Travlr (9997) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 26, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Dark amber brown color, thick creamy head, solid lacing. Aroma pf burnt caramel and black pepper. Taste is toasted ground nuts. Very nice.
BeerandBlues2 (9465) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark brown with ruby highlights and a small, frothy light tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is caramel, cookie, and biscuit malt with dates and golden raisin esters, and faint spicy hops. Flavor is malt dominant, light hops and bitterness, dark yet sweet fruity esters and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
GT2 (8283) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
355mL into thistle. Pours clear, deep cola red. Fizzing out yellow foam. Nose is dark cherry cola, milk duds, candies, twizzlers. Taste is sticky sweet, black cherry soda, sugary cream soda. Palate is papery, some alcohol sweetness, suddy.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2013 Growler from the brewpub. They donít sell this in growlers, but they told me over the phone that they did and no way in hell was I going to drive 45 minutes each way for just this beer and not leave with it. Oh well, generally they give great customer service. Pours a dark brown color with a slight haze. Aroma of toffee and caramel. Small head with good head retention and fair lacing. Taste is caramel, toffee, nuts, molasses and a lightly hopped finish. Very very faint peat-like smoke. Smooth, thin-medium bodied. 8/3/8/4/15/3.8
Rerate 10/22/13 from a 12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a thin off-white head. Fair head retention. Aroma of toffee, caramel, toasted malts, mild vanilla and raisins. The taste is toffee, toasted malts, mild smoke, mild fruits, mild vanilla. Medium bodied, slight bitterness, decent balance. Still excellent. 8/3/7/4/16/3.8
Braudog (5597) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Muddy brown, thinly topped. Slightly malty aroma. But the big, sugary character is a bit of an initial shock. But this settles into a nicely rounded, fully malted beer, easy to drink yet meaty. Well done. (#5356, 12/9/2013)
TheBeerGod (5184) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Whole Foods Glen Allen. Mahogany pour with a short tan head. Aroma is chocolate, toasted malt, caramel and soft smoke. Taste is smoky malt, caramel, chocolate and sweet malt. Body is medium with a creamy carbonation and is slightly chewy. Ends with more caramel, smoky malt, light chocolate and soft cocoa.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Rustico during the Devilís Backbone NoVA launch. Served in a taster glass.
Pours a decently-dark brown color with a good tan head. Spots of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some sweet caramel, and a bit of bread and toffee. Mild sweetness to the flavor and just a hint of fruit in the background. Body is medium. Good finish.
nimbleprop (4621) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle pours a transparent, deep copper amber with some thin, slightly off white head. Nose is almond, caramel, dried grains, bread crust, some apple, a little dusty. Flavor has a nice dried chocolate powder accent, caramel, brown sugar, almond, cracker, a little cola. Medium bodied but dry finish. A bit of a hodge podge, but the sum of the parts is pretty good.
radagast83 (4445) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Rustico Alexandria. Poured a dark orange, light copper color with a small white head. Aroma was sweet, caramel and toffee malts. Flavor was some toffee, caramel, touch of alcohol. Not usually a huge fan of Scotch ale, but I found this one was pretty enjoyable and well balanced, no harsh malt character here.
jackl (4385) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg @ Devils Backbone. The pourís amber with a modest off-white head. The nose is a bit of spicy nutmeg, pepper. Caramel. Pretty earthy. The taste is similar. Baked apple. Burnt brown sugar. Rich malty profile. Some pumpernickel bread. Mellow, smooth on the finish. Medium body, fine carbonation. Good.