PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 21, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Chocolates in the aroma. Very dark brown color, little if any light passed through, not much head. Very sweet chocolate flavors with a hint of mocha and malts. Very rich. Thick, but not dense. The aftertaste has a hint of bitterness. Good stuff.
jasonp (1556) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2005 Wow!!! This stout is incredible. On tap at Dominion. Pours black with a thick light brown head. Oak, roasty malt and vanilla nose. Has has a nice complex mixture of vanilla, chocolate, oak and coffee. Has a wonderful buttery flavor and leaves chocolatey/bourbon aftertaste. Medium creamy body with very subtle carbonation. Lacing hangs on the glass in sheets, good head retention. Highly recommended if youíre in the area.
CapFlu (4021) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) Pours a thin, white head and a near opaque body. Beautiful cask and cocoa nose. Full bodied cocoa, vanilla and sweet malt taste. Slight fizzy and oily texture. Great chocolate finish!
VAYankee (311) - Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow - this was pretty impressive! The body is a deep dark brown with a nice creamy head. The sweet enticing aroma was quickly ignored in a rush to take a sip. I found the this beer to have a wonderful original flavor. This beer was sweet with an accent of chocolate and vanilla and other hard to describe flavor I am assuming is derived from the oak and bourbon. I'm looking forward to enjoying this beer again soon.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My in-laws live in Ashburn, and everytime we visit I fill up my father-in-law's growler with this stuff, which is awesome b/c none of them like stouts, so I get to drink it all. This is a smooth, chocolatey, roasty stout aged for 2 weeks in oak bourbon barrels, during which it picks up this nice bourbon, vanilla, oak flavor and aroma. The flavors compliment each other wonderfully.
guzzler67 (1435) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great aroma to start, with an opaque appearance and large head. Lots of chocolate malts complimenting an exceptionally smooth, full-bodied taste. There was a bit of an earthy flavor as well in the delicious finish.
hopscotch (8238) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2007 Re-rate: 12/17/04:... Draft... This beer rocks!... Wow! I can really smell and taste the bourbon in this batch. Iím a sucker for anything bourbon. Higher score!******
Original rating: 1/10/04:
New Moon black with a hidden, clear, crimson hue. Creamy head. Great lacework.
Notes of Tia Maria or Kahlua, vanilla, chocolate, oak and cherry. Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Short, crisp, bitter finish. No bourbon detected... and I know bourbon. Still, a very nice beer.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the pub. Just awesome. Deep brown, almost black, tan creamy lasting head. Aromas and flavors mirror each other. Notes of roasted malt, milk chocolate, coffee, and vanilla beans to boot. All of this with a rich and complex oak background. One of the best best session stouts (IMO) brewed in the DC area. If ever in town, I certainly say find some. Will be bottled in the very near future.
thebeersommelier (371) - Sylmar, California, USA - DEC 3, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12/2/03. Poured out of growler, bought at the Old Dominion Brewey in Ashburn, VA 12/1/03. Pours a dark, rich brown color, barely translucent. Fluffy, dark tan head lingers awhile like a rootbeer float, then disappears. Blotchy, fast, mediocre lacing. Nose is of heavenly heavy cream with an ever-so-slight nuttiness (almonds?), incredibly rich and full, also with slight sour hint and coffee. Flavor is immediately very slightly tart but very creamy as well, mostly cream and malt, like a cream porter, but also some subtle, drying sourness and woodiness, like a dry stout. Also notes of vanilla in the aroma and the taste-- I bet this would be great with dessert: Creme Brulee, anyone? Body is all cream-- this is one wonderfully full-bodied beer. But it's not all so simple-- it also leaves a lovely fizzling and stirring hum on the tongue. Finish is elegant and soft, dry and plainly malty with bits of the darkness and the cream lingering pleasantly around. Sticky on the lips, making you smack them almost without trying. Like you've just drank something decadent. And it was damn good.
haddon90 (1304) - Newport Beach, California, USA - NOV 28, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An excellent beer to say the least! Deep black color with a 1 inch creamy head to top it all off. Wood/vanilla aroma. Kind of an oak taste, rich and full of flavor. Definitely a must for anyone in Washington! On tap at SinE in Arlington, VA.