Founded in 1994, Yards Brewing Company went from a garage-sized operation to a nationally recognized name. Part of their “Ales of the Revolution” line, Yards General Washington Tavern Porter is a dark beer brewed with molasses. General George Washington originally created this porter to satisfy the thirsts of his field officers. Washington’s fondness for Colonial Philadelphia-style porter is reflected in this historic recipe.
The beer pours a deep dark brown with garnet red highlights when viewed in the light. The thin half finger mocha colored head dissipates at a decent pace. Once then head has receded, a thin layer of lacing remains atop the beer.
Aromas of roasted caramel malts dominate the nose. Roasted coffee and baker’s chocolate aromas piggy back off the malt notes. Sweet notes of dark dried fruits like raisins and figs add complexity and balance the bouquet.
The palate echoes the nose seamlessly. The caramel malts hit first and carry through to the finish. Along the way roasted coffee and nut notes as well as rich chocolate flavors make an appearance. Sweet dried fruits notes pop up next and are highlighted by a rich molasses flavor. A touch of smoke is introduced just before the finish which offers a touch of hop bitterness.
Yards has created a winner with this one! General Washington’s porter is a well-crafted beer with an impressive history. A great pair for aged gouda, pot roast with root vegetables or chocolate mousse.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out of 5 Pints
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