jgb9348 (3964) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown coloured body with a nice tan head, about two centimetres tall. Aroma of pungent hops with a citrus and piney bite along with some roasted malt and caramel/toffee - nice! Medium-bodied; Strong roasted malt flavours with a very nice balance of hops coupled with some sweet finishes, but a very malty flavour at the end. Aftertaste shows some great complexity with the roasted malt, a hint of light spices and a bit of sweetness balancing out the sweetness. Overall, a nice beer and a good example from the style, especially from a local brewer. I sampled this pint on draught on 30-November-2012 at the Washington location.
Travlr (7984) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 16, 2012
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at the source, under the name "Velvet." Dark maroon, thick white head that settles quickly. Decent pine aroma Taste is thin coffee grounds. Dilute body.
Thorpe429 (4844) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
On tap at the brewpub. Served in a pint glass.
Pours near black with a half finger head to start. There is very little retention and getting lacing requires quite a bit of agitation. Even then, it doesnít stick around for awhile. The aroma is a bit strange with the forward notes coming from some milk chocolate, almost like a lighter stout. The hop aromas are very faint and I canít say that I would really recognize them if it werenít for the name of the beer. Along for the ride is the good old diacetyl character--fun, fun.
The taste doesnít really get any bettter. Along with mild chocolate there is also some mild roast character and the faintest hints of light piney hops. A bit of butter in the finish, which is otherwise fairly mediocre. I didnít really want to.finish this and would not have it again.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 12-08-2010