General Washington's Tavern Porter (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
Yards Brewing Co.

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Porter - English
Ranked #12
Ranked #7,089
4.07 | pDev: 9.83%
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Notes: Also known as Washington's Reserve
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 85 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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zonker17 from Texas

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark brown, head dissipates, no lacing. About same levels of chocolate and coconut on the nose with some vanilla. Taste is light, some wood but not getting any bourbon. Below average body and average carbonation.

Mar 09, 2017
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BFCarr from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma is vanilla with roasted notes. Taste is vanilla with some bourbon notes. Feel is a bit thin for a Porter, but not bad. Overall, an above average porter.

Jan 22, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Yards Brewing Company in Philadelphia, PA.

This one pours a pretty dark brown, with a small wispy head, and not much lacing.

Smells pretty good- chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and oak- nothing unexpected, but pleasant nonetheless.

Unfortunately the taste is a bit of a disappointment. The base doesn't seem to be able to stand to the barrel aging, as there's a sort of watery hole in the middle of this beer, where I'd want some malt complexity to carry it. The base beer is much, much better than this BA version. The bourbon is slightly harsh. The oak and vanilla imparted from the barrel are pleasant, but not quite evocative enough. The beer just tastes a lot thinner than the actual base.

This is medium bodied, but way too thin for the style, unfortunately.

This is a disappointment, but Yards isn't exactly known for being masters of barrel-aging. It's not really their wheelhouse.

Oct 12, 2016
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ctylinebeer from Pennsylvania

4.94/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16 oz. nonic glass. From a growler filled at the brewery. Been in the fridge for a couple days.

L - Pitch dark brown, very little light coming through. One finger head. Nice abundant lacing on the glass. Epic looking porter

S - Notes: Vanilla, milk chocolate, molasses with a hint of the bourbon cask. Very nice smell

T - Dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel and an very nice and pleasant bourbon finish. Wow.

F - Probably the easiest drinking bourbon beer I have had. Dark malts add some body and the bourbon add to the taste but pretty easily drinkable at 7%. Hefty but fit brew.

O - Simply amazing beer. Probably my new favorite of all-time. Comes out for a very limited time, I even made a special trip to the brewery just to get a growler fill. The General would certainly approve

Jan 24, 2016
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Brewlinson from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I don't review much but this was perfectly delicious. Had it on cask so that made it even more enjoyable. Vanilla taste is persistent throughout but not overly sweet. Well done to Yards and I'm from Pittsburgh :)

Dec 19, 2015
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themind from New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Balanced, well made BB porter. On tap, had two, just flat out enjoyable. It has a good base with a smooth BB addition. If this was bottled, I would seek it out.

Bottom Line: Bravo Yard's...Bravo!

Oct 10, 2014
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours jet black with a decent one finger tall cream colored head, slowly dissipating down to a light film, leaving sticky webs of lace down the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of warm bourbon, dark roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, molasses and a bit of dark fruit. A bit slow to develop but decent enough once it does.

T - Starts off with the vanilla and chocolate sweetness quickly being joined by the molasses, dark fruits, dark roasted malt and mild bourbon burn. Finish is a little sweet with some light dryness from the booze, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium-Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, dark feel with a bit of booze burn at the end of each sip.

O - I would say this is more of mild bourbon porter. The bourbon profile is quite restrained and the base flavors are still quite noticeable. Haven't seen this one before, glad I tried it while I had the chance.

Jun 18, 2014
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MDDMD from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown color with a decent tan head and a little lacing

S-dark malt, molasses, bourbon, chocolate

T-chocolate, molasses, bourbon, dark roasted malt, hint of vanilla

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-solid barrel-aged porter, little on the thin side but enjoyed it

Jun 10, 2014
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Brownish black with a tan head. Smells of bourbon, roasted malt, molasses, smoke, tobacco, fig, and toasted caramel. Tastes adds raisin, plum, rustic oak, and roasted nuts, fantastic depth, warm with booze throughout yet malts still star. Feel is very warm verging on hot with the booze, but chewy malts and earth break it up here and there in a full body

Apr 05, 2014
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Rifugium from North Dakota

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Barcade, Philly, PA

I'll have to check back in my notes, but I'm pretty sure the ABV was listed as 10% for this.

Dark cherry-cola color with a thin wispy head. Aroma of brown sugar, molasses, caramel, minor touches of bourbon. The taste follows the aroma, coming understandably about the same as the regular GW Porter, with lots of dark sugars, molasses, cocoa, with enough bourbon to give it flavor but without the alcohol burn. About medium bodied, comes off a little thin if you're used to the more robust American style, but it's about right for an English.

Jun 05, 2012
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rfgetz from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black, minimal rings of brwon lacing, little retention. Scent brings instant bourbon notes with oak, vanilla and coconut, bold sweet molasses comes through making for some heavy scents. Heavy molasses sweetness prevents the aging to shine through, bourbon comes through more than the barrel. Fuller side of medium bodied, light lingering booze and sweetness. I prefer beers with more subtle taste notes in a bourbon barrel, but it works.

Jun 05, 2012
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xnicknj from Pennsylvania

3.17/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at pope in philly

Pours a clouded chestnut brown with a very thin layer of tanned head which dissolves completely leaving little to no lacing.

