Braudog (5025) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft pint at the brewpub. What an interesting description. This is bright amber with a white sudsiness. The aroma is different ... pine-hoppy but with a hint of spice. The flavorís also quite different, citricly hoppy but with an interesting Euro-herbalness, almost a yeasty thing. Not sure Iíd even get the cocoa in this, but my brother-in-law said he did. One word: different. (#3311, 1/22/2008)
DarkElf (2961) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
17-Jan-08 (Draft: Mooseís Tooth Pub and Pizzeria in Anchorage, AK) Though the menu states that just a "touch" of cocoa is added to this beer, itís the most prominent feature in both the aroma and flavor. Sweet cocoa jumps out in the aroma, almost dominating the nose. Some orange-citrusy hops in the background and some Belgian yeast character. Cocoa can be tasted throughout as well, from start to finish, but moderately bitter hops builds on the palate for a long-lasting, citrusy aftertaste, though the cocoa is never lost. The Belgian yeast adds a nice spicy component. The beer has medium body with no drop-off in the finish and the hops and yeast give a spicy, lively and crisp mouthfeel and finish. Itís dark-gold in color and slightly hazy. A steady stream of bubbles rise through the beer to keep the half-inch tall, off-white head from settling below a thin layer. Large, dense patches of lace remain on the glass. A clever name and concept for a beer that is well-executed. Interesting complexity and flavors that work well together.