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.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: pours a pitch black color with a three fingers of an oatmeal-colored head that quickly dissolved into a finger of head that covered the entire top of the beer in luscious foam.

Aroma: Lots and lots of roasted malt and coffee beans, dancing with some faint dark chocolate aromas. Also present, but in more slight amounts are vanilla and caramel. Beautiful!

Taste: Very malty up front with some nice dark bread flavors. This is a serious malt bomb which is perfect for a malt fiend like me. The beer is very roasty too, with some nice sweetness in the middle, of caramel or molasses, before being replaced with more roasted malty goodness.

Mouthfeel: very, very creamy and smooth, like roasted chocolate milk. Very silky and luxurious on the palate. The beer clocks in at 7% ABV, which results in a slight alcohol presence on the palate.

Overall: Damn this is a great beer! One of the better porters I’ve had in fact. According to Yards, this beer was created using George Washington’s own recipe. If that’s accurate, our (I’m American) first President made a damn great beer! I’m continuing to be impressed with the Yards Brewing Company. I'd love to see what the bourbon barrel-aged version of this beer is like!

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Photo of lsummers
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich black with a frothy off white head. Looks delicious.

Smells reminds me of some dark fruit notes like that of a Belgian dark ale. Roasted oats and some subtle sweet toffee.

Taste is well balanced. I again get some dark fruit notes in the taste that was apparent in the smell. Very nice molasses and burnt sugar notes. Slight coffee light character on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is creamy and mildly carbonated. Feels rich but still drinkable. Not too heavy.

Overall, this was a nice porter that definitely has some qualities of that of a belgian dark ale. This one stands out, and I'll definitely try this one again.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yards Ales of the Revolution variety pack. Twelve ouncer into pint glass.

Pours black with light foam. Clear on top. Light coffee nose. Malty. Chocolate layers. Smooth classic porter taste. Subdued bitter where chocolate/coffee pokes through. Very smooth. Really good porter.

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Photo of Durge
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A deep, thick black appearance with a decent tan head that settles a bit but holds on for a healthy trail of lacing. The aroma offers relatively mild malt with nuances of charcoal, coffee and grass hops, but relatively polite overall. The flavor jumps in with smooth cocoa-coffee and maybe a touch of diluted licorice. Impressively gentle on the palate yet offering a pleasant grassy hop edge that blends tastefully. I don't think it's too much more complex than that, but this is very solid and highly drinkable. It's medium bodied with a satiny, smooth feel including delicate carbonation. Very much recommended, an any time porter!

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Photo of Omnium
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours brownish black, huge fluffy sand colored head, with a wall of lacing.
S - Toasted grains, caramel, chocolates, bread and biscuit malt and some earthy herbal hop undertones.
T - On par with aroma, nice hint of smokey roasted coffee beans, some malt sweetness, a little honey, and a decent bitterness from the dark earthy hops in here, some pine and spruce notes as well.
M - Good full feeling porter, resonates well with your taste buds, but doesnt overwhelm you like some porters.
O - Decently complex but traditional and full feeling, good porter, would like to have on tap for sure.

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Photo of WissBrauSean
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a very dark brown where if you look at the base of the pint in my picture it is actually quite clear with a tan one finger head that remains as a full ring and center cap on top of the beer and leaves a very nice wet lacing pattern on the glass.

The aroma is of molasses, caramel malts, milk chocolate, vanilla, a hint of bread and sweet dark fruit with not much in the way of hops, maybe something piney, but so distant that I can't make it out.

The taste is a very similar profile as it's nose. In fact, just reread what I wrote above and add in a mild bitter finish that balances the beer almost perfectly if not perfect (to keep it from being overly sweet) and leaves you slightly dry and in complete anticipation of the next sip! A slight peppery tastes lingers as well and there is no hint of the high 7% ABV content of this beer.

Mouthfeel is definitely creamy, smooth, slightly sweet and very full in body. The carbonation is just under moderate and refreshing. Mildly dry finish.

Overall, I would like to say that this beer is world class. I think that some may argue with that assessment on the grounds that it may be too sweet with too much molasses or somehow doesn't completely fit with the grain bill. But it seems to me that this is a pretty broad category in beers and allows for such differences. I'm going out on a limb here and calling this 5 out of 5. It's so very complex, sweet yet dry, balanced with the only hint of the ABV being the warming feeling in my stomach. World Class!

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Photo of Segelstrom
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - poured to a slight head that was not retained. almost to a color of stout.

S - very close to a stout w/ dark notes of chocolate.

T - very flavorful. better then most porters but then it tasted closer to a stout (a good thing)

M - carbonation just about right

O - worth revisiting this.

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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 Darkmagus82
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from growler into a pint glass

Appearance- Pours a deep brown color with a bit of ruby red shinning through the brew. Upon pouring there is a one half finger cream colored head. The smallish, but thick head fades over about a 4 min time span to leave a great level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The smell is heaviest of roasted malt and some coffee. With these more roasted aromas there are aromas of sweetness. The sweet is largely of toffee as well as some hints of molasses and prune. Other aromas of a light nut and some cocoa are there as well, rounding out the aroma rather nicely.

