BeerandBlues2 (9400) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the brewery. Pours opaque black with a large, creamy brown head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate malt, dates and prunes, vanilla, lactose and earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with dark fruits, light hops and bitterness and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
pras (425) - Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really enjoyed this, but I am surprised it is classified as an American Strong Ale. More of an imperial brown to me. Dark brown appearance, aromas of roasted malt, nuts, chocolate. Flavor was much the same. Alcohol was nicely hidden but you could still tell it was there. Hop bitterness rounded it out in the right proportion. Very enjoyable.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crystal clear caramel brown pour with an off-white head. Aroma is caramel, nutty, brown sugar almost. Good warm sweet smell. Flavor is caramel, slightly sweet, warm honeyed nutty flavor. This is a supper but good
Maybe just a touch light on the mouth feel but very good.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Deep maroon brown color, tan edge head. Aroma of cocoa powder, subtle coffee grounds. Taste is smooth roasted coffee and bitter cocoa. Nice.
lamas (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2012 Growler straight from the brewery. A deep mahogany pour with a thick khaki head. RICH roasted coffee, freshly baked milk/dark chocolate chip cookies, cocoa powder, caramel, a nuttiness, vanilla, toasted grains, and some molasses in the aroma. Goes down full-bodied and smooth. Sweet milk chocolate and caramel upfront taste-wise. Vanilla and a rich nuttiness in the middle. Finishes bitter with some roasted coffee and dark chocolate. There is a mild booziness present throughout in both warmth and taste. Not bad at all.
KUEric (886) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks dark, fluffy head that goes away quickly. Aroma is strong toaster nutty malty. The flavor is pecans, coffee, toasted malts, a little chocolate milk and vanilla.
nearbeer (3590) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft Pint at the Dubliner Pub. Opaque chocolate with a small ring of bubbles. Nose of raisin, chocolate caramel and a touch of coffee. Taste is chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, dark roasted walnut and a smidgen of dry grass. Medium body to the sweet side but finishes in balance and has smooth carbonation.
jefcon (1359) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Nutty, chocolaty, and lightly piney on the nose. The palate settles into a nice, toffee-like and slightly herbal groove. On the whole, lighter than it looks. The alcohol is used to full effect; not a degree more than is necessary to carry the beer to completion.
radagast83 (4418) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from the brewery. Poured a clear, dark brown color with a nice slightly off-white head to it. Aroma was sweet malts, nutty character and a touch of chocolate. Flavor was a nice rich caramel flavor with a decent amount of nuttiness and vanilla in it. Touches of chocolate and coffee around the edges finish this one off. Very refreshing and the alcohol is pretty well masked, though there’s a bit of warming on the finish which was fun.
JulienHuxley (2854) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - AUG 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at churchkey. Dark brown almost black pour with no head. Aroma is nutty, lots of roasted malts, a bit of burnt toast. Taste of hazelnuts, caramel, with hints of roasted grain, almost coffee even. The palate is a bit light and kind of falls apart, but overall good stuff.