Washington's Porter | Yards Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
yardsbrewing.com

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly General Washington's Tavern Porter

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.

Added by AsburyParkJMH on 09-30-2003

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#18,307
Reviews:
298
Ratings:
802
pDev:
11.75%
 
 
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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - The beer poured dark black like cola but with mocha colored bubbles.

Smell - The beer had a light sweet malty nose.

Taste - At the front, dry bitter coffee was followed by dry roasty malts. There is a little hint of soy sauce and molasses to the profile. The finish came like watery coffee.

Mouthfeel - With low carbonation, the beer seems a little flat.

Overall - For historical purposes, I like this beer. Compared to more modern porters, its pretty average.

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Photo of snilsen13
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is now "Washington's Porter" the Tavern prefix is gone. This is supposedly based on George Washington's recipe for a porter, so it represents traditional beer and is a staple of the style if done right.

Poured from bottle, looks nice and dark with thin but persistent head. Smell is sweet and coffee and flavor is sweet, a mix of chocolates, without unwelcome acidity. They have nailed the sugar extraction: the malt flavor is pure and clean with minimal sour from leached tanins. The malts are high quality, delivering a complex sweetness. The hop balance is just that - balanced, the 40 IBU are just enough to provide the bitterness for dark chocolate flavors and as they say "a hint of dry fruit" in the finish. The body is perfect - just light enough to be drinkable and heavy enough to completely mask the alcohol. The added molasses may contribute to the great body and flavors. The result is a winner and well worth tracking down.

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Photo of Manthon
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kcc
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kraut6363
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wattie83
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap at the Tavern pub in Philly. The appearance is a dark brown with a large tan head. The aroma is coffee and malt. The taste is similar to the nose.

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Photo of Whitey_from_Remedy
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chiefz1
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a modest khaki cream head that leaves a little splash of lacing.
Sweet and inviting aroma of chocolate and molasses. The malt profile is nutty, biscuity and lightly roasted.
Smooth and creamy with a medium body. Gentle carbonation and highly drinkable. Predominantly sweet and aligned with the aroma; chocolate, molasses, light roast, nutty and biscuity. There is some dryness in finish. Good balance as well, provided by a mild woody hops bitterness.
A delightful and flavorful no frills porter.

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Photo of nick_perry
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Herbal aroma. Prominent malt taste. Slightly sweet on the finish. A good porter.

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Photo of Dmecca
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DavetotheB
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Not a porter guy, but this was pretty good.

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Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flyersfan900
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of muchos
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 9/21/17.
Enjoyed on 11/17/17.
L. Black but dark red when held to a light, off-white head last a while leaving a thick ring and patches.
S. Toasted malt, nutty, Espresso, light molasses, cocoa.
T. Chocolaty and molasses initially, sweet Espresso, nutty toffee, smooth caramel, grassy to almost piney bitterness builds toward the finish. Coffee aftertaste. Mmm.
F. Medium body with good carbonation, smooth and stays with you.
O. Pleasantly surprised. Perfect for this rainy, chilly evening. Cheers! ! !

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- black with light tan head that is one finger. nice lacing and somewhat frothy.

S- milk chocolate and caramel. subtle hints of toffee.

F- sweet molasses, coffee and caramel malts with toffee back end.

M- medium bodied and leaves a coffee coating in the mouth.

O- decent porter, good flavor and fairly smooth.

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Photo of chasmandocharles
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DeaconWhite82
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A sweet porter beer. I smell and taste licorice. Very dark cherry red color. Beer is enjoyable to drink. I find this beer to be better on tap then from a bottle. I will get this beer again.

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Photo of mynie
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a little flat, very deep dark red with a wispy white head.

The aroma features strong nodes of dark chocolate and roasted barley along with lots of sweet, sticky molasses.

Tastes sweet up front, like milk chocolate, caramel, and molasses. This gives way to a lightly bitter and very malty middle where the chocolate turns dark and the molasses gets a little spicy. Finishes surprisingly clean, with some bitter barley and hops lingering.

This is an older-school craft beer based on a very charming gimmick. It reminded me of something I would have enjoyed quite a bit in 2005 or so, and it perhaps gets a couple extra points for the nostalgia factor. Even viewed without context, however, it's still an immensely solid and tasty beer, and it does a remarkable job of staying drinkable in spite of its high ABV. If it's body were a bit thicker, it would be a borderline classic.

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Photo of 5OClockShadow
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours dark maroon red with a creamy light tan foam head. Smells like molasses, dark fruit, plums, apples, pear, dried fruit, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bready malts, with floral earthy grassy pine. Tastes like molasses, dark fruit, plums, apple, pear, dried fruits, dark chocolate, dark coffee, caramel, charred brown sugar, toasted bready malt, with floral earthy grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice porter.

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Photo of joshautry
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Washington's Porter from Yards Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 802 ratings