BeerandBlues2 (8444) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Blue 5. Pours opaque black with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate malt with leather notes and earthy hops and plums. Flavor is dark malt, milk chocolate, dark fruits, light hops and bitterness and a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation.
StoutDr (27) - Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oak and coffee aroma. Pours coffee black with thin khaki head. Mouthfeel is medium. Carbonation is medium to low. Flavors of oak, smoke, coffee, vanilla, fruit, just slightly bourbon. Very low bitterness. Easy to drink.
JDBaker11058 (1061) - Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: near black, thick dark brown head. Aroma: roasty, chocolatey, with notes of black pepper, cherry, and - yes - wood. Taste: bitter dark chocolate, cola, roast coffee. Notes: lingering chalky dryness, nicely balanced between chocolate, wood, and coffee. Notes: Lighter in body than anticipated, but the appearance, aroma, and flavor were all spot on and true to the style. Would definitely drink again. NoVA Brewfest 2013.
Emeister84 (633) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas of smoke, soil, soy, dark roast coffee, raisins, and cherries. Black with a lasting, tan head. Dry, earthy, roasty, and savory. Medium-full body, dense and complex, yet quite refreshing.
DiarmaidBHK (3062) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at taproom. Pours black with a thin khaki head that leaves lacing. Has a bit of roasted moat on the nose. Definitely get the maltiness on the tongue. Has a slightly silky mouthfeel. Solid but not spectacular.
mansquito (2878) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pizzeria Paradiso, Georgetown cask: Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is a wee bit of bourbon, chocolate, and a bunch of coffee. Taste is slightly sweet, with some bitterness. The aging is barely noticeable to the point that I didnít even seek it out until I read it should have been there. It ainít nothing against the beer though. Pretty good.
MadRobin (1396) - Silver Spring, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap 4 oz. pour at Lost Dog Cafe in McLean, VA.
Opaque black with tan head and good lacing.
Aroma of dark roasted malt, dark fruit, molasses, chocolate, oak and vanilla.
Taste of dark roasted malt, dark fruit, molasses, chocolate, oak and vanilla.
Medium/light body and low/medium carbonation.
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Iphonephan (2207) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at lost dog cafe in mclean va. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of toasted malt. Smoky flavor. Smooth finish.
mwooley23 (4) - - NOV 15, 2012 does not count
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Agree with most of the posts. Taste is muted, as if the flavors are somehow held back. Not a bad beer (I have ordered it several times) but not a great beer. No "wow" factor.
richdorchak (14) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2012
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Draft, dark brown, opaque with a browish tan head. Smells are ok, muted, slight coffee and chocolate, nothing impressive at all. Taste is again muted and somewhat watery...definitely lacking in the full bodied taste department... Palate, again, thin and somewhat watery. Overall, I will not drink this beer again....