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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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Ratings: 666
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 31
Gots: 87 | FT: 1
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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Ratings: 666 | Reviews: 269
Photo of Haybeerman
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown color; ruby on the edges when held to the light. Poured a 1 finger tan head with fair retention to a wispy skim. Lacing sheeted the sides of the glass.

S: Toasted malts; coffee, chocolate and burnt toast. That was about it other than an earthy aroma that became more prominent as the beer warmed.

T: Consistent with the aroma. Malts were prominent and slightly sweet. Fairly sharp bitter brought the beer to a very nice balance. Faint earth/smoke flavor lingers past the finish.

M: Light to medium body (thicker than expected). Low carbonation. Smooth and rich with a nice sharp bitter.

D: Flavorful and smooth. Nicely balanced

Photo of bgildea
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown color with a thick tan head that sticks around and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Nice smoky aroma of roasted, toasted malts. Besides the roasted malts, not much else comes through.

T: The flavor has hints of sweets with a tinge of roasted malts. The sweet flavor also balances nicely with the bitter aftertaste. The smoky flavor that comes across in the smell shows up late into the aftertaste, but is also enjoyable. Overall a decent balance of flavors.

M: Decent amount of chew to the beer. Not as thin as I was expecting.

O: Overall I found the beer to be very satisfying. The smell had some interesting smoky notes and the flavor balance the sweet flavor, roasted malt flavor, and slight bitter aftertaste. I'd definitely recommend you try this beer, especially considering its historical background.

Photo of Retsinis
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fellow BA (Thanks BigTuro) recently went to Yards Brewing company in Philly, and brought this growler back. When he said the claim is that this is actually a replicate of George Washington's recipe (and I myself having just traveled and toured Mount Vernon 1 month ago) I was very intrigued.

Poured from the Growler into a Bruery Tulip glass.

The beer pours a nice and deep, semi translucent dark brown. A think tan colored head rose about an inch, but did not retain. Light lacing on the glass.

The aromas are of roasted brown sugar, nuts, and a hint of coffee. I also get a very faint note of dark sour cherries.

The flavors are of mellow coffee, roasted malts, molasses, light dark chocolate, and a nice twinge of hops bitterness on the finish. Has a good mixture of roasted notes, with crisp carbonation, a slightly bitter, lightly dry finish, and is not as sweet as some porters.

Mouth feel is a bit thin for a porter, but carbonation was medium and smooth.

Overall, I enjoyed it, it's a solid porter, and something I would drink 2 or more of in a sitting. If it really is what George Washington was drinking, then he was a Beer Advocate. I can't believe it says this is 7%, I got no hint of that at all.

Photo of engisch
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown with a nice lacey head that coats the glass. Smells a bit of chocolaty sweetness with a slightly roasty or dark chocolate aroma.

Sweet malty slightly bitter chocolate flavor. A hint of molasses. There is a slight creaminess to the mouthfeel.

An all around nice porter. I would definitely drink this again if it crossed my path. Nothing crazy going on here. Great balanced porter.

Way to go Kehoe!

Photo of beer2day
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown pour with 1-finger dark chocolate head. Laces very well all around the glass. Decent head retention.

Chocolate with a nice shot of citrus hops hit the nose. Roast malt underneath. Very well presented.

Roast malt and bitter chocolate hit your tongue right away. The beer goes quickly creamy and finishes with a rich, medium bitter chocolate flavor. The citrus hops really start to come into the finish about half-way through the glass.

Feel is right on for the style. Very rich tasting porter, though, and could have used a bit more body to match up with that taste.

Slightly high abv is the only thing that brings down the drinkability. Really well done, if you are having only one or two.

Photo of billab914
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Starr Hill pint glass. It poured dark brown in color with a modest and frothy tan head to it. The head retreated to the edges of the glass, where it left some nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a lot of chocolate coming through. It has both bitter, dark baking chocolate as well as a milky, sweeter chocolate. Modest roasty flavor along with some sweeter malty notes.

