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

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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
Ranking:
#4,624
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
83
pDev:
9.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 17
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of xnicknj
3.17/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of acurtis
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
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 GreesyFizeek
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
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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Photo of wertschy
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RobertColianni
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of fdig23
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of curlybird
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of Jsalz21
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hamrwolf
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of erialbill
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of rfgetz
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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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Photo of jackrodgers77
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of skaboom420
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of zonker17
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
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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Photo of OGShotzy
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jodybrutal
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of orangesol
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of MDHopster
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of amattocks2
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dfhhead25
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev -2%

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General Washington's Tavern Porter (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Yards Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 83 ratings
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