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An English style robust Porter with huge malt notes from Chocolate and Black malt matched with a huge use of Crystal malt to lend ruby hues to the corners of the glass. This dark brew is then highly hopped with imported Northdown and First Gold hops to lend a subtle earthiness in character.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Draft, Cap City Downtown RBSG 2006. Dark clear brown with a light brown head. Very, very light whiff of roastiness, not much else. Light flavor of roasted malt, a little chocolate and coffee. Something’s missing here. Thin, watery body with light carbonation. Good lacing and head retention. Needs more malt character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5348) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2006
On tap, Downtown location, 2006 RBSG pubcrawl. Pours a clear brown with a small film of creamy light brown head. Aroma is of chocolate malt, with some light hops, and a touch of coffee. Flavor is pretty nice, chocolate malt, light roast, and a pleasant bitterness. Lighter bodied with a thinner than average texture and light carbonation. Overall, the best of the Downtown locations offerings the day I was there. It wasn’t much for mouthfeel, but the flavor was pleasant. A lighter effort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8497) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2006
Dark brown, soft red-hued brown colors at the sides of the glass. Medium dark brown head with large soda-like bubbles contained therein. Thinner than expected, flavorless up front, then hitting a bit hard over the tongue with brash smoked malts, leaving a reside in the aftertastes of campfire smoke and cherries. Thin body, weak overall. Decent smokiness, but not a decent porter by any stretch. Has some light cream notes in the nose, noticed more when it had warmed. Sampled at Capitol City in Baltimore.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3196) - Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2006
Dark cola brown with a smaller head compared to the rest. The aroma is a bit roasty, coffee-chocolate. Pretty big flavor. Toffee comes forward from the rest. A bit more toffee than most similar beers I think. This would make a good beer float or beer icecream, I think.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
stef92 (127) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Dark brown color with tanish head. Smoky aroma and very smooth malty, chocolate flavor. Delicious!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 28, 2006
"Best one i had from here. Poured a nice dark brown smikey head. Aroma was sweet and smokey. Flavor was good malty not to sweet. Mouthfeel was just a tad on the thin side."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Tap. Black color with some white head. Matly nose wtih a touch of nutty falvor. A subtle but strong taste of coffee and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Capitol Hill brewpub. Dark, burgundy brown body with a creamy, light tan head. Aroma of semi-sweet chocolate with hints of tobacco and peaty whiskey. Light roasted coffee and cocoa bean flavor with decent dryness but a full flavor and palatable texture. Good porter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jde123 (766) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Definately the best of the bunch during my particular visit to the brewpub near Union Station DC. However, still not very good, extremely thin and watery, I like to have a porter with a strong enough body to withstand at least 20 minutes of sipping. Seemed to break down before it hit my lips. Aroma was sickly sweet, but it didn’t translate through to the flavor, which was surprisngly good. Not my favorite porter, but if I were forced I would get this one again and stick to it all night.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Smooth for a porter, disappointing with lack of flavor. But it is a porter, so I suppose it does a stand-up job for its class.

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