The taste also shows a lot of chocolate malt to it. Like the nose it shows both a bitter, dark chocolate and sweet, milk chocolate. It has some roasty flavors to it with some hints of coffee that help balance out the sweet chocolate.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, It was a nicely flavored and easy drinking beer overall. It had some nice chocolate flavors to it that I really enjoyed. Very nice porter.

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Very nice thick dark chocolate color with fluffy tan head.
S- Thin, alcohol present. Sweet malt and rich roasty flavors.
T- Sweet with molasses and chocolate, however balanced and restrained. Bourbon similarities.
M- Kind of thin for a porter and does not have a very heavy mouthfeel. Nice carbonation and smooth bubbles.
D- Smooth and easy. Alcohol notes are not masked as well as I would prefer, but this is nice for a cool night to warm up!

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

Good Porter. Pours a dense brown color. Ruby highlights show through at the bottom of the glass. Big tan head with good retention and lacing.

Smell is pleasant, sweet malt and coffee.

Taste is good. Nice and rich. Sweet and roasted malts and coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. Drinkability is very good. I could enjoy a few of these on a cold night.

Photo of jman42
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very nice looking dark brown. Poured with a thick tan head - had to ease back on the pour to keep the head down. Lasted too!

S: Nice malty smell to this - obviously not going to be overly hoppy.

T: Sweeter than I expected. That malt smell came through nicely. Tasted a bit of molasses so it was sweet - but in a good way.

M: Creamy mouthfeel to this one.

D: Porters are something I drink on occasion and today was a great occasion for one - nice, chilly day outside, football on inside. Went down nicely.

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

I picked up a case of Yards Beers of the Revolution in the Poconos while visiting my parents. I enjoyed this beer in my Crystal German Beer mug from Germany.

A-Nice, dark, cola colored. Very little to no head with only trace lacing around the glass.

S-Very good. You can smell molasses and chocolate. This beer has a smell that you would enjoy in a warm tavern or pub.

T-A very good stout. A very strong molasses taste and chocolate. You get a faint boozy taste of bourbon in the background and a very warm alcohol taste on the palate at the end.

M-Not an overly heavy beer which is usually associated with a stout. I also like the fact that it does not have too much of an alkaline taste or dry taste. This is a very good Porter.

D-I enjoyed this beer. This is a great fall winter brew. I can see enjoying this beer with friend or in front of a warm fireplace on a cold wintery night.

I would not buy a case of George Washington's Porter because it is the type of beer you may have 2 maybe 3 at most in a sittiing. My advice is to purchase the Beers of the Revolution variety pack and then you will enjoy the Yards family of beers more.

Yards makes great beers and the best part is the variety they offer. Definitely worth trying!


Photo of jmdrpi
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottling date from September stamped on the case.

color is close to black, only brown edges when held up to the light. white head that fades to a thin covering. decent lacing. rich chocolately aroma.

smooth tasting, with typical chocolate and coffee notes. very flavorful but easy drinking.

thick velvetly mouthfeel. a damn good porter.

Photo of JRed
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black in body with fleeting off-white head. Smells of roast, earth, wood, and hops. Tastes of roast, hop bitterness/dryness, cola, tang, and some syrup. Medium bodied and cola mouthfeel. Flavorful and sessionable. The best of the revolutionary series.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last of the six pack I bought at yards. Poured into my love stout glass. Brown with some lighter highlight's. Off white colored heading seems to settle quickly and finishes almost flat.

Smell is mostly roasted and burnt caramel malts. But a bit of earthiness and a nutty aroma is dominant.

Taste is heavy in roasted malts spalshes the tastebuds. A sweet earthy kick to finish thing's up.

Mouth is smooth, medium bodied and leaves a heavy dark molasses like linger.

