Washington's Porter | Yards Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

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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Ratings: 807 |  Reviews: 299
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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Photo of KinkyEconomist
5/5  rDev +30.5%
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 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 CarlosRuizsChauffeur
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a slight red hue. Virtually no head, maybe a millimeter of white.
S: Smells of dark coffee, rich cocoa, roasted pecans and walnuts, toffee
T: Tastes like it smells with a deep coffee flavor coming through in the beginning (with the help of the nose) and the after taste. Even a faint taste of butterscotch within the java flavor along with dark syrup notes
M: I was almost worried that my beer was flat because there was almost no head or lacing to the beer, but once you taste it you realize there is a carbonated bite to the porter that makes it refreshing and deep and flavorful. Still wish there was a little more fullness to this porter
O: Other porters I have had are either too strong in the coffee, chocolate and other complex flavors. This beer is very drinkable and has more simple flavors than many other porters. But, this beer still has a delicious balance of more simple ingredients that makes it very drinkable but still tasty

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Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep crimson with deep brownish tint with a thin light brown head that didnt stick around long,black strap molasses is big in the aroma along with bursting fruitiness,very effervescent.Molasses and bitter chocolate notes hit up front maybe a touch of orange finishing with light earthiness to keep things in check.My only complaint and its a small one is that it seems a bit thin but the alc% is hidden well and is quite drinkable.I bought it on Presidents day for the fact it was GW but it is a real fine beer what ever day you buy it.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Murky brown in color with a little carbonation and not much of a head.

Smell – Man, what a nose. This is heavy duty chocolate cocoa here along with some molasses and brown sugar. I’m sure there’s more to it, but the cocoa is overwhelming.

Taste – Much more balanced at the taste. The lightly-roasted malt comes out nicely along with a deeper chocolate and some winey characteristics. There’s a lot of fruit going on in this one. The red grapes especially kick things up a notch.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and medium in the body. I thought the balance on this one was very unique and helped it pass through the cheeks with ease.

Drinkability – This was much different than other examples of the style that I have tasted. I enjoyed it very much, but others looking for a heavier porter or something bitter or even a NW hop monster version should stay away.

Comments – I received this gem as part of the Christmas Exchange put on my xlperro this year. I was fortunate enough to draw jcalbi, and this is just one of many terrific bottles that he sent my way. A big BA thanks for this Porter.

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Photo of aszatk01
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of sherm570
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Bitzer
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of jackplane
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of nstroup
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Capucho
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of merlin48
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark brown, nearly opaque, body with a small, beige head that retains well, and coats the glass with sheet and patch lace.
Aroma has the expected, dark roasted malts with hints of cocoa, but an interesting fruitiness of pear and apple aromas suggests that this is not your average porter.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy, with low to medium carbonation.
Taste is unusual for a porter. Dark roasted malts are suggestive of mild chocolate and a hint of coffee, but there is no burnt bitterness. Pear and apple fruitiness play as prominent a role as the dark malt flavors. Finish has a hint of coffee, but it's not a burnt or bitter note. The 7% abv is not in evidence.
The hidden alcohol, and lack of bitterness combine with the fruity flavors to lend this a pleasant drinkability. Very offbeat for a porter, but this is said to be modeled after 18th century recipes. The Founding Fathers imbibed well, if this brew is a true indication of their favorites.

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Photo of Billolick
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, lacking any freshness dating, Boo. Pours dark chocolaty amber, light for a porter. Tan head, with decent retention. leaves long stringy lacing. Nose is maple syrup. Medium bodied and fairly chewy. Malt sweetness upfront, more maple, caramel and some light coffee notes.Sweetness linger and leads to a dry and slightly bitter finish, with some chalkyness in the mouth. Eh, so so porter

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Photo of bl400315
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

poured dark with thick tan head. smelled of roasted hops and chocolate, fairly complex. thick body/heavy feel, again can really taste roasted hops with suble hints of the molasses. finished a bit dry. drinkability is the only downside to this satisfying porter

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Photo of tripelz
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of reitzbrewing
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of asuburbanman
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mealy58
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle courtesy of AKSmokedPorter. Thanks, dude!

Poured a bold-looking deep and dark, dark brown, almost black in color with a nice-looking dark tan head that not only lasted but also managed a good ring of lace multiple times on the pint glass. Aromas are heavenly...all sorts of requisite porter scents: cocoa, dark & bitter chocolate, toasted malt, coffee beans fresh from the grinder. Flavor sees the same profile as the nose, but there's a sweet twang that I would attribute to the molasses. Not as big as I'd expected, but still flavorful. Ends with a dry and bitter chocolate-red wine flavor. A little on the thin side but still drinkable.

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Photo of jakester
1.97/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I got this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a pilsner glass. It looks like an attempt was made to put a date on the bottle, but it was mostly rubbed off when I bought it.

Pours a slightly hazy deep garnet with a brown tint. A two finger head of tan foam forms on top. The head eventually drops to a good coating and a ring, with great lacing on the glass.

Why is it that everything from Yards has the same off smell? Every damn one! It's an odd, cardboardy fruit type smell, not real pleasant. I can also pick out a citrus hop aroma in the back, and maybe a little chocolate as well.

It has the same off flavor all their beers have, too. It's a hot cardboard, band-aid taste that is in all of their beers. There is some chocolate and roasted flavor in there, but it is just overwhelmed by the cardboard. This could be hard to finish.

Mouthfeel is kind of smooth, semi-sweet, with a weird metallic finish.

This could be the last Yards beer I ever try. Almost every one I've had has the same damn off characteristics. Someone at Yards needs to completely dismantle the brewery and sterilize everything. They've got bugs in the works. If, for some reason, these are the flavors and smells they are seeking, they need a new recipe writer, or a new yeast, or something. Their stuff is just weird.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Pours a medium dark brown with huge tan head and chocolate aroma.

Taste is surprisingly sweet from the molasses. Almost as sweet as a milk stout. Notes of coffee on the palate but the sweet chocolate predominates. Drinks like a light milk stout. The finish is bitter dark chocolate. No wonder we won the war.

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Washington's Porter from Yards Brewing Co.
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