JonMoore (1581) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at the DC ChopHouse. Dark brown with a slim, scuzzy off-white head. Feint malt aroma. Some fruit, nuts and chocolate in the taste, but only just - pretty bland really.
TheBeerGod (4675) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a sampler at District ChopHouse in DC on September 5th, 2005. Dark brown with sweet nutty notes, light caramel and choco-notes and a mild roasted aroma. Taste is nutty and sweet with roasted malts, dried fruits, caramel and chocolate. Body is medium and has minimal carbonation feel to it. Finishes sweet and roasty with more nuttiness and caramel but less chocolate coming through.
Nuffield (3362) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark bronze color, some creamy head. A faint aroma as if I’m walking into a humidor, with good roasted flavor and some turtles (caramel/chocolate candies). A little nutty, and some chocolate covered raisins (cheap milk chocolate). I had this two ways: the regular and as the "Velvet", which the bartender said is simply the same beer but with nitro instead of CO2. The palate was indeed nicer on the nitro, but obviously it doesn’t change the flavor. (on tap at brewpub)
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 23, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
meh. very moderate, not smooth enough. some sort of acidic bite on the end. maybe it was because the food was so good that this beer just didn’t stand up to it.
chriso (7254) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was the least impressive of the Chophouse beers I tried. I didn’t do my research thoroughly enough and ordered a "Velvet", thinking this was a different beer, but it turns out that it is just one of their normal brews (in this case the Brown Ale) served by nitrogen dispense. There was nothing particularly wrong with this beer, but it just came over as a bit dull and slightly sweet. On tap at the brewpub, Washington DC.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A decent brown ale. But sadly it did not meet up to my expectations for it. A bit watery.
blank (997) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
decent brown ale. I think we let this sit a little too long during dinner, so probably not drunk at optimal level. A little bland, but definitely had some solid brown flavors with a nice finish.
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 22, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very little aroma. Great amber/reddish color without much head. Malts in the flavor as well as some nuttiness as it warmed up. I think there was too much carbonation in it. Hint of raisin in the aftertaste. I found this too be very bland for a brown ale. But, the biggest problem was that it was served too cold, it got better as it warmed.
argo0 (10422) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 22, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear garnet with beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, nutty, light roasty, peach/floral. Medium sweet flavor, nutty, caramel, some peach and orange, light earthy. Medium body. Served too cold, but opened up once it warmed.
ravidesai (940) - Bombay, INDIA - MAY 10, 2003
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
rather bland sweet brown ale.
promising aroma hints at nuts, cream, sweet malt and floralhops but the taste is one dimensional with the sweet roast flavors dominating.