General Washington's Tavern Porter | Yards Brewing Co.

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General Washington's Tavern PorterGeneral Washington's Tavern Porter

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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.

Added by SixpointJMH on 09-30-2003

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Reviews: 289 | Ratings: 775
Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Almost black color, strong smell of molasses, and roasted chocolate. Excellent smooth taste,a very straightforward porter that doesn't try to be anything but a great porter. Another great product from yards

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Photo of gcasher
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz pour at Jean Bonnet Tavern in Bedford, PA. Black with foamy mocha head. Was rich and malty with sweet spicy flavors. Great body. Nice sipper by the fire place in the dining room.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Fairly straightforward medium style porter - slightly roasted flavors, a little chocolate and traditional malt bill. To the point and unassuming, it gets the job done.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a nice dark brown, with a small white head, and a good amount of lacing

This smells like chocoate, rye, slight honey sweetness, roasted malt, and a little bit of licorice.

This is a nice easy drinking porter, with a good balance of bitter and sweet. There's some honey and molasses, a little bit of fruitiness, rye spice, roasted malt, and some licorice.

This is light bodied, but not thin, at all- it coats the mouth nicely. It's got a good level of carbonation.

I really enjoyed this one- and I really like the idea of this series.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into nonic pint bottled on 8/26

A: Small creamy looking slightly off white head. Body is a dark brown almost black but light escapes around the edges.

S: Roasted malts, caramel, nuts, slight coffee, very grainy sweet breads

T: Lots of nice roasted malts, a light bit of coffee, nutty, a little bit oaky, sweet and a light bit of chocolate and smokiness

M: Medium to slightly thin has a fairly creamy body.

O: This is a good porter solid taste easy drinking nothing off about it. Just a well done clean porter. This is something you would enjoy if you want malts but not the high ABV.

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Photo of thebeers
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cherry cola black with a finger of mocha head. Nutty roasted malts with a hint of vanilla. Similar taste, with a nice roasted malt quality on the backend. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. This is a great porter.

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

Anniversary trip with Leah in state College at the deli restaurant. Have had this in bottle, but rating this from a tap pour. Good color, average smell and average taste. Nothing to get too excited about, but a drinkable choice.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep mahogany hue with amber up to the light. Dense tan foam about 1/4". The taste has a creamy malty fullness with caramel and a bit of oak smokiness. The flavors don't drop off suddenly (like some beers), but there is also no pronounced aftertaste.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at City Tavern, Philadelphia.
Look: Dark brown / black pour.
Taste: Carmel, coffee notes with a late bitterness
Feel: light carbonation
A hearty porter.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled on 1/13/16.

Deep brown color with ruby highlights. A creamy, light tan head sticks around for a while and leaves good lacing on the glass. Roasted malt and light chocolate with ample sweetness in the aroma. I wouldn't be able to pick out molasses if I didn't know it was used as an ingredient, but it is noticeable. I would probably guess more along the lines of honey or brown sugar. Mild roasted malt and chocolate flavor without becoming too bitter. A little bit of a cola flavor to it as well. Prominent earthiness from the hops. Medium-full bodied.

Really nice porter here. Nothing that will "wow" you, but good flavor and balance. Yards is such a solid brewery, I really haven't had anything by them that I have disliked.

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Photo of TheNightlyPint
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An impressively dark brew that reveals garnet highlights when held aloft. I wish the tan head had lasted longer. Notes of molasses, roasted malt on the nose. Molasses, , malt toastiness, a whisp of cocoa nib and very faint trace of fig. A style-appropriate body, with a touch of crispness. There's a touch more lingering roast than I would like. Overall, a fine porter.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours dark tan body with light tan head with nice retention and lacing.
S: sweet, roasted and meaty notes
T: sweet, roasted taste with meaty undertones
M: full bodied and pretty smooth
D: nice mouthfeel and taste; pretty good beer. Great Porter!

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Photo of MikeRa
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A Dark cloor with no head.
S: Smells of molasses.
T: Tastes like a good chocolate bar and does have a good after taste.
F: this beer has a nice rich feel
O: This is a porter that I will have again

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was given to me as part of a Christmas present by a cousin and after going through the rest of my stash, I finally got around to this recently. I like the Yards beers because of their old-style taste and presentation and this was no exception to that as it tasted as if it came a recipe from the era of the American Revolution. While not for everyone, this was brewed true to stylistic form and was wonderful to enjoy during this winter season, even if it hasn't been cold enough out for an English Porter!

Nice pour to this as the beer had a dark brown hue to it with garnet edges that let in a fair amount of light. Wonderful head and lacing that served as proof as to how full this was. Not a strong aroma to this but there was enough sticky molasses to serve as a hint of what was to come. A bit of cocoa could be detected too but there was more in the taste to go along with the molasses, brown sugar, and roasted malt. This beer was thick and sticky and not afraid to express it! Loads of body here with the flavors and sugary sweetness as a nice counterbalance to the heaviness of this. Lots of flavor in the aftertaste too as this almost called for a chaser of water to get everything down and cleanse the palate.

