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 (5681) - 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 (2665) - 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.
fiulijn (19160) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber color. Pretty nice hop and roasted malt aroma. Good body, malty, roasty, hoppy (maybe just a bit acid). Equilibrated final, with roasted barley and bitterness.
Nuffield (4065) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The best beer I had here and undeniably a respectable brew. Very dark, though clear, and the thin head clung nicely to the glass. Not an overwhelming aroma, hinting at a Scottish ale, but on tasting I got a burst of deep flavors, as if they’re trying to label a porter an ale so as not to scare their run-of-the-mill-beer-drinking customers. A bit creamy with soft carbonation. Roasted, malty, hints of chocolate and a whiff of smoke, with a finish that ends with unfortunate notes of celery. A decent brew. (at Eden Prairie, MN location)
obxdude10 (2270) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty nice brown ale, mahogany in color, nice soft lacy head, excellently balanced, lots of hops in the nose & in the finish, some great malty sweetness in the flavors as well, pretty good dark/brown ale
stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - NOV 25, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Love this brown ale. Very tasty.
Braudog (6342) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orlando Beer Fest: Milky head, dark red color. Airy aroma. Coffee malted flavor. not bad.
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Umm Umm good. A dark ale that hits the spot. Nice balance of malts and hops. A smooth beer I cant wait to drink again!