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:
164
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 780 |  Reviews: 290
Photo of DarkBeerGuy
4.69/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer is very well balanced and a great example of an old style porter.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was given to me as part of a Christmas present by a cousin and after going through the rest of my stash, I finally got around to this recently. I like the Yards beers because of their old-style taste and presentation and this was no exception to that as it tasted as if it came a recipe from the era of the American Revolution. While not for everyone, this was brewed true to stylistic form and was wonderful to enjoy during this winter season, even if it hasn't been cold enough out for an English Porter!

Nice pour to this as the beer had a dark brown hue to it with garnet edges that let in a fair amount of light. Wonderful head and lacing that served as proof as to how full this was. Not a strong aroma to this but there was enough sticky molasses to serve as a hint of what was to come. A bit of cocoa could be detected too but there was more in the taste to go along with the molasses, brown sugar, and roasted malt. This beer was thick and sticky and not afraid to express it! Loads of body here with the flavors and sugary sweetness as a nice counterbalance to the heaviness of this. Lots of flavor in the aftertaste too as this almost called for a chaser of water to get everything down and cleanse the palate.

While not strong, there was just enough alcohol here to serve as a reminder that this was indeed an English Porter. This really grew on me as it warmed up and easily measured up to it's counterparts from across the pond. While not something I reach for at first, Yards brews quality offerings with an old feel to them that are so easy to enjoy. Just a bit dry but otherwise, this was spot-on and a great choice for the colder months of the year.

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Photo of Tomkob11
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lastmango
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rich brown, almost opaque, with a tan 2 finger head that quickly dissipated to a thin film. Very light lacing. Nose was a hint of toasty malt. Taste was of toasted malt and a bit of bitter dark chocolate A little bitter on the tip of the tongue and more pronounced bitterness on the tail. Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of Whitty1428
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrispy906
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of curlybird
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of csurowiec
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown pour, flimsy head. Plenty of malt and molasses in the aroma.

Taste was smooth. Malt runs around without a bunch or roasty bitterness. Earthy feels. Expensive.

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

Photo of TroyE219
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kubishark
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the brewery itself. Looks dark and inviting, but not pitch black where you can't shine a light through it. Smells pretty mild and nonchalant. Tastes like a typical porter, one of my favorite styles so I like it of course, but it doesn't sway strongly in taste in any direction. It's standard but good. The feel is also good, fairly heavy but not obnoxiously so. Overall this is a good porter. Not the best I've had but a good example of the style.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured in to a Libbey Craft Stout glass.
Look - Slightly translucent rich brown Head was light brown in color. Faded very fast. No lacing.
Smell - I get sweet ... molasses sweet. That's pretty much it. No coffee. A slight hint of roasted malt barley perhaps.
Taste - I can see why this would have been a popular beer back In President Washington's day. Molasses, little hit of roasted finish. No bitterness.
Feel - Lightly carbonated, a little bit of a cola feel, may a tad thicker.
Overall - A really good porter. I would like to try a fresher version of this. If I do, I will revisit this review. It's a very solid porter. I wish Yard's could be found in my area.

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Photo of StoutBoi
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of epyon396
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 952melvin
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhillyRiver
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. This was the second beer of the evening, but I did rinse the glass and nibble some crackers in between. Still, the transition from an outstanding Shipyard Prelude Special Ale (which I also reviewed tonight) to this was a bit sad. Still, it's a pretty good beer and I would order it in a bar; like to support my local breweries.
Look: Black color, unimpressive head/lacing
Smell: strong molasses smell, halfway through the smell changes from molasses to burnt timbers in the Pine Barrens
Taste: taste is the above two things plus something very familiar... asphaltum from the etching studio? A kind of tar. Not unpleasant, though.

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Photo of I3eer
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Urk1127
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Edit:

Revisit after a year and while basically the same review i must say its less heavy than previous and im really enjoying it.

Brown with red hints, tannish head
-Molasses everywhere, dark chocolate, heavy dark malts, some dark fruit
-Heavy molasses, sweet, but biting dark chocolate, some raisin
-heavy, thick, robust

-not a fan because of a heavy caramel/molasses character.

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Photo of Tim725
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Antc2382
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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 hozersr
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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