DrSilverworm (7958) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Taster on tap at Brewers Alley. Labeled on the menu as simply "XB", with 5.2% ABV listed. Hazy chestnut color. Thin ring of white head. Couple bits of lace. Nutty aroma. Bigger bitter taste. More dry finish, minimal sweet. Light body. Smoother, kind of crisp, lighter carbonation, and a dry texture. Doesn’t really seem like this works. Bitter yeah, but could use more aromatics from both the hops and malts. Experimental status makes sense.
BeerandBlues2 (10514) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at Brewer’s Alley. Pours cloudy brown with a medium, fizzy off-white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is toast and nutty malt, light chocolate, dates, earthy and spicy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with light hops and bitterness, dates and a dry finish. Medium to light body and medium carbonation.
sonnycheeba (4096) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Brewers Alley. Pours murky brown with creamy off-white head. Aroma is toasted and cookie malts, fig, raisins, light floral notes, and faint toffee. Flavor is dry malts, faint toast, light woody notes, and leather; finishes extremely dry. Medium body and carbonation.
snoworsummer (2949) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Brewer’s Alley. Pours opaque brown with a thin off white head. Tastes like malt, banana, wheat, light alcohol. Light body and low carbonation. Not much aroma, like malt and grains.
radio_nowhere (1018) - Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is XB1C at Brewers Alley. Served in a pint glass, brown-amber color with off-white head. Aroma of light toast malt sweetness and faint spices. Taste is pretty much the aroma. Light body, moderate carbonation, crisp with a clean finish. Decent, sessionable but not great.
Travlr (14694) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the source. Hazy deep amber color, tan head. Aroma of lightly spiced cinnamon toast. Taste is sweet and lightly spiced.
radagast83 (5376) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft pour at Meridian Pint. Cloudy brown color, small off-white head. Aroma was some sweet light malts, some light crisp yeast notes. I was pretty sure they said it was a lager on the menu - a Brown Lager or whatever, but I enjoyed it anyway.
strongpieman (1572) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Overall a solid hoppy light brown ale. Noticeable aroma of hops, light brown, clear. Lighter body and palate.
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - MAY 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap pour - @ JJ . pours cloudy brown red, smallish white head. Aromas of light malt, some fruit, and malt. . Taste is easy malt, touch of hops, longish finish. Medium-light bodied, decent finish. Local, session.