Aroma: Hints of chocolate, acai, plum, and molasses.

Taste: Rounded malt flavor/body up front. Very light on the roasted and smoky flavors. I'm getting more rich and sweet flavors. There's a mild bitterness about midway. Finish is slick and wet with a bit of lingering sweetness.

Medium (just barley) bodied with a slick mouthfeel. Soft carbonation.

A decent Porter overall. The 7% is hidden extremely well. Nice job George.

Morey's Bottom Line: This falls a bit short in today's market, but I wouldn't have been first in line back in the day. If this is what our leaders were drinking then, what happened! Shame on the BMC's drinkers of today! (1,010 characters)

Photo of JohnFatAss
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a pleasant surprise this beer was.
Had on tap at my local bar.

It is the best porter I have ever had.

It has an incredible creamy mouthful. Super smooth, rich and satisfying.

Taste is of roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate & molasses.

Goes down so easy you need to be careful.

Hope I can find this in six packs.
This is so good, I might even buy a case! (370 characters)

Photo of loveingminor
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of Brambleman
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Poured opaque black, with a slight reddish hue and a half finger mahogany foam head. It quickly settled and left some lace.

The smell is sweet malt, then the bitterness from the hops. Definitely some chocolate on the nose.

The taste is slightly sweet/malt(chocolate hints)...then bitter....just like it smelled. This is what a porter should be! Wonderful!

The mouthfeel was perfect for a porter...silky and smooth with light carbonation, but not sticky or syrupy.

This was a wonderful offering! perfect every day drinker of a porter! (575 characters)

General Washington's Tavern Porter from Yards Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.