Taste – The flavor begins with a strong roasted malt flavor and some smoother caramel sweetened coffee. Some light vanilla and a molasses come to the tongue shortly after the initial taste. As the taste advances further the coffee begins getting more bitter in nature. Along with this bittering comes some flavors of a nutty nature as well as some British earthy hop flavors. At the end of the taste a brown sugar and a bit of a warming alcohol taste join the coffee, roasted and now stronger earthy flavors of the brew to leave a complex, moderately sweet, and bitter roasted flavor that leaves a very satisfying mark on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly lower than average side for a porter of 7% abv with a carbonation level that is a bit on the lower side. The lower carbonation is fantastic for the roasted and slightly bitter flavors of the brew, although a slightly thicker body may have helped these flavors along a bit more.

Overall – Quite a delicious brew. The flavor has lots of transitions with all of them being relatively smooth and un-abrupt. Other then the somewhat weak creaminess/body, it was quite a nice brew.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into taster

Dark nutty brown color with a thin layer of tan head bubbling on top. Fades into a slick of filmy retention with a couple spots of lacing on the glass while tasting.

Roasted grainy dark malts with nuttiness and a some hints of dark chocolate. Bready with caramel sweetness.

Malty and roasty up front on the tongue with some dark chocolate and cocoa. Lightly sweet, nutty and a touch warm. Decent balance with some soft warmth, bread crust and toasted grain.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, creamy and smooth on the tongue. This is one of the better Yards offerings with a nice feel and more pronounced flavor than some of their other brews. I'd be curious to see how the barrel-aged version matches up.

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Photo of cbutova
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Last of my Yards to review until I go back to Philly.

A- Bottle poured into a pint glass with a body that is about as close to black as you can get, just a few hints of brown around the edges. A foamy, creamy head forms to about two fingers in size and has good retention. Thick piles of lace form around the glass.

S- Roasted barley and nutty malts come to mind first. Not the most heavily roast porter but at a medium level with some cocoa hints. Smooth caramel, dark fruit and toffee as well.

T- A nice complex malt profile, somewhere between a Brown Ale and a Stout, which is what I tend to look for in good porters. The grains lend notes of roast barley, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast and some sweets. A good amount of dark fruity, mineral and raisin flavor in here too.

MF- Lighter end body which I find with a lot of English style darker beers. Has a somewhat oily and creamy feel with moderate carbonation. Not much bitterness, hops in the background of the beer entirely.

Solid Porter with an English feel in the malts and yeast. You can taste the influence of Great Britain on this early American recipe, luckily we threw them out and now brew our own styles of beer.

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Photo of thlayli87
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with two finger cream-colored head. Good thick lacing.

S - Grassy and herbal notes, grainy toasted malt.

T - The flavor is much maltier than the nose. Good balance of sweetness and maltiness. Bitter coffee-like finish.

M - Creamy and thick with slight chalkiness.

O - Pleasantly surprised with this one, as I have been underwhelmed with virtually everything I've had from Yards. But this is pretty good.

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Photo of socon67
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark black pour with a white foam that settles quickly to a trhin line. Clumps of lacing on the glass.

S - Scent of dark chocolate and a slight hint of smoke in the smell. Latent roasted malt notes.

T - Sweet falvors of sugary chocolate and some notes of toffee. Finish has a nice malty flavor and some refined smoky feel.

M - Feels lighter than its ABV; almost a tad thin. Minor carbonation and a slick feel on the taste buds.

O - I like many of Yards offerings and htis is another goodie. a mild porter for those who like the dark malt flavors without a heavy bodied beer. Pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date: 17 January 2013...Glassware: Yuengling pint...Occasion: The Blind Side on NetFlix--probably the last football fan to see this film (call it a Ravens aversion)...Appearance: dark burgundy body and a thick brown head; fits the bill for a porter, and an old-school one at that...Aroma: fragrant, lactic scent with a hint of peat that is indicative of a deeper flavor--rum and spices (nutmeg?)...Taste: malty, pleasant, smooth and lightly smoked--easily a win when considering the weighty 7% abv this beer's pushing...Palate: thick, creamy, full-bodied porter--much creamier than expected...Overall: Nice to know that goodbeer doesn't change much in terms of its recipes; this is my favorite of the the Ales of the Revolution sampler--and that is a Hancock-sized compliment! This takes its place among the Yuengling, Samuel Smith and Victory's offerings...

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Photo of DeidreD
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a glass, served at about 50-55F.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful deep chocolate brown through which light barely passes. A short (1/4") light tan head formed but disappated quickly.

Smell - The first smell is brown sugar and molasses. A second whiff shows off the dryer features of the malt.

Taste - Like the smell, the first taste is also brown sugar. The molasses notes linger on the tongue, sweet without being cloying. It finishes with a roasty dryness that is pleasant but does not linger or become bitter.

Mouthfeel - Relatively light in texture, but significant enough to suit a porter.

