Yards Tavern Porter. Its the beer that’s based on a recipe used by George Washington himself and makes for a good beer review leading up to the July 4th holiday!
Last year, we did a neat little post titled George Washington – Beer Lover. In it, I reviewed a bit of the history behind this Yards brew, but lamented that the beer itself wasn’t available for me to try.
Time change. Recently, on a trip to my local beer monger, I happened to see Tavern Porter available, along with the beer based on a Thomas Jefferson recipe! Needless to say, I snatched up a single of each to try!
The recipe that Yards Brewing Company based this beer on (unless there is another recipe out there) is pretty simple and goes like this…
“Take a large siffer full of bran hops to your taste-boil these 3 hours. Then strain our 30 galln into a cooler put in 3 galln molasses while the beer is scalding hot or rather draw the molasses into the cooler. Strain the beer on it while boiling hot, let this stand till it is little more than blood warm. Then put in a quart of ye[a]st if the weather is very cold cover it over with a blank[et] let it work in the cask-Leave the bung open till it is almost done working-Bottle it that day week it was brewed.”
Here’s my thoughts. To me, it doesn’t sound like much of a recipe, more like a process. The only thing that stands out to me as really different is the molasses.
The beer pours an inky color that is almost black in appearance, but if you put the glass up to a bright light you’ll see some nice red colors coming through. The head is smallish, but dense and it generally reminded me of Sam Smith’s Taddy Porter which happens to be my favorite porter.
Checking out the aroma, you’ll get roasted coffee, toffee, spices, dark fruit, a little boozy, and a warm sweetness that could only be from the molasses. It was a bit different than I expected and the molasses is the only thing I can attribute it to.
Taste was really close to the aroma, but the molasses seemed to play a larger role, while the expected alcohol flavors seemed to be better masked. Its a 7% ABV beer, nothing to sneeze at, but the boozy flavor wasn’t a problem for me.
I found the beer to be an easy drinker with low carbonation and medium body. I thought it was a little sticky, but not a big deal really.
Overall, I was very happy to finally get to try Yards Tavern Porter, but I was also very happy I opted for a single and didn’t buy a whole six-pack. A good porter no doubt, but I think the novelty of a molasses beer wears off rather quickly.
An extra 1/2 star for effort though.
What do you think of this beer or any of the ‘Beers of the Revolution’?
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