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General Washington's Tavern Porter (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Yards Brewing Co.

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General Washington's Tavern Porter (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
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89
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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Philabeerphia on 10-10-2010)
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Wagnew, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of xnicknj
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at pope in philly

Pours a clouded chestnut brown with a very thin layer of tanned head which dissolves completely leaving little to no lacing.

Decent barrel character in the nose with oak and boozy tannins. Pretty nutty and bready with a decent dose of malt. Roasty and warm with a hint of vanilla.

Starts off nutty and roasty with a pretty sharp kick from the barrel. Chocolate and vanilla mix into the malt profile with a decent amount of sweetness. The bourbon builds towards the back end, becoming increasingly astringent on the tongue. Lingering aftertaste of booze and vanilla.

Medium body, decent carbonation, a little chewy and sticky on the tongue. This starts off okay, but the barrel really becomes a bit oppressive on the palate towards the back end of the profile.

xnicknj, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bourbon Barrel Aged General Washington's Tavern Porter. Aged Four Months, Had on tap at Yards. Chalkboard said 10% abv, Since the base brew is 7% I asked if it was fermented longer or if it gained its extra abv from the bourbon. I was told it was from the bourbon. The next day I stopped in and the board was changed to 8% abv.
Dark black with lots of carbonation, bubbly tan head. Sweet bourbon aroma, not overpowering in smell or taste but quite present. Taste is dark malt, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, hops, fruit. Creamy mouth feel, medium body.

acurtis, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of RobertColianni
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

RobertColianni, Apr 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

fdig23, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yards GW Tavern Porter, bourbon-barrel aged, on tap at the Yards Brewing tasting room in Philadelphia.

Aged for four months in Woodford Reserve barrels, and served in a stemmed wine glass.

Appearance: Comes with a two-finger, frothy, capuccino-like head. Good retention- head remains, settling to the standard one finger. Very dark and opaque, deep walnut color.

Smell: Wood, bourbon, brown sugar, molasses. Woodsy and autumn-y, like walking through a maple tree forest.

Taste: Wood and some bitterness on the back. Some chocolate. Underwhelming. Very thin, disappointing. Vinous tones, but really not enough barrel and bourbon for a beer of this kind. Tastes like a regular brown ale, and went great with the fudge from Philly's own Betty's Speakeasy we had at the brewery.

Mouthfeel: A bit too thin, again. Dry and bitter finish. Medium carbonation and body.

Drinkability: Fine. Could be pounded. Disappointing for a bourbon-aged ale, but surely drinkable.

Another six months and more depth would help this beer. Right now, it is unremarkable.

DoubleSimcoe, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of rfgetz
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black, minimal rings of brwon lacing, little retention. Scent brings instant bourbon notes with oak, vanilla and coconut, bold sweet molasses comes through making for some heavy scents. Heavy molasses sweetness prevents the aging to shine through, bourbon comes through more than the barrel. Fuller side of medium bodied, light lingering booze and sweetness. I prefer beers with more subtle taste notes in a bourbon barrel, but it works.

rfgetz, Jun 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

erialbill, Jun 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

jackrodgers77, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of skaboom420
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

skaboom420, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was on tap at the Allentown Brew Works Bourbon Fest. Poured out as a very nice looking deep brownish black color with a tan creamy head on top. Had some light sticky lacing. The smell of the beer wasn't overly potent but had a light roasted aroma. The taste of the beer was pretty good, had a nice rich smooth roasted flavor with just a touch of bourbon in the mix. The mouthfeel of the beer was creamy and soft. Overall I found it to be enjoyable, would like to have it again someday.

Knapp85, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of orangesol
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours jet black with a decent one finger tall cream colored head, slowly dissipating down to a light film, leaving sticky webs of lace down the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of warm bourbon, dark roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, molasses and a bit of dark fruit. A bit slow to develop but decent enough once it does.

T - Starts off with the vanilla and chocolate sweetness quickly being joined by the molasses, dark fruits, dark roasted malt and mild bourbon burn. Finish is a little sweet with some light dryness from the booze, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium-Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, dark feel with a bit of booze burn at the end of each sip.

O - I would say this is more of mild bourbon porter. The bourbon profile is quite restrained and the base flavors are still quite noticeable. Haven't seen this one before, glad I tried it while I had the chance.

orangesol, Jun 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

TimoP, Aug 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

SPRichard, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Yards Brewing Co. (Philadelphia, PA) on 2/5/11. Served in a pint glass. ABV listed as 7%.

This pours a dark brown, with a finger of smooth mocha head. This stays creamy on the edges, with more of a wispy look in the center of the glass, while leaving back some spotty swathes of lacing. Some light bourbon notes and vanilla from the oak just kiss the aroma here up front, before giving way to the base Porter notes of dark malt, chocolate, and tart smelling fruit. This is nice.

The taste is similar, with barrel notes of molasses, vanilla, and char that envelope those primary flavors from the Porter, as cocoa, caramel, dark roast, and earthy and tart fruit all get to shine fairly prominently here. The mouthfeel is a bit fuller bodied, with a initial sharpness that give that bourbon character some prickliness but then ultimately get much more creamy feeling as this works itself down the throat. Well hid alcohol with only some light warmth being present and that seems to be confined just to the bourbon flavors.

I dug this. I'm a fan of the regular Tavern Porter from Yards, so I glad to see that the bourbon and barrel flavors here weren't overdone or overpowering in any way. I think that this would be a good intro for getting someone into this type of beer, as this fairly easy drinking and for what it is. Worth a look if you see it on tap around Philly.

Kegatron, Feb 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

JohneHoodlum, Jun 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

MenardMa, Jun 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Hophead717, Jun 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Kaydogg, Jun 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

IPAchris, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Barcade, Philly, PA

I'll have to check back in my notes, but I'm pretty sure the ABV was listed as 10% for this.

Dark cherry-cola color with a thin wispy head. Aroma of brown sugar, molasses, caramel, minor touches of bourbon. The taste follows the aroma, coming understandably about the same as the regular GW Porter, with lots of dark sugars, molasses, cocoa, with enough bourbon to give it flavor but without the alcohol burn. About medium bodied, comes off a little thin if you're used to the more robust American style, but it's about right for an English.

Rifugium, Jun 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

SickNukes, May 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

AlexM, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

djrn2, Jun 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

touchmeimsac, May 15, 2013
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General Washington's Tavern Porter (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Yards Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.