A good session porter.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown or garnet in color with a small but dense foam cap. Appears to be nicely carbo'd but it's hard to tell. It is quite dark.
Smells thickly of rich malts toffee caramel and some roastiness. Hops are a non-issue here.
Tastes rich and sweet, you can definitly pick up the molasses sweetness. A dry finsh.
A full bodied beer here, it pours thickly into my glass and offers plenty of alcohol warming.
Good lacing through out this tasting.
It reminds me alot of what the base brew for Anchor Christmas ale would taste like before they add all the twigs and stuff.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz. bottle, picked up +/- a month ago at Yards Brewing's Taproom in Philly. The label has been updated since the above photo, now looking less 'Franklin Mint Collector Plate' and more 'National Portrait Gallery'. Poured to a pint glass.

Alc. 7% by Vol.

A: A nearly impenetrable blackness, which is to say darker than so many 'modern-day' porters... English Porter? This looks more like Foreign/Export Stout! I mounded finger of light khaki cream, holding strong and dropping gradually. Slimmer rings of lace, but I've seen plenty of porters that leave none - this deserves AT LEAST a 'good'...though I toyed with higher.

S: A lava-rock mineral nose, dry but sweetened all at once, ashy but caramelized, too. It's a pleasing smell, though not so big - regardless it's a nice scent especially from an oftentimes aroma-wanting style.

T: Sweet and filled with malt-roast. General Washington's molasses-laced recipe is really a wonderful way for Colonial Era brewing to meet 21st Century brewing, the heavy dose of iron/mineral is almost blood-like. Interesting stuff: a sugared but brashly dry and metallic flavor waltzing about. Tasty, albeit not for every imbiber.

M: Pretty well 'thin', truth be told, but wonderfully creamy and smooth. Twangy mineral sticks on the tongue.

D: I really do like the flavors and the interesting historic perspective (label-bragging about 'following General Washington's original recipe' and being 'brewed with molasses' = good move). Good enough to have again and again...but that'll take another trip eastward. If you're in the mid-Atlantic, you owe it to yourself to give this one a try.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Gadsby's Tavern, a location Washinton used to frequent. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a fairly dark brown with a bit of a garner tint. Off white head with some good lacing. Nose is pretty sting with roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and a bit of molasses. The taste brings forward the roasted malt and some chocolate. Light to medium body with good carbonation levels. Drinks fairly well, especially being in a location where Washington himself used to hold meetings.

Photo of Soonami
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yard's George Washington Tavern Porter is a really nice English Porter. It is a dark brown, almost black with just some transparency when held up to the light. The beer smells very roasty with definite coffee and chocolate notes with some malt toastiness that is almost like a mocha with a bowl of oatmel. The beer has a molasses, caramel sweetness, medium roast flavor and a subtle bitterness. There is a jammy fruit character from the English yeast that melds well with the coffee. This is well balanced, without any dominating flavors allowing this beer to be easily enjoyed and many flavors to come through.

Photo of sisuspeed
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for the local extra!

Pours with a nice foamy tan head. Fairly dark body with a reddish-brown tint. The head reduces leaving a nice film and a touch of lacing here and there.

The nose is sweet. Picking up a hint of lactose, light smoke, and roasted, chocolate flavored malt.

The flavor is a nice balance of unfermented lactose sweetness and roasted dark malt. A faint hint of smoke on the malt and maybe a touch of dark chocolate. Fairly simple, but nice.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a touch of dark malt bitterness. Carbonation is good, maybe a bit prickly. Body is on the lighter side, but still good for a regular porter.

Drinkability is good. Nothing stands out or is complex about this porter, but its still an easy drinking beer with some good flavor. Easy to put back a pint or two.

Photo of Agold
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is very dark, and pours with a about 1 cm of off white which dissipates to a ring around the outside rather quickly. Not bad. The smell is of coffee and caramel. It tastes a bit different from the other times i had it, when it was strong coffee and cocoa flavor. unfortunately, there is a little bit of a metallic note, but fortunately it is mild enough to not detract too much from the beer. The mouthfeel is smooth, and creamy with good carbonation. Great drinkability for such a heavy porter at 7%. It really is a great component of Yard's revolution beers.

