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Detailed in a letter from the General to his officers during the war, Washington’s recipe employed molasses to aid fermentation and give rich caramel notes to this robust, roasty ale. The recipe reflected his admiration for Philadelphia-style porters, especially those brewed by Robert Hare (whose original brewery stood just blocks from where ours is now). Our Tavern Porter, inspired by Washington’s, is dark, smooth, and complex with just a hint of dried fruit in the finish

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrinkinWell (389) - - MAY 6, 2014
Pours dark brown, decent head. Medium carbonation. Roasted coffee beans, spices on the nose. Coffee, hints of chocolate, cinnamon stick, robust hoppy bitterness. Pretty good porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (4765) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2015
From a 12 oz bottle. Pours a clear cola with a tan head. Malty nose. Flavors of licorice and leather. Slightly bitter roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joejames (374) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2015
Bottle to shaker glass. Pours black, red hues when held to strong light. One finger off white silky head. Moderate lacing but nice retention. Aroma of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Taste is nicely balanced, sweet malts with an even bitterness. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, creamy mouth feel. Finishes long and smoky. Tasting notes of burnt sugars, dark roasted coffee and malts, vanilla, dark chocolate and toffee. A very nice and complex porter!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
voyageurmike (160) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2015
Draft in shaker, dark brown with tan head. Sweet, malty start, long slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wmubronco1992 (670) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark brown. Med sized tan head. Aroma of roast and molasses. Flavor is dark toast. Good palate. Rich and creamy. My wife picked this up from the gift shop at Mt. Vernon while we were on a trip. Based on that I didn’t have high expectation, however I was wrong. This was a very nicely done porter that I really enjoyed. Only disappointment is that I only had the one. Certainly something I would try again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElCapitan22 (282) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2015
Pours jet black and has excellent lacing and a nice creamy head. Smells like burnt coffee and hazelnut. Tastes like bitter chocolate and coffee. I like this quite a bit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
demannu (230) - New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2015
Light brown pour from bottle. Looks dark once in glass. Small of white head, good lacing. A little bland on the aroma. Mouth feel is a tad light for my liking. Flavor is solid. Solid beer Just not special. Easy drinking regardless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gripweed57 (1044) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2015
12 ounce bottle. Translucent dark brown color. Small light tan head. Nice clinging lace. Nose is cocoa malt and coffee. Upfront, flavor is sweet roasted malt with a touch of milk chocolate, raisins, molasses and citrus hops. Medium bodied with roasted malt and coffee notes. Finishes dry and bittersweet with a cloying sticky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
njnut (362) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2015
Poured a very deep brown into an English pint with a tan head and lace. Aroma was roasted malts and a slight coffee and toffee note. Taste is same but the roast of the malts come out strong. Slight alcohol note. Warming in the finish. A little on the sweet side on the draw and a little dry in the finish. The roast is the lingering note big time. A different but pleasant take on a porter. Enjoyed the history ride.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
LetsGoState (702) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Appearance is medium tan head with deep brown. Aroma is malty. Taste is some roasted malt. Overall not the greatest porter out there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sregnar35 (1028) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2015
Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma is very mellow chocolate. Flavor is nutty and chocolate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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