While not strong, there was just enough alcohol here to serve as a reminder that this was indeed an English Porter. This really grew on me as it warmed up and easily measured up to it's counterparts from across the pond. While not something I reach for at first, Yards brews quality offerings with an old feel to them that are so easy to enjoy. Just a bit dry but otherwise, this was spot-on and a great choice for the colder months of the year.

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Photo of lastmango
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rich brown, almost opaque, with a tan 2 finger head that quickly dissipated to a thin film. Very light lacing. Nose was a hint of toasty malt. Taste was of toasted malt and a bit of bitter dark chocolate A little bitter on the tip of the tongue and more pronounced bitterness on the tail. Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown pour, flimsy head. Plenty of malt and molasses in the aroma.

Taste was smooth. Malt runs around without a bunch or roasty bitterness. Earthy feels. Expensive.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the brewery itself. Looks dark and inviting, but not pitch black where you can't shine a light through it. Smells pretty mild and nonchalant. Tastes like a typical porter, one of my favorite styles so I like it of course, but it doesn't sway strongly in taste in any direction. It's standard but good. The feel is also good, fairly heavy but not obnoxiously so. Overall this is a good porter. Not the best I've had but a good example of the style.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured in to a Libbey Craft Stout glass.
Look - Slightly translucent rich brown Head was light brown in color. Faded very fast. No lacing.
Smell - I get sweet ... molasses sweet. That's pretty much it. No coffee. A slight hint of roasted malt barley perhaps.
Taste - I can see why this would have been a popular beer back In President Washington's day. Molasses, little hit of roasted finish. No bitterness.
Feel - Lightly carbonated, a little bit of a cola feel, may a tad thicker.
Overall - A really good porter. I would like to try a fresher version of this. If I do, I will revisit this review. It's a very solid porter. I wish Yard's could be found in my area.

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Photo of PhillyRiver
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. This was the second beer of the evening, but I did rinse the glass and nibble some crackers in between. Still, the transition from an outstanding Shipyard Prelude Special Ale (which I also reviewed tonight) to this was a bit sad. Still, it's a pretty good beer and I would order it in a bar; like to support my local breweries.
Look: Black color, unimpressive head/lacing
Smell: strong molasses smell, halfway through the smell changes from molasses to burnt timbers in the Pine Barrens
Taste: taste is the above two things plus something very familiar... asphaltum from the etching studio? A kind of tar. Not unpleasant, though.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75


Revisit after a year and while basically the same review i must say its less heavy than previous and im really enjoying it.

Brown with red hints, tannish head
-Molasses everywhere, dark chocolate, heavy dark malts, some dark fruit
-Heavy molasses, sweet, but biting dark chocolate, some raisin
-heavy, thick, robust

-not a fan because of a heavy caramel/molasses character.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, molasses, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, char, earth, molasses, and dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting molasses and dark fruit presence in the aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: A deep dark brown color. Slightly transparent. Kind of looks like a less fizzy coca cola.

Smell: Roasted malts and Christmas parties. Subtle hints of dark chocolate.

Taste: Roasted chocolate and nutty flavors. Actually rather sweet.

Feel: Medium bodied. Just right for a porter.

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Photo of KinkyEconomist
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My absolute favorite beer I've ever tried. This porter puts Guinness to absolute shame.

Look: IT pours a very dark brown with a rich head bubbling up- no "gizmo" required. Head is thick and a light brown color, not white. Lingers forever.

Smell: Smells like hints of coffee and chocolate and wonder. And a moderate alcohol smell.

Taste: This is where it really knocks it out of the park. VERY rich flavors. The coffee, coco, and the malt of the beer are perfectly bouqueted but offset enough to not be cloying. Pleasant aftertaste that lingers.

Feel: Thick and rich, in a good way. The carbonation is just right to avoid it feeling like oil, but no more.

Overall: Try this beer. This is another fantastic offering from my new favorite brewery.

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Photo of 57md
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color with dark golden edges. The nose is slightly sweet - the molasses is evident. The roast in the flavor profile is not terribly strong but this beer is hearty nonetheless. There is a mild hoppy bitterness on the finish which is very nice.

This beer paired very well with my pulled pork sandwich.

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Photo of scootny
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Twelve ounce bottle. Clear dark brown with a light n brown head. Good lacing. Nose has molasses, dark brown bread. Fruity yeast. Taste is rich with malt and molasses. Fruity yeast flows into mild hoppiness. A bit of mineral, no alcohol anywhere. Smooth full carbonation with moderate weight. One of my my favorite porters.

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