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

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83 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
yardsbrewing.com

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Washington's Reserve

Added by Philabeerphia on 10-10-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
83
Reviews:
17
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
10.66%
 
 
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14
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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 17
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of acurtis
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of whatname
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zonker17
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.02/5  rDev +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.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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General Washington's Tavern Porter (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Yards Brewing Co.
3.94 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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