Washington's Porter
Yards Brewing Co.

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Porter - English
Ranked #66
Ranked #19,939
3.85 | pDev: 11.69%
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Washington's PorterWashington's Porter
Notes: 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.
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful cola pour has a dark sandy-khaki head, of 1/4 inch, with a frothy composite. Minimal retention and lacing deposits.

S: Syrupy caramel, molasses, chocolate and some spruce grains. Sweet worty grains, a bit of boozy scotch-peat that finishes with some dark cherries. Good strength overall.

T: Flavor was chocolate malts upfront, rich, sweet, with some molasses, and deep caramel malt base. Sweet dark fruit, juicy plums, black cherries, and some earthy tobacco. Lightly smoked presence of pine hops, coffee grounds, and scotch-peat. On the finish some scotch-vanilla, charred hops and tobacco with warming.

M: Syrupy feel, thick and lush, with a viscose sense. Smooth and easy feel.

O: A big flavor, big individual components, thick and lush body with a bold old world flavor and standouts. Nice enjoyment factor, and great drinkability, definitely six pack worthy. If this is old school porter, count me in. This is labeled as a English style porter, which along with English Barleywine, I seem to prefer over the American style, much smoother, much more polished, and just exceptionally well blended.

Mar 28, 2020
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20 ounce tulip glass on tap at the brewery.

L---Deep, dark brown with ruby tints. Nice fluffy head that had good retention as it slowly faded to a cap. Lacing was very good.

S---Roasted malts are dominant. Some molasses, nuts, chocolate and vanilla.

T---Follows the nose. Sweet molasses, vanilla, chocolate and nuts are all wrapped up in the roasted, toasted malts.

F---Creamy & rich. Medium/full bodied and well carbonated.

O---A pretty good take on the genre. Two thumbs up.

Mar 07, 2020
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a little head. Dry malty smoky aroma. Flavor is a little lite, very dry smokey notes. A little light. Overall a dry Porter a little bit lighter.

Dec 24, 2019
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Urtravel from Pennsylvania

4.64/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: dark brown color with frothy head and lace
S:sweet molasses smell upfront with a tinge of fruitiness
T:sweet maltiness with toasted nuts flavor with a hint of breadiness
F:smooth creamy and slightly tingly
O: a great beer that finishes well

Oct 09, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz. bottle this beer pours out a light, clear brown and forms a thin crown of almost caramel colored bubbles that dissipate quickly, leaning nothing behind.

The nose brings huge whiffs of dark fruit and a thick sweetness, almost molasses/vanilla mixing like. Really huge for a porter and reminds me of base dark lord, which is crazy.

The taste comes in not wanting to sway that opinion too much. It’s roasty with huge layers of dark fruit dancing all the way throughout. Sweetness is still there; still almost a molasses, vanilla mix. Soy sauce notes. It’s creamy and full bodied for a porter. This is just really shocking for me, coming from a 7% porter.

Overall, this is a wildly unique porter. I’ve had beer that tastes like this, but they weren’t 7% porters.

Jun 22, 2019
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Brown-black with a minimal tan head.
Smell: Chocolate, caramel, raisins, some nutty aroma, some mint.
Taste: Sweet chocolate, dark fruits (raisin, fig), some smoky soy-sauce malt flavor. Syrupy sweetness.
Feel: Medium-bodied. Creamy and carbonated.
Overall: This is a nice porter that's heavy on sweetness and flavor.

May 17, 2019
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Spot on... Washington recipe inspired, brewed a stone's throw from where porter was made for Washington and his entourage.
a) Black, hazy, deep chestnut body sports creamy 1 finger had that lasts and splashes lace.
s) Plenty of dark chocolate, dark stone fruit, and yeasty fruitiness. More as it warms.
t) Nice see-saw of yeasty fruitiness, molasses, chocolate, caramel, spruce, hops, and roast coffee/ beans/ grains.
f) It finishes dry despite the ample molasses.
o) Notable for the feel and the sprucy/ molasses see-saw. To be blind-tasted against top porters.

Jan 20, 2019
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pubscout from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Formerly known as George Washington's Tavern Porter, this recipe is supposedly "borrowed" from the Father of our Country himself, who was purportedly a fan of Philadelphia-Style porters. Brewed with molasses, this 7% ABV beer is impressive in four of the five sense categories. Color is a gorgeous deep, dark ruby, the nose is redolent of chocolate, coffee, toasted malt and sweet molasses, the mouthfeel is a true porter, which means not as chewy as a stout and very easy to drink, and the flavor is very much the same as the nose, with the exception being that the sweetness of the molasses is subdued and not overpowering. This beer would be an exceptional accompaniment to juicy, flavorful burgers, game meats and steaks. But its relatively low ABV also makes it a wonderful complement to watching re-runs of "The Patriot."

Dec 01, 2018
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Oct 13, 2018
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snilsen13 from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Sep 18, 2018
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ordybill from Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Apr 15, 2018
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Gajo74 from New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Jan 01, 2018
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muchos from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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! ! !

Nov 18, 2017
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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Sep 29, 2017
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DeaconWhite82 from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Aug 20, 2017
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mynie from Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Aug 08, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

May 17, 2017
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Mar 06, 2017
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gcasher from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Jan 09, 2017
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Dec 14, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Oct 11, 2016
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Sep 10, 2016
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Aug 19, 2016
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Jun 28, 2016
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Jun 02, 2016
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