radagast83 (4040) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at brewpub. Poured a clear, dark ruby-brown color with an off-white head. Aroma is some light coffee and chocolate notes. FLavor was very nice, with some chocolate and some light coffee along with some malt characters that were quite pleasant.
Emeister84 (661) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas of toast, espresso, and mild cocoa. Clear, ruby-brown, with quickly fading, off-white head. Dry, roasted chocolate and coffee flavors, with a very balancing bitterness. Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a roasted malty finish.
geauxT (4) - Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Roasty and pitch black. More similar to a Geramn black lager than a dunkles. Not sweet at all like some Czech dark lagers. Very "stoutish" or maybe "porterish" but with a lager’s clean bite. Love it!
Velkyal (275) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2011
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2012 A Czech style tmave, so technically neither a schwarzbier or a dunkel, though on the darker end of the spectrum.
Pours a deep mahogany, topped with a creamy off white head. The nose is bready and lightly grassy. In the mouth there is a nice malty sweetness, again lots of bread and toasted notes, rounded out with a coffee like edge. Very smooth body and insanely drinkable.
UPDATE: Second batch, as above but with a nuttiness which makes it even more drinkable, magnificent beer.
Drake (7839) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on draft at the brewpub. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a medium creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of dark malts, berry-like fruit notes, some roast and a faint bit of smoke. The taste is chocolate, toasted malts, roasty notes, some earthiness and a mild but bitter hoppiness. Smooth, creamy, medium bodied. Very nice beer.