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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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 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 (775) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jefcon (1642) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Smoky chocolate and malt aromas on this dark brown brew, which leaves a significant amountof lacing in its wake. On tasting, the chocolate is overwhelmed by a hickory, coffee, hazelnut flavor that packs a bitter (but not unpleasant) punch. The palate is thinner than many porters I have had, but the finish is dry and roasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (4065) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Dark mahogany brown with chestnut-red hues; cream colored, small-form head. More milky than the Irish Dry Stout they also had on tap, nutty, vanilla, macadamia, and a healthy dose of grape drink (purple kids’ drink like grape Kool-aid). Still, pretty dry. Definitely a lactic note in this. Substantially carbonated, moderately malty body. (on tap at Downtown D.C. location)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (6010) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Had this in a sampler from Capitol City Downtown on September 5th, 2005. Opaque dark brown with a small fizzy tan head. Nose is roasty and laden with coffee. Some interesting burnt brownie notes as well. Taste is much the same but a bit thinner than I’d hoped. Roasty malts, coffee, some dark and milk chocolate notes. Not too bad. Body was too light, and surprisingly so. Finishes light and roasty with some lingering malt and choco sweetness. Not bad, but a bit of a let-down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Norton (333) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2005
Draft. Crackly tan head. Peppy carbonation. Head mostly dissipates by end of pint. Deep dark brown hue. Nice bite - bitterness works well with coffee-like roasty mouthfeel. I had 7 of them, so I would say very enjoyable in multiples. Decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2005
A nice, balanced porter of the easy-drinking variety. Chocolaty and slightly roasty and not too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Decent porter, a bit over the top roasty but one of their better beers. Great happy hour brew @ $2.50 a pint.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2004
This is a good brewpub beer. This porter had a thick mouthfeel and a nice bitterness. I thoroughly enjoyed my sample in downtown DC even though it did cost me $5.75. I’d probably have this again if it was happy hour. Good beer.

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