Shag (2531) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My favorite beer from this restaurant/beer chain. A dark appearance with a generous head. Flavor is slightly bitter with some chocolate and coffee like porter qualities coming through. I personally believe this to be more of a porter than an American Dark. Its better than most in the American Dark classification. But overall its a decent "stout" and this brewery loves to make all thier beers a little too sweet.
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Yes, this is definately a porter, and a quite decent one too. This bar is definatly not for experinced beer drink as the waitress was clueless when I asked if they had a porter.
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Charlotte, NC - University Location. This was advertised as a porter and, contrary to what others have said, I believe it! Very chocolately aroma and flavor, with nice balancing hops in the back. Probably Hops' best offering that I have tried.
kwoeltje (2195) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - SEP 7, 2003
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
I knew I was in trouble when the barmaid, when asked to describe their dark ale, told me "It's like Guiness and Newcastle." When I pointed out that these were really nothing alike, she was confused. Color was OK--very dark brown. A melange of burnt malt, hops, and old dishwater. Yuck.
BBB63 (5693) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At Gainesville FLA: Dark brown hue with good head and lace. Aroma hints of roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate, smoke, berry fruits, barnyard, and wood. Big chocolate taste, round and creamy. A nice twangy hop presence midway through. Nice smooth bitter finish. Medium to full-bodied, soft mouthfeel. Yummy, the best beer here. Borders on being a porter. Recommended.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 26, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Yummy, An espresso among beers. Rich and smooth, medium to full-bodied, finish is bittersweet and nutty, has complexities that could fit it into a couple of different categories.
changxao (104) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A pretty good dark brew. Good coffee flavor and smooth finish. Not much head to speak of, but good lacing when the glass is clean.
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice hoppy aroma, plenty of roasted malt, relatively dry and light bodied. Has a dry finish. Watery and thin.
jgb9348 (4434) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2003
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
First time I went to hops, and the only beer I drank there. Good colour, but they were trying to put it off as a 'Porter' on the menu. It was far from a Porter and far from anything else of that nature. More of a 'bock', but also represented well as an 'American Dark' as this site suggests. Decent smell and acceptable taste. Nothing really fantastic about this beer. I'm happy to hear that this beer is one of the better ones from the restaurant, because I would have been very upset had I had any of the others. The entire offerings from the restaurant contained only styles I don't typically like (American Macro brew clones). I visited the branch in Alexandria, Virginia.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - APR 12, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
ON TAP: one of the better ones of the bunch at Hops. Fairly substantial nose, deep mahogany color and a low head. Pretty complex malt tastes with an interesting blend of hops, but this is overall not so successful because the balance just isn't there. The flavor profile is all over the place in your mouth. Nutty, toasted, toffee, and bitter.