Overall - I liked this beer a great deal more than I thought I would. I read "brewed with molasses" on the label, I knew I might be picking up a bottle that was way too sweet for my taste. General Washington's Tavern Porter is a nicely balanced example of the stylearhat is fairly easy to drink and I would definitely buy it again.

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Photo of ranger60
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at Isaac Newton's in Newtown, PA.
Appearance was nice and dark the way I like it.
Smell was generally typical porter, but I picked up something pungent.
Very good taste, good overall flavors, a little coffee notes coming through.
Mouthfeel good, nice and smooth.
Overall, a very drinkable porter, not heavy at all.

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Photo of Kendo
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is dark brown with a small (half-finger) tan head that leaves behind some modest splotchy lacing.

S: Roasted barley malt and generic sweetness - perhaps from the molasses that was used in the recipe.

T: Somewhat roasty malts with dark fruits - some prunes and raisins. Slightly vinuous. Molasses evident, bringing sweetness. I prefer my porters to be more roasty than sweet, so this one won't get a higher score than 3.5 from me. . . .

M: About medium in heft, the carbonation is pretty active but not sharp or intrusive.

O: My brother brought a case of these from PA for Christmas. A couple weeks later and there are only a few left - and I don't think I've shared any more than a bottle or two. So yeah, I've been enjoying this as a pretty easy-drinking porter that packs a decent punch at 7% ABV.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear dark red-brown with one-finger, tan, creamy head that lasted a couple minutes and left a nice film. Pretty good lacing.

S: Roasted chocolate and dark fruit.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Subtle notes of chocolate and dark fruit and vanilla.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation.

O: I prefer other English porters like Fullers and Samuel Smith's Taddy. This one wasn't bad though.

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

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark, almost black, brown with a half-a-fingernail off brown head. Leaves a solid ring of lacing as the beer is consumed.

S: Roasted malt with a hint of coco and coffee bean.

T: Sweet roasted malt meets bitter coco and espresso bean with a hint of vanilla.

M: Medium (though light) and creamy with a dryer finish.

O: While the body could have a bit more heft, this is a very good porter. The aroma is decent, but the beer shines in its flavor. It almost seems too sweet at first sip, but the bitter finish balances the beer nicely.

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Photo of NODAK
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma here is predominately of roasted malts, with a touch of cocoa and sweetness. Definitely predominately roasted, however.

Taste follows the nose quite well...pretty big roasted notes fill the body of the beer in a rich way...there are dark chocolate notes as well alongside the roasted malts...with a hint of sweetness there as well.

Pretty good porter...robust but not too roasted or bold. Solid offering.

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Photo of larryi86
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Black with a three finger tan head head.

S- Nutty, roasted malts, cocoa, some coffee, touch of dark fruits.

T- Roasted nuts, coffee, roasted malts, some cocoa, touch of fruits.

M- Light to medium body, somewhat creamy.

O- This a great porter and the best beer I have tried Yards. Nice complexity. Would love try this on cask. Definitely will pick this up again!

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Photo of flexabull
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark color with a huge rocky white head, looks appealing.

Aromas are light, some cream, cocoa, and roasted nuts.

Taste is full flavored, nutty, with notes of cream, cocoa, and coffee. Finish is earthy, crisp and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is nice, plenty of body, smooth, with nice carbonation.

Overall, a solid porter, well worth trying,

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Photo of KajII
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Nonic Pint glass]

The pour was a murky dark brown with a slight ruby hue and a large (2-3 finger) tan frothy head that possessed awesome retention, finally reducing to a thick cap which produced excellent streaky lacing.

The aroma was bold and roasty with some dark bread malts and a pungent leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, molasses and dark roasted coffee.

The taste was a malty, roasty and bitter-sweet with a big molasses note early on, then progressed into a much bitterer taste with a large dose of roasted coffee and a creamy chocolate presence towards the finish. The flavor lasted an extremely long time proceeding the swallow with a rich creamy bitter-sweet taste left to linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a solid medium in body with an extremely creamy texture and a moderate carbonation.

Overall a very tasty straight forward Porter, with a ton of creamy roasty flavor...

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Photo of OMGTheyKilkenny
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: A thin caramel colored head with a rich, dark chocolate body. This is how a porter is supposed to look.

S: Strong aroma of coffee grounds. Heavy chocolate notes with very toasty malts. Through all that, you can still smell the alcohol. This should be fun.

T: Very nice classic porter. Bold toasted malt flavor hits up front. Semi-sweet chocolate with a bit of coffee. Nice little bite on the finish.

MF: Surprisingly crisp. Solid body, but lighter than you'd think. Lingers a bit on the back. Medium carbonation with just enough body.

D: Excellent, given the strength. No wonder we won the Revolution. If you’re ever in a war and one side’s drinking this while the other is drinking tea, bet on the side fueled by this beer every time. Big flavor, but surprisingly light body makes for solid drinkability. Much lighter than the flavor would suggest. Overall, very nice composition. I love it when a “novelty beer” delivers above and beyond expectations.

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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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General Washington's Tavern Porter from Yards Brewing Co.
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