jgb9348 (4273) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown coloured body with a thin, fast-dying tan head like a soda. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, toffee and a touch of anise. Medium-bodied; Oily mouthfeel with a touch of roasted malt, earth, cardboard, light sugars and some lactic notes at first. Aftertaste shows some sweet stout flavours with some earth notes and some mild sweetness. Overall, a decent porter, but not showing too much character to swing one way or another. It’s not a bad beer, but not amazing. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Ricks Wine & Gourmet in Alexandria, Virginia on 19-December-2010, sampled in New Paltz, New York on 24-December-2010.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a moderate brown color with a thin tan head and just a tiny touch of light lace before a thin collar forms and collects what is left of the head. The nose is some slight chocolate with a fairly-dominant smoke character. The flavor is mostly smoke with a bit of chocolate and roast there as well. Smokey feel and body is a bit light. Fairly quaffable for the style, though nothing too special. I would try this again, but wouldn’t seek it out.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-22-2010
jcos (1350) - Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2011
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Gilly’s, split with dbarnold. This is better than the two bottles of pale ale I bought, the second which I mostly poured out. Aroma is decent, taste is okay, but appearance is below average and toot hin for my tasting. I look forward to this brewery improving, but I have to rate what I tasted.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Pours a barely transparent mahogany with a thin spotty-lacing beige head. Has a lightly sweet toasted dark caramel and roasted malty nose. Starts with a lightly sweet roasty malty body and a dry bittering hop balance before a roasted dark chocolate finish. Could use a touch more sweetness and body, but still fairly drinkable.
robgibbens (369) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I bought this 22oz bottle at the brewery from Paul himself. It pours a very dark brown/black. The head dissipated quickly. The nose has chocolate and smoke notes. The taste is bitter with a smoky finish that lingers. The smoke is not overpowering and seems about right for my palate. This is decent and different enough porter to have on hand.
nimbleprop (3845) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2010
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
22oz bottle from Westover Market. Pours a watery, translucent, brownish black with zero head. Mild aroma, lightly malty, lightly smokey, lightly sweet. Flavor is artificial smoke, malt, brown sugar, coconut, malt extract, nail polish remover. Medium bodied, smokey finish. A little off. Doesn’t feel authentic.