Decent barrel character in the nose with oak and boozy tannins. Pretty nutty and bready with a decent dose of malt. Roasty and warm with a hint of vanilla.

Starts off nutty and roasty with a pretty sharp kick from the barrel. Chocolate and vanilla mix into the malt profile with a decent amount of sweetness. The bourbon builds towards the back end, becoming increasingly astringent on the tongue. Lingering aftertaste of booze and vanilla.

Medium body, decent carbonation, a little chewy and sticky on the tongue. This starts off okay, but the barrel really becomes a bit oppressive on the palate towards the back end of the profile.

Feb 29, 2012
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was on tap at the Allentown Brew Works Bourbon Fest. Poured out as a very nice looking deep brownish black color with a tan creamy head on top. Had some light sticky lacing. The smell of the beer wasn't overly potent but had a light roasted aroma. The taste of the beer was pretty good, had a nice rich smooth roasted flavor with just a touch of bourbon in the mix. The mouthfeel of the beer was creamy and soft. Overall I found it to be enjoyable, would like to have it again someday.

Oct 29, 2011
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Yards Brewing Co. (Philadelphia, PA) on 2/5/11. Served in a pint glass. ABV listed as 7%.

This pours a dark brown, with a finger of smooth mocha head. This stays creamy on the edges, with more of a wispy look in the center of the glass, while leaving back some spotty swathes of lacing. Some light bourbon notes and vanilla from the oak just kiss the aroma here up front, before giving way to the base Porter notes of dark malt, chocolate, and tart smelling fruit. This is nice.

The taste is similar, with barrel notes of molasses, vanilla, and char that envelope those primary flavors from the Porter, as cocoa, caramel, dark roast, and earthy and tart fruit all get to shine fairly prominently here. The mouthfeel is a bit fuller bodied, with a initial sharpness that give that bourbon character some prickliness but then ultimately get much more creamy feeling as this works itself down the throat. Well hid alcohol with only some light warmth being present and that seems to be confined just to the bourbon flavors.

I dug this. I'm a fan of the regular Tavern Porter from Yards, so I glad to see that the bourbon and barrel flavors here weren't overdone or overpowering in any way. I think that this would be a good intro for getting someone into this type of beer, as this fairly easy drinking and for what it is. Worth a look if you see it on tap around Philly.

Feb 09, 2011
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yards GW Tavern Porter, bourbon-barrel aged, on tap at the Yards Brewing tasting room in Philadelphia.

Aged for four months in Woodford Reserve barrels, and served in a stemmed wine glass.

Appearance: Comes with a two-finger, frothy, capuccino-like head. Good retention- head remains, settling to the standard one finger. Very dark and opaque, deep walnut color.

Smell: Wood, bourbon, brown sugar, molasses. Woodsy and autumn-y, like walking through a maple tree forest.

Taste: Wood and some bitterness on the back. Some chocolate. Underwhelming. Very thin, disappointing. Vinous tones, but really not enough barrel and bourbon for a beer of this kind. Tastes like a regular brown ale, and went great with the fudge from Philly's own Betty's Speakeasy we had at the brewery.

Mouthfeel: A bit too thin, again. Dry and bitter finish. Medium carbonation and body.

Drinkability: Fine. Could be pounded. Disappointing for a bourbon-aged ale, but surely drinkable.

Another six months and more depth would help this beer. Right now, it is unremarkable.

Feb 05, 2011
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mwNMT from New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured in a pint glass from a growler

it pours dark with a tan to butter cream looking head.
smells like chocolate tobacco vanilla dark malts molasses and bourbon of course.
the bourbon taste is definitely there but doesn't overwhelm the dark malts chocolate molasses vanilla and roasty goodness and warms everything up with a hint of alcohol.
mouthfeel was good but i was expecting something a little heavier from an about 7% porter aged for months in bourbon barrels
i could drink these often but a whole growler at once may not have been the best choice. I will absolutely pick up bottles of this if i see them.

Dec 07, 2010
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acurtis from New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bourbon Barrel Aged General Washington's Tavern Porter. Aged Four Months, Had on tap at Yards. Chalkboard said 10% abv, Since the base brew is 7% I asked if it was fermented longer or if it gained its extra abv from the bourbon. I was told it was from the bourbon. The next day I stopped in and the board was changed to 8% abv.
Dark black with lots of carbonation, bubbly tan head. Sweet bourbon aroma, not overpowering in smell or taste but quite present. Taste is dark malt, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, hops, fruit. Creamy mouth feel, medium body.

Nov 30, 2010
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Philabeerphia from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

6oz firkin pour at Memphis Taproom's Thirstoberfest.
Cola black. muslin colored head of largish, light soapy bubbles that are surprisingly resilient.

Deep, sweet molasses, dry baking chocolate and round notes of tobacco all vie for attention on the nose.

Full and sweet at the tip of the tongue, sugary-warm bourbon threads strongly in the beer from front to back. This binding character dries only slightly into some echoes of chocolate and ashen smoke near the throat. A touch of alcohol warmth is pleasingly present as the beer washes away. The medium mouthfeel is structured well, and even from the firkin the quicksilver carbonation delivered a much-needed slip.

Heavy still, 6oz is plenty for today. Don't get me wrong, this was a great beer... but we were baking in the sun for much too long before I tried this.

Oct 10, 2010
General Washington's Tavern Porter (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Yards Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 85 ratings