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DC Brau / Stillwater NATAS (Bourbon Barrel)
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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
At first glance “NATAS” is pitch black in the glass with wafting aromas of burnt sugar and caramelized fruit. The mouthfeel is silky smooth with hints of cocoa. It has a gentle, warming phenolic character that begs for a follow-up inquiry. The hops are used to balance this brew and lend a subtle complexity. The dark lord himself would be proud to serve this hellish offering to his legions of demonic minions. For those technical among you, here are some stats on the beer: “NATAS” Belgian-Style Imperial Porter 7.5% ABV Yeast: Wyeast 1762 Belgian Abbey II Hops: Gr. Perle, Nugget, Fuggles and Columbus. Aged in Bourbon Barrels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21444) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Draft at Churchkey on 5/11/14. Very dark brown color, massive brown head. Aroma of huge dusty cocoa powder and vanilla. Taste is smooth rich vanilla, coffee grounds, chocolate. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jesperhammer (4186) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2014
09-MAY-2014, draft @Pizzeria Paradiso, Georgetown. Black with lasting tan head. Aroma is barrel and roast. Bourbon? Yes, I guess. Taste is even more bourbon. The vanilla and cocoa kind with soft sweet roast. Full bodied, sweet for a porter, soft carbonation. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (7493) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 5, 2014
4oz pour at Jack Rose DC. Pours an inky black with some creamy tan head. Nose is cocoa powder, malt, molasses, vanilla, caramel, sugary, a little coffee, a little yeasty. Flavor has a lot vanilla, toasted coconut, herbs, molasses, a little cooked greens, stale coffee, burnt brown sugar. Chalky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7325) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Draft at the source, this one in Jim Beam barrels. Like regular NATAS, this one poured a dark, almost black with a huge, fluffy tan head. Aroma is barrel notes, roasted malts, dried fruits. Barrel dominates this one a bit, but it creates a very smooth, interesting brew.

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