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DC Brau / Stillwater NATAS
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Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 24   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


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11452) - 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (11078) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Draft at DC Brau. Pours very dark maroon, medium brown head with fair retention and good lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee, dates, prunes, dark cocoa. Taste is dark fruits in a background of roasted malts. Subtle and understated with lots of character. Finally, a porter that isn’t a chocolate syrup bomb. A successful collaboration, I think.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9596) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (8372) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8339) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5305) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2011
[Draft @ Smith Commons] Dark brown / black with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, light pine, caramel, cocoa, and light spices. Taste of much the same, with spices toned down a bit, some tobacco, and piney hops with a dry finish. Light alcohol

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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (4813) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (4567) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (4563) - 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.


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