dlovell2 (1673) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Brewers Art. Dark Brown with tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee aroma. Roasted Malt with some smokiness, chocolate an coffee flavors. Really liked this one.
radagast83 (7069) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the source. Poured a very dark, almost black color, some light ruby notes on the edges of the glass, with a off-white head sitting on top. Aroma was chocolate, with some light coffee notes. Some roasted malts, light chocolate. Pretty easy to drink.
Travlr (20881) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Max’s. dark maroon color, thick brown head. Aroma of chocolate oatmeal. Taste is similar, with toast and coffee. Decent stuff.
sonnycheeba (4916) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours opaque black with thin, creamy beige head; short retention and no lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, red grapes, coffee, and Graham cracker. Flavor is balanced malt and dark fruit esters with faint hops; cigarette smoke undertones towards the end with a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation with low warmth.
BeerandBlues2 (11971) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Brewer’s Art. Pours black with a small, fizzy light tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is cookie, caramel and chocolate malt, leather yeast and earthy hops with dates and plums. Flavor is malt dominant with dark fruity esters, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body, warmth and carbonation.
ao125 (18) - Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
erving Type: On tap @ The Brewer’s Art bar
Appearance: Dark, almost porter-like in color and appearance. I would never have guessed at the complexity from first glance.
Smell: Chocolate, Belgian "funk", raisins & plums, some roast.
Taste: Sweet, malty, a tiny bit of roast - though definitely balanced. and playful with the style - whatever the style actually is. There is a bit of alcohol taste in there, which I’m sure comes from the Belgian ingredients. Tastes like a much bigger beer than it actually is. I would have guessed 8% - not the 5% listed above. Easily drinkable over long periods of time.
Overall: Great beer when paired with steak & frites. Definitely not what I would have expected from a dark beer.
freekyp (1870) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Proletary pours dark brown, almost black with a slight tan head. Tight carbonation provides a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Aromas of fresh coffee and spicy hops pervade. Nice even fade in the finish.
Dogbrick (11164) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2011 Sample at the brewpub. Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a medium beige head that dissipates steadily. Thin rings of lacing. Bready malt and chocolate in the nose. Medium body with flavors of chocolate malt, toasted bread and mild coffee. The finish is dry and chocolaty. Slightly above average overall.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2011
1.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 1/20
Poured into an English pint glass. Really looking forward to this. I’ve been in Baltimore for almost four years now and haven’t been to Brewer’s Art until tonight.
3.5 A: Dark as night but really clear. Not a whole lot of head, but maybe that was the bartender’s fault. Not too much lacing either. Still, not bad.
3.0 S: Strong coffee aroma. Dark crystal malts. Bready.
1.0 T: This was the worst tasting beer I’ve ever had in my life. I was hoping that it would magically turn into a Natty Boh or a Schafer. Some aspects were really good. Strong coffee and dark chocolate backbone, but then came the horrible, awful taste of spoiled wine. I had trouble driving it into me.
3.0 M: Medium body. Smooth, but not creamy.
1.0 D: The taste destroys any hope of drinkability.
There is no way in hell this is a Belgian beer. It’s a standard (though awful) American stout.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 01-20-2009 08:53:33
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On cask at the 2009 SPBW Real Ale Fest 10/17/09: Pours a mostly opaque with dark mahogany edges and a thin creamy tan head. Aroma of dry grainy dark malts with a touch of grassy English hops. Starts with average fullness and a hint of dark malty sweetness and some mild bittering hops with a drier toasty grainy finish. Pretty smooth and drinkable, but nothing out of the ordinary.