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
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1
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Photo of jifigz
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

The beer is a deep, dark brown that, when held up to the lamp in this dark room, is evident that it is not black. The head was a fluffy mocha brown that lingers for quite a while once it dissipates quite a bit and shrinks down to about a 1/4 of an inch and then just refuses to leave. The aroma is slightly coffee and chocolate like with cola notes in it as well. The initial flavor is light which gives way to a healthy mixture of toasted grain flavor and a very sweet, candy like chocolate flavor. The coat-tails of this one is a decent punch of bitterness that balances the other flavors nicely. The MF is a rather fitting medium bodied brew. It doesn't finish overly dry and retains plenty of residual sugar.

This ale drank better than all of the others of this beer I drank out of this case (this is my last one.) I'm sure that it is because I'm actually thinking about it and not hitting several up with friends and catching a buzz, but this isn't too bad of a porter at all. A pretty respectable beer from Yard's (who I am not USUALLY overly impressed with.)

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled August 2013 from bottles in pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark color, thick tan head that lasted for a while.

Smell: Strong coffee aromas, with some toasted/burnt hints.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt and hops. Dominated by toasted malts, but with some coffee and chocolate taste as well.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but smooth.

Overall: Great porter, very close to a stout. Best if you enjoy a combination both strong hops and malts. One of my favorite porters.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How have I not reviewed this beer already? I've been drinking this for years now...

Poured into a chalice glass, color is dark brown to black, opaque; head is tan and huge! laces very well and lingers very well.

Smell is roast, light sweetness, light coffee and cacao, touch of grassy hops. Pleasant and not off in any way.

Taste is a step up from the scent, stronger notes of roast, coffee and light chocolate malts - nothing overpowering or overdone, but suitable to the concept that this is what GW was drinking. Solid bitterness to back up the flavors, maybe some earthy notes.

Mouthfeel is very solid, slightly strong on tongue but expected for the type of brew, solid carbonation.

Overall, this is a great beer, to style and unique at the same time. Porters are always under-appreciated. Even better brew on cask or at the brewery.

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4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

English style porter poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. No bottled date that I could find.

Looks pretty nice, black body, 1" creamy colored slightly frothy head. Head dissipated to 1/ inch covering but lasted throughout. Not much lacing.

Smell was pretty enticing. Roasted, but not heavily so, malt, with hints of chocolate.

Taste - Hey, this stuff is good! Very soothing delicious malt flavor, none of the harsh bitting you get with some porters, just a little tingling around the edge of the tongue. The flavor doesn't linger for a long time on the tongue either. Some might think of this as a weakness, but I found it very pleasant. Goes down smoothly, a good session beer if you can handle the 7.0abv. Can see downing these pretty quickly.

Mouth was mild, some might say thin, but I found it to be most pleasing.

Overall, a very nice mild English porter. Apparently Washington had this brewed for his troops. Hope they were as pleased with it as I was. (Even though I'm british :)

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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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