Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler courtesy of MaltDawg at the 14th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering, 3/19/11. Pours a dark brown color with a thin head. Fair head retention and lacing. Big aroma full of roasted malts. Some smoky, chewy, leathery, tobacco notes and a faintly sweet finish. The taste is bitter roasted malts, a milky note, some faint caramel, bitter hops. Medium-full bodied. Quite drinkable. Quite a nice beer.
radagast83 (4409) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Brewpub. Poured a dark, almost black color, with a nice creamy tan head. Aroma was nutty, chocolate notes, caramel. Flavor was roasted coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Mouthfeel was creamy, enjoyable, smooth and refreshing. Pretty darn enjoyable to be honest
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the menu: "A Stout beer in the style of the great Irish brews made with Pale, Black and Chocolate malts with a heavy use of Roasted Barley to dry out the palate and lend a very roasty finish to this beer. A very malt accented brew that is lightly hopped with the English hop varietal First Gold. This beer is jet black in color and is unfiltered."
Served in a pint glass at the brewpub.
Pours a deep black with a nice off white head. Very creamy. Head lasts around for a pretty long time and it has good retention as well. The nose brings forward a moderate amount of roasted malt and some mild coffee, though nothing much else. A bit plain to lead off, though this picks up in the flavor, as some chocolate comes through in addition to bitter barley and some black coffee. Mouthfeel is really nice and a bit light. Low carbonation. Drinks quite well. A style I haven’t come across as often as I should, but I certainly enjoyed this example.
Serving type: cask
Reviewed on: 02-20-2011
BeerandBlues2 (9356) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared by maltdawg at the 14th Richmond Gathering. Pours black with a large, frothy beige head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma and flavor are heavy malt (roast, chocolate), woody hops, fruity, smoke, leather, peat, and prunes. Light body, low warmth, medium carbonation and a dry finish.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Sample Date: 3/19/2011 Source:Other) Growler from the brewery. Nutty chocolate with hints of roast and caramelized sugars in the aroma. Clear very dark amber brown with fine off white head. Roasty with coffee and burnt sugar notes and chocolate. Black patent malt? Very dry with a bit of a roasty astringency which lingers. Light body and mouthfeel.
Butters (3725) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Richmond 14th Gathering. Growler. Dry roastiness. Very faint coffee. Roast bitter finish. Very good.
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask. Beige head atop brown-black body. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, some chocolate, caramel, coffee, earthy. Taste is moderately sweet, mocha, caramel, roast, light burnt. Medium body, some stickiness, light acidity. Much more body than expected for a 4.2% beer.