Photo of magine
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug.

Pours a very dark brown, with some ruby shining through the edges. Has a thick tan head that settles to a nice bottle cap width depth and leaves a nice lace and chunk island behind. Good looking brew.

Brew smells sweet and malty; caramel, toffee, spices and dark fruits. Good tasty smell to this one.

Brew is silky smooth and very medium bodied. Has a dark fruit flavor; nutty, can taste a slight hop bitterness as well. Spicy and an almost burnt flavor. Finishes clean. Its thiner, spiced style makes it very unique and very enjoyable. Very drinkable stuff. Very good flavor.

Honestly this is one of the better, most balanced porters I have had. Looks great, taste great and can drink loads of it. Yards has another winner.

Photo of mralphabet
3.01/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into Pint Glass.

A: Very dark brown with a hint of red. Good 1 fingers worth of head that settles to a nice layer with very nice lacing.

S: I'm getting some molasses and coffee with a slightly burnt malt.

T: Molasses and coffee are the 2 strongest tastes here.. more on the bitter side than sweet. Aftertaste is bitter coffee.

M: Sharp and a little over carbonated for a porter, also a little on the thin water side.

D: Not as porter like as I was hoping. Not a bad beer by any means just not what I was expecting. Worth noting because it is brewed from Washington's recipe... beyond that not much.

Photo of droomyster
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a beautiful, frumpy tan head that sticks all over the glass. Aromas a brimming over with molasses and spices like cinnamon and ginger. There's far more alcohol on the nose and far less roastiness on the nose than I normally like, but the uniqueness of its spicy bouquet has completely stolen my heart. This porter tastes (in order of flavor intensity) like sweet molasses, burnt sugar, Christmas spices, dark chocolate and general roastiness. Unlike any porter I've ever had. Intriguing stuff, for sure. I'm going to give this beer, along with Yard's Spruce Ale, as gifts to fellow beer geeks this December.

Photo of bump8628
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a thin wisp of light tan head.

Mild diner coffee, toffee, and some background caramel round out the malt side of things with some earthy hop flavor thrown in. Balance is towards the sweet side.

Having a pretty good idea of what the historic British Porters tasted like, I have a hard time believing this is any more than slightly close to George's porter. That said, it's probably my favorite of the "Ales of the Revolution" series.

Photo of krisandajt
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yet another brew courtesy of mymrnngjckt. Cheers Kevin!

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into my DFH glass, this brew is surprisingly dark. This actually reminds me more of a robust stout than a porter. There's not a single beam of light getting through this bad boy. The pour was a bit rough, there was about a half inch worth of tan colored head that faded quickly, reducing itself down to only a thin ring around the beer. Lacing is pretty good, not really sticky but very thick and soapy.

Smell: Sweet, a mix of a little chocolate, a little coffee, and just a hint of dark fruit. Nothing is really standing out, everything is pretty well balanced.

Taste: Nothing really exploding on the palate here, getting some bitter chocolate with a bit of under-roasted coffee. There is a slight sweet, dark fruit kind of flavor hiding in the background, but it's very subtle at best.

Mouthfeel: Nice body, creamy, smooth, carbonation is perfect. Very well done here.

Drinkability: Not a bad porter, though I was expecting a bit more oomph. All of the flavors are very well balanced, though they are a bit subdued. I would say that if you are looking for an easy drinking porter, this is your beer. If you're looking for a "punch you in the face" kind of porter, there are better choices out there.

Photo of donniecuffs
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

At the Coppermine Pub in North Arlington, NJ. Poured coffee brown, with one finger of tan-colored head, and good lacing. Smelled of bitter chocolate, roasted coffee, biscuit, and malt. Tasted of roasted coffee and very chocolatey, with a malty-sweet finish. Smooth, not overly-carbonated medium-to-thick body was very pleasant. Great session porter.

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General Washington's Tavern Porter from Yards Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 666 ratings.