General Washington's Tavern Porter | Yards Brewing Co.

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General Washington's Tavern PorterGeneral Washington's Tavern Porter
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:
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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
780
Reviews:
290
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.01%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
165
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 780 |  Reviews: 290
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Value beer. A simple porter, black, roasty, headless, bit of carbonation. Medium or less mouthfeel. Molasses as it warms. I could still drink a bunch of this. A touch of chocolate malt. Coca-cola aftertaste, more sweet than bitter, which arrives in the finish.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
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 spycow
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear very dark amber in color (black when viewed from afar) and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of sweet and smoked malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of roasted malts along with nutty and chocolate malts and notes of smoke towards the finish. A light amount of sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely easy to drink and has an interesting mix of aromas and flavors.

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3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a garnet and brown body with a reasonable tan head that declines to a film without leaving much lacing

Smell: Burnt caramel and molasses dominate the nose

Taste: Starts with a nice roasty, burnt caramel base; mid-palate some off phenols emerge and the finish is a wash, with a bit of astringency as well

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; a little bit of warming, as well

Drinkability: This is a beer that I wish I liked better and perhaps it merits another taste to see whether the unusual finish was a function of an off bottle

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of mothman
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tan head. Black in color.

Flavors of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Big malt profile. Has a creamy lactose characteristic as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry.

A nice porter that was easy to drink. Nothing out of the ordinary but solid.

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Gadsby's Tavern, a location Washinton used to frequent. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a fairly dark brown with a bit of a garner tint. Off white head with some good lacing. Nose is pretty sting with roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and a bit of molasses. The taste brings forward the roasted malt and some chocolate. Light to medium body with good carbonation levels. Drinks fairly well, especially being in a location where Washington himself used to hold meetings.

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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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4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy, very deep chestnut body appears almost black on the bar but reveals russett highlights when held to the light; and it maintains its creamy, light tan head throughout almost the entire glass. Beautiful creamy rings and short sheets of lacing eventually deteriorate to wide splashes but also add greatly to its appearance. The nose displays dark cocolate and yeasty fruitiness over a touch of lightly roasted malt and just a slight hint of hops in the background. Some alcohol is evident but never detracts from its appeal. The body is medium; and its very fine and natural (bottle conditioned) carbonation leaves it exceptionally creamy in the mouth. The flavor sets forth a balanced combination of light yeasty fruitiness, chocolate, caramel, and a cusp of delicate roastiness. It finishes drying with a quick note of alcohol followed by some roasty dryness and a clear caramel and molasses flavor. It's not really complex, but there's enough going on that you might miss some of it the first few times around; and it is rich and inviting, calling you back for another sip. A decent beer that deserves a try although I think its alcohol might be a bit limiting in overall drinkability.

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Photo of mactrail
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany in the tall glass. An attractive head on the beer. More of a highly roasted brew than the burnt black of many Porters. Aroma of dark caramel with a hint of licorice in the nose.

A little of the sweet malt greets the lips, followed by a lot of dark malt and a dry finish. The hops give a pleasant bitterness to the aftertaste. Fairly rich mouthfeel and full of flavor. Some dark fruits, a touch of prune and blackberry along with the lightly charred barley. Rather grainy in a pleasing way.

This whole series of "Ales of the Revolution" are far from gimmicky, and the three I've tasted are each excellent in their own way. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Food and Friends.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Johnny Brenda's, Philly, PA

Another great selection from Yards, recreating G. Washington's old recipe. (Such a recipe does exist: see Mosher's book.) Pours a dark reddish-brown with a decent tan head that leaves a soapy lacing on the glass. Rich aroma that hit me before I even touched the glass. All kinds of sugars, caramel, toffee, molasses. This carries over into the taste without disappointment, rich and sweet, smooth and malty, with just a bit of coffee bitterness. Very nice. Heavy-medium body, and quite drinkable.

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3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Starr Hill pint glass. It poured dark brown in color with a modest and frothy tan head to it. The head retreated to the edges of the glass, where it left some nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a lot of chocolate coming through. It has both bitter, dark baking chocolate as well as a milky, sweeter chocolate. Modest roasty flavor along with some sweeter malty notes.

The taste also shows a lot of chocolate malt to it. Like the nose it shows both a bitter, dark chocolate and sweet, milk chocolate. It has some roasty flavors to it with some hints of coffee that help balance out the sweet chocolate.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, It was a nicely flavored and easy drinking beer overall. It had some nice chocolate flavors to it that I really enjoyed. Very nice porter.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dark brown with a creamy tan head. Nice lacing on top as well. Slow settle revealed some nice side glass lacing and a small pillow of tan on top.

The aroma was steep with roasted malts. Rich notes of caramel and molasses. Light grain touches and a bit of a herbal note persisted. Nice robust flavor, rich and sweet with a dry finish. Lots of roasted malts and a classic coffee and chocolate profile. Smooth, mellow and quite nice

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General Washington's Tavern Porter from Yards Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 780 ratings.
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