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DC Brau / Stillwater NATAS
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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
devman171 (905) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Draft at Lures. Pours black with low tan head. Aroma is light clove and spice with big coffee and roast. Roast dominates the taste with a nice dry finish. nice!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gendv138 (1028) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2014
5-6 oz draft pour at Of Love & Regret. Black with tan head. Aromas of cocoa, chocolate, vanilla. Tastes of chocolate, vanilla, roast, cream, herbs, spices, Belgian yeast. Medium-full body with a dry finish. Creamy mouthfeel, medium-low carbonation. Tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2014
20140627 tap at OLAR. Just a really solid big porter. Nice C-hops cleaning things up after an ashy and mineral maltiness. Stark and soft. Both of these brewers are high on my list right now.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (3660) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Awesome with great balance. Tastes like oatmeal stout with light honey sense possibly from burnt sugar. Pours black with good head and lacing. Finishes with light sweetness. Nice roast profile. To hell with summer session beers, this is where it’s at. Keep in mind my great rating of this beer could be in comparison to all the trash I’ve had today. On tap at DC Summerfest.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9446) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Tap at Max’s. Pours clear black with a small, fizzy tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate malt, roast and coffee malt, prunes and earthy hops. Flavor is dark malt and fruits, light hops and bitterness, light smoke and a dry finish. Medium to full body and medium carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (4347) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Deep brown, small tan head. Nose is apples, cream, oat. Dark chocolate and a bit of ash. Chocolate, cocoa, dusty nuts. Caramel. Rich, full. Active carbonation. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (1931) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 19, 2014
Draft at Of Love & Regret. Pours almost black with a thin, fizzy tan head. Tastes like black coffee, burnt chocolate, burnt toast, dry coffee bitterness. Light/medium body and carbonation. Smells like rich, dark chocolate, sweet vanilla, and light booze.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (3362) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 19, 2014
Tap at OLAR. Pours deep, dark brown with creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted and chocolate malts, fig, raisin, light earthiness, and faint ash. Flavor is rich chocolate, light roast malts, light espresso, some dark fruit esters, and light, ashy bitterness; chocolate finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (4600) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 27, 2014
64oz growler from DC Brau. Pours an opaque black, watery consistency, slim beige head. Nose is an interesting blend of both breweries styles, the malty backbone of DC Brau dark beers is evident, nutty, toast, some dark chocolate, a little Stillwater-y herbaceousness, lightly yeasty. Flavor is malty, sweet, a little licorice, some toasted bread crust, a little roast mushroom, some dried rosemary, chocolate. Thin on the tongue, dry finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter. Pours near-black with a bit of a mocha head. Good nose brings forward some roast and a moderate amount of chocolate. Nothing really coming out of the Belgian yeast. Flavor is mostly chocolate with some backing roast. Nothing too complex, but fairly nice. Medium chewy body with good carbonation. Worth a try.


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