General Washington's Tavern Porter | Yards Brewing Co.

General Washington's Tavern PorterGeneral Washington's Tavern Porter
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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, bottled on 8/21/2013, poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 12/26/2013. So 4 months of age. Part of my recent drive to try a bunch of porters..

Pours a light cola brown colour, with a 1 finger length of tan head that dissipates quickly into a thin collar. Not much lacing, just spots of it. All in all, a decent porter that doesn't look awful thick.

Smells very good- molasses jump out, plus some chocolate, bits of coffee and some roast malts. Its actually smelling sweeter than a typical porter. I'm enjoying the smell of this porter.

However, this doesn't come together quite that well. Lots of molasses, toffee and butterscotch in this. Some roast malts in the background, hints of coffee and chocolate. But this is a very sweet porter. It's not what I'm used to, but if this is a historical recipe, well this is more like a dark barleywine that isn't quite a barleywine.

Thin bodied, OK carbonation. Quite watery on the palate, a decent earthy-mineral bitterness on the backend.

Its interesting and different than most of the American porters I've had recently- perhaps its a reflection of the English porter style. Its not as roasty or chocolatey as it is straight up sweet with molasses and toffee. It has a little more in common with barleywines than it does stouts, indeed. I won't try this one again, but it was definitely an interesting change of pace for porters.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not a huge porter fan, but this beer just delivers. The history of porter fascinates me, especially when it comes to the colonies. So it is no surprise that Yards has nailed it as far as provenance is concerned. They did their research and putting all packaging aside, I'm willing to bet that the taste of this porter isn't too distant from what was being proffered in Philadelphia pubs during the revolution. How that taste was made is a different story.

Great beer and happy to have had it.

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General Washington's Tavern Porter from Yards Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 68.6% out of 100 with 783 ratings
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