jgb9348 (4439) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown coloured body with bright violet highlights and a thin tan head. Very nice when held up to the light. Aroma of bananas, yeast, bread, malt, alcohol and quite a bit of sugars. Medium-bodied; Very assertive roasted malt flavour with some nuts and earth and a relatively light feel with raisins and some of the yeast flavour at the end. Aftertaste shows a bit of an earthy character with peat and concord grapes, but little else - surprisingly weak. Overall, smells and looks great, but the flavour simply isn’t there - nor is any complexity or nice robust flavours. Sadly enough, worth passing up - not a great offering from the otherwise good brewery. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 07-February-2013 for US$1.99 sampled at home in New Paltz, New York on 29-March-2013.
Braudog (5465) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Taphouse/Queensway. Black beer, a hint of licorice is the initial impression. Sweetbread and raisin carries. Pretty mellow and unremarkable as a dubbel, but exceptionally drinkable and good for brunch. (#4965, 3/17/2013)
jefcon (1304) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I don’t know how this stacks up to dubbels in the traditional style -- there is no comparison, really. This effort is sinuous and vinuous. It is tart and dry, with a very dark malt character, roast, pleasantly yeasty. I imagine this would make a killer draft, but alas I had only the bottle.
Westchesterco (769) - mclean, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
toast, roasty, earthy, vanilla, brown, clear, minimal head, full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,
Iphonephan (2609) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at rustico Akexandria VA. Pours a clear cola brown with a thin off white head. Aroma of chocolate. Flavors of molasses and caramel.
BeerandBlues2 (9004) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Rustico. Pours clear dark brown with a medium, frothy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is dates and figs with cookie and caramel malt and light earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with dark fruity esters, light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation.
TheGB (476) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark with a thin head. Light aroma of caramel, molasses and hops. Decent taste that is a but different, malt and caramel, but you can taste something different, probably the sorghum syrup. Palate is okay, a little flabby maybe.
obguthr (3390) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mild roast aroma. Black pour, headless. Burned toast and charcoal flavor. Medium body, somewhat quaffable. Subtle dry plum notes in the finish. Much drier and substantially less fruity than typical dubbels. Enjoyable.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Dark amber brown, medium tan head Aroma of dark fruits and toffee. Taste is molasses, plums, raisins. Not bad.
DCLawyer (1299) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle->shaker. Medium brown with offwhite head. Aroma has faint spice and dark fruit. Taste is sweeter spice, fruit, and malt. Has the right flavors, but weak and unbalanced.