rayOfBeer (672) - El Cerrito, California, USA - OCT 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from tap at brewery a very dark brown with large tan head. Aroma is mild with roasted tart/sour grain. Flavor has a burnt caramel and nuttiness along with roasted grain. The palate has a dry light malty feel with just a touch of sweetness. Overall, I like this one even ordering another. It has a good balance between flavor and fullness without being too heavy.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at DC location. Color is a cola-like dark brown. Supports a thin off-white head with fairly good durability. No lacing. A restrained aroma of roasted malt, toffee and some chocolate. Mouthfeel was light and spritzy with a slightly watery texture in the finish. Clean, uncomplicated and mildly sweet flavors of dark roasted malt, burnt toast, chocolate, mocha and caramel. Shows a nice balance between the sweeter malts and more bitter, acidic roasted malt contributions. A simple and refreshing beer which is a nice rendidtion of the style.
TonyDiUlio (650) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice beer. Well balances. Roasted malts in both aroma and flavor. Enjoyed with some trial friends. nice beer to sip on with dinner.
wilnatp (622) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap (Honolulu), Pour is clear brown. Palate is light but nice roastiness on the flavor. Great if wanting fuller flavor without much weight in the body.
LetsGoState (614) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2014 Appearance is a dark brown. Aroma is a sweet malt. Taste is a roasted malt, but very light. Overall pretty good.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty good. A bit malty and a little bitter. The best of the regular beers at Gordon Biersch.
rayg1 (565) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has this on tap at the Virginia Beach location. Black with hints of red when held up to the light with a tan head to it. Aroma is a light roasted flavor with some nutty notes as well as a touch of charcoal. Upon first sip all is much the same but in addition to the roasted flavor there is a slight sweetness that the nose cannot pick up. Pretty good... like a porter on training wheels.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 17, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark black color with a smallish head. Aroma is moderately strong malts with some roastedness. Flavor is much the same, lots of black patent malt, some chalkiness, a toch of bitterness in the finish, thin, zero complexity, moderately roasted, not bad but boring.
beerme31 (514) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Mild aroma of roasted malts. Pours black thin head. Light body, medium sweet taste. Good representation of the style.
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught in DC. Great looking and sweet smelling. Luckily, taste wasn’t as sweet as the aroma. Some maltiness and a decent finish with just a hint of bitterness.
Not worth the trip to Washington, but made an afternoon of sightseeing a bit more tolerable.