strongpieman (1362) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Solid brown. Rich brown color, malty and nutty, tall tan head. Good balance, easy to drink but with a solid palate.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep chestnut brown, thin light tan creamy head. Nice aroma here of deep roasted chocolate, mild coffee, molasses, and toffee, with a slight cherry tone at room temp. Dark malty flavors up front with continuing soft notes of roasty chocolate, coffee and cherry. A light hop bitterness shows up late to keep all in check. Light to medium bodied, light carbonation, dry malty finish. Somewhat complex and tasty for only a 4.6%’er. Perfect for sessions...
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep mahogany/chestnut colour. Restrained malt aroma, slightly smoky. More burnt malt, together with nuttiness, in the flavour. As others have noted, there’s caramel too. Smooth mouthfeel. Not the most assertive of beers, but quite a pleasant drink. On tap at the Founders, Alexandria.
TheBeerGod (5003) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this on draft at Founders’ on 11/21/04. Ruby brown body. Looked almost like a Coke when I first saw it. Nose is nutty and slightly hoppy. Some maltiness comes through as do some vegetal notes (sweet potatoes). Taste is nutty, light malt, caramel, and light hops. More veggie notes. Body is medium with lighter bitterness. Finishes with more malt and nuts. Light caramel in spots.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep red. Nose full of caramel malts, little bit of peat. Very chocolatey, quite strong cocoa sweetness, some light nuttiness, and plenty of caramel. Would be a darn good session beer.
SeamusNeko (45) - Anacostia, Washington DC, USA - SEP 29, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served on tap in a pint glass at the brewpub. Nutty, toasty, darkish caramel malt aromas. No hop presence, but none’s really necessary for this style. Black in the deep center with dark brown and crimson at the periphery. Little to no head, retention, and lacing. Nutty and toasted malts are quite strong but there’s a prominent caramel malt backbone, too. Medium heft but still quite light overall in body. Lingering aftertastes of caramel. Good food beer. A nice mildly hearty quaff and relatively sessionable. I’m not a major fan of the style (don’t hate it either), but this seems to be a good example of it.