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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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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 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 metter98
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of brentk56
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
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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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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 mothman
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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 oberon
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
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 NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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 +3.1%
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 +7.9%
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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Photo of mikesgroove
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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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Photo of Slatetank
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A deep brown with rose colored highlights and a whipped up tan head that quickly recedes leaving generous lacing.

S - Caramel sweet scents and gently roasted, nutty aromas arrive after a swirl of the glass.

M - Light, slightly dry roasty feel with a creamy finish.

T - A pretty standard porter flavor is experienced. A generally decent amount of roastiness is contained in the taste. Sweetness with hints of nuttiness and slightly aley alcohol flavor. A nice level of carbonation gives the feel of lightness, but it has some depth. A minor medicinal/vegetal flavor is noticed in the center. Nice and sweet, but it is not overdone.

D - An easy drinking dark ale. An average porter, but has its redeeming qualities, also. I would try this again, it is a drinkable porter.

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Photo of billab914
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of mdfb79
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - A dark brown color with about an inch of brown head with no rentention. No carbonation evident and lets no light through.

s - Smells of roasted malts mostly, with hints of coffee.

t - Pretty mellow but coffee is the major falvor hear. Also tastes of roasted malts.

m - Medium body with little carbonation, this porter is pretty smooth.

d - A decent porte; nothing great but not bad at all. I thought it was a little lacking in taste and pretty mellow, but still pretty decent. I'd try this again but not go out of my way to.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured with a thick, deep-tan head with decent retention. The nose was roasty, malty, and a bit chocolaty. The color was a deep, dark brown with garnet highlights. The mouthfeel was very full and I experienced a lot of chocolate and charcoal flavors on the tongue. The finish was more chocolaty than anything else. I found this to be a highly pleasant beer and would recommend it as a finish to a romantic evening (especially around Valentine's Day).

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is dark brown with 1/4" of tan head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma brings some roast, malt, chocolate, and subtle alcohol. The flavor is decent, but relatively bland. The body is thin to medium, with solid carbonation. Unexciting, but unoffensive and easy to drink. I would drink a pint of this again.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a standard 12oz brown bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. Appears a dark brown color with some reddish hints and a lighter brown color around the edges. Tanned head initially presents itself about a finger strong but receeds fairly fast to just a thin layer of lace upon the top of the beer and slight lacing is evident along the glassware. Very pleasant dark roast aroma with scents of chocolate and some suggestions of dark fruit like plum. Taste is the dark roasty malt with flavors of bitter dark chocolate and a warming and noticeable flavor of alcohol. Slight bitterness from the hops is there in the flavor as well towards the finish. Medium feel with a moderate amount of carbonation. This is one very drinkable and enjoyable porter. Lingering flavors of chocolate and dark fruit almost like plums or rasins is left lingering in the mouth. Overally quite good and one of the better beers I have had from Yards. Well done.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep ruby amber brown with a huge creamy tan head leaves behind thick even patches of lacing, nice. Aroma: Some sharp fruit sweetness wrapped with the dark roasted malts that breed some chocolate and mild coffee tones with a kiss of alcohol noticeable. Taste: Creamy edge with chocolate roasts and alcohol infused plums or something of that nature, very robust porter nice offering from our friends at Yard's. Mouthfeel: A medium bodied ale but a bit thin for a porter, decent carbonation. Drinkability: Decent overall nice robust flavor solid in the aromatics, I just want a little more body to chew on.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a perfectly clear ruby hued brown. Smooth malty nose. Flavor is nice and smooth with a thick malt presence. Nothing showy or crazy here. It's just a nice smooth profile. Good liquid feel. Easily drinkable. I like this porter. Nothing crazy, but a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Almost black body with hazy brown edges. Sticky light brown foamy layer hanging to the inner glass.

S - A nose of fire roasted grains and tangy sweetness waft around. Yeasty pumpernickel bread and a nice mild dark spice profile.

T - Smokey wood and roasted malt up front. Bitter coffee cocoa and some milder fall/winter spices too. Molasses in the back end. A nice deep, dark flavor.

M - Mild bodied and medium carbonation make this one drinkable. This one has a dry roasty finish.

O - Delicious porter, well balanced and including some nice dark notes. Pretty drinkable.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Yards Washington Porter was good....not spectacular. The beer poured an opaque black with white head that left a slight lace. The scent had hints of earth. The taste followed the scent....but I thought I got a bit of anise. The mouthfeel was medium in body with subtle carbonation. Overall it was ok.

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Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at City Tavern.

Pitch black with a fluffy slightly off-white head. Some ruby highlights appear when held to the light. The head descends to a thin cover, leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is of dark roasted malt with hints of coffee, chocolate and molasses. A slight touch of warming alcohol comes through.

The taste is of roasted coffee. A hint of an earthy undertone. It has a nice bittersweet balance. Chocolate and molasses come through more as the drink warms/progresses. Rich

The body is medium to full. Smooth and creamy. Alcohol well-hidden with just a note in the finish.

Tasty and creamy. A bit too rich to be "sessionable". (Fine considering abv, which is fairly well hidden). But, a very nice sipping brew. It went well on its own, with the turkey pot pie and the chocolate dessert I ate at City Tavern.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky magenta, with able cocoa-toned froth.
Aroma, rich and toffeeish, coffee-ish, chocolatey, a little...a trickle of treacle, some molasses and anise. I like.
In the taste: nice, a repeat of the above, with a little bit more. Sweeter, richer, thicker, and quite tasty. Different from the average porter, that's for sure. A bit stronger, as well, and it is felt.
this was George's own recipe? Really? Damned good general and president, but mightyfine brewing man, too!
Yum...I could get acquainted with this one!

much thanks to KafkaESB.

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Photo of Billolick
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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 Gavage
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep burgandy / brown color with a thick 2 inch creamy tan colored head. Lacing was produced through the drink. The aroma is mild as roasted malt and faint licorice tones are detectable. The flavor is of roasted malt, light coffee, molasses, and caramel.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Very flavorful as the roastiness lasts well after swallowing. This is a little heavier bodied than other porters but is extremely drinkable. Great brew.

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General Washington's Tavern Porter from Yards Brewing Co.
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