General Washington's Tavern Porter | Yards Brewing Co.

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780 Ratings
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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 thebeers
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
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 +5.7%
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 kwjd
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Guppy314
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Carolvs
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BMart
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AD17
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of robdiana
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Njrayzor
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of q33jeff
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

**
09/02/2012
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 JamLand
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Jacobob10
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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 TimberSwanson
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Smccullough
2/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of TheNightlyPint
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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 -1%
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 +4.2%
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 ctylinebeer
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of Metalsnota
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CLNBeerlover
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of JulianBaughman
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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