DC Brau / Stillwater NATAS
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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   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

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Pours black, with a tan head. No light escapes. The smell is roasty caramel and some light date aroma. Tastes a little roast, a little fruity, and has a bit of baking chocolate thrown in. Vanilla? Perhaps. Feels fantastic, no doubt about it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (3297) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2012
RFD, DC 12oz ($6.50): Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is pretty much straight chocolate porter. I didn’t catch much Belgian yeast in this house. Taste is mostly chocolate with hints of espresso and plenty of roasted malt. This was good, but I was expecting something more unique and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (4445) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Draft at Churchkey. Poured a dark color, almost black in the dim light of Churchkey, but when put up against the light, it’s a maroon, dark ruby red color. The head is small, and tan. Aroma is roasted malts, with notes of dried fruits (prune, date almost). Flavor is roasted, notes of dried fruits. Pretty enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Served on draft at the brewery. Pours a dark brown color with a medium creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of sweet malts, roasted malts, smoke and chocolate. The taste is roasted malts, smoke, cherries, plum, citrus, other fruits and a bitter hop finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Uber black pour with a robust tan head. Lots of roasty bitter chocolate, caramel, molasses, and lactic milk chocolate. Thick rich palate with a sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Draft. Tan head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, some bittersweet chocolate, Belgian yeast. Taste is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, some roast, Belgian yeast. Medium body, some stickiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
craftycarl21 (2208) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 28, 2011
Growler from the release, thanks to travlr! Pours a dark brown with a small head. Nose holds dark fruit, roasted malt, and coffee. The flavor brings more plum, vanilla, and mocha. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lamas (1347) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Growler filled at the brewery on 11/23/11. Pours a DEEP mahogany with a thick and creamy mocha head. Chocolate syrup, cocoa, caramel, candied sugar, roasted coffee, lactose, and vanilla beans in the aroma. Medium-bodied and kinda creamy here and there. Sweet caramel, milk chocolate, and candied sugar upfront taste-wise. Some bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee towards the end. The finish is a tad dry. There is a yeasty/acidic tanginess all the way through.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (8281) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Growler from the release day thanks to Travlr. The pour is a pretty deep muddy brown looking black. Thinner, tan head. Not much retention or lace. Even fresh from the brewery. Nose is neutral- not much being emitted from a non existent head. Nondescript save for mild lactose notes and maple. Taste is toasty, acidic, stinging carbonation is overwhelming. Decent hoppiness. Full attenuation drains the porter body and leaves lemon acidity and stinging carbonation on just a thin body. Chalk and powder in the palate. Over attenuated for style.

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