nearbeer (3998) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint on nitro tap at Southern Railway Taphouse. Opaque with a lasting creamy nitro head. Nose is muted cocoa, coffee and caramel. Tastes are the same but a bit bolder. Light-medium body is smooth and balanced with a medium carbonation.
RussianDragon (567) - - MAY 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft at Del Ray Pizzeria. Pours a dark brown/near black with red hues on glass when backlit. Lasting off white head and lacing. Aroma is mild: sweet roast malts, bittersweet chocolate, lactic sweetness. Flavor is same with coconut notes on top. Thin body and mild carbonation. Sweet finish.
Emeister84 (1394) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On nitro at the brewery. Aromas of coffee beans and fresh barley. Dark ruby with a fully lasting, satiny, beige head. Dry, roasty, somewhat smokey, and with subtle fruit. Light-medium body, very smooth, and finishes clean.
tia (1110) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Very dark with creamy head. Light roasty aroma. Roasty dry flavor. Not too heavy.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on nitro at the brewery. Pours a dark brown color with a large creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. The taste is big chewy roasted malts, chocolate, bitter hops. Medium bodied, creamy texture, refreshing. Nice beer.
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewery. Pours deep brown with a creamy smooth head. Sweet roasted aroma. Very smooth mouthfeel. Light chocolate taste, surprisingly sweet. Slight lactose bite. Great session beer.
Foxbush (1422) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Visited the brewery on the day they introduced a Sidamo coffee stout. I sampled the new Nitro Irish Stout. The stout poured a deep dark brown with a nice tan head. This is a very smooth stout with the nitrogen creating a creamy texture similar to Guinness. Drier than a guiness though with a soft carbonation. I asked to do a growler but it was not recommended. The nitrogen dissaptes slowly and would be loss over time. This is a beer for watching the playoffs.
Butters (3928) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on nitro at the brewery during the Anniversary Release party. Clear dark brown pour with decent khaki head. Roasty with a bit of what I perceived as a lactose bite (though I wouldn’t expect that from a dry stout). Drier than a guiness though, roasty and earthy, and not all that creamy despite being on the nitro. Decent